Rancher Neil Heaton talks about large-scale oak tree removal and other work on property owned by The Wonderful Company and managed by Justin Vineyards near Paso Robles. "This development, if allowed to continue, will mean the end of our way of life," he says.
A sea otter pup was found crying out for its mother in Morro Bay on May 26, 2016. With the help of volunteers from The Marine Mammal Center, the pup, less than 12 hours old, was reunited with its mother.
More than 3,200 acres of Eagle Ranch near Atascadero will be permanently protected under an agreement between the property owners and the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. The northern portion of the property is still planned for development, including up to 500 homes.
A conservation easement will preserve 3,255 acres of rolling hills, oak woodlands and cascading waterfalls at Eagle Ranch, located west of Highway 101 and south of Atascadero. Here's a drone's-eye view of the property.
A Santa Clara court has tentatively denied a lawsuit from several South County cities claiming water providers in Nipomo are not complying with an almost decade-old stipulation and judgment to restrict groundwater pumping in the Santa Maria groundwater basin, though final judgment is still pending a hearing in May.