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Del Mar Fairgrounds to replace synthetic track with dirt

Following the completion of its fall race meet in November, the Del Mar Fairgrounds will replace its synthetic racetrack surface with dirt at a cost of about $5 million.

Del Mar bans e-cigarettes

Del Mar is the latest city in San Diego County to ban electronic cigarettes.

Information night to be held for new middle school in Carmel Valley

San Dieguito Union High School District will hold a community information night about plans for a new middle school in Carmel Valley on Tuesday, April 15, at Carmel Valley Middle School.

Construction is set to begin in May on the school located next door to Canyon Crest Academy on Village Center Loop Road. The plan is for the school to open to students in fall 2015.

Del Mar school district students learning computer science through initiative ‘The Hour of Code’

Torrey Hills fifth grader Tyler celebrates making a coding breakthrough. Courtesy photo

Inside her computer lab at Torrey Hills, technology teacher Susie Hopper is amazed daily at what her kids are capable of — that when she asks a class full of first graders what a pixel is, a 6 year old raises their hand to answer that it’s a “pinprick of light on a monitor.”

“There are excellent students doing excellent things in this district,” Hopper said.

Surfer dies near Del Mar

A 36-year-old Cardiff man died April 5 after falling from his surfboard off the coast of Del Mar, authorities said.

A fellow surfer pulled the the man — whose name was withheld pending notification of kin — from the ocean and brought him to shore near the 100 block of 20th Street, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

An off-duty emergency room doctor and lifeguards attempted to revive the surfer, but he was declared dead at the scene, officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Sewage spill contaminates a stretch of ocean shoreline at Del Mar Beach

A blocked sanitation line began sending wastewater flowing out of a manhole in the 1300 block of Luneta Drive in Del Mar about 9:30 a.m., according to the Department of Environmental Health.

It took city public works crews less than a half-hour to get the problem under control. By then, roughly 750 gallons of sewage had flowed into a nearby storm drain that empties into the surf at the terminus of 15th Street, the county agency reported.

Ragner Relay 2014 to move through Solana Beach

The Ragnar Relay 2014 running event will be entering Solana Beach on Saturday, April 5. The event is a 200-mile overnight relay race that starts in Los Angeles on Friday, April 4, and finishes in San Diego on Saturday. The first runners will pass through Solana Beach (south bound on Highway 101 sidewalk) around 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the final runners will pass through around 2 p.m.

There are no anticipated significant impacts to the community and no road closures.

Shell Station on Del Mar Heights Road to add car wash, convenience store

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board March 27 approved a remodel of the Shell Station at Del Mar Heights Road and Interstate-5 to include an automatic car wash and a convenience store stop.

Owner Steve Thomas plans to change the configuration of his existing 1,800-square-foot building by taking out the three service bays and adding 720 square feet for the convenience store and the 900-square-foot car wash to the back.

Torrey Pine trees reportedly vandalized in Solana Beach

Solana Beach residents Gary and Patricia Coad discovered two holes in their Torrey Pine tree in March. The couple found two similar holes drilled into their tree last year. / Courtesy photos

Residents at two Solana Beach homes recently discovered holes in the Torrey Pine trees on their properties.

Enrollment projections show Del Mar school district may still need ninth school

The impact of projected new dwelling units in Pacific Highlands Ranch may prompt the need for the Del Mar Union School District to pursue building a ninth school in the future, according to some new enrollment projections.

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