End of an era

Looming retrofits have sent two longstanding downtown restaurants searching for new permanent locations.

McCarthy’s Irish Pub, located at 1019 Court St. for 50 years, and Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ, located at 970 Higuera St. for 30 years, will be forced to leave in March as each facility is made earthquake compliant.

Classifieds provide easy way to buy and sell

So, you’ve moved in, gotten settled, and you realize your living space is a little cluttered. Relax, there are many ways to get rid of your extra stuff; you may even make a buck in the process.

Online classified ads are an increasingly popular way to get rid of unwanted items.

Mattress catches fire in student's Stenner Glen room

A mattress caught fire in a Stenner Glen apartment Monday night, prompting 150 students to evacuate three buildings in the complex. No one was injured.

The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department responded to the call at 11 p.m. from a resident adviser and found flames in a first floor, five-bedroom suite.

Laundry fire causes hotel to evacuate guests

A small fire broke out at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Madonna Road early Monday morning, causing the fire alarm and sprinkler system to go off. No one was injured.

“The fire started in the laundry room when a commercial dryer overheated,” said Tim Billing, the hotel’s general manager.

Winter graduates face life after college

Graduation from college is a major event. Graduation evaluations, countless meetings with advisors, checking, double-checking, triple-checking, even quadruple-checking units taken, all for a piece of paper that says you did it. You jumped through all the hoops Cal Poly threw at you, and now you’re ready for a solid, 9-to-5 job.

SLO has a merry little Christmas downtown

Santa Claus arrived at Mission Plaza in a stylish convertible on Nov. 24 to set up shop until Christmas Eve.

He was greeted with a festival at Santa’s House that kicked off the Christmas season. The 50-piece San Luis Obispo County Band performed concert music and local shops Uptown Espresso and Sweet Shoppe provided refreshments.

Favorite holiday recipes

Potato Latkes By Emily Rancer 6 Russet potatoes 1 onion 1/4 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbs oil 3 eggs oil for frying In a food processor, grate potatoes (with skin) and onion. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together.

New state laws to affect students

As soon as the clock flashed midnight on Jan. 1,
fireworks weren’t the only things set off in
California. Several new laws took effect too and some
will benefit students.
Perhaps the most sweeping good news for students is
the 75 cent rise in the state’s minimum wage.

Learn by Leaning

Imagine taking a trip around the world where one minute you’re basking in the golden South African sun and the next you’re running through the open landscape of beautiful Australia.

No vivid imagination needed here, this is just one of the many adventures Cal Poly horticulture students experience daily as they take a trip through the on-campus arboretum that plays home to over 1,000 plants from all over the world according to arboretum director Thomas Eltzroth.

Campus leaders shed light on energy plans

The sun cast down favorable light Thursday as Empower Poly Coalition dedicated the new photovoltaic energy system located on the rooftop of the Engineering West building.

The ceremony took place at 11 a.m. on Dexter Lawn. This renewable energy project is the largest in San Luis Obispo County yet.

Poinsettias aplenty

Cal Poly poinsettia project students will host an open house at the Poly Plant Shop on Friday and Saturday.

Poinsettias are in full bloom and ready to be taken home. With about 3,000 plants and 29 varieties, there are plenty to choose from. All range in color and size with unique names like “Jingle Bells” and “Kris Kringle.