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Articles from the August 11, 2022 edition


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  • Big rig fire causes shutdown on I-15 northbound near old Highway 395

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 12, 2022

    A semitruck that burst into flames on northbound Interstate 15 near the exit of Old Highway 395 Friday, Aug. 12, snarled traffic as lanes were closed to battle the blaze. According to the CHP incident log, the big rig fire was first reported at 1:34 p.m. and all lanes of the freeway were closed for about one and one-half hours before lanes 1 through 3 were reopened to traffic at around 3:11 p.m. Approximately 15 gallons of oil was spilled onto the roadway that required...

  • Candidate deadline Aug. 12 for Nov. 8 election

    Updated Aug 12, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Incumbents in several key local races haven’t taken out papers for the Nov. 8 general election. Their deadline is Friday, Aug. 12. If an incumbent in any of the races (other than planning groups) opts to not run, the deadline for challengers is extended to Wednesday, Aug. 17. None of the three incumbents in the Fallbrook Union High School district – Lita Tabish, Elana Sterling and Diane Summers – have contacted the Registrar of Voters to take out papers through the newspaper deadl...

  • Local veterans work tirelessly for the community

    Karen Ossenfort, Special to the Village News|Updated Aug 12, 2022

    The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post's past commander, Chris Ingraham, has first-hand knowledge and experience with the VFW's National Home for Children. He also is the State and District chairman of the VFW National Home for Children. Fallbrook's VFW post just held a fundraiser for the program, which takes families and children and houses them for up to four years on the VFW National Home for Children property in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Ingraham said to qualify, you need t...

  • First week of football practice draws 87

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Practice for Fallbrook High School’s football team began July 30, and the first week of practice included 87 players. Head coach Ross Johnson plans to keep 50 of those players on the varsity while placing 37 on the junior varsity squad. Fallbrook will not have a freshman team this year. “We didn’t end up getting enough freshman turnout this summer to go to three teams,” Johnson said. Approximately 15 of the varsity players are returning starters from last year’s team. “It was a pretty youn...

  • NCFPD patients need patience at ERs due to long off-load delays

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Karen Ossenfort Special to the Village News One recent medical emergency call for North County Fire Protection District where a patient was transported had what seemed like an unusually long, turn-around time. The majority of NCFPD calls on any given day are medical emergencies. "We are starting to see an increase in long off-load delays," said NCFPD PIO John Choi. Off-load delays are the amount of time it takes once a patient is at the hospital before an emergency ambulance...

  • FPUD general manager given 5-percent salary increase

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook Public Utility District General Manager Jack Bebee received a five-percent salary increase. The July 25 FPUD board meeting included a 5-0 vote to raise Bebee’s salary from $230,053 to $241,555. The increase is retroactive to July 1, and FPUD also increased the matching contribution to Bebee’s retirement plan and his vehicle allowance. Bebee was appointed as FPUD's acting general manager in 2017 and was given an annual salary of $220,147. He became the formal general manager in Aug...

  • Rattlesnake Tank recognizes high school seniors

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    FALLBROOK – For anyone who has ever wondered why the water tank up the hill from South Mission Road is painted with numbers each year, here's a little Fallbrook history. Every year, the Fallbrook Public Utility District changes the painted numbers on "Rattlesnake Tank" to reflect the year the incoming seniors at Fallbrook High School will graduate. FPUD staff just painted over the "22," changing it to "23," to welcome the next graduating class. The reason for the annual e...

  • Hand knit blankets donated to fundraiser for seniors

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Blanket Project recently donated several hand knit and crocheted blankets and baby sets to the Foundation for Senior Care. These blankets will be some of the wonderful items in the silent auction at the foundation's upcoming "Aloha Music and Fundraiser" event Sept. 15, 5:30-8 p.m. at Monserate Winery. The foundation will continue to welcome additional auction items, gift cards, etc. for this event; anyone wanting to donate something can call 7...

  • Fourth generation pilot takes off

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Samantha Hanlon takes first solo flight at just 16 years of age. She is a rising senior at Fallbrook High School and comes from a long line of pilots. Her father, USMC Retired Colonel James B. Hanlon, flew helicopters in the Marine Corps. Her grandfather, USMC Retired Colonel Robert W. Hillery, broker/owner CR Properties Real Estate Services, was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps and flew commercial airlines. Her 100 years young great-grandfather, Daren R. Hillery, was a...

  • Village Rotary wraps up pageant fundraiser

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    FALLBROOK – For the last five years, the Fallbrook Village Rotary has produced and sponsored the annual Miss Fallbrook and Miss Teen Fallbrook Pageant, which was once again a resounding success this last July 9 at the Bob Burton theater at Fallbrook High. Several hundred people were in attendance to cheer on the 13 contestants. Rotarian Sherri Trombetta and Christiana Monarez devoted many hours mentoring these fine young women over several months. Preliminarily net proceeds f...

  • Vitrano continues as Fallbrook Woman's Club president

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Woman's Club installed its 2022 – 2023 Board of Directors and Mary Vitrano will continue as the president for another year. She chose D'Vine Path as the President's Project. Funds are raised for this project by members who sell their homemade crafts and goodies at the monthly general meeting. To learn more about the Fallbrook Woman's Club, members extend an invitation to interested women to their "Hats & Horses" Kentucky Derby Party from 12:...

  • Sheriffs Log

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Aug. 1 900 block Buena Capri Willful cruelty to a child with injury 1300 block South Mission Road Vehicle break-in/theft 11100 block Pala Road Possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia I-15 @ Rainbow Valley Boulevard Vandalism 11100 block Pala Road Possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia (2:19 a.m.) 11100 block Pala Road Possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia (9:22 p.m.) 800 block Vine Street Vandalism Aug. 3 700 block Harrah’s Rincon Way Fraud 8100 block Circle R Drive Possession of c...

  • Dr. Beye retires; Dr. Mells takes over

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    FALLBROOK – After 39 years of dental practice in Fallbrook, 42 total, Dr. Nicholas Beye, Jr. has set sail for retirement. He and his wife, Randi, are looking forward to sailing, road trips around the country in the RV, and having more time with each other, family and friends. A Bon Voyage gathering was held in the office courtyard Aug. 3 to wish Dr. Beye a happy retirement, and to welcome aboard Dr. Robin Mells who is taking over the practice. The event was also the "ribbon-cu...

  • Bonsall Rotary honors its past president

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    The Rotary Club of Bonsall presented Keith McReynolds with the Past President's Plaque for his 21-22 service to the club, from left, Jeff Stillman, McReynolds, Jon Frandell, Randy Carlson, Mark Hvasta, Howard Salmon, Leslie Salmon, Joe Bill Carter and Joseph Clevenger (President-elect). Not pictured is their current president, Tom Kennedy. The Rotary Club of Bonsall meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Z South in Bonsall. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • Fallbrook Window Washing marks 50 years of service

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News One thing about clean windows is that it lets you see clearly. As many of you know, Rick Williams, owner of Fallbrook Window Washing, passed in April of this year. It took Janet Williams, Rick's wife, a few weeks to decide what to do with the family business which was started by Rick and his dad in 1972. Yes, this is the 50th year of the business. Janet joined Rick in operating the business in 1998, handling the books, but with the...

  • FPUD approves Green Canyon force main change order

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Fallbrook Public Utility District approved a change order to FPUD’s contract with Blue Pacific Engineering and Construction for the Green Canyon force main replacement project. FPUD’s board voted 5-0 July 25 to approve the change order, which added $59,907.22 to the contract. “During construction, we encountered some unforeseen circumstances. The biggest one was the thickness of the existing pavement on Mission Road,” said FPUD senior engineer Aaron Cook. The Green Canyon force main re...

  • Dean Hluchan

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    After a five year battle with Parkinson's disease, Dean Hluchan died with his family by his side. Dean sought all avenues to lessen the progression of Parkinson's. He never complained about his increasing immobility. He was born September 4, 1946. In Dean's early years, he learned and experienced tenacity as captain of his high school football team and while working as a Deputy Sheriff for LA County for 24 years. Dean was quite the adventurous guy, whitewater kayaking,...

  • Lady Justice needs a new blindfold

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Julie Reeder Publisher This week former President Donald Trump’s Mar A Lago estate was raided by the FBI. This move is unprecedented. It has never happened before to any previous president. It’s more of a banana republic move, but one that, unfortunately, isn’t surprising. The sad thing is that the general public is so used to the security agencies going after Trump that they are numb to it. The gravity of how twisted, unjust and unfair it is for one political party to use our tax-payer funded security and justice agenc...

  • More work to do

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District We’re in the last month of a two-year legislative session. During August, we’ll be voting on approximately 1,200 bills, over 500 in the Assembly and about 700 in the Senate. These include my AB 2768, which addresses the critical shortage of psychiatric beds by leading to the development of a real-time, internet-based app providing information on available beds/facilities to serve mentally ill patients in emergency rooms and in ambulance transport. With 31 counties reporting a sho...

  • We must meet basic needs

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Water, food, shelter, these are basic needs for people to live. But in the modern world, there’s a fourth item for that list – electrical power. Technology runs almost everything, and most technology requires power. Medical devices, communication devices and connection to the rest of the world, have become reliant on power. Thanks to amazing technological advancements, some vehicles no longer need gasoline, but they still need electricity. But, we now face the reality that supply of ele...

  • Final stretch of session

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath 76th District The Capitol is back in business for the final month of this year’s session! I’m happy to report that AB 1946, my bill for statewide e-bike safety education and training standards, is the second of my bills this year to be sent to the governor’s desk. That bill, combined with AB 117, which helps strengthen rules for the $10 million we secured in last year’s budget to provide vouchers toward the purchase of a new e-bike for those who need them, are part of a larger push to...

  • Lies, spies, and the allies of the Democrat Party

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Have you ever noticed how easy it is for Democrats to lie through their teeth? It's as if the dishonesty gene was impregnated in their DNA at conception. Lies conceived in a cauldron of hatred, fear, and hyperbole, feeding us with ladles full of political foolery. They binge on supposition and innuendo, spinning webs of deceit, creating a culture of half-truths and mistruths. A Leninist ruse meant to demoralize some, distract others, and crush any attempt to impede their voracious appetite for unbridled power. Are there no...

  • Kicking It with a glass of wine

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News Does this ever happen to you? One minute you’re brushing your teeth, the next you’ve got this really brilliant idea popping into your head, but by the time you find a pen and paper, it’s completely gone. Welcome to my world. While dressing the other morning, I realized that elastic waistbands are my friend. I no longer mock those who opt to pull on their trousers versus a zip and button. I am now a victim to an expanding waistline. Actually, I believe the term is muffi...

  • Keeping up with the capitol

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Senator Brian Jones District 38 August is a busy month up in Sacramento with the California Legislature returning from summer recess. Now that we are back in session, I am focused on getting my bills passed and signed into law by the Governor. Over the next few weeks, I will be voting on hundreds of bills impacting Californians’ everyday lives. Rest assured, I will be opposing bills that increase the cost of living, threaten our public safety, or worsen the homelessness crisis. A few issues to watch out for are gas price r...

  • Market Insight

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    In the article “Elementary board concerned about gun safety,” pro gun control advocate and elementary board trustee Susan Liebes cited information from the New England Journal of Medicine. The information she gave is called opinion. It is not based on facts. Do you know the California Penal Code already addresses the criminal storage of a firearm? As in keeping a firearm stored properly? These laws are already on the books. The school board resolution is useless other than to show you are anti-gun. You anti-gunners have suppo...

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