DBA president Alex MacLachlan details downtown plans

I met Alex MacLachlan last week at Heritage Park on Grand Avenue and Juni­per Street and we chatted about the rain and cancellation of the second Crusin’ Grand of 2016 and about the vibrant nature of Escon­dido’s busy, eclectic downtown on a rain- threatening Friday. “Those guys with those nice cars, they don’t like to take them out of the […]

Local writers release new books

This week marks the nationwide re­lease of “Between Two Seas,” a riveting new book by Escondido author Robert Alan Ward, and “Through Fear and Trem­bling,” an engrossing collaboration by Ward and his co-author David D. Ross. In “Between Two Seas,” which will be released nationwide this week, Melitene is ravaged by violence, poverty, addiction and unrest. The new governor, Trebonius, […]

SD Archaeological Center: turning out future Indiana Joneses (and Janes)

The scene is a square of soil where “artifacts” are hidden away, waiting to be unearthed by grade school youngsters delighting at being little Indiana Joneses and Janes. They sometimes wear pith helmets and dig with as much enthusiasm and curios­ity as any first year grad student. It’s fun and educational and teaches many skills and ways of thinking that […]

Cruisin’ Grand launches with thousands of return visitors

Friday April 1st, Cruisin’ Grand commenced a long summer, celebrating the romance of the automobile on Grand Avenue in Escondido. Look for it every Friday evening until October. Photos by Lenny Kerbs

MET Water prepares to squeeze more money out of Southland

New proposed permanent charges on treated water by the big seller of the com­modity to Southern California could have a significant impact on Escondido accord­ing to local water chief Greg Thomas of the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District, which serves part of the city. He and his board are calling for a more open and transparent” process for devel­oping […]

Now is the time to defend your hometown from live oak killers

An invader from another country has already devastated nearby Ramo­na, Julian and Cuyamaca. Escondido could be next! What are these invaders attacking? The answer is the beautiful live oaks that give Escondido and other parts of the county their special character. Their favorite victims? The oldest trees, because their thick bark makes the best home for their eggs. The intruder? […]

smART Fest students strut their stuff

The California Center for the Arts, Escon­dido, was fairly bursting at the seams with performing and visual art, sculptures, photo­graphs, ceramics, dancing and more supplied by the city’s elementary school students last Saturday (April 9). Supervisor Dave Roberts, Cal-Arts Execu­tive Jerry Van Leeuwen, the center’s Museum and Education Director Leah Goodwin greeted festival-goers at the Performance Stage. Roberts said he […]

Family remembers great grandmother Diana Shaw

Longtime Escondido resident Diana Kathleen Armstrong Shaw, 86, died in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on April 6, at the home of her daughter, Kathleen. Mrs. Shaw was born May 20, 1929 in Tabor Tanganyika Territory, British East Africa, to Hugh Howard Arm­strong and Eleonore Roberts Arm­strong. She lived in England until she was 6 years old, and then lived in British […]

Vallecitos Water District eases restrictions

The State of California adjusted its conservation targets for the Valleci­tos Water District (VWD) on March 9, 2016, reducing the District’s target from 24% to 16%. This will affect some Escondido residents. Based on this reduced target, the district will no longer enforce restric­tions on the use of water to power wash structures, including mobile homes. The State Water Resources […]

When it comes to Mickelson and Tiger, put me in the Phil camp

Golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have been opponents and ri­vals for twenty years. In truth, for longer than probably each cares to re­member. Owing to the fact that their person­alities are vastly different and they are both highly competitive souls, it was not much of a surprise that they never became tight or the best of friends. Sure, there […]