April 16, 2015 (El Cajon) – Homegrown live music from seven bands with a diverse mix of styles will be coming to Cuyamaca College with the return of the Coyote Music Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Now in its sixth year, the free outdoor festival has retained its eclectic vibe, with a host of young talent playing everything from coffeehouse acoustic pop to Tejano rock. The mostly young crew of volunteers is a reminder that the event is actually a class assignment for students enrolled in Music Industry Studies, a transfer degree program unique locally to Cuyamaca College that focuses on the practical aspects of developing careers in the music industry.
April 16, 2014 (San Diego County) - April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. But so far, this April has brought very little rainfall—so the County is asking your help to conserve water.
April 16, 2014 (San Diego County) - Easter bunnies are cute and cuddly--but wild rabbits found locally may be carrying a dangerous disease known as Rabbit Fever, County health officials warn this week. The disease is carried by ticks—so it’s important to know how to protect yourself if you’re hiking or working in brushy areas.
East County News Service
April 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –HBO’s Real Time Host, Bill Maher, has launched a “flip a district” series in which voters are invited to submit videos showing why their representative should be ousted. His latest target? Congressman Duncan D. Hunter,. Hunter was asked about his opposition to a measure aimed at protecting women against pay discrimination. When Hunter responded that “there really isn’t gender discrimination,” the audience responded by booing him. View video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDGjia4VgCA&feature=youtu.be
Easter egg-stravaganza events and much more!
By Ariele Johannson
April 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination: East County begins with a Chamgane Brunch, glow-in-the-dark egg hunt and other Easter events--then ends with fishing and a Spring Harp Festival.
But that's not all. We have a fabulous preview of some great upcoming events all right here in East County and San Diego’s inland region.
By David Dickens
April 10, 2014 (San Diego)- The East County has produced many superstar athletes for several years now. Most of the athletes have come via land, however a Seastar has been born right here in our own backyard. The San Diego SeaStars, formerly the Sweetwater Dolphins established in East County back in 1977, practice at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley four times a week.
April 16, 2014 (El Cajon) – Inequality for All, a film by Robert Reich, documents how massive consolidation of wealth by a handful of people threatens the middle class, the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy . Reich is the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
The film will be shown on April 17 at 7:15 p.m. during a meeting of the East County Democratic Club at Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92020. A discussion will be held after the film showing. View a film trailer here:
April 16, 2014 (San Diego) - Have you ever wanted to create a new society from scratch?
FOX’s new unscripted social experiment series “UTOPIA” is searching for candidates to create a whole new world. Nationwide casting is now underway and we’re seeking motivated pioneers who have the ideas, skills and determination to create and run an ideal society. The actual casting event in San Diego will be the Earth Fair 2014. It will take place on Sunday, April 27th from 10AM - 5PM at Balboa Park.
East County News Service
Source: Senator Joel Anderson
April 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Senator Joel Anderson’s office has provided a list of scholarships and grants available. Below is a list, along with other helpful information share with college students and soon-to-be college students.
"My wife and I are the proud parents of two college graduates and we know first-hand how expensive college can be these days. That’s why we want you to have this valuable information," says Senator Anderson (R-Alpine).
This garden and others will be on view at the Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour May 2-4 in Alpine
Story by Maureen Austin, CHIRP
Photos by Mendi Wyatt, CHIRP
April 15, 2014 (Alpine) - Laughingly labeled as a “plant hoarder” by a friend, Pete Swoboda prefers the title “plant collector.” He says he never met a plant he didn’t like, and although he has hundreds of different plants growing in his near-acre garden, he purchased less than 20 percent of them. The balance were gifts or starts he propagated from cuttings.
By Miriam Raftery
April 16, 2014 (Washington D.C.) –Veterans from across America converged on Capitol Hill on March 31, meeting with members of Congress and the administration. They sought help to prevent suicides among returning veterans.
By Miriam Raftery
April 16, 2014 (El Cajon)—Yesterday the prosecution rested its case in the trial of Kassim Alhimidi, an Iraqi immigrant who is accused of murdering his wife, Shaima Alawadi. Alhimidi’s fate now rests in the hands of a jury at the courthouse in El Cajon.
The killer repeatedly struck Alawadi in the head from behind while she was sitting at a computer in her El Cajon home in March 2012. Police believe the murderer was someone the victim knew and trusted, since she was not wearing her hijab, a traditional head scarf, during the attack.
Photo (left): Ivanpah Solar testing; photo by Tom Budlong
Photo (center): warbler with over 50% of its feathers burned was found alive, but died of its injuries
Monarch butterfly (photo, right) numbers are down 90% in the most recent Pacific migration
By Miriam Raftery
April 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Last month we reported that themonarch butterflies’ annual migration to Mexico is down 90%. Various theories have been proposed. But now a newly released study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reveals that “hundreds upon hundreds of butterflies” including monarchs, along with dragonflies, were found dead at the Ivanpah solar site.
April 17, 2014 (Santee) – Padre Dam Municipal Water District received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. The award was presented to the Board of Directors at the April 16th board meeting.
By Jeffrey Meyer
April 15, 2014 (San Diego County) - The Keystone pipeline proposal has hit a Nebraska stop sign, but it has deeper problems than right-of-way issues across the United States. After all, the controversial proposal for transporting Alberta’s tar sands across America was never just about the pipeline. Just ask the thousand students who rallied in front of the White House recently, who were willing to be arrested to make their point.
April 15, 2014 (La Mesa)--The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of volunteers monitoring how the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has issued its 2013 Annual Report to the Community.
April 14, 2014 (Mt. Helix) -- On Saturday, May 17, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, part two of Mt. Helix Park’s Nature/Sustainable Living lecture series will be held in the ampitheater atop Mt. Helix.This free, one-hour lecture on landscaping with California native plants will feature guest speaker, Greg Rubin, President of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. and co-author of "The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance.”
- Golfers join Lakeside Firefighters to raise money to fund afterschool programs for East County youth -
April 15, 2014 (Lakeside)--On Tuesday, May 6, the Lakeside Firefighter’s Association will host the First Annual Lakeside Firefighters Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Golf Course benefitting Stoney’s Kids, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that funds programs that help East County children develop skills, self-esteem and confidence.
By Nicolee Hill
April 1, 2014
April 15, 2014 (La Mesa)-- Master Goldsmith and Jewelry Designer, Terry Whyte of Golden Artistry Jewelry Design is hosting this annual competition to be held in conjunction with Golden Artistry’s 30th anniversary. The event will be held on May 2, 2014 from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at the La Mesa Woman's Club, 5220 Wilson, La Mesa , CA 91942. Numerous local vendors and restaurants will be donating gifts and services to be raffled off. In addition, Terry Whyte will auction off one of his original pieces of jewelry and the Grand Prize winning design. All proceeds will go to the Golden Artistry Foundation which will disperse funds to local schools’ jewelry programs and to the internships at Golden Artistry. Members of the community are encouraged to participate in this event.
April 14, 2014 (Boulevard) – In response to a complaint filed by Donna Tisdale, the California Public Utilities Commission has instructed San Diego Gas & Electric Company to make repairs to a torn, flapping construction fence at the Boulevard substation site along state scenic highway 94.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS CHAIRMAN ROBERT SMITH AS COMMUNITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR
April 15, 2014 (Pala)--The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that Tribal Chairman Robert Smith will be recognized as Community Partner of the Year by the San Diego County School Boards Association at an awards ceremony on May 2.
April 14, 2014 (Lakeside)-- The Barona Cultural Center & Museum and Ancient Spirits Speak will host master basket weaver Eva Salazar for a Basic Juncus Basket Making class on Saturday May 3, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This introductory class will teach the basic principles of a fine art which yielded products both beautiful and useful. Traditionally, coiled juncus baskets were used by the Kumeyaay/Diegueno people to cook acorn meal, process various flours, collect and roast seeds and to wear as hats.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: simulation of plant viewed from campground at Mission Trails Regional Park
April 14, 2014 (San Diego) – One year after the California Public Utilities Commissions suspended an application for the controversial gas-fired Quail Brush power plan proposed near Mission Trails Regional Park and schools in Santee, the applicant has taken steps to keep the proposal alive.
By Miriam Raftery
April 14, 2014 (La Mesa) - La Mesa’s City Council voted down a proposal by Mayor Art Madrid that would have banned Councilmembers from using their cell phones during public meetings, including closed sessions. Mayor Madrid argued that since members of the public in the audience are asked to silence their cell phones, council members should, too.
April 14, 2014 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Valley Host Lions are preparing for their fund-raising "Gunsmoke IV" night, Saturday, May 17 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. The evening activities will take place from 6-10 pm and is billed as a "Night of Gamblin' 'n Carousin' in an Old West Saloon. The Winchester Widows are assisting the Lions in the presentation and are pictured with members of the club in making preparations for the extravaganza.
By Robert Clark
April 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - On April14, evidence was completed in the murder trial of Kassim Alhimidi. Jury instructions were scheduled by Judge William McGrath for 2:30 p.m, and closing arguments will begin April 15 at 9 a.m.
By Miriam Raftery
April 14, 2014 (San Diego)-- Tonight, San Diegans will be able to view a rare astronomical sight: a blood moon, which is an unusual type of eclipse in which the moon appears red or orange.
By Miriam Rafferty
April 13, 2014 (Escondido) – On May 1st, a new bilingual newspaper will launch. The "Escondido Alliance/Alianza Escondido" aims to fill the news void left by closure of the North County Times, which folded after U-T San Diego publisher Doug Manchester purchased the publication. The former Escondido Times-Advocate had previously been absorbed by the North County Times, so the series of acquisitions has left Escondido without a local press to cover politics, events and more –until now.
“People are so excited when we tell them we’re starting a newspaper,” said Nina Deerfield, co-publisher of the Alliance along with Marco Lopez. “They’ve had no voice…There is so little coverage of what’s happening in Escondido.”
April 14, 2014 (Lakeside) - Last year on Christmas Eve, Salvatore Belvedere and his brother’s fiancé, Ilona Flint, were found mortally wounded in a vehicle parked at Mission Valley Center. Flint managed to call 911 despite having been shot in the head. She died at the scene and her finance later succumbed to his wounds at a hospital. Both were 22 years old.
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, 2014 (Poway)-- Members of the business community are invited to attend the Poway Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Mixer held at Streeter Printing, 9880 Via Pasar, San Diego (Miramar area near Hwy 15). The Mixer will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 -7:30PM. Catering compliments of Dream Dinners and Buca di Beppo. You must RSVP by to avoid being charged $10 at the door.