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C.S. Smith Sporting Goods
C.S. SMITH SPORTING GOODS

Smith's Sporting Goods was a great place to go as a kid. You didn't need much money to buy a gag gift or shotgun shells.




Bickell's
BICKELL'S STATIONERY STORE

   Not a good place to take your date, but we nerd types loved to browse the aisles.


How 'Bout a Mud Bath?
 SULFUR BATHS

Paso Robles was famous for the 'healing' hot springs in the area. Here is the bath house downtown at 11th and Pine Street.


Is This Dave Rowe's Old Woody?
PASO ROBLES INN

With a long history of beauty, service and great food, the Paso Robles Inn is just one of the city's wonderful landmarks.


PASO ROBLES HISTORY

Your pictorial guide to Paso's colorful past. Written by local authors, it's available at Amazon.com where you can see sample pages.

 


 

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"The government of the United States, under Lyndon Johnson, proposes to concern itself over the quality of American life. And this is something very new in the political theory of free nations.  The quality of life has heretofore depended on the quality of human beings who gave tone to that life, and they were its priests and its poets, not its bureaucrats."
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So all them city-slickered dudes can see
We're just as dad-blamed 
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September

Long May It Wave

* (26th)  The local fire department rating is a meager C- and needs to be raised. But in 2015, the story was far different. Why the change?

* (26th)  Outdoor Supply Hardware is filling Orchard Supply Hardware's shoes after Orchard's closing.

* (26th)  Emergency response teams have been overloaded lately. Time to give thanks for their amazing work.

* (26th)  A big shout out and congratulations to former Roblan, Corrie Ferrin, who received the Military Citizen of the Year Award. His grandfather, Jay Ferrin, would have been especially proud.

* (26th)  New commuter rail options are on the table as virtual public meeting takes place September 30.

* (26th)  The Estrella Warbirds Museum will be holding a huge Swap Meet on October 3. Looking for that special gift? Maybe a military vehicle or chainsaw? Big mix of items.

* (26th)  Congratulations to Lesa John, Jerry Rutiz, and Steve Arnold - all recipients of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau's  awards for farming and ranching excellence.

* (26th) 23 Voter Service Centers will be replacing traditional polling places this year.

august

* (8th)  Covid-19 closing Paso restaurants - permanently.

* (8th)  Coronavirus cases highest in the North County due to lack of common sense.

* (8th)  New tents available for the homeless on River Road - at the meager sum of $100,000 per month - paid for by local taxpayers.

* (8th)  Outdoor summer science class slated for August 11.

* (8th)  Virtual Livestock Fair winners announced. Great job, everyone!

* (8th)  National Farmer's Market Day celebrated in Paso Robles.

July

* (18th)  City Council meeting highlights for July 15.

* (18th)  Benjamin Roberts has lived in the Salinas riverbed for two years. He and the 200 other squatters will have to move shortly while the fire threat fuels are mitigated.

* (18th)  Outdoor dining in the City Park has become the latest Covid-19 food fashion trend.

* (18th)  Paso school district defines plans for reopening in the fall.

* (18th)  This year's Mid-State Fair livestock auction will be online this year for the first and hopefully the last time.

* (18th)  A 1% sales tax proposal will be on November's ballot. But that's not all.

* (3rd)  The June 22 river fire that destroyed two homes on Capitol Hill  and damaged nine others has rankled Roblans and led to quick action to mitigate future risk. The city leadership's criticism of the Water Board led to this editorial rebuttal: Note: It has been suggested that the cause of the fire was due to weed abatement, not the homeless population. 

* (3rd)  Our condolences go out to the four families who've lost their children in a high speed accident near Paso. 

* (3rd)  Spring Street repaving continues.

* (3rd)  Fireworks are illegal in Paso Robles.

* (3rd)  County covid update:  

* (3rd)  The Beechwood Development project in east Paso Robles is rolling out with a virtual tour available online.

* (3rd)  The Grandview Apartments makeover is alive and well.

* (3rd)  Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association receives national honors - again! Congratulations!

* (3rd)  Keep thanking your local police and fire departments for their amazing work and sacrifice during the recent tramatic events in Paso Robles.

June

* (6th)  Governor Newsom sends hundreds of troops to Camp Roberts for training.

* (6th)  Sensorio's Field of Lights display to reopen.

* (6th)  Three of Paso's finest joined the line during the Rodney King riots in 1992.

* (6th)  JC Penny store in Paso Robles will be closing permanently due to the virus shutdown.

* (6th)  Local George Floyd protest ends without incident.

* (6th)  Protect Paso group members soar to over 1600, including the police chief. Opinions are strong on both sides of the issue.

* (6th)  Paso teacher Aaron Cantrell interviews Frank Mecham and Norma Moyes  about local strengths and history.

May

* (16th)  County will transition to the new "normal" with limited tourism.

* (16th)  More businesses are allowed to open as the pandemic plateaus and wanes in Paso Robles.

* (16th)  Mayor Martin relates the latest Covid-19 updates for the community.

* (16th)  Traffic congestion is a big concern as the proposed Gateway housing project at Hwy 101 and Hwy 46 is looming.

* (16th)  Ready for your  waste bill to go up 30%? Neither is Daniel Blackburn.

* (16th)  2020: the year Templeton's Fouth of July Parade will be held in September!

* (16th)  Bearcat seniors sign national letters of intent as they make big plans to play college sports.

* (16th)  F-15c flyover  tribute wows Roblans, Templetonians and Atascaderoans.

* (16th)  Local schools future in limbo.

April

* (24th)  Stand for Freedom rally slated for May 1 at noon in the city park.  Many are extremely frustrated by the State shutdown order.

* (24th)  Here's a summary of all the important issues facing Paso Robles right now.

* (24th)  Mid-State Fair may be canceled.

* (24th) Small business relief sources listed.

* (24th)  The county has eased restrictions, allowing certain businesses to open that were deemed nonessential previously. Feel like seeing a drive-in movie?

* (24th)  Local graduations may take place after all
- with restrictions and rescheduling.

* (24th)  Have an overdue library item? Don't worry about it.

* (24th)  Paso jail history has been highlighted in the SLO Tribune. Thank you, David Middlecamp!

* (24th)  Big stink as Paso Robles garbage pickup rates may be facing a 33+% increase over the next five years!

March

* (28th)  Paso Robles slated to be a "hotspot" for Covid-19 virus.

* (28th)  Local schools closed for an indefinite period.

* (28th)  Distillery produces new hand sanitizer.

* (28th)  Verbal shooting war waged over gun store closings.

* (28th)  Latest north county Coronavirus stats are in.

* (28th)  Local Urgency Ordinance now in force for Paso Robles.

* (28th)  Mayor Steve Martin addresses the virus issue.

* (28th)  Be wary of Covid-19 scams.

* (28th)  Here's a sampling of what Paso Robles High School students are saying about Paso Robles.

January

* (25th)  Paso's landmark Bank of Italy will be getting a facelift under new Daou brothers ownership.

* (25th)  A 200 affordable housing unit project on Creston Road is being debated. Are pros outweighing the cons?

* (25th)  City Council meeting highlights include monies for this and that and more thats.

* (25th)  It's official - Paso's new homeless shelter will house up to 36. It will complement Atascadero's 50 bed shelter.

* (25th)  You may have seen this story on Facebook. Local teen is suffering from a brain disease that costs $6000 a month for an effective drug. Blue Cross has discontinued coverage.

* (25th)  Nick, you may want to correct the spelling on a recent article/announcement.

* (25th)  It will now cost you about $400 to ride the school bus to Paso schools. And even this hike won't cover the full cost of bussing.

* (25th)  The great choice of bakeries in Paso Robles is highlighted in this article.  

* (25th)  The Paso Robles Pioneer Museum will be hosting its world famous Barbed Wire and Collectibles Show again this year on March 6 and 7.

December

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

* (31st)  May the blessings of liberty, truth and justice be ours as we head into a new decade. God help us!

* (31st)  The city is looking for Concerts in the Park talent to slate for their summer venue. Garage bands take note!

* (31st)  If your New Year's resolution is more community involvement, check this out!    

* (31st)  Thanks to Tonya Strickland for the annual Teddy Bear Tea update.

* (31st)  Calling all artists who are thinking about doing some soft pastel work.

* (14th)  SLO Broad Street eatery will add another restaurant in Paso across from the Park.

* (14th)  The Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio will extend its display through June.

* (14th)  In case you hadn't noticed, the old cow town is now the new grape town according to National Geographic.

* (14th)  Norma's Alley will soon be graced by an artistic arch. Stop in sometime and tell her, "It's about time!"

* (14th)  The Paso Robles Press is now printed in King City by Casey Printing. Congratulations for a job well done!

* (14th)  SLO County District 1 Supervisorial race offers a bit of fireworks between the two candidates and between commentators.

November

* (28th)  Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. Be sure to bow your heads and give grateful thanks for your many blessings today.

* (28th)  More change coming to Spring Street. Stay tuned.

* (28th)  More baby steps taken as plans to move the City Hall out of the library move forward - woo hoo!

* (28th)  Nine new Habitat for Humanity homes slated to be built in Paso Robles at 28th and Vine . . . if . . . .

* (28th)  First rain of the season dumps on the city.

* (28th)  If you're on Facebook, you might want to join this group.    Yours Truly is one of the administrators. 

October

* (23rd)  You can link to the Pioneer Day Parade photos here: 

* (23rd)  You can link to the Little Cowboys and Cowgirls Contest photos here:   

* (23rd)  You can link to the Old Timers BBQ event photos here:

* (9th)  Welcome to Pioneer Day this Saturday! The most wonderful event of the year in Paso Robles.

* (9th)  Paso is experiencing a worker shortage. Even the homeless are sought to fill positions!

* (9th)  Fraud and other no-no's would explain the $3 million PR School District budget shortfall. Investigations pending.

* (9th)  Today's big wind event and power outages won't affect SLO County.

* (9th)  The latest Red Light Roundup for Atascadero and Paso Robles has been posted.

September

* (21st)  Time to prepare for the Paso Robles Pioneer Day on October 12, including the Parade, Bean Feed, and Whiskerino Contest, among other fabulous events. Check it out here:

Pioneer Day

* (21st)  Congratulations to all the Pioneer Day royalty, including  Queen Milene Radford, Co-Marshals Larry and Tom Moore, and Pioneer Day Belle Becca Lee Stroud and attendants. 

* (21st)  Bearcat alumni are meeting on the stairs at the Carnegie Library in the Park for pictures at 9:00 am.

* (21st)  What was going on in Paso in March, 1936? Find out in this vintage Paso Robles Times newspaper front page:

* (21st)  Bearcat football stats are improving after winning their second game of the season against Santa Maria.

* (21st)  Growing coffee beans west of Paso Robles? Look out, local vintners!

August

* (3rd)  The story of too little water continues in the county as the water table levels get lower. Robert Galbraith's predicament is one of those stories.

* (3rd)  Homelessness in the area increases by 32%.

* (3rd)  Benito Dusi - gone, but not forgotten.

* (3rd)  Red tape will lengthen and restrict tree and brush removal in the Salinas River in an effort to mitigate fires caused by the homeless living there.

* (3rd)  The Estrella Warbirds Museum will host a big shindig dinner Monday evening that highlights the exploits of Betsy's Biscuit Bomber and her recent journey to Europe.

* (3rd)  Ivan Huff's story - running is a lifestyle.

* (3rd)  The local crime scene proves all is not well in River City.

July

* (27th)  The 63rd riverbed fire of the year due to homeless encampments sparks continuing debate.

* (27th)  Fielding the annual complaints about the Mid-State Fair is a job for a star shortstop.

* (27th)  Congratulations to Keenan Howell as he starts his Olympic Games training.

* (27th)  It is with sadness that we report the passing of one of Paso's finest, Vern Mathison.

* (27th)  You'll soon have to pay to play in downtown Paso Robles as parking fees will be the order of the day.

* (1st)  Fire season is in full swing. Don't be an idiot with your sources of ignition - be more like Smoky Bear.

* (1st)  Three Bearcat students win a silver award for their ideas about a major problem in the sports world.

* (1st)  The Fourth is this week. Paso's ready to celebrate!

* (1st)  Congratulations to Corbyn Payne and Kimberly Buchanan, Paso's Athletes of the Year!

* (1st)  Welcome home, Betsy!  Paso is proud of you!

* (1st)  Skye Pratt offers solutions to the growing homeless situation.

April

* (20th)  The city is tightening rules for vacation rental properties after a big stink by many locals.

* (20th)  And just what were YOU doing in 1936? Most likely waiting to be born. Here's a look at what was going on in Paso Robles back then.

* (20th)  Alex Trebek lists his Lake Nacimiento home for $1.4 million.

* (20th)  Ready to ditch that computer time for something more productive? Check this out:  

* (20th)  Who would die for a lie? This question is answered by Al Fonzi in the Paso Robles Press. Thanks, Al.

* (20th)  The local art scene is thriving.

* (20th)  Dean Venturini will be remembered lovingly by family and friends.

* (20th)  "The Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed!" This Resurrection season is the cornerstone of the assurance that God's judgment for sins has taken place for those who believe, trust in, and love His Son, Jesus. Heaven is open to all who call out for mercy, turn from their sinful way of life, and put their faith in God's only Savior and Redeemer.

* (23rd)  Paso's first homeless shelter has been approved.

* (23rd)  Apartment fire displaces 29 people.

* (23rd)  May 9-12 is slated for the annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Heads up!

* (23rd)  Let's welcome Anthony Overton, the new principal at Paso Robles High School.

* (23rd)  More school news. This time fake news in a "boys will be boys" post.

* (23rd)  "Field of Light" sculpture exhibit is coming to Paso Robles in May.

* (23rd)  Flashing safety crosswalks coming to unsafe intersections downtown.

* (23rd)  It's the perfect time to check out the wildflower blooms on Hwy 58 at Shell Creek and Carrizo Plain. You may even see a bald eagle or two.

* (23rd)  A homeless shelter is in the planning stage to help the hundreds in the area. Expect big changes.

* (23rd)  Willie Nelson to return for another singfest.

* (23rd)  The Paso Robles Pioneer Museum is finally able to purchase 1.6 acres of Pioneer Park and expand its venue. Congratulations! Please make a generous donation now!

* (23rd)  It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Paso's great friend and 'historian',  Gary Smith, on February 7. His son Matt offered the following eulogy: "He is loved very much by his family and friends. He loved to share stories about his adventures over the years riding motorcycles around the US and down Baja. He loved Paso and talking about growing up there. Godspeed, Papa Gary."

  Gary

There will be a memorial service on March 16 at the Pioneer Museum.

* (23rd)  Early retirement offered to 30 local teachers to offset budget shortfall with lower salaries for replacement teachers.

* (23rd)  Thieves steal over 50 bicycles. What's next?

* (23rd)  RV's for Veterans program started in SLO county, thanks to Common Ground Worldwide.

January

* (26th)  Paso school district falls $5 million short for new swim complex funding. Project is in limbo after being declared a "disaster."

* (26th)  Dr. Joye Carter speaks at MLK Jr. celebration: "there is but one race, it's called human."

* (26th)  Paso's art scene is rolling right along.

 

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