City opens new bioenergy facility

The Escondido Utilities Department and Anaergia have unveiled the new Escondido Bioenergy Facility at the HARRF (Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility.) Biogas is produced in the sludge digesters and is composed of mostly methane and carbon dioxide. The Escondido Bioenergy Facility uses biogas as fuel for two natural gas engines. These engines drive electrical generators which produce 1.2 megawatts of […]

Aquaponics Innovation Center celebrates opening

ECOLIFE Conservation, an NGO headquartered in Downtown Escondido, unveiled its new Aquaponics Innovation Center in rural North Escondido.  The center produces organic lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers using 90% less water than traditional “dirt” farming. In addition to providing a sustainable source of healthy produce to local non-profits, the Innovation Center also provides opportunities to educate school children and the greater […]

Palomar Health physician receives philanthropic award

Long-time Escondido resident, Palomar Health cardiologist and philanthropist Douglas Moir, MD, is being honored this Friday with the “Robert Krejci Standard of Excellence Award” by the North County Philanthropy Council at its 31st Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Dr. Moir and his wife Margaret have been active volunteers and givers to causes that promote the health and well-being of North County […]

Changes coming to employment laws

The new year is approaching quickly. And with it, new employment wage laws.  Two classifications were recently announced by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) affecting rate changes for computer software employee exemption (from $43.58 to $45.41) and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption (from 82.72 from $79.39). The new rates take effect January 1, 2019.  Rates are determined […]

TA writers wins seven Press Club awards

The publishing company that produces the Times-Advocate, Roadrunner Publications, won a total of seven awards at the recent 45th annual Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards in San Diego. Most of the articles were entered by David Ross, editor of the Escondido Times-Advocate for The Valley Roadrunner, although in most cases the articles also ran in The Times-Advocate. In addition, […]

California Taco Challenge at Kennedy’s Meat Market

Sunday Kennedy’s Market was the location for a California Taco Challenge with mega YouTubers Erik Lamkin, Randy Santel and MagicMikey seeing who could eat the fastest. We’ll have the full story next week, but to keep you interested here are some photos from the event.  You can also watch the entire event on our facebook page: or here (challenge […]

PALA completes casino expansion, renovation

With the completion on Friday, October 26, of the interior décor of its casino, officials of Pala Casino Spa & Resort today announced the expansion and renovation of its gaming, entertainment and dining facilities are complete. Painters and plasterers put the finishing touches on wall coverings and the building columns, placed new furniture in the slot floor and table games […]

Local audiologist giving away free hearing aids for life

Do you have a loved one who keeps asking you to repeat what you say or to speak louder? They might be one of the millions of Americans who are losing their hearing but there is something you can do; submit an essay of 300 words or less describing why they deserve to “Hear for the Holidays” as part of […]

H Brothers specializes in comfort food: the kind you didn’t know you wanted

Nick Hedayati, of  “H Brothers,” a restaurant in the heart of Escondido’s historic downtown on Grand Avenue, describes the type of cuisine he and his sibling, Justin, provide as “North American comfort food.” That takes in things like made from scratch mac and cheese, Fried Shrimp Po’ Boys, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Poutine. “Poutine?” You may ask. “What is that?” […]

Organic farm and training center faces foreclosure

Friends and supporters of Archi’s Acres, which is located on West Lilac Road, have organized to raise money to help Karen and Colin Archipley, owners of the highly regarded hydro-organic farm to keep it open. The farm is known far and wide for its organic basil.  The Archipleys are on Go Fund me and other sites trying to raise $100,000 […]

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