September 2017 Articles

WIND ADVISORY ISSUED AS LIDIA REACHES SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2017 (San Diego) — The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect now through 10 p.m. tonight do to remnants of Tropical Storm Lidia, now downgraded to a tropical depression. Thunderstorms and rain are also impacting the region with heaviest rainfall likely on Mt. Laguna, where an inch of rain may fall.

FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES CASE OVER JAMUL CASINO BY FAMILY MEMBERS CLAIMING DESECRATION OF REMAINS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Jamul Indian Village site before the casino

September 3, 2017 (Jamul) - U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller, Eastern District of California,  dismissed on August 29th an amended complaint in Rosales v. Dutschke which sought $4 million in damages for what plaintiffs contend was the illegal and unconstitutional desecration of Native American remains to make way for the Hollywood-Jamul San Diego Casino.

CHIEF’S CORNER: STRUCTURE TRIAGE DURNG A WILDFIRE

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

September 3, 2017 (San Diego) -- Have you ever wondered how firefighters determine which homes to defend and which ones we don’t during a wildfire?

As firefighters, we lay out our plans for the tactical operations before a brush fire by pre-planning our districts. During a brush fire, it’s imperative that we make quick but well-thought-out decisions that reflect life safety issues for both responders and citizens first, followed by property conservation.

VEHICLE FROM RAMONA FOUND DOWN EMBANKMENT IN POWAY WITH WOMAN DEAD AT SCENE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2017 (Ramona) — A blue 1997 GEO metro vehicle registered in Ramona was found down an embankment off westbound Poway Road, where it came to rest against two trees.  After a passerby reported the vehicle, deputies searched for victims and found a dead woman who had been ejected, near an open driver’s side door.

NINE DAMS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY RANKED BELOW SATISFACTORY ON SAFETY, NEWLY RELEASED STATE DATA REVEALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Billy Ortiz: El Capitan Dam in Lakeside, ranked “fair” for safety, has an “extremely high “downstream hazard status for potential loss of life and property damage.

September 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The State of California on Friday released data on dam safety in California which found nine percent of dams statewide fall below satisfactory and could pose potential hazards in severe storms or earthquakes—including nine dams in San Diego County.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER WITH DODGERS AND TAKE SERIES LEAD

 

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September 2, 2017 (San Diego) - In the nightcap of today’s doubleheader, Yu Darvish started against Jordan Lyles, another new face from the Padres.

AZTECS DEFEAT UC DAVIS IN SEASON OPENER

 

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Photo:  Rashaad Penny rushed for 197 yards.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

September 2, 2017 (San Diego) - College football is back and the San Diego State Aztecs are the only football team left in San Diego.  This season, they're stepping up to the plate and are ready to #Win22.  Tonight in week 1, they faced UC Davis.

BORDER FIRE NEAR DULZURA IS 75% CONTAINED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

Photo, left:  Cal Fire, 9/2/2017

Photo, below right: Paula Maness, 9/1/2017

September 2, 2017 (Dulzura) – The Border Fire south of Dulzura is now 75 percent contained and has charred an estimated 130 acres, according to Cal Fire.

The brush fire began yesterday along Highway 94 near Marron Valley Road.It is currently spreading to the northeast and is not expected to impact populations. Firefighters will remain on scene constructing containment lines and  mopping up hot spots.

BRUSH FIRE HALTED IN LAKESIDE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

Photos: Robert E. Younger

 

September 2, 2017 (Lakeside) – A vehicle fire on Wildcat Canyon Road  ignited dry brush, just north of Muth Valley Road and south of Pata Ranch Road. Named the Ranch Fire, it charred an estimated three-quarters of an acre this evening before forward spread was halted, Cal Fire reports. 

RESIDENTS WARNED TO BE WARY OF HURRICANE HARVEY SCAMS

 

Image credit:  PhotoSpin

September 2, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office warned residents to be careful when donating to charities that promise to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The DA’s Office is offering important consumer advice and information to avoid becoming a victim of charity scams.

UPGRADED PARAMEDIC SERVICES EXTENDED TO MORE RURAL AND MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES

 

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Firefighter Paramedic Brenton Rowell from the Mt. Laguna County Fire Station is completing his morning checks of the Advanced Life Support gear.

September 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- A person suffering cardiac arrest or going into anaphylactic shock will receive immediate treatment from responding firefighter paramedics who were recently added to existing fire engine service in five communities.

SEYNAEVE LEADS SDSU CROSS COUNTRY AT MARK COVERT CLASSIC

 

Seynaeve broke 19 minutes to finish seventh among collegiate athletes

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 2, 2017 (Brea, Calif.) - San Diego State cross country produced a solid effort in its first meet of the year, yielding a top 10 finisher and placing fifth in the Mark Covert Classic (5K), hosted by Cal State Fullerton, on Saturday. 

SDSU VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO MARSHALL AT SPARTAN INVITATIONAL

 

Aztecs to face LMU at home next Friday at 7 p.m. PT

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 2, 2017 (East Lansing, Mich.) - The San Diego State volleyball team wrapped up play at the Spartan Invitational Saturday, falling to Marshall in three sets (18-25, 23-25, 28-30) at Jenison Fieldhouse on the campus of Michigan State University.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES WALK OFF DODGERS IN SLUGFEST IN GAME ONE OF DOUBLEHEADER

 

 

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Photo:  Yangervis Solarte walked it off in the ninth with a home run that gave the Padres a game two win.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 2, 2017 (San Diego) - Last night, the pitching by Clayton Kershaw and Dinelson Lamet was strong.  The Padres still suffered a 1-0 loss, but they have a lot to be proud of in young talent.  Today in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, another young talent took the mound, but this time, he was on the Dodgers.  His name was Brock Stewart and he faced a veteran, Clayton Richard.

DADDY'S DYIN', WHO'S GOT THE WILL? LAMPLIGHTERS REVIEW - TEXAS-SIZED FUN THRU SEPTEMBER 17

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Freelance Writer www.splashmags.com

September 2, 2017  (La Mesa) -- Magnetic. Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got The Will, by Del Shores, master of Texas comedies, draws you in like sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving. This Lamplighters Theatre production has lots of rich characters--sweet and naughty.

BLACKWATER FOUNDER ACCUSED OF MURDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Erik Prince, Blackwater founder

September 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Blackwater founder Erik Prince has been “implicated in murder,” the Nation reports. The article, written by journalist and author Jeremy Scahill, indicates that sworn statements filed in Federal Court on August 3rd allege that the private military company’s founder, Erik Prince launched a “crusade” to eliminate Muslims and Islam.Many East County residents will recall meeting Scahill, who visited Potrero and San Diego back in 2007.  Scahill came to warn local residents about serious ethical issues involving Blackwater, which was aiming to build a paramilitary training camp in a valley in Potrero. 

The Nation article reports that a former Blackwater employee and an ex-Marine who worked as a security operative for Blackwater both made explosive allegations in sworn statements claiming that Prince may have murdered or facilitated the murder of people who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. Their identities are being kept secret for their own protection.

RAINS POSSIBLE, FREE SANDBAGS AVAILABLE

 

Even though the region’s heat wave continues, the National Weather Service is predicting San Diego County residents could see heavy rains, winds and thunderstorms this weekend, mainly on Sunday.

CAL FIRE HELICOPTER ASSIGNED TO “BORDER” FIRE MAKES HARD LANDING

 

East County News Service

September 1, 2017 (Dulzura) – A Cal Fire helicopter assigned to firefighting on the Border Fire south of Dulzura today made a hard landing in a field adjacent to the brush fire.

The pilot was the sole occupant on board and did not suffer any injuries, Cal Fire reports.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: EAGLES POUND NORSEMEN IN BATTLE OF EL CAJON

 

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September 1, 2017 (El Cajon) - ECM Friday Night Lights traveled to Granite Hills this week for the first Battle of El Cajon of the season as the Eagles and the Norsemen of Valhalla went head to head. As hot as the Eagles are, they are 0-1 to start the season.  The Norsemen, meanwhile, are off to a good start at 1-0.

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER DEFEATS CROSSTOWN FOE USD 3-1

 

Arnarsdottir scores twice to lead Aztecs

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 1, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State received three goals from two true freshman to down crosstown foe San Diego, 3-1, Friday night at SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs improved to 2-3 on the season, while the Toreros remained winless in four tries.

ECM PADRES REPORT: KERSHAW, LAMET STRONG, BUT DODGERS DOWN PADRES 1-0

 

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Photo:  despite the loss, Dinelson Lamet pitched phenomenally, striking out 10.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 1, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres are probably excited it’s September because it won’t be long till the offseason, but Clayton Kershaw dropped into Petco Park tonight to kill the vibe, along with the rest of the Dodgers. Dinelson Lamet took the hill for the Padres against him.

SDSU SWIMMING AND DIVING ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SCHEDULE

 

SDSU opens season with dual meet at USD on Sept. 15

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com



September 1, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State swimming and diving team as announced its 2017-18 schedule, featuring six events at the Aztec Aquaplex. The Aztecs begin the season on Sept. 15 with a dual meet at the University of San Diego.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL SPLITS TWO MATCHES AT SPARTAN INVITE ON FRIDAY

 

Aztecs fall to No. 23 Michigan State, rebound with sweep of TAMU-CC

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 1, 2017 (East Lansing, Mich.) - The San Diego State volleyball team employed a balanced offense and timely runs to defeat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in three sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-18) Friday in the second match of the Spartan Invitational at Jenison Fieldhouse. With the victory, the Aztecs overcame a 3-0 sweep (17-25, 14-25, 17-25) earlier in the day at the hands of No. 23 Michigan State, improving to 2-3 on the season.

TROPICAL STORM LIDIA COULD BRING THUNDERSTORMS, ROUGH SEAS TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY THIS WEEKEND

 

East County News Service

September 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’re  planning a picnic, barbecue or other outdoor activity this Labor Day weekend, be aware there’s a possibility of widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms due to tropical storm Lidia.

Tropical Storm Lidia has already wreaked havoc in Baja, Mexico, bringing flooding in Cabo San Lucas and closing airports at Cabo and La Paz. Some 20,000 tourists and thousands of residents have been evacuated to shelters there.

COUNTY PLAN TO SHORTEN AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES PRESENTED IN CREST TO FEW COMMUNITY MEMBERS

 

 

Improvements proposed after ECM investigative series on ambulance response times in unincorporated areas

 

By Kendra Sitton

 

August 30, 2017 (Crest) — Last week, County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Administrator Andy Parr met with local communities to ask for input on EMS’s plan to improve ambulance service to the rural parts of San Diego because "the status quo of 30 min is no longer acceptable."

 

The updated plan goes before the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 10. If approved, when the contracts of the three ambulance companies expire in the next few years, they will have to comply with the new plan which will shorten response time.

 

The actions follow a five-part special series by East County Magazine published  in 2015, investigating slow ambulance response times in some unincorporated areas and changes in county ambulance providers. (See links to our five-part series at the bottom of this article.)

WESTLIVING RESIDENTS AND STAFF HELP RAISE AWARENESS AT WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

 

WESTliving, a bronze sponsor at this year’s walk, partners with La Mesa community to help the fight against the disease

East County News Service

September 1, 2017 (La Mesa) - WESTliving, a senior living provider dedicated to inspired aging, is partnering up with their La Mesa community, The Montera to raise awareness and help in the fight against Alzheimer’s at the Alzheimer’s Association’s, Walk to End Alzheimer’s San Diego 5K on Saturday, Sept. 9.

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN SUIT OVER SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR WASTE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2017 (San Diego) –Citizens Oversight announced today that it has reached a deal with Southern California Edison that aims to ultimately relocate 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste away from the San Onofre beach. The spent fuel is from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations shuttered in 2013 following a radioactive leak and various safety concerns.

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