“Split”: a triumph for M. Night Shyamalan

“Split” is a movie that could have easily gone very wrong. Thrillers about people with psychological conditions like amnesia, autism, or in this case multiple personalities tend to be clumsy, with the films rarely having any interesting ideas outside of the conditions. It’s also directed by M. Night Shyamalan, a filmmaker synonymous with awkward pauses, absurd dialogue, and ludicrous twist […]

Game of the Week: Cougars surge past Ramona 68-59

Make no mistake about it, the Escondido High boys basketball team is starting to come on. Not only that but Coach Paul Baldwin’s club is also beginning to generate some real buzz. Suddenly, the Cougars have taken a decided step up and as such, they now loom as a bona fide contender in the just underway Valley League race. Based […]

More snapshots from the laptop

Now that a torrential rain that at times seemed worthy of the great flood has finally petered out, it’s time to adjust our focus and get back to what really matters, like the world of sports. Sorry President Trump, I meant no disrespect to the doings surrounding your inaugural. So let’s get to it: We’re often told that the power-brokers […]


The police blotter comes from the Escondido Police Department website. We provide the headlines. * * * HOT PROWL — On January 9, at 10:04 a.m. the department received a phone call from her 17 and 19-year-old sons who stated they heard someone downstairs in the kitchen of their home at 2305 Summercreek Way. The boys locked themselves in the bathroom […]

Words of Faith:

Israel: What’s its connection to the Church? (Part 1)

Israel is a big topic in today’s news as it has been for decades. So many people throughout the world question Israel’s claim to the relatively small tract of land it occupies in the Middle East. Even within the Christian community, there’s much discussion as to whether Israel is still relevant to the Church of Jesus Christ. It’s still very […]

Thomas Lundgren, 89,

was longtime U.S. Forest Service fire officer

Thomas Edwin “Eddie” Lundgren, of Rogue River, Ore., 89, died December 30 in Grants Pass, Oregon. He was born May 11, 1927, in Riverside, to Fridolf Edwin Lundgren and Opha Amanda (Mardock) Lundgren. He was raised in Riverside and lived in Los Angeles County until he was 17, where he graduated High School. Mr. Lundgren met Margaret “Marg” Applebury, at […]


Pamela D. Sandland06/20/1946 – 01/16/2017Escondido, CAPrivate ServiceCaliforniaFuneralAlternatives.com~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ray C. Urbaniak05/08/1929 – 01/09/2017Escondido, CANo ServicesVeteranCaliforniaFuneralAlternatives.com~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bernard L. SweeneyAge – 6601/17/1951 – 01/21/2017Escondido, CAServices pendingCaliforniaFuneralAlternatives.com~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ma. Josefina Calderon de Bautista01/04/1930 – 01/15/2017Escondido, CAFuneral Service – Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. at House of Prayers Lutheran Church, 795 N. Rose Street, Escondido, CA 92027.Followed by a graveside service at Oak Hill […]

Escondido loves to Cha-Cha-Cha

The owner of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Escondido, Autumn Dinh, was thrilled when she looked at the end of the year financial reports for 2016 for her dance studio. “I couldn’t believe it”, says Dinh, “we jumped more than fifty percent in gross over last year.” In a year where many businesses were struggling, Dinh attributes her location […]

Arrest Made in 2002 Escondido Homicide

On September 10, 2002 at Dee’s Sports Tavern, 426 N. Rose St, Hector Mendieta (DOB 8-15-81) and Bartolo Velador (DOB 9-24-66) were in a physical altercation. During the fight, Mendieta stabbed Velador and fled the scene. Velador later died as a result of his injuries. As Escondido Police Detectives began working the case, they learned that Mendieta fled the country […]