January 2018 Articles

January 2018 Articles

WILD IN THE COUNTRY: ROCK ‘N’ ROAR AT MAY 19 FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2018 (Alpine) - Lions Tigers & Bears, San Diego's only accredited big cat and exotic animal rescue, will host its annual springtime fundraiser, “Wild in the Country” on Saturday, May 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. This year's theme is Rock 'n' Roar.

LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PREPARES FOR SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES AND ANNOUNCES 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

January 8, 2018 (La Mesa) -  In 2018, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their 10th anniversary and this year’s “Salute to Local Heroes” is a special evening that begins this year-long celebration. La Mesa is known as the “Jewel of the Hills” and this evening will be the first “jewel” of this celebratory year that is themed, “One Jewel of a Night.” This evening will honor local heroes, install the Board of Directors and includes a silent auction, raffles and a delicious dinner. This special evening will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Town & Country Resort Hotel (Town & Country Ballroom), 500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley. 

JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIRE FEE FAILS TO QUALIFY FOR BALLOT AS TENSIONS ESCALATE OVER FUTURE OF FIRE DISTRICT

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

Photo: 2011 Angel Fire, burning behind Julian High School

February 3, 2018 (Julian) –  The San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu, in a letter to Patricia Landis, has advised that a proposed ballot measure to raise fees to $200 in the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District had only 191 valid signatures—34 signatures short of the 225 needed to qualify.

VOTE FOR US! WE’RE A FINALIST FOR “BEST MEDIA” IN SANTEE’S FAVORITES SURVEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 25, 2018 (Santee) –  We’re proud to announce that East County Magazine is a finalist in the Santee’s Favorites survey!  You can help by voting for East County Magazine here in the “media and entertainment” category.  You can vote once each day, per IP address, now through February 4.

If you enjoy our local news and events coverage, or appreciate our wildfire and emergency alerts, please vote for us as often as possible and share with friends and family!  Vote here.

SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 1/31: HOME FOR THE MILITARY

 

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Video courtesy goaztecs.com

January 31, 2018 (San Diego) - The Aztecs men's basketball team has had a harrowing couple of weeks, but now they're back home (finally) and ready to face Air Force Saturday night.  Head coach Brian Dutcher and junior guard Jeremy Hemsley sat down with the media this week.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FEBRUARY 2-MARCH 4

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

January 31, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Mean Mary in concert in Santee, a pow-wow at Cuyamaca College, Hawk Watch in Ramona, the Oak Ridge Boys at Sycuan, Inside the Actors’ Process at the Stagehouse Theatre, and a violin and cello concert at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Cupid and Canines at Grossmont Center, a chamber music concert at the La Mesa Library, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, a Valentine’s Dinner in Julian, gardening tips and tours, live music at local night spots, the Martin Luther King Choir’s ensemble in Lemon Grove, a star party and a Celtic harp concert at Mission Trails, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, and a St. Patrick’s Day half marathon run through El Cajon.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

January 31, 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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FLU KILLS HUNDREDS HERE, INCLUDING 10-YEAR-OLD BOY

 

East County News Service

January 31, 2018 (San Diego) -- The flu is taking a deadly toll locally. Last week, 32 people died of the flu in San Diego County, including a 10-year-old boy. 

So far this season, 206 flu deaths have been reported, according to County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION HONORS CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

 

By Maridian Broadus

Photo, left:  Honoree Alan Cabrera, Jane Elliott, Rev. Shane Harris, Honoree BAPC State President Dr. William Blair

January 31, 2018 (Lemon Grove) — “Where are we 50 years later?” That is the question posed by Reverend Shane Harris, president of the National Action Network in San Diego, and by keynote speaker, educator and anti-racism activist Jane Elliott at the Martin Luther King Jr. 88th birthday celebration held on Friday, January 19th at Lemon Grove Community Church. NAN is a social justice organization that advocates on behalf of minorities and the disenfranchised. The celebration paid homage to Dr. King and honored local civil rights activists.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

JANA BUTH NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Buth begins 2017-18 season with a perfect doubles and singles record

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 31, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State senior women’s tennis player Jana Buth (Kaiserslautern, Germany) has been named Mountain West Player of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. This is the first career MW weekly honor for Buth.

ADELA DE LA TORRE APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

 

Adela de la Torre becomes the ninth permanent president of SDSU and the first woman to serve in that role.

Source:  SDSU News Center

January 31, 2018 (San Diego) - The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has appointed Adela de la Torre to serve as president of San Diego State University. De la Torre currently serves as vice chancellor, student affairs and campus diversity at the University of California, Davis.

CITIZENS OVERSIGHT SIGNS $873 MILLION SAN ONOFRE SHUTDOWN SETTLEMENT WITH SCE, SDG&E AND OTHER PARTIES

 

Substantial relief to ratepayers: $873 million will not be paid to utilities over the next 5 years, resulting in $775 million reduction

East County News Service

January 31, 2017 (San Diego) – Citizens Oversight, also operating as the “Coalition to Decommission San Onofre,” today signed a settlement agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and other ratepayer advocates to bring to a close the dispute over the amount ratepayers are obligated to pay for the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS).  The nuclear plant was subject to an emergency shutdown on January 31, 2012, and permanently shuttered on June 6, 2013.

LOCAL LEVELS OF OZONE PEAK IN MOUNTAIN AND DESERT AREAS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – You might be surprised to learn where the highest levels of ozone pollution are in San Diego County. Hint: it’s not urban areas in local cities, but rather, communities in East County’s mountains and desert areas.

DRIVER DIES AFTER CRASHING INTO BUILDING IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2018 (El Cajon) --- The driver of a green Ford pickup truck that crashed into a business at 1417 North Cuyamaca Street in El Cajon yesterday afternoon was taken to a hospital, where he later died of severe injuries.  The identity of the victim, a 46-year-old African-American man, is being withheld pending notification of his family.

TAX TIPS AND ALPINE HONORARY MAYOR ON AGENDA FOR “HOT TOPICS” BREAKFAST FEB. 13 AT JANET’S MONTANA CAFÉ

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2018 (Alpine) — You’re invited to get 2018 tax filing tips from Roger Garay, Online Bookkeeping & Tax Service, and hear about the Alpine Honorary Mayor campaign. 

Both are on the agenda for the Alpine-Mountain Empire’s “Hot Topics” breakfast at Janet’s Montana Café, 2506 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine. The event will be on Feb. 13 from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.

VALENTINE’S DESSERT AND WINE PAIRING FEB. 14 AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2018 (La Mesa) -- In celebration of Valentine's Day, you’re invited to take your sweetheart, best friend, or even a group of friends to a dessert & wine pairing at San Pasqual Winery tasting room in La Mesa’s downtown village.

TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS

 

By Chris Jennewein

Reprinted with permission by Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  President Trump applauds Congress curing his State of the Union speech. Image from White House video

January 30, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) - President Trump doubled down on his offer of a path to citizenship for California’s estimated 500,000 eligible “Dreamers” Tuesday night in his first State of the Union speech.

The plan, which has drawn criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, would include a 12-year path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants brought to America as children in return for “a great wall on the southern border” and an end to both the visa lottery and chain migration.

CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA, SANTEE HOSTING `DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT’ ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7TH

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2018 (East County) – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 12 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the restaurants at 9418 Mission Gorge Road in Santee and 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, will host a “Daddy-Daughter Date Night” for fathers and daughters from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7.

SDSU'S ASHLEY HENDERSON NAMED MW WOMEN'S INDOOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

 

Henderson wins second award in as many tries this year

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 30, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s Ashley Henderson has been named the Mountain West Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Henderson has won the weekly award twice in two tries this year (also Jan. 16), two indoor awards for her career and five MW athlete-of-the-week awards overall (also three outdoor accolades).

GOALKEEPER BORIS PARDO EARNS TEAM OF THE WEEK HONOR

 

His nine-save and .900 save percentage performance against Turlock was key; Hiram Ruiz makes Honorable Mention list with two goals in the same match

Source:  San Diego Sockers

Photo courtesy San Diego Sockers

January 30, 2018 (San Diego) - The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) announced today the Team of the Week for week 14 and Sockers goalkeeper Boris Pardo was placed on the team for his efforts against the Turlock Express. Hiram Ruiz was named on the Honorable Mention list with his two goals in the same game.

SDSU WATER POLO: CRAWFORD EARNS SANDY NITTA AWARD FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

 

Head coach earns award for Pacific Southwest Zone

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 30, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State water polo head coach Carin Crawford has earned the Sandy Nitta Distinguished Coaching Award for the Pacific Southwest Zone, USA Water Polo announced last week. It is the second straight year in which Crawford has won the award.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF TIES FOR 10TH AT ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE

 

Aztec freshman Puwit Anupansuebsai ties for 28th individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  P.J. Samiere (left) tied Blake Abercrombie for the Aztecs' lowest score on Tuesday with a 72 during the final round.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

January 30, 2018 (Tucson) - The San Diego State men's golf team finished in a tie for 10th place at the Arizona Intercollegiate on Tuesday after shooting a combined 6-over-par 290 during the final round at Sewailo Golf Club. With their score, the Aztecs completed their opening event of the spring with a 54-hole total of 46-over 898 on the par-71, 7,292-yard course layout.

EX-PADRES GM PASSES AWAY

 

East County News Service

Photo via @Sweendog9 on Tumblr

January 30, 2018 (San Diego) - Former Padres general manager Kevin Towers has passed away at the age of 56.  Towers, who is most known for putting together the 1998 Padres team who won the National League championship, passed from a rare form of thyroid cancer that he was diagnosed with in December of 2016.

ROUND TWO SUSPENDED FOR SDSU MEN'S GOLF AT ARIZONA TOURNEY

 

Tournament to resume Tuesday; Aztecs remain in 10th place

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 29, 2018 (Tucson) - The San Diego State men's golf team sits in 10th place at the Arizona Intercollegiate after play was suspended on Monday toward the end of round two due to darkness. As a team, the Aztecs remain at 40-over par through holes 14-15 at the par-71, 7,292-yard Sewailo Golf Club when dusk fell.

HUMAN SMUGGLING ARRESTS INCLUDE TWO DACA RECIPIENTS AND A U.S. CITIZEN

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 29, 2018 (San Diego) – Two immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have been arrested for involvement in human smuggling in two separate incidents, The U.S. Border Patrol reports.

CLEAR SKIES FORECAST FOR RARE “SUPER BLOOD BLUE MOON” WED. MORNING

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 29, 2018 (San Diego) – What’s rarer than once in a blue moon?  A “super blood blue moon” that will be visible shortly before sunrise early Wednesday morning.

The rare astronomical event is actually a full lunar eclipse, with the moon in the shadow of the earth for a “blood moon” effect, meaning the moon will appear reddish-orange.  This blood moon is combined with a “supermoon” that is the closest point in the moon’s orbit to the earth, making it appear to loom large on the horizon.

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