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?

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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.

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A look inside the new theater coming to downtown SLO

San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre, formerly SLO Little Theatre, will join the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and the History Center of San Luis Obispo County in an area along part of Monterey Street anchored by Mission San Luis Obispo. Here's a look inside the theater's future home, expected to be completed by 2021.
Bryce Engstrom Architect
A look inside the new theater coming to downtown SLO 4:04

A look inside the new theater coming to downtown SLO

Rocks tumble down in up-close look at Hwy. 1 landslide in Big Sur 1:29

Rocks tumble down in up-close look at Hwy. 1 landslide in Big Sur

Fire destroys rural Paso Robles home at hilltop vineyard 0:31

Fire destroys rural Paso Robles home at hilltop vineyard

Take a tour of Bobbye West Thompson's Los Osos garden 0:45

Take a tour of Bobbye West Thompson's Los Osos garden