New State Parks chief Anthony L. Jackson is coming to town to check out the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. Theres no date certain it will be sometime within the next couple of months but we plan to slap on sunscreen and greet him with a bouquet of welcome.
Weve had visits from parks chiefs before former Director Ruth Coleman attended a la-di-da event at Hearst Castle last year but were impressed that Jackson is embarking on a fact-finding mission. Hell not only tour the park, hell also meet with county Air Pollution Control District staff and board members, and hell hear from critics and supporters of the OHV park, which has been criticized lately for failing to meet county deadlines to reduce dust pollution.
Lets hope Jackson, a retired Marine Corps major general, inspires his staff to get with the program.
Disappointing library delay
The city of Atascadero may have to celebrate its centennial without a grand opening of its new library and for that, were shelving a few literary brickbats under BD for big disappointment.
The opening of the library which had been scheduled for late this year has been delayed on account of a hitch in the countys bidding process. One contractor challenged the decision to award the bid to Maino Construction, and that led to a protest hearing and to a recommendation that the county start the bidding process all over again.
The Board of Supervisors, though, wont take action on that until April 16, which means the new bids wont be returned until May 15, and interior construction wont finish until next year too late for the centennial.
Sigh. We understand that such things happen, but if the county could find a way to expedite the process, that would be aheck of a nice way to say happy birthday to Atascadero.
Kudos to local English teacher
SLO High English teacher James Bruce earns a couplet of bouquets to go along with his Hero Award from the California Arts Council.
Bruce won the honor for promoting Poetry Out Loud a recitation contest that encourages students to study, memorize and perform historic and contemporary poems. Students compete first at the county level, with winners going on to the state and, finally, to the national level.
Sounds like a great way for students to develop an appreciation of poetry while honing their public speaking skills. Bravo, Bruce.
A healthy place to live
Freshly picked bouquets of fresh fruits and veggies are on their way to local residents whose healthy lifestyles helped SLO win a spot on a list of the healthiest communities in the nation.
The San Luis Obispo/Paso region ranked No. 10 out of 189 metro areas rated on a well-being index. It was the only metro region in California to make the top 10.
The well-being index was based on Gallup poll telephone interviews that covered a variety of health-related topics. In general, residents of communities that scored well tended to smoke less and exercise more no surprise there.
So, lets raise a shot of wheat grass and jog around the block the hard work is paying off.