June 13, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Scroll down to view a list of this week's obituaries here, or visit www.EastCountyObits.com to read the full obituaries.
By Miriam Raftery
June 9, 2012 (San Diego) – By a unanimous vote, San Diego's Planning Commission voted Friday to deny Iberdrola Renewables’ application for five 492-foot-tall wind turbines on private land under county jurisdiction.
The proposed turbines were part of the Tule Wind project, which also includes 62 turbines on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property in McCain Valley, seven turbines on state property, and 18 on Ewiiaapaayp tribal lands. To date, only the federal portion of the project has been approved.
“The Tule Wind decision was precedent setting in that turbines were denied on private land in the Boulevard area and the plan amendment was denied,” said Donna Tisdale, chair of the Boulevard Planning Group. “Today’s decision also bodes badly for Enel Green Power's Jewel Valley wind that is proposed for about 7,000 acres both north and south of I-8."
By: Miriam Raftery
June 13, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Why hasn’t the Bureau of Land Management taken steps to protect Ocotillo area residents from clouds of dust in an area with high rates of childhood asthma and where soil reportedly contains potentially deadly Valley Fever spores?
Despite numerous complaints including photos and videos of dust billowing up from construction activities at Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Express wind energy site, the apparent health hazard continues.
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By Sierra Robinson
June 12, 2012 (Lakeside)—Savoring flame-broiled, 100% Angus beef burgers at Steers, an Australian-based eatery that opened its first American restaurant in Lakeside last weekend, I predict that Steers will soon be rounding up a herd of loyal new customers.
After opening outlets in Australia and South Africa, the owners moved to La Jolla and scouted out an ideal location for their first U.S. venture. The site of the former Lakeside Steak House has been fully remodeled, serving up juicy burgers, espetadas (a shish-kabob like creation) and coming soon, steaks sizzling on the barbie.
June 13, 2012 (San Diego)-- Long-time County Supervisor Dianne Jacob spent Election Day in her East County District meeting with constituents and hoping for a win at the ballot box for a record sixth time. No other Second District supervisor has served over two terms.
Jacob won re-election outright in the primary with over 50% of the vote, defeating challenger Rudy Reyes, an archaeologist and Cedar Fire victim who championed fire safety issues. Jacob received 28%, while Reyes received 22%.
June 13, 2012 (San Diego) - Looking for relief from coastal June gloom? Sunny skies are forecast inland, says Your Online Weather forecaster Gary Kelley.
June 14, 2012 (Penasquitos) - San Diego Police have been advised by authorities in Orange County that Kevin Stapp has been found, according to Lt. Andra Brown with SDPD.
Scroll down for our prior report on his disappearance.
June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – A brush fire this evening at Lavala Lane and Highway 8 Business loop in El Cajon charred at least two acares, forcing evacuations in the area briefly, Incident Page Network reported. Helicopters dropped water on the blaze, swiftly bringing it under control.
Heartland Fire Dispatch reports units are now being released from the scene.
June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – On June 11 a suspect, Phillip Murphy of El Cajon, was arrested in the series of hot prowl burglaries in El Cajon and the surrounding areas which have occurred over the past two weeks. The arrest was made by Officer D. Thompson after responding to a call of a suspect attempting to gain entry into a home on Joanne Way, El Cajon.
SPRING VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES THREE DAYS BEFORE GOING MISSING UNDER “SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES”
Update: Alford was found and arrested after a brief chase, charged with transporting a controlled substance. Click for details.
By Miriam Raftery
June 12, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Search and rescue teams, K-9 search dogs and an ASTREA helicopter have been scouring Spring Valley in an effort to locate Rebecca Faye Alford, who was reported missing at 5:17 a.m. by an acquaintance.
The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the University of San Diego, Hahn University Center, Forum B, 5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92111.
Update: Alford was located near her home and has been arrested on a new charge of transporting a controlled substance. Click here for details.
June 12, 2012 (Spring Valley ) – San Diego Sheriff’s Department is investigating the whereabouts of Rebecca Faye Alford, also known as Fatima Garcia. Reported missing, she was last seen Monday, June 11 at 10:30 p.m. at her residence in the Lamplighter Village Park, 10767 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley.
Homicide detail is investigating the case. The missing woman, 41, has red hair and hazel eyes. She is described as light-skinned, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weight 125 pounds. A 1999 black Ford F159 with license plate #67216A1 may also be involved.
FLORIDA ATTACK PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON `BATH SALTS’: DANGEROUS DRUGS PUT LOCAL YOUTHS AT RISK, AUTHORITIES WARN
By Sierra Robinson
June 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Last month, a tragic incident in Florida, now nationally known as the ‘Florida Zombie Attack’, has been attributed to a dangerous drug most commonly known as ‘bath salts’. But just how dangerous is this new drug? Are we all in danger of such a horrific attack like that in Florida?
Use of ‘bath salts’ has been dramatically increasing. The American Association for Poison Control Centers took 303 calls about the drug in 2010; while in the first eight months of 2011, 4,720 calls were received regarding use of such synthetic drugs. Local and national authorities now warn the public about an alarming rise in serious health reactions and violent incidents linked to these drugs. But what are they, exactly, and what makes them so dangerous?
TRANSFORMER FIRE IGNITES VEHICLE, SHUTS DOWN POWER AND CONFINES RESIDENTS TO THEIR HOMES IN EL CAJON
June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) 9:35 a.m. – Power remains out in parts of El Cajon following a transformer fire this morning. Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon responded to reports of a transformer fire in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue in El Cajon. As crews arrived, they found not only the transformer fire, but downed power lines and a resulting vehicle fire.
June 11, 2012 (Tecate)—A Mexican newspaper reports that a forest fire which began east of Tecate on the Mexican side of the border has consumed hundreds of square meters of vegetation, including wildland areas and crops. The blaze is burning toward Mexicali; cause is unknown.
A forest-fire fighting brigade is battling the blaze, which has produced a cloud of smoke visible in East County. The fire is burning near several electrical towers with high-voltage lines.
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June 12, 2012 (El Cajon)--Many of the restaurants in downtown El Cajon opened their doors several years ago because of the proximity of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) on Main Street. One of those is Domenico Donato’s “Mangia Bene” Italian restaurant located directly across from the theater which opened a decade ago.
June 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- A SIG ALERT has been issued for I-8 eastbound at College Avenue due to a brush fire. Two lanes are now blocked, Cal-Trans reports. Expect traffic delays.
San Diego Jewish Academy eight grader Jonah Kohn's project uses tactile sound to enhance music for people with hearing loss through vibrations
June 11, 2012 (San Diego)--San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) eighth grade student Jonah Kohn was recently notified that he is one of five finalists in his age group out of a total 15 finalists in the 2012 Google Science Fair, which received thousands of entries from over 100 countries worldwide.
His project, Good Vibrations: Improving the Music Experience for People with Hearing Loss Using Multi-Frequency Tactile Sound, has the potential to affect millions of people with hearing loss by enhancing their ability to enjoy music.
How Kathy and Gene Dolphin walk their talk every day
By Brian Lafferty
June 11, 2012 (San Diego) – I attend every screening with a pen and small notebook in hand. I have a strong visual memory, but it never hurts to jot down certain things I may later overlook. For Prometheus, I wrote only three brief sentences before I put the notebook down. This film had the tractor beam effect on my eyes. I sat fully entranced, unable to look away.
June 11, 2012 ( Norwalk, CT) -- Dear EarthTalk: I own a small business and would like to do what I can to minimize its impact on the environment. Can you help me? -- Jacob Levinson, New York, NY
June 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- No sweltering summer heat today!Gary Kelley brings you the latest forecast at Your Online Weather: