SLO County Roundup

Paso Robles

Police are advising Paso Robles residents to lock their doors at home after a rash of daytime burglaries recently on the city’s west side.

They’re happening mostly on weekdays, according to police, and the burglars are reportedly breaking in by kicking in doors or through unlocked windows.

They’re stealing large electronics and jewelry, police said.

— Tonya Strickland


New buildings, expanded restroom facilities and parking upgrades are on the way for the Highway 46 East rest stop near the Highway 41 interchange.

Funded by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — the so-called economic stimulus package — the $2.9 million project will close the Shandon Roadside Rest Area for a year. Message signs are to alert drivers.

Crews are set to demolish and then replace the restroom buildings, construct new maintenance equipment storage buildings and create a new pedestrian area.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

Local artists of all ages are invited to create a design to be printed on a book bag for the San Luis Obispo County Library’s summer reading program. Winners will receive $250.

The purpose is to create a design for readers under 12 using the words, “Make a Splash at Your Library: Read,” or to create a design for teen readers using the slogan “Make Waves at Your Library: Read.” Submissions may not include any other words. “Read” is to be in all capital letters.

Designs can be no larger than 10.5 inches square. Designs by hand must be limited to one color, and computer-generated designs must be limited to four. They must be submitted with the artist’s name, address, age and phone number by Dec. 15.

Send entries to design@cloudstar.com, drop them off at any branch of the San Luis Obispo County Library, or drop off or mail them to Cloud Star, 1341 W. McCoy Lane, Santa Maria, CA 93455.

— Julia Hickey


Monarch butterfly expert Kingston Leong will dedicate a new butterfly overwintering habitat area Saturday on The Woodlands resort in Nipomo.

The 19-acre site has eucalyptus groves with trails and a public viewing area. The colorful insects spend the winter on the Central Coast, in trees close to the ocean to avoid freezing temperatures.

The opening ceremony will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Avila Room of the Monarch Dunes Golf Club at 1606 Trilogy Parkway, Nipomo.

Leong is a Cal Poly professor emeritus who is an expert in monarch butterfly biology.

The county’s most famous monarch grove is in Pismo Beach, where on average 25,000 butterflies spend the winter.

It is considered the largest aggregation of monarchs in the United States.

— David Sneed