San Miguel Ranch Report

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:25 PM by Laverne Buckman

San Miguel Ranch project
Project developer, Brent Grizzle, makes a presentation at a San Miguel Advisory meeting in 2006.
A public meeting for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed San Miguel Ranch will be held on Tuesday, January 13th from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Lillian Larsen School Gymnasium at 1601 L street in San Miguel.
DEIR copies can be read at the San Miguel and Paso Robles Libraries or online at the SLO County's website.
San Luis Obispo County Dept. of Planning and Building Environmental Division staff and consultants will be available to discuss the DEIR and its findings. The purpose of the meeting is to assist the public with the process of reviewing and commenting on the report. Written comments can be mailed to: Steven McMasters, County Planning & Building Department, 976 Osos St., Rm. 300 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-2040.
For more information regarding the meeting contact Elizabeth Kavanaugh at 805-788-2010.
The proposed San Miguel Ranch is located on 550 acres northwest of San Miguel, between the town and the Camp Roberts military base. Approximately 389 homes are proposed to be built on varying parcel sizes to include parks and trails. Visit the developer's website for design goals and a set of FAQs. Read The Tribune article to see a map and more info as well.

Funds Needed to Display
Art Mural in San Miguel

Kalar art work of cowboy characters and cows
Kow Party mural by Steve Kalar
World renowned artist, Steve Kalar, has created a mural depicting the history of the cattle industry in San Miguel. Steve has incorporated cowboy cartoon caricatures drawn by his late father into the art piece to be mounted on the San Miguel Flouring Mill. Steve is a 4th generation San Miguel resident.
The artwork has been named, "Kow Party" and is awaiting funds to be raised to cover the cost of printing the giant outdoor canvas and mounting materials. The artwork is being donated to the "San Miguel Masters in Artful Places" community arts program which is administered by the San Miguel Resource Connection.
The artwork is offered for sale as note cards in 4 designs, each representing a section of the mural. The sales generated from the note cards will go directly to pay for the printing and mounting of the new mural. To support this project, please purchase the note cards directly from Kalar & Kalar Productions, (see their ad on this page). Retailers in San Miguel are encouraged to arrange selling the cards in their local businesses. Call 805-467-3429 to sell or buy the note cards priced at $4.00 each.

Troy Meeder hosted by
Morning Star Youth Ranch

Photos from visit to Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch
Photos from Morning Star volunteers visiting Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Information Clinic
Morning Star Youth Ranch is hosting Troy Meeder as he visits the San Miguel/ Paso Robles area. Troy will make a dynamic presentation regarding his work with youth and rescuing horses at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch located in Bend, Oregon. The public is invited to hear Troy speak on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 1450 Golden Hill Rd. in Paso Robles.
Troy Meeder and his wife Kim, are the founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Together Troy and Kim have over 40 years of combined experience reaching both children and horses that have known abuse and neglect.  Kim Meeder is author of the award winning book, Hope Rising. Troy is currently writing his own book about his work and experience in the ministry of the ranch.
Kim and Troy Meeder from Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch
Morning Star Youth Ranch is working towards a similar ministry to that of Crystal Peaks with the vision to build bridges of hope, healing and restoration for local families through the interaction of working with horses rescued from neglect and abuse. Amazing miracles happen when children interact with an abused horse through the one on one supervision of our trained mentors. Morning Star has an all volunteer staff and a team of faithful and generous volunteers who make the ranch's free program possible.
For more information please contact Diane Odell, program director for Morning Star Youth Ranch, at 805-226-2859 or visit their website.

Funds for Railroad Crossing

Railroad crossing at 16th street
Dirt trail used to cross the railroad tracks pictured after a rain
The San Luis Obispo County of Governments Board of Directors (SLOCOG) approved $350,000 in funds to go towards providing a pedestrian railroad crossing at 16th street in San Miguel. Funds will bring the project closer to reaching the estimated $1 million needed to build the crossing.
The Public Utilities Commission held a hearing in San Miguel in April of 2006 for reopening the RR crossing at 16th street. The purpose of the hearing was to gain permission to build an at grade pedestrian crossing to make the tracks safe for kids and residents walking back and forth to school as well as the YMCA and LEAP after school programs.
The railroad crossing was closed against the wishes of the community as stated in a letter to the SLO Co. Board of Supervisors from San Miguel Lions Club members Don Wolf and Joseph Joy, printed in the San Miguel Banner dated June 15, 1967.
Residents as well as representatives from the California Public Utilities Commission, the Union Pacific Railroad, and San Luis Obispo County gave testimony before the Administrative Law Judge whether or not an at-grade crossing should be installed at 16th Street connecting Lillian Larsen School with housing developments on the east side. County officials estimated pedestrians cross the track 70 to 80 times a day. The Judge later ruled in favor of San Miguel to grant permission for building the crossing.
Ten freight trains and two Amtrak trains run on the tracks daily. Standard pedestrian at-grade crossings include flashing lights, bells, and a physical gate which will close automatically when a train approaches.

Mission Parish Hall
Breaks Ground

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
A special ceremony was held December 21st to break ground for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Construction for the new building begins January 5, 2009 as well as the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.