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Pickleball pickle

Tennis players contend they can't spare a square.

Carlsbad Council staves off converting two tennis courts to pickleball because of opposition.

The Messiah and pals are upon us again

Three amigos of Baroque provide the Christmas thing with three events December 7.

It’s December, which means the Messiah and pals are upon us again. Who are the pals of the Messiah? Bach and Vivaldi for sure. Sometimes Vaughan Williams gets invited to play, along with Puccini, but ...

Poke salad trumps my best intentions

Hawaiian specialty wins me over in Carlsbad.

For a quarter century, Pelly's Fish Market & Café has been serving fresh seafood out of a shopping center in Carlsbad. I've known about it for about three days. Figuring I had a lot to ...

Ticketed air travel is broken

Surfair, a concierge membership airline, takes wing from Carlsbad

San Diego’s newest airline made its maiden flight into town on November 17. Arriving at Carlsbad’s Palomar-McClellan airport exactly at sundown, with Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” playing in the background, Surfair officially began ...

Who is Greg Saska?

Carlsbad man who lost home in fire didn't leave neighborhood for long

In the six months since the May 14 Poinsettia Fire destroyed his two-bedroom adobe house, Greg Saska went from sleeping in his 1976 Mercedes 450 SE to living in a tent and then a 576-square-foot ...

San Diego’s hotel era ended in flames

Who would burn down the grand hotels of North County?

When the Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888, Oceanside already had two “grand” hotels, the St. Cloud and the South Pacific. They faced each other, just two city blocks apart, separated by the California Southern ...

Double-tracked = doubly jacked in North County

Rail line improvements aim to increase train traffic usage twofold

On October 24, the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (known as LOSSAN) made available to the public new information on the plans affecting its 7.6 million annual passengers and the residents in ...

"This case is as serious as it gets"

Former Army Navy Academy administrator faces 23 child-abuse charges

The attorney for 56-year-old Jeffrey Barton, former administrator at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad, abruptly cancelled a bail hearing on Friday, October 24, immediately after a judge said he would allow news cameras to ...

Opens and annies

October 24 | Grand Opening: New centrally located 32 North Brewing Company will throw open its doors and throw down with a Day One inventory of core beers such as Landfall Berliner Weisse, Fly By ...

Long's tales

Dennis Long took more than $1 million from churchgoers, prosecutor says

New details about a million-dollar scam perpetrated by a Carlsbad man will be revealed at a preliminary hearing early next year, according to a statement by prosecutor Anna Winn on October 14. Dennis Eugene Long, ...

Can’t leave the country, can’t go to L.A.

Julie Harper faces trial again, accused of second-degree murder

Even though a jury acquitted her of first-degree murder at the end of a trial two weeks ago, Carlsbad housewife Julie Harper could still face the possibility of 40 years in prison if she is ...

All in transition in The Clean House

"If it were not for dust, I think I would die."

Charles just performed a mastectomy on Ana and fell in love with her. When his wife Lane asks how it could happen, he says Ana is his “Beshert,” which is Hebrew for soul mate. But, ...

Dining on the links

Bistro 65 at the La Costa Omni Resort offers classic fare and impressive views.

Hanging out at luxury golf resorts isn’t exactly my standard scene. But when I had the opportunity to dine at Bistro 65 at the La Costa Omni on someone else’s dime, I didn’t hesitate to ...

Julie Harper not guilty of first-degree murder

Jurors deadlocked on lesser homicide charges

Julie Harper was declared not guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband Jason, in court today, October 1, 2014. The defendant’s parents, John and Donna Cihak, were in the courtroom to ...

Two great things

The schedule is pretty thin this week but there a few highlights.

There are a couple of great things happening this week. On Friday evening, at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal in La Jolla, New York Polyphony will be performing a concert of Thomas Luis de Victoria’s O Quam ...

Her husband, the rapist

Julie Harper claims she shot him before he could attack her again

Forty-one-year-old accused murderer Julie Harper was in the witness box all day yesterday, September 24. She said she began the morning of August 7, 2012, with another argument with her husband; he was angry, she ...

A derringer for my daughter

John Cihak testifies in Julie Harper’s murder trial

The father of accused murderer Julie Harper said it was “the worst day of my life” when his daughter showed up to his office and told him that she had shot her husband. “She said, ...

iPhone baloney?

Outside the Carlsbad Apple Store for two days

By the time the Apple Store in Carlsbad opened their doors at 8:00 a.m. on September 19, 300 people were in line to get their hands on the new iPhone 6 and 6+. All in ...

Pistol-packing housewife

“She couldn’t take it anymore.”

Julie Harper killed her husband Jason with a two-shot derringer that her father had given her for self-protection when she was going to college in the 1990s, according to her attorney who spoke to jurors ...

Carlsbad's low-risk seafood spot

Comfortable atmosphere equates to mild flavor

Sometimes it feels like I photograph fish tacos for a living. I review a lot of fish tacos because I eat a lot of them — because San Diego produces a lot of them. But ...

Carlsbad premiers a master

The 11th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival will present multiple interesting classical performances.

The 11th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival is starting September 19th and goes through the 21st. Pulitzer-prize winning composer and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang will be in residence and his music will be ...

Julie Harper may claim self-defense

Jury selection for Carlsbad murder trial set for next week

In court on September 3, there were many hints that a Carlsbad housewife accused of murder would take the witness box in her own defense during her upcoming trial. Julie Elizabeth Harper, now 41, is ...

How was I-5 traffic this summer?

SANDAG plan moves forward to widen 27 miles of interstate

On August 13, with the unprecedented support of all six cities between San Diego and Oceanside, the California Coastal Commission gave the green light to SANDAG’s long-term plan to widen I-5. After the unanimous vote ...

New kid in town not so bad

Carlsbad surf shop owners don’t complain about Sun Diego

In June, Sun Diego (a surf shop Carlsbad locals describe as being for inlanders and tourists) opened its doors on Coast Highway in the historic Twin Inns building. The one square block Village Faire shopping ...

Boom. Just like that

Lightning threat prompts lifeguards to close beaches from Solana to O'side

With locals and tourists trying to grab in a few more days of summer, the beaches in North County were suddenly closed to all activity on August 20. Starting around 4:00 a.m., an incoming weather ...

Dude, that fish taco place called again

Rubio's says remote messaging not sales calls, seeks FCC clarification

Rubio's, the Carlsbad-based Mexican fast-food chain, on August 11 asked the Federal Communications Commission to clarify Telephone Consumer Protection Act applicability. In 1991, the federal government passed the act to protect people against pestiferous telephone ...

Biplane crash survivors!

Plane reportedly lost power while attempting to land in Oceanside

At 11:22 a.m. on August 5, a 1940s-era bi-winged light plane crashed and flipped over on approach to Oceanside Municipal Airport. Oceanside police officers arrived to find the pilot, Lance Murray, and his passenger Daniel ...

Extended tease

Half-mast The Full Monty at New Village Arts needs some tightening.

Early in the David Yazbeck/Terrence McNally musical a laid-off steel worker urges his mates to show “who really wears the pants in the family.” So they decide to take them off, together, at a Buffalo ...

No Winnebagos here

Surreptitious storage facility opens for classic wheels

Let’s say you’re concerned that car thieves might steal your 2014 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster that you paid $4.5 million for…or you just want to hide your purchase of a $75,000 classic Chevy from your spouse… ...

Harrowing hike in Kings Canyon

Carlsbad teen spends a night and a day lost

On July 27, 13-year old Carlsbad resident Austin Shedd went missing on a hike into the Kings Canyon National Park. His father, Dr. Rick Shedd, an ER doctor at the Mammoth Lakes Hospital, along with ...

“Unforgettable” Outtakes

Vignettes from San Diego history: Oceanside and Carlsbad.

From the Carlsbad Plain Truth (editor William Webster Borden, whose slogan was “Independent but not neutral”): “Charles Kelly has a remarkable hen. She disappeared on Dec. 25, 1886, leaving a brood of young chickens behind ...

Sophisticated water sports

No drought at Pirate Reef, Lazy River, or in the FlowBarrel

Last week, I stopped by the new waterfront park at 1600 Pacific Highway with the kids and had a picnic by the enormous fountain and its “interactive” water arches. My little ones got drenched and ...

Earthquake- and tsunami-proof in Carlsbad

Beat the heat with private access to Carlsbad State Beach

Current Owners: Jon & Carol Jensen Listing Price: $11,500,000 Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Looking for a way to beat the heat during another sweltering San Diego summer? Try this coastal mansion, with private access to ...

It’s not a bicycle — it’s an ad!

Orange ghost-bikes seen locked up around North County

North County folks from Carlsbad to Cardiff by the Sea may have been wondering what’s up with the bright orange bicycles seen around town. They are just sitting there all day, chained to sign posts. ...

Carlsbad drowning victim found

David Velasco went under after a wave overtook him on the shoreline

At around 6:00 a.m. on July 10, a body was discovered floating in the shallow water on an Oceanside beach. The 911 call came from two surfers as they prepared to go into the water ...

Last Call: El Henry, Milvotchkee, Visconsin, Miss Firecracker Contest, Spamalot!

Hate to see these go. But they will, come Sunday.

El Henry, Herbert Siguenza, of Culture Clash fame, has written a rousing, funny, and eloquent script based on Shakespeare’s history play, Henry IV, Part one. We’re at Aztlan City — i.e. post-apocalyptic San Diego in ...

Witness to a reef

An abundance of ocean life awaits discovery on a beach walk.

Walk at low tide to discover multiple tide pools. Get to know your anemones from Cardiff to Carlsbad.

"The plumber touched me" defense

Six years in prison for ATM robbery of employer

On June 16, a San Diego judge ordered six years in prison for a young man convicted of robbing his employer at an ATM machine, after a dispute over pay more than a year ago. ...

Gumption rules

Gonzo Miss Firecracker Contest at New Village Arts crackles and pops

Daren Scott’s directed how many shows? Less than a handful? His staging of Beth Henley’s gonzo comedy feels like the work of a seasoned pro. Not only has he served the play well, his cast ...

Kids to stand up for dead dad?

Prosecutor says he'll call young witnesses to testify against Julie Harper

During a brief hearing in court today, June 3, prosecutor Keith Watanabe complained to the judge, again, “We haven’t gotten the murder weapon yet.” Julie Elizabeth Harper, now 41, is accused of shooting her husband ...

Come for the sushi, stay for the eggplant

Nephew discovers raw truth about sushi

“Wait! Sushi is raw fish?” My nephew had this revelation while we were getting read to chow down on an assortment of mackerel, octopus, raw shrimp, bluefin and other delicacies at Blue Ocean Robata and ...

What is the one thing in life I was created for?

The secret of John and a vampire named Ozzy.

Membership: 700 Affiliation: Association of Related Churches (ARC) Pastor: Aaron Jayne Age: 38 Born: Wichita, KS Formation: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ; planted Dream Center, Los Angeles Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: What’s your ...

For whom the vet extols...

Vic Caruana doesn’t skimp on Memorial Day recognitions

Each year Korean War vet, Vic Caruana, 85, decorates his home for Memorial Day weekend. It’s not hard to miss his house on Harding Street with the 66 American flags, five branches-of-service flags, and his ...

After the fire: return to Poinsettia Lane

No shrubs to hide dumping grounds; soil “purified” by intense heat

A May 19 visit to the 1700 block of Poinsettia Lane, site of Carlsbad’s “Poinsettia Fire,” revealed a much different scene than just one week ago: apparently, illegal dumpers have been throwing their trash in ...

Quiche on the beach

Bacon and red peppers elicit a happy dance at pricey Carlsbad spot

My husband took me to lunch at a restaurant I’ve been eyeing for a few months called Chandler’s, located inside the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort and Spa. I love a good lobby, and this one ...

Carlsbad fire official designates potential crime scene

But, “It could have been just one golfer’s stogie that started this whole thing.”

On the evening of May 13, most North County coastal residents breathed a sigh of relief that the “Bernardo“ fire in the Rancho Santa Fe area appeared to have not developed into a repeat of ...

Robbery or payday?

ATM surveillance video shows “Nobody’s touching anyone”

A San Diego jury will decide if a young man just wanted to get paid after his employer made an unwanted sexual advance on him or if the defendant threatened and then robbed the older ...

Fling that Frisbee — there's hundreds in it for you!

Carlsbad world champion

I have former world-champion disc-golfer, Frisbee pioneer, Carlsbad resident John Kirkland on the phone. Kirkland, 67, says, “I was there at the very beginning and I’m still doing it seven days a week. “When I ...

Shot dead in bedroom

Defendant Julie Harper has a couple guns

Attorneys were in court on May 9, preparing for the trial of Julie Elizabeth Harper, 41, who is accused of shooting her husband Jason, 39, nearly two years ago. The prosecutor said he hoped the ...

You want electricity or not?

Saturday traffic jam unexpected on Carlsbad surface streets

At around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, SDG&E started a construction project to get power across Olivenhain Road to a new, small development of condos off of Amargosa Drive. The construction required the reduction ...

As Lambesis awaits sentencing…

Delay affords As I Lay Dying frontman a couple more weeks at home

The sentencing of Tim Lambesis for soliciting a hit man to kill his wife was delayed two weeks, from this morning, May 2, until May 16. The As I Lay Dying frontman and admitted would-be-assassin ...

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