SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

An Oceano man arrested for allegedly starting a chainsaw and threatening to kill his girlfriend, after she alleged he hit her earlier in the day, was sentenced Wednesday to 96 days in County Jail and five years probation.

Colby Eulan Jackson, 35, was arrested June 6 and entered a plea of no contest to domestic violence June 30. Charges of criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon were dropped based on the plea agreement.

A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.

Prosecutors sought a prison sentence in the case, and Duffy warned Jackson that violations of his parole could result in a prison term.

— Nick Wilson

San Luis Obispo

The city has completed its purchase of the Froom Ranch from the Madonna family.

The 310-acre acquisition will be added to the city’s open space network and is scheduled to open to the public in the fall. It is adjacent to the city’s existing 702-acre Irish Hills Natural Reserve, creating the city’s largest open-space holding at 1,012 acres along the city’s southwestern boundary.

The property contains some five miles of trails which will be connected to the existing six miles of trails in the Irish Hills Natural Reserve. It will also be used for habitat restoration.

The deal finalizing the $635,500 purchase was announced a month ago using funding from a variety of sources, including more than 300 individual donations. The property will be protected from development by a conservation easement held by the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

— David Sneed

South County

A new exhibit in Arroyo Grande explores some of the early events and people who shaped Pismo Beach.

“Early Pismo, Vignettes and Photographs” opened Saturday at the South County Historical Society’s IOOF Hall, located at 128 Bridge St.

The exhibit includes photos gathered from the archives of longtime South County residents Effie McDermott and Gordon Bennett, the San Luis Obispo History Center, and the South County Historical Society.

A program in August will feature a new collectors’ edition of “The Face of the Clam,” while an October program will feature law enforcement’s efforts to control vice during the first half the 1900s.

Anyone with a story to contribute to an oral history project can call the historical society at 489-8282.

Visitors to these exhibits will also be able to view the farming exhibit, “Routes and Roots: Cultivating Filipino American History on the Central Coast.” The exhibits are open every Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., running through Nov. 27. A $2 donation is suggested.

For more information, go to www.southcountyhistory.org.

— Cynthia Lambert