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Orphaned sea otter named 'Otter 805' settles into new home 1:08

Orphaned sea otter named 'Otter 805' settles into new home

Thomas Fire consumes hills in Santa Barbara County 0:32

Thomas Fire consumes hills in Santa Barbara County

Dozens gather in Arroyo Grande to honor euthanized fox 1:46

Dozens gather in Arroyo Grande to honor euthanized fox

Timelapse video shows huge plume collapse at Thomas Fire 0:21

Timelapse video shows huge plume collapse at Thomas Fire

California firefighters battle to contain Thomas Fire 1:11

California firefighters battle to contain Thomas Fire

Dramatic images of the fire burning near Ventura 1:15

Dramatic images of the fire burning near Ventura

Here's how to keep your packages safe from 'porch pirates' this holiday season 0:51

Here's how to keep your packages safe from 'porch pirates' this holiday season

Firefighters light backfires to try to contain California fires 1:08

Firefighters light backfires to try to contain California fires

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore rides horse to cast ballot 2:10

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore rides horse to cast ballot

See how helicopters are fighting the intense Thomas Fire 1:26

See how helicopters are fighting the intense Thomas Fire

  • SLO County family finds steady work in the local cannabis industry

    Larry and Candice Montenegro were struggling to pay the bills living in California Valley near Carrizo Plain. But now Larry Montengro delivers water pumped from his own two wells to about 60 marijuana growers in the area. They say the cannabis industry has been good for the California Valley economy.

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Marijuana farms tap into Carrizo Plain’s scarce water — and SLO County is worried

Concerns about water use by cannabis growers is one reason San Luis Obispo County is considering a ban on marijuana farms in California Valley.

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Paso Robles City Council creates groundwater management agency

Paso Robles City Council members voted Tuesday to form a groundwater sustainability agency that will be accountable for managing basin water within the city’s jurisdiction. The agency was created in response to the state Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which requires management of basins in overdraft.

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Pismo building moratorium continues despite improved water supply

The Pismo Beach City Council considered deactivating its Tier 1, drought-related building restrictions because increases in state water deliveries have increased the city’s total water supply to above its moratorium trigger level, but it ultimately decided against dropping the current restrictions because of the questionable health of Lopez Lake and the Santa Maria groundwater basin.

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Thomas Fire consumes hills in Santa Barbara County 0:32

Thomas Fire consumes hills in Santa Barbara County

Dozens gather in Arroyo Grande to honor euthanized fox 1:46

Dozens gather in Arroyo Grande to honor euthanized fox

Timelapse video shows huge plume collapse at Thomas Fire 0:21

Timelapse video shows huge plume collapse at Thomas Fire

California firefighters battle to contain Thomas Fire 1:11

California firefighters battle to contain Thomas Fire

Dramatic images of the fire burning near Ventura 1:15

Dramatic images of the fire burning near Ventura

Here's how to keep your packages safe from 'porch pirates' this holiday season 0:51

Here's how to keep your packages safe from 'porch pirates' this holiday season

Firefighters light backfires to try to contain California fires 1:08

Firefighters light backfires to try to contain California fires

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore rides horse to cast ballot 2:10

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore rides horse to cast ballot

See how helicopters are fighting the intense Thomas Fire 1:26

See how helicopters are fighting the intense Thomas Fire

A look at intensity of Thomas Fire and enormous smoke plume 1:33

A look at intensity of Thomas Fire and enormous smoke plume

This is how dry Lopez Lake has gotten this summer

Take a look around Lopez Lake, and it's clear why the boat launch ramp was closed. As of Monday, July 25, 2016, the Arroyo Grande lake was 26.5 percent full.
David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com
This is how dry Lopez Lake has gotten this summer 0:29

This is how dry Lopez Lake has gotten this summer

How Paso Robles' groundwater shortage affects a local family 1:17

How Paso Robles' groundwater shortage affects a local family

Californians conserve water at lowest rate since mandatory cutbacks began last year 1:26

Californians conserve water at lowest rate since mandatory cutbacks began last year

What's next for Arroyo Grande if the drought continues? 1:02

What's next for Arroyo Grande if the drought continues?