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OSPREY NESTING TOWER TAKES WING AT LAKESIDE RIVER PARK

Story, photos and video by Billy Ortiz

View video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Y0hc267sA

November 3, 2012 (Lakeside) -- On a cool, cloudy autumn morning on October 20 in East County a group of teenage Boy Scouts from troop 801 in Coronado arrived at the Lakeside River Park. They brought heavy timbers and other materials to build what they hope will become a nest for the Ospreys that frequent a pond at the River Park. 

MURDER VICTIM'S BODY FOUND IN LAKESIDE

October 22, 2012 (Lakeside) – The body of a woman whose husband has been arrested for murder was found October 18 in a dumpster off Wildcat Canyon Road.

Channel 8 CBS TV reports that the body is believed to be Quee “K.C.” Chadwick, the missing wife of Newport Beach real estate investor Peter Chadwick.  Chadwick has been charged with murder with special circumstances and is accused of killing his wife for financial gain, thus could face the death penalty if convicted.

CANDIDATES' VALUES CLASH IN LAKESIDE FIRE DISTRICT RACE

Former Chief Runs Against One of the Board Members Who Fired Him

By Mark Gabrish Conlan

October 8, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Fire Protection District contains 55 square miles of land, 65,000 people, and according to its website, http://www.lakesidefire.net, “is primarily suburban residential but also has several core commercial zones, some light industry, and many rural/agricultural properties.” It has a significant wildland/urban interface — firefighter-speak for places where homebuilders have butted developments up against forests and other wild areas. In the last decade, that has proven a recipe for brewing out-of-control fires that have threatened properties and claimed lives—particularly here in Lakeside, which has been devastated by several of the worst wildfires in county history.

HOME INVASION IN LAKESIDE LEAVES 3 PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED

Photos, video and story by Billy Ortiz

October 5, 2012 (Lakeside)—Shots rang out at 6:24 yesterday morning after an intruder stabbed a resident in the 15000 block of El Monte Road in Lakeside.  According to Sergeant Tom Poulin with the Santee Sheriff’s Department, as the intruder was fleeing the scene in the car he was attempting to steal from the resident, the resident shot off a couple of gun rounds.

WILDCAT CANYON ROAD BLOCKED

October 3, 2012 (Lakeside)—Wildcat Canyon Road is blocked in both directions due to a rollover accident.  The driver of the vehicle, a pickup truck, is walking and does not appear seriously injured, a Barona firefighter at the scene told ECM’s marketing director, who has been stuck in traffic for over 20 minutes at the scene, where tow trucks are now arriving. 

LAKESIDE AUTO SPEEDWAY MONUMENT DEDICATION SET FOR SEPT. 29

By Billy Ortiz, Lakeside Historical Society Member

Photos by Billy Ortiz and Lakeside Historical Society

September 26, 2012 (Lakeside) – Founded back in 1907, the Lakeside Auto Speedway is considered the first purpose-built auto racing facility in the United States. When completed, the Lakeside Auto Speedway transformed the nascent motor sports movement by moving races off dangerous public roads and horse race tracks.

ACTIVE SHOOTER IN LAKESIDE: 2 DEPUTIES INJURIES

Update 12: 52: confirmed 2 deputies & 1 suspect being transported to area trauma centers. 

September 25, 2012 (Lakeside) – Two deputies have been injured by an active shooter in Lakeside at Ashwood and Mapleview, IPN reported at 12:38 p.m. Cal Trans confirms police activity at Highway 67 and Mapleview.  Scanner traffic indicates officers calling for cover. 

One injury is reported as serious, the other minor. Medics are transporting to Sharp Hospital trauma unit. Avoid the area.

LIVING GREEN AT BLUE SKY RANCH: SEPT. 29 IN LAKESIDE

Find inspiration, savor a fresh foods buffet, and learn the latest in sustainability

By Walt Meyer

September 16, 2012 (Lakeside)--At Heartland Coalition/UnitedGREEN's  Forging a Sustainable Future event at San Diego State University in March, keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. shared the importance of changing how we all live in light of the global climate crisis. But as has been said many times, all global change starts with local action--and there has never been a better time to take steps for real change. Toward that end, Heartland Coalition’s UnitedGREEN division is producing a series of customized Forging a Sustainable Future Solutions events to advance its mission of transforming the San Diego region.

The first FSFS event will be “Living Green at Blue Sky Ranch” on September 29 from 3-6:30 p.m. Exhibits and experts will explain permaculture, wildfire protection, Community Supported Agriculture, grey water, water catchment, organic farming and gardening, and other aspects of this self-sustaining community in Lakeside. The aim is to encourage others to emulate techniques used at Blue Sky Ranch (BSR) and invite people to showcase their innovations on the property. Early bird rates of $20 have been extended; at the door rates are $35/person or $60/couple.

POWER OUTAGE IMPACTS OVER 2,600 IN LAKESIDE AREA

September 15, 2012 (Lakeside)—A power outage that occurred at 5:49 p.m. has left 2,605 customers without power in the Lakeside region.  SDG&E indicates a problem in the overhead electrical system is the suspected cause. 

Portions of the following communities are affected:   Blossom Valley, El Monte, Glenview, San Vicente, Foster, Moreno, Winter Gardens, Lakeside, Bostonia. Power restoration is expected by 7:49 p.m.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUNSET OVER LAKESIDE

September 10, 2012 (Lakeside)--Billy Ortiz snapped this colorful image of the setting sun over Lakeside’s historic downtown district.

To submit a photo of the week, contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

BODY OF MAN DROWNED IN EL CAPITAN RESERVOIR RECOVERED

 

August 30, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Authorities have recovered the body of Milt Eisen, 41, who drowned August 26 in the El Capitan Reservoir. 

Eisen, manager of the El Cajon Kia dealership, reportedly jumped from a boat into El Capitan reservoir to cool off but was unable to make his way back to the boat. Divers searched the 197-foot-deep for multiple days in conjunction with several agencies.

VICTIMS IN FATAL ALPINE CRASH IDENTIFIED

August 21, 2012 (Alpine) – The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has released the names of two men who died of injuries sustained in an accident on I-8 in Alpine on August 16.

Michael Claude Roe, 45, was driving westbound when the pickup veered off the road and hit a tree, then overturned, pinning him inside. He resided in Lakeside with his son. His passenger was Steven Boyd Bossenbroek, 49, who has lived in La Mesa, Patch.com reported.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene without resuscitation due to their serious injuries.

WILDFIRE DOUSED NEAR HOMES IN LAKESIDE

 

Photos and Video by Billy Ortiz

July 12, 2012 (Lakeside) – A brush fire briefly threatened homes at I-8 and Los Coches Road near in Lakeside early this afternoon.  Thanks to a full wildland fire response, the blaze was extinguished in about 20 minutes. 

"As I traveled up Los Coches Road, I spotted flames and smoke near a housing track. I called 911 and they dispatched fire crews.  Within 5 minutes  fire engine crews were on the scene," said ECM photographer Billy Ortiz, who shot this dramatic video as firefighters battled the blaze and concerned residents looked on.

TUMBLEWEED RIDING CLUB TACK SALE JULY 7

June 30, 2012 (Lakeside) – Tumbleweed Riding Club will be having a Used Tack Sale on July 7 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Club, 13315 Willow Road, Lakeside.  The gates will open at 7:30 a.m. for sellers to set up.

The cost is $5 per seller and is free to buyers.  Sellers must bring their own tables, chairs, racks, tarps, etc.

DOWN ON THE FARMS: A VIDEO TOUR OF LOCAL AGRICULTURAL IN LAKESIDE

In honor of Harold Hilliker Farm Day at Lakeside Middle School, videographer Billy Ortiz created a video documentary tour of local agricultural sites

Story, photos and video by Billy Ortiz

June 30, 2012 (Lakeside)-- Lakeside Middle School held  its first annual Harold Hilliker Farm Day on May 30.  It  was a day full of information on agriculture, highlighting several Lakeside farms for the 6th and 7th graders. 

View a special video tour of local farms in Lakeside created for the Lakeside Historical Society by clicking  this link.

In addition, view a presentation at Lakeside Middle School by freelance videographer Billy Ortiz here 

SHERIFF ARRESTS 13 JUVENILES AND 2 ADULTS IN EAST COUNTY

Curfew and social host ordinance sweeps to continue this weekend
 

June 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – During the past two nights, the Santee Sheriff’s station conducted a sweep in Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated areas of El Cajon. Deputies arrested 13 juveniles for violating curfew after 10 p.m. They also looked for social host violations (adults providing alcohol to minors) but no social host arrests were made.

WILDFIRE IN LAKESIDE

 

Update June 10, 2012 6 p.m. - The Horse fire has been stopped at 12 acres, Lakeside Fire Chief Andy Parr told ECM.  Fixed wing aircraft and helicopters were used to battle the blaze under a unified command with Cal-Fire. No homes were lost, Chief Parr confirmed.

WILD WEST CASINO NIGHT AT LAKESIDE RODEO TONIGHT: EVEN BENEFITS SAVING HORSES

June 9, 2012 (Lakeside)-- The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society will hold a Wild West Casino Night fundraiser on June 9 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. Proceeds will benefit Saving Horses Inc., an East San Diego County horse rescue organization.

SAN DIEGO RIVER GUIDED MOTHER’S DAY HIKE MAY 13

May 11, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Lakeside’s River park Conservancy is presenting a free guided Mother’s Day hike on May 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  River Park biologist, Monica Winters, will lead a five mile loop of the San Diego Riverbed in East County.

Winters will point out plants, birds and insects along the way.  All mothers will receive a beautiful native plant to take home.

HOUSE FIRE IN LAKESIDE

May 8, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson squad has been called to the scene of a house fire in the 11000 block of Lakeside Avenue to investigate the cause of the blaze, the Sheriff’s Department has confirmed.

SWAT TEAM IN LAKESIDE; SUSPECT BARRICADED IN HOME NEAR LINDO LAKES

 Update 2:05 p.m. - The suspect is identified as Kenny Lee Walker, 45. 

"Deputies have the place surrounded and under containment. We're still trying to convince him to come out," Detective Tom Poulin told ECM. However the suspect has made threats to harm himself and officers. He says he's going to shoot it out with deputies and then shoot himself," said Poulin, who added that the suspect was wanted for slashing his wife's tires and is believed to be armed with a handgun.  

Update 10:50 a.m.  -- Lindo Lake Elementary and El Capitan High schools are on lockdown as a precaution, ECM news partner 10 News now reports.

May 7, 2012 (Lakeside) 10:40 a.m. – A suspect who wanted on a domestic violence charge has barricaded himself into a residence on Lakeshore Drive in Lakeside.  The suspect is believed to be armed. 

“They’re going to call a SWAT team out,” Detective Tom Poulin with the Sheriff’s substation in Santee told EC, while en route to the situation.  The suspect has been wanted for “a couple of days,” he added.

CREEK TO BAY CLEANUP DAY APRIL 28

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
April 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The City of San Diego passed a resolution today declaring April 28th Creek to Bay cleanup day.  According to Council Member Sherri Leightner (District One) this “will encourage all residents of the City of San Diego to take care of the environment.” 

PADRE DAM BOARD APPROVES NEW MEMORANDUMS OF UNDERSTANDING WITH EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATIONS

 
April 20, 2012 (Santee) -- The Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors approved new Memorandum’s of Understanding (MOU) between the District and the Padre Dam Employees’ Association (PDEA) and the Mid-Management and Confidential Association (MMCA) today. The new MOUs will facilitate a significant change, requiring employees’ to pay a larger portion into the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) among other items that will save ratepayer dollars.

ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP PLANS PROTEST AT LAKESIDE RODEO

 Update: View video of protest: 

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW2udw6iCG8

 

April 20, 2012 (Lakeside)—“Animals suffer both physically and mentally throughout these barbaric, violent, `entertaining’ practices,” the Animal Rights Protection and Rescue League of San Diego has posted on its Facebook page, urging a boycott of the Lakeside Rodeo.  “They are incredibly scared, stressed, and uncomfortable.”

The group plans to stage protests tonight from 5-7:30 p.m. and again tomorrow from 12-2 p.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUNFLOWER

 
March 11, 2012 (Lakeside) – Jan Owens sent in this photo of her “accidental bird food” – a golden-hued sunflower that sprouted from a seed in the front yard of her Lakeside home.

 

LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT’S 14TH ANNUAL RUN FOR THE ARTS MARCH 24

March 10, 2012 (Lakeside)--Join the Lakeside Union School District and the Lakeside PTA Council for the 14th annual Run for the Arts on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Lindo Lake Park. 

Registration begins at 8 a.m.and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the award winning L-E-A-P arts education program in Lakeside District schools that provides artists-in-residence programs, field trips to view artistic performances and arts assemblies.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BOBCAT IN EL MONTE VALLEY

By Billy Ortiz

March 9, 2012 (Lakeside) – Most every day I like to drive down El Monte Rd in Lakeside. It reminds me of how it used to be in the old days with wide open fields, some farming and the best part is all the wildlife in the area--golden eagles, hawks and falcons, wild turkeys, deer and every once in a while a mountain lion or a bobcat.

Today a bobcat just happened to pop up just off the side of the road in time for a photo and some video!  View it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf0InbHxles.

EL CAPITAN BASEBALL RANKED 4TH BEST IN CALIFORNIA BY ESPN

 

Coach Steve Vickery inducted into National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame

By Ryan Schuler

February 28, 2012(Lakeside)--It’s no secret that El Capitan High School is a powerhouse when it comes to baseball in San Diego. Coming off a 2011 season in which the squad was ranked California's No. 18 team by ESPN’s CalHiSports and reached the San Diego Section CIF Division III finals, the Vaqueros are back in the CalHiSports state rankings again, this time in the preseason.

Led by reigning California Coaches Association State Baseball Coach of the Year Steve Vickery and 6-foot-5 senior southpaw Troy Conyers, the Vaqueros enter the season ranked No. 4 in California.

WOMAN RESCUED FROM ROLLOVER CRASH IN LAKESIDE

 

February 17, 2012 (Lakeside) – Firefighters from El Cajon and Lakeside Fire Departments utilized the jaws of life to free an injured motorist in a rollover accident on Aurora Drive.  The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. yesterday.  The female driver was traveling west on Aurora when she failed to slow down at a sharp corner and hit a curb, causing her vehicle to flip over, according to the CHP.

LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE TRAPPED DOG

 

 
February 17, 2012 (Lakeside) – Toby, a Shiba Inu dog belonging to Lakeside resident Tim Ellis and his wife is free, thanks to the efforts of Lakeside firefighters.  While chasing a squirrel, the dog got its head caught between rocks in an artificial waterfall. 

 

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