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Peace in the Tijuana River Valley

County parks works with Border Patrol to remove safety hazards

After a safety officer for the Border Patrol union raised concerns, San Diego County Parks & Recreation officials agreed to remove some recently installed bollards and fences from and alongside trails in Tijuana River Valley ...

Border Patrol declares foul

County parks trail improvements include obstacles

As a finishing touch to an $8.4 million project next to the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, the county is installing low poles called bollards down the middle of trails and putting ...

Lookin' at you, Airbnb

"I can understand your excitement...but we have a hotel next door."

The best way to go after the burgeoning private vacation rental market in Pacific Beach is to try to collect hotel occupancy taxes, city councilwoman Lorie Zapf told about 120 people at the Pacific Beach ...

County parks go commercial

Naming rights to trails, ballfields, playgrounds, gardens, and more for sale!

Many of the 50 miles of new trails built by San Diego County Parks and Recreation shall remain nameless — both at the trailheads and on the maps — unless and until someone buys the ...

California gnatcatchers should be extremely worried

Removal of birds from endangered list to be seriously considered soon

The California gnatcatcher, the little blue-gray songbird that sounds like a kitten, may come off the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's list of threatened and endangered species — a result of a series of DNA ...

Trail blazed. Let's ride.

"It's great what people will do for a free hamburger."

On January 31, about 120 volunteers cut and shaped a new trail in the Black Mountain Open Space. City park rangers, including Joe DeWolf, guided the volunteers on the epic work day that left the ...

Aw, baby, you're too skinny

This year's starving sea lion population is climbing

When Jody Westberg opens the Dutch door of a cage made of plastic-coated chain-link fence, the reaction is immediate. Fat, shiny little sea lions rush the half-door barking at her. You have fish, they seem ...

Lucky stroke

Victim has blood clot removed from brain, reverts to able-bodied

Last summer, Stefan Reisch was driving west on the I-8 near Waring Road at 9:30 in the morning when it hit. "I thought, Are you having a stroke? But that couldn't be,” he says. "So ...

Fear for a good neighbor

National City market's live-music permit worrisome to some

National City councilmembers voted Wednesday, January 21, to allow the Grill House at Big Ben Specialty Market to run a live-music venue on its new outdoor patio on weekends. "This is the first place like ...

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