By Greg Dunne
December 9, 2014 (Mission Trails) --So striking are the looks of the Spotted Towhee that you can’t take your eyes off him until he ducks out of sight again in the undergrowth. Even if you’ve seen these birds many times before, you can’t wait to see another one. The Spotted Towhee’s jet-black head with contrasting white and brown and red eyes will immediately catch your attention.
ART IN THE PARK AT MISSION TRAILS OCT. 11 TO FEATURE AWARD-WINNING ARTWORK, CRAFT BREWS, WINE, MUSIC AND STARGAZING
October 4, 2014 (Mission Trails) – Artworks by over 43 award-winning artists depicting nature will be on display at Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation’s annual Art in the Park event on October 11th from 6-9 p.m., including 125 works for sale. Art aficionados can also savor craft beers and premium wines, as well as hors d’hoeuvres, Rita’s Italian Ice and Xocai chocolates. In addition, guests can enjoy San Diego Native American flute music and Circa and Musa’s vibrational tones,.as well as astronomy viewing with telescopes provided by the San Diego Astronomy Association.
June 26, 2014 (Mission Trails)—You’re invited to join Mission Trails Regional Park guides this summer for free Saturday evening guided walks in the park to learn about changes that occur as the sun goes down. These walks last approximately an hour and a half and start from the parking lot across from Kumeyaay Campground on July 19 at 7:15 p.m., August 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.
On Saturday July 5th, KNSJ invites you to our community radio station’s first anniversary from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the beautiful Mission Trails Regional Park visitors center.
Come mix and mingle with our radio hosts and celebrity guests in a spectacular natural setting, enjoy live music, Native American flute players, delicious food and drinks, stargazing, museum, no host bar, two stages with comedy acts and musical entertainment.
March 11, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Through March 17, you can vote once every 24 hours to help the MTRP Foundation win up to $15,000 for a “Technology Makeover” for the 8 Rangers at MTRP. The MRC Company “Smart Technology Solutions” is the largest technology and services company in the San Diego area specializing in workflow solutions and office systems. They are currently running a contest to provide the winning 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation with up to a $15,000 technology upgrade for their office. The winner will be decided by the number of votes cast on-line through March 17. Here is the LINK to vote and you can vote once every 24 hours. Scroll down the right hand side of the webpage until you come to Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Foundation and click the “Vote” button to help us win. The funds will be used to provide the 8 Rangers at MTRP with wifi connected tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro.
February 19, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - West Hills High School Foundation invites community members and friends to its 3rd Annual Gala & Dance, the IDES OF MARCH: Sumptuous hors d'oeuvres with a no-host bar, dancing to the ever-popular RAMSHACKLE, premium auction items, and a new venue at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center.
November 9, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Arbor Day in Mission Trails is being celebrated at the Equestrian Staging area on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to take part in the donation and/or planting of oak trees. Volunteers may help with the planting - or act as cheerleaders. Volunteers are also needed to pull weeds and help with general landscape maintenance of the area. Some shovels will be available, but Mission Trails says it would be helpful if you could bring your own. Gloves and comfortable shoes are recommended. To make a donation, please complete and mail the Arbor Day Donation Form.
July 29, 2013 (San Diego)-- KNSJ 89.1 FM radio invites you to join in celebrating launch of independent, nonprofit public radio for our region. This special event will be held at the beautiful Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center on Saturday, August 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Come mix and mingle with special guests, enjoy live music, free museum tours and hikes, meet the radio station's producers and hosts, savor delicious food and drinks, honor community leaders receiving golden mike awards as we celebrate both inside the visitor and outside under the stars -- ending with stargazing led by local astronomers!
Tickets cost $25/$40 pre cople by AUgust 1, or $30 per person at the door, so reserve space now for this historic event. Get tickets at www.knsj.org.
By Greg Dunne
March 6, 2013 - Last week I did back to back hikes in Missions Trails Regional Park. I was treated with three Mule Deer on the trail—a great sight! I have only seen deer at Mission Trails once before and that was after the Cedar fires of 2003.
It was on my way back from North Mt. Fortuna that I spotted the trio of deer. They were not as skittish as I thought they might be and I was able to watch them and take photos for at least three or four minutes.
QUAIL BRUSH HEARING MOVED TO SAN DIEGO MARCH 21: ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER ACCUSES CPUC CHAIR OF ILLEGAL ACTION, CALLS FOR PEEVEY’S RECUSAL FROM VOTE
By Miriam Raftery
March 4, 2013 (San Diego) – The California Public Utilities Commission has announced that it has moved a hearing on the Quail Brush power plant from San Francisco to San Diego . The hearing, at which a vote is expected, is set for March 21 at the Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego 92123 Click for Map.
The announcement comes after five postponements of the hearing, amid allegations that CPUC's Chairman violated state open meetings law to exert undue influence; project opponents are calling for his recusal from the vote.
The California Energy Commission, meanwhile, has cancelled a public workshop set for March 3 at Grossmont College.
Quail Brush, a gas-fired power plant proposed near Mission Trails Regional Park, has generated strong community opposition. Save Mission Trails, an activist group battling the project, has announced it plans to stage a rally at 8 a.m. prior to the 9 a.m. hearing.
Update February 13: The CPUC has postponed its decisions until February 28. This is the fourth delay on the controversial projects.
February 12, 2013 (San Diego)—The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide this Wednesday, February 13 on whether or not to approve three gas-powered “peaker” plants in San Diego County, including Quail Brush near Mission Trails, as well as facilities in Otay and Escondido. The meeting will be held in San Francisco at 9 a.m.
If you wish to send a letter to the CPUC, Save Mission Trails has information posted here.
January 29, 2013 (Santee)--Van Collingsworth, Executive Director of Preserve Wild Santee, snapped this portrait of a coyote this week.
“The Coyote had just finished drinking from Sycamore Creek near the boundary of Fanita Ranch, MCAS- Miramar, and a Mission Trails Expansion Area parcel of East Elliot,” he states. “Sycamore Creek is an important wildlife corridor and is the last clean running creek in Santee because there is no urban development in the watershed that feeds it on MCAS-Miramar and Fanita Ranch.”
Learn more about Preserve Wild Santee at facebook.com/PreserveWildSantee
October 2, 2012 (San Diego, CA) -- On Saturday, September 22, the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (SDBIF) sponsored a “Friendraiser” at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. Over 200 guests attended the event that raised funds for the foundation. Susan Hansen, the Executive Director of the SDBIF, stated, “…it was a great success. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were having such a good time at the Mission Trails Visitor Center, nobody wanted to leave.”
EAST COUNTY FIGHTS PROPOSED POWER PLANT; LOCAL SOLAR COMPANY OFFERS SUNNY SOLUTIONS AT FREE PROGRAM AUG. 4 IN SANTEE
Solar Shines Bright To Help San Diego Fight Construction Of Gas Power Plant
July 25, 2012 (Santee) – San Diego’s Planning Commission voted last week against rezoning open space near Mission Trails Regional Park to install a gas-fired power plant. But the decision can be appealed at City Council. Residents in Santee and San Diego have voiced strong opposition to the Quail Brush power plant on the site bordering both communities.
“We have created the San Diego Solar Program to offer a reliable clean energy solution that benefits our local communities,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “Not only are program participants saving money and helping our region meet our energy demands, they are getting paid to do so.”
To help with declaring energy independence, a free San Diego Solar Program informational solar luncheon is being hosted for East County residents on Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at Santee City Hall, Civic Building #7 (10601 Magnolia Ave, Santee, CA 92071).
CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS RAISED OVER PLANNERS' TIES TO COGENTRIX LOBBYIST AS VOTE NEARS ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT
By Miriam Raftery
July 19, 2012 (San Diego) At 9 a.m. today, the San Diego Planning Commission will hold an important vote to determine whether to rezone open space to industrial land in order to allow a proposed natural gas-fired power plant to be built next to Mission Trails Regional Park.
By Miriam Raftery
June 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A new website, www.savemissiontrails.org, has been launched to oppose the Quail Brush Generation Power Plant. The group asks the public to send e-mails to decision makers and attend two key upcoming meetings, both on July 19.
Will the people, the businesses, and the local governments who all know it’s the right thing to do, stand up and take the actions necessary to stop the proposed Quail Brush power plant. (In what follows, I borrowed the italicized words from Bill.)
- Carlton Oaks land agreement will connect Mission Trails to River Trail (Santee Patch)
- Victim in fatal Alpine crash was to graduate from UCSD (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa Spring Valley School District faces negative bond rating (San Diego Reader)
- Giant SDG&E line sparks rural activism (UT San Diego)
- A closer look at executive pay at Sempra, Qualcomm and other companies (UT San Diego)
- The local newspaper makes national news- NYT criticizes UT San Diego for using newspaper as pulpit for business interests (Voice of San Diego)
- ‘Third strike’ and GMO foods labeling initiatives qualify ballot (Sacramento Bee)
- Sacramento leaders eye pension changes, sales tax (Sacramento Bee)
- Election officials: get used to uncounted ballots (Sacramento Bee)
- California likely to need to cut spending more (Reuters)
- California Highway Patrol Officers union agrees to monthly furlough (Sacramento Bee)
UPDATE: "Squawk!" initially scheduled to be performed by the SDSU Theater Department in the Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, March 17, and Saturday, March 31 has been postponed because of the impending rain on March 17, and the SDSU Spring Break on March 31. "Squawk!" will now be performed on Friday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m.
March 11, 2012 (San Diego)--SQUAWK! will be performed by the San Diego State University Theater Arts Department on Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in the amphitheater at Mission Trails Regional Park.
The theme of this 90-minute play touches on human conflict and competition in a metaphorical story about the birds of the world - engaged in a bitter but comical struggle - in their search for a way to choose a winner of a peace song competition. The props are an umbrella and stick held by the performers using bird like movements and sounds. The performance is free and will be performed in the Visitor Center Amphitheater.
What could be more romantic than a vineyard trail ride, jeep journey, or sky sailing adventure for two? Perhaps an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast on an exotic wildlife sanctuary, a picnic and boat ride across a secluded lake, a carriage ride at a chocolate festival, or savoring gourmet goodies at a local winery!
January 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Clarinet Quintet will perform a free concert this Sunday, January 15 at 3 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park. These talented musicians have performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Ballet, San Diego Opera, and Starlight Opera.
Their dazzling technique and versatility include classical chamber music of Mozart and Debussy as well as jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin ragtime and the music of George Gershwin.
January 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – View the planet Jupiter, star constellations, and the Andromeda Galaxy at a stargazing party this Saturday, January 14 at Mission Trails Regional Park from 5-8 p.m. Join trail guide and resident stargazer George Varga for this star-studded free event.
December 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Following an examination, the San Diego Medical Examiner has concluded that Jeffery Martin Andrews, 33, died of sudden cardiac arrest associated with coronary artery atherosclerosis.
November 13, 2011 (San Diego)--Amy Lynn Kanner returns to the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Theater with her Celtic Harp, for a performance on Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m. The concert will be followed by a public reception in the Visitor Center Gallery.
September 7, 2011 (San Diego) –A man found dead this morning in Mission Trails Regional Park had “small puncture wounds on his lower extremities” that “may have been snake-related,” Lt. Andra Brown with the San Diego Police has informed East County Magazine. An autopsy is pending to determine cause of death.
Meanwhile, authorities are seeking the identity of the man, who carried no identification. According to Lt. Brown, the victim was a white male around 30 years old. He was wearing clothes and shoes consistent with a runner or jogger.
Update: Kathryn Kevern has been located and is safe, authorities confirm.
July 22, 2011 (Tierrasanta) – San Diego Police ask the public’s help to locate Kathryn “Kate” Kevern, 53, who told a friend she was going for a walk at 7:30 p.m. last night and would return within the hour, but never came back to the home at 4792 Calle de Vida. She has short brown hair and wears prescription glasses. She was last seen wearing a white straw hat and a full length green sundress.
July 19, 2011 (San Diego) – A car fire spread into brush alongside State Route 52 near mast Boulevard this afternoon on the northern edge of Mission Trails Regional Park.
by Miriam Raftery
July 10, 2011 (San Diego)--“Hunger is at record levels here in San Diego,” John Lucero Criswell with the San Diego Hunger Coalition told members of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce during a breakfast Friday at Mission Trails Regional Park.
Three food banks distribute 31 million pounds of food a year to the needy in our region, but demand has increased 10% in the past year as more people lose jobs and fall into poverty.