January 15, 2015 (Lakeside) – San Diego County Crime Stoppers and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit seek leads in the disappearance of Cynthia Dyann Coleman under suspicious circumstances.
On September 3, 1986, 23-year-old Cynthia Dyann Coleman left her home on the Barona Indian Reservation to go to a nearby supermarket to give away a litter of kittens. Cynthia’s mother reported her daughter missing on September 8, 1986 after she failed to return home and made no contact with her family.
December 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - On Saturday, the San Diego Sheriff's Department, San Diego Probation Department, and the Metropolitan Transit System conducted a probation compliance operation which resulted in twenty-eight arrests.
December 11, 2014 (Lakeside) – Many of our readers have asked us where to find locally made cheeses. At last, we’ve found a source! Van Ommering Dairy in Lakeside has announced that starting in 2015, this family-owned farm will begin making artisan, farmstead cheese. In addition, a cheese club, special events and creamery tours will be offered.
December 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County is packed with holiday festivities, from Christmas on Maine Street in Lakeside to Santa at Santee Lakes and the "Light up the Grove" bonfire in Lemon Grove! Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village, a Winter Wonder Jam concert, and our very own East County Magazine holiday party.
So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.
December 3, 2014 (Lakeside) – Photographer Randy Jordan sent in these images, taken at the Bulls Only Rodeo in Lakeside in July. The photos show a kids’ event, “mutton busting,” as well as a rider demonstrating bull riding skills for the press.
Update: Jerry Hooten has been found safely. After becoming separated on the trail from his friend, he tried to walk to a trolley stop but was unfamiliar with the area and became lost. He called another friend yesterday morning, who heard of the search and notified the Sheriff. Deputies located him a short time later, walking home in the Lake Murray area.
East County News Service
November 29, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff’s Department is asking help from the public to find Jerry Lee Hooten, who was last seen by a friend hiking toward the peak of El Capitan (El Cajon mountain) in Lakeside on Friday, November 28th around 3 p.m. He did not return to the vehicle he arrive at the mountain in and has not returned home.
Lakeside deputies responded to the call for help at 12777 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. Hooten is 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown/gray hair. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans, gray shoes, and carrying a yellow backpack.
November 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The El Capitan Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter announces that two of our alumni competed at the National FFA Convention in Louisville Kentucky this past month.
A proposed industrial solar farm in Lakeside’s scenic El Monte Valley is stirring up controversy. Property owner David Pressman/OCI Solar Lakeside has proposed to build a 40-acre solar photovoltaic project with approximately 8,500 solar panels on El Monte Road. OCI is a Korean company with holdings in the U.S.
A hearing on the plan is set for December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. before the Lakeside Community Planning Group at the Lakeside Community Center.
“Everyone I have talked to too is against it for many reasons.” says photographer Billy Ortiz. “My reason is El Monte Valley is and should always be a scenic corridor, period.” He posted photos of the proposed site and drew some strong responses.
November 15, 2014 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Spirit of Christmas on Saturday, December 6th, 4pm to 9pm on Maine Avenue (between Parkside and Laurel) in Lakeside. This free, fun-filled family event will include a community tree lighting, visits with Santa, vendor booths, kids’ activities, food, music and entertainment by local bands & schools. Sponsorship opportunities and booth space are available. For more information, www.lakesidechamber.org or call (619) 561-1031.
November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)- Cajon Valley, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, and Ramona’s school districts all had school bond measures on the ballot. Each bond measure needed 55% of the votes to pass. Lemon Grove’s school bond passed by a healthy margin. Lakeside’s school bond narrowly won approval. Cajon Valley and Ramona’s bonds appear to have failed by slim margins, though the Registrar of voters still has about 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots countywide left to count. Below are details.
October 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Forty people are under arrest following Operation Summer's End in Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated El Cajon, the Sheriff announced today. The probation checks were held from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11th. Operation Summer's End also included traffic stops and trolley patrols.
September 28, 2014 (Lakeside)--A 61-year old man was crushed by a skip loader tractor this morning in Lakeside. The Lakeside resident had been working with another man to excavate a pipe on Wildcat Canyon Road near Muth Valley Road when the tractor turned and the heavy load caused it to tip.
A free event hosted by Lakeside's River Park Conservancy
September 26, 2014 (Lakeside)- Project Wildlife will introduce you to the fascinating and unique world of bats on November 22 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m at Lakeside River Park. You can also meet Animal Ambassador Daisy, a Mexican Free-Tailed Bat in this indoor classroom located on Lakeside's River Park Property.
September 11, 2014 (Lakeside) -- The Barona Cultural Center and Museum invites San Diegans to learn the art of Southern California Style Pottery Making at a workshop led by Tony Soares. Pottery is one of the oldest forms of utilitarian objects used by the Kumeyaay/Diegueño people and other indigenous groups for the storage of water, food and seeds. Tony Soares will show participants how to grind and process raw clay, shape and build a pot, and then fire the final piece.
September 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Just a few months ago, the future of Lake Jennings, in Lakeside appeared dire, with someHelix Water District board members ready to close it permanently or eliminate campgrounds. But a special committee was established to come up with solutions to save this resource for the public enjoyment--and the results are promising, based on a dramatic drop in losses and increasing use by the public.
The future of the lake is on the agenda this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at a special meeting of Helix Water District’s Board at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa. (View full agenda: http://www.hwd.com/board/package090314.pdf)
August 30, 2014 (Lakeside) – Leon Thompson shot this tranquil shot of a sunset over the San Vicente Reservoir, with water level higher than in the past due to the largest dam height raising in America.
August 27, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians invites San Diego to experience Native American dancing, music and cuisine at the 44th annual Barona Powwow at the Barona Indian Reservation’s recently renovated Sports Park. The celebration starts on Friday, August 29 with gourd dancing at 6 p.m. and grand entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31, from 1 to 11 p.m.
August 25, 2014 (Lakeside)—Helix Water District’s Board of Directors voted 4-1 on August 20th to approve a settlement agreement with El Monte Canyon LLC and its successor, El Capitan Golf Club LLC. The settlement ends a six year dispute over plans for a water recharge project and wildlife habit in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley. It allows for sale of the property and some sand mining at the site, as well as habitat restoration.
August 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – A woman who crashed into a parked car in Lakeside, then fled the scene by jumping down 30 feet into a concrete drainage ditch, has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.
Photos: Mendez, left, from his Facebook page; Ingram, right, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
August 3, 2014 (Lakeside) –A second body has been recovered from El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside, following a boating collision Thursday. Russell Mendez, 20, and Jeffry Ingram, 21 were killed after a Nitro vessel struck the boat while they were fishing, ejecting both men into the water. Two men aboard the Nitro were treated for injuries and released.
August 1, 2014 (Lakeside)--A boat collision has claimed the life of at a 21-year-old man and injured two others at El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside Thursday night. In addition a 20-year-old victim is missing after being ejected into the water. A search continues, with help from San Diego Lifeguards, Heartland Fire & Rescue and the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.
A witness told ECM news partner 10 News that a Nitro vessel was traveling at a high rate of speed when it slammed into a small boat that was adrift, plunging everyone on board into the water.
July 8, 2014 (Lakeside) - At Oak Oasis Preserve Campground in Lakeside, a free family campout and star party will be held on Friday night, July 25 through Saturday July 26. You’re invited to join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association and park staff, using telescopes to view stars and planets from 8 to 10 p.m. If you plan to campover, arrive by 7 p.m.on Friday to set up before sunset. (Note: Camping is only on Friday night.)