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Top news stories for 2017 

The Paso Robles Daily News had 2 million page views last year. Here are the top news stories for 2017 as ranked by page views from readers. Rainfall in 2017 broke a 10 year drought, Paso Robles ranked the number 7 destination in North America and Garth Brooks performing two sold-out shows at the Mid-State Fair are just a few of the top stories.

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1) Season rainfall breaks 10-year record

–Paso Robles received an additional .08-inches of rain on April 7, and .64-inches of rain on April 8, bringing the season total to 22.45-inches. This total is the highest total recorded in Paso Robles since 2004-05.

Matthew Frank

Matthew Frank. Photo from Facebook.

2) SLO Stringer killed in early-morning crash, reports say

–30-year-old Matthew Frank, who operated the popular Facebook news page SLO Stringer, has been identified as the deceased person in an early-morning car crash near the Cuesta Grade. Reports say that Frank was on his way to cover a house fire in Atascadero.

Anthony Austin Blum.

3) Probation search yields multiple arrests

–On Sunday at 9:40 a.m., officers with the Paso Robles Police Department, San Luis Obispo County Probation Department and Deputies with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department arrived at a residence in the 1000 Block of Niblick Road to conduct a probation compliance check on one of the residents.


4) Paso Robles ranked No. 7 destination in North America

–Travelers rated Paso Robles as the No. 7 destination in all of North America in a new featured published by Expedia. Nearby Cambria ranked No. 6. The top 50 destinations were ranked by analyzing thousands of verified Expedia user reviews across categories like friendliness, cleanliness, and comfort.

Larry Grant.

5) Head Paso Robles High School varsity football coach, school district ‘part ways’

– The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District and Paso Robles High School head varsity football coach, Larry Grant, have “mutually agreed to part ways,” according to a press release from the district. Said Superintendent Chris Williams, “We wish Coach Grant and his family all the best as he moves into the next chapter of his career.”



6) Coroner no longer naming LSD as only cause of Lightning in a Bottle death

–An initial coroner’s report listed the cause of death of 20-year-old Baylee Ybarra Gatlin as acute lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) toxicity. New information added to the coroner’s report, dated Sept 12, lists causes of death as: multi-organ failure, hyperthermia (overheating) and dehydration, and coagulopathy and “possible LSD intoxication” listed as “other significant conditions contributing to death.” Coagulopathy is a condition in which the blood’s ability to from clots is impaired.


Photo by Brittany App.

7) Garth Brooks ‘dominates’ Mid-State Fair

–It may or may not have been a coincidence, but Thursday, July 27 was the hottest day of the 2017 California Mid-State Fair. While temperatures reached a high of 105° in the afternoon, the hottest spot on the fairgrounds may have been inside the Grandstand Arena, as worldwide superstar Garth Brooks performed in front of not one, but two, sold-out crowds.


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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at