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  • County adds third deputy to Pala law enforcement contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a new law enforcement contract between the County of San Diego and the Pala Band of Mission Indians which adds a third deputy Sheriff to patrol the reservation. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote March 12, with Joel Anderson absent, approved a three-year agreement which covers the period from April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2027. The new contract also increases the coverage from two to three full-time deputies. Pala initially contracted with the county for law enforcement services in 2...

  • Regency has become my home

    Jeff Paley, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    My wife and I, both in our eighties, had been living very active lives in Santa Barbara, California for 50 years. We began having health issues about seven years ago. I had neuropathy and she contracted Parkinson's Disease, which progressed rapidly. After being her primary caregiver for a few years, we came to the realization that I was unable to provide the increasing amount of care that she required. We decided to weigh our options to find a solution that would work for both...

  • Healthy Habits: Green beans – 5-star worthy vegetable

    Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    We were taught to eat our vegetables at dinner whether we liked them or not, and green beans were on that menu from time to time. We might know them better by the names "string beans" or "snap beans". If they weren't at the dinner table, then they would show up at holidays and potlucks for sure. Maybe they were sautéed, raw, from a can,or frozen. However they're prepared, they have a right to be on that list of healthy vegetables and here's why. Green beans are great for the...

  • Trifecta of chronic pain, stress, and anxiety is impairing health

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Treating patients with chronic pain on a daily basis, Hana Doustar, offers her expertise, approach, and advice to individuals living with chronic pain and anxiety, as well as combating stress. The top three root causes of pain she sees firsthand? 1 – "Headaches from stress related to work (hours staring at computers) 2 – Injuries from car accidents 3 – Back pain from emotional ailments" When asked what percentage of people she sees that have developed anxiety based on pain, sh...

  • Palomar College uses innovation to better serve students

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    SAN MARCOS – As college students make progress on their path to a degree or certificate, they typically encounter challenges, some of which can be addressed through on-campus support programs. At Palomar College, serving the basic needs of students is a priority and doing so helps to remove barriers to student success. According to recent research, 50% of college students in San Diego face food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable, consistent access to food. T...

  • VCC and CSUSM accept applications for medical assistant training program

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    VISTA – Vista Community Clinic and California State University San Marcos Extended Learning's partnership continues as they prepare to welcome the 16th cohort for the medical assistant training program. The six-month program combines classroom instruction and clinical experience to prepare students to work as medical assistants in a variety of health care settings. Students will learn to provide patient care, work with doctors and nurses to meet the needs of patients, and p...

  • Legal immigration

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    As a supervisor for San Diego County, I've had the opportunity to witness firsthand the alarming situation at the Iris Avenue transit station, where Border Patrol agents are dropping off thousands of migrants. In just the past 16 days, over 11,000 migrants have been released at this site, adding to the staggering total of over 108,000 migrants dropped off in San Diego County since last September. The scene at the transit station is one of controlled chaos. As the Border...

  • Speaking up for special ed teachers

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    I volunteered at my local middle school, Sullivan Middle School, in their moderate-severe classroom and I have been able to gain a lot of information and issues within the special education department. I believe that SPED teachers should receive better pay for all the hard work, effort, and patience they put not only into the students but the classroom as well. The yearly salary pay for the average special education teacher in California is between $60,000 - $80,000 but can vary to the certain area and circumstance the...

  • Re: 'Making California great again', [Village News, Maynard letter, 3/ 07/24]

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    I will refer to Mr. Maynard as “He” in the following text. His latest diatribe is unbelievable: literally. He asks you to disbelieve your own eyes when he says: "California has been hollowed out, ravaged beyond recognition, by a rabid pack of Democrat Party demagogues who have orchestrated a seismic shift in our culture." What I see is a state with a dynamic economy recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic is technically over, but Covid-19 is still with us: many of us are still picking up the pieces, grieving los...

  • Teenagers can apply for a conference at the Reagan Center

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    I’m a junior in high school. I would like to recommend to high school students the opportunity to attend the High School Conference at the Reagan Center this June in Santa Barbara hosted by the Young America’s Foundation. During this four day and three night conference, you will meet high school students from across the country and learn about the conservative movement and the free enterprise system from amazing speakers. You will gain leadership skills that will prepare you for college. Amazingly – you will stay at the S...

  • Aftermath of the Pandemic and the need for transparency

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    As the world slowly recovers from the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation has not ceased but rather shifted towards evaluating the measures taken during the crisis, particularly the deployment of mRNA vaccines and the burgeoning culture of mass vaccination. The dialogue surrounding these topic is not just a scientific or medical debate but it is also a societal and ethical discourse, reflecting deep-seated and understandable concerns about public health, corporate...

  • California's recreational boating

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Summer is fast approaching, for many a time to take out the boat and head for the ocean, the nearest lake, or over to the river. But there’s more to boating than just recreation. The industry supports thousands of jobs, and has a major impact on our state’s overall economy. California is one of the top 10 boating states in the nation. Recreational boating has a $13 billion annual economic impact on California’s economy, supports over 41,000 jobs and over 2,800 busin...

  • Bonsall Virtual Academy offers options

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Tina Calabrese Principal, Bonsall Virtual Academy Bonsall Virtual Academy is redefining education with its innovative blended program, catering to students from Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade. Offering a unique blend of in-person and virtual classes, BVA prioritizes flexibility and personalized learning to equip students with the skills they need to thrive as global citizens. At the heart of BVA's approach is the commitment to providing each child with a...

  • Working for You

    Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones, 40th Senate District|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    As Senate Minority Leader, I have the privilege of not only leading the Republican Caucus, but also helping shape policy by serving on three very important committees: 1. Appropriations Committee as the Vice Chair. a. This committee helps control state spending by stopping certain bills that spend too much money. 2. Rules Committee a. This committee sets the ground rules for the legislature. We also interview the governor’s appointees and make recommendations on whether or not the Senate should confirm them. 3. G...

  • Mike Choate Early Education Center delights families with fun-filled Family Math Day

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Mike Choate Early Education Center, part of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, welcomed families to the campus for the Family Math Day Friday, Feb. 16, where learning was fun for the whole family. Building upon the excitement of January's Family Science Day, this special event brought together students and their families for a day filled with laughter, discovery and, of course, math. "At the Mike Choate Center, we believe that early exposure to mat...

  • Palomar College salutes those who serve

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    SAN MARCOS – The Palomar College Community Showcase brought campus and community leaders from across north county to the California Center for the Arts in Escondido to "A Salute to Those Who Serve." The event, attended by over 400 people, was hosted by the Palomar College Foundation, and honored active duty military and veterans. The expansive programs and services available at Palomar College designed specifically for military affiliated students were featured. S...

  • Worker of the Week works two jobs

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

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  • Taylor feted for 106 writing awards

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Nathalie Taylor, free-lance writer and a 21-year affiliate of Reeder Media, was honored for winning 106 writing awards between the years of 2004 and 2023. The event, with 35 guests in attendance, was held at the Fallbrook Women's Club. Attendees enjoyed a luncheon catered by Trupiano's Italian Bistro, Feb. 16. The event was hosted by Debbie Ramsey, retired managing editor of the Village News. Taylor commented, "I thank the Lord for His inspiration, and feel that w...

  • County Supervisors advance alternative to incarceration hub

    County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved two actions March 13 to help people move forward after arrest and incarceration. The board’s vote advanced plans to open a new San Diego Resource and Reentry Hub in the central region of San Diego County. The hub will bring numerous services together in one place to support the needs of people who are leaving jail or who are referred by law enforcement. The board’s vote also directed county staff to return within 120 days with a proposed ordinance for supervisors to con...

  • NCFPD administrative building upgrades contract amended to replace parking lot

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    The contract the North County Fire Protection District has for upgrades to the NCFPD administrative building has been amended to include a complete replacement of the parking lot. A 5-0 vote at the NCFPD board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 23, approved the amendment to the contract with Reed Family Enterprises Inc. The change order will add an estimated $43,029 to the contract, although the board authorized a change order of up to $50,000 in case any unforeseen conditions are encountered. The North County Fire Protection District...

  • SpaceX rocket launch wow's SoCal residents with spectacular sunset views

    Kim Harris, Special to Village News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    SpaceX launched a batch of Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base into orbit Monday, March 18, causing a stir on social media and beyond. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 7:28 p.m., just after sunset, carrying the 22 Starlink internet satellites into low Earth orbit where they were deployed about an hour after liftoff, according to the SpaceX website, www.spacex.com. Many took to social media posting photos and video with people from as far away as Arizona and...

  • Fundraisers started for family after fire destroys home

    Village News Staff and AC Investigations|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    A manufactured home was reported to be on fire Thursday, March 14 at 9:28 a.m. at 235 W. Aviation Road, space 38, in the middle of downtown Fallbrook. North County Fire Protection District arrived in about two minutes and had the home, fully engulfed in fire extinguished in three minutes. Five people were displaced, according to NCFPD PIO John Choi. A Village News source reported that three of the people included a single mom, Veronica Castillo, and two daughters. PIO Choi...

  • County approves plan to improve pedestrian safety in unincorporated communities

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    County Supervisors voted this week to make improvements for pedestrians at four intersections in the unincorporated communities of La Presa, Spring Valley and Fallbrook, and to make additional improvements at 17 different locations to improve pedestrian safety. The Department of Public Works maintains nearly 2,000 miles of roadways, bridges, guardrails, signs, traffic signals and crosswalks in the unincorporated area. The county secured grants for both projects from the Highwa...

  • Sheriff Log

    Updated Mar 21, 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. March 12 S. Mission Rd. / Mission Oak Rd. Shooting at dwelling or occupied vehicle 1700 blk Reche Rd. Petty theft - From building 200 blk Pankey Rd. Burglary: vehicle 800 blk Maravilla Ln. Burglary: residential 700 blk S. Main Ave. Arrest - Disorderly conduct: under the influence of alcohol March 13 3400 blk S. Old Hwy 395 Arrest - Possessio...

  • The Thief on the Cross

    Rick Koole, LifePointe Church|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Much of the world will take time to celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Sunday, March 31. When Jesus was crucified on the Friday before the resurrection, he was not alone; two other men hung next to him. One of them is commonly called “The Thief on the Cross,” and I’d like to share his story. I was at a banquet in Michigan when the speaker, Josh McDowell, a famous Christian author, spoke for the first time publicly about the sexual abuse he had suffered betwe...

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