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Stories by Cindy Winslow

Take It to the Canyon

Hikers, bikers, Boy Scouts, conservationists, and councilman Carl DeMaio were among the crowd of around 50 people gathered at Camino Ruiz Park in Mira Mesa on Saturday, August 8, to celebrate the opening of the ...

August 13, 2009
No-wait Nuptials Nixed

San Diego County is putting the brakes on spur-of-the-moment marriages. Beginning Monday, July 6, marriage licenses and civil ceremonies will be offered by appointment only. “The walk-in marriage services are being discontinued due to budgetary ...

Poachers Get Shellfish

For many San Diegans, the La Jolla Underwater Park is a tranquil place to observe marine life in its natural environment. Poachers, however, seem to view the state-protected marine conservation area as their own personal ...

June 25, 2009
Fallbrook’s Mine — A Hit or the Pits?

A pristine wilderness area northeast of Fallbrook is at the center of a heated controversy, pitting local residents against a multibillion-dollar Fortune 1000 construction company. Five years ago Granite Construction announced its plan to develop ...

State's TB Scare

A San Diego State University student who attended classes during the spring 2009 semester has been diagnosed with active, infectious tuberculosis. The student is considered to have been contagious between March 1 and May 21. ...

Beyond Pesky Flies

On June 2, county officials announced a quarantine on areas of Mira Mesa after finding four adult Mediterranean fruit flies and 14 larvae in the neighborhood. “They were all found in residential yards,” says county ...

Drive-By in the Burbs

Heading down Poway Road on Sunday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m., I heard a loud popping sound seemingly emanate from my tire. Thinking I’d run over a rock, I pulled into the nearest parking lot ...

June 4, 2009
Tainted Catch

Divers take note — if you’re in Mission Bay, La Jolla, or anywhere else along the California coast, don’t move a mussel. Or, to be more specific, don’t harvest and eat a mussel. A quarantine ...

SSSSnake Season

It’s rattlesnake season again. With the recent warmer temperatures and sunny afternoons, encounters between local hikers and snakes are becoming more common. Iron Mountain Trail, on the outskirts of Poway, has been host to a ...

May 22, 2009
Rabbit Flu-Flu

A New Zealand white rabbit discovered last month by campers at Oceanside’s Guajome County Park has tested positive for Tularemia, or “rabbit fever,” a rare infectious disease that can cause severe illness and death in ...

Pity

Visiting the San Diego County Animal Shelter in Bonita last week, it became apparent that the shelter is home to a disproportionately large number of pit bulls and pit-bull-mix dogs. According to Daniel DeSousa of ...

May 10, 2009
Big Fly in the Sky

A low-flying helicopter hovered over Sabre Springs on the morning of April 29. Its mission was to kill mosquito larvae in three areas of standing water near the intersection of Poway Road and Sabre Springs ...

April 30, 2009
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 ...

April 25, 2009
Stop Draggin' My Cart Around

At the recent March meeting of the Mira Mesa Town Council, a concerned resident stood before the group to voice her dismay on an issue that has plagued the town for years -- abandoned shopping ...

Talk’s Cheap – Free

“Mira Mesa is such a diverse area,” says Lien Dao, the community’s library branch manager. “People here are very eager to learn different languages to communicate with each other.” Dao says anyone with a library ...

March 28, 2009
Oh, Boil

Life is returning to normal for residents of Carmel Valley after nearly four days under a boil-water order. The state lifted the order this morning, March 25, notifying residents that their tap water was once ...

The End of Mobile Counseling

Today, March 20, marks the final day of mobile counseling services for residents of the rural East County communities affected by the Harris Fire. The October 2007 wildfire burned 90,440 acres across Dulzura, Potrero, Tecate, ...

Bat News

On March 3, the phrase “look what the cat dragged in” took on a whole new meaning for one Santee resident, whose pet cat brought home a dead bat. The cat’s owner promptly contacted the ...

March 12, 2009
Pity for the Spanish

On Thursday, March 5, beaches at Spanish Landing and Shelter Island re-opened after being closed due to a sewage spill. The spill, which began at 10:35 a.m. on March 4, released approximately 1400 gallons of ...

Where's the Sushi Joint?

During recent rains, as our nation continued to struggle with signs of a falling economy, businesses at a Poway strip mall were faced with a falling sign. Kevin Yang, a sushi chef at a nearby ...

February 25, 2009
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 ...

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