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January 3, 2011 (Pine Valley) – Cal-Fire will be conducting a prescribed burn today through January 7 in the Rancho Corte Madera area southwest of Pine Valley.
Approximately 200 acres of brush will be burned as part of a vegetation management plan aimed at protecting surrounding communities.
January 3, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) --- Thomas Francis Kelley, an inmate who escaped from Donovan State Prison Sunday night, has been apprehended a short time ago at a trolley station in Lemon Grove, 10 News reports.
A manhunt ensued after a possible spotting of Kelley earlier this morning at Wind River Road and Elva Street in Rancho San Diego.
Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of a possible sighting this morning, searching the area and knocking on doors to show Kelley's photo to residents.
By Brian Lafferty
January 3, 2012 (San Diego) – I pop in the Bridesmaids DVD. I’m ready to laugh. I wait. Fifteen minutes pass. Then thirty. No laughter. Then a whole hour passes by, but not a single chuckle was uttered. Towards the end of the movie it was so quiet in the house that I distinctly thought I heard the sound of crickets chirping outside.
I didn’t laugh once during the two hour running time. I couldn’t even smile. What made it irksome was that every single joke had the potential for a laugh but the writers and actors find some way to foul it up.
January 2, 2012 (Alpine)--The Alpine Fire Protection District has approved pension changes with the Alpine Fire Fighters Association. After months of negotiations, at a Board meeting on December 20, 2011 both sides agreed to a contract extension that makes changes to the pensions of current and future Firefighters employed with the District. All employees of the Alpine Fire District are members of the CalPERS retirement system.
A former mortgage industry insider from La Mesa shares why he joined the Occupy movement
Story and photos by Ron Logan
On December 19, I sat down with Mike Garcia at Downtown Johnny Brown's at the Civic Center Plaza. Garcia is a La Mesa resident and Committee Member of Occupy San Diego (OSD). I asked him some straight-forward questions. His answers were eye-opening and offered insight into what OSD is all about, its struggles and its evolutions-- and how he first became involved in early October.
January 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Pageant organizers are currently seeking outgoing women ages 13-26 to participate in the 2012 Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants, programs that have been a tradition in La Mesa and Santee since the late 1960’s.
January 2, 2012 (El Cajon)—An elderly couple and their dog have lost their trailer home in a fire which was reported last night at 9:20 p.m. Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to the blaze at the Paradise Trailer Home Park in the 1300 block of East Main Street in El Cajon.
January 2, 2012 (Spring Valley) – An inmate at Donovan State Prison escaped last night by stealing a yellow fire truck from the correctional facility. “It was recovered in Spring Valley at Jamacha Road and Elkelton Boulevard,” Lt. David Gilmore with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department informed East County Magazine. The prisoner, Thomas Francis Kelley, 51, remains at large.
January 1, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—“Joe Young, for more than three decades the go-to guy at the Helix Water District for all things H2O, will star on the next "History Alive" lecture,” announced Helen M. Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society. The lecture will be held Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.
January 1, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The National Weather Service has provided the following reflections on local weather highlights for the past year--which included some wet and wild times.
January 1, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—A worker cleaning a packing machine at the EDCO disposal plant in Lemon Grove yesterday afternoon was crushed and injured severely when the machine accidentally up. According to ECM news partner 10 News, the 57-year-old man may have been in the machine for 10 to 15 minutes before anyone realized he was inside.
Amendments address concerns over constitutional rights, detention of citizens; President issues signing statement
By Miriam Raftery
Update January 6: Senator Dianne Feinstein has announced she will introduce legislation to repeal controversial language in this measure.
January 1, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama has signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, just days before military funding was set to expire. The measure allocates $662 billion for 2012 funding, $27 billion less than the President requested and $43 billion less than Congress approved in 2011.
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January 1, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to recycle your e-waste at Grossmont Center in La Mesa on Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15.
January 1, 2012 (Otay)—Josephina Lopez has been found safe in Mexico following an intensive search and rescue effort to find the missing woman. Lopez, who suffers from medical problems, disappeared from the Otay area while visiting family over the holidays. She had last been seen December 23, when she told family she was walking to a pharmacy.
January 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Rose Hooper and her two teenage children lost their Jamul home in a fire December 29, two years after Rose’s husband died of cancer. Now Nick Baldwin, an El Cajon business owner, has started a drive to collect donated items to help this family in need.
"This is my neighbor and I want to help," Baldwin said. Donated blankets, warm clothes, coats, gift cards, and other needed items may be dropped off to Scar Offroad, 930 East Washington Avenue in El Cajon, or call his shop at 619-966-9935 to arrange a drop-off at Baldwin’s home in Jamul.
By Miriam Raftery
December 30, 2011 (San Diego's's East County) – It’s been a year of epic changes around the world and across America. Winds of change have also swept across East County in 2011--with more changes in store in the coming year.
January 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – New Year’s celebrations around the world have begun, starting in Sydney, Australia. Those party-loving Aussies welcomed in 2012 with an elaborate fireworks display launched from barges on the water, off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and rooftops of buildings. The extravaganza included 11,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects all synchronized to music. Click to enjoy the show—and happy New Year!
For more fireworks shows around the world, scroll down to find links.
County Animal Services Offers New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Family Pets
By Paula Dickenson, San Diego Sheriff’s office
Once-Lost Pit Bull Recovering From Amputation, Seeking Forever Home
December 31, 2011 (Dulzura) --A once-lost dog who had to have a leg amputated is on the mend and looking to change her luck in 2012 with a loving forever home. “Fergie,” a 1-year-old pit bull, went missing from her Dulzura home in September. She had been missing about two months when she arrived as a stray at the County Animal Shelter in Bonita.
Photos and video by Jon Nevin, firefighter/paramedic, Heartland Fire & Rescue (video edited by Paul Kruze, ECM)
December 29, 2011 (El Cajon) – Patrons of a restaurant helped three women passengers, including an elderly woman in a wheelchair, escape from a burning van in downtown El Cajon today.
View a video of firefighters battling the fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmu0RRPH2Fg&feature=youtu.be
By Megan McGlamery
Photos by Woo-Jin Shim and Natalia Robert (http://full-circle-images.com/)
December 30, 2011 (San Diego)--Since 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been helping refugees rebuild their lives after fleeing tumultuous wars or other catastrophes in their homelands. The IRC is currently active in 22 U.S. cities as well as overseas. In 2001, the IRC created its Microenterprise Program with the goal of helping refugees create their own businesses.
In the last 10 years, the IRC has helped 175 San Diego-based refugees become small-business owners. To showcase some of the great refugee-owned eateries of East County, the IRC hosted a Micro-finance bus tour, offering patrons a chance to sample some delicious cuisine from Iraq and East Africa.
By Miriam Raftery
December 30, 2011 (Jamul) -- Yesterday's fire at Skyline Truck Trail and Lawson Valley Road has left a family's lives in ashes.
"Sadly the home was nearly destroyed, although firefighters were able to enter and retrieve personal belongings and photos," Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton reported. The children lost their father, Mark Hooper, to pancreatic cancer two years ago, said Hamilton, who lost her own home in the 2007 Harris Fire and is offering help to the family.