Residents sound off about water prices

About 20 people attended the first meeting of the Valley Center Municipal Water District board in the New Year to protest the increase in water rates or to ask questions about them. After a hearing on January 5 in which about ten ratepayers expressed their opinions, the board adopted a rate increase of 4.6% on domestic (i.e. residential) rates and […]


New VC planning group seated

“Herding cats,” is what newly reelected Valley Center Community Planning Group Chairman describes his job of facilitating the monthly meetings of the group, which advises the County on planning and land use matters. Smith was unanimously reelected at the Janaury 12 meeting of the group. Other officers elected were Ann Quinley, vice chairman and Steve Hutchison, secretary. The group appointed […]

So I was Thinking…

“The Rat Race”

Meet Ralph the Rat. Ralph is an eight-inch long (not counting his curled tail) black, plastic rat with red, beady eyes and long whiskers. I bought Ralph a few months ago at the Dollar Store for, well, a dollar. (For the record, naming the rat Ralph is no reflection on anyone named Ralph, I just happen to be a fan […]

Susan Moore reappointed to Design Review Board

At the January meeting the Valley Center Community Planning Group voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors reappoint Susan Moore to the VC Design Review board for a third term. The DRB advises the county on issues of aesthetics regarding building projects.

A battle with crows

My brother and I have been involved in a running battle with crows. And “battle” is the right word! It is amazing how strategic and diabolically sneaky a crow can be. One of the real blessings for me these past few years is that my brother and I live within thirty minutes of each other, we both serve churches as […]

Western painter draws out-of town visitors to local history museum

As its name suggests, the mission of the Valley Center History Museum does not include the exhibition of paintings, watercolors or related works of art. In recent months, however, art lovers from around the country have been making a pilgrimage to Valley Center to view paintings by an artist many consider one of America’s greatest painters of the Old West. […]

Escondido Charter High School senior Taylor Pamplin signs letter of intent with Ohio State

Escondido Charter High School senior Taylor Pamplin signed a letter of intent to dive collegiately for Ohio State University. Pamplin signed the letter of intent November 12 in the high school’s conference room. “I’m just so thrilled,” Pamplin said of signing her letter of intent. “It’s very exciting. It’s an incredible opportunity for her to go to Ohio State,” said […]

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Bo Mazzetti reelected chairman of Rincon tribe

Bo Mazzetti and Stephanie Spencer have been re-elected to lead the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians as chairman and vice chairman (respectively) of the Tribal Council. The election was held December 13, 2014. Alfonso Kolb Sr. was elected to the council, replacing council member Frank Mazzetti Jr. Chairman Mazzetti and Vice Chairwoman Spencer are beginning their third consecutive terms as […]