April 1, 2014—East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on astounding major stories breaking today.
Wind turbines to be torn down, replaced with Ocotillo Oasis
Snails invade La Mesa
Kumeyaay Charter High to rise in Alpine
Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide.Be sure to click this link and SCROLL DOWN to view these stories in our extra-special April 1st edition. (Trust us, you won't want to miss this news!) Then click "read more" to open each story and get the full scoop.
April 1,2014 (Ocotillo) – A federal judge has ordered the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility to be decommissioned, finding that the project has failed to produce even half of the power promised by its developer, who pocketed huge federal subsidies. Much to the delight of environmentalists, tribes, and the long-suffering people of Ocotillo, Judge Roland Rock declared, “This is a wind project without wind, plus it's been an ecological nightmare. It’s time to tear it down. Let’s roll!”
He further ordered Pattern Energy to fund reparations for removing turbines, restoring natural desert habitat and creating enhanced recreational opportunities for Ocotillo residents. This will include the Ocotillo Wind River Oasis, a water slide park constructed out of recycled wind turbines. The oasis will also include a golf course, poolside bar, wildlife preserve and live simulcasts of off-road racing events at a new off-site race track. Hot air balloon rides, wafting on the very gentlest of breezes here, will provide tourists with birds-eye views of desert wildlife. (Click read more below for full story)
April 1, 2014 (La Mesa) – La Mesa is gearing up for the unveiling of its Centennial Legacy Project – larger than life snail sculptures honoring the area’s species of snails (Helix aspersa) for which Mt. Helix was named. But that’s not all. Now a local entrepreneur has announced that she will launch “Escargot To Go,” a culinary delivery service specializing in farm-raised snails served up in buttery French tradition. (click "read more" below to read the full story.)
April 1, 2014 (Alpine) –Alpine parents have finally found a way to build the long-promised high school.
“The odds of counting on the Grossmont Union High School District were just unwinnable,” said Sal Casamassimo, Chair, Alpine High School Citizens Committee. “We twice voted for bond measures to build the school, and both times they spent all the money on other projects not even listed in the bond.”
Parents got signatures to divorce from the district and unify with the Alpine Union School District. But after learning that this process would take several more years, Alpine parents decided to pool their resources and take a gamble—literally. (click "read more" below for full story)
April 1, 2014 (Pala) – “Tuesday is here! And newly appointed Rez Radio Program Director Olaf Prilos is proud to announce our new format ... Rez Radio LOL. All comedy, all day long,” reads an announcement issued today by John Fox, station manager at Rez Radio 91.3 KOPA at the Pala Indian reservation..
The release continues, “In addition to every novelty song you've ever heard and some you probably haven't, Rez Radio LOL will feature standup and comedy bits. And sprinkled throughout the day, you'll hear not one, but two classic comedy radio series featuring Native American characters ... "The Adventures of the O.B. Ranger" written and performed by Gary Allyn and Neil Ross, and Arigon Starr's creation, "Super Indian" will air in sequence throughout the day.”