January 2017 Articles

HIT AND RUN DRIVER SOUGHT IN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN SPRING VALLEY IN EARLY HOURS OF NEW YEAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 3, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- California Highway Patrol seeks public help to identify motorist who struck and killed a pedestrian on eastbound  State Route 94 just east of Kenwood Drive  in Spring Valley around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 1st, then fled the scene.

NEW YEAR’S DAY BEGAN WITH PRAYER AT MOUNT HELIX PARK AMPHITHEATER

 

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2017 (La Mesa) – About 100 people gathered on New Year’s Day afternoon at Mount Helix Park Amphitheater for a “Prayer Summit,” hosted by Unite San Diego, an East County-based coalition of pastors, elected officials, business owners and community leaders.

 

HINDUS SEEK DIWALI HOLIDAY IN ALL CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Hindus are urging all 1,025 public school districts of California to declare official holiday on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals. They are also urging California’s all 1,222 charter schools, all about 3,170 private schools and all independent schools also to adopt Diwali as an official holiday on their 2017-2018 school year calendars.

Diwali, the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up lives, symbolizing victory of good over evil. Besides Hindus; Sikhs,Jains and some Buddhists also celebrate Diwali, which falls on October 19 in 2017.

TOP 15 LIBRARY CHECKOUTS IN 2016

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 3, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego County residents continued to take advantage of the all of free resources available to them from the San Diego County Library system in 2016. From books and e-books to DVDs and a variety of programs for residents of all ages, the SDCL ranked amongst the top library systems in the nation.

CHIEF’S CORNER: MUD FLOW/EROSION SAFETY TIPS—STORMS COMING!

 

By Sam DiGiovanna

January 2, 2017 (San Diego) -- The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting the possibility of significant storm beginning next Saturday. The NWS is reporting that an Atmospheric River (a narrow corridor of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere) may reach southern California Saturday.

This may produce more rain than we have seen in decades. Start thinking ahead to prepare.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: JAN. 3-15, 2017

 

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren, Editor

Contributor: Laura Roberts, Editor, The Writer’s Life, SDW/EG

January 2, 2017 (San Diego) — This week’s edition includes a newsflash about a popular local bookstore closing its doors, appearances by prominent authors, classes and a local writer’s conference.

5 BENEFICIAL HOME MODIFICATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S

 

By Caroline James

Image via Pixabay by stevepb

January 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Alzheimer’s is a disease that drastically affects a senior’s ability to live out their golden years in their own homes. Many affected by Alzheimer’s find it necessary to move into an assisted living facility in order to live safely. However, there are a number of ways you can help your aging loved one remain in their home rather than uprooting and moving into a specialized facility.

WEDDING BELLS RING FOR LOCAL POLITICIANS LORENA GONZALEZ AND NATHAN FLETCHER

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2017 (San Diego) - On New Year’s Day, two prominent San Diego politicians posted a wedding announcement on Twitter.  Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, former head of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, married former Assemblyman and ex-mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher in Balboa Park. 

HELP SOUGHT TO SAVE ABALONE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo 1:  White Abalone, by Geographer, Wikimedia Commons

Photo 2:  Black Abalone, by James St. John, Wikimedia Commons

January 2, 2017 (San Diego) – The National Marine Fisheries Service is asking for public help to save black and white abalone from disappearing forever along the coast of California and Baja Mexico—the only places in the world where they are found.

WINTER GARDEN CARE: LEARN PROPER PRUNING JAN. 14

 

Source: Water Conservation Garden

January 2, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) – Caring for your landscape in winter leads to thriving spring gardens.  On Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will offer a class titled “Winter Garden Care: Proper Pruning Practices.”

EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS KNIFE-WIELDING SUSPECT

 

East County News Service

January 2, 2017 (El Cajon) – A man wielding a knife was shot last night shortly after 9 p.m. by an El Cajon Police officer and is being treated at a local trauma center for the gunshot injury. According to Lieutenant Randy Soulard with ECPD’s special enforcement division, the officer was wearing a body camera and footage has been retained as evidence.

BRING IN THE BIRDS FOR WINTER BEAUTY AND ENTERTAINMENT

 

By Melinda Myers

Photo credit: Gardener’s Supply Company

January 2, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide entertainment, but also an opportunity for all ages to stay involved with nature year-round.

LAKESIDE PLANNING GROUP MEETS JANUARY 4: AGENDA INCLUDES SEWER RATE HIKE, PROPOSED STARBIUCKS, PROPOSED PARKS CHANGES AND AND MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING

 

East County News Service

January 2, 2017 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Community Planning Group will meet on Wednseday, January 4th at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Community Center (9841 Vine St., Lakeside).

This week’s agenda includes a presentation by the County and possible vote on a local park planning area realignment and consideration of a sewer rate increase.  There will also be a public hearing on a proposed Starbucks at Los Coches and Camino Canada.

MAN DIES AFTER ARSON FIRE AT LAKESIDE HOME; DOG SAVED BY FIREFIGHTERS

 

East County News Service

January 1, 2017 (Lakeside) – A man found in a burned home this morning on Woodland Vista in Lakeside has died. Firefighters from the Lakeside Fire Department rescued and revived a Labrador retriever dog, using a special pet oxygen mask.

STOLEN GOLF CART RETURNED TO TIR NA NOG

 

East County News Service

January 1, 2017 (Guatay) – The holiday season just got brighter at Tir Na Nog, a horse rescue sanctuary in East County.

In mid-November, as we reported, two golf carts used to feed rescued horses were stolen from the facility in Guatay. But now one of those golf carts has been found on a property nearly five miles away and returned, thanks to an anonymous tipster.

SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: LOBOS STUN AZTECS IN FIRST GAME OF CONFERENCE PLAY

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 1, 2017 (San Diego) - What better way to kick off a new year than by kicking off conference play?  The San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team did just that today against the University of New Mexico.

AVIAN POX SUSPECTED IN HUMMINGBIRDS IN LA MESA/MT. HELIX AREA

 

By  Laura Ball

January 1, 2017 (La Mesa/Mt. Helix) -- I have very active hummingbird feeders and have noticed a few birds with tumors on their beaks (see photo). I have been in contact with a specialist at the University of California-Davis Vet Med Center about this, and she had some suggestions on how to help them. The hummingbirds probably have avian pox, which is contagious - to birds only, not humans - and can spread through the feeders we all have in our yards.

ROAD WIDENING BEGINS FOR TULE WIND PROJECT IN MCCAIN VALLEY: CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 1, 2017 (McCain Valley) – Road widening in anticipation of construction of the Tule Wind energy project in McCain Valley begins Tuesday, January 3rd.  A public notice  has been issued cautioning users of McCain Valley Road, Lake Canyon Campground, Cottonwood Campground and the Off Highway Vehicle Area about temporary closures and traffic delays.

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