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Students to march in support of teachers before Lucia Mar Unified School District board meeting External link to Students to march in support of teachers before Lucia Mar Unified School District board meeting

Students in Arroyo Grande will march Tuesday in support of teachers in the Lucia Mar Unified School District.

Members of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association are in an ongoing contract dispute with the school district. They are asking for a 10 percent salary increase, but the district says it has offered them a two percent increase.

Organizers of Tuesday's march tell KSBY News that nearly 100 students, alumni, and parents are expected to take part. The march is set to start at the Arroyo Grande High School gym shortly after 4:00 Monday afternoon and end at the school district office where the Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5:00 p.m.

The board will hold a public comment period before going into closed session to meet with labor negotiators.

 


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2015/2/24 5:29

Supervisors to consider Bob Jones Trail expansion project External link to Supervisors to consider Bob Jones Trail expansion project

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on a proposal Tuesday that would expand the Bob Jones Trail.

The proposed 4.4 mile segment would expand the trail from the existing staging area of the Bob Jones Trail at Ontario Road to the Octagon Barn off South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. The expansion of the trail is part of a project aimed at connecting Avila Beach to San Luis Obispo.

The County Board of Supervisors will decide whether to approve the trail's Final Environmental Impact Report.

The San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation Commission forwarded a recommendation on the project to the County Board of Supervisors in January.

To read the entire environmental impact report, click here.

 


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2015/2/24 4:42

Feb. 23rd, 2015 weather watcher report External link to Feb. 23rd, 2015 weather watcher report

This is today's weather watcher report which takes into account lows/highs and rain from 5pm the prior day to today, cumulative rainfall for storms is handled in a separate post.

Arroyo Grande 42/60 .01"
Atascadero 38/60 .35"
CA Valley 33/56 .50"
Cambria 44/61 .12"
Corbett Canyon 44/62 .12"
Cuyama 36/58 .14"
Goleta 42/62 .27"
Hearst Castle 43/56 .05"
Lompoc 39/64 .04"
Los Osos 44/61
Morro Bay 44/61
Nipomo 42/63 .16"
Paso Robles 42/60 .21"
Pismo Beach 44/61
San Luis Obispo 41/61 .21"
San Miguel 42/60 .09"
Santa Barbara 48/67 .13"
Santa Maria 43/64 .07"
Santa Ynez 41/63 .05"
Shandon 38/60 .12"
Shell Beach 44/61
Solvang 42/68 .09"
Templeton 41/61 .08"

 


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2015/2/23 21:05

Rain totals since Sunday External link to Rain totals since Sunday

Rain totals since Sunday

Santa Barbara County North Coast

Los Alamos 0.42
Twitchell Dam 0.32
New Cuyama 0.17
Sisquoc 0.17
Los Prietos 0.08
Santa Maria 0.07
Solvang 0.07
Buellton 0.07
Sudden Peak 0.07
Cachuma Dam 0.06
Santa Ynez 0.05
Vandenberg 0.01

Santa Barbara County South Coast

Montecito Hills 0.43
Gaviota Coast 0.37
Santa Barbara 0.27
Maria Ygnacio Ridge 0.09
Carpinteria 0.04

Santa Barbara County Mountains And Foothills
Refugio Pass 0.74
El Deseo 0.52
San Marcos Pass 0.27
Gibraltar Dam 0.25
West Big Pine 0.20

San Luis Obispo County Central Coast

Nipomo 0.23
San Luis Obispo 0.22
Cambria 0.20
SLO - Cal Poly 0.17
Oceano 0.04

San Luis Obispo County Interior

Bald Mountain 0.83
Paso Robles 0.32
Lake Lopez 0.29
Atascadero 0.24
Santa Margarita 0.12
Rocky Butte 0.12
Upper Toro Creek Road 0.11
Salinas Dam 0.11
Las Tablas 0.03

San Luis Obispo County Eastern Portion

Branch Mountain 0.62
Shandon 0.51
La Panza 0.43
Carrizo Plain 0.34
Black Mountain 0.32

 


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2015/2/23 20:19

Emergency crews respond to crash on Highway 154 External link to Emergency crews respond to crash on Highway 154

Emergency crews were called to a crash in the Santa Ynez Valley on Monday Evening.

It happened at approximately 5:15 p.m. at Highway 154 and Roblar Avenue.

According to the California Highway Patrol, two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision, causing lanes in both directions of traffic to be shut down.

A helicopter was sent to the scene to transport at least one victim. Information on the extent of injuries was not immediately available.

The crash comes just two days after a head-on crash at the same intersection left seven people injured.

 

 

 

 


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2015/2/23 18:05

Nipomo neighborhood grieves for man killed in wrong way crash on Hwy 101 External link to Nipomo neighborhood grieves for man killed in wrong way crash on Hwy 101

New information tonight on last Friday's deadly wrong-way crash on the Santa Maria River Bridge.

The California Highway Patrol has identified the people involved.

They say the driver of the wrong-way truck was 57-year-old William Dixon Jr. of Hastings, Nebraska.

Officers say he crashed head-on into a car driven by 71-year-old William Donald Cole of Nipomo.

Cole died, but his wife, Paulette, who was his passenger, was the sole survivor.

C.H.P. still does not know why Dixon drove the wrong way.

They told KSBY they don't believe it's suicide at this time.

C.H.P. is waiting on the results of a toxicology report to hopefully learn more.

Meanwhile, one Central Coast neighborhood is reeling after losing someone who several people told KSBY today, was a good man.

For Nipomo resident Torri Stewart, Friday started out like any other day.

For the last seven years, she lived right next door to William and Paulette Cole.

"I just kind of made a comment like, making your Costco trip?" said Steward. "And they shook their head. And that was the last time I saw them. Couldn't ask for any better neighbors."

Three days later, C.H.P. is still trying to re-trace the steps of everyone involved in the crash, to answer the question of why Dixon drove his pickup the wrong way down the 101 and into on-coming traffic.

"He's not from the Santa Maria area," said C.H.P. Sgt. Greg Klingenberg. "Certainly confusion could play a role in that. Combine that with some sort of medical condition or some sort of impairment related to alcohol or drugs, it's all part of the equation. It's all part of what we're looking into at this point."

Meanwhile, the feeling in Stewart's Nipomo neighborhood can be summed up in one word.

"Devasted," Stewart said. "(William) could fix anything. From a clock, to a car, he rebuilt his old truck in the garage. And so he was a super guy. His wife, I can't say enough good about her. Or either one of them."

C.H.P. still doesn't know exactly where Dixon got on the freeway.

But they believe he used the Broadway exit.

It's about a half mile away and closest to where the crash happened.

C.H.P. says it received lots of calls from people who say they saw the wrong way driver, in the days leading up to the crash.

But officers don't know why he was in the area, or what led up to the crash.

If you have any information about the case, you're asked to call Santa Maria C.H.P.

 


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2015/2/23 16:09

Forecast turns mild for the balance of the work week External link to Forecast turns mild for the balance of the work week

Forecast turns mild for the balance of the work week

The upper air low that gave the Central Coast rain into Monday afternoon is pulling out tonight to leave behind a mild forecast until later this week.

There will be some NW wind over the course of the week as low pressure systems pass to our north.

The forecast picks up again Friday evening as another larger upper low spins up to our east. Like our last system it'll be cool and unstable. Showers later Friday into Saturday could produce .25", perhaps as much as .50"

There looks to be another, possible stronger, system Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

 


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2015/2/23 14:55

CHP identifies Arroyo Grande man, 22, killed in suspected DUI crash External link to CHP identifies Arroyo Grande man, 22, killed in suspected DUI crash

The California Highway Patrol has identified the 22-year-old Arroyo Grande man killed in a suspected DUI crash early Sunday morning as Tyler Johns, 22.

CHP says Paul Kravtsov, 18, of Arroyo Grande was driving a pickup truck on Hi Mountain Road, just north of Lopez Lake, at about 1:00 a.m. when he lost control around a curve and went about 300 feet down a steep mountainside.

Kravtsov received minor injuries and was able to climb up to the roadway to get help. Johns died at the scene.

CHP is still investigating to determine if either man was wearing a seatbelt.

Kravtsov was arrested and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail and faces charges of felony DUI and manslaughter.

His bail was set at $100,000. Jail logs did not show him in custody Monday afternoon.

 


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2015/2/23 14:50

Lypps charges for murder a second time, after judge dismisses case External link to Lypps charges for murder a second time, after judge dismisses case

James Lypps of Nipomo, who was accused of murdering his wife in 2009, is back in jail after a judge discharged him from custody on Friday.

Since Lypps was never acquitted of the crime, the District Attorney's office was able to request for the second arrest. By arresting him again, the prosecution has one last try for the case to go to trial.

The District Attorney's office decided to refile the murder charge against Lypps, which they say is quite common in felony cases like this one. It will likely be in front of a new judge, however, the whole process starts all over again from the beginning.

After being freed from jail for one night, Lypps was arrested Saturday night from his Nipomo home by the Morro Bay Police Department. This was done at the request of the District Attorney based on the same evidence as the December arrest.

According to Lee Cunningham, the County of San Luis Obispo Assistant District Attorney, Lypps was not held to answer at the preliminary hearing.
If a defendant does not have to go to trial, and the crime is a felony, as seen in Lypps' case, the District Attorney has the option to refile the charges because of the "one-dismissal" rule. They are able to revisit the felony charges only one more time in court.

The District Attorney's office tells KSBY they plan on filing the complaint on Tuesday and expect to be back in court for Lypps' second arraignment Wednesday morning at the San Luis Obispo Courthouse.

In 2009, Sherre Neal-Lypps was found dead in the bathtub of her Morro Bay home. Her husband, James Lypps, remained a suspect but was never arrested until December of 2014.

New DNA evidence allowed Morro Bay Police to make the arrest, investigators say DNA under Sherre's nails matched with James. Lypps was charged with one count of murder.

Lypps plead not guilty in December and has remained in jail until Friday when the judge released him from custody during the preliminary hearing due to lack of evidence.

 


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2015/2/23 14:43

Gaviota rest area reopens following months-long closure External link to Gaviota rest area reopens following months-long closure

Gaviota rest area reopens following months-long closure

The newly renovated Gaviota rest area on Highway 101 is now open.

For the past ten months, crews worked on improving various parts of the facility, including plumbing, landscape and irrigation systems.

Officials say around one-million people use the rest area every year.

Both sides of the rest stop reopened Monday around noon.

The project cost more than $900,000.

 


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2015/2/23 14:31

CHP identifies Santa Maria man arrested in connection with deadly crash External link to CHP identifies Santa Maria man arrested in connection with deadly crash

CHP identifies Santa Maria man arrested in connection with deadly crash


The California Highway Patrol says a Santa Maria man was arrested Sunday after a suspected DUI crash that killed a 32-year-old woman.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the California Highway Patrol says an SUV rolled just south of the Solomon Summit on Highway 101 North near Los Alamos.

CHP says the driver, Raymond Alvia Fear II, 41, was able to get out of the SUV, but his passenger from Santa Maria, whose name has not been released, was ejected and died at the scene. CHP says she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Fear was taken to the hospital with major injuries, including a fractured clavicle, and was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into County Jail.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 


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2015/2/23 13:59

Tickets on sale Friday for Boz Scaggs performance in SLO. External link to Tickets on sale Friday for Boz Scaggs performance in SLO.

Tickets on sale Friday for Boz Scaggs performance in SLO.

Boz Scaggs is coming to the PAC this Spring. The Grammy-award winning former member of the Steve Miller Band will play the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo Tuesday night, May 19th. 

After leaving the Steve Miller band, Boz struck out on his own. In 1975 came the multi-platinum release, Silk Degrees, featuring hits like "Lowdown," which won the Grammy Award for "Best R&B Song", "Lido Shuffle," "What Can I Say" and the ballad "We're All Alone," which became a worldwide hit for Rita Coolidge.

Box continues to work with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald as The Dukes of September even as he launches his own tour on the heels of his new album release "A Fool to Care" this March 31st.

Advance sales start this Friday at noon at the PAC Box Office in person or by calling (805) 756-4849, or you can order on-line starting at 10 a.m. by clicking here.

 


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2015/2/23 13:15

Drivers killed in wrong-way crash on Santa Maria River Bridge identified External link to Drivers killed in wrong-way crash on Santa Maria River Bridge identified

The California Highway Patrol says a Nipomo man was one of two people killed in a head-on crash involving a wrong-way driver on Highway 101 in Santa Maria Friday afternoon.

CHP says William Dixon, Jr., 57, from Nebraska was killed after he entered Highway 101 South the wrong way and crashed his Chevrolet pickup head-on into a Ford Aspire on the Santa Maria River Bridge.

The driver of the Aspire, William Donald Cole, 71, from Nipomo, was killed and his wife, Paulette Cole, 70, sustained major injuries.

The southbound side of the highway was closed down for more than two hours and traffic backed up past Nipomo.

The crash remains under investigation. It is not yet known if alcohol or drugs played a role.

 


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2015/2/23 11:10

More than 150 cats spayed in Paso Robles External link to More than 150 cats spayed in Paso Robles

Volunteers from all over San Luis Obispo County helped neuter and spay more than 150 cats Saturday.

The fourth Spay Day took place in Paso Robles.

Organizations brought in feral cats and low-income families could bring in their cats as well to get a quick health check and be vaccinated and fixed.

The goal is to reduce the feral cat population in North County.

One volunteer says one cat and its offspring can produce up to 400,000 kittens in its lifetime.

The volunteers also tipped the cats ears, so people in the community will be able to easily identify which cats are healthy, vaccinated, and altered.

The cats were housed overnight to recover and then released back into the community Sunday.

 


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2015/2/23 8:36

Inspired Home Expo held in Paso Robles External link to Inspired Home Expo held in Paso Robles

People interested in rennovating their homes could talk to several professionals in the industry all under one roof Sunday.

The Inspired Home and Gourmet Food and Wine Expo took place in Paso Robles this weekend.

It marked the 50th home expo since the events started back in 2005.

The expos happen throughout the year and allow people to meet local companies and contractors face-to-face.

"The best thing about coming to the event as a homeowner is that you can find everything you need to make your home a beautiful living environment in one location," said Lani Colhouer, Inspired Home Expo founder.

There will be a Health Expo March 21 and 22 at the Alex Madonna Expo Center.

 


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2015/2/23 8:27

Health and Wellness Fair a success in Santa Maria External link to Health and Wellness Fair a success in Santa Maria

People could learn all about health and wellness at the Santa Maria Town Center Sunday.

At the second annual Health and Wellness Fair, there were not only major health care providers to talk to people but a wide range of other businesses and organizations were also represented.

"We've got, as you saw, a gym is here. Dance instructors, Zumba classes. You've got face painters here. They've got weight loss people. There's legal here for immigration and work-related. There's people that are sizing helmets like Cottage Hospital for kids, and anything in between," said Ed Carcarey, Emerald Wave Media General Manager.

Organizers say the event has been such a success they plan on having it again next year at the same location.

 


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2015/2/23 8:08

Gaviota rest area set to reopen Monday External link to Gaviota rest area set to reopen Monday

The newly renovated Gaviota rest area on Highway 101 is set to be reopened after a nearly 10 month long improvement project.

Crews worked on improving the rest stops irrigation and electrical systems during the project. It is scheduled to reopen Monday afternoon.

Officials say around one-million people use the rest area every year.

 


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2015/2/23 7:51

Santa Maria man arrested, woman killed in second DUI-suspected crash on Central Coast External link to Santa Maria man arrested, woman killed in second DUI-suspected crash on Central Coast

A Santa Maria man was arrested Sunday after a second deadly suspected DUI-related crash this weekend on the Central Coast.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the California Highway Patrol says an SUV rolled just south of the Solomon Summit on Highway 101 North in the Santa Maria area.

CHP says the driver was able to get out of the SUV, but his passenger, a 32-year-old woman from Santa Maria, was ejected and died at the scene. CHP says she was not wearing a seatbelt.

The 41-year-old driver, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to the hospital with major injuries, including a fractured clavicle, and was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into County Jail.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Early Sunday morning, CHP in San Luis Obispo County responded to a truck that had rolled about 300 feet down a steep mountainside on Hi Mountain Road, just north of Lopez Lake.

Paul Kravtsov, 18, of Arroyo Grande was later arrested on suspicion of DUI. His passenger, a 22-year-old man from Arroyo Grande, died on scene.

 


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2015/2/23 7:47

SLO County Sheriff to host town-hall meeting to discuss public safety External link to SLO County Sheriff to host town-hall meeting to discuss public safety

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson is hosting a Town Hall Meeting Monday to discuss public safety.

It's part of a series of meetings Sheriff Parkinson is hosting at various locations across the county. Monday's meeting is set to take place at Shandon Elementary School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Locations for the other Town Hall Meetings will be announced in the coming weeks.

 


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2015/2/23 7:39

Grover Beach to hold public meeting to get input on street repair program External link to Grover Beach to hold public meeting to get input on street repair program

The City of Grover Beach is holding a public meeting Monday night to get input from residents about the city's street rehabilitation and repair program.

The city plans to sell up to $48-million in bonds to fund repairs on local streets.

Monday night's meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Ramona Garden Park Center located at 993 Ramona Drive in Grover Beach.

 


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2015/2/23 7:38

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