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Articles from the September 8, 2022 edition


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  • Fact checkers' are subject to the same biases, corruption, as the writers they are 'fact-checking'

    Updated Sep 9, 2022

    Julie Reeder Publisher Controlling information is big business. The dissemination of information is big business. If you can disseminate and control information the public is fed – that is huge, maybe even a monopoly. Maybe even tyrannical. All of this control of information (narrative) includes “fact checking,” “sponsored content” to look like objective content, PR, guerilla marketing, advertising and YouTube videos, etc. It seems the ways to reach audiences with content to influence are endless, including reaching...

  • We've adjourned

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District The 2021-2022 legislative session is history – we adjourned around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 1. As usual, some of the most significant legislation was delayed until the last days, with votes sometimes occurring late at night and in the wee hours of the morning. In light of continuing attempts to place Sexually Violent Predators in rural San Diego County, I was a big supporter of SB 1034 which creates more structure and transparency to make local authorities and stakeholders participants i...

  • Foundation presents scholarships to NCFPD EMTs

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation has awarded two North County Fire Protection District single role EMT employees with scholarships to attend Palomar Community College's Paramedic School and Fire Academy. The donations provided EMT Adam Webb a $5,000 scholarship for Paramedic School and EMT Freddy Avila a $1,000 scholarship toward his attendance at the Fire Academy. The San Diego Fire Foundation has provided about $100,000 to the North County Fire P...

  • Confused about gambling propositions?

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Some election cycles contain multiple state propositions on the ballot that are often confusing. This year there are only seven and the Village News will present a series of articles to help educate voters. We start with Propositions 26 and 27, both about online gambling. You can't miss the ads on these. Proponents of the two gambling propositions on Nov. 8 have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising, both saying their...

  • Family outreach event led by Circle of Concern

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Three Christian groups from Fallbrook and Southern California came together for an afternoon of food, fun, and family outreach in the community, Saturday, Aug. 27. The event was organized by Circle of Concern, a nonprofit based out of Oceanside, which focuses on helping single moms, children and the needy, mainly in Mexico. Along with two local churches, CrossWay Community Church and Iglesias de Dios, their team met behind the 7/11 at Ash Street and Main Avenue, a...

  • Supervisors OK Ag passes to allow farmer, rancher access during natural disasters

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) – County supervisors unanimously approved a program that will allow farmers and ranchers access to their land during a wildfire or other type of emergency or natural disaster, Aug. 30. As proposed by Supervisors Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond, the agricultural passes, or “Ag Pass,'' will give vetted ranchers and farmers limited access to their property, when deemed safe, to care for livestock or crops during emergencies. Ag Pass cards will identify farmers and ranchers to firefighters, law enforcement age...

  • FPUD awards waterline replacement contract, rejects bid protest

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Fallbrook Public Utility District awarded Palm Engineering the contract to replace multiple FPUD waterlines during fiscal year 2022‑23. The FPUD board voted 4-0 Sept. 2, with Ken Endter not able to participate, to award Palm Engineering a $3,574,950 contract for the work and to reject the bid protest submitted by PK Mechanical Systems, which was the second-lowest bidder. “It looks like we’re legally covered, so I think we should go forward,” said FPUD board member Jennifer DeMeo. FPUD’s...

  • El Grito

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Jack Schirner Special to Village News This last July, we celebrated the 246th anniversary of America’s independence from Britain. Or did we? There are several occurrences that we could celebrate in connection with our independence. We could have celebrated Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” cry of March 23, 1775. We could have celebrated the date when the revolutionary war began, April 19, 1775, when shots were fired at the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. That incident was later referred to as the “The...

  • Worker of the Week delivers meals with a smile

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Alana Gracey, a waitress for two years at Main Street Cafe located at 507 South Main Ave., serves breakfast with a smile and loves her job. The restaurant is under new ownership. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • DEA warns of brightly colored fentanyl used to target young Americans

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States. In August 2022, DEA and its law enforcement partners began seizing brightly colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states. Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people. “Rainbow fentanyl – fentanyl...

  • Know the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Village News Staff While summer is a season known for outdoor activities and typically great for camping, hiking and barbecues, everyone needs to be aware of the potentially significant threat to those who aren't careful to know when they've been in the sun too long. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two of the biggest concerns for those spending time under the summer sun. Differentiating between the two and understanding the causes and symptoms of each can help revelers...

  • Homeowners can help control invasive mosquito species

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Diane Sieker Staff Writer Mosquitoes are a worldwide pest, spreading disease and making animals and people miserable with their high-pitched buzzing and itchy bites. Southern California is no exception, but there is a sinister invasive species of mosquito that bites in the daytime and lays eggs that are drought resistant to some degree. Brent Casey, Program Chief II/Public Information Officer for the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, explains. "The...

  • U.S. News & World Report names Temecula Valley Hospital a High Performing Hospital for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Stroke

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    TEMECULA – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, named Temecula Valley Hospital as a 2022-2023 High Performing Hospital for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Stroke. It is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News' Best Hospitals Procedures and Conditions ratings. The annual Procedures and Conditions ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for c...

  • Sheriff's Log - September 8, 2022

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Aug. 25 1400 Blk of Alturas Rd. Report of vehicle tampering/grand theft 400 Blk Ammunition Rd Display of weapon, other than firearm, in threatening manner 82500 Blk S. Mercedes Rd Possession of controlled substance/under the influence 200 Blk Ranger Rd. Disturbance of family/domestic violence Aug 26 1700 Blk East Alvarado drunk in public 0 Rollingview Ln Spousal cohabitant abuse with serious injury resulting in felony arrest 3900 Blk Reche Rd. Missing adult/welfare check Pankey Rd/Pala Rd Palomar RC Flyers Burglary 1100 Blk...

  • FPUD increases recycled capital budget

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Fallbrook Public Utility District’s 2022-23 recycled water capital budget has been increased. A 5-0 FPUD board vote Aug. 25 amended the appropriation for FPUD’s Water Supply Reliability Project. The budgeted amount was increased from $105,000 to $456,000; the total capital budget was increased from $7,773,350 to $8,124,350, and FPUD’s total budget was increased from $41,552,368 to $41,903,368. "This was to match the capital budget appropriations and put them in line with the revised budge...

  • NCFPD authorizes RFP for administrative building upgrades

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District authorized a request for proposals to provide upgrades to the NCFPD administrative building. The NCFPD board voted 5-0 Aug. 23 to authorize district staff, in conjunction with Erickson-Hall, to develop a request for proposals to construct the facility enhancement projects at the NCFPD headquarters building. “We are putting together a scope of work for some upgrades to our administrative facility on Main Street,” said NCFPD Fire Chief Keith McR...

  • NCFPD adopts strategic plan

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District adopted its strategic plan. A 5-0 NCFPD board vote Aug. 23 adopted what had been the draft strategic plan as the final plan. The draft plan had been reviewed at the July 26 NCFPD board meeting, but no vote was taken that day. “We’ll put that on our website,” said NCFPD fire chief Keith McReynolds. In August 2021, the NCFPD board awarded Matrix Consulting Group, which is headquartered in San Mateo and has an office in Irvine, a contract to devel...

  • RMWD wins statewide award for Rapid Aerial Water Supply

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The California Special Districts Association, a statewide organization of Special Districts in California, recognized Rainbow Municipal Water District with the 2022 CSDA Innovative Project of the Year Award for its Rapid Aerial Water Supply Project – also known as a Heli-Hydrant, Aug. 23. In a presentation at CSDA's Annual Conference in Palm Desert, members of the RMWD board and staff were presented the award and the thousand plus in attendance were shown a vid...

  • Ryan Patrick Christenson

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Born Dec. 27, 1977, Ryan Patrick Christenson departed this world for his final resting place Aug. 10, 2022. He was preceded in death by his longtime partner, Robin Ashley First. Those he has left behind are his beloved daughter, Taylor Rose Christenson; his parents, Carol and Don Dart and his father, Mark Christenson. He also leaves behind two brothers, Frank Christopher Medina and Sean Casey Christenson. Ryan was born in Newport Beach, California and attended school in...

  • Jean Dastrup Dixon

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Jean Dastrup Dixon, Fallbrook resident, passed away peacefully the evening of Aug. 30, 2022, at the Sunnyhill Guest Home. She was 97 years old. She was well known in the Fallbrook community and loved by many. Jean was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Provo, Utah. She was the first of two children born to Ephraim Byron and Sarah Jane Dastrup. She had always been very musically talented and she started playing the piano at a young age. By the time she was in high school, she was...

  • Kenneth P. Dickson

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Kenneth P. Dickson was born June 29, 1935, at his family home in New Summerfield, Texas. He was the only son of Coy and Esther. Ken graduated early from New Summerfield HS and entered his freshman year at North Texas State College in Denton soon after. Ken met his wife of 58 years, Lucy Baker, while student teaching in biological sciences. After a brief courtship, they married and moved to Newton, Texas where Ken had been invited to serve as hospital administrator. He served...

  • SANDAG hits a red light

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District In December 2021, SANDAG passed a $162.5 billion regional transportation plan, the most expensive transportation plan ever in San Diego County. To pay for the plan, SANDAG proposes three sales tax increases, conversion of regular freeway lanes to toll lanes and, most controversial of all, a charge for every mile driven within San Diego County. They are calling this mileage tax a “Road Usage Charge.” After public outcry and bi-partisan opposition, the SANDAG Board passed the $165 bil...

  • Re: 'DEA recognizes National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day' [Village News, 8/25/22]

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    As I read this article, I think to myself, how many millions of tax dollars are we wasting on this? All the time and money to “raise awareness” and yet it just keeps pouring across our borders faster than ever before. While it may appear to be very noble, it’s what the left does! Pretends to be doing something while in reality wasting tax dollars doing nothing. I am curious as to how many billions we have already spent since the 1990s with the “Just Say No” program. We have been fighting this battle for decades and haven’t m...

  • A dog's tale – Remembering Buddy Boy

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    I used to pass through Fallbrook on my way to the north jetty in Oceanside to surf. For years I dreamed of someday living in this hidden sanctuary far removed from the urban blight, the rampant crime, and the rise in inhumanity that abounds in city life. In 2006, I convinced the missus to trade in the neighborhood Macy's and the backyard bistros for a small piece of rural life. With toothbrushes, a packed storage van, two suitcases, and a new puppy in hand, we said goodbye to the city lights and hello to the country life,...

  • Kicking It on the internet

    Updated Sep 8, 2022

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News What I know about myself is that I have the patience of a toddler. When frustrated, it’s all I can do to keep from throwing myself on the floor kicking and screaming. Anyway, that is what I’d like to do but, mostly, I don’t. The truth is I would not be able to get myself back up. No. My husband would not be of any help. Why, because once I was on the floor, he’d collapse with laughter. The fact is I am more concerned for him smashing his noggin against a sharp corner...

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