Pala Stories

Passing out food on the Pala reservation

Squash, peaches, nectarines

It's a slow Tuesday for Michelle Silva, a recreational aide at the Pala Youth Center near the northern border of San Diego County. Most of the center's charges, which number as many as 70 during ...

Valley Center pursuit ended with car in flames on freeway

Career criminal admits two more felonies

Three weeks ago a pursuit began when Sheriff deputies spotted a black 2006 Audi A3 that had been reported stolen in Valley Center. Driver Brian Kleinfeldt, a career criminal, took off and started a 37-minute ...

Amateur poker player has decent payday

“The guy that finished first, I think he learned a few things from me."

After 18 years of playing Texas hold ’em poker in area casinos, David Scheunemann of Oceanside recently won the biggest pot of his life. Scheunemann placed fifth in the World Poker Tour Foundation’s three-day tournament ...

Discover San Diego's native heritage

The Pala and Kumeyaay: a pre-Spanish history.

Few people know that San Diego County has more American Indian reservations than any other county in the nation. Native American tribes have lived in the area for over 12,000 years. Today, a majority of ...

Trash, gambling, and Democrats

It’s second call for San Diego Democrats and their annual convention at the Pala Casino next month. The sign-up deadline was extended to September 12 to drum up business. “We’ve just confirmed California Assembly Speaker ...

Can you find the big secret in this casino?

Pala tribe cuts dissident members off rolls, including former tribal chairman King Freeman.

Interviews with Pala tribe members who are at odds since Indian gaming was made legal in California.

Man admits fatal crash in Pala one year ago

Driver under-influence-of-meth drove head-on into motorcyclist, prosecutor said

Michael James Inglett admitted gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, in San Diego’s North County Superior Court last week. It was a year ago when Inglett’s vehicle crossed the center line of Highway 76 ...

Exalta Farms

Previous residents: Brian and Helga Fritz, Chino Greenhouses Listing price: $29,950,000 Beds: 5 Baths: 9 House size: 7019 square feet Sometimes the desire for privacy goes beyond the seclusion offered by a guard-controlled, gated community. ...

Pala Indians don't get Warner Springs Ranch

But unusual bankruptcy court deal suggests Pala may eventually triumph.

Bankruptcy Court Judge Louise Adler has awarded ailing Warner Springs Ranch to the low bidder, denying it to the Pala Indians, but an unusual twist suggests to some skeptics that the tribe will eventually get ...

Wilderness Gardens Preserve

Chaparral-cloaked hills, a wide river valley with oak woodland vegetation, and sections of lush riparian flora.

Residents Are Revved Up In Fight Against Noise At Pala Raceway

Residents perched on the hills in the unincorporated community of Rainbow are gearing up for a fight. A group of them will meet on January 21 to discuss the noise from popular off-road track, Pala ...

Help Is a Ping Away

Last week, sheriff's deputies rescued two surveyors who’d become lost while working on a Stewart Canyon landfill project. On December 30, James Plunkett, 30, and Jason Wold, 25, were placing markers in the area when, ...

First Swine, Now Squirrels

On April 2, a ground squirrel from the Doane Valley Campground on Palomar Mountain tested positive for plague, the “black death” disease that ravaged Europe and killed millions during the 14th Century. “The number of ...

Classic San Diego

In corners and beneath our noses.

Most-Filmed Wild West Main Street Don't look yet. Turn off Woodside onto Maine and behold a li'l old Wild West street that'll knock your spurs off. It huddles beneath a perfect movie-set backdrop of towering ...

Reservation Blues

Twenty years ago, concert promoter Bill Silva predicted that there would eventually be two concert markets in San Diego County: North County and metro San Diego. In other words, the same artist could play both ...

Hive Mentality

How San Diego beekeepers deal with the African strain upon us

I love honey. I love honey! Like the bears. All day long my coffee has honey instead of sugar. My cereal has honey. My toast, honey on it. Always honey." David Rojas of San Marcos ...

No Dice for Indians

And no craps, bacccarat, or roulette for casinos in San Diego County

In 1986, the tiny Pequot tribe, which had no full-blooded members, started a bingo hall. In 1992, the Pequots opened Foxwoods Casino, which is now said to be the most lucrative single casino in the world.

Steer Your Bike around the Rainbow-Pala Route Through Rural Northern San Diego County and Southern Riverside County

For a taste of some fast-disappearing rural serenity in inland North County, try the following looping bicycle route through hills and valleys straddling the San Diego-Riverside County line. You'll gain and lose about 1300 feet ...

Explore the Easy-Going Trails of Wilderness Gardens Preserve near Pala in North San Diego County

Wilderness Gardens Preserve, a 676-acre jewel of county parkland near Pala in north inland San Diego County, encompasses the grounds of an old ranch -- the former retreat of Manchester Boddy, owner of a Los ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Reach For The Stars

Palomar Mountain Observatory 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar 760-742-2119 Palomar, which means Pigeon Haven in La Jolla Indian dialect, is not an outing for those prone to carsickness. Once you exit I-15, curves are the norm. ...

Follow the trace of the Elsinore Fault through San Diego County's mountains and desert.

Like a subterranean knife-wound, the Elsinore Fault slices across the heart of San Diego County's backcountry, promising an earth-shaking jolt or two during the next few centuries. Sputtering movements over geologic time along its opposing ...

Native Bytes

San Diego's Indian tribes hope Internet technology will bring back the old days, the pre-Cabrillo days, when they traded and traveled among themselves. They believe technology could help them preserve their culture. Up until now, ...

Best of 2001: Best Scottish Hamburgers

Nessy Burger at Highway 76 and Old Highway 395, near Pala Mesa Village Up on the windy heights inland from Oceanside, where Route 76 meets Old Highway 395, a little piece of Scotland survives. Alistair, ...

Removal Remembrance

Cupa days celebration

Estimates say the Cupeños never numbered over 1000. Today the Cupeños, combined with the Luiseños, on whose land the Cupeños were relocated, have a combined membership of under 900.

San Diego Is No Place for Cows

Say goodbye to one of the county's last dairy farms

"San Diego County is not the place. It's never been very conducive to dairies, and they won't allow new dairies. The last new dairy that was built in San Diego County was in 1971."

Nobody Doesn't Like Capital Gains

Mayor Susan Golding has filed a personal financial disclosure statement showing she has invested well in the pharmaceutical business. The mayor, who's seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer, is required by Senate ...

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