Health Science

  • Carmel Valley resident joins team at Balanced Mind Meditation Center

    Carmel Valley resident joins team at Balanced Mind Meditation Center

    When it comes to combating stress, Carmel Valley’s Jacquelyn Schwartz has long turned to meditation. Now, with the launch of San Diego’s Balanced Mind Meditation Center, Schwartz hopes to share the benefits of meditation with others in the community. “It’s really exciting,” Schwartz said. “This...

  • Solana Center’s Eco Container unveiled at San Diego County Fair

    Solana Center’s Eco Container unveiled at San Diego County Fair

    The Solana Center introduced its Eco Container on opening day of the San Diego County Fair. The re-purposed shipping container, which has been transformed into a center for environmental innovation featuring solar energy, a greywater demo system, rain barrels, composting, drought-tolerant landscaping...

  • Encinitas relaxes farming rules

    Encinitas relaxes farming rules

    Raising bees, selling produce from a residential stand and starting a commercial farm just got easier in Encinitas. The Encinitas City Council on May 11 voted 3-2 to approve an agriculture ordinance after months of debate over the role of farming in the city’s increasingly suburban environment....

  • World Drum comes to EcoFest Encinitas

    World Drum comes to EcoFest Encinitas

    Are you ready for EcoFest Encinitas? Presented by North County Eco Alliance, it’s a celebration of community and green ways of living, and this year’s 10th annual event promises to be bigger and better than ever. The site is Coastal Roots Farm, a nonprofit community farm and education center on...

  • Leader of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy honored

    Leader of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy honored

    Doug Gibson has dedicated 20 years to conservation and education at the San Elijo Lagoon, earning him his own day. Friends, family and colleagues honored Gibson, the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s executive director and principal scientist, with a surprise party on May 2 at Tower 13 in Cardiff....

  • Encinitas tracking El Niño’s impact on beaches

    Encinitas tracking El Niño’s impact on beaches

    It’s an inescapable reality: El Niño stripped away a lot of sand from local beaches this winter, leaving chattering cobblestones in its wake. Wide beaches protect infrastructure and attract beachgoers. So it begs the question — how much sand was lost? And will it return? To find answers, a city...

  • Local water official: ‘We are not Flint’

    Local water official: ‘We are not Flint’

    Officials on March 16 told the San Dieguito Water District board that local water supplies are safe and the area won’t experience a crisis like the one in Flint, Mich. Flint residents were exposed to unsafe levels of lead following a cost-cutting move to switch to a new water source. The corrosive...

  • San Diego Sheriff’s Department considering drones

    San Diego Sheriff’s Department considering drones

    The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is exploring whether to purchase camera-toting drones for locating missing people, aiding SWAT teams and assessing raging wildfires. Lt. Jason Vickery said the Sheriff’s Department is in the early stages of getting feedback on drones, and if the agency...

  • 10Qs with Julian Duval, head of Botanic Garden

    10Qs with Julian Duval, head of Botanic Garden

    Julian Duval is a native of the Chicago area, growing up under the influence of understanding parents and the area’s great zoos and botanical gardens. Upon graduation from high school, he became an animal keeper in the reptile house at Brookfield Zoo. Duval was employed for seven years at Brookfield...

  • Expanded surgical department opens at Scripps

    In the latest in a string of recent improvements to its hospital campus, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas has opened an expansion of its surgical services department. The enhancements include two new state-of-the-art operating rooms, bringing the hospital’s total to six. The project also brings...

  • Encinitas supports bill to move spent nuclear fuel

    Encinitas supports bill to move spent nuclear fuel

    Federal legislation to relocate spent nuclear fuel from the shuttered San Onofre power plant has the support of the Encinitas City Council. The Encinitas council on Jan. 27 voted unanimously to approve a resolution backing H.R. 3643, which would let the federal Department of Energy transfer spent...

  • Carlsbad plant brings ocean water to your tap

    Carlsbad plant brings ocean water to your tap

    Jennifer Jones held out a plastic cup of water to a visitor. The water was crystal clear and tasted fresh and pure, as if it had been poured from a bottle of spring water. There was nothing to suggest that as recently as one hour earlier, that water had been pulled from the ocean by powerful pumps....

  • Digging in at Coastal Roots Farm

    Digging in at Coastal Roots Farm

    It is with great excitement that I share the name of our newly seeded “Coastal Roots Farm,” a nonprofit education and community farm on about 20 acres of the Leichtag’s 67.5-acre property. The newly seeded farm consists of organic/biodynamic gardens, orchards, food forest, native plant hedgerows,...

  • Psychology study helps lower water use in Encinitas

    Psychology study helps lower water use in Encinitas

    Cal State San Marcos researchers have tapped behavioral sciences to help the Olivenhain Municipal Water District achieve state-mandated water cuts. University interns this summer handed out door hangers with five different conservation messages to 11,000 households in the district, and the researchers...

  • New San Elijo Lagoon nursery sows native plants

    New San Elijo Lagoon nursery sows native plants

    Native plants are needed to restore the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, but many of them can’t be found commercially. That’s where the new San Elijo Nursery, one of the few of its kind in Southern California, comes in. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy officials and donors on Oct. 21 cut the ribbon...

  • Traffic-calming plans for Saxony, Quail Gardens take shape

    Traffic-calming plans for Saxony, Quail Gardens take shape

    Draft plans to slow down traffic on Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive — between Leucadia Boulevard and Encinitas Boulevard — were rolled out during a May 14 workshop at the Leichtag Foundation site. Transportation firm Fehr & Peers distilled community suggestions from an April workshop into maps...

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