SAN DIEGO VETERANS FOR PEACE TO LEAD WEEKLY DEMONSTRATIONS OPPOSING USE OF PREDATOR DRONE OVER U.S. SKIES, INCLUDING LOCAL BORDER REGION
August 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- Veteran and associate members of the San Diego Veterans For Peace will be launching a protest on Thursday, August 16 from 4-6 p.m. and on each Thursday thereafter at General Atomics, corner of General Atomics Way and Scripps Poway Parkway in Poway. The aim is to educate the public concerning the current and expanding use use of the Predator Dron aircraft throughout the skies of the United States including along our border with Mexico in San Diego and East County.
Update 5:30 p.m. - Evacuations are now mandatory due to spread of the Wilson Fire toward Ranchita. Reverse 911 calls have been made to 228 homes. An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Warner Springs High School, 30951 Highway 79. A large animal evacuation station has been established at Love Acre Ranch, 35490 Highway 79, Warner springs.
August 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Daren Sefcik photographed our own East County light show—the Perseid Meteor Shower illuminating the night sky above Blair Valley on August 11.
BLOCK AUTHORS RESOLUTION TO PROTECT SAN DIEGO JOBS AND OPPOSE AUTOMATIC MILITARY CUTS TO REGION; REDUCTIONS A ‘BODY BLOW’ TO ECONOMY
August 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Vallecito Lightning Complex southeast of Julian near Vallecito has charred 2,352 acres and is now 30% contained. Cost to suppress this fire is $805,000. Two fires are also continuing to burn near Scissors Crossing northeast of Julian. The Wilson Fire has burned 1,400 acres and is 5% contained. The Stewart Fire is 0% contained and has burned 600 acres so far, Cal Fire reports.
All fires are now burning in the vicinity of Anza Borrego Desert State Park. No structures are threatened and cause remains under investigation, however lightning is the likely origin as there were multiple lightning strikes in the vicinity.
Update 5:30 p.m. --There are multiple fires in the Vallecito Lightning Complex, the largest of these fires per Cal Fire are:
Vallecito Fire: 350 acres 0% contained South East of Julian, cause lightning
Wilson Fire: 600 acres 0% contained near Scissors crossing North East of Julian, cause lightning
Stewart Fire: 50 acres 0% contained near Scissors crossing North East of Julian, cause lightning
A reader advises that Pinyon Ridge is on fire between Shelter Valley and Ranchita (photo above, shot from Shelter Valley, shows Sentanec Cienega where Higwhay 78 enters Sentanec Canyon.
August 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Chihuahua Fire is 100% contained, after burning 2,007 acres according to Cal Fire’s final update.
Multiple new brush fires are burning in East County. Largest of these is the Vallecito Lightning Complex fire, which has charred 220 degrees and remains 0% contained. No structures are threatened.
By Rebecca J. Williamson
August 13, 2012 (Santee) -- Around the world and here in East County, people are saying “yes” to the dress---a pillowcase dress. Sashay, spin, or strut in it! This dress is made out of a pillowcase (new or gently used).
Sewing the dresses is part of the “Church Ladies Projects” at the Santee United Methodist Church. These dresses are made for a variety of areas in the world to provide a quick and yet “funky cool” piece of clothing to the needy. Haiti is the destination for this particular project.
August 13, 2012 (San Diego) - East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery was interviewed last week by KPBS radio regarding the County Supervisors' impending vote on Tule Wind and related issues.
Listen to that interview here: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/aug/08/tule-wind-project-key-vote/. Hear a followup story on the vote approving the controversial project here: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/aug/09/tule-wind-project-gets-green-light/.
August 13, 2012 (San Diego's East County) - The National Weather Service has isseud a flash flood warning for southeast San Diego County. Radar indicates flash flooding is occurring near the Live Oak Springs and Boulevard areas and other rural areas along the southern mountains. A lesser flash flood watch is in effect for a broader area that includes San Diego County deserts and mountain.
In addition, a special weather statement has been issued for a strong thunderstorm 17 m iles southwest of Ocotillo moving north, with hail up to the size of nickels and wind gusts to 50 mph expected. Southwest areas in San Diego County will be impacted by this storm. Excessive heat warnings also remain in effect, with temperatures up to 118 degrees in some portions of East County.
August 13, 2012 (Ocotillo) -- ECM photographer Jim Pelley shot this beautiful sunrise this morning from the yard at his home in Ocotillo.
Soon this dramatic landscape may be only a memory, vanished in the dust as towering ocotillo cacti are torn down and replaced by 112 wind turbines, each 500 feet tall.
By Miriam Raftery
August 12, 2012 (La Mesa)—He once followed an Army reservist from Riverside to Bosnia, chronicling experiences in a combat zone. He savored life and wrote about a wide range of subjects, from cooking to cancer. On August 4, cancer claimed the life of Mark Anthony Petix, former reporter for the La Mesa Scout and ex-managing editor of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
He graduated from Grossmont High School in 1973 and from San Diego State University in 1978. Later, he wrote for numerous newspapers in San Diego and Riverside Counties.
August 12, 2012 (La Mesa)—A woman who claimed to be armed attempted to rob Cabrillo Credit Union at 7900 El Cajon Boulevard in La Mesa on August 9. The suspect, who wore a black and white polka dot scarf covering her head and face, left empty-handed after a teller refused to turn over the money.
August 12, 2012 (Lemon Grove) –The driver of a BMW who struck a bicycle last night at 9:48 p.m. lost control of his car and rolled over several times near Central Avenue and Federal Boulevard in Lemon Grove. He was partially ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sergeant Herbert Taft with the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s substation.
The Necromancers: Or Love Zombies of San Diego, by E.Z. Graves (Contemporary Instructional Concepts, San Diego, CA, 2012).
Book Review by Dennis Moore
August 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--San Diego resident E.Z. Graves, who teaches college English composition at Grossmont College in East County, has written a horror science fiction novel: The Necromancers: Or Love Zombies of San Diego, using El Cajon and La Jolla as a backdrop. Reading like George Romero's Dawn of the Dead or the movie Blade with Wesley Snipes, The Necromancers: Or Love Zombies of San Diego, will certainly keep those who are horror or science fiction buffs entertained.
August 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for County Line BBQ and Cafe located at 23446 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately.
As a result of the boil water order, the restaurant has voluntary closed. The restaurant is situated close to the Chihuahua Fire currently burning in the area.
ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY MODELS FOR 35TH ANNUAL HAUTE WITH HEART FASHION SHOW
Several San Diego icons strut the catwalk for charity on August 18, 2012
August 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) announced the lineup of celebrity models for its 35th Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show today. On August 18, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego icons including local news anchors, radio DJ’s and even a World Series winning baseball player will strut their stuff in the 35th Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show. All proceeds from the fashion show, themed Let the Sunshine In, will benefit SMSC’s programs for nearly 400 adults with developmental disabilities.
Update: Flooding is reported in Campo on Buckman Springs Road and in the Warner Springs area, where a fire crew was briefly stranded, the National Weather Service reports. Largest storms have developed over Borrego Springs, Ranchita, Shelter Valley and Warner Springs.
August 11, 2012 (San Diego's East County) - A flood advisory has been issued at 4:40 pm. for San Diego mountains and deserts. Affected areas include Borrego Springs, Julian, Pine Valley, Agua Caliente Springs, Banner, Boulevard, Canebrake, Cuyamaca Peak, Live Oak Springs, Mount Laguna, Oak Grove, Ocotillo Wells, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel, Shelter Valley, Tierra Del Sol and Warner Springs.
Update August 11 5:30 p.m. - More than 500 lightning strikes have been reported countywide.
ECM reader Geoffrey Thomas sent us this reassuring eyewitness account from Chihuahua Valley: "Have surveyed the valley from a high vantage point and there is no smoke evident, especially at 30800 Chihuahua Valley Rd...We received and still are, multiple lightning strikes but due to volume of rain 0.2 inches in the last hour there doesn't appear to be anything igniting...There are no aircraft at all due to the severe thunder cells... Everything is very wet up here!"
By Tom Lemon
August 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) — When you're driving east on Interstate 8 past Jacumba and the Desert View Tower there's a sharp left turn and you begin to descend Mountain Springs Grade. You will drop about three thousand feet to the desert in ten miles, and can see the remains of Old Highway 80 in the canyons and some of the original concrete road just past the Mountain Springs exit.
ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY: TRIBAL GAMING A POWERFUL ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR CALIFORNIA, GENERATING $7.5 BILLION FOR STATE'S ECONOMY
August 11, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) – Tribal government gaming generates important benefits across California’s economy, according to a new study conducted by Beacon Economics, a leading independent economic research firm. The study, commissioned by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), surveyed gaming and non-gaming tribes across the state, including a cross section of large and small casinos in urban and rural markets with a range of amenities including hotels, restaurants, retail establishments and entertainment venues. The study finds that Indian gaming operations provide significant benefits throughout California’s economy.
August 10, 2012 (East County) – The Perseid Meteor Showers will be peaking August 11 and 12 this year. The meteor shower occurs every August when the Earth passes through space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The meteors are bright and often leave trails of luminous gas. There are a number of events across East County to participate in and enjoy the show.