WARNER SPRINGS SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO VANDALISM

SANDERS WINS IN INDIANA; APPALACHIAN STATES NEXT ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

CRUZ DROPS OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE, CLEARS WAY FOR TRUMP NOMINATION

PASSAGES: SQUARE FOOT GARDENING CREATOR DIES AT 84: PUBLISHER TO CARRY ON LOCAL AUTHOR’S WORK TO COMBAT WORLD HUNGER

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHERE HAS ALL THE CREAM GONE?

PASSAGES: A FOND FAREWELL TO “MR. EAST COUNTY” B.W. `STONEY’ STONE

CREW SEEKS ETHICS INVESTIGATIONS INTO REP. HUNTER CAMPAIGN EXPENSES INCLUDING TRIP TO ITALY, JEWELRY AND NORDSTROM'S CHARGES

CHARGERS FINISH UP DRAFT STRONG; ADD TWO MORE BUCKEYES, JJ WATT’S BROTHER

THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE OUR "MOUNTAIN MAGIC" EVENT A SUCCESS!

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS WITH GEORGE GASTIL, MAYOR PRO TEM OF LEMON GROVE

MAN MISSING 10 YEARS REUNITED WITH FAMILY AFTER IDENTIFY THE MISSING EVENT

RAMONA RODEO, PARADE AND WESTERN DANCE

WIND TURBINES MAY HARM LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE, STUDY SUGGESTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Are wind turbines safe for wildlife, livestock and humans living nearby?  A new study published in the Journal of Veterinary Sciences has found that geese living near wind turbines suffered loss of appetite, weight loss, and measurable physical changes.

KITCHEN FIRE DAMAGES APARTMENT UNIT IN EL CAJON

March 4, 2014 (El Cajon)--At approximately 2:15 p.m. Monday afternoon, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from El Cajon and La Mesa responded to reports of a structure fire in the one-thousand block of Leslie Road in El Cajon.  As fire crews arrived on scene they found heavy smoke coming from a lower unit of the apartment structure at 1016 Leslie Road. Firefighters were able to stop the fire in approximately twenty minutes.

COURT RULING AWAITED ON TULE WIND PROJECT

 

Judge announces tentative ruling – before hearing arguments

By Sharon Penny

March 6, 2014 (San Diego)--On March 3, U.S. District Court Judge Janis L. Sammartino heard testimony from legal representatives for both sides in a lawsuit brought by the Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC – www.protectourcommunities.org) against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over controversial approvals for Iberdrola's controversial Tule Wind project planned in Boulevard’s McCain Valley Recreation and Conservation Area in East County.

The POC originally filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in August 2013. This week marked the first hearing under the U.S. District Court. According to Plaintiff Donna Tisdale, POC’s attorney Stephan C. Volker had prepared for a one hour argument and was surprised by the Judge’s announcement that she had a tentative ruling in hand. The judge read that ruling aloud, took a 15 minute break for attorneys to prepare a response.  Each side was then allowed a half hour to argue their points and one minute for rebuttal.

STEELE CANYON MAY STEAL LEAGUE TITLE

 

By David Dickens

March 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Steele Canyon Cougars finished the 2013 varsity baseball season, (4-11) in league, and (14-15) overall. Shortstop Tanner Perry was one of the bright spots last season, as he made all-league. Perry also plays basketball, and is the key senior amongst many returning this season.  Helping the turnaround, first year coach  and former Oakland Athletic Dan Nerat, will be commanding the Cougars this year to assist Perry and his teammates reach the promise land.

AUTHOR KURT KOONTZ AT CREST LIBRARY MARCH 11

 

March 6, 2014 (Crest)-- Kurt Koontz, author of A Million Steps, will be speaking and signing books at the Crest Library on Tuesday March 11th at 6pm.

A Million Steps recounts Koontz's journey across the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago, a Spanish pilgrimage route dating to medieval times. Those million steps inspired Koontz to write about his life-changing adventure when he arrived home.

After his remarks, Koontz will answer questions from the audience. Books will be available for purchase.

DR. CAROLLE JEAN- MURAT CONTINUES TO INSPIRE AND HELP IN HAITI

 

Hear our radio interview with Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat on KNSJ:  http://kiwi6.com/file/t6zfwlgfk1

 

By Janis Mork

March 5, 2014 (El Cajon)- Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, who has her own healing center on Mt. Helix and was born and raised in Haiti, was recently selected as one of 22 ‘Brilliant, Beautiful, and Brave Black Women’ and her profile is on display in the women’s museum in San Diego until March 28.

They had looked for women who did a lot for the community, and that is what Murat has done.  In an interview with East County Magazine, she provided more details into her efforts to help people in Haiti and here in our local communities.

LOCAL SCHOOLS WIN TOP HONOR TO EXHIBIT AT SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

 

March 5, 2014 (San Diego)- The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering announces the winners of the Bright Ideas Society award. Sponsored by the Kimmich Educational Foundation at the San Diego Foundation, the award is presented to one outstanding science and engineering club at the elementary, middle and high school level for their illuminating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) ideas. Under the direction of their advisor, the students will produce an interactive exhibit to share their findings with more than 25,000 EXPO DAY attendees.

ALPINE CREEK STREAM RESTORATION: DEMONSTRATION PROJECT MARCH 8

 

March 5, 2014 (Alpine)--Join Back Country Land Trust & Endangered Habitats Conservancy (EHC) along Alpine Creek for the kick-off of a new volunteer workshop series in 2014.  This first hands-on restoration event will celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week as the organizations begin a community-based stream restoration project along this section of Alpine Boulevard by removing non-native & invasive plants from the stream bank along Alpine Creek.

LOCAL AUTHOR MIMI KIRK PRESENTS LIVE RAW FOOD DEMONSTRATION IN CREST

 

 

By Ariele Johannson

March 6, 2014 (Crest)--Mimi Kirk has written her second book on raw food cuisine entitled Live Raw Around the World, and it abounds with multicultural recipes from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, India and Thailand. Mimi Kirk, a local author from Ramona, presents techniques and information on how to create surprisingly delicious raw food recipes at home. Her presentation included a live demonstration, creating almond milk in her food processor and using a spiral slicer to make “pasta” out of vegetables. After her demonstration, Mimi served the small gathering a sampling of stuffed mushrooms; vegetable pasta with tomatoes, olives, and cashews that resemble parmesan cheese for the topping; and small delectable cookies adorned with small carob chocolate chips.

STUDENTS FOR REFUGEE AWARENESS

 

By Lizbeth Francisco, Hannah Haller, Faisal Imami, & Damien Martinez

The authors are seniors at Olympian High School in Chula Vista, CA working together to help refugees by organizing a petition for their cause.

March 5, 2014 (San Diego)-- Nations throughout human history have been torn apart by civil war, natural disasters, famine, and foreign and domestic wars leaving millions of people displaced in a region they once called home. Refugees, as they are called, are forced to live in horrid conditions, usually having to take shelter in government provided camps; these camps however, have no rules on sanitation, drug use, or hardly have an intact system of peacekeeping. Other refugees flee their home countries to seek asylum in other neighboring countries, not facing the same perils as theirs.

NEW SERVICE AND APP AIM TO PREVENT YOU FROM MISSING EMERGENCY CALLS

Urgent Call—Get the Call When it Counts

March 4, 2014 (LOS ANGELES) - The founder and creator of Urgent Call™ missed the most important call of his life when his father had a heart attack. He was sleeping and his phone was on silent. This crisis inspired the creation of Urgent Call™, a service created to make sure you are available to your loved ones when they need you most. UrgentCall™ is a mobile app and service designed to notify call recipients of an emergency situation, regardless of their phone’s setting. The easy-to-use mobile app allows users to receive emergency calls from anywhere in the world, regardless of a “do not disturb” or “silent” setting, from any type of phone: mobile, landline, and VOIP telephones.

SAN DIEGANS TO JOIN RALLY IN STATE CAPITOL AGAINST FRACKING

 

 

Area Environmentalists Chartering Buses for Trip North on March 15

March  2, 2014 (San Diego)--A large number of local environmental groups are joining forces for a big rally on March 15 in Sacramento to urge Governor Brown for a moratorium on fracking in California.  Activists expect this event to be the largest mobilization against fracking ever seen.

Over 150 statewide environmental organizations will be represented at the rally, called "Californians Against Fracking," which is scheduled to include a march around the Capitol area and a rally with speakers on the capitol steps.  With a new Public Policy Institute survey showing that 51 percent of Californians oppose the increased use of fracking in the state, organizers are expecting several thousand people to join the rally.   

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

March 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County ) --ECM 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

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

March 5, 2014 (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.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN WEBER TALKS WITH ECM ON EDUCATION ISSUES AND MORE

 

 

By Cary Hyatt

March 5, 2014 (San Diego East County)--On February 26, ECM Editor Miriam Raftery interviewed Assembly Member Shirley Weber  PhD, who represents the 79th district including the cities of La Mesa, Lemon Grove, San Diego. Chula Vista and National City.

Assemblywoman Weber’s legislation has been mostly focused on early childhood education, but she also spoke about her efforts to improve higher education in our region, prevent harassment of minority students, and restore cuts made to health and human services.

 You can hear the full radio interview on KNSJ 89.1 FM at this link, or scroll down for highlights.

SPRING INTO HEALTHY LIVING HEALTH AND WELLNESS EVENT MARCH 19

 

March 6, 2014 (La Mesa) - - The public is invited to join in the 2014 “Spring Into Health Living” on Wednesday, /March 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  This is a health and wellness event featuring free health screenings, lectures and information for older adults provided by community service providers in the East County.

APPLE "PICKING" THIEVES TARGET IPHONES, SDSU POLICE WARN

 

March 3, 2014 (San Diego)--Apple picking is a trend nationwide – no, we’re not talking about plucking fruit. Thieves have been stealing Apple iPhones, which are costly to buy and hold their resale value.

There has been a rash of iPhone thefts at  San Diego State University, prompting numerous alerts recently.

LEMON GROVE MURAL ARTISTS TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

 

 

March 5, 2004 (Lemon Grove)--The painters of the Lemon Grove History Mural, Kathleen Strzelecki and Janne LaValle, will receive the esteemed Ben Dixon Award, the highest award bestowed annually by the Congress of History of San Diego & Imperial Counties, on March 8 between 11 a.m. and noon in the Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego.  All are welcome to attend the annual two-day conference, Mar. 7 - 8 (www.congressofhistory.org).

The award recognizes those who have made a long term contribution to enriching and enhancing the cultural and historical resources of our region.  Between 2006 - 2013 Strzelecki and LaValle painted the five-panel history mural, an epic 65 feet wide by 18 feet tall, at 3308 Main Street in the heart of Lemon Grove.  The mural adorns a wall of the historic 1912 original general store, better known since 1980 as the famous Grove Pastry Shop.

MIKE LUMPKIN AND FORMER OPPONENT DUNCAN HUNTER FIND COMMON GROUND SEEKING INFO ON MISSING SERVICE MEMBERS

 

By Nadin Abbott

March 1, 2014 (San Diego)--Mike Lumpkin,  a Democrat who once ran against Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter for the district representing much of East County and San Diego, has been named Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.  

Now Congressman Hunter and his former appointment have found some common ground.

EARTHTALK(R): SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

 

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Should those of us who care about our health and the planet be concerned about the new trend in genetic engineering called synthetic biology?                          -- Chrissie Wilkins, Bern, NC

“Synthetic biology” (or “synbio”) refers to the design and fabrication of novel biological parts, devices and systems that do not otherwise occur in nature. Many see it as an extreme version of genetic engineering (GE). But unlike GE, whereby genetic information with certain desirable traits is inserted from one organism into another, synbio uses computers and chemicals to create entirely new organisms.

JACUMBA RESIDENT BENEFITS FROM FREE WILDFIRE FUEL REDUCTION PROGRAM

 

March 3, 2014 (San Diego): The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, in partnership with the Resource Conservation District of San Diego County, is offering a free Defensible Space Assistance Program (DSAP) for low income seniors or disabled residents.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: SMOKE DETECTORS

 

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 3, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - “Now is the time to change your smoke detector battery reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Day light savings is the traditional time to do this.  A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire.  A working smoke alarm never takes time off as it continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It never sleeps.”

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: IMPACTS ON SMALL BUSINESSES WORKSHOP MARCH 12

 

March 2, 2014 (Poway)-- The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host an educational workshop for small business owners on Wednesday, March 12from 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m. The workshop will feature guest speaker Nathan Craig of Lundy Insurance Services, and he will discuss the current status of the ACA, extended deadlines, and requirements that affect small businesses (under 50 employees).

TIPS TO FIGHT ALLERGY CAUSING BACTERIA IN YOUR HOME

 

March 1, 2014 (San Diego) -- ARS San Diego has provided tips to make your home healthier this winter.  Seasonal allergies can affect people at all times of year. By keeping your HVAC unit running properly and efficiently, you can improve the quality of the air you breather indoors and help fight against allergy causing bacteria in the home. Below are some key areas to focus on:

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE GRANT APPLICATION

 

March 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Cleveland National Forest officials will submit a cooperative grant application to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for 2013/2014 "Green Sticker" grants.  Beginning March 4, 2014, the application can be viewed by clicking on the "Grants" tab on the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Comments on the application must be received by April 7, 2014.

READER'S EDITORIAL: WIND 2050-A DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY?

 

By Mark Duchamp, World Council For Nature

March 1, 2014 (Denmark)--The World Council for Nature (WCFN) has been informed that Danish taxpayers’ money is being spent to the tune of €2,665,688 to spy on associations and citizens’ groups of windfarm victims (present or potential). The name of the program is “Wind2050 – Multidisciplinary study on local acceptance and development of wind power projects” (1). It is administered chiefly by the Danish multinational company Vestas, the Danish government, and Denmark’s Aarlborg University. Its aim is to break the resistance of windfarm neighbors and opponents to Big Wind in Denmark and around the world. Note: in Denmark alone there are more than 200 associations of neighbors fighting the windfarm scourge, and Vestas’ profits have taken a big plunge.

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