Lisa Ray: Children’s Resource Network Founder

Lisa Ray is one of those people who rarely has much time for herself, especially not in the last almost decade since starting her nonprofit—the Children's Resource Network. And she’s OK with her phone always ringing, even as she’s trying to settle into a bubble bath...

Mitches Stitches: Inside Quality Custom Cars

He'll upholster anything but furniture, says Mitch Watts, including a custom chicken holster. Yep, you read that right. In the four decades he’s been in the custom auto upholstering business, Watts has done it all. So when customer Craig Vetter asked him to design and...

Rita Neal, SLO County Counsel

I typically had a plan in life for what I would do next,” Rita Neal said. But in 2012 when she was offered the position of County Counsel to lead the department’s legal team, Rita admits it was a bit of a surprise. “I didn’t have a plan for that!” she laughed. She...

Behind the Badge: The Opioid Crisis

There is a crisis in the country. And it's here in San Luis Obispo County as well. The opioid crisis. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, “An estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. struggle with an opioid use disorder. Rates of opioid overdose deaths are...

The Pierce Family: A legacy of hard work and family love

Elvira "Vera" Pierce will soon be 92 years old and her vivid memories offer a rare glimpse into history. Her husband, Skinner Pierce, would be unabashedly proud of the young girl he married. Unfortunately, Skinner’s body was never found after one of Big Sur’s...

Catherine Ryan Hyde on kindess, tenacity and not having a Plan B

It's been nearly two decades since the publication of Pay It Forward—the book that put local author Catherine Ryan Hyde on the map. But even with the success of the movie version (starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment in 2000), and the Pay It...

Greatest athletes on the Central Coast: Sean Chambers

Editor’s note: “Who are the Greatest Athletes in the history of the Central Coast?” So far the following athletes have been featured: Ed Brown, Stephanie Brown Trafton, Chuck Liddell, Loren Roberts, Steve Patterson, Gene Rambo, Robin Ventura, Jordan Hasay, Chuck...

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