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  • Proactive efforts help as mosquito season continues

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    In April, San Diego County began ramping up its proactive treatment of mosquito breeding sites in waterways around the county. The goal is to reduce these pests and their risk for spreading diseases, such as West Nile virus. The next treatments, including Lake Rancho Viejo, will be June 26 and 27, as well as July 17 and 18. Every year in spring, the county's Vector Control Program applies a safe, eco-friendly larvicide by helicopter to treat nearly 1,400 acres of...

  • FPUD renews MRCD lease for Fallbrook Community Garden

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The Mission Resource Conservation District leases 0.58 acres of Fallbrook Public Utility District property for the Fallbrook Community Garden, and that lease had a Monday, June 17, 2024, expiration date. The FPUD board meeting Wednesday, May 29, included a 4-0 vote, with Ken Endter absent, to extend the lease for another five years. The lease will now expire June 17, 2029. The MRCD will pay FPUD a dollar a year to rent the Alturas Road property. Although the MRCD is the formal lessee and the lease prohibits any sublease or...

  • Going native in your garden, Part 2

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    If you were inspired by Part 1 of "Going Native in Your Garden" let's dig a little deeper and now look at the most important phases to consider when starting a garden refurbishment. Starting a native plant garden does not have to be complicated, but planning is the key. In Part 1, I mentioned various sites to visit for inspiration and to educate yourself of all that's possible and guide you in the direction you'd like to take your new landscape setting. Once you start...

  • Young cat needs a home with friend

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

  • Proposed rules on water quality may overwhelm farmers

    Christine Souza, California Farm Bureau|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Farmers in San Diego County say proposed water quality regulations that establish updated general waste discharge requirements for commercial agricultural operations are burdensome, costly and duplicate work by growers participating in other regulatory programs. Tasked with protecting water quality, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on March 29 released a proposed draft that creates new monitoring and reporting requirements for nitrogen applications and remova...

  • Going native in your garden, Part 1 of 3

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    California native plants, adapted to our climate, can tolerate extended periods of heat and drought in their natural setting and the many plants covering the hills throughout Southern California display great resilience during the long, hot and rainless periods of the year. After years of drought, our landscapes have benefited greatly from the past two rainy winters and the effects speak for themselves. To get started on your native garden, here are a few ways to go about it....

  • 2024 Point-in-Time Count results released

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The Regional Task Force on Homelessness released the topline data collected from more than 1,700 volunteers spread across San Diego County in January for this year’s Point-in-Time Count, May 22. The information shows the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness across the region. Overall, the 2024 Point-in-Time Count found no less than 10,605 people experiencing homelessness across our region. This includes 6,110 unsheltered San Diegans and 4,495 individuals in shelters and transitional housing. Thi...

  • Puppy loves to play

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Rutger is 6 month old, 22 lb. terrier mix. He is very playful, even-tempered and gets along with dogs his size. Rutger loves to play with his toys and also loves to play fetch. He is neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. To meet Rutger, email [email protected]. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • Rose Care FUNdamentals June, 2024

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian|Updated May 30, 2024

    It was a wetter than "normal" winter, influenced by the El Niño (warmer waters in the western Pacific). That extra rainfall recharged the soil, aquifers, and reservoirs, setting us up for great growing conditions this year. The long range expectation is for El Niño to weaken and to transition to La Niña conditions, increasing the likelihood of drier conditions for us this coming winter. But June is upon us and we must still be watchful to efficiently manage the amount of water...

  • Fire Safe Council sponsors Chipping Day to improve fire safety

    Updated May 30, 2024

    The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "Chipping Day" on Saturday, May 18th, at Fire Station 4 in the corner of Pala Mesa Dr. and Old Hwy 395 from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. The event supports the Council's community outreach program of creating a venue for local residents to bring their cut vegetation to a central site for disposal and ultimately supporting the effort to help make Fallbrook fire safe. Throughout the event, over thirty-five residents from the Fallbrook,...

  • County expands pilot shallow rental subsidy program for older adults

    Cassie N. Saunders, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated May 30, 2024

    San Diego County is expanding a pilot shallow rental subsidy program for older adults to support an additional 160 older adults at risk of homelessness. The county Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities’ program will provide at-risk county residents over 55-years-old with a $500 monthly rental subsidy for 18 months. The money will go directly to participants’ landlords. Applications could be submitted starting Wednesday, May 22. The participants will be selected at random. Those selected will join 222 hous...

  • Cowboy-6 month old mini chihuahua

    Updated May 30, 2024

  • Fallbrook students transform bare garden plot

    Updated May 30, 2024

    FALLBROOK – What was once a simple plot of dirt has been transformed into a vibrant garden, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Fallbrook STEM Academy first-grade students, the Village Garden Club of La Jolla and the expertise of Master Gardeners from UCCE San Diego. Inspired by the first-grade science curriculum on the structure and function of plants, the school sought to create an educational garden space to enhance student learning and engagement. "We have long l...

  • Reche Schoolhouse holds spring wildflower planting

    Updated May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Just a ring of the school bell started the crew plantings of a wildflower garden at the historic Reche Schoolhouse on Live Oak Park Road. The first in a series of planned community nature projects was coordinated by team volunteer and plant specialist Jennifer Olivares. This first project required sectioning off an area for maximum visibility for those driving by or entering the schoolhouse property. The planning followed a brief presentation by the property's n...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Rain and heat each cause problems for roses

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian|Updated May 2, 2024

    This year continued the signs of climate change with above-average rain as well as chaotic weather patterns nationwide along with repeated "atmospheric rivers" throughout California. Rose growth and development are dependent on weather, and flower production is particularly impacted by inconsistent temperatures, sun and water. All of this has made it more difficult for me to predict what to do and when to do it. Typically the first flush of blooms is expected after eight to 10...

  • Avoid intervening during baby wildlife season

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – A songbird who could have stayed with her siblings. A fledgling dove learning to fly and needing more time on the ground. Or baby rabbits left unattended by mom just out getting some food for the family. Every year, San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife program sees many well intended, but unnecessary, rescues of wild animals brought through their doors. With baby wildlife season underway, the organization is calling on the public to watch and wait before int...

  • Thousands of volunteers clean and beautify San Diego County at the 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – I Love A Clean San Diego estimated 4,000 registered volunteers will have removed over 80,000 pounds of litter and debris from streets, canyons, parks and shores in communities across San Diego County for the 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. “We are thankful for all the volunteers and sponsors, from all corners of San Diego County, who celebrated Earth Month with us at Creek to Bay this year,” Ann Marie Sack, director of community engagement at I Love A Clean San Diego, said. Results are still coming in from the 1...

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