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HIKER DIES ON TRAIL IN ANZA-BORREGO DESERT, SECOND HIKER HOSPITALIZED AND FIREFIGHTER COLLAPSES DURING RESCUE

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo courtesy of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
 
June 23, 2021 (Borrego Springs) – A hike in Palm Canyon within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park turned deadly Saturday afternoon.  Medics were called to rescue a pair of hikers in distress around 12:40 p.m. Cal Fire Captain Frank LoCoco told CBS 8, “One of those hikers succumbed to that heat illness and was declared deceased at the scene, and the other was transported to the hospital in critical condition.” 
 
A firefighter from Borrego Springs also collapsed during the rescue operation, LoCoco said.

VETERAN’S PHOTOS COMMEMORATED AT WESTMONT OF LA MESA

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Photo (L) of photographer Kay Devine and veteran Doug Beach and unidentified videographer courtesy of Westmont of La Mesa. 

June 22, 2021 (La Mesa) – Veterans witnessed their photos commemorated on an Honor Wall at Westmont of La Mesa during a ceremony held June 14.

The veterans hailed from the Navy, Army, Air Force, and the Coast Guard.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN BUS STOP STABBING DEATH IN EL CAJON; VICTIM IDENTIFIED

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 22, 2021 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police have arrested Shawn Jones, 29, of El Cajon for the killing of Kris Robinson, 66. Jones is accused of fatally stabbing Robinson, who is believed to be homeless, at a bus stop near E. Madison Ave. and Walter Way in El Cajon on June 16th at 6:40 p.m.
 
“Police are investigating possible motives, but it is believed the suspect and the victim were strangers and the attack was random,” says Lt. Keith MacArthur with ECPD’s investigations division.  
 
MacArthur says police worked “tirelessly through the weekend to identify the suspect” and were able to locate a license plate for the suspect’s vehicle through surveillance video.

LEMON GROVE THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERTS IN BERRY PARK

East County News Service
 
June 22, 2021 (Lemon Grove) — Lemon Grove’s Concerts in the Park series will be held every other Thursday this summer from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Berry Street Park, 7071 Mt. Vernon.  The series opens June 24 with Republic of Music, followed by Manny Cepeda on July 8, Bayou Brothers July 22 and the Catillacs for the season finale on August 5.

LEARN ABOUT MOUNTAIN LIONS JUNE 27 AT ALPINE WOMAN’S CLUB

East County News Service
 
June 21, 2021 (Alpine) — The Alpine Historical Society invites you to a presentation on cougars, also called mountain lions or pumas. The program will be presented by Robin Parks, a volunteer with the Mountain Lion Foundation, on Sunday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine.

THE LA MESA CLASSIC CAR SHOW RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN LA MESA THIS SUMMER

Hosted by the La Mesa Village Association and presented by Johnny B's

Source:  La Mesa Village Association

Photos courtesy CeCe Canton Photography

June 21, 2021 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Classic Car Show rolls back into downtown La Mesa this summer after being put on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The car show will feature pre-1974 cars, trucks and vans that will be parked along La Mesa Boulevard between 4th Street and Spring St. for the public’s viewing pleasure. The Classic Car Show is a free, community event that will be held every Thursday beginning June 24, 2021 - August 26, 2021 from 5 – 8 p.m.

WOMAN FATALLY STABBED IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

June 21, 2021 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a woman who appeared to be homeless found sitting in a pool of blood at a bus stop at East Madison Ave. and Walter Way Wednesday night at 6:40 p.m. 

“Officers arrived and began CPR. The victim appeared to have been stabbed at least one time,” says Lieutenant Keith MacArthur.

FAST-MOVING OVERLAND FIRE BURNING EAST OF MOUNT LAGUNA

Update June 20, 2021 11 a.m. -- The fire is holding at 343 acres and remains 5% contained, Cal Fire reports this morning.

Update 8 p.m.  --  Cal Fire tweet:  #OverlandFire off of Canebrake Canyon Road and Great Southern Overland Stage Route , East of Mount Laguna in San Diego County is 343 acres and 5% contained. Change in acreage due to better mapping. @CALFIRESANDIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 19, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – A brush fire burning near Canebrake along the Great Southern Overland trail has scorched 500 acres and is zero percent contained as of early this afternoon, Cal Fire reports. The #OverlandFire is east of Mount Laguna in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

No evacuations have been ordered as of 1:30 p.m. The fire is in a remote location and is not currently threatening any structures. However, a Cal Fire spokesman on Twitter indicated access for ground crews is difficult due to rugged terrain, requiring additional air resources that are now on scene.

Several Canebrake residents contacted ECM to clarify that the fire is not burning within the community of Canebrake, but to the west.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE GRAD TURNS 60 ON SAME DAY AS COLLEGE’S 60TH COMMENCEMENT

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

June 19, 2021 (El Cajon) -- For Caesar Mazahreh, June 9, 2021 was a milestone: celebrating his 60th birthday and ceremonial tassel turn on the same day as Grossmont College’s 60th commencement.

“I informed my daughter of the coincidence and she said, ‘Dad, you are as old as Grossmont College,’” said Mazahreh, who earned associate degrees in Business Administration, Economics and a certificate of achievement in University Studies with a 3.6 grade point average.

DOG FITTED WITH PROSTHETICS ADOPTED BY SDPD DETECTIVE WHO LOST LEG IN CRASH

(Photo - left) Adopter Chappie Hunter understands challenges of wearing prosthetics firsthand

June 19, 2021(Alpine) --  Chloe, one of two dogs rescued by San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement and fitted for prosthetics by the medical team at San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido Campus, is being adopted by a family who understands the challenges of having a leg amputated first hand. SDPD Detective Chappie Hunter and his family have been fostering Chloe since her three-month recovery period at SDHS. The family has decided to keep her and make the adoption official. Detective Hunter lost his leg in a crash in Alpine in 2013. After a year of recovery, he returned to work with a prosthetic leg.

CELEBRATING ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY, SANTEE LAKES GETS EVEN NICER WITH NEW LAKEVIEW DECK AT TIN FISH RESTAURANT

By Mike Allen
 
Photos by Mike Allen and Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
 
June 19, 2021 (Santee) - Santee’s best known tourist attraction, Santee Lakes, just got a whole lot more attractive with the opening of a new observation deck at Lake 4.

SADDLES IN SERVICE GOLF TOURNAMENT JULY 30 TO SUPPORT VETERANS, MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS

By Miriam Raftery

June 19, 2021 (El Cajon) – Sponsors are needed for a golf tournament on Friday, July 30 at Cottonwood Golf Course in El Cajon for the “Saddles in Service” golf tournament.  The event will support local veterans, active duty military, and first responders receive mental health wellness and healing through equine assisted activities at Saddles in Service in Alpine, CA.

I-QUE BBQ: A SMART NEW EATERY IN LA MESA

By Henri Migala
 
Photo, left:  owners and employees at I-Que BBQ, by Miriam Raftery
 
June 18, 2021 (La Mesa) -- Very few things are better than really, I mean REALLY, good barbecue. And one of those things is really good barbecue served by delightful, engaging and endearing people. That’s exactly what you get at La Mesa’s newest barbecue restaurant, I-Que BBQ.
 
Located at 8733 Broadway in the small strip of shops near I-HOP, at the juncture of Spring Street and Broadway close to the SR-125 and SR- 94 interchange, I-Que BBQ enjoys a prime, convenient spot for both motorists and residents.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING UNCLE OUTSIDE SPRING VALLEY BAR

Update June 19, 2021:  The Sheriff's department provided ths update:

Unfortunately, Raymond Bermudez Jr. was pronounced deceased last night. Bermudez's next of kin has been notified of his death. The Medical Examiner's Office has scheduled an autopsy has been scheduled for June 20, 2021. The suspect, Ronald Francis Valdez, has since posted bail on the lesser charge and has been released. Homicide detectives will amend the criminal charges as they continue their investigation. Detectives determined Bermudez was not in Shooter's Cocktails before the incident. Valdez did enter Shooter's Cocktails. However, he was denied service and left. The assault occurred in the parking lot and not in the business.   

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 16, 2021 (Spring Valley) – Ronald Francis Valdez, 31, is under arrest for the battery of his uncle, who is not expected to survive a serious head injury, says Lt. Thomas Seiver with the Sheriff’s homicide unit.

Deputies responded to a call at 9:30 last night of a fight at Shooter’s Cocktails at 10761 Jamacha Blvd. They found the victim, Raymond Bermudez, Jr. in front of the bar suffering from a head wound.

“Fire personnel responded and transported Bermudez to a local area hospital,” says Lt. Seiver. “Unfortunately, he is not expected to live. Due to the likelihood Bermudez may die, the Sheriff's Homicide Unit responded and assumed responsibility of the investigation.”

LEMON GROVE MAN PARTICIPATES IN NOVAVAX COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICAL STUDIES

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
 
(Photo courtesy of Edgar Gore, Jr. taken several years ago) 

June 16, 2021 (Lemon Grove) -- Not all are reciting “Moderna, "Johnson & Johnson," or “Pfizer” when asked what COVID-19 vaccine they received. Some are answering “NovaVax.” But very few. Only 2,000 Americans participated in the NovaVax COVID-19 vaccine clinical study. An East County man was one of them.

Lemon Grove resident Edgar Gore, Jr., 63, has had two doses of NovaVax’s COVID-9 vaccine, administered during the company’s clinical study. Thus far, the NovaVax vaccine has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S., though it may be in the future.

DRIVE-THRU FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR LEMON GROVE RESIDENTS

East County News Service

June 14, 2021 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Lions Club, THRIVE Lemon Grove and the City of Lemon Grove are sponsoring a drive-thru food distribution this Saturday, June 19, beginning at 9 a.m. and while supplies last. A cleared trunk, for contactless loading, and proof of Lemon Grove residency are required. Please stay in your car. No walk-ups are permitted.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR RETURNS

Photos and story by Rebeca Jefferis Williamson

(Photo at left - piglets racing for a prize - an Oreo)

June 13, 2021 (Del Mar) The 2021 San Diego County Fair, titled “Home*Grown*Fun,” reopened with a modified event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after cancellation last summer.

Opening day, June 11, drew approximately 8,000 attendees, according to the fair’s marketing representative Ashley Colburn. 

Swine racing and the Extreme Dog show were the shows to watch on opening day but more entertainment, contests, kiddie rides, and other events are to come after June 15, when the state abolishes the COVID-19 tier system. Any changes in mask/facial covering mandates remains to be determined.

CONCERNS VOICED OVER MARIJUANA INDUSTRY EXPANDING IN LEMON GROVE

By Angela Kurysh
 
Photo: Creative Commons via Bing
 
June 13, 2021 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove is one of two cities in East County that allow marijuana dispensary businesses. The Lemon Grove City Council has been discussing the possibility of potentially adding more of these shops around the city. At last Tuesday's City Council meeting, residents expressed their concerns on how these businesses will affect the future of their community. 


EL CAJON COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDATES, POLICE DEESCALATION AND COVID-19 REOPENING PROTOCOLS

By Briana Gomez

 

View City Council meeting: https://elcajonca.new.swagit.com/videos/122576

 

Photo:  Vice Mayor Gary Kendrick, screenshot from Council video

 

June 11, 2021 (El Cajon) – At its June 8 meeting held in person at 50 percent capacity, El Cajon’s City Council addressed several major agenda items including encouraging transparency in elections by assuring that mayoral and council candidates live in the districts where they run.  In addition, Council members present voiced unanimous support for using $100,000 from the city’s reserves to fund de-escalation training for police and a half million dollars of federal funds to launch a pilot program to outsource responses to non-violent emergencies to social workers. 

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES OF STATE ROUTE 94 IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service

June 11, 2021 (Spring Valley) -- Caltrans announces full nighttime closures on State Route 94 (SR-94) in Spring Valley Sunday to Wednesday and lane closures on Thursday from 10 until 5 in the morning. The closures are needed so that crews can safely complete pavement work, drainage improvements and Americans-with-Disabilities-Act- compliant curb ramp upgrades.

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