Update: View video of protest:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 15, 2012 (Lakeside) –A manhunt is on for a hit-and-run driver following a collision at 7:56 p.m. at Highway 67 and Riverford Road involving a white car and a Toyota pickup. According to the CHP website, the suspect fled on foot and a search is on in the vicinity of Woodside Avenue.
February 11, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Dennis Richardson froze the motion of a hummingbird pausing by for a snack at a backyard birdfeeder in Lakeside.
February 7, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has asked the County to authorize Sunday work on the Sunrise Powerlink project between February 19 and May 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in or near the following locations: Lakeside’s San Vicente and el Capitan Reservoir, Jacumba, and Cleveland National Forest. Those operations will include planned power outages in the impacted areas.
What could be more romantic than a vineyard trail ride, jeep journey, or sky sailing adventure for two? Perhaps an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast on an exotic wildlife sanctuary, a picnic and boat ride across a secluded lake, a carriage ride at a chocolate festival, or savoring gourmet goodies at a local winery!
Update January 31, 2012 - The Medical Examiner has identified the victim as Gordon Woodard, 41, of Santee.
January 30, 2012 (El Cajon) – A pilot attempting to start up a stalled plane at Gillespie Field Airport has died after being struck by the propeller and suffering a severe head injury. The pilot has not been identified by authorities yet pending notification of relatives. However the single-engine 1974 Piper was registered to a Lakeside resident.
Update January 24: The victim has been identified as Amanda Jean Blessum, according to the Medical Examiner's office.
January 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)Update 5:30 p.m.--A 19-year old Ramona woman driving a silver Kia Spectra was killed in a collision with a Propane truck at 2:10 p.m. on San Vicente Road, jsut east of Wildcat Canyon Road near the Lakeside/Ramona boundary.
"Due to her unsafe speed for conditions (wet roadway), she failed to maintain control of her vehicle," said Officer Brian Pennings with the California Highway Patrol. "She crossed over the solid double yellow line directly into the path of a 2010 International Propane truck."
January 20, 2012 (January 20, 2012 ) Lakeside –A memorial service will be held January 27 for Ryan Carter, the 12-year-old Lakeside boy stabbed to death by a playmate, age 10.
The defendant has been charged with murder and felony assault, but because of his young age his case will be handled in the juvenile justice system, where he could face detention until age 25.
January 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Due to guardrail repairs, the connector ramp from northbound State Route 67 to westbound Interstate 8 will be closed Saturday morning. The closure will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans).
Lakeside Winner Achieves Nearly 50 Percent Energy Savings
January 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)– An energy efficiency program piloted by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) succeeded in more than doubling energy savings among participating residential customers during a three-month period. Erica Faunce of Lakeside, Calif., was declared the Biggest Energy SaverSM contest winner in San Diego after achieving a 46.5 percent energy savings, equal to 1,356 kilowatt hours for her family of three, and won a new laptop computer.
January10, 2012 (Lakeside) - ECM photographer Dennis Richardson snapped this photo of the unusually bright full moon this weekend at his home in Lakeside.
“I took it from my back yard using a 100 X 400 mm Canon lens set on 400 mm,” he said.
Update 8:35 p.m.: The fire is now knocked down and residents are cleared to return to their residences.
January 7, 2012 (Lakeside)--Firefighters are on the scene of a garage fire at 12097 Gay Rio Drive in Lakeside. "The fire is putting up a lot of smoke and they're getting people out of the houses nearby," ECM photographer Dennis Richardson told ECM.
One person is reportedly suffering smoke inhalation and will be transported to a local hospital.
December 28, 2011 (Lakeside) – A motorcyclist down in the 11400 block of Wildcat Canyon Road has prompted shutdown of the highway. The accident was reported at 3:27 p.m. Traffic is blocked south of Barona, CHP reports.
December 25, 2011 (Ramona)—Nelson Edward “Mac” MacWilliams, 54, has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s office as the driver who died December 20 in a rollover accident on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. RamonaPatch.com reports that MacWilliams worked in Congressman Duncan Hunter’s El Cajon office, handling military and veterans’ issues.
“He will be missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Rep. Hunter said, Patch.com reported. MacWilliams, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, resided in Ramona.
Story and photo by Pam Wilmers
View a video by Billy Ortiz: http://youtu.be/RGCBdTSChHw
December 11, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Stranded at 3200 feet on the face of El Cajon Mountain (El Capitan) at near freezing temperatures Saturday, two young college students survived the night. Early Sunday morning their cries for help were heard down in the El Monte Valley.
By Billy Ortiz
December 7, 2011 (Lakeside) – On Saturday, December 10 AmeriCorps invites youths from our communities to join them in creating habitat at the Lakeside River Park Conservancy--and learn about the work AmeriCorps NCCC is doing. Enjoy food and refreshments, the River Park Trail, and the beautiful observation deck overlooking the worksite. View a video interview with Americorps leaders at Lakeside River Park: http://youtu.be/XTK7T7_Yt3Y
SDG&E SHIFTS HELICOPTER FLIGHTS AS EAGLE NESTING SEASON BEGINS; UTILITY SEEKS VARIANCE FROM STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATORS
Lakeside residents mourn loss of pristine views as towers dominate face of mountain listed as county scenic view corridor.
By Billy Ortiz and Miriam Raftery
December 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – December 1st marked the start of breeding season for Golden Eagles in San Diego’s East County. For SDG&E, that means the Sempra-owned utility company must provide a 4,000 foot no-fly buffer zone around Golden Eagle nesting sites.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that SDG&E has applied to federal and state regulators for a variance to extend flights by several days around eagle nests. But as of yesterday, flights near nesting sites remained halted or rerouted.
December 2, 2011 (Lakeside) – Join Santa and the community of Lakeside for the town’s 13th annual Spirit of Christmas celebration on Saturday from 4-9 p.m., with a tree-lighting at 5 p.m.
Presented by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce with sponsorships from Barona Resort & Casino and Bay City Electric Works, the event includes a train ride down Maine Avenue, visits with Santa, musical performances by local schools, games, a “jumpy joy”, and a special mailbox where kids can bring letters bound for Santa’s North Pole home.
November 23, 2011 (Lakeside) – A three hour stand-off with a SWAT team has ended with the suicide of a 75-year-old Lakeside man. The man, a hospice patient, reportedly had leukemia and had been told he had only days to live, a neighbor told 10 news.
November 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Esaw O'Guin, Jr., 27, has died of injuries sustained in a crash that occurred November 17 on southbound Highway 67 near Slaughterhouse Canyon Road in Lakeside. O'Guin, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a Toyota Camry when for unknown reasons, he crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle.
By Miriam Raftery
November 15, 2011 (Lakeside) – After Scott and Abby Anders lost their home during the 2003 Cedar Fire, they resolved to rebuild. From the ashes, they have created a home that takes maximum advantage of the terrain and climate. In addition, solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems have made the house a net-zero electricity home—producing more power than it consumes.
The fruits of their labors were on display November 5 during the Lakeside River Park Foundation's Sustainable Homes Tour.
November 17, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – All lanes are blocked due to an accident on Highway 67 at Slaughterhouse Canyon. Mercy Air is attempting to land and a rescue is in progress for multiple patients in a crash involved a PT Cruiser, a Toyota, and a third vehicle.
One patient was initially unresponsive but is now reported to be breathing as of 1:40 p.m., CHP website states. A SIG Alert has been issued.
November 16, 2011 (El Cajon) – Kaitlin Ortmeier, 16, a Junior at Granite Hills High School, was promoted to NSCC Cadet Chief Petty Officer at a ceremony at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado on November 13. The rank of the Chief Petty Officer or CPO is the highest rank a cadet can earn, and the equivalent of Scouting’s “Eagle” rank.