SLO County Roundup

Carrizo Plain

The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct a prescribed burn Monday in the northern section of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Two burn areas totaling 465 acres are planned for burning next to Soda Lake Road. The units are located near the Washburn Ranch administrative office, near the intersection of Soda Lake and Panorama roads.

The burn should take one or two days to complete. The target burn date is Monday, although the date could vary depending on weather and smoke dispersal conditions.

The purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce grassy fuel loading near Soda Lake Road and to remove grasses so that the areas can be seeded with native species to aid in restoration. Smoke may be visible in the area, but should dissipate relatively quickly.

— David Sneed


The Oceano Community Services District board is contemplating how to fill its vacant seat, according to General Manager Raffaele Montemurro.

Board member Barbara Mann filed her official resignation, which became effective Dec. 31.

Now the board must appoint a new director or, if the board decides to go another route, must go through procedures being outlined by an attorney contracted by the district.

The various possibilities will be presented at the next board meeting on Wednesday.

A special election is one of the options and would cost taxpayers as much as $32,000, Montemurro has estimated.

The board has until March 3 to make an appointment in lieu of an election should it choose to do that instead.

Mann would have been up for re-election at the end of this year.

— Nick Wilson

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo County Health and Fitness Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo.

An all-ages 5K run will kick off the event, and more than 100 local health, wellness, and fitness professionals will exhibit their products and services.

Several free tests and vaccinations will be provided.

Those include ear canal exams, metabolic syndrome risk tests, lung function screening, cholesterol testing, blood pressure and body composition tests, neuromuscular dentistry testing, diabetes screening, vision screenings, digital foot screening and swine-flu, seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Free educational seminars will address topics such as breast thermography, drug and alcohol abuse, food allergy awareness and hormone replacement therapy options.

For details and a full list of seminars, visit www.slohealthandfitness.com or call 772-4600.

— Julia Hickey