Tag Archive: Water

Jun 17

Paso Robles land rush 1982

Prospective land buyers lined up for free breakfast in Paso Robles Saturday morning. Hot air balloon marked the sale site. ©Phil Dirkx/The Tribune.

This week the Tribune publishes a five part series on water. The seeds for the issue were being planted in the late 20th Century as Paso Robles expanded to the east side of the Salinas River. The property values seem economical when you look back 30 years but property buyers at the time also had …

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Jun 14

1990 Development in Paso Robles

A carpenter is hard at work on a tract house that's going up along Bridgegate Lane just off South River Road in Paso Robles.
©The Tribune/David Middlecamp

Water has been the keystone to new development in the county for decades. Drought conditions slowed an accelerated pace of development in obviously water limited coastal communities. Paso Robles was another story. In 1989 Paso Robles set a record for new home construction in the county. In a March 1, 1990 article the town was …

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May 31

Building Niblick Bridge in Paso Robles

Municipal Services Director Jay Lyon checks progress on the Niblick bridge. His tenure began with the 13th Street Bridge.

When Jay Lyon retired as Paso Robles municipal services director it was a chance to review accomplishments and predict the future. Phil Dirkx wrote a story and sidebar that ran February 26, 1987 and here are a few of the highlights. Jay Lyon, Paso Robles municipal services director will finish his city career the same …

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Apr 25

Drinking water straight out of the tap

A tall, cold one It's a tall order for little Phil Osburn, but the 3-year-old from San Luis Obispo managed to turn on the faucet to quench his thirst. Phil and his family spent a recent summer's day playing at Laguna Lake Park June 8, 1984. ©Doug Parker/Telegram-Tribune

It just got harder to find commercial bottled water in a National Park. According to an environmental specialist at Grand Canyon disposable bottles make up 20% of the Grand Canyon’s waste stream, and 30% of the recyclables. So to the get rid of the problem, the disposable bottles were banished from the store shelves inside …

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Jan 07

Salinas Dam water tunnel completed under Cuesta Grade, World War II week by week

After tunneling toward each other since early July from opposite sides of the mountain just west of the Cuesta, William Ward, foreground, and Bob Becham, right, congratulate themselves upon holing through last week. Thirty-nine men worked in three daily shifts in each portal of the mile long tunnel which will serve Camp San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo with water from the Upper Salinas river dam. The tunnel is six and one-half feet by eight and one-half feet and will be concrete lined. Joe DeMillita is superintendent of operations. Photo by Rodney Johnson

The year dawned with news of American and Philippine troops trying to hold ground against repeated attacks. Manila and the naval base at Cavite fell into Japanese hands as Allied troops formed a line at the top of Bataan Peninsula. This and the fortified island of Corregidor would deny use of Manila Bay to the …

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Jun 15

Drip irrigation: A signifigant new development in water management

October 14, 1973 This story marked two trends bringing deep changes to the landscape of San Luis Obispo County. The first was drip irrigation, the second the explosion of the wine industry. It is not far fetched to argue that without drip irrigation wine would not be the number one cash crop in the county …

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May 28

Lopez Lake dedicated


May, 24, 1969 40 years ago Lopez Lake was dedicated, but the dam had already saved the south county. In past flood years nothing slowed the raging waters of the grand arroyo. Old flood photos are spectacular, water smashing through the old town of Arroyo Grande. Sometimes dunites were isolated for days until the creek …

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Apr 01

Dali Lama escapes


April 1959 Fifty years ago there was a lot report on. On April 3 the Telegram-Tribune reported the Dali Lama escaped to India after a 15-day march through the rugged mountains of Tibet. He walked with 80 followers eluding of the Communist Chinese Army. The headline calls him a king but the story is more …

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Jan 07

1969 Lopez Lake opens


January 4, 1969It would be a watershed year.The Beatles were starting the project that would bring the band’s divisions to the surface. This was their last full year of recording together and the breakup would be announced in April 1970.Midnight Cowboy would win best picture, the only film rated X to win an Academy Award. …

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Aug 08

1966 Salinas Dam

January 2, 1966 The main source of water for San Luis Obispo is from the North County at Santa Margarita Lake. The city can also get water from Whale Rock Reservoir and wells but the largest and fastest filling source stands behind the Salinas Dam.When we have dry years the lake level goes down, and …

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