* (31st) Wonder if Phil still has the hammer.
* (31st) 2011 Roblans of the Year are announced. Congratulations to Wade and Carol.
* (31st) Local photographer, Ginnie G., captured this picture of a beautiful Morro Bay sunset --- plus the newest addition to Morro Rock that is sure to please everyone's aesthetic pleasure spot. Just click on the photo to see it.
* (23rd) May God bless all of you in a special way as we remember and celebrate the real reason for this season's hoopla: Jesus, Son of God, Savior!
* (23rd) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen as you've never heard nor seen it before.
* (23rd) The hottest topic on the agenda appears to be the approval for Paso's bike path. Six pages of exciting comments below the article.
* (23rd) Thanks to Lowe's for their Christmas present donation.
* (17th) Our condolences go to the Jack Tolleson family. Jack was a wonderful man who will always be remembered for his fairness as a leader and his love for his family.
* (10th) The PR Bearcats win the Cats and Hounds Tournament after defeating a number of teams on Friday and Saturday .
* (10th) With federal funding grant dollars up for grabs (that's your tax money, by the way), Paso Robles is lengthening its Wish List.
* (10th) A big thank you goes out to all the Paso elementary schools who participated in making Christmas cards for our troops! And thanks to everyone for not calling them "Holiday Cards."
* (3rd) Kennedy Club Fitness is sponsoring a fund raiser for the North County Humane Society. Time to buy those holiday do-dads. That's today at 9 a.m. Call 466-5403.
* (3rd) There is something singularly wonderful about hearing children sing. You can listen next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Paso Robles. Be prepare to pay up to $10 per seat.
* (3rd) Paso's capybara is still in the news. This time, it's the San Diego Zoo.
* (3rd) Standardized testing is still a 'testy' issue in Paso.
* (26th) Congratulations go to the Paso Robles Bantam Bears football team for winning their first Super Bowl. They delivered an amazing 8-1 season record with a win over the Templeton Eagles 26-0.
* (26th) Phil Dirkx reflects on Paso's rocky water situation.
* (24th) Today, from 12:00 to 2:00 you can receive a free dinner at Centennial Park. Thanks to the many volunteers and contributors who are helping with this event.
* (24th) Happy Thanksgiving Day to all who celebrate God's goodness in our land of freedom and abundance.
* (24th) The unidentified object found near Paso Robles recently has been turned over to 'experts' for examination.
* (19th) Did you know there was a local moderate trembler just four months after the Tehachapi quake in 1952?
* (19th) The local Optimist Club has joined hands with the Toy Bank for their seasonal toy collection.
* (19th) Hats off to Kennedy Club Fitness center for helping Paso's poor with a wonderful donation.
* (19th) History quiz: When did Honus Wagner visit Paso Robles?
* (12th) Another life is changed forever after winning $78 million at a local convenience store. May God be merciful to them.
* (12th) Former Roblan, Fred Davis, hailed for his scouting skills while serving in Afghanistan.
* (12th) First, there was a capybara sighting. Now there's a local U.F(alling)O. that has created an orbit of mystery.
* (12th) How would you like to receive a bill for $1.1 million?
* (12th) Popular input has nixed the proposed riverside dog park and may move it east of Scott Street --- all at no cost to the city. Parks4Pups is apparently paying for all of it.
* (12th) This weekend's Mid State Classic Rodeo is in full swing. Get yer gear and head on over.
* (1st) Dr. Ken Marcus from the University of LaVerne will make a presentation at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum in honor of Ignace Paderewski. The event will be held Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m., but be early to ensure a seat. And while you're at the website, click on the NEWS button to read the latest newsletter from Chuck Desmond.
* (1st) If you're in the mood to be entertained by local bantering about the lawsuit over the cemetery tombstone falling on a little girl in Paso, so be it.
* (30th) Congratulations to Greig Welch on his recent retirement.
* (21st) The new buzzword in Paso Robles --- "incremental."
* (21st) Looks like the majority of influential Roblans have given their blessing to blowing off steam.
* (16th) Old timers, beware. Those Old Timer BBQ photos of you are now on the Internet - again.
* (16th) Another Little Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest is history. The ribbons and plaques have been collected for bedroom walls and living room mantles. True Western heritage and spirit are alive and well in Paso Robles.
* (15th) The 81st annual Pioneer Day Parade pictures are FINALLY posted. Thanks for your patience.
* (15th) Possible jail time for local laundry if it keeps blowing its steam whistle.
* (2nd) Did you know San Luis Obispo had a bona fide race track off of South Street back in the 1920's? Long before safety considerations and NASCAR, the locals were enamored with speed. Thanks to John Edwards for pointing us to this Exposition Park video.
* (1st) Next week highlights the glory of Paso Robles history with great events, including the Pioneer Day Parade and Bean Feed on Saturday, October 8. Don't miss out on all the fun. I'll be the crazy guy in the street taking pictures! Hope to see you there or at the Old Timers BBQ Thursday, or the Pioneer Museum after the parade.
* (1st) To get you in the mood for the big parade, here is a series of great videos from last year -- taken by teacher Barbara.
* (1st) Seems like the Water War business will never cease. Phil Dirkx listens as Cal and Iggy weigh in on the matter.
* (1st) The Bag War has started in SLO county, also.
* (24th) In honor of Carol Tucker, we're reproducing a few of her memories about growing up in a one-room schoolhouse in Simmler, which used to be in the Paso Robles Union School District. Wonderful memories from a great lady!
* (24th) Going Solar in the Park will debut next April.
* (24th) Top national smog pollution dis-honors go to SLO county, which seems a bit oxymoronic after glowing 'best vacation spot' advertisements in the travel magazine world.
* (24th) Frank tosses his hat back in the ring.
* (24th) Maintained streets vs. a new trail on the Salinas River Parkway. It's all about the money.
* (17th) My grandfather moved his family to Templeton about 1900, joining the small number of independent folk who were proud of their little whistle stop -- not unlike its current population.
* (17th) Paso football is still enjoying the winner's circle.
* (17th) All things Pioneer Day are in the works right now in preparation of the excitement October 8.
* (14th) Location, location, location dictates the price of a house. It also dictates the price of gas, apparently, as SLO county has the highest prices in the state.
* (10th) Surviving the Pentagon disaster ten years ago. A firsthand account by Lieutenant Colonel Brian Birdwell.
* (10th) Local sewer rates will bump up based on your water use this winter. Those daily showers will be a thing of the past. Read Phil Dirkx's (and prbearcat's) take here:
* (10th) 65 people arrested or cited over the Labor Day weekend in Paso Robles. Druggies targeted. Warning: Racism charged in subsequent comments.
* (10th) Be on the lookout for Red Ear Sliders being sold outside local stores. It is illegal to do so, no matter how cute they are.
* (3rd) The Great Cuesta Grade Train Robbery of 1904 will delight the senses of the curious and awe-strike the rest of you! It's a bit hard to follow the story line, though. The Paso connection? You'll see as you meander through the article.
* (3rd) Hope today's classic car extravaganza lit everyone's nostalgia button. Photos here:
* (3rd) Just what is the Kermit King Dads' Club?
* (27th) The photos are finally in for the Class of '56 Reunion that took place recently. Thanks to Rich Cantrell.
* (24th) Remember the old Hot Springs Hotel across from the City Park? Remember it burned to the ground in 1940? Bet you don't remember watching it that night.
* (24th) Congratulations to Paso High for adding its new state-of-the-art agriculture facility.
* (24th) Will your front yard soon look like you're keeping up with the Wells?
* (21st) Former Paso school teacher, Eva Swan, was killed by a doctor in San Francisco, then buried under 4" of concrete. How did the authorities find out? And was the Hatch boy the father of the baby?
* (21st) The latest capybara sighting has really put Paso on the map: Over 80 news links to this story so far.
* (21st) Remember the good ol' days when you didn't have to pay for the bus ride to school?
* (21st) As the bike riding population increases locally, here are a few tips for road safety.
* (15th) Today is VJ Day.
* (15th) The world's largest rodent is spotted in Paso at the water treatment plant. Must have been craving fly larvae.
* (13th) How about a ride in the elevator at the Paso Robles Inn? You can do it here.
* (13th) Just a few weeks left to sign up for a free tour at the local water waste treatment plant, where you'll enjoy seeing 50 year-old technology at work. This is where my brother and I used to ride the trickling filter booms for a little excitement when we lived in Oak Park in the '50s'. At least until Marty fell off and received a smelly shower!
* (6th) An updated version of the Oak Park memories page is now available. If you have a story that's printable, email it to me and I'll add it. Please use your IE browser. Google Chrome shrinks the type size. Sorry.
* (6th) Hats off to 94 year-old Ernie Smith, whose gardening skills are still paying off in a big way.
* (6th) Does your dog like to swim? The 5th Annual Dog Splash Days is just around the corner in September at the Templeton pool.
* (6th) Now you can go online to make a police report in Paso.
* (6th) . . . Speaking of police reports, here's a list of the more interesting recent calls.
* (30th) The Big Bad Bard is in Paso until August 13.
* (30th) Christian worship takes center stage at the California Mid-State Fair.
* (30th) This year's Pioneer Day celebrities will include Grand Marshal Art Von Dollen and Queen Barbara Bethel Lewin.
* (24th) Did you know that the Farmers Alliance Business Association could not get a Southern Pacific side track to service its warehouse by the old depot in 1891? The fight between it and its competitor, the Southern Pacific Milling Company can be gleaned here somewhat:
* (24th) Speaking of railways, the Paso Robles Railway was a going concern in its day, too.
* (24th) Phil Dirkx is concerned about a shortage of basket weaving skills.
* (24th) Would you camp out on Riverside Avenue for three days so you could be first in line for the Fair? I didn't think so.
* (24th) Congratulations to Danielle Hallman, who likes "to stumble over my own words." She is the new queen of the Mid-State Fair.
* (24th) Maybe Cooper Engineering shouldn't stop with painting the median barrier on Hwy 101, but use that same Adelaide stone color on Paso's three Salinas River bridges.
* (15th) Poor pavement lane markings almost cause head-on collision on Niblick Road.
* (15th) Paso's big 'cattle drive' is scheduled for next Wednesday, the 20th. Stake out your best place to get a good picture: Union Road - 13th Street bridge - Riverside Avenue.
* (10th) Plans to locate an expensive luxury sports car resale business in downtown Paso has been nixed.
* (10th) Phil has his hands full right now. Maybe you could volunteer to take him a dinner or two while Mamie's mending.
* (10th) It's a huge fire season this year, folks. Take extra care when you're out in the boonies.
* (2nd) Local wounded Marine Lance Cpl. Charles “Dillon” Miller receives a hero's welcome in Paso Robles.
* (2nd) Yes, Virginia, there were native Indians living here before we moved in.
* (2nd) $31 million down, $47 million to go as Hwy 46 East ends its first phase of widening.
* (2nd) Do your pets go crazy when they hear fireworks?
* (22nd) Paso is scheduled to get the first freeway meter in the county. Pros and cons galore.
* (22nd) Do you want a dog park in Sherwood Park?
* (22nd) In case you missed the High School graduation ceremony, here are some great memento photos taken by David Middlecamp.
* (22nd) Paso's Daughters of the American Revolution will be presenting a display at the Paso Robles Historical Society starting tomorrow, with a reception on Saturday. They will be trying to convince the naysayers that "History's NOT Dull."
* (11th) This ain't your old home town anymore if you've moved away from Paso Robles some time ago.
* (4th) Local high schoolers 'sock-it-to-'em' trying to explain the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
* (4th) David Rogers is still kicking his way to success!
* (4th) Please support Paso Robles Youth Baseball. Be a fan - watch the finals this weekend!
* (4th) A new Dog Park site is getting rave reviews.
* (2nd) Kerry Drennan remembers the day JFK was assasinated.
* (2nd) Doug Hamp weighs in on city government.
* (2nd) Volunteers are needed before the rescued July 4th fireworks extravaganza can actually commence.
* (2nd) Please put your generosity to work and help out in a big way.
* (24th) Will the 2012 water rates change the face of Paso? A checkerboard of green and yellow front yards?
* (5th) Plymouth Congregational Church sends a much needed gift to India.
* (5th) "Don't Worry. Be Happy." Alleged graffiti artist arrested.
* (5th) Deeper budget cuts will affect your summer recreation opportunities in Paso Robles.
* (4th) Congratulations to Sue Maxwell who is Paso's Senior of the Year.
* (4th) Another round of teacher layoffs is in the works. Warning: caustic comments below the story.
* (20th) The Paso Robles Historical Society needs your support. Why not visit this week. Check out their Gift Shop page.
* (20th) This ain't your 1950's, folks. Hear (and see) what Paso High schoolers think about dating.
* (20th) Time to get involved in a wonderful project: The Paso Robles Demo Garden. Plenty to do and make friends, too.
* (20th) It's all about listening to the customer for this local business, IQMS.
* (20th) Water4Paso group crusades for new water rates . The war continues.
* (20th) Men in white hats get the alleged perps, proving once again that crime does not pay.
* (17th) Here we go again. Not enough money for fireworks.
* (9th) Looks like the crime rate is down according to the Odd Calls to Paso Police report.
* (2nd) More area history can be added to this site's Pieces of Paso stories: How about a photo of the 1951-52 first-grade class in San Miguel - with names! Thanks to Don and Anna French.
* (2nd) Our prayers are with Kenny Van Blargen who was badly injured in a racing accident in Arizona on March 11.
* (2nd) The city is selling its surplus equipment to folks - worldwide.
* (31st) "Let's go fishin' now, everyone's learnin' how." Lots of water. Lots of fish. Lots of money to be made.
* (30th) Hats off to Paso High basketball coach Scott Larson for a long and memorable 40 years on the court teaching kids to be their best.
* (27th) Remember when the population was 6000 folks in Paso Robles? So does Mr. Dirkx. Don't worry. Be happy!?
* (27th) The Cattlemen's Art Show will be in town on April 8. Time to buy American.
* (19th) Thanks to Rich Cantrell for encouraging the Class of '55 to sign up now for their 55th high school reunion!
* (6th) "I live in the greatest town in America." Do you know who often said this of Paso Robles?
* (6th) Paso's latest hot button was pushed by the SLO Tribune's articles about the highest paid city workers. The long list is here: Reading the comments below the articles is optional.
* (6th) Mystery letter arrives at Camp Roberts - 66 years late.
* (6th) Facebook bullying reaches the halls of Paso High.
* (6th) More teacher pink slips on the horizon.
* (6th) The new Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan gets a straw vote.
* (6th) Latest update in the Nacimiento pipeline water woes.
(26th) It's true. Snow fell in Paso. Politics has finally moved to the second page of the news.
* (19th) How old will you be when a safe highway finally stretches from Paso Robles to Interstate 5 ? My guess is we'll all be in the grave.
* (19th) City budget meisters take a whack at the tip of the spending iceberg.
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* (13th) Paso will once again be the end point for this year's Amgen cyclist tour. Stage 5 will start in Seaside, and skirt the coast on Hwy 1 before ascending the coast range via Santa Rosa Creek Road and Hwy 46. Should make for some great photo opportunities.
* (9th) The Paso Robles school board rejects the proposal for the district's first charter school.
* (5th) Amgen Tour lovers: Put May 19th on your calendar for a stopover in Paso Robles.
* (5th) Do you have a better plan to fix local streets? It's all about where the money is coming from.
* (5th) Paso High students hosted Rep. Kevin McCarthy for a question and answer session Friday. Was your child/grandchild there?
* (30th) The heart of Paso Robles is grieving with the death of world champion dirt bike rider, Nathan Woods. This link includes a promotional video featuring Nathan.
* (22nd) Some local Shandonians say "no" to proposed growth plan for their tiny berg.
* (22nd) Paso's budget woes call for action, according to this list of cuts.
* (15th) The late Dale Schwartz and Liz Koll will both receive awards for 2010 Roblan of the Year tonight at the Paso Robles Inn.
* (15th) Another mountain lion is reportedly seen in Paso.
* (8th) Do you trust the National Weather Service rain gauge in Paso Robles?
* (8th) Remember the old one-room school house in Adelaida?
* (8th) The County Annual Report is now online for perusal. Be patient as it loads everything you wanted to know about county operations and allocations - all in a slick, easy to read format.
* (4th) Tonight's City Council meeting will include discussion of forming a Historic Preservation Committee. 7:30 at the library.