EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE'S FEBRUARY RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE: LISTEN NOW!

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Our February 2014 shows are now online—including special reports on East County issues, holiday specials, interviews with top newsmakers and people making a positive difference in our community.  Click here to listen now online and to read a list of our interviews and guest.

Our guests in February included many local leaders, including Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, local authors, the Bayou Brothers, plus hear our latest investigative reports on issues ranging from wind farms to wildfires.

You can also hear our one-hour show live when it airs on KNSJ 89.1 FM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 p.m. and reruns Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m.  Or listen live online during those hours at www.KNSJ.org.

 Monday, February 3, 2014                                                                         

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Drought update news – Colorado River water and state water levels cut, Miriam Raftery reports

Calif. News Service: Emergency drought legislation in Congress

Green Scene: Vigil planned i n San Diego to protest Keystone Pipeline, Edi Barena reports

Boulevard Planning Group to hold hearing on controversial Soitec Solar proposed projects ; glaring issues raised, Miriam Raftery reports

Mountain Health to offer presentation on Covered California exchanges in Alpine Library, Leon Thompson reports

Winter weather warning, Miriam Raftery reports

Culinary baking class for captive audience--in local prisons:  County News Service

Crimebeat Report:  Sheriff seeks suspects in  Rancho San Diego shooting, Leon Thompson reports

Scam alert: Caller poses as peace officer demanding cash to avoid arrest, Ed Barrena reports

Hatfield the Rainmaker: Leon Thompson interviews ECM editor Miriam Raftery about a tale from East County’s colorful past

Public service announcement: East County Magazine, a Heartland Coalition publication

Public service announcement: Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts, produced by ECM with support from the nonprofit Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians

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Ed Barrena interviews Miriam Raftery regarding Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

KNSJ tribute to the late Pete Seeger;  song: John Henry, public domain

Offbeat Report: Rebecca Williamson interviews Rudy Reyes, Lakeside, on his experiences surviving the Cedar Fire, serving as an advocate for the disabled, and as a reality cooking show contestant

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Opening remarks—a plumbing fiasco and a muddy dog tale, Miriam  Raftery

Farm Bill includes deep cuts to food stamp program (SNAP), Nadin Abbott reports

Green Scene:  Taylor Guitar wins national award for corporate excellence, saving ebony forests

Update on Park Station at Crossroads highrise project proposed in La Mesa, Leon Thompson reports

Destination East County: Ariele Johannsen reports on top festivals, events and attractions

Public service announcement: East County Magazine, a publication of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition

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Wind, Spirit Drum:  Miriam Raftery interviews Windwalker and other musicians.  Original music: Segregated, Cherokee Four Directions, Humba Di Mada, Freedom, Flute Song

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Friday, February 7, 2014

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CPUC prehearing in Alpine on SDG&E proposal for Cleveland National Forest permits, Miriam Raftery reports

Fiery hearing at Rural Fire Protect District in Jamul on dissolving district; Leon Thompson reports

Lawsuits announced at Jamulians Against Casinos meeting,  Nadin Abbott reports

Update on Park Station at Crossroads highrise project proposed in La Mesa, Leon Thompson reports

Border Patrol target shooting controversy, Miriam Raftery reports

Congresswoman Davis announces House Apps contest: Jessica Richmond

Public Service Announcement: Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

Public Service Announcement: East County Magazine, a publication of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition

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Destination East County Magazine: Ariele Johannsen reports on top festivals, events and attractions

Law enforcement crackdown at trolley line in East County: Tip the Scale operation; Miriam Raftery reports

Local Business Report: Rene Arabo named new East County Chamber leader; business leaders and volunteers honored at Chamber dinner; LM Chamber to celebrate local heroes

Green Scene:  Miriam Raftery interviews Robin Reardon, Lakeside Riverpark Conservancy about grand opening of new trail on March 8 and a race coming up May 19

Sounds of History:  Helen Ofield interviews Richard Pennick, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Special Report:  Citizens Bond Oversight Committee controversies:

In the wake of a Grand Jury probe into the Grossmont Union High School District’s(GUHSD)  response to a Grand Jury probe, concerns have been raised over the level of oversight provided by the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. (CBOC)  Miriam Raftery interviews with Nick Marinovich, the San Diego Taxpayer Association’s representative on CBOC, Priscilla Schreiber, GUHSD board member, and Michael Waterman, an attorney/journalist who has been seeking answers to pointed questions from CBOC.  (Note: The District and CBOC chair Nancy Herbst declined our interview requests.)

Friday, February 14, 2014

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SDG&E wants to raise rates on ratepayers who use least power, Miriam Raftery reports

Capitol Report: Battle brewing in Congress over unemployment benefits for veterans; Leon Thompson reports

Green Scene:  ECM special investigation : Water experts say ecosystem at risk from Soitec  proposed 1,500 acre solar projects due to massive water use, Miriam Raftery reports

Crime Beat Warning: Thieves breaking into homes tented for termits, Leon Thompson reports

New Sheriff Substation open in Rancho San Diego, Ariele Johannsen reports

Supervisors vote to require background checks of foreign flight students, Miriam Raftery reports

Only one in four California 4th graders are reading at grade level, Public News Service

High school seniors can get cash to attend financial aid workshops, Julian Rudd-Falls reports

Wildfire smoke suppresses immune system in monkeys; Ed Barrena reports

Public Service Announcement: Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

Public Service Announcement: East County Magazine, a publication of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition

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Bookshelf: Reina Menasche interviews award-winning novelist and professor Laurel Corona

Destination East County: Ariele Johannsen reports on festivals and events including Valentines happenings

Ready, Set, Grow: Connie Beck advises how to keep gardening tools in shape

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Monday, February 17, 2014

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Anderson coauthors bill to curb the NSA spying on Californians, Miriam Raftery reports

Agricultural Report: Drought hits farmers hard, produce prices may rise; Ariele Johannsen reports

Faulconer replacement to be named by City Council; Miriam Raftery reports

Green Scene: Coastkeepers speaks out on draining Lake Morena

Crime Beat Warning: Thieves target homes tented for termites; Leon Thompson reports

Judge issues  sanctions against Cal Fire for covering up evidence and more, Miriam Raftery reports

Capitol Report; Battle brewing in Congress over unemployment for veterans, Leon Thompson reports

Storm brings rains, but it’s only a drop in the bucket toward meeting water needs, Miriam Raftery reports

New no0passing zone, delays on Highway 94, Leon Thompson reports

Scammers, schemers and swindlers: John Mattes reports on home equity loan crisis about to hit

Border Patrol controversy over target shooting, Miriam Raftery reports

Public Service Announcement: Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

Public Service Announcement: East County Magazine, a publication of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition

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Green Scene:  ECM special investigation : Water experts say ecosystem at risk from Soitec  proposed 1,500 acre solar projects due to massive water use, Miriam Raftery reports

Destination East County: Ariele Johannsen reports on festivals, events and attractions

Tribal Beat: Santa Ysabel Casino closes, Iipay tribe starts Biostar Solar

Reel to Reel, Dean Bruce interviews League of Liars

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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 Interview with La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid

Centennial Spirits dramatic presentation, with public domain ragtime music by Scott Joplin (direct link to Centennial Spirits: http://kiwi6.com/file/2r8zwtqf12)

Friday, February 21, 2014

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Bayou Brothers: Miriam Raftery interviews the San Diego Music Award winning band, original music excerpts

Green Scene: Monarch Butterfly migration declining; Leon Thompson reports

SD Water Authority issues drought watch, Miriam Raftery reports

Health report: Patrick Henry student dies of Meningitis, Ed Barrena reports

Second victim of meningitis dies in Santee, Miriam Raftery reports

Sheriff substation opens in Rancho San Diego, Ariele Johannsen reports

Border Patrol agent fatally shoots border crosser after being hit by rock, Miriam Raftery reports

Sheriff sweep focuses on young offenders, Leon Thompson reports

Public service announcement: Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts, produced by nonprofit East County Magazine with support from the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Public Service announcement: East County Magazine, published by nonprofit Heartland Coalition

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Boys and Girls Club receives $3 million donation from La Mesa couple, Miriam Raftery reports

Green Scene: Anza Borrego Desert Foundation and Cleveland National Forest oppose Soitec Solar projects, Miriam Raftery reports

Destination East County: Ariele Johannsen shares this week’s top festivals, events and attractions

Capitol Report:  Battle brewing in Congress over veterans’ unemployment, Leon Thompson reports

Senator Joel Anderson introduces bill to rein in the NSA spying on Californians, Miriam Raftery reports

Bookshelf: Reina Menasche interviews authorLand of Nod award-wining horror writer Mark Clements

Closing credits

Monday,  February 24, 2014

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Newsmakers: Miriam Raftery interviews State Senator Marty Block on his efforts to improve education combat human trafficking, and protect seniors in senior care facilities

La Mesa Council to hear  proposed chicken ownership measure, Leon Thompson reports

Education update: GUHSD to muzzle board members, Miriam Raftery reports

Teachers may strike in Alpine: Nadin Abbott reports from Alpine

Missing: Jerrie Dean reports  Sheriff asks help to find Henry Camarena, 38

Sheriff sweep on trolley line results in 26 arrests, Leon Thompson reports

Public service announcement: East County Magazine, a publication of the nonprofit 501c Heartland Coalition

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Public service announcement: Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts, produced by ECM with support from Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Bayou Brothers : Miriam Raftery interviews the award-winning blues band (rerun)

Prevent home accidents: Ed Barrena shares tips from Chief’s Corner columnist Sam DiGiovanna

AARP tax aide program offers free help for seniors; Calif. News Service reports

Weather report: Rain forecast; Miriam Raftery reports

Wildest Jobs: Rebecca Williamson interviews beekeeper DragonJurich at Bee Happy on the bee revival in our region

Scam warning: Beware of calls from phony peace officers, Ed Barrena reports

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Health report: Polio-like illness strikes children in California, Miriam Raftery reports

Sports report: Earnhardt wins Daytona 500, beating Jimmie Johnson amid tornado warnings

Education report: Alpine teachers strike ends  after teachers win concessions; Miriam Raftery reports

Newsmakers:  Miriam Raftery interviews Assemblywoman Shirley Weber on education, health and human services issues

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Public service announcement: East County Magazine, a publication of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition

Public service announcement: Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts, published by ECM with support from nonprofit Viejas band of Kumeyaay Indians

Should doctors be paid more than cost of a pizza? Bill would restore funding cuts to MediCal; California News Service reports

Destination East County: Ariele Johannsen previews festivals and events this week

Green Scene:  Descanso Planning Group hears proposal for solar farm, Miriam Raftery reports

1 million electric vehicles program:  California News Service reports

Weather report: Miriam Raftery

La Mesa Council to consider chicken ownership: Leon Thompson reports

Missing : Jerrie Dean reports on missing man Henry Camarena

Wildfire preparedness tips: Nadin Abbott reports

Public Service Announcement: Viejas Wildfire Alerts produced by ECM with support from Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

AARP offers free tax preparation for seniors and low income people in East County, Miriam Raftery reports

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Friday, February 28, 2014

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Viejas Alert: Flash flood watch and high wind watch issued

Prepare for the storms: county offers free sandbags, Leon Thompson reports

SDG&E offer storm safety tips: Miriam Raftery reports

Sheriffs to hold shave-a-thon to fight cancer, Ariele Johannsen reports

New San Diego Police Chief named, Miriam Raftery reports

People Power:  Miriam Raftery interviews Debra Emerson with St. Madeleine Sophie’s, organization helping developmentally disabled adults

Bill would increase medical interpreters, California News Service reports

Destination East County: Ariele Johansen shares this week’s festivals, events and attractions

Green Scene: Monarch butterfly migration declining, Leon Thompson reports

Public service announcement: East County Magazine, a publication of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition

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Public  service announcement: Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts, published by ECM with support from Viejas band of Kumeyaay Indians

Bookshelf: Reina Menasche interviews ECM editor Miriam Raftery—and announces our East County writing competition

Tribal Beat: Leon Thompson interviews Rose Margaret Orantia, KPBS local hero

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