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New COO at Sierra Vista Medical Center


Ikenna Mmeje has been named Chief Operating Officer at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.  He succeeds Joe DeSchryver, who was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Mmeje will assume his duties April 7. Mmeje will conduct oversight of the hospital’s daily operations and ancillary departments such as pathology, radiology, pharmacy and plant operations. He will play an integral role as well …

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Community Backlash Against Proposed McDonalds


McDonalds’s proposal for a 50-seat eatery at the Vons shopping center on Los Osos Valley Road has received complaints from many Los Osos residents that the fast food chain restaurant does not fit the Los Osos lifestyle. They claim that adding the McDonalds would encourage an unhealthy lifestyle, increase pollution, negatively affect traffic and parking, and hurt local restaurants. The …

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Phone Scam in San Luis Obispo County


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is warning everyone about a phone scam in San Luis Obispo County. Several people have reported that they had been contacted by someone claiming to be from the Sheriff's Office warning that there was a warrant out for their arrest for failing to appear for jury duty. The caller indicates the resident can …

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Suspect in Custody After Robbing Gas Station


The suspect wanted for robbing the Mobil Gas Station on Los Positas Road in Santa Barbara on February 2013 is in custody.  New DNA evidence from the crime scene indicated that 35-year old Travis Rosenblatt committed the robbery. Rosenblatt had previously been convicted of committing a bank robbery in Santa Barbara in 2006.  Sheriff’s Detectives obtained a search and arrest …

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Arroyo Grande Bank Robbery


Detectives are continuing their investigation this morning of an Arroyo Grande bank robbery. The robbery occurred around 6:00 p.m. last night at the Bank of America on West Branch Street. Arroyo Grande police say a man got away with some cash who is reported to be a white, six-foot tall adult male.

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Capps and Burgess Introduce Bill


Rep. Lois Capps, R.N. (CA-24) and Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) have  introduced the Improving Access to Maternity Act, a bipartisan bill that would increase women’s access to maternity health care in urban and rural areas. Currently, the National Health Service Corps provides loan repayment to physicians and other health professionals who agree to work in areas designated as …

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An Atlas V Rocket Launched Today


An Atlas V rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning at 7:46 am. The rocket carried a weather satellite into orbit. The rocket could be seen cities as far away as San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego.

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Four Central Coast High School Students Offered Appointments to Military Academies


Four Central Coast high school students, nominated by Congresswoman Lois Capps, were offered appointments at the nation’s top military academies. Vittoria Comin was offered an appointment at the U.S. Naval Academy. Vittoria ranks 6th out of her class of 323 students at Atascadero High School. She plays both softball and water polo and has participated in regional and national speech …

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Search Called off for Missing Man


The search for a missing man has been called off. The man, 42-year old Benito Flores was helping his cousin Pastor Maurigro Cervantes with a baptism near Guadalupe Dunes Park when a large wave hit them. Pastor Cervantes and another person made it back to shore, but Flores was missing. Local law enforcement agencies were told of reports that a …

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Wine Grapes Were Number One SLO County Agricultural Commodity


Wine grapes were the number one San Luis Obispo County agricultural commodity in 2013, according to San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures 2013 annual production statistics report. Despite the drought, wine grape production increased 10 percent. Total crop values were $960,710,000, an 11 percent increase from 2012. Strawberries were a close second. Mild weather and low rainfall …

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