Pala Today News – 7/3/20

Written by on July 3, 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.


State health authorities yesterday announced San Diego County would be added to the Monitoring List as of today.  The result will be that businesses in the county are likely to come under new restrictions or closures next week that are already mandatory in all other Southern California counties.  Over the past three days, the rate of COVID-19 cases in the county has gone from 103.8 to 112.8 per 100k residents, exceeding the state’s trigger threshold of 100 cases per 100k.

As of yesterday, San Diego County had 15,207 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with 377 deaths. That’s 584 new cases and five additional deaths since the previous day.  (SD County media release)

San Diego County health officials have been working with unnamed local casinos in tracing COVID-19 cases.  All local casinos are now open.  Only Sycuan has confirmed that they’re working with county investigators.  According to NBC7, no one infected has a confirmed connection with local casinos yet as a result of the current investigation.

Riverside County has now had 18,720 diagnosed cases of COVID-19.  There have been 465 deaths in the County.  Yesterday’s report included 679 new cases and 2 additional deaths. (RivCo media release)

Law enforcement throughout the country is reporting sharply increased reports of illegal fireworks.  Complaints to the LAPD are up 170% compared with the same time 12 months ago.  Experts say it’s a release for people who are bored and frustrated after months of sheltering in place.  It’s also been suggested that the widespread cancellation of sanctioned public fireworks displays has caused the black market to be flooded with professional-grade inventory.  The only regular displays scheduled for tomorrow in San Diego County that haven’t been cancelled are in Vista and Poway.

San Diego County Vector Control yesterday found four wild mice in East County near Campo that tested positive for hantavirus.  That’s fairly common this time.  A total of 22 have been found this year.  But is still a danger to people.  Never sweep or vacuum rodent droppings or carcasses.  Always use “wet cleaning” methods.

Rez Radio provides a daily updated bulletin board of resource links and current status of local businesses.  It’s in each day’s e-newsletter and at our website, www.RezRadio.FM .


In baseball – Four players so far have opted out of the season restart at the end of this month.  Angels’ star Mike Trout is not one of them, but he’s says he’s not comfortable about MLB’s plans for restarting, citing concerns over the safety of his family with their first child on the way.

In basketball – The Clippers closed their training facility after a coronavirus test came back positive.

In football – A source has told ESPN that the Washington NFL team is likely to change its nickname following “a thorough review”.  Team owner Dan Snyder has been under increased pressure in recent weeks after years of adamantly resisting the change.  Native American leaders have lost court cases trying to force the change.  Even FedEx, which owns naming rights to the team’s stadium through 2025 has requested the team change its name.

In racing – The NASCAR Cup series is at Indianapolis on Sunday.

In golf – At the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit – Midway through the second round, four golfers shared the early lead into the clubhouse at 11-under par … Seamus Power, Matthew Wolf, Bryson DeChambeau, and Mark Hubbard.

In local high school sports – all classes and scheduled games are cancelled TFN.

On this day in music history – July 3,

  • 1967, a private party was held at London’s Speakeasy Club for The Monkees on their first trip to England. Guests included all of The Beatles except Ringo, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu, and all members of Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum.
  • In 1968 at an impromptu gathering at Joni Mitchell’s house in Laurel Canyon, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played together for the first time. It convinced Nash to leave The Hollies and join the others as Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • In 1969, founding member and former Rolling Stone Brian Jones drowned taking a midnight swim in his own pool while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Jones was 27
  • Exactly two years later in 1971, Jim Morrison from The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris. Official cause of death – heart attack.  Morrison was also 27 when he died.
  • In 1973, after 182 performances as Ziggy Stardus, David Bowie announced he was retiring. It came as a complete shock to the audience and the rest of the band, other than guitarist Mick Ronson.  Turns out it was only the character of Ziggy that was retiring.
  • In 1975, on the opening night of the band’s tour, Three Dog Night lead singer Chuck Negron was arrested in his Louisville hotel room for possession of cocaine.
  • In 1986, U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin, Ireland while running an errand for lead singer, Bono. The song “One Tree Hill” on the Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.
  • In 2000, Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young black Americans. He said they were wasting too much time on intricate lyrics instead of reading.

Born on this day …

  • In 1929, David Lynch from The Platters
  • In 1930, session guitarist Tommy Tedesco. Described by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history, Tedesco worked with The Beach Boys, Every Brothers, Supremes, Monkees, The Association, Elvis, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, Nancy and Frank Sinatra among others.
  • In 1940 soul singer Fontella Bass
  • In 1943, Judith Durham, singer with the Australian folk group The Seekers
  • In 1948, Paul Barrere from Little Feat
  • In 1955, guitarist and keyboard player Mike Corby from The Babys
  • In 1957, singer Laura Branigan


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Comedy writer, actor and producer Jay Tarses, who along with partner Tom Patchett wrote for the Carol Burnett, Bob Newhart, and Tony Randall Shows as well as the first two Muppet movies is 81
  • Actor Kurtwood Smith who played Red on “That 70s Show” is 77
  • Actress Betty Buckley from TV’s “Eight is Enough” and numerous Broadway plays is 73
  • Humorist Dave Barry is also 73
  • Actress Jan Smithers from “WKRP in Cincinnati is 71
  • Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa on “The Simpsons” is 56
  • Actress Olivia Munn is 40
  • In 1940, the comedy team of Abbott and Costello debuted their network radio show on NBC. You can still hear the show Saturday nights at 12:30a on Rez Radio’s “Old Time Radio Hour”.


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