Advisory Council Election

posted Oct 4, 2011, 9:37 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:37 AM ]

San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council
The San Miguel Advisory Council recognized nominations at it’s May 26, 2010 meeting.  Those wishing to run for a seat on the Council must be registered voters and reside within the sphere of influence of San Miguel.  There are four two year terms and two (alternates) one year terms to be filled.
Nominees are Gary Davis, Jean Hoffmann, Denis Degher, Tom Banish and the only person who is not an incumbent, Patricia McHarris. The by-laws allow for write-ins, as long as their eligibility can be verified.  The other option is for the chairman to appoint someone to the remaining vacant seat. 
The Council is the eyes and ears for the County Planning Department, as well as the Board of Supervisors.  The Council is entrusted with presenting upcoming building projects to the public, offering an open forum for questions and concerns regarding the projects and then communicating to the Planning Department their recommendations.
The election will be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 23rd.  The League of Women Voters will validate all voters registration and oversee the voting. 
More information can be obtained by contacting Chairman Gary Davis at or Sharon Brower, Secretary at  -submitted by Sharon Brower

San Miguel Teacher
of the Year

Laura Learned Teacher of the Year
Laura Learned
Laura Learned was named the San Miguel teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 27th for the 2010-2011 school year. 
"I am very honored and humbled by this great honor.  I feel blessed to work with the teachers and staff in the San Miguel School District.  They are wonderful colleagues and friends and I thank them all for this great honor.  This is my fourteenth year working in the San Miguel School District.  I have worked 12 at the Lillian Larsen site and the first two years that Cappy Culver was open at that site.  I have taught a lot of different things and feel fortunate to have had that opportunity.  I was hired as the music specialist at the school, taught 8th grade Literature and Language arts, Co-taught 7th grade Language Arts with Mrs. Darrow, 7th grade science, 4th, 5th, 4/5, 3/4, and my current assignment in third grade.  I have been involved in the community as well at my church leading a band, and other church related "jobs".  Again I am honored that the district has named me teacher of the year.
Laura Learned is nominated to be Teacher of the Year for many reasons.... Her energy is unending, and in fact this year she has voluntarily piloted the recess before lunch program giving up her lunch to ensure that her students have the opportunity to play before eating.  Students stay after school in her classroom everyday for tutoring that she freely provides.  Laura's sense of selflessness enhances the quality of education for our students and our District.
Not only does Laura give her time and energy to the students but she also is the Secretary / Treasurer for the Teachers Association.  She serves on the negotiation team and is the State Council alternate....  This all takes time on top of teaching.  She is greatly appreciated and deserves recognition for her dedication to the teachers and students of San Miguel School District. - Nomination written by Mary Strobridge and Nicole Johnson (abbreviated for posting)

San Miguel Pool Opens

Youth enjoy the San Miguel swimming pool
A diver is pictured in mid air at the San Miguel Pool

The San Miguel swimming pool opened for the season over the Memorial Day weekend. The San Miguel Lions Club have worked with community support to provide FREE swimming for San Miguel kids through Fish Fry dinners and donations.
The pool will be open weekends from now until September 6th from 1 to 5 pm. This summer the pool will open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 5 pm from June 22 - August 13.
Swimming lessons will be offered in two sessions  with scholarships for beginners available through the Lions Club.
Session I: July 20th to 30th
for group lessons
Session II: August 3rd to 6th for private lessons
For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator toll free at 1-800-834-4636 x 5930 or 805-781-5930, call the San Miguel Pool during business hours at 805-467-3010 or visit the SLO County Parks website.

Farmers' Market Opens at Truck Stop

Rotating photos from farmers market
Lots of variety from local farmers and crafters at the new Farmers Market
"The 101 Open Aire Farmers Market" hosted their Grand Opening on May 13th located at 81 Welsonna Road, the San Paso Truck Stop. The market will open weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Kevin Fusion
of Central Coast Lavender is the market Manager. He and his wife Lila, farm organic lavender on Welsonna Rd. just south of San Miguel. They offer u-pick lavender, lavender honey, and are the county's largest producer of therapeutic grade lavender essential oils.
The new market will offer fresh produce from local farmers, eggs, honey, lavender, and artisan crafts. For more information about the market call Kevin at 805-286-1436.

Beacon Award for
Twin Cities Hospital

Twin Cities Hospital
Don Baker checks a monitor at Twin Cities Hospital

The first thing a person thinks about when they wake up in the morning is not whether or not they will encounter an Intensive Care Unit today. Unfortunately in Northern San Luis Obispo County, as many as ten people a day experience just that. To be sick enough to warrant admission to the hospital is concerning, when you are admitted to Intensive Care, it is critical.
The many questions asked by family members and friends initially revolve around the health and prognosis of the patient, as they should. As time passes and the initial shock of being in critical care is replaced with curiosity; the beeps, buzzes, ringing and comings and goings of multiple members of the healthcare team become a focus. Recognizing these changing dynamics in patient’s families is one of the many roles of a critical care nurse.
Many of the critical care nurses at Twin Cities have achieved national certification for adult critical care nursing. Both in the Intensive Care Unit and the Definitive Observation Unit, nurses have passed rigorous testing requirements to achieve either their CCRN or PCCN certification. Certification in an area of specialty is recognized as expert level practice in the area of certification.
Twin Cities Community Hospital is the only hospital between Orange County and Oregon that is recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as a 2009-2010 BEACON award winner which measures both quantitative and qualitative achievements in professional practice, patient outcomes and the health of the work environment.
Twin Cities also is the first and only hospital in San Luis Obispo County to achieve and maintain LEAPFROG standards for Intensive Care physician staffing. The LEAPFROG guidelines require that a board certified critical care physician be on staff and in the facility with no other responsibilities during daytime hours and immediately available at night. Twin Cities has met that standard since January 1, 2008.
This combination of award winning people, a family oriented environment and top notch medical practitioners is part of what make Twin Cities Critical Care a standard in our community and throughout California.
While we understand that no one wants to come to the ICU, we strive every day to ensure that our patients, their families and friends always find an open environment where we welcome questions, encourage family presence and provide the highest quality medical care available.
For more information about the BEACON award, CCRN or PCCN certification, please visit http://www.aacn/org and for information about LEAPFROG physician staffing guidelines please visit  -
submitted by Don Baker RN CCRN-CMC CNML, Director of Critical Care and Rehabilitation Services