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Protester goes to great heights

ENCINITAS — A local environmental protester created a plywood platform and squatted in an Orpheus Park tree (a tipuana tipu) in an attempt to spare it from chainsaws. Andrew Watkins of Oceanside, who goes by the nickname “Jru”, constructed the platform with two friends at 3 a.m. Around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, a two-man […]

Museum aims high with ‘Lowbrow’ art

OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Museum of Art’s “Lowbrow Art: Nine San Diego Pop Surrealists” drew close to 400 art lovers and pop surrealism “cult followers” to the Jan. 24 preview reception. Notable San Diego area artists Mary Fleener, Charles Glaubitz, Pamela Jaeger, Tim McCormick, Scott Saw, Scrojo (Craig Haskett), Jason Sherry, Jen Trute and Ron […]

C’bad’s Teen Scene spotlights local talent

CARLSBAD — Local teens were given the opportunity to display their talent Jan. 24 when the Carlsbad Recreation Department held its annual Teen Scene competition. According to Rachael Shay, the sixth annual event, held at the Calaveras Community Center, was a big success drawing more than 600 attendees. The main competition of the event was […]

Pine trees removed from library landscape

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Crews began cutting down the trademark Torrey pine trees at the Cardiff branch of the San Diego County Library on Jan. 22. Within two days, there was little evidence that the three massive trees ever existed. Jose Aponte, county library director, said that the trees are infested with red turpentine bark beetles and […]

SDG&E introduces new conservation technology to public

ENCINITAS — An official with San Diego Gas & Electric gave a presentation to City Council Jan. 21 outlining new technology available to homeowners and businesses that may conserve electricity and save money. Claudia Carrillo, a public affairs manager with the power company, said smart meters are digital meters with two-way communication that send energy […]

Carlsbad mourns two community figures

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad recently lost two of the original members of the Carlsbad Volunteer Fire Department, notable community leaders who helped shape the city into what it is today. Huston Tucker, 87, died Jan. 15, two weeks after suffering a stroke. Johnny McKaig, 83, died Jan. 17, and had recently been in declining health. Tucker, […]

Residents participate in annual goal setting session

ENCINITAS — Residents weighed in on the issues facing the city during City Council’s annual goal setting session Jan. 20. Among top concerns voiced by the public at the meeting were increased traffic congestion along the city’s roads, infrastructure improvement along Leucadia’s Highway 101 corridor, and quality enhancement of the city’s beaches. An unprecedented number […]

Del Mar council approves first two sidewalk cafe permits

DEL MAR — Less than six months after adopting an ordinance that streamlines the process for adding outdoor eating areas in the downtown area, City Council unanimously approved two applications for sidewalk cafes at the Jan. 20 meeting. Jimmy O’s on 15th Street is proposing a 377-square-foot outdoor cafe that will extend 12 feet from […]

Pianist to collaborate with dancers

SAN MARCOS — Known for his innovative music programming, pianist Peter Gach will present “Labyrinth of the Heart” in collaboration with the d’shire dance collective. This presentation is part of Gach’s ongoing artist-in-residence series at the Palomar College Howard Brubeck Theatre. There will be one performance only at 8 p.m. Jan. 31. “Labyrinth of the […]

Miss Vista participants sought

VISTA — Registration for the 52nd annual Miss Vista Scholarship Pageant and the seventh annual Miss Teen Vista Scholarship Pageant is currently under way. Contestants or their parent must live or work in the Vista area or Vista School District or attend a Vista school, be single, never had a child, and be between the […]