Spring Valley Stories

70 percent of homes listed for sale in National City in distress

In northeastern part of Oceanside 69 percent of homes on market are short sales or foreclosures

What’s the difference between National City and Rancho Santa Fe? Well — er, uh — money comes to mind. Last year, median household income in National City was $44,130, according to figures provided by the ...

America's Own Instrument

“On the banjo, as on a guitar, there are pieces of metal — on ours they’re made of nickel silver — called frets,” says Carolina Bridges, director of public relations for Deering banjos. “They have ...

Radio Blabbermouth

Thirty Years AgoThank you for your article on our boss, Lowell Blankfort (“Press Passes,” March 30). We commend Paul Krueger’s skill in capturing the personality of this Star-News co-publisher quite accurately (in the view of ...

Faith Chapel, Spring Valley

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At Faith Chapel on Sunday, the crisis had passed; the evacuees had returned to their homes. The 150 air mattresses, donated to the church along with blankets and pillows, had been packed away. The 150 ...

Get in My Belly

I got a call about a belly-dance party in Spring Valley. I'm sure my neighbors heard my car tires burn rubber. When I arrived, the place was SRO. I found space in the kitchen with ...

Gilded Shams: The Great American Fraud (Part Three)

You wonder if Alfred Huntington Isham knew his last name harbored a confession of guilt. Maybe he did. But given his dim view of human nature, and supreme confidence in his persuasive powers, maybe “I ...

San Diego homicides from the first half on 2007

Man brings lover roses then shoots her

Shocked shoppers see a woman fall to her death from a parking structure at Parkway Plaza in El Cajon. Was she pushed? In Chollas View, a mother loses the second of her two sons to ...

Hike or bike through a long, spring-green valley in Escondido's Daley Ranch preserve.

The nearly flat ramble along Daley Ranch's Jack Creek Meadow is best in the springtime -- and also comfortably suitable during the summer, provided you travel in the cooler early morning or late afternoon. If ...

The Oud Couple

I was on my way to a belly-dancing party in Spring Valley while talkinq to a friend on my cell phone who said, "I would drive to Reno to see a bunch of hot belly ...

Total Deliverance Worship Center, Spring Valley

"He hath sent me to proclaim liberty to captives," read the Scripture verse painted on the side wall. The Lucite lectern bore the church's logo: a crown imposed over a tilted cross, itself imposed over ...

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 ...

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 ...

Inside Faith Chapel and through the Akiki trial

Conviction of things not seen

Please understand my cousin P. and how she landed in the church and singles group that became notorious on account of Dale Akiki’s trial. P.’s a hero of mine. She got raised by a stern ...

Dictionary Hill in Spring Valley got its name from encyclopedia salesman

And its streets are laid out on a grid

Dear Matthew Alice: San Diego County has lots of odd names, but one of my favorites is Dictionary Hill in Spring Valley. Why is it called Dictionary Hill? Why can't I find it on any ...

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