Spring Valley Stories

Mojito Mixer

I arrived at Armando's 40th birthday party in a bad mood. I was invited by his girlfriend Laurie. She and I talked on the phone, and I learned that they had worked together and dated ...

Walk narrow, curving byways to the top of East County's Mount Helix.

As day breaks on many a September or an October morning, cone-shaped Mount Helix floats like a desert island above the cool, sopping-wet marine layer. While walking up along the mountainside on mornings like these, ...

Bullets for the Bully

Spring Valley's Dictionary Hill site of moral quandary

Eight of the 13 shots Palm fired traveled through Harper's body. Palm hid the gun in a nearby canyon, then returned home. Two hours and 40 minutes later, sheriff's deputies arrested Palm at his house. 

Big brains

Densa to Mensa

I ended up staying so late at this party that Lederer had to subtly hint for me and the last guest to leave his house by saying, "We have to start cleaning this place up.”

Best of 2003: Best Banjos

Deering Banjo Company 3733 Kenora Drive, Spring Valley www.deeringbanjos.com 619-464-8252 The Deering Banjo Company is world-renowned for its affordable handmade banjos. Back in 1978, Greg and Janet Deering started building banjos for the beginner out ...

Best of 2003: Best Emu Steaks

Rancho San Diego Emus 9966 Dolores Street, Suite 101, Spring Valley www.emuoil4u.com 619-464-3000 Tastes like steak, has less cholesterol than turkey, and needs a lot less pasture to raise. Willi Seeger has 100 emus on ...

Smokey Bandits

From July of 2000 to April 2001, a new kind of crime wave hit San Diego County. Boiled down to penal-code labeling -- 211 for armed robbery, 459 for burglary -- the crimes weren't anything ...

Best of 2001: Best Horsing Around

Sanford Bright Valley Farms 12310 Campo Road, Spring Valley 619-670-1861 Located about 15 minutes west of downtown, several well-maintained grassy pastures are available for rides, most including corrals where you can prep and pamper your ...

Best of 2000: Best Strip Mall For Bachelors

Strip mall next to Chevy Chase Apartments Intersection of Spring Street and Broadway, Spring Valley Let's say you're a single male in the Chevy Chase, an unremarkable enough apartment complex, except for its location next ...

Take a short hike to secluded Big Spring in Tubb Canyon, overlooking Borrego Valley.

Big Spring, tucked in a tributary of Tubb Canyon on the west side of Borrego Valley, is one of the more reliable water producers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. As such, it is an ...

Can you make a list of the steepest streets in San Diego?

Matt: Would you do a favor for all us bike riders and make a list of the steepest streets in San Diego? -- A. Rider, San Diego Dear Matthew Alice: What are the steepest street ...

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