A $1.3 million trail improvement project at Montaña de Oro in San Luis Obispo County is now complete.
California State Parks says work on the Bluff Trail was completed ahead of schedule and will be open for the Thanksgiving weekend. Work began in early January and was scheduled to continue through December.
Ranger Rob Colligan says he believes with the predicted warm weather there will likely be a lot of activity on the trail tomorrow.
The project was designed to improve access under Americans with Disabilities (ADA) guidelines.
The Colleges and Universities that dot the Central Coast do far more than create an educated populace, they also account for a major portion of the area’s economy.
A recent study took a look at one university in particular—Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo—and found when you tabulate all of the various economic interactions that institution, its students, faculty and staff have with the surrounding area, the sum of those accounts for 12 percent of the entire county’s economic output.
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.
The two vote victory for Mayor of Pismo Beach will face a manual recount starting on Monday morning, November 24, 2014.
Incumbent Mayor Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes back on November 4. Those vote totals were certified on Wednesday, giving the candidates five days to request a recount.
Kreowski was able to raise the roughly $3000 needed to pay for the request with a portion of that money donated by Mayor Higginbotham.
County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald estimates the manual tally will take two days.
Reports out of Europe say this year's olive oil harvest is falling short, which will likely lead to higher prices at the grocery store.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Spain—the world's largest olive oil producer—is expecting output this year to drop by more than 50 percent. The low yield is the result of several factors, including weather, tree stress, and insects the report states.
Projects to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by particulates coming from the Oceano Dunes don't appear to be working. Testing shows the number of days with poor air quality on the Nipomo Mesa held steady, despite the addition of sand fencing and hay bales.
California State Parks spent more than a million dollars on the projects this past spring.
Larry Allen is the Air Pollution Control officer for San Luis Obispo County. He believes the problem can be fixed without putting an end to vehicle access on the dunes, but says some action needs to be taken.
The City of San Luis Obispo is out with updated water usage numbers for the month of August.
Last week, inaccurate totals sent to the state showed a surprising spike of 26 percent. Ron Munds, the city's Utilities Services Manager, says it was a simple data entry issue that threw off the calculations. The source of the problem was found Monday, and the new numbers now show San Luis Obispo saw a cut in water usage of 9 percent.
Munds says he's happy the August numbers now reflect conservation and wants to send the message for people to continue using the resource wisely.
A popular hiking trail on the San Luis Obispo County Coast is set to be reopened to the public by next weekend.
The California Coastal Commission announced today that the Ontario Ridge Trail connecting Pismo Beach with Pirates Cove will have public access restored by the 17th. Land owners Robert and Judith McCarthy of Bakersfield have agreed to remove fencing and signs they had installed several months ago at the trail entrance.
San Luis Obispo County is offering free flu vaccinations this coming Sunday at a couple of locations.
The Public Health Department expects it to be one of the largest single-day clinics in county history with up to 2000 people receiving a shot. Michelle Shoresman is helping to organize the event and says if you didn't think you're in the group of those who should get the shot you might think again: