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HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! YEAR OF THE RABBIT CELEBRATIONS KICK OFF

By Miriam Raftery
 

February 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Celebrations of the Lunar New Year are planned across San Diego’s eastern regions starting tonight.


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LOTS OF LUCK! CALIFORNIA LOTTERY PARTNERS WITH VIEJAS CASINO TO BOOST WINNING ODDS

 

Deal gives players more ways to win in MEGA Millions plus Viejas to have 22,000 winners in February Lottery promotions; winnings help benefit public schools

 By Miriam Raftery

 


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VETERANS HERALDED AS ALPINE WALL OF HONOR BREAKS GROUND

By Miriam Raftery

January 29, 2011 (Alpine) -- Elected officials, tribal leaders, community members and veterans turned out this morning at a “Labor of Love” event to break ground for Alpine’s Wall of Honor.

Viejas tribal chairman Anthony Pico spoke movingly about his own military service in the Army and his memories of visiting the Viet Nam memorial in Washington D.C., where 13 of his friends’ names are inscribed. “For every friend who has fallen, there is someone who will remember them,” he said, expressing sorrow that his fallen comrades could not live into the autumn of their lives but instead, sacrificed their futures for our country. “They stayed forever young in my mind,” he said.


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ALPINE WALL OF HONOR ORGANIZES LABOR OF LOVE: CONSTRUCTION TO START JAN. 29

 

Viejas Chairman Pico, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Supervisor Jacob to speak at groundbreaking event honoring Alpine veterans

 

January 25, 2011 (Alpine)--What started as a dream is becoming a reality. The Wall of Honor is ready to start construction at the Alpine Community Center at 9 a.m. on January 29--and you can have a chance to be one of the first to move ground in honor of our veterans. A Labor of Love will start construction and give community members an opportunity to pitch in the effort to build a lasting memorial for area veterans.


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“COMPUTERS 2 SD KIDS” OPENS FIRST ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DROP-OFF CENTER IN EAST COUNTY

California Welcome Center at Viejas Outlets to accept donated electronics to help families in need


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ANTHONY PICO REGAINS LEADERSHIP AT VIEJAS


New tribal council also elected

December 21, 2010 (Alpine)—Anthony Pico has been elected chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, replacing Bobby Barrett, who served five terms and chose not to run for reelection. Pico previously served as chairman for three terms and vice chairman for two terms, a total of more than two decades of leadership.

 

“Under his stewardship and vision, the Viejas Band achieved national and state recognition for its economic and social progress,” California Indian Education’s website states. During his prior tenure as Chairman, Viejas proved a leader in promoting inter-tribal business ventures as well as economic development for the tribe locally.


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URGENT PLEA FOR TOY DONATIONS

 

TOY DRIVE PARTY TONIGHT AT VIEJAS;

FIRE STATIONS ALSO ACCEPTING TOYS

“To date, we’ve hardly received any toys.” – Monica Zech
 

December 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Donations for the East County Toy & Food Drive are lagging far behind prior years, says Monica Zech, public information officer for the City of El Cajon. “To date, we’ve hardly received any toys,” she said. “I know times are tough, but we usually have individuals and civic groups donating toys by now…I hope you can help.”
 

New unwrapped toys may be dropped off at all fire stations throughout East County. In addition, the public is invited to a Holiday Toy Drive Party tonight at the Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge, 5000 Willow Road at Viejas Casinio in Alpine from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $20, or $10 with a new, unwrapped toy. The event includes a silent auction to benefit the East County Holiday Toy & Food Drive.


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EAST COUNTY TOY AND FOOD DRIVE FUNDRAISER AT VIEJAS DEC. 8

 

December 7, 2010 (Alpine) -- On December 16, 17 & 21, the East County Toy and Food Drive will provide toys and a Christmas meal to over 1,500 East County families who have signed up with us requesting assistance. “To do this we need your help. We desperately need toys and financial donations to make this possible,” says Capt. Darren Norton with the East County Salvation Army.

Viejas will host Stoney and Rob's Holiday Party and Auction in the Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge this Wednesday evening, December 8th from 6-9 p.m. to raise money for the toy and food drive.


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VIEJAS, PADRE WATER AND NATIVE HERITAGE COMMISSION AGREE TO FURTHER CULTURAL ASSESSMENT AT SACRED SITE

 

November 17, 2010 (Alpine) – The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Padre Dam Municipal Water District today announced an agreement to conduct further tribal cultural resource investigations at a proposed development site which has been declared a sanctified Native American burial ground and ceremonial site.


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SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHT: VIEJAS CASINO TO BROADCAST PACQUIAO-MARGARITO


WBC Championship Title Fight

 


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VIEJAS KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON WITH TREE-LIGHTING FRIDAY--& SKATING AT LARGEST OUTDOOR ICE RINK IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Viejas Outlets Center transforms into a winter wonderland with ice skating, Midnight Madness shopping, holiday tree lighting and more
 


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VIEJAS LEGAL TEAM RECEIVES PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION


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VIEJAS OUTLET CENTER OFFERS A SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO TRICK-OR-TREAT ON THE STREET THIS HALLOWEEN

 

October 21, 2010 (Alpine) – Viejas Outlet Center is once again offering a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.  Stores will welcome little ghosts, goblins and parents to participate in this free family event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.


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BALLAST POINT BREWING CO. DINNER AT VIEJAS OCT. 14

 

October 13, 2010 (Alpine) -- Viejas' top chefs will team up with award-winning Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for a special dinner on Thursday, Oct 14th, 2010 at 6:30 pm in the DreamCatcher Lounge at Viejas. Tickets are $50 each; price includes food, beer and gratuity. A percentage of proceeds will go to the Alpine School District Music & Math Program.

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VIEJAS CASINO UPS THE ANTE ON CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH NEW V CLUB BOOTH

 

Opening kicks off October’s $250,000 “BONE-ANZA” promotion


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RATE HIKES, WATER SUPPLIES, & SANTEE LAKES’ FUTURE AT ISSUE IN PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER BOARD RACES

 

7 candidates vie for 3 seats
By Miriam Raftery
October 7, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Water board races don’t often stir up controversy.

 


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ALPINE VIEJAS DAYS SUNDAY OCT. 3; PARADE HONORS HEROES

September 30, 2010 (Alpine) – “Honoring our Heroes” is the theme of this year’s Alpine Viejas Days Parade this Sunday, October 3rd at 2 p.m. A full day of family-friendly events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. also include an Alpine Craft and Vendor fair, a Health Fair, as well as opening ceremony at 10 a.m. The Viejas band of the Kumeyaay nation sponsors the day’s events, along with the Alpine Stagecoach Lions Club presenting the parade.


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VIEJAS WINE FEST & “TRI-TIP THROWDOWN” SEPT. 25

 

September 20, 2010 (Alpine) – The inaugural Viejas Wine Fest, featuring samples from some of southern California’s premier wineries, will be held Saturday, September 25th in the Park at the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, east of San Diego.

 

 


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BOLTON DAZZLES , DELIGHTS CROWD AT VIEJAS

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Paul Parks

 

September 14, 2010 (Alpine)--Michael Bolton displayed the dazzling breadth of his talent in a concert at Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge in Alpine Sunday night. His performances ranged from vintage classics by Sinatra and Gershwin to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Mounting a platform in the center of the audience, he sang his Grammy Award-winning version of “When a Man Loves a Woman” – much to the delight of women in the crowd.


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VIEJAS ENTERTAINMENT & PRODUCTION ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTION FOR THE FUTURE

 

Event Production and Management Company Introduces New Brand Identity: VE&P

 

August 20, 2010 (San Diego) – Building on 17 years of experience producing and managing hundreds of events annually at Viejas Casino, Viejas Entertainment & Production is taking its services to the next level as VE&P.

 

Formally changing its name to VE&P, the company will use its staff of more than 40 seasoned professionals and inventory of top-end equipment to produce and manage off-site events for clients throughout Southern California.


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COURT RULES AGAINST PADRE DAM TO PROTECT NATIVE AMERICAN REMAINS


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VIEJAS & FOX 5 ROLL OUT “CASH CUBE” TO HELP LOCAL CHARITIES

 

August 3, 2010 (Alpine) --Viejas Casino and Fox 5 San Diego rolled out the Viejas Cash Cube last week to help raise money for San Diego area charities. The event kicked off a month-long “Cool Cash” promotion at the Casino, where over $1,000,000 is up for grabs in August.


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REPORT ON THE GUHSD 12TH HIGH SCHOOL

By Bill Weaver

 

July 29, 2010 (Alpine) -- This summer season is full of behind the scenes activity surrounding our 12th Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) high school. It will be located on the land adjacent to Viejas Creek, south of Viejas Mountain, immediately south of the I-8 freeway, and ½ mile east of the Albertsons store.

 


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SMASHIN’ AND CRASHIN’ AT THE DEL MAR FAIR: EAST COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS SCORE WINS IN DEMOLITION DERBY

Finale at Viejas Fire-Safe Expo proves a bang-up hit with crowd
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

June 25, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Lemon Grove Firefighters scored a victory in the Firefighters Demolition Derby, held June 19th at the Del Mar Fair. Viejas, sponsor of the event to benefit the San Diego Burn Institute, took second in the action-packed event.

The Firefighters Demolition Derby has been a long-standing tradition in East County, dating back to the days of the old Cajon Speedway. The event disappeared when the Speedway shut down in 2005—until now, when Viejas resurrected the Derby and brought it to Del Mar. View our videos of the derby’s opening and final round segments.


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CA ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY BROWN SUES PADRE DAM TO PROTECT SACRED NATIVE AMERICAN SITE


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PADRE DAM HALTS CONSTRUCTION; AGREES TO POSTPONE COURT HEARING ON WATER PROJECT

 

 

Viejas calls on District to negotiate in good faith to protect newly discovered Native American burial ground
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

June 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A preliminary injunction hearing scheduled for Friday in San Diego Superior Court has been postponed to July 23, under an agreement reached between Padre Dam Municipal Water District and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.


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CA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE THREATENS LAWSUIT AGAINST PADRE DAM AFTER WATER DISTRICT DEFIES NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION, CONTINUES CONSTRUCTION AT SITE DEEMED SACRED

 

 

Community leaders testify on Viejas’ behalf, ask Padre’s water board to find alternative solution;
Viejas to ask judge on Friday to extend injunction

By Miriam Raftery

June 24, 2010 (Santee) – Improper. Disrespectful. Inappropriate. Embarassing. Those were some of the terms community leaders used at yesterday’s Padre Dam Municipal Water Board hearing to describe the Board’s refusal to halt construction at a planned reservoir and pipeline site near Lake Jennings.

 

“I’ve just come from the site,” Leon Thompson testified, drawing an audible gasp from the crow when he added that he shot video showing “desecration continuing” of areas near a circle of rocks marking grave sites.  View video here.


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NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION RULES IN FAVOR OF VIEJAS

 

Declares proposed reservoir site a sanctified Native American cemetery

 

By Miriam Raftery

ECM photo by Leon Thompson: Padre Dam contractor defies Native Amerian Heritage Commission order and desecrates sacred site.



June 17, 2010 (San Diego) – At a hearing in San Diego yesterday, the state's Native American Heritage Commission declare the site of a proposed reservoir and pumping station to be a sanctified Native American cemetery. The Commission called for the site to be protective and ordered a halt all construction.

 

If construction is not stopped, the Commission  urged the California Attorney General to file suit against Padre Dam Municipal Water District.


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DRIVER ARRESTED IN ACCIDENT INVOLVING FIRETRUCK

June 14, 2010 (Alpine) – Yesenia Mitre, 25,  has been arrested and will be charged with driving under the influence, according to the CHP.  Mitre was the driver of a car that pulled out in front of a Viejas Fire truck, causing a collision on Willows Road/Old Highway 80 in Alpine at 5:42 yesterday morning. Several firefighters and the Mitre were transported to a hospital with minor injuries.


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DISTRICT DISBANDS NAMING COMMITTEE FOR NEW ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

 

Committee's objectivity called into question amid Reagan name proposal

 

June 13, 2010 (Alpine) – A naming committee for the Grossmont Union High School District’s 12th high school in Alpine has been disbanded by the GUHSD governing board.  

 

“Among other items, our Board clearly heard the request for a community survey, and was reminded that the Bond language included the new high school in Alpine serving both the Alpine and Blossom Valley areas,” Gary Schwartzwald, director of adult education and special projects, wrote in an e-mail to parents in Alpine.


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