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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: STORM CLOUDS AT SUNSET

 

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2019 (El Cajon) — Robert Gehr sent in this photo of dramatic clouds over El Cajon, glowing golden at sunset after yesterday’s storm.


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JANUARY IN JULIAN

January 25, 2019 (Julian) -- Our editor, Miriam Raftery, snapped this soothing sunset at the twilight's last glow over the mountains in Julian last Sunday.

The photo was taken out the window of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Station on State Route 79.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EAST COUNTY’S NATIVE AMERICANS HAD PROMINENT ROLES IN WOMEN’S MARCH

 

 

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Photo credits: San Diego Women’s March

January 22, 2019 (San Diego) — Kumeyaay women were among the groups participating in the 2019 San Diego Women’s March and program at Waterfront Park.

Virginia Christman, Kumeyaay elder and cultural educator from Viejas, offered a traditional blessing and bird song at the start of the program. Christman has also served over a decade on the Viejas Tribal Council, including a term as Vice Chairperson.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EAST COUNTY CHILLS OUT





 

East County News Service

January 3, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – A New Year’s eve storm dropped temperatures to below freezing across most of East County, bringing snow and ice even to some low elevation areas.  Area residents took to social media with their icy images.

Anza Borrego Desert Research Center posted an image (left) of snow blanketing the ground around the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s landmark sign  The group reported snow flurries down to 2300 feet, with snow sticking above the 2500 foot elevation in the normally arid terrain.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: OCOTILLO SUNRISE





December 14, 2018 (Ocotillo, California) -- Jim Pelley sent in this spectacular photo of a desert sunrise piercing periwinkle-hued clouds near his home in Ocotilo, near the border of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: TOBY THE TURKEY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Toby the T-Rex sported turkey garb on Thanksgiving week. The iconic dinosaur statue was erected on the future site of La Mesa Summit Estates by developer Jeff Phair, owner of the Phair Company.


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PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: OUR HAUNTING HALLOWEEN HAPPENING



By MIriam Raftery

November 6, 2018 (Mt. Helix) -- Thanks to all who turned out in style at East County Magazine's Halloween Party at our editor's "haunting Hideaway haven" on Mt. Helix!

We had some great entries in the best costume contest,including Day of the Dead, Star Trek, witches, cats, Hugh Hefner, a race car driver, Donald Trump and Robert Mueller among other creative costumes.

El Cajon Councilman Steve Goble came as an endangered species -- a Chargers fan. 

We also enjoyed great music, rocking out to Monster Mash and more thanks to Tim Luranc and Paul Nichols.

Plus our guests vied for great prizes and savored a spook-tacular feast, too!


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PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: CANDIDATES GET OUT THE VOTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 6, 2018 (San Diego's East County ) -- In the final days and hours before today's election, candidates have been working hard to get the word out about their candidacies. Here are some photos from the campaign trail:

In the hotly contested Santee City Council district 1, Evlyn Andrade Heymsfeld says she's knocked on 3,000 doors -- and taken to the streets with supporters to wave at passing motorists as she pledges to work on reducing traffic gridlock.(photo by Jonathan Goetz)

Her opponent, Councilman Rob McNelis, has been busy phone banking -- with support from Mayor John Minto. (photo by Jonathan Goetz)


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: TRUNK OR TREAT

 

By Robert Gehr

November 1, 2018 (El Cajon) - El Cajon's Trunk Or Treat on Halloween night made a solid return this year, with large crowds of people attending and happy kids collecting lots of candy.

Many styles of costumes were evident, worn by children and adults alike. From cute to scary, with many showing very creative skills in how they were designed and put together.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BOBCAT ON MT. LAGUNA

 

 

East County News Service

October 31, 2018 (Mount Laguna) – After putting out water for birds,  Mount Laguna resident Dave Hogan spotted an unexpected sight:  a bobcat hunting birds.  He sent these photos, and this message: “Please help protect our wild animal neighbors by not using rodent poison, keeping vulnerable pets indoors and livestock in secure pens, and not using the Wildlife Services agency to kill predators like this lovely bobcat.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: HERITAGE TURKEY

 

 

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October 30, 2018 (Alpine) – Thanksgiving is coming soon, and Richard Edwords of Alpine sent in a photo of this plump Heritage Turkey. Gobble, gobble! 


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: CUTE LITTLE PUMPKIN!

 

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October 28, 2018 (Alpine) – Richard Edwords of Alpine sent in this adorable photo of his 11-month-old daughter, Kenzie, with her “pumpkin surprise” pose.

 

 

 

 

 


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: HAUNTFEST ON MAIN

 

 

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Photos by Robert Gehr

October 20, 2018 (El Cajon) – Visitors to El Cajon’s HauntFest on Main Street got in the spirit Friday evening. Kids enjoyed free rides and jumping on inflatables. The event also featured live music, costume contests, and food vendors at a spirited occasion for all.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EL CAJON PARAMEDICS RESCUE LARGE TORTOISE

 

Story and photos: Heartland Fire and Rescue

October 18, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Anyone missing a tortoise? Heartland Paramedics from American Medical Response (AM) came across a rather interesting patient “slowly” traveling down the sidewalks of El Cajon near Emerald and Washington Streets earlier today. Possibly suffering from a little "shell shock," it was transported to El Cajon Animal Shelter to be checked out and held until the owner can stop by and claim it.

Shelter hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All in a day’s work!


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Campaign supporters prepare for precinct walk with Ammar Campa-Najjjar, challenger to indicted Congressman Duncan D. Hunter

October 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Fall is in the air, ballots will soon be mailed and election day is fast approaching.  Across our region, East County candidates are on the campaign trail, finding a variety of ways to get their message out. Here are a few shots of local candidates in action.


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PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: SANTA YSABEL MISSION’S BICENTENNIAL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2018 (Santa Ysabel) – Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego presided over a mass on September 16, 2018, commemorating the bicentennial celebration of the Santa Ysabel Asistencia. The ceremony was held at the outdoor site of the historical Santa Ysabel Indian Mission,  recently discovered through excavation work.

Parishioners gathered for the outdoor religious ceremony, with music provided by St. Stephen’s, Valley Center.

After the service, the Bishop gave an episcopcal blessing to the restored “Our Lady of Visitation” shrine, at “Ellykwanan” (the Native American name for the Santa Ysabel area) honoring Mary, mother of Christ.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: STARS AND STRIPES

 

East County News Service

August 20, 2018 (El Cajon) – Shaun Pursglove sent in these photos of a large flag in El Cajon. He writes, “Many people in the East County have noticed this beautiful flag flying in our night sky.  I see it from my backyard (1st picture) and had to go see where it was coming from.  I took my dog for a walk and we tracked it down to Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar on Bond Ave (2nd picture) in El Cajon.  It fills my heart with pride when I see it and thought you might want to share it and give Mauzy a shout out.  I put a thank you note on their door and posted both pictures on Facebook. 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CACTUS FLOWER

 

East County News Service

August 15, 2018 (El Cajon) – Robert Gehr captured this picture-perfect image of a cactus blossom at the Olaf Wieghorst museum grounds,  located at 131 Rea Avenue, El Cajon, California.  Inside, the museum displays artwork of famed artist Olaf Wieghorst as well as other talented western artists.

For more information on the museum, visit http://wieghorstmuseum.org/.


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ANZA-BORREGO PHOTO CONTEST SEEKS ENTRIES

 

East County News Service

August 13, 2018 (Borrego Springs) – Entries are being accepted now through December 1st in the annual Anza Borrego Desert photography contest. The contest’s theme is the unique and natural beauty of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park and all photos must be taken within the state park boundaries.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SNAKE WRANGLING IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

July 29, 2018 (Santee) - The Santee Fire Department posted this photo of a red diamondback on Facebook, with a timely message:  “ Santee Fire Department is an “all hazards” fire department, which means we wrangle snakes from time to time! This little fella is one of the bigger snakes we’ve captured. Don’t put your hands or feet where you can’t see, and always look before stepping over doorsteps, snakes like to crawl along the sides of buildings.”


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SAN MIGUEL FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE FLAMES IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 14, 2018 (Alpine) – San Miguel Fire Protection District posted these dramatic images of their firefighters battling to save mobile homes during the West Fire in Alpine on July 6th.   


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: "TROPICAL SUNRISE" IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

July 13, 2018 (El Cajon) – This sunrise looks like it was taken in the tropics.  But it was actually shot at daybreak in El Cajon. Thanks to photographer Robert Gehr for sending in his image.


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PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: SPRING MANZANITA HIGH MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS IN CAMPO

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By Jonathan Goetz

July 3, 2018 (Campo) – Happy Independence Day, Campo and rural readers! We are taking this time to share pictures from the Manzanita High Mountain Rendezvous, held earlier in spring. The gathering recreates life in a mountain man encampment from the 18th and 19th centuries on the American frontier.

Please enjoy, and have a great Fourth of July!


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CITY HOSTS CONTEST FOR YOUR BEST LA MESA PHOTOS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 24, 2018 (La Mesa) — You can earn gift cards from $25 to $100 and other prizes for taking and posting photos on social media between Friday, July 6th and Sunday, July 8th for a “Dine, Shop, Explore” contest sponsored by the city of La Mesa.  Photos must be taken in the city in July to show off parks, restaurants, businesses and more.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SCARLET WILDFLOWERS IN JULIAN

 

 

June 21, 2018 (Julian) -- These scarlet-hued Climbing Penstemon wildflowers, also known as Heart-leaf Keckiella, are in bloom this week at William Heise County Park in Julian. 

ECM editor Miriam Raftery shot this photo of the native plant species, is a favorite of hummingbirds, sitll in bloom at higher elevations in our region.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MIMOSA BLOOM

 

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June 8, 2018 (El Cajon) – Robert Gehr got the shot of this gorgeous Mimosa blossom at Judson Park, located at the corner of North Magnolia Avenue and West Park Avenue in El Cajon.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WHO’S THERE?

 

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May 20, 2018 (Jamul) – At the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge in Jamul, talented wildlife photographer Debbie Ekhaml has been documenting a nest with four Great Horned Owls fledglings.

“Four is really amazing,” she says, adding that the species normally has two or three offspring at a time.

These large, nocturnal birds are found across our regional and can be identified by the tufts of feathers resembling horns. You may hear their distinctive “Hoo -H-Hoo” call after dark. 


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EAST COUNTY ARTISTS CELEBRATED IN NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

 

A local take on Humans of New York; book launch event July 19 at Warwick's La Jolla at 7:30 p.m.

By Jennifer Coburn

May 16, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - We’ve all seen how projects like the popular blog and book Humans of New York connects people through photography. Real people are seen through a new lens as they share their life experiences. Snapshots and text serve as a means to share universal truth through unique images.

San Diego artist and photographer Jennifer G. Spencer is adding a new photographic element to this conversation with the release of her new book THE ARTIST PORTRAIT PROJECT: A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMOIR OF PORTRAIT SESSIONS WITH SAN DIEGO ARTISTS (She Writes Press, July 12, 2018). Eleven of the artists live right here in East County, including La Mesa residents: Dottie Korn-Davis, David Beck-Brown, Suda House, Chris Lee, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Jess Dominguez, and Mary Lynn Dominguez; El Cajon residents Ellen Phillips, Ron Tatro, and Bill Mosley; and Spring Valley resident Kim Knox. 


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SINGING THE "BLUES": LAZULI BUNTING IN JAMUL

 

May 10, 2018 (Jamul) -- Talented wildlife photographer Debbie Ekhaml spotted this Lazuli Bunting in Jamul.  These beautiful, brilliant blue songbirds are "rare" in our region, though Ekhaml says she's previously seen one at Lake Cuyamaca, too.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: “SNAKE CHARMER” ON THE JOB

 

ast County News Service

April 22, 2018 (Lakeside) – Lakeside Fire Department’s Engine 26-C “Snake Charmers” are at it again, the department tweeted yesterday.  Firefighter-paramedic Brian Moore shows off an “angry” gopher snake that he caught in Blossom Valley. #Engine26 #GopherSnake #SnakeRemoval


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