PRODUCE PICKS: MELON SEASON IS HERE (CALIFORNIA GROWN)

BRUSH FIRE IN DEHESA: FORWARD SPREAD HALTED

JUDGE TEMPORARILY HALTS DEPORTATIONS OF IRAQIS NATIONWIDE

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 30 - JULY 29

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA’S CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUN LIMITS

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER KILLS SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA FOR THIS YEAR

ALPINE RESIDENTS SEEK HELP TO FIND SUSPECTS CAUGHT ON TAPE PLANTING FIRECRACKER UNDER CHILD’S WINDOW

FIRE NEAR MESA GRANDE RESERVATION THREATENS HOMES

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: MORGAN COOK, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST, ON HER INVESTIGATION INTO REP. HUNTER

FIND YOUR INNER COWBOY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JUNE 25 - JULY 29

CA GROUPS: SENATE HEALTH BILL "MORE DRACONIAN" THAN HOUSE VERSION

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES STOP BRAVES' RALLY TO EVEN SERIES AT ONE

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Cory Spangenberg started the scoring with a two-run RBI double in the first.  Via @Padres on Twitter

June 28, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres got hits last night against the Braves, but got nothing to show for it.  It’d be even tougher tonight as the man, the myth and the legend, Bartolo Colon, took the mound for the Braves against Luis Perdomo.

DO RATTLESNAKE VACCINES FOR DOGS REALLY WORK?

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mojave rattlesnake

June 28, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The canine rattlesnake vaccine has been administered to over 100,000 dogs since it came on the market in the early 2000s. While only about 1 percent of dogs had side effects, the bad news is “there remains little fact-based data to support the efficacy of the vaccine to date,” according to Valerie Wiebe, Pharm.D with the University of California, Davis. In other words, it’s not clear if the vaccine actually works.

STRAIGHT TALK WITH ROSS MATTHEWS: LIVE WITH PRIDE AT SYCUAN CASINO

 

East County News Service

June 28, 2017 (El Cajon) Ross Mathews is bringing his famed, “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews” live podcast to San Diego for one night on Thursday, July 13. He will be accompanied by his straight-talking crew for an interactive, crowd-engaging show.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

June 28, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

June 28, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

BARGAIN HUNTERS, OTHERS ENJOYED ALPINE FLEA MARKET

 

By Jo Moreland

June 28, 2017 (Alpine) -- Browsing and buying cheap goods, great services and delicious food made the Alpine Flea Market the spot to shop on June 24.

Shoppers and vendors at 45 booths ignored the warm weather in order to make hot sales.at the flea market, located in the parking lot at Joan MacQueen Middle School.

PRESIDENT SIGNS VA REFORM INTO LAW

 

East County News Service

June 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) — President Donald Trump has signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. The bipartisan legislation aims to increase accountability at the VA by allowing the Secretary to dismiss poorly-performing employees and those who engage in misconduct while strengthening protections for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing.

VETERAN JOBS BILLS PASS U.S. HOUSE

 

House approves legislation to cut red tape, help veterans qualify for jobs in commercial trucking

East County News Service

June 28, 2017 (San Diego) – The House of Representatives has approved bipartisan legislation to ease veterans’ transition into civilian employment opportunities by streamlining the process for trained service members to obtain commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL). The move comes as the commercial trucking industry faces a shortage of roughly 48,000 drivers, according to data from the American Trucking Associations. This legislation would allow veterans, many of which are already trained to operate heavy military vehicles, to help fill this gap.

100 LOCAL RESIDENTS CAMPED OUT FOR GRAND OPENING OF CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2017 (La Mesa) – The newest Chick-fil-A restaurant in San Diego County has opened. The Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, recently became the 11th Chick-fil-A restaurant operating in San Diego County.

SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON STAFF MEMBER HONORED BY REPUBLICAN PARTY AS LEGISLATIVE STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Andrew Hayes, a district representative with California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), has been honored with Wendell Cutting Legislative Staff Member of the Year award from the Republican Party of San Diego County. The award, presented at the recent Lincoln Reagan Dinner, recognizes excellence in constituent service and community participation.

FREE HIV TESTING AVAILABLE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

Knowing your HIV status is essential to keep the virus from spreading.

To that end, the County Health and Human Services Agency and its many partners are offering free, confidential HIV testing throughout the region. The service is part of National HIV Testing Week in San Diego County, which lasts through June 30.

ART, MUSIC AND DINNER UNDER THE STARS AT 10TH ANNUAL HEART OF MT. HELIX AUGUST 12

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2017 (Mt. Helix) – The 10th annual HeART of Mt. Helix on August 12th from 5 to 10 p.m. will feature live art demonstrations and art auctions, music on two stages, a juried art show, succulent plant sale, and tastings from top local restaurants atop Mt. Helix.

THE SAPS AT SEA PROUDLY PRESENT: AN EVENING WITH THELMA TODD AUGUST 26

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Thelma, Stan & Ollie - the next gathering of the Saps at Sea, the Laurel & Hardy Sons of the Desert association in San Diego, high-lights one of their favorite gals, Thelma Todd. This bubbly blonde was not only a highly respected actress and comedian, but a long time favorite of the Saps.

GAY PARENTS HAVE RIGHT TO BE LISTED ON BIRTH CERTIFICATES, SUPREME COURT RULES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – States must list married same-sex couples on children’s birth certificates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.  The ruling in the case, Pavan v. Smith, extends marriage rights earlier granted by the high court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which found the U.S. Constitution protected marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. 

STATE ROUTE 67 LANE CLOSURES IN RAMONA AREA

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2017 (Ramona) – Lane closures on State Route 67 at the Highland Valley Road/Dye Road intersection are slated from 7 p.m .to  5 a.m. tonight as well as Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights.   At least one lane will remain open, but motorists are advised to expect traffic delays, Cal Trans has announced.

The closure is due to paving and road striping work.  Highway workers will be directing traffic in the affected area.

BRUSH FIRE IN DEHESA: FORWARD SPREAD HALTED

 

Update 12:05 p.m. - The fire is now 30% contained, per Cal Fire.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Gloria Chadwick

June 27, 2017 (Dehesa) -- Cal Fire's incident commander reports that forward spread has been stopped on a 20-acre brush fire in Dehesa. The Sloane Fire started at Sloane Canyon east of Dehesa Road in East County mid-morning. 

No structures are threatened.

SUPREME COURT ISSUES COMPROMISE ORDER ON TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

 

Ruling allows immigration from six Muslim nations for those with ties to U.S., but bans others until full case is heard this fall; refugees hardest hit by decision

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Syrian refugee boy's future remains in limbo

June 27, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a temporary order reinstating a portion of President Donald Trump’s travel ban previously halted by multiple appellate courts.  The decision allows immigration to continue from six Muslim nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) but only for people with a “bona fide relationship” to the U.S.  The temporary order is in place until the high court hears the case in the fall and issues a ruling.

The definition of such relationship or ties is not spelled out, but legal experts generally agree that travelers with family in the U.S., jobs or job offers, and students at U.S. universities will be protected.  It is unclear whether others, such as those with medical conditions seeking treatment here, would be banned or not. Visitors seeking visas who don’t have ties here would be barred from entry.  Hardest hit would be refugees fleeing violence, whose hopes of a brighter future in America will now be dashed unless they already have family or other ties in the U.S., international aid groups warn.

JUDGE TEMPORARILY HALTS DEPORTATIONS OF IRAQIS NATIONWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Iraq prayer vigil held in El Cajon in July 2014. El Cajon is home to 40,000  or more Iraqi-Chaldean Christians as well as Kurds and other Iraqi religious minorities.

June 27, 2017 (San Diego ) – A federal judge yesterday issued a nationwide two-week ban on deportation of  Iraqi-Americans back to Iraq.  The ruling was prompted by a lawsuit on behalf of 114 Iraqis  rounded up and detained in  Detroit, mainly Christian Chaldeans, but the ban applies broadly to 1,400 Iraqis under deportation orders nationwide.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith issued the stay to give him time to determine whether his court has jurisdiction to weigh in on the detainees’ fears that deportation to Iraq could lead to death, torture or persecution, the Chicago Tribune reports.  Goldsmith wrote, “Such harm far outweighs any interest that government may have in proceeding with the removals immediately.”

WOMAN FATALLY STRUCK BY TEEN DRIVER IN EL CAJON

 

East Couty News Service

June 27, 2017 (El Cajon ) – A woman in her 50s who was walking home from the grocery store crossed North Mollison Avenue near Main Street outside of a marked intersection last night at 8:45. She was struck by a black Acura sedan driven by a 19-year-old driver.  Paramedics transported the woman to a hospital, where she later died.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 30 - JULY 29

 

East County News Service

June 26, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Fourth of July fireworks, parades and picnics, plus an Elvis tribute in El Cajon.

We also have a preview of coming attractions including Descanso Days, the Pine Valley Parade, astronomy on Mt. Helix, music superstars Lionel Ritchie and Mariah Carey coming to San Diego State, and a murder mystery dinner theatre in Julian.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA’S CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUN LIMITS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 26, 2017 (San Diego) – The U.S. Supreme Court today let stand California’s concealed weapons law, leaving intact local law enforcement’s power to restrict the issuance of permits for carrying concealed handguns.  The high court declined to review the case of Peruta v. California, which stemmed from a challenge to San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore’s refusal to issue a concealed carry permit to an applicant who said he wanted a gun for self defense, but according to Gore, failed to justify that need.

WILDEST JOBS: MAX 105.7’S CHACHA IN THE SNAKE PIT

 

Hunting down the wildest jobs in San Diego’s East County

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

June 26, 2017 (La Mesa) -- “I saw Jurassic Park, I know how this ends!” said MAX 105.7 FM DJ Rob Zilla of his fellow DJ, Karen “ChaCha” Harlow.  ChaCha was sitting in a self-styled snake pit with a red-tailed boa, among other reptiles, at La Mesa’s Grossmont Center’s courtyard on Saturday, June 24th.  It was all part of the job—for a good cause of bringing in food donations for The Jacob & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.  Thankfully, Jurassic Park’s grisly endings went unrealized.

CROSS IN OCOTILLO WELLS IN CROSSHAIRS OF CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 26, 2017 (Ocotillo) - In 1966, Jim Bruce Robinson was killed in action during the Vietnam War. He was 21 years old.  A memorial plaque and towering cross were erected in his memory in Ocotillo Wells, across the street from the home where his family still lives. 

WATER TRUCK DRIVER OUT ON A LIMB

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 26, 2017 (Ramona) – A water tender truck wound up out on a limb last Friday – literally. 

The driver of the commercial-sized vehicle was heading on Agrarian Road east of Ramona when his vehicle went off the side of the road and hurtled down 30 feet, rolling over.  But the freefall plunge was stopped by a tree branch that snagged the front of the truck, leaving the bulky vehicle dangling.

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