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Santa Maria Schools: “Think Big”

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That’s the topic at assemblies at two high schools in the Santa Maria School District. Assemblies to be held at Santa Maria High School today and Righetti High School tomorrow.“ithinkbig.org” presentations scheduled at both sites. They encourage student to think bigger and deeper with their lives. They address issues on bullying, drugs and gangs. They discuss methods to make the …

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Santa Barbara County Wants Input on New Bus Routes

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The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments wants your input on new bus routes, so they’re conducting a public hearing today at the supervisors hearing room on East Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria. If you cannot attend today’s meeting, you can email your comment to sbcag.org.

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A Respite From the Rain Storms

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Today and tomorrow, the Central Coast will dry out from the storm. Yesterday, heavy rain caused 28 traffic collisions from Santa Maria to Harmony.  Rainfall totals ranged from a quarter inch at the Santa Maria Public Airport to 5.3 inches at Walter Ranch in Cambria.  San Luis Obispo received over an inch of rain yesterday.  For the month, the rain …

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Ann Margret is Coming to the 22nd Annual SLO Film Fest in March

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The 74-year-old Academy Award nominee to receive an award for excellence from actor Alan Arkin. Ann Margret starred in several memorable movies including “Cincinatti Kid” with Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld and Steve McQueen.  She was also in “Viva Las Vegas” with Elvis Presly and “Bye Bye Birdie.” She also generously entertained troops with Bob Hope during the Vietnam War. Tickets …

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Chumash Job Fair

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The Chumash Casino Resort is conducting a job fair today from 10-4 at the Chumash Employee Resource Center in Buellton. Positions available include a variety of positions in food and beverage, hospitality and facilities. You’re encouraged to pre-register at their website.

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The 24th Congressional District race may get another candidate today.

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Matt Kokkonen to appear on the Dave Congalton Show on News Talk 920 KVEC this afternoon to announce he’s again running for the congressional seat. Salud Carbajal of Santa Maria has raised the most money in the campaign.  Carbajal has raised about 1.4 million dollars. According to most polls so far, indicates the front runner in the race is republican …

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Grover Beach Homeless Going to be Cleared Out of Encampment

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Homeless camps in Grover Beach near Highway One and the train tracks are going to be cleared out by city officials. The eviction is part of the city’s plan to update and improve its train station depot. Former Grover Beach mayor Debbie Peterson recently toured several Grover Beach area homeless camps with local business people, neighbors and the Surfriders Group.  …

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Atascadero Lake Slowly Refilling

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Atascadero lake is slowly refilling.  City officials hope that El Nino will fill up the lake in the next few months.  The city took advantage of the drought to clean out the lake, removing tons of debris on the bottom.  A pipe is now diverting water from Atascadero Creek to Atascadero Lake.

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Cuesta Faculty on Strike Due Pay Demands

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Classes begin today at Cuesta College.  But not everyone is happy about it. Friday, about 85 Cuesta faculty members picketed outside the campus student center.  They’re upset about what they describe as unfair compensation. The protesters held signs reading “the time is now.  Fair pay for excellent work.” During the opening day activities for the new semester for faculty and …

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Central Coast Honors Dr. King

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Today is a national holiday, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Most schools and banks are closed today. In Paso Robles Saturday, about three hundred turned out to honor his memory at Flamson Middle School.  A piper set the mood for the celebration.  Hailey Silviera opened the event with the national anthem,  but the honoree was the Reverend Martin Luther …

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