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San Luis Obispo County

Emergency officials are asking the Board of Supervisors to extend the local state of emergency for at least two weeks.

The emergency, declared after December storms, was set to expire Tuesday. But primarily because of the slide on Avila Drive caused by recent rains and, secondarily, the possibility of future storm damage, the Office of Emergency Services wants the proclamation extended.

“Having a local proclamation allows us to obtain immediately needed supplies, equipment and other resources, including internally from any county department, with the key word being immediately,” Emergency Services Director Ron Alsop wrote The Tribune in an e-mail.

Alsop said the county’s focus is on “keeping (Avila Road) open and passable in case there is additional rock or mud sliding off the hillside.”

He noted that Avila Road is the access point into and out of Diablo Canyon and Port San Luis.

The request for an extended state of local emergency is on the Board of Supervisors agenda for Tuesday.

— Bob Cuddy

Paso Robles

Paso Robles City Library Reference Librarian Barbara Bilyeu retired on Dec. 31 after more than 25 years of service.

Bilyeu helped people find materials and use online databases. She also helped create and maintain the library’s local history collection, which details the town’s past. She plans to continue to help maintain it on a voluntary basis.

The reference librarian position will not be filled because of city budget cuts, officials said. Bilyeu’s annual salary was $64,200.

Various staff members will assume the reference librarian duties. Adult Services Librarian Karen Christiansen will be the main contact for the public.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

The Central Coast chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers is inviting the public to learn about and practice techniques of pruning fruit trees during its next gathering today at 1:30.

The free annual workshop will take place at Cal Poly’s Crops Unit at the corner of Highland Drive and Mt. Bishop Road in San Luis Obispo, close to the railroad tracks.

Trees to be pruned include plums, peaches, nectarines, Asian pears, pluots and cherries. No experience is necessary, but participants are advised to bring their own pruning shears, clippers, loppers, handsaws and gloves. Light rain will not cancel. For details, call 544-1056.

— Julia Hickey

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