Paso Robles

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KCBX News has been following a controversial Justin Vineyards expansion project near Paso Robles that has now come to a halt, and resulted in an apology from the vineyard owners following a public outcry.

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It’s been nearly two weeks since the owners of Justin Vineyards issued an apology statement for the deforestation of oak trees on some company property in the Paso Robles area.

Despite the statement, there is still a loud chorus of vocal critics on social media calling for the continued boycott of Justin Wines and other products made by its parent, The Wonderful Company.

Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County, Facebook

A Habitat for Humanity project in Paso Robles is such a success that it’s becoming an example for the organization of how to best use resources. 

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The owners of Justin Vineyards and Winery are apologizing for a controversial expansion effort that involved clear-cutting an oak woodland in the Paso Robles area, and creating a massive retention pond to be filled with groundwater.

Still from Dronesey YouTube video

Controversy is growing over a vineyard-expansion project in the Paso Robles Wine Growing region.

The plan calls for the clear-cutting of an oak forest on land owned by Justin Vineyards. Much of the project has already been completed, but what remains currently on hold.

Alta Colina, Paso Robles - 2015

A new study shows San Luis Obispo County's wine industry helps generate $1.9 billion for the regional economy. 

Clovis Police Department Facebook Page

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 5:14 p.m.

The suspect connected to last weekend's double murder in Clovis is under arrest. 

Paso Robles Police Department

Personal belongings of those living in the Salinas riverbed near the City of Paso Robles are being catalogued for owners to claim.

Paso Robles Police Department

The City of Paso Robles is working to clear out the homeless population from the Salinas Riverbed prior to this weekend's predicted heavy rains. 

Lauren Milbourne, Cuesta College

Back in November of 2014... San Luis Obispo County voters approved a 275-million dollar bond for improvements to Cuesta College... known as Measure L. 

Biodynamic farming is a growing trend for California vineyards

Nov 30, 2015
Aidan Mathews

Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles is a 120-acre property that not only grows wine grapes, but houses animals as well. A flock of sheep at Tablas Creek helps maintain a farming process called Biodynamics.

The goal of the process is to help a vineyard function more efficiently.  It's “a practical way of removing weeds in the vineyard," said Levi Glenn, the vineyard's viticulturist. He says this is the number one benefit of having a flock of sheep roaming around the property.

Alta Colina, Paso Robles - 2015

Winemakers on the Central Coast say the 2015 harvest started and ended early with a low yield. 

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The olive industry in San Luis Obispo County is on track to have a bumper harvest this coming fall. This time around, drought is not a big factor in the equation. 

Several Central Coast groundwater basins are on a California Department of Water Resources (DWR) draft list of water supplies that are tagged as being in critical overdraft. 

Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

Firestone Walker—the largest brewery on the Central Coast and fourth largest craft brewer in the state—is poised for a major expansion. Plans were announced this week of a partnership with Belgium-based brewer, Duvel.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office

The Former Cuesta College employee who investigators say used the school's computer system to download her fellow-employees information was in police custody Monday afternoon. 

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New water restrictions are set to go into effect on May 15 in the City of Paso Robles, targeting outdoor water uses including residential landscaping. New restrictions are an extension of ongoing watering restrictions that have been in place in the city.

Randol White - KCBX News

ALSOAre you using the original pronunciation of this popular California tourist destination? 

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."

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Robert Hall, Local Winery Founder, Passes Away

Oct 7, 2014
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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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. \

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.

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.

Heather Young

Courtesy of the Paso Robles Daily News

Several food vendors cater to ‘food-challenged’ visitors

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. 

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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