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Valley Center Native Supports TOPGUN while serving with Naval Aviation Warfare Development Center


A Valley Center, California, native is serving with Naval Aviation Warfare Development Center supporting TOPGUN aviators at the Navy’s premier tactical air warfare training center. Airman Dylan Thomas is a 2019 Valley Center High School graduate. “I entered the military understanding the importance of keeping an open mind,” said Thomas. “When things are challenging, I do my best to stay […]

Country Trader holds first event in many years


The Country Trader Sunday afternoon hosted what the family who owns it hopes will be the first of many events: a Cinco de Mayo celebration sponsored by the Valley Center Republicans, the Lincoln Club of San Diego County and the Latino American Political Association (LAPA). The first is obviously a partisan organization, the other two are non-partisan, although they lean […]

Fundraiser Friday for horse sanctuary

Graefen Grove Ranch in Valley Center will hold its first fundraiser Friday, May 6, 6–10 p.m. at 30455 Valley Center Rd. Graefen Grove Ranch is a local horse boarding facility that specializes in, but is not limited to, senior care, medical layup, and it is now a sanctuary for horses.   According to founder Pattie Sentinella,  “Many of our horses […]

Bald eagles make a comeback locally


It is the symbol of national power, majesty and freedom. It is awesome. It is the Bald Eagle, and, if you are lucky, you can see one near your own backyard. Although it’s more likely to be seen nesting and hunting near a lake. Recently, readers started to tell The Roadrunner about seeing a nest with a mother Bald Eagle […]

Exactly where is the center of town?


   Ask almost anyone to name the heart and center of Valley Center, and the likely answer will be the intersection of Valley Center and Cole Grade roads.    After all, the post office is near there.  So is the bank.  The town newspaper office. And multiple retailers, including two pharmacies and the town’s major irrigation and hardware store, are […]

Diana Gutierrez is new Pauma Postmaster

Diana Gutierrez was recently named the Postmaster of the Pauma Valley Post Office.  She oversees USPS Services to Pauma, Pala & Palomar Mountain.  She replaces former Pauma Valley Postmaster Stacy Smith, who retired.  As Pauma Valley Postmaster, Gutierrez supervises six employees, including a pair of mail carriers and retail clerks at the Pauma, Pala, and Palomar Mountain postal facilities. She […]

History Museum now open 5 days

The Valley Center History Museum, which has been operating on a reduced schedule since the pandemic, is returning to a five-day schedule and once again is welcoming small groups.  The announcement was made by museum vice president Alan Kirkpatrick following a decision by the Board of Directors.     Effective immediately, the museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 […]

Local residents show support for Ukraine

Recently a group of Valley Center residents gathered in front of the home of Paradise Mountain resident Michael O’Connor to show their support for the people of Ukraine. The group were also part of an effort to raise relief funds to send to the war-torn region.

Desmond is keynoter at next “Good Morning Valley Center”

Fifth District Supervisor Jim Desmond will be the main speaker at the next Good Morning Valley Center breakfast meeting of the Valley Center Business Association. Join the group Tuesday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Shawii Kitchen (Native Oaks Golf Club). Meet and have a chat with Supervisor Desmond.  Learn about local issues with a Q&A to […]

VCTA to hold Daley Ranch hike

Valley Center Trails Association (VCTA) will hold a hike through Daley Ranch via Cougar Pass on Friday, April 8, beginning at 8 a.m.  Join the group for a moderate to strenuous five mile hike in Daley Ranch. According to trail master Anita Noone, “We will hike the Engelmann Oak trail, beginning at the Cougar Pass parking area, in the Hidden […]


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