The race for Morro Bay mayor tightened on Thursday when county elections officials counted some absentee ballots that had not yet been tallied.
Bill Yates remained in the lead over Betty Winholtz, but by just 65 votes. Going into Thursday, Yates held an 89-vote lead.
County elections officials are working their way through counting vote-by-mail ballots that got turned in Tuesday.
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Provisional and damaged ballots also must be checked and counted. Provisional ballots are those cast by voters whose eligibility must be confirmed.
In other close races:
Jan Marx widened her lead over Paul Brown for mayor of San Luis Obispo to 227 votes.
Field Gibson has a 148-vote lead over Jeanne Dugger for the third seat on the Paso Robles Public Schools board.
In the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Jim Quensenberry now leads Kathryn Eisendrafth Rogers by 286 votes for the third seat.
And, in San Luis Obispo County’s closest contest, Ester Garcia kept her one-vote lead over Michael Wimmer for the third seat on the Shandon Joint Unified School District board. Garcia has 124 votes, to Wimmer’s 123.
More counting will be done by county elections staff today.
— Tribune staff report
Mountains of Fun is the chosen theme for next year’s California Mid-State Fair, set for July 20 through July 31.
The fair’s board of directors selected the theme entry at its Oct. 20 meeting, the agency announced Thursday.
Submitted anonymously from 100 public entries, the idea will be part of the fair’s marketing materials, building displays and public events.
“Focusing on the great outdoors, the theme was chosen to reflect a summer full of discovery in the High Sierras; complete with hiking, biking, rivers and campfires,” fair officials said in a statement.
— Tonya Strickland
The Footprinters 17th annual Cops ‘N Kids Field Day is slated for Sunday in Arroyo Grande.
It will feature displays and handouts from law enforcement agencies, including police departments from around San Luis Obispo County, as well as the Sheriff’s Department, the FBI, as well as a police dog demonstration, and a fly-in by the CHP.
Free hot dogs, refreshments, popcorn, and face painting will be available to attendees. Children will also be eligible for a drawing for new bicycles and helmets.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Soto Sports Complex, 1275 Ash St. in Arroyo Grande.
The field day is the largest event for the Central Coast chapter of Footprinters, which works with the business community and the public to develop programs designed to promote community relations with law enforcement.
For more information, call Roger Wightman, second vice president of the local Footprinters chapter, at 773-2422 or Grover Beach police Chief Jim Copsey at 473-4500.
— Cynthia Lambert
San Luis Obispo
Cloud Star Corporation is sponsoring a contest to design artwork for canvas tote bags for the San Luis Obispo City/County Library’s annual Summer Reading Program.
Applicants of all ages should submit two designs, one based on each theme: One World, Many Stories bags, for children 12 and younger; and You Are Here, for teens.
Designs will be accepted through Dec. 14, and winners receive a $250 prize.
For more information and contest details, please contact Cloud Star at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Julia Hickey
The Tribune is seeking a volunteer weather watcher for the community of Los Osos.
If you are currently keeping track of temperatures and rainfall for your area and wouldn’t mind sharing that information with The Tribune, please phone Sharon Morem at 781-7937.
— Tribune staff report