Sheriff’s Blotter February 13 – February 18

February 13 Michael Morales, 21, was arrested at Valley Center Road and West Tribal Road around 1:20 a.m. on suspicion of being drunk in public on alcohol, drugs or a combination and was transported to the Vista Detention Facility. A 58-year-old victim on the 11400 block of Ranch Heights Road around 11:30 a.m. reported the theft of $3,000 of wood. […]

Trout bite still solid at Lake Wohlford

Jordan Janski got a big ole’ catfish earlier this month. photo by Courtesy image.To protect Lake Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a ban on private watercraft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors and other equipment that contacts the water. […]

Beethoven concert on tap at arts center

Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng plays Beethoven on March 1. photo by Courtesy image.The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents an afternoon of Beethoven’s music at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Two of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s works, the “Choral Fantasy” and the “Mass in C Major,” will be featured and accompanied by an orchestra, piano and vocal soloists. The “Choral Fantasy” […]

Pala Casino Spa & Resort embarks on $5 million expansion

Construction is under way for new venues at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. photo by Courtesy image.Pala Casino Spa & Resort has started a $5 million construction project that will add new venues to the property and renovate several existing restaurants. It also will add a permanent outdoor stage to Pala’s popular Starlight Theatre. All elements are slated to be […]

Suspect Wanted in Valley Center Library Burglaries; Up to $1,000 Reward Offered

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Valley Center Sheriff’s Substation want the public’s help to identify and locate the suspect wanted in connection with two burglaries at the Valley Center Library. Sometime between 8:00 p.m. on December 24, 2014 and 8:45 a.m. on December 26, 2014, an unknown suspect gained entry into the Valley Center Library located […]

Memories of Pikake Gardens

Japanese garden and ridge at Pikake Botanical Gardens, 2003. photo by Courtesy image.Its gates are forever locked. The koi have died. A lonesome breeze blows through faded gardens overgrown with weeds. The waterfalls have ceased falling and even the roses have faded into wilted dreams. Welcome to Pikake Botanical Gardens at 15515 Villa Sierra Road, once one of the wonders […]

VCPUSD: From safety to summer school

Summer school is back in online session this year at VCPUSD. photo by Courtesy image.The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District has issued a school safety update report based on a review of safety and security by San Diego Sheriff’s Juvenile Department, the San Diego County Office of Education Safe School Department, JPA Risk Management Division and the Valley Center Fire […]

Pastor walks road to glory with heavy wooden cross in tow

Wes Mauch has a very heavy cross to bear on Cole Grade Road. photo by Dan Weisman.Pastor Wes Mauch took a road less traveled through Valley Center last Thursday, carrying a 38-pound wooden cross, a well-worn Bible and message all the way to Rancho Santa Fe. Mauch, 66, walked along the side of Cole Grade Road, wooden cross on his […]

Got art gourds? Valley Center Art Association Feb. 28 sale has them

Gourds by Jewell Nagell photo by Courtesy image.The second Valley Center Art Association Art Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at The Clubhouse at Woods Valley Golf Course, 14616 Woods Valley Road. “The sale gives VCAA members an opportunity to share their work with others and a chance for Valley Center residents to […]


21ST ANNUAL IRISH STEW COOK-OFF Calling all Irish Cooks for the annual Stew Cook-Off to take place at St. Stephen’s Community Hall from 5:30-8 p.m. March 12. The Irish Stew cook off was started 21 years ago by Kathleen McKewan, an Irish Grand Champion of Irish stew cook-offs. Each year, the event has grown and prospered. All proceeds from the […]