Rancho Penasquitos Stories

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Insects and their kin are regularly featured in religious writing and iconography. While plagues of locusts might spring to mind, not all representations of insects in religion are so negative. Join Dr. Michael Wall as ...

Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Camino Ruiz Trailhead

Hike down to a canyon floor through scrub oak “tunnels."

This is the only trail that accesses Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve from the south rim between Black Mountain Road and the West End parking lot off Sorrento Valley Blvd. Before the Camino Ruiz Trailhead was ...

Lopez Canyon, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

This Los Peñasquitos tributary canyon has varied natural resources and a rich biodiversity of species.

St. Timothy Episcopal Church

Willy Crespo, prison priest

Columnist Patrick Daugherty tries to hunt down a a Beretta M9 for sale.

Gumby-Suited Would-Be Thief Fails at 7-Eleven Robbery in Rancho Peñasquitos

SDPD public Information officer/detective Gary Hassen reported that an individual in a Gumby costume attempted to rob the 7-Eleven at 9701 Carmel Mountain Road in Rancho Peñasquitos on September 7 at 12:30 a.m. Store surveillance ...

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

With its natural beauty and abundant resources, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is one of my favorite places for biking, jogging and hiking – horseback riding is also a favorite for folks who frequent the canyon. ...

Mercy Community Church

Brightly colored banners touting secular virtues hang on the walls of the pale green elementary-school auditorium that serves as a worship space for Mercy Community Church. It’s a fine old list: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, ...

They Have No Concrete Proof

On April 12, 2007, I did some concrete work in the backyard of my Rancho Peñasquitos home with the help of my wife, son-in-law, and two close friends. I rented a cement mixer in Poway, ...

Boarder Region Reopens

The Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park, located at 10111 Carmel Mountain Road, reopened on June 30 after having been closed for several months due to safety hazards -- the four-year old wooden ramps had deteriorated. The ...

Anarchy Was a Bonus

The Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park, located at 10111 Carmel Mountain Road, has remained unsupervised since January 2009 due to San Diego’s budget problems. Initially, skaters were permitted to use the site at their own risk. ...

Mad World

Four thousand people made their way into the Mt. Carmel High School stadium to hear American Idol contestant Adam Lambert sing on Friday, May 8. Why was Lambert there? Because a return to one's high ...

Crime Cam Stolen!

On January 21, at 10:00 a.m., upon hearing loud, repetitive knocking at her front door, a Torrey Highlands resident looked through the peephole and saw a man outside. She assumed the person might be a ...

The Gathering Place Church

Pastor John Ettore crouched down by my seat to welcome me, his hand heavy upon my shoulder, granite intensity in his face as he told me about Alan Vincent, an Englishman-turned-American and the guest preacher ...

The Death of Leisure Life Apartments

The normally quiet, suburban community of Rancho Peñasquitos is battling blight that seems to be worsening daily. The Leisure Life Apartments (near the corner of Carmel Mountain Road and Peñasquitos Drive) are not providing much ...

A New Dog Park Worth Barking About

If you have ever wondered what dogs dream about when their tails start tapping the floor during deep sleep, retrieving tennis balls and making friends at the new dog park in Rancho Peñasquitos is it! ...

Little League Tryouts

Rancho Peñasquitos Little League held baseball tryouts at Canyonside Community Park on Saturday and Sunday, January 10-11, 2009. Players aged 8 through 12 demonstrated their batting, catching, throwing, and running skills in both the infield ...

The 8000 B.C. Deerhunter

“Only one other fluted point has ever been found in San Diego,” says George Kline, graduate student in archaeology at San Diego State University. Kline describes a fluted point as an arrowhead with a “channel ...

North Slope Black Mountain

After many years of awkward accessibility, or no access at all, the north slope of Black Mountain once again welcomes hikers (and their four-legged companions). The new, improved access to the Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail ...

Garage Band

I went to a house concert in Rancho Peñasquitos where Steve Poltz, the Rugburns singer/guitarist, was performing. Though he plays at the Casbah and Belly-Up often, those shows are nothing like sitting on a driveway ...

It Smells Like Feet in Here

I had a busy day one weekend. It started by going to the KUSI studio. They wanted to talk to me on their morning news program about parties. I felt awkward on a day when ...

The Best Nation In the World

I went to a few interesting parties in March that I'm just getting around to writing about. One was at a place downtown called the Shout House. It was their first anniversary and also a ...

Hike to summit of Black Mountain

Climb Black Mountain in Rancho Peñasquitos for an inclusive view of San Diego's ancient marine terraces.

Adult Boys of Rancho Peñasquitos

Last March California voters approved Proposition 21, the anti-juvenile crime initiative, by a gang-busting 62 percent. San Diegans passed the measure by a full two-thirds. To date it’s been a galvanizing nine months for local ...

The Trouble with Harry

Had it not been for his wife, Harry Mathis says he never would have known about ESPN's plans to use La Jolla Shores Drive for a high-speed X Games skating demonstration - plans that were ...

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