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Articles from the January 25, 2024 edition


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  • Bonsall High School takes on giants

    Updated Jan 26, 2024

    BONSALL – A veritable David and Goliath story is unfolding at Bonsall High School in the form of a speech and debate team. Bonsall High School, established in 2014, has just over 300 students. In most school-to-school competitions, like athletics, the schools are placed in a division where they compete with schools of a similar size. In speech and debate, competitions are organized regionally in leagues open to all in that area. That means, the Bonsall squad, whose entire t...

  • Vallecitos School District approves collective bargaining agreement with VEA

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Vallecitos School District board has approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Vallecitos Educators Association. A 4-0 board vote Jan. 9, with one vacant seat, approved the agreement for fiscal year 2023-24. The Vallecitos teachers will receive a 5% raise for 2023-24, and the agreement also provides for a 4% raise for 2024-25. “It was a productive negotiating session,” said Vallecitos School District Superintendent Meliton Sanchez, who is also the district’s chief business offic...

  • Sheriff Log

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    NOTE: While these reports have been taken straight from the Sheriff's Office, individuals are innocent until proven guilty. These addresses reveal the block number, not an exact location. Jan. 16 400 blk Cancun Ct. Fraud - Get credit/others ID 3600 blk Laketree Dr. 5150 - Mental disorder - 72 hr. observation 700 blk N. Orange Attempt to contact - Found property 900 blk S. Main Ave. Arrest - Domestic violence - Spousal/cohabitant abuse with serious injury, obstruct use of wireless communication device 300 blk E. Alvarado St....

  • Young starters aren't hampering Warriors' girls basketball team

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    This season's starting lineup for Fallbrook High School's girls basketball team consists of senior Claire Nordeen, junior Janice Garcia, and freshmen Grace Nordeen, Emery Pizzo, and Taylor Thomas. "We're losing a key piece, but we have three really good pieces to build around for the next four years," said Fallbrook coach Trae Harrison. The lack of previous high school varsity experience for three of the starters hasn't hindered Fallbrook's season record. A 66-23 home victory...

  • Warriors' boys basketball team learns need to play full game

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s boys basketball team led for most of the Warriors’ Jan. 18 home game against Valley Center, but the Jaguars made the winning basket with four seconds left for a 58-56 victory at Fallbrook’s expense. “We learned we’ve got to play 32 minutes. We have to play and compete 32 minutes,” said Fallbrook coach Jonathan Terry. “We’ve got to finish the game like we started.” The result gave Fallbrook a 1-2 record in Valley League play along with a 7-10 overall mark. After the first three league contests for each...

  • Lopez, Phillips place at Jim Londos Memorial

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    The Jim Londos Memorial wrestling tournament was held Jan. 13 at Orange Glen High School, and two Fallbrook High School wrestlers placed. Ricardo Lopez earned fifth place in the 108-pound bracket. Fisher Phillips took sixth among 140-pound wrestlers. Fallbrook coach Tom Brockson entered three wrestlers in the Temecula Valley Battle for the Belt tournament Jan. 12-13 at Temecula Valley High School and three grapplers in the Jim Londos Memorial. Fallbrook also had a dual meet...

  • New Fallbrook starters learning varsity boys soccer

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter A 2-1 home loss Jan. 17 against Rancho Bernardo gave Fallbrook High School’s boys soccer team an overall season record of 5-7-1 including 0-3 in Palomar League play. “I think the boys are doing the best they can,” said Fallbrook coach Jorge Rojas. “It’s definitely a new varsity team, so there are a ton of challenges.” Only two starters and six players altogether return from Fallbrook’s 2022-23 team whose 12-8-5 overall record includes a 5-4-1 mark against Palomar League opposition, a first-rou...

  • A letter to Phyllis and Jack,

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    In 2022, as the world started waking up from the covid shutdown, I reached out to my friend Phyllis from Fallbrook. We had not spoken for a few months. I had been busy getting my daughter into college, navigating a military move during a pandemic, and still nursing my youngest. Phyllis was just as busy. She and Jack had a special network of friends, and she was deeply involved in her grandchildren’s lives. Phyllis was a fairy godmother, breezing through her days spreading love and kindness to all the children and animals in h...

  • Another sexually violent predator

    Superviser Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    It is with profound disappointment and deep concern that I express my opposition to the decision allowing the placement of Sexually Violent Predator Alvin Quarles, also known as the "Bolder than Most" rapist, back into San Diego County. The judge's decision is devastating for our community, and I strongly believe there is no place for such a monstrous individual in our midst. For over three years, Mr. Quarles terrorized our communities, committing heinous acts of rape against a dozen women. His behavior's consistent and...

  • Re: 'Regarding a coordinated attack by the left' [Village News, Schembri letter, 1/18/24]

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Another word salad from this writer seething with anger and vitriol, no surprises on that front, but the worrisome threat to “Remember these names for future reference” certainly gives one pause. To what “future reference” is the writer referring? Are these folks to be targeted for their views upon a (God help us) return of Trump and a dictatorial right-wing regime in Washington, turned in by their neighbors to the thought police by people like this letter writer? The not-so-veiled threats implied with this letter are of...

  • Kicking It without high heels

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    It has finally happened. Alas, it’s time to pay the Piper and just live with the consequence of my actions. After 30 years in sales, my legs and feet are racked with pain. In my defense, Sales is all about having a leg up (no pun intended) on the consumer. It starts with first impressions. What I call the “10-second rule.” It’s simple. Everyone is judged by the people we meet. And when selling a product, one needs to have an advantage, real or imagined, to write-t...

  • Re: 'Looking Back at 2023' [Village News, Maynard letter, 01/11/24]

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Here I am wasting my precious time responding to your rant in the opinion section of the Jan 11 newspaper. Why? Because it left me completely gobsmacked. You might seek help for addiction to MAGgot Kool-aid. I hear psychedelics are promising in treating addiction, too bad they don’t help with hate. How is it I can claim you are off the rails? Your first paragraph blaming President Joe Biden “for global hostility.” Really? Last time I checked he was only responsible for this country, but like all brainwashed MAGgots, you l...

  • How pervasive is voter fraud?

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    I’m not sure. It’s taking a bit of research to find out. I want to give one website that I found which had a surprising number of lawsuits, etc. proving that there is definitely a problem and it’s across the country. Here is the link in case you want to get a headstart on the piece for next week: https://www.heritage.org/voterfraud It’s the Heritage Foundation website and in a sampling of cases across the country, there are 1500 proven instances of Voter Fraud, 1276 Crimina...

  • Opposition to Bonsall Community Park

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Dear Friends – Jim Desmond and Mark Kieser continue to ignore the Bonsall Community Sponsor Group (BCSG) and Bonsall residents. The BCSG requested in several, separate meetings that Desmond and Kieser move all the high activities to the Del Prado Park and Mark Kieser said no! There are two parks in Bonsall, (1) Bonsall Community Park (BCG) on Camino Del Rey and (2) Del Prado Park (DPP) off the 76. The DPP is the better location for a highly active park for high activities like soccer, skate boarding and baseball. Located j...

  • Re: 'Looking Back at 2023' Part 1, [Village News. Maynard Letter, 1/11 /24]

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Maynard’s latest screed is 789 words long! They are all actual words, and the sentences are grammatically correct. But the end result is simply and totally claptrap. One of his two main themes is: President Biden is not only seditious; he is head of a mafia-type family engaged in every conceivable type of criminality. Many words later, He gives kudos to Rep. James Comer for “exposing Biden’s seditious behavior.” Whoa! Comer has done nothing of the kind. He initiated impeachment proceedings against President Biden on Sept. 12,...

  • Preparing for Wildfires

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    I recently joined several legislators to tour the site of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire disaster in 100 years, which struck much of Butte County in 2018. The fire resulted in 85 deaths, covered almost 240 square miles, and almost totally destroyed the towns of Paradise, Concow and other communities. Sadly, this tragic death toll was surpassed in 2023 by fires that engulfed Maui, with almost 100 dead and many still missing. Our region is no stranger to wildfires. Most...

  • County Action Plan Update

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Climate Action Team (FCAT) will present Meghan Kelly and Ariel Hamburger in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. They are staff of the San Diego Sustainability Planning Division of the County Planning and Development Services Department. Kelly and Hamburger will present information on the county’s Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP outlines measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the unincorporated areas of the county and cou...

  • Republican Women to hear from author/producer Loudon

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Republican Women of California – Fallbrook club's guest speaker for Friday, Feb. 9 will be Trevor Loudon, author of numerous books and producer of the movie "Enemies Within." There will also be an introduction to the candidates running for the San Diego Central Committee. The meeting will take place at the Historic Mission Theater 231 North Main. Men are always welcome. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Meeting is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $10. RSVP no lat...

  • Acclaimed author reveals the 'bizarre story of Lee Harvey Oswald and his mother'

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Literary nonfiction author Deanne Stillman will be featured at the Feb. 2 Writers Read, a Fallbrook Library monthly series. The reading begins at 6:30 p.m. with open mic, followed by Stillman in conversation with Writers Read host K-B Gressitt. They will explore the research and creation of Stillman’s newest book, “American Confidential: Uncovering the Bizarre Story of Lee Harvey Oswald and His Mother,” released on the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy...

  • Meet the artists at Fallbrook Library

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Friends of the Fallbrook Library will hold an artists’ reception on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to the free event. This is a great opportunity to the meet the artists and enjoy the current exhibits at the library. “Beginnings” in the Community Room features 15 exceptional artists from West Coast Drawing who are among the most stellar artists on the California West Coast in drawing media. On the Reading Patio, “Story Torsos” a sculpture series by Julia C R Gray, explores her impressions...

  • Worker of the Week offers help with garden supplies

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

  • FUESD Winter Camp turns La Paloma Elementary into a creative haven

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District celebrated the FUESD Winter Camp, an initiative orchestrated by the FUESD Expanded Learning Opportunities Program. Designed for kindergarten through sixth-grade students, the camp provided an immersive experience during the winter break for FUESD students at La Paloma Elementary School. The winter camp served as a canvas for students to explore diverse art forms, offering an extensive range of classes and clubs t...

  • Palomar College academic programs receive EDC verification

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    SAN MARCOS – The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) recently verified two Palomar College academic programs, the Associate of Science in Cybersecurity and the Computer Science program which offers both an Associate of Science and a Certificate of Achievement. Verified Programs are those recognized for quality education and training for in-demand jobs within the San Diego County economy. The Associate of Science in Cybersecurity program focuses on fostering proficiency in computer, network, and a...

  • Delaney selected as vice-chair of Association of Planning Groups

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The selection of Eileen Delaney as the Association of Planning Groups – San Diego County vice-chair occurred at the organization’s Jan. 10 meeting. Delaney was seated as the entity’s alternate member on the San Diego Association of Governments board Jan. 12. “I’m thrilled to be able to serve and work with other planning groups,” Delaney said. The Association of Planning Groups – San Diego County is an advisory member of the SANDAG board. Delaney chairs the Fallbrook Community Planning Grou...

  • Soper joins Legacy Endowment Board

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Local banking expert and vice president with Wells Fargo Laurene Soper joins Legacy Endowment Community Foundation's Board of Directors as its newest member advocating for North County's nonprofit sector, expanding Legacy's roster of community and civic leaders to nine individuals. Soper possesses both a broad and specific range of financial expertise. In August 2023, she celebrated 25 years with Wells Fargo, and was with the Bank of Boston for the previous s...

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