UPDATED - 6/18/2016

 

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. Click on the photo
to see what it looks like today.


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.

 


 

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– President John Adams -
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So all them city-slickered dudes can see
We're just as dad-blamed 
cultured . . . Yesiree!

                                                         ---  WordyDave

 

June

Long May It Wave

* (4th) Huge area marijuana grow discovered. No stakeout, so no perps caught.

* (4th) Justin Winery is biting the bullet after clear cutting acres of oaks for vineyards. Locals are screaming. Didn't early ranchers and farmers do the same thing?

* (4th) Paso Robles Relay for Life event is slated for next Saturday, June 25 at the Event Center. Please support the American Cancer Society by giving to one of the 23 teams and cheering them on.

* (4th) 414 graduate to the real world at Paso High.

* (4th) Bernie Sanders has pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in SLO County voting.

* (4th) Paso Robles' newest police officer, Maeghan Smallwood adds 'a great work ethic' to its ranks.

* (4th) It's fire season in the North County. Be extra careful.

* (4th) Memorial Day ceremonies honor the fallen.

* (4th) It's not the old Paso Robles Plunge, but the Centennial Pool will be ready for business June 13.

* (4th) A never ending process - repairing Spring Street.

* (4th) All fracking must be banned, period. Bernie Sanders speaks in Spreckles, CA.

* (4th) Want to hear the truth about seafood? Meet in the City Park, June 16 at 5:30.

May
REMEMBERING THE FALLEN
this MEMORIAL DAY

* (28th)  Let's all welcome Eric Martinez, Paso High's new principal.

* (28th) The folks in San Miguel are hiring - do you have a burning desire to fight fires?

* (28th) Big weekend at Santa Margarita Ranch if you're into vintage planes, trains and automobiles (and some tractors thrown in).

* (28th) Congratulations to Kristen Thompson and Codie Wilshusen, Paso High track stars who made it to the CIF Masters

* (28th) The old Fox Theater has finally acquired new owners.

* (28th) Attention, local photographers: Photographs of the Paso Robles area are being accepted for a $50 top prize sponsored by Red Scooter Deli. "Sweet Home Paso Robles" is the theme.

* (28th) Homelessness is a big issue, and Phil Dirkx weighs in on a possible solution - utilizing the old Boy's School facilities.

April

* (9th) Phase Two has ended at Oak Park as local officials celebrated the construction of 150 units. Only two more phases to go.

* (9th) Almost everything you wanted to know about 'mass grading'  can be learned here:

* (9th) Paso High students are worried about facing the world without the necessary tools to survive, like balancing a checkbook.

* (9th) Paso's 1889 vintage Doc Kennedy home has been lovingly restored.

* (9th) The homeless problem is a big issue for local decision makers.

* (9th) Those of us who climbed Morro Rock without incident find this story a bit sad. Video here:

* (9th) $1,000,000 down the drain as voters reject a new tax and Paso Robles Water Basin District formation.

* (9th) Put it on your calendar: New 4th of July event at the Horse Park on July 2. Music, fireworks and more.

February

* (27th) 2015 was a good year for homeowners in Paso, not so good if you're thinking about moving here.

* (27th) DO NOT, we repeat DO NOT speed when driving down the Niblick Road bridge.

* (27th) Baseball season is here - finally!

* (27th) The Paso Robles area groundwater basin fight keeps going on . . . and on . . . and on.

* (27th) Congratulations to Sharon Ross, Roblan of the Year!

* (27th) And just what city in the county pays its employees the highest wages ? You guessed it.

* (13th) Official map of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.

* (13th) The city will soon replace all streetlights with LED's. Can you guess how many there are?

* (13th) Paso Mayor Steve Martin makes thrilling visit to the Pioneer Museum.

* (13th) A big shout out goes to the 17 SkillsUSA Competition gold medal winners from Paso Robles.

* (13th) Local FFA kids also deserve kudos for success.

January

* (23rd) Groundwater rights ruling creates smiles and frowns.

* (23rd) City shovels were put to work in groundbreaking for the new city park playground and other improvements.

* (23rd) Bearcat girls whip Pioneer Valley in basketball, while Bearcat boys are trounced in wrestling.

* (23rd) Jersey Mike's Subs is now open on Theater Drive.

* (23rd) Rehabilitated golden eagle is released near Santa Margarita thanks to Pacific Wildlife Care.

* (23rd) The biggest news of 2016 so far concerns Applebee's Restaurant in Paso - Fingertip Salad. This story made it around the world.

* (23rd) Let's salute the new Paso Robles City Manager, Tom Frutchey.

* (2nd) Let's all welcome John and Kristin Casillas as they open a new restaurant on 11th Street in the former Chico's location.

* (2nd) 2015's top stories in a paragraph:

* (2nd) Kudos to Scout Pack 92 for having a 'can' do attitude about giving during the needy season.

* (2nd) Betty Scanlan is January's featured artist in Paso Robles. See her watercolors shown in the City Library.

* (2nd) Paso's Phil Dirkx has high praise for Democracy in a big government world.

* (2nd) A new committee will help preserve local history.

November

* (7th) Atascadero's strong defense helps ransack the Bearcats 31-14 last night.

* (7th) County Supervisor Eric Michielssen posits his views about the North County water basin and the 5-year drought.

* (7th) County Supervisor Debbie Arnold voices her opinion on the current water basin proposals, as well. 

* (7th) Attention all military veterans! Winifred Pifer School is hosting their annual Verterans Day Assembly on Tuesday at 1:30  to honor those who served. Kids singing patriotic songs should bring out the rest of the population, as well. The question is: why aren't the other schools making this invitation, also? Not enough veterans to go around?

* (7th) Water rates continue to climb . . . and climb . . . and climb - for the whole county.

* (7th) Paso's Paderewski Festival continues through this weekend.

* (7th) The local planning commission nixes proposed assisted-living facility - building is too tall.

* (7th) Former NFL player Dennis Harrah opens new fitness center in Paso Robles.

* (7th) Bearcat Athletic Hall of Fame adds four new members.

* (7th) How has Paso Robles changed since the first Pioneer Day Parade 85 years ago? Phil Dirkx opines.

September

PIONEER DAY OCTOBER 10

* (19th) Bearcats "monster" game ends sadly last night.

* (19th) Did you know that 1/3 of San Miguel's population is kids? Great reason to expand the city park.

* (19th) Voters and property owners will have input in new water district formation.

* (19th) Georgia Brown principal will say her goodbyes soon.

* (19th) Local trash pickup will start costing almost 5% more in 2016, 5% more in 2017, 5% more in 2018, 5% more in 2019 and 5% more in 2020.

* (19th) Paso Robles registered sex offenders are rejoicing at this news:

* (19th) Phil Dirkx is worried about the future for area children.

* (19th) Finally! You can now charge your Tesla in downtown Paso Robles.

June

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

* (21st) Attention readers: Due to the SLO Tribune's new policy of pay-to-play, news links to that source have finally ended. It was a good ride while it lasted but points to the future of most online media.

* (21st) Bearcat athletes receive awards.

* (21st) Cal Fire prohibits all local open burning and fire permits.

* (21st) And just how much does it cost to run a thriving metropolis like Paso Robles? That's a drop in the bucket compared to the County's bank account.

* (21st) Stolen medal of honor being sought after a low-down thief ripped it off.

* (21st) City park improvements are in full swing - pun intended.

* (21st) Annual senior graduation brings emotional celebration.

* (21st) Lavender Festival slated for July 11.

May

* (24th) Paso Robles groundwater district formation a work in progress.

* (24th) Finally, Centennial Park swimming pool will be reopened after five years.

* (24th) Congratulations to Ron Friberg, recent P51 flight rider. Wow!

* (24th) Fire Chief Ken Johnson offers 5-year improvement plan.

* (24th) Young Eagles offers free experimental aircraft flights for young people May 30, Airport Appreciation Day.

* (24th) High school club donates dollars to local homeless shelter.

* (24th) Ever wonder about those oak trees growing in the middle of some Paso Robles streets?  Phil Dirkx has the answers.

April

* (4th) County Farm Bureau gives green light endorsement for a Paso Robles Groundwater district.

* (4th) Paso's old claim to fame is alive and well in the city.

* (4th) Steve Martin's new Internet radio station is alive and well.

* (4th) Local fighter pilot authors second book.

* (4th) Wordydave apologizes for this long news hiatus. Life goes on, ready or not.

February

* (7th) Groundwater issues are still in the news.  Local watchdog Phil Dirkx weighs in.

* (7th) The County Supervisors will let the water ordinance lapse.

* (7th) Did you enjoy the rain?

* (7th) The historic tunnels under Paso Robles are revisited, thanks to David Middlecamp.

* (7th) The city is looking to add another police officer.

* (7th) The annual "Pending 4th of July Celebration" is in dire need of volunteer planners.

* (7th) Is there life after death on Spring Street?  Tonya Strickland looks at the old Fox Theatre.

* (7th) Fifth District Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank Mecham makes headlines - steps down.

* (7th) Three Bearcat stars will be moving on in their football careers.

* (7th) For those of you who think Paso traffic is bad enough. try adding five more trains per week to the mix.

January

* (24th) Paso's newest mocha-hued development isn't yet finished, but units are selling like lattes at Starbuck's.

* (24th) Harvard University continues putting its money where the grapes are - this time in the Paso Robles area. Latest update here.

* (24th) It's conclusive: there's global warming in Phil's backyard.

* (24th) Great Western Bicycle Rally Launch Party is slated for Jan. 26 on Paso Robles Street.

* (24th) Pittsburg Steelers draft local boy.

* (24th) Bearcat Wrestling goes to the mat in Atascadero, bringing home split matches. Great photo here by Tim Bryan:

* (19th) We've added the complete 1937 El Roble Murmullo yearbook for your viewing pleasure.  Be aware that this is a 20MB .pdf file.

* (10th) Greig Welch has compiled the most important Paso Robles Bearcat Football history statistics, dating from 1919. Great memories for many old-timers and youngsters alike. Thanks, Greig.

Bearcat History

* (10th) New phone scam rearing its head in the area.

* (10th) Yes, insurance rates are falling in Paso Robles.

* (10th) Former mayor Duane Picanco shares thoughts on his long tenure in the spotlight.

* (10th) Please consider helping a local family meet its medical bills for their son Phoenix Wilkinson.

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