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Fiesta celebrates and marks heritage

VISTA — This year’s annual fiesta at Rancho Guajome Adobe in Vista on July 18 offered a wide sampling of the cultures which shaped its century and a half of existence. In and outside the sprawling 28-room residence, docents and performers displayed the music and crafts unique to the region’s history. A mariachi plucked a […]

Group keeps loyal supporter in memory

VISTA — Comprehensive homeless aid organization Solutions for Change honored Kiwanian Bill Gerken on July 16 for his years of work with the shelter. The new Corner of Hope, a children’s classroom at the shelter’s California Avenue facility, was dedicated to Gerken, who passed away April 1. Gerken’s wife Loretta was on hand to accept […]

Moonlight Amphitheater gets modern

VISTA — Ten months and hundreds of thousands of dollars ago, the Moonlight Amphitheater shut its doors for a complete makeover. Now that its doors have reopened, other than a huge new lighting canopy, there is not much external evidence of its transformation … at first glance. Behind the scenes, however, is an entirely different […]

Vista celebrates Japanese holiday

VISTA — Hundreds gathered on the grounds of the Vista Buddhist Temple on July 25 and July 26 to eat and socialize, to hear the beat of loud drums and especially to dance at the annual Obon festival. Obon is a summer Buddhist festival celebrated for centuries in Japan to honor the deceased spirits of […]

Local player on fast track to big leagues

VISTA — Vista-raised southpaw Gavin Brooks is on his way to the big leagues, having been drafted by the Staten Island Yankees after three years as a pitcher with the UCLA Bruins. Brooks has been drawn to the sport ever since he first, as a toddler, picked up a racquetball racquet and a tennis ball. […]

Challenger appears in race for supervisor

VISTA — Vista Councilman Steve Gronke has entered the race for the District 5 seat on the County Board of Supervisors. He will face incumbent Bill Horn for a four-year seat in 2010. District 5 includes Vista, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Oceanside and the unincorporated regions of 4S Ranch, Bonsall, Del Dios, Fallbrook, Rancho Santa Fe […]

New face appears in 2010 50th District Congress race

COAST CITIES — Tracy Emblem, a writs and appeals attorney from Escondido, has entered the race for California’s 50th Congressional District. While her name may not be as recognizable as those of incumbent Brian Bilbray or perennial Democratic candidate Francine Busby, Tracy Emblem believes the time is right for a dark horse to challenge both […]

School district budget saved by federal funds

VISTA — Just two weeks earlier, on June 10, trustees on the Vista Unified School District board of directors considered sweeping manpower and salary cuts to close a $9.7 million gap in the 2009-2010 budget. Thanks to an 11th hour infusion of federal funds, the board was able to unanimously approve a balanced budget June […]

Water shortfall forces area to conserve

SAN MARCOS — A thirsty San Marcos is about to feel the pinch. Drought-watch measures approved by the San Diego County Water Authority, or SDCWA, in April went into effect July 1, restricting the water supply by 8 percent and increasing prices. Client water agencies, including Vallecitos Water District, have instituted a number of mandatory […]

Highland Games bigger than ever

VISTA — Nearly 15,000 Scots and admirers of Scotland from far and wide crowded Brengle Terrace Park to the skirl of a hundred pipers for the 36th annual San Diego Highland Games the weekend of June 27 and June 28. Each year brings a consistent suite of entertainment. The mass band of pipers and drummers […]