Week of May 23, 2024

  • Victims identified after tragic collision that claimed four lives and leaving one in serious condition

    Julie Reeder, Publisher | May 23, 2024

    In a devastating collision on Friday night, May 10, 2024, four lives were tragically lost, and one Fallbrook resident fights for recovery after a head-on crash near the intersection of Pala Rd and Horse Ranch Creek Rd. The incident has left several communities mourning the loss of loved ones and grappling with the aftermath of the tragic event. Albert Gary Salazar, a 60-year-old Fallbrook resident, was behind the wheel of a white Jeep Gladiator with three passengers. The Jeep...

  • FCAT to hear about wildflowers of FLC Preserves

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Climate Action Team will present Susan Liebes to talk about Wildflowers of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy Preserves. Susan Liebes, chair of the FLC, will discuss how the wildflowers, bees and butterflies of the FLC Preserves interact to mutually benefit our environment. The Zoom meeting will be held Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. FLC owns more than 3,000 acres of permanently protected open space and over 1,000 acres of conservation easements. Liebes is...

  • South Mission Road closure announced

    May 23, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Gas & Electric advises Fallbrook residents that South Mission Road, between Green Canyon Road and Via Encinas Drive, will be reduced to a single lane between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 – Friday, May 31. Traffic control will be in place to assist drivers through the work area. The lane closures are necessary for crews to safely install new overhead power lines. The work is part of SDG&E’s efforts to help reduce the risk of wildfires by replacing wood power poles with taller,...

  • Fallbrook Senior Center marks 50th with meals, magic, music and more

    Tim O Leary, Village News Writer | May 23, 2024

    My home-away-from-home marked it's 50th year in fine fettle last week. There was food, a vintage car show, a magician, music and dancing. And, of course, there was plenty of Pickleball. The week began with the public unveiling of the Fallbrook Intergenerational Storyteller Project. That effort combines the experiences of local seniors and the technical expertise of area high school students to create mini-documentaries that will be posted online. About 35 people munched...

  • Fallbrook Art Association moves gallery to North Main Street

    May 23, 2024

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  • Residents addressing "bad doughnuts" in intersection

    Julie Reeder, Publisher | May 23, 2024

    San Diego County traffic engineers met with residents of the Clearcrest/Winterhaven neighborhood on Friday morning, May 17, to discuss possible deterrents to people speeding and doing "bad doughnuts" in their intersection. According to neighbors at the meeting, some people have been nearly hit while the cars are doing "doughnuts" in the wide intersection. Organizer Karl Higgins served "good doughnuts" while exchanging ideas with the engineers, such as rumble strips,...

  • 90th Worker of the Week – Lori Cook

    May 23, 2024

  • Chamber of Commerce posts event schedule

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in May. Friday, May 24 – After Hours Networking at Village Roots Taproom, 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 – Wine Down Wednesday at Romiglio Ridge Winery, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 – Awards & Installation Luncheon at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 11:30 a.m. seating begins Friday, June 21 – Business Breakfast Club at Nessy Burgers, 9 a.m. Friday, June 28 – After Hours Networking at 127 West Social House, 4-6:30 p.m. For more...

  • Fallbrook Scouts take to the skies

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Of late, the Boy Scouts of America organization has been making its way onto national headlines with its rebranding effort as Scouting America, but for Girl's Troop 731 and Boy's Troop 731 in Fallbrook, scouting's young women and men have been focused on learning how to make their way into the skies above. Sponsored by Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924, and hosted by the Palomar RC Flyers, aviation enthusiasts George Dawe and Bill Hill jumped at the...

  • Honor veterans at Odd Fellows Cemetery

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The community is invited to join the Fallbrook Rainbow Girls and Kerry Doney in sweeping veterans memorial stones and placing patriotic bouquets for each veteran Saturday, May 25, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Fallbrook. Submitted by Kerry...

  • Local Sons of Union Veterans to host Memorial Day ceremony

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sgt. William Pittenger Camp 21, will host a Memorial Day Ceremony Saturday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fallbrook Oddfellows Pioneer Cemetery, corner of Clemmens Lane and Alturas Road. The public is welcome to attend. Submitted by Son’s of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sgt. William Pittenger Camp...

  • Four ways to negotiate with a home seller

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News | May 23, 2024

    Making a solid offer is the first step toward buying your dream home, but remember: Sellers have goals in this process, too. Your first offer may not be accepted as is. In many cases, a seller will respond with a counteroffer – a new version of your offer with changes to the price, contingencies, timeline or other details. As a buyer, you’re free to accept their offer, reject it or come back with a counteroffer of your own to continue the negotiation process. We can work...

  • It Must Be Tuesday

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News | May 23, 2024

    It snowed again this morning! Even so by 10:00 AM, the sun was out and that's when we took a brisk walk back to the Museum of Art after being told yesterday by security guard Mike Saiz that all government-run museums are closed on Mondays. With limited time in town, we could only explore around the plaza in the heart of downtown. Santa Fe maintains its charm because of their strict building code which mandates that all structures be made in the Adobe style. Which no doubt is...

  • The ultimate guide to selling your house

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Selling a house in Fallbrook, can be a rewarding endeavor given the unique charm and appeal of this Southern California community. Known for its lush landscapes and vibrant cultural scene, Fallbrook offers an attractive market for sellers. Whether you are upsizing, downsizing, or relocating, understanding the local Fallbrook real estate dynamics is crucial to a successful sale. The Ken Follis & Sharon Robinson Group is happy to provide essential tips and...

  • 41,000+ Late property tax reminder notices sent to San Diego County homeowners Paying by e-Check is Fast & Free

    May 23, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister sent 41,245 notices May 17 announcing that there is still time to avoid additional penalties if the bills are paid by June 30. “On July 1, unpaid bills will go into default and receive an additional $33 redemption fee plus penalties of 1.5% each month,” said McAllister. “That penalty adds up to a hefty 18% per year but is avoidable if payments are received by the June 30 deadline.” Taxpayers can quickly and easily pay their bills online at...

  • Hoff named to UJ dean's list

    May 23, 2024

    JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Brady Hoff of Fallbrook was named to the spring 2024 dean’s list at University of Jamestown in North Dakota. Students are named to the list for earning a 3.5 GPA while taking at least 12 credit hours for the semester. University of Jamestown is ranked as a “Best Regional University” in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. Established as Jamestown College in 1883, the university is a private, Christian, liberal arts university granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in many areas...

  • Marisa Monasterio of Fallbrook achieves spring 2024 dean's list at Belmont University

    May 23, 2024

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marisa Monasterio of Fallbrook was named among the students who qualified for Belmont University’s spring 2024 dean’s list. Approximately 44% of the university’s 7,338 undergraduate students qualified for the spring 2024 dean’s list. “Earning a place on the dean’s list is a testament to the unwavering diligence, tenacity and commitment to scholarly distinction exhibited by Belmont’s promising students,” Belmont University Provost David Gregory said. “The ability to excel both inside...

  • Vallecitos requests waiver for Trustee Area 1 vacancy

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | May 23, 2024

    The Vallecitos School District seat for Trustee Area 1 is currently vacant, and the school district board is requesting a waiver of the 60-day deadline to fill that vacant seat. The board’s 3-0 vote May 14, with Ritsa Chanthabandith in Europe, authorized the submission of a waiver request to the State Board of Education. The waiver, which is expected to be granted, will allow the school district to fill the vacant seat by appointment rather than by an election. “We’re still looking for one more board member,” said...

  • FUESD announces staff promotions

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union Elementary School District has announced three staffing changes coming up for the district, as approved by the Board of Trustees May 9. First and foremost, they named Ernie Garcia as their next Custodial Supervisor. Garcia brings 13 years of service within FUESD. During this time, he spent five years working in facilities as a custodian before moving to the Payroll/Accounting Department as a confidential payroll technician. His dedication and...

  • Fallbrook children sing 'Sound of Music'

    May 23, 2024

  • Fallbrook girls swimmers take league championship

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | May 23, 2024

    Fallbrook High School's girls swim team captured the Valley League team league championship while senior Kela Kendall, senior Ava Dowden, junior Maile McMahon, and the Warriors' 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams won individual league championships. Regular-season standings account for half of the formula which determines the final league team championship positions with the other half based on positions at the league meet. Individual league...

  • Wilson, Skaja/Kendall reach league finals

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | May 23, 2024

    The Valley League boys tennis tournament took place April 22-23 at San Pasqual High School, and Fallbrook senior Anthony Wilson reached the singles final while the Fallbrook tandem of junior Connor Skaja and sophomore Micah Kendall advanced to the doubles championship match. All semifinalists qualified for the CIF tournament, and a backdraw with the quarterfinals losers determined the fifth-place singles and doubles players who would continue their season at the CIF...

  • Warriors win CIF girls lacrosse championship

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | May 23, 2024

    The first-ever Fallbrook High School girls lacrosse CIF championship was won May 18 at Scripps Ranch High School, where the Warriors defeated Canyon Crest Academy in the CIF Division II final which had a 10-8 score. “We really worked for it this year,” said Fallbrook senior Shea Morgan, who scored seven goals in the championship game. “This is everything I ever worked for,” said Fallbrook senior Myah Pack, who was the Warriors’ goalkeeper. Prior to 2021, the Warriors had not even been in a CIF girls lacrosse...

  • Warriors win boys swim team league championship

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | May 23, 2024

    Regular-season standings account for half of the formula which determines the final league positions for the Valley League swim team championship with the other half based on positions at the league championship meet. Individual league championships are based solely on the results at the league finals. Fallbrook High School’s boys won the 2024 league team championship while senior Carson Vance and junior Alex Reichart won individual league championships as did Fallbrook’s 200-yard medley relay team. “It was a big...

  • Reche Schoolhouse holds spring wildflower planting

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Just a ring of the school bell started the crew plantings of a wildflower garden at the historic Reche Schoolhouse on Live Oak Park Road. The first in a series of planned community nature projects was coordinated by team volunteer and plant specialist Jennifer Olivares. This first project required sectioning off an area for maximum visibility for those driving by or entering the schoolhouse property. The planning followed a brief presentation by the property's...

  • County confirms 3rd measles case of 2024

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, San Diego County Communications Office | May 23, 2024

    San Diego County public health officials have confirmed the third case of measles in the region this year in a 13-month-old resident who had recently traveled overseas. The county previously confirmed two other cases in the region this year. None of the three cases are linked, but all are associated with international travel. Before 2024, the last confirmed measles case in the county was in 2019. The unimmunized infant may have exposed others at the following times and locations: • Children’s Primary Care Medical Group...

  • Dr. Wooten honored with California Public Health Award

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office | May 23, 2024

    The California Department of Public Health honored County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma J. Wooten with its highest recognition, the Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health. The Beverlee A. Myers award is presented annually for outstanding leadership and dedication to all aspects of public health. During the award ceremony in Sacramento, CDPH leadership honored Dr. Wooten's 23 years of County service, highlighting her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic...

  • Need space – just say no

    Karlene Karst BSc Nutrition, Special to the Village News | May 23, 2024

    Are you a people pleaser? I am, and at this time of my life, responsibilities and demands are at an all-time high. As a 46-year-old woman, juggling motherhood to three growing kids (two teenage boys and an eight-year-old daughter), a home, a large extended family, friendships, a spouse, and work, including a start-up business, is more than enough to make my head spin most days. Oh, did I also mention that I want to exercise, eat healthy, read, and go to bed by 10 p.m.? So how does anyone fit all these roles into their day,...

  • Temecula now accepting vendor applications for Health & Community Resource Fair

    Kim Harris, Special to Valley News | May 23, 2024

    The city of Temecula announced it is accepting vendor applications for its 12th annual 2024 Health & Community Resource Fair scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28. Guidelines for vendors are also available. “We are seeking vendors in the fields of health and wellness that can provide free health screenings, community resources, emergency preparedness, public safety awareness, and more,” the city said in a news release announcing its search. The event, once again sponsored by Temecula Valley Hospital, is designed to provide...

  • Mary Murphy of NCFPD is awarded the San Diego County Burn Institutes Maltese Award.

    May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Fire Protection District's Mary Murphy was awarded the San Diego County Burn Institutes Maltese Award. Murphy's journey in enhancing firefighter wellness began with her pivotal role in developing state fire training curriculum focused on cancer prevention and behavioral health for Firefighters and First Responders. Her commitment extends through her teachings across three San Diego County fire academies, where her knowledge and passion have touched...

  • The state is raising our electricity bill

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District | May 23, 2024

    A few months back, I wrote about the state of California's ill-conceived plan to charge electricity based on income. Thanks to our collective outcry, that proposal was rightfully defeated. However, our voices were not heard loud enough, as the state has now introduced a similar flawed scheme. The California Public Utilities Commission has approved an additional $24 monthly charge on most electricity bills, amounting to a staggering $288 in new fees annually. This imposition...

  • 'Christian Nationalism' isn't scary

    May 23, 2024

    I read an op-ed recently that very much saddened me because it tried to paint Christian Nationalism as this horrible small group of people to be feared and treated with disdain. While there are many people who fit the Christian Nationalist label and are not scary, but rather some of the kindest, most helpful, and loving individuals out there. It was disheartening how this person, who probably doesn't really know anyone very well whom she would label that way, would speak in such harmful ways about any group instead of truly...

  • California's budget

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron | May 23, 2024

    Last week, the Governor released his “May Revise,” which is based on revenues received since January when the preliminary $291.5 billion budget proposal ($208.7 General Fund) was released. The Revise now estimates a $27 billion budget deficit, even though a report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office forecasts a much higher deficit of $55 billion. The new budget proposal is aimed at creating a balanced budget over two years. Expanding some programs will be paused...

  • County's Free Summer Movies in the Park season starts Friday

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office | May 23, 2024

    The County of San Diego’s free “2024 Summer Movies in the Park” season starts at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24 with a sunset showing of the Oscar-winning blockbuster “Barbie” at the Waterfront Park downtown. To celebrate the opening, there will be a variety of features and free fun for kids and families, including music, games, bounce houses, themed crafts, and other free activities. Although the movie starts at dusk, about 15 minutes past sunset, a host of free activities are expected to begin at 6 p.m. Make sure to...

  • Sullivan Middle School's show choir and music program triumphs at Music in the Parks competition

    May 23, 2024

    BONSALL – Bonsall Unified School District's Sullivan Middle School's Show Choir and Music program, under the expert guidance of choir director Stacy Pecore, celebrated a victory at this year's Music in the Parks competition. The squad, which has participated in the national competition for over two decades, clinched the Espirit de Corps award, the highest honor recognizing the school that embodies the heart and spirit of the program. This win marks the second time Sullivan...

  • West Coast Thunder set for Memorial Day

    Kim Harris, Special to Valley News | May 23, 2024

    West Coast Thunder is expected to bring more than 7,500 motorcycle riders to Riverside and the surrounding communities for the annual ride honoring members of the armed services this Memorial Day. Scheduled to kick off in the morning Monday, May 27, at Riverside Harley-Davidson, 7688 Indiana Avenue, the celebrated motorcycle ride throughout the area includes a 53-mile trip along two freeways and will end at Diamond Stadium with a concert featuring Chayce Beckham. “We are excited to bring together the community again for a...

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