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KID VENTURES INDOOR PLAY VILLAGE HOSTS FREE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AUGUST 12 IN OTAY

August 10, 2011 (Otay)-- Kid Ventures, a family-owned business in EastLake, is gearing up to celebrate its first year of success on August 12 from 5 to 8p.m. The celebration theme is Jungle Safari, in the spirit of unveiling a new outdoor jungle-themed play area.

 

The night will provide adventures indoors and out for the whole family, featuring creative and physical activities plus dancing, music and a Zumba performances. Food, drinks and desserts will be served, and the celebration will conclude with a KV birthday piñata.

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED AFTER HITTING SEMI TRUCK IN ALPINE

August 10, 2011 (Alpine) – Robert Eugene Shy, 41, of Alpine, was driving his motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 8 west of Tavern Road August 9th at 9:18 p.m. when for unknown reasons he collided with the rear of a semi-truck.

TIPS FOR COMMUNICATION IN AN EMERGENCY

 

August 9, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--To ensure that your telephone call gets through to family, friends and loved-ones during an emergency or disaster, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offers these helpful tips. 

  

It is important for consumers to keep in mind that during an emergency, many more people are trying to use their wireless and wireline telephones at the same time when compared to normal calling activity. When more people try to call at the same time, the increased calling volume may create network congestion.
 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: DARK OF THE SUN

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 9, 2011 (San Diego) – Dark of the Sun (1968) was one of the first films to cash in on The Dirty Dozen’s success. Both films are set in war-torn countries, both are about do-or-die missions, and both feature football great Jim Brown (his second film after his retirement). The similarities end there. Judging it on its own terms, Dark of the Sun is uneven but when it’s good it makes you wish the rest of the movie were just as brutal and action-packed. When it drags, it really suffers.

 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: OH BABY! BOBCAT KITTENS IN JAMUL

 

August 9, 2011 (Jamul) – What could be cuter than a bouncing baby bobcat? How about an entire bobcat family?

 

“He’s sleeping in the big ash tree right in front of our house—he’s been there for hours!” writes Jan Maxted, whose husband, Don snapped these photos outside their rural Jamul home. “No sign of his mom, but she must have told him to keep out of trouble. The scrub jays were harassing him for awhile, but he didn’t seem overly concerned about them.”

SHOOTING VICTIM FIGHTS FOR LIFE AFTER ROBBERY IN LEMON GROVE

Witness punctures tire, enabling authorities to arrest fleeing suspects

 

 

August 8, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Updated August 9, 2011:  A “hot prowl” burglary reported last night at 10:16 p.m. resulted in a shooting that has left the victim hospitalized in critical condition.

 

"He was shot in the chest," Detective Brennan Lane at the Lemon Grove substation told East County Magazine. The victim, who is in his 20s, is a resident at the home.

 

A father and son, Gregory Alan Jewell and Joshua Alan Wineski of Santee, have been taken into custody as suspects in the shooting in the 18000 block of Bakersfield Street in Lemon Grove.

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: TIME TO TRIM TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR LA MESA OFFICIALS

By Scott Kidwell, La Mesa


August 8, 2011 (La Mesa)--Anyone who has ever been to a convention for business purposes, and I have, will likely agree that they can be loaded with seminar after seminar of presentations that will bore you to sleep faster than a handful of tranquilizers. While there can be worthwhile educational purposes I have always suspected, given that the seminar attendance rarely actually totals the overall numbers at the event, attendees go and get a vacation under the banner of legitimate business expense.

 

If it is your company then that is your business to make that decision. However, when public funds are involved should there not be a little more scrutiny?

WORLD ECONOMIC EXPERTS, GLOBAL MEDIA FLAME U.S.TEA PARTY OVER DEBT DEBACLE


“It’s difficult to escape the conclusion that America’s credit rating was intentionally sabotaged by Congressional Republicans.” – Daniel Gross, economics editor, Yahoo! Finance

 

By Shannon Michael

August 8, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—Around the world, financial publications and major newspapers are reacting to the debt ceiling deal reached by Congress last week—and to the subsequent announcement by Standard & Poors that it has reduced the U.S. credit rating. Stinging criticisms of U.S. policies are making headlines around the world, with even normally conservative business editors taking harshest aim at the tactics of Tea Party members in Congress.

 

“It’s official, the whole world thinks Republicans are dangerous maniacs,” screamed a headline in Business Insider. Similarly, The Economist in London accused Republicans of “trying to point a pistol at the American economy” and called the problem “entirely of the Republicans’ own making.”

FIRE AT HAY BARN ALSO DAMAGED TWO HOMES IN RAMONA

August 8, 2011 (Ramona)—A fire that began at a hay storage area behind Kahoots Feed Store in the 900 block of Main Street in Ramona spread to two neighboring homes in the pre-dawn hours this morning.

SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION MOURNS LOSS OF JEREMY HENWOOD, KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY

 

Donations to a trust fund for fallen officer’s family can be made through SDPOA Charity Fund

 

Aug. 8, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA) has issued a statement of condolences over the loss of Officer Jeremy Henwood, who was shot in the line of duty August 6 and passed away early yesterday. He is the second San Diego Police Department officer killed in the line of duty in less than a year.

 

“We are saddened by this senseless and cowardly act that has taken away a true hero,” said Brian R. Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association.

NEW WEBSITE AIMS TO BOOST BACKCOUNTRY TOURISM

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

 

August 8, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – “What are You Waiting For? Birds are chirping, hiking trails beckon, a whiff of white sage drifts on the breeze. Night skies are so black the stars look 3D,” reads a new website launched by the Boulevard-Jacumba Revitalization Alliance at www.gosandiegobackcountry.org.

 

The nonprofit 501c3 was created to raise money for implementation of projects approved by the committee. The group also has a Facebook page as well as the still-under-construction website, which already lists many attractions of Boulevard and Jacumba, two high desert communities straddling historic highways 80 and 94.

WILL POWER REPORT: S&P'S $2 TRILLION TAX ERROR?


Nothing but the truth!

 

By Will Power

 

August 8, 2011 (San Diego)--The downgrading of the U.S. credit rating by Standard and Poor was thrown into limbo when a $2 trillion dollar math error was found in their calculations. I wish my bank would make the at kind of mistake on my bank account!

 

Thankfully, other credit-rating agencies have not followed Standard and Poor's bad math. Moody's, another credit agency, still lists U.S. securities as AAA.  How could Standard and Poor make such bad mathematical errors? Here's a clue.

BURNED: FIRE DISTRICT REVOKES APPROVAL FOR SDG&E ECO-SUBSTATION


Update August 8: In a meeting between SDG&E and Rural Fire Protection District representatives on Thursday, SDG&e indicated it wants a single set of rules such as for vegetation clearance and sought to be exempted from overhead water sprinklers over electrical equipment. The RFPD suggested an inert gas fire fighting agent. “In the end, what we believe will happen is that SDG&E will comply, although there will be modifications,” said member Lou Russo.

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Rural Fire Protection District has sent a letter to SDG&E revoking the District’s approval of SDG&E’s Construction Fire Protection Plan for its Eco Substation project.

 

In a letter dated July 25, Fire Chief David Nissen accuses the utility company of failing to comply with fire mitigation measures. Further, he states that SDG&E apparently has no intention of complying--and instead the utility has asked the California Public Utilities Commission to let SDG&E off the hook for mitigation requirements.

DEHESA VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL WITHDRAWS CHALLENGE TO SYCUAN LIQUOR LICENSE

 

August 8, 2011 (Dehesa)--In August 2008, nearly 400 Dehesa Valley residents filed protests with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) opposing Sycuan Casino's application for a liquor license. Over the past three years, community members have monitored traffic, crime and the overall impact of 400,000 casino patrons per month.

 

Now, like most neighbors, Sycuan and Dehesa Valley residents have put differences aside and found common ground in their hopes for a safe and thriving Dehesa Valley community.  Residents have agreed to withdraw their protest of the liquor license application and Sycuan has agreed to fund traffic safety improvements in the community. An ABC hearing to resolve the matter that was scheduled for yesterday has been cancelled.

GOURDSTOCK FESTIVAL AT BATES NUT FARM AUGUST 27-28

 

August 7, 2011 (Valley Center) – San Diego County Gourd Patch invites you to the second annual Gourdstock Festival at Bates Nut Farm in August 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Gourds are those funny shaped fruits, the pumpkin’s cousin, that dry out and can be used as containers, decorative art pieces, crafts, musical instruments and more. They were often used by the Indians to carry water and store supplies. There will be free demonstrations plus vendors selling all kinds, shapes, and sizes of raw and decorated gourds. You can also enjoy free classes, a fine arts fair, petting zoo for kids, and more.

ACCIDENT, BRUSH FIRE BLOCK ROADWAYS IN EAST COUNTY

 

August 7, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Expect long delays this afternoon if you're traveling in portions of East County.  A SIG Alert has been issued for Highway 67 between Poway Road and Scripps Poway Parkway (Between Lakeside and Ramona) due to an injury accident. In addition, a small brush fire has forced shut down of Wildcat Canyon Road at San Vicente Road.  The fire is now being mopped up, but there is no estimated time yet for reopening the road.

SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER SHOT IN HEAD; SHOOTER BELIEVED TO BE SAME SUSPECT WHO SHOT MOTORIST IN FACE IN EL CAJON

Update:  SDPD Officer Jeremy Henwood, 36, died early this morning, Chief William Landsdowne has announced.  A captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, he had recently returned from Afghanistan.  The killer, who left behind a suicide note, has been identified as Dejon Marquee White, 23. Full details here:  http://www.sdcitynews.com/city-heights-officer-fatally-shot-in-unprovoked-attack/

 

August 7, 2011 (San Diego) – A man seated in his car outside the In 'N' Out restaurant at 1541 N. Magnolia Avenue in the unincorporated area of El Cajon was shot in the face by an assailant with a shotgun last night at 5:22 p.m. The El Cajon victim, Martin Hanna, is expected to recover, according to the Sheriff.  However a San Diego Police officer who was later shot in the head by the suspect is in critical condition in the hospital. The suspect was shot and killed by police.

BREAKING NEWS: 31 AMERICANS REPORTED KILLED IN HELICOPTER SHOT DOWN BY TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN; VICTIMS INCLUDE SEAL TEAM SIX

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 6, 2011 (San Diego)—A NATO helicopter was shot down today during a conflict with the Taliban in Afghanistan, killing 31 U.S. soldiers and seven Afghans in the deadliest single incident in the 10-year war, Reuters reports. ABC News reports that 25 Navy Seals were on board, plus seven Afghan Special forces soldiers, five crew members and an interpreter.

 

According to the Associated Press, most of those killed were from Seal Team Six, members of the same unit that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in May. It is not yet known whether any of the victims may have trained at the Navy Seals base on Coronado. The Pentagon confirms the crash occurred but has not yet released the death toll pending investigation.

MUSEUM ROADSHOW RETURNS TO HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM AUGUST 20

 

August 6, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Last time appraiser Craig Helm came to town, one lucky East County resident discovered her yard sale find was actually a Ming Dynasty vase. Others learned that art or collectibles in their households were worth thousands of dollars.

 

Are there treasures in your attic, home, or garage? Find out Sunday, August 20 from 12-4 p.m. when Craig Helm brings his “Museum Roadshow” back to the Heritage of the Americas Museum conference room at 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive, on the college campus in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon.

EAGLE ROCK TRAINING CAMP (ERTC) ISSUES STATEMENT ON ARREST OF ARSON SUSPECTS

 

Suspects are Los Coyotes tribal members--and one was a former ERTC employee

 

August 5, 2011 (Warner Springs)-- Eagle Rock Training Center (ERTC) has issued a statement to media following the arrest of two suspects charged with arson related to the Eagle Fire, which scorched over 14,500 acres and ran up over $15 million in firefighting costs.  Below is Eagle Rock's statement in full:

POLITICS IN PARADISE: A SUMMER EVE WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS AUGUST 19

Plus improv political satire by National Comedy Theatre

 

August 6, 2011 (El Cajon)--Each summer, the San Diego East County Chamber assembles a bipartisan panel of San Diego's elected representation from the Federal, State and County levels to update you on their priorities, mingle with guests, and field questions directly from you. This informative and powerful evening provides San Diego residents access to some of our region's most powerful political players in a lush outdoor setting.

 

This year's event has an expanded panel plus new entertainment: improvisational satire by National Comedy Theatre. The following speakers have confirmed that they will participate:

40 BANDS, $40,000 BUCKS – VIEJAS ULTIMATE MUSIC CHALLENGE


August 6, 2011 (Alpine)--The Ultimate Music Challenge is a cover band contest held in the DreamCatcher Lounge at Viejas Casino. The competition will be held every Sunday night from August 14th through October 23rd, from 6pm-10pm. Three lucky winners will take home a total of $40,000.

HEARTLAND FIRE & RESCUE LAUNCHES WEBSITE, FACEBOOK & TWITTER ACCOUNTS


Heartland Fire & Rescue, serving the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove Fire Departments, now has a new website: www.heartlandfire.org. The website incorporates information on emergency preparedness, fire prevention, photos, and current fire department news.

MISSING GIRL, 13, LAST SEEN IN EL CAJON

August 5, 2011 (El Cajon ) – San Diego Police seek help to locate Natasha Martin, 13. She was last seen July 29 in the vicinity of Main Street and Anza Avenue in El Cajon. Natasha, who is African-American, has brown hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 130 pounds.

MISSING MAN’S CAR FOUND JULY 15 ON I-8 IN BOULEVARD

 

August 5, 2011 (Boulevard)—San Diego Police ask the public’s help to locate Jerry Perez, 53, who was last seen July 15 at 6:30 a.m. on Pacific Highway in San Diego. His car, a 1996 white Honda Accord (CA license 3TDT884) was found July 15 at 8 a.m. abandoned on Interstate 8 in Boulevard, a half mile east of the La Posta Creek Bridge.

 

Perez, who is Hispanic, has long black hair and tattoos on his neck and arms. He is 5 feet 8 inches tlal and weighs 150 pounds. He does not carry a cell phone.

RARE VIEW OF AURORA BOREALIS (NORTHERN LIGHTS) TONIGHT IN EAST COUNTY & ALONG WEST COAST

August 5, 2011 (Borrego) – Famed stargazing columnist/expert Dennis Mammana informs ECM that the aurora borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, may be visible tonight on the West Coast starting around 9:45 p.m.(View the "aurora webcam" in Alaska here)

“Sky watchers in Europe are getting one whale of an auroral display right now,” Mammana wrote at 3:45 today, adding that viewing will be best and high and middle latitudes, though the spectacular sky show is also expected to be visible at low latitudes.

ECM EDITOR ON RADIO: TONIGHT 6-7 PM ON MY1079.COM

August 5, 2011 (Alpine) – East County Magazine Editor Miriam Raftery will be the guest on Billie Jo Jannen’s “TGIF Report” tonight. Hot topics include:

 

• A sexual harassment suit against a former Mountain Empire Union School District Superintendent
• Rural Fire Protection District’s revocation of approval for SDG&E’s ECO-Substation
• The County’s first legal marijuana dispensary
• AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile and how it may impact rural phone service
• Updates on the state fire parcel fee
• County’s approval of a new General Plan


Listen via streaming audio at www.my1079.com, or tune your dial to 107.9 FM, from 6 to 7 p.m. You can send your news and event information to TGIF Report at newstips@my1079.com or to East County Magazine at editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

LAKESIDE PLANNERS, RESIDENTS AWASH IN QUESTIONS FOR HELIX OFFICIALS OVER WATER RECLAMATION/SAND MINING PROJECT

"What about the complete loss of our lifestyle?" - Linda Hayes, Lakeside rancher

 

August 5, 2011 (Lakeside) – Mark Weston, General Manager, and Carlos Lugo, chief engineer for Helix Water District fielded heated questions at a Lakeside Planning Group meeting Wednesday night over the District's proposed El Monte Valley Mining, Reclamation, and Groundwater Recharge project.

BEAR VALLEY WIDENING PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

August 5, 2011(Escondido)-- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously approved the acquisition of four properties needed to complete the widening of Bear Valley Parkway in unincorporated Escondido, between Boyle Avenue and Highway 78.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: GOING APE

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 5, 2011 (San Diego) – The original Planet of the Apes was a thoughtful, intelligent commentary on the human race. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an ambitious but mostly mindless prequel that is yet another entry in the “changing things that aren’t meant to be changed” genre.

 

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