This November three candidates will vie for two seats on the Atascadero City Council: Mark Dariz, Susan Funk and Heather Newsom.Read More
Category: Colony People
Posted by Melissa Chavez | Sep 1, 2018 |
It’s Monday in the tasting room at Ancient Peaks Winery in downtown Santa Margarita. What was pin-drop quiet minutes after unlocking the front door is bustling moments later. In an adjacent room, co-owner Doug Filipponi remains attentive while juggling a smartphone and mental calendars. He’s tying loose ends and stealing time for a meeting before leaving town the next day. It’s a busy life for this grape grower, well driller and cattle rancher. Doug’s many ventures all serve to underscore his affinity for the North SLO County terrain, in which he is well-rooted.Read More
Posted by Heather Young | Sep 1, 2018 |
Karen McNamara has not lived in Atascadero all her life but she loves Atascadero as though she had. She moved here with her late husband, Mike McNamara, who died in
June 2015. Since moving to Atascadero, she started the Printery Foundation with Nic Mattson, who had started discussing the fate of the historic building with Mike, but Mike died before anything could be done.
“He didn’t like to complain,” Karen said. “If he didn’t like something, he did something about it. He was just a really good man… Mike and Nick both grew up here, it’s a building they both