Pala Today News – 3/25/20

Written by on March 25, 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.

EDITORIAL:  It’s important to keep in mind that current news, nearly all of which is related to coronavirus can seem depressing, even overwhelming.  Relax, we’re all in this together and there are countless stories in communities all over the country about acts of kindness and caring for others that aren’t getting reported in the headlines.  It’s not all doom and gloom.  Once the cycle of virus spread is slowed and health care catches up, things will return to normal and we can pick up the pieces just as we do whenever disaster strikes.  Rez Radio will endeavor to add good news and even a little humor on our Facebook page today and through the coming weeks.  Remain vigilant, educate yourself with online resources (links available at www.RezRadio.FM and ), maintain your sense of humor, and especially you humanity.  We’ll get through this.


The Governor’s stay-at-home order remains in effect.  Only go out for essential things like groceries, medicine and if you’re employed in an essential job. Here’s a link for the full list of businesses considered “essential” by the state of California.

Above all, keep washing your hands!

San Diego County health official Dr. Wilma Wooten again yesterday emphasized the need to maintain social distance and for those with symptoms, whether diagnosed or not, remain isolated for at least three days after fever passes AND at least 7 past the onset of symptoms, whether it’s COVID-19 or just a cold or normal flu.  Any unnecessary spread of illness adds further strain on available health care.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said his department would enforce provisions of health department and Executive Orders for the closure of non-essential businesses and social distancing.  He said county firearms retailers are not currently prohibited from doing business as long as they comply with other business health mandates.  Gore said he is waiting for word from the state regarding the temporary future of firearm sales, fearing that a ban could create a black market on guns and ammo.  (SD Co Tue 3/24 news conference)

The County of San Diego’s website has updated info about reported cases of Covid-19 and where they are within the county.  As of 11a today only yesterday morning’s figures were available.  Other than San Diego, the city with the most diagnosed cases was Carlsbad with 13.  Vista had 2.  Oceanside had 7.  Escondido had 6.  San Marcos had 3.  For unincorporated areas, the only place in North County reporting any was Fallbrook with 2 diagnosed cases.  These numbers were as of yesterday at 8a.  The link at the county website is updated more or less daily.

The number of reported cases in Riverside County was updated to 69 this morning.  Health officials are still tracing the source of infection for 41 of them.  6 people in the county have died.

Officials from Lancaster in LA County yesterday reported the death of a 17-year old from COVID-19.  The Mayor of Lancaster said the boy was sick for five days before he died and was in otherwise good health.  County health officials are looking for another possible explanation or contributing factor.  Gov. Newsome said it underscores the “enormity of the challenges in front of us and how it can impact anybody and everybody.”

Scammers and fakes taking advantage of the situation are popping up.  A 72-year old Idyllwild man pretending to be a FEMA agent has been arrested by CHP.  He was carrying a loaded .45 pistol and multiple counterfeit police and security badges and IDs as well as a phony concealed weapon permit.  He’d been walking through downtown Idyllwild Saturday telling people he was a FEMA agent and offering his “law enforcement” services.

Wide open roads are allowing an increase in the speed part of high speed pursuits.  While the number of incidents are not up, CHP has reported higher speeds including one yesterday on I-5 in Carlsbad with a motorcycle traveling at an estimated 130 miles an hour and multiple chases at over 100 over the past several days.

Drive through testing continues at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley only for those ordered by a doctor to be tested for coronavirus.

Riverside County residents can go to the Baseline COVID-19 Program website and get screened for testing at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore.  Only “high risk” people are currently getting appointments and the Diamond Stadium location is still by appointment only and not taking walk-ins.  Lake Elsinore is one of four sites statewide operated by Verily Life Sciences.

It’s natural to feel stressed and anxious right now.  The number for the Access & Crisis Line to help manage stress and anxiety is 888 724 7240.

Resources for Covid-19 information include:

To receive text updates from the San Diego County Health Department, text COSD COVID19 to 468311.

The Wells Fargo Bank branch inside Pala Administration Building is closing after today (3/25)3 until further notice.

All San Diego County casinos plus others in Riverside County including Pechanga and Soboba remain closed and all concerts and music events scheduled at them are either cancelled or postponed.

In Pala, Fox Raceway and Pala Fitness Center are closed until further notice.

The Pala Admin kitchen will continue to operate and deliver senior meals daily.  To sign up for meal delivery or shopping for necessities, Pala seniors can contact Shannon or Samantha at 760 891 3505 or 3507.  If you know of any seniors without social media access or family on hand to help, let Shannon or Samantha know.  Make sure you have 6 to 8 weeks’ worth of propane on hand.  Fallbrook Propane is currently accepting checks and credit cards only – no cash.

For those already laid off or unable to work.  Here’s a link for companies currently hiring in North County.

Here’s a link for restaurants in North County known to be open for take-out, drive-thru and delivery.

Pala has a YANA, or “You Are Not Alone” program for the benefit of seniors, those who live alone and especially for those in high risk categories who must self-isolate during the current pandemic.  The program will mainly be volunteers making phone calls to people who sign up to be checked on.  You can also suggest someone who ought to be signed up, but may not know about YANA.  It’s for everyone in Pala.  Not just tribal members.  To volunteer, sign up or find out more about Pala’s You’re Not Alone program, email Dustin Moyer or call Pala Fire at 760 742 1632.

Another storm will bring two waves of light rain over the next two days.  Only a tenth or two of an inch expected in Pala.  An inch or two of snow possible above 4k feet.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)


All scheduled games postponed or, in most cases cancelled. 

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach today cited comments by President Trump to defend himself from criticism over why it took so long for the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Games.  He pointed to many governments having imposed social limits only through next month and Trump’s comments about hoping to eased restrictions by Easter.  The games had been scheduled for July 24 through August 9.  They will now be delayed one year with the date yet to be determined.  Major sponsors have agreed to stick with the games for next year.

In the NBA – LA Clippers owner Steve Balmer has reached a deal to buy The Forum arena in Inglewood from Madison Square Garden Co. for $40m, clearing the way for its demolition and a new home for the Clippers who currently share Staples Center with the Lakers.

In Major League Baseball – Fans are being offered vintage alternatives on the eve of what was supposed to be the start of the 2020 season.  ESPN2 is airing an eight hour Home Run Derby marathon tomorrow.  The MLB will air 30 memorable games – one for each franchise on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages.  And MLB Network will air classic Opening Day games throughout this year’s opening day.

In the NFL – The league is still planning on holding its 2020 draft April 23-25 in spite of a recommendation from the league’s general manager that it be delayed.  The concern is lack of capacity for player physicals and other verified information with some states and cities on lockdown.  Most team general managers are in favor of rescheduling.

In local high school sports – all classes and scheduled games cancelled through at least April 6 – through April 30 in Riverside County.


Late last night, the Senate and the White House agreed on a $2 trillion economic stimulus package – the largest in history.  It’ll provide financial support to businesses forced to close and relief to American families and especially to hospitals trying to cope with lack of supplies and capacity to serve the ill.  $250b is set aside for direct payments to families and individuals.  $350b for small business loans.  $250b in unemployment benefits.  And $500b for distressed large companies.  The Senate is voting on it today.

As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks continue their big rebound begun yesterday.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up another 1,200 points or 5.8%.  Boeing led the charge, up almost 30% today.  The S&P was up 4 ½%.  The NASDAQ was up 2.8%.  Gold gave back a fourth of yesterday’s gains – down $24.70 an ounce to $1,636.50.  Oil was up 80 cents to $24.80 a barrel.

Governor Newsom yesterday warned state agencies to prepare for cuts in funding for many of the state’s ambitious spending plans.  California is particularly vulnerable to economic fallout from the pandemic because it depends so heavily on capital gains taxes from wealthy investors.  Nearly half of the state’s personal income tax comes from the top 1% of earners.

Average retail prices for gasoline rose two cents today after falling 17 cents over the past week.  Oceanside is the place to be for the cheapest gas.  There are at least 7 independent stations throughout the city selling regular for under $2.50 a gallon.   The Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos and Temecula Costco’s are at $2.59.  So is Murrieta Sam’s Club.


The list of celebrities who have caught coronavirus began several weeks ago with husband and wife actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.  That list has now grown to include singer-songwriter Jackson Browne and Britain’s Prince Charles, both of whom are 71 years old.  Both reportedly have mild symptoms. Actor Idris Elba and the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with a number of NBA players.  Jazz saxophoninst, Manu Dibango who had a hit with “Soul Makossa” in 1972 has died in Paris from Covid-19 at age 86.  Digango collaborated with many other well-known musicians including Herbie Hancock and Hugh Masakela.

Turner Classic Movie network earlier this week announced the cancellation of its annual Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.  Then, 48 hours later announced it would be held as a Special Home Edition on the TCM cable channel.  It’ll be the weekend of April 16-19 with the full schedule of films and interviews available at their website.

Creation of virtual events on a number of social media and video platforms is a great way to stay connected with friends, family and clients during the current stay-at-home order.  Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype, YouTube and Facebook Live are all platforms to accomplish this.

The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is being rescheduled for September 25-27.  It was supposed to happen May 29-31.  Go to the festival’s website for details.

Just as their busiest season is beginning, a beloved Easter candy company is temporarily closing due to coronavirus.  Just Born Quality Confections, makers of Peeps is closing its factories in Philadelphia and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Production ceases today with the plants closed until at least April 7.  On the average day, Just Born produces 5 ½ million Peeps a day.  This year’s Easter production is already in stores.  The company also makes Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews … but won’t be doing that for at least the next 2 ½ weeks and likely longer.

On this day in music history – March 25,

  • In 1966, The Beatles took part in the photo shoot for the infamous “butcher cover” photo for the front of their next album, “Yesterday and Today” at Bob Whitaker’s studio in London. The reaction to the photo of the four in white coats covered with raw meat and mutilated and butchered dolls got such a negative reaction that Capitol Records recalled 750k copies to replace the cover at a cost of $250k, wiping out initial profits from the latest of always-popular Beatles releases.  The few that were sold or distributed to disk jockeys and reviewers, and even those recalled, whose original photos were covered over and re-distributed are now worth a lot of money.
  • In 1967, The Turtles began the first of three weeks at #1 with “Happy Together”, a song that had been rejected by a dozen other acts before it was offered to The Turtles.
  • On the same day, The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debut at 58th Street Theater in New York City as part of a rock & roll revue presented by New York DJ, Murray the K.
  • In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their week-long bed-in in the presidential suite of The Amsterdam Hilton in Montreal. They held daily press conferences from their bed and also recorded the hit single, “Give Peace a Chance” in the room.
  • In 1972, America began the first of three weeks at #1 with “Horse With No Name”.
  • In 1983, Motown Records celebrated its 25th anniversary with a concert in Pasadena featuring The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and The Jackson 5 … wow!
  • In 1989, Madonna was at #1 with “Like a Prayer”. The highly controversial music video was voted “Most Groundbreaking Music Video of All Time” by MTV viewers in 2005
  • In 2000, NSYNC set a new world record by selling one million tickets in one day for their upcoming concert tour, netting them $42m.
  • In 2006, country music legend Buck Owens died. He pioneered the Bakersfield sound and had 20 #1 hits on the Billboard Country Music charts.
  • In 2009, Dan Seals from England Dan & John Ford Coley died at the age of 61. He began a solo career in country music after the duo split.  He was the younger brother of Jim Seals from Seals & Crofts.

Born in this day …

  • In 1934, rockabilly singer-songwriter Johnny Burnette who had the 1961 hit, “You’re Sixteen”.
  • In 1938, singer-songwriter-actor Hoyt Axton who wrote songs for Elvis, Three Dog Night, John Denver, Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell.
  • In 1942, Aretha Franklin.
  • In 1947, Sir Elton John
  • In 1966, current Guns ‘N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer, who’d also been with The Psychedelic Furs, and Canadian guitarist and singer Jeff Healy


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Pala Weather – mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain and a high temperature of 60 today … a chance of up to a tenth of an inch of rain tonight … 57 degrees with a continued 20% chance of rain tomorrow, increasing to 40% tomorrow night for up to another tenth of an inch … the snow level cold drop as low as 3500 feet … sunny and 62 Friday with possible wind gusts up to 20 miles an hour … sunny and 67 Saturday … 69 Sunday … 78 Monday … 81 Tuesday … overnight lows in the upper 30s this week … about 40 Saturday night increasing to about 50 by Monday night

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