FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY MURDER CASE

JOURNALISM FORUM FEATURES EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES OCT. 5 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

SANTEE MAYOR AND COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM OCT. 13

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 24-OCT. 21

CANDIDATE FORUM SEPT. 21: HELIX WATER AND LEMON GROVE MAYORAL CANDIDATES

LIGHTNING STRIKES ACROSS REGION—BUT NOWHERE NEAR RECORD 199–MILE BOLT

FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SEPT. 26 WON’T INCLUDE GREEN OR LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES

POVERTY ON RISE IN SAN DIEGO

INTERNAL INVESTIGATION INTO DEPUTIES' ACTIONS AFTER BORDER FIRE FIND “NO VIOLATIONS”; CITIZENS VOICE ANGER

SANTEE AND LAKESIDE STORES ABIDE BY LAW, SHERIFF’S “MINOR DECOY” PROGRAM FINDS

FIRE IN CUYAMACA

POLITICS IN PARADISE, PART 2: CANDIDATES FROM ACROSS OUR REGION SEPT. 29 AT BNS BREWING & DISTILLING IN SANTEE

ALPINE FIRE IMPROVES ISO INSURANCE RATING; HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESS COULD SEE LOWER INSURANCE RATES

 

Source: Alpine Fire

September 11, 2016 (Alpine) – The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) recently improved its rating from a national insurance risk company, which may result in lower insurance coverage rates residents and business owners in the District.  The District was recently notified by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) that after a recent re-evaluation of the AFPD a rating of 2/2Y will be effective September 1, 2016.

EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS ON REDISTRICTING MEASURE S IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2016 (El Cajon) - The city of El Cajon is offering three workshops on Measure S on Sept. 14 and 15, and again on Oct. 3.

If approved by voters, the measure would provide for district elections for city council seats, meanng each councilmember would represent a specific neighborhood, instead of city-wide elections for all seats.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF IN FIRST AFTER DAY ONE AT GOPHER INVITE

 

Aztecs’ Blake Abercrombie tied for fifth on individual leaderboard

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Blake Abercrombie via goaztecs.com

September 10, 2016 (Independence, Minn.) - With four players among the individual top 20, the San Diego State men’s golf team vaulted into the lead at the Gopher Invitational on Saturday after shooting a collective 3-over-par 571 during the first two rounds at the par-71, 7,388-yard Windsong Farm Golf Club.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL: AZTECS SPLIT MATCHES AT ART CARMICHAEL INVITATIONAL

 

Volleyball wins one, loses one

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Deja Harris had 19 kills and a .643 hitting percentage in the win over Stony Brook on Saturday.  Via goaztecs.com

September 10, 2016 (San Diego) - For the second day in a row, the San Diego State volleyball team recovered from a 2-1 set deficit to post a five-set victory at the Art Carmichael Invitational in Kingston, R.I. Saturday afternoon it was Stony Brook that was the victim as the Aztecs rallied to defeat the Seawolves by set scores of 25-19, 18-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-7.

REP. HUNTER, WHO TOOK $42,000 FROM TOBACCO INDUSTRIES, PUSHES TO ALLOW FREE TOBACCO FOR TROOPS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Tobacco poses serious health risks U.S. troops and veterans, costing our military $1.6 billion a year for medical treatment of smoking-related illnesses.  The military in recent steps has taken steps to discourage tobacco use and encourage soldiers to kick the habit and save lives.

LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PROJECT

 

Source:  La Mesa Chamber press release

September 10, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber announces the continuation of a holiday project inspired last year by a partnership between the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, the La Mesa City Employees Association and Jerry Lester, local community supporter. The project benefits children within La Mesa that are identified by La Mesa Community Welfare and several La Mesa elementary schools to be in need. The driving force behind this project is Maxine Lynch and the La Mesa City Employees Association.

ROCKIES BRING PADRES BACK TO EARTH IN GAME TWO

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  members from the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital being honored for Women and Newborns on Nurse Appreciation Night. Via @Padres on Twitter

September 9, 2016 (San Diego) - If it weren’t for a solo home run in the ninth, the Padres would’ve had their biggest shutout win in franchise history.  They looked to do it again tonight with Luis Perdomo on the mound against Tyler Chatwood.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL DEFEATS RHODE ISLAND IN OPENING MATCH OF ART CARMICHAEL INVITATIONAL

 

Source: goaztecs.com press release

September 9, 2016 (Kingston, R.I.) - San Diego State defeated Rhode Island, 3-2 (18-25, 27-25, 15-25, 25-15, 17-15) in its opening match at the Art Carmichael Invitational in Kingston, R.I.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER SHUTS OUT UTRGV

 

Source: goaztecs.com press release

September 9, 2016 (San Diego) - The Aztecs posted their third straight shutout of the 2016 campaign with a 3-0 win over the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, while junior forward Jeroen Meefout scored two goals to provide the offensive spark. Senior Michael Sauers also scored on a penalty kick for SDSU, which maintained a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.

BLM WITHDRAWS PLANS FOR SURGICAL STERILIZATION "RESEARCH" ON WILD HORSES FOLLOWING LAWSUIT BY FRONT RANGE EQUINE RESCUE

 

Nonprofit Horse Rescue Group Challenged Inhumane Experimental Surgery

East County News Service

Photo:  Wild mustangs, Bureau of Land Management

September 9, 2016 (Hines, OR) Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER), a national nonprofit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue, advocacy and education, announced today that, just six weeks after a lawsuit filed by FRER, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn its program to perform experimental sterilization of wild mares in Oregon. The BLM’s decision was formally vacated by the Interior Board of Land Appeals this morning.

FRER’s suit contended that the BLM’s intention to conduct surgical experiments on 225 wild horses, many in various stages of pregnancy, and potentially thousands more horses over time, causes harm and suffering in violation of federal law.

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER BLANKED AT NO. 16/12 PENN STATE

 

Aztecs fall to 0-4 on the season

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo via goaztecs.com

September 9, 2016 (University Park, Pa.) - San Diego State suffered a 3-0 defeat at defending national champion and No. 16/12 Penn State on Friday at Jeffrey Field. The loss drops the Aztecs to 0-4 on the season, while the Nittany Lions improve to 3-2-1.

EX-CHARGER CORY WITHROW TACKLES OPENING KING’S CRAFT COFFEE SHOP IN POWAY

 

East County News Service

September 9, 2016 (Poway) — Cory Withrow, Founder & CEO of The King’s Craft Coffee Co and former offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks, announces the grand opening today of the King’s Craft Coffee Co, Poway’s first specialty coffee shop serving single origin coffees, European pastries, and handcrafted roasted beans.

DISCOVER NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS AT SYCUAN POW-WOW SEPT. 9-11

 

East County News Service

September 8, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation will host its annual pow-wow on September 9-11 at the Sycuan reservation (5459 Sycuan Road) in El Cajon. 

The three-day tribal gathering will feature traditional Native American dances, hand drum contests, bird singing and dancing competitions for cash prizes, peon games, authentic Indian cuisine and a flag ceremony.

BROKEN YOLK CAFE BRINGING HUEVOS TO SDSU

 

East County News Service

September 9, 2016 (San Diego) -- In its first campus-close location, Broken Yolk Café is set to offer San Diego State University students a unique experience.  Known for large, shareable portions of scratch cooking, the hometown breakfast and lunch favorite will offer students both traditional and grab-and-go style food in a modified fast casual format when it opens in the new South Campus Plaza development at the corner of College Avenue and Montezuma Road near SDSU.

BEWARE OF GAS PUMP SKIMMING, SHERIFF WARNS

 

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

September 9, 2016 (El Cajon) - Keep your eyes open the next time you fill up at the gas pump. Someone has been installing scanning devices known as "skimmers" inside credit card readers at gas stations. They can steal your credit or debit card information, including pin numbers, and use it to make fraudulent purchases.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has partnered with local and federal agencies to investigate these crimes, which include thefts at 7-11 stations in El Cajon. Several arrests have already been made. The investigation is ongoing.

Here are things you can do to protect yourself:

SAN DIEGO GROUP PARTICIPATES IN WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE

 

East County News Service

Photo via tkf.org

September 9, 2016 (San Diego) - Twenty years ago after the murder of his 20-year-old son Tariq, Azim Khamisa saw the need to address the epidemic of youth violence in the United States. He reached out to the grandfather of his son’s murderer, Ples Felix, in a spirit of forgiveness. Together, they founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation.

BORDER PATROLOFFICER ARRESTED FOR RECEIVING BRIBES AND SEXUAL FAVORS, LETTING SMUGGLERS THROUGH CHECKPOINT

 

Source: Federal Bureau of  Investigation

September 9, 2016 (San Diego’s East  County) - FBI Special Agent in Charge, Eric S. Birnbaum announced three arrests and  filing of a six count federal complaint against a United States Customs and Border Protection Officer and two co-conspirators, as a result of a public corruption and alien smuggling investigation conducted in San Diego.

PADS GO BACK TO NL WEST PLAY WITH WHOPPING WIN OVER ROCKIES

 

By Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

September 8, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres won’t see the Red Sox for at least three years.  They must be glad about that.  Tonight they return to NL West play with a four-game weekend series against the Colorado Rockies.  Clayton Richard started on the hill for the Pads against Jeff Hoffman for the Rockies.

INAUGURAL OVER THE LINE SET TO TAKE PLACE IN SANTEE

 

Santee Chamber celebrates oktOVERfest with OTL and Party in the Park

East County News Service

September 8, 2016 (Santee) - The Santee Chamber of Commerce is bringing an Over-the-Line tournament and Party in the Park to Santee at their inaugural oktOVERfest on October 1.

SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL RELEASES 2016-17 SCHEDULE

 

Aztecs to have every conference game shown nationally

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo via goaztecs.com

September 8, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State has released its men’s basketball schedule for the 2016-17 campaign. The Aztecs will play seven home games, which includes exhibitions and non-conference contests, before the Mountain West season begins on Jan. 1.

COUNTY RESPONDS TO CONCERNS OVER IMPACT ON BEES FROM SPRAYING TO CONTROL ZIKA VIRUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 8, 2016 (San Diego) – Spraying chemicals to kill Aedes mosquitoes that can transmit Zika virus is being done in communities across the nation where returning travelers have been diagnosed with Zika. But a report in South Carolina of massive bee kills from aerial spraying has raised concerns over how to protect bees from poisoning while also protecting public health from the dangerous Zika virus.

COUNTY TO SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES IN ADAMS NORTH NEIGHBORHOOD IN NEW TRAVEL-RELATED ZIKA CASE

 

Normal Heights neighborhood is third locally to be sprayed due to Zika virus

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

September 8, 2016 (San Diego) -- County Vector Control plans to hand-spray a neighborhood in the Adams North area of Normal Heights this Friday, to kill Aedes mosquitoes to keep them from being exposed to the Zika virus after a resident there tested positive for the virus.

EL CAJON CHURCH OFFERS UP “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES” FOOD FESTIVAL SEPT. 17

 

East County News Service

Sept, 8, 2016 (El Cajon) -- “Around The World In Eighty Minutes,” a multicultural festival, will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1270 S. Orange Avenue in El Cajon. The event will showcase cultures and countries around the world through food and information booths and performances.

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