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MISSING A PET? KITTEN SURVIVES HAWK ATTACK; OWNER SOUGHT

May 5, 2011 (Harbison Canyon) – “A kitten that looks very much like the pic I have attached (our 8 week old kitten) was picked up by a hawk and dropped in the road on Harbison Canyon right down the street from Shadow Hills Elementary,” Kelly Vitek said in a post on the Blossom Valley Network community forum. According to her report, the incident was witnessed by three people, including Vitek’s husband.

 

“He said the kitten was freaked out but was alive and moving,” she added.

INJUNCTION SOUGHT TO STOP POWERLINK: HEARING FRIDAY MAY 6 IN SAN DIEGO


"We are asking supporters to show up and wear green,” – David Hogan, environmental policy consultant for plaintiffs

May 4, 2011 (San Diego)—Opponents of Sunrise Powerlink will have their day in court after all, it appears.

HELIX ENDS DROUGHT-LEVEL RESTRICTIONS; CUSTOMERS ENCOURAGED TO KEEP CONSERVING WATER

 

 

May 4, 2011 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District Board of Directors took action today to rescind Drought Response Level 2 water conditions which were enacted in 2009, thus eliminating mandatory watering restrictions for the District’s residents.

 

“This year’s near record snowpack and abundant local rainfall has allowed us to drop restrictions,” stated General Manager Mark Weston. “In spite of abundant supplies, about 90% of our water is imported from northern California or the Colorado River. Therefore, reducing water demands and enhancing local supplies remains a top priority for the District.”

THREE FINALISTS NAMED FOR SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

 May 4, 2001 (San Diego) --The California State University Board of Trustees today announced three finalists for the presidency of San Diego State University. The finalists and the dates they will visit the campus for all-day meetings with various groups are:


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Elliot Hirshman, provost and senior vice president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will visit on Monday, May 2.


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Steven Leath, vice president for research and sponsored programs, University of North Carolina system, will visit on Tuesday, May 3.


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Paul J. Zingg, president of California State University, Chico, will visit onThursday, May 5.


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JOIN LA MESA FIREFIGHTERS FOR A PANCAKE BREAKFAST

 May 4, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Firefighters Local 4759 invites you to attend a pancake breakfast fundraiser on May 22, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the La Mesa fire station 11 at 8034 Allison Avenue, La Mesa. The tickets are $5.00 each. The breakfast will consist of pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

SHOOTING INCIDENT IN EL CAJON

 

May 4, 2011 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Police officers responded to reports of gunshots at a residence on Lorna Street early Monday morning, just after 3:00 a.m. When they arrived, officers discovered a male victim who had suffered multiple injuries.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: AUTISTIC COLUMNIST PROVIDES UNIQUE INSIGHT ON LIVING WITH THE CONDITION

By Brian Lafferty

 

May 3, 2011 (San Diego) – Today marks the debut of East County Magazine’s newest column. In addition to writing film criticism, I will pen a biweekly column about another subject I’m equally passionate about: Autism. I am qualified to talk about the subject for a good reason: I am Autistic myself.

 

RESTORED IMPALA WINS “BEST OF SHOW” AWARD AT CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES

 By Miriam Raftery

 

May 3, 2011 (El Cajon) – Drum Macomber of El Cajon is revved up over winning the “Best in Show Sycuan Casino Award” at last Wednesday’s Classic Cruise Night in El Cajon.

“I have owned the car for about seven years,” Macomber said of the 1963 Impala Super Sport that he purchased from the original owners with 132,000 miles.

 

LAKESIDE STUDENTS WIN STATEWIDE AWARDS FROM FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA

May 3, 2011 (Lakeside)--Several students from El Capitan High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) traveled to the State FFA conference in Fresno April 15 – 19. Garrett Hurst was selected as the state winner in agriculture mechanics repair and maintenance proficiency and second place in forage production. He is Sentinel for the El Capitan FFA, also serving as a Sagebrush 4H and Junior Fireboard Member.

 

Shelby Meyer was selected the state winner in swine production

proficiency. Shelby Meyer is the President of  El Capitan FFA. Both students' projects and applications will be judged at the national level in July.  Meyer was also awarded a $500 state FFAscholarship.

SIG ALERT ON I-15 FROM SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT

 

May 3, 2011 (San Diego) - A SIG Alert is in effect on I-15 north of Carroll Canyon Road, where a multi-vehicle accident involving a semi-truck and at least three cars occurred this morning.  The truck, which was carrying a load of water, lost its rear axles.  Lanes are closed while awaiting heavy equipment to remove the semi-truck, according to CHP and San Diego SIG Alerts.

BRIDGE JUMPER ON I-8

 

May 3, 2011 (Pine Valley) 12:17 p.m. -- CHP has just received a report of a bridge-jumper at the Pine Valley Bridge on I-8.  It is unclear whether the individual has actually jumped; use caution if you are driving in this area as a freeway closure may occur.

SUMMERTIME FUN FOR KIDS: ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN FOR LA MESA SUMMER CAMPS & CLASSES

 May 2, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Summer class schedules are available now for  camps, enrichment classes, and youth aquatic classes. There’s something for every child and teen’s interests—from “Mad Science” camp to camp programs in fencing, flag football, theatre, and surf camp, to name just a few.  See schedule for class dates and times. For convenience in enrolling, there is a blue Enroll Online link on the Community Services web page.


BIKE HEIST AT NORTHMONT PARK

May 2, 2011 (La Mesa) – Two 13-year-old boys were forcibly robbed of their bicycles last night around 8:30 p.m. at Northmont Park by a man and an older teen. The thieves were last seen with the bicycles heading south on Severin Drive away from the park, according to La Mesa Police. The man was described as a Hispanic male, 20, with dark spiky hair and a tattoo on his right arm, wearing baggy pants. The older teen was described as a black male, 16, with short hair, wearing a purple shirt with a white design and jeans.

RIVERSIDE GANG MEMBERS BUSTED FOR SCHOOL BURGLARIES IN VALLEY CENTER

 

May 2, 2011 (Valley Center) – Two of four suspects in a pair of school burglaries in Valley Center have been arrested. Two other suspects remain at large, including one who has been identified.

 

The suspects are all documented “Dorner Block Crip” street gang members from Moreno Valley in Riverside, according to Sgt. Bob Bishop with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

HEARTLAND FIRE AND RESCUE PRACTICE VEHICLE EXTRICATION

 

 

May 2, 2011 (East County) -- During the week of April 23, 2011, all personnel from Heartland Fire and Rescue serving the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove attended vehicle extrication training. C&D Towing made the training possible by providing twenty vehicles to practice the vehicle extrication and rescue techniques. The training was especially valuable because newer cars continue to change.

 

FIREFIGHTERS STAGE DRILL AT EX-BLOCKBUSTER SITE IN CASA DE ORO

 

 

 

 

May 2, 2011 (East County) -- A multi-company/ multi-agency drill hosted by the San Miguel  Fire District was held yesterday, givingEast County fire agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. The event included agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan, and San Diego Rural  Fire, giving them a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill.

 

 

FIREFIGHTERS STAGE DRILL AT EX-BLOCKBUSTER SITE IN CASA DE ORO

 

 

 

 

May 2, 2011 (East County) -- A multi-company/ multi-agency drill hosted by the San Miguel  Fire District was held yesterday, givingEast County fire agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. The event included agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan, and San Diego Rural  Fire, giving them a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill.

 

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WARNS OF DANGERS FROM USE OF GENERATORS

May 2, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Backcountry residents in San Diego County have repeatedly been advised to purchase generators if they are concerned over power shut-downs proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company during times of high fire danger. But on Friday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a press release in the wake of power outages in southern states hit by tornadoes and heavy storms. The CPSC warns residents of “deadly dangers associated with using portable generators.”

 

Those dangers include death from carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as risks of electrocution and fire hazards.

LOCAL LEADERS REACT TO NEWS OF BIN LADEN DEATH


State Dept. warns of possible retaliation for U.S. operation against terrorist leader

 By Miriam Raftery

 

May 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Local leaders reacted with shock, joy, and relief to last night’s news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces.
 

“It gives us certainly some hope,” Abdi Mohamoud, executive director of the Horn of Africa center in San Diego, told East County Magazine. Mohamoud, whose center serves African refugees and asylees including many Muslims from war-torn Somalia, added that “Al Shabaab, an affiliate of Al Qaeda which is burning down the whole country of Somalia, is a byproduct of this man, so it is a pain that is constantly with the refugees.”

LIVE ACTION DRAMA AT EX-BLOCKBUSTER SITE: FIREFIGHTERS HOLD DRILL

May 2, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- On Sunday May 1, 2011, a training event gave East County agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. In addition the Multi Agency Drill provides fire agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan and San Diego Rural a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill. The San Miguel Fire District hosted the Multi Company/Multi-Agency Drill. The training took place at the former Blockbuster Video on Campo Road and Conrad Drive, Casa De Oro.

 

All personnel from Heartland Fire & Rescue Department, serving the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove, participated in vehicle extrication training. The special training was made possible by C&D Towing, which provided 20 vehicles for emergency personnel to practice vehicle extrication & rescue techniques. 

 

TEEN SHOT, KILLED IN LA MESA

May 2, 2011 (LaMesa/San Diego) -- On April 30 at 2:21 a.m.,  La Mesa Police officers responded to a call of a deceased shooting victim at the Kaiser Hospital at 4647 Zion Avenue, San Diego. The man had been shot while in a vehicle near the 6900 block of Alvarado Road, La Mesa. Friends drove him to the hospital, according to police.

 

San Diego and La Mesa Police officers searched the area and discovered shell casings in the rear lot of the Marie Callendar’s Restaurant located at 6950 Alvarado Road, La Mesa, near the border with San Diego. The restaurant was closed at the time.

 

LIVE ACTION DRAMA AT EX-BLOCKBUSTER SITE: FIREFIGHTERS HOLD DRILL

 

 

May 2, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Yesterday a training event gave East County fire agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. In addition the Multi Agency Drill provides fire agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan and San Diego Rural a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill. The San Miguel Fire District hosted the Multi Company/Multi-Agency Drill. The training took place at the former Blockbuster Video on Campo Road and Conrad Drive, Casa De Oro.

LIVE ACTION DRAMA AT EX-BLOCKBUSTER SITE: FIREFIGHTERS HOLD DRILL

 May2, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- On Sunday May 1, 2011, a training event gave East County agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. In addition the Multi Agency Drill provides fire agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan and San Diego Rural a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill. The San Miguel Fire District hosted the Multi Company/Multi-Agency Drill. The training took place at the former Blockbuster Video on Campo Road and Conrad Drive, Casa De Oro.

 

All personnel from Heartland Fire & Rescue Department, serving the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove, participated in vehicle extrication training. The special training was made possible by C&D Towing, which provided 20 vehicles for emergency personnel to practice vehicle extrication & rescue techniques. 

 

LIVE ACTION DRAMA AT EX-BLOCKBUSTER SITE: FIREFIGHTERS HOLD DRILL

 May2, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- On Sunday May 1, 2011, a training event gave East County agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. In addition the Multi Agency Drill provides fire agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan and San Diego Rural a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill. The San Miguel Fire District hosted the Multi Company/Multi-Agency Drill. The training took place at the former Blockbuster Video on Campo Road and Conrad Drive, Casa De Oro.

 

All personnel from Heartland Fire & Rescue Department, serving the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove, participated in vehicle extrication training. The special training was made possible by C&D Towing, which provided 20 vehicles for emergency personnel to practice vehicle extrication & rescue techniques. 

 

POSSIBLE BOMB AT CORONADO BRIDGE: BOMB-ARSON SQUAD CALLED OUT

 

Update:  The freeway is reopened. The device found was a pipe sealed at both ends containing inert military ordnance, NBC news reports. It is unknown how the object wound up in this location.

May 2, 2011 (San Diego) 9:30 a.m. - A possible pipe bomb has forced closure of I-5 southbound at the Coronado Bridge, Incident Page Network reports.  San Diego Police, San Diego Fire Department and the Bomb/Arson squad has been summoned.  A SIG Alert has been issued and all traffic is being diverted, San Diego SIG alerts confirms.

 

LIBRARY SHOW AND TELL STORY WITH SLIDES

 

 

April 26, 2011 (Alpine) -- On Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm, Linda Loegel, former owner of Fred's Old Fashioned Burgers (Mrs. Fred), will present a show and tell evening featuring her new book, Bumps Along the Way.

LEMON GROVE MOVES CLOSER TO SHUT-DOWN OF PARKS & RECREATION DEPT.

April 8, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – By a 4-1 vote, the Lemon Grove City Council ordered staff to come up with a plan to shut down its Parks & Recreation Department, outsource programs for children and adults to the YMCA, but find a means to keep other functions of the department.

 

Those functions include leasing recreation buildings to community groups and operating city events, such as the holiday bonfire and concerts in the park. Staff will present its report to Council on May 3rd.

MOOSE NO LONGER ON THE LOOSE: STOLEN RAMONA STATUE RECOVERED

 

April 4, 2011 (Ramona) -- A stolen bronze moose statue from Ramona was recovered in a vacant field on March 30, about a mile from the 2800 block of Willow Oak Drive where it was stolen sometime between February 15 and 23. The area is located at the intersection of Dye Road and Southern Oak Road and is frequently used by people who ride and train horses.

 

A watchful citizen made the discovery and contacted the Sheriff’s Department after reading  media articles about the theft of several statues in our region.

HOG WILD: COUNTY HOLDS 1ST ANNUAL WILD PIG ROUNDUP & RODEO

 

By Buck N. Hamm
 

April 1, 2011 (Lakeside) – San Diego County officials today hosted a special event aimed at culling herds of wild pigs that are rampaging through the backcountry, destroying native habitat.

 

“Modeled after the Bureau of Land Management’s popular program for reducing surplus wild mustangs on public lands, our County has teamed up with Cleveland National Forest and local Harley Davidson clubs to sponsor the first annual Hog Wild pig roundup and run,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob announced, cutting a ribbon as a herd of stampeding pigs raced through the streets of Lakeside.

SAN DIEGO RIVER DAYS FILLED WITH EVENTS FOR EVERYONE

 

January 19, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego River Park Foundation announces a series of events to raise funds for establishing trails, parks, gardens and visitor centers along the 52-mile-long San DIego River.  The events include San Diego Days, San Diego RiverFest, and a Healthy River Run.

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