August 2021 Articles

August 2021 Articles

55TH ANNUAL BORREGO DAYS DESERT FESTIVAL WELCOMES BACK VISITORS OCT. 23-24

East County News Service

August 21, 2021 (Borrego Springs) – The 55th annual Borrego Days Desert Festival is slated to take place October 23 and 24 at Christmas Circle Community Park on Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

“MOVEMENT MAKERS” SHOWCASES CHOREOGRAPHERS’ WORKS SEPT. 16-18 AT VISIONARY PERFORMANCE SPACE IN LA MESA

East County News Service

 

Photo credit: Mounarath-Powell Productions

 

September 9, 2021 (La Mesa) -- Mounarath-Powell Productions presents “Movement Makers,”  a choreographer’s showcase, Thursday through Saturday, September 16-18 at 8 p.m. in the Visionary Performance Space, 8674 La Msea Blvd. in La Mesa.   

ECM PADRES REPORT: SNELL IMMACULATE AS PADRES TAKE SERIES

By Liz Alper
 
Photo:  Blake Snell was fire tonight, pitching seven innings with no hits, no walks, no runs and 10 strikeouts.  Via @padres on Twitter 
 
August 31, 2021 (Phoenix) - The Padres got back on the winning track last night despite Ketel Marte’s grand slam.  They went for the series tonight with Blake Snell on the mound against Zac Gallen for Arizona.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST CLOSED DUE TO FIRE DANGER

East County News Service

August 31, 2021 (Descanso) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced temporary closure through September 17 at noon of national forests across California, including Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County.  The aim is to protect the safety of firefighters and the public during high fire danger conditions, with wildfires raging across much of the state. Locally, the closure includes popular hiking trails such as Cedar Creek Falls and Three Sisters Falls as well as the Hauser and Pine Creek wilderness areas and more.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DUST STORM IN BORREGO SPRINGS

East County News Service

August 31, 2021 (Borrego Springs) – “Strong thunderstorms east of Borrego and subsequent downdrafts has created a Haboob in Borrego Springs, see progression below over several minutes,” says Bob Kutscher, who sent in these photos. A haboob is an intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current or weather front; haboobs occur commonly in dry land areas around the world. 

 

Kutscher runs a weather station and is a severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service.

CHP INVESTIGATES SHOOTINGS ON I-805 AND SR-94

East County News Service

August 31, 2021 (San Diego) – The California Highway Patrol is asking for witnesses to two freeway shootings early this morning by a shooter in a black four-door sedan who remains at large. The shootings injured two motorists.

The first shooting occurred around 2:14 a.m. on north I-805 in Imperial Avenue; the second occurred about 11 minutes later on east State Route 94 east of College Grove Way near Lemon Grove.

Below are details provided by the CHP:

AS POLLS TIGHTEN, DEMOCRATS FRET OVER NEWSOM RECALL POTENTIAL: THESE ARE THE NINE DEMOCRATS ON BALLOT

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2021 (San Diego) – The Democratic Party is officially advising members to vote no on recalling Newsom and leave the second question – who should replace him – blank. But that could backfire if the recall succeeds, allowing a small minority of mostly conservative voters to pick the next Governor without anything close to a majority. While that may delight Republicans, now that polls show the race is too close to call, a growing number of Democrats who oppose the recall are seeking info on Democrats running, just in case.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

August 31, 2021 (San Diego) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego's inland regions, published in other media.  This week's round-up stories include:

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FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEWSOM RECALL DEBATE WITH REPUBLICAN CONTENDERS

By Ben Christopher and Laurel Rosenhall, originally published Aug. 5 at Calmatters

Photo: Republican candidates John Cox, Kevin Faulconer and Kevin Kiley participated in debate, along with John Ose, who later dropped out after suffering a heart attack. Larry Elder, who leads in polls, did not attend.

August 31, 2021 (San Diego) -- In what could be the only primetime TV debate of the recall campaign, Republicans John Cox, Kevin Faulconer, Kevin Kiley and Doug Ose go after the governor and appeal to Fox News voters. [Editor’s note: Ose later dropped out after suffering a heart attack.)

After months of build-up, California voters got their first prime-time glimpse at the major candidates vying to become governor in the upcoming recall election. 

Some of them, anyway. 

In the first — and conceivably only — debate before ballots begin hitting mailboxes later this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom, the focal point of the Sept. 14 election, sat out Wednesday night’s event.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

August 30, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD  

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

COUNTY REDISTRICTING COMMISSIONERS VISIT EL CAJON

Supervisorial district 2 may be split due to population increase; urban and rural residents voice concerns

By Mike Allen

Photo:  Ramah Awad of Majdal Center in El Cajon provides comment to the county’s Independent Redistricting Commission.

August 30, 2021 (El Cajon) -- The process of redrawing boundaries for San Diego County’s five supervisorial districts is underway and the independent commission that will determine those lines visited El Cajon Aug. 26 to listen to the public.

ECM PADRES REPORT: BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK…FOR NOW

By Liz Alper

Photo: Fernando Tatis had a three hit, three RBI night. Via @padres on Twitter 

 

August 30, 2021 (Phoenix) - After a nice rare Sunday day off, the Padres were back in action and back to the NL West with three games against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.  Chris Paddack started tonight’s game one against Tyler Gilbert for Arizona.

U.S. MILITARY STRIKE KILLS TWO ISIS-K LEADERS, PENTAGON SAYS: SECOND STRIKE TODAY HITS ATTACKER WITH EXPLOSIVES TARGETING AIRPORT

Over 110,000 airlifted out; military also working to remove equipment

East County News Service

Photos via U.S. Dept. of Defense

Update August 30, 2021 with information on civilian casualties from yesterday's drone strike.

AUG. 29, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. military forces conducted a  strike that eliminated a vehicle filled with explosives that posed a threat to Hamad Karzai International airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Capt. Bill Urban, CENTCOM spokesperson, states,

“We are confident we successfully hit the target. Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material,” Voice of America reports.

ECM PADRES REPORT: BACK TO LOSING; PADS SPLIT AGAINST ANGELS

By Liz Alper
 
Photo:  Manny Machado via @padres on Twitter 
 
August 28, 2021 (Anaheim) - Last night was the Padres’ first good night in a while, with Grossmont High alum Joe Musgrove getting another complete game shutout.  Tonight, the Padres looked for the sweep with Ryan Weathers on the mound against Jose Suarez for the Angels.

CHAPARRAL FIRE IN DE LUZ/LA CRESTA 1,200 ACRES 0% CONTAINED



 

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Update August 29, 2021 9 a.m.:  The #ChaparralFire hsa grown to 1,450 acres and is 10% contained.  A firefighter was injured and two structures have burned.

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department reports:

#ChaparralFire Evening Update 8/28/22 9:10 PM - Fire remains 1,200 acres and 0% contained. All Evacuation ORDERS:WARNINGS remain in place overnight & until further notice. Final update tonight unless significant activity occurs.

By Jonathan Goetz
 
Photo: SDG&E via ECM News Partner 10 News
 
Saturday, August 28 (San Diego/Riverside) - A fire that started around this afternoon near Cleveland Forest Road and Tenaja Road southwest of Murrieta in San Diego County [33.484721, -117.39309] has burned 1,200 acres and is 0% contained, according to a Cal Fire Incidents report posted 6:23 p.m. Saturday, on the State of California's website.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIVE-SET HEARTBREAKER AT SAM HOUSTON

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 28, 2021 (Huntsville, Texas) - Despite playing its best match of the weekend, the San Diego State volleyball team found victory once again elusive on Saturday, as Sam Houston dealt the Aztecs a five-set heartbreaker (23-25, 25-13, 25-14, 15-25, 9-15) at the season-opening Bearkat Invitational inside Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RELEASES NAMES OF THOSE KILLED IN AFGHAN BOMBINGS; 10 WERE CAMP PENDLETON MARINES

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via Bing



August 28, 2021 (Washington D.C. ) -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 13 service members in the Marines, Navy and Army who died Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an attack by an ISIS splinter group, ISIS-K, while supporting evacuation operations at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

 

Those killed include ten who served at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County:

  • Staff Sergeant Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Ca.
  • Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Neb.
  • Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind.
  • Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Mo.
  • Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.
  • Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyo.
  • Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.
  • Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Ca.
  • Hospitalman Maxton Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.

“I extend my deepest, heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of the 1st Marine Division servicemen who lost their lives while heroically safeguarding the evacuation of thousands of U.S citizens and faithful allies from Hamid Karzai International Airport,” said Major General Roger Turner Jr., comamnder of the 1st Marine division, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. “Nine Marines and one Sailor paid the ultimate price to defend our nation and extend the reach of freedom beyond our shores."

President Biden has ordered flags flown at half-mast to honor the troops killed and pledge to swiftly hold accountable those responsible. One day later, a U.S.-led airstriked killed at least two ISIS-K leaders, the White House announced.

Below is the full list of fatalities suffered in all three branches of the armed services.

 

 

 

ECM PADRES REPORT: GROSSMONT HIGH ALUM GETS COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT AS PADRES FINALLY WIN

By Liz Alper
 
Photo:  the Grossmont High alum was impressive tonight, pitching all nine innings, striking out nine and only giving up three hits and two walks.  Via @padres on Twitter 
 
August 27, 2021 (Anaheim) - After a horrible series against the Dodgers where they were swept, the Padres headed up to Anaheim for a quick two-game series against the other L.A. team, the Angels.  Grossmont High alum and Padres sole no-hitter owner Joe Musgrove started against Cooper Criswell in his major league debut for L.A.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL DROPS TWO SEASON-OPENING MATCHES IN TEXAS

Aztecs fall to Houston Baptist, Sam Houston on day one of Bearkat Invite

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 27, 2021 (Huntsville, Texas) -  The San Diego State volleyball team opened its 2021 fall campaign on a sour note Friday, dropping a pair of 3-0 decisions to Houston Baptist (17-25, 22-25, 16-25) and Sam Houston (18-25, 18-25, 20-25) at the Bearkat Invitational.

HEARING ON PREDATOR PLACEMENT IN BORREGO POSTPONED; WAKEFIELD TO RECEIVE SIX MONTHS OF IN-PATIENT TREATMENT BEFORE FEB. HEARING

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2021 (Borrego Springs) – A hearing on the proposed placement of sexually violent predator Merle Wakefield has been posted to February 22, after Liberty Healthcare/CONREP withdrew its request to place him at 1575 Yaqui Road in Borrego Springs.

SEVERAL CAJON VALLEY STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ESCAPE AFGHANISTAN, FATE OF OTHERS UNKNOWN AFTER DEADLY ISIS ATTACKS NEAR AIRPORT

Update August 31, 2021:  One local family with three Children in the Cajon Valley district has been left behind after the U.S. troop withdrawal,  10 News supports. A district spokesperson said they are exploring ways to bring them home.  The other Cajon Valley familes have been safely evacuated and some students are now back in school. 

 

Over 104,000 civilians have been evacuated by U.S. in past 10 days; airlifts continue despite bombings as Biden vows retaliations against ISIS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of the Pentagon: U.s. Air Force personnel help evacuate Afghan civilians at the Kabul airport on Aug. 24

August 26, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – After today’s deadly terrorist attacks near the Kabul airport, concerns are heightened over the fate of some Cajon Valley Union School District students and their families. Around two dozen students and their families who traveled to visit relatives became trapped in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, the district announced earlier this week.

Today, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that four of the local families have escaped and two have arrived safely in Southern California. But the whereabouts of five other local families, including 14 children, remains unknown.

ECM PADRES REPORT: DODGERS SWEEP PADRES 4-0

By Liz Alper
 
Photo:  Trent Grisham's home run-saving catch was the only highlight of tonight.  Via @padres on Twitter 
 
August 26, 2021 (San Diego) - Last night, the Padres and Dodgers played 16 innings and guess what?  The Padres still lost.  So tonight’s game was just for fun to see if they could salvage a game.  A great pitching matchup awaited in Max Scherzer for L.A. against Yu Darvish.

LA MESA POLICE SEEK CARJACKING SUSPECT WHO ASSAULTED 82-YEAR-OLD MAN

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2021 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Police seek public help to find a suspect who assaulted an elderly, disoriented man and stole his 2016 silver Jeep Cherokee (CA license 7REG835) this morning. The vehicle is also still missing.

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