October 2017 Articles

CALIFORNIA SURVIVORS OF LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING CAN APPLY TO STATE FOR HELP

 

 

 Residents Eligible for Mental Health Treatment, Medical Expenses, Funeral and Burial and More

 The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) is encouraging residents impacted by the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday, October 1 in Las Vegas to contact them at 1-800-777- 9229 for assistance, guidance and aid.  

The massacre killed 58 people and injured over 500 victims.  San Diego attorney Jennifer Irvine was among those killed; several other San Diego County residents were injured, NBC 7 reports.

Help is available for survivors of those who were killed, anyone who was injured and those in attendance at the concert, as well as their immediate family members.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

October 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS


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MAN SHOT IN HEAD DIES: LA MESA RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

Update June 6, 2019 -- Artale has been found guilty of second degree murder. 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Christopher Artale is now charged with murder after the man he allegedly shot in the head, Aldo Alfonso Prado, died during the night of his injuries, La Mesa Police report.

Artale, 40, has pled not guilty. If convicted, he could face 35 years to life in prison. His bail is set at $1.5 million, NBC 7 reports.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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ASSEMBLYMAN VOEPEL ANNOUNCES 71ST DISTRICT "LISTENING TOUR"

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Today, Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-Santee) announced he will be holding a "Listening Tour" through multiple communities within the 71st Assembly District including Santee, Julian, Lakeside, El Cajon, Ramona and Idyllwild.  The Listening Tour will provide an opportunity for constituents to hear a legislative update, ask questions, and offer ideas for how to improve California.


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HELP STOP CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING: WORKSHOP OCT. 7 IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The FBI has classified the San Diego area as a high intensity child prostitution area. San Diego ranks among the worst 13 cities for child prostitution, an 810-million-dollar criminal enterprise locally.


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SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER STARS OF THE MONTH

 

By Liz Alper

October 4, 2017 (San Diego) - No high school stars last month, but there were plenty of pro and amateur stars that made the cut.


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FARMING IS A GROWING BUSINESS, 2016 COUNTY CROP REPORT SHOWS

 

East County News Service

October 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Agriculture values in San Diego County returned to their growing ways in the latest annual County Crop Report, increasing by 2.63 percent to nearly 1.75 billion dollars last year.  That’s a big shift, after two years of decline during the drought.


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SDSU VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS AT FRESNO STATE

 

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October 4, 2017 (Fresno) - The San Diego State volleyball team received double-digit kill totals from three players, but it wasn’t enough as host Fresno  State claimed a 3-1 decision (24-26, 25-19, 19-25, 22-25) Tuesday night in a Mountain West match at Save Mart Center.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 6-31

 

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October 3, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes Oktoberfest in El Cajon, Camels and Apples at the Oasis Camel Dairy, an art reception with international artist Padre Johnson at Heritage of the Americas Museum, a Circular Visions dance show, the Ramona Air Fair and Fly In, Summers Past Farms’ Pumpkin Patch, Scotty’s Scare Trail, and the Pumpkin Express haunted train ride in Campo.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions, including the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, Kids Care Fest in Lakeside, the Borrego Days celebration, El Cajon’s Haunt Fest on Main, a Haunted Elks Lodge, a Halloween Harvest Family Festival on Mt. Helix, a spooky sleepover at Lions Tigers and Bears in Alpine, and the Boulevard BOO Parade.

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


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CONGRESS LETS CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE PROGRAM FOR NINE MILLION POOR KIDS EXPIRE: CHIP FUNDS ALSO COVERED MATERNITY CARE

 

Meanwhile, Congress weighs bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks, but robs babies of healthcare at birth

By Miriam Raftery

October 3, 2017 (Washington D.C. ) – Nine million children in low-income families and poor  pregnant mothers are losing healthcare nationwide due to the Republican-led Congress failing to allow a vote on renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), letting  it expire on September 30th, the Washington Post reports.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: INTERPOINT

 

By Robert Gehr

October 3, 2017 (El Cajon) – This beautiful sculpture, with its gracefully flowing curves, sits unassumingly yet boldly in front of the San Diego County courthouse entry area in El Cajon at 250 East Main street.

Created from stainless steel with a highly polished, reflecting surface, one can certainly be mesmerized by looking skyward as it towers 31 feet above the viewer.


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CAMELS AND APPLES: OPEN FARM AND SHOWS OCT. 7-9

 

East County News Service

October 3, 2017 (Ramona) -- The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona joins in celebrating Julian’s apple season, inviting visitors to treat camels to sweet, tart, crisp apples.  On October 7, 8 and 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. the celebration also include an open farm tour with friendly farm animals and curious camels. Plus, at 1:30 p.m. each day, you can enjoy a humorous and entertaining animal show.


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AZTECS FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 10/3: NATIONAL TV?

 

 

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For Quest Truxton and Trey Lomax's portion of the press conference, click "read more" and scroll down

October 3, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State football is cruising this season; they're now 5-0 and ready to make their national TV debut for the season on Saturday night against UNLV.   This week, head coach Rocky Long and seniors Quest Truxton (WR) and Trey Lomax (S) sat down with the media at the weekly press conference.


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AZTEC ROWING ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SCHEDULE

 

SDSU set to race twice in the fall prior to regular season events in 2018

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October 3, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State head rowing coach Bill Zack announced this week his team’s schedule for the 2017-18 season, which kicks off with two fall events before the Aztecs hit the water for regular season races in the spring of 2018.


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SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF TIES FOR 12TH AT WINDY CITY COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

 

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Photo:  Haleigh Krause had the Aztecs' low card of 73 during the final round of the Windy City Collegiate Classic.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

October 3, 2017 (Highland Park, Ill.) - The San Diego State women's golf team completed its third tournament of the fall on Tuesday with a 12th-place tie at the Windy City Collegiate Classic after shooting a collective 24-over-par 308 during the final round at Northmoor Country Club.


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EX-AZTECS MEN'S GOLF STAR XANDER SCHAUFFELE NAMED PGA TOUR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

SDSU alumnus becomes fourth member of the 2011 high school class to win rookie honors

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October 3, 2017 (San Diego) - Former San Diego State men’s golf All-American Xander Schauffele was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, as voted on by the Tour’s membership for the 2016-17 season.


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SAN MIGUEL FIRE HOSTS OPEN HOUSES OCT. 7 IN SPRING VALLEY AND EL CAJON: LEARN HOW TO PREPARE FOR FIRE AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

 

East County News Service

October 3, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- As the fire season approaches, San Miguel Fire District is kicking off Fire Prevention Week with an Open House on Saturday, October 7 at four of its fire stations in the East County. 

Residents will learn:

* Sidewalk CPR

* How to create Defensible Space around the house

* What to place in an Emergency Kit

* How to develop an Emergency Plan for the family.

Firefighters in each station will be available to answer questions.  Kids will be given Firefighter helmets and fire badge stickers.

Refreshments will be served.


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BRAVO! EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB EVENT AT TIRAMISU TRATTORIA IS ANOTHER SUCCESS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 3, 2017 (La Mesa) – Our second East County Dining Club event once again filled a local restaurant to capacity. Guests savored special Italian dishes, homemade pasta,Italian and local wines, and  live Italian vocal music  at Tiramisu Trattoria in La Mesa--also winning a wealth of prizes, meeting neighbors and making new friends.


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LISTEN NOW: OUR JULY AND AUGUST 2017 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

Our July and August 2017 radio shows are now online. For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics an interviews,  click here, or click "read more" and scroll down. (Sound files may take a few moments to load).

Our newsmaker interviews included Eric Lund with the East County Homeless Task Force, 50th Congressional district candidates Josh Butner (ex- Navy Seal) and Andrew Velt  (Sheriff sergeant), La Mesa Interfaith Council’s Nancy Ryan and Suellen Treadwell on an International Day of Peace, and Mission Trails Regional Park ranger Rebecca Smart on dog safety for local trails. Plus we covered hot issues locally and nationally that impact people in our region.

 The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  Our shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Read more and listen to our July and August shows:

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OTAY WATER BOARD TO VOTE ON FIVE-YEAR RATE PLAN OCT. 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 3, 2017 (Spring Valley) – Otay Water District’s Board of Directors, at its October 4 meeting at 3:30 p.m., will hold a public hearing and vote on rates, fees and charges for fiscal year 2017-18 and to consider authorizing a five-year pass-through of cost increases from water wholesalers and district rate increases. That rate may not exceed 10 percent a year for all costs other than pass-through costs. 


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INVASIVE AEDES MOSQUITOES FOUND AT 273 TRAPS ACROSS REGION, INCLUDING MANY EAST COUNTY COMMUNITIES

 

Residents in La Mesa, Mount Helix, and other local neighborhoods complain of swarms biting during daylight hours

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (Mt. Helix) – After numerous residents on the Mt. Helix Next Door forum complained of swarms of small, aggressive mosquitoes biting during daylight hours and often, indoors, East County Magazine contacted County Vector Control. We learned that the invasive Aedes mosquitoes have been found in 273 traps at 23 different locations between January 1st and September 21st this year.  View map.


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SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF REMAINS IN 12TH AFTER DAY ONE IN CHICAGO

 

Aztecs’ Mila Chaves tied for 22nd after 36 holes at Windy City Classic

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Photo:  Mila Chaves carded a 70 in round two of the Windy City Classic on Monday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

October 2, 2017 (Highland Park, Ill.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team finds itself in 12th place at the Windy City Collegiate Classic after shooting a collective 27-over-par 595 during the first two rounds at Northmoor Country Club.


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LA MESA RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR SHOOTING CAR VANDAL IN HEAD

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (La Mesa) — Last night, La Mesa Police detectives arrested La Mesa resident Christopher Artale, 40, for attempted murder of Alfonso Prado, 35, of National City.  Artale shot Prado in the head following an altercation Sunday afternoon in front of Artale’s home.


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SCOTTY'S SCARE TRAIL PROMISES CREEPY FUN WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2017 (El Cajon) — Scotty’s Scare Trail, located at the Marshall Scotty’s abandoned amusement park, is rumored to be haunted to old employees and children who never left.  Left in a “scary decrepit state,” the site is “the perfect destination to let our monsters out of their cages to roam free,” the Halloween venue’s webpage states.


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HEPATITIS OUTBREAK PROMPTS VACCINATIONS IN JAIL SYSTEM

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (San Diego) – The countywide hepatitis outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people includes several cases contracted in San Diego County jails.

That prompted criticism from Dave Meyers, a candidate running against Sheriff Bill Gore in 2018. Meyers, in an email sent to those on his distribution list, states, “Sheriff Bill Gore has ignored basic CDC standards for sanitation and disease prevention in the county jails and has managed them as if they are a solution to homelessness.  As a result, the county jails have served as an incubator for this epidemic.”


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PUMPKIN PATCH FUN IN OCTOBER AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2017 (Flinn Springs) — The Pumpkin Patch at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs invites you to Pumpkin Patch Weekends complete with corn maze, jumpy for kids, popcorn and more. There are also special dates for petting and meeting a variety of animals from alpacas to pigs, as well as a dog show, costume contest and more.


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REPORT: CUYAMACA COLLEGE PROVIDES ROADMAP FOR CA REMEDIATION REFORM

 

New data reveals dramatic surge in completion rates following college’s policy transformation

East County News Service

October 2, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- The California Acceleration Project (CAP) today released its latest report in a series highlighting California community colleges that are successfully transforming their remediation policies. Leading the Way spotlights Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, where completion of transferable, college-level math has increased almost seven-fold among students previously classified “remedial.”


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VACANCIES ON GROSSMONT BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 

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October 2, 2017 (La Mesa) - Grossmont Union High School District seeks applicants to fill two vacancies on its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. The Committee oversees implementation of school bond funding measures Proposition U and Measure BB.


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