December 2016 Articles

HELP NEEDED FOR COUPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED CHRISTMAS EVE, WITH BABY ON THE WAY

 

Update 1/4/17: Sierra has had a setback; she was slated for release but had breathing difficulties so her breathing tube has been reinserted. 

By Miriam Raftery

December 31, 2016 (El Cajon) – A Go Fund Me site has been set up to help a young couple from El Cajon seriously injured in a car accident  on Christmas Eve that occurred when a driver pulled out of a side street in front of them in El Cajon; the impact spun their vehicle around 180 degrees. 

Reuben DeHoyos Jr., 19, and his girlfriend, Sierra Marco, 17. were rushed to Sharp Memorial Hospital’s trauma with major injuries.  They both face 6-12 months of recovery, are unable to work, have large medical bills not fully covered by insurance and they are expecting a baby.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: CHRISTMAS ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN

 

East County News Service

December 26, 2016 (Palomar) – Lori Saldaña originally posted these fairy tale-like Christmas morning images on Facebook, with a message reading, “A very Merry Christmas morning to all. Here is my very So Cal Christmas view: snow on the ridge above, trees all around, sun in the valley below. May you enjoy the day with loved ones doing what brings you joy!”

SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS LOSES TO NEW MEXICO IN MOUNTAIN WEST OPENER

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

December 31, 2016 (Alberquerque) - San Diego State women’s basketball was unable to get past a hot New Mexico team and fell to the Lobos in the Aztecs’ Mountain West opener, 85-42, Saturday evening at WisePies Arena.

LISTEN NOW: OUR NOVEMBER RADIO SHOWS ARE ONLINE

 

 

December 30, 2016 (San Diego's East County)-- Our November 2016 radio shows are now online. For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics an interviews, click here (Sound files may take a few moments to load).

You can hear our reporting on election outcomes and analysis of Trump’s victory, interviews with San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra Director Anthony Mostardo, San Miguel Fire Board candidates,  La Mesa Chamber President Mary England, and more.

 The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  The shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Read more and listen to our November shows:

RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO COUNTY BEACHES

 

Source: County of San Diego

December 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff. Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. While many coastal storm drains within San Diego County are permanently posted with white metal warning signs, additional temporary warning signs are not posted for General Advisories. Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain. This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Elevated bacteria levels can persist after a rainstorm depending upon the intensity of the storm, volume of runoff and ocean and current conditions. 

ARBORIST OFFERS ADVICE ON SAVING OAK TREES

 

December 30, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Oak boring beetles and other insect pests have decimated vast swaths of oak forests across San Diego's East County.  Recently, we interviewed arborist Bret Hutchinson, an expert on oak tree infestations and owner of Green Tree Forest Service, on the latest efforts to preserve oaks in our region.

Drought leaves trees more vulnerable to infestation.  Learn how to prevent problems, spot infestations, and what to do if your oak trees are stricken by clicking the audio link to hear our interview, originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio. (sound files may take a few moments to load.)

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LISTEN NOW: OUR OCTOBER 2016 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

December 30, 2016 (San Diego's East County)-- Our October 2016 radio shows are now online. For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics an interviews, click here (Sound files may take a few moments to load).

You can hear our interviews with an arborist on efforts to save dying oak trees, investigative journalist Greg Palast on his documentary film predicting theft of the presidential election, candidates for local offices, Bobby Wallace from Barona on efforts to help the Standing Rock Sioux, and top stories across East County.

 The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  The shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Read more and listen to our October shows:

JOYS OF JOINING THE LAGUNA MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEERS

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy Bob Perry

December 29, 2016 (Mount Laguna) – The Laguna Mountain Volunteers (www.LMVA.net) are looking for more volunteers to man the visitor center and do other good works.  There are no minimum obligations, “just opportunities to seize,” says Bob Perry, who sent us these photos of a visit this week to the winter wonderland complete with  six inches of snow:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/rudyperry/albums/72157678384403265

He adds, “Louise and I drive up from El Cajon two Sundays a month to open the visitor center.  It's just the two of us having fun at 6,000 feet.  We've been doing this for six years.” 

HISTORY ALIVE: INFLUENZA PANDEMIC SPEAKER JAN. 14 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

December 29, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – The next History Alive lecture in the Lemon Grove Library has been moved to January 14 at 2 p.m.  Lemon Grove Historical Society is partnering with the Lemon Grove Library to present master nurse and noted lecturer, Donna Vitale Lupinacci, in a riveting words-and-pictures look at "The Influenza Pandemic of 1917-18 and Its Aftermath."  As "Spanish Flu" swept the globe, no community was exempt from its effects, including Lemon Grove.

RECALLS ON ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES AND CHILDREN’S SCOOTERS

 

East County News Service

December 29, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced recalls on Polaris Sportsman 570 all-terrain vehicles due to fire hazard.  In addition Joyride children’s three-wheeled scooters have been recalled because of wheels that can detach, causing injury.  Below are full details. 

CHARGERS ANNOUNCE TEAM AWARDS

 

Source: San Diego Chargers

Photo courtesy chargers.com

December 29, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego Chargers announced their team awards on Thursday and cornerback Casey Hayward led the way, earning team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors. Also honored were Melvin Gordon (Offensive Player of the Year), Darrell Stuckey (Special Teams Player of the Year), Matt Slauson and Joey Bosa (co-Linemen of the Year) and Brandon Mebane (Most Inspirational Player).

IMPRESSIVE DEFENSIVE EFFORT POWERS SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS PAST BIOLA 63-48

 

Source: goztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

December 28, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s basketball produced one of its best defensive efforts of the season against Biola, holding the Eagles to a season-low 48 points in a 63-48 non-conference win Wednesday evening.

LANE CLOSURES TONIGHT AND THURSDAY ON NORTHBOUND I-15 AND SR-163

 

Source: Caltrans

December 28, 2016 (San Diego) -- Crews will close multiple lanes on northbound Interstate 15 (I-15) from State Route 52 (SR-52) to Ammo Road and on northbound State Route 163 from SR-52 to I-15 tonight and Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting. At least one northbound lane will remain open on each highway.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER: PABLO PELAEZ GARNERS COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS ALL-FRESHMAN HONORS

 

Aztec midfielder also ranked 15th on TDS Freshman Top 100 List

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

December 28, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State men’s soccer player Pablo Pelaez added to his growing list of postseason accolades recently after collecting second-team all-freshman honors from College Soccer News. In addition, the Aztec midfielder was featured on Top Drawer Soccer’s Men’s Division I Freshman Top 100 postseason list, earning a No. 15 ranking.

EAST COUNTY 2016 NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR

 

East County News Service

December 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – These are the people whose actions made headlines across our region this year—community leaders and ordinary citizens who worked tireless to help others, whose actions led to changes in our communities, or the promise of changes in the future.

EAST COUNTY 2016 STORIES OF THE YEAR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County ) --It’s been a tumultuous year across our nation and our world. East County has also seen many changes in 2016.  Here are the top stories locally that most impacted our local communities in San Diego's inland region this year--many of which may result in more changes in 2017 and beyond:

LOCAL REPUBLICAN PARTY’S NEW ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MADE NAZI JOKES AS TEEN

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 28, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric has named a new acting executive director, Sage Naumann.  But there’s controversy surrounding the appointment due to photos of Naumann making Nazi jokes while wearing a German military uniform for Halloween seven years ago in 2009, when he was 18 years old. 

U.S. ATTORNEY LAURA DUFFY APPOINTED SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

 

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a San Diego News Association member

December 28, 2016 (San Diego) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has announced that U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy will become a Superior Court judge in San Diego.

Duffy, a Democrat who was appointed by President Obama in 2010, was likely to be replaced by a Republican when President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS. DEC. 31-JAN. 29

 

East County News Service

December 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a New Year’s Eve Party, New Year’s day hikes in local state parks, a Joe Rathburn concert, and trivia nights at a winery!

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a family fun fest, vintage train rides, a classic movie night, a writers’ conference, and a stage production of “What the Butler Saw.”

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

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WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: JAN. 20-FEB. 19 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present “What the Butler Saw," a classic British farce opening January 20th and running through Feb. 19th

When a psychiatrist tries to seduce an aspiring secretary, his botched efforts lead to comic bedlam involving his insatiable wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer and Sir Winston Churchill. Psychiatry, religion, marriage, government, definitions of gender and even language are all targets of British playwright Orton's poison pen. His sly jokes and hilarious shenanigans will have you shaking with laughter from start to finish.

TOP AUTHORS TO SPEAK AT SDSU WRITERS’ CONFERENCE JANUARY 20-22

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2016 (San Diego) – Each year, over 300 aspiring writers from around the world attend the San Diego State University Writers’ Conference. This year, the conference will be held January 20th through 22nd at the San Diego Marriott in Mission Valley.   The conference was the first to pioneer one-on-one appointments for writers with editors, agents and other top-tier publishing professionals who can provide direct feedback on your writing.

HOLIDAY BOWL: TWO FIELD GOALS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS LIFT GOLDEN GOPHERS OVER COUGARS 17-12

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  redshirt junior Adekunle Ayinde is congratulated coming off the field after his fourth quarter interception.  Via @GopherFootball on Twitter

December 27, 2016 (San Diego) - University of Minnesota football players showed up to play in this year’s National Funding Holiday Bowl.  However, 10 of them did not.  Ten Golden Gopher football players were suspended for an alleged sexual assault that happened in September.  The team boycotted practice on December 15 and a petition that reach over 1,200 signatures was filed against Golden Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys, calling for his firing after how he handled the boycott and the situation with his players.

Alas, the Gophers showed up to play against the Cougars on Tuesday and San Diego had another bowl game on their hands.

ID THIEF SOUGHT: DEBIT CARD LOST IN SANTEE USED TO CHARGE GOODS IN POWAY, CARMEL MOUNTAIN AND SANTEE

 

Source:  San Diego Sheriff

December 27, 2016 (Santee) -- Do you recognize the man in this surveillance video? https://vimeo.com/197224069. He is wanted on suspicion of using a lost debit card and going on a shopping spree, according to the Sheriff’s department.

NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS TAKING EFFECT IN 2017

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – California has hundreds of new laws taking effect in on January 1, 2017, impacting employment, education, gun rights, health, housing, criminal justice, consumers, motor vehicle drivers, elections, youth sports, and more. Here are some of the most important new laws you should know about before ringing in the New Year:

ALPINE FIRE SWEARS IN TWO BOARD MEMBERS

 

Source: Alpine Fire Dept.

Photos:  District Legal Counsel Steve Fitch administers oath of office to incumbent Alpine Fire Board member Thomas “Jim”  Mann (left) and new member Steve Taylor (right).


December 27, 2016 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Fire Protection District swore-in two Board members at the December 20, 2016 Board meeting.  Incumbent Thomas “Jim” Mann took the oath for his second 4-year term on the Fire Board.  New Board member Steve Taylor was sworn in for a 4-year term as well. Both Board members were the top two vote getters in a 5 person race for two seats on the Fire Board.  Both Board members were sworn in by District Legal counsel Steve Fitch.  Outgoing Board member Mary Fritz did not seek re-election.  Board member Fritz was thanked by staff, the firefighters and her fellow Board members for her many years serving on the Fire Board. 

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