Festival will celebrate indigenous people

The county of San Diego IS NERG (indigenous sovereign nations employee resource group) will present the first annual Indigenous Sovereign Nation Celebration Saturday September 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Valley Center library. Join the group in celebrating indigenous culture with traditional singing, dancing, storytelling, booths, activities. You are invited to contribute to the collaborative art project. […]

Supers to vote Sept. 28 on Vehicle Miles Traveled ordinance


The Board of Supervisors will vote on September 28 to determine how to apply VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) to unincorporated and rural communities. How to add fees (taxes) to the costs of projects in order to mitigate the VMT impact. Where and how building will be allowed as some communities will be considered VMT efficient and other communities will be […]

E•’lo•te Stand temporarily closes after car crash


The E•’lo•te stand in Valley Center closed last month after an early-morning run-in with a drunk driver. The Rodriguez family, who own the business, are hoping to reopen soon. According to Sheriff’s Lt. James Emig: “The damage was caused during a vehicle pursuit on July 25, 2022, at about 0142 hours. Deputies observed a vehicle run a red light at […]

Discovering a hero of early aviation


Years after the tragic 1912 plane crash that took the life of her husband, Charles Francis Walsh, Alice said, “He was not well known even in informed aeronautical circles, but in his short lifespan he typified the pioneering spirit of aviation.” Although the Walsh family was among Valley Center’s pioneer settlers, more than a dozen of whom settled here starting […]

Church News – September 15, 2022

ST. STEPHEN CATHOLIC CHURCH 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time (9-18-22 — Stewardship #2) Last week I encouraged everyone to seek out someone new and introduce your-self so as to show welcome and hospitality here at Saint Stephen. Hopefully all of us will continue to welcome and call each other by name in order to build up the Kingdom of God […]

Saving lives, reducing crime


In 2011, federal courts ruled that California prisons were overcrowded — populations had to be reduced. As a result, Assembly Bill 109 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The state’s prison system was “realigned,” meaning the responsibility to incarcerate, monitor and track lower-level offenders would now rest with the counties, not the state. Eighty percent of incarcerated felons […]

Agricultural Pass


We’ve taken many steps at the County when it comes to fire safety, including adding new firefighting helicopters, increasing defensible space, and increasing cameras in the backcountry. Last week, we added another tool, the agricultural pass. During a wildfire or other disaster, the Ag Pass allows commercial livestock or agriculture operators access to evacuated areas to care for crops and […]

Driver passes out at intersection

Medical first responders Tuesday afternoon about 1:30 p.m. assisted a male driver who had passed out in his car at the light and blocked traffic at the corner of Cole Grade Road & Valley Center Road. Firefighters had to break into the rear driver’s side window to gain access.

Patriot Day remembrance, reading names of fallen heroes

On Sunday, September 11, 2022, members of the Valley Center Fire Department, San Pasqual Reservation Fire Department, Rincon Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department participated in a 9/11 remembrance at Valley Center Fire Station 1. The ceremony started at 5 p.m. as many members of our community were spending a Sunday Family Day at the […]

Tigers hand the Jags another tough loss


Sometimes a record can be deceiving. Case in point, the 2022 Valley Center football squad. On the surface, the Jaguars’ 1-3 ledger might tend to suggest that coach Rob Gilster’s team hasn’t been all that competitive. And yet, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that had just a few plays turned out differently over the course […]