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Rancho Valencia discovers old is new with elegant face-lift

In an era of skin-deep beauty and unfeeling glamour, Rancho Valencia had always carried a torch for the old California. Strange for a hotel that opened in 1989, but anyone who knows this hilltop retreat hiding out in the San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe knows

Local ironworker Paul Pursley spent 10 weeks at Ground Zero following Sept. 11

Sept. 11, 2001: Local ironworker Paul Pursley spent 10 weeks at “Ground Zero” following attack. “Ironworkers worked every day,” Pursley said. “We went on 12-hour shifts starting at 6 (a.m.) or 7 (a.m.) The more iron we cut up, the more firemen we could find. But we

How big oil controls the US photovoltaic industry

 We could have been steadily weaned off of oil consumption by now through solar technology development in the United States. Instead we are facing the worst environmental oil spill in history. In 1974, Congress enacted the Solar Energy Research Development and Demonstration Act to stem the nation’s

Reneesgotzip breaks Del Mar record for 6½ furlongs

Peter Miller-trained Reneesgotzip broke the Del Mar record for 6½ furlongs Sunday, winning the Grade III $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares in 1:14.48. Reneesgotzip, ridden by Garrett Gomez, beat Winding Way by 4¼ lengths for her seventh victory in 12 starts. The filly broke

Issa under fire for denying climate change

The League of Conservation Voters has awarded Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, with a Climate Change Denier award. The group said Issa was being recognized for “his extreme anti-science views, which put him at odds with 97 percent of

Rancho Santa Fe resident Robin Parsky’s Blue Angel wins at Dublin Horse Show

Blue Angel, an 11-year-old Anglo European Sporthorse(AES), owned by Robin Parsky of Rancho Santa Fe, won the prestigious JLT Dublin Stakes Aug. 10 at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show held at the Royal Dublin Society show grounds. As a representative of the United States at this