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Articles from the December 2, 2021 edition


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  • Legionnaires win basketball opener

    Updated Dec 3, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Bonsall High School’s basketball team was victorious in the Legionnaires’ 2021-22 season opener. The Legionnaires had a Nov. 16 home game against Borrego Springs and won by a 65-8 score. “It was good to get a win,” said Bonsall coach Chuck Colletti. Colletti wishes the Legionnaires could have had a higher level of competition. “They only had six kids,” he said of the Rams. “The competition level wasn’t what it should have been.” Bonsall has 12 boys on the roster including three freshmen an...

  • Fallbrook CPG to continue virtual meeting for December

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Dec. 20 meeting of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group will be virtual rather than in person. The planning group’s Nov. 15 meeting discussed the possibility of a return to in person meetings, but a 10-3 vote with two members not able to participate approved the motion to continue meeting remotely. “I’m just trying to find a solution that fits everybody,” said planning group chair Eileen Delaney. A 13-0 vote Nov. 15 approved continuing virtual committee meetings. “It doesn’t preclude us...

  • Santa's come to town

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Roger Boddaert Special to the Village News With the recent arrival of old St. Nick, the centre of Fallbrook has become a new hangout for the jolly senior fellow. Santa this year has decided to hang out for a while up in the beautiful Cape Chestnut tree on North Main Avenue for this holiday season, bringing good cheer and blessings to one and all in our little village. Jenna Gratz strung new colorful lights up in the tree to add to the holiday festivities and serenades us with...

  • Biden restricts travel from 8 African countries over COVID-19 variant

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Jack Phillips The Epoch Times The United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other African countries on Monday, Nov. 29, in a bid to control the spread of a new COVID-19 variant. A proclamation from President Joe Biden said travel will be curbed from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi in addition to South Africa. American citizens and lawful permanent residents will still be allowed to enter the United States from those...

  • Members of Congress meet with Taiwan's president despite warnings from China

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Henry Rodgers The Daily Caller A bipartisan group of five members of Congress went to Taiwan to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen after serving food to U.S. troops on Thanksgiving, defying orders from China. Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, including Chairman and Democratic California Rep. Mark Takano, Democratic Texas Rep. Colin Allred, Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, Democratic California Rep. Sara Jacobs and Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa...

  • Do you support and appreciate unbiased, local, fearless, independent news?

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Julie Reeder Publisher Have you thought about what would happen if local independent news, which holds our government accountable while reporting local news including stories about criminals on our streets, wasn't around anymore? Over half of the communities in the U.S. have lost their local news organizations and papers. We believe our community is better than that. Our most important task is covering the news in Fallbrook and the surrounding communities. In addition to breaking news 24/7, fires and pandemics, we cover...

  • The Gospel of a 99% consensus

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Robertas Bakula The time of divine revelation as the path to knowledge and truth is behind us, at least in the Western world. The scientific revolution saw to that. Be that as it may, many people still equate truth with whatever strong beliefs they hold. I am sure you have heard that 97% of scientists agree – human activity is the main cause of changing climate. Even President Obama preached this message. A famous study published in 2013 has helped to entrench this idea in the popular mind. A team led by John Cook examined t...

  • Keeping your home insured

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron AD-75 It’s always fire season in California. Unfortunately, we’ve had multiple, catastrophic wildfires in our state and region in recent years to prove it. As a result, many homeowners in the 75th Assembly District and throughout the state have had their insurance canceled, frequently due to their home’s location in Very High Fire Hazard Zones. In many communities identified as high fire-risk by insurers, including areas of Valley Center, Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow, Pala, Pauma Valley and De Lu...

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District I don’t think there’s ever been a more important Thanksgiving than this year. Now more than ever is a time for reflection, for sitting down and thinking about all the things for which we are grateful. I was grateful to sit down with my family this year, have a wonderful meal and just spend time with each other. It’s been a hectic year and we haven’t had enough opportunity to all sit down, talk about our lives and be together. No matter how or where you spent your Thanksgiving this year, c...

  • Charlie Brown and the Liberty Tree

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    With cultural appropriations redefining what is and isn't acceptable in our lives today, my passion for eating Neapolitan ice cream may be coming to its culinary end. You see, I savor the taste of all three flavors without prejudice from one delectable flavor to the next. I love the decadent taste of chocolate as much as I do the mouthwatering flavor of strawberry and enjoy vanilla with equal amounts of impartiality and vigor. On the surface, eating ice cream seems like an innocuous thing, if not a most enjoyable endeavor....

  • Promises: empty words or real commitments?

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Early in Trump’s career as a public figure, he found that if you promise people something they’d really, really like to have, you can get their undivided attention. He also developed the persona of complete confidence: that he could deliver the goods. But there’s a downside to promises: if you deliver, then you have to come up with something else to capture the peoples’ interest. Trump’s solution: never deliver on a promise – just keep stringing the people along. Here are two prime examples: 1. Trump vowed to “build the...

  • Robert Halibozek

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Robert Halibozek was born Aug. 26, 1936, in Chicago. He leaves his wife, Sue, son Greg and Ellie. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie Hahn. Also survived by four grandchildren: Allison, who is married to Andrew DeForest; Kevin, who is married to Megan; Eric, who is married to Devin; and two great-grandchildren, ElleMarie and Ben. Bob loved Rotary, softball, golfing and woodworking. He was on the board of the Foundation for Senior Care....

  • Businesses luring employees along with customers this season

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Adam Beam The Associated Press FOLSOM, Calif. – The Hampton Inn in Folsom, California, has 147 rooms, but General Manager Enid Baldock could only rent 117 of them recently because she did not have enough workers to clean them. "I was turning people away with 30 rooms (available). Ridiculous," she said while stuffing bedsheets down a laundry chute to help out her skeleton housekeeping staff. At the Palladio, a nearby shopping center with 85 stores and restaurants just off a b...

  • Appeals Court orders temporary halt on San Diego Unified vaccine mandate

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A federal appeals court has granted a request from a 16-year-old Scripps Ranch High School student and her parents who sued to block the San Diego Unified School District's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, one day before students were required to get their first dose. The suit filed last month in San Diego federal court on behalf of the family – identified as John, Jane and Jill Doe in the complaint – stated that the high school junior's religious beliefs – specifically her opposition to abortion – prohibit...

  • City of San Diego mandates all employees must be vaccinated from COVID or face firing

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego City Council passed an emergency ordinance, Nov. 29, requiring all city employees to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by Wednesday, Dec. 1, or face getting fired. The mandate will also apply to all future city employees. City contractors also must be fully vaccinated, but they have until Jan. 3 to do so. The city did not make it clear what would happen to any city employee who was only partially vaccinated by Dec. 1. The council voted 8-1 to pass the mandate, with Councilman Chris Cate – the sol...

  • Governor Newsom doubles down on ending organized retail crime rings

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    SACRAMENTO – In response to a recent increase in organized retail theft activities across the state, Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the California Highway Patrol to increase their presence near major retail sites and announced a proposed increase in the 2022-2023 state budget to combat retail theft. “The level of organized retail theft we are seeing is simply unacceptable,” said Governor Newsom. “Businesses and customers should feel safe while doing their holiday shopping. That’s why California is substantially increasin...

  • San Luis Rey horses take top three finishes, lead throughout

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter San Luis Rey Training Center fillies took the top three finishes in the eighth race Nov. 19 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and led throughout the one-mile turf race. Precious Insight, who is trained by Walther Solis and was ridden by Tiago Pereira, won the maiden special weight race for 2-year-old California-bred fillies. La Deuxième Étoile, whose trainer is Doug O'Neill and whose jockey was Mario Gutierrez, finished second 1 1/4 lengths b...

  • 4 ways to update without renovating

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News Renovation projects can be time-consuming and expensive. Fortunately, they're not your only option if you're looking to change up the look or feel of your house. Even a few small changes can make a big impact – as long as you pick the right ones. Do you want to update your house without overspending or committing to weeks or months of construction hassle? Then try one of these four simple projects: Create more space Want more space b...

  • Threats to pets that roam outdoors

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Domesticated pets may have evolved from wild animals, but it has been some time since dogs were needed to hunt like wolves or domesticated cats had to survive like wild leopards or tigers. While pets can enjoy time outdoors, it's important to avoid leaving them to their own devices for too long. The online health resource Healthcare for Pets says responsible pet ownership necessitates certain precautions to keep pets safe when they venture out of the home. The f...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Nov. 3 700 block Pauma Reservation Road Courtesy reports 100 block S. Vine St. Trespassing Nov. 5 40100 block Sandia Creek Dr. 5150: Mental disorder 72 hr observation Nov. 9 1600 block S. Mission Road Theft by use of access card information Nov. 10 Pala Road @ Pankey Road Miscellaneous reports Nov. 16 2900 block Willow Heights Road Death Nov. 17 1100 block Old Stage Road Petty theft 300 block Burma Road Obstruct use of any wireless communication device 1000 block S. Mission Road Disorderly conduct: Prostution - sex for...

  • What are sheriff's sales?

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    FALLBROOK – A sheriff's sale is a type of auction at which defaulted or repossessed properties are sold at the end of the foreclosure process. According to Investopedia.com, the proceeds of a sheriff's sale are used to pay mortgage lenders, banks, tax collectors, and other litigants who have lost money on the property being sold. Sheriff's sales are not conducted when a homeowner misses a mortgage payment. In fact, such sales take place only after lenders have notified borrowers of default and given them time to catch up o...

  • Yellow Jackets' last-minute score eliminates Warriors from playoffs

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter A last-minute touchdown and two-point conversion gave the Palo Verde High School football team a 29-28 victory over the Fallbrook High School squad in the CIF Division V semifinal game Nov. 19 in Blythe. With approximately 40 seconds left in the game, Palo Verde junior Markus Macon ran for a 14-yard touchdown. The Yellow Jackets opted for a two-point conversion attempt and Macon ran into the end zone for that score. "It was a good high school f...

  • Warriors reach water polo CIF semifinals

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School’s boys water polo team reached the CIF Division II semifinals. A first-round bye was followed by a 17-3 victory over El Capitan in the quarterfinals, but Clairemont defeated the Warriors in the 11-7 semifinal game. The playoff results gave Fallbrook a final season record of 20-10 including a 4-1 Valley League mark worth second in the league standings. “It was a really good season,” said Fallbrook coach Bill Richardson. “We knew going into the season that we would be on t...

  • Warriors lose 11-7 match in team tennis playoff

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School’s girls tennis team participated in the CIF team playoffs but did not advance past the first round. The Warriors had the 14th seed in the Division II playoffs, which gave them a first-round match Oct. 26 at third-seeded Mater Dei. An 11-7 Crusaders win ended Fallbrook’s team season. “We have to be better to win doubles sets. We won seven out of nine singles sets,” said Fallbrook coach Bill Lenaway. Mater Dei sophomore Isabella Arnaiz accounted for the Crusade...

  • Six Warriors given all-league volleyball honors

    Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Six members of Fallbrook High School’s girls volleyball team were given all-league honors by the Valley League coaches. The all-league first team included junior Annie Riley and sophomore Claire Nordeen. The Warriors had no players on the Valley League second team, but senior Sophia Badillo, senior Ashylnn Craven, senior Michelle Pineda, and junior Bailee Aguila were recognized at the honorable mention level. “It was a great thing. I’m really proud that they worked so hard to get where they...

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