SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A 27-year-old Atascadero man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Harley Paul Finney was arrested at his home at 12:20 p.m. Friday, according to Sgt. Keith Storton of the San Luis Obispo Police Department. He was booked into County Jail without bail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Storton said 19-year-old Chad Robinson of San Luis Obispo was walking in the 600 block of Higuera Street on Tuesday night when Finney and another man came upon him. One of the men pulled out a knife and began stabbing Robinson, according to Storton, while the other began kicking him in the head and body.

Robinson was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he was admitted with nonlife-threatening injuries, Storton said.

Detectives gathered enough information to identify Finney. Storton said investigators continue to pursue leads as they search for the second suspect. Anyone with information that might help detectives can call 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.

— Tad Weber

SLO County

Jeff Jorgensen, Sue Luft and Brooke Langle have been named trustees of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

The appointments provide a variety of expertise to the trust by bringing people with legal/political, engineering and biological backgrounds, the organization wrote in a news release.

Jorgenson is a former county supervisor and San Luis Obispo City Councilman but is perhaps best known from his days as city attorney, when he “wrote the first comprehensive ban on smoking in public places in the United States,” according to the conservancy.

Luft, an environmental engineer, owns and operates a 4-acre North County vineyard. She is involved in numerous North County land-use and environmental issues and regularly testifies at Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings.

Langle owns an environmental consulting firm and has more than 15 years of experience as a biologist and botanist. Langle lectures part-time at Cal Poly, serves as president of the Central Coast chapter of the Wildlife Society and belongs to other environmental organizations.

“The Land Conservancy’s board of trustees leads local efforts to develop and implement land conservation strategies in our county,” according to Bob Hill, executive director.

“The addition of these three professionals to this powerful volunteer board represents a major advancement of our mission to permanently protect land for the benefit of local people and wildlife,” he wrote.

Other trustees are Valerie Endres, Gary Felsman, Beverly Gingg, Pete Jenny, Herb Kandel, Penny Rappa, B.K. Richard and Lisa Wise.

— Bob Cuddy


The Tribune is seeking a volunteer weather watcher for the community of Templeton.

If you are currently keeping track of temperatures and rainfall for your area and wouldn’t mind sharing that information with The Tribune, please call Sharon Morem at 781-7937.