Atascadero Police Department officers and SLO County Sheriff’s personnel are investigating a suspicious death in a residence on the 5300 block of Traffic Way in Atascadero. One deceased person was found inside the home, police say.
The felony domestic violence case against San Luis Obispo developer and former P.B. Companies co-CEO Ryan Petetit will move forward to trial, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge ruled at a preliminary hearing Friday.
Cal Poly started construction on a 35,000 square-foot dining complex to replace the 43-year-old Vista Grande dining area, which has served as the main residential dining hall for more than 126,000 freshmen since 1973. The new complex will be opened in 2018.
County officials Friday reported preliminary samples taken from the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport property tested negative for trichloroethylene, a toxic solvent that was found to have contaminated nearby private wells.
The 2013 closure of Duke Energy’s Crystal River Nuclear Plant in Florida cost 600 head-of-household jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue for local government. The area has worked to recover from the loss by raising property taxes, luring more tourists to see its endangered manatees, and building a new natural gas plant.
Though activity has slowed for the Chimney Fire burning in parts of San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, officials warn that the coming week will be pivotal in determining when the fire will be fully contained.
Hundreds of six-figure jobs were eliminated when the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closed, but plant owner Entergy Corp. agreed to invest $10 million in the region’s economic recovery. The money helped prevent one large manufacturer from fleeing to New Hampshire.
Editor’s note: Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s closure in 2025 means an annual economic loss of about $1 billion locally. This is the first of a four-part series on how other communities dealt with the financial consequences when their nuclear power plants closed.
Firefighters on Saturday continued to gain traction on the Chimney Fire, which had burned 45,108 acres and was 52 percent contained by Saturday evening, although Hearst Castle and Bryson Hesperia Resort north of Lake Nacimiento remained threatened.