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  • Marine Corps identifies troops lost in California helicopter crash

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Micaela Burrow Investigative Reporter, Defense Daily Caller News Foundation The Marine Corps identified the five crew members declared dead after a helicopter crash in a statement Friday, Feb. 9. The five Marines – three captains, a sergeant and a lance corporal – were flying a CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter from Creech Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, to California when the aircraft went down near Pine Valley, California. While an investigation is ongoing into the crash, the unit, known as the Flying T...

  • Goat crisis spurs search

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Valley News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Hello again, friends and fellow travelers. I come before you today with an announcement and an alert. First the announcement: a stellar column written by your humble narrator last July – which ran under the headline "Writer reports his foray into farming" – has won me a prestigious promotion. I am now the official goat and chicken reporter for a media juggernaut that has become, by default, the lone surviving voice in a vast area that stretches from Bonsall to Lake...

  • New Year, New Baby: First Little Blue Penguin hatches at Birch Aquarium

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    LA JOLLA – For the first time, a Little Blue Penguin hatched at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego. The chick made its debut on New Year's Day in the aquarium's Penguin Care and Conservation Center in Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins. "Our team is beyond excited to welcome this adorable new addition to the Birch Aquarium family. Our penguin colony is truly a diverse group, comprised of individuals from five...

  • County, San Diego Foundation launch Flood Response Fund

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    San Diegans who want to help local victims recover from this week’s severe storm can now make financial donations to a new Flood Response Fund. The county worked with the San Diego Foundation to set up the online fund. The San Diego Foundation will match donations up to $100,000. Money from the fund will only be directed to non-profits helping flood victims. The fund is not accepting any non-monetary donations at this time. Monday’s storm was the fourth wettest day recorded since 1850. The torrential downpours caused...

  • County leader wins prestigious Baldrige Foundation Leadership Award

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has recognized Barbara Jiménez, Community Operations Officer for the County's Health and Human Services Agency, with a community leadership award. Jiménez, who oversees the County's Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities (HSEC), was among the national awardees representing large and small businesses, health care, education,...

  • Sriracha sorrows fade as new farms harvest jalapeños

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Caleb Hampton California Farm Bureau Over the past several months, a vegetable farmer in the Imperial Valley pulled off an improbable feat that may help solve an urgent supply shortage – at least for those who crave some extra heat in their rice, soup, noodles or stir-fry. Shoppers who set out to buy a bottle of Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha sauce in recent years likely went home empty-handed. That's because in 2022, after churning out the sauce for decades, the company in Los...

  • The financially motivated sextortion threat

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The FBI this week issued a new warning about an evolving online threat targeting minors and young adults: financially motivated sextortion. In these schemes, predators typically pretend to be alluring young girls to befriend teen boys – often on social media and gaming platforms. The predators then trick these teens into exchanging sexually explicit material or believing the predators have already obtained it. Once the scammers have a victim's pictures or video, they demand money to keep the explicit...

  • Girl Scouts San Diego kicks off 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Jan. 28

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – On Sunday, Jan. 28, Girl Scouts San Diego will kick off the 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program in San Diego and Imperial counties. Through Sunday, March 10, Girl Scouts and troops will rally their communities, neighbors, and friends to support the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies, which are available in nine varieties and cost $6 per package. One-hundred percent of Girl Scout Cookie Program proceeds stay local, making the magic of Girl Scouting available and...

  • Judge mandates reinstatement of teachers who objected to hiding students' "transitions" from parents

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Village News Staff In a significant development in Escondido, California, Judge Roger Benitez of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California ordered the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) to reinstate two Christian teachers, Elizabeth Mirabelli and Lori Ann West. The teachers had been placed on administrative leave for opposing a district policy that involved withholding information about students' gender transitions from parents. Earlier this month, the federal court's decision came in...

  • Desert farmers report strong harvest of winter vegetables

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Caleb Hampton Ag Alert Winter vegetable harvest is in full swing in the Imperial Valley, and growers say the conditions this season have been close to perfect. "I've had a great growing season. Everything is on time and beautiful, with great yields," said Jack Vessey of Vessey & Co., which grows romaine and iceberg lettuce, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables in the Imperial Valley. "That's always nice as a grower." Farmers in the Imperial Valley...

  • County Supervisors reelect chairwoman for 2024

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to select Supervisor Nora Vargas as the chairwoman for 2024. Chairwoman Vargas served as board chairwoman last year. The chair acts as the voice of the county. During Tuesday's organizational meeting, Jan. 9, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer was reelected as vice chair and Supervisor Joel Anderson as chair pro tempore. After the vote, Chairwoman Vargas thanked her colleagues...

  • County supports federal initiative to protect immigrant military families

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The county's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is promoting a federal immigration program that supports immigrant families of U.S. service members. The Military Parole in Place (MPIP) program provides some members of U.S. military families temporary permission to remain in the country while seeking permanent residency. The temporary immigration status allows spouses, widow(er)s, parents and children of U.S....

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have fallen 12.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.59/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 15.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 13.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 2.0 cents in the last week and stands at $3.89 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $3.86/g yesterday while the...

  • Statement on State Bill 2 (SB 2)

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. California Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) went into effect Jan. 1. SB 2 establishes new statewide standards for issuing concealed weapons licenses (CCW) and public carry regulations by amending and adding multiple Penal Code sections relating to firearms. On Dec. 20, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a preliminary injunction in two companion cases, May v. Bonta and Carralero v. Bonta. The court order prohibits enforcement of specific SB 2 provisions that...

  • RTFH calls for more point in time count volunteers

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The Regional Task Force on Homelessness (RTFH) is in need of more volunteers for the upcoming 2024 Point in Time Count on Jan. 25. This HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) required activity is a great way to get involved, give back and make an impact for residents of San Diego County. “We’re looking for people across the region to join us for this vital activity,” RTFH CEO Tamera Kohler said. “Although we’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm so far, there are areas around the county...

  • Riverside County Sheriff drug smuggling investigation nets nine arrests

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    RIVERSIDE COUNTY – Nine people were arrested after the Riverside County Sheriff’s department conducted the “largest investigation in years” to solve the issue of drug smuggling into the jails. In October 2023, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office’s Corrections Investigation Bureau began an investigation into inmates coordinating with persons outside of the jail facilities to smuggle narcotics into the jail. Through the course of this investigation, several suspects were identified who were smuggling in fentanyl,...

  • Nonpartisan voters – What you need to know to vote for President

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office Calling all registered nonpartisan voters! If you want to vote for president in the March 5, 2024, primary election, you must inform the Registrar’s office which crossover party ballot you want by Jan. 5 so it is included in the initial mailing of ballots going out the week of Feb. 4. Otherwise, you will automatically receive a nonpartisan ballot in the mail, and it will not show the presidential primary contest or candidates. The Registrar’s office sent the...

  • Newsom Administration on track to secure seven C-130s to fight wildfires

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SACRAMENTO – An effort led by the Newsom Administration and congressional leaders resulted in Congress authorizing and accelerating the transfer of seven C-130 aircraft from the United States Coast Guard to Cal Fire, expanding California's world-leading firefighting fleet to protect Californians. Governor Gavin Newsom – in partnership with U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein – spearheaded this initiative for California to take on sole...

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have fallen 7.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.66/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 32.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 29.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has risen 0.6 cents in the last week and stands at $4.00 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $3.98/g Dec. 25 while the...

  • Safeguarding streets with crime lab grant

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SD Sheriffs Media Relations In the spirit of giving, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Regional Crime Laboratory is unwrapping a $517, 374 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). This festive windfall is set to sprinkle some serious holiday magic on our efforts against impaired driving. To ensure our roads stay merry and bright throughout the year, the money will be used in funding two full-time Crime Lab Criminalists specializing in the analysis of...

  • Poll workers needed for March 5 Presidential Primary

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of 10 specific languages, are needed for the March 5 Presidential Primary Election. The Registrar's office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese. In addition, state and county requirements show a need for Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Somali and Persian...

  • County supports sustainable, equitable and local food sourcing

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Dec. 11 to adopt a policy that emphasizes value-based food sourcing for county-provided meals through the continued monitoring of food and beverage data. Spending about $27 million each year, the county is a large buyer of food. The Sustainable, Equitable and Local Food Sourcing Program and Policy Framework prioritizes locally sourced, equity-informed, organic or...

  • County launches community-driven initiative to address inequity

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The County’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) has launched a new initiative that will invest $2 million over two years into community-driven initiatives that address inequity. The Equity Impact Grant (EIG) program will provide small, local organizations with general operating funds, tailored coaching and capacity-building support. OERJ was established in 2020 to strengthen the County of San Diego’s commitment to racial equity and with the intent that...

  • Apply for county's civil grand jury

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office Residents interested in acting as a watchdog over local government agencies can now apply to serve on the county’s 2024-25 civil grand jury. Nineteen people are selected every year for a term that starts July 1 and runs through June 30. The civil grand jury isn’t the same as a criminal grand jury. Prosecutors will summon people for a criminal grand jury to decide whether there is enough evidence to press criminal charges. The civil grand jury monitors county and city...

  • Poll workers still needed for March Presidential Primary

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

    The Registrar’s office is seeking additional poll workers throughout the county for the March 2024 presidential primary election. Poll workers play an essential role in elections and can serve their community while earning a stipend. There is a particular need for poll workers who are bilingual in Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino to work at vote centers located around North County, South Bay and East County. In addition, the Registrar’s office needs poll workers who are bilingual in Somali for vote centers in Oak Park,...

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