San Diego Oasis recognized as a top nonprofit

San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization serving people over the age of 50 with office locations in Escondido and La Mesa, was recognized this week as one of the Top 5 nonprofits in the region and has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Harrah’s Resort Southern California.   Selection was made from over 150 submissions by nonprofits throughout San Diego, […]

Escondido woman, 89, publishes children’s book 60 years in the making

The children’s book “Tales from Squnch Valley” had its origin when current  Escondido resident and former Valley Center resident Barbara Morse was working as a dance and movement teacher in the 1960’s.  To perk the children’s interest, she would make up stories about sensitive little creatures, called Squnches, who emerged from their shells in a magical place called Squnch Valley. […]

BIZstory: BK Cellars, an urban winery with a cosmopolitan setting

BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge is an urban winery located in Escondido, featuring a cosmopolitan tasting lounge with crystal chandeliers, a baby grand piano and “chill” modern lounge music playing for patrons. Walls are covered in rotating displays of artwork provided by Distinction Art Gallery in downtown Escondido. BK’s awesome staff suggest and pour wines while offering friendly […]

7th Annual Student Film contest raises awareness of mental health and suicide prevention

Young filmmakers at two schools in Escondido were among those honored at the 7th annual Directing Change Program & Film Contest awards ceremony on Tues., May 21 at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  Honors were presented to youth filmmakers from across California for their short films to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. […]

School district ordered to spend more on special ed

As a result of a complaint filed by a special education teacher two years ago, the Escondido Union School District was ordered by a superior court judge to spend more on special education staffing. It is now obeying that order.  The judge was upholding a decision by the California Department of Education, which ordered the district to add special ed […]

Gridders Patterson and Sinohui made 2018 a year to remember

For the football fans of Orange Glen and Valley Center high schools, what made the season of 2018 particularly special was having the chance to watch the spectacular play of two young men who were the undisputed offensive engines of their respective teams. Not only did they put up humongous numbers, amaze in the manner in what they constantly delivered […]

San Pasqual Union School celebrates centennial anniversary

San Pasqual Union School turns 100 this year and the celebration being planned includes a special surprise for former students. The “Little School in the Valley” in Escondido has had many faculty and staff over the years, but only one staff member can say they served the school for over 70 years. Remarkably, that employee plans to attend the big […]

Sharon Bowman, 93

Taught many years at Escondido schools, was leader in teachers unions On September 14, 2018, Sharon Bowman, loving mother and grandmother, inspirational grade-school teacher, pioneering activist for teachers’ rights, and legislative advocate for the California Teachers Association, died from natural causes at her home in La Jolla, California, at the age of 93.   The eldest of three children, Sharon […]

Jess Draper Asper, 60

Minister expanded programs for International Church of Christ in Latin America Surrounded by family, Jess Draper Asper died peacefully on June 8 following a 5 year battle with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of Frontotemporal Dementia.  Services and a celebration of life will be Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at Riverside Church of Christ in Kerrville with Pastor LuJack […]