A Cambria man was under the influence of marijuana and methamphetamine when he died after crashing his car head-on into another vehicle on Highway 1 near Cayucos on Aug. 18, according to toxicology results disclosed Thursday by the CHP.
Three other people suffered major injuries in the accident near San Geronimo Road.
Fernando “Nico” Rafael Mendoza, 27, was driving a 1992 Toyota Camry northbound, reportedly faster than 55 miles per hour, when he attempted to pass slower traffic, according to CHP spokesman Joe Vega.
It took an hour and 40 minutes to get Mendoza out of the wreckage, the CHP said.
He was transported by helicopter to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, where he was pronounced dead.
— Kathe Tanner
City officials agreed to sell a surplus World War II Army trailer to the Estrella Warbirds Museum for $1 this month.
The city received the trailer from Camp Roberts in the 1950s. It was most recently used by the Wastewater Treatment Plant to transport equipment.
That department no longer needs it, and auctioning would net the city less than $100.
The Estrella Warbirds Museum, a Paso Robles- based nonprofit group, will restore the trailer to its original condition and display it at the museum.
The museum is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft and memorabilia. It’s located next to the Paso Robles Municipal Airport, 4251-A Dry Creek Road.
— Tonya Strickland
The community library will hold a book sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We will have a huge inventory of fiction, nonfiction and specialty books available that will suit the most discriminating reader,” library board President Nan Fowler said.
The library is also accepting donated books, she said, including hardback and paperback books and tapes.
The library is at 240 N. Ninth St. and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anyone interested in working as a volunteer librarian or in joining Friends of the Library can call the library at 481-4131.
— Cynthia Lambert
The City Council has agreed to extend partnerships with two local organizations that promote the area for tourism.
The city will renew its contracts with the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance for $54,000 and its contributions to the San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau for $10,000.
The city will continue to use the services for hospitality and visitor event support; branding and visitor website development; and promoting the wine and culinary industries, according to the city’s adopted marketing plan.
The Alliance contract started in March 2008 after a competitive bidding process, and the Bureau contract began in August 2009.
— Tonya Strickland