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Q:  Why do my dogs toenails look the same even after they get trimmed, still long?!

A:  Toenail trims are an important part of dog and cat grooming/maintenance that can lead to problems if left untrimmed, including infection/malformation of the feet. The longer you wait to trim the nails, the longer they get and the longer the "quick" will get. The "quick" refers to the blood vessels and nerves inside the toenail, which is easily seen as the pink portion inside a white toenail. The quick is impossible to see on black nails, which can make trims even more difficult. If you trim the quick, it will cause pain and bleeding, resulting in a bad experience, which will then make the next trim even more difficult! The key to long toenails is frequent nail trims, this will help shorten the quick, allowing for a shorter nail. The reason sometimes the nails look the same, even after a nail trim, is that only a small portion could be trimmed off, due to the long quick. This is even more evident in black nails. It's important to make the experience as least traumatic as possible, so a small portion will be trimmed to ensure the "quick" is not reached, so no bleeding/pain occurs. The more frequent this is done, the shorter the nails will get.

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The Game of LIFE 


Marriage? Kids? Buying a house or rental? Changing jobs? ....Life is full of major decisions! 


Even in the board game of Life, Insurance is an Integral part of the game for a good reason. The purpose of Insurance in real LIFE is to protect yourself and family from losing every thing you have if involved in a major accident, a house burning down or if an untimely death occurs. Now with a properly arranged and comprehensive Insurance plan we can help get you to where you want to be in LIFE. Whether it be 10, 20, or 30+ years ;from now, we will be here with you along the way and guide you through the Insurance aspect.


My agency has recently achieved the highest honor: Farmers Presidents Council, an accomplishment only a handful of Farmers offices hold in the nation. I've staffed my agency with outstanding individuals to provide you world class Insurance advice and customer service at no additional cost and no broker fees.


Insurance protection should be a comprehensive and progressive conversation between you, your family, and your insurance advisors. It is least useful when you broker policies to companies that limit your transaction to a 10 minute conversation or whose sole focus is to find a 'cheaper' rate but leaves you carrying most of the risk and holding the bag by yourself vs. the Insurance Company after an accident. Have you ever been on the phone for hours on end only to be redirected again once a call operator picks up (or disconnected during the wait)?


Now in your lifetime you will spend more money on your Insurance policies than your doctor, accountant, and lawyer combined! It only makes sense to find the right people to guide you through the process and we look forward to earning the right to be Your Personal Farmers Agent




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They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its root by the stream.

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It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

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Valley Center 
Headlines & Happenings

Brittney Usher Awarded Corban University "Sophomore of the Year" 

brittney375.jpgBrittney Usher was privileged to be awarded "The 2013 - 2014 Sophomore of the Year" by the Department of Education at Corban University.

She is currently studying to be an Elementary Teacher in Salem, Oregon and will graduate in 2016.

Brittney is the daughter of Craig and Elizabeth Usher of Valley Center.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
prescription.JPGLooking to get rid of unwanted and expired prescription drugs? The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will collect and dispose of these medicines during the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) eighth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

This event is on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sheriff's Deputies will be at the following locations:

• Alpine Sheriff's Station: 2751 Alpine Boulevard
• Lakeside - Walgreens Parking Lot: 9728 Winter Gardens Boulevard
• Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation: 388 East Alvarado Street
• Rancho San Diego - McGrath Family YMCA: 12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley
• Imperial Beach Sheriff's Substation: 845 Imperial Beach Boulevard
• Lemon Grove Sheriff's Substation: 3240 Main Street
• Poway Sheriff's Station: 13100 Bowron Road
• Encinitas - Scripps Encinitas Hospital: 354 Santa Fe Drive
• Ramona - Albertson's Parking Lot: 1459 Main Street
• Santee - Walgreen's Parking Lot: 10512 Mission Gorge Road
• Vista - Walgreens Parking Lot: 310 Sycamore Road

This service is free and anonymous. No sharps or needles accepted. Unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be dangerous to the community by falling into the wrong hands.

For a list of drop-off locations, go to: You can also drop off unwanted prescriptions at any Sheriff's Station or Substation during normal business hours. For more information, visit:
Please Note: The Valley Center Sheriff's Substation has a prescription drug disposal box inside the station where unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be dropped off during normal business hours all year long; however, the Valley Center station will not be open on Saturday, April 26th. 

Fruitvale Road Upgrades Almost Complete

primary-fruitvale.JPGThe County has added "No U-turn" signs in front of the Primary School and the double-yellow divider lines are nearly finished in preparation for the Primary School's new pick-up and drop-off procedures along Fruitvale Road. 

Starting Monday, April 21 parents will be picking up and dropping off their students in the Primary School parking lot.and the buses will utilize Fruitvale Rd for drop-off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon.

Click here to read the full story by Primary School principal, Tina Calabrese.

The VCFPD Wants to Help You Stay in Business
How safe is your place of business? Find out by taking this survey provided by the Valley Center Fire Protection District. 
Every "yes" response indicates a positive, fire-safety situation, but a "no" response indicates a potential fire hazard that needs to be reviewed and corrected.
Are your portable fire extinguishers up to date? (Should have a tag date stamped that is less than a year old)
  • Are your portable fire extinguishers visible, mounted properly and free of obstructions? (Should be between 4" and 60" from floor and nothing within a 36" radius of the extinguisher)
  • Do you have a commercial kitchen and is the hood system inspected and up to date? (Required to be inspected twice a year - date tag should be less than 6 month old)
  • Are all fire sprinkler heads free from obstruction? (Storage should not to be within 18" of the head and nothing hanging from the sprinkler head)
  • Are fire doors properly working and free from obstruction? (They are not permitted to be propped open by wedges or any other temporary device)
  • Are rolling fire door/shutters tested annually? (They are required to be drop tested once a year)
  • Do you have an adequate number of fire extinguishers? (They should be placed so travel distance does not exceed 75 feet or where there is a significant hazardous area to protect such as kitchens)
  • Are exit doors clearly marked, illuminated and free from obstruction? (They are required to be identified with signs that are internally or externally illuminated when structure has 50 occupants or more)
  • Are all exit doors unlocked during business hours?
  • Are all exits not obstructed or used for storage and are they well lit?
  • Are all electrical plates and outlets free from exposed wiring? (Cover plates are required, no open junction boxes are permitted)
  • Are extension cords used properly? (They are for temporary purposes (90 days) and not used as a substitution for permanent wiring)
  • Are electrical panels labeled with circuits and kept clear at least 36 inches from storage?
  • Are gas cylinders secured to prevent tipping?
  • Are hallways and storage spaces free of accumulated rubbish?
  • Is storage kept 24 inches from the ceiling?
  • Is your address properly posted? (6 inch height minimum / contrasting colors)
  • Are fire lanes clearly posted and marked?
  • Are combustibles kept a safe distance from any heat source? (Minimum of 36 inches)
  • Are flammable liquids properly used and stored? (Must be stored in an approved cabinet)
  • Are employees trained in fire safety and able to use a fire extinguisher?
  • Are fire drills conducted frequently?ü  Are employees aware of the location of fire extinguishers and exit doors? (must have a posted map/plan)
  • Are safety issues enforced at all times? (Do you have a written policy)
  • Are hazardous materials properly labeled?ü  Are hazardous materials properly stored and disposed of?
  • Do you have stored flammable gases used in your business and are they stored properly?
  • Do you have current MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) on site for hazardous materials?
  • Do you have a Fire Safety Plan?
  • Are Employees trained in this plan? 
Should you have any questions, please call the Valley Center Fire Protection District at 760-751-7600 to set up a site visit. 

Rodeo Queen Pageant
by Julie Picot

rodeoqueens.jpgMichael Robertson, the owner of Hidden Oaks Ranch, opened up his ranch gates for the 2014 Valley Center Rodeo Queen Pageant on April 12th. His ranch offered the contestants the perfect location to show off why they should be the 2014 Valley Center Rodeo Queen, Junior Queen and Young Miss. The Contestants started off the day by showing off their Horsemanship skills. 

In the evening the contestants opened up the pageant with dancing to the song Wildflower. Bridgette LaHaye, the 2013 Teen Miss Rodeo California, did an amazing job as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The Contestants then wowed the crowd modeling their western wear and giving speeches and answering impromptu questions. These young women have spent the last 3 months preparing for this evening and it really showed. The evening came to an end with the crowning of Renee Terbursh as Queen, Briana Garcia as Junior Queen, and Lacey Bainbridge as Junior Queen. 

Mutton Bustin' Returns to the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo - Sign Up on May 3rd

mutton1.jpgThe Valley Center Stampede Rodeo will again be offering the popular Mutton Bustin' event to kids. In a world of video games and computers, Valley Center Stampede Rodeo has geared up to get our kids off the couch and involved in the sport of rodeo by offering some good old fashioned outside fun. 

Welcome to the world of Mutton Bustin', also known as "Wool Riding," where the brave rider gets astride a wooly sheep. As the roar of the crowd around them fades away they prepare themselves for a ride that will last only seconds, but will seem like an eternity and almost surely end with a roll in the dirt. On the other end of those seconds is a cherished belt buckle, an acknowledgement of their bravery and determination to stay on.

Just like in the rodeo, Mutton Bustin' allows kids to reenact the rodeo rituals of bull & brong riding in miniature form. Imagine riding bulls & broncs with no ropes, spurs, or saddles and with riders under 50 pounds! The kids straddle the sheep and when they are ready, the gate is opened releasing sheep and rider into the arena with the rider hanging on as long as they can. Every rider earns a buckle and a permanent ear to ear grin.

There is little danger to the sheep or the child as the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo insists on safety for both. While there are no set national rules, a 50 pound weight limit is enforced to protect the sheep and safety helmets and vests are required to protect the riders. The sheep are provided by the livestock contractor, fed hay and rolled corn and get regular veterinary checkups.

How do they ride them? Well, many of them do not get beyond the chute; however, those who manage to stay on, ride lying down clinging tightly to the wool. Riders are more likely to slide off than fall with that riding style. No matter how long they stay on the unusual and exciting experience of riding a sheep (even for just a few seconds) is empowering and builds self-confidence along the way.

Falls and tumbles abound, but the cheers, shouts, smiles and encouragement from the crowd, family and guests make the pain of a tumble go away pretty quickly; especially when they receive their well-earned belt buckle!

Kids must be between the ages of 4 and 7 years old and 50 pounds or less. The Entry Fee is $30.00. Parents must sign a waiver to let their children participate. Helmets and protective vests are provided by the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo and riders will be required to wear both. Entry is limited to the first 40 riders who sign up.

Sign up in person at Armstrong Feed & Supply on May 3, 2014 between 9 am - 12 pm. For entry to be accepted bring proof of medical insurance along with the completed and signed entry form, along with a check, cash, or money order payable to Valley Center Rodeo. Entry forms can be downloaded at For more information contact Robin Collins at:

Are you, or your business, interested in sponsoring the Mutton Bustin' event? If so, you will be rewarded with publicity as well as gratitude from the young cowboys and cowgirls as they show off their courage and talents. For more information on how to become a rodeo sponsor, contact Chairwoman Joyce Holmes at 760-445-1723 or email her at

Valley Center Middle School Bands & Choir Earn Top Awards at Music in the Parks

Band-Knotts-Dual.jpgAustin Buretz and Riley Baranowski, percussionists, accompany the award-winning VCMS Chorus with feature solos from Michelle Macklin and Sophia Rizzotto for the Music in the Parks 2014 event at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, April 12 (shown on left).

Sophia Rizzotto also earned an overall solo award, along with Jaimie Mendiola for his overall band solo. Each year, the program hosts elementary, middle and high schools from as far away as Las Vegas, NV and El Paso, TX, here in southern California. 

This year, Valley Center Middle School earned 1st place in Middle School Chorus, 1st place in Middle School Jazz Band, 1st place in Middle School Concert Band. They also earned Overall Best Jazz Band and Overall Best Concert Band, beating out all other elementary, middle and high schools. The Valley Center Middle School bands are under the direction of Mr. Jeff Beck and the chorus is under the direction of Mrs. Laralee Beck. 

Music in the Parks hosts competitions in conjunction with theme parks throughout the United States and is known for its well-versed adjudicators. The program was first founded in 1981 and hosts more than 200,000 music students each year.

So I Was Thinking..."Weighing the Truth about Wisdom"
By Phyllis Knight

PhyllisKnightPhoto.jpgAs I recently was lamenting to my husband that "I don't eat enough to weigh this much" my sweet, kind, considerate husband replied, "It's age, Honey, it's age." No, I didn't punch him. I didn't even get upset (much). I knew that what he was saying was the truth and sometimes the truth hurts. But, most importantly, I knew he was just messing with me because he knows getting older doesn't bother me (much).

In fact, there are a lot of benefits and blessings to getting older. Hopefully, as we age, we not only get older, but we get wiser. Hopefully, we learn from the life lessons we go through. Hopefully, we gain insight into ourselves as well as others, becoming kinder and gentler in our dealings with people, but stronger and more resilient in our faith.

I think wisdom is highly underrated in our society. If we acknowledge it at all, unfortunately, we certainly don't attribute it to "Old Folks." However, the older I get, the wiser those "Old Folks" become.

We have to remember that wisdom is not just knowledge; it is so much deeper than that. Wisdom is the marriage of knowledge and understanding and knowing how to use it is the offspring. It doesn't mean you have all the answers. In fact, true wisdom knows you don't have all the answers; it just means you keep seeking more truth and wisdom.

One of the best benefits in getting older, for me, is getting comfortable in my own skin. I don't worry what people think anymore. Doesn't mean I don't care, just means I don't worry about it. If you like me, wonderful; if you don't, that's okay, too. I don't worry about the "off-hand" comment someone makes to me or about me, something that used to ruin my whole day as I played it over and over again in my head. Because, you see, it's not really about me. Even my column is not really about me (even though it's usually about me). It's about the Lord and His working in my life and, hopefully, little lessons and insights I've gained along the way, and wanting to share them with others.

There is a huge difference between being comfortable and being complacent. Being comfortable, I don't waste time thinking about the unimportant things and/or things I can't change, which allows me to focus on the important things and the things I CAN change.

So I was thinking...
As long as I know I'm pursuing the Lord's will for my life, I don't have to be distracted by people who want to pull me down or derail me, either intentionally or unintentionally. In fact, most times, the things we take great offense to, the other person probably has no idea that we "chose" to be offended. Obviously, that's not always the case, but even in situations where we truly are offended, there's still freedom to be found in forgiveness.

Just as I chose to "forgive" my husband for jokingly reminding me that my body is aging, because I know he loves this body more today than the day he married it. And, after almost forty years of marriage, growing old together has been one of life's greatest blessings.
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. Proverbs 3:13-18

©2014 Phyllis Knight |
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Primary School Announces New Pick Up & Drop Off Procedures

SchoolCrossing.jpgChanges to Primary School Pick up/Drop off Effective April 21st, the Primary School will have a new morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedure. These changes have been made in response to concerns about student safety.

The school will now have Bus Pick-up/Drop-off along Fruitvale Rd, and Parent Pick-up/Drop-off in the School Parking Lot. Buses will drop-off in the morning and pick-up students in the afternoon along Fruitvale Road. The County will be adding signage and painting curbs to designate the changes. From 7:30 to 8:30 am, and 1:30 to 2:30 pm each day, the curbs along Fruitvale Road from the trees to the front of the school, will be designated for bus loading and unloading only. Only students arriving on the buses will be admitted to the school playground through the gates on Fruitvale Road.

The District has also been advised that changes in road striping, and No U-turn signs and No Stopping Any Time signs are planned to be installed along Fruitvale Road by the County of San Diego.

All parent/family vehicles will drop-off and pick-up students in the school parking lot. The curb along the right side of the loop will be for student loading and unloading only. A school employee will be present to greet the students in the morning on the ramp nearest the office and will direct students where they need to go. The intent is that the parent/family vehicle will simply stop and allow their student to exit the vehicle. Student drop-off time in the morning is after 7:30 am.

In the afternoon, parent/family vehicles are asked to pull into the parking lot and line up in a single line along the right side of the loop. Vehicles will move forward to the student loading zone near the large gate area at the back side of the loop. There will be signs to designate where the pick up area is. Students will be released to their familys car in this lane. As cars pull into the parking lot, an employee will be present to ask their students name, and radio ahead for the student to be ready for pick up in the loading zone. The intent is that the parent/family vehicle will simply stop in the loading zone and allow their student to enter the vehicle, then proceed out of the parking lot. Parents may also park in the spaces and enter the school to pick up their child if they choose.

The lane on the left side of the loop is for vehicles to either turn in to park in the spaces, or pass thru the parking lot to exit on the east side. Buses will also be using this lane to pass through the parking lot. There is no stopping in this lane.

These changes are being implemented to help ensure the safety of the students of Valley Center Primary School. The map provides additional details.

Please contact the school office at 760-749-8282 if you have questions.

Insurance Risk Taking

FarmersSpotlightPhoto.jpgIf you ever take Cole Grade Road, Valley Center Road to the Casino, Lilac  Road to Old Castle, or Bear Valley Parkway to the I15, avoiding a head on collision is a very real concern for all of us.

Many of us insure well to compensate others and to avoid losing everything, but what about protecting yourself against others? Take a moment to reflect on what would happen if an uninsured driver collided into you on your side of the road.

Off the DMV website, 14.43% of drivers in California had no insurance in 2004. That number is now closer to 20-25% in San Diego and that number doesn't include all those with minimum coverage limits to pay you.

While you might have health insurance to cover for health expenses, - lost wages, high healthcare deductibles, or a long term disability can wipe you out financially.

Set an appointment with your Insurance Agent to discuss protection plans and options and to assess your appetite for risk. Insurance planning is an integral part of getting you to where you want to be and you might be surprised at what you find out after a review!


Understanding Your Medicare Chiropractic Benefits
John H. Maher, Chiropractic Doctor, Participating Medicare Provider

Maher.jpgMedicare pays for chiropractic spinal manipulation. However, although they are supposed to do so, in reality some chiropractors do not accept Medicare. For those of us who do, some chiropractors are "non-participating providers" and some are "participating providers ".

If your chiropractor is a "participating provider", after your deductible is met, your co-pay for spinal adjustments would be approximately $6 -$9 per visit.

The deductible for Medicare in 2014 is about $150. That deductible includes all covered Medicare expenses. For example, if you received care from your medical doctor and the Medicare covered service was $160, you would have met your deductible requirement for 2014 for all covered Medicare services. You would only need to pay a co-pay going forward, including to your chiropractor.

If your chiropractor is a "non-participating" provider, they may only charge the maximum Medicare regulated fee for spinal adjustments. They will have you pay in them full and then bill Medicare for you to receive eventual reimbursement. They same deductible applies.

Medicare does not pay for chiropractic exams, physical therapy, or nutritional counseling. If there is an additional charge for these, your chiropractor must make this clear to you.

Generally, there are no limits as such to the number of adjustments you may receive. That is determined by medical necessity. If Medicare decides that your care was not necessary by their rules and definitions, they will not reimburse the doctor or the patient as the case may be.

Some of you may have "assigned" your Medicare to another insurance company. In that case your co-pay and deductible are set by that insurance company, usually $10 -20 a visit with no deductible. Your chiropractor must then be "in network provider" with that insurance network. There may be limits to the number of visits you may have in any given year. Some insurance companies will also require a referral from your primary physician. Unfortunately, that is rarely granted.

Some of you may have secondary insurance that may pay both your deductible and co-pay if your chiropractor is also an "in network provider" in that insurance network. (Article posted on

VC Community Action Network Launches Successfully
by Trina West 

PhilBell2.jpgApril 9, 2014 - The first-ever Community Action Network (CAN) meeting was well attended by members of local organizations and businesses. The CAN was designed to build a network between leaders of Valley Center organizations, businesses, schools, law enforcement, fire departments and others currently serving Valley Center. The mission of the CAN is to network and collaborate on ways to better serve our community in good times, as well as serve as a lifeline during emergencies such as wildfires. The CAN will create clearer lines of communication, improving community awareness and building avenues for greater community collaboration.

Phil Bell, Treasurer for the Valley Center Fire Protection District (VCFPD) and Valley Center resident for 23 years, was the inaugural guest speaker and presented a very informative overview on the role of the VCFPD. He explained that their mission is to save lives and protect property, to achieve the lowest ISO insurance ratings for Valley Center property owners, and to remain financially solvent for the foreseeable future.

The VCFPD was established in 1982 and covers 85 square miles with two Valley Center fire stations, one Cal Fire station, and the San Pasqual Reservation station. They currently serve a population of approximately 15,000 residents. By contrast, when Mr. Bell served as a firefighter and Captain in Vista for 18 years, they covered only 50 square miles with six fire stations.

The VCFPD currently contracts with San Pasqual Reservation to provide fire protection for Valley Center. As part of that contract, Valley Center receives six contracted Captains and a half-time Fire Chief. Mr. Bell recently reviewed the operating expenses and discovered a savings of roughly $160,000 by hiring our own Fire Chief and Battalion Chief. In addition to a significant cost savings, he believes an independent chain of command would open lines of communication and create a stronger foundation for the District. The Bell Proposal is currently being reviewed by the Board and will come to vote again at their August Board Meeting.

Many were not aware that only Station 72 and Station 73 have ISO ratings. The Cal Fire Station, Rincon Station and San Pasqual Reservation Stations are not ISO rated. As such, the farther away a property is from either of the Valley Center fire stations, the higher the ISO rating is, resulting in markedly more expensive insurance premiums. More revenue is needed to add more ISO rated fire stations. Mr. Bell believes that by hiring our own Fire Chief and Captains a better vision can be created, resulting in a mitigation plan that the VCFPD could take to the community for a Bond Measure vote.

Revenue will need to be increased if Valley Center is to have adequate fire protection. Mr. Bell believes that by building community awareness and dispelling misinformation via networks like the CAN, we can create a well-informed community that realizes the need for increased revenue for Valley Center fire protection. For many local property owners, the costs associated with a Bond Measure would actually result in an overall savings from decreased property insurance rates.

To view Mr. Bell's presentation slides and other pictures from the CAN meeting visit:

We wish to thank the following individuals for attending and supporting the mission of the CAN: Phil Bell (VC Fire Protection District); Lt. Dan Brislin (SD Sheriff's Department); Brandon Strausbaugh (VC Chamber of Commerce/Pauma Valley Insurance); Nicky Lovejoy (VC Rotary/California Bank & Trust); Doug Johnsen (VC Parks & Rec); Pat Downing (Friends of VC Library); Mimi Van Koughnett (NICPP/MHS/Paradise Community Services); Dagmar Hoffmann (St. Stephens Single Parent Ministry/European Riding Academy); Michael O'Connor (Resident of Paradise Mountain); Liz Barrack (Farmers Insurance); Gabriel Santana (GoSantana Photography); Jay West (Concerned Citizen); and Tony Blazej (Knights of Columbus/St. Stephens Church).

If you are involved in a local organization, are a local business owner, a school representative, a member of law enforcement or the fire department, a community health representative, or otherwise involved in serving Valley Center, please email us at to be added to the CAN email distribution list.

The next CAN meeting will be held on May 14 at 8:00 a.m. in the Community Room of the Valley Center Library, with guest speaker Lt. Dan Brislin of the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Coffee and delicious breakfast foods will be served to further entice attendance!

Photos courtesy of GoSantana Photography

Active Search for Missing Person In Valley Center
Search and Rescue is actively searching the area around Lake Wohlford in southern Valley Center for 43-year-old Michael Raymond Reeder. Reeder was reported missing by his mother who lives in Northern California. Prior to the call from his mother, CHP and Lake Wohlford Rangers discovered his empty vehicle parked in a secluded area on Oakvale Rd. and ultimately contacted the Sheriff's Search and Rescue unit to begin a search. Mr. Reeder's acquaintances have indicated that he has been known to spend time in this area. Foul play is not suspected.
On Friday, April 11 Search and Rescue searched the area with approximately 20 personnel and the search was suspended at sunset. Today, April 12th Search and Rescue has approximately 80 personnel, including K9s, mounted, and the Sheriff's Dive Team searching the area around and in Lake Wohlford. Other agencies assisting the search effort are the Lake Wohlford Rangers, USBP BORSTAR, and Red Cross. If not successful today, the search for REEDER will be suspended at dusk.
If anyone has seen REEDER, or has information on his whereabouts, they are encouraged to call the San Diego Sheriff's Department at 858.565.5200.
DESCRIPTION: Michael Reeder, White male, 6 feet tall, 230 pounds.

VC Parks & Rec Needs Your Assistance

online-surveys375.jpgValley Center Parks & Rec is conducting a survey to gather community input on current facilities and future projects.

Approximately 100 additional surveys are needed to generate a report, so please take a moment to help VC Parks & Rec better serve the residents of Valley Center.

Input will be used to help guide future development of VC Parks & Rec.

Click here to download survey.

Termination of Proclamation Suspending Burning Permits and Other Uses of Open Fire
Due to the increased relative humidity, higher fuel moisture, and a general improvement in predicted fire weather conditions, and the increased availability of fire protection resources, my proclamation suspending burning under permit and other uses of open fire pursuant to the provisions of sections 4423.1, 4423.3 and 4423.4 of the Public Resources Code, that becameeffective at 1445 hours on 04/10/2014 is being terminated effective 0800 hours on 4/11/2014. 
Those areas where the burning permit suspension is terminated by this proclamation are: ALL STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREA LANDS WITHIN THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL.
Kelly Zombro, Deputy Chief, San Diego Unit

Retirement Celebration Announced for Jerry Fenton, VCHS Teacher & Coach

FentonRetirement.jpgOn May 17 a Retirement Party is planned for Valley Center High School teacher and coach, Jerry Fenton to celebrate his 41 years of teaching.

According to Principal Ron McCowan, "There are likely a ton of past students in the Valley Center area that would like to attend the event to honor him."

The celebration is being organized by the VCPTA & VCPUSD and will be held in the Valley Center High School Gym on May 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A BBQ by Fat Ivor's Rib Rack will be provided.

A $20 donation is being requested if you sign up prior to May 1st, or a $30 donation will be requested at the door. The donation will cover the BBQ and a special gift that will be presented to Mr. Fenton.

Please click here for the signup form.

VCHS Grad Night 2014
The Valley Center High School class of 2014 is invited to GRAD NIGHT on June 11th. It is a fun filled night with food, dancing, a hypnotist show and lots of games and activities.
Tickets are available at the VCHS cashier window for $75. Donations are still being accepted to offsset costs.
Contact Colleen Murphy 760-855-2510 for any questions.

Western Days Parade Entry Forms Due By April 30th

vcchamberlogo.gifDon't forget the deadline to submit your Western Days Parade entry form is April 30th. Entry forms can be submitted to the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce via mail (PO Box 8, Valley Center, CA 92082) or faxed to 760-749-8483. Be sure to include your parade script along with your entry form submission.

Use the following links to download entry forms, as well as information on sponsorships, the Battle of the Bands and the Horse Dropping Contest:

Click for Equestrian Entry Form
Click for Parade Entry Form
Click for Parade Sponsorship Form
Click for Battle of the Bands
Click for Horse Dropping Contest 

CAL FIRE Urges Homeowners to Maintain Defensible Space - Inspections Begin Statewide

CAL_FIRE_logo_large.jpgCAL FIRE inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California.

"Creating and maintaining Defensible Space is critical for the protection of homes," said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. "It has never been more critical to strengthen our fire prevention efforts in light of the elevated fire conditions we have been experiencing in California. We have increased our inspection staffing and now we need the public to make sure they, too, are prepared for the increased fire risk due to drought."

Defensible space inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention activities in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA.

California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Area to maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law. Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:

  • Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
  • Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
  • Trim branches six feet from the ground.
  • Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
  • Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
  • Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
  • Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
  • Use fire ignition resistant building material.

For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit: Watch this short video on Defensible Space: Click Here.

Remember Defensible Space is YOUR responsibility!

Traffic Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle in Valley Center

police-lights.jpgOn April 7, 2014 at 2:22 a.m., Sheriff Deputy Weiss observed a black Nissian 240 fail to stop at a red light at Valley Center Road and Cole Grade Road.

The vehicle traveled down a dead end road and turned around facing Deputy Weiss. Deputy Weiss blocked the vehicle and exited his patrol car while addressing the subject. The subject immediately drove towards Deputy Weiss nearly striking Deputy Weiss and his patrol vehicle. Deputy Weiss engaged in a traffic pursuit which continued for about 10 miles on Valley Center streets.

The suspect crashed at Paradise Mountain Road and Lake Wohlford Road and then fled. ASTREA was overhead monitoring and broadcasting the pursuit while providing deputies with directions of travel. Sheriff Canines were used to search the Armstrong Chicken Ranch where the suspect was last seen running.

Units from Escondido Police Department and the San Marcos Station assisted with the search. The license plate provided during the pursuit revealed the vehicle was stolen from Oceanside. Additionally, during the search for the suspect, a local resident contacted the Sheriff's Department reference a suspicious person. The resident described a similar vehicle parked in front of the neighbor's driveway. This suspect was confronted by the neighbor and then fled.

Deputies are investigating a possible burglary and actively searching for the suspect from the stolen vehicle.

The VC Firefighters Association to Host CPR/Basic First Aid Class

The Valley Center Firefighters Association will be hosting a community Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Basic First Aid class on May 3rd from 8:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m.

The cost for the class is $45.00 for cards and supplies.  The class will be held at Valley Center Fire Station #72, 28234 Lilac Road, next to the Community Center. 

Contact Joe Basinski to reserve a spot  


Fire Danger from 9-Volt Batteries
by George E. Lucia Sr., Valley Center Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal       
You probably changed your smoke detector battery at Daylight Savings Time and put the batteries in a container in the garage to recycle. What you might not know is that 9-volt batteries can cause a fire. I have been hearing this story for a few years and recently one of our fire captain's showed me this U Tube clip:
I must admit, I was skeptical, even as a long time fire investigator. I checked out "Snopes" because I have been fooled before by flammable hand sanitizer but it appears it is possible, under the right conditions. The new lithium batteries used in our smart phones, note pads and laptops have a reputation for overheating and causing fire ignitions, but the little 9 volt battery? I suggest we all use caution when storing any kind of battery.
Always protect the exposed connection terminals with some type of insulated tape and make an effort to properly recycle any used batteries as soon as possible. Keep new batteries in the original package until you need them. 
Click here to view full size flyer. 


Sheriff's Department Hosts "Coffee With The Community"

SheriffCoffee.jpgCommunity outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security as well as deputy-community relations to our staff. The Valley Center Sheriff's Substation is holding a Coffee with the Community on:

Thursday, April 24th
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Country Junction Deli
29115 Valley Center Road

Coffee With The Community gives Valley Center residents a chance to chat with the station's Lieutenant, Crime Prevention Specialist and Senior Volunteers in a casual setting to exchange ideas and concerns over a free cup of coffee.

This event is free and open to the public. There is no need to RSVP. Complimentary coffee will be served.

For more information, call the Valley Center Crime Prevention Specialist at (760) 751-4408.  For full details, view this message on the web.

To view downloadable flyer, click here.

Girl Scout Troop 2021 Thanks Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians
by Teresa Mendez

girlscouts2021.jpgGirl Scout Troop 2021 would like to share with our community what an awesome donation was made by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians during our Cookie Sale. Thanks to the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, 500 Operation Thin Mint boxes will be sent to currently deployed troops!

Our Brownie/Daisy troop will also be able to participate in numerous activities and pay for additional crafts because of this generous donation. Thank You for supporting your local Girl Scouts!

The Valley Center Chamber Announces the 2014 Honorary Mayor Candidates 
The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce announces the 2014 Honorary Mayor candidates.  These candidates are sponsored by Local Valley Center Clubs and Organizations to participate in the contest.
VC Chamber - John Yeager 
Valley Center Community Aide Group - Larry McKenzie 
Valley Center Women's Club - Bobbie Weiss
Valley Center Republican Women Federated - Marcia Townsend 
Valley Center Vaqueros - Oklahoma Francis 
Friends of Hell Hole Canyon - The Hermit of Hell Hole 
Valley Center Rotary - Denette Stewart 
Valley Center Relay for Life - Sharon Briscoe 
Friends of the Library - Marian Klein
Valley Center Kiwanis Club - Jon Petersen 
The purpose of the Mayor's race is to raise funds for the sponsoring club or organization and the Jack Vosberg Community Service Scholarship. This year's scholarship winner will be presented by a committee made up of all candidates who participate in the Mayor's Race. Ten percent of the raised funds benefit the Jack Vosberg Scholarship and ninety percent of the funds raised are returned to your sponsoring organization!
Candidates receive 1 Mayor's Race drawing token for every $100 raised by their sponsoring organization. The candidate holding the winning token will be named the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce Honorary Mayor.
The Presentation of New Honorary Mayor will be at the Friday Evening Western Days Kick-Off Party on May 23rd.

National Police Rodeo Association to Participate in the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo

NPRA-Photo375.jpgOn Memorial Day weekend, the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo will again bring the Wild West contests between the American Cowboy and untamed horses and cattle to Valley Center. Cowboys in the early West had to be highly skilled at roping and riding. As their skills grew stronger, so did their competitive sprits. Wild West shows, like those by legendary Buffalo Bill, set the stage for the early frontiersman turned athlete. Following the American Civil War, friendly competitions over who was the best at performing everyday ranching tasks, including who could ride the wildest horses or rope the quickest calves, eventually evolved into the modern day sport of professional rodeo.

The Valley Center Stamped Rodeo has once again contracted with the National Police Rodeo Association (NPRA) for most of the scheduled competitions. "The ongoing association with Valley Center is one that the NPRA has enjoyed for many years and is our premiere performance rodeo," said Stan Ware, NPRA Arena Director. "This year, as always, contestants from the NPRA will be competing along with local rodeo contestants from the Valley Center area for cash monies and awards."

However, this year the NPRA board of directors made an exciting change to the association. Along with regular NPRA members, the association will be allowing anyone who wants to compete in association events (that would not qualify under police, fire or military guidelines) to participate as associate members. Therefore, anyone interested in competing in the five to seven events sponsored by the NPRA can compete as an associate member. The events include Tie-down Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and other rodeo events. Associate members will compete with regular members for monies and awards at all events. Visit the NPRA website at for details on how to join and enter all events.

For more information on the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo, visit Chairwoman Joyce Holmes can be reached at 760-445-1723 or email her at
















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