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AUTHORITIES SEEK BOYS WHO BROUGHT RABID BAT TO PET STORE; HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE COUNTY-WIDE WARNING

 

Don't touch bats, dead or alive

 

Update July 20, 2011:  County Health authorities have located the boys and determined that they did not touch the bat.  Their family physician will make final determination on whether preventative treatments will be administered.  

July 16, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Sheriff’s office seeks public help to identify three boys, 12-13 years old, who brought an ill Mexican free-tailed bat to a Petco Store in Vista on July 10. An employee contacted Project Wildlife and later, County Public Health officials tested the bat and found it positive for rabies.

 

Bats become more active this time of year and County Health officials urge parents in all areas of the County to instruct children never to touch a bat, dead or alive.

BUFFALO FIRE 100% CONTAINED

 

July 16, 2011 (Jacumba) -- The Buffalo Fire is 100% contained, after burning 26 acres, Cal-Fire reports today.  A total of 211 firefighters  fought the blaze at an estimated fire suppression cost of $200,000.  Currently 12 engines, 8 fire crews, 1 helicopter, 3 bulldozers, 6 water tenders and 1 chief officer remain at the scene.

POLICE ASK PUBLIC'S HELP WITH ARSON SERIES INVESTIGATION IN OTAY AREA

 

July 14, 2011 (Otay) -- San Diego County Crime Stoppers and Chula Vista Police Department investigators seek help  to identify suspects in arson fires which recently occurred at an elementary school and nearby canyons in the Otay and Chula Vista areas.

BRUSH FIRE BURNING NEAR JACUMBA CHARS OUTBUILDING, POWER POLE

 Update 10 p.m. - The fire is now 80% contained, after burning 26 acres and destroying 2 outbuildings, Cal-Fire reports.

July 15, 2011 (Jacumba) – Cal-Fire is on the scene of a 3-acre brush fire off of Old Hwy 80 near the community of Jacumba. Named the Buffalo Fire, the blaze started at 3:22 p.m. and originated from a structure fire.

 

“Currently we have 8 Engines, 2 Fire Crews, 2 Water Tenders, 1 Bulldozer, 2 Airtankers, 2 Helicopters, and 2 Chief Officers, which is approximately 100 firefighters,” said Cal Fire spokesperson Roxanne Provaznik. “The fire is burning uphill to the south, and spreading slowly. There is one outbuilding and one power pole on fire.”

GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES RAISE MONEY TO FUND 82 BERNARD OSHER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

July 15, 2011 (East County) -- East County’s two community colleges have raised almost $850,000 for the Bernard Osher Foundation scholarship fund that will forever provide awards of at least $1,000 to 82 students each year.

BEST ONLINE SERVICES AT SOCIALSECURITY.GOV

 
By Walter Magallon
 
 
July 15, 2011 (San Diego) -- Americans love their computers. In fact, a recent study shows that the number of Americans who use the Internet has more than doubled over the past 10 years, reaching nearly three quarters of the U.S. population. Nearly half of all Americans have a high-speed Internet connection at home, compared to only five percent at the start of the decade. The study indicates that Internet use is even beginning to outpace traditional media. Younger Americans spend more time online than in front of a television. 
 

ECM EDITOR TO DISCUSS EAST COUNTY'S HOTTEST TOPICS ON MY 107.9 RADIO TONIGHT 6-7 PM

July 15, 2011 (Alpine) -- East Count Magazine editor Miriam Raftery will be a guest this evening on Billie Jo Jannen's "TGIF" radio news show from 6-7 p.m. Livestream at www.my1079.com wherever you are, or listen live at 107.9 on your FM radio dial (heard in parts of East County).

 

 

Hot topics include: the fire parcel tax, a lawsuit filed by Derek and Nancy Casady seeking return of bail-out funds for taxpayers, smart meters, closure of Cedar Creek Falls, redistricting in the Grossmont Union High School District, Alpine's proposed high school, and CSU trustees' decision to hike both tuitions and the salary of SDSU's new president. 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: SUCKER PUNCH

By Brian Lafferty

 

July 15, 2011 (San Diego) – Sucker Punch is what happens when you give Zack Snyder carte blanche to do whatever he wants. 300 was my first exposure to Snyder. It wasn’t a masterpiece, or even a great movie, but if you were looking for a good sword and sandal epic with lots of slicing, dicing, and blood, then you couldn’t miss.

 

A LAUGHING MATTER: BREW HA HA COMICS EXPANDS TO 2 LOCATIONS IN COLLEGE AREA


Juggler/comedian David Lucas joins lineup July 17 at Moxie Theater

July 15, 2011 (San Diego)—Something funny is happening in San Diego’s eastern region. Brew Ha Ha, the popular comedy group founded by Diane Jean and Chris Clobber, is now performing regularly at two locations near San Diego State University: San Diego Desserts and the Moxie Theater.
 

On Sunday, July 17, international juggler and comedian David Lucas will headline a show at the Moxie Theater, 6663 El Cajon Blvd.

13TH ANNUAL EVENING WITH YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES JULY 18

 

 July 15, 2011 (East County) -- The Alpine and Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce invites you to join your elected representatives for a lively evening discussing important hot topics on Monday, July 18. Bring your questions, enjoy appetizers and the opportunity  to meet  your friends and neighbors at this informative event, which is cosponsored by Viejas and San Diego Gas & Electric Company.

  

GALLERY WALK JULY 15 TO SHOWCASE ART, MUSIC AND MORE AT 8 LOCATIONS

 

 

July 15, 2011 (El Cajon) –Artists’ demonstrations, live music, giveaways, food and drinks are all part of a Gallery Walk event set for Friday, July 15 from 5-8 p.m. in downtown El Cajon.  The public is invited to participate in the free art walk to help support local artists at eight participating galleries. In addition, many downtown shops and restaurants are offering discounts for the evening.

HUNTER’S CHARTER SCHOOL BILL PASSES COMMITTEE, HEADS TO HOUSE FLOOR

 

July 14, 2011 – A new education bill, championed by Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), is making its way to the floor of the House of Representatives. The bill is a part of a series of education reform bills looking to overhaul current elementary and secondary school laws.

MAID STRUCK, KILLED BY ELDERLY DRIVER AT MOTEL IN EL CAJON

July 14, 2011 (El Cajon)—A 75-year-old woman hit the gas pedal instead of the brake while turning into a parking space at the Villa Embasadora Inn, a motel at 1556 East Main Street in El Cajon, early this afternoon. 

 

Her vehicle sped forward, striking a housekeeper, 67, who was pinned against a wall.

PILOT SURVIVES EMERGENCY LANDING AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

July 14, 2011 (El Cajon)--An experimental single-engine plane had to make an emergency landing at Gillespie Field airport this morning after the pilot noticed he had a fuel leak and his pilot began to fill with smoke. He made a hard landing on the runway, bringing the plane in nose down as it came to a stop.

LA MESA SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS

 

 
 
July 14, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa is offering two FREE Summer Movie Nights. These movies are shown on large screens, providing family entertainment under the stars July 15 and 29.

OH WOW -- IT'S THE LUAU SATURDAY JULY 23

  

 

July 14, 2011 (Alpine) -- The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #9578 is having their Annual Luau Party on July 23 starting at 1:00 p.m. Envision yourself in the tropics with Hawiian style food, music, and a live auction Tickets are $12.00/advance sale, and $15.00 at the door. 

MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS GROUP FORMS, HOLDS EVENT IN SAN DIEGO TARGETING INSURANCE INDUSTRY

 

July 14, 2011 (San Diego) – “The Middle Class in America is endangered. Every single day, we work hard and do our share in supporting ourselves, our families and our country. Yet, we see our incomes cut, our assets gambled, and our quality of life threatened,” reads the webpage for the newly-formed Middle Class Taxpayers Association (MCTA) in San Diego.

 

The group aims to represent middle class people and small business owners, who founders believe are “not served by big business-funded taxpayer groups.”  Case in point: MTCA points out that most board members for the existing San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) work for major corporations including Wal-Mart, Sempra/SDG&E, Chevron, healthcare industry interests and big businesses.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: JULY 14, 2011

 

 

 

July 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and our region, published in other media. Latest Roundup headlines include:

 

  • County may enact tiered ordinance for small horse operations (Santee Patch)
  • El Cajon reaches agreement with police (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Quiet council settles with Firefighters (La Mesa Today)
  • Schools’ financial watchdog stripped of powers (Voice of San Diego)
  • Legislators to introduce Caylee’s Law in wake of murder case (Sacramento)
  • Local openly gay troops begin reenlisting (10 News)
  • Fact check: Bill Horn’s bogus civil rights story (Voice of San Diego)
  • Bid filed to end collective bargaining for state employees (Sacramento Bee)
  • A Sweetwater resource, but there’s some salt in the mix (Groksurf San Diego)
  • UC cashing in with out of state tuitions (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Powerlink plagued by eagle issues, tower drops (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • A sculpture garden grows in the desert (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: JULY 14, 2011

 
 
 
 
July 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and our region, published in other media. Latest Roundup headlines include:
 
 
 
  • County may enact tiered ordinance for small horse operations (Santee Patch)
  • El Cajon reaches agreement with police (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Quiet council settles with Firefighters (La Mesa Today)
  • Schools’ financial watchdog stripped of powers (Voice of San Diego)
  • Legislators to introduce Caylee’s Law in wake of murder case (Sacramento)
  • Local openly gay troops begin reenlisting (10 News)
  • Fact check: Bill Horn’s bogus civil rights story (Voice of San Diego)
  • Bid filed to end collective bargaining for state employees (Sacramento Bee)
  • A Sweetwater resource, but there’s some salt in the mix (Groksurf San Diego)
  • UC cashing in with out of state tuitions (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Powerlink plagued by eagle issues, tower drops (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • A sculpture garden grows in the desert (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 

MARKETING MATTERS: FIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF A MARKETABLE LOGO

 Tips and tricks for business success

 
by Rama Beerfas
 
 
 
July 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –  Whether you are opening a new business or it’s just time to freshen the look of your existing branded image, a new/revised logo may be the way to go. If you are in the position to be creating or revamping a logo, keep these tips in mind for a logo that will work for all your branding needs:
 
 

WESTFIELD NORTH COUNTY INVITES KIDS TO LEARN ABOUT ART “IN LIVING COLOR”


Free Westfield Family Fun Days Continue by Teaching Children About Art
 
 
 
July 14, 2011 (North County) -- On Monday, July 18, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m.,Westfield North County’s Westfield Family program is presenting In Living Color for the month of July, featuring Westfield Family Fun Days designed to help kids learn about art and create their own. At these free, family-friendly activities, kids will unleash their own creativity while learning more about classic painters.
 

MEET THE AUTHOR OF CAMPO THE FORGOTTEN GUNFIGHT AT EL CAJON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

 

July 14, 2011, (El Cajon) -- Bryon Harrington, local Alpine author, will appear at s meeting of the El Cajon Historical Society on Thursday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m.  Mr. Harrington will share stories and sign copies of his self-published book,Campo, The Forgotton Gunfight. See the East County Magazine review here.

 

History buffs will enjoy this true local history of the gunfight which occurred in December, 1875, in Campo--a confrontation that surpassed the famed OK Corral shootout in duration and bloodshed. 

WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS JULY 14, 2011


 

July 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting 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 global and U.S. news headlines include:

 
 U.S.

  •          Senator calls for investigation of News Corp (Reuters)
  •          Defense Secretary: U.S. within reach of `strategically defeating’ Al Qaeda (ABC)
  •          Suicide and a nation’s condolences (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  •          Former First Lady Betty Ford dies at 93 (Sacramento Bee)
  •          Democrats launch campaigns by blowing GOP Medicare plan (Washington Post)
  •          Republican ‘change’ ad hits TV (CNN)
  •          Fact-checking Michele Bachmann (PolitiFact)
  •         Victory for media diversity: court strikes down FCC attempt to relax media ownership rules (Democracy Now)

WORLD

  •          Mumbai: Explosions shake India’s financial hub (CNN)
  •          Celebrating Independence Day for South Sudan (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  •          Murdoch, savaged by Parliament, pulls BSkyB bid (Reuters)
  •          A prenatal surgery for Spina Bifida comes of age (NPR)
  •         Pakistan’s nuclear bomb-maker says North Korea paid bribes for know-how (Washington Post) 

AWARD-WINNING ARTIST CHUCK MCPHERSON RELISHES THE FRUITS IN HIS LABORS


By Lauren Radice
 

If you stop to watch local artist Chuck McPherson paint, don’t expect the ordinary. For McPherson, painting with traditional paints and brushes, like other artists, is far too dull for a crowd. In fact, he compares it to watching paint dry (no pun intended). Instead, he goes for a more alternative method: using whatever can be found in your purse.
 

“I’ve painted with everything from lipstick to coffee. I’ve even tried fruit!” explains the artist, a resident of La Mesa. “But I’ve come to find with cantaloupe, I just end up with a soggy piece of canvas.”

"DIVE-IN MOVIE" SHOWS JULY 15 AT LA MESA POOL

 

July 8, 2011 (La Mesa)--Dive into fun at the La Mesa Municipal Pool’s “Dive-in Movie” featuring “Toy Story 3” on Friday, July 15. Family and friends can enjoy viewing an outdoor movie from a spot on the pool deck or while floating in the heated pool.

IT’S A STEEL: THIEVES TAKE WRIGHT’S FIELD CABLE FENCE IN ALPINE

July 13, 2011 (Alpine) – Late Monday night, thieves stole over 1,500 linear feet of half-inch steel from the fence traversing the Wright's Field Preserve in Alpine, Alpine Community Network reports.

 

The theft has been reported to the Sheriff and constitutes grand theft due to the value. Now the Back Country Land Trust is asking public help to identify the thieves.

SAN DIEGO CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM MAKES BIG MOVE IN ESCONDIDO

 
  
July 13, 2011 (Escondido) --  San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) announces a new home in historic downtown Escondido.  The new location has more than 12,000 square feet of space (half indoor, half outdoor) for educational exhibits and programming to serve tens of thousands of people annually.

RAMONA RESIDENT MONTY BELL RECEIVES STATE AWARD FOR SEARCH & RESCUE

 
 
July 13, 2011 (Ramona) – Monty Bell, who has dedicated over 15 years to Search and Rescue efforts locally, was honored with a statewide award presented at the National Association for Search & Rescue in Reno, Nevada. Raised in Rancho Bernardo, Bell has lived in Poway and currently resides in Ramona. 
 
 
“Monty Bell has done an outstanding job in taking active SAR leadership roles as a professional volunteer for the citizens of San Diego County as well as the entire State of California by dedicating his time and expertise to the profession of Search and Rescue,” said Matt Scharper, deputy chief of the California Emergency Management Association Law Enforcement division. "
 

SMOKE FROM MEXICO FIRE VISIBLE IN U.S.

 

July 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Cal-Fire is combating 100-acre fire in the remote “Tin Can” area in Mexico, east of the Otay port of entry and just south of the border fence.

 

“We currently have 3 engines, 2 air tankers, 1 air attack and 1 helicopter,” Cal-Fire Captain Mike Mohler said. “Aircraft and crews are pre-treating areas along the fence.”

NEED A BUS OR A BACKHOE? GOLF CART OR GENERATOR?

July 16 County Auction in Ramona offers range of surplus property
 
 
 
 
July 13, 2011 (Ramona) --Many vehicles and other items will go to the highest bidder at the County’s public auction in Ramona on Saturday, July 16.

Expect a surprising range of surplus government property from the County and other local agencies. Vehicles and equipment will include Ford Expedition SUVs; a  mobile command center bus; 35-passenger school busses; a Caterpillar backhoe tractor; a horse trailer; flatbed trailers; a forklift; Ford, Nissan and Honda sedans; pickup trucks; semi-trucks; golf carts; generators; computers and wheelbarrows.

 
 
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