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FRONTIER COMES ALIVE AT MANZINITA HIGH MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS APRIL 28-MAY 8

April 22, 2011 (Santa Ysabel) –Visit a pre-1840 North American fun trade encampment and see history come alive at the Manzinita High Mountain Rendezvous. The event also showcases frontier skills such as fire starting, tomahawk, and shooting with rifle, pistol, shotgun, smoothbore and primitive bow.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS HEADLINES

 

 

 

April 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.

 

Top global and national news stories include:

 
U.S. News

  • As gas prices soar, task force to explore energy fraud (Washington Post)
  • U.S. deploys armed drones over Libya (BBC)
  • DOW ends week at 3-year high (CNN)
  • iPhone tracking shocked pair who made discovery (CBS)
  • States to businesses: Give our cash back (Wall Street Journal)
  • America’s 10 most overpaid CEOs (Mother Jones)
  • Gov. Scott Walker reportedly planning martial law in Wisconsin (Forbes)
  • Debunking the birther claim (CNN)
  • Report finds criminals able to offer in-home care for elderly 

World News

  • Iraq troop talks falter (Wall Street Journal)
  • Earth Day organizers call for “a billion acts of green” (Reuters)
  • Ozone hole has dried Australia, scientists find (CNN)
  • Turkey in talks on Taliban office in Istanbul (Reuters)
  • Arctic ozone levels in never-before seen plunge (BBC)

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: APRIL 21, 2011

 

 

 

 

April 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County residents, published in other media.

Latest Roundup headlines include:

• CHP identifies man arrested in SR-163 shootings (10 News)
• SDG&E buying power from Mexican wind farm (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Grocery store workers vote to authorize strike (10 News)
• San Diego to carve out a ninth council district (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Outflanking Park Station? American balks at sharing land for 18-story downtown highrise (La Mesa Patch)
• Kitzman vs. Kitzman: Court fight over family trust ends in settlement (La Mesa Patch)
• SDG&E: Pipelines safe despite missing records (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Potent new rat poisons killing California wildlife (Sacramento Bee)
• The arts make a difference (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Grossmont trustee apologizes for `cannibalizing our district’ (La Mesa Patch)
• SD libraries, rec centers could see budgets slashed (KPBS)
• Documents detail relationship of officer accused of stalking (10 News)
• SDPD fires officer accused in sexual battery case (10 News)

PASSAGES: EAST COUNTY PASTOR DIES OF BEE STING


April 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – Michael Hendricks , 26, died Tuesday from a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting. He had been hospitalized and was in a coma after being stung a week earlier in Alpine. A pastor at East Valley Christian Fellowship, Hendricks is remembered by parishioners for his leadership in teen and youth programs.

THE BOTTOM LINE: EL CAJON COMPANY HAPPY HEINYS TO HELP SET EARTH-FRIENDLY WORLD RECORD FOR CLOTH DIAPERS APRIL 23

 

April 21, 2011 (El Cajon)—On Earth Day, MLB Industries Inc, the San Diego-based manufacturer of Happy Heinys reusable diapers, will host one of over 400 sites at 32 countries worldwide where cloth diaper enthusiasts will gather and seek to add cloth diapers to the Guinness Book of World Records. The company aims to help set a world record for most disposable diapers changed out for cloth at its Happy Heinys manufacturing facility, along with its natural parenting store, Baby Frenzy, on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30- 9:15a.m. at 1529 N Cuyamaca St in El Cajon.

 

Every five minute,3,000 throwaway diapers will be sent to San Diego landfills.

ELCAJON'S GET ENGINEERING WINS SUPPLIER EXCELLENCE AWARD

 

 

April 21, 2011 (El Cajon)– GET Engineering Corporation, an El Cajon firm, was recognized for its quality and performance by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. GET received a Supplier Excellence Award at a recognition ceremony held at the Wyndham hotel in Andover, Massachusetts on April 13, 2011.

HAS YOUR PROPERTY VALUE DROPPED? LAST DAY TO ASK FOR ASSESSMENT REVIEW APRIL 29

April 21, 2011 (San Diego)--The property values in San Diego County have been dropping in market value over the last couple of years. Consequently, some property owners are submitting a request for review of their assessed value with the County Assessor’s Office. Ernie Dronenburg, the San Diego County Assessor, reminds property owners that the deadline to request a review of their assessed value is April 29, 2011.

 

This year for the first time, the application for an Assessment Review may be submitted online at www.sdarcc.com.

CREMATORIUM MAY FACE SHUT-DOWN FOLLOWING POLLUTION COMPLAINTS: HEARING APRIL 28

Public comments will be heard at hearing; action comes after years of citizen complaints and recent media spotlight on polluter


By Miriam Raftery
 

April 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – East County Magazine photographer Dennis Richard, disgusted by the sight of smoke belching from the Neptune Society crematorium at 13065 Old Highway 80 in El Cajon, sent a photo to media outlets that started a firestorm of controversy.

 

“You can see from my picture; the smoke of ...human bodies blowing out of the smoke stack and drifting over Jack in the Box and the nearby neighborhoods,” he wrote.

MANHUNT FAILS TO NAB WELLS FARGO ROBBER IN EL CAJON

 

April 20, 2011 (El Cajon ) – A man reportedly wearing a blond wig held up the Wells Fargo Bank inside a Vons supermarket at 13439 Camino Canada in El Cajon at 5:01 p.m. San Diego Sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter and found evidence from the robbery. A intensive search in the vicinity of I-8 and Los Coches Road ensued, including a helicopter and K-9 search dog team.

 

East County Magazine videographer Billy Ortiz was at the scene and provided this dramatic video footage of the search. Authorities were unable to locate the suspect in an area with heavy brush, and he remains at large.

HISTORIC ART AND STITCHERY ON SALE AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

 

April 20, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is holding anl art sale featuring original works by well known artist Guadalupe Apodaca, whose popular works feature Native Americans and the West. He has galleries in Scottsdale and Santa Fe.

The Museum is also holding a sale featuring Pan Dao, the stitchery of the Lao Hmong. During the Vietnam War, the Lao Hmong allied with United States forces. Their service was vital in leading downed airmen back to friendly territory. Without a written language, their stitchery was the art form that recorded their beliefs and their history.

KID ROCK & SHERYL CROW TO PERFORM AUG. 2: TICKETS NOW ON SALE

 

April 20, 2011 (San Diego) Kid Rock has announced the second leg of his "BORN FREE" tour that comes in support of his most recent release, "BORN FREE." The second leg of the tour, featuring Sheryl Crow, will kick off July 2nd in Cincinnati and cross the country hitting amphitheaters over the span of 30 shows.

 

Ticket sales began this week for their San Diego appearanceAugust 2nd at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre.

TRASH TO TREASURES: MUSEUM ROADSHOW YIELDS VALUABLE FINDS


Event at Heritage of the Americas Museum attracts a full house

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

April  20, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – The woman seated next to me at Saturday's Museum Roadshow tucked a hidden object in a shopping bag and confided, “I got this at a flea market.”

 

Her find? An authentic Chinese urn dating back to 1368-1644 AD.  “Ming Dynasty, worth about $1,200,” declared Craig Helm, certified appraiser.

MAN SHOT BY EL CAJON POLICE AT JOHNSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LAST NIGHT

April 20, 2011 (El Cajon) – A bullet fired by an El Cajon Police offer at a fleeing subject late last night passed through the man's wrist and lodged him his chest. 

 

Officers had responded to a call of several people on campus drinking and causing a disturbance at Johnson Elementary School at 500 East Madison Street around 11 p.m.  Two suspects fled and the officers were separated as they chased the suspects.

SAN DIEGO’S “CRAIGSLIST KILLER” OF SDSU STUDENT STIRS OUTRAGE OVER EARLY RELEASE REQUEST

 

Family wants case reopened; believes daughter may have been sold to human traffickers

 
Case raises concerns over safety of advertising on Craigslist
 By Miriam Raftery
 
April 19, 2011 (San Diego) – John Steven Burgess confessed to drugging and killing San Diego State University freshman Donna Jou after meeting her on Craigslist, where she advertised tutoring services. Burgess, 38,  a convicted sex offender, claimed he accidentally overdosed Jou and panicked, then dumped  her body in the ocean. She was never found. 
 
Burgess was sentenced to just five years in prison, convicted of involuntary manslaughter. He sought early release for good behavior after serving just two years. After protests by the family,  California Deparment of Corrections last week announced  it would release Burgess from state custody, though he will serve another year in Los Angeles County Jail. The news sparked outrage due to his dark history of sexual predation and violence--even before he met Jou. 

RATE HIKE STUDY TO BE CONSIDERED AT HELIX WATER DISTRICT MEETING WEDNESDAY

 

Retirement benefit cost-sharing for employees also on the table

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

April 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – Metropolitan Water District declared the drought over after heavy winter rains. But Helix Water District' general manager Mark Weston, in a report to the Board, recommends that staff prepare a Water Rate Study which could lead to rate increases in the fall.

DOG BEDS, BLANKETS NEEDED AT EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER

 

 

April 19, 2011 (El Cajon ) – Do you have blankets or a dog bed that you don’t need? The El Cajon Animal Shelter seeks donations or new or used dog beds and blankets for dogs that are currently housed in outdoor kennels with concrete floors. Cushioning will help make them more comfortable.
 

WHAT A RIDE! CROWD TURNS OUT FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM IN CAMPO


Guests savored fare served up by Chefs de Cuisine & S.D. County Vintners Associations;
Tough-to-build line was once called the “impossible railroad”


April 18, 2011 (Campo) – More than 400 fans of fine foods, winetasting and vintage trains turned out on April 2nd at the“Chef’s Fire Up the Iron Horse” celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. Guests learned the colorful lore of San Diego's own railway line, rode the rails--and savored some memorable wining and dining.
 

Chefs de Cuisuine carved up up a whole roast pig as well as other mouth-watering dishes served up at seafood, barbecue and dessert stations. Owners of local wineries poured a generous array of samples at the San Diego County Vintners Association table. Other sponsors included Ballast Point Brewery, Café Calabria, and Viejas.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: 2 NEW SITES LET YOU LOOK UP GIFTS TO OFFICIALS -- AND CHECK FOR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

 

April 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Who’s giving money to your elected officials? Are there conflicts of interest?

 

Now you can find out easily thanks to two new websites just launched.

DEA SPONSORS 2ND NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK DAY APRIL 30

 

Turn in Unused, Expired or Unwanted Medications

 

 

April 18, 2011 (San Diego) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold the 2nd annual National Prescription Take Back on April 30, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 34 sites in San Diego and Imperial Counties. DEA and its law enforcement and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

DUI STAKEOUT LEADS TO ARREST IN LA MESA

 

April 18, 2011 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Police Department in conjunction with the San Diego County Probation Department conducted a Probation Stakeout Operation today.  This operation resulted in one arrest for a woman violating terms of her DUI (driving under the influence) probation.

 

The Probation Department identified 16 subjects, all on Court Ordered Probation and living in La Mesa. They are considered the “worst of the worst” of the DUI offenders. One of their probation conditions is “no alcohol” what so ever, at any time.

WANTED: EAST COUNTY VETERAN TO HONOR IN SACRAMENTO


 

April 18, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) needs help finding a veteran in his district to honor. The 77th Assembly District is looking for a veteran to honor who is a veteran of Iraq/Afghanistan/Desert Storm and has contributed significantly to the community. (View map of 77th district.)

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: EAST IN EDEN

 

 

April 18, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- While beach denizens are contending with coastal fog, the sun is shining out here in East County--where it's just another day in paradise this time of year.  

 

We hope you'll enjoy our local photographers' images of springtime in East County!

AMERICA’S FINEST BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL ON TAP JULY 22-24

April 18, 2011 (San Diego) – The Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber is brewing up a big event – presenting America’s Finest Beer Festival. The festival will feature more than 120 California breweries as well as live music and food. The festival is on tap for July 22-24 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

For full details, including sponsorship opportunities, visit www.americasfinestbeerfestival.com or e-mail chamber@rsdjchamber.com.  Scroll down for more info.

JOHNSON GETS PUSH FROM EARNHARDT TO WIN AARON'S 499

 

April 18, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -Teamwork is often a forgotten concept in a sport like stock car racing, where individual accomplishment gains the most attention. Jimmie Johnson didn't forget the concept at the Aaron's 499 race at Talladega Speedway Sunday, April 17. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., gave him a push at the finish, giving Johnson his first win of the season and 54th of his career. 

 

EAST OF THE LINE: IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM, DENIGRATE ‘EM

 

Planners seek ouster of wind farm's project manager 

 

A column written for East County Magazine

 

By Billie Jo Jannen

April 16, 2011 (Boulevard)--The manager of Enel Green Power Jewel Valley made the claim that the Boulevard Planning Group scares her--and that she’s not going back without law enforcement protection.

3 MOTORCYCLES IN ACCIDENT AT JULIAN; 1 INJURED

 

April 17, 2011 (Julian) – A motorcycle accident prompted a SIG Alert briefly today near Julian, Incident Page Network reports. The accident occurred on Highway 79 in front of Jeremy’s on the Hill around 11:15 a.m.

HIGHWAY 94 SHUT DOWN AT HONEY SPRINGS ROAD

 

 

Update 2:30 p.m.:  SDG&E reports power is out to under 100 homes in this area.

 

April 17, 2011 (Jamul) – A vehicle that struck a power pole and caught fire has resulted in shut-down of Highway 94 in both directions at Honey Springs Road in Jamul. According to the CHP, there are live wires down across the roadway and SDG&E is en route, as of 1:47 p.m.

TRASH TRUCK OVERTURNED IN LAKESIDE; HAZMAT TEAM EN ROUTE

April 18, 2011 (Lakeside) – An EDCO trash truck has overturned at 11206 Valle Vista Road in Lakeside. The accident was reported at 11:45 a.m. The truck is now leaking large amounts of diesel fuel from saddle tanks, Incident Page Network reports. According to the CHP, a Hazmat team has been dispatched and is en route to the scene.

FATHER WHO KIDNAPPED SON ARRESTED IN EL CAJON

April 17, 2011 (El Cajon) – Following a manhunt during the night for a man who abducted his 9-year-old son at gunpoint from a couple babysitting the child at 1800 East Lexington, El Cajon Police arrested Anthony Cortez, 28 early this morning. Cortez returned the child unharmed to the mother and police took him into custody at her home.

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON? INSIDE REPORT OF THE JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE FROM ECM EX-INTERN IN TOKYO

 

By Higuchi Takayuki

 

April 16, 2011 (Tokyo)—After living in San Diego for three years, while I attended grad school at SDSU and worked as an intern for East County Magazine, I returned home to Tokyo and now live about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from where the powerful 9.0 earthquake struck. My friend, a student in Sendai, witnessed the devastation first-hand near the epicenter of the quake, then experienced a harrowing survival following the tsunami.

 

Each person has his or her own story in life. Yet, often we are too busy to share it. Strangely, a tragedy like this gives us the opportunity to show we are each a piece of a moment in time. So, I would like to share our stories.

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