Political Cartoon

VC bands take top honors at Coronado competition

The Valley Center High School and Middle School Jazz Bands competed in the biggest jazz festival of the year in San Diego May 9 in Coronado and took away several top prizes. Twenty-eight high school and middle school jazz bands competed from as far away as Los Angeles and Palm Desert. VCHS took second place out of 20 high school […]

If you cut it, fire safe council will chip it

You’ve gone out and cleared brush from around your property to create defensible space and now you have a pile of dead vegetation you want to turn into mulch. Who you gonna call? The Deer Springs Fire Safe Council, that’s who. If you cut it, they’ll chip it. The state of California has granted the council funds to help reduce […]

Recent rains won’t change our vulnerability to wildfires overnight

Part I of a series. Wonderful rain may be helping our Valley Center drought condition for now but the cumulative effect over the past ten years will not change overnight. The vegetation will continue to grow and then go dormant, dry out, turn brown and become combustible fuel waiting for any spark. The wildfires of 2003 and 2007 have had […]

Around Escondido

Escondido SATURDAY Market, Held every Saturday from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. on Kalmia between Grand Ave and Second. North County’s newest artisan market in historic Downtown Escondido. Come for unique products and fresh produce in a hip urban market. Escondido Farmers Market, Tuesdays 2:30-6 p.m., Year-Round, event is held on Grand Avenue between Juniper and Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. […]

VC organist plans to set world’s record for playing

San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams, a Valley Center resident, is preparing for a monumental feat: Playing the Spreckels Organ, for 12 consecutive hours and 15 minutes (a world record!), to raise funds for local wounded warriors. Donations generated from Williams’ marathon organ performance will benefit Operation Rebound, a Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) sports and fitness program for American military […]

Orange Glen Elementary teacher given $2,500 to use in classroom

On April 23 Orange Glen Elementary School second grade teacher Tara Buford was surprised with a $2,500 award from California Casualty. Buford will be buying educational materials that will help her students with the new Common Core curriculum as well as non-fiction books that can be shared by the entire 2nd grade team at her school. California Casualty created the […]

Volleyball: the presence of Valley Center’s Daniel DeLeon

Among the highest compliments that can be paid to an athlete, at any level, is to say that he has a presence about him. Though that description can convey a variety of things, it generally means that said athlete is consistently clutch, has an air of belief that inspires teammates and exudes a perception that he will always find a […]

Teen artist honored for Western Days logo

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