March 2012 Articles

RANCHO SAN DIEGO BRANCH LIBRARY HALF-PRICE BOOK SALE MARCH 31

 
March 22, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- The Friends of the Rancho San Diego Library will be holding a quarterly Half-Price Book Sale on Saturday, March 31, from 10:00-12:00. All books inside the store 1/2 price. Selected books and children's books on tables in the courtyard at the library located at:
 
11555 Via Rancho San Diego
El Cajon, CA 92019

For information, contact Sherry Johnson, 619-670-5650.
 
For further information about the library including a map, and a calendar click here.
 
 

 

 

 


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BURGLERS BUSTED IN LA MESA

 
March 22, 2012 (La Mesa) – Three young suspects are under arrest for burglarizing a residence in the 7600 block of Seattle Drive in La Mesa. 
 
Tuesday morning at 10:04 p.m., La Mesa Police received a call from a citizen who provided detailed descriptions of suspects who were breaking into the residence. The witness provided police with updates as officers responded to the scene.

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MEXICO EARTHQUAKES: LESSONS LEARNED SAVED LIVES

By Nadin Abbott

March 22, 2012 (San Diego) Updated 11 p.m.--On March 20, Mexico City was rattled by the strongest earthquake since 1985. The 1985 quake had an intensity of 8.1 on the Richter scale and lasted 90 to 120 seconds. It rattled a country that had no civil defense system to speak off, one where a halting government response left a lot to be desired.

In contrast, on Tuesday the city was shaken by a 7.8 quake. Major buildings were evacuated in good order. Damage and injuries in the urban area were kept to a minimum, while in rural areas, prompt action by authorities helped to save lives.


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SANTEE RESIDENTS VOICE CONCERNS OVER PROPOSED POWER PLANT AT COUNCIL MEETING

By Mike Lewis

March 21, 2012 (Santee)-The proposed 100 megawatt  (MW) Quail Brush Generation Power Plant Project encountered more resistance at the San Diego Planning Commission meeting downtown Thursday morning.


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COUNTY PARKS, COX COMMUNICATIONS OPEN “COX TECH CENTER” IN SPRING VALLEY

Computer Lab, Flat Screen TV, Blu-ray DVD Player, Cable Access Benefits Kids and Seniors

March 21, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Seniors and kids got their first chance to work in and enjoy a new computer lab/senior lounge Wednesday at the Spring Valley Community Center when the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, and Cox Communications held an open house for the new “Cox Tech Center.”


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PUT SOME FUN IN YOUR EASTER BASKET AT GROSSMONT CENTER MARCH 24

March 21, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Easter Bunny has arrived at Grossmont Center and will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt and other fun activities this Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Festivities will be set up in Macy’s courtyard and include crafts, cookie decorating, sweet treats and prizes in every found Easter egg.  


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1ST ANNUAL CRASH FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT ON MARCH 26

March 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Crash for Kids, the first annual golf tournament to benefit the San Diego Police Officers Association’s Widows and Orphans Fund and the San Diego Army Advisory Council, will take place on Monday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m.  The event will be held at The Santaluz Club, located at 8170 Caminito Santaluz E, San Diego.


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FEDS ARREST 19 IN PROBE OF CYBER-GROUPS SELLING STOLEN FINANCIAL INFORMATION ONLINE

John Holsheimer, convicted in fatal crash that killed Ramona mom Bridget Hale, among those arrested

By Miriam Raftery

March 20, 2012 (Las Vegas)-- Last week, federal authorities arrested 19 suspects in nine states as part of Operation "Open Market," an investigation into a transnational criminal organization operating mainly out of Las Vegas. According to a press release  from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), crime ring's members bought and sold stolen personal and financial information online, then committed identity theft and counterfeit credit card trafficking.

One San Diegan was among those arrested: John Holsheimer, 53. He is charged with conspiracy, trafficking in and production of false identification documents--including the forged driver's license that he presented to California Highway Patrol the night he crashed head-on into Bridgette Hale of Ramona on Highway 67, killing the young mother. 


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AZTECS DEFEAT THE RAIN AND BUCKNELL

Amber Pezzolla and Anique Hermann Lead SDSU With Three Goals Apiece

By Ryan Schuler


March 21, 2012 (San Diego)--It didn’t just rain, it poured. Yet, even the dreadful weather was not enough to stop the San Diego State women’s water polo team from earning an 11-5 victory over Bucknell University at the Aztec Invitational presented by Courtyard Marriott on Saturday morning, March 17 at the Aztec Aquaplex on the campus of SDSU.

The win improved SDSU’s record to 13-6, while the loss dropped Bucknell to 10-15 on the season.


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CA ENERGY COMMISSION TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT PROJECT MARCH 22 AT MISSION TRAILS

By Serena Scaglione

March 21, 2012- The California Energy Commission (CEC) will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. this Thursday, March 22 at Mission Trails to discuss the proposed Quail Brush Generation Project being developed by Quail Brush Genco, LLC, a subsidiary of Cogentrix Energy.

According to project documents, the Quail Brush Generation Project is a 100-megawatt natural gas power plant under long-term contract with SDG&E. The power plant is designed to support renewable resources and deliver power only when needed.


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HIGH-SPEED CHASE ENDS WITH CRASH NEAR ANTHONY'S RESTAURANT

March 20, 2012 (La Mesa)—Two men are in custody following a high-speed pursuit that began at 5:32 this evening when the driver of a vehicle stolen in El Cajon attempted to elude a police officer near Fletcher Parkway and Nagel Drive.


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THE BALL IS ROLLING ON A NEW CASINO PLAN FOR JAMUL INDIANS


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ANZA-BORREGO FOUNDATION AND PACIFIC CREST TRAIL ASSOCIATION PRESERVE OPEN SPACE

 
March 20, 2012 (Anza-Borrego) -- Pacific Crest Trails Association and Anza-Borrego Foundation are pleased to announce the purchase of 40 acres within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
 
The once privately-held parcel located next to the Pacific Crest Trail will be preserved as open space and set aside for public use.  PCTA helped pay a portion of the purchase price and Anza-Borrego Foundation will hold the land in trust for the state park. It’s the first partnership between the two nonprofit conservation groups.

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POLITICAL WRANGLING: BATTLEGROUND CALIFORNIA, ENDORSEMENTS IN LOCAL RACES, & A WILD CARD ENTERS A KEY CONGRESSIONAL RACE

 

By Buck Shott
 
March 18, 2012 (San Diego) – California is shaping up as a potential battleground state in the Republican Primary. That’s right, the state known for its progressive politics and many Latino voters may be choosing a nominee for the party that’s been accused of waging a war on women and minorities.  

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RATTLESNAKE AVERSION CLASSSES FOR DOGS MARCH 25

 
Train your dog to avoid rattlesnakes
 
March 20, 2012 (Alpine) -- This is the season for rattlesnakes in the East County. At Natural Instincts Healthy Pet Center , partnering with High On Kennels  there will be rattlesnake aversion classes. Appointments can be made for the  Sunday, March 25 classes.

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MEET THE NEW 50TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES IN JULIAN APRIL 4

March 20, 2012 (Julian) -- On Wednesday April 4, the Congressional candidates running for the new 50th District, previously the 52nd District, will participate in a question and answer session.  The candidates are Connie Frankowiak (D), Terri Linnell (R), David Secor (D), Michael Benoit (I)(L), and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R) has also been invited to participate.  In this forum the audience asks the questions, and the questions are not be screened.  Everyone is welcome to participate. 

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FATALITY ACCIDENT AT I-8 NEAR SDSU

 
March 20, 2012 (San Diego) – A driver who lost control on I-8 westbound at College Avenue struck a guardrail and died shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday.  The Medical Examiner’s office has identified the victim as Bernardo Carrillo, 33, a resident of Mexico who was visiting friends in San Diego.

Two passengers were in the vehicle when the accident occurred.  Multiple parties called 911, but death of the driver was pronounced at the scene.  California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.  


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5TH ANNUAL “PAWSITIVELY YOURS” DOGGY ADOPT-A-THON ON MARCH 24

March 19, 2012 (Santee) – On March 24, Camp BowWow will host its 5th Annual “Pawsitively Yours” Doggy Adopt-a-Thon event to help people and pups make a love connection.  The event will take place at Woodglen Vista Dog Park at 10250 Woodglen Vista Drive in Santee from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The event is open to the public and will raise awareness of the importance of adoption from local rescues and shelters. 


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LAKESIDE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL MARCH 24 AT LINDO LAKE

March 19, 2011 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff’s Department is partnering with County Parks and Recreation as well as County Health and Human Services to hold a Community Festival at Lindo Lake Park, 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside on March 24.  The event will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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BILLS FOR BILL: FUNDRAISER AT ALPINE TAVERN APRIL 2 TO HELP COVER MEDICALCOSTS FOR EDUCATION LEADER BILL WEAVER

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2012 (Alpine)—A spinal tumor and life-threatening infection have left Bill Weaver, a dedicated education leader and advocate for East County’s  children, in need of community help.  I ask our readers to join in efforts to help Bill, who requires continuing in-home care while recovering from a long hospital stay. There are two ways you can help.

On Monday, April 2 from 3-10 p.m., the Alpine Tavern & Grill at 2502 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine will host “Beers for Bill,” donating 20% of proceeds to help pay for Bill’s medical expenses. 


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DREAM DOGS:LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 

March 19, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -These shelter dogs have been provided training to become dream dogs for individuals or families. This month, we have several wonderful dogs to choose from -- from pups to mature pets. This  male Basset Hound / Dachshund is 9 months old. He weighs 34 pounds and is  good with all dogs, and loves people! 


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STATE PARKS DEPT. WEIGHS PROPOSAL TO SAVE PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK AFTER SUPPORTERS RAISE $72,000 IN PLEDGES TO KEEP PARK OPEN

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
March 18, 2012 (Palomar) – Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park announced this week that they have reached and exceeded their fundraising goal to fill the budget gap between the park’s operating expenses and revenues. The group received nearly $72,000 in pledges—far more than the $60,000 sought.

 


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COMEDY NIGHT BENEFIT FOR THE MELTZER BOYS AT FLINN SPRINGS INN MARCH 23

 

By Caprice Harrison
 
March 19, 2012 (Flinn Springs) – Flinn Springs Inn is holding a Comedy Night on March 23 that will be a benefit for the Meltzer boys of Alpine who lost their mother on December 23, 2011. For more information about the crime, click here.
 
The entertainment for the night includes headliner Chris Clobber, John Holt, Drizz, Diane Jean, Rick Gene, and Charlie Ayers.

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LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES

 
March 19, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Applications are now being accepted for positions on the City’s boards, commissions, and committees. The deadline for submission of applications is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012, in the City Clerk’s office at La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue.  Applications may be obtained at City Hall, the La Mesa Library or by accessing the City of La Mesa website,  www.cityoflamesa.com.

 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: ONCE UPON A TIME IN EAST COUNTY....

 

March 19, 2012 (Descanso) - Nancy Manning shot this picturesque night time image of snow falling along a country bridge in Descanso, where four inches have blanketed the ground thus far. 

Doesn't it resemble a scene straight out of a fairy tale?


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FEELING LUCKY? VIVA LA MAESTRA CASINO NIGHT ON MARCH 30

 

March 19, 2012 (San Diego) – La Maestra is holding a Vegas Style casino night on March 30 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at 4060 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego.  The event includes a special guest, the King.
 
Tickets are $75.  For sponsorships or registration please contact Gloria Sosa at 619-584-1612 ext 3111. Or visit www.lamaestra.org

 


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WEATHER CAUSES PROJECTED 16-HOUR POWER OUTAGE IN MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES

Fallen trees block roads in Pine Valley and Rancho San Diego

March 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A weather-related problem with a power pole has left 38 utility customers without power in the East Descanso, Green Valley Falls and Cuyamaca areas. 


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BRIDGE JUMPER ON 163

March 19, 2012 (San Diego) 12:18 a.m. –California Highway Patrol reports traffic is at a dead stop on Highway 163 at Robinson and traffic controls are being set up do an attempted suicide by an individual jumping from the bridge.  Incident Page Network reports a man down at 163 Southbound and Park Blvd. in cardiac arrest, possibly after jumping from the bridge.


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WINTER WONDERLAND: EAST COUNTY READERS SHARE THEIR PHOTOS

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- As a late winter storm sweeps across our region, readers in San Diego's East County have shared some of their favorite photos of the season.

 


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I-8 CLOSED DUE TO SNOW; FROST WARNING ISSUED FOR TONIGHT

Update 10:45 a.m.  I-8 is now reopened in both directions.

Update: At 9:09 a.m. CHP's wesite reports they are escorting traffic through and expect to reopen I-8 soon following snow-ploughing.  


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