Carol Cultera named Teacher of the Year

“I am extremely nervous!” announced Carol Cultera, who Thursday was honored as Teacher of the Year (aka certificated employee of the year) at the Valley Center Pauma Unified School District board meeting. “I have never been so stunned in the my life!” Supt. Mary Gorsuch praised Mrs. Cultera, who has been an employee at the district since 1982 and currently […]

Miss Valley Center Pageant contestants announced

Here are the 2016 Miss and Junior Miss Valley Center contestants who will participate in the pageant in March. Not pictured Amanda Baranowski

Expert on global warming to be speaker at annual Pauma meeting

The Pauma Valley Community Association will hold its annual dinner and meeting Tuesday, February 23, with the social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be a catered taco bar. Guest speaker will be Dr. Dave Pierce from Scripps Institute and UCSD, who is with the climate research division of Scripps, where he has worked on […]

Pauma Valley Insurance named Business of the Year

The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce last week named Pauma Valley Insurance Agency, Inc. (PVI) Business of the Year for 2015. It is a business that greets customers with a sign that declares “Welcome to our place of business. You are the reason we are here.” “We are part of our community,” said manager Brandon Strausbaugh, when we dropped by […]

Chamber Fiesta Saturday to install new officers, honor Citizens of the Year

VC Chamber of Commerce will hold its Board of Directors Installation & Awards Fiesta Saturday, January 23, at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in the Bordeaux Room. Julie Picot and Joe Napier will be honored as joint Citizens of the Year and Pauma Valley Insurance will be honored as Business of the Year (see story this page.) Napier is fire chief […]

Water board decides to fill vacancy with appointment

The Valley Center Municipal Water District board at Monday’s meeting voted to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation last month of Chuck Stone by appointment. The board had the option of appointing an interim director to the seat or scheduling a special election. It chose the former option in order to fill the vacancy sooner and avoid the […]


WINE-TASTING EVENT The Valley Center Rotary Club will hold its 10th annual wine tasting, “The Taste of Romance” on Saturday, February 6, 3 p.m.–5:30 p.m. at the Bordeaux Room at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, gourmet wines and a live and silent auction. Tickets are now on sale for the event at California Bank & […]


Valley Folks is a collection of snippets of news and newsy gossip from around town. If you’d like something considered for Valley Folks, contact the editor at The Valley Center Vaqueros have formed a committee of members interested trying to ride in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena in an upcoming year. In their most recent newsletter Several […]

Harrah’s adopts Lake Wohlford

Escondido officials Thursday joined John Sebastian, director of casino operations for Harrah’s Resort Southern California, to celebrate the adoption of Lake Wohlford by the resort owned by the Rincon Band of Mission Indians. Sebastian told The Roadrunner that “Harrah’s Resort is really proud and excited to clean up the lake and the property at Lake Wohlford. We’re just a proud […]

Firefighters perform rescue of car over side

Sunday morning 1:30 a.m. a lone driver went over the side at Paradise Mountain Road near Los Hermanos Ranch Road. A male driver of middle age apparently lost control of his later model Chevrolet truck and it went over the side and down a ravine an estimated 100 feet and came to rest against a boulder. Bryan Nutt, a firefighter […]