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Regulators in hot water again over the Oceano Dunes

For more than a decade, San Luis Obispo County’s Air Pollution Control District has claimed that 100% of the dust particles blowing on the Nipomo Mesa are the result of off-roading at the Oceano Dunes. It is 100% sand dune dust (mineral dust) from the Oceano Dunes, the APCD reported.
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7 new COVID-19 deaths reported in SLO County. Here are the age ranges

Seven more San Luis Obispo County residents have died from COVID-19, the Public Health Department reported on Tuesday. These are the first deaths announced in more than two weeks. The deaths impacted older residents: Three people who died were older than 85, three were between the ages of 65-84 and one was 50-64, according to public health data.
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Seven additional COVID-19 deaths reported in San Luis Obispo County

– Seven more San Luis Obispo County community members, ranging in age from their 60s to 90s, have died from COVID-19, the County Health Department announced today. With this most recent report, 365 community members have died from COVID-19. This report comes as health officials worldwide prepare for the spread of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) of COVID-19.
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Which neighborhoods have the best holiday lights in SLO County?

Holiday decorations began popping up around the Central Coast as early as Thanksgiving, with multi-colored lights, massive inflatable decorations and classic Santa Claus cutouts appearing on front yards and rooftops across San Luis Obispo County. As SLO County gets lit for the holidays, The Tribune wants to know: Where are...
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There’s a new COVID variant. Here’s what we know about Omicron

Californians were grappling with an increase in coronavirus cases and bracing for a wintertime surge when the World Health Organization announced that scientists in South Africa discovered a new variant of COVID-19. The discovery of the new variant, called Omicron, created a ripple effect worldwide — leading to travel restrictions...

SLO County reports seven new COVID-19 deaths

San Luis Obispo County reported seven new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, while new case rates remain primarily unchanged with a moderate daily average of 36. Those who succumbed to the virus during the past week range in age from their 60s to their 90s. The number of SLO County residents in hospitals receiving treatment for the virus increase slightly with 13 currently hospitalized, four in intensive care.
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Conservative SLO County supervisors vote 3-2 to dramatically redraw election districts

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to adopt the Richard Patten map and dramatically redraw district lines for the next 10 years. Over the objections of the two liberal board members, conservative supervisors Lynn Compton, John Peschong and Debbie Arnold joined to reject the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce map and instead picked the map championed by the local Republican Party.

San Simeon officials consider protecting manager from financial liability

The San Simeon Community Services District Board will consider indemnifying its district manager, shortly after the state discovered the community could seek reimbursement for funds spent under an illegally executed agreement. Currently under an investigation by San Luis Obispo County prosecutors that could result in fines and legal costs, the district’s manager is also facing approximately $400,000 in liability over the illicit contract.