SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A panel of three administrative judges for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hear oral arguments Wednesday in San Luis Obispo on several challenges to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s application to renew Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s two operating licenses.

The three judges form what the NRC calls an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. The anti-nuclear group San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace has challenged license renewal based on expected hazards posed by earthquakes and terrorist attacks.

The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Only attorneys with Mothers for Peace, PG&E and the NRC will be allowed to participate, but the public may observe the proceedings.

PG&E has applied to extend the plant’s two licenses for an additional 20 years each. If granted, the plant’s reactors would be able to operate until 2044 and 2045.

— David Sneed

Paso Robles

The public has until 5 p.m. Friday to submit recordings for the chance to sing the national anthem during the California Mid-State Fair.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome via e-mail by June 18, fair officials said.

Each year, the fair offers local singers the opportunity to sing before each concert in the Main Grandstand Arena. Interested singers should send a DVD recording of themselves singing the anthem and an application, available on www.midstatefair.com, to California Mid-State Fair, Attention: National Anthem, P.O. Box 8, Paso Robles, CA 93447.

DVDs will not be returned.

This year’s fair will run July 21 through Aug. 1.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo County Library is introducing its first adult summer reading program. The theme is “Water Your Mind at the Library — Read.”

Adult library participants will be asked to read 10 items in suggested categories between June 19 and Aug. 21. Prizes and surprises will be awarded to those who successfully complete the program.

Participating branch libraries include Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Creston, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita. Call your local library for more details or visit www.slolibrary.org.

— AnnMarie Cornejo