A North County poet recently won first place in the California State Poetry Society’s annual poetry competition.
Judge Julian Palley selected Chris Weygandt Alba’s poem, “How an Egret Saved Me,” from a field of 169 entries submitted by poets from California and other states. The competition took place this summer.
“I was just stunned,” said Weygandt Alba, a first-time participant. “It’s a big prize for a small town poet like me.”
Her 14-line poem, inspired by an experience at her Templeton home, was also featured this April in “From Soul to Paper,” The Tribune’s annual celebration of National Poetry Month.
Born in Paso Robles, Weygandt Alba earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Cal Poly, and spent 20 years working as a magazine journalist and editor before returning to the North County in 1998.
Her previous poetry prizes include the 2009 Lillian Dean Poetry Award from the Central Coast Writers Conference and a monthly award from the California State Poetry Society this June.
— Sarah Linn
San Luis Obispo
A new website helps Spanish-speaking citizens find health care, according to Rep. Lois Capps, D-San Luis Obispo.
The website, www.cuidadodesalud.gov, is a Spanish translation of www.healthcare.gov.
It will help Spanish-speaking residents on the Central and South Coasts to identify affordable, comprehensive health care coverage options, both public and private, available in their zip codes, Capps wrote in a news release.
It also will explain how the benefits of the new health care reform law will be implemented over time, she wrote.
The site will allow users to input personal information so that search results are narrowly tailored to each individual’s health care needs.
According to Capps, the Latino community has the highest rate of not being insured in the nation. Nearly one in three Latinos does not have health insurance.
— Bob Cuddy
San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly has received a $300,000 grant to expand its technology center, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.
The center provides space for technology-based research and development companies on campus to foster the exchange of technical knowledge and expertise between the educational and business communities, Capps wrote.
Capps wrote that the funding will help the center “allow more local high-tech entrepreneurs and businesses to take advantage of this innovative work as they develop and commercialize their products.”
The investment, she added, “will help create high-quality, high-tech jobs here in our community.”
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.
— Bob Cuddy