January 2019 Articles

January 2019 Articles

GIRLS BASKETBALL: COUGARS FORCE OT, COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT BRAVES 41-33

 
 
Story and photos by Liz Alper
 
January 18, 2019 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Valley and Steele Canyon girls basketball met on Braves wood for a Friday night contest between two evenly-matched teams.  The Lady Braves are faring astonishingly well at 12-5 overall coming into tonight.  The Cougars are hanging in there at 7-8.  Both were .500 in league (2-2) coming into tonight.

MISSING LAKESIDE SENIOR FOUND SAFE IN OCOTLLO WELLS

By Miriam Raftery

January 18, 2019 (Lakeside) – Kathryn Anne Kennedy, 70, was found in Ocotillo Wells shortly after 11 a.m. this morning, Lt. David Perkins with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department has confirmed to ECM.

“A concerned citizen saw her sitting on the steps of the market at a campground in Ocotillo Wells and called for a welfare check because she seemed disoriented,” Lt. Perkins told ECM. Law enforcement officers identified her as the missing woman and transported her back to Lakeside to be reunited with friends, after making sure she did not appear to have any physical injuries.

“She was shaken, hungry and tired,” says Jill Barto, who helped organize a search for the missing woman and received word via a phone call with the good news.

SDSU SWIMMERS TOP SAN DIEGO 138-126

 

 

Aztecs take first place in 13 of 14 events

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 18, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State swimmers defeated San Diego 138-126 at Sports Center Pool on Friday afternoon. Mia Ryan and Klara Thormalm led the charge for the Aztecs by both recording a pair of first-place finishes. 

READER’S EDITORIAL: SCAPEGOATING SAN DIEGO’S TRANSPORTATION WOES

 

 

By Daniel Smiechowski

January 18, 2019 (San Diego) - Having just returned from my second home in France, a city of 180,000 residents with a state of the art tram and ultra-modern fast buses, I am again reminded of San Diego’s real dilemma in promoting public transportation. Home to Edouard Philippe, former Mayor and now French Prime Minister, the City of Le Havre has been transformed through a network of mass transit that is the envy of the world. What is their secret?

DEHESA SCHOOL TO HOST CHINESE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

 
 
Source: Dehesa School
 
Photo:  Sister school visit with Principal Griffiths
 
January 18, 2019 (Dehesa) - The students of Dehesa School are anxiously awaiting their Chinese exchange students to arrive. In November 2018, Principal Heather Griffiths and Superintendent Nancy Hauer were invited to travel to China with the goal of partnering with a sister school. They were also asked to participate in the Transnational Educational Summit. 

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS: ROTARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COMPETITION

 

Source: John Fistere, La Mesa Rotary

January 18, 2019 (La Mesa) -- Once again, Rotary District 5340 is holding its annual Instrumental Music Competition for high school age students. There are three rounds, held in February, March, and April, with a $2500 prize to the winner of the final round. There are prizes for the winners at each level.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

January 18, 2019 (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 a  variety of 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.

ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA LEADS BIPARTISAN COALITION OF 21 ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN BRIEF DEFENDING LAW THAT PROTECTS NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN

 

 

East County News Service

January 17, 2019 (Sacramento) - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a bipartisan coalition of 21 states in filing an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals this week to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in Brakeen v. Zinke. ICWA is a 40-year-old federal law that strives to further the  best interests of Native American children and protects the sovereignty of Indian tribes by preserving children’s connections to their tribal heritage.

BIRDS TAKE WING AT HAWK WATCH IN RAMONA

East County News Service

January 17, 2019 (Ramona) -- The Wildlife Research Center in Ramona will present “Hawk Watch” each Saturday in January and February.  This year the event will be held at the Begent Ranch in Ramona (18528 Highland Valley Road.)

Arrive at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts before the program begins at 10 a.m. You will  meet birds of prey up close in the Ramona grasslands such as hawks, owls and eagles. Charles Gailband of Wild Wings, his apprentice, Spencer, and fellow falconer Cisco who bring their amazing raptors to share with the public.

MISSING WOMAN, 70, IN LAKESIDE: MAY BE DRIVING CHEVY TRAILBLAZER

East County News Service

Update January 17, 2019 11 p.m. Kennedy's vehicle was last seen Monday near Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa and a doctor's office in Lakeside. The search has now been extended beyond San Diego County for the missing woman and her black Chevy Trailblazer SUV, license #6RQP193.

January 17, 2019 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Sheriff's Substation wants your help in locating a missing woman. According to the Sheriff, 70-year-old Kathryn Anne Kennedy was last seen at her home on Harritt Road in Lakeside near Lakee Jennings. Her family reported her missing on Wednesday, January 16th.

"She has medical concerns and some memory problems," Jill Barto, a Cajon Valley school board member who has joined in the search, told ECM.

COTTONWOOD SAND MINE ON AGENDA FEB. 12 FOR JAMUL-DULZURA PLANNING GROUP

 
 
By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2019 (Jamul) – EnviroMine, the developer of a proposed sand mine at the Cottonwood Golf Course site in Rancho San Diego, is slated to make a presentation to the Jamul-Dulzura Community Plannning Group. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m. at Jamul Primary School's Auditorium at 14567 Lyons Valley Road (at the corner of Lyons Valley Road and Skyline Truck Trail).

Note: This location has changed from the usual venue to accommodate a large anticipated crowd.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

TRUMP SIGNS BILL GRANTING BACK PAY TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES—BUT NOT FEDERAL CONTRACTORS—AFTER SHUTDOWN ENDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump today signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act into law, which passed Congress with bipartisan support.  It provides that furloughed and exempted federal employees will receive back pay whenever this shutdown ends.

But it does not grant any back pay to federal contractors, many of who are struggling without pay.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: AZTECS' RALLY FALLS SHORT AT NEW MEXICO

 

 

Zayn Dornstauder set career-highs with 13 points and eight rebounds

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 16, 2019 (Albuquerque) - The San Diego State women’s basketball team rallied back from a 19-point deficit, but fell just short at New Mexico Wednesday evening, losing 70-62. The Aztecs tied the game with 3:25 left, but then saw the Lobos finished the contest on an 8-0 run to seal the victory.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CERT TRAINING STARTS MARCH 23

 

 

Source: Monica Zech, City of El Cajon

January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Will you know what to do in the case of a wildfire, a home fire, or earthquake?  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact the area they live. Applications are now being accepted.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN.19-FEB. 10

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes an art show at the Wieghorst Museum, Hawk Watch in Ramona, a Lamplighters Theatre murder mystery play in La Mesa, bluegrass music at the Alpine library, and a beer pairing at Baron’s back room in Alpine.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a powwow at Cuyamaca College, the rock band KISS in concert at San Diego State University, and an open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona.

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

CAL COAST CREDIT UNION OFFERS HELP TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IMPACTED BY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

 

Source:  Cal Coast Credit Union

January 16, 2019 (San Diego) - California Coast Credit Union, the longest-serving financial institution in San Diego County, announced today that it will offer special relief programs to Cal Coast members who are federal employees impacted by the current government shutdown. Impacted federal employees who are not yet members of Cal Coast may also be eligible for assistance.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE POWWOW SET FOR FEB. 2

 

Source:  Cuyamaca College

Photo:  A participant in the 2018 Cuyamaca powwow

January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) - Native American tribes from throughout the West will be well represented at Cuyamaca College’s 5th Annual Powwow on Feb. 2 – a free, public event celebrating American Indian culture complete with bird singing, gourd dancing, storytelling, and more.

CELEBRATE THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR ON FEB. 5

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Citizen of the Year luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 12-2:30 p.m. at the El LCajon Elks Lodge (1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon).

Cost per person is $20.  For more information, please contact the Chamber office at (619) 440-6161.

JOE MACKEY SELECTED FOR EL CAJON CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Citizen of the Year Committee has selected Joe Mackey as its 2018 El Cajon Citizen of the Year award.

Mackey, founder, president and CEO of XL Staffing Service, Inc. and Excell Security, Inc., will be honored at a luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812, 1400 E Washington Ave., El Cajon. Admission is $25 per person, lunch is included. Tickets are available online at www.EastCountyChamber.org under “Events,” or by calling (619) 440-6161.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON BRAIN FITNESS ON JANUARY 23RD

 

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Keeping Your Brain Fit,” an informational program about how to improve your brain health with brain exercises and lifestyle changes, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

FEBRUARY CALFRESH BENEFITS TO BE ISSUED EARLY

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

Image credit via Pixabay
 
January 15, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego County residents who receive CalFresh food nutrition assistance will receive their February benefits early because of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, San Diego County officials announced today.

WHAT DOES THE PG&E BANKRUPTCY MEAN FOR CALIFORNIA RATEPAYERS AND FIRE VICTIMS?

By Miriam Raftery

January 15, 2019 (San Diego) – Facing enormous potential liabilities for major wildfires in Califiornia, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 29th.

 Cal Fire has blamed PG&E powerlines and other equipment for causing 17 fires in 2017.  The company’s equipment is also being investigated as a likely cause of the deadly Camp Fire that killed 86 people and burned nearly 14,000 homes in Butte County. The utility was also found criminally liable for the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in 2010.

RED CROSS ISSUES EMERGENCY CALL FOR BLOOD DONORS: FEB. 4 DRIVE IN SANTEE

 

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2019 (San Diego) – The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors across San Diego County.  Blood and platelet donations dropped by 27,000 over the holiday/flu season. These are perishable supplies that must be replaced to meet the needs of patients in need of life-saving medical treatment.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ELECTS 2019 BOARD OFFICERS

 

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has elected its 2019 board officers.

Randy Lenac, who recently won reelection to his second four-year term, was elected as 2019 board president. Virginia Hall was elected as vice president and Robert “Bob” Ayres was elected as secretary. Lenac selected Gloria Chadwick to serve as treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Michael Emerson, who served as board president in 2017 and 2018.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NURSING, HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

 

East County News Service

January 14, 2019 (La Mesa) – Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two of its 2019 scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as health technicians.

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