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Unit 1 at Diablo Canyon Safely Shut Down for Maintenance


Unit 1 at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant is safely shut down to begin a refueling and maintenance outage that puts more than 2,500 skilled professionals to work and enhances economic development in the greater San Luis Obispo area. PG&E has brought in approximately 1,000 highly-skilled, temporary workers to assist the plant’s 1,500 full-time employees.  …

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New Proposed Regulations on Gas and Oil Pipelines


The federal body governing pipeline safety has proposed new regulations that would change how oil and gas pipelines are operated, inspected and maintained. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration came out with a draft of new rules on Oct. 1 in response to an oil spill in 2010 that leaked close to a million gallons of …

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Homelessness in SLO has Decreased Since 2013


Homelessness in San Luis Obispo County appears to have decreased in 2015 compared to 2013, according to the 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Census Report released by the Homeless Services Oversight Council of San Luis Obispo County. The County conducts a census to count the number of homeless individuals in a single 24-hour period, followed by a survey. The data from …

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Gas Prices Dropping Throughout California


Average retail gasoline prices in California have fallen 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.93/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 10,526 gas outlets in California. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas …

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$55,000 Returned to Phone Scam Victim


On Tuesday Detective David Marquez of the Sheriff’s Office was able to successfully return $55,000 to a local 84-year-old victim of a phone scam. This case began on July 2, when the victim received a phone call from a man who claimed to be an attorney representing the victim’s grandson. The man claimed the grandson had been in a car …

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Man Arrested After Allegedly Violating Terms of Parole


During the morning hours of Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Lompoc Police Department and Santa Barbara County Probation Department AB109 Compliance Response Team, along with the Santa Maria Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Jonathan Chavez in the 700 Block of N. Morro in Santa Maria. Upon contact, Chavez fled the residence …

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CHP Launching Adult Distracted Drivers Traffic Safety Grant


Year in and year out, thousands of people have been killed by distracted drivers and even more have been injured.  By simply changing your driving habits, you can help stop distracted driving.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching the statewide Adult Distracted Drivers traffic safety grant in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety.  The grant is a …

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KCOY News Anchor Charged With Six Misdemeanors


Six misdemeanor charges have been filed against KCOY news anchor Paula Lopez Ochoa stemming from an incident in early September in which she was accused of driving drunk on the wrong way on Highway 101, and assaulting a couple of officers. The DA’s Office also says Ochoa was driving with a BAC over .15 and refused an officer’s request to …

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Atascadero to Use Goats to Aid Vegetation Removal


The City of Atascadero Public Works Department has announced that the City has contracted with “Central Coast Green Goats” of Atascadero to supply a herd (or tribe, according to the US Geological Survey) of approximately 75 goats to aid in the vegetation removal within Atascadero Lake, which is expected to be accomplished within approximately the next 60 days or so. …

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Man Arrested for Selling Drugs Out of Smoke Shop


A Santa Maria man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives served a search warrant at “Johnny’s Smoke Shop,” on South Broadway, in Santa Maria.  26 year old Joe Ruben Gonzales of Santa Maria, an employee of the smoke shop, was taken into custody after Detectives discovered Gonzales was selling various drugs under his control.  An …

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