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Escondido company devises process to convert medical waste into reusable energy

Waste in, green out? Escondido might not be known for waste management services industry innovation, but one such locally based company announced Thursday it had developed a new process to convert red  bag medical waste into renewable energy that is returned to the electrical grid. While processes like that exist, this is one of the first of its kind in California. Escondido-based Ingenium, an environmental…


FBI statement on fraud sentencing for Casey Anthony attorney Todd Macaluso

San Diego attorney Todd Macaluso, whose practice included representing plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, was sentenced today to five months in prison and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution and a $100,000 fine for engaging in a scheme to defraud clients and investors. Macaluso, who pleaded guilty in March, has admitted that he entered into funding agreements with investors that put his clients’ personal injury…



Sandbagging it at San Marcos and crossing a soon-to-be-finished Armorlite Drive

Prepare for forecasted El Niño season with free sandbags San Marcos officials made two announcements this week, the first being of the sandbagging kind. Sort of like bagging one’s own groceries, those seeking a barrier to rising El Nino street tides, should those ensue, are cordially invited by the city of San Marcos to bag their own sand. Sandbags and sand will be provided free…


VC Historical Society desperately seeking ‘missing’ Valley Center orchid

The Valley Center Historical Society is hunting for an orchid that was developed more than two decades ago and was given the name “Valley Center Pink,” Valley Center historian Robert Lerner said Monday.  A preliminary search by local flower enthusiasts so far has not been fruitful, he said The orchid was hybridized and grown in 1992 by Joseph P. Banando, a retired grocery supervisor who…


Community In the Know — Something to do? Somewhere to go?

Water saving irrigation systems, anyone? The Dos Valles Garden Club will present a talk by Matthew Noreen of Grangetto’s in Valley Center on water-efficient technologies for landscape, vegetable and orchard irrigation. The presentation begins at 10 a.m., Tuesday Nov. 10 followed by the general club meeting. Included in this timely presentation, according to Sharon Grant, will be a discussion on MP Rotators, drip irrigation, Netafim…


Palomar College football, Cal State San Marcos golf and Escondido tennis

Palomar College hangs tough with #2 ranked Golden West Yes Virginia, Palomar College has a football team. They’re called called the Comets. They play home games at the cozy confines of Chick Embry Field, Wilson Stadium at Escondido High School. The Comets made Halloween a very scary Saturday night for the Golden West Rustlers, ranked second in California and fifth in the nation for junior…



#1 Mission Hills Grizzlies go 8-0 Friday as star RB McFarlin dominates Vista Panthers

San Diego County’s top-ranked high school football team, the Mission Hills High School Grizzlies, did their thing Friday night overwhelming an undermanned Vista High School squad 47-21 at Mission Hills. One more victory and the Grizzlies will be undefeated going into the playoffs. Mission Hills star running back Nehemiah McFarlin rumbled to scores on his second, fourth and fifth carries on the night. Touchdown runs…


Valley Center TOPGUN CDR now commands World Famous Golden Dragons

The World Famous Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE NINE TWO (VFA-192) this week celebrated a new commanding officer — CDR Dennis Duffy of Valley Center. This group of TOPGUN Navy Fighters fly F/A-18E Super Hornets out of Naval Air station Lemoore. They currently are assigned to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73). This change of command occurred during the squadron’s Southern Seas deployment embarked on board…