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Articles from the January 18, 2024 edition


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  • Mindful Beginnings: The importance of prioritizing mental health in your New Year's resolutions

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    Rhonda L. Randall, D.O. Special to the Village News With the New Year here, many are still considering what will be on their list of resolutions, and mental health should be top of mind. A recent study shows that in 2023, one of the highest reported New Year's resolutions was to improve mental health (36%), reflecting a growing recognition of mental well-being as pivotal to our overall quality of life and highlighting a collective commitment to prioritize self-care and emotion...

  • Healthy Habits: Drinking Water – 9 types for hydration

    Updated Jan 21, 2024

    Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough Special to the Village News We all too often hear that we need to drink more water. Staying well hydrated is beneficial for every cell in our body, good for our brain, and is necessary for our body to function efficiently. We have the choice of so many beverages that opting for plain water isn't always appealing. There are nine types of water we can drink, so maybe knowing the choices can steer us towards this liquid if there's a particular type...

  • Free healthcare

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    With the chaos continuing, I'm highly displeased to see the State roll out a program incentivizing more people to enter the country illegally. Beginning Jan. 1, the State of California is giving free healthcare to undocumented immigrants. Against numerous challenges in California with a staggering homeless population, the highest gas prices in the country, exorbitant utility costs, crumbling infrastructure, and while facing a $68 billion budget deficit, the decision for free...

  • Worker of the Week serves food with a smile

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

  • Developers needed for senior affordable housing development in Escondido

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego is accepting requests for proposal from developers interested in constructing affordable housing for seniors on county-owned land in Escondido. The deadline to submit questions is Feb. 2 at 5 p.m., and the deadline to submit proposals is March 1. The development will be located at 620 East Valley Parkway and every unit will be affordable housing. The Board of Supervisors approved the use of the county property for the development last year....

  • County Board of Supervisors approves appointment of Interim Chief Administrative Officer

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Sir Milo Loftin County of San Diego Communications Office Sarah Aghassi has been selected by the Board of Supervisors to serve as Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the County of San Diego, bringing more than 20 years of progressively responsible executive-level strategic, political, and operational leadership in both the private and public sectors. Aghassi most recently served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and group General Manager for the county's Land Use...

  • Gasca steps down from RMWD board

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Rainbow Municipal Water District is seeking a new board member to represent Division 3. Miguel Gasca, who was appointed to the board in February 2017 to fill a vacancy and was re-elected in 2018 and 2022, announced at the Dec. 5 meeting that he was resigning from the board effective Dec. 31. “He’s been a tremendous addition to our team,” Rainbow board president Hayden Hamilton said. “He will be sorely missed.” Gasca has moved to Reno, Nevada, although he and his wife still own th...

  • Rainbow MWD increases threshold for formal bid process requirement

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Rainbow Municipal Water District has increased the threshold for which a formal bid process would be required for Rainbow contracts. Rainbow’s board voted 5-0 Dec. 5 to amend the district’s Administrative Code to increase the threshold from $35,000 to $200,000. Rainbow staff will still be required to obtain three quotes for any project exceeding $5,000, and projects under $60,000 may be performed by the agency’s own workforce if that is deemed preferable to issuing a contract. “We...

  • Sheriff Log

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Jan. 8 800 blk E. Fallbrook St. Arrest - Vandalism S. Pico Ave. @ W. Beech St. Battery - Simple 1200 blk Calle Sonia Fraud - Get credit, etc./Others ID 600 blk E. Elder St. Battery - Simple 1000 blk S. Main Ave. Arrest - Commercial burglary and vandalism 31900 blk Via Ararat Dr. Suicide - Actual 1600 blk S. Mission Rd. Arrest - Possession of controlled substance 800 blk E. Fallbrook St. Vandalism - $400 or more 1700 blk Tecolate Dr. Tampering with a vehicle 300 blk E. Alvarado St. Fraud - Get credit, etc./Others ID Jan. 9...

  • Brockson second, Huntington third at Mission Hills Invitational

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    The Mission Hills Invitational wrestling tournament Jan. 6 at Mission Hills High School included a second-place result for Fallbrook High School junior Nic Brockson and third place for Fallbrook senior Devin Huntington. "It went good. It was a really tough tournament," said Fallbrook coach Tom Brockson. The Warriors began 2024 competition with Fallbrook's first Valley League dual meet of the year Jan. 4. The Warriors hosted Del Norte, who obtained a 45-35 victory. "It came...

  • CHRB approves stabling and vanning plan budgeting subsidy for San Luis Rey

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    The San Luis Rey Training Center along with the Los Alamitos Race Course barns rely on subsidies from the Southern California Stabling and Vanning Fund to help cover the expenses which allow the horses stabled at those facilities to be ready for racing. The California Horse Racing Board meeting Thursday, Dec. 14, approved the 2024 Stabling and Vanning financial and operational plans which budget $3,268,500 for San Luis Rey. The plan was approved on a 4-0 vote with Damascus Castellanos, Gregory Ferraro, Oscar Gonzales and...

  • Dry January and Beyond: Stop drinking for your health

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Dr. Archana Dubey Special to the Village News Millions of people worldwide are participating in the health movement of Dry January,by choosing not to drink alcohol for the month. Because many Americans reported increasing their alcohol intake during the coronavirus pandemic, there is concern that consumption has remained high even after the pandemic ended. Health professionals report they are seeing increased drinking habits, especially among women. California ranks 34th in the nation in excessive drinking, with 19.1% of adul...

  • Prevent flammable liquid burns

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – There is a growing concern among first responders and the medical community over the increased occurrences of flammable liquid burns. Flammable liquid burns occur when liquids that can easily catch fire come into contact with the skin and ignite. These burns can be particularly dangerous due to the rapid spread of flames and the severity of injuries they can cause. Flammable liquid burns commonly result from accidents involving gasoline, alcohol, kerosene or other volatile substances. These accidents might...

  • Stretch dollars for radiant health

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Stephanie Rubino, ND Special to the Village News Shocked by your recent grocery bill? Food prices continue to climb, and food insecurity has serious health implications for everyone. Healthy food access and consumption are essential and should not be compromised. One of the first steps to eating well while protecting your wallet is meal planning, which helps people create a focused grocery list and search for deals that allow them to save. There are useful phone apps that can help people shop for sales6 and compare store...

  • Taking charge of your health: Cervical cancer and the importance of regular check-ups

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    VISTA – In our busy lives, it is crucial for every woman to prioritize her health. One aspect that often goes unnoticed until it’s too late is cervical health. Cervical cancer is a serious but preventable condition, and getting care at the right time can make all the difference. So, what is cervical cancer, why do regular check-ups matter, and how can the women’s health services at VCC can be a valuable resource for you? Cervical cancer typically starts with abnormal cell changes that may develop into cancer over time....

  • Desert farmers report strong harvest of winter vegetables

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Caleb Hampton Ag Alert Winter vegetable harvest is in full swing in the Imperial Valley, and growers say the conditions this season have been close to perfect. "I've had a great growing season. Everything is on time and beautiful, with great yields," said Jack Vessey of Vessey & Co., which grows romaine and iceberg lettuce, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables in the Imperial Valley. "That's always nice as a grower." Farmers in the Imperial Valley...

  • County Supervisors reelect chairwoman for 2024

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to select Supervisor Nora Vargas as the chairwoman for 2024. Chairwoman Vargas served as board chairwoman last year. The chair acts as the voice of the county. During Tuesday's organizational meeting, Jan. 9, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer was reelected as vice chair and Supervisor Joel Anderson as chair pro tempore. After the vote, Chairwoman Vargas thanked her colleagues...

  • County supports federal initiative to protect immigrant military families

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The county's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is promoting a federal immigration program that supports immigrant families of U.S. service members. The Military Parole in Place (MPIP) program provides some members of U.S. military families temporary permission to remain in the country while seeking permanent residency. The temporary immigration status allows spouses, widow(er)s, parents and children of U.S....

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have fallen 12.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.59/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 15.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 13.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 2.0 cents in the last week and stands at $3.89 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $3.86/g yesterday while the...

  • Supporting California's native wildlife

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District I introduced AB 1031 in 2017 to establish the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund. The legislation allows taxpayers filing their returns to voluntarily ‘check off’ a specified amount to fund wildlife rescue organizations throughout the state. However, since the program expires this year, last week I introduced AB 1828 so that the voluntary wildlife rehab fund can continue until 2032. Since 2018, taxpayers have contributed $2 million through...

  • A good dining experience

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    How fortunate Fallbrook has so many lovely restaurants from which to choose. I would like to praise one we just discovered: it is the Coal Bunker! The atmosphere is charming, the food is delicious and fresh, and the owners are friendly and helpful. Please try it the next time you want a good dining experience. You won't be unhappy. Genie Summers...

  • Fallbrook gasoline prices

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Okay, I understand that the local Fallbrook retailers want you to shop in Fallbrook to support them and being a long time Fallbrook resident, I am all for that. The one exception to that is that I don't like getting gouged when I shop at certain Fallbrook retailers, in this case the gas stations. About five days ago, I purchased regular gasoline in Fallbrook at a price of $5.18 per gallon but a couple of days later when I drove eight miles to Oceanside, I found two gas stations that had regular gasoline priced at $3.99 and...

  • The World Health Organization wants to remove your rights and sovereignty

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    While people argue and divide themselves into “groups” here in the U.S., over elections and other important issues, there is a larger issue going on with the World Health Organization (WHO), which we have covered before. It may not make much difference who is in the White House, or maybe it will be the life or death of our Constitutional rights and our sovereignty. The WHO would like to take away our American God-given rights of free speech and bodily autonomy and bring...

  • Re: 'The world is changing. The GOP isn't [Village News, Letter, 1/4/24]

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    John Terrell's effort to define Republican beliefs is like Harvey Weinstein defining workplace dating etiquette. He would be better served working to remove the plank from the Democratic party's eyes before accusing Republicans of shortcomings. Democrats believe that society is responsible for crime, rather than holding criminals responsible for their own behavior. Defunding the police, no cash bail and $950 free stealing were always bad ideas, despite enthusiastic support from numerous prominent Democrats. Democrats are for...

  • Regarding a coordinated attack by the left

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    I am using one letter to address the obviously coordinated attacks by far left radicals whose hate for Trump is surpassed only by their hatred for America. To include Mr. Terrell, L. Kendall, J. Lucore and G. Mitchell (Remember these names for future reference). First, let’s clarify the term Jan. 6th. It should be called the Reichstag II (or 2.0). It was a copy of what the Nazis did as Hitler sought power. They burned the German capital (Reichstag) and blamed it on the Communists. The gullible German people believed them,...

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