Avocado growing trial results in higher yields

Avocado growing trial results in higher yields

Growing avocados in California has become a risky business over the last several years with drought and the rising cost of water making it a less than profitable endeavor. A University of California avocado specialist and farm advisor, Dr. Gary Bender has been working on methods to help the avocado industry thrive again in San […]

Batali Ranch grows WorkAbility program

Batali Ranch grows WorkAbility program

FALLBROOK – The Batali Ranch Work program is dedicated to providing opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. It is a private-public partnership between Brent and Lenila Batali and the Fallbrook Union High School District as well as the local Care Rite Vocational Services Day Program. Sitting on a hilltop overlooking Bonsall, Batali Ranch is in […]

The right fertilizer for roses

The right fertilizer for roses

This year’s rain came in bursts and made it difficult to complete timely pruning. For many people, their pruning had to be spread out over an unusually long period. For you who were fortunate enough to get their roses pruned by mid-February, or even March, you are probably enjoying (or are about to enjoy) your […]

County considering outsourcing of Department of Animal Services functions

San Diego County will be evaluating the possibility of outsourcing some of its Department of Animal Services activities. A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote March 14 authorized the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to issue a request for interest to determine whether private or public entities are potentially […]

Tickets now on sale for Santa Rosa Plateau’s annual garden tour

Tickets now on sale for Santa Rosa Plateau’s annual garden tour

MURRIETA – The “hills are alive” April 29 with the sights and sounds of nature’s music at the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation’s 14th annual Garden Tour and Garden Party, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring five beautiful and unique private gardens nestled in the Tenaja Valley area on the Santa Rosa Plateau, the tour […]

Rainbow approves asset appraisal report

The Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) approved an asset appraisal report of district-owned water and wastewater systems. The Rainbow board’s 5-0 vote Feb. 28 approved the appraisal report provided by Willdan Financial Services and directed district staff to provide additional information for review at a future board meeting. “This makes sure that the developers pay their accurate […]

Free recycling drop off for tires and appliances in Fallbrook

FALLBROOK – Residents from unincorporated communities in the North County can drop off old tires, appliances and scrap metal for free at Fallbrook Recycling & Transfer in Fallbrook on two days in April. Residents with waste tires and appliances can make an appointment at 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784) or drop in. Appointments will be accepted between 8 a.m. and […]

Giant mosquito? Mosquito-eater? Nope, it’s a crane fly!

Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office They look like giant mosquitoes, or daddy-longlegs with wings, and they fly like crazy bumper-car drivers, bouncing off walls, each other, ceilings and light sources. But they’re nothing to be afraid of, said Chris Conlan, the County’s supervising vector ecologist. They’re crane flies – also known as […]

Supervisors approve ag promotion program

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a new agriculture promotion program. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote March 15 adopted amendments to the county’s Zoning Ordinance which are part of the agriculture promotion program, certified the Environmental Impact Report while adopting a statement of overriding considerations, and amended the Mobility Element of the county’s general […]

San Diego leaders call on MWD to ‘Stop the Spending!’

SAN DIEGO – On March 22, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution in support of efforts by the San Diego County Water Authority to recover nearly $250 million in illegal charges imposed on local water users in recent years by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, and calling […]

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