SLO County Roundup

SLO County

Fewer than 300 ballots remain uncounted from the June 8 primary election, county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said Friday.

The county Clerk-Recorder’s office has counted nearly 3,000 ballots this week. Rodewald said she expected the remainder to be counted today.

Updated numbers from Rodewald’s office did not affect the county sheriff race, though the gap separating retired Pismo Beach police Chief Joe Cortez and retired San Luis Obispo police Sgt. Jerry Lenthall grew.

Cortez will face San Luis Obispo police Capt. Ian Parkinson on Nov. 2 in that race. Parkinson had captured 41 percent of the vote, while Cortez had 18 percent and Lenthall received 17 percent.There are now 1,001 votes separating Cortez and Lenthall.

The Arroyo Grande bond measure narrowly failed, needing a two-thirds vote to pass. It received 65 percent approval.

Arroyo Grande Councilman Jim Guthrie finished third in the race for 4th District county supervisor, now 268 votes behind Paul Teixeira, a Lucia Mar school district trustee. Teixeria received 32 percent of the vote; Guthrie received 30 percent.

The top vote-getter, Mike Zimmerman, received 38 percent of the vote and will face Teixeira in the November runoff.

— Cynthia Lambert

Morro Bay

South Bay Boulevard was closed for about two hours Friday evening as authorities searched for a suicidal woman in Morro Bay State Park.

A CHP helicopter found the 51-year-old woman, whose name was not released, unresponsive but alive near a trail inside the park overlooking South Bay Boulevard.

Traffic on South Bay between Quintana and State Park roads was detoured from 4 to 6 p.m. as crews and volunteers from six agencies looked for the woman. She was taken to a nearby hospital.

Authorities said the woman had threatened suicide.

— Stephen Curran

Paso Robles

A discussion on how the public can benefit from private ranching will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through a University of California workshop.

The goal of the workshop, organizers say, is learn how grazing animals and grazing lands can help sustainable food production, scenery, the economy and environmental services. The talk will be held at the Paso Robles Culinary Arts Academy, 1900 Golden Hill Road.

Central Coast residents, students and representatives from a variety of agencies are encouraged to attend. University and environmental speakers are planned.

Tickets are $15 and include materials, morning refreshments and lunch.

For more information, contact Jim Zingo at 781-5938 or jzingo@co.slo.ca.us.

Seats are limited and online registration is available at http://ucanr.org/grazingvaluesworkshop.

— Tribune staff report

Cal Poly

The university has chosen a professor of history and a professor of dairy science to receive its Distinguished Scholarship Award for 2009-2010, the seventh year for the award program. History professor George Cotkin and Dairy Science professor Rafael Jiménez-Flores were recognized for serving as models for scholars in the humanities at Cal Poly and for interdisciplinary collaboration.

They were honored at spring commencement ceremonies on June 12.

Cotkin’s instruction focuses on questions of ethics and morality in modern America; he has been teaching at Cal Poly since 1980.

Jiménez-Flores was honored for his ability to apply scientific methods to pragmatic issues in the field of food science. He has been teaching at Cal Poly since 1995.

— Nick Wilson