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  • Jan. 27 Chipping Day produces the most mulch

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "chipping day" on Saturday, Jan. 27, at North County Fire Protection District Fire Station 4, 4375 Pala Mesa Dr. The event supports the council's goal of helping to make Fallbrook fire safe. Throughout the event, more than 22 residents from the Fallbrook, Bonsall, DeLuz and Rainbow areas took advantage of this free event. They brought more than 47 pickup truck and trailer loads of branches, trimmed brush, palm branches...

  • Work maintains the bank along the Pico

    Jackie Heyneman, Save Our Forest|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Rain is a blessing in Southern California. Sometimes not enough, other times too much all at once. Recall the hurricane that brought us a sudden downpour a few months back ? It created a problem at the Pico Promenade near Ash Street. A little about the pathway that we call the Pico Promenade. It is a four block tree-lined walkway along the side of an open waterway. It connects North and South Fallbrook. It is essentially a county easement on the map, once intended to be a...

  • FRHD expands its collaborative partnership with Palomar Family Counseling

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Regional Health District and Palomar Family Counseling Service, Inc. are pleased to announce an exciting expansion in their collaborative partnership. FRHD hosted an Open House at its Community Health & Wellness Center to officially launch this collaborative partnership and to spotlight the collective dedication to mental health and community support. What's included in this partnership are counseling services that are now available to the...

  • Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary pets need fur-ever homes

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

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  • Valley Construction Management receives RMWD pump stations construction management contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Valley Construction Management was awarded the Rainbow Municipal Water District construction management contract for the replacement of the West Lilac, Rancho Amigos and Dentro De Lomas pump stations. Rainbow’s board voted 4-0 Tuesday, Jan. 23, with one vacant seat, to approve a $110,480 contract with Valley Construction Management to oversee the construction which will be performed by Pacific Hydrotech Corporation. The board also made a determination that the construction management contract itself is not a project which...

  • Tips to stay safe in heavy rains, flooding

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    With hundreds of San Diegans already dealing with flood recovery and more rain predicted, everyone is encouraged to follow important safety and preparedness tips to deal with rain and floods. Here is a collection of handy tips from the county, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and SDG&E to prepare for and respond to rain and flooding. Protect your home and property Get free sand and bags at De Luz: De Luz Fire Station #16: 39431 De Luz Road, phone: 760-728-2422, or Fallbrook: Pala Mesa Fire Station #4, 4375 Pala Mesa...

  • Get the help to understand Covered California insurance options

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    VISTA – The New Year brings with it an opportunity for people to prioritize the health and well-being of themselves and their family. It also brings the opportunity to enroll in the kind of health insurance that is right for each person. With the help of their expert staff, Vista Community Clinic (VCC) is here to guide people towards a healthier and more secure future. Open enrollment for Covered California runs through the end of January, and allows individuals and families to enroll in or make changes to their health...

  • Palomar College uses innovation to better serve students

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    SAN MARCOS – As college students make progress on their path to a degree or certificate, they typically encounter challenges, some of which can be addressed through on-campus support programs. At Palomar College, serving the basic needs of students is a priority and doing so helps to remove barriers to student success. According to recent research, 50% of college students in San Diego face food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable, consistent access to food. This obstacle increases the likelihood that students...

  • California Poison Control: Make a New Year's Resolution to protect children from cannabis edibles

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    CALIFORNIA – Children don't know that the colorful cannabis edibles wrapped in packages that often mimic familiar-looking brands of gummies, candies and other snacks can be risky for them to eat. but adults do. And according to California Poison Control, these edibles can increase the risk of accidental poisoning and send children to the emergency room. Edibles have become so pervasive that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of incidents in which children younger than 5 are eating edible cannabis products bein...

  • Stay sober and maintain healthy romantic relationships

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Jody Boulay Special to the Village News Recovering from addiction is different for each person. There are circumstances where a person in recovery feels a need to pursue romantic relationships. Valentine’s Day can often create emotions that spark this desire. Generally, most health professionals recommend that people in early recovery from substance abuse wait about one year before pursuing a new relationship. However, there is no set-in-stone time limit, but it’s crucial never to lose sight of recovery goals. California...

  • Erosion control for home-garden-ranch

    Roger Boddaert, Horticulturist Arborist|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Do you have a slope or hillside on your property where rainwater is causing erosion or do you have a landscape drainage problem? With the heavy rains and downpours of the past few weeks, erosion of soil and slopes, as well as property damage, has come to the attention of homeowners in a significant way. Understanding the terrain and lay of the land, soils, and topography, and how it can affect you and your neighbor's property, is essential. Water management is an art and...

  • Roses reset the clock in winter

    Frank Brines, Master Rosarian|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Winter in Southern California is usually short and sometimes confusing. For roses and many other plant types, winter is a time of dormancy, resetting the clock and readying resources for a burst of growth in spring. There are a few things you can do to help this process along and get them ready for a great year of rose blooms. Pruning is the most significant of these. If you haven't begun or finished pruning by now, don't fear. There is still plenty of time to have blooms for...

  • SDG&E urges caution around downed power lines

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – With the current rainstorm over the region, San Diego Gas & Electric urged the public to exercise caution around downed power lines. During rainstorms, power lines may become damaged or fall, potentially posing a threat to those nearby. It is crucial for customers to stay safe, be vigilant and take necessary precautions to avoid potential dangers associated with downed power lines. SDG&E recommended customers follow the following safety measures. Stay away from down lines. Always assume that downed power lines...

  • San Diego County to update fire guidelines

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Notice has been given that San Diego County intends to adopt an update to the county “Guidelines for Determining Significance and Report Format and Content Requirements for Wildland Fire and Fire Protection.” The proposed guidelines can be reviewed at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/Public_Review_Non-CEQA.html. Comments on the guidelines must be sent to the Planning & Development Services at 5510 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123 and should reference the project name: County Of San Diego Guide...

  • Supervisors approve donation for long-term vegetation fire retardant

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Due to the $5,000 valuation threshold for which donations to the County of San Diego must be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the $60,000 donation the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County offered to the San Diego County Fire Protection District went before the county supervisors Jan. 23. The vote was 5-0 in favor. The money will fund the purchase of long-term fire retardant for high fire risk areas. In addition to accepting the donation, the motion authorized Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas to...

  • Assemblymember Marie Waldron announces expanded Right to Try legislation

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R – Valley Center) introduced AB 1944, legislation to allow patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases to work with their doctors to seek cutting-edge individualized treatments, Jan. 29. Rapid advances in medical innovation enable researchers to design treatments specifically tailored to individual patients based on their genetic information. Sadly, many patients with rare diseases will never have the opportunity to try these groundbreaking treatments. The current FDA clinical...

  • Flood victims should watch for mold

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Flooding from the Jan. 22 torrential storms was bad enough, but now residents cleaning up their damaged homes face the threat of mold. The longer materials stay wet, the more likely mold will grow. It takes only two to three days for mold to form. Mold can pose health problems, especially for young children, seniors and those who are already ill. Long-term exposure can affect anyone. To take care of it, flood-impacted residents can hire a licensed mold remediation contractor w...

  • Embracing love and memory: Valentine's Day for older adults

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Vicky Gemme Special to Village News While Valentine’s Day is often associated with young love, it is also a very significant milestone for many older adult couples who have spent their lives together. It is a day to not only celebrate lasting love but to reflect on the memories they have shared. And while this day may be joyous for some, for others who may have lost their significant other, it can be a challenging time that requires additional support. Aging adults can celebrate Valentine’s Day in various ways. With such...

  • Six reasons why you should take your mental health seriously

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Many people underestimate the impact that mental illness can have on an individual or family. It can be difficult to admit that you have a mental health problem in your life. Secondly, it can be just as difficult in getting the people you know to understand your situation without making any kinds of judgments. As a result, here are six reasons why you should make your mental health an important priority in your life. 1. Your situation will improve if you get help: Your anxieties and fears can be challenging to manage and...

  • High blood pressure linked to poor gut health

    Dr. Karen Jensen, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for human health. In the U.S., 116 million people experience hypertension, and in Canada, it’s one in five adults. Recent research on gut microbiota and high blood pressure has received increased attention showing an association between the two. Gut microbiota is key to human health, and maintaining gut microbiota health is essential. The gut microbiome, what is it? The gut microbiome is an ecosystem that contains a diverse population of microorganisms, including yeasts,...

  • Michelle's Place to honor Executive Director Kim Gerrish, Feb. 2

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

  • What is the pain scale?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    You've been asked this question before. Where do you rate your pain on a scale from 1-10? Do you know what each number means? It's confusing but clarity will soon be yours. Most medical facilities use the Stanford Pain Scale (1-10) as a reference guide. Pain tolerance is subjective. This is how the scale is generally explained: Pain level: 0 – You are not experiencing any pain at all. 1 – You are having an occasional mild pain, but it doesn't have much effect on you. 2...

  • Screen time is slowing children's neurological and social development

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Martha Rosenberg The Epoch Times Forty years ago when television was king, women used to joke about setting the table with the remote control placed next to the fork, so addicted were people to TV. Flash forward to today’s screen culture, and you find many children spend more time on screens than they do sleeping or with a full- or part-time job. Increased screen learning in schools and COVID-19 shutdowns have added to the mix of video games, smartphones, laptops, and tablets that have all but captured today’s children....

  • $5 million grant awarded to help farmers enhance pollinator habitat in citrus groves

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – The California Farm Bureau and its partners have received $5 million from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to implement climate-smart farming practices in citrus groves in 11 counties. The project, which is part of CDFA’s Pollinator Habitat Program, will focus on hedgerow planting, carbon sequestration and soil management practices, all of which create safe pollinator habitat in citrus groves. It will fund 20 to 45 citrus groves over three years in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Riverside,...

  • Pacific Hydrotech awarded contract to construct RMWD pump stations

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District board held a special meeting Dec. 19, 2023, and a 5-0 vote approved a contract with Pacific Hydrotech Corporation to replace the West Lilac, Rancho Amigos, and Dentro De Lomas pump stations. Pacific Hydrotech, which is headquartered in Perris, was awarded a contract for $5,657,500. The board action also approved an addendum to the Programmatic Environmental Report to cover the Rancho Amigos Pump Station while authorizing a notice of exemption for the other two stations which were...

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