Pala Today News – 2/19/20

Written by on February 19, 2020

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 large animal, thought to be a mountain lion attacked and killed a 120 pound Doberman around 6p last night near Mystery Mountain and Wilkes Roads off Old Castle in Valley Center.  The owner heard a yelp as the dog ran off towards where she keeps horses, then nothing.  The dog’s remains were found near a creek that runs through the owner’s five and a half acre property.  The U.S. Department of Fish and Game are investigating.

Riverside Sheriff’s detectives are looking into the possibility of a drug cartel connection to Monday’s discovery of three men’s bodies in the grass of a Perris cemetery.  They were found near the elaborate grave of a man slain in Mexico in December.  In a media conference, Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco noted that details of the incident were unusual and that it may have been sending a message.  For whom and about what, investigators are still trying to determine.  Bianco stressed that there is no connection to another pair of deadly incidents in past few days in the Perris area, bringing the number of homicides to six just this month.  Some concerned residents attended the conference, asking the Sheriff to address the topic.

Two people were airlifted to hospitals Monday afternoon following a head-on collision on Highway 371 next to Cahuilla Casino in Anza.  A 23-year driver of an SUV lost control and hit a Honda Accord driven by a 20 year old man from Camp Pendleton.  Both drivers suffered major injuries.  Drugs and alcohol were not a factor and both victims were wearing seat belts.  The road was closed in both directions for about a half hour at around 5p.

San Diego County residents who missed yesterday’s deadline to register to vote in the March 3 Presidential Primary election can still go to the Registrar of Voters office on Overland Avenue in Kearny Mesa and register to cast a provisional ballot.  There is extra paperwork.  Then beginning Saturday, February 29 four yet-to-be-announced satellite locations will open for conditional voter registration.  While the new law allows you to do all this at the polls on Tuesday, March 3, it will cause delays.  During the last election, conditional voting was allowed only at the Registrar’s office and the lines were hours long.  Provisional ballots are usually verified and counted separately the day after Election Day.  For more information go to or call the Registrar at 858 565 5800.

The Valley Center schoolhouse run by Yellow Deli on Lilac Road, which itself is run by a religious group known as the Twelve Tribes burned to the ground over the weekend.  The fire started in the middle of the night early Monday morning.  The building was unoccupied at the time.  An investigation is underway.

Emergency excavation and slope stabilization work is causing traffic delays on Ortega Highway west of Lake Elsinore this week.  It’s been completely closed on recent weekends.  But the current work is creating one-lane directed traffic during business hours today through Friday.


In the NBA – Following a contract buyout with Detroit, guard Reggie Jackson is expected to sign with the Clippers after clearing waivers.  Jackson was finishing the final season of a five-year 80m contract with the Pistons.  He’s a longtime friend of Clippers’ star Paul George.  The 29-year old averaged almost 15 points and over 5 assists in 14 games played this season.  He missed several weeks at the start of the season with back problems.  He’ll likely be part of the Clippers’ second string.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are parting ways with head coach John Beilein.  Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take over at this evening’s practice.  Beilein had been in the first year of a five year contract with an option on the final year after leaving college coaching at Michigan.  His college ball offense never really clicked in the pros, and his style of coaching aimed at young college players didn’t go over well with professionals – many of whom make more than him.  Cleveland’s current record at 14 and 40 is the worst in the Eastern Conference and second worst in the league.

The regular season resumes Thursday.

In college basketball – #15 Creighton continued their momentum towards taking over top spot in their division with a 73-65 win over #19 Marquette.  Unranked Illinois upset #9 Penn State 62-56.  Five other Top 25 teams all won against unranked opponents.  UNLV beat Colorado State 80-56.  San Diego State hosts UNLV this Saturday.  One of the games to watch today – #21 Butler at #16 Seton Hall.

In the NHL

In Minor League Hockey – The San Diego Gulls play The Heat in Stockton tonight.

In Major League Baseball – Commissioner Rob Manfred is weighing options for punishing the Houston Astros for their actions in the sign stealing scandal.  There’s not much he can do to players, who were granted immunity during the investigation and are otherwise protected by the collective bargaining agreement.  It seems silly to take way the team’s 2017 World Series title.  You can’t go back and say with any certainty what would have happened if signs weren’t stolen.  ESPN’s Buster Olney is suggesting he get the owners and members of the players union to vote their disapproval.  It would likely pass due to near-universal disapproval of the Astros handling of the aftermath and lack of remorse or contrition.  And it would be a permanent stain on their reputation.  That’s really about all you can ask.

Spring training games begin Friday with Texas at Kansas City.  The Padres first game will be Saturday hosting Seattle.  The Dodgers will play the Giants.  The Angels will host KC.

In local high school sports

Bonsall – no school and no scheduled games this week

Great Oak – varsity softball hosting Del Norte at 2:45p; baseball hosting Lakeside of Lake Elsinore at 3p

Valley Center – no school this week; sports practice games only

Fallbrook – no schedule published


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up over a half percent on the Dow and S&P and nearly a full percent on the NASDAQ.  Gold rose for the fifth straight session – up $8.50 to $1,612.10 an ounce.  Oil was up $1.24 to $53.29 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate Crude.

Some stock analysts feel that high-flying Tesla stock is actually undervalued.  Their reason is that a key component of Elon Musk’s master plan for reducing fossil fuel use is just now starting to take hold – solar roofs and home batteries.  Tesla’s solar roof is a mix of glass roof tiles and solar energy collecting tiles made in the company’s Buffalo, New York factory.  Federal tax credits cover about a fourth of the cost which can easily top $80k for purchase and installation of the system which can also charge Tesla vehicles.  The roof idea was first revealed four years ago, just weeks before Tesla acquired SolarCity for about $2b.  Shareholders are still challenging the controversial takeover with the case scheduled for trial next month in Delaware.

Groundbreaking is this week for a new AutoZone store in Valley Center, next door to Tractor Supply.  The new 7k square foot auto parts store should take about three or four months to build.

According to a report by the website HomeSnacks, Lake Elsinore is the fourth fastest-growing city in California.  It’s exceeded only by Dublin in the Bay Area, Beaumont and Irvine.  With a population of just over 64k, Lake Elsinore has grown more than 31% in the past ten years.


This year’s Valley Center Western Days grand marshal will be 2012 VC High graduate, and current #60 for the San Francisco 49ers, Daniel Brunskill.  He currently lives in North Dakota but attended Valley Center schools from first grade on, and played football for the Jaguars all four years, winning the division CIF championship in his senior year.  He went on to San Diego State where he earned a degree in civil engineering and played 54 consecutive games with the Aztecs football program, tying the school record.

If some forward-looking psychologists, doctors and investors have their way, your next therapist could be a virtual person, able to listen, counsel and even bill you for your 50-minute hour.  AI tools allow mental health providers to “optimize patient care on the basis of each individual’s unique history, symptoms, needs, financial constraints and preferences,” according to psychiatrist James Lake, the author of a series of self-help e-books.  AI can more efficiently pinpoint a drug or drug class that your body will respond to, shortening or eliminating trial and error – and the accompanying side effects that often frustrate patients and doctors.  Mental disorders are on the rise and expected to impact the global economy by $16 trillion over the next decade.

On this day in music history – February 19,

  • 1964, a British novelty company shipped a half ton of Beatle wigs to America. A reporter asked John Lennon how he felt about teenagers imitating the group by wearing Beatle wigs.  The sardonic Lennon replied, “They’re not imitating us because we don’t wear Beatle wigs.”
  • In 1966, Lou Christie was at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Lightnin’ Strikes”. Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” was #1 in the UK.
  • In 1972, Harry Nilsson began the first of four weeks at #1 with his version of a song written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger, “Without You”. Nilsson recorded the vocal in a single take.  It earned him his second Grammy and is considered to have been the first so-called power ballad.
  • In 1977, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band was at #1 with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song, “Blinded By the Light”. The lyrics were changed in several places from The Boss’s original 1973 recording on his debut album, “Greetings from Asbury Park N.J.” – most notably, “cut loose like a deuce” was changed to the now-familiar “revved up like a deuce” – both referring to the mid-century hot rod known as a deuce coupe.
  • In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio for peeing on the Alamo – a revered Texas landmark. He was wearing a dress at the time because his wife had hidden his clothes to prevent him from going outside.  Ozzy was banned from ever playing in San Antonio again – a ban which was lifted in 1992.  When interviewed at the time, he said his next goal was to urinate on the White House lawn.
  • In 1994, exactly 22 years after Nilsson took it to #1, Mariah Carey’s version of “Without You” hit #1 in England. Her version had been released three weeks earlier, just a week after Harry Nilsson died of a heart attack.
  • In 1995, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Baywatch actress Pam Anderson on a Cancun beach. The bride wore a white bikini.   They’d only met four days earlier and Lee had taped their sexual activities – a tape that was later stolen and published on the internet.  After suing the parties responsible, the Lees settled confidentially and divorced three years later.
  • In 2004, Johnny Cash’s family successfully blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song, “Ring of Fire” for a hemorrhoid commercial.

Born on this day …

  • In 1924, actor Lee Marvin, who as a singer had a #1 hit in England with “Wand’rin Star” from the movie musical “Paint Your Wagon”.
  • In 1940, two members of The Miracles, Bobby Rogers and William “Smokey” Robinson. During his more than 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4k song writing credits.
  • In 1943, Lou Christie
  • In 1946, Pierre Van Den Linden, drummer for the Dutch group, Focus, the one-hit-wonder who had a Top Ten hit in 1973, with “Hocus Pocus” … (by Focus).
  • In 1948, Toni Iommi, guitarist with Black Sabbath, and Mark Andes from Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne.
  • In 1950, Andy Powell, guitarist with Wishbone Ash.
  • In 1957, Dave Wakeling from The English Beat and General Public, and Hans Holzl – better known as Falco, who had a #1 hit in 1986 with “Rock Me Amadeus”.


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