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Monday is the last day to register to vote for the June 8 statewide primary election, county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald has announced.

Voter registrations must be postmarked or received in the County Clerk-Recorder’s office by Monday, Rodewald wrote in a news release.

Voters who have moved or wish to change their political party must complete a new voter registration card. Any voter registering by this deadline will receive a postcard with his or her polling place location. They will not receive the sample ballot booklet issued by the county or the state voter guide.

However, both these publications are available on the respective websites: www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk.htm and www.sos.ca.gov.

— Bob Cuddy

South County

Workers for the state Department of Conservation are in the Huasna Valley capping a seventh abandoned oil well.

The well could be a century old and had been leaking oil, said Don Drysdale, Department of Conservation spokesman. The cleanup and capping project will cost about $50,000 and will be paid for out of oil development fees.

The department recently completed a three-month effort to cap six other wells abandoned in 1985. The Mankins Ranch in Huasna Valley has been the site of numerous attempts, going back decades, to extract oil.

Another oil company, Excelaron, has proposed exploring the ranch for oil. If the effort is found to be feasible, the company would pump out oil and truck it to a refinery.

— David Sneed

San Luis Obispo

An afternoon of music to benefit the family who owns Chilie Peppers — whose home was destroyed by a fire in February — is scheduled for today.

Brothers Alex and George Nino De Rivera, who manage the restaurant, are struggling to rebuild their lives.

Musicians Peter Yelda and Bob Liepman planned the day of music at the restaurant to raise money to assist them.

The event will be held from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant at 2121 Broad St.

Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Paso Robles

The official competition handbooks for the California Mid-State Fair are now available for those who want to participate in the various exhibits.

Examples include the Open Still Exhibits, Junior Still Exhibits, Special Stars, 4-H and FFA Still Exhibits, Industrial Education Exhibits and Junior Livestock Entry information.

Handbooks can be picked up at the fair administration office, 2198 Riverside Ave., or at www.midstatefair.com.

Horse Show entry information and deadlines will be released in the coming weeks, organizers said.

The fair runs July 21 to Aug. 1.

— Tonya Strickland

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