Officials say Lilac Fire won’t be fully contained until Dec. 21

Update 7:57 p.m. DEC. 11 | North County residents continued returning to their houses today as firefighters have reached 90 percent containment on a wildfire that scorched 4,100 acres between Fallbrook and Oceanside. Despite the progress, officials do not expect to possess the so-called Lilac Fire totally contained until Dec. 21, that would indicate just […]

Devastation, Expect Rancho Monserate

PALA MESA — John Knapp said that he did not understand what to expect when he returned on Friday. His house was still standing. Three houses down, however fires leveled his neighbor’s apparatus and about four components, the destruction taking a route down his┬álane locally. “I am stunned, I thought that I saw it burning […]

NWS Places San Diego County under red flag fire warning

REGION — A red flag fire warning triggered by Santa Ana winds for much of San Diego County as a wildfire driven by conditions sifting through Ventura County north of Los Angeles and low humidity levels stayed in effect now. A high wind warning also stayed in effect now, with all the red flag warning […]

San Marcos man pleads guilty to trying to lure girls in Escondido

ESCONDIDO — A San Marcos man who tried to lure underage girls into his car from Escondido, and succeeded in obtaining a young girl to enter his vehicle, pleaded guilty today to felony charges of kidnapping, contact with a minor with intent to commit a sexual crime and unlawful possession of an assault rifle. Spicer […]

Mayor’s Minute: Winding 2017 down and looking ahead to 2018

As 2017 heads toward a close, elected officials and your town are active winding up several projects. On Housing I am led with a town delegation in mid-December to Sacramento to meet up with home regulators to gain clarity on questions linked to changes in state housing laws. The town will bring voters a brand […]

Fire on suspect accused of stealing van

VALLEY CENTER — Sheriff’s officials have released the names of two veteran deputies who opened fire on a defendant who allegedly stole a minivan, fled from law enforcement, attempted to run down many deputies and then crashed into two sheriff’s patrol vehicles on the weekend in Valley Center. The San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies involved […]

Taste of Wine: Napa Valley Merlot is Wine Spectator’s No. 1

I can not tell you how happy I am to let you in on the No. 1 wine of 2017 from the largest circulated wine journal in the Earth, Wine Spectator. Duckhorn Merlot 2014 ($98) from Three Palms Vineyard was ideal for two big reasons. It comes as Napa Valley is currently working hard to […]