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VIEJAS CASINO CELEBRATES 20 YEAR WINNING STREAK SEPT. 17

 

Guests to be treated to free meal at Harvest Buffet, $100,000 Bingo celebration and a Corvette giveaway

August 22, 2011 (Alpine) –Viejas Casino is celebrating its 20th anniversary with special events and promotions during September--including a drawing for a 2012 Corvette. On September 13, Viejas Casino says “thank you” to its guests and supporters with a free meal at the award-winning Harvest Buffet.

SDGE SEEKS TO MOVE HEAVY TRANSPORMERS THROUGH I-8 STARTING TONIGHT

 

August 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Greg Fox, Chair of the Alpine Community Planning Group, has forwarded an announcement from the County Department of Public Works (DPW) advising that SDGE’s contractor, American Heavy Equipment (AHE) has submitted a moving permit application and traffic control permit request to transport seven large transformers from the San Diego Port to Bell Bluff Truck Trail (east of Alpine).

 

The truck will get onto I-8 from Greenfield Drive and will exit on Japatul Valley Road and will not be traveling through the Community of Alpine.  AHE is proposing the first move for tomorrow night (August 23, 2011). This is the first of seven roundtrip moves that will occur every two to three days apart after the initial move.

TRAINEE SAVED LIFE OF WOUNDED OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM; 3 BODIES FOUND AT MURDER-FIRE SCENE IN EL CAJON


By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2011 (El Cajon) – Officer Jerred Slocum, 38, has been identified as the El Cajon policeman shot last night while responding to a domestic violence call.

 

“He was shot in the left front part of his head and the bullet traveled around in his skull and then outside,” Lt. Mark Coit told East County Magazine today. “He has a fractured skull and internal bleeding.” Officer Slocum underwent surgery last night and is in critical but stable condition, said Lt. Coit.

 

CHARRED BODY FOUND IN HOME OF SHOOTING ; DETAILS EMERGE ON HEROES WHO SAVED FALLEN OFFICER

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 22, 2011 (El Cajon) – A burned body of an adult has been found near the door of a home at 1033 Prince Street in El Cajon, where a man barricaded himself into the residence last night after shooting a police officer and possibly family members. Police had received a call indicated a man carrying a gun entered the home and started a fire that swiftly engulfed the residence.

 

“Due to the extensive damage of the body it is unknown if it is the suspect,” a release issued by El Cajon Police this morning indicated. Police have not identified the suspect, however ECM news partner 10 News has named Kevin Collier as the shooter.

BREAKING WORLD NEWS BULLETIN: LIBYAN REBELS STORM TRIPOLI, GADDAFI SONS CAPTURED, PALACE GUARDS SURRENDER

By Miriam Raftery
 

August 21, 2011 (San Diego) Rebel forces have streamed into Tripoli tonight, taking control of the capitol city.

 

“An amateur league of ill-trained rebel fighters appeared to be on the bring of toppling Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule Monday after capturing two of the leader’s sons and infiltrating the Libyan capital, “ CNN reports.

OFFICER SHOT BY MAN WHO KILLED FAMILY MEMBERS IN EL CAJON; MANHUNT CONTINUES FOR SUSPECT KEVIN COLLIER

 

Update August 22, 2011 12:30 a.m. - A manhunt continues for a suspect identified as Kevin Collier.  10 News reports that Collier may have eluded authorities after killing two families members and wounding an El Cajon police officer.  

 

Update 10:15 p.m. - Bodies are reportedly confirmed in the residence but the scene is still too hot to enter, ECM has learned.  Chillingly, the suspect held a yard sale the day before gunning down his family members, advertising on Craig's list, "Big yard sale. Everything you need for your kitchen and more! Name your own price I just want the stuff gone!!!"

GROCERY WORKERS VOTE TO STRIKE: PICKETING LOCAL SUPERMARKETS COULD BEGIN THIS WEEK

August 21, 2011 (San Diego) – A grocery workers’ strike at Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs supermarkets could begin as early as this week. Union members voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to authorize leaders to call a strike, with 90% voting in favor.

WATER FOR CHILDREN HOSTS ECO FAIR & MUSIC FESTIVAL SEPT. 24

August 22, 2011 (San Diego) – Water for Children Africa, a nonprofit founded by El Cajon resident Vickie Butcher to bring safe clean water to rural villages in Africa, will host its annual Music Festival and Eco Fair on Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to sunset at San Diego City College near Balboa Park.

STONEY’S KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY AUGUST 25


Annual Fundraising Event to Benefit East County Youth

 

August 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Stoney’s Kids is celebrating the 20th anniversary of a “Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser Like No Other.” You’re invited to join in supporting East County youth programs onr August 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the lawn under the stars at Sycuan Resort.

CONCERTS ON THE GREEN CONTINUE THROUGH SEPTEMBER

 

 

August 22, 2011 (El Cajon) – Looking to kick up your heels and dance the night away? Or just kick back with a picnic dinner while enjoying some live music under the stars? El Cajon’s Concerts on the Green continue each Friday night from 6 to 8 p..m. now through September 30th.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

 

 
 
August 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Photographer Wayne Brammer sent in these images of construction along the Sunrise Powerlink, with the following commentary on the Sunbird sky crane.

 
“Now if you’re a big kid like myself, you may like seeing choppers lifting BIG stuff.  Now this is a big chopper…”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: A SIZZLING SUMMER’S NIGHT IN EAST COUNTY

 

August 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – Samantha Bonpensiero photographed the Novamenco concert at the Water Conservation Garden last weekend, capturing the beauty and drama of both music and dance on a sizzling summer’s night in Rancho San Diego.  Novamenco has emerged as one of San Diego’s hottest musical entertainment groups. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE ALUM LAUDED AS PLANNER EXTRAORDINAIRE

August 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – – A conga line of well-wishers and an engraved award are among the acknowledgements recently given to Maria Baeza, a Grossmont College employee for 22 years credited as the behind-the-scenes person for the campus’ biggest events, including graduation and student elections.

The former Grossmont College student, now a secretary for the Student Affairs office, is the latest recipient of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Chancellor/Classified Senate Award, a commendation presented quarterly to outstanding staff.

MAYORAL DEBATE & “IDEA TOURNAMENT” SEPT. 17 AT POLITIFEST

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 21, 2011 (San Diego) – Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated at county fairs and festivals. Outdoors and free to the public, Politifest 2011 recaptures that spirit. The event, set for Saturday September 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p..m. at Liberty Station in Pt. Loma, will include a mayoral debate, idea tournament, beer garden, civic booths, media celebrities and old-fashioned outdoor fun.

HOTLINE LAUNCHED FOR MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTINGS


August 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Department of Fish & Game has launched a new hotline phone number for reporting mountain lion sightings at (951)443-2944.

 

What happens when a lion sighting is reported?

LOCAL PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GLOBAL STUDY ON WIND FARM IMPACTS

 

Can chickens provide early warnings of wind turbine health dangers?

 

By Miriam Raftery
August 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Like those proverbial canaries in the coal mine, chickens near wind farms may provide early clues to potential harm to health of humans and animals. That’s the contention of Hamish Cumming, a farmer battling proposed wind turbines near his home in Australia.

 

He has written a letter to East County Magazine seeking help from people living near wind farms locally (and in other locations) to document cases of shell-less eggs, dead chickens, or other animals that suffer internal hemmorrhaging.

PRESCHOOL TO OPEN AT SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER

August 21, 2011 (San Diego) – Not every preschool ice skating, swimming, dance, gardening and sports as part of the curriculum. But the new RJ’s Preschool Academy at the Salvation Army Kroc Center will offer all of these activities and more.

 

The Christian preschool will open September 7, with an open house set for Tuesday, September 6 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Parents, kids and community members are invited to visit, enjoy refreshments and meet the program director.

HORSING AROUND: BUFFET TO SAVE HORSES AT HOOLEY'S TODAY

August 21, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – A buffet brunch with live music will be held at Hooleys Irish Pub in Rancho San Diego from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to help raise money for Saving Horses, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue. The organization rescues horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect.

 

 

SUPERVISORS ASK STATE TO RESTORE FIREFIGHTING CUTS AND REPEAL FIRE PARCEL FEE

August 20, 2011 (San Diego) –State Supervisors are firing back after the state slashed spending for firefighting services and enacted a fire parcel fee on rural residents.

 

“Public safety in the San Diego region will be jeopardized as a result of these significant funding reductions,” Supervisors stated in an August 17 letter sent to Governor Jerry Brown and San Diego’s state legislators. “Cutting CAL FIRE funding is not a prudent solution to resolving the State’s budget crisis and will pale in comparison to the costs incurred by the State to respond to the next major wildfire.”

HELP PLAN LA MESA’S COMMUNITY GARDEN: AUGUST 31 AT HELIX HIGH


August 20, 2011 (La Mesa) – Do you live, work or attend school in La Mesa? The city invites you to help plan and build a community garden. A meeting will be held Wednesday, August 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Helix Charter school campus, 7323 University Avenue, Room 1300, La Mesa.

SPECIAL BULLETIN: SHERIFF SEEKS PUBLIC HELP TO SOLVE MURDER ON PALA RESERVATION

August 20, 2011 (Pala) – San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are asking the public for help to locate the killer of Javier Hernandez Rojas, 31. Rojas’ body was found yesterday alongside Pala Temecula Road on the Pala Indian Reservation in northeast San Diego County.

TRIANGLE CLUB AT WYNOLA PIZZA EXPRESS AUG. 23

 

 

August 20, 2011 (Julian) -- The Julian Triangle Club will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, August 23rd, at Wynola Pizza Express, between 5-8 p.m.  Music will be provided from 6-8 p.m. by the “Gory Dayz” combo.   

WILL POWER REPORT: POVERTY IS NOT HEREDITARY

Nothing but the truth! 

By Will Power
 
August 20, 2011 (San Diego)--In Eighteenth Century England, not only was poverty illegal but a few pounds of unpaid debt could get you sent to Australia or prison.  In those days, people actually thought poverty was hereditary, and that bad genes made you poor.

READER’S EDITORIAL: A TIME FOR US AND MARRIAGE EQUALITY

 
 
A San Diego internationally acclaimed author speaks out about marriage equality and skyrocketing violence against gays 
 
 By Terry Angel Mason
 
 
“Today, you would think that because I am an African-American, that I would have awakened with a new zest for living, a belief that all things are possible and a renewed hope in America, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. But instead, I felt a chilling numbness emotionally very similar to the kind of feeling that I experience when someone close to me in my family has just died!”
 
 
 
These were the words penned in my Pulitzer-nominated book, “Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent” after Proposition 8 passed in California, amid the euphoria and jubilation of electing America’s first African-American President.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY THIS INDEPENDENT-MINDED VOTER SUPPORTS RON PAUL

 

By Vince Wallgren

 
 
August 20, 2011 (La Mesa)--Well, well, well ... the fat-cats are out of the bag, big time!

Apoplectic, neurotic and panic are but a few of the manifestations of the neocon state of mind. Their cold, calculating indifference to the plight of the ordinary American is about to be exposed, big time!
 
Their vision of an empirical America in a new world order is fading fast; and search as they might, they just can’t seem to find that critical but elusive “easy button.”

SHARP GROSSMONT ANNOUNCES SERVICES

 

 August 20, 2011 (La Mesa) --Sharp Healthcare announces two programs for seniors.

 

PROJECT C.A.R.E. OFFERS HELP FOR SENIORS:  Do you live alone? Concerned about someone living alone? Project C.A.R.E. can provide a daily computerized telephone call, Vial of Life, friendly visitor and more. Call the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center at 619-740-4214 for details.

 

MEET THE PHARMACIST

Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center is partnering with the East County Action Network and others in offering a "Meet the Pharmacist" event on Tuesday, September 13. 

LAKESIDE CHRISTIAN HELP CENTER PASSES OUT BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES

 


 
August 20, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Christian Help Center has passed out brand new backpacks and school supplies to over 300 Lakeside students.  Children in local schools also received new socks and underwear.
 
“Local supporters and about 20 volunteers made this year's event amazing for the children!,” said Sherri Hurst, a community volunteer.
 

 

 
 

BRUSH FIRE NEAR BARONA HALTED AT 4 ACRES

 Update 12:36 p.m.:  Spread of the Bullpen Fire has been stopped at four acres.  The Incident Commander has released the airtankers, 1 helicopter, and the bulldozer.  Firefighters will remain on scene mopping up hot spots.  One minor injury to a firefighter, a bee sting, was reported.

 

 

August 20, 2011 (Lakeside)CAL FIRE is on scene of a two-acre brush fire near 1154 Bullpen Street, near the community of Barona (TB Map 1193 A4). Currently there are 5 engines, 2 fire crews, 2 helicopters, 2 airtankers, 1 bulldozer, 1 chief officer (75 firefighters).

 

The fire was reported at 11:49 and the cause is under investigation.

 

ARRESTS MADE IN ABDUCTION, SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WOMAN FOUND NAKED ALONG STATE ROUTE 125

 

August 20, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)-- San Diego Police Department Sex Crimes Unit detectives have arrested two suspects, a man and a woman, for the brutal abduction, beating and sexual assault of a female victim.  The victim, 21, was dumped naked along State Route 125 in Bonita, where she was rescued by motorists.

MAN KILLED BY LA MESA POLICE AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISPUTE

August 20, 2011 (La Mesa) – Police officers fired multiple shots, killing a shotgun-wielding man late last night near La Mesa's downtown village  Pine Court in La Mesa remains closed until at least mid- morning today between University Avenue and Allison while authorities conduct an investigation.

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