By Miriam Raftery
October 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Ever wonder what news stories attract the most interest among our local readers? We decided to find out, so we looked at the number of readers who clicked open each story for the past month. The results were surprising. Some major news stories, such as Iraq air strikes, didn’t make the top 20-perhaps because that’s news available everywhere else. What DID get your attention was primarily stories relevant to East County, especially news that you can’t get anywhere else.
Similar fate could await eagles in path of Iberdrola’s Tule Wind project in East County
By Miriam Raftery
January 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Wildlife protection groups and residents have reacted in horror to the removal of an active bald eagle nest by a wind developer in Canada, an event documented on video January 5, just weeks after a photo of the active pair was taken at the site.
Now ECM has learned that the environmental documents filed by Iberdrola Renewables for its Tule Wind project in McCain Valley would allow SDG&E to “remove all existing raptor nests” prior to construction.
January 16, 2013 (Lakeside)--Sandra (Sandie) Seckington of Lakeside won a First Place award for miniatures at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s January show, “New Beginnings”. Sandie’s painting, “Uncertain Future”, was picked by juror Carol Mansfield because of its painterly but realistic depiction of a cheetah. Mansfield said that the cheetah had “such presence”.
Asked about her painting, Sandie said, “As a lifelong animal lover and currently doting "Mom" to two horses, two cats, a parrot and a dog, paintings of animals are a special pleasure for me. I try to really get to the soul of the animal through its eyes and imbue it with fanciful colors to express my delight in the creature.
December 12, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- Arson frightens Rancho San Diego family (U-T San Diego)
- The fall of the Union-Tribune (Media Matters)
- Tree-trimming, electric contactors pay $370 million for 2007 wildfires U-T San Diego)
- APNewsBreak: Dispute over records at [San Onofre] nuclear plant (U-T San Diego)
- Prop R leaves Ramona schools with no plan B (U-T San Diego)
- Congressman Darrell Issa’s home burglarized (KUSI)
- Natural medical school is latest development in growing trend (U-T San Diego)
- Lemon Grove city hours revamped (U-T San Diego)
- El Cajon Boulevard changes precursor to revitalization regionwide (U-T San Diego)
- La Mesa man’s 459 pound tuna biggest of all time? (U-T San Diego)
- Planning group listens to residents, votes against evacuation lighting (Ramona Patch)
- New UC logo a no go with students and alumni (Los Angeles Times)
- Renewed call for probe of Wildlife Services (Sacramento Bee)
- Senator Gaines introduces bill to repeal fire tax (Lakeside News)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
By Lori Abbott, California News Service
November 17, 2012 (San Diego)-Congress returned to Washington, D.C., to begin its lame-duck session, but a veterans' group has not given up the fight for legislation to protect parts of the California desert. A bill by Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) would designate as wilderness more than 21,000 acres of Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia in northern San Diego County.
- Special report: water supplies pass tipping point (UT San Diego)
- Ramona’s original horses come home (Ramona Patch)
- San Diego County’s wildlife killers (Voice of San Diego)
- Heartland Fire Chief steps down (La Mesa Today)
- Unclaimed funds being held by county (10 News)
- 15-year-old Santee driver in fatal SR 52 crash sentenced to one year
- A costly, cranky day for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
- La Mesa’s $1.9 million payment to state could be cut in half, says city manager (La Mesa Patch)
- California Health Exchange seeks to make buying insurance a breeze (Sacramento Bee)
- Lawmakers seek state parks investigation (Sacramento Bee)
FEDERAL AGENCIES SUED OVER FAILURE TO DISCLOSE DATA ON WILDLIFE DEATHS FROM WIND TURBINES, CORRESPONDENCE WITH WIND INDUSTRY
We urge you to sign an online petition to help ABF oppose this project.
We also ask you to vote in an online poll conducted by East County Magazine.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND NOAA’S FISHERIES SERVICE EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD ON PROPOSED POLICY TO IMPROVE IMPLEMENTATION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
February 6, 2012 (Washington D. C.) -- The Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), the two federal agencies responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA), today announced a 30-day extension of the public comment period on a draft policy interpreting the phrase “significant portion of its range” (SPR) in the ESA’s definitions of “endangered species” and “threatened species.”
By Howard Cook
April 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wants to remind people not to handle young wild animals. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, most commonly in the spring, when many species are caring for their offspring.
People often encounter young wild animals that they believe need help or have been orphaned. However, in most cases neither assumption is true. In 2009, 537 fawns were turned into California rehabilitation facilities by well-meaning members of the public. Many were healthy and should not have been disturbed, since this can cause the animal lto lose its ability to survive in the wild.