Pala Today News – 10/23/19

Written by on October 23, 2019

The following items are part of the award-winning “Pala Today” newscast heard this day at noon on PALA REZ RADIO™ 91.3 FM in Pala.


A Red Flag Fire Warning is already in effect for most of Northern and parts of Southern California.  As of tonight, that will include Pala and all of North County and Temecula west of the mountains.  Expect high temperatures, low humidity and beginning tonight, high winds.  These will be the most dangerous wildfire conditions so far this year.  It’ll continue into Friday for some of the areas.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)

The Oak Fire, which began yesterday afternoon on Camp Pendleton was at 140 acres with 35% containment as of 7a this morning.  Cal Fire air support was assisting yesterday.  The plume of smoke could be seen from Fallbrook, Bonsall and Oceanside.

Schools in the Julian-Cuyamaca district are closed today due to precautionary power shutdowns by SDG&E in advance of this week’s red flag warning.

County Code Enforcement this week reassured members of the Valley Center Planning Group that they’re keeping an eye on the Tuscany Hills Retreat in the Circle R part of Valley Center.  It’s been rumored that new owners plan to operate a drug rehab facility on the property.  That’s unconfirmed but would not be allowed under zoning rules.  The owners have been cited for containers being stored in a parking lot.  That problem has been mostly cleared up.  The case will remain open until enough information about property use is filed with the county to determine that everything is in compliance.

There was a 2.6 magnitude earthquake about 7 miles west of Lake Elsinore yesterday afternoon at 5:33p.  Just a few reports, mostly from Lake Elsinore of it being lightly felt.


In the World Series – Last night in Houston, in spite of the deck being stacked in the Astros favor as the home team with Gerrit Cole starting on the mound, the Nationals gained a crucial series lead, winning Game One 5-4.  Houston began the scoring in the bottom of the first with Yuli Gurriel hitting a two-RBI double off Matt Scherzer.  But Washington came back, tagging Cole for solo homers by Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto in the 2nd and 4th innings, then taking the lead in the 5th with hits by Adam Eaton and Soto in the 5th.  A solo homer and a double by Houston’s George Springer in the 7th and 8th innings made it interesting.  But Sean Doolittle came in for the save, pitching the final four outs and preserving the win for Washington.  Game 2 is tonight in Houston at 5p on the Fox network.

In the NFL – New England quarterback Tom Brady this morning acknowledged the uncertainty of his future in response to talk on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown show.  42-year old Brady put a positive spin on the talk about how he’s in the final year of his contract.   With voidable years in 2020 and 2021, he’ll be a free agent after this season unless he agrees to an extension with the Patriots.  He’d once said he hoped to play until age 45.

NFL Week 8 begins tomorrow with Washington at Minnesota.

In college football – You don’t need to make it to the pros to earn big money in sports.  According to USA Today, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney makes $9.3m annually, and will continue to do so for the next ten years under a contract he signed in April after winning the school its second national title in three years.  Alabama’s Nick Saban had previously been the highest paid college coach with an 8-year, $74.4m contract he signed last year.  Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is third on this year’s list at $7.5m annually.  Fifth place Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M has the largest buyout at $60.7m.  According to records, every coach in the SEC makes at least $3m with the average at just under $5m.

In the NBA – The regular season began last night with two games.  At Staples Center, LA beat Los Angeles … and LA does not mean Louisiana.  The NBA officially authorized the Clippers to identify as the LA Clippers and the Lakers as the Los Angeles Lakers.  Both play their home games at Staples Center.  Maybe the league feels it helps differentiate the teams.  Maybe it’s to help the Clippers name fit more easily on the marquis.  Using just LA, it fits even better than the Lakers full name.  Whatever the reason, the two opened the season last night at Staples Center with LA … meaning the Clippers as the home team.  They won it 112-102 with new addition Kawhi Leonard taking charge and scoring 30 points.  The Lakers started strong but faded in the second period, caught up at the end of the third, but were outscored by ten in the fourth.  In last night’s only other game, Toronto and New Orleans took it to overtime where the Raptors poured it on and won it 130-122.  Eleven games tonight.  Golden State will have their season opener Friday hosting the Clippers at their new digs in San Francisco.

In the NHL – A bunch of games last night.  The Kings topped the Jets in Winnipeg 3-2.  The Predators routed the visiting Ducks 6-1.  Vegas won in a shootout at Chicago 2-1.  Buffalo over the visiting Sharks 4-3 in overtime.  An OT win for Phoenix 3-2 against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.  Other winners – Boston, Florida, Vancouver, Minnesota and Washington.

In Minor League Hockey – The San Diego Gulls next game is Friday hosting Ontario at Pechanga Arena.

In golf – The Zozo Championship tees off tomorrow, which is just a couple of hours from now in Japan.

In local high school sports

Bonsall – no scheduled games today

Great Oak – field hockey hosting Temecula Valley at 3:30p

Valley Center – boys’ water polo hosting Fallbrook at Adams Park beginning at 3:15p; girls’ volleyball hosting Mission Vista beginning at 3:30p; field hockey at San Pasqual beginning at 3:30p

Fallbrook – field hockey hosting Mission Vista beginning at 3:15p; girls’ volleyball hosting San Pasqual beginning at 3:30p;


As of midday trading on Wall Street, all three major U.S. indexes were down about a tenth of a percent.  Gold was up $8.50 to $1,496 an ounce.  Oil was up about 3% to $55.78 a barrel.

Dow components Boeing and Caterpillar both reported disappointing Q3 numbers, yet their shares rose today.  That’s because most of the news was expected.

One of Boeing’s top executives is leaving the company.  Kevin McAllister was head of the commercial airplanes division and is the highest ranking fall guy so far in efforts to recover from the 737 Max crisis.  He took over the commercial division three years ago, after much of the development of the Max was complete, but before it was certified by the FAA.  The board of directors stopped short of firing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, but did take away his title last week.  He’ll be testifying before Congress next week.  Boeing’s stock is at its lowest level in three months as 737’s remain grounded going on seven months – costing the plane manufacturer at least $8b so far.

Stock in Winnebago Industries shot up almost 11% today after reporting it expected growth in recreational vehicles in the fourth quarter.  Apparently, you’re getting a motorhome for Christmas this year.

Three U.S. Senators rolled out a bill yesterday that would make it easier for users to leave social media platforms.  The so-called ACCESS Act would require large platforms including Facebook and Twitter to make user data more portable as well as requiring the companies’ services to be inter-operable.  The bill also would allow users to designate third party services to manage their security and account settings.  Advocates say it will be a game-changer in the same way that number portability was for the cell phone industry.  That allowed startups a chance to compete with the major carriers and put the major carriers on a more equal footing with each other.


A survey by British theater chain Cineworld found that life is “least fun” at age 45.  Half of the 2k people surveyed said finding fun in everyday life gets harder the older you get.  Other surveys agree, finding that people aged 40-59 are the least happy and most anxious.  Researchers suggest the happiness curve bottoms out in middle age due to juggling multiple responsibilities at that age, including high fiscal and emotional expenses from having to care for both children and aging parents at the same time.  23% of people find themselves in that situation.  There is also the struggle to balance career and personal lives.  Psychologists suggest that you need to get re-engaged in some of the things you did that were fun when you were younger but that you stopped doing.  And as you pass through middle age and some of that age’s responsibilities begin to fall away – like children leaving home – it’s time to reinvent yourself.  Maybe pursue dreams you had when younger but never achieved.  Always believe that it’s never too late to be who you might have been.

With Halloween just over a week away, here are some statistics about what’s become a major event.  Hard to call it a holiday since nobody gets the day off work.  This year, Americans will spend $8.8b on Halloween – $3.2b on costumes and $2.6b on candy, the two biggest categories of Halloween spending.  $300m is spent on tickets for haunted attractions, 80% of which are run by charities.  36% of parents think age 12 to 13 is old enough for kids to trick or treat on their own.  72% of parents admit to swiping candy from what their kids bring home.  44% of Americans will carve a pumpkin.  49% will decorate for Halloween.  47% will dress in costume and 17% will dress their pets in costumes.  Among the 100 largest cities, WalletHub compared 21 key metrics including candy and chocolate stores per capita, the price of party tickets, and share of potential trick or treat stops among others.  New York and LA came in #1 and 2, followed by Boston in 3rd and San Diego in 4th place.  Seven of the Top 20 were cities in California including Chula Vista and Irvine in 12th and 13th place.

On this day in music history – October 23, 1961, Dion was at #1 with “Runaround Sue”.  In 1962, 12 year old Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first song for Motown.  In 1963, Bob Dylan recorded “The Times They Are-A-Changin’”.  It was intended as an anthem for the time.  It succeeded.  In 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single “Hey Joe”, a cover of the song recorded by LA garage band The Leaves the previous year.  In 1976, Chicago had its first #1 hit with “If You Leave Me Now”.  It was their 18th Top 40 hit and won that year’s Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance.  In 1976, Led Zeppelin appeared on U.S. TV for the first time performing “Black Dog” and “Dazed and Confused” on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.  In 1980, Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time using the name “John Lennon”.  Just over two months later, he murdered Lennon outside his New York City apartment.  In 1995, Def Leppard earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by playing three shows on three different continents, all within 24 hours.  The concerts were in Tangier, London, and Vancouver.  In 2006, Amy Winehouse released her signature song “Rehab” as a single.  It won three Grammies – Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.  Born on this day in 1940, Freddie Marsden from Gerry and the Pacemakers, another Liverpool group who like The Beatles who were managed by Brian Epstein and recorded by George Martin. In 1943, bass player Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth and Humble Pie.  In 1956, country singer and actor, Dwight Yoakam.  In 1959, Weird Al Yankovic.


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Pala Weather – sunny and dry with a high of 95 today … a Red Flag Fire Warning for all of Southern California west of the deserts goes into effect tonight through Friday … the high in Pala will be 96 tomorrow and Friday with winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour … humidity will be in the 15% range … it’ll be 89 Saturday … 82 Sunday … a slight chance of rain late Sunday night into Monday … mostly sunny Monday afternoon with a high of 75 … sunny and 76 Tuesday … overnight lows in the low 50s with possible winds up to 25 miles an hour tonight and tomorrow night … upper 40s beginning Friday night

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