Teacher of the year, Howard Fraser, has “IT”

Longtime teacher Howard Fraser was honored as Valley Center Pauma Unified School District Teacher of the Year for 2018 at Thursday night’s school board meeting. In describing the honoree, Supt. Ron McCowan, attending his first meeting as superintendent, said, “Howard is more than a great teacher.  Howard possesses the ‘IT factor’.  The IT factor is the intangible that remarkable educators […]

Chamber to honor Latulippe family as Citizens of the Year

The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce has announced that Scott Latulippe and family will be honored as Citizens of the Year. Last November tragedy struck the Valley Center Latulippe family when the car carrying Scott, his wife, Nancy, son Jackson and 10-year old daughter Kiera was struck by a car driven by an alleged drunk driver while the family was […]


SOUTH VILLAGE SUBCOMMITTEE The Butterfield Trails project will be reviewed by the South Village subcommittee at a joint meeting with the Mobility subcommittee at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6 along with updates on other South Village projects. FIRE BOARD The next meeting of the VC Fire Protection District board is Thursday, January 18, 6 p.m. at the VCMWD board […]

Electronics recycling Jan. 27

The Valley Center / Pauma Music Boosters is planning a FREE Electronics Recycling event at the Valley Center Elementary School’s upper parking lot on Saturday, January 27, from 9 am to 3 pm.  It also includes on-site paper shredding for $5 per file box.  The photo is of the last recycling event held by the Boosters.

Jennifer Lindley voted onto planning group

The Valley Center Community Planning Group voted last week to recommend Jennifer Lindley to fill the #13 seat vacancy on the board that was left by the resignation late last year of Mary Gaines. The vote was unanimous. The recommendation will be forwarded to the office of Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, who may, if he chooses, follow the recommendation […]

Valley View employees honored for saving a life

A ceremony was held on Tuesday, January 8 to honor three team members at Valley View Casino & Hotel for saving the life of a casino guest who began choking in October of 2017. The team consisted of Black&Blue Manager Luis Dominguez, Security Corporal Tre Harper and Security Officer TJ Albergo. All three team members received certificates and medals during […]


Editor, Roadrunner: This is in response to “Eight Reasons You Don’t Have to Buy Organic” by Janice Baker.  Baker says there is not sufficient evidence to suggest organic food is more healthful or nutritious than conventional food.  However, research suggests otherwise. She insists the higher cost of organic food makes it prohibitive for those on a limited budget. Obviously cost […]

A local holistic voice

I have asked to write an occasional point of view piece for our community paper with the intention of being a local holistic voice. I invite others here in Valley Center to step up and share this space with me, so that together we may mentor this important perspective. For me, the holistic perspective incorporates the whole: everything, the entire […]

Proposed Daley Ranch Resort seriously flawed

~ guest opinion

The rural serenity of the Daley Ranch preserve, located between Escondido and Valley Center, could be shattered if a proposed resort and residential development is approved. The so-called Daley Ranch resort would border the protected native habitat, disrupting its wildlife and migration patterns. Of major concern to residents, the development would install a traffic signal halfway down Valley Center grade, […]

When your heart breaks…

~ guest opinion
Del Pilar’s Diatribe, a conservative Latino’s view on politics

There’s a silent killer in our midst. It cost the nation $230 billion this past year. It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined and is the sixth leading cause of death in America. Someone’s diagnosed with it every 66 seconds and once diagnosed, it begins to destroy families. It doesn’t discriminate – black, white, yellow, brown or red, […]