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DRAFT DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION PLAN RELEASED BY BLM AND U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE

CONSERVATION GROUP SUES TO PROTECT EAGLES AT PROPOSED TULE WIND FARM

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

SAVING THE CHEETAHS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 25-OCT. 11

LA MESANS MEET CANDIDATES AT CHAMBER DEBATE

OPERA AND A SCULPTURE GARDEN: GROWING CULTURE ALONG WITH VINEYARDS AT SALERNO WINERY IN RAMONA

U.S. AND ARAB ALLIES LAUNCH AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIL STRONGHOLD IN SYRIA

PASSAGES: DUANE SWAINSTON 1965-2014, EL CAJON COUNCIL CANDIDATE

PAUL MCCARTNEY—TODAY (2014) AND YESTERDAY (1964)

FOLLOWING WORLDWIDE CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH, SAN DIEGO COUNCIL CALLS ON MAYOR TO ISSUE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

PROJECT WILDLIFE TO JOIN HUMANE SOCIETY


KUMEYAAY LAKE POETRY CAMPOUT OCT. 10-12 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

September 29, 2014 (San Diego) –Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation President  Jay Wilson announces the Kumeyaay Lake Poetry Campout, a three day, family-friendly poetry workshop weekend at Mission Trails Regional Park's Kumeyaay Lake Campgrounds (Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA, 92119). The event is open to for 12 participants (ages 10 years old to adult, three camp sites can be reserved), Friday, October 10, Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, 2014, with check in time Friday, October 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

HEAT WARNING: TEMPERATURES RISING TO WELL-ABOVE NORMAL BY FRIDAY

 

September 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The National Weather Service warns that an upper-level high pressure system is building over the San Diego, raising temperatures through next weekend. Highs will rise to near normal by Tuesday, then another 5 to 15 degrees above normal by the weekend with Saturday forecast to be the warmest day .

REWARD OFFERED FOR MAN WHO THREW PUPPY OVER FENCE

 

Photo (left): Dolly adopted by new owner;

Photo (right): man on video wanted for animal cruelty

East County News Service

September 29, 2014 (Ramona) - PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information about a man who threw a 6 month-old puppy over a fence in Ramona. The brutal act was caught on video on August 28th, showing a man in a red shirt and dark pants committing the violent act. The video went viral, drawing over 7,000 viewers on Facebook, but the crime remains unsolved.

MAN CRUSHED BY TRACTOR IN LAKESIDE

 

September 28, 2014 (Lakeside)--A 61-year old man was crushed by a skip loader tractor this morning in Lakeside. The Lakeside resident had been working with another man to excavate a pipe on Wildcat Canyon Road near Muth Valley Road when the tractor turned and the heavy load caused it to tip.

CONGRESS ADJOURNS WITHOUT TAKING ACTION ON IRAQI REFUGEE BILL

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Congress adjourned last week without voting upon a measure to help relocate Iraqi minorities displaced by ISIL, the Islamic terrorists who have seized control of much of Iraq and Syria.

MASTER GARDENER REPLACES LAWN WITH WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY PLANTS

 

 

 

September 28, 2014 (San Diego) -- With San Diego knee-deep in a drought, it might be a good idea to ditch that thirsty turf grass in favor of a vibrant, easy-care garden that's also a haven for butterflies and other native species. San Diego County News Service met up with a San Diego Master Gardener who did just that.  Click the video to check out her beautiful yard.

DEADLIEST FLU SEASON

 

County urges residents to get flu vaccine

Source: County News Service

September 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Last influenza season had the most deaths in San Diego since the County began tracking the disease. Seventy people died due to complications from the flu, the highest number ever recorded by the County Health and Human Services Agency.

ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF TO HEAT UP LEMON GROVE NOV. 1

 

September 26, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--“Let the insanity begin,” says Helen Ofield.”  Soroptimist International of Lemon Grove will hold its 10th Annual Western Roundup and Chili Cook-off on Nov. 1 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the parish hall of St. John of the Cross Church, 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove. Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door.

RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL AT AMY STRONG CASTLE NOV. 1

 

September 26, 2014 (Ramona) – The Ramona Art and Wine Festival, a benefit for the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural project, will be held on Saturday, November 1st from 12 to 5 p.m.  The location is the Amy Strong Castle at Mt. Woodson in Ramona.

DRAFT DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION PLAN RELEASED BY BLM AND U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE

 

Plan would open up 22 million acres of California to large-scale renewable energy development

By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week published in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability of the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS).  A formal comment period is now open through January 9, 2015.

NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE SHOWN US THROUGH THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THEIR PLACE IN HISTORY IS WELL-DESERVED

 

100+ NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD, by KB Schaller (Peppertree Press, LLC., 2014, Sarasota, Florida, 213 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

                                                             

“Be ashamed to die before you have Won some battle for humanity.”

 - Horace Mann (1796-1859), spoken to a college graduation class  a few weeks before his death.

 

Generally when we think of Native American women and their contributions to history and society, Pocahantas and Sacagawea come to mind. That is, until this groundbreaking book by Cherokee/Seminole heritage author KB Schaller, M.Ed., 100+ Native American Women Who Changed The World. Warriors, educators, an aerospace pioneer, a Catholic saint…100+ Native American Women Who Changed the World is a stellar collection of historical and contemporary women of indigenous heritage who have contributed to the survival and success of their families, communities – and the United States of America. This book is destined to be in classrooms throughout the country.

EDUCATION LEADER POSTS SITE ON GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD CONTROVERSIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A new website, www.GUHSDBoardCandidate.com, has been set up by critics of the Grossmont Union High School District Board to draw attention to controversies involving some board members seeking reelection.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DEBUT BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION DOCUMENTARY FILM SEPT. 29

 

 

District-Sponsored Student Speech Contest commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision a huge success

September 26, 2014 (La Mesa)--Dr. Emma Turner, President of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board of Education, and the District Governance Team, will host a screening on September 29 featuring the First Annual Student Speech Contest held earlier this year.  The topic of the speeches was “60 Years Later: What is the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education?”

CONSERVATION GROUP SUES TO PROTECT EAGLES AT PROPOSED TULE WIND FARM

 

BIA Approval Decision Ignores Warnings from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo: Tony Hisgett (Wikimedia Commons)

September 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Protect Our Communities (POC) and backcountry landowners have filed a lawsuit this week against the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

BEWARE OF SPARK ENERGY SCAM

 

East County News Service

September 24, 2014 (San Diego)—Residents in El Cajon and City Heights have been approached by representatives of a company called “Spark Energy” claiming to be selling a discount natural gas service plan.

NEW APP SCANS TEXT, CONVERTS TO AUDIO FOR BLIND

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Imagine being blind and having a device that can take photos of text on ordinary items, such as menus, ballots, store signs or classroom materials – and then read them to you out loud.  It sounds like science fiction, but a brand new app for Apple’s iphones can now do just that.  It can also convert the text to Braille.

HOPE FOR MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Earlier this year, we reported on a 90% decline in the number of Monarch butterflies in their annual winter migration to Mexico. But now, there are signs of hope on the horizon.

POWAY BUSINESS EXPO RETURNS TO POWAY

 

September 24, 2014 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a business expo and networking mixer on Wednesday, October 29 at Maderas Golf Club, 17750 Old Coach Road, Poway from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

COUNTY BOOSTS FIRE PROTECTION GOING INTO PEAK OF SEASON

 

County News Service

September 24, 2014 (San Diego) --A third firefighting helicopter, pre-positioned ground fire crews during red flag conditions, and contracting for night-flying operations throughout the County were among key upgrades approved by the County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The steps are aimed at boosting the region’s wildfire resources going into what is expected to be a highly dangerous peak wildfire season. The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the County has already leased a third helicopter until the end of October.

ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERTS IN OCTOBER AT COUNTY LIBRARIES

 

East County News Service

September 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in October with eight concerts taking place throughout the month countywide.  The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. These concerts are free to the community.The series includes the following concerts in East County:

FROM BAVARIA TO EAST COUNTY: GERMAN AMERICAN CLUB HOSTS OKTOBERFEST SEPT. 26-28 AND OCT. 3-5 IN EL CAJON

 

September 22, 2014 (El Cajon) – You’re invited to come and enjoy authentic German food, such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit,  potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage, pretzels, and Bavarian pastries—all at the German American Club’s annual Oktoberfest in El Cajon. The festivities take place on two weekends, September 26 through 28 and October 3rd through 5th.  Of course, you’ll also find plenty of German beers, as well as entertainment by the Guggenbach-Buam, all the way from Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

Part III in a series

By the East County Eaters

Week 3:  Bleu Boheme (Kensington) and Cali Comfort (Spring Valley)

September 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)— For week three in our quest to bring you the most delightful and different happy hours across our inland region, we indulged in French cuisine and burgundy at Bleu Boheme, owned by a prominent San Diego retauranteur in Kensington. We also found fabulous half-price barbecue tri-tip and wings so hot they’re named for a local firefighters’ crew at Cali Comfort in Spring Valley, a sports bar and restaurant that has found the winning combination for hospitality.

SAVING THE CHEETAHS

 

 

Only 10,000 cheetahs remain in the wild, and Dr. Laurie Marker aims to save the species

By Mimi Pollack

September 24, 2014 (Ramona) – Kumbali looked at us with soulful amber eyes. Those present were struck by the magnificence of this cheetah--the star attraction at a benefit event for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The event took place last weekend  in the Ramona home of well-known wildlife photographer Roy Toft and his wife, Robin.

BATTY FOR BATS: NOV. 22 AT LAKESIDE RIVER PARK

 

 

A free event hosted by Lakeside's River Park Conservancy

September 26, 2014 (Lakeside)- Project Wildlife will introduce you to the fascinating and unique world of bats on November 22 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m at Lakeside River Park.  You can also meet Animal Ambassador Daisy, a Mexican Free-Tailed Bat in this indoor classroom located on Lakeside's River Park Property.

LA MESA HOSTS SENIOR EXPO OCT. 9

 

September 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa will host its fifth annual Senior Expo on Thursday, October 9, 2014.  With a wide variety of speakers and exhibitors, Senior Expo will offer free "one-stop shopping" for all adults facing life changes that may affect their independence, or for those who would like great tips on safety and security.  Senior Expo will be held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa 91942, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, and is supported by funding from the San Diego Association of Governments.

INSURANCE WON'T PAY TO REMOVE MASSIVE TREE THAT FELL IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2014 (La Mesa)—An enormous eucalyptus tree stood 80 to 100 feet tall in front of Korey Mulvey’s home in La Mesa. But during the recent storm, the goliath tree came crashing down into his backyard and onto his swimming pool.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 25-OCT. 11

 

 

September 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – This week’s Destination East County features some major events this weekend, including Oktoberfests, a major music festival and street fair, a fiesta,  a parade, plus concerts by the Eagles and a Barbra Streisand tribute artist.  Plus we’ll have previews of some delicious events coming up soon, including Julian Apple Days, the East County Vintners Harvest Days, a Pumpkin Festival, and Jacumba Hot Springs centennial celebration! Find all these events and more below.

 

LA MESANS MEET CANDIDATES AT CHAMBER DEBATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Mayoral candidate Mark Arapostathis and Mayor Art Madrid (top); City Council candidates (left to right) Bill Baber, Patrick Dean, Mary England, Pete Gregorovic, Guy McWhirter

September 25, 2014 (La Mesa)—Candidates  for La Mesa’s mayoral and city council races made their cases to voters at a forum held by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce last week, tackling issues ranging from future development to public safety, pensions, and homelessness. 

Art Madrid, who has served as La Mesa’s Mayor for over 24 years, faces a challenge from Councilmember/teacher Mark Arapostathis.  Five candidates are vying for two open seats on the La Mesa Council. They are Bill Baber, an attorney and La Mesa-Spring Valley school board member; Patrick Dean, a chef and member of  La Mesa’s Community Services Commission; Mary England, president of La Mesa Chamber of Commerce;  Pete Gregorovic, a business attorney and youth sports leader; and Guy McWhirter, an insurance agent.

For key points made by each candidate, as well as links to video opening statements and raw audio of the debate, click "read more" and scroll down.

IS OBAMA'S DECISION TO BOMB ISIL TERRORISTS IN SYRIA LEGAL?

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

September 23, 2014 (Washington D.C.)—The U.S. Constitution states that Congress has the power to declare war.  Yet Congress has not provided such declaration to presidents for any war since World War II, back in the 1940s.  That puts presidents in the hot seat when confronting threats including those from terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and now, ISIL, or the Islamic State.

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