Pala fire spreads through 25 acres of heavy vegetation

PALA – Flames that spread from a burning house into trees and brush blackened several dozen open acres this afternoon in a rural area in the far northern reaches of San Diego County. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons shortly before 2 p.m. in the 38800 block of Pala Temecula Road, east of Interstate 15 […]

Program offers ‘ray of hope’ for lagging avocado industry

A program aimed at softening the blow of costly irrigation system upgrades may bring relief for local avocado growers who are struggling to survive unrelenting surges in their water bills. “It’s been very, very challenging to address these water issues,” Tom Bellamore, president of California Avocado Commission, told a group of growers at a May […]

‘No one should be forced to retire on minimum wage’

‘No one should be forced to retire on minimum wage’

This is part two of a two-part story on minimum wage. Part one appeared in the May 19 edition of the Village News and can be read online at While business owners are taking steps to financially prepare for the minimum wage increase set to fully take effect in 2022, others believe that there […]

Bonsall eighth-grader gives back to his community in a big way

Bonsall eighth-grader gives back to his community in a big way

FALLBROOK –  Eighth-grader Dane Hansen surprised Jeremiah’s Ranch at a fundraiser at Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery on May 14 with a check for $1,500.  Sullivan Middle School in Bonsall has a community giving project called the 10 percent project, to inspire philanthropy among their students. Ten percent of a student’s grade for the school […]

California looking to legalize recreational marijuana

Jacob Preal Writer Intern California may be legalizing recreational marijuana with a Nov. 8 ballot. The “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act” received more than 600,000 signatures to qualify the initiative for the November ballot. Although this number has yet to be verified by elections officials, the coalition received almost double the […]

SWRCB ends mandatory statewide conservation requirements

FALLBROOK – In response to a revised Executive Order from Governor Brown, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) acted to end the statewide mandatory conservation requirements that were imposed in May 2015. Over the last year Rainbow Municipal Water District has worked diligently to educate the SWRCB on the extraordinary efforts by the residents […]

FUHS senior ‘prank’ goes too far

Five Fallbrook Union High School students have been identified by sheriff’s deputies as partakers in the alleged senior prank early May 19. The incident left the high school campus littered with trash and toilet paper, locks glued shut, and more seriously, racial slurs painted on buildings. “Of grave concern, there were two instances of spray […]

Honorary Mayor Campaign set to start

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce will once again launch its program for the Honorary Mayor Campaign. The chamber is asking each local non-profit organization in the chamber to nominate a candidate from their membership. The benefits to the organization are abundant. By participating, the organization supports the candidate and provides the assistance they […]

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