* (30th) For those of you who just can't get enough of Paso Robles, Sports Illustrated has about 70 videos collected that capture sports highlights (mostly). Some are absolutely stupid like #69.
* (30th) Earthquakes swarm in Yellowstone National Park.
* (29th) The Great American West is a first-class, 40- minute documentary well worth seeing. Narrated by Jason Robards, you can watch it free (if you have DSL or better). Partly filmed in Sonora, CA, Tom.
* (29th) If you are wanting to take your kids to a science museum and don't want to fight San Francisco traffic and pay an arm and leg for admission, consider the new World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi, CA. See it here:
* (21st) PasoRobles-USA.com wishes all of you the most blessed Christmas and New Year, remembering Jesus is the true reason for the season, not Santa, decorations and madness that overshadows the wonder of Immanuel - God With Us! Please read Luke Chapter 2 before your family opens your gifts this year. God's greatest gift to us came as Jesus lying in a manger, appointed to death on a cross to pay for sins.
* (21st) Saying farewell to County Supervisor Harry Ovitt. Twenty years is quite a run.
* (18th) Any Paso High class of '63 Poly alumni out there? Here's a story about your finals week (with a picture). Oh, on the same day in 1964, Liz Taylor's purse was stolen in Paris. And now you know the rest of the news.
* (18th) Harry's last stand: County Supes okay controversial gravel pit operation by a 3-2 vote. Chairman calls the vote, "irresponsible."
* (18th) Ever wonder what the newswires were printing since 1900? Me neither, but someone out there might be.
* (7th) Thanks to Ray Bryant for telling us his story of the history of the Paso Plunge. It's on the Pieces of Paso Page. The new Swim Club will hopefully make history, too!
* (6th) Some people think Paso Robles sucks. Can you believe it? You might want to leave a comment at the bottom of our friend's blog.
* (5th) Are you in that seasonal spirit yet? Nothing like a small town light parade to put you in the mood.
* (5th) Cattlemen and hog ranchers, beware! The VOC Police will soon be knocking on your door, too.
* (5th) Did you see a tall, thin man running northwest of 15th and Spring street yesterday. He would have had his pockets full of BofA cash. Maybe he needed the dough for the VOC Police.
* (1st) For those of you die-hard tennis players, a new tennis club will be opening across from Barney Schwartz Park in the spring. Bouncy, bouncy. Oh, it will be a swim club, too. ___________ ___________. You fill in the blanks.
* (27th) HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Don't let this be just a one day a year event. Give thanks every day to the God who gives you life, health, family and friends - He even gives you Himself. John 3:1-21.
* (18th) Congratulations to Karen Battaglia who is giving Paso a good name by her volunteer spirit.
* (14th) 4th Graders at Virginia Peterson school were treated with an eye-opening program called The Great AGVenture which is sponsored by the SLO Agriculture Education Committee. Now the kids know what cotton really looks like and why some farmers farm crabs.
* (12th) All of you hyper-cultured, erudite, refined and sophisticated folks who would like to schmooze with Paso's upper crust, you don't want to miss Saturday night's Elegant Evening Downtown. Sorry, but you have to trade that cowboy hat and spurs for a tuxedo.
* (1st) Still no word as to the new mayoral candidate winner in Paso Robles after the election last Tuesday. Sorry, but it sounds like a bad omen when neither man gets a big majority of the vote. Better that they both share the office.
* (1st) Please report any lobster-size crayfish migrating to the Salinas River this week. By the bye: these guys are illegal aliens.
* (28th) The new courthouse in Paso Robles is a nice addition to the newer architecture downtown. David Middlecamp takes us down memory lane as he outlines the history of the courthouse in Paso.
* (25th) Only two weeks away, The Paso Gathering at the Event Center is the perfect place to take that perfect cowgirl or cowboy date. This is a major fund raiser for the Pioneer Museum, so please show your support this year on Nov. 1 and 2. You can listen to the CAT COUNTRY 96 announcement of the event at the site.
* (25th) Veteran and Paso resident Dale Zeulner finally receives six WWII medals in local ceremony.
* (25th) The gas wars have started - about 240 miles northeast of Paso where it's about $2.50 per gallon.
* (18th) How's your memory back to 1948? Here's a Dave Stevens photo of a Paso Christmas pageant. Do you know any of these kids (and adults)? We've named a few for you.
* (18th) My slim apologies for not taking any pictures during the All-60's reunion. I was too busy having a great time visiting with former girlfriends, old friends and making new friends. I'll try to copy some from the DVD they're going to give us later.
* (14th) The All-60's High School Reunion added to the highlighted Pioneer Day weekend with food, fun and frolic for all. No, wait. Maybe that was the All-90's Reunion where people could actually move when they danced. Anyway, be patient: the pictorial evidence will be posted as soon as possible.
* (14th) Pioneer Day has come and gone again. Thanks to everyone involved in making it a success, including the thousands who lined the streets and visited in the park after the parade. Pictures are forthcoming.
* (4th) Our condolences to the families of the two construction workers who were accidentally drowned in Paso this Thursday.
* (4th) Paul Newman is remembered fondly by Sherry Cox.
* (4th) Time to finish up those last minute to-do items before heading to the All-60's Reunion and Pioneer Day celebration this coming weekend. Hope to see many of you there!
* (4th) If you missed the big grain threshing event at Jack Creek Farms, don't worry. You can read all about it right here: And don't miss their Winter Squash Tasting and Workshop Day on November 1st at 1:00.
* (29th) In spite of what the Paso Robles Crime Map says, the Paso/SLO area cities are ranked #3 in the nation for safety, compared to other cities their size, according to a study by Sperling. So you can be thankful when your car is stolen next week, because it could have been your __________ (fill in the blank). (And you gotta love those little ice cream cones on the Crime Map!)
* (24th) Unfortunately, these bullet-biting financial times are affecting the bottom line of the Pioneer Day Committee. They requested $5000 from the City Council but failed to get approval. The council will meet again Oct. 7 to consider giving half that amount. This article tells how you can help by donating. My humble suggestion: why not have local firefighters try a "fill the boot" campaign during the parade for next year's event?
* (24th) Next year's Amgen Tour needs volunteer help for the Paso Robles stop. For those of you who hate cyclists, be warned by this article:
* (18th) To get you into that Pioneer Day spirit, Karl Von Dollen has made some old home movies of parades from the 1930's available for viewing (you can also purchase a DVD at the Pioneer Museum). Thanks, Karl. These are a real kick! Especially the bear cub on a leash walking down 11th Street.
* (13th) Another reminder that Pioneer Day with all of its accompanying events is only a month away. Brush up on your Paso history before going!
* (12th) The Paso Robles Gem and Mineral Show is slated for Sept. 20 and 21 at Pioneer Park, next to the museum. Admission is free for all rockhounds.
* (6th and 9th) Paso Robles Airport Day 2008 is scheduled for next Saturday, the 13th at the airport. Paso Press story here:
* (6th) Paso's water bill opera is still playing. Phil Dirkx throws another 2 cents into the fray.
* (6th) City Manager Jim App refuses to take a $164,000 salary. Times are tough.
* (30th) Hi, Kathy! Enjoy your walk down memory lane.
* (18th) The lowly olive will be honored in Paso on August 23 during the 5th annual Olive Festival. And if you can't wait to eat some Italian food during the festival, be sure to visit Gaetanos Ristorante, where real Italians eat, according to this excited blogger.
* (8th) Controversy is brewing over the new marketing City Logo Design. No more old-fashioned hee-haw styles allowed. Norma Moye had this to say about it: “Do you know anyone else who has a logo like that? That makes us authentic." If you want really want something more capitol, crump, jiggy, ruley or wicked, go with the City Council on this and rocket into the 21st Century.
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* (8th) Remember the Flood of 1969? Here are some photos I took of the 13th Street Bridge under seige.
* (7th) You saw it here first (maybe) --- Drilling cavities may soon become a distant memory in the annals of horrible history.
* (7th) Breaking News! School district officials flip-flop on Paso High dress code ruling.
* (1st) Happy Birthday to brother Kenny in Tenn. Man, you must be getting up there!
* (1st) And Happy 20th in broadcasting to Rush, who taught us about the power of free speech and all things opinionated.
* (1st) Attention Paso history buffs. Someone is selling two old photos on eBay of a beautiful 1911 Buick featuring the Wear (Weir?), Monteith, and Claassen families.
* (1st) Also up for bid are 1929 and 1956 Paso Robles High School yearbooks. There are also more old postcards than I've ever seen for sale (and view), and a rare item: an 1888 plot plan of the city of Rancho El Paso de Robles (note all the proposed housing between Riverside and the river!).
* (30th) Tomorrow is the official farewell to the El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility. Everyone has an opinion, including the "Lefty Blogs" promoter, the California Progress Report website.
* (29th) The World's Richest Stock Horse Competition is scheduled for the Event's Center on August 23. The event will held in conjunction with the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, Aug. 17-24.
* (29th) Kudos to Amaya Dempsey of Paso. She is the 9 year-old queen of Chicken Competition at the fair. Her secret? "I spend about two hours each day, taking care of my birds." Go, girl.
* (29th) Have a hankering to fly a plane? Not fly IN a plane, but actually pilot it? The Paso Robles Warbirds Museum has a new flight simulator that will rock your socks. And you can afford it!
* (23rd) It's official: The Amgen Tour route will breeze through Paso Robles in 2009.
* (23rd) Young girls softball fans can help send a team from Paso to the Western Nationals in Las Vegas next week. Break a bat, girls!
* (23rd) The Mid-State Fair opens today. Hee-Haw, ya'll.
* (23rd) Attention hikers and spectacular shoreline lovers: The new Point Buchon hiking trail has opened just south of the Montana de Oro State Park.
* (23rd) Attention Roblans: It is illegal to clean your driveway, sidewalk or awning with water and let it drain into the street. You must recapture it or face a big slap on the wrist or worse.
* (23rd) Bone dry, the Salinas River in Paso offers sanctuary from the daily grind in town. Use the slideshow feature.
* (23rd) "Change We Can Believe In" is the newest theme for Paso Robles. New construction, retrofitting and road widening are in the loop as you can see in this week's pictures. Use the slideshow feature.
* (23rd) Morro Bay photos from last week. This is one town that isn't updating itself anytime soon.
* (23rd) There is an emergency incident website for the North County, including fires.
* (14th) It will be Motogiro Madness in Paso for the next few days as Motogiro America uses the city as a home base while touring the county. You can see this once 'wild and leathered' bunch from 3 p.m. today through Thursday morning at the city park.
* (11th) More kudos for local eateries, including the 'spectacular' dinners at Artisan Restaurant.
* (11th) The Amgen cycle tour may come through Paso next year. Be sure to read the beer vs. wine argument in the commentary on this article.
* (11th) Congratulations to Brandy Hudson, the proud owner of a reconditioned body, totally tax-free, thanks to the Kennedy Club.
* (11th) And yet another hotel is slated to grace the Black Oak Corner location after a 6-0 approval vote by the Planning Commission.
* (11th) More hot water discussion is boiling in response to Phil Dirkx's new editorial.
* (9th) Yes, California is burning --- especially Paso Robles, where the official high temp set a record yesterday of 111 degrees. That new waterpark must be raking in some cool cash. Here's a recent blogger's comments on her visit:
* (9th) Paso entrepreneur Floyd Butterfield is gaining worldwide attention.
* (9th) You can still buy California property just east of Paso on the cheap. Only $18,500 for 2.5 acres, complete with a carpet of wildflowers every spring.
* (9th) Family only announcement: Be sure to watch Wordydave's latest YouTube video which may include YOU in it.
* (3rd) Big day tomorrow. Happy 4th to all. Two things to remember: Freedom ain't free, and this ISN'T the country we grew up in. May God have mercy on us!
* (3rd) For those of you who like all things nostalgic and pre-nostalgic, there is a wonderful site devoted to old and unique photos. Everything from the Civil War era, through the turn of the 21st century and a lot of 50's - 70's stuff. Highly recommended. For those who would enjoy dozens of WWII 4x5 Kodachromes of stateside aircraft manufacturing, click on the link to the right.
* (27th) Paso has lost a most wonderful and longtime friend and teacher, Jay Ferrin, on June 23. Please leave a note on his daughter Janet's website if you knew Jay.
* (21st) SLO hotter than Paso? Yes!
* (19th) Sorry to say, but not surprised, that Paso is suffering through a heat wave. Nothing unusual there, but San Luis Obispo is being scorched with record temps.
* (19th) The recent hiatus in this website's entries can be blamed on a five-inch scar below my navel. Surgery is no fun, as many of you know. We hope to be back in earnest soon. Thanks for your patience.
* (19th) You would think that given the price of gas, area motorcycle sales would be setting records, also. Such is not the case, and Paso's largest shop closes its doors.
* (19th) Roblan Larry Miller gives us the answer to the problem of excess electrical power being produced at night by wind power.
* (19th) The reality of water outages in Paso Robles is still a hot topic.
* (24th) Let's remember those heroes who have given us our freedoms this Memorial Day. Freedom may be God-given, but it is blood-bought.
* (24th) Like to buy a landmark --- for only $7.2 million? In downtown Paso Robles? Brand new building?
* (16th) Sorry for the short notice, but the Central Coast Gun Shows will be sponsoring an event at the Paso Event Center (fairgrounds) this weekend. The blogger of Eclectic Arcania tells you all about it.
* (15th) Congratulations to the creators of the new Pioneer Day website. I can smell the beans already!
* (12th) Have an extra $3200 lying around? Easily worth the ticket price for an hour in a vintage P-51 Mustang at this week's fly-in at the Paso Airport. Or take a ride in a B-25 for as little as $325. Thursday through Friday.
* (4th) Katy Budge's current article on beef eating is an objective and common sense argument for eating cow less and enjoying it more. I knew I shouldn't have had that Papa Burger today!
* (3rd) The All-60's Reunion Committee is looking for a bunch of lost folk. If you are a lost soul or know of one, contact info is as close as a click.
* (21st) Thanks to Don French for inspiring a new page on this site dedicated to the proposition that most of you old timers have stories about Paso Robles you could share. We'll call it Pieces of Paso. Anonymous or not, we can't wait to hear from you!
* (18th) Still may be time to get your tickets for the latest Paso Robles High Band fundraiser presented by Harris Stage Lines. Dinner, show and prize drawings take place next Saturday, the 26th.
* (10th) Gary McMaster, Director and Curator of the Camp Roberts Historical Museum is inviting everyone to the annual Open House on Saturday, May 3. Vehicles, weapon simulators, booths and activities for kids, plus a big honkin' bar-b-que mean plenty to do and eat. Add some military reenactors to the mix.
* (7th) Local photographer, Ginnie Guffey, has added some spectacular shots of the Shell Creek wildflower explosion to her website.
* (5th) Forgive me for adding another link to this page that may upset a few folks: The Paso Robles Cemetery Listing for 2003.
* (29th) Were you in Paso in 1954? Then you might remember this long-forgotten event. Thanks to Willa (Painter) Eklund for this old PR Press article.
* (29th) The city is back at it again: Let's fix the downtown parking problem by charging for it. Phil Dirkx will bring you up-to-date on the issue.
* (21st) For a wild blush of spring color, head southeast of Paso to Shell Creek Road where you'll find heavenly paintbrushes at work for your enjoyment. Thanks, Ginnie, for the photos.
* (29th Happy Birthday to Leapster, Ray Pesenti, who is 15 today. That translates to 60 in real years.
* (21st) The face of Paso is about to change forever as the new downtown planning will most likely incorporate an "as few cars as possible" mindset. Pedicabs will be the rage in the newest little Manila in California.
* (14th) So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodnight . . . to Hayward Lumber after more than 50 years of business in Paso Robles. It will still serve its customers, but the local doors will be closed.
* (14th) Paso High journalists found inspiration in Philadelphia, where session speakers sparked the fires of new perspectives and commitments. Students hope "to get it right" from now on. Oh, to be young again!
* (8th) Attention, runners! Next Saturday's marathon, mini-marathon and 5K run will be held at Camp Roberts north of Paso. This is the 8th annual Lillian Larsen Buzz Marathon. Leah Etling tells you more here:
* (5th) Get to the polls today. Your vote counts.
* (4th) Tomorrow is the last day to vote for your favorite candidates and most hated (sic) issues.
* (4th) Rumor has it: Initial planning is underway for another ALL-60's reunion around Pioneer Day. Please volunteer to help if you can. E-mail me and I'll give you a number to call.
* (28th) Attention: Paso High Alumni --- the class of 1980 is garnering interest in a 2009 (All-Classes) 3-5 day reunion cruise. Contact Hily Greene and put "PRHS Class Reunion Cruise" in the Subject line.
* (25th) Don't you just love it? All that graffiti posted for your art appreciation sensitivities? Some of it will be curtailed, thanks to the Paso and Atascadero police teams.
* (15th) Took the day off work and joined a group of amateur birders heading south. We visited two wildlife preserves in the Central Valley. Lots of water, lots of birds, lots of fog, with a few Tule elk thrown in.
* (13th) Family announcement: Liz and Ryan invited us to their housewarming/birthday party last night. Click on Slideshow (to the right) to see these snaps.
* (12th) Paso's Larry Stallings is looking for some chickens, specifically two Buff Chantecler hens to marry his two roosters. You can contact him at 237-7987.
* (7th) Here's a different slant on Paso Robles history from the students at Lewis Middle School. Forgive the grammar and spelling mistakes and enjoy the freshness and simplicity that only kids can convey. The Pat Butler article is worth its weight in journalistic kudos.
* (5th) Want to know the real scoop on the food world around Paso Robles? Visit Katy's Casa Festiva, which features the best in life's comestibles (yes, you may have to look that one up - I did).
* (1st) Happy Birthday to brother, Marty, on the 8th. How does it feel to be as old as I am?