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FBI ISSUES STATEMENT CONFIRMING NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED CYBER ATTACKS ON SONY

JOIN US IN FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE DEC. 21!

SDSU FRAT SHUT DOWN OVER HARASSMENT AND HAZING COMPLAINTS

INCUBATING NEW BUSINESSES IN EAST COUNTY: HEAR NOORI BARKA’S PLANS TO CREATE GOOD JOBS FOR OUR REGION

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

THREATS ON MOVIE THEATERS PROMPTS CANCELLATION OF "THE INTERVIEW" FILM DEBUT SET FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

EL CAJON TURNS THE CORNER: MAYOR BILL WELLS DELIVERS OPTIMISTIC STATE OF THE CITY 2014 ADDRESS

COWLES MTN. WINTER SOLSTICE WALKS DEC. 20-22

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: GUESS WHAT'S SPOTTED IN DESCANSO?

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVERTED; PRESIDENT SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL BUDGET BILL

RAIN! STORM COULD BRING FLOODING, WAVES 14 FT. HIGH

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH RAMONA WINEMAKERS ABOUT THE HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL “GET YOUR MERRY ON” EVENT DEC. 13-14


HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE “CHIEF ELF” FOR LA MESA’S CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview (originally aired on KNSJ):  http://kiwi6.com/file/s34h0ei7y4

December 11, 2014 (La Mesa)—It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in La Mesa’s downtown village, where holiday lights are twinkling and festivities are set to begin for the 25th annual Christmas in the Village celebration on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13.  

East County Magazine sat down for an interview with John Vigil, self-proclaimed “Chief Elf” from the La Mesa Village Merchants Association and Shannon O’Dunn, owner of O’Dunn Fine Art, for a sneak preview of this year’s event—and why it’s especially important this year for local merchants to have a strong community turn-out.

AMBER ALERT SUSPECT DANIEL PEREZ TAKEN INTO CUSTODY; CHILDREN SAFE

 

December 11, 2014 (Santee) – Amber Alert suspect Daniel Perez was taken into custody this morning following a chase across East County, with his four children safe. According to CHP, Daniel Perez, 43, of Montebello, and his four sons was in his 2014 Toyota Camry and stopped on the onramp from State Route 52 to Highway 67 in Santee by barricades.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

December 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

December 10,  2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

ANIMAL TALES: A GUIDE TO PET THERAPY AND DOG TRAINING

 

By Mimi Pollack

December 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --Animals have a way of reaching others and comforting in a way that people sometimes can't. When a well-trained and loving dog is brought to a retirement home, a nursing and rehabilitation facility, or a hospice, etc., it brightens the day of so many people, bringing positive companionship. That is why pet therapy dogs provide such an invaluable service, and there are many owners who would like their pets to participate. However, if someone is interested, it is very important to do some research first.

LAST BIG LAWSUIT FROM 2007 WILDFIRES ON VERGE OF SETTLING WITH SDG&E

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2014 (San Diego)--Over 2,600 lawsuits were filed against San Diego Gas & Electric Company over damages from the 2007 firestorms that devastated our region.

HOUSE PASSES DOOMED DROUGHT BILL, SETTING STAGE FOR CALIFORNIA WATER WARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 10, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--A bill passed by House Republicans is reigniting water wars in California and faces virtually certain defeat in the Senate, due to opposition from both of California’s Senators and a veto threat by President Barack Obama.

BACK COUNTRY LAND TRUST HOSTS ART AUCTION HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 12

 

December 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Celebrate the holiday season with an artist reception, gallery viewing, and silent auction! featuring handcrafted works by local artists—all to benefit Back Country Land Trust and our local arts community. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 12 from 7-10 p.m. at the Alpine Community Church, fuller Hall (2225 West Victoria Drive, Alpine).  A suggested $10 donation includes homemade appetizers & desserts, and hosted beer, wine, and holiday speciality drinks.  All artwork & handcrafts will be available for silent auction bidding.

ROBBERY SUSPECT AND BYSTANDER SHOT IN HOLD-UP OF SPRING VALLEY MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

 

East County News Service

File photo: marijuana seizure

December 9, 2014 (Spring Valley) – An armed robbery at an unlicensed marijuana dispensary in Spring Valley turned violent, resulting in gunshot wounds to an alleged robber and an employee of a nearby store who tried to assist the robbery victims.

SOLVING SUDDEN DEATHS: NEW EFFORT COULD SAVE LIVES

 

Source: County News Service

December 9, 2014 (San Diego)--Sudden unexplained death is one of the toughest mysteries in forensic science. Researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute or STSI are teaming with the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office for a clinical trial aimed at finding answers.

WET WEATHER AHEAD, SNOW IN HIGHER MOUNTAIN AREAS

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - A Pacific storm is predicted to bring more rain and cooler temperatures late this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting up to three inches of rain in mountains, with lower levels in valleys, deserts and coastal areas.  In addition, winds up to 50 miles an hour are expected, along with up to several inches of snow at elevations over 5,500 feet.

TORTURE REPORT DRAWS FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 9, 2014 (Washington D.C.) --California Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has released a 500-page executive summary of  the committee’s report on enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks. Those treatments on 119 suspects amounted to torture in some cases, said Senator Feinstein, who concludes that the CIA’s actions a decade ago are “a stain on our values and on our history.”

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH MARISSA GRACE, 12-YEAR-OLD SINGING SENSATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

Hear our interview with Marissa Grace (originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM)  here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/nh218m9i2v

December 7, 2014 (La Mesa) – East County Magazine sat down recently with Marissa Grace McRoberts, a 12-year-old singing sensation from East County who made her debut on the KYXY Jeff and Jer show. You can also hear an excerpt of her song, "In My Dreams."

She has performed at Oktoberfest in La Mesa, at Grossmont Center concerts, at La Mesa's Craft Brew & Wine Festival earlier this month, and will sing solo later this month at Petco Park. 

ARREST MADE IN COLLEGE AREA RAPE

 

East County News Service

December 8, 2014 (San Diego) – A San Diego State University student is under arrest for a sexual assault reported yesterday at 5074 College Avenue adjacent to the SDSU campus.

Fransisco Paiva Sousa is charged with oral copulation by force and false imprisonment with force.

BIRD TALK: SPOTTED TOWHEE (MISSION TRAILS)

 

By Greg Dunne                                       

December 9, 2014 (Mission Trails) --So striking are the looks of the Spotted Towhee that you can’t take your eyes off him until he ducks out of sight again in the undergrowth. Even if you’ve seen these birds many times before, you can’t wait to see another one. The Spotted Towhee’s jet-black head with contrasting white and brown and red eyes will immediately catch your attention.

EL CAJON HOST LIONS CLUB DELIVER CHRISTMAS BASKETS

 

December 10, 2014 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club will deliver 100 Christmas food baskets on December 20th starting at 7 a.m.

BRIBERY SCANDAL ENSNARES CARLYLE GROUP & RIVERSTONE HOLDINGS: PARENT COMPANIES BEHIND OCOTILLO WIND AND QUAIL BRUSH PROJECTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Corporations behind the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility  and the failed Quail Brush gas-fired power plant in San Diego are being sued in federal court amid revelations of bribery allegations and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

AZTEC ON MARS

 

East County News Service; photo courtesy of NASA

December 9, 2014 (NASA)--The Aztecs are now on Mars. It’s official – two rocky outcroppings on the red planet now bear the name Aztec.

DEMAIO ESTABLISHES A SUPER-PAC

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 9, 2014 (San Diego) – Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio lost his runs for mayor and Congress, defeated by Congressman Scott Peters in the 50th Congressional District.

SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS SOAR ACROSS U.S.

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--Installation of solar photovoltaic energy in the United States grew 41 percent last year – with 1,354 megawatts added last year, the Solar Energy Industries Association reports.  The U.S. now has a whopping 16.1 gigawatts of photovoltaic, plus another 1.4 gigawatts of concentrating solar power capacity.

VIEJAS TOY DRIVE "BIG REVEAL" DEC. 10

 

December 9, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Viejas has been working to raise 14,000 toys for the local Salvation Army’s East County Toy Drive toy drive to help families in need across our region.  Last year, Viejas collected over 12,000 toys and this year they are hoping to break that record with help from tribal members, employees at the Viejas Casino and Resort, and hundreds of local residents.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY DECEMBER 10-21

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has a wealth of winter festivities, from a Winter Wonder Jam at Cuyamaca College to La Mesa’s Victorian-style Christmas in the Village, a Chanukah celebration at Grossmont Center, a caroling party atop Mount Helix, a North Pole Limited Train ride and much more.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

THE BRIGHTER SIDE OFFERS WOMEN WHO HAVE BREAST CANCER HOPE, HAPPINESS AND COMFORT

 

 

By Janis Russell

December 9, 2014 (La Mesa)- The Brighter Side is a boutique that offers services and products to women with breast cancer who are in recovery. Founded in Solana Beach in 1997, The Brighter Side opened its La Mesa store a year ago.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CLIMATE ADAPTED REINDEER

 

December 8, 2014 (Ramona) -- Kristin Kjaero snapped this pic of holiday ornaments made at a party for wine club members at Hacienda de las Rosa Winery in Ramona on Sunday. She titled her creation, decked out in sunglasses and holiday lighted antlers, "Climate adapted reindeer." Cheers!

READERS WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM DECEMBER 7, 2014

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

Readers

December, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - December 7 (Sunday, 3:00 pm) Warwick's and Words Alive present Cary Elwes in conversation to discuss his new book, As You Wish, the behind-the-scenes account about the making of The Princess Bride. The event will be held at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, The Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. This is an OFFSITE ticketed event, and a copy of the book is included. Tickets can be purchased here. Check-in and doors open at 2:15PM and seating is first-come first-served.

SPRING VALLEY MURDER OF DARIUS REEVES REMAINS UNSOLVED; SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO FIND KILLERS

 

December 8, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Sheriff's Homicide Unit wants your help in finding the persons responsible for the murder of a man in the East County.

On July 1, 2014, deputies responded to a shooting at an apartment complex in the 9100 block of Kenwood Drive in an unincorporated area of Spring Valley. When they arrived, they found the body of a man later identified as 24-year-old Darius Reeves.

JULIAN SCHOOL VANDALISM SUSPECTS ARRESTED

 

East County News Service

December 8, 2014 (Julian)—Sheriff’s deputies have arrested three teens reportedly caught in the act spray painting graffiti on buildings at Julian Union High School on Saturday.  They are suspected in several prior vandalism cases with damage of nearly $40,000 total.

TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS RETURNS THIS DECEMBER

 

CCT’s Holiday Spectacular Comes to SDSU’s Don Powell Theater

By Vittoria Allen

December 7, 2014 (San Diego)—Christian Community Theatre (CCT)’s annual production, Traditions of Christmas, will be returning to the stage after a one year hiatus. This year, the program will be held at the Don Powell Theater at SDSU, where the Christmas spectacular will run from December 19 - 23.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH SINGER/SONGWRITER DANNIE MARIE: NOW POSTED ONLINE!

 

 

 

Our interview is now online! Listen to the full interview, with excerpts of 3 of Dannie Marie's songs, here: http://kiwi6.com/file/iwhr8hj33r

East County News Service

December 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Hear our interview with Dannie Marie, a talented local singer, songwriter and actress who is taking Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles by storm.  Those of you in East County may know her as Danielle Marie Pupa, a graduate of Steele Canyon High School. 

Watch the sneak preview excerpt here http://youtu.be/nIEdflaq_MI and full interview at the link above, which originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM. .The program also features excerpts from three songs that will be featured on Dannie Marie's soon-to-be-released CD, along with our interview with this rising local star.

Dannie Marie’s hit music video, “Flavor of the Week” has been winning awards and recognition at music festivals; it was also featured in the movie “Music High.” She’s been in movies and commercials, and on TV.  She’s also been performing at major venues across our region, including a performance coming up in February at House of Blues in San Diego. Her songs serve up country music with a pop flair—and her musical style has been likened to Taylor Swift.

DETER DEER DAMAGE: EIGHT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT DEER DURING THE COLD WEATHER SEASON

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--While humans prepare for cold weather, deer have something else in mind when temperatures drop. Cold weather signifies mating season for deer, numerous insurance industry and government studies indicate that during this time, deer become more active, aggressive and a greater threat to humans, pets and suburban landscapes.

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