SLO County Roundup

Los Osos

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers compound in Iraq was officially designated Camp Wolfe on Thursday in honor of the late Navy Cmdr. Duane Wolfe of Los Osos.

Wolfe was killed by a roadside bomb outside Fallujah on May 25. At the time of his death, he was the officer in charge of the corps’ Al-Anbar Area Office, which had a workforce of 59 military, government civilians and Iraqis.

The designation ceremony was broadcast live via the Internet to Wolfe’s family and friends in Los Osos. Camp Wolfe is part of Camp Victory, which surrounds Baghdad International Airport.

Wolfe’s wife, Cindi, told guests of the ceremony via the Internet that “much like so many of you here today, Cmdr. Wolfe was a builder of both roads and freedom; an engineer of bridges and peace; a man of faith and honor. It was my great, good fortune to have spent the past 34 years building a warm home and a loving family with this fine man.”

— David Sneed

SLO County

The United Way of San Luis Obispo County Youth Board has three $1,000 grants available for local youth projects and programs.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to create projects that have a positive impact on youth.

Student-submitted applications must have an adult adviser and a sponsoring organization to act as a fiscal agent.

Applications, and a workbook to assist youth in preparing to apply, are available at www.unitedwayslo.org.

Applications are due Jan. 8. For more information, call 541-1234.

— Julia Hickey

San Luis Obispo

The City Council agreed last week to purchase a $1 million fire engine with a 100-foot long ladder to deal with higher buildings expected to be constructed in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement to buy a Pierce Tillered Aerial Quint from Pierce Manufacturing.

The engine is equipped for five functions: using the aerial ladder, providing ground ladders, hoses, and a water tank and pump.

The vehicle will have separate steering wheels for front and rear wheels.

The council voted in Fall 2008 to adopt a height ordinance that is expected to result in the approval of more tall buildings.

Since then, the hotel, condominium and retail Chinatown Project proposed for Monterey Street is expected to all be under 50 feet tall and serviceable by the city’s 75-foot ladder.

But the Garden Street Terraces condominium, retail and office project proposed for Marsh Street will be taller.

The council has already adopted a method for levying higher taxes against developments that could need the fire engine.

— Sally Connell