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Synthetic out, dirt in at Del Mar track

Synthetic out, dirt in at Del Mar track

DEL MAR — The 22nd District Agricultural Association took the first official step to convert the racetrack at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from a synthetic material to dirt, unanimously approving a coastal development permit application at the April 8 meeting.

Dogs unleash their talents at Paws in the Park

Dogs unleash their talents at Paws in the Park

SOLANA BEACH — With offerings such as rehab, training, grooming, photography, healthy food and an architectural pet designer, every dog had its day at the eighth annual Paws in the Park canine event April 6 at La Colonia Park.

Barth opts to not run for mayor

Barth opts to not run for mayor

ENCINITAS — Mayor Teresa Barth’s name won’t be on the ballot for mayor in November.

Filmmakers shine at inaugural student film festival

Filmmakers shine at inaugural student film festival

ENCINITAS — Filmmakers stepped out onto the red carpet for the inaugural Encinitas Student Film Festival Apr. 6 at the historic La Paloma Theatre.

MiraCosta appoints interim superintendent

MiraCosta appoints interim superintendent

REGION — Prompted by the resignation of MiraCosta College’s Superintendent/ President Dr. Francisco Rodriguez in mid-March, the school’s Board of Trustees acted by appointing Dr. Dick Robertson as interim superintendent and president.

SeaWorld crews busy with marine mammal rescue calls last weekend

SeaWorld crews busy with marine mammal rescue calls last weekend

Numbers of rescues lower than that of last year though

Mysterious sea star disease hitting San Diego

Mysterious sea star disease hitting San Diego

REGION — Sea stars along the West Coast are dying en masse. The culprit: what biologists are calling sea star wasting syndrome.

Community supports Goat Hill golf course

Community supports Goat Hill golf course

OCEANSIDE — Negotiations to turn the Goat Hill golf course into a private soccer academy came quickly and ended abruptly.

Filling up the empty bowls

Filling up the empty bowls

High school takes part in nationwide effort to rid hunger

Emergency response drill brings NCTD, SMFD to the scene

Emergency response drill brings NCTD, SMFD to the scene

SAN MARCOS — The sight of the flashing lights of emergency vehicles and firefighters scaling a five-story ladder to reach the Sprinter light rail on March 27 was only a practice drill. In the event a true emergency occurs, firefighters and NCTD (North County Transit District) will have this practice under their belts.