February 2018 Articles

February 2018 Articles

AZTECS SOFTBALL FALLS AT UC RIVERSIDE 4-1

 

SDSU loses fourth straight game

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 14, 2018 (Riverside) - The San Diego State softball team was unable to get things going offensively in a 4-1 loss at UC Riverside Wednesday afternoon in Riverside, Calif. The Aztecs dropped to 1-6 with the loss, while the Highlanders evened their record to 3-3.

LOCALS RESPOND TO IRAQI JOURNALIST ALLEGING CORRUPTION AGAINST AYATOLLAH SISTANI

 

Click to view video of Adnan Al Jaafari's anti-corruption message in Arabic or scroll down for highlights and local reactions

By Jonathan Goetz

Translator Abbas Al Khuzaie also contributed to this report

February 14, 2018  (El Cajon) -- Adnan Al Jaafari is a journalist who has published a video criticizing corruption, including harsh words for Iraq's highest ranked religious figure, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

A blog on Huffington Post, as well as an East County resident we interviewed, credit Sistani with defeating ISIS in Iraq.

UNDERPRIVILEGED GIRLS IN ENCANTO RECEIVED NEW "IN STYLE" DRESSES FOR VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE

 

 

 

East County News Service

February 14, 2018  (Encanto) -- Brand new 'in style' Valentine Day themed dresses have been provided underprivileged girls around the country by the Believe in Yourself Project for Valentine Day's dances—including in east San Diego’s Encanto community.

PASSAGES: DR. MICHAEL LONG, FORMER PRESIDENT OF GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE BOARD

 

East County News Service

February 14, 2018 (La Mesa) – Dr. Michael T. Long, a prominent neurologist and past president of the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Board of Directors, passed away on January 31st I Grossmont Hospital.

Dr. Long, who started his practice in La Mesa in 1967, was the founder and first president of the San Diego Neurological Society.  He served for 12 years as a medical staff executive at Grossmont Hospital and was elected to the Grossmont Healthcare Board of directors for four years, serving as president for one year. He also served as Chief of Staff in 1987, and as Medical Staff Executive in support of the Chiefs of Staff from 1988 until his retirement in 2006.

POLITICO REPORT: REP. HUNTER’S WIFE AT CENTER OF FBI INVESTIGATION; PROBE INCLUDES QUESTIONS OVER ALLEGED WOMANIZING AND HEAVY DRINKING

 

By Kendra Sitton

February 14, 2018 (Jamul) — The media has revealed new details on the F.B.I. investigation of an East County lawmaker, as well as his alleged behavior in Washington D.C. According to reports, the investigation is intensifying, as Representative Duncan Hunter’s parents and a female lobbyist have been subpoenaed in the improper spending probe. Fellow Republicans are reportedly worried about his election prospects.

JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIRE BOARD VOTES TO NEGOTIATE WITH COUNTY

 

Story and photos by A.J. Herrington

February 13, 2018 (Julian) -- The Board of Directors of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) has voted 3-2 to negotiate fire protection standards for the community with the County of San Diego, if the County takes over that responsibility from the district. Many of the area residents who attended the crowded meeting at Fire Station 56 on Highway 79 today believe it’s the beginning of the end for the last volunteer fire department in the county.

SUPERVISORS REVERSE TRADITION, REFUSE TO HOLD EVENING MEETING ON BUDGET FOR WORKING PEOPLE TO ATTEND

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 13, 2018 (San Diego) – If you work days and can’t get time off, four of the five San Diego County Supervisors don’t believe you should have an opportunity to testify on the County’s proposed budget

“I don’t want to sit here at night,” Supervisor Bill Horn stated in response to a proposal by Supervisor Greg Cox to schedule a special evening meeting on the budget, which the County has done in the past.

TRUMP’S BUDGET BETRAYS CAMPAIGN PROMISES

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 13, 2018 (Washington D.C.) — On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to reduce the federal deficit and to protect those he called the “forgotten men and women of our country.” Specifically, he pledged not to cut Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that benefit middle-class families and the poor. Those promises now appear misleading, given the actual proposal in the President’s budget plan rolled out on Monday.

Trump’s $4 trillion proposed budget would increase the nation’s deficit by over $1 trillion.  It would increase military spending by over 14 percent, with military spending accounting for 59% of the entire federal budget, while cutting funds for nearly every other domestic program. That includes huge cuts to Medicare and Medicaid which benefit one-third of all Americans, the New York Times editorial board reports. 

How deep are the cuts?  

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY FIVE: SAN DIEGO'S SHAUN WHITE IS GOLD AGAIN

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo via @Olympics on Twitter

February 13, 2018 (Pyeonchang, South Korea) - The buzz surrounding Shaun White’s return to the Olympics was like wondering if Sam and Diane would finally become an item on Cheers.

But Wednesday, Shaun White put all those questions to rest.  He’s here and here to stay.  And, like his teammate Chloe Kim, he’s here to make history.  He's here to make sure people remember his name.

CHILES AND TOTH NAMED TO MASL TEAM OF THE WEEK FOR WEEK 16

 

Forward scores seven goals and goalkeeper stifles Sonora with 19 saves; Brandon Escoto was placed on the Honorable Mention List

Source:  San Diego Sockers

Photo courtesy San Diego Sockers

February 13, 2018 (San Diego) - The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) announced that San Diego Sockers Kraig Chiles and Chris Toth were named to the Team of the Week for Week 16. For both players, it is their second such honor this season. Brandon Escoto was placed on the Honorable Mention list.

AZTECS BASEBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 2/13: THE BOYS OF SUMMER ARE COMING

 

 

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Story by Liz Alper

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February 13, 2018 (San Diego) - Spring is coming.  Soon, we’ll smell freshly cut grass, warm spring air...the smell of baseball.  It was a perfect time for SDSU baseball head coach Mark Martinez and senior outfielder Chase Calabuig to take the podium at today’s press conference.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF WRAPS UP FIRST SPRING TOURNAMENT AT NGRC

 

Aztec freshman Sara Kjellker ties for 34th individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Sara Kjellker was the Aztecs' top finisher at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge this week.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 13, 2018 (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team completed its first tournament of the spring in 18th place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge after posting a combined 24-over-par 308 during the final round at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

LAKESIDE SHERIFF’S SUBSTATION FORMS PARTNERSHIP TO HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

 

East County News Service

February 13, 2018 (Lakeside) - More help is now available to victims of domestic violence in the East County. The Lakeside Sheriff's Substation is partnering with a non-profit group to offer direct and immediate assistance to victims.

LA MESA TOWNHALL: RESIDENTS RAISE CONCERNS OVER HOMELESSNESS, TRAFFIC, AIRPLANE NOISE, AND USE OF FORCE AT HELIX HIGH

 

City to appoint independent investigator for use-of-force case by La Mesa Police officer on student at Helix Charter High

By Jonathan Goetz

February 11, 2018 (La Mesa) - La Mesa's City Council members heard from local residents in a lively townhall last week that filled Northmont Elementary School's auditorium. The townhall forum, unlike Council meetings, allows discussion back and forth among residents and Council members after residents speak out with concerns or praise.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL & GLOBAL NEWS

 

February 13, 2018 (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 news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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WORLD

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MARTIN LUTHER CHOIR PERFORMS IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEB. 17 IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield

February 12, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – What makes the Martin Luther King Choir so fantastic? Join us and find out on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, when artistic director Ken Anderson brings his choir of superb singers, the fabled Martin Luther King Jr. Choir, to the community room for a free performance in celebration of Black History Month.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

February 13, 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:

LOCAL

STATE

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

PYEONCHANG DAY FOUR RECAP: CHLOE KIM'S INCREDIBLE TRIUMPH; SHAUN WHITE GOES FOR GOLD AGAIN

 

UPDATE:  Team USA women's hockey has also qualified for the semifinals after defeating the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

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By Liz Alper

Photo via Deadspin

February 12, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - If you’re close enough in age to remember what being a teenager and begging your parents for things was like, multiply that by 100 by adding immigrant parents and you have Chloe Kim’s childhood.  

HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY APRIL 14

 

East County News Service

February 12, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) – Heritage of the Americas Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special event on Saturday. April 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring guest artist Alfredo Rodriguez. The celebration also features a catered buffet, music, auction, drinks and good times.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF COMPLETES ROUND TWO AT NGRC

 

Aztec freshman Sara Kjellker tied for 17th individually after 36 holes

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Sara Kjellker carded the Aztecs' low round on Tuesday with a 1-over 72.

February 12, 2018 (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team slipped three notches into a tie for 17th place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge after posting a collective 28-over-par 312 during the second round Monday at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

SDSU LACROSSE'S HARLOWE STEELE NAMED MPSF OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Aztec junior collects second career weekly conference honor

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 12, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State lacrosse midfielder Harlowe Steele was selected Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player for her clutch performance in the Aztecs’ dramatic 12-11 victory at California on Sunday. With her award, the SDSU junior garnered the second weekly conference accolade of her career.

OLYMPICS RECAP DAY THREE: USA TAKES BRONZE IN TEAM FIGURE SKATING; JAMIE ANDERSON DEFENDS WOMEN'S SLOPESTYLE SNOWBOARDING TITLE

 

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By Liz Alper

Photos via Zimbio

February 11, 2018 (Gangneung, South Korea) - Most overachievers call bronze a failure, but Team USA figure skating calls it a success, especially after the afternoon Mirai Nagasu had.

“This is definitely history, or herstory, whatever way you want to put it,” Nagasu said.

LARGEST CROWD OF THE SEASON WATCHES SAN DIEGO BEAT SONORA 7-3

 

3,827 supporters see Sockers take down nemesis in feisty contest;

two-game road trip to Florida highlights next weekend’s action for San Diego

Source:  San Diego Sockers

Photo courtesy San Diego Sockers

February 11, 2018 (San Diego) - The Pacific Division champion San Diego Sockers (14-3) followed up winning the title on Friday with a 7-3 win over Sonora (11-7) on Sunday before the largest crowd of the season of 3,827 at Valley View Casino Center.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF TIED FOR 14TH AFTER ROUND ONE AT NGRC

 

Aztec freshman Sara Kjellker remains tied for 32nd individually in strong field

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 11, 2018 (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team is tied for 14th place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge after shooting a 19-over-par 303 on Sunday during the opening round at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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