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A judge on Wednesday rejected a motion to recuse an entire district attorney’s office over accusations of bias from alleged statements and purple clothing worn in court during the preliminary hearing for Paul Flores, who is charged in the death and disappearance of 19-year-old Cal Poly student Kristin Smart.

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Attorneys for the father and son charged in the death of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart have asked to quash evidence from what they believe has been the product of a botched investigation.

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The parents of Kristin Smart visited close friends and supporters in San Luis Obispo County recently to mark a quarter century since their daughter disappeared from Cal Poly after returning fr…

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Attorneys in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Monday confirmed the July preliminary hearing for Paul and Ruben Flores, the father and son defendants who are charged in the death of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart.

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Ruben Flores, 80, of Arroyo Grande left jail after Judge Craig Van Rooyen lowered his bail from $250,000 to $50,000 on Wednesday. Terms of release require Ruben Flores to wear an electronic ankle monitor, give up his passport and stay within San Luis Obispo County.

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For over twenty-four years, we have waited for this bittersweet day. It is impossible to put into words what this day means for our family; we pray it is the first step to bringing our daughter home. While Kristin’s loving spirit will always live in our hearts, our life without her hugs, laughs and smiles is a heartache that never abates.

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A search warrant related to the Kristin Smart investigation ended Tuesday with no further information released by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, whose personnel worked for nearly two days searching the Arroyo Grande home of Ruben Flores, the father of Paul Flores, who was considered the main person of interest the 1996 disappearance of the Cal Poly student.

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Investigators worked behind yellow crime scene tape and utilized ground-penetrating radar Monday after a search warrant was served at the Arroyo Grande home of Ruben Flores, the father of the prime suspect in the disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart.

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The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday made an exception to their policy of not commenting on active investigations and released an update on the 1996 Kristin Smart disappearance following a "large number" of recent public inquires into the case, a spokesman said. 

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The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department may know within the next several days whether bones recently discovered at three separate dig sites at Cal Poly are human or animal.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Remains were found during a three-day excavation looking for Kristin Smart, missing for more than 20 years, but it may take months before officials know if they'…

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Another "item of interest" has been found at the third excavation site on Cal Poly's campus, where FBI agents have been digging since Tuesday in their search for Kristin Smart, who has been mi…

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"Items of interest" have been recovered at a site where FBI agents have been digging since Tuesday during their search for missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart, who vanished in 1996 on her w…

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"Items of interest" have been recovered at a site where FBI agents have been digging since Tuesday during their search for missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart, who vanished in 1996 on her w…

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The FBI combed the brown hillside below Cal Poly's dorms and painted "P" on Wednesday as members of the evidence response team searched for anything that would lead them to Kristin Smart, who …

Wildfire County - Planning for the next big blaze

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OPINION Today’s editorial is all about sharing the stories of your friends and neighbors, and their thoughts and fears about wildfires, all of which collectively paint a crucially important picture.

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Los Padres ForestWatch says conducting prescribed burns and carving fuel breaks are a waste of time and money that would be better spent on fire-hardening homes and communities. The nonprofit advocates simple, but not necessarily inexpensive, steps homeowners can take to make their houses more resistant to wildfires.

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Two methods of preventing and controlling wildfires are so mired in controversy that getting their use approved is difficult and if approved, opposition sometimes brings them to a halt.  Ironically, both sides cite the Thomas fire as evidence to bolster their positions.

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Although “fire season” is now considered year-round in Santa Barbara County and throughout most of California, the danger level increases when a mild spring warms into a hot summer and then bakes into a blazing fall. 

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