Atascadero

Jeffrey Jurgens stood in a cage in an orange jumpsuit, screaming that he was Jesus Christ. From her seat in the Sacramento courtroom, his mother watched through tears.

Joanna Jurgens knew how important it was for the district attorney prosecuting Jeffrey for stealing a car—and the judge deciding his fate—to see the extent of her son’s illness. But it was torture to watch.

Broadcast date: 9/7/2017

For more than 40 years, each October the Community of Atascadero Celebrates Colony Days and the reenactment of the original Tent City. What is Colony Days? Why is it celebrated? How did Atascadero begin? Who is E.G. Lewis?

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with organizers of this unique event, guests Nic Mattson, Colony Days Committee Vice Chair and Greg Ravatt, Colony Days participant and Atascadero Historical Society member as they discuss the history of the Atascadero Colony and the importance of this long standing community event.

Atascadero farmers' market returns to downtown

Mar 31, 2017
Courtesy of North County Farmers Markets Association

The weekly Atascadero farmers’ market is permanently returning to downtown. It’s been 14 years since the 2003 San Simeon earthquake forced the market’s relocation, after the closure of the quake-damaged historic City Hall building.

Atascadero's Eagle Ranch project moving forward

Mar 29, 2017
Courtesy of the City of Atascadero

After a four-year hiatus, momentum on the proposed Eagle Ranch project just south of Atascadero is once again picking up. On Thursday evening, March 30, the Atascadero city council and planning commission are holding a joint meeting to take public comment on the mega development project. 

Courtesy of CSWSLOCO

180 people gathered Saturday to honor three inductees into San Luis Obispo County’s Women’s Wall of Fame, local women celebrated as impressive and effective county leaders. The annual awards are sponsored by the County Commission on the Status of Women and the South Bay Women's Network.

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Recently, 11 families got the keys to their brand new homes in Atascadero. A ceremony featuring local politicians and plenty of picture-taking marked the end of a year and a half long building process. The new homeowners had built their own and each other’s homes, creating close neighbor to neighbor relations along the way. 

Walmart scraps Atascadero development project

Feb 13, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

After ten years of negotiations, a lawsuit, public outcry and thousands of staff hours spent working out possible traffic logistics, Walmart has called it quits on building a new store in Atascadero in San Luis Obispo County. 

Courtesy of CalTrans

Caltrans has announced plans to reopen Highway 41 West at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 after a month-long closure due to landslides. 

The Printery - The Masonic Temple, Landmark Facebook page

An effort to save Atascadero's historic Printery Building is getting some help from San Luis Obispo County Tax Collector Jim Erb. 

CDC - James Gathany

The first relatively wet rainy season in years has local health officers looking for ways to control the number of mosquitos on the Central Coast. 

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

A large Central Coast ranch is now protected from development, thanks to a donation by a local family. 

Flickr member: Konrad Summers

A group of Central Coast supermarkets are establishing recycling buy-back centers, as one local facility closes its door at the end of the month in Atascadero. 

Atascadero Police Department

The teen accused of threatening an Atascadero elementary school with a chemical weapon back in September will be tried as an adult.

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Investigators are still evaluating the scene at an Atascadero elementary school, after threatening letters and a hazardous package were left on campus last week. 

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NEW UPDATE: See updated story here

UPDATE: 5:47 p.m.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is just one of several agencies investigating a bomb threat at  San Gabriel Elementary School in Atascadero. The campus was shut down Friday morning and the surrounding neighborhood evacuated, according to police.

Flickr member Rennett Stowe

A new survey by the State Water Board shows the Santa Maria River is highly toxic—and has been for years with some of the highest readings in the state for certain chemicals.

Bryn Phillips is an environmental toxicology specialist with UC Davis who has been working on this ongoing project. He says an increase in pyrethroid pesticide levels is cause for concern.

Recently the river was designated with a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) restriction.

Flickr member Mike Mozart

A lawsuit aimed at keeping a Walmart from being built in Atascadero was shot down Tuesday by California's Second District Court of Appeals in Ventura.

The Atascadero City Council had approved the project two years ago. However, members of a citizens group called Save Atascadero were concerned over the project's Environmental Impact Report.

Tom Comar, the group's spokesperson, says the group will not seek any further legal matters on the issue at this time.

UPDATE: Missing Atascadero boy found

May 21, 2014
Atascadero Police Department

UPDATE: Thurs., May 22, 2014 - 6:12 p.m.

The Atascadero Police Department confirmed on Thursday afternoon that 13-year-old Jeremiah Austin Valdez was located and would be reunited with his family. No other details were given at that time.

Original story: 

The Atascadero Police Department is looking for a missing 13-year-old boy who was last seen by his guardians on Monday.

Jeremiah Austin Valdez is considered "at risk" because of his age, and because he takes medication for depression, according to police.

The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to consider raising the city's sales tax by a half percent. The goal would be to raise nearly $2 million with the primary purpose of funding road repairs.

Tuesday's decision simply directs city staff to gather public opinion, as well as construct language for a ballot measure to put before voters in November. The council will consider the staff proposal in June.

City of King - KingCity.com

Updated: 2/28/2014 at 1:32 p.m.

A former Cuesta College criminal justice instructor has been named as the interim police chief in King City, following the arrests of the police department's acting chief and several officers on bribery and embezzlement charges

Dennis Hegwood was appointed by City Manager Michael Powers to run the police department while a national search is conducted for the department's next police chief.