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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: NORSEMEN WALK IT OFF IN EXTRAS ON MAX HAGEMAN'S BASE HIT

 

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Cover photo:  Valhalla junior Max Hageman drove in the game-winning walkoff single in the eighth inning.

April 17, 2018 (El Cajon) - Valhalla baseball, usually one of the best high school baseball teams in San Diego County, is off to a rare bad start to 2018.  The Norsemen were 6-11 overall coming into today’s game, but were so far, so good in league with a 2-1 record.  The Cougars of Steele Canyon are quite the opposite.  They’re undefeated in league (3-0) and a solid .500 (8-8) overall.  Both teams met on Norsemen turf today.  In football, this would be the battle for the Jamacha Trophy.  We’ll call it that in baseball too for fun.  Senior Trevor Back started for the Cougars against senior Tanner Smith for Valhalla.

SAVOR TASTES FROM 40 WINERIES AT VINTAGE ALPINE MAY 6

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2018 (Alpine)  You’re invited to savor fine wines from over 40 wineries and taste specialty foods from local restaurants at Vintage Alpine, a wine experience in the country.  The event takes place on Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summers Past Farms (15602 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs)—all to benefit the children of Sna Diego County.

KENWOOD LIQUOR ADDS U-HAUL SERVICE

 

Source: U-Haul

April 6, 2018 (Spring Valley) -- U-Haul Company of California announces that Kenwood Liquor in Spring Valley has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Spring Valley community. Kenwood Liquor at 9612 Dale Ave. Suite 1 will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

CELEBRATION PLANNED FOR GRAND OPENING OF POTRERO COMMUNITY CENTER ON APRIL 21

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2018 (Potrero) – The public is invited to the grand opening of the Potrero Community Center on Saturday, April 21st.   Supervisor Dianne Jacob, county leaders and Mountain Empire residents will be on hand for the celebration of this new community asset at 24550 Highway 94, where the old volunteer fire station was located.

ONE SUSPECT ARRESTED, ANOTHER STILL AT LARGE IN SPRING VALLEY GAS STATION ROBBERY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Two young men robbed a Valero gas station at 2835 Sweetwater Road in Spring Valley shortly after noon today.  One of the suspects, described as a black male juvenile, pointed a silver .357 magnum at the store clerk and demanded cash. The other suspect was described as a Hispanic juvenile.

10TH ANNUAL JAMUL HOT ROD AND CHILI COOK-OFF APRIL 14

 

East County News Service

March 30, 2018 (Jamul) -- The Jamul Kiwanis are revving up for their 10thAnnual Hot Rod and Chili Cook off. The event will be held on April14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pio Pico/Thousand Trails, 14615 Otay Lakes Road, Jamul. 

DULZURA MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF POISONING HIS WIFE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 29, 2018 (Dulzura) -- Race Remington Uto, 27, of Dulzura has been arrested for the attempted murder and poisoning of his wife.

After she was hospitalized with an unknown illness, medical staff found extremely high levels of Thallium in her system, a heavy metal that has been used in the past as a rat poison and ant killer.

JAMUL-DULZURA PLANNING GROUP WORRIED ABOUT TRAFFIC, SEWER LINES AS COUNTY PROPOSES MAJOR HOUSING PROJECT IN PROCTOR VALLEY

 

By Kendra Sitton

March 29, 2018 (Jamul) -- The latest Jamul-Dulzura Planning Meeting on Tues., March 27 was dominated with discussion about a proposed development on Village 14, Planning Areas 15 and 19. The proposal would bring over a thousand new homes into an unincorporated area of 6,163 people, as of the last census.

YOUTH’S JOY RIDE ENDS IN FIERY CRASH IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 28, 2018 (Spring Valley) – A boy alleged to have stolen his family’s pickup truck led police on a chase that ended in a crash into a Spring Valley gas station, igniting a fire that caused $200,000 worth of damage.

Patch.com reports that the incident started around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday when a Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a green Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driving without headlights on Jamacha Boulevard.  The driver refused to stop and sped off, losing control as he turned onto Sweetwater Springs Boulevard.

GIRLS LACROSSE: HIGHLANDERS STAY STRONG FOR WIN AGAINST RAMONA

 

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March 27, 2018 (La Mesa) - Ramona readers, rejoice.  ECM Sports was finally able to cover Ramona sports for the second time ever tonight as Bulldogs girls lacrosse traveled to La Mesa to face the Highlanders of Helix.  The Bulldogs sport a decent 4-3 overall record and are 1-0 in league play. Compare that to the Highlanders, who sport a 5-1 overall (1-1 in league) record and these two are pretty evenly matched.

SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY FOR SPRING VALLEY AND RANCHO SAN DIEGO AREAS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2018 (Spring Valley) – The Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station will host a coffee with the community on Thursday, March 29 at the Spring Valley Teen Center, 838 Kempton Street in Spring Valley.

The Rancho San Diego substation serves communities from Mt. Helix south to Jamul.

COUNTY SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON VILLAGE 14, MAJOR HOUSING PROJECT, AT JAMUL-DULZURA COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP MEETING MARCH 27

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 25, 2018 (Jamul) – At the Jamul-Dulzura Community Planning Group meeting this Tuesday, March 27, county officials will make a presentation on a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a major housing and mixed used development in the  Proctor Valley area about a mile south of Jamul and east of Chula Vista.

ARSON SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 23, 2018 (Spring Valley) – A man suspected of intentionally seting a fire at 10767 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley was detained last night at 9:43 p.m. by deputies from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s station.

He was rescued from a burning home and detained by a deputy for allegedly set the fire. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries related to the fire, said Sergeant Kotaro Murashige.

Members of the Sheriff’s bomb/arson unit are investigating the cause and origin of the blaze.

SDG&E HEARS FROM DESCANSO RESIDENTS IN PUBLIC FORUM ON FIRE SAFETY AND POWER SHUT-OFF CONCERNS

 

Future community forums planned March 23 in Valley Center, March 30 in Ramona and April 6 in Warner Springs. View schedule here.

By Miriam Raftery

March 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – At the Descanso Town Hall on March 16th,  SDG&E representatives met with residents to discuss efforts to improve fire safety and hear community concerns, including ideas for reducing impacts of power shut-offs during high fire-risk weather conditions. Representatives from 211 San Diego , the local Red Cross, the Descanso Fire Safe Council and the area’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) were also on hand.

Portions of Descanso had a dozen or more outages late last year, much to the frustration of many residents.  But the outskirts of Descanso have also had among the most extreme conditions. 

ALPINE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION’S SPRING GALA: APRIL 21 AT VIEJAS’ OAK BALLROOM

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 21, 2018 (Alpine) – The Alpine Education Association will hold its sixth annual Spring Gala on Saturday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Viejas Casino & Resort in the Oak Ballroom. The event includes a buffet-style dinner, silent and live auctions, music and dancing – all to improve education for children in Alpine schools.

For tickets, visit https://aef4kids.org/events/aef-gala-2018//.

WINTER STORM EXPECTED; FREE SANDBAGS AVAILABLE

 

The National Weather Service is predicting rain around San Diego County this week, potentially heavy rain on Thursday.

People in unincorporated areas can get free sandbags at numerous locations to help them protect their homes, properties and communities.

JUDGE APPROVES PLACING SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR IN BOULEVARD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 18, 2018 (Boulevard) – On Friday, Judge David Gill approved placement of Michael Joseph Martinez at 2135 McCain Valley Road in Boulevard, a small town in San Diego's East County, starting in late April. Martinez has been in  state mental hospital since 2009 but was approved last year for release. He was committed as a sexually violent predator and has been diagnosed with a pedophilia and personality disorder.

DRIVER TOWING CONCRETE BLOCKS KILLED IN I-8 CRASH AT BOULEVARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 17, 2018 (Boulevard) – A driver, 67, from the Salton Sea was killed last night shortly before 7 p.m.  He was driving a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 truck and towing a three-axle flatbed trailer loaded with concrete blocks on I-8 eastbound near Ribbonwood Road when he lost control and plunged down an embankment.

LMSV SUPERINTENDENT BRIAN MARSHALL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT PLANS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2018 (La Mesa) – After 14 years as Superintendent of the La Mesa0Spring Valley School District, Brian Marshall will retire on December 31st, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Marshall has a long career in East County and San diego.  After receiving his Masters of Arts degree in Educational Administration from San Diego State University and a teaching credential at the University of San Diego, he became vice principal of Lakeside Middle School in 1993 and in 1995 was named principal of Tierra del Sol Middle School in the Lakeside Union School District.

FIVE AUTHORS, TWELVE BOOKS: ALPINE LIBRARY MARCH 17

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2018 (Alpine) – From vegetable gardening to parenting, great movies to feminism, you’ll find plenty to learn from five authors who have collectively authored 12 books. All will be signing copies of their books at the Alpine branch of the County Library on Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. 

See flyer below for details:

READER'S EDITORIAL: ALPINE RESIDENT URGES OTHERS TO ATTEND COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE AND PLANNING GROUP MEETINGS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

By Mary Harris

Photo courtesy SimonP on Wikipedia

March 12, 2018 (Alpine) - The next meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update is around the corner. Look for information that will be posted soon here on ACN. People living in Alpine need to attend and let their county representatives know what is on their mind. Let your voices be heard loud and clear ! Tell them what YOU want and what you don't want.Some say that in the next twenty years, Alpine's population may double. Development is on the rise. What do you want to see preserved in Alpine ? What do you value here enough to fight for?

BOYS BASKETBALL: PATRIOTS' IMPRESSIVE TURNAROUND EVADES MATADORS TO ADVANCE TO CIF SOUTHERN SEMIFINAL

 

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March 10, 2018 (Spring Valley) - While college March Madness is fun, high school March Madness is proving to be just as exciting as tonight, the Knights of Foothills Christian traveled to Spring Valley to face the Matadors of Mount Miguel in a 12 vs. 13-seed Division IV matchup in the CIF Southern Sectional state playoff quarterfinals. A tough but fun contest awaited; the Patriots were an almost spotless 11-1 in league play coming into tonight’s game and 22-9 overall.  Compare that to Mount Miguel’s perfect 8-0 record in the Grossmont League and 31-4 record and this was going to be a fun game.

LEAPING LIZARDS! LARGE REPTILE WANDERS AWAY FROM SPRING VALLEY PET STORE

 

Update March 11, 2018:  "Bubbles" has been found in a canyon near the pet store from which she escaped.

By Miriam Raftery

March 8, 2018 (Spring Valley) – “Bubbles,” a 35-pound, 5 and a half feet long black-throated monitor lizard has been missing from Mike’s Pets at 8300 Paradise Valley Road in Spring Valley since Sunday, March 4th.

According to reports on 10 News and Patch.com, Bubbles was last seen on a security camera strolling from his cage that he had apparently slipped out of through a small opening, toward the back door of the shop.

FOUR INJURED IN CRASH AFTER BORDER PATROL PURSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Four patients were transported via air and ground ambulances following a crash near I-8 and Japatul Valley Road this morning, according to Cal Fire. 

The collision occurred shortly before 11 a.m. after Border Patrol agents attempted to stop a Ford Expedition traveling west on I-8 near Buckman Springs Road. The driver sped off at a high rate of speed and lost control as he encountered slowed traffic, becoming airborne, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

CHP PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ENFORCEMENT MARCH 8 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2018 (Spring Valley) -- As part of its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Spring Valley, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), will be conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement operation that will focus on motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe and illegal actions.  The enforcement operation will take place on March 8 at Troy Street west of Central Avenue in Spring Valley.

GIRLS SOCCER: COUGARS LOSE CIFSDS CHAMPIONSHIP IN HEARTBREAKING SHOOTOUT

 

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March 2, 2018 (San Diego) - Steele Canyon.  Eastlake.  Spring Valley.  Chula Vista.  Both making the trek to inner city San Diego to Mission Bay High School for the CIF Open Division Championship.  The Cougars finished the season 12-6-6 overall and 3-2-3 in the Grossmont League.  Compare that to the Titans’ 18-5-3 overall record and impressive undefeated 9-0 record in league, and this was sure to be a wild ride.

ALPINE AND GROSSMONT AGREE TO END LITIGATION OVER HIGH SCHOOL

 

By Miriam Raftery

File photo: Students testified to GUHSD board on behalf of an Alpine High School, before board reversed its decision to build the school.

March 2, 2018 (Alpine) – In a joint press release, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD), Alpine Union High School District (AUSD) and Alpine Taxpayers for Bound Accountability (ATBA) announced a resolution to end the prolonged legal battle over the never-built Alpine High School.

The AUSD and ATBA have agreed not to appeal to the state Supreme Court, after an appeals court ruled on behalf of Grossmont that an enrollment requirement to build the school had not been met and that therefore, Grossmont is not obligated to build the school.  In exchange, the GUHSD has agreed not to seek recovery of its court costs from the Alpine district or the Alpine taxpayers group.

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