Residents speak their piece in the federal water rights case

It has been more than 10 years since nearly 2,000 Anza and Aguanga landowners with properties surrounding the Cahuilla and Ramona Indian Reservation were notified that their water rights were in litigation and settlement negotiations were underway. The tribes, referring to an earlier settlement in a case titled U.S. vs. Fallbrook Public Utility that has […]

Ag Water Summit participants say California drought not over

Ag Water Summit participants say California drought not over

“One rainy month will not make up for a six-year drought,” pointed out Larry Dick, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) chairman of the Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee, at the first ever Agricultural Water Summit Feb. 3, sponsored by the Rancho California Water District (RCWD). Dick was the guest speaker at the water summit held at […]

History of the water rights of people in the Santa Margarita Watershed

Before recorded history, Native American tribes like the Cahuilla, Santa Rosa, Ramona and Pechanga hunted and fished along the 27-mile free-flowing river created by the rainfall and watershed coming off Anza’s Thomas Mountain. The river runs southwest through Anza, Aguanga, Temecula, portions of Murrieta and Wildomar into Fallbrook, from there to Camp Pendleton where its […]

Thomas Mountain Ranch community water system remains in limbo

The specter of one of the longest lasting court cases in the United States District Court, Southern District of California, has once again reared its ugly head in an Anza housing development over water rights. The initial case occurred in 1951, when the US government sued thousands of landowners in and around Fallbrook in a […]

‘Dorland at the Brandon’ brings Valley artists to Fallbrook

‘Dorland at the Brandon’ brings Valley artists to Fallbrook

Associated artists with the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony took the opportunity to show off their latest art creations, recite passages from their original poems and read from their latest publications July 9 at the Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook. The board of directors of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony nestled in the foothills above Temecula off […]

La Cresta estate gardens featured in nature education tour

La Cresta estate gardens featured in nature education tour

Four La Cresta families opened their estate gardens to visitors May 14 in a show of support for the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation’s (SRPNEF) mission to help students become aware of the environmental challenges they will face in the future. The 13th Annual Garden Tour and Garden Party entitled “Gardening in Mother Nature’s […]