A Fourth for the family

Central Coast residents convened at Mitchell Park on Tuesday afternoon for the annual Fourth of July festival.

Children raced through obstacle courses, the San Luis Obispo County Band played in the newly constructed gazebo and city officials were subjected to a dunk tank – all in the name of the Fourth of July.

Government donates $1.8 million for tech park

The Economic Development Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, donated $1.8 million to the university to help construct an on-campus technology park – a building expected to house small companies involved in research and development. The park will create projects that are accessible for both students, faculty and companies to collaborate on, said Susan Opava, dean of research and graduate programs.

Fire sweeps across Poly Canyon hill over weekend

A fire burned near Poly Canyon Road on Saturday, spreading across a hill close to campus.

Bill Watton, chief of the University Police Department, received a call at about 9:15 a.m. and headed over to the site. He said that the fire burned three to four acres, but could have been worse had the weather not been particularly cool that day.

University selects new vice president for Advancement

Following a nationwide search, Cal Poly President Warren Baker announced the permanent appointment of Sandra Ogren as vice president for University Advancement earlier this month.

Ogren, 59, came to Cal Poly in 2004 as the interim vice president for Advancement, hoping to fill the position permanently, but with the expectation that a national search would follow, she said.

Finding a subleasee could cost you thousands

Bruce Jones needed someone to sublease his mobile home for the summer and following year. He put up an ad on the Cal Poly Housing Web site and received a reply within days. Not long after, he found himself thousands of dollars in debt.

A scam artist, using the name Julia Williams in particular, has targeted several students like Jones, a civil engineering junior, through the housing Web site.

Watton named permanent chief of police

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Bill Watton, the new Cal Poly chief for the University Police Department, wants all students to feel they can call him directly if they ever have the need.

Seriously, just give him a call.

Watton, who officially replaced former chief Tony Aeilts on June 1, happily hands out business cards that have his direct line on them.

Sponsors present Performing Arts Center with authentic pipe organ

A giant pipe organ is currently being assembled in the Performing Arts Center – its new, permanent home. Members of the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center (FPAC) hope to announce dates for the organ’s debut concert later this summer.

Volunteers from all over San Luis Obispo County gathered outside of the PAC on June 19 to help transport pipes, frames and casing for the CB FISK Opus 129 organ into the Christopher Cohan Center.

Students take a break to try different classes

From meat to martial arts and plastics to printing, Cal Poly offers one-of-a-kind classes for any major

Architecture student wins award, travels abroad to research

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Joe Karten, a Cal Poly construction management graduate, was recently given an award and a cash prize for his research on the construction of sustainable buildings in foreign countries.

According to a press release, Karten was awarded the Victor L.

SLO County implements highway message boards

Due to concern for increased traffic in San Luis Obispo, three highway locations will receive permanent electronic message boards to alert motorists about current traffic conditions and roadwork ahead.

These new message boards will display a variety of traffic information ranging from accidents, detours and public safety information, said Caltrans Public Information Officer Jim Shivers.

Summer brings hike in DUIs

Another Cal Poly student was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday night, after police responded to calls of a vehicle rolling over on Johnson Avenue.

Shortly before midnight, 20-year-old dairy science major Tyson Nunes was reportedly driving a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer at high speeds and missed his intended turn.