Paso Robles

Paso Robles
5:46 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

ROH-blays or ROH-buhlz: How do you say wine country?

The eastern entrance to Paso Robles along Highway 46.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

KCBX, Central Coast Public Radio, is  launching a new series called Local Lingo, where we explore some of the words, expressions, and place names that make up the Central Coast's vernacular.

We begin with a trip to San Luis Obispo County's largest wine growing region, Paso Robles.

Step into the J Lohr Winery tasting room and there's a good chance you'll meet up with Willis Rieser, or Willy as he's called by most. He deals with tourists from around the world, all day long, and he tells them the "grapes are coming from Paso Robles (said ROH-buhlz), from J Lohr."

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3:28 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Firestone Brewery says drought was factor in strong odor coming from ponds

The canning line at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles.
Credit Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

The largest brewery on the Central Coast, Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, is working to solve an odor problem that has plagued the brewery and local neighbors for days.

Brewing requires a lot of water, and much of that water can be collected and saved, so Firestone Walker Brewery decided to build water retention ponds for that purpose. The problem is that once the ponds started to fill up with water from the brewery, bacteria started to grow and put off a foul odor. 

Adam Firestone, one of the company's founders, says this clearly wasn't part of the plan.

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6:07 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Longtime Paso Robles city manager retiring at end of the year

The longtime city manager for Paso Robles says he plans to retire at the end of the year. Jim app has served as the city's top administrator for nearly two decades.

"It has been said that one of life's greatest gifts is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing," said App in a press release. "It has been an honor to work on behalf of the people of Paso Robles these past 25 years."

He said he made the announcement early, in order to give the City Council "ample time to find an able successor."

App said it's his intent to retire on December 30, 2015.

5:49 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Paso Robles elementary schools placed on lockdown, cleared to reopen Friday

Concerned residents gather at police barricades near Pat Butler Elementary School on Nicklaus Street.
Credit Paco Guzman / Paso Robles Daily News

Two Paso Robles elementary schools will reopen as normal Friday morning, after both were put on lockdown Thursday for separate, unrelated causes.

Pat Butler Elementary School was the first affected, after two students reported they were threatened by an armed man near the campus during recess. The kids say the man was just outside the athletic field fence and had a shotgun or rifle.

The lockdown stayed in place until 2:15 Thursday afternoon, following an orchestrated search of the area.

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Pets & Animals
5:58 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Local dog owners are urged to pick up after pets for environmental reasons

Credit Flickr member Justin Henry

A campaign targeted at dog owners kicked off Monday in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. The goal is to encourage people to pick up after their pets every time they relieve themselves on a trail, sidewalk or within a park.

David LaCaro is leading the effort for the City of Paso Robles where they marked abandoned dog waste with checkered flags Monday. He says part of this effort is to study the actions of pet owners.

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Wine Country
6:15 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Paso Robles wine-growing region has new recognition for its diversity

Map of the 11 new AVAs in the Paso Robles wine growing region
Credit Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Vintners in the Paso Robles Wine Growing Region will now get the chance to be far more specific on their labels as to where their grapes were grown. The Federal Government announced Thursday the creation of several new American Viticultural Areas (AVA).

The greater Paso Robles AVA will still be the headline regional signifier, but if at least 85-percent of the grapes come from within one of the eleven smaller zones, then that specific area can be signified on the label as well.

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Wine Country
7:38 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Robert Hall, Local Winery Founder, Passes Away

Robert Hall, who passes away at the age of 85 on Saturday, show riding in a tractor on his vineyard in Paso Robles.
Credit Robert Hall Winery website

Robert Hall, the founder of the Paso Robles winery that bears his name, passed away Saturday according to a letter to the media released Monday morning.

A winery spokesperson says the 85-year-old died peacefully at his home from complications related to an extended illness. Hall fell in love with the idea of winemaking during a trip to the South of France in the 1970s and eventually chose the Central Coast as the location for his vineyards and winery. His vision was realized when he began making wine in 2001.

He is survived by his wife Margaret and his three daughters.

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5:29 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Paso Robles clears way for mobile medical marijuana dispensaries

Medical marijuana for sale at Dank Depot in Long Beach (now closed).
Credit Flickr member Dank Depot

The City of Paso Robles is preparing to issue its first-ever license for a mobile medical marijuana dispensary, according to its Administrative Services Department.

The City Council decided Tuesday night not to move forward with a mobile dispensary ban and voted 3-to-2 in favor of adopting a report that outlined their legal status.

It took a business application to move the issue to where we are today, says Jim Throop, the city's Director of Administrative Services. \

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5:57 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Central Coast communities gearing up for National Night Out

Credit National Night Out - Evansville

Neighborhoods and police departments throughout the Central Coast are getting ready for Tuesday's National Night Out. 

The annual event is designed for people to get to know there neighbors and local law enforcement in an effort to reduce crime.

Aside from the numerous local get-togethers, Sergeant Chuck Strange with the Lompoc Police Department says a block party will be held in the parking lot of Lompoc High School with free food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m.

In Santa Maria, a similar event takes place at Veterans Memorial Community Park and runs from 4 to 8p.

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6:14 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Mobile medical marijuana dispensary issue heads back to Paso Robles City Council

Paso Robles Library/City Hall
Credit Panoramio and Google Maps

The City of Paso Robles will once again take up the issue of mobile medical marijuana dispensaries at its meeting on Tuesday, August 5.

Earlier this month, the Paso Robles City Council deadlocked on the issue, as only four members were present allowing for an even split.

Currently, Paso Robles has a law against brick-and-mortar dispensaries, but there is nothing in the code that bans mobile versions.

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2:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Local and fresh food options part of California Mid-State Fair fare

A 15C cheese platter is prepared in advance for the day.
Credit Heather Young

Courtesy of the Paso Robles Daily News

Several food vendors cater to ‘food-challenged’ visitors

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5:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Paso police searching for suspects in credit fraud ring

27-year-old Rana Payton and 29-year-old Christina Jones, both of Los Angeles, are wanted by Paso Robles Police for credit fraud.
Credit Paso Robles Police Department

Police in Paso Robles are investigating an identity theft ring that worked its way up the Central Coast. 

The police department believes the three suspects now under arrest are tied to a larger group that came up from Los Angeles and Long Beach. They think at least two more women are still actively trying to use counterfeit credit cards possibly in the area. 

Employees at local banks alerted each other Monday as they noticed several women withdrawing large amounts of money at various branches and using different credit cards. 

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5:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Paso Robles City Council deadlocks over mobile medical marijuana dispensary ban

Paso Robles Library/City Hall
Credit Panoramio and Google Maps

UPDATE: July 16, 2018

The City of Paso Robles is unsure at this point how leaders will move forward with the issue of mobile medical marijuana dispensaries.

Tuesday night's well-attended city council meeting ended with a deadlock on the issue. Councilman John Hamon was absent leaving just four members and a two-two split.

City law bans brick-and-mortar pot dispensaries, but does not address mobile versions.

The council meets next on August 5, and the agenda for that meeting is still in the development stages according to the city.

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6:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Badly-burned Panda the Steer finds new home in Grass Valley

Panda the Steer with burn damage to the face.

Here’s an update about Panda the Steer, the badly burned animal that was set on fire last fall during an act of animal cruelty while being housed in a barn at Paso Robles High School. He’ll be heading for greener pastures soon.

A Ventura County woman says she has made a deal with the steer's owner to buy Panda prior to the upcoming terminal auction at the Mid State Fair. State rules require animals sold at terminal auctions be slaughtered and processed.

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6:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Paso Robles mayor decides to run for city council seat instead

The Paso Robles City Hall and Library
Credit Panoramio and Google Maps

The mayor of Paso Robles says he won't run for his current job in the next election, but does plan to run for a council seat.

Duane Picanco says he discussed the issue with his family and says he's decided it's time to let somebody new lead the city.

The term of mayor recently increased from two to four years which was the deciding factor for the mayor he told KCBX. Voters chose to increase the term in 2012.

Picanco has held the job since 2008 and was a councilman prior to that.

candidates can submit their nomination papers to the city as of July 14.

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