By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Islamic State militants
February 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --Hundreds of Christians in Iraq are taking up arms and training to fight against Islamic State forces and reclaim their towns, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Source: County News Service
February 9, 2015 (San Diego) --One can prevent a bacterial illness that can cause infections of the lining of the brain, spinal cord and bloodstream. Another can protect against several viruses that cause cancer.
Update 10:40 p.m.: The suspect is now in custody, CBS 8 reports. San Diego Police, also on scene, took the lead in convincing the suspect to surrender.
Photo: Suspect Mike Montana, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
February 10, 2015 (El Cajon) - 9:06 p.m. -- The El Cajon SWAT team has surrounded a home at Prescott & Noden in El Cajon, seeking suspect Mike Montana wanted for shooting of CBS News 8 sports anchor Kyle Kraska. Kraska was shot and seriously wounded earlier today outside his Scripps Rancho home.
There are many emergency vehicles in the area of Chase and Avocado in the vicinity of the SWAT action, ECM reporter Paul Kruz reports. AVOID AREA. View map .
The suspect was seen leaving the shooting scene in white van with Superior Painting logo on the side.
February 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Sheriff's Department is looking for horse owners and riders who would like to become members of the Volunteer Mounted Patrol.
East County News Service
February 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The Metropolitan Water District, which supplies San Diego County with water, warned Monday that it may cut water deliveries by 5 to 10 percent or even more this summer. The decision will be made in April, after assessing how much water the District gets from the State Water Project, the Colorado River and other supply sources.
By Dave Roberts
February 10, 2015 (San Diego)--The directive from Sacramento to policy-makers across California is unambiguous: to meet strict state mandates, we must allow for more renewable energy projects within our county.
February 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- It’s shaping up to be a wild weather week, starting with waves up to 12 feet off San Diego’s coast, whipped up by strong offshore winds. Wind gusts Wednesday and Thursday could reach 50 miles an hour in inland mountains and canyons, a concern for firefighters in continuing warm, dry conditions with temperatures forecast to reach the 70s.
February 10, 2015 (Lakeside) - A Western Sweetheart Dance featuring country artist Patrick Trampus will be held at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds on February 21st from 5 to 10 p.m. with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. A coronation for Miss Rodeo Lakeside will also be held.
February 10, 2015 (El Cajon) – The East County Youth Symphony orchestra will perform a concert on Friday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. in collaboration with the Cuyamaca College String Orchestra and Choir.
February 9, 2015 (Alpine) - For more than a year, community members in Alpine have pulled together to support the family of Kylie Rowand, a toddler battling neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Pink ribbons painted the town pick, as we reported. Alpine residents held fundraisers to help pay the family's medical bills.
By Miriam Raftery, Editor
East County Magazine
February 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --The scandal over Grossmont Union High School District’s misuse of bond funds has now made national news. Recently a Superior Court Judge issued an injunction requiring the district to set aside money from a portion of bonds and state funds to build the long-promised Alpine High School, after a Grand Jury previously found that the District spent money from voter-approved bond measures on unauthorized projects, while failing to build the promised Alpine High School.
Now a Forbes magazine article titled Regulators Way to Easy on Muni Bond Investors is calling the District’s actions a “classic bait and switch scheme.” Author Marilyn Cohen, one of the nation’s top bond managers, asks, “Why aren’t the people involved sent to jail?”
February 9, 2015 (El Cajon)—The Stagecoach Theatre at Grossmont College will present Romeo and Juliet, arguably the greatest love story in English literature, in eight performances in March. This production has a twist—set against the turbulent backdrop of Prohibition Era Chicago, blending a mafia family drama with the timelessness of forbidden love.
February 9, 2015 (Anza Borrego) – Califoirnia Overland Adventures is teaming up with astronomer Dennis Mammana for a Valentine’s Overnight adventure on Saturday, February 14th.
February 9, 2015 (San Diego’s Esat County)--On Friday, March 6, 2015 the cities of La Mesa and Santee will hold one of their most grand traditions, the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants. Pageant organizers are currently seeking outgoing residents ages 13-26 to participate in a program that has been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and is an outstanding mentoring program for young women. The pageants are sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce and focus on community service, networking, public speaking and interview skills. There is no swimsuit competition!
Show love for your Valentine and the planet with eco-friendly tips from Waste Management of Southern California
February 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Valentine’s Day is almost here and with hundreds of millions of cards, boxes of chocolates and bouquets expected to exchange hands this year, Waste Management of Southern California is encouraging community members to consider simple alternatives that not only express the spirit of the holiday but also make it a little greener.
County News Service
February 9, 2015 (Mount Laguna)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Mount Laguna water system located on Sunrise Highway, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948 effective immediately.
By Dennis Moore
February 9, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Author KB Schaller (Cherokee/Seminole heritage) was recently notified by Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA), Inc., that her title, 100+ Native American Women Who Changed the World, would be included in the organization's display at Book Expo America (BEA)!
Update February 10, 2015: NBC has suspended Williams without pay for six months.
By Miriam Raftery
February 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Journalists know that in the news business, credibility is everything. Former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite was known as the most trusted man in America.
But now Brian Williams, news anchor at NBC TV, has come under fire after apologizing for claiming he was in a helicopter struck by enemy fire in Iraq when others at the scene disputed the story. His recollections of occurrences during his coverage of Hurricane Katrina have also been cast into doubt. Williams has announced he will take a few days off as the firestorm grows, fueled by ridicule on social media.
The Twitter hashtag #BrianWilliamsmisremembers is abuzz with Photoshopped images of Williams boasting of roles in various historical events, to the amusement of the Twittersphere and doubtless the chagrin of NBC. Below are a few of the more creative examples:
Reprinted with permission from Reporting San Diego
By Nadin Abbott
February 7, 2015 (San Diego) On Feb. 6, at the stroke of midnight, the busses left the Old Town Transit center parking lot. On board were activists from SanDiego350, as well as students from King Chavez Community School in downtown San Diego with their teacher, Keith Fowler.
Photo credit: iStock courtesy UC news service
By Miriam Raftery
February 8, 2015 (San Diego)--The University of California has announced that it will require incoming students to be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningococcus, tetanus and whooping cough. Students must show proof of these vaccinations and also be screened for tuberculosis, starting in 2017. However individual campuses can choose to begin implementation earlier, a press release issued by the UC system states.
By Miriam Raftery
February 8, 2015 (Ramona) – Nearly 80 riders on horseback hit the trail Saturday in Ramona to help pay medical bills for Lynn Fuller, a Poway resident who suffered burns over more than 75% of her body.
February 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Here are some of the most important items on the agenda at councils, boards and commissions representing East County this week.
February 7, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)—Tomatomania, the world’s largest heirloom tomato seedling sale, is coming to the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College (12122 Cuyamaca College Drive) in the Rancho San Diego neighborhood of El Cajon. Tomatomania will take place on March 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
East County News Service
February 7, 2015 (La Mesa)--Chartered in February 1940, the Kiwanis Club of La Mesa celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a special, invitation only event at the La Mesa Community Center on Thursday, February 19, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. An opportunity drawing will be held. Complimentary hors d’oeuvers will be served, and there will be a no-host bar. Although the event is by invitation only, persons interested in attending may contact the event chair, Glenna Bloemen, at 619-743-5192 to receive an invitation.
Tax penalties kick in for uninsured this year
East County News Service
February 8, 2015 (San Diego) – February 15th is the deadline to sign up for health insurance this year under Covered California, the state’s exchange for purchasing insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which requires every American to have health insurance.
February 7, 2015 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition presents a “Youth of the Year” Award, recognizing those who go above and beyond in serving their community through their leadership abilities and/or community service in El Cajon. These are the young individuals that have made a big difference in this community.
February 7, 2015 (Ramona) – Greg Dunne and his son, Kyle, took a hike up Iron Mountain, along with an extended route to the top of Ramona View Point (8.4 miles total).
An interview with Wayne William Smoke-Snellgrove
by KB Schaller
Reprinted with permission of Indian Life Newspaper
"The hardest thing I ever did in my whole life was to grow up."
--Wayne William Smoke-Snellgrove
February 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The tone of my friend, Beaded Wing's, email was excited: "You really need to talk to this brother and write his story. I've already told him you'll be contacting him."
"Brother" or otherwise, I wondered what he could share that I had not heard before. But, when Wayne William Snellgrove mentioned the term "60's Baby Scoop" during our first telephone conversation, I knew that his story would be as riveting as any tale of fiction in its unearthing of an era largely cloaked in secrecy.
By Miriam Raftery
February 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Back in September 2013, our article titled, “Why is County Veterans Services Department ignoring rural East County vets?” helped inspire Supervisor Dianne Jacob to get a measure passed that would bring veterans’ services to libraries in rural East County. We wrote our story after a reader, Claudia Millerbragg, informed us that there were no county services for veterans in our County's rural, mountain or deser regions.
The measure passed in March 2014 and stated that veterans service would be introduced into the El Cajon, Ramona, Julian and Pine Valley libraries by year’s end, with other locations possibly to follow.
But when East County Magazine contacted the County Veterans Services Department in January, we learned that a year and a half after our initial report, only two libraries have received veterans’ services – El Cajon and Rancho San Diego, both in suburban areas close to La Mesa, which already had services. Despite the measure passed by Supervisors, no veterans services have yet been brought to rural areas.
So we made some inquiries - and got results.
Hear our interviews with representatives of San Diego County’s “Farm to School” program aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ: http://kiwi6.com/file/vio8wai6al
February 7, 2015 (San Diego) – The second annual State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report reveals growth in farm to school programs bringing healthy produce to area school children – also generating returns for our region’s health and economy. See our earlier article on the program’s succe,ss here. Recently we held a radio show on the County's Farm to School task force. We interviewed JuliAnna Arnett Director of Operations & Food Systems for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, Community Health Improvement Partners, along with Eric Larson, Executive Director at the San Diego County Farm Bureau,Johnna Jenkins, Director of Child Nutrition at Valley Center-Pauma school district, and Jill Wittenberg, Child Nutrition Director, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District.
They shared success stories on how this innovative program is helping farmers and students reap healthy rewards. More participants are sought to meet rising demand for fresh produce in our public schools.