SLO County Roundup

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the day of the rededication ceremony for Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library. It is at 2 p.m. on April 8.

North Coast

Highway 1 near Limekiln State Park remained closed overnight Saturday, and Caltrans reports that there is no estimate on when at least one lane would be reopened.

Crews continued working until dusk Saturday as weather allowed, to remove mud and rock blocking the southern access to Big Sur. Saturday was the third night the highway was closed.

Caltrans expects to issue another update on the highway’s status today.

Another area of Highway 1 between Cambria and Carmel is closed because of the collapse of the roadway on March 16 at Palo Colorado Road north of Big Sur. Caltrans hopes to be able to reopen that stretch by April 16.

For now, a 40-mile stretch of highway remains cut off from outside access. Businesses on either side of the closures remain open, as does Hearst Castle.

For updates on Monterey County roadwork, call 888-836-0866 or go to www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects. Call 800-427-7623 for statewide updates.

— Tribune staff report

Cal Poly

Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library will mark its 30th anniversary with a rededication ceremony and reception beginning at 2 p.m. April 8.

The event is open to the campus community and the public. Special tours of the library will be given as part of the anniversary celebration.

Michael D. Miller, dean of Cal Poly’s library services, will reaffirm the library’s commitment to helping Cal Poly students of all ages in their quest for knowledge.

The Cal Poly campus changed dramatically in 1981 with the addition of the five-story building, which replaced the older and smaller Dexter Library, which existed from 1949 to 1980.

The library was dedicated April 2, 1981, at a ceremony attended by then-Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker and past President (and namesake) Robert E. Kennedy.

— Nick Wilson


Eight candidates who ran for seats on the South County Advisory Council will be sworn in Monday to serve two-year terms on the board.

The council, a volunteer advisory panel that represents the Nipomo area to the county Board of Supervisors, is one of 11 board-recognized advisory councils in the county.

The board in 1996 approved guidelines for the advisory councils, which advise planners and supervisors on proposed plans and developments in their communities.

All of the candidates ran unopposed, with the exception of two candidates in one of the seven geographic areas on the council. Dan Gaddis and Harry Walls both ran for Area 2; however, Walls withdrew his candidacy, undoing the need for a March 21 runoff election.

Gaddis and seven other members will be sworn in Monday including: Vince McCarthy, Elaine Thomas, Dan Woodson, Bill Dorland, El-jay Hansson, Stephanie Franks and Patricia Duron.

— Cynthia Lambert