SLO County Roundup

North County

Smoke will be visible today as Cal Fire conducts a series of live fire training scenarios in an abandoned residential structure near Nacimiento Lake Drive.

The training activity, set for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., will take place in a controlled environment located on privately owned land off Nacimiento Lake Drive several miles north of Interlake Road, according to Cal Fire.

Firefighters will train on techniques and procedures for aggressively fighting residential structure fires within a rural setting, officials said.

Safety will be top-of-mind during the training, officials said.

Cal Fire, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the landowner will be present during the exercise.

County officials advise the public to limit outdoor activities if they smell smoke.

— Tonya Strickland


Families are invited to annual Children’s Day in the Park today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Park.

Local city, school and community groups coordinate the event, now in its 21st year.

Local service groups showcase their services to the public. There will also be a carnival area with games, food for sale and free entertainment.

Carnival wristbands are $5.

Proceeds will support Atascadero’s aquatic programs.

— Tonya Strickland


Two years of roadwork on Highway 101 north of the Cuesta Grade is set to begin, Caltrans announced on Thursday.

The state project will repave and improve Highway 101 from Santa Margarita to Atascadero. The project will improve about 40 miles of road — 20 miles each direction — from the base of the Cuesta Grade to the Traffic Way exit in Atascadero.

“Some very minor things are already under way,” Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said. “Within the next few weeks, things will begin to pick up.”

Work on the $41.8 million project is expected to conclude in spring 2012, according to Caltrans, as weather permits.

The project is being paid for with federal and state funds. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is providing $37.2 million, and the state Highway Operation and Protection Program is providing an additional $4.6 million. The state-funded portion comes from California’s 18-cents-per-gallon gas tax and from truck weight fees, according to the state legislative analyst’s office.

Caltrans will have a ceremony with Atascadero city officials at 1 p.m. May 19 along East Front Road where it meets the east of Highway 101’s Santa Rosa Road exit in Atascadero.

Bridges will be widened — including Santa Margarita Creek Bridge, Atascadero Creek Bridge and the Traffic Way under-crossing — and on- and off-ramps will be fixed up.

The ramps include Highway 58, San Diego Road, Santa Rosa Road, Curbaril Avenue, Highway 41 and Traffic Way.

The contractor is Papich Construction of Pismo Beach.

—Tonya Strickland

Pismo Beach

More than 250 vintage trailers will be shown today and Sunday at the third annual Trail Along to Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally at the Pismo Coast Village RV Resort.

The oldest trailers are from the 1930s; 40 others are Airstream trailers from 1948-68.

Activities include bowling tournaments, sunset kite flying, meals and socials. The open house will be held today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for resort guests and the public to tour the units at no charge.

For more information, go to www.vintagetrailercamp.com. Pismo Coast Village is located at 165 S. Dolliver St. in Pismo Beach.

— Cynthia Lambert