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May 1, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Epidemiologists are investigating an outbreak of valley fever that has sickened 28 workers at two large solar-power construction sites in San Luis Obispo County. Staff from the California Department of Public Health, and investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and San Luis Obispo County visited the sites near the Carrizo Plain two months ago, officials said. They identified the sites as the Topaz Solar Farm and California Valley Solar Ranch, two large-scale photovoltaic power plants whose construction often requires considerable scraping and clearing to make way for thousands of acres of solar panels.
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April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Some California marinas, particularly those north of Los Angeles, could see small wave action over the next day as a result of the 8.2 Chilean earthquake and tsunami. Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the NWS Oxnard, said “one-foot tide fluctuations” occurred in the Santa Barbara harbor as of about 7:45 a.m. Such tides were unlikely to damage boats in the harbor, she said. The Ventura harbor also experienced three-to-four knot fluctuations in its currents, as well as swirling water, Hoxsie said.
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July 9, 1985 | JOHN HURST and JACK JONES, Times Staff Writers
A wall of flames threatened the eastern edge of San Luis Obispo for a time on Monday, destroying several structures and forcing the evacuation of numerous residents when erratic winds abruptly pushed the week-old 58,000-acre Las Pilitas fire down out of the foothills. San Luis Obispo County Airport on the south side of the city was closed.
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April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Small tsunami waves and other unusual “water movements” have arrived on the coast of California following an 8.2 earthquake that struck Chile's northern coast Tuesday. Although officials stressed that no tsunami warning had been issued for California or the West Coast, the abnormal wave heights, tide fluctuations and current changes could surprise boaters Wednesday, they said. The National Weather Service ended a tsunami advisory for the state of Hawaii around 7:25 a.m. But the first waves connected to the South American earthquake to strike California may have hit La Jolla hours earlier, said Bill Knight, an oceanographer with the National Tsunami Warning Center based in Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Phillips 66, which operates refineries across California, is moving forward with a plan to build a rail terminal in San Luis Obispo County that would send trains with up to 80 tank cars of crude oil through Southern California and the Bay Area. In a draft environmental impact statement filed this week, Phillips said it wants to build five sets of parallel tracks that would accommodate trains as often as 250 times per year at its Santa Maria Refinery. The project is the latest effort by the refinery industry to increase crude imports to California from oil fields in North Dakota, Colorado and Texas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2009 | By Catherine Saillant
It won't be three hots and a cot on Thanksgiving for San Luis Obispo rancher Dan De Vaul, who was sentenced to 90 days in jail earlier this week for illegally housing tenants on his property. De Vaul, 66, will enjoy turkey with all the trimmings after being bailed out Tuesday by one of the jurors who convicted him of two misdemeanor violations. Mary Partin, who posted De Vaul's $5,000 bail, told reporters that she regretted her guilty votes and wanted to help him. His release came a day after a judge ordered him to serve jail time for unsafe conditions at his Sunny Acres ranch.
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August 13, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A dead dove has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first case of the mosquito-borne disease in San Luis Obispo County. The county Health Department got word Wednesday afternoon that a mourning dove found on July 29 east of Paso Robles tested positive for the virus. The state laboratory in Davis confirmed the disease.
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June 12, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
An 88-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who recently moved from Costa Mesa to the Central Coast has been missing 10 days, authorities said Monday. Janet DeFelice was reported missing June 1 from her son's house in rural Templeton, said San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hascall. DeFelice, who is 5 feet 7, 130 pounds and has brown eyes and gray hair, was wearing a red sweatshirt, black sweatpants, white tennis shoes and gold-rimmed glasses.
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November 6, 1986 | Alma Cook
Supervisor District 4 Jim Johnson 6,092 Ruth E. Brackett, i. 5,100 Sheriff-Coroner Edward C. Williams 30,045 Tim Storton 26,145 Arroyo Grande Mayor Howard Mankins 30,157 John A. Silva 1,139 Howard W. Thomas 692 City Council (2 Elected) Karl Hogan 1,720 Lawerence Lenny Jones 1,430 Matthew P. Gallagher, Jr. 1,396 Mark M. Millis 2,234 Gene Moots, i. 2,225 Grover City City Council (2 Elected) David R. Ekbom, i. 1,394 Dee Santos 1,149 George H. Davidson 893 John Sweeney 519 Charles N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
An ocean swell will continue to produce big waves and strong rip currents along the California coastline, forecasters warned Monday. Waves will reach four to seven feet with occasional sets to nine feet along west- and northwest-facing beaches between San Luis Obispo County to San Diego County, according to the National Weather Service. The largest waves probably will be near Ventura Harbor in Ventura County, as well as Manhattan Beach to Cabrillo Beach in L.A. County. Weather forecasters say the swell also will produce sneaker waves in some of the coastal areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Phillips 66, which operates refineries across California, is moving forward with a plan to build a rail terminal in San Luis Obispo County that would send trains with up to 80 tank cars of crude oil through Southern California and the Bay Area. In a draft environmental impact statement filed this week, Phillips said it wants to build five sets of parallel tracks that would accommodate trains as often as 250 times per year at its Santa Maria Refinery. The project is the latest effort by the refinery industry to increase crude imports to California from oil fields in North Dakota, Colorado and Texas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Forecasters have extended through Tuesday evening a warning for possible "sneaker" waves that can sweep people into, and out, to sea along the California coast. The waves can come with little warning during a “long-period” northwest swell that has been producing large surf and rip currents, according to the National Weather Service, which first issued a warning on Monday. The weather service extended the warning until 10 p.m. Tuesday, saying the greatest impact is along the Central Coast, from Point Piedras Blancas in San Luis Obispo County south to Point Arguello in San Barbara County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Triple-digit temperatures baked some parts of Southern California on Thursday as the region braced for even hotter weather from a blistering heat wave expected during the weekend. Temperatures topped out at 100 in Woodland Hills and 103 in Lancaster in Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service. Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County also hit 103. In the Inland Empire, Ontario reached 100 degrees, and Lake Elsinore recorded a high of 104, the Weather Service said.
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June 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Six state correctional officers were recovering from injuries after they were attacked by an inmate Thursday at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. At least one of the officers was seriously injured by the inmate, who used his fists and a plastic cup to batter the officers, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. State authorities identified the inmate as Christopher McCoy, 34, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Epidemiologists are investigating an outbreak of valley fever that has sickened 28 workers at two large solar-power construction sites in San Luis Obispo County. Staff from the California Department of Public Health, and investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and San Luis Obispo County visited the sites near the Carrizo Plain two months ago, officials said. They identified the sites as the Topaz Solar Farm and California Valley Solar Ranch, two large-scale photovoltaic power plants whose construction often requires considerable scraping and clearing to make way for thousands of acres of solar panels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
Epidemiologists are investigating an outbreak of valley fever that has sickened 28 workers at two large solar power construction sites in San Luis Obispo County. Staff from the California Department of Public Health, and investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and San Luis Obispo County visited the sites near the Carrizo Plain two months ago, officials said. They identified the sites as the Topaz Solar Farm and California Valley Solar Ranch, two large-scale photovoltaic power plants whose construction often requires considerable scraping and clearing to make way for thousands of acres of solar panels.
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April 27, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Many of the nation's 440 military bases were established in what were once sparsely populated hinterlands where soldiers trained without complaints from neighbors about the roar of warplanes and the sound of gunfire and explosions. Now, with urban sprawl pushing up against perimeter fences, the U.S. Department of Defense has quietly become a major protector of wilderness and ranch lands. Working with conservation organizations and local governments, its Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative has helped buy nearly $1 billion worth of land to create buffer zones around 64 military bases where development threatened to encroach on combat training.
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