* (31st) John Barclay grew up in Paso Robles. He is now president and CEO of Laser Data Command, Inc, a company that can use their technology to identify airline passengers and communicate watchlist information. The latest terrorist attack on Dec. 25 would have been averted had it been in use in Amsterdam. The cost? Only $400 per computer! Watch the interview here:
* (31st) Local celeb Steve Martin retires from his presidential role.
* (31st) Congratulations to Clay Gates, the area's top angler of 2009. And he's only 22 years-old.
* (21st) Sorry if you've been trying to link to many of the Pioneer Day and other Paso pictures from this page. Someone has hacked into my online photo account and deleted all of them. It will be some time before I can get them all back up.
* (12th) On this day in 1956 a B-26 bomber crashed east of Paso Robles on the Steinbeck ranch. Do you remember?
* (12th) Today’s 23rd annual Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase will be sure to get you into the mood for Christmas trappings.
* (12th) Too many coats in the closet? A few volunteer orgs are accepting clothes, food and toys for this year's distribution drive. You can make a difference in someone's life.
* (10th) Seems the local WalMart isn't the best place to do your drug dealing.
* (10th) Congratulations to David and Michelle Rogers on the 10th anniversary of their successful Paso business, Paso Robles Shorin-Ryu Karate.
* (10th) Bravo to the North County Cuesta Community College students who took the reins in giving the Senior Center its first "Senior Prom" dance. Seventy old fogeys still have what it takes to shake a leg.
* (8th) Attention all kid lovers: Flamson Middle School is seeking donations to upgrade their old furniture as they move into a beautiful new building. All gifts will be tax deductible and you can read all about it here:
* (3rd) The lion stories just keep coming! Thanks to Sandy Thixton, William Wimmer and Dave Steaffens.
* (1st) Back in the day, one Paso resident kept a grown mountain lion in his yard for the neighborhood kids to visit. True story --- with pictures! Thanks to Gary Smith, John Barclay and Jack Guffey for this story. Check it out in the Pieces of Paso link.
* (22nd) You consider yourself a pretty smart person, informed, a news watcher. Take this short Pew Research Center quiz and compare your answers with zillions of others.
* (22nd) Yes, Paso is one of the safest places in CA to walk and not worry about getting hit by a crazy driver. But now you can move up. Ride a bicycle and circumnavigate all those crazies!
* (22nd) Time to buy that turkey tomorrow. And time to think about being thankful during this year of perpetual complaining. "Count your blessings. Name them one by one" so goes the song. Can you sing it? Phil Dirkx chimes in.
* (13th) The SLO Kennel Club is presenting a dog show at the Event Center tomorrow and Sunday. Someone's going to be dog-tired on Monday.
* (12th) Get out and walk! Roblans live in one of the safest walking cities in the State.
* (12th) Your webmaster apologizes for the minimal additions to this here website. He's being overworked at his real job.
* (31st) To vote 'Yes' or 'No' on Paso's water rate increase is on citizens' minds as next Tuesday quickly approaches. Phil Dirkx warns voters to know the facts:
* (24th) Paso Robles' beloved old high school really took a beating in the 2003 earthquake. Being rebuilt as Flamson Middle School, it will exhibit the original look of brick with doors on the east side.
* (23rd) Do you know who owned the Mercantile department store back in the day, and how this year's Pioneer Day Queen is connected to it? Check out the latest Pieces of Paso history page. Thanks again to Jane Belmont who submitted the info and pictures.
* (21st) The Day the Music Died: In the City Park, 2004. The merry-go-round was plucked from its legendary roots and put into storage. Now the council is thinking about purchase and liability funds for a new one. Don't hold your breath. Thankfully, the original will most likely find a new home at the Pioneer Museum along with the rest of the memories of a gentler, kinder, and funner (sic) world before lawsuits.
* (17th) Part 2 of the Parade pictures are posted finally. Sorry it has taken so long. Use the slideshow feature with the black background for the best viewing. Hope you have a pretty fast computer.
* (14th) The Old Timers BBQ photos are online. The Pioneer Day Parade and Pioneer Museum pictures are coming soon.
* (14th) Wheel of Fortune fans will enjoy watching Katy Stallcup of Cayucos on October 22.
* (14th) The Paso Robles Library Foundation needs your help. Be one of the unsung heroes who keeps our libraries open.
* (14th) 28 bags of cigarette butts were recently found in Paso Robles! You folks really need to say, "I quit" and stop trashing the city!
* (7th) Another Old Timers BBQ will heat up tomorrow morning at the Event Center (that's the Fairgrounds to all you old timers). This is truly an amazing clambake for area fossils who have survived over 50 years of Paso Robles' evolution. Thank you, Rotary Club.
* (7th) Rejoice, Roblans! You saved 20% of your water this summer, and the city is going to give you a break. So water that lawn whenever you want from October 15 to April 1, 2010. And drink that extra glass of H20 without feeling guilty.
* (7th) Now admit it --- you're pretty good at coming up with a good slogan. So you can help the poor people who need one for the next Mid-State Fair. Has to be a surfer or beach theme no longer than one sentence for you to win the grand prize.
* (3rd) We'd tell you about the wiener dog races in Atascadero this Saturday, but would rather have everyone take part in the Pioneer Day festivities in Paso Robles. Lord willing, we'll see you there across from the Inn during the parade. I'll be the guy with the big camera and goofy 'press' credentials around my neck.
* (3rd) The seventh annual Great AGventure is slated for over 1200 4th graders this Wednesday at the Event Center.
* (3rd) Happy Birthday to brother Marty. He'll be retiring ASAP. Congratulations!
* (30th) The doors are open again at the Carnegie Library in downtown Paso Robles after a few years of retrofitting. Please visit soon and learn a bit about the city's history. Take an old friend along and hear an old library story or two.
* (27th) Paso High teacher wins "One Class at a Time" award.
* (27th) Local vet raises funds to start a new non-profit that seeks better health care for veterans.
* (20th) "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!" Today's sermon by J.C. Ryle asks you a timeless question.
* (20th) Aquafornia praises Roblans.
* (15th) Pioneer Day is right around the corner. Make your plans now to enjoy family, friends and a big beans-for-all bash in downtown Paso Robles.
* (15th) Do you like to save money? Of course! Try using the coupons in At Your Service Central Coast magazine. You can download it online.
* (10th) Everything you wanted (or didn't want) to know about police chief Solomon's loaded firearm being stolen from her vehicle in February, 2008. Be sure to get all the facts before making any judgment.
* (4th) About 1700 people showed up at Wednesday's town hall meeting, 80% of whom were against the new governmental takeover of healthcare. Some were praying for an "evolution of consciousness."
* (4th) It may be another test of public support this year as the Pioneer Day Committee may be asking for donations to help fund this ancient tradition. Stay tuned.
* (29th) The September 2nd own hall meeting with Rep. Kevin McCarthy has changed the venue. It will now be at the PR Event Center due to the millions who want to show up.
* (29th) Any tortoise lovers out there? Congrats to the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero for breeding the first erosa hingeback tortoises in the U.S. They are so cute!
* (27th) Are you willing to pay a toll to drive to Salinas on Hwy 101? Or Santa Barbara? Or pay to drive to I-5 on Hwy 46? It's one man's answer to add $1 billion to the State coffers. Warning: Liberal Zone
* (23rd) Just so you know, the Mexican government is allowing the open persecution of evangelical Christians in two states by traditional Catholics. These people are forced from their homes, land and schools unless they deny their faith and pay huge fines.
* (23rd) Can't get enough of classic car shows? It's not Hot August Nights. In fact, it's not even night.
for Life fundraiser that started yesterday at River Oaks Hot
Springs will conclude this morning. Donations were raised to help find a
cure for cancer. Have you been affected by cancer in some way?
* (22nd) No economic slowdown for this Paso medical device components manufacturer, according to Fox Business News.
* (22nd) Please attend the next venting session at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion. Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy will be holding a town hall meeting September 2 at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are requested: firstname.lastname@example.org
* (22nd) Congratulations to David and Michelle Rogers on their 10th anniversary as owners of Shorin-Ryu Karate School in Paso Robles. David, you're looking fit as ever for an old guy!
* (22nd) Local experts help train soldiers who will train Afghan farmers to grow something other than heroin poppies.
* (22nd) Rejoice, Roblans! There are more tourist dollars coming your way.
(17th) This Tuesday's City Council meeting agenda items include discussion on agricultural land preservation around the city limits (at 7:30). Are you for it or agin' it?
(17th) You'll love it at Lowe's. Almost time to get out that credit card and help the economy and pay wages for their 85 new employees.
* (17th) Time to pat each other on the back if you live in the confines of the city limits.
* (2nd) SLO's Cattlemen's Association named Chris Jennings of Paso Robles Cattlewoman of the 2009. Congratulations, Chris!
* (2nd) The Mid-State Fair isn't over soon enough for some Roblans. Video provided.
* (22nd) The opening day of the Mid-State Fair includes a 'cattle drive'. Today's herd proceeded down Union Road from Golden Hill and Hwy. 46. with little fanfare until they were close enough for Ginnie G. to get some pictures. Then the fun began!
* (22nd) Photos From the Vault features some Mid-State Fair highlights --- from 1974. Namely, Sheree Twissleman being crowned County Maid of Honor. David Middlecamp, webmeister, would love hearing a comment about that year's events (or anything about the Fair you'd like to share).
* (22nd) The Woodland Family Automobile Display has made its spectacular debut at the Estrella Warbird Museum in Paso Robles. Twelve cars are on the floor, ready for your appreciation and memory-making.
* (18th) Congratulations to high school science teacher Mark Fairbank for being one of two finalists from California competing in the 2009-10 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
* (11th) A big heads-up for the next wing-ding at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum. On July 12 at 2:00 p.m. the Pineridge trio will be presenting an afternoon of Bluegrass and Gospel music. Call 239-4556 for details. And you can view most of the current museum newsletter here:
* (11th) Real summer weather is just around the corner. Get out the iced tea and bathing suits!
* (11th) The exorbitant taxes Tea Party in downtown Paso on the 4th of July was a testimony to the success of this new protest movement.
* (3rd) Big shindigs going on in Templeton and San Miguel on the 4th of July, including an all-woman Harley-Davidson motorcycle group parading around.
* (3rd) If you have your tickets (they're sold out through November), you can be one of the first to walk the 350+ steps to the top of the Statue of Liberty tomorrow when the Crown viewing re-opens.
* (2nd) Paso is voted in the Top Ten of places to visit on Independence Day. You may want to ride a bike to the Park, though. Parking will be horrendous.
* (2nd) Attention all F-16 lovers out there. Be on the lookout for a flyover at Barney Schwartz Park on Saturday between 7:15 and 7:30.
* (28th) Attention all overtaxed citizens! Your local Tax Revolt will occur in the City Park this Friday July 3 from 12 - 2 p.m. That's downtown at 12th and Spring Street. Contact Bernice at 237-1608 or Mary at 239-2888 for more information about this Tea Party.
* (25th) Thanks to Jane Belmont, who sent in some vintage photos of her grandparents, Paul and Grace Reinke. Paul owned a car dealership in Paso for many years at 1130 Pine Street. See these wonderful pictures when you visit the link to Pieces of Paso.
In our effort to further the evolution of Roblan culture, the support,
encouragement and patronage of art must be championed,
* (25th) The ire is a-boilin' over the 'wasteful' 4th of July bash in Paso Robles.
* (21st) Glorious Father's Day to all you dads out there! Where would you be without your father?
* (21st) Congratulations to Warren Anderson of Paso Robles who finished 9th overall in Munich's the 2009 Rowing World Cup.
* (17th) Only one short month to go before this city morphs into another creature as the California Mid-State Fair opens on July 22.
* (17th) Are you an animal lover? Watch Animal Planet? Cavort with dogs and cats? Then the new Atascadero Zoo needs your help at its next barn raising.
* (12th) Do your part for Paso! Let your lawn die and plant a cactus garden.
* (10th) Roblans can quit complaining about the economy!
* (10th) Ever wonder what Paso's population is?
* (10th) Do you remember the first newspaper in Paso Robles? I didn't think so.
* (10th) The city has raised enough money to support this year's 4th of July fireworks show, thanks to generous donors.
* (26th) Did you see The Avenue of the Flags?
* (25th) It's MEMORIAL DAY! Thank a serviceperson that's you're able to celebrate the freedoms you have left in this country. And a special tribute to Frank Buckles, the last survivor of WWI. He is 108 years old.
* (21st) Be sure to head to the City Park this Saturday for the inauguration of the P.R. Festival of the Arts. More than 60 artists will show their work. Music provided. Starts at 9 a.m.
* (14th) Unsolved crime is on the rise in Paso Robles, particularly burglaries. This article tells you how to better protect your property.
* (14th) If this is your abandoned Paso area mobile home, be warned --- Pictures are now on the Internet for all to see, thanks to Richard Fusillo.
* (12th) The 1944 J.C. Penny picture from a few days ago has been updated with a few extra names.
* (12th) Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the last day to see, tour and ride in a WW II vintage aircraft at the Paso airport. The Wings of Freedom Tour flies to Hollister at noon. Sorry this news is so late.
* (12th) Area history is becoming exactly that --- history. Preserving parts of the past and present is a passion for many North County folks.
* (5th) The Rest of the Story: We would be remiss if we didn't mention that Megen Esquibel won the award for Teacher of the Year at Virginia Peterson School. You're the greatest, Meg!
* (5th) Can you identify the faces in this mid-century photo of the women who worked at J.C. Penny? Thanks to Gary Anderson for this picture that includes his mom, Doris Anderson, and aunt Gerry Keeling.
* (1st) Happy Birthday, Mom!
* (1st) Congrats to Dylan Prokop for pitching a three hit win over SLO.
* (1st) Who was your favorite teacher in grade school? Suzy Reynolds will be that teacher for a lot of kids at Kermit King Elementary.
* (1st) Poaching for food is one thing. Killing for trophy antlers is a real no-no. A 27" rack was taken in Templeton by a Roblan late last year. That mistake will cost him $3000.
* (20th) It was 96 degrees at 11:00 a.m. in San Luis Obispo today. Time to jump back on the Global Warming bus?
* (20th) Another local business is booming thanks to the nation's leading gun salesman.
* (16th) Did you know Teddy Roosevelt once gave a speech in Paso Robles? You can read a longer version a few pages before when he gave one in San Luis Obispo. The year? 1903.
* (14th) Hats off to those city employees who are willing to sacrifice and help get Paso Robles through its income shortfall.
* (9th) Judy C. writes, "Paso Robles should be looking in the mirror for contributing to this lack of water." Do you agree?
* (8th) The Dept. of Fish and Game is apparently ignoring requests for catch-and-release fishing at Camp Roberts. That means no fishin' period!
* (8th) Congratulations and thanks to the Warbird Museum and others for hosting (feeding) the Marine Expeditionary Unit HMM-166 that is training at Fort Hunter Liggett.
* (4th) And here's the 'rest of the [water] story' from a local perspective: 'City Braces for Mandatory Water Conservation'
Wildflowers galore at Shell Creek. Thanks to Don Dahl for these photos.
Enjoy them before they're all gone.
* (2nd) The big water conservation push has started in Paso Robles. 25% reduction during the summer in Paso - 35% in Atascadero. This story doesn't say that the city will have to cut back as much, but I probably don't have 'the rest of the story.'
* (30th) Thanks to Larry Brunk for sending us a prize photo of a local bald eagle.
* (23rd) We've just noticed that no one is organizing a demonstration at city hall in Paso on National Tea Party Day, April 15. Now's the time to let your voices be heard --- or let Atascadero have all the fun.
* (21st) Time to get off your duffs and head for the hills. Don't forget to take your camera and send your pictures to all your relatives! Here are the latest from Ginnie's Light.
* (20th) Phil Dirkx is taking a little flak for dull and dismal journalism by the younger generation. Now's the time to support your local wordsmith.
* (20th) With the approval of the Golden Hill Road motorcoach resort, the city hopes to reap over $1 million in taxes alone. Not too shabby a deal, even though there are still concerns about it.
* (20th) Attention local photographers! Two workshops are being offered in Paso in April.
* (10th) Did you know Paso Robles has an Amateur Radio Club?
* (7th) Mark your calendar for an April 25th fundraiser for the Paso Robles High School Band and Wagons Across America at Harris Stage Lines. Don't let them down. Thanks!
* (7th) Unfortunately, the economic crisis hurts the state-run education system. Do you know how many teachers will be laid off in Paso because of it?
* (7th) And on a similar note, more and more families are in need of help. How well do you know your neighbor's needs?
* (3rd) Texas celebrated its 1836 Declaration of Independence Day yesterday. Today Chuck Norris said it may have to do it again, and that he would run for President of the Lonestar State. Who would be a great President for California?
* (3rd) On this day in 1931 The Star-Spangled Banner was officially adopted as this country's national anthem. Did you know that a John Skinner was with Francis Scott Key when he was inspired to write his famous poem?
* (25th) When dollars make sense in Paso.
* (24th) Some kids still continue to be stupid in Paso Robles. But maybe it wasn't kids.
* (21st) Cancer survivor Lance Armstrong visited the Central Coast Wellness Community Center in Paso after his Amgen Tour Stage 5 ride. Thank you, Mr. Armstrong.
* (21st) A plaque honoring the two workers who died in the Nacimiento pipeline accident will be placed at the corner of 13th Street and South River Road.
* (19th) Congratulations to Mark Cavendish for his second win for Team Columbia-High Road of San Luis Obispo today in Paso Robles. Please send me your pictures and comments of the event for posting and a credit line. Try to keep the size of your photo to no larger than 175kb. Thanks.
* (18th) Tomorrow's Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour will transform Paso Robles into a cycle-mania city of about 25,000 on-gawkers as the boys and men finish another long day's trek. Be there or be square. (See WordyDave's pictures of Stage 3 here: )
* (18th) Budget crunching, although unheard of in Washington, D.C., is even affecting little ol' Paso Robles.
* (16th) A much needed memorial for the two workers killed while working on the water pipeline project may be in the works. Call you council members.
* (11th) Are you living in "The Land of Handsome Men?" Only if you live in California.
* (11th) Two local cancer survivors will be in the cycle race on Thursday the 19th. Be there to cheer them on!
* (9th) Were you in the Paso High Journalism Class of '63-'64? Do you remember a picnic at Atascadero Lake? If so, you're probably in one of these pictures. Click on the "Full Size" icon.
* (8th) David Middlecamp's Photos From the Vault gives tribute to Judge William P. Clark, local "Formerly Important Person" and President Reagan's right-hand man.
* (28th) I just found 5 more pictures to add to the 1969 Paso flood photos. I also added some old Ennis days shots here: For complete vintage SLO Tribune coverage of the '69 flood, including original front pages to look at, go here:
* (24th) Looking for that perfect adventure in volunteerism? Join the CVPP and help alleviate blight in Paso Robles.
* (17th) Paso's Second Baptist Church has been faithful in doing this for the past 22 years. Can you guess what it is? Thanks, Phil, for this story.
* (13th) "Let them eat fudge!" The local chocolate factory sent 155 lbs. of the stuff to our Central Coast troops in December.
* (10th) A warm handshake to Harry Ovitt, named Roblan of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
* (10th) The schools' budget cuts will hit city teachers hardest as many will be laid off.
* (10th) Want to sue the city of Paso Robles over money they may owe you? You already have.
* (10th) ProDocumentSolutions (PRO) on Commerce Way in Paso has created an election ballot security feature that will completely eliminate duplicate voting. But where's the fun in that?
* (10th) Phil Dirkx is talking about water again - this time praising the benefits of owning a rain gauge and paying high water bills.
* (9th) Whales in Paso? Yes, according to the Eclectic Arcania website. Feel like exploring a bit?
* (5th) Seems like the Paso Robles Police Department is in hot water over towed vehicles according to an article titled Grand Theft Auto at: CalCoastNews.com. If you don't like negative county news, you might want to stay away from this website.
* (2nd) Phil Dirkx starts the 2009 economic upswing with his latest article on North County prospects.