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  • Start the New Year on the right paw

    Updated Jan 10, 2024

    Amanda Kowalski Special to the Village News We've all heard that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but this actually couldn't be further from the truth! Contrary to the old saying, it's never too late for dogs of any age to learn new behaviors and skills. If your pooch has developed poor manners, gets anxious when left alone or is in the critical puppy socialization period, this is your sign to put training at the top of your resolutions list. In honor of National Train...

  • Through my garden gate

    Roger Boddaert, Horticulturist - Arborist|Updated Jan 4, 2024

  • Invasive tree pests are out in the landscapes

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

  • 4 ways to trim costs on winter utility bills

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – As many Americans are taking second jobs to fight inflation, cutting costs on bills is a necessity this winter. According to a recent survey conducted by, over three-quarters of Americans or 76% are decorating their homes this holiday season – likely increasing their electricity bills, too. The survey polled a cross-section of 1,634 U.S.-based adults, aged 18 and over. To help manage utility costs this season, try these four tips from Samantha Landau, consumer expert at TopCashback. Review...

  • Fallbrook Land Conservancy in 2023: Another Good Year

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The mission of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) is to acquire, protect, and manage open space in perpetuity for the benefit of wildlife and the community. This past year, FLC, which has been working on this mission for 35 years, continued to make significant progress. In October, the FLC expanded its holdings into San Marcos with the acquisition of 217.5 acres known as the San Marcos Highlands Open Space Preserve. The preserve has about two miles of hiking...

  • 'Tis the season for giving, receiving and recycling

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The holiday season often means there is plenty to recycle – from gift boxes and wrapping paper to lights and even those real Christmas trees. In the holiday spirit, the County Public Works (DPW) has some handy tips “yule” love on what to recycle and how to do it properly. Christmas trees When it comes time to say goodbye to that real Christmas tree, the county urges you to recycle it. When recycled in the right way, trees and wreaths can become mulch that improves...

  • Federal grant to help house families and youth in foster care at risk of homelessness

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) were in San Diego Dec. 19 to present the county with a $1.1 million grant that will fund 49 new housing vouchers for families and youth in foster care and at risk of homelessness. The county received the third largest award from HUD’s $10 million total among 13 housing authorities around the country. Nationwide, the grants will fund 625 vouchers and are part of HUD’s Family...

  • What's happening at 7/11?

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    FALLBROOK – What's happening at 7/Eleven? It's another enhancement project taken on by Save Our Forest/Fallbrook Land Conservancy. Maintaining the trees SOF planted some years ago at 7/11 led to the owner, Mr. Singh, asking Save Our Forest about some landscape improvements at the site. The owner suggested that they would support placement of some plants and maybe an antique piece of farm equipment which is significantly part of Fallbrook's agricultural heritage. Thus, the...

  • EDCO to observe the Christmas and New Year holidays

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    FALLBROOK – EDCO will observe the Christmas holiday on Monday, December 25, 2023, and the New Year holiday on Monday, January 1, 2024. As a result, EDCO will not perform commercial or residential curbside collection services, and all recycling buyback centers, public disposal sites, and customer service offices will be closed. Collection services will be delayed by one day all week following each holiday in Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City,...

  • Have a happy and sustainable holiday season

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office The holiday-and-gift seasons are back! Giving them and receiving them help put happiness in the holiday season. But remember to consider sustainability this year as you make your gift-giving plans. That is, finding ways to meet our needs and be generous and happy today while still protecting our resources for the generations to come. The gift-giving season – from all the wrapping paper, packages and new items that may never be used – can be tough on sustainability....

  • Southern dogface is the butterfly of the month

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Wings of Change is dedicated to educating people about butterflies and their significance in the world. The nonprofit organization also uses plants to create an ecological landscape to restore natural cycles. Its butterfly of the month for December is the southern dogface butterfly (Zerene cesonia), a beautiful species of butterfly found in the southern regions of the United States, mainly in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. It is known for its striking yellow...

  • A pair of pups are ready for adoption

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Liza, left, and Sydnee are a Maltipoo blend and are a bonded pair. Liza weighs 7 lbs. and Sydnee (who is believed to be her mother) weighs 8 lbs. They are very loving and are estimated to be about 2 and 4 years old, respectively. If anyone would like to meet this adoptable duo, they can email [email protected]. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • Top 10 holiday dangers for pets

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – With the holiday season in full swing, San Diego Humane Society reminds pet owners to take precautions to keep their pets safe. Presents, decorations, plants and holiday foods can sometimes be harmful for our furry friends. Here are the top 10 holiday dangers for pets: 1. Christmas trees: Christmas trees can be hazardous, especially for climbing cats. Make sure your tree is secure, preferably in a corner to reduce the likelihood of falling. Keep dangerous...

  • Twelve days of holiday safety

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Each year, fires occurring during the holiday seasons, claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more and cause over $990 million in damage. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there are simple life-saving steps people can take to ensure safe and happy holidays. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty. On the first day of holiday fire prevention: prepare to celebrate Inspect holiday lights each year for...

  • San Diego Humane Society seeks information about abandoned horses

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement is asking the public for information that will help identify two horses who were found abandoned just one week apart at a staging area corral in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. The first horse was found Tuesday, Nov. 21, and the second Sunday, Nov. 26. Both horses were in poor condition and taken to San Diego Humane Society's Escondido Campus for immediate treatment. Sadly, following a detailed...

  • ADA ramp for Old Bonsall Schoolhouse to have decomposed granite extension

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Not only will the Old Bonsall Schoolhouse have a ramp meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards, but there will also be a decomposed granite ramp extension which will feather into the galvanized steel ramp. A 4-0 Bonsall Unified School District board vote Wednesday, Nov. 15, with Pascal Lapoirie absent, approved a public works contract with JMD Landscape Inc. for the decomposed granite extension. The school district will pay the Encinitas-based contractor $1,508.23 for the labor and...

  • Time for roses to go dormant

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Frank Brines Master Rosarian Gardeners have been experiencing more rose diseases and critters never before seen in the southwest Riverside County region. Many are caused by invasive pests hitching rides on planes and ships from faraway regions, often with disastrous results. One recent example, in my opinion, is the cancellation of the Palm Desert Rose Show in November 2022 because major exhibitors said their roses had suffered severe damage from chilli thrips fostered by unseasonably high fall temperatures. To the best of...

  • State declares citrus quarantine in Valley Center

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The California Department of Food and Agriculture declared a new citrus quarantine in Valley Center Nov. 30 after detecting the fatal citrus tree disease known as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening in five orange trees on a residential property during regular inspections. This bacterial disease is a major threat to San Diego County's $138 million annual citrus crop and can impact residential citrus tree owners. H...

  • San Diego County burn permit suspension lifted

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    EL CAJON – Effective Monday, Nov. 27 at 8 a.m., the burn permit suspension in San Diego County was lifted. Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire Chief Tony Mecham formally canceled the burn permit suspension and advised that those possessing current and valid agricultural and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Burning hours will be 8 a.m. to sunset. Cal Fire burn permits are required for all agricultural and residential burning. Agricultural burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to...

  • Happy holidays – Don't pack a pest

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office The holiday season means shipping gifts – and not just through retailers. It’s also a time when we personally mail packages to faraway friends and family. Or maybe even travel like Santa to deliver them in person and bring back gifts in return. Just remember. Don’t pack a pest! It can happen. The gifts you send or receive could be carrying hitchhiking pests or plant diseases that could potentially damage the county’s $1.78 billion agricultural industry and our e...

  • Pets are ready for adoption

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Gumbo and Fruit Loop are twin brothers who were rescued in Riverside along with eight other homeless cats in February of this year. They are a bonded pair who do everything together including running on their exercise wheel. They are just a year old, so they are fun and very playful. To meet Gumbo and Fruit Loop and all their friends, send an email to [email protected] to schedule an appointment....

  • Holiday tips to reduce food waste

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office For many of us, the holiday season means food, food and more food! And it's also a time, as our feasts run from Thanksgiving through New Year's, that it becomes pretty easy to waste food. Like when it's served up, but we're too full to have another bite, or when it goes bad before we eat the leftovers. It's hard to believe, but every year in the U.S. up to 40% of the total food supply goes to waste, according to the...

  • Biosphere 2 – an oasis in the Arizona desert

    Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Roger Boddaert Special to the Village News Recently I had the grand experience of visiting Biosphere 2 out in the Sonoran Desert with my family, and boy what an incredible field trip of a lifetime. Biosphere 2 was built 30 years ago to develop new technology for humans living in space someday. The major funding came from Texas billionaire Ed Bass who believed in the dream and donated $250 million for the project. Built on 3.1 acres, a series of massive structures rise like...

  • County accepts USFS roadside vegetation grant

    Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The County of San Diego has a roadside vegetation management program intended to increase wildfire preparedness in unincorporated San Diego County. A 4-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Nov. 7, with one vacant seat, authorized acceptance of a Forest Service Community Wildfire Defense Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant is for $3,409,443. The county supervisors authorized acceptance of that grant and authorized the director of the county’s Department...

  • Nov. 11 Chipping Day produced mulch for gourd farm

    Updated Nov 24, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "chipping day" on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Welburn Gourd Farm in the DeLuz area of Fallbrook from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event was offered to residents of Fallbrook, Bonsall, DeLuz and Rainbow. The goal of the event was to provide a centralized location for the residents to have branches, (less than six inches in diameter), trimmed brush, palm branches and other cut vegetation from their properties...

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