STARS COME OUT IN BORREGO --ALONG WITH PLANETS, SPACE STATIONS AND MORE

RAMONA FIREWORKS SHOW SAVED

TERROR ALERT ISSUED FOR 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND

CAMP BOW WOW ANNOUNCES “YAPPY HOUR” SEASON AT DOWNTOWN CAFE

FLOODING, FIRES, POWER OUTAGES AS STORM SWEEPS ACROSS EAST COUNTY

DUMANIS CELEBRATES SUPREME COURT RULING ON GAY MARRIAGE--AT WHITE HOUSE

A CHARMING STORY OF FRIENDSHIP FOR KIDS 0 - 6: IS THE LIZARD REAL OR IMAGINARY?

OLIVIA’S ISLAND ADVENTURE FILM: WORLD PREMIER JULY 10-11 AT SAN DIGEO PERFORMING ARTS

HOW FAST DOES YOUR CAR HEAT UP?

G-7 WORLD LEADERS AGREE TO END FOSSIL FUEL USE BY CENTURY’S END, SLASH BY 2050

DESTINATATION EAST COUNTY: JUNE 27-JULY 11

DRONE GROUNDED FIRE FIGHTING PLANES BATTLING CA FIRESTORMS

STARS COME OUT IN BORREGO --ALONG WITH PLANETS, SPACE STATIONS AND MORE

 

By Mark and Miriam Raftery

Photo, left by Mark Raftery: Milky Way galaxy crowns soft glow of lights from distant El Centro on horizon

July 4, 2015 (Borrego Springs) – Stargazing guru Dennis Mammana has been photographing the night sky for nearly a half century and leading night sky tours for nearly thirty years.  He also teaches workshops that provide in-depth tips on how you can photograph everything from the Milky Way to constellations – and  as we discovered last weekend in Borrego, you don’t have to have a backpack full of professional camera gear to come up with some gorgeous images.

Borrego Springs recently became the first designated “dark skies” community in the United States--thanks in part to the efforts of our helpful host, teacher and guide.  That means there are no bright lights at night to interview with your night-sky viewing pleasure.

HWY 67 RAMP CLOSURES SUNDAY NIGHT AT I-8 AND HWY 52

 

July 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --Caltrans construction crews will close several connector ramps on State Route 67 (SR-67) to and from Interstate 8 (I-8) and from SR-67 to State Route 52 (SR-52) for night work Sunday to Wednesday. See attached.

FOR THE LOVE OF POETRY

 

Trails To The Stream: Poetry and Inspiration for Everyday Living, by Priscilla Koranteng (Poised Publishing LLC, 2014, 136 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

July 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Priscilla Koranteng, author of two earlier books reviewed by this writer in the East County Magazine; Janju: The Voice of One Girl and Janju: A Village Girl in a City World, and the owner and publisher of Poised Publishing LLC, as well as an HR consulting firm; Poised HR Solutions LLC, has written a moving and insightful book on poetry: Trails To The Stream: Poetry And Inspiration For Everyday Living.

ASK AN AUTHOR: WRITING TIPS & GIVEAWAYS - MARKETING A NEW RELEASE

 

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

July 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Ask An Author welcomes guest columnist Jonny Holt of Literati Resources, a San Diego-based company offering PR and event management. I know Jonny from several events we organized together for Barnes & Noble. Learn more about Literati Resources on Facebook, Twitter @jonnyliterati, and Instagram @LiteratiGram.

COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES JOINS 'GETTING TO ZERO' CAMPAIGN TO SAVE LIVES OF MORE PETS

 

July 4, 2015 (San Diego)--As part of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition, County Animal Services and six other animal sheltering organizations in the region launched a “Getting to Zero” campaign Wednesday. The effort includes animal shelters in East County.

OUR MAY 2015 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

July 3, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - - -Our May 2015 radio shows are now online!  You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in May, click here and scroll down.

Our interviews included Jana Clark with Cleveland National Forest Foundation (on their suit over the county’s transit plan), internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer Roy Toft, , environmental activist Cindy Buxton (on progress toward Eagle Peak wilderness designation and on an ECM investigation that helped stop dumping on public lands) and Leticia Sandoval with Stronger Communities, a new nonprofit bringing help to East County residents.

COUNTY PROBATION TO CONSOLIDATE YOUTH CAMPS

 

Youth from the Juvenile Ranch Facility will be moved to the Camp Barrett facility by early August.

County News Service

July 3, 2015 (Camp Barrett)--Plunging juvenile populations are prompting San Diego County Probation to consolidate operations of its two camps for young people: Juvenile Ranch Facility in Campo and Camp Barrett youth facility in rural Alpine. Both camps house male youths.

SHERIFF DEPT. HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY JULY 16 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

July 3, 2015 (Spring Valley) – The San Diego Sheriff invites you to “Coffee with the Community” on Thursday, July 16 from 8-10 a.m. at Cali Comfort Restaurant, 8910 Troy Street in Spring Valley.

FISH STORIES FROM LAKE JENNINGS

 

Photo: Kayla Douglas of Spring  Valley landed this 5 lb. 4 oz Channel Catfish at Hermits Cove

July 1, 2015 (Lakeside) – The Lake Jennings Fish Report for July is out-with plenty of tips and news for fishing enthusiasts. The lake is open every day in July. Here are a few highlights:

OUR APRIL 2015 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

June 30, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--Our April 2015 radio shows are now online!  You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in April, click here and scroll down.

Our interviews included Megan Hamilton with Surfrider Foundation on water-saving ideas, Author Deborah M. Pratt, Ashley Mazanec, San Diego Energy District Foundation, Ken Woodward, Ramona’s Woodward Museum, Jim Cooper, Ramona Old West Days, Joel Gossett, Circle Players on Café Murder, and Estela de los Rios on human trafficking.

FOOD DRIVE IN LA MESA JULY 8-28

July 3, 2015 (La Mesa)--Mama’s Kitchen, www.mamaskitchen.org, prepares and delivers nutritious meals to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.   Additionally, they provide pantry services (Mama's Pantry) and nutrition education to its clients. 

The people of The Table:  United Church of Christ of La Mesa invite you to join them in overfilling a collection barrel for Mama July 8 through July 28.  She needs nonperishable food items (no expired food, please):  canned tuna, chili, salmon, fruit and soup; peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, boxed cereal and dry milk (small boxes).

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN LA MESA BANK ROBBERY AT ALBERTSON’S

East County News Service

Photo: Surveillance image from U.S. Bank

July 3, 2015 (La Mesa) - The FBI and La Mesa Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the suspect responsible for robbing the U.S. Bank, located inside of the Albertsons grocery store located at 8920 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, California, on Thursday, July 2 at 10:07 a.m.

RAMONA FIREWORKS SHOW SAVED

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 3, 2015 (Ramona) – On June 29, we reported that this could be the last year for the Ramona fireworks show, since the Ramona Rotary Club had fallen short of raising the enormous funds needed for the display.  Fortunately, the Club has now reached its fundraising goal, the Ramona Home Journal reports in an e-mail sent to its readers.

PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS OF EAST COUNTY: EXHIBIT AUG. 28 AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

 

July 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is having a very special fundraiser that really highlights the history and beauty of San Diego’s East County.  “Plein Air paintings of East County,” features the original art of Gloria Chadwick.  An open reception, fine art show and sale will be held on the museum’s Tropical Garden Patio on Friday, August 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. View more of Chadwick’s paintings.

COUNTY, CAL FIRE LAUNCH PARAMEDIC SERVICE AT INTERMOUNTAIN FIRE STATION

 

July 2, 2015 (Ramona) – The San Diego County Fire Authority and CAL FIRE are making a major upgrade to fire and emergency medical services at the County’s Intermountain fire station. Starting July 1, new, around-the-clock paramedic service will be offered for the first time ever. The station is located east of Ramona along CA-78, a main route to Julian.

BOIL WATER ORDER AT RV PARK IN BOULEVARD

 

July 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Outdoor World RV Park located at 1331 Shasta Way, Boulevard, CA 91905 effective immediately.  The water system serves a recreational vehicle park with a swimming pool, office, gift-shop and camp sites.

LAKESIDE SHERIFF STATION HOSTS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TRAINING JULY 17

 

July 1, 2015 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Sheriff is looking for you!  Neighborhood watch captains, those who don’t yet belong to a neighborhood watch group or would like to establish one in your neighborhood are invited to attend a Neighborhood Watch training put on by the new Lakeside Sheriff substation staff on Friday, July 17 at the Lakeside Community Center 99841 Vine Street) form1 0 a.m. to 2 p.m.

TIPS ON SOLICITORS AND HOW TO STAY SAFE

July 2, 2015 (La Mesa) – There have been reports of a young man with dark hair observed going through people’s mailboxes as he goes door to door in La Mesa.  He then mentions neighbor’s names, supposedly to sell educational material.

In response, Claudia Ortega of the La Mesa Police Department provided a refresher on solicitors in La Mesa and how to stay safe:

BLACK CHURCH BURNINGS ACROSS SOUTH

 

Update July 3:  A fund to rebuild the burned black churches has been started by MoveOn, with 100% to be donated for the rebuilding.  Click here to help rebuild the burned churches.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: 2005 KKK cross burning, Confederate till Death - English Wikipedia

July 2, 2015 (San Diego) – In a week when America celebrates its independence, the freedom to worship guaranteed by our constitution is under attack for some Americans.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR PROGRAM EXCELLENCE

 

July 1, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) – The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) this week announced the winners of its 2015 member awards. Now in its 39th year, the APGA awards honor the professional horticulture industry's most influential and pioneering individuals and organizations.

PASSAGES: MTS CHIEF BILL BURKE PASSES AWAY

 

June 28, 2015 (San Diego)--Bill Burke, the chief of police for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), passed away today of unknown causes. He was 68 years old. Burke started with MTS in 2001, was promoted to director of security in 2004 and became its first chief of police in 2011. Prior to working with MTS, Burke was the chief of police for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department in Chicago, Ill.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

July 1, 2015 (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.

INTERNATIONAL

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

ESAT COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

July 1, 2015 (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

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

LA MESA - MT. HELIX JULY ACTIVITIES

July 1, 2015 (La Mesa) – There is a lot of free summer entertainment in La Mesa this month, including concerts in the park, a movie under the stars, community theater and a walking club, not to mention a host of club activities for all ages and interests at the library.

TERROR ALERT ISSUED FOR 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND

 

East County News Service

July 1, 2015 (San Diego) – Law enforcement agencies across the United States, including here in San Diego, have been warned to be on heightened alert for potential terror threats over the July 4th weekend. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that his agency, along with the FBI are “encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared.

POLICE DOG HELPS TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME: SUSPECTED VEHICLE THIEF ARRESTED

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 30, 2015 (El Cajon)—A suspected vehicle thief who tried to ram an El Cajon Police officer with a stolen vehicle has been arrested and charged with assault.  The suspect, 27-year-old Jose Maldonado of El Cajon, was bitten on the leg by a police dog after a pursuit that covered four miles from El Cajon into Spring Valley.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL RECEIVES WOMEN'S CHOICE AWARD(R) AS ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST HOSPITALS FOR CANCER CARE

 

June 30, 2015 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont was honored with a 2015 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s best hospitals for cancer care. Sharp Grossmont is just one of 331 hospitals to have earned the award by meeting the highest cancer care accreditation standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and other robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction.

7-YEAR-OLD SPRING VALLEY GIRL WITH BLOOD DISEASE GIVES BACK, CUTS HER TWO FEET OF HAIR

 

July 1, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Spring Valley resident Gabriella Martinez, 7, who goes by Ella, recently received a special haircut and found a way to give back to children needing hair replacement.

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