August 24, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Local Democrats are rounding up voters, volunteers, elected officials, candidates and prospective candidates for local, state and federal offices for the Big Blue East County BBQ Roundup this Sunday, August 28.
August 27, 2011 (Alpine) -- San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced first-degree murder convictions in a case where the defendants killed and robbed 73-year-old Eunice Cothron, the grandmother of one of defendants.
Update 8:30 p.m. (Barrett Junction)--Fire is now 100 acres with forward spread stopped for "several hours" according to Cal-Fire. Firefighters will be doing mop up through the night. Deerhorn Valley Antler reports approximately half of acreage is BLM land other half Cleveland Forest. 250 firefighters, 7 engines, 11 crews, 6 air tankers, 6 helicopters, 1 dozer, 4 water tenders. Air support returning to stations.
Update 2:15 p.m. - The fire is out, however some roads remain closed in the immediate vicinity.
August 27, 2011 (Ramona) 12:05 p.m. – A two-alarm fire is burning at the Craftstones company building at 505 Elm Street in Ramona. Incident Page Network reports chemical explosions have occurred and an evacuation of the area has just been ordered.
August 28, 2011 (San Diego) -- East County Magazine videographer Jack Winemiller has created this video tour of Mission Trails Regional Park. At over 6,150 acres, Mission Trails is larger than Balboa Park, New York's Central Park, and San Francisco's Golden Gate Park combined!
August 27, 2011 (Allied Gardens) – The public is invited to bring your blankets and low-backed chairs to enjoy a free showing of “Iron Man 2.” The “Movie at the Park” event will be held tonight starting at dusk at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., in the Allied Gardens area of San Diego.
August 27, 2011 (Alpine)—The Alpine and East County Rural Sheriff’s Stations will host a Community Permit & Licensing Awareness Forum on Thursday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd in Alpine.
August 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory today for mountain areas in San Diego County. Strong and persistent thunderstorms are occurring with heavy rainful just west of the Eagle Fire burn scar between Anza Borrego and Warner Springs.
August 26, 2011 (San Diego) 6:15 p.m. – Multiple agencies have received reports of a strong natural gas odor in coastal areas all the way from Imperial Beach in the South Bay to San Diego's North County, Incident Page Network reports. An investigation is underway to find the source.
August 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – CalTrans announces a full closure of the southbound 125 connector to westbound Interstate 8 on Sunday morning from 3-10 a.m. Closure is needed to allow crews to safely perform repairs.
Detour signs will direct traffic onto Grossmont Blvd. to northbound SR-125, then to westbound I-8.
August 26, 2011 (Jacumba) – An “international traveler” who crossed the U.S.-Mexican border was shot by a property owner in Jacumba around 5:27 p.m. yesterday. The shooting occurred in the 42000 block of Old Highway 80. The patient was life-flighted to Sharp Memorial Hospital.
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) -- Often the public is advised to report “suspicious activity,” but what exactly does that mean? A locally-produced video details the “Eight Signs of Terrorism” so that everyone can help law enforcement protect the region’s security.
August 26, 2011 (Mt. Helix)--East County’s most recognizable landmark, the cross memorial and amphitheater atop Mt. Helix, will be the site of the Fourth Annual heART of Mt. Helix. The event will be held on August 27 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and will feature vignettes by local performing and visual artists.
August 24, 2011 (Iowa) – President Barack Obama has announced new initiatives recommended by the White House Rural Council for creating jobs in rural America and helping to grow the U.S. economy.
The new efforts include helping rural small businesses access capital, expanding rural job search and training services, and increasing rural residents’ access to health care workers and technology including broad-band Internet access.
August 16, 2011 (San Diego –Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will host a Boot Camp for Job Seekers on August 30. Her office announced the event today, following a visit to her office by constituents concerned about jobs.
August 25, 2011 (El Cajon) – Two armed robbery suspects were arrested last night in the 1300 block of Peach Avenue in El Cajon following a high-speed chase. A third suspect is still outstanding, according to San Diego Police. The three suspects, all African-American, robbed a couple in their apartment at 4041 Oakcrest Drive in San Diego’s mid-city and pistol-whipped one of the victims.
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Robert Thome, an internationally acclaimed mouth painter, will be teaching Alvarado Hospital rehabilitation patients/former patients how to use art as a therapeutic tool on Friday, Aug. 26, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Brain injuries affect more than 11,000 local families each year; local foundation “struggling” for funds to continue helping patients and families, including wounded veterans
August 26, 2011 (San Diego)--"When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, it’s like a bomb explodes in the middle of the family," a release from San Diego Brain Injury Foundation observes. "Everyone is thrown into an emotional crisis and immersed in a medical emergency. Their lives are changed forever."
August 25, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont College is involving students in a campuswide learning experience based on Rebecca Skloot's book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. With the start of classes Aug. 22, faculty members in departments ranging from history to nursing, science to English, and culinary arts to the dramatic arts are participating in this interdisciplinary campus learning collaboration.
The bestselling book chronicles how cells of Lacks, a poor African-American woman from the South who died of cancer in 1951, were used to grow human cells in a lab. Cells taken from Lacks were used without consent from her and her family, raising ethical questions about medical research. Included in over 60,000 published studies, these cells have played a part in research on cancer, AIDS, and gene mapping, and led to many discoveries including the polio vaccine.