Oceanside couple takes the leap… literally

Oceanside_couple_takes_the_leap…_literally_-_Seaside_Courier_News_-_2014-08-04_10.10.43An Oceanside couple admits they are not the type of people who typically enjoy attention.

But when Brandon Strohbehn asked Nicole Nepomuceno to marry him, the moment was shared on YouTube and has thrust them into the limelight. That’s because Strohbehn proposed to Nepomuceno, his girlfriend of 18 months, right before they jumped off a plane.

Strohbehn, 32, said he originally planned to propose to Nepomuceno, 29, on a hot air balloon; however, those trips were repeatedly canceled due to weather.

After weeks of waiting for the perfect conditions, he said he couldn’t wait any longer: he decided to ask for her hand in marriage while skydiving. It’s a hobby they both enjoy, having jumped more than 200 times together.

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Surfdog founder makes waves in 30-year career

Surfdog_founder_makes_waves_in_30-year_career_-_Seaside_Courier_Business_-_2014-07-17_14.31.06.pngIt was almost 30 years ago when an Encinitas businessman joined the big dogs of the music industry.

Dave Kaplan signed UB40 shortly after the British band blew up the Billboard charts in the U.S. with its album “Labour of Love” featuring songs like “Red Red Wine.”

Kaplan, now 55 years old, often finds himself wondering how he has made it to where he is today—and he’s come far.

“I have to convince myself that I’ve done this,” said Kaplan, the founder of Surfdog, a music label and management company based in Encinitas. “I say to myself, ‘Geez, Dave, for 30 years you’ve found a way to run a business.’”

But Kaplan hasn’t just operated a business. Some would say he found success in a competitive industry. His resume includes acts such as Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone and Slightly Stoopid.

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Teen walks in graduation after paralyzing snowboarding injury

Teen_walks_in_graduation_after_paralyzing_snowboarding_injury_-_Seaside_Courier_News_-_2014-07-02_09.11.39.pngThis story was reported for Seaside Courier on June 16, 2014.

Miracles are possible. Just ask Cardiff resident Celia Brewer.

It was Feb. 1, 2010 when her son, Spencer Fox, crashed while snowboarding at Brighton, Utah.

“Spencer was faster than I was and went down a cat track,” said Brewer, who works as Carlsbad’s city attorney. “He hit a bump and went straight over the snow bank. I skied down and said, ‘Spencer, Spencer. What hurts?’ He said, ‘Nothing, I can’t feel anything.’”

Later at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Brewer and her son were told he may never walk again.

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Encinitas girl, 12, now a yoga instructor

Encinitas_girl,_12,_now_a_yoga_instructor_-_Seaside_Courier_News_-_2014-07-02_09.00.09.pngThis story was reported for Seaside Courier on May 9, 2014.

Jaysea DeVoe loves to ride her bike, surf and sing.

But at 12 years old, Jaysea is more than just your average California girl –– she may be the youngest person in the nation to earn a yoga instructor certification.

The Encinitas resident begins her days at 7 a.m. with a 30- to 60-minute yoga practice that includes a meditation.

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Farm to prison project advancing

This story was reported for Seaside Courier on May 19, 2014.Farm_to_prison_project_advancing_-_Seaside_Courier_News_-_2014-07-02_08.57.54.png

An Encinitas resident is overseeing a new effort to have inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa grow their own food behind prison walls.

The Farm And Rehabilitation Meals (FARM) program being developed at the prison will enable up to 20 inmates to grow fruits and vegetables on three acres. The farm includes a large warehouse for a seed propagation area, classroom space, three large planter boxes and a raised planting bed for inmates using wheelchairs.

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