A badge-pinning ceremony will be held today to recognize personnel of the recently created Five Cities Fire Authority.
The fire department was created July 9 by a joint power agreement between Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano.
The presentation will be at 4 p.m. at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave. in Arroyo Grande.
For more information, call fire authority headquarters at 473-5490.
— Cynthia Lambert
San Luis Obispo
The Cuesta College board of trustees extended current Superintendent/President Gil Stork’s contract for an additional year through December 2011.
The contract extension is currently awaiting approval from the state Chancellor’s Office. Stork’s annual salary of $195,000 will stay the same.
Stork was named the community college’s interim president in 2009 to replace President David Pelham, who resigned to take a job in Abu Dhabi.
The trustees will begin the process of recruiting a permanent replacement early next year.
Stork has worked at Cuesta for 43 years, in positions ranging from math professor to vice president of student affairs, a position he held for 14 years until his retirement in 2004.
— AnnMarie Cornejo
Caltrans and Atascadero city officials will celebrate the completion of the Highway 101-Highway 41 interchange project with a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sunken Gardens in downtown Atascadero.
The three-year, $17 million project reconstructed the area where the two highways intersect in Atascadero with a new bridge and other additions.
— Tonya Strickland
The Atascadero Land Preservation Society received a $680,000 state grant in September to help buy 103 acres to preserve along Atascadero Creek on the city’s west side.
The California River Parkway grant — coupled with a $206,786 environmental enhancement grant already awarded by Caltrans — will help the group preserve the area’s oak forest, enhance the creek habitat and provide public access for hiking, horse riding and bicycling.
The society, in conjunction with nonprofit The Trust for Public Land, has worked for nearly four years to procure funding for the purchase, officials said.
In addition to trails and amenities planned for the property, society members said they hope the land purchase could provide a “vital link in a long-envisioned Atascadero-to-the-ocean trail through the Los Padres National Forest.”
— Tonya Strickland