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Articles from the May 9, 2024 edition


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  • The spiraling demise of our nation

    Updated May 9, 2024

    In the year 2024 of our Lord, America's story reads like a Greek tragedy, a sordid tale that not even the revered sixteenth-century scholar Nostradamus could have predicted. After decades of political dominance decimating the core values that define our country, we find ourselves bracing for the spiraling demise of our nation. Our bridges and highways are crumbling under the sheer weight of neglect. Our public schools have become indoctrination centers fostering Marxist maxims. Boys compete in girls' sports and shower in...

  • Palomar College student writers featured at May 10 Writers Read

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Each May, Palomar College students contribute to, edit, and publish “Bravura,” the college’s literary and arts journal – and they’re bringing the journal to Fallbrook. Writers Read at Fallbrook Library is delighted to host the students for a reading on Friday, May 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. Established in 1964,“Bravura” is an award-winning journal created each spring by student editors, with guidance from their advisors, Professors Clare Rolens and Stacey Trujillo. The journal features the prose, poetry, and vis...

  • County Chief Administrative Officer interviews begin

    Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    The Board of Supervisors continued its process to hire a new Chief Administrative Officer by conducting interviews with semifinalist candidates May 3. The County of San Diego is conducting a comprehensive nationwide search for its next Chief Administrative Officer, a position appointed by the Board of Supervisors to implement the Board’s vision and policies and direct the County’s daily operations. The County of San Diego is the fifth largest county in the nation, with more than 20,000 employees and an $8 billion budget tha...

  • Hazen & Sawyer receives design contract for Moosa Canyon pipeline replacement

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    A unanimous SDCWA board vote Thursday, April 25, approved a $5,644,936 contract with Hazen & Sawyer, which is headquartered in New York but has a regional headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in Irvine and San Diego, to provide the design and engineering support services for the replacement of the CWA pipelines in Moosa Canyon. The contract scope of work will include subsurface investigation and engineering support during construction as well as preliminary and final design. The CWA’s Second Aqueduct crosses Moosa Canyon n...

  • Worker of the Week installs power

    Updated May 9, 2024

  • Elder fraud reports to FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center rose by 14% in 2023

    Updated May 9, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center released the 2023 edition of its annual Elder Fraud Report Tuesday, April 30. Elder fraud complaints to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center increased by 14% in 2023, and associated losses increased by about 11%, according to IC3’s 2023 Elder Fraud Report, released April 30. The annual publication provides statistics about incidents of elder fraud – or fraud that explicitly targets older Americans’ money or cryptocurrency – that are reported to IC3. The report ai...

  • Lady Warriors score once against the Wolverines

    Updated May 9, 2024

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  • Warriors earn girls lacrosse home playoff game May 10

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s girls lacrosse team received the second seed in the CIF Division II playoffs, and the Warriors will have a May 10 home game against the winner of the first-round game between Westview and Mira Mesa. The Warriors completed the regular season with a 15-4 record. An 18‑5 loss at Carlsbad deprived Fallbrook of an undefeated league season as well as the Palomar League championship, and the Warriors were 5-1 in league play. The CIF playoff seeding and selection meeting was held May 4. Carlsbad was given the...

  • Other priorities hurt Warriors' boys volleyball season

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    Volleyball requires individual players to perform as a team, and some of Fallbrook High School’s 2024 boys volleyball players had priorities which led Fallbrook coach Chip Patterson to assess the season as disappointing. “A lot of it has to do with attitude, commitment to volleyball,” Patterson said. “Some players were not committed,” Patterson said. “That sort of stuff killed us.” The Warriors’ season ended April 30 at Patrick Henry High School. The first-round CIF Division III playoff match was a 25-18, 25-18, 25-13 Pa...

  • Seniors wanted to play softball

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Senior Softball is welcoming new players who are 50 plus years of age. Games are played at Ingold Sports Park Mondays through Thursdays at 4 PM. with warm-ups beginning at 3:30. Each team is scheduled to play two games per week. We are currently looking for new players. Potential players must show for a screening prior to being placed on a team so that appropriate placement can be made. The league is currently in season #2 which will end near the beginning of June. The deadline for season #3 r...

  • Chanthabandith appointed to Vallecitos School District board

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    Ritsa Chanthabandith has been appointed to the Vallecitos School District board to fill the vacancy for the Trustee Area 5 seat. The Vallecitos board meeting Tuesday, April 9, included a 3-0 vote to appoint Chanthabandith to the vacant seat. The Trustee Area 1 seat is still vacant; Chris Howells resigned from the board effective Feb. 12 after moving out of California. Chanthabandith will serve until December 2024, although she can seek a full four-year term in the November 2024 election. “She has a couple of students in t...

  • Bonsall High students visit Rainbow Water to explore careers in the water industry

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Rainbow Municipal Water District (Rainbow Water) hosted Bonsall High School students and staff for a field trip on April 25, where students took a guided tour through Rainbow Water headquarters to learn about STEM careers in the water industry. Over a dozen students were immersed in a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day operations of engineering, finance, information technology (IT), meter services, and water quality. The field trip was the third hosted by R...

  • San Diego County Sheriff is offering a Junior Women's Academy

    Heather Mitchell, Crime Prevention Specialist|Updated May 9, 2024

    I am excited to announce that the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a Junior Women's Academy, Wednesday through Friday, June 12, 13, and 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Palomar College, San Marcos Campus, 1140 W Mission Road. The goal is to provide a venue for Sheriff's Personnel to interact with high school-aged girls and introduce them to the many and varied employment opportunities within the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Participants will engage in...

  • Fallbrook High earns high National and Metro-Area Rankings in 2024 Best High Schools

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook High School has achieved remarkable recognition in the 2024 Best High Schools rankings, recently released by U.S. News. The school has secured notable positions both nationally and within the metro-area, affirming its commitment to academic excellence and student success. With the release of the latest rankings, Fallbrook High School stands proud among the top 40% of high schools nationwide, earning the esteemed status as a U.S. News Best High School. This accomplishment not only reflects the d...

  • County to conduct mosquito-fighting larvicide drop

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    San Diego County is scheduled to conduct a routine aerial larvicide drop, May 15 and 16, on up to 52 local waterways to help stop mosquitoes from potentially spreading diseases like West Nile virus. The only site in Fallbrook is at Lake Rancho Viejo. County officials said helicopter larvicide drops will be done Wednesday, and Thursday if necessary, to cover nearly 1,400 acres of hard-to-reach potential mosquito breeding areas. The county started using helicopters to drop solid, granular larvicide on hard-to-reach areas of sta...

  • A piece of agricultural history can be found in front of 7/Eleven

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Collaboration is a win-win deal evidenced in the recent partnership with Save Our Forest/Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Historical Society, and Jolley Singh, owner of the 7/Eleven franchise. Enhancing the central corner of Fallbrook Street and Main Avenue was the goal. The point of interest featured there is Fallbrook's agricultural history. SOF pursued that concept suggested by Singh for the corner. SOF/FLC contacted the Fallbrook Historical Society and was...

  • Appreciation walk ends with a special encounter

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Serendipity recently led me to a hidden treasure and introduced me to a pixie philanthropist who was a muse for one of the world's great philosophers. This delightful encounter came about through a chance invitation after church on Sunday. It was a dear friend, Lila Sandschulte, who set the hook by telling me that the widow of famed cartoonist Charles M. Schulz would be a special guest at an appreciation walk later that day. I drove directly to the location – the goldfinch arr...

  • Time to 'Go Wild' with FLC photo contest

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Land Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of Fallbrook and neighboring communities, has announced they are inviting submissions for their seventh annual "Go Wild" photo contest. Karla Ibarra, executive director of FLC, explained, "This is the chance for all the photographers out there to show us your stuff! We want you to go out and capture images of the lands protected by the FLC. And for the first time w...

  • CalFresh Awareness Month promotes healthy food program

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    Each May, the State of California and County of San Diego join community partners in celebrating CalFresh Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to promote this resource to families and provide those who qualify with access to healthy, nutritious food. Dozens of community events are scheduled throughout the month to share information about CalFresh and offer free, in-person help to eligible people and families. A full list of the free events is available online on the County's...

  • Five health tips to help make the most of Mother's Day

    Dr. Donna O Shea, Special to the Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    It’s fitting Mother’s Day occurs each spring, a time often associated with renewal and rebirth. As we celebrate the women in our lives and the important role they play in our families and our communities, Mother’s Day also provides an opportunity to think about ways to help encourage women of all ages to prioritize their health. Women may face unique and varied health care needs based on age, race, culture and other factors, so a holistic approach to well-being is important. Often the caretakers and CEOs of their famil...

  • United States food recalls protect our health

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Another day – another food recall. It seems like we are constantly hearing about more and more food recalls. This is something we have seen affecting the majority of the states and products that have been distributed through both grocery stores and big box wholesale companies. Due to the number of recalls, it’s beginning to impact the wider population. This news can bring about a wide range of emotions. Are you becoming weary with fear, stress, concern, or is your mind filled with the question – why? An expert in the field...

  • Voices for Children observes National Foster Care Awareness Month

    Updated May 9, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Voices for Children urgently needs community volunteers to step up and advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect San Diego and Riverside counties. May is National Foster Care Month, and Voices for Children is recognizing the important role Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and all members of the foster care system play in supporting children, youth, and families. CASA volunteers are advocates who bring stability to thousands of children i...

  • County warns of E. coli linked to walnuts sold in 10 local stores

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    County Public Health officials are asking people to throw away walnuts tied to a national E. coli outbreak that were sold in 10 local natural food stores and co-ops. Two people who ate the walnuts from local stores have gotten sick from the same strain of E. coli that is part of a multi-state outbreak in which the majority of people reported eating Gibson Farms walnuts. One person locally was hospitalized. The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli found in the walnuts can potentially...

  • Important healthcare legislation moving

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 9, 2024

    As many of you know, I have served on the Assembly Health Committee for most of my term in the State Legislature, and I am now the committee’s Vice Chair. The committee’s jurisdiction includes healthcare, behavioral and mental health, medical insurance, Medi-Cal and other public healthcare programs, and long-term care licensing. The lives of millions of Californians are impacted by legislation that comes before this committee. For example, several important health-related bil...

  • Green Oak Ranch

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 9, 2024

    I am thrilled to share a significant milestone achieved at this week's board meeting: the approval to purchase Green Oak Ranch. This marks a pivotal step towards addressing the pressing issues of homelessness, mental health, and addiction in San Diego County. As many of you are aware, homelessness, mental health, and addiction continue to pose profound challenges in our community. Despite our collective efforts, the 2023 Point in Time Count revealed a 22% increase in...

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