February 2018 Articles

February 2018 Articles

SDSU SOFTBALL SPLITS AT KAJIKAWA CLASSIC

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 9, 2018 (Tempe) - The San Diego State softball team split a doubleheader at the Kajikawa Classic Friday night in Tempe, Ariz. The Aztecs (1-3) shut out Western Michigan 5-0 before falling to Northwestern 7-6 in eight innings in the nightcap.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS FALLS AT NO. 14 MISS. STATE

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 9, 2018 (Starkville, Miss.) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team ran into a buzz saw Friday, dropping a 6-1 decision to No. 14 Mississippi State in a non-conference dual match at A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.

SOCKERS CLINCH PACIFIC DIVISION TITLE WITH 10-3 VICTORY OVER STARS

 
Chiles has a hat trick, while three players tally two goals each in big win; San Diego will host game two of the Divisional Championship Series on March 10
 
Source:  San Diego Sockers
 
Photo courtesy San Diego Sockers
 
February 9, 2018 (Tacoma) - The 14-Time champion San Diego Sockers (13-3) clinched their second consecutive MASL Pacific Division title with a 10-3 win over the Tacoma Stars on Friday night. Kraig Chiles had a hat-trick, and Brandon Escoto, Brian Farber, and Erick Tovar paced San Diego with two goals each. Luan Oliveira also found the back of the net.

AZTEC TRACK & FIELD WRAPS UP DAY ONE AT THE DON KIRBY INVITATIONAL

 

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February 9, 2018 (Alberquerque) - The San Diego State track and field team wrapped up day one of the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Friday evening. The evening was highlighted by Ellison Grove’s No. 2 finish in the 600 and Lisa Anne Barrow’s long jump of 19-09.75, a top-ten mark in program history.

VIEJAS CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF THE WILLOWS HOTEL AND SPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backcountry hidden pleasures:   Our guide to unique lodging adventures in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

 

 

February 9, 2018 (Alpine) – At the grand opening last week of The Willows Hotel & Spa, an adults-only luxury high-rise  at the Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, located in San DIego's inland region, tribal chairman Robert Welch reflected told the crowd to "put on your sunglasses, because the future of Viejas has never looked brighter!”

The entire facility is reserved for adults only (families may stay at the original Viejas Hotel nearby). Each suite is sumptuously appointed and attention to architectural and design details are evident in craftsmanship throughout.

The Willows features a tower with 159 suites, a saltwater swimming pool, spa and salon facilities, restaurants, fitness center, and business center.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 10 - MARCH 10

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 7, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Cupids and Canines at Grossmont Center, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, hawk watch in Ramona, chamber music in La Mesa, a valentine’s tea and valentines dinners in Julian.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a valentine tour at the Water Conservation Garden, a jazz concert at a La Mesa winery, gospel music in Lemon Grove, a star party, a Celtic harp concert and international performer Gregory Page at Mission Trails, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, live bands at the Riviera Supper Club, the Boots Ball benefit for the Anza Borrego Foundation in Borrego Springs, and a St. Patrick’s Day half marathon in El Cajon.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

ART IN THE PARK CAMP OFFERED FOR KIDS ATOP MT. HELIX MARCH 26-30

 

East County News Service

February 8, 2018 (Mt. Helix) -- Art in the Park camp is being offered for the sixth season by Art Smarts, Inc. at Mt. Helix Park starting Monday, March 26 and running through Friday, March 30 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. You’re invited to treat your kids to a creative outdoor experience at the historic Mt. Helix Park and Amphitheater.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY CANDIDATE TO SPEAK FEB. 15 IN SANTEE

 

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 8, 2018 (Santee) – Genevieve Jones-Wright, a candidate running for San Diego County District Attorney, will be the featured speaker at the East County Democratic Club’s meeting on February 15 at 7 p.m. at Jimmy’s Family Restaurant, 9635 Mission Gorge Road in Santee.

MARRIAGE: TILL DEATH DO US PART!

 

Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night, by Peter Davidson (Sweet Memories Publishing, San Bernardino, CA, 2018, 137 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

February 8, 2018 (San Diego) - Where was this book by Peter Davidson some 40 years ago, when I first got married, as I possibly could have avoided the angst and pitfalls so many encounter in marriage? Davidson gives whimsical and sage advice to all men contemplating marriage, and those hoping to maintain and survive it, in this thought provoking book; Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel.

VALENTINE’S SPECIAL MENU AT GIARDINO’S IN LEMON GROVE INCLUDES LOBSTER RAVIOLI, STRAWBERRY SALAD AND MORE

 

East County Magazine

February 8, 2018 (Lemon Grove)—Giardino’s Neighborhood Cucina, a charming and cozy Italian restaurant drawing acclaim since its recent opening in Lemon Grove, is serving up some sumptuous specials for Valentine’s Day.

FABRISON’S OFFERS COUNTRY FRENCH FANCY OR RUSTIC OPTIONS FEB. 14 IN JAMUL

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 7, 2018 (Jamul) – What could be more romantic than a Valentine’s dinner at a French restaurant?  Fabrison’s Country French Cooking in Jamul is offering two dinner packages for you and your sweetheart on February 14. Choose from Country French fancy at $50 a person or Country French Rustic at $35 a person.

Each includes a three-course meal with multiple options.  Bon appetit!

FARMER’S TABLE ADDS NEW HAPPY HOUR MENU

 

By Casey Sorrell

February 7, 2018 (La Mesa)-- Just a week shy of their one-year anniversary, Farmer’s Table in La Mesa has debuted a new happy hour menu, and foodies around the city are invited to get a taste.

Available in the lounge and bar areas from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, their new menu features discounted specialty appetizers including $5-off Heirloom Tomato Burrata, $4-off Stuffed Portobello, $3-off Housemade Meatballs, and discounts on their wood-fired Margherita Pizza, Farmer’s Pizza and Short Rib Flatbread.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

February 7, 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:

U.S.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

JACUMBA HIKERS AND WALKERS HEAD TO DESERT VIEW TOWER FEB. 18

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2018 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – The Jacumba Hikers and Walkers  will lead a guided hike this Saturday to the Desert View Tower, one of the oldest roadside attractions/historic landmarks in this region, with a spectacular view of Imperial Valley.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

February 7, 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

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

February 7, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE & TEHCNOLOGY

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

TWO HELIX HIGH STANDOUTS, GROSSMONT COLLEGE TRANSFER AMONG SDSU FOOTBALL 2018 SIGNING CLASS

 

Aztecs add seven more players to finish 24-member class

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 7, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long announced the signing Wednesday of seven more players to National Letters of Intent or Offers of Aid. Including the 17 that signed in the first-ever class during the early signing period from Dec. 20-22, a total of 24 athletes will join the Aztecs for the 2018 season.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: FOURTH QUARTER SLIP COSTS AZTECS ANOTHER GAME

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

February 7, 2018 (San Diego) - In a special Wednesday matinee, San Diego State women’s basketball took to Steve Fisher Court to take on the Bulldogs of Fresno State.  The red and black lost to the Dawgs in Fresno on January 17, 64-53.  The Bulldogs are a tough customer, ranking third in the Mountain West.

CALIFORNIA TO BAN TRANSPORTING OIL FROM OFFSHORE RIGS IN STATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard image of Deepwater Horizon 2010 explosion and fire in Gulf of Mexico

February 7, 2018 (Sacramento) – The Trump administration last month announced its intent to open virtually all U.S. offshore oil and gas reserves to drilling, including off San Diego’s coast.  But now California officials say the state will prohibit transporting crude oil pumped from offshore rigs through California.

IT'S TIME TO LOVE YOUR HEART ON VALENTINE'S DAY

 

 

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your heart a little love.

The annual Love Your Heart Day event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at more than 150 sites in San Diego County and allows adults to get a free blood pressure screening. The event, now in its seventh year, is part of the County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego vision.

CALIFORNIA’S RAINFALL AND SNOWPACK LEVELS ARE FAR BELOW AVERAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 7, 2018 (Sacramento) – California could be heading into a new drought.  Electronic measurements taken February 1st by the state’s Department of Water Resources reveal that rainfall and snowpack water levels remain below average, four months into the rainy season.

INTERNATIONAL PERFORMER GREGORY PAGE AT MISSION TRAILS MARCH 4

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2018 (San Diego) - Gregory Page, international touring and V2 recording artist returns to Mission Trails Regional Park auditorium on Sunday, March 4  at 3 p.m. This London-born Irish-Armenian citizen of the world has imagination and a conscience as well as vocal talent.  He will share his stunning guitar work, anthemic songs of peace, ballads of “Optimistic Melancholy” and in his words, “true stories he makes up” with the Mission Trails listening audience in a performance for the whole family.

THE SAPS AT SEA PROUDLY PRESENT COMIC CALAMITIES NIGHT MARCH 31

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2018 (Spring Valley) - The Saps at Sea, the official Laurel & Hardy fan organization of San Diego, continue their slam-bang festival of funtastic films on Saturday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m. at Williams Hall at Trinity Church in Spring Valley (3902 Kenwood Drive) with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

10 TERRIFIC TRAILS TO BLAZE IN 2018

 

Whether you are new to nature or have many miles on your hiking boots, here are 10 terrific trails at San Diego County Parks to try this year.

Admission to the parks is free unless otherwise noted. Additional information and park phone numbers can be found on individual park pages. Just click on their links.

Several of these parks offer camping as well. Book a camping reservation online, or call 877-565-3600 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It can get very hot on the park trails, and many don’t have shade. Always hike with appropriate footwear, dress in layers, wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring plenty of water.

DEFIANT TRUMP REFUSES TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA PASSED BY CONGRESS; TRUMP LAWYERS SEEK TO BLOCK PRESIDENT FROM TALKING TO MUELLER ON RUSSIA PROBE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 7, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump has defied Congress, refusing to impose sanctions against Russia passed by Congress before Monday’s deadline.  The law required the President to sanction companies or individuals doing significant business with Russian defense and intelligence entities, moves that aimed to punish Russia for meddling in the U.S. presidential election including hacking into several U.S. states’ election systems.

WOMAN DEAD IN EL CAJON SHOOTING

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Robert Gehr

Robert Gehr contributed to this report

Update:  The  deceased woman has been identified as Brandi Duhamell. According to El Cajon Police Lieutenant W. Miller, officers arrived to find her fiancee performing CPR on Duhamell, who had shot the fiancee in the leg before committing suicide by shooting herself in the chest.

February 6, 2018 (El Cajon) – A woman is dead and a man hospitalized with a gunshot wound, El Cajon Police Department posted on Twitter this evening.

ECM photographer Robert Gehr, who lives across the street from the Park Royale apartment complex at 193 West Park avenue, said a SWAT team was deployed and reported seeing “at least 12 police units” and 20 or more officers at the scene following the shooting that occurred around 6 p.m. as well as paramedics and a fire truck.

CARJACKING SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 6, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – A suspect who reportedly carjacked a vehicle this afternoon in El Cajon was captured in Carlsbad following a high-speed pursuit by Sheriff’s deputies and an ASTREA Sheriff’s helicopter.

MEDIA WATCH: BIOTECH BILIONAIRE BUYS UNION-TRIBUNE AND LOS ANGELES TIMES

 



Update February 7:  TRONC announced today that the San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times have been sold to Nant Technologies LLC, a private investment company owned by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, for $500 million cash plus $90 million in pension liabilities.

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: UCLA

February 6, 2018 (San Diego) – Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a biotech billionaire, is in negotiations to buy the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times from TRONC, formerly known as Tribune Media, the Los Angeles Times reports. The would-be media mogul currently owns a 28 percent stake in the company.  

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