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AZTECS BASEBALL: MOUNTAIN WEST CO-LEADERS SDSU AND UNM SET FOR THREE-GAME SERIES

Freshman third baseman Ty France leads the Aztecs in home runs and is tied for the team RBI lead.

 Freshman third baseman Ty France leads the Aztecs in home runs and is tied for the team RBI lead.

 
 

March 27, 2013

Complete Release and Season Statistics Get Acrobat Reader- SDSU Athletics

WHAT'S ON TAP THIS WEEKEND IN AZTEC BASEBALL

SDSU will be on the road this week for Mountain West play with a three-game series at conference foe New Mexico beginning Thursday, March 28, at 2:05 p.m. (MT) at Lobo Field in Albuquerque. The Aztecs and Rebels will also meet in singles games on Friday (March 29) and Saturday (March 30) at 2:05 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. respectively. The games were originally scheduled to be played at Isotopes Park, but have been moved to the on-campus Lobo Field with all three contests being played in the afternoon. The series runs Thursday through Saturday due to Easter falling on Sunday (March 31).

SERIES RECORD

SDSU leads its series against New Mexico by the count of 98-61. The Lobos have won 18 of the last 25 meetings between the teams dating back to the 2008 season. That mark includes the Lobos winning five of six during the 2012 regular season as well as the contest between the teams in the championship game of the 2012 Mountain West tournament. San Diego State has a record of 63-27 vs. UNM in San Diego, 31-30 in Albuquerque and 4-4 on neutral fields.

SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK FOUNDATION INVITES YOU TO "SAVE THE SOURCE" MARCH 9 AND 10

Participants from across the county to join to explore and protect the Upper San Diego River

On March 9 and 10, San Diego River Park Foundation is heading to the headwaters to Save the Source!  This weekend, they will be coordinating six events to engage the community in exploring and caring for the upper San Diego River watershed. The lineup of events this year includes two nature hikes and a water quality hike, an open house and tour of the newly con

served Fisherman’s Camp at Boulder Creek Preserve, a trail maintenance project at the Eagle Peak Preserve, and an open house at the Santa Ysabel Backcountry Visitors’ Center.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE HURLEY AIMS TO BUILD GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND STRENGTHEN PUBLIC EDUCATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

“With California’s new `top two’ primary system, only two candidates will advance to a November run-off.  I’m running against two Republicans, so it’s important for Democrats to vote on Tuesday.” – Pat Hurley, candidate, 71st Assembly District

June 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Pat Hurley has worked in factories and on railroads. He’s turned around troubled businesses in mobile electronics, finance and sales. He’s led efforts as a nonprofit executive to create job-training programs, help low-income communities, and forge a sustainable future for our region. Now he wants to bring his experience—along with Midwest, middle class values—to the state capitol.

Hurley is the only Democrat running for the new  71st Assembly district (formerly the 77th), which includes nearly all of East County. The seat is currently held by Republican Brian Jones. Another Republican, engineer John McLaughlin from Temecula, is also in the race. 

GET GROOVIN’ AT THE SPRING HARP FEST APRIL 7

March 30, 2012 (La Mesa) – The 13th Annual Spring Harp Fest will be held at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa on April 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Featured performers include Jon Gindick, Harmonica John with the Bayou Brothers and many more. 

The event is free to all and benefits the San Diego Blues in the Schools program.  The money raised will be used to provide harmonicas to the students involved in the BITS program.  For more information visit www.springharpfest.org.

IT’S UNANIMOUS: SUPERVISORS SPARE PLANNING GROUPS

 

Some other "red tape" reduction items are approved; action is postponed on Resource Protection Ordinance

By Danielle Cook

April 2, 2012 (San Diego)--On Wednesday, The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected Red Tape Reduction Task Force recommendations that would eliminate or severely limit the scope of community planning groups. The recommendation was one of thirty designed to speed up the permitting process and deliver better “customer service” for developers.

HIKER FINDS NATURAL BEAUTY—AND NO CROWDS AT CEDAR CREEK FALLS ON REOPENING DAY

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2012 (Cedar Creek) – When Ed Hale read that the National Forest Service (NFS) was reopening one of two entrances to Cedar Creek Falls starting yesterday, he and a friend headed east to hit the trail--and brought back a firsthand account of their experiences as well as some changes at the popular hiking site.

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ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER PRESENTS MORNING GLORY BRUNCH APRIL 14--WITH A COUNTRY STYLE

 

April 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s 14th Annual Morning Glory Brunch is once again generating a buzz around town, and it’s not just because the bees and butterflies are attracted to St. Madeleine’s organic garden. Approximately 500 people are expected to attend this popular brunch on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on St. Madeleine’s campus at 2119 E. Madison Avenue, El Cajon.
 

COVERT CANYON FIRES BACK ON ECM REPORT OF PIG SHOOTINGS

 ECM stands by our story-and offers additional details. 

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A representative of Covert Canyon and Marc Halcon has contacted East County Magazine to contend that our March 5, 2012 article titled “Residents react to news of pig killings at military site in Alpine” contained “false, defamatory statements.” 

Our editor, publisher and attorney have carefully reviewed this claim. Our story was researched thoroughly, fully vetted, and we stand by our story, with the following clarifications of details.

NEWS FLASH! MAJOR BREAKING STORIES: SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR ALL READERS

April 1, 2012—East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on some astounding major stories breaking today.

Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide. Be sure to click this hot link to view these stories in our extra-special April 1st edition. (Trust us, you won't want to miss this!)  -- Miriam Raftery, Editor

  • Cheers! El Cajon announces Vice Revival for Centennial
  • Mega-Millions Lotto winner in Lakeside reveals hot plans
  • Rare species discoveries may halt wind farms
  • Animal rights activists protest plan to eradicate wild pigs
  • Rural residents' "Ultimate Red Tape Reduction" initiative qualifies for ballot
  • La Mesa finds missing time capsule
  • Poway okays controversial superstore
  • Shocking cause of the big blackout revealed

CLICK HERE FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL EDITION. (Then click "read more" below each story)

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS BUDGET TO SLASH TAXES FOR WEALTHY, RAISES MEDICARE COSTS FOR SENIORS AND STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – House Republicans this week passed a budget that would give massive tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations, while weakening programs that benefit students, the middle class and senior citizens, including Medicare.

LA PASCUA Y LOS CASCARÓNES

 
Easter and confetti-filled eggs
 
By Mayan Avitable
 
April 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- In the Spanish-speaking world, La Pascua de Resurreción (Easter) is a very colorful time of year coming at the end of the Holy Week that begins with el Viernes Santo (Good Friday). In almost every place in Latin America and Spain, there are religious observances, and celebrations.

WIND TAX CREDITS FAIL TO WIN RENEWAL IN SENATE

By Miriam Raftery

Neighbors of proposed local wind farms dismayed at CA Senators Boxer and Feinstein votes for subsidies of industrial wind projects that pose dangers to their communities

April 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Senate has voted to kill S. 2204, which failed to receive the 60 votes needed. The measure would have funded wind industry tax credits by eliminating tax credits for oil companies. 

Many wind energy proposals in the pipeline may have the plug pulled by energy companies that say those projects would not be viable without federal money.  At a hearing last week on the Ocotillo Express wind project, a representative from Pattern Energy warned that “delays can kill a project” since subsidies expire at year’s end.

CHEERS! EL CAJON ANNOUNCES VICE REVIVAL FOR CENTENNIAL

By  Major Betts

April 1, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Before El Cajon became an incorporated city back in 1912, horse racing down Main Street was a popular pastime.  The town’s saloons also attracted visitors including gold miners and cowboys from the backcountry.  But Temperance Society members and women, who had just won the right to vote, lobbied the new city council to ban both practices.

Now, however, El Cajon announces a bold new plan to revive the city’s ailing economy and boost tourism in its centennial year by bringing back a long-lost feature from the past: vice. 

MEGA-MILLIONS LOTTO WINNER IN LAKESIDE REVEALS HOT PLANS

 

By Sonny Power

April 1, 2012 (Lakeside) – “It’s a miracle!” Milt Cyphert, co-founder of the East County Community Action Coalition and winner of the Mega-Millions Lotto told East County Magazine. Cyphert purchased the winning ticket while on vacation in the Midwest to escape the Sunrise Powerlink construction by his home in El Monte Valley.  

Asked what he plans to do with his new-found wealth, Cyphert grinned, then shared an exclusive news scoop. 

“We bought stock,” he revealed. “Now my wife, Laura, and I are the majority owners of Sempra Energy-- and SDG&E.”

RARE SPECIES DISCOVERIES MAY HALT WIND FARMS

Black wildcat sightings confirmed in East County

By Kit Kat

A pril 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – For months, residents in rural East County areas have been reporting sightings of a large wildcat described as a “black panther” by witnesses. So Boulevard Planning Group Chair Donna Tisdale resolved to prove the presence of this extremely rare species in our region. 

“If it’s the only one in California, surely that will be enough to convince U.S. Interior Department authorities to halt construction of the Tule Wind Farm,” Tisdale told East County Magazine.

Geocaching Easter Eggs?

March 17, 2012 (Boulevard) -- Veterans and their families are invited to come geocaching on Saturday, April 7th and to enjoy inexpensive camping ($10-$15) at Sacred Rocks Reserve during April.  The privately owned campground has set aside the month of April to say thanks for the sacrifices of veterans and their families.

Owner and Staff are extending appreciation for military service by offering their best - the gift of peace and quiet and simply being with family. Sacred Rocks wishes to stand apart from regular Memorial Day deals with a whopping 78% off.

HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL: OLD-TIME EASTER BUNNY TRAIN THROUGH APRIL 7

 
March 21, 2012 (Campo) -- Head on out to Campo for an old-time train ride with the Easter Bunny at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. In addition to the train ride, visitors will bring home an Easter egg, and participate in an Easter craft project.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PROTEST PLAN TO ERADICATE WILD PIGS LOCALLY

 

April 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Activists have voiced outrage over the U.S. Forest Service’s announced  plans to use helicopters to shoot  the growing feral pig population running wild across rural East County. Now, a grassroots organization known as Save Our Wild Pigs Action Committee (SOWPAC) has announced plans to rescue the imperiled swine.

“This is a ham-handed and heartless scheme to eradicate these animals,” said Wanda Hogg, SOWPAC spokesperson, who asked her her face not be shown.  “SOWPAC’s mission is to rescue these wild pigs instead.”

MEGA-MILLIONS LOTTERY WINNERS IN SAN DIEGO AREA--INCLUDING TWO TICKETS WORTH OVER QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS EACH

March 31, 2012 (San Diego) – Two lucky winners who bought Mega-Millions tickets in San Diego have tickets worth $227,955 and many more have smaller winnings, the U-T San Diego reports.

The winning ticket numbers in the record $640 million multi-state lottery are 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and the Mega number is 23.

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL HOSTS "GAMES OF CHAMPIONS" APRIL 3

 

March 31, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Students from Helix Charter High School’s Special Education Department are going for the gold, and students and staff alike hope to raise awareness in the process.

STATE CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES REPORTS SECURITY BREECH OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

 
March 31, 2012 (Sacramento) -- On March 12, the State learned that two contracted service providers, International Business Machines (IBM) and Iron Mountain Inc., could not locate several specialized computer storage devices containing information from the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) involving more than 800,000 individuals.
 
The devices were in transit from IBM’s facility in Colorado to California. Upon arrival, several storage devices were missing.

SANTEE COUNCIL VOTES TO OPPOSE QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT

San Diego Planning Commission to weigh changing zoning to allow project at April 26 meeting; Opponents plan march today in Santee

March 31, 2012 (Santee) – Santee Mayor Randy Voepel didn’t mince words. “This is a declaration of war,” he said at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, where Councilmembers voted unanimously to oppose the gas-fired Quail Brush power plant. 

The 100 megawatt (MW) “peaker” power plant is proposed on 10 acres adjacent to Mission Trails Regional Park, close to West Hills High School and homes. 

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CLASSES AT EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT PREPARE IRAQI IMMIGRANTS FOR THE WORKFORCE

 March 31, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- A pilot program for recent Iraqi immigrants that teaches English in the context of office work is being offered at Cuyamaca College through a partnership between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and San Diego County.

 

ALPINE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PURCHASES NEW EQUIPMENT WITH GRANT FUNDS


March 31, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Fire Protection District is pleased to announce the purchase of new carbon monoxide detectors and a new roof ventilation prop. 
The funds to purchase these new advanced items were made possible through grant awards received from two local grant sources, San Diego County Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Fund and the San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency grant.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: IRONY AT BUCKMAN SPRINGS

 

March 31, 2012 (Buckman Springs) -- Cynthia Rowley found irony in this sign posted by SDG&E at a Powerlink tower site in Buckman springs.

"It's right behind my house where we would hike," she said of the posted environmentally sensitive area, where the greatest damage to the environment has been caused by SDG&E itself. "Now there are 10 towers on the east side. It's caused me so much sorrow," Rowley wrote.

 

POWAY OKAYS MEDICAL MARIJUANA SUPERSTORE

By Jay Blunt

April 1, 2012 (Poway)--In an unexpected move, Poway’s city council has approved licensing of the city’s first medical marijuana dispensary.  The unanimous decision comes as a surprise to many observers, given both public opposition to allowing such facilities in the city and the Council’s own vote last year to ban them.

PROPERTY VALUE LOSSES NEAR WIND TURBINES GREATER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, APPRAISERS FIND

Losses can be up to 40%; values affected 3 miles from turbine sites

By Billie Jo Jannen

For East County Magazine

March 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--A real estate appraisal expert who has made a specialty of assessing impacts from nearby wind turbines has announced that he is revising his figures in response to a recent study of over 11,300 transactions near northern New York state turbine arrays.

HELP! WE NEED A TECH WIZARD & A NEW NEWSLETTER SERVICE

Dear Readers,

We apologize for the bizarre appearance of our newsletter this week, and other recent layout glitches. Constant Contact, our newsletter provider, has gone through some disastrous "upgrades" and now their so-called Customer Service is both unreachable and inept. If you know how to correct the layout so we can resend, please call our editor at 619-698-7617 ASAP or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org.  

If you can recommend a reliable and easy-to-use, professional looking alternative, run by reasonable and reachable people, please tell us! We will gratefully switch and recommend any viable alternative to our many readers.

TWO SAN DIEGO MEN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING FBI AGENTS

FBI warns public of falling victim to the bank examiner scam

March 30, 2012 (San Diego) --  Thursday, March 29, the FBI announced  the arrest of two San Diego men on charges of impersonating FBI Agents as part of a scheme to defraud a San Diego woman over over $200,000.  Nenad Videnovic 22, was arrested by FBI Agents on March 27  in Ocean Beach.  Brian John Murphy, 33 was arrested later that same day in the Mission Bay area. 

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