This weekend's local headlines, March 23-25

Significant news stories from around North County you may have missed.


  1. FRIDAY: No one is certain how long San Onofre's generators will remain offline and that lack of energy production could lead to regional rolling blackouts.  | At least one expert says pesticides are not needed to eradicate eye gnats in Escondido.  | More than 1,200 North County veterans received help last year by staff of a local "CalVet" office. This office will now serve as a model for other locations across the state.
  2. SATURDAY: A woman is under investigation for embezzling nearly $100K from Escondido Pop Warner Football and Cheer and another $45K from her former employer, North County Yamaha. | Tech-savvy train passengers have stumbled upon the free Wi-Fi system now being tested on most Coaster cars. | A Camp Pendleton Marine who protected his fellow troops, retrieved the body of his fallen lieutenant and led his squad in a counter-attack in Afghanistan last year will be awarded the Silver Star next week.
  3. SUNDAY: A purportedly independent study intended to discredit a landmark deal bringing water from the Imperial Valley to San Diego County may have been secretly commissioned a local water authority claims. Reporter Bradley J. Fikes explains. | Although 170 teachers across North County received layoff notices this month, reporter Stacy Brandt finds it is still far below the 450 who received them in 2009, or the 600 who received them in 2010. | Two North County entrepreneurs are turning left over grain from local breweries into tasty (so they say) dog treats.