October 2017 Articles

HIGHWAY 67 LANE CLOSURES IN RAMONA

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2017 (Ramona) -- Caltrans has announced lane closures on State Route 67 at Dye Road and Highland Valley Road on Monday and again this Wednesday and Thursday night from 7 p.m.to 5 a.m. each night.


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U.S. FOREST SERVICE: FIGHTING FIRES TAKING MONEY FROM OTHER PRIORITIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Forest Service, in a series of messages sent on its Twitter account, warns that the growing cost of wildfires is taking money from other programs –including those that reduce fire threats.


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RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING MAN IN HEAD IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (La Mesa) – A La Mesa resident allegedly shot a man in the head at Glen and Mariposa Streets, near State Route 125 above Lemon Avenue elementary school Sunday afternoon around 4:45 p.m. The street is also close to La Mesa Village where the Oktoberfest was ongoing at the time.


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SDSU'S JUWAN WASHINGTON NAMED MW SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Washington led off Saturday’s game with a 96-yard kick return for a touchdown

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October 2, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s Juwan Washington has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. It is the first career weekly award for the sophomore.


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MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS: 400 INJURED, 50 DEAD

 
 
Update 8:15 a.m.:President Trump issued a statement calling for prayers for victims and their families, adding, "We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will forever.” President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Update 7:30 a.m.:   The death toll has climbed to 50, the Los Angeles Times now reports, with over 400 people transported to hospitals. This is now the deadliest mass shooting inn U.S. history. The suspect is identified as Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada,  ABC News reports. Other hotels now believed safe; rumors of explosives arose from police use of them at Mandalay to access shooter's room.
 
For families looking to locate missing loved ones,call 1-866-535-5654.
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
October 2, 2017 (San Diego) 1:45 a.m. - A horrific mass shooting has just occurred in Las Vegas.  Police confirm that at least 20 people are dead and more than 100 injured, many seriously. The shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest country music concert outdoors across the street from  the Mandalay Bay hotel.

The shooter, who shot from a hotel window at the Mandalay onto the crowd below with what audiotapes suggest was a fully automatic  military-style weapon, is now dead. Authorities also found 10 "assault" weapons in his room, Las Vegas authorities told media. 

Police are reportedly looking for a "companion" named Marilou Danley, described as an Asian woman 4 ft. 11 inches in height and a second woman for whom no description has been provided.  They are also searching for two vehicles: 

Hyundai Tucson | Nevada license plate 114B40

Chrysler Pacifica | Nevada license plate 19D401


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GOVERNOR SIGNS HUESO BILL TO BAN UTILITY SHUT-OFFS FOR PEOPLE WITH CRITICAL MEDICAL NEEDS, STUDY HOW TO REDUCE DISCONNECTIONS OF POOR HOUSEHOLDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (San Diego) — Residential disconnections for nonpayment of gas and electric bills have gone up sharply in California, from 547,000 in 2010 to 816,000 in 2015.  According to Senate Bill 598, a bill authored by San Diego Senator Ben Hueso, gas and electric service shut-offs threaten the health of two million people a year, causing significant impacts on infants, children, the elderly, low-income families, communities of color, the disabled and persons with life-threatening medical conditions.


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GOVERNOR SIGNS PACKAGE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING BILLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Governor's Office

October 2, 2017 (Sacramento) - Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law 15 bills that aim to ease the state’s affordable housing crisis, but which also restrict the abilities of local governments, environmentalists and neighborhood groups to block projects in their communities.

In a signing statement, the Governor says, “These new laws will help cut red tape and encourage more affordable housing, including shelter for the growing number of homeless in California.”

Here are summaries of the new laws:


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COUNTY LAUNCHES FLU VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

 

 

Nearly 100 people got immunized today at a clinic where the County Health and Human Services Agency officially kicked off the 2017 flu vaccination campaign.

This is the 14th year in a row the County has worked with the San Diego Black Nurses Association to vaccinate people in San Diego’s southeastern community at no cost.


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WORRIED ABOUT VIOLENT CRIME? MOVE TO A BORDER CITY

 

By Chris Jennewein

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

Photo:  Crime scene tape, courtesy FBI

October 1, 2017 (San Diego) - Do headlines on Fox, Breitbart and Drudge about immigrant crime scare you? Do you want to move to safety? Then consider relocating to a big city near the Mexican border.

It turns out that San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso and San Antonio have crime rates well below the average for their size, and the two cities located right on the border have the lowest crime rates of the group.


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SDSU'S SANTIAGO CEVALLOS FALLS IN PRE-QUALIFYING SINGLES AT ITA ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Aztecs return home to host their annual fall invitational next weekend

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October 1, 2017 (Tulsa) - After posting two victories to open the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships, San Diego State men's tennis senior Santiago Cevallos (Queretaro, Mexico) came up short in his quest to qualify for the main singles draw Sunday after falling in the round of 64 of the pre-qualifying bracket at Michael D. Case Tennis Center.


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AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS WRAPS UP FALL CLASSIC I

 

SDSU participates in final round of play Sunday

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October 1, 2017 (San Diego) - The Aztec women’s tennis team finished off its three-day SDSU Fall Classic I, closing out play with four wins on Sunday. The ended its tournament with two wins in doubles play and two singles victories at the Aztec Tennis Center.


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SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER DEFEATS BOISE STATE 2-0

 

Aztecs run their MW record to 3-1 after road sweep

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October 1, 2017 (Boise) - San Diego State defeated Boise State, 2-0, at Boas Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon to sweep its trip through Logan, Utah and Boise, Idaho. The win moved the Aztecs to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West, while the Broncos fell to 7-5-1 (2-2 MW).


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SDSU MEN'S SOCCER FALLS IN 1-0 HEARTBREAKER AGAINST CAL

 

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October 1, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team fell victim to a California goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation after Cal’s set-piece opportunity from just outside the 18-yard box was originally ricocheted off the left post but collected by Shinya Kadono and put into the back of the net for a 1-0 Golden Bears victory.


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TWO WAYS TO GET YOUR MEDICARE BENEFITS

 

By Greg Dill, Regional Medicare Administrator

 

October 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- At a family reunion last month, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits.

 

Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man, and has been for nearly a decade. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare last spring.


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RURAL RESIDENTS COMPLAIN DISH TV HAS DISSED THEM BY DROPPING CW SAN DIEGO, ONLY SOURCE OF POPULAR NATIONAL TV SHOWS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2017 (Campo) – Backcountry residents in San Diego’s East County are baffled as to why, after they signed up for Dish TV satellite service, Dish has inexplicably dropped carrying CW San Diego programming. 

“I think it probably that local fans don’t even know that they will be unable to watch the new fall line-up, including the new season of Supernatural," a popular program aired on CW, says Billie Jo Jannen, chair of the Campo-Lake Morena Community Planning Group.

Jannen, a Dish subscriber, says Dish “still charges us the same for local channels” even after dropping CW San Diego.   She points out the rural residents rely on satellite and don’t have a wide range of other options.  “We have no access to cable and most don’t have the bandwidth to use a firestick or the like.”


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ECM PADRES REPORT: JUST THEIR LUCK; PADRES WALKED OFF IN LAST GAME OF THE SEASON

 

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Photo:  why did Pablo Sandoval never hit walk-off, season-crushing home runs in Boston?  Via @SFGiants on Twitter

October 1, 2017 (San Francisco) - Last game of the year.  In three hours, we will all be free.  Luis Perdomo started against Johnny Cueto for the Giants.


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ANIMAL TALES: SIBERIAN CUPCAKES IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Mimi Pollack

October 1, 2017 (Santa Ysabel) -- There are five luscious Siberian cupcakes residing near Santa Ysabel, on the way to Palomar Mountain. What are Siberian cupcakes? These are domesticated Russian foxes-- and this author was lucky enough to meet all five of them at the Judith A Bassett Canid Education and Conservation Center.


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SANITATION ISSUES RAISED AT LINDO LAKE PARK

 

Story and file photo by Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2017 (Lakeside) –  Lakeside residents have raised concerns over sanitation at Lindo Lakes Park, where they said homeless people have urinated and defecated on walkways or steps in front of the restroom that until recently was locked at night.


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PLANT EASY CARE DAFFODILS NOW FOR ADDED SPRING BEAUTY

 

By Melinda Myers

Photo credit:  Longfield Gardens

October 1, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau has declared 2017 the Year of the Daffodil, and with the fall planting season right around the corner, now is the time to choose your favorites.


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COUNTY AND RURAL FIRE AGENCIES AWARDED $100,000 FOR VITAL FIRE EQUIPMENT IN ALPINE, JULIAN AND BORREGO

 

East County News Service

October 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) this week announced a $100,000 charitable grant to purchase essential equipment and medical apparatus for San Diego County Fire and rural fire agencies to better serve local communities and protect the region from future fires.


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SITUATION DIRE IN PUERTO RICO AFTER HURRICANE: TRUMP CRITICIZED FOR SLOW RESPONSE, LASHES OUT AT SAN JUAN MAYOR AND AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2017 (Puerto Rico) – Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, a military hospital ship has not yet arrived while the death toll continues to mount.  Only 10,000 National Guard members have been deployed, compared to 31,000 swiftly sent after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey struck Florida and Texas. There are also far fewer FEMA personnel, CNN reports


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NO. 19/21 AZTECS FOOTBALL OUTLASTS NORTHERN ILLINOIS 34-28

 

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Photo:  Tariq Thompson had two interceptions on Saturday vs. NIU.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

October 1, 2017  (San Diego) - No. 19/21 San Diego State moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1975 after earning a hard-fought 34-28 triumph over Northern Illinois Saturday night in front of 35,717 fans at SDCCU Stadium.


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