SLO County Roundup

Paso Robles

Traffic was backed up in the northbound lane of Highway 101 on Tuesday after a pickup truck overturned, spilling lumber onto the freeway.

No injuries were reported in the single-vehicle wreck, which occurred about 9:30 a.m. between the Highway 46 West and South Spring Street exits.

The lane was cleared by 11:30 a.m.

The Ford Ranger was towing a load of lumber in a trailer when it began whipping back and forth and caused the truck to overturn, CHP officer Bill Irons said.

The truck came to rest in the median center divider on the northbound side. The lumber included 2-by-10 boards and larger beams but not logs, according to the CHP.

Another wreck occurred about the same time and near the same place but in the southbound lane of Highway 101, Irons said.

A Toyota pickup truck rear-ended a Nissan SUV as drivers became distracted while looking at the northbound wreck, Irons said. Minor injuries were reported from the second wreck.

— Tonya Strickland


The Atascadero Unified School District will add two employees next school year to serve special-needs students.

The district Board of Directors approved plans to hire an autism coordinator and a nursing services coordinator at its April 20 meeting in Carrizo Plains, the district’s director of human resources, Kim Spinks, said Tuesday.

According to Spinks, the proposed hires are “part and parcel” of Atascadero’s decision last year to transfer control of most special education classes from the county Office of Education back to the district.

The move will affect 65 students.

Spinks said the two employees would start work during the 2010-11 school year and be assigned to the district at large.

The autism coordinator’s annual salary is estimated at $67,000 to $80,000, Spinks said. The nursing coordinator could earn between $63,000 and $75,000 a year.

— Sarah Linn

San Luis Obispo

A community meeting to discuss the half-cent sales tax measure that passed in 2006 known as Measure Y is scheduled for tonight.

San Luis Obispo voters approved the sales tax increase for eight years. It will sunset in November 2015 unless extended by voters.

The increase was passed to help pay for community services such as street maintenance, traffic congestion relief, public safety, flood protection, senior services, and facilities and open-space preservation.

City staff is preparing a financial supplement to the current two-year budget and is seeking public discussion on the allocation of Measure Y funds.

The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at the City/County Library Community Room, 995 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo.

For more information, call 781-7114 or e-mail City Manager Katie Lichtig at klichtig@slocity.org.

— AnnMarie Cornejo