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Articles from the July 20, 2023 edition


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  • Cal Fire and UCSD's ALERTCalifornia Program Trial AI for Enhanced Wildfire Response

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is pleased to announce its groundbreaking partnership with University of California San Diego’s ALERTCalifornia program. With the shared goal of improving firefighting capabilities and response times, Cal Fire and ALERTCalifornia will embark on an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) implementation trial in collaboration with the San Bernardino Unit, Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit, Nevada Yuba Placer Unit, Sha...

  • New app to help students who are blind or low vision navigate Palomar College campuses

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    SAN MARCOS – Palomar College has launched a new service that provides on-demand access to visual interpreters for students, faculty and community members who are blind or low vision (BLV), with the goal of providing a more accessible on-campus experience. Palomar College is the first community college in San Diego County to launch the service Aira. Utilizing the user’s cellphone camera allows an agent to visually interpret what the camera sees. Aira was requested by two students who had used it on their own, and Palomar Col...

  • Stanwick completes first year as Fallbrook National FFA Organization adviser

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The 2022-2023 academic year was the first for Sabrina Stanwick as a Fallbrook High School agriculture teacher and National FFA Organization adviser, and the new agriculture teacher and FFA adviser for swine considers her first year to be successful. “It went really great,” Stanwick said. Fallbrook has three agriculture teachers and FFA advisers. Doug Sehnert is the instructor and FFA adviser for cattle, sheep and goats. Before the 2022-2023 school year Margaret Chapman was the teacher and FFA...

  • Why is it important to work with an agent?

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News Whether you’re buying a home or selling one – or doing both at once, it’s important to have a real estate professional on your side. After all, there’s a lot of money on the line, and a house is a big investment. An experienced agent can support you as you make your decisions during the process. Are you preparing to buy or sell a home? Here are the benefits of enlisting an agent to help you. For Buyers When you’re buying a home, a real estate agent can help you zero in on propertie...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Lots of rain created lots of fuel for fire

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Jul 19, 2023

    We sorely needed the rain; it filled up shrinking reservoirs, added “green” to our views and helped inundate the earth with moisture. The bad news is now we have lots of organic fuel in our countryside. During the December 2017 fire that swept through Bonsall, one of our Real Estate Marketing Meeting attendees lost a barn and had her house scorched, but it was largely saved by the firefighters. They told her later that the firefighters can “pass” on a property if the homeown...

  • NCFPD ends legal counsel association with James

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter For the first time since the early 1970s, Bob James is no longer involved with what is now the North County Fire Protection District as legal counsel. A 5-0 NCFPD board vote June 27 opted not to continue James’ role as special counsel. James had been the district’s general counsel before Burke & Associates was given that role this year. A 5-0 NCFPD board vote Jan. 24 approved a six-month transition which would determine the roles, responsibilities and transition timeline between James and Burk...

  • Registrar plan public hearings for Election Administration Plan

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The Registrar of Voters office is holding two hearings Wednesday, July 26, inviting the public to provide input on the renewal of the county's Election Administration Plan. The Registrar's office adopted the plan in 2022 and is renewing the plan as part of the two-year review process. The plan describes how the Registrar's office administers elections under the Voter's Choice Act. The vote center model falls under the...

  • Worker of the week works 24/7

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Father Arturo Uribe receives a blessing from Deacon Ted Rotunda and the congregation of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church located at 450 S. Stage Coach Lane. Father Arturo has been an ordained priest for over 28 years and dreams of retirement and taking long vacations. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • CERT offers classes on emergency preparedness

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Carol Huss Special to the Village News It is vital and comforting for all of us to be prepared for emergencies and know how to respond to that emergency, whether it’s a medical accident or local disaster. In the early stages of a catastrophic disaster, citizens will likely be on their own, so being self-sufficient and able to assist others is achieved through learning some training in basic first aid and disaster preparedness. In 1994, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided a basic training program for us cal...

  • Affordable health screenings to come to Fallbrook

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Residents living in and around Fallbrook can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Zion Lutheran Church, 1405 E. Fallbrook St., will host this community event Monday, Aug. 7. Screenings can check for the level of plaque buildup in the arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health; HDL and LDL cholesterol levels; diabetes risk; kidney and thyroid f...

  • Cognitive decline: How home care can help

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Felicia Horton Special to the Village News As families watch their loved ones age, they naturally become more attuned to the changes that come with the process. One of the most concerning issues is the possibility of memory and thinking problems. It can be challenging for the person to learn new things, concentrate or make decisions that affect their daily life. Unfortunately, dementia and Alzheimer's disease are the most common causes of cognitive impairment among older...

  • Pre-planning and when to start

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Mark Bailey Special to Village News One of the primary reasons for pre planning final arrangements is to alleviate the burden and stress on loved ones during an already difficult time. By taking the initiative to plan ahead, individuals can ensure that their wishes are known and respected, sparing their family and friends from making potentially difficult decisions on their behalf. This preparation can provide a great sense of peace and comfort, knowing that their final wishes will be carried out according to their desires. P...

  • Temecula Valley Hospital is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality cardiovascular care

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    TEMECULA - Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH), part of Southwest Healthcare, has received three achievement awards bestowed by the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital. Every 40 seconds, someone in...

  • Area pros hit the sand for the AVP Hermosa Beach Open

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    JP Raineri Writer HERMOSA BEACH – The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour made its second appearance in California the weekend of July 7-9, bringing some of the world's best beach volleyball players back to the South Bay hot spot. The AVP Pro Series Hermosa Beach Open was held Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9 at the Hermosa Beach Pier featuring many of the game's top players and emerging stars competing over three days for a $125,000 purse, which included two locals in the f...

  • Gioia to play soccer for Culver-Stockton College

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter An injury limited the 2022-23 soccer season of Fallbrook High School senior Mikayla Gioia, but she still received an offer to play college soccer and accepted the opportunity to play for Culver‑Stockton College. “It’s always been a big goal of mine,” Gioia said of playing college soccer. “I’m super excited. I’ve been playing soccer since I was five.” Culver-Stockton College is in the northeast Missouri town of Canton. The population of Canton as of the 2020 census was 2,774 and approximately 1...

  • Warriors fourth in Valley League softball standings

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School’s softball team placed fourth among the five Valley League clubs, and the Warriors participated in the CIF playoffs but lost in the first round. The 8-2 playoff loss May 16 at Palo Verde Valley High School gave the Warriors an overall season record of 5-13. The team was 2-6 in league games. “I’m not disappointed with our season,” said Fallbrook coach Lisa Stehle. The 2022 Warriors won the CIF San Diego Section Division V championship and lost in the first round of the...

  • Thomas Peter Kressin

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    We mourn the loss of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Thomas Peter Kressin, who passed on to Heaven on June 12, 2023, at the age of 93. Tom Kressin was a man set apart. Defying all odds, he pulled himself out of Depression-era poverty to be able to support not only himself and Mary, but to varying degrees, his children and their families also. From day one, Tom was surpassing expectations. He was born on Feb. 22, 1930, during the doom and gloom of a Minnesota wi...

  • David W. Lynch

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    David W. Lynch, 75, of Fallbrook, California passed away May 26, 2023, in Escondido, California. David was born Feb. 4, 1948, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to parents Hayward and Joyce Lynch. He was the second eldest of five children. He joined the Army at the age of 18 and went through basic training at Fort Ord in Monterey, California. During his four years of service, he was stationed at Fort Gordon in Georgia and overseas in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. After an...

  • Businesses are on the hook, again!

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District During the pandemic, the Employment Development Department (EDD) virtually collapsed, and legislative offices like mine stepped into the breach. My office alone handled over 3,000 unemployment cases. Solving that immediate crisis was critical for constituents needing their unemployment benefits, but the bill to cover those payments has come due. Twenty-two states, including California, were forced to borrow billions from the federal government because of a federal law requiring EDD...

  • Fire Hazard Severity Zones: a growing quagmire of deceit

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Last week I received from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, two packages consisting of 15 pages of documents. It was addressed, Dear Valued Stakeholder. That’s how the fire marshal views me. I have a stake in this process, as does anyone who lives in a Fire Hazard Severity Zone. And the FHSZ Map they have created does nothing positive to help the property owner. The FHSZ map does the contrary. It raises the stakes for the homeowner who lives in one of the severity zones. This is...

  • Stevie wonders...

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Steven Schindler Special to the Village News There’s a trend in journalism, whether in print, online, on television, radio or podcasts. And it’s hiding in plain sight. This trend consists of only two little words. But these two little words have not only upended print, broadcast and online journalism, but also, how we literally see the world around us. And it’s exactly what the purveyors of “the news” want. What are these all powerful words? “If true.” I’ve worked in several local and national TV newsrooms in New York, Chica...

  • Sometimes you just have to clutch your pearls and push forward

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher In the Valley News this week, we have a screenshot of a play that a parent has objected to having assigned to her daughter at TVUSD. It’s part of a larger discussion that parents, board members, teachers, and now Sacramento is having about what is appropriate and helpful in children’s education. This play very openly describes a man having sex with what appears to be a minor or a young guy who still lives with his parents. It’s very graphic and the “f” word is used over 100 times. This is just one...

  • On the origin of morals

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Note: the following is entirely my own opinion. There has been endless philosophical and religious debate on the origin of morals. All their answers have been wrong because they all presuppose morals are about what we do. The fact is morals are about what we don’t do. Darwin, in “The Descent of Man,” said that humans have been social creatures from their earliest days, banding together to increase individual physical security and food certainty. This point established group fitness – the gene pool – rather than individua...

  • Agricultural Pass, Phase 2

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Last year, San Diego Supervisor Anderson and I partnered on a program called the Agriculture Pass, designed to assist commercial livestock and agriculture operators in a wildfire or other disaster. The Ag Pass allows certain people access to evacuated areas to care for their crops and animals, helping to ensure their safety and well-being. We launched the program in phases, beginning with commercial cattle, equestrian operations and managerial employees in the unincorporated area. I am...

  • County advances electric vehicle use

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The county made more progress in 2022 advancing electric vehicle (EV) ownership and use, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality and supports the climate action and decarbonization efforts. As of April 2023, there are 126 electric vehicles in the county fleet and another 133 on order. This will bring the total number of county-operated electric vehicles to 259, exceeding the EV Roadmap goal of 250 fleet vehicles by 2025. The county is also...

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