By Miriam Raftery
Cal Fire has declared a high fire hazard as we enter the holiday weekend. Already this year, Cal Fire has responded to 2,118 fires – a 70% increase over the average for this same time period in recent years.
In an effort to reduce the amount of fires caused by open burning and shooting within the County of San Diego, CAL FIRE has declared a high fire hazard.
East County News Service
July 1, 2014 (Spring Valley) – Sheriff’s homicide investigators seek information on the death of Spring Valley resident Darius Jerel Reeves, 24. Deputies found his body in an apartment complex at 9121 Kenwood Drive after receiving reports of gunfire this morning at 2:35 a.m., said Lieutenant Jeffrey Duckworth.
An autopsy is pending to determine the cause and manner of death.
June 29, 2014 (Julian) – In the historic gold rush town of Julian, the 4th of July starts with a parade and American Legion barbecue. Guests are invited to finish up a day in the mountains at Jeremy’s on the Hill, where a Backcountry wine pairing dinner will be held featuring organic, local produce from Sage Mountain Farms and wines from Shadow Mountain Vineyards and Sierra Roble Winery and Vineyard, both in Warner Springs. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $44 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
July 1, 2014 (Ramona) – What could be finer than to savor a “Lavender and Wine Experience” plus catered delicacies? Ramona Ranch Winery, Trezette’s Catering and Volcan Vista Farm invites you to “evoke your sensations” and meet the farmer, wine maker and chef on Wednesday evening, July 23 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Learn about growing Lavender and Ramona’s exploding wine-region while creating your own custom sachet over a Lavender-themed buffet style dinner paired with a glass of Ramona Ranch Wine as the sun sets on the outdoor tasting terrace at Ramona Ranch Winery in Ramona.
By Miriam Raftery
Looking for some affordable family entertainment? On Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. all summer long, 350 Regal Entertainment group cinemas (including theaters in East County) are offering $1 movie showings.
East County theaters include Edwards Rancho San Diego Stadium 15 and Regal Parkway Plaza Stadium 18 & IMAX, both in El Cajon. Click here to find the schedule for a theater near you.
Dollar days at the movies were a bargain back when I was in college a few decades ago, and an even bigger savings today, with inflation, especially for families with kids off for summer vacation in need of some entertaining options on a limited budget.
Films to be shown are listed below.
Read our prior story about the debut of Sycuan's documentary
Hear our exclusive interview with Sycuan Chairman Daniel Tucker during the debut: click here.
June 30, 2014 (El Cajon) – Sycuan’s “Our People. Our Culture. Our History” film has been honored with a 2014 EMMY® Award, Pacific Southwest region, for outstanding achievement in television. The acclaimed documentary has also received a prestigious Gold CINDY® Award in the Regional Broadcast category and a Special Achievement Award for Direction and Production Design.
The 48-minute program tells the story of Sycuan and the Kumeyaay Nation through the words of its people - Tribal elders, Council leaders, family members and the next generation. Augmented by incisive observations from Native American historians and a range of subject matter experts, this documentary follows the incredible 12,500 year journey of a People who has survived against overwhelming odds to become a sovereign, prosperous nation who continues to honor its past while building its future and positively impacting their community.
July 1, 2014 (San Diego) – The San Diego Area Middle Eastern Dance Association will present Sameda Faire 2014, a day long festival of dance on Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Event Center.
By Mimi Pollack
July 1, 2014 (Tecate)--There are only 70 to 80 people left in Baja California who speak Kumeyaay, according to Michael Wilken Robertson, an anthropologist who also specializes in ethno-botany. When Wilken-Robertson first started his journey studying the indigenous people of Baja California, he was told there were no indigenous cultures there.
He believed something had to be done to preserve these ancient cultures and traditions before they were lost, especially those of the Kumeyaay [Kumiai] people. The Kumiai are the indigenous people on both sides of the border, starting from Carlsbad on the United States side, down to the Santo Tomas Valley in Baja California, Mexico.
The Museo Communitario de Tecate [Tecate Community Museum] and the Kumiai wing is a good first step towards documenting the life and history of these people. It is part of the Centro Cultural [Cultural Center] in Tecate, Baja California.
July 1, 2014 (La Mesa)--The Mission Times Courier, Mission Valley News and La Mesa Courier are joining the San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN) and its group of award-winning community newspapers, strengthening SDCNN’s community news voice in San Diego.
SDCNN’s purchase of the trio of newspapers from Jim Madaffer’s Mission Publishing Group takes effect July 1. The acquisition also includes Mission Publishing Group’s online news site, ScoopSanDiego.com, a press release issued yesterday by Mission Publishing announced.
June 30, 2014 (Ramona)--The search for a missing Ramona man has ended tragically.
The Medical Examiner has determined that a body found in a field in Ramona is Carl Lee Salayer, The 67-year-old man was reported missing from his Ramona home on June 17.
By Mimi Pollack
June 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - How can one have a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle? The psychologist Dr. Michael Mantell likes to use acronyms when conveying his healing messages as he believes they are a helpful way for people to remember them.
For him, the acronym PERMA is an important message as it stands for positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Although coined by Marty Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, it is a way of life for Dr. Michael Mantell and his wife Paula, who live in El Cajon and share an office in La Mesa near Grossmont Center.
As Mantell says, “It is important in life to create positive emotion in every situation and be engaged or in the flow of whatever you are doing. Relationships are also valuable as is finding meaning in every moment and doing the best you can to accomplish and reach your goals.”
June 30, 2014 (San Diego) -- Do you disagree with your property tax assessment for the 2014-2015 year? San Diego County residents and business owners who do may file an application to appeal their assessment from July 2 through Dec. 1, according to Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards Thomas J. Pastuszka.
WHITE HOUSE CREATES TASK FORCE TO SAVE BEE POPULATIONS; ALSO TAKES STEPS TO REVERSE BUTTERFLY DECLINES
June 30, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--Honey bees are vital for our food supply, since a quarter of all foods that Americans eat depend on pollination by bees. But bee populations fell by 23% over the winter.
Sheriff to add DUI patrols and checkpoints
June 30, 2014 (San Diego)--The Fourth of July is a time for fun and celebration for the entire family. This holiday weekend, there are several options for getting safe rides home if you plan to party hearty. Tipsy Tow offers free rides home (up to seven miles away). Another service, be my Designated Driver, offers low-cost driver and pickup services. Or consider taking a bus or trolley to your destination.
Also be aware that the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be holding increased driving-under-the-influence (DUI) patrols by deputies across the county beginning on Thursday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 6th.
East County News Service
June 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego ACLU has filed suit against top immigration officials for unconstitutionally preventing a born-and-raised U.S. citizen from returning to the United States from Mexico. Like Joseph K. in Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial, Oscar Olivas, a 45-year-old natural-born U.S. citizen, has been detained but does not know why. He is unable to access the court before which he stands accused, and has not been allowed to view any evidence used against him.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Diego, naming the port director of Calexico, the San Diego field director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and Secretary of State John Kerry. The suit asks the court to allow Olivas to return to the United States, declare that he is a United States citizen, and affirm that the order exiling him violated the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.
By Sam DiGiovanna
June 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--These words are make fire officials cringe says Fire Cief Sam DiGiovanna, East County Magazine’s in-house fire chief and columnist. It will be a long three-day 4th of July weekend.
As drought conditions worsen and the fire danger escalates, fire officials recommend everyone attend public fireworks shows, and leave the lighting to the professionals. Purchase or use of fireworks by individuals is illegal across San Diego County.
“The problem is many cities that ban fireworks are already seeing an influx of illegal fireworks being set off, says Chief DiGiovanna.
June 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- The San Diego region ends the first six months of this year with just over 5 inches of rain – less than half of normal.
If you’re planning some outdoor activities over the Fourth of July holiday, the weather forecast is warm and sunny, with temperatures about 5 degrees above normal through the end of this week.
June 29, 2014 (Valley Center) – With the scent of lavender in the air, a golden sunset and colorful fields of lavender as a backdrop, Gregory Page will perform at the Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. The concert will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 7-9:30 p.m.
Page performs melodies and lyrics reminiscent of the 1920s sweet jazz era as a “super full moon” rises to illuminate the night sky, promising to be a magical night.
By Miriam Raftery
June 29, 2014 (San Diego) – The Border Patrol has announced that starting this week, it will bring undocumented Central American immigrants from Texas to California. The first groups will include families, not unaccompanied minors, to ease overcrowding of facilities due to an influx of children fleeing violence in Central America.
The families will be brought to San Diego and El Centro to ease what President Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis.
ABC News this week interviewed a 17 year old girl who was among those immigrants apprehended attempting to cross into the U.S. In a tearful voice, she told them that she fled her home in Central America after her brother was murdered and a gang threatened her with harm if she would not join. On her journey here, she was gang-raped by several men before reaching the U.S. She was detained after reaching the U.S. but eventually released into custody of a relative in Florida, where she awaits an asylum hearing to determine if she can stay in the U.S. or not.
June 27, 2014 (El Cajon) - From student body president at Grossmont College during the 1960s to his fundraising efforts on behalf of students over the past 10 years, Ernest Ewin is the gift to East County’s community colleges that keeps on giving.
June 27, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Chambers of East County are all getting together this year to co-host Politics in Paradise on Thursday, August 7th from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Elected officials at the federal, state and local level are invited to participate in a lively panel discussion and take questions and answers from the audience.
June 26, 2014 (Mission Trails)—You’re invited to join Mission Trails Regional Park guides this summer for free Saturday evening guided walks in the park to learn about changes that occur as the sun goes down. These walks last approximately an hour and a half and start from the parking lot across from Kumeyaay Campground on July 19 at 7:15 p.m., August 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.
June 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District, an East County public agency, is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on its board of directors.
By Ariele Johannson
June 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East Count)--Summer is officially here – and this week’s Destination East County brings you plenty of sizzling summertime activities – from concerts and movies under the stars to night fishing, a chili cook-off, and a Firefighters Appreciation Day event to support our local heroes!
By Miriam Raftery
June 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 200,000 people in the United States living with a spinal cord injury, many of whom have complete or partial paralysis, or paraplegia. But now there is hope that some of them may soon be able to walk again.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just approved marketing of the first wearable, motorized exoskeleton device to help people with lower body paralysis due to a spinal cord injury stand on their own two feet once again.
ReWalk is a motorized device worn over the legs and part of the upper body. It helps a person sit, stand, and walk again with help from a trained companion, such as a spouse or home health aide. Using a wireless remote control on the wrist, the user commands ReWalk to stand up, sit down or walk.
EAST COUNTY CHALDEAN CHAMBER ISSUES STATEMENT ON IRAQ: KALASHO CALLS FOR EQUAL TREATMENT OF MEN AND WOMEN IN MIDDLE EAST
June 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –The San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement on the escalating violence in Iraq.
AMERICANBRANDPROJECT.COM LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS
Site Gives Companies A “Buffalo-Rating” to Evaluate Domestic Production Compliance; Intends to Create Additional Job Opportunities In the USA By Introducing Consumers To American Products and Businesses
June 26, 2014 (San Diego)-- American Brand Project (www.AmericanBrandProject.com) launched this week with the goal of helping consumers find American brands. American Brand Project tells the stories behind these brands and individuals who are manufacturing in the US, and promotes these qualifying products in its social commerce marketplace. With multiple product categories including apparel, food and beverage, pet supplies, home & garden, sporting and beauty, American Brand Project is a collaborative endeavor that aims to educate and motivate consumers to support those who are essentially building brands on Main Street, U.S.A. American Brand Project intends to track the number of new jobs created among their brand partners as a result of more consumers buying directly from their social commerce market place.
Listen to our interview with Adrianah Castro and Wyatt Holcomb originally aired Friday, June 27 on KNSJ 89.1 FM. You can now listen online to our podcast of this interview here: http://www.kiwi6.com/file/2bxq7g0kbi
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Adrianah Castro, from Venture crew 1833 El Cajon & Wyatt Holcomb, Troop 355 Spring Valley
June 24, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-- Four Boy Scouts from East County are being honored with the Medal of Merit for saving a woman's life. On June 8th 2013, Sierra Holcomb, 21, Wyatt Holcomb,16, Adrianah Castro, 15, and Padraic French, 17, were attending a party at Shelter Island on June 8, 2013 when they heard someone yelling for help and to call 911. The four Scouts went to see if they could help and found a young woman lying next to her car unconscious, injured and bleeding.
By Miriam Raftery
June 27, 2014 (Ramona) – The Medical Examiner has determined that a body found in a field in Ramona is Carl Lee Salayer, a 67-year-old man reported missing from his Ramona home on June 17.
Salayer suffered from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. He had a feeding tube and required medications. His disappearance prompted an intensive search involving dozens of Sheriff’s deputies, other law enforcement officers and volunteers.
By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery
June 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Supervisors heard heated testimony on Wednesday regarding plans to change densities for lands on private property within the Cleveland National Forest boundaries. The Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) passed by voters in 1993, which limited development on these lands to one home for each 40 acres, expired in 2010. The County has rejected calls to enact the FCI protections into law. Instead, Supervisors directed staff to create an Environmental Impact Report based on staff recommendations that would increase densities in some areas and reduce them in others.
The hot potato is Alpine, where the Alpine Planning Group’s majority called on Supervisors to allow increased densities and development that could double the size of their rural town. That has drawn opposition from environmentalists, board member Lou Russo, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service itself, which raised concerns over fire dangers and preservation of federally protected wild lands adjacent to proposed development.