SIRENS, TEXTS, EVEN CHURCH BELLS: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE ALERTS AND EVACUATIONS STILL AD HOC

JIMMIE JOHNSON RACES INTO HISTORY, ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

AFTER RULING BY JUDGE, COUNTY REMOVES ALL EQUIPMENT FROM JULIAN FIRE STATION 56, INCLUDING FIRE ENGINES, AMBULANCE AND WATER TENDER

STORM DOUSES COUNTY

THE RAINS ARE COMING; GET YOUR FREE SANDBAGS AT COUNTY, CAL FIRE STATIONS

STEELE CANYON CHARTER RENEWAL REJECTED BY GUHSD; PRINCIPAL GRILLED BY BOARD

TALKING TURKEY: BEST BETS FOR THANKSGIVING DINNERS OUT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 22 - DEC. 24

COUNTY ASKS D.A. TO PROBE JOEL ANDERSON’S CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR SUPERVISOR RACE; HIS CAMPAIGN CALLS ALLEGATIONS “BOGUS”

IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS: WEEK 1 WRAP-UP

ROGER STONE FOUND GUILTY OF DEATH THREAT AGAINST WITNESS, LYING TO CONGRESS DURING RUSSIA PROBE TO COVER UP FOR TRUMP

TB CASES REPORTED IN LOCAL JAILS AND A BRIDGE SHELTER FOR HOMELESS

BRRRR! FROST WARNING ISSUED FOR TONIGHT

 

November 25, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Temperatures will drop below freezing tonight, dipping into the upper 20s to low 30s  in San Diego County’s inland valleys, mountains and lower deserts, with temperatures down to the low 20s possible. A frost advisory has been issued from 10 p.m. tonight to 9 a.m. Friday morning.

 

The National Weather Service advises keeping pets indoors and taking steps to protect sensitive outdoor plants, which may be killed if left uncovered.

SHERIFF'S HOLIDAY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: DEC. 3 AND 4 IN LEMON GROVE

 

Funds to benefit senior citizens with no local family members

 

November 25, 2010 (Lemon Grove)--The Sheriff’s Lemon Grove Station, Lemon Grove Kiwanis, and Spring Valley Kiwanis will host a Holiday Pancake Breakfast on Friday and Saturday, December 3 & 4,  from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice will be served. Children can also visit with Santa at the United Methodist Church.

PRESIDENT URGES AMERICANS TO “BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE, AND GENEROUS TO THOSE WHO HAVE LESS"

 

November 25, 2010 (Washington D.C.) –The First Family carried out a tradition of community service by volunteering at Martha’s Table, a food pantry, the day before Thanksgiving. Earlier, President Barack Obama was joined by his daughters as he carried out another tradition, the “pardoning” of two turkeys at the White House. There, he reflected on the meaning of Thanksgiving and delivered this message on the importance of taking time during the holiday season to give back to our communities:

GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER BUYS 240 TURKEYS FOR THE NEEDY, ASKS PUBLIC TO GIVE TO OTHERS

November 25, 2010 (Sacramento) -- After hearing that a Salvation Army in Compton was overwhelmed with 140 more requests from needy families for turkeys than it could fill, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took action.  He called the center and wrote a check for 240 turkeys, "to make sure you don't run out," the Los Angeles Times reported.  

 

BOOK REVIEW: SKY OF RED POPPIES REVEALS THE ENDURING POWER OF FRIENDSHIP AMID A CLASH OF CULTURES



Sky Of Red Poppies, By Zohreh Ghahremani (Turquoise Books, San Diego, CA, 2010, 305 Pages.)

Updated Review with podcast interview of author on "East County Magazine Live!" radio show on KNSJ 89.1 FM.

Book Review by Dennis Moore

 

August 16, 2014 (San Diego)--Zohreh Ghahremani, an artist, writer and gardener residing in the San Diego area, has written a stunning and poetic tale about two girls coming of age in Iran during the 1960s. The theme of the book questions how much can a friendship change your life? Set against the backdrop of a nation forced to mute its profound identity, Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships.

FREE! HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY RIDES IN DOWNTOWN EL CAJON

November 24, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Enjoy a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley in downtown El Cajon!  There is no charge to ride the authentic British-style double-decker bus, which passengers can board at East Main Street and Sulzfeld Avenue, across from Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon.

 

THE CAT’S MEOW: CHEETAH CUB OPEN HIS EYES AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK

 

November 24, 2010 (San Pasqual Valley)--Kiburi, a 10-day-old cheetah cub, opened his eyes today (Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010) at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Animal Care Center. He took in the world, gobbled down a bottle, played for a little while, and then went back fast asleep in the window of the nursery. 

MORE CALIFORNIANS WORRIED ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION COSTS, HALF WOULD APPROVE RAISING TAXES INSTEAD OF HIKING STUDENT FEES

November 24, 2010 (San Diego) -- Californians are becoming increasingly worried about the cost of higher education. A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California found that 74 percent of those polled said the state does not provide enough money to its public colleges and universities.

 

PRESCRIBED BURNS IN CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

 

November 24, 2010 (Descanso) -- The Descanso Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest is conducting 300-500 acres of prescribed burning in the south eastern part of San Diego County. The projects are located near the communities of Alpine, Pine Valley, and Mt Laguna. Prescribed burning will be conducted from November of this year, through June of 2011 as weather and fuel conditions permit.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR STROKE PATIENT CARE

 

November 24, 2010 (La Mesa) — Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s "Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award" for applying evidence-based guidelines in providing the best possible care to stroke patients.

NEW DETAILS ON FORMER RAMONA CONTRACTOR ACCUSED IN ESCONDIDO “BOMB FACTORY” CASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County)—East County Magazine visited the Ramona Country Estates neighborhood yesterday where George Djuro Jakubec, the man accused of operating a “bomb factory” in Escondido, lived some two decades ago.

Some neighbors were shocked to learn of the notoriety now attached to this quiet, upscale neighborhood, where Jakubec is listed as the builder of a residence at 15500 Vista Vicente Drive, Ramona. The home is located across the street from a golf course with prime views—and just half a block from the former home of the late tennis star Bobby Riggs, suggesting that the Jakubec family was prosperous when living here.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SEEKS APPLICANTS TO FILL VACANCY ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Application Deadline 2:00 p.m., Friday December 10, 2010

 

November 24, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) Board is seeking applications to fill an empty seat on the Board.

 

The appointee must be available to serve the remaining two years of the seat’s four-year term until early December 2012, following the November 2012 general election.

ALPINE WOMAN'S CLUB HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

Tour and Fundraiser will get you in the holiday spirit!

 

November 24, 2010 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Woman's Club Christmas Home Tour will be held on Sunday, December 5th, 2010 from 10am to 4pm. This is your Chance to enjoy 5 beautifully decorated Alpine homes!

 

This fundraiser helps to provide scholarships for college bound Alpine high school seniors, and to maintain the historic Town Hall which was built in 1899.

HOLIDAYS GO HIGH-TECH FOR GRANDPARENTS, OLDER ADULTS


Coalition Web Site Provides Technology Gift Ideas

 

November 23, 2010 (San Diego)--If you have an older relative on your holiday shopping list, perhaps this is the year to look past traditional gifts such as robes, socks, perfume or candy and consider a more tech-savvy gift such as an e-book reader, a gaming system or even computer classes.

 

WARRANT SWEEP NABS 67 IN EAST COUNTY

 

November 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- On November 20th, the San Diego Sheriff's Court Services Field Unit conducted a warrant sweep in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, and the unincorporated areas of El Cajon, Alpine and Lakeside. The focus was on apprehension of suspects with outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants. A total of 67 persons were arrested and 96 warrants were cleared.

SDSU TRANSIT CENTER SHUT DOWN WHILE POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE


By Tanya Huang

 

November 23, 2010 (San Diego) — San Diego State students, faculty and staff were blocked from areas around the trolley station for almost three hours while the San Diego State University (SDSU) Police Department investigated an undisclosed, suspicious package which was later deemed nonthreatening.

GIFT LIST? CHECK. STORE RECEIPTS? DOUBLE CHECK!

County Urges Shoppers to Verify Receipts to avoid being Overcharged this Holiday Season

 

November 23, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--The holiday shopping season is here again, and shoppers should remember to double-check their receipts to be sure they’re not overcharged by faulty cash register price-scanners.

ENDING NOT SO SWEET FOR YUM-YUM DOUGHNUT THIEF

 

November 23, 2010 (La Mesa) – A 17-year-old has been arrested after attempting to rob the Yum-Yum Doughnut store for the second day in a row.

 

Yesterday 10:50 a.m., the teen stole a tip-jar from the store at 7550 El Cajon Blvd. According to La Mesa Police, he told the employee that he was sorry, but had no money and needed the cash. The employee and suspect struggled briefly over the tip jar, which contained about $10.

ALLEGED BOMB MAKER IN ESCONDIDO HAD LARGEST STASH OF HOME-MADE EXPLOSIVES EVER FOUND IN U.S.; SUSPECT ALSO ACCUSED OF BANK ROBBERIES


Jakubec formerly ran a contracting business in Ramona

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

November 22, 2010 (Escondido)—George Djura Jakubec, 54, pled not guilty today to 28 criminal counts. He is accused of possessing destructive explosive devices and the ingredients to make them, as well as robbing two local banks.
 

Deputy District Attorney Terri Perez told Judge Marshall Hockett that the suspect’s home was “a bomb factory” containing “the largest quantity of these types of homemade explosives at one place in the United States.” Those materials pose “a huge danger to officers and the public,” she said.

NEW MIRAMAR NATIONAL CEMETERY OPENS: PROVIDES BURIALS FOR AREA VETERANS AND FAMILY MEMBERS

 

November 22, 2010 (San Diego)-- Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego officially opened today by providing its first burials of veterans and family members at the new facility.

 

Military honors at the opening ceremony included a rifle salute and the playing of “Taps.” Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro gave remarks and was joined by VA and local officials in the interment of cremated remains. Casket burial options will be available in early 2011.

TALKING TURKEY: TRAVEL DAY SAFETY TIPS

By Paula H. Dickenson, USN, Retired Crime Prevention Specialist
Alpine & Rural Crime Prevention, San Diego Sheriff's Alpine substation

 

November 22, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--Travel safety and prevention tips have taken on a new meaning during tough economic times. Opportunistic thieves may be looking for unprotected homes or pre-occupied travelers.

 

The Alpine Sheriff's Deputies wish you a safe Thanksgiving Holiday with these following safety tips to avoid problems during the start of the busiest travel season of the year.

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