Two people taken into custody in Atascadero bank robbery
UPDATE 9:10 p.m.: Atascadero police took a man and woman into custody Thursday evening on suspicion of robbing a local bank and are investigating whether the suspects could be connected to two South County robberies.
Atascadero ice rink to become roller rink for summertime skating
North County resident Derek Ehinger is in the process of converting Blades on Ice, his seasonal ice rink, into a temporary roller rink in downtown Atascadero.
Atascadero is the Heart of Family Fun
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Local government meetings for the week of April 14
Arroyo Grande Planning Commission. Meets Tuesday. 473-5420. Consider permit for renovation of the Public Works Corporation Yard at 1375 Ash St., including a new 2,000-square-foot administration building, renovation of existing locker rooms, exterior painting and minor landscaping.
Judge rules against guitarist in prelim hearing on online underage sex case
Steve Klein in a San Luis Obispo courtroom for a preliminary hearing Thursday. He faces five counts of lewd act on a child, one count of contact with a minor with intent to commit a sex offense and one count of possession of child pornography.
Trio of North County residents arrested on drug charges
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the amount of methamphetamine seized by police; it was more than an ounce.
There's no end to Quota International's community work
Quota International District 33 is "Celebrating the Good Times" in Morro Bay from April 25 to 27. Morro Bay Quotarians will host members from Templeton, Bakersfield, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo.
The Daily News Journal
Norris Burkes: Judging others by appearances leads to life lesson
<![CDATA[I spent my high school years in Atascadero, Calif. (that's uh-task-a-DARE-oh), a secluded slice of heaven 15 miles inland and halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. In the early '70s, the town was shaded by hundreds of towering oak trees and had 10,000 residents hidden in the folds and crevices of its rolling coastal hills. We were so far from the nearest known sin that our high school needed a dormitory to house students living farther than 50 miles. Across the street from the dormitory and downhill from the high school, my father pastored the First Southern Baptist Church where I attended three times a week. While people in big-city churches wore bell-bottomed trousers or maxi dresses, our men wore jeans and boots and the women wore, uh, jeans and boots. One Sunday night, in the midst of a lethargic hymn, I heard the vestibule door rattle. I turned to see three latecomers taking seats on our back pew. Two of them were shoeless and unwashed bearded men who walked on the cuffs of their tattered jeans and had stringy long hair. The third was a woman who wasn't dressed much better in her fringed skirt and brown vest. I wondered if these were drug-addicted hippies I'd only read about. Had they finally come to repent for their numerous sins? Were they planning a sit-in? I immediately started praying something like this: "God, thank you for bringing these lost ones among us. Please help them ask Jesus into their hearts." As quickly as I'd said "amen," the three of them walked the side aisle and took seats in the front row. I sat in the glowing belief that my prayer had been stunningly effective. What would I pray next? Perhaps I'd pray that my science teacher would repent from teaching evolution. Or maybe my English teacher would seek atonement for living with his girlfriend. As my father walked to the pulpit, I said a quick prayer that sounded more like I was ordering a lightning strike. "Now, God! Now! Let them hear your word and repent." But the only voice I heard was my father saying, "We have a guest speaker from San Luis Obispo. He's the president of the Baptist Student Union at California Polytechnic University." "Wow," I thought. "That's the kind of god-fearing speaker these vagabonds need." As I peered over the pews searching for our mystery guest, the "unwashed hippie" stood and thanked my dad for hosting him. I was breathless with incredulity, but mostly overwhelmed with shame as the man shared his heart for reaching people through God's love. My prayers had ricocheted off my target and struck my hypocritical heart. I was the one in need of repentance. It was I who was unwashed. My thoughts went back to a sermon I'd heard my father preach from the book of Acts. In the story, Peter has a vision in which he is offered non-kosher food. He, of course, refuses, but God's voice in the vision is clear. "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." At the end of the day, Peter's vision wasn't about food -- it was about God's universal acceptance of all people. As Peter would later explain, "God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean." I can't tell you what the "hippie" from Cal Poly preached about that night, but these many years later I have clearly recounted the sermon God intended me to hear.
Fishing Report: Female fish, female angler highlight the past week of tournaments
The patience and persistence of 20-year-old Austin Bonjour was key to winning a 101 Bass tournament at Santa Margarita Lake with his dad, Larry.
Lake is an asset
I am glad that in his March 25 column , Lon Allan addressed the unfortunate fact that Atascadero Lake is being neglected.
At Paloma Creek Park in Atascadero, we are in the process of installing lights at the newly built horseshoe courts.
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Norris Burkes column: 'Hippies' depict the heart of God's love
In the early '70s, the town was shaded by hundreds of towering oak trees and had 10,000 residents hidden in the folds and crevices of its rolling coastal hills.
Fishing Report: Junk fishing pays off nicely for duo
While a majority of the 27-team field focused on bed fish, Louis Fernandes and partner Patrick Touey sought out the dirtiest water they could find.
Santa Barbara Independent
County Parks Re-Affirms Position
Preserve management faces huge challenges if it is to eliminate the non-native invasives there, including, mustard, radish, thistle, castor bean and other species.
Get help signing up for health insurance
A free event will be held Saturday for people who want help signing up for Medi-Cal or health insurance through Covered California.
The Ward-Lindsay home in Arroyo Grande is a modern farmhouse
It was a sense of nostalgia that prompted Leslie Ward and John Lindsay to relocate from Pacific Palisades to the Central Coast.
Atascadero couple's organic farm flavors their gourmet vinegars
Chaparral Gardens Artisan Vinegars in Atascadero, owned by Craig Clark and Cari Bourquin-Clark, produces gourmet balsamic and fruit vinegars made with locally grown organic fruits, vegetables and herbs.
California witness reports triangle UFO at rooftop
A California witness at Atascadero reported watching a triangle-shaped object silently moving at the rooftop level that appeared to be 10 feet long and five or more feet high, according to March 25, 2014, testimony in Case 54936 from the Mutual UFO Network witness reporting database.
Ex-New Found Glory guitarist, who lives in Atascadero, accused of lewd acts on child
A founding member of the pop-punk band New Found Glory has been charged with several counts of lewd act upon a child, stemming from online activity he allegedly had with underage girls, San Luis Obispo Superior Court records show.
Coming to Cambria: A dream realized?
Editor’s note: “My heart’s desire has been to live in Cambria since my first visit,” began the letter from Elaine Horn.