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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS APRIL 25-27

KURDISH-AMERICANS CELEBRATE FREEDOM IN EAST COUNTY

JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FACES ETHICS CONTROVERSIES

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

SAN DIEGO POLICE SEEK MASKED MAN IN BLACK VEHICLE WHO KIDNAPPED & SEXUALLY ASSAULTED GIRL, 12

MAYOR MADRID LAUNCHES REELECTION CAMPAIGN, RUNS ON RECORD OF SUCCESS

A TRUE CHAMPION: SAN DIEGO ATHLETE, FORMER REFUGEE WINS BOSTON MARATHON

SWAT STANDOFF ENDS IN SUSPECT'S SUICIDE

MORNING GLORY BRUNCH PROVES A HOPPING SUCCESS AT ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER

JURY FINDS ALHIMIDI GUILTY OF MURDERING HIS WIFE

LISTEN NOW: WHISTLEBLOWER INTERVIEW ON FIRE STATION CLOSURES, DANGEROUS UNDER-STAFFING


SOME RESIDENTS ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME IN FIRE AREA OFF OLD HWY 80

 

June 19, 2012 (Campo) – Residents are being allowed back into the area along Old Highway 80 that was evacuated late Sunday afternoon due to the 900 acre “Old Fire” on the Campo Indian Reservation. Church Road at Old Highway 80 and by the 94 is still closed, and residents cannot come back into the location until it is safe to do so.

CALIFORNIA OFFICIALLY FILES WAIVER SEEKING RELIEF FROM ‘NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND’ MANDATES

 
June 19, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Supported by many of California’s leading educators and school advocates, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education (SBE) President Michael Kirst today officially submitted California’s request to set aside specified requirements of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as ‘No Child Left Behind.’

VETERANS OFFERED HELP TO TRANSITION FROM MILITARY SERVICE TO CIVILIAN WORKFORCE

 

 
Bureau of Security and Investigative Services launches Veterans Come First Program to guide vets through licensing process
 
June 19, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Veterans returning to the civilian workforce may be eligible for some specialized assistance through the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (Bureau). The Bureau has developed the Veterans Come First program for veterans who want to leverage their military training to become licensed as security guards, private patrol operators, firearms instructors, or other licensee of the Bureau.

 

OLD FIRE NOW 75% CONTAINED

 

June 19, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--The Old Fire is now 75% contained at 907 acres, with full containment expected tonight, and full control expected tomorrow at 6 p.m., Cal Fire predicts.

Cost to battle the blaze is $1.5 million. The fire began Sunday in the Campo/Live Oak Springs area and has destroyed at least on structure.

THE FLAGSHIP SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!

 
A celebration presented by the Audrey S. Geisel Dr. Seuss Fund
 
June 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Salvation Army Kroc Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on June 19, 2012 with a private commemoration ceremony followed by a free community concert.

TRANSFORMER FIRE AT SITE OF NEW POWERLINK IN ALPINE

 Updated June 20, 2012 to include SDG&E's response

By Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2012 (Alpine) – A transformer fire broke out this afternoon at the site of the new Sunrise Powerlink, where the high voltage line had just been energized, Incident Page Network reports. 

“I can confirm that two transformers are on fire,” said Lori Bledsoe, editor at The Alpine Sun.  The transformers are taking power from the underground portion of the Powerlink and transferring the electricity into overhead lines, she added.

BOMB SQUAD DETONATES SUSPICIOUS DEVICE IN EL CAJON

June 18, 2012 (El Cajon)--Today, several construction workers arrived at a work site in the

300 block of Linda Way, near Chambers Street in El Cajon, to a suspicious sight. Workers reported what appeared to be a homemade explosive device, according to El Cajon Police.

“It was a [road] flare with some wires and a container with fluid attached,” Battalion Chief Ted Kakuris with Heartland Fire told East County Magazine.

San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson Squad was called to the scene and used a water cannon to blow apart the device. 

Chief Kakuris said the device did not detonate. However, he concluded, “It was simply an attempt to make an explosive device and it was flawed.”

CAMP OLIVER HELPS KIDS OF ALL INCOME LEVELS ENJOY SUMMER CAMP IN EAST COUNTY’S MOUNTAINS

 

Open House set for July 1

By Sierra Robinson

June 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --Nestled in the mountains of Descanso within Cleveland National Forest, Camp Oliver offers all children an outdoor experience and has been in operation since 1949, when Lawrence and Mary Oliver donated a portion of their ranch along the Sweetwater River to the Sisters of Social Service. 

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING

 
GUHSD is only School District in State to Receive Prestigious Award
 
June 18, 2012 (El Cajon)—The Grossmont Union High School District announces that it has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Fiscal Year 2010/11 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP FOR KIDS AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE JUNE 25-28

 
June 18, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College women’s basketball coach Karen Caires will host a summer basketball camp for boys and girls, grades 1 through 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 25 to 28, at the Grossmont College gymnasium. Coach Caires’ camp, called C.A.M.P (Caring About Motivating People), is designed to teach the game of basketball to today’s youth, as well as incorporate valuable life skills, including hard work, determination, attitude and a passion to achieve.

LOCAL LATINO LEADER REACTS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION POLICY CHANGES

By Miriam Raftery

Sierra Robinson also contributed to this report

June 18, 2012 (Washington D.C.)— "It makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans," said President Obama Friday, speaking at the White House. View a video.

The President noted that many children of undocumented immigrants have grown up in America, only learning of their own undocumented status when they apply for a driver’s license or a job.

Under a new policy announced by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, young immigrants who meet certain criteria will no longer be deported. Instead, those who qualify will be eligible for deferred action for two years, subject to renewal.

RED FLAG ALERT ISSUED AS OLD FIRE GROWS TO 820 ACRES: POWERLINK AND OVER 200 STRUCTURES THREATENED

 

 

 

 

Cal-Fire issues no burn proclamation for backcountry

New! View a video of the fire by Daren Sefcik, taken yesterday

Update 12:00 p.m.-- Cal Fire reports the Old Fire is now 907% and still 30% contained. "Firefighters are making good progress with the fire, however the winds have increased, which could cause problems," said Roxanne Provaznik at Cal Fire. The are continuing to patrol the fire and mop up hot spots."

EL CAJON TEEN FOUND DEAD IN CAR WRECK

June 17, 2012 (El Cajon )—The County Medical Examiner has identified a teen found dead Thursday at a car crash site as Mario Arturo Rodriguez, 18, an El Cajon resident. He died of head injuries, the Medical Examiner concluded.

HUNDREDS WITHOUT POWER IN WILDFIRE AREAS; BLAZE NOW 450 ACRES AND SPREADING RAPIDLY

 

UPDATE July 18, 2012:  SDG&E has informed ECM that the Old Fire was not started by Sunrise Powerlink.  “The fire started on June 17 near Miller Valley,” Hanan Eisenman, communications manager, stated in an e-mail received June 18.  “At the closest point, Sunrise is two miles away. Therefore, this has nothing to do with the Sunrise Powerlink.” 

 Cause of the fire, which is now over 820 acres, remains under investigation, per Cal Fire.

 

Update 10:05 p.m.: This fire is now 450 acres, spreading rapidly. an estimated 150 homes are threatened and the blaze is zero percent contained.  A travel trailer has been destroyed. 

Road closures: Old 80 x La Posta rd, Old 80 x Crestwood, Hwy 94 x Church Rd, and Crestwood  2 miles east of Golden Acorn Casino.  There are 15 engine, 2 handcrews, 1 dozer, 4 airplanes, and 3 helicopters assigned. A shelter has been set up at Golden Acorn Casino.  A Cal-Fire spokesman told ECM there is room in the parking lot for trailered livestock as well. An earlier report that Golden Acorn had evacuated proved incorrect.

 June 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Approximately 443 households are without power as a 450-acre wildfire rages in or near their communities, ECM has learned. 

Is it just coincidence that earlier today, electricity was switched on to the 500 kilovolt (kv) Sunrise Powerlink for the first time, as UT San Diego reported today? 

At 2:53 p.m., SDG&E’s website states that “a combination of factors has caused a problem with a substation.” 

According to Cal-Fire, the wildfire, called the Old Fire, began around 3 p.m. 

VALLEY CENTER FIRE 100% CONTAINED

June 17,2012 (Valley Center) – A fire that began in the 15000 block of Woods Valley Road is now 100% contained, the San Diego Sheriff reports. The fire, which began around 4 pm near North Lake Wohlford Road and Woods Valley Road, prompted evacuations late this afternoon.

GOLDEN ACORN CASINO EVACUATED AS OLD FIRE SWELLS TO 300 ACRES

June 17, 2012 (Campo)—The Golden Acorn Casino in Campo has been evacuated as a precaution, Cal-Fire spokesperson Roxanne Provaznik advises.  The Old Fire is now 300 acres at 7:40 p.m. Winds have shifted, pushing the fire east toward Boulevard. 

“High temperatures and erratic winds are hampering firefighting efforts,” Provaznik advised.

WINDS FUEL NEW FIRES IN CAMPO/LIVE OAK SPRINGS AND FALLBROOK

 Update 6:55 p.m. - The fire is now estimated at 250 acres.

Update 5:20 p.m. - The Old Fire in Campo has grown to 100 acres.  There are conflicting reports on whether Golden Acorn Casino s is being evacuated or whether casino-goers will be sheltered in place.  ECM is awaiting confirmation from Cal-Fire.  Due to access issues a new command post may be established at Royal Road and Old Highway 80.

FIRE SHUTS DOWN I-15 AT FRIARS

This fire was held at 10 acres. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area during the night.

June 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- A brush fire is burning along northbound I-15 at Friar's Road, burning in a ravine heading east, on the opposite site of a gas plant nearby. CHP has ordered the freeway shut down for 2-3 hours.  Evacuations have been ordered of homes in the area. 

BRUSH FIRE IN POTRERO

Update 5:30 p.m.  This fire was contained at 8 acres, Cal Fire reports.

June 17, 2012 (Potrero) - Cal-Fire is on the scene of a 6-acre brush fire on Potrero Valley Road in Potrero, Incident Page Network reports. The fire is reportedly spreading at a slow rate of speed. Watch for update soon.

PASSAGE OF PROPS A AND B DEAL BLOWS TO LOCAL WORKERS

 
Unions head to court over Prop B Pension cuts
 
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Tom Abbott and Nadin Abbott
 
June 15, 2012 (San Diego)—Approval by voters of Proposition B, which eliminates guaranteed pensions for many city employees, has drawn praise from conservatives and sharp criticism from labor. So has Prop A, which eliminates Project Labor Agreements for construction projects on city property. 

BITE SAN DIEGO TAKES TO THE COUNTRYSIDE WITH THE LAUNCH OF ITS SIXTH WALKING FOOD TOUR IN JULIAN

 
Six Julian restaurants will welcome Bite guests to the apple-growing hills beginning this June 
 
June 17, 2012 (Julian) -- Taking its acclaimed walking food tour “over the hill and through the woods,” this June, Bite San Diego, the successful food walking tour, is adding to its already acclaimed San Diego Tours with Bite San Diego, Julian. The food tasting and cultural walking tour features a guided tasting tour through one of San Diego’s most historically rich towns for eats and treats.

FREE PAPER SHREDDING EVENT IN LA MESA JUNE 23

 
June 17, 2012 -- La Mesa Don’t discard – shred your household documents in a quick and easy way. The City of La Mesa is sponsoring another free paper shredding event for La Mesa residents on Saturday, June 23, from 9:00 am to Noon at La Mesa’s EDCO Station, located at 8184 Commercial Street.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY NAMED “LIBRARY OF THE YEAR”

 
County Library System Honored for Outstanding Service to Public by Library Journal

June 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Library system was named 2012 “Library of the Year” by Library Journal magazine and Gale, an educational publishing company, for “profoundly demonstrating service to community” by automating services, increasing circulation and the number programs it offers — despite the recession.

COLLEGE FOR KIDS AT THE HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

 

June 17, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Every summer the Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, has week-long classes for students going into fifth through ninth grades. All of the classes are taught by retired school teachers. The cost for each five-day class is only $50.00.  For more information, you can call the Museum at 619-670-5194 or visit the web site at www.cuyamaca.edu/museum.
 
The classes at the Museum are very unique, fun, and educational. The first two sessions are called Survivor: Pioneer Skills in the Computer World. This class teaches students things that they won’t learn sitting in front of a computer. They’ll build a model shelter, make fire by friction, and rig and lift a weight using a rope and pulleys, and more. The list of activities goes on and on and the students always have a great time.

 

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS TAKE STOCK AND REV UP AT THE FAIR

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs by Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
 
June 15 (Del Mar)--The San Diego County Fair is not just games and fun. It also includes the very serious business of judging breeding stock for cattle and other livestock. This is what county fairs used to be centered around. So going to the livestock section is a window to the past.

CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO INCREASES STAFFING FOR PEAK FIRE SEASON

 
June 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- As of Monday June 11, Cal Fire/San Diego has increased staffing for peak fire season with an additional 8 engines and an additional bulldozer. That will  bring the total for brush engines to 26 and 3 bull dozers staffed every day.

HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION MONITORING GROUP SEEKING THREE ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

 
June 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--The volunteer citizens group monitoring construction improvement projects at Grossmont Hospital is looking for three additional members. The openings are due to one existing vacancy and two other members’ terms of service expiring June 30.

The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) monitors the expenditures of voter-approved bond proceeds that are providing financing for a number of capital improvement construction projects at the hospital in La Mesa. Its members are East County residents with experience in project management, construction operations, finance and healthcare industries.

42ND ANNUAL BIGHORN SHEEP COUNT JULY 5 TO 8, 2012

 
June 16, 2012 (Anza-Borrego) -- Over the Fourth of July weekend, volunteers will head into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to participate in the annual bighorn sheep count. If you can brave the heat, you’re invited to be part of this citizen science in action to help count this endangered population of desert bighorn sheep.
 
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