Local News

Trial Getting Underway for Manslaughter Case


The trial gets underway for two former prison guards who allegedly killed a man outside a San Miguel bar 18 months ago. Sergio Aranda and Travis Wolf charged with manslaughter in the death of a San Miguel Vineyard manager. Alvaro Medrano orchestrated the fight outside the Elk Horn bar. He called for friends and co-workers to join him at the …

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Six Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria


Six gang members arrested early yesterday morning in Santa Maria. Police say the operation covered 20 locations in Santa Maria. It targeted known gang members on probation and those with outstanding warrants. Their ages range from 16 and up. Police operations like the one yesterday will continue through the year in Santa Maria.

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Car Crashes into Insurance Business Office Injuring Four


The driver of an SUV crashed his vehicle into a Santa Maria insurance business yesterday injuring four people. 81-year-old Marciano Escutia was trying to cross South Broadway from South Jones Street early yesterday afternoon. He failed to yield to a Mercedes-Benz. The two vehicles collided, sending the Mercedes into a tree and the Suburban into Cruz Insurance. No one inside …

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Bullet Train Cost Just Went Up


The cost of California’s Bullet Train just went up. The rail authority faces hundreds of millions of dollars in potential change orders and other possible cost increases on the first 29 miles of the bullet train. The change orders and other claims coming from construction firms, utilities and railroads. It may increase estimates by 30%. The entire system estimated to …

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Ski Season Could Extend Into May


Because of the spring snow in the Sierra, ski season may extend into May. The Mt Rose Ski Tahoe Resort announcing winter operations will continue until May 8th. Kirkwood and Heavely are looking to conclude winter operations April 17th. Same for Northstar. But spokesmen say it’s been a great season, that skiing is still fantastic.

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Today in Sports


The Cal Poly baseball team comes from behind to beat Cal State Bakersfield 8-4 last night at Baggett Stadium. The Cuesta baseball team shuts out Pierce 9-0, to take sole possession of first place in the Western State Conference standings. Cuesta softball team splits a double header with Allan Hancock. Demi Dannel pitched in each game. Today, Mission Prep plays …

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Los Osos Sewer Finally a Reality


After more than 40 years of controversy, the Los Osos sewer is a reality. A home-owner hooks up to the new sewer system yesterday. Robert Shipe lives on Highland Drive. His home is among 1800 given the ok to begin connecting to the Los Osos sewer project. The second phase calls for Baywood Park to connect to the system. Because …

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Cal Poly Faculty Preparing to Walk Out on Strike


Cal Poly faculty and their colleagues in the Cal State system are preparing to walk out on strike in two weeks.  They want a pay raise.   Now, an independent report calls for a 5% raise for Cal State faculty.  The report released yesterday. It’s part of a mandatory arbitration process. The faculty walk-out scheduled two days before and two days …

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Ribbon Cutting for New LOVR Bridge


Ribbon cutting today for the new Los Osos Valley Road widening project and bridge over 101. The project finished two months ahead of schedule. It may also come in under the $24 million budget. The ceremony held at ten this morning at the Hampton Inn parking lot.

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Elderly Woman Fires Two Rounds at Firefighters


An elderly San Luis Obsipo woman mistook firefighters for burglars and fired two rounds from her revolver.  The first was accidental. The second round she fired into the air. No one was hurt.  And no one was arrested. The incident occurred around 2:00 Sunday morning when fire personnel responded to a personal medical alarm activation in the 100 block of …

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