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C.S. Smith Sporting Goods
C.S. SMITH SPORTING GOODS

Smith's Sporting Goods was a great place to go as a kid. You didn't need much money to buy a gag gift or shotgun shells.




Bickell's
BICKELL'S STATIONERY STORE

   Not a good place to take your date, but we nerd types loved to browse the aisles.


How 'Bout a Mud Bath?
 SULFUR BATHS

Paso Robles was famous for the 'healing' hot springs in the area. Here is the bath house downtown at 11th and Pine Street.


Is This Dave Rowe's Old Woody?
PASO ROBLES INN

With a long history of beauty, service and great food, the Paso Robles Inn is just one of the city's wonderful landmarks.


PASO ROBLES HISTORY

Your pictorial guide to Paso's colorful past. Written by local authors, it's available at Amazon.com where you can see sample pages.

 


 

"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."
- Cherokee Proverb -

"Never miss a good chance to shut up."
- Texas Bix Bender -

"The government of the United States, under Lyndon Johnson, proposes to concern itself over the quality of American life. And this is something very new in the political theory of free nations.  The quality of life has heretofore depended on the quality of human beings who gave tone to that life, and they were its priests and its poets, not its bureaucrats."
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"Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy."
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“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
– President John Adams -
1789

"Progress has brought us both unbounded opportunities and unbridled difficulties. Thus, the measure of our civilization will not be that we have done much, but what we have done with that much. I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism. The thought of modern industry in the hands of Christian charity is a dream worth dreaming. The thought of industry in the hands of paganism is a nightmare beyond imagining. The choice between the two is upon us."
- Theodore Roosevelt -

"To silence criticism is to silence freedom."
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Poet Lariat

Ain't there a poet lariat around?
Someone to put this ol' horse town
Right on the map where it oughta be,
So all them city-slickered dudes can see
We're just as dad-blamed 
cultured . . . Yesiree!

                                                         ---  WordyDave

April

Long May It Wave

* (20th)  The city is tightening rules for vacation rental properties after a big stink by many locals.

* (20th)  And just what were YOU doing in 1936? Most likely waiting to be born. Here's a look at what was going on in Paso Robles back then.

* (20th)  Alex Trebek lists his Lake Nacimiento home for $1.4 million.

* (20th)  Ready to ditch that computer time for something more productive? Check this out:  

* (20th)  Who would die for a lie? This question is answered by Al Fonzi in the Paso Robles Press. Thanks, Al.

* (20th)  The local art scene is thriving.

* (20th)  Dean Venturini will be remembered lovingly by family and friends.

* (20th)  "The Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed!" This Resurrection season is the cornerstone of the assurance that God's judgment for sins has taken place for those who believe, trust in, and love His Son, Jesus. Heaven is open to all who call out for mercy, turn from their sinful way of life, and put their faith in God's only Savior and Redeemer.

* (23rd)  Paso's first homeless shelter has been approved.

* (23rd)  Apartment fire displaces 29 people.

* (23rd)  May 9-12 is slated for the annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Heads up!

* (23rd)  Let's welcome Anthony Overton, the new principal at Paso Robles High School.

* (23rd)  More school news. This time fake news in a "boys will be boys" post.

* (23rd)  "Field of Light" sculpture exhibit is coming to Paso Robles in May.

* (23rd)  Flashing safety crosswalks coming to unsafe intersections downtown.

* (23rd)  It's the perfect time to check out the wildflower blooms on Hwy 58 at Shell Creek and Carrizo Plain. You may even see a bald eagle or two.

* (23rd)  A homeless shelter is in the planning stage to help the hundreds in the area. Expect big changes.

* (23rd)  Willie Nelson to return for another singfest.

* (23rd)  The Paso Robles Pioneer Museum is finally able to purchase 1.6 acres of Pioneer Park and expand its venue. Congratulations! Please make a generous donation now!

* (23rd)  It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Paso's great friend and 'historian',  Gary Smith, on February 7. His son Matt offered the following eulogy: "He is loved very much by his family and friends. He loved to share stories about his adventures over the years riding motorcycles around the US and down Baja. He loved Paso and talking about growing up there. Godspeed, Papa Gary."

  Gary

There will be a memorial service on March 16 at the Pioneer Museum.

* (23rd)  Early retirement offered to 30 local teachers to offset budget shortfall with lower salaries for replacement teachers.

* (23rd)  Thieves steal over 50 bicycles. What's next?

* (23rd)  RV's for Veterans program started in SLO county, thanks to Common Ground Worldwide.

January

* (26th)  Paso school district falls $5 million short for new swim complex funding. Project is in limbo after being declared a "disaster."

* (26th)  Dr. Joye Carter speaks at MLK Jr. celebration: "there is but one race, it's called human."

* (26th)  Paso's art scene is rolling right along.

December

* (29th)  The latest news about the city buying the old Boys School property:

* (29th)  Upscale BBQ may by your ticket - or not. $6 to $16.

* (29th)  Lights out in Paso, albeit briefly. Traumatic enough to merit headlines, though.

* (29th)  Here's a nostalgic front page look at New Year's 1946 as seen in an old issue of The Paso Robles Journal.

* (29th)  More big news: broken fire hydrant puts on quite a show in front of Panda Express!

* (24th)  "And you shall call His name, Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21. 
MERRY CHRISTMAS as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus the Messiah.

* (24th)  Here's a brief history of Paso's hot springs.

* (24th)  The city's voter re-districting problem has been 'solved.'

November

* (14th)  Welcome to Trevor Aguilar, Paso's newest police department recruit.

* (14th)  Outgoing School Superintendent Chris Williams to receive $200,000 in severance pay. Side note: big budget cuts are looming.

* (14th)  The latest United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket lift-off has been rescheduled to Dec. 18. Keep those cameras handy!

* (14th)  Your help is needed to redraw new voting districts, starting this month and continuing through January.

* (14th)  Paso Robles crime stats for the end of November:

* (14th)  Paso doctor John Blaney featured on the Great American Baking Show.

* (14th)  Highlights from the last City Council meeting:

* (14th)  Have you tried the new tri-tip restaurant on Park Street? Check it out. Stein's BBQ Co.

October

* (27th) "A Train Runs Through It" will be the new theme as proposals are being made for Paso's railroad district and Railroad Street.

* (27th) Thanksgiving dinner in the Park continues to feed 1000 folks again this year thanks to the many volunteers who make it possible.

* (27th) Girls trafficked for sex is alive and thriving in the county. Be aware and know the signs.

* (27th) Another survey ranks the city as one of the 25 coolest places to be in America.

* (27th) Here's a great look at a day in 1914 and Paso Robles history, including an article on Paderewski buying his ranch west of town. Click on the image to see the large version.

* (27th) The annual Paderewski Festival is just around the corner.

* (27th) Ramping up the rampage against Republicans is caught on video in Paso Robles. Pray for the haters on both sides.

* (16th) Congratulations to this year's Pioneer Day royalty, Grand Marshal Bob Tullock and Queen JoAnn Arnold Switzer.

* (16th) As King Solomon says, "There is nothing new under the sun." The perennial parking problem in Paso Robles has been in a decade-long debate that is still being wrangled.

* (16th) The reason why Paso will never be the same little old sleepy berg it was once upon a time:        

* (16th) Plans for a five to ten year project for a 250 acre touristy garden across from  the Hwy 46 golf course have folks swinging. See comments.

* (16th) Big win for Bearcats!

* (16th) Pioneer Day Kick-Off Party slated.

 

June

* (23rd) Let's double the 1400 hotel rooms in Paso - Let's build a Convention Center  - a first for SLO county!

* (23rd) Missing pup reunited with distraught family.

* (23rd) It's official - 101 things to like about Paso Robles. Very interesting that wineries were not mentioned.

* (23rd) Record setting heat due today.

* (23rd) The Mid-State Fair will be closing its doors July 29. Here' s the schedule for the last day.

* (23rd) The joys and fears of graduating from High School. Paso High story here:  

* (23rd) Congratulations to Beckett Anderson - high school senior given full scholarship to the Air Force Academy.

* (23rd) Phil Dirkx remembers when Paso Robles was Almond Country, not Wine Country.

May

* (5th) It's official: Paso Robles will remain a sanctuary city within our sanctuary state. Unanimous vote.

* (5th) 1 million gallons of Nacimiento Lake water spills after pipeline mishap.

* (5th) Paso Robles Daily News is now on Apple News app.

* (5th) Preschoolers plant tree on Arbor Day.

* (5th) Congratulations to Debbie Sharp, Paso's Library Volunteer of the Year.

* (5th) These kids deserve a round of applause for their hard work and willingness to get their hands dirty. Although, they were probably wearing protective gloves during the fray.

* (5th) Paso High grad is now local police officer. Welcome officer Pierce the next time you see him.

April

* (14th) If your world isn't enough of a circus already, head to the airport April 20 to see the real deal. Uh, oh! The event has been cancelled without explanation.

* (14th) Here we go again - another battle over another development and another concern over water supply. Paso's perpetual motion machine at work.

* (14th) Solving the mercury pollution dilemma at the Buena Vista Mine is an ongoing concern.

* (14th) New upscale restaurant is dog friendly.

* (14th) Time to say goodbye to Dr. Bryant. He will be missed.

* (14th) Public parking in Paso is a perpetual issue. Another problem solving meeting is slated for April 16.

* (14th) Please pray for this kid.

* (14th) Plea to our elected officials:  Forget the bullet train and make California roads safer. FINALLY, the State is going to FIX the Cholame death intersection.

March

* (17th) Fights break out at Paso High as students honor Parkland, FL dead.

* (17th) Are Paso schools prepared for the worst?

* (17th) County crime ain't what it used to be!

* (17th) Downtown parking is still a huge problem. The solution hiatus may soon be over . . . or not.

* (17th) In defense of a strong militia and private gun ownership, Roblan Al Fonzi speaks out.

* (17th) Get yourself over to the Pioneer Museum and see the spankin' new Barbed Wire exhibit. Congratulations, museum volunteers.

* (17th) Paso's newest mural is unveiled. It's between 12th and 13th and Spring streets.

* (17th) What's so special about the county? Put it in poetry and win a somewhat prize!

* (17th) The end of an era is underway in Oak Park, as the remaining original north end units have been razed in preparation for new ones. This is where yours truly WordyDave was born and raised. Goodbye, Oak Park as we knew it.

February

* (3rd) Local hotel ranked #1 in the United States. Congratulations!

* (3rd) Tom Madden named Roblan of the Year.

* (3rd) The Home, Garden and Gourmet Expo extravaganza is slated to start February 24 at the Event Center in Paso.

* (3rd) Barney Schwartz Park gets a new $200,000 playground for kids of all ages.

* (3rd) Rifle manufacturer Weatherby, Inc. is moving from Paso Robles to Wyoming after almost 30 years on Commerce Way. You probably know why.

* (3rd) Remembering Paso's beloved 2017 Pioneer Day Grand Marshal Daryl Stinchfield who went to his eternal place of praise January 21, 2018.

January

* (6th) Winter always brings its ample share of residence fires, including this one in Paso Robles.

* (6th) Happy New Year to the new year babies in San Luis Obispo County. Drinking pineapple juice worked for the Paso Robles mom.

* (6th) Mr. Fonzi is in the saddle again, brandishing the popular rant of a government gone wild - the Fonz at his best.

* (6th) I guess this kind of news is good news on a slow news day in Paso. Murder it ain't.

* (6th) It's a new year and none of us knows what it will bring. May the God of glory be your hope and strength in all of the ups and downs on the path.

 

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