March 2018 Articles

March 2018 Articles

BACKCOUNTRY HIDDEN PLEASURES

 

 

Our guide to unique lodging adventures in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry

By Bobbi Zane, East County Magazine

San Diego’s backcountry is home to mountains with hiking trails, miles and miles of pine and oak forests, wine regions, deserts, and rural areas --- known as the playground for San Diegans who want a close-to-home getaway. 

It’s beautiful country mostly untouched by urban development. You can walk throughforests, ride bikes on country lanes, horseback ride, pick apples in the fall, sample local wine, and dine in the great outdoors most of the year.

It’s less than an hour’s drive from downtown to the mountains, where you can discover the hidden pleasures by checking into one of many bed and breakfast inns in Julian, or savor luxury at Native American resort casinos, visit historic lodging establishments, or get pampered at one of the golf/tennis hotels in Borrego Springs.

Your lodging options in our inland region also include campgrounds, cabins, tipis and more.

For the next few weeks East County Magazine will report on the Hidden Pleasures you can find close to home in the backcountry.  We have visited them all.  Read our entries so far (below), and check back for new additions soon!

TURN A CHICKEN COOP INTO A CASTLE

 

Source:  Fresh Eggs Daily

March 31, 2018 (San Diego) -- Just because your chickens live in a coop doesn’t mean they – and more likely – you, can’t appreciate a few touch ups. Backyard chicken keeping expert Lisa Steele has been sprucing up her coop creating Pinterest-worthy DIY touches you’ll want to copy for your own feathered friends’ humble adobe.

From wallpaper to wooden signs, chandeliers to a fresh coat of chicken safe paint, Steele offers up creative, pin-able décor for the posh flock. These looks will be sure to bring a smile to your face every time you visit the coop. You can find all Steele’s great sprucing ideas on her blog at www.fresheggsdaily.com along with her advice for everything related to backyard chicken keeping.

Steele’s blog, website, TV show and books are the inspiration for flock masters everywhere. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for her upcoming book, 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks, due out in September.

GRAND OPENING OF NEW SCOTTISH PUB AND RESTAURANT, FOURPENNY HOUSE, IN HEART OF LA MESA APRIL 7

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Downtown La Mesa’s emerging culinary scene will soon welcome the much-anticipated grand opening of Fourpenny House on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  Located in the heart of La Mesa Village at 8323 La Mesa Blvd., Fourpenny House is a love letter to the individual histories that have culminated to create this unique and captivating space. From the staff, to the hand-crafted decor, to the food and bar menus, owner Peter Soutowood has created a space that pays homage to the crossroads of people, food and love.

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.

HILL SHINES IN NO. 23/23 SDSU BASEBALL'S 3-2 WIN OVER NEW MEXICO

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 31, 2018 (San Diego) - Behind a stellar performance from San Diego State right-handed pitcher Garrett Hill, the No. 23/23 San Diego State baseball team defeated New Mexico, 3-2, at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Aztecs now stand at 18-9 on the 2018 campaign with a 7-4 conference mark, while New Mexico slips to 12-13-1 with a 6-6 MW record.

AZTEC SOFTBALL FALLS TO BOISE STATE IN SERIES FINALE

 

SDSU unable to overcome early deficit in 11-1, five-inning loss to Broncos

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 31, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State quickly fell behind and was unable to rally in an 11-1, five-inning loss to Boise State in the series finale Saturday afternoon at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs dropped to 10-23 overall and 1-5 in Mountain West play with the series loss, while the Broncos improved to 23-11 and 6-3.

NO. 23/23 SDSU BASEBALL FALLS AGAINST NEW MEXICO 9-5

 

SDSU drops first series decision of 2018 season

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

 

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

 

March 30, 2018 (San Diego) - The No. 23/23 San Diego State baseball team dropped a 9-5 decision against New Mexico on Friday night, handing the Aztecs their first series loss of the 2018 season. The Aztecs fall to 17-9 (6-4 Mountain West) while the Lobos improve to 12-12-1 (6-5 Mountain West).

SDSU LACROSSE RALLY FALLS SHORT AT MOUNT ST. MARY'S 13-12

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 30, 2018 (Emmitsburg, Md.) - The San Diego State lacrosse team completed its two-game East Coast road swing on a sour note, falling to Mount St. Mary's 13-12 in a Friday matinee at a damp and chilly Waldron Family Stadium.

GIRLS LACROSSE: EAGLES SCORCH SUNDEVILS 14-2

 

Like our sports coverage?  Donate to help support ECM’s sports section!  Type in “Sports” as your donation!

Follow @ECMagSports on Twitter for live sports coverage and stories!

Does your son or daughter play a sport at a level other than varsity?  Comment on this story or tweet @ECMagSports to request coverage!

Check out our sports section for more sports stories!

Story and photos by Liz Alper

March 30, 2018 (El Cajon) - It was a Good Friday indeed as ECM Sports traveled to Granite Hills to watch the Lady Eagles, who sit at an impeccable undefeated 11-0 record (5-0 in league) take the field against the Sundevils of Mt. Carmel, who are 5-2 on the season.

ERRORS DOOM SDSU SOFTBALL IN 3-1 EXTRA-INNING LOSS TO BOISE STATE

 

BSU scores three unearned runs over the final two innings to even the series

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Julie McDonald tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings for SDSU.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 30, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State softball team committed crucial errors in the top of the seventh and eighth innings, which allowed Boise State to escape with a 3-1 win Friday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs (10-22, 1-4 MW) and the Broncos (22-11, 5-3 MW) have each won a 3-1 decision heading into the rubber game at noon PT Saturday.

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. 

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS DROPS CLOSE MATCH TO UNLV

 

SDSU falls 4-3 to Rebels in Las Vegas

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 30, 2018 (Las Vegas) - San Diego State’s women’s tennis team traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., on Friday, March 30, when it dropped a close match to the Rebels, 4-3. The Aztecs secured the doubles point, but faced challenges in singles action and couldn’t put together three additional points for a victory.

LOOKING TO FIND A LEGAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2018 (San Diego) – Despite California’s legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana, illegal dispensaries continue to crop up in many locations.  Buying products from an unlicensed dispensary could put consumers at greater risk of getting products that don’t comply with state standards for safety and purity.

LA MESA CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO MOVE FARMER’S MARKET TO DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

 

 

 

Updated with revised start date of May 5th for the Farmer's Market

 By Jonathan Goetz

Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

 March 30, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents will soon be able to stroll the heart of the downtown village to shop for fresh produce, crafts and other items on Friday afternoons and evenings.  The  La Mesa City Council voted 4-1 at Tuesday’s meeting to move the Farmer’s Market to the downtown village on a six-month trial basis.  It will be run by the La Mesa Village Association instead of the city as a special event each Friday  from 3 to 7 p.m. starting May 5th, with street closures from 1 to 8 .p.m.

 The change has drawn support from many shoppers and some businesses, but has also engendered opposition from restaurants concerned about losing regular patrons on their busiest night of the week and neighbors with noise and parking concerns.

 The new market is projected to be approximately double in size of the current Friday night farmer’s market near the civic center, which must  ultimately move due to redevelopment plans.

JUDGE DISMISSSES SUIT OVER CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES FOR DISPLAYING A PRIDE FLAG OUTSIDE FEDERAL OFFICES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2018 (San Diego) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against several members of Congress, including Susan Davis (D-San Diego) for displaying a rainbow gay pride flag outside her offices.  U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss rejected arguments by the plaintiff, Chris Sevier, who had argued that displaying the flag amounted to establishment of a religion and thus violated the establishment clause of the constitution.

SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR PROPOSED FOR RELEASE IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Herman Smith, San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept.

March 30, 2018 (Jacumba Hot Springs) — A hearing is set for April 27 on proposed release of Herman Smith at 42920 Desert Rose Ranch Road in Jacumba Hot Springs.  Smith has been convicted of sexually violent crimes including rape by force in 1993, oral copulation with a minor under age 14 by force or fear, and sodomizing a victim under age 14 with force. He has also been convicted of raping a drugged victim.

NO. 23/23 SDSU BASEBALL DROPS SERIES OPENER AGAINST NEW MEXICO 5-4

 

Aztecs strand would-be tying run at third base in the ninth

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 29, 2018 (San Diego) - The No. 23/23 San Diego State baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision against New Mexico in its series-opener Thursday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs fall to 17-8 (6-2, Mountain West) on the year while the Lobos improve to 11-12-1 (5-5, MW).

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.

KPRI IS BACK

 

By John Fox,  Pala Rez Radio Station Manager

March 29, 2018 (Pala) -- Effective March 23, 2018, the North County FM station at 91.3 owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians has adopted the new FCC-authorized call sign “KPRI,” with the initials standing for Kupa Pala Rez Indians.  The station will continue to be known as Rez Radio 91.3.  We maintain our commitment to local programming including a wide variety of rock, reggae, blues, country, native and other local music as well as maintaining North County’s only local broadcast news presence.  But now we have a legal ID that actually says what we stand for.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS DROPS 4-1 DECISION AT BOISE STATE

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Ignacio Martinez was a winner at No. 2 singles vs. Boise State on Thursday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 29, 2018 (Boise) - San Diego State hit the road for its return to Mountain West competition on Thursday night, but was unable to put all the pieces together in a 4-1 setback to host Boise State at Appleton Tennis Center.

AZTEC SOFTBALL DOWNS BOISE STATE 3-1 IN SERIES OPENER

 

SDSU scores twice in bottom of sixth for first Mountain West victory 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Shelby Thompson drove in the winning run and scored the other two in San Diego State's 3-1 win over Boise State.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 29, 2018 (San Diego) - Shelby Thompson singled in Janina Jusay (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) to break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning and later scored on a bases loaded walk by Molly Sturdivant to give San Diego State a 3-1 victory over Boise State in the series opener Thursday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Aztecs (10-21, 1-3 MW).

ECM PADRES REPORT: ONE RUN KILLS PADRES IN EXTRA INNINGS OPENING DAY MATCHUP

 

Like our sports coverage?  Donate to help support ECM’s sports section!  Type “Sports” on the donation line!

Check out our sports section for more sports stories!

Follow @ECMagSports on Twitter for live sports coverage and stories!

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress forced a double play to stop a chance for the Padres to take the lead with the bases loaded in the 11th.  Via @Brewers on Twitter.

March 29, 2018 (San Diego) - Well, it’s finally here.  Opening Day. The smell of freshly cut grass fills downtown San Diego.  And California weather is done with its usual act-like-a-normal-state-and-give-my-citizens-actual-winter-weather-three-months-after-the-holidays phase and is ready for spring too,  The only thing we were waiting on is the Padres. Will they do well? Will they stink? Did spring training pay off? Let’s start baseball 2018! In today’s first game against the Brewers (kind of a welcome change from getting clobbered by the Dodgers for the past two Opening Days), Chase Anderson started for Milwaukee against Clayton Richard.

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.

NO. 21 AZTEC WATER POLO FALLS TO T-NO. 1 CALIFORNIA 15-7

 

SDSU drops a non-league game in Morro Bay

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Shelby Kraft scored two goals in SDSU's 15-7 loss to Cal on Wednesday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 28, 2018 (Morro Bay, Calif.) - The No. 21 San Diego State water polo team fell to T-No. 1 California, 15-7, Wednesday night at the Morro Bay High School Aquatic Center in Morro Bay, Calif. The Aztecs dropped to 10-13 on the season with the loss, while the Bears improved to 16-3.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF FALLS TO UCLA ON FINAL DAY OF MATCH PLAY

 

Aztecs lose to Bruins on tiebreaker at SDSU March Mayhem

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Mila Chaves was a 5&3 winner in her match vs. UCLA on Wednesday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 28, 2018 (Rancho Santa Fe) - The San Diego State women’s golf team wrapped up its lone home tournament of the year on Wednesday with a narrow setback to top-ranked UCLA in the fifth-place match of the SDSU March Mayhem event at The Farms Golf Club.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

March 28, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to 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 28, 2018 (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.

FORMER CUYAMACA COLLEGE PRESIDENT DONATES $1 MILLION TO COLLEGE DISTRICT

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

March 28, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) -- From his own experience as a community college student to his time as president of Cuyamaca College, Sam Ciccati knows firsthand the transformative value of education. 

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

March 28, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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

CRITICISM MOUNTS OF ARAMBULA AND LEMON GROVE LEADERS AFTER DISCLOSURE OF ASSAULT CLAIM BY DISPENSARY ADVOCATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Christopher Williams, the medical marijuana dispensary advocate who has filed a claim against Lemon Grove detailed an alleged assault by Councilman David Arambula, is speaking out to dispute Arambula’s self-defense claim.

Williams also contends that city staff stalled his applications for multiple dispensaries by claiming not to have received results of a Department of Justice screening of all applicants, when e-mails from the DOJ indicate the results were sent to the city earlier.

Arambula is also drawing criticism from current and former councilmembers for failing to disclose the scuffle that sent Williams to a hospital for treatment of significant injuries including a fractured rib, gash on his face and bite marks on his arm. Mayor Racquel Vasquez is named as a potential witness in Williams claim, along with Taisha Brown, a Democratic Party activist, but both have declined to speak with media.  Some members of the council contend they were kept in the dark by Arambula and Vasquez about the violent altercation even when voting on dispensary applications submitted by Williams for Pick Axe Holdings, LLC.

Pages