Valley Center chamber steps down from organizing Western Days parade

The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce has announced it will step down from organizing the 2016 parade associated with Valley Center Western Days. Due to the increased cost and the many man hours it takes to produce the parade, the chamber is looking to an­other organization to carry on the tra­dition, according to chamber President Stuart Holthaus. “The Chamber stepped […]

Play-in provides CIF compromise on league champion playoff berths

The California Interscholastic Federation’s San Diego Section has split the Frontier Conference Basketball League into north and south sections. High Tech High North County, at 1420 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, has been placed into the northern cat­egory. The conference, whose 18 schools include 16 with boys basketball programs, reduced the number of league games re­quired, thus allowing for […]

County beekeeping ordinance approved last week

The county’s tiered beekeeping ordinance was approved October 14 and will take effect November 13. A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote September 16 approved the introduction and first reading of the ordinance. The second reading and adoption was scheduled for September 30, but the action included appropriations to fund management programs and appropriations not made during the […]

So I Was Thinking…

“In a Perfect World”

I have come to the conclusion that the majority of my readers are just like me. (No, not fifty-something-year-old, bleached-blonde females.) I mean, we are products of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Growing up during that time, I’m sure wasn’t perfect, but in hindsight, and especially compared with what is go­ing on around us today, it sure came pretty close […]

Citizen Proposes Traffic Measures for Ridge Ranch

Valley Center Community Planning Group member Bill Miller presented as a concerned citizen to the board five measures to improve the ingress and egress for residents living at Ridge Ranch as an informational item on the agenda. “I have five economically viable options that can be easily implemented to improve the safety of the area,” said Miller, resident in the […]

St. Stephen Catholic Church

October is dedicated as the month of the Holy Rosary at St. Stephen Parish Catholic Church. The rosary, primarily a scriptural prayer, draws its mysteries from the New Testament and is centered on the great events of the Incarnation and Redemption. The Luminous Mysteries reflect the ministry and life of Jesus. Fr. Elmer is celebrating Mass at 6:45 a.m. on […]



• The San Diego Sheriff’s Department will hold a “guns for gift cards” event at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the San Marcos station. Citizens will be able to trade in their unwanted firearms in exchange for gift cards. All firearms traded in will destroyed. • On Oct. 9, the Escondido police department was flagged down […]

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Water district exceeds mandates for restrictions

Because of an aggressive program to en­force the state-mandated reduction in water use, the Valley Center Municipal Water Dis­trict exceeded reductions below the 36 per­cent mandate in June, July and September. The conservation measures have not come easy for customers or for the district. Over that same period, program implemen­tation totaled just over $212,000 including labor, overtime, special programing, printing […]