Sunday, November 19, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 46
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Do you think the Carrizo Plain should stay a national monument?

Absolutely. The Carrizo is one of the last undeveloped areas of the San Joaquin Valley, a protected habitat for endangered species, and a natural wonder for the public.
Yes, but I don't think it's as clear cut as some think. The Trump Administration should take a look at its status.
The feds should consider reducing the size of the monument.
No. The Carrizo should be privatized. Allow the market to tap into its natural resources.

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Life, death,and honey: Local wild bees are important to your food supply

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

I’ve stepped out of reality and into a full-body beekeeper’s outfit. It might as well be a spacesuit. Instead of holding a tiny American flag in the middle of space, I’m clutching a pole hooked around a tree branch suspended 4 feet above my head. Hovering on that branch? A massive swarm of boisterous, buzzing wild bees. A few feet away lies the husk of their old ... [ Read More ]

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News

Cayucos decides to dissolve its fire department

By KAREN GARCIA

After a four-year struggle to keep the Cayucos Fire Department afloat, the Cayucos Fire Protection District is handing its department over to San Luis Obispo County. Steve Be...

Murder suspect was previously deported, ICE officials say

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A 24-year-old Nipomo man arrested for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death had been deported from the United States nine months before the murder, according to Federal i...

SLO Supervisors talk homelessness

By PETER JOHNSON

Is homelessness getting better in SLO County? That was the question debated at the SLO County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 6, when supervisors took a look at the stat...

John Wallace faces new criminal charges

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Former South SLO County Sanitation District Administrator John Wallace is once again facing felony charges after the SLO County District Attorney’s Office announced it filed...

Cowan re-arrested as SLO DA preps for re-trial

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

After a brief period of freedom, Cambria resident Ronald Cowan is back behind bars as SLO County prosecutors take a second run at convicting him of multiple charges of child m...

SLO to hike parking rates

By PETER JOHNSON

Your visit to downtown San Luis Obispo is about to get even pricier, especially if you bring your car. The SLO City Council approved a new parking rate structure on June 6, w...

System overload: SLO mulls ordinance to drive property owners to fix sewer laterals

By PETER JOHNSON

San Luis Obispo’s sewage system is old. How old? Thirteen percent of SLO’s 137 miles of wastewater pipeline dates back to before World War II, and some pipes can be trace...

Commentary

The real Christianity

By REUEL CZACH

My heart hurt after I read the words written by Al Fonzi recently, in an opinion piece called “Neither bigots nor haters” (May 25). I feel sad that while I sense that he h...

Hypocrisy and climate hysteria

By AL FONZI

“The sky is falling” should begin each and every future news story regarding the Paris Climate Accord. The leftist media are acting with the zealotry of new converts in ...

Letters

One view of California Valley cannabis production

By Ryan Lovejoy - California Valley

Cannabis is currently bringing immense value in many forms to all of the people residing in the California Valley. Whether a landowner grows cannabis or not, his or her proper...

Kudos to Trump

By Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande

I couldn’t be happier or more pleased with President Trump’s decision to remove us from the Paris climate accord, an agreement that was bad for America and another campaig...

A place to be yourself

By Ethel 'Tink' Landers - GALA Volunteer Art Curator, San Luis Obispo

When I read about the rainbow flag burned at Mayor Heidi Harmon’s home I reflected on times past. I’m 67 years old and have been a participant at GALA (Gay and Lesbian All...

Trust the scientists

By Mike Sassard - Paso Robles

I am not a politician, I do not have a Ph.D., but I put my faith in those who have put in a lot of study and are telling and warning us about our climate changing. They also d...

The blame game gone awry

By Jeannette Watson - Arroyo Grande

With Hillary Clinton’s recent reappearance and Kathy Griffin’s bizarre stunt, we are witnessing a new phenomenon: the art of blaming others for self-inflicted wounds. Sad...

Shredder

Raising red flags

It’s been well documented that since his Orange Unholiness Dicknold Jerkface Trumplethinskin has risen to power, hate crimes have broken out across the nation. Apparently ...

Street Talk

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Strokes and Plugs

Stickin' on imagination

By KAREN GARCIA

Walking down Monterey Street, you’ll stumble upon the clear windows of a new shop with a teal colored sign. Entering Pipsticks induces what owner and founder Maureen Vázque...

Arts

The family behind Good Medicine Presents brings their talents to 2017's Live Oak Music Festival

By GLEN STARKEY

Three years ago, Todd and Korie Newman loaded up their recreational vehicle, “Marvey the RV,” and drove their kids, Rohn and Acacia, to the Live Oak Music Festival for the...

E Pluribus Unum: From Many, One exhibit explores the immigrant's story at Studios on the Park

By RYAH COOLEY

While the list of hot-button topics bound to start WWIII at your family dinner table are ever changing in the current political landscape, on any given day the wall President ...

The Siren's call: Morro Bay's newest nightclub puts the city on the live-music map with the Alvin Bros

By GLEN STARKEY

It’s Saturday, June 3, and the line to get into The Siren stretches way around the block. All these people are waiting to get into the sold-out Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin and...

On a good note

By RYAH COOLEY

Mark the start of summer by catching the final concert of the season for the Cal Poly Symphony on June 10. The show starts at 8 p.m. in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Cen...

Selfie spots galore

By RYAH COOLEY

One of the best things about life in SLO is the abundance of hiking trails. To get everyone hitting the dirt road, the city of SLO is throwing down a social media challenge: t...

Break for art

By RYAH COOLEY

Send young Picassos with too much time on their hands to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s first session of summer art classes for kids from June 19 to 23. Kids ages 7 an...

Underrated: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

By KATRINA BORGES

When? 2013  |  What’s it rated? R   |  Where’s it available? Amazon Video, DVD. I was first introduced to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters by one of my college room...

Blush-colored glasses: It's rosé season--all day, every day

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Winemakers have kept a secret from us—the wine-drinking public—for decades: Rosé is amazing. OK, it’s not like they were keeping it a secret on purpose. The public is ...

Burger bomb: Wee Shack's burgers are mighty delicious

By KATRINA BORGES

When you think of burgers, you probably think mostly of fast food, or at least something pretty straightforward. At Wee Shack, however, a burger isn’t just a meal—it’s a...

Oceanside brunch: Food trucks wheel out to Avila to ease your weekend hunger for breakfast, lunch, and booze

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

I don’t know who first came up with the idea of combining breakfast and lunch, but I’m sure glad they did. If they didn’t, how else would you load up your plate with sav...

One mac to rule them all: New Times staffers eat through SLO County's cheesiest offerings

By RYAH COOLEY AND KAREN GARCIA

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Music

Killer horn-driven party band The California Honeydrops bring their R&B sounds to Presqu'ile Winery on June 9

By GLEN STARKEY

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Film

'Wonder Woman' upends patriarchy with a winning heroine and thrilling story

Patty Jenkins (writer-director of Monster) directs this origin story of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), who was raised as Diana, an Amazon princess trained as an unbeatable warrio...

Flavor

Pickle me this: Los Osos culinary craftswomen prove that you truly can pickle anything

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

Spin the globe and pick a place. Yep. They’ve got pickles. From funky kimchi in South Korea to umami-packed pickled herring in Sweden to sauerkraut in Germany and pickled ma...

Hayley's Pick

Hey, babies!

Does your kid know the difference between raw, real veggies pulled from the dirt and those weird, chemically washed “baby carrots” encased beneath plastic wrap in their pr...

Hot Dates

Master of mosaics

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Pretty crafty

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