SLO County Roundup


Two homeless men were hurt after what authorities described as a stabbing in an overgrown brush area on Oceano County Airport land Monday night.

Just before 8 p.m., deputies found Ricardo Fonseca Davalos with a wound to his midsection about 100 yards southwest of the end of Delta Street, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Nearby on Railroad Street, deputies found Thomas Raymond Estrada, 51, with a stab wound on his face, authorities said.

Both men were treated at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Estrada is believed to be the aggressor in the incident, authorities said. The argument was reportedly over possession of sleeping bags.

Investigators were following up Tuesday and referring the case to the county District Attorney’s Office for any possible filing of criminal charges or seeking of arrest warrants.

— Antonio A. Prado

Port San Luis

The Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers have purchased a classic trolley from Morro Bay that will be used to take visitors to and from the lighthouse on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

The trolley service will begin July 3. Trolley trips will take place at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The Point San Luis Lighthouse is a 35-acre facility that houses the 120-year-old light station. The Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers recently completed 65,000 hours of labor and spent $1.5 million restoring the lighthouse.

Another $1.3 million was spent upgrading the access road to the lighthouse that allows the trolley to safely make the trip. Sunset Celebrations will be held June 26 and 27 at the station to raise money to repair the recently returned lighthouse lens.

For information and reservations, call 540-5771.

— David Sneed

San Luis Obispo

A 35-foot-tall kinetic sculpture will be installed in the Portola Fountain at the intersection of Marsh and Higuera streets by artist Jeffrey Laudenslager.

The City Council unanimously approved the public art installation.

The sculpture, called “Quishi/Shoushi” is comprised of three kinetic elements, ranging from 16 to 17 feet long. It will sit on top of a dichroic glass sculpture, which water from the fountain will flow over, falling into the water below.

The stainless steel and titanium sculpture has moving parts that are meant to “dance” in the wind.

Laudenslager’s artwork was selected from 153 candidates by a public art jury and reviewed by the city’s architectural review commission. The city will spend $130,000 on the project.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Morro Bay

Dynegy Inc., the Houston-based company that owns the Morro Bay Power Plant, has donated $12,000 to two wildlife rescue organizations based at the plant.

The Marine Mammal Center received $8,000, and Pacific Wildlife Care gets $4,000. The two organizations have wildlife triage centers on the power plant’s property.

The Marine Mammal Center rescues and treats seals and sea lions before sending them to the organization’s veterinary hospital in Sausalito.

Pacific Wildlife Care treats oiled and sick seabirds at the facility.

— David Sneed