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Charges Filed Against Driver in Multi-Vehicle Crash


District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that charges have been filed against Manuel Santos, 29, as a result of a multi-vehicle crash that occurred July 3, 2015, on Highway 1 near Lompoc.  Jesenia Liborio, 22, was killed in the crash.  A nine-year old girl and two other adults were also injured.  Santos was reportedly drunk at the time.

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Bomb Threat at Apartment Complex Prompts Evacuation


Yesterday morning around 11:00 the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a bomb threat call at the Mustang Village Apartments. Officers were able to determine that the threat was not specific nor was it credible. Details of the threat are not being released at this time due to an investigation into the source of the threats. At no time did …

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House Fire in Orcutt May Have Been Caused By Propane Tanks


Propane tanks may have been the cause of a house fire in Orcutt last night. The fire burned a home located at 897 Sunnyside Avenue. It began just before 7:00 p.m.  Santa Barbara County firefighters say they were able to contain the intense flames to the first level of the two-story home. The people who live in the home were inside at …

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SLCUSD Made List of “Best School Districts for Your Buck”


San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD) made the list of “Best School Districts for Your Buck” in a recent survey of school districts in Southern California. Of 153 school districts analyzed, SLCUSD placed fourth on NerdWallet.com’s list. The district also won several awards in the past few years, including the California Distinguished School designation and a National Blue Ribbon …

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SLO Symphony Has Full Slate of Concerts


The San Luis Obispo Symphony musicians and board of directors have agreed to produce a full slate of concerts for the 2015-16 season beginning October 3, 2015 in the Christopher Cohan Center of the Performing Arts. The agreement is the product of many hours of discussions and meetings involving the Symphony’s board of directors and a representative group of orchestra …

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New Irrigation Technology Saving SLCUSD 50% on Water Costs


New irrigation technology controlled via the internet is saving the San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD) at least 50 percent on water costs to maintain fields and turf areas. SLCUSD set out to reduce water consumption in 2014.  Rather than the typical calendar intervals, the new controls utilize moisture sensors in the ground to activate the irrigation systems. The …

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Charles Paddock Zoo Has Two new Arrivals


Charles Paddock Zoo Director Alan Baker confirms two new arrivals! The zoo now has a baby Prehensile-tailed Porcupine and a second, newly-hatched Caribbean Flamingo chick! Both of the new babies successfully arrived at the end of June and can now be seen and enjoyed by everyone visiting the Zoo.

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7-Eleven Clerk Attacked and Robbed


On July 4th, a clerk from 7-Eleven in Grover Beach was attacked to the rear of the business as he was disposing of some trash. During the confrontation with the two unknown suspects, the victim had his necklace and wallet stolen and he sustained a stab wound to his lower left leg. The victim was transported to the hospital for …

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Man Arrested After Foot Chase With Police


On July 3, at approximately 10:00 AM the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a call of a man with gun, in the area of Ella and Henry. The suspect, later identified as Dustin Maloney, was seen removing a gun from his pants and placing it in a trash bag. Officers in the area located Maloney, based on the description …

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Emergency Permit Issued to Plains Pipeline LP For Clean Up of Oil Spill


On July 3, pursuant to the County’s Coastal Zoning Ordinance, the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department issued a written Emergency Permit to Plains Pipeline LP for cleanup of the Refugio Oil Spill. The process for an Emergency Permit began on May 20, when the County gave verbal and written authorization to Plains Pipeline LP to begin cleanup operations. …

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