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$500 REWARD FOR STOLEN EQUIPMENT IN ALPINE

 
December 25, 2011 (Alpine) – TC Construction is offering a $500 reward for return of items stolen from a job site pump station at Victoria Drive and Victoria Park Terrace in Alpine, or for information leading to conviction of the person(s) who stole the equipment.  The theft occurred the morning of Wednesday  December 21.

Items taken include: 

 

  • 1 ½” submersible pump
  • 100ft extension cord
  • 3 jackhammers: 90 lb., 60 lb. & 40 lb.
  • 80 lbs. of aluminum

LA MESA NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY FRIDAY, DEC 31

 
December 27, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa will hold it's New Year's Eve party on Friday, December 31, from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The party will be at The La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center at 8450 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa.

 

U.S. DEPT. OF INTERIOR APPROVES TULE WIND PROJECT IN MCCAIN VALLEY

Local business leaders praise decision to expand renewable energy

Opponents hope Supervisors, court will protect scenic, cultural and wildlife resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 26, 2011 (McCain Valley) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed approval December 20 forTule Wind Project on federal lands in McCain Valley in East County. The federal lands portion approved by the Department of the Interior constitute the bulk of the project, capable of generating up to 186 megawatts (MW) of the project’s total 200 MW capacity. 

The project will need additional approvals from the County of San Diego, California Public Utilities Commission, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and California State Lands Commission.  The County will hold hearings on a major use permit in the first quarter of 2012.  Planning Commissioners and ultimately, the Board of Supervisors are expected to vote on the issue.

PARTY THE YEAR AWAY AT ANDIAMO ON NEW YEAR’S EVE


December 28, 2011 (Tierrasanta)--Andiamo Ristorante Italiano  in Tierrasanta, invites you to celebrate the New Year in style with live music and northern Italian food on Saturday, December 31.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE LAUNCHES LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR STUDENTS

 Region’s community colleges eyed as potential future sites

 
December 30, 2011 (El Cajon) -- A two-day seminar at Cuyamaca College offers students important lessons outside the traditional academic subjects. In this class, students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges learn how to lead. 

RAINBOW ANIMALS PROVIDES A COLORFUL AND ENCHANTING CHILDREN'S TALE

Book Review by Dennis Moore  

December 28, 2011 (East County) -- Anat Tour, this East County (San Diego) resident , has done it again – following up her debut publication of  Mama’s Shoe with an enchanting story of friendship and hope,  The Rainbow Animals. She has taken The Rainbow Animals a step further by having it published as a bundled package, CD/DVD and booklet insert.

POLITICAL WRANGLING: INCONVENIENT TRUTHS ABOUT THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS

 

By Buck Shott

Past presidential fibs have led to impeachment and resignation. Shouldn’t honesty be a key qualification for any presidential candidate?

December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Voters, and the candidates they support, often have drastically different views on the various issues.  But honesty and integrity are two traits we should all agree upon as minimal “qualifications” for anyone seeking the presidency.

Granted, in the heat of a campaign any candidate may have a slip of the lip, forgetting a statistic or misstating an name. But when presidential contenders knowingly tell brazen lies, air campaign ads with outright falsehoods, and then shamelessly defend such fibbing, we should all think twice about the character of those seeking our nation’s highest office.

NEED TO RETURN A GIFT? CHECK THESE RETURN POLICIES FOR MAJOR STORES


December 28, 2011 (San Diego)—If you received  a gift that doesn’t fit, doesn’t work, or just doesn’t suit your needs, it’s important to return merchandise within the time frame required by merchants—and know each store’s return policy.
 
Below is our guide to return policies for major vendors:

“REVEILLON” NEW YEAR’S FEAST AT BLEU BOHEME

 
December 28, 2011 (Kensington) Chef/Owner Ken Irvine of the Bleu Boheme invites the public to celebrate the "Reveillon" a New Years Eve celebration for a three -course festive menu with four choices of each course at $59.95 per person this Saturday, December 31. Bleu Boheme is located at 4090 Adams Avenue, San Diego CA 92116, in the Kensington area (between Terrace Drive and Kensington Drive).

 

STRUCTURE FIRE IN JAMUL BLOCKS TRAFFIC

 

Story by Miriam Raftery

Photos by Kathie Wellington

December 29, 2011 (Jamul) -- Firefighters are at the scene of a one-alarm structure at Skyline Truck Trail and Lawson Valley Road. Traffic is blocked in both directions at the 15000 block of Skyline Truck Trail at Lawson Valley Road.

TEEN SKATEBOARDER KILLED IN ACCIDENT

December 27, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Lakeside teen Matthew Parish, 17, has been identified as the victim killed December 21 in an El Cajon accident.  According to the Medical Examiner's office, Parish was apparently riding his skateboard in the 1200 block of Jamacha Road when he was struck by a vehicle.  There are conflicting news reports indicating he may have been walking across the street and carrying his skateboard when he was hit.

WOMAN MAULED BY PIT BULLS DIES AFTER THIRD AMPUTATION

December 27, 2011 (San Diego)—Emako Mendoza, 76, the Paradise Hills woman mauled by a neighbor’s two pit bulls in June, died on Christmas Eve after being hospitalized December 23 due to complications from those injuries, according to the Medical Examiner.

BONITA MAN KILLED IN DUNE BUGGY ACCIDENT

December 27, 2011 (Bonita) - A dune buggy accident has claimed the life of David Sylvester Metje, a 52-year-old married man from Bonita.  Metje was the driver and sole occupant of an off-road vehicle when he lost control and was ejected. The accident ccurred in the 4700 block of Butternut Hollow Lane in Bonita.

PARAPLEGIC TRAPPED IN CRASH ON DEERHORN VALLEY ROAD

December 27, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) –A paraplegic is trapped in a minivan that has rolled onto its side at 21325 Deerhorn Valley Road in the Jamul area, Incident Page Network reports.  Multiple victims are reportedly involved.

SEARCH LAUNCHED FOR WOMAN MISSING FROM OTAY AREA

 

December 27, 2011 (Otay) – San Diego Police seek help to locate Josephina Yolanda Lopez, 58.  “The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Unit has been called out to look for Lopez,” said Lt. Andra Brown.

Lopez was visiting family in the Otay area at 523 Doolittle Ave. She was last seen December 23 at 11 a.m., when she told family members she was going to walk to a CVS store at 3300 Palm Avenue.   She has medical problems and requires medications. 

 

GROSSMONT ADULT SCHOOL’S WHODUNIT BOOK CLUB WILL DISCUSS MYSTERIES AT THE EL CAJON LIBRARY


December 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Mystery fans, read and discuss mysteries at the Whodunit Book Club, a free Grossmont Adult School class that starts Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave.

The weekly class is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the library Seminar Room.

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES

 By Charlotte Reed


December 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)From the Real Estate Trenches is a weekly column focused on real estate news that impacts East County’s real estate market. This week’s local and national real estate highlights include:

 
 
  • East County Realtors rally to aid less fortunate at Christmas time
  • Two new scams reported in East County

 

DUI ARRESTS UP IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY OVER HOLIDAYS

 
December 27, 2011 (San Diego County) -- The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in more driving under the influence (DUI) arrests from local traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 14 DUI deployments over a two week period in San Diego County. In the past 11 days, from 12:01 a.m. Friday December 16th through midnight, Monday December 26th, deputies/officers representing 14 County law enforcement agencies booked 534 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In 2010, 444 DUI bookings occurred during the same time period. This is an increase of 20%.

 

WHAT I’VE LEARNED AS A SURVIVOR OF A 7.5 EARTHQUAKE

 Travels in time to Bucuresti, Romania

 
By Iolanda Scripca

December 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--After a warm visit with my grown son, I tell him “Good bye !” He hugs me and jumps into his car. We wave back and forth and I still do not go back into the house until the curve fades away his presence.  Life is so precious and, when you think I could have died decades ago, at age sixteen, the  memories of that evening still give me goose bumps. ..My son, Christopher, would have been just an undefined wish of energy wandering in this infinite universe.

 

HOW TO RECYLCE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE AND MORE FOR A GREEN POST-HOLIDAY SEASON


By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2011 (San Diego) – Christmas trees add beauty to homes during the holidays. But a dry tree can become a fire hazard. Fortunately, there are many places to recycle your tree in East County and San Diego. 

DOG-NAPPING IN VALLEY CENTER: FAMILY OFFERS REWARD FOR RETURN OF STOLEN PET

 

December 27, 2011 (Valley Center) – Thieves ransacked a Valley Center home last Thursday, making off with over $10,000 worth of belongings. The family’s cherished miniature Yorkshire Terrier, “Cookie”, is also missing. 

“She’s part of our family,” owner Joanne Hansen told ECM news partner 10 News. The dog weighs just one pound, eight ounces.

WILDCAT CANYON ROAD SHUT DOWN

 

December 28, 2011 (Lakeside) – A motorcyclist down in the 11400 block of Wildcat Canyon Road has prompted shutdown of the highway.  The accident was reported at 3:27 p.m.  Traffic is blocked south of Barona, CHP reports. 

LEFT HOOK: THE AMERICAN FALL

By Walter Davis

 
December 26, 2011 (San Diego)--They celebrated in glee as leader after leader, government after government came under pressure in The Middle East as the Arab Spring unfolded. Now, enter the American Fall. The Occupy Movement is well underway and appears to be here to stay. Mainstream media puppets voice the same message, “They are not stating a clear objective”, as if they do not understand the plight of the American people.
 
The grievances are quite clear to those who care.
 
Millions of Americans have had their homes stolen by banks in foreclosure actions, the same banks that received bail out tax dollars. Insurance company lobbyists have ensured that millions of American citizens are impeded from acquiring quality health care. Food prices continue to skyrocket; a bag of frozen strawberries can cost $11.00. Greedy gasoline companies fuel cars and inflated prices by increasing prices to over $4.00 per gallon for gasoline.

 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION IS COLLECTING TOYS FOR RADY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THROUGH JAN. 7


December 26, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego County Credit Union  (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branch offices in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, is collecting toys for Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California. As part of SDCCU’s second annual Winter Toy Drive, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any one of SDCCU’s 28 branch locations in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties through Jan. 7, 2012.

MOTORCYCLE FATALITY ON HIGHWAY 94


Update December 27, 2011:   The victim has been identified as Daniel C. Dacon, Jr., 24, a single man who lived with his parents n San Diego. 

December 26, 2011 (Barrett Junction) – A motorcyclist has died at the scene of an accident on State Route 94 just east of Romo Road near the Barrett Café.

SHINE, GIVE AND SHARE: WHITE HOUSES ASKS PUBLIC TO SEND A HOLIDAY MESSAGE TO OUR TROOPS

 

December 25, 2011 (Washington D.C.)—This year, the White House chose the holiday theme “Shine, give, share” to give the American people an opportunity to pay tribute to our troops, our veterans, and their families.  President Barack Obama invites you to share a holiday mesasge with our troops by clicking this link:

Share Your Message

HUNTER AIDE KILLED IN LAKESIDE CAR WRECK

December 25, 2011 (Ramona)—Nelson Edward “Mac” MacWilliams, 54, has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s office as the driver who died December 20 in a rollover accident on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. RamonaPatch.com reports that MacWilliams worked in Congressman Duncan Hunter’s El Cajon office, handling military and veterans’ issues.
 

“He will be missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Rep. Hunter said, Patch.com reported. MacWilliams, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, resided in Ramona.

KNIFE-WIELDING MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO ROB SKATEBOARDER IN LA MESA

 

 

December 25, 2011 (La Mesa)—Walter Barrios, 22, of La Mesa is under arrest for attempting to rob a 15-year-old skateboarder at  knife point. La Mesa Police officers responded to the incident in the 8500 block of Dallas Street last night around 6 p.m.

The victim told police he was riding his skateboard on the sidewalk when he was confronted by the suspect, who pointed a large hunting knife at the teen and demanded property.

FDA WARNS: DO NOT USE SHOULDERFLEX MASSAGER


Company went out of business without recalling dangerous product


December 25, 2011 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers again not to use the ShoulderFlex Massager, imported by King International and sold by various companies, due to serious potential health risks. 

Hair, clothing or jewelry can become entangled in the ShoulderFlex Massager and cause serious injury or even death from strangulation. There have been reports of one death and one near death, due to strangulation, associated with the use of this device.

TRACK SANTA’S FLIGHT AT NORAD’S SANTA SITE--OR ON YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES


December 24, 2011 (North Pole) -- For the 56th year, the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command will be tracking the global flight of Santa Claus as he leaves the north pole and delivers presents around the world on Christmas Eve, December 24,  at www.noradsanta.com
 
This year, NORAD has gone high-tech, adding aps to track Santa via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.  Children can also telephone Santa and fine pre-holiday games to play at the site.
 
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