Local 4-H, FFA students do well at County Fair



Local residents did well at the Junior Livestock auction at the San Diego County Fair. Showing at the fair is the way that many students who aim to be farmers can raise money for their higher education. In Market Beef Eli Martineau of Valley Center 4-H was Grand Champion and 4-H Champion. Harrison Bauer of VC FFA was Reserve Grand […]

Palomar’s Escondido Center offers many of the same choices, services as the San Marcos campus



Note: Fall classes at Palomar College begins on Aug. 17. Time was, if you wanted to take courses at Palomar Community College, you had no choice but to make the trip to the San Marcos campus. No more! These days, if you attend classes at the Palomar College Escondido Education Center, you don’t have to settle for anything less than […]

Major Market part owner dies in car accident



Patsy London, 79, widow of Dick London, one of the founders of the Major Market chain, was killed as a result of injuries sustained in a multiple car accident on July 1, around 2:30 p.m. near the corner of Valley Center Road & Miller Road in front of Portino’s Restaurant in Valley Center. Mrs. London, who was at the time […]

Mark Hailwood named VCHS assistant principal



Longtime Valley Center teacher Mark Hailwood has been named assistant principal of Valley Center High School. His appointment was confirmed at the June Valley Center Pauma Unified School District board meeting. Supt. Mary Gorsuch talked with the Times Advocate about Hailwood. “Mark has been teaching in Valley Center – Pauma schools for eight years, both at VC Middle and VC […]

Bilingual book club to meet July 25 at library



Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, July 25, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Award winner by Christopher Paul Curtis, is the selected book for July. Copies of the book are available through the Escondido Public Library catalog […]

Plague infected squirrel found on Palomar Mtn.



A squirrel caught in routine surveillance on Palomar Mountain has tested positive for plague, prompting County environmental health officials to remind campers and hikers to steer clear of animals in the wild. This is the first detection of the disease in San Diego County in 2015. County environmental health officials reminded people that it is common to find the bacteria […]

Planners should be careful about picking winners and losers



One of the problems with the government sticking its nose into every nook and cranny of existence is that it places itself in the position of picking “winners and losers.” Of course, that is exactly what some advocates of the modern activist state have in mind. But I think that most of us would agree that the public sector shouldn’t […]

Political Cartoon



29 percent water conservation for May: good news? Not really

Guest opinion—

For May 2015, the media broadly announced that water use was down 29% across California and 48% for Valley Center Municipal Water District. This is good news right? It is wonderful that Californians, with a little help from an unusual amount of rain in May, are responding to the call to reduce water use during this fourth year of drought. […]

Letters to the editor



MICRO AGGRESSION: SOUNDS LIKE FUN! Editor, Times Advocate: I read an article recently regarding this subject. Apparently, UC Davis and Berkeley have done considerable work on what they have determined to be offensive comments or questions. Some examples of micro aggressive statements are “America is the land of opportunity” infers the person may be on welfare. “Where are you from” […]


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