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MEDICAL EXAMINER IDENTIFIES MAN WHO RAN BORDER CHECKPOINT, DIED IN HIGH-SPEED CRASH


December 4, 2011 (Jamul)—Shawn Andrew Corrigan, 34, ignored orders to stop at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Campo on November 28. He fled the scene at a high rate of speed, traveling westbound on Highway 94, and lost control of the vehicle in Jamul. He collided with two vehicles traveling eastbound.

CRASH INTO JAMUL FEED STORE RULED SUICIDE

 

December 4, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Alberto Octavio Valenzuela, 49, crashed the Honda he was driving at a high rate of speed into the Jamul Feed Store at 12868 Campo Road in Spring Valley shortly before 4 a.m. on Friday. The Medical Examiner’s office has ruled his death a suicide, noting that Valenzuela suffered from clinical depression.

58 LARGE ANIMALS SEIZED FROM CAMPO RANCH IN NEGLECT INVESTIGATION; 10 DEAD ANIMALS PREVIOUSLY FOUND DUMPED NEARBY

December 4, 2011 (Campo)--The Campo Sheriff’s Station and County Animal Services are investigating reports of animal neglect at a ranch owned by Raymond and Nennette Wyatt in Campo. This morning, authorities seized 58 animals including horses, goats, sheep and cattle from the ranch, located in the 1900 block of Buckman Springs Road this morning.

MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL AT THE EAST COUNTY FAMILY YMCA KICKS OFF DEC.10

 December 4, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- This is the time of year when many residents of East County look for opportunities to get healthy, to try new activities and to volunteer. As you begin to pull together news articles focused on this topic, I would like to encourage your readers to learn more about the East County Family YMCA’s offerings for children, families and East County.

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH LIBRARY’S SENIORS GROUP TO HOST LECTURER ON HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL AGING ON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14

 December 4, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free seniors discussion group on “The Eight Sacred Truths to Healthy and Successful Aging” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required.

 

UNIVERSITY VOLUNTEERS HELP WOOD DUCK NESTING PROJECT AT SANTEE LAKES


December 3, 2011 (Santee) -- On a warm fall afternoon, students from the Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) drove through the gates of Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve to help with a very special project – the Wood Duck Nesting Project. This project rehabilitates nesting homes for the native Wood Duck population ‐ PLNU has volunteered to participate in this project for the past four years.
 

LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THREE VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS


December 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Applications are now being accepted from La Mesa residents for unscheduled vacancies on the City’s Building Codes Review Board, Environmental Sustainability Commission and Human Relations Advisory Commission.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESENTS CELEBRATE WITH MUSIC DEC 6-15


December 3, 2011 (San Diego East County) -- Beginning December 6, the schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be presenting their winter concerts. Each school has a different program, and has different features highlighted. Many schools will have band, choir, and orchestra performances. While individual schools will have dance, clubs, guitar, or performances unique to the school.

 

CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT THE LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA DEC. 8

 December 2, 2011 (San Diego) --Join chamber members and friends at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce annual holiday party and 4th Anniversary Celebration on December 8 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North - Mission Valley, in the Tiki Pavilion. 

 
Included in this evening of fun, food and refreshments are pre-holiday gifts to bid on during the auction activities, and a cash raffle, plus, free parking and no-host cocktails.

 

PCI SPONSORS COMMUNITY HOLIDAY OUTREACH FOR AT-RISK YOUTH AT JACOBS PLAZA DECEMBER 7

 San Diego’s global humanitarian organization work offers holiday celebration for families in need

 
December 2, 2011 (San Diego) -- PCI (Project Concern International) and the Strong, Healthy Empowered (SHE) group of PCI volunteers are planning the third annual Santa party and health fair in collaboration with PCI’s California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) Program on December 7, 2011 at the Jacobs Market Creek Plaza on Euclid and Market from 2-4 p.m. The event will feature educational programs to include dental screening, healthy nutrition, and health resources. Santa will be entertaining children and their families with toys for the children, crafts and refreshments. 

RIDE THE TRAIN DOWN MAINE AT LAKESIDE’S SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS DEC. 3

 

December 2, 2011 (Lakeside) – Join Santa and the community of Lakeside for the town’s 13th annual Spirit of Christmas celebration on Saturday from 4-9 p.m., with a tree-lighting at 5 p.m.
 

Presented by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce with sponsorships from Barona Resort & Casino and Bay City Electric Works, the event includes a train ride down Maine Avenue, visits with Santa, musical performances by local schools, games, a “jumpy joy”, and a special mailbox where kids can bring letters bound for Santa’s North Pole home.

TIPS FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: PLAN ON IT!

 By Sharon Cormousis

 
December 2, 2011 (Boulevard) -- There are only a few weeks until we roll into 2012; we are going into the hibernating time of year. The leaves have mostly fallen, the air is crisp and often nearly thirty degrees lower at night and we drag out our flannel sheets, boots and long-sleeve shirts.
 
For me, this is one of the best times of the year. From the aspect of nature, there are several mountain plants that only produce during this season. Despite long periods of little rain, the hills are very green with the more subdued colors of sage and Manzanita. Hiking is especially enjoyable because we are able to concentrate on something else beside rattlers.

SEVEN-TIME LOTTERY GAME GRAND PRIZE WINNER RICHARD LUSTIG SHARES HIS WINNING SECRETS AT GOLDEN ACORN CASINO AND TRAVEL CENTER


December 2, (Campo) --  Richard Lustig, the only seven-time lottery game grand prize winner in history, will be sharing his winning lottery method during an exciting live appearance at The Golden Acorn Casino and Travel Center in Campo, CA on December 3rd at 8 p.m.

BUY A CHRISTMAS TREE OR LOGS FOR YOUR FIRE, BENEFIT HOMELESS IN EAST COUNTY

 

December 2, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Transitional Living Center is offering Christmas trees and firewood for sale at 1527 East Main Street in El Cajon.

All proceeds will be used to help homeless people in East County. Douglas and Noble fir trees are available in 5 to 7 foot heights—with no tree over $40.

SUSPECTED GANG SHOOTING IN EL CAJON

 December 2, 2011 (El Cajon)--Around 5:50 p.m. yesterday, El Cajon Police Communications Division began receiving 911 calls reporting several shots being fired in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 380 N. Mollison Avenue in El Cajon. Witnesses reported seeing about 10 to 15 people, some of them documented gang members, in the parking lot when the suspect exited the passenger side of a light colored, full-size sport utility vehicle.

HOT SHOPPING & 'CHILI NIGHTS' AT ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK DEC. 2


December 2, 2011 (Borrego) -- You are invited to visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Store for a hot shopping experience. Piping hot chili, cornbread muffins, hot mulled wine, and this event is from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., on Friday, December 2.

Start your Holiday shopping early with new products, such as, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Holiday Ornaments, sweatshirts, made in the USA, collectable limited edition Challenge Coins, and more. The park is located at
200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs CA 92004-5005, A free “Shop Borrego” tote on purchases over $25, every purchase supports Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

SENATOR CHRISTINE KEHOE HOSTS SENIOR SCAM STOPPER SEMINAR DEC. 5 TO EMPOWER SENIORS

 
December 2, 2011 (San Diego) --
San Diego, Senator Christine Kehoe, Assemblymember Toni Atkins, and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a FREE Senior Scam Stopper seminar on Monday, December 5, 2011  from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center.

Seniors will learn and be more empowered as they listen to subject-matter experts provide tips on how they can protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.

 

AZTECS’ SEASON FINALE SATURDAY: TEAM HAS SHOT AT HOLIDAY BOWL GAME

December 1, 2011 (San Diego) – Saturday night, the San Diego State University Aztecs football team will square off against Fresno State in the season finale. If the Aztecs are victorious, they could advance to postseason play in consecutive years for the first time since 1966-67.

VICTORIAN WONDERLAND: LA MESA CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE DEC. 9-10

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa) – For two nights, December 9 and 10, La Mesa’s downtown village transforms into a Victorian-style winter wonderland complete with horse-drawn carriage, bonfires, carolers, strolling minstrels, an a parade at 5 p.m. each evening.

GUSTY WINDS FORECAST THROUGH FRIDAY; CAL-FIRE INCREASES STAFFING

 

Cal-Fire asks public to be on the lookout for fires and be prepared

December 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – A wind warning has been downgraded to a wind advisory, however sustained northeasterly winds of 35 mph with gusts of 50 mph are forecast tonight through Friday afternoon in East County mountains, valleys and desert areas.

BOIL WATER ORDER AND PUBLIC NOTIFICATION FOR MANZANITA DINER

 
December 1, 2011, (Boulevard) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Manzanita Diner located at 40080 Old Highway 80, Boulevard, CA 91905 effective immediately.

 

BON APPETIT! HEALTHY COOKING DEMO DEC. 13 WITH MARINE ROOM CHEFS/COOKBOOK AUTHORS AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver from The Marine Room team up with Registered Dietician Candy Cumming for a healthy cooking demonstration--and tastes. The free event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s main auditorium.

Attendees can enter for a chance to win a copy of the chefs’ cookbook: Flying Pans: Two Chefs, One World.

ARRESTS MADE IN LEMON GROVE ARMED ROBBERY


December 1, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – The San Diego Sheriff announced the arrest yesterday of two suspects and recovery of property from an armed robbery in Lemon Grove. The theft occurred November 28 at approximately 10:36 a.m. at MobileCom in the 7900 block of Broadway.

The first suspect was described as a black male juvenile 5’10”‐ 6'00'', thin-build, wearing a dark colored hoodie, a mask and dark shorts. This suspect was carrying a silver handgun. The second suspect was described as a black male juvenile, wearing a dark colored hoodie, and dark pants.

 

HOW IS THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITY? CPI SPEAKER TO ADDRESS ISSUE DEC. 7 IN LA MESA

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Clare Crawford, Executive Director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, will address the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club about the 2008 economic meltdown and its effect on our community. The event will take place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa on December 7 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. during the Club’s holiday party. All community members are invited to attend this free event.

FREE SANTA PHOTOS, CIDER, & TREATS AT ALPINE ALBERTSONS DEC. 10


December 1, 2011 (Alpine) – Kamps Propane is teaming up with Natural Instincts and Alpine Albertson’s for a doggone festive event for East county families and their pets. On December 10 from 2-7 p.m., stop by for free Christmas photos with Santa as well as prize drawings, free pet treats, apple cider, hot chocolate and popcorn.

Register for a drawing to win prizes include a complete turkey dinner, pet food certificates, and a 5-gallon BBQ propane tank.

ASTONISHING METAL SCULPTURES DRAW VISITORS TO BORREGO VALLEY

By Diana Lindsay

December 1, 2011 (Borrego) -- The word is out: there are now more attractions than desert wildflowers and the spectacular Anza-Borrego Desert State Park drawing visitors to Borrego Valley.
 
People are coming from around the United States and internationally to see the 129 full-size metal sculptures, including many creations inspired by the animals that roamed this desert millions of years ago. These range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, fanciful dinosaurs, and a 350-foot-long fanciful serpent.

FBI REMINDS SHOPPERS TO BEWARE OF CYBER CRIMINALS

 Holiday shopping tips 

December 1, 2011 (San Diego County) -- In time for the holiday season, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.

 

CHRISTMAS IN ALPINE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DEC 4TH

December 1, 2011 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Seventh Annual Christmas in Alpine Holiday Home Tour on Sunday December 4 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. You will have an opportunity to stroll through four stunning homes which will be exquisitely decorated for the holidays,” said Carlette Anderson with the Alpine Women’s Club. Also, visit the new Queen of Angles Catholic Church and enjoy food and refreshments at 4p.m. at the Historic Town Hall.

 

'VULTURES' IN THE CROSSHAIRS

An ECM Exclusive Interview with Greg Palast
 
Story and photos by Ron Logan
 
"Last night my story was leading the nightly news [in the United Kingdom], and on the front page of The Guardian. Right? But where it matters, here [in America], it disappears. I hate it." – Greg Palast

BOOK SIGNING SAT. DEC 3 AT JULIANʼS QUILTS PLUS

 
December 1, 2011, (Julian) -- The Pig and the Dragon, a fantasy novel by La Mesa author Cindy Schuricht, is available for purchase at Julianʼs Quilts Plus, 2125 Main St., Julian. Come meet Cindy, have her sign your copy, and have a cup of hot apple cider on Sat. Dec. 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 
The Pig and the Dragon is an intergenerational fable that alternates between the parentʼs and the childʼs points of view. A discussion booklet suggests topics and questions for conversation.
 

 

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