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  • Steelhead protections could bring new water restrictions

    Christine Souza, California Farm Bureau|Updated May 18, 2024

    A state determination that Southern California steelhead trout merit additional protections could mean tighter water restrictions, according to agricultural groups and water districts. California Farm Bureau environmental policy analyst Justin Fredrickson said strengthening protections for the Southern California steelhead under the California Endangered Species Act "is going to ratchet things up regulatorily for affected water users." Though actions to protect steelhead will...

  • RMWD amendments to sewer capacity fees address changes in use

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Developers who connect their projects to the Rainbow Municipal Water District sewer system pay capacity fees to cover their project’s share of the existing infrastructure system. The April 23 Rainbow board meeting included amendments to the district’s Administrative Code to address capacity fees and monthly charges due to a change in use. The amendments were approved on a 5-0 vote. The changes included financing options for additional capacity fee payment. “You don’t want to discourage development, redevelopment,” said Rain...

  • Cal Fire reminds all to be prepared for upcoming wildfire season

    Kim Harris, Special to Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    With state officials and climatologists saying hotter than average temperatures in Southern California could lead to an active wildfire season, CalFire is reminding residents to be prepared for this wildfire season. "Fires are mostly caused by the human factor," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Robert Carvalho told the San Francisco Chronicle. "For example, if a fire starts in someone's backyard, it's likely their lawn mower blade hit a rock and struck a spark." The National Oceanic...

  • Supervisors approve MOU to continue Regional Helicopter Program funding

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    One of the surcharges on motor vehicle registration fees helps to fund the Regional Helicopter Program in San Diego County, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a new memorandum of understanding Tuesday, April 30, to provide the Sheriff’s Department with annual funding over the next five fiscal years. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote will provide up to $375,000 annually from fiscal year 2024-2025 to fiscal year 2028-2029. The funding will help support continued operation, maintenance and fuel for county-owned hel...

  • Healthy Habits – IT band syndrome: Injury to movement

    Megan Johnson McCullough Ph.D., Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    Iliotibial band syndrome is a pain many workout enthusiasts, runners and cyclists can experience. The area affected is near the outside of the hip and/or the outside of the knee. The IT is a band of strong tissue that runs from the hip to the tibia which is below the knee joint and at the top of the shin bone. The responsibility of the band is to stabilize the knee when you move; however, excessive training, poor biomechanics, tight muscles and little flexibility and/or...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about driving smart

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites anyone interested in learning more to join its monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, held on the fourth Friday of each month. This month’s meeting is on Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. The topic will be “Age Well, Drive Smart” with a talk given by Jake Sanchez, CHP Public Safety Officer. Sanchez was hired by the California Highway Patrol in February 2001. Prior to being hir...

  • TVH honored with national service excellence award for commitment to exceptional patient care

    Updated May 18, 2024

    TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital, a cornerstone of healthcare in the community, is thrilled to announce having earned the esteemed Universal Health Services, Inc. 2023 Service Excellence Award. This national recognition, presented annually by UHS President and CEO Marc D. Miller, celebrates TVH's dedication to delivering unparalleled patient care and service quality. At the heart of this accolade lies the powerful testimony of Steffani Natter, whose remarkable journey of s...

  • Help keep emergency rooms ready by giving blood or platelets

    Updated May 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – When every second counts, blood products can provide lifesaving care. The American Red Cross asks the public to give blood or platelets during Trauma Awareness Month in May to keep hospitals prepared for all transfusion needs, including emergencies. Type O blood donors and donors giving platelets are especially needed right now: Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type in the most serious situations. Type O pos...

  • Talk to your veterans about substance misuse

    Michael Leach, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    There is a growing problem within the veteran community. Substance use, addiction, and overdose have impacted many veterans’ lives. Unfortunately, the stigma that surrounds addiction prevents countless veterans from seeking help. We must continue to destigmatize the discussion about addiction, focus on helping veterans, and highlight how drug education and early intervention play a significant role in reducing substance use, especially with alcohol. Alcohol is often the catalyst that leads to addiction for many people as i...

  • PHMG detects 'suspicious activity' shuts down phones, patient portal

    Village News Staff|Updated May 18, 2024

    Palomar Health Medical Group has shut down its phone lines and patient portal while it investigates “suspicious activity on certain computer systems within its network.” Fallbrook’s Graybill Medical Group is part of PHMG and is included in this shutdown. According to an NBC 7 news report, in a letter to patients dated May 6, PHMG said it detected the activity on May 5. PHMG took the affected systems offline, to “prevent the spread of any potential malware and launched an investigation into the nature and scope of the event,...

  • Mental health facts that can help someone you know

    Stanley Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    I dealt with fear and anxiety for over 20 years and there are 21 facts that I discovered during my mental health struggles that can help anyone who struggles with fear and anxiety. Knowing these important mental health facts can save someone you know a lot of time and money in the long run. 1. Getting help for your mental health is the best thing you can do. 2. Ignoring your mental health issues will only prolong the problem. 3. Running away from your mental health issues does not work. 4. There is no such thing as a quick fi...

  • 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...

  • County warns of counterfeit Botox

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    County health officials are warning people not to buy or use products labeled as "Botox" from unverified sources after a woman may have contracted botulism. Botulism is an illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body's nerves. A 43-year-old San Diego County resident bought a product labeled Botox from an unlicensed online source and brought it to a "Botox Party" in Mexico in March, where she was injected. The following day, she developed symptoms that were consistent with b...

  • Hospice needs volunteers who sew

    Updated May 2, 2024

    ESCONDIDO – The Elizabeth Hospice is seeking volunteers that can sew. Anyone who likes to sew and has intermediate sewing skills, is encouraged to join their team of volunteers who create keepsakes made from an article of a loved one’s clothing. The hours are flexible, and the work is rewarding. To learn more, contact Cindy at The Elizabeth Hospice at 760-294-5864. Submitted by The Elizabeth Hospice....

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Scott Knight, The Jason Foundation|Updated May 2, 2024

    Since 1949, Mental Health America and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month by reaching millions through the media, local events and screenings. It raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children, families and communities. Cities and businesses across the country hold various events to support mental health and open up the lines of communication. Many...

  • How to convince an addict to get help

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need to get better. Many family members who see their loved ones struggle have a very difficult time in getting their loved ones assistance. Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person struggling with alcohol or drugs to get the help they need to get better. 1. Family intervention The most popular way to get someone the help they need is to do a family intervention....

  • Prioritizing prevention during Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Anita Lightfoot, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a beautiful pinwheel garden was on display during a press conference in the Waterfront Park, April 23. Four hundred pinwheels were placed in the lawn to represent the 400 investigations weekly of children in San Diego County who may be victims of child abuse and neglect. Approximately 15% of those investigations become active cases. Chairwoman Nora Vargas, Promises2Kids and the county’s Child and Family Well Being Department teamed up for the annual event to raise awareness abo...

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