Over the Hill

Over the Hill

If Salinas Dam is expanded, North County should get the water

Our two county supervisors from the North County visited Washington, D.C., this week seeking federal money for San Luis Obispo County projects. One project would almost double the capacity of the Salinas Reservoir, also known as Santa Margarita Lake. But a big question on the mind of columnist Phil Dirkx is: Where would the water go?

Over the Hill

Paso’s Wal-Mart faced opposition, too, but not enough to stop it

The changing retail landscape did to the proposed Wal-Mart in Atascadero what Chumash and Salinan tribal members were unable to do to the Paso Robles Wal-Mart in 1994, writes North County columnist Phil Dirkx. Wal-Mart canceled its Atascadero store last week. In Paso, the developer reached an agreement with the tribes and the store went forward.

Videos

Cal Poly student captures great white shark sighting on camera

Francesca Nash, a marine science major at Cal Poly, spotted a great white shark near her paddle board off the coast of Santa Barbara last weekend.
Cal Poly student captures great white shark sighting on camera 0:46

Cal Poly student captures great white shark sighting on camera

California Mid-State Fair sheep dog trials show off the best herding dogs 1:01

California Mid-State Fair sheep dog trials show off the best herding dogs

Enchanting garden near Arroyo Grande is a haven for wildlife 1:16

Enchanting garden near Arroyo Grande is a haven for wildlife

Watch The Chainsmokers in concert at the Mid-State Fair 0:53

Watch The Chainsmokers in concert at the Mid-State Fair