February 2018 Articles

February 2018 Articles

SDSU SWIMMING AND DIVING'S COURTNEY VINCENT QUALIFIES FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Aztec sophomore will race in 100 fly at NCAA Championships next month

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 28, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State sophomore swimmer Courtney Vincent qualified for the NCAA championships in the 100 butterfly after winning the individual title in the MW championships earlier this month with a time of 52.41.

SDSU TRACK & FIELD: ASHLEY HENDERSON & BONNIE DRAXLER QUALIFY FOR NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Aztecs send two athletes to Indoor Championships for second consecutive year

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 28, 2018 (San Diego) - Ashley Henderson and Bonnie Draxler will represent the Aztecs at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas March 9-10. This is the second year in a row the Aztecs have sent two athletes to the Indoor Nationals.

SDSU'S RAFAEL GONZALEZ ALMAZAN NAMED MW MEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Aztec sophomore collects first weekly conference honor

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 28, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s Rafael Gonzalez Almazan was named Mountain West Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced on Wednesday. With his award, the Aztec sophomore garnered his first career conference weekly accolade and SDSU’s first this season.

HANTAVIRUS FOUND IN EAST COUNTY RODENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 28, 2018 (San Diego) - County health officials are warning that 16 mice have tested positive for hantavirus, or about  5 percent of all wild mice tested. One meadow vole also tested positive for the disease.  The infected rodents were found in Borrego Springs, Boulevard, Julian, Ramona, San Diego, Santa Ysabel, 4S Ranch and Black Mountain.

WEST HILLS HIGH STUDENT ARRESTED FOR THREAT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated 1:30 p.m. with information provided by the Sheriff's department.

February 28, 2018 (Santee) – A student at West Hills High School has been arrested overnight for “making terrorists threats after he posted a photo of a Lego rifle on social media with a threatening message,” Grossmont Union High School District public information officer Catherine Martin stated on Twitter.

NEW STORM FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Alex Tardy, National Weather Service San Diego

February 28, 2018 (San Diego) -- Another winter storm is set to swoop in Thursday night through Saturday from the Pacific Northwest, bringing potentially heavy rain and more mountain snow.  Winds could pick up too through mountain passes and desert slopes, too.

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS TAKES AIM AT ASSAULT RIFLES

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 28, 2018 (San Diego) — While Congress remains paralyzed over gun control legislation, with the Republican leadership refusing to even allow a vote on measures to ban or restrict sales of military-style assault rifles used in many recent mass shootings, at least one major retailer has taken action on its own.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF FINISHES FOURTH AT SOUTHWESTERN INVITATIONAL

 

Aztecs’ P.J. Samiere, Blake Abercrombie finish among the top 12 individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  P.J. Samiere finished a solo 11th at the Southwestern Invitational this week.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 28, 2018 (Westlake Village, Calif.) - Battling adverse weather, the San Diego State men’s golf team finished in fourth place at the Southwestern Invitational after shooting a combined 7-over-par 295 on Tuesday during the final round at North Ranch Country Club.

SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: AZTECS HANG ON TO DEFEAT SECOND-SEED BRONCOS 72-64

 

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Photos by Cris Rangel

February 28, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State men’s basketball is back home for the last two games of the season, starting tonight against Boise State.  The Broncos are at the top of their game right now, standing at second in the Mountain West.

SDSU BASEBALL DROPS ROAD OPENER AT UC IRVINE

 

Aztecs head into conference play with 6-3 record

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 27, 2018 (Irvine) - The San Diego State baseball fell to UC Irvine, 9-4, at Anteater Ballpark on Tuesday night. The Aztecs head into next weekend’s conference series with a 6-3 record, while UC Irvine improves to 6-2 on the year.

SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS AT BOISE STATE 64-53

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 27, 2018 (Boise) - The San Diego State women’s basketball team fell at Boise State 64-53 Tuesday evening at the Taco Bell Arena. The Aztecs trailed by just four points entering the fourth quarter, but missed their first 11 shots of the quarter and the Broncos went on an 11-0 run, which the Aztecs could not overcome.

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH: DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR NEAREST AED IS?

 

East County wife and mother says the life-saving devices should be easier to find than a gourmet cup of coffee

 By Lora Watters

February 27, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Something caught Susanne de La Flor's eye as she strolled through Grossmont Center last spring. It was not a display for a best-selling author in the Barnes & Noble window, nor a life-size cardboard cutout promoting a funny animated movie at Reading Cinemas. It was an Automated External Defibrillator on a plain gray stucco wall, between the post office and CVS Pharmacy located adjacent to the popular East County mail.

 Ever since her husband of 26 years, George de la Flor, suffered sudden cardiac arrest and subsequent brain damage in 2011, Susanne has always made note of AED devices in public places. But there was something special about this AED. It was located outside.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES FOURTH AT BRUIN WAVE INVITE

 

Aztecs’ Sara Kjellker and Mila Chaves land in the top 10 individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Mila Chaves was lone golfer to break par on Tuesday out of 83 competitors at the Bruin Wave Invite.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 27, 2018 (San Luis Obispo) - Buoyed by two top-10 individual placements, the San Diego State women’s golf team finished in fourth place at the Bruin Wave Invitational on Tuesday after posting a collective 15-over-par 303 during the final round at a chilly San Luis Obispo Country Club.

COMPANIES DROP TIES TO NRA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2018 (San Diego) – Students in Parkland, Florida are taking aim at the proliferation of military-style assault weapons too often used to commit mass murder in schools—and they’re gaining some powerful allies. Major corporations have announced that they are dropping partnerships with the National Rifle Association, or NRA, in protest of the NRA’s opposition to reforms such as banning or limiting access to assault weapons.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SNOW AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2018 (Alpine) -- Bobbi Brink at Lions, Tigers and Bears posted photos of the exotic wildlife at her rescue sanctuary in Alpine reacting to today's heavy snowfall, including a pair of lions, a white tiger, and a rescued bobcat.

Enjoy the views!

ALL ABOUT BEEKEEPING MARCH 10 AT FLETCHER HILLS LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2018 (El Cajon) – Learn all about beekeeping at a presentation by local beekeeper Richard Edwords on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. Fletcher Hills Library, 576 Garfield Ave, El Cajon, 92020.

Edwords will bring some of his beekeeping equipment, including a bee box. He will explain how the box works and what is necessary for beginning beekeepers. He will explain the health benefits of using honey over white sugar. Edwords will give a brief history of beekeeping, which became big business in the 1800’s due to Mr. John Harbison’s successful enterprise. The presentation will also include safety tips on what to do if you get attacked by bees.

SNOW BLANKETS MOUNTAIN TOWNS

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- The National Weather Service forecasts that up to a foot and a half of snow could fall on Mount Laguna by tonight.  As of noon today, over five inches had been recorded at the peak. In Julian, over six inches have fallen.

"This storm is not like anything I’ve seen up here. Sun and snow are going back and forth…and nobody gets anywhere," says Bobbi Zane, who sent us the photos above.  "It’s been snowing all day, then the sun comes out and everything melts, then the snow stars coming down again. I had someone drive on my driveway so I can get my car out. By the time he finished, it had started snowing again. No using the car today!"

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

February 27, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

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CHILES AND TOTH NAMED TO MASL TEAM OF THE WEEK FOR WEEK 18

 

The second time in the past two weeks that the pair was honored for their performance; Matt Clare was placed on the Honorable Mention list

Source:  San Diego Sockers

Photo courtesy San Diego Sockers

February 27, 2018 (San Diego) - The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) announced today that San Diego Sockers Kraig Chiles and Chris Toth were named to the Team of the Week for Week 18. For both players, it is their third such honor this season. Chiles had a seven-point night last Saturday with two goals and a season-high five assists. Toth made eight saves in earning his ninth win. Matt Clare was placed on the Honorable Mention list for his hat trick against Rio Grande Valley.

ENERGY PROJECTS AND SEXUAL PREDATOR RELEASE ON BOULEVARD PLANNING GROUP’S MARCH 1 AGENDA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2018 (Boulevard) – The Boulevard Planning Group meets Thursday, March 1st at 7 p.m. in the Boulevard Fire Training Room, 33919 Ribbonwood Road, Boulevard.  The board is expected to take action on proposed release of a sexually violent predator on McCain Valley Road.

The board will also receive updates and hold discussions on issues including Supervisors’ climate action plan, Tule Wind noise complaints, Protect Our Communities’ appeal challenging federal approval of Tule Wind phase II, and revival of two solar projects formerly proposed by Soitec. Rugged Solar has been taken over by Clean Focus and Tierra Del sol Solar has been taken over by Invenergy and renamed Boulevard Solar.

STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ENDORSES CAMPA-NAJJAR AND ELIA IN KEY EAST COUNTY RACES; DECLINES TO ENDORSE IN TOP STATEWIDE CONTESTS

STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ENDORSES CAMPA-NAJJAR AND ELIA IN KEY EAST COUNTY RACES; DECLINES TO ENDORSE IN TOP STATEWIDE CONTESTS

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – At the California Democratic Convention held in San Diego over the weekend, an overwhelming 97 percent of delegates voted to endorse Ammar Campa-Najjar in the June primary race for the 50th Congressional District seat held by Congressman Duncan Hunter.  Campa-Najjar, a former Labor Department official with many local Democratic club endorsements, won the endorsement over former Navy Seal Josh Butner.

In other local Congressional races, the party endorsed incumbents Susan Davis, Juan Vargas and Scott Peters, but failed to reach consensus in an endorsement in the hotly contested 49th Congressional district seat left open by the retirement of Darrell Issa.

The state party also officially endorsed James Elia, who is running for the East County Assembly seat held by Republican Randy Voepel, as well as endorsing incumbents Shirley Weber and Ben Hueso in East County’s state Senate seats up for reelection in 2018.

The party decided to remain neutral, however, issuing no endorsement in several prominent statewide races including Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General as well as U.S. Senate.

That decision came as a rebuke to long-serving Senator Dianne Feinstein, who has served in the Senate for 25 years but now faces a challenge from Kevin De Leon, a state Senator from Los Angeles.  Critics contend that Feinstein hasn’t stood up forcefully enough against President Donald Trump’s policies, though as a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee she posed tough questions in the Trump Russia probe and has been a leading voice calling for restoring the assault weapons ban that she authored, which Congress allowed to expire. De Leon had sought to win endorsement, a rarity against an incumbent, but fell short of the 60 percent required.

With Governor Jerry Brown stepping down due to term limits, the gubernatorial primary race on the Democratic side of the aisle pits Gavin Newsom, current Lieutenant Governor and former San Francisco Mayor, against State Treasurer John Chiang, Assembly Speaker and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Delaine Eastin, former Assembly member and past Superintendent of Public Instruction. For details on these candidates as well as Republican contenders, see http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-governor-list-2018-htmlstory.html.

The Lieutenant Governor seat is also open. Delegates gave 42 percent of votes to State Senator Ed Hernandez of Azusu and 41 percent to former Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, with neither getting enough for a pre-primary endorsement.

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is termed out of that office and is running for Attorney General against incumbent Xavier Becerra.  Jones got 56 percent to Becerra’s 42 percent, but still not enough to reach the 60 percent threshold required for a state party endorsement.

The party did issue these endorsements for other statewide offices:

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

Treasurer: Fiona Ma

Controller: Betty Yee

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Ammar Campa-Najjar with supporters at state Democratic convention, via his Facebook page

February 26, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – At the California Democratic Convention held in San Diego over the weekend, an overwhelming 97 percent of delegates voted to endorse Ammar Campa-Najjar in the June primary race for the 50th Congressional District seat held by Congressman Duncan Hunter.  Campa-Najjar, a former Labor Department official with many local Democratic club endorsements, won the endorsement over former Navy Seal Josh Butner. 

Campa-Najjar, Butner and other contenders will face El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, a Republican, as well as embattled Congressman Hunter and potentially other challenges, with the filing deadling fast appraoching on March 9th. Hunter is viewed as vulnerable by many political experts due to the federal criminal investigation into allegations of misusing campaign funds for personal use and other controversies.

YOUNG ACTORS THEATRE FILLS CASA DE ORO THEATRE WITH WHIMSY OF SEUSS THROUGH MARCH 4

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

www.http://losangeles.splashmags.com/

February 27, 2018 (Casa De Oro) - Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? We all grew up with favorites. Mine were Green Eggs and Ham, and Go Dogs Go. Lynn Ahearns, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle mashed several Seuss books together, Horton Hears a Who, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle, and The Cat in the Hat, and came up with Seussical, the Musical.

READER’S EDITORIAL: LA MESA RECONSIDERS ITS CIVIC CENTER—AGAIN

 

 

Why is library omitted from the plan?

By Dr. Anthony McIvor

February 27, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Tonight the City Council agenda includes a returning item: engagement of an urban planning firm to update feasibility tests for the Civic Center site. Included are the introduction of market-rate housing, as well as office and/or governmental use, park and parking uses in combination with another civic building.

And once again we see a baffling omission.  Surrounding cities – from Alpine to IB – are proudly opening – and winning awards with – new town libraries. Just yesterday, San Diego Mayor Faulconer lauded libraries as “…hubs for inspiration, discovery and opportunity.” But in La Mesa, the long-delayed new library continues to get the crickets treatment at City Hall.

Why?

‘NIGHT, MOTHER ON STAGE AT LAMPLIGHTERS LA MESA MARCH 2-25

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2018 (La Mesa) – Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present ‘Night, Mother March 2-25. 'Night, Mother, Marsha Norman's explosive 1983 play, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play.

INDIVISIBLE RAMONA HOSTS COMMUNITY PRESENTATION ON SAN DIEGO’S AGRARIAN ECONOMY FEB. 27

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2018 (Ramona) --  Indivisible Ramona invites the public to attend an evening of presentations on the “Changing Faces of Agricultures”, including farm labor, and its impact on the economy of San Diego County tonight, Tuesday, February 27, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St., Ramona, CA 92065. 

Attendees will hear from two expert speakers and Congressional candidates about San Diego County agriculture productions of more than $1.7 billion and agricultural exports from and through the county at more than $18 billion and how immigration, housing, NAFTA and other key issues could have an impact. Both Republican and Democratic candidates running for Congress in District 50 have been invited to participate and offer comments.

SDSU SOFTBALL'S ALEX FORMBY NAMED MW PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

Formby earns third career MW weekly award

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 27, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s Alex Formby has been named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. It is the first weekly award by the Aztecs this season and the third of Formby’s career.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

SDSU BASEBALL WRAPS UP HOMESTAND WITH 4-3 WIN OVER MICHIGAN

 

Justin Goossen-Brown struck out 10 in 6.1 innings to earn first win

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 26, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team used a quality start from Justin Goossen-Brown and a four-run fifth inning to secure a 4-3 win over Michigan on Tuesday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs conclude its season-opening eight-game homestand with a record of 6-2, while the Wolverines slip to 2-5 on the 2018 season.

ROUND TWO SUSPENDED FOR SDSU MEN'S GOLF AT SOUTHWESTERN INVITE

 

Tournament to resume Tuesday; Aztecs sit in fifth

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 26, 2018 (Westlake Village, Calif.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team remains in fifth place at the Southwestern Invitational after play was suspended midway through the second round on Monday due to darkness. The Aztecs, who sit at 17-over par through holes 11-13, endured a two-hour delay for frost earlier in the morning at the par-72, 6,994-yard layout at North Ranch Country Club.

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