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MONSTER ALERT! 16.3-pound bass caught at Lake Wohlford

Rising big bass star Greg Springer of Vista has caught and released the largest bass in San Diego in almost two years, a truly massive 16.3 pounder. Springer landed the fish on Friday at Escondido’s Lake Wohlford near the South Shore Rockpile, while fishing from the shoreline with a 3:16 Lure Company Kokanee Glide Bait (pictured in one of those photos below). Springer had been on a mission to…


Jose Balderas, ice cream maker, liked it hot

Summertime was when Jose Balderas and his 675 N. Broadway ice cream factory gave Willy Wonka a run for the money. “Mango, strawberry, rompopo, which is like egg nog, over 20 flavors; popsicles, ice cream bars, it’s alright to eat as much as you want,” Balderas said a few years ago. “You only live once in this world so enjoy it. What else can you…


Valley Center crime dropped from 2010 to 2014, SANDAG report said

Valley Center overall crime rates dropped 16 percent from 2010 to 2014 and 14 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, according to a San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) report issued recently. It was a mixed bag for Valley Center, however, with violent crime, although relatively low, increasing 37 percent from 2010 to 2014 and 35 percent from 2013 to 2014 while regional violent crime…


Valley Center ‘pH Miracle’ advocate Robert Young guilty practicing medicine, no license

Valley Center naturopath and “pH Miracle Living” author Robert Oldham Young was found guilty Wednesday of two felony charges of practicing medicine without a license. A hung jury, after two weeks of deliberations, found him innocent of one charge of practicing medicine without a license and didn’t convict him of six fraud and grand theft charges. Young, 63, had expressed optimism he would avoid convictions…


pH Miracle naturopath Robert Young on trial

The trial of Valley Center’s Robert Oldham Young, best known for his pH Miracle Living Center, and popular series of books advocating an alkaline diet, resumed this month, more than 60 days after opening statements began in November. Young faces nine charges in Vista Superior Court filed in late 2014 related to activities at his Valley Center ranch including two counts of grand theft and…


Yes Virginia, there is a Valley Center and it even has a little community news

From Robert Lerner, Valley Center Historian Rainmaker exhibit opens at Valley Center Museum To commemorate the 100th anniversary of torrential rains and floods that nearly destroyed Valley Center and other parts of North County, the Valley Center History Museum has mounted a major exhibition titled “The Rainmaker” after the local man who was credited and later blamed for the destructive storms. Multiple photos and memorabilia…


North Escondido marijuana collective slated for rural single-family house

A lot of people around North Escondido may be blowing smoke, but soon might be able to do it in the medical marijuana manner with a pot dispensary at 8530 Nelson Way, Escondido 92026. A new medical marijuana store apparently is just one San Diego Sheriff’s Office approval away from being allowed to open. Somehow, proprietors of the newly created, and name not yet disclosed,…


Valley Center ‘pH Miracle’ advocate Robert Young’s trial resumes Dec. 30

The trial of Valley Center’s Robert Oldham Young, best known for his pH Miracle Living Center, and popular series of books advocating an alkaline diet, resumes Dec. 30, more than a month after opening statements were made. Young faces charges in Vista Superior Court related to activities at the ranch including two counts of grand theft and seven counts of practicing medicine without a license…