Pala Today News – 8/3/20

Written by on August 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.


The first major wild fire of the year – the Apple Fire near Oak Glen in Riverside County was at 26,456 acres with 5% containment and burning up the side of Mt. San Gorgonio as of this morning.  Evacuations have been ordered for 2,600 homes in Cherry Valley and Oak Glen.  One home and two outbuildings were confirmed lost on Saturday.  One injury reported.  2k firefighters are assigned to the fire, but can do little to contain it in rough mountain terrain.  The smoke plume was visible yesterday from as far away as Phoenix.

The heat wave is fading.  Predicted high temperatures in Pala will be back in the 80s tomorrow and into the 70s by Thursday.  Records were set in a number of desert areas.  In Cherry Valley, firefighters also battled 105 degree temperatures.  Palm Springs peaked at 121. The full forecast is coming up. (below)

A driver arrested in connection with a crash Friday afternoon has been turned over to Anaheim authorities on murder charges.  30-year old Abdulaziz Munther Alubidy crashed his Toyota Tundra about 4:15p Friday at West San Marcos Boulevard and South Rancho Santa Fe Road.  Deputies searching the vehicle found the body of 56-year old Jessie Villesca of Anaheim and evidence of trauma from before the crash.

In San Diego County there were 306 new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday.  That’s 5% of the 5,655 test results for the day.  6% of test results Saturday or 529 came back positive.  There were 4 additional deaths announced Saturday – none yesterday.  The county’s total is 565.  No new community outbreaks reported yesterday.  But there have been 37 over the past 7 days – the most for any seven day period in the county so far and more than five times the trigger of seven or more in seven days. (SD County media release)

There are now 51 confirmed cases in the Pala zip code.

A proposal before the Carlsbad City Council last week to fine those who violate health orders to wear masks in public failed on a tie vote.  Like most cities, enforcement is currently limited to educational signage posted in public spaces.  Police and other city officials have distributed 175k free face masks throughout the city.  Law enforcement and legal authorities both say mask-wearing is difficult to enforce due to health exceptions and that violation is administrative, not criminal.  Anyone not suspected of a crime is free to leave and not answer an officer’s questions.  Most cities and the county do cite people for violating emergency public health orders, but don’t have specific violations for facial coverings.  Sheriff’s deputies in San Diego County have issued 140 citations for health order violations this year and very few since May.

Riverside County reported 382 new cases of COVID-19 and 7 additional deaths (RivCo media release)

The Pala tribe today issued a public safety warning about two sexual predators currently in the news.  Cary Jay Smith who calls himself “Mr. Rape Torture Kill” is being chased around the state by protestors.  He was briefly in Lake Elsinore and San Marcos before being chased back to Orange County a little over a week ago.  And 75-year old Joseph Bocklett, a three-time convicted child molester with a proposed relocation to a supervised home in Pauma Valley.  He was the subject of a public meeting on Zoom last Friday.  Today’s warning is to not approach either of these predators and never leave children unsupervised outdoors.  (Palatribe flyer)

According to operators of Mercy Ambulance, the recent relocation of the company’s Valley Center units to the Cal Fire station on Vesper Road is leading to better response times to Lake Wohlford and Cole Grade Road.  Mercy is now contracting directly with the county rather than the Valley Center Fire Protection District.  Mercy is currently contracted for a total of six years through a series of one-year renewals.

Valley Center Fire Protection District’s board will consider a ballot measure to raise taxes in order to generate an additional $900k annually for the district.  They’ll vote on the 6 cent per square foot proposed assessment for the November ballot at tomorrow night’s meeting.  Polls show there is enough support for the additional tax, but it’s close.  Two years ago, the similar Measure SS got 58% of the vote, falling short of the needed two thirds majority.

Military officials today announced the names of the Marine killed and eight others missing and now presumed dead from Thursday’s amphibious assault vehicle accident near San Clemente Island.  The dead Marine was 20-year old Lance Cpl. Guillermo Perez from Texas.  The missing include a 19-year old private from Corona and a 21-year old corporal from Riverside.  Bother were riflemen in Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1 of 4 from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Friday night’s DUI checkpoint in Vista on the 700 block of East Vista Way screened 520 of 1215 vehicles passing the location.  29 were sent to secondary evaluation where one person was arrested for DUI.  Three vehicles were impounded due to an unlicensed or suspended license driver.  (SD Sheriffs media release)

The Oceanside Planning Commission voted 5-1 last week to approve three Hilton-brand hotels up to six stories tall with a total of 426 rooms and a convention center along Buena Vista Creek and lagoon on the city’s southern border with Carlsbad.  Construction is about two years away.  The main entrance will be along Jefferson Avenue with secondary access over a bridge to the Ring Road of the Shoppes at Carlsbad mall.  The plan has been under development for ten years.

A report issued by the San Diego Association of Governments says drug use among teens booked into San Diego Juvenile Hall is at its highest rate in 20 years.  62% of those interviewed tested positive for an illegal substance.  92% say they’d tried marijuana, compared with 86% for alcohol and 70% for tobacco.  Overall, the average age for first trying illegal substances was 13 ½.

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


In baseball – After a strong start to the season last week, the Padres had a rough weekend in Denver.  They’ve now fallen to third place in the NL West behind LA and Denver.  Colorado beat the Padres 9-6 yesterday, following up on Saturday’s 6-1 win.  The Rockies’ designated hitter, Matt Kemp homered in both games.  Houston upset the Angels 6-5 in 11 innings at Anaheim.  The Dodgers blanked Arizona 3-0.  Clayton Kershaw got the win.  The Yankees beat Boston 9-7 with Aaron Judge homering twice.  That’s five consecutive games in which he’s homered.  Cincinnati swept a double header in Detroit.  It was the first time for a Major League 7-inning double header – the new standard for this season.  Four games were postponed due to COVID-19 infections including a Milwaukee-St. Louis double header.  Nine games scheduled today including the Dodgers at Petco Park against the Padres for the first of three games in a six-game San Diego home stand.

The Phillies had no additional positive coronavirus test results yesterday and will resume their season today against the Yankees in New York.

As of air-time, the Cardinals were awaiting their latest test results after one player and three staff members tested positive on Saturday.  Four more tests came back inconclusive.  The Cardinals were isolated from each other upon arrival in Milwaukee for a weekend series with all three games now postponed.  They have a day off today on a postponement before a scheduled four-game series at Detroit including a double header Wednesday.  That’s all pending today’s test results.

The Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of the 2020 season after being a no-show for yesterday’s game in Atlanta.  He says it’s over pandemic-related issues, which came as a surprise to the team.

In basketball – The Clippers routed the Pelicans Saturday 126-103, setting a franchise record with 25 three-pointers.  It was Doc Rivers’ 939th career win, moving him past Red Auerbach for 11th place on the NBA all-time win list.

In football – Broncos tackle Ja’Wuan James has opted out of the 2020 season.

The New Orleans Saints have rented four floors of the Loews Hotel in downtown New Orleans to create their own bubble for staff and players who wish to stay there during the next month of training camp.  Coach Sean Payton says it’s more of a “sequester” than a bubble since it’s optional.  About 150 of the total 180 players, coaches and executives from the team will stay there along with medical, cafeteria, security and support staff.  No Saints players have yet tested positive.

In hockey – The Stanley Cup playoffs began over the weekend – 20 teams in ten games Saturday and Sunday.  The Ducks and Kings aren’t a part of it.  All Western conference games are being played in Edmonton.  All Eastern games are in Toronto.  In Saturday’s opening qualifier games, the winners were Carolina, Chicago, Calgary, the Islanders, and in a 3-2 overtime win, Montreal.  Sunday’s first game qualifier winners were Arizona, Columbus and Minnesota.  Philadelphia beat Boston 4-1 in the East qualifying round robin.  Colorado edged out St. Louis 2-1 in the West qualifying round robin.  Six games today including Eastern game 2 for New York at Carolina, which has already been played, and Montreal at Pittsburgh.  West game 2 for Winnipeg at Calgary and Chicago at Edmonton.  The East round robin game is Washington at Tampa Bay.  The West round robin is Dallas at Vegas.

In golf – at this week’s tournament in Memphis, Justin Thomas was the winner with a four-round 13-under par 267 – three strokes ahead of the four next-closest players – a group which included Phil Mickelson and defending tournament champion Brooks Koepka.

In racing – NASCAR Cup racing at New Hampshire on Sunday, Brad Keselowski was the winner.

At Del Mar, jockey Flavien Prat got his sixth win Saturday – best so far in the Del Mar summer season.  He was riding Collusion Illusion, winner of the $250k Bing Crosby Stakes race.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up across the board.  The Dow was up 1%.  Microsoft and Apple led the rally.  The S&P was up 9 tenths of a percent.  And the NASDAQ was up more than 1 ½%.  Gold was up more than $4 to $1,990.30 an ounce.  Oil was up a little less than $1 to $41.14 a barrel.

The place which had been named “the world’s most livable city” seven years in a row before being displaced by Vienna in 2018 just became a little less livable.  Melbourne, Australia just went on strict lockdown for the next six weeks as coronavirus cases spiked with 671 being reported in a single recent day.  It’s more strict than just about anything so far in the U.S.  There’s an 8p to 5a curfew.  Only one person per household is permitted to leave home once per day outside of curfew hours for essential supplies within five kilometers of home.  One hour of exercise per day in the same radius is permitted.  Other than that, people in Melbourne have to stay at home.


Food distributor, Thompson International on Saturday issued a voluntary recall of thousands of pounds of red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions after the CDC issued a food safety alert due to nearly 400 people in 34 states being sickened by salmonella-tainted onions from the company.  Red onions are the most-likely affected.  The CDC recommends throwing out any Thompson processed and distributed onions and disinfecting any surfaces they may have touched.

The SpaceX capsule safely splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday.  It was NASA’s first water landing in 45 years dating back to the Apollo program when crews were flying to the moon.   This time it was a return from two months at the space station with the trip up and back in a spacecraft privately financed and managed by SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk.  NASA was basically a customer – something it will also be in the near future with Boeing.  It’s a new business model for corporate research, satellite repair and eventually, sightseeing trips into low Earth orbit.  The prototype flight of Crew Dragon went well with the capsule splashing down suspended by four parachutes and being brought on board a recovery ship before astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley exited the capsule.  In past NASA water recoveries, they astronauts had always exited into the water for helicopter retrieval.  This new method is considered safer and SpaceX doesn’t want to lose any capsules as happened with Apollo II.  SpaceX equipment is designed to be reusable.  Another SpaceX flight is scheduled for September and the capsule from this flight will be reconditioned and reused in a third flight next spring.  Plans by SpaceX include eventually sending astronauts back to the moon.

It’s been a busy week for NASA.  On Thursday, it launched Perseverance – the last of three missions to Mars.  Two other launches took off last month for Mars – one from the United Arab Emirates and one from China.  The Perseverance robotic rover will now make a 6 ½ month journey to the red planet where it and the others will resume the search for signs of past life on the red planet.  All three are expected to arrive at about the same time in February.

On this day in music history – August 3,

  • 1963, The Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl” was released. It was the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote and the first one he produced.
  • On the same day in Liverpool, The Beatles played their last show ever at The Cavern Club. During a power outage in the middle of the show, Paul and John played an acoustic version of “When I’m Sixty-Four”, a song they wouldn’t release on record for another four years.  The Beatles were paid 5 pounds for their first show at The Cavern.  300 for this final show – about $500.
  • In 1968, The Doors began the first of two weeks at #1 with “Hello I Love You”. Since Jose Feliciano’s version of “Light My Fire” was at #5, the group technically had two of their songs simultaneously in the Top 5.
  • On that same day, The Newport Pop Festival was held at The Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Over 100k fans saw Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, the Chambers Brothers, County Joe & the Fish, Electric Flag, Paul Butterfield’s Blue Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, and Tiny Tim.
  • In 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their third studio album, “Green River”. It was the second of three released by the group that year and the first one to hit #1.
  • In 1971, Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new group, Wings with his wife Linda and former Moody Blues singer and guitarist Denny Laine.
  • In 1973, Stevie Wonder released his 16th studio album, “Innervisions”. Singles from the album included “Higher Ground”, “Living for the City” and “He’s Mistra Know-It-All”.  Wonder played all or almost all instruments on six of the album’s nine tracks.
  • In 1985, “Drive” by The Cars was re-released following its dramatic use on TV during the Live Aid concert. All royalties went to the Band Aid Trust.
  • On the same day, Madonna scored her first British #1 hit with “Into the Groove” from the movie “Desperately Seeking Susan” which starred Madonna and Rosanna Arquette.
  • And also in 1985, Tears for Fears began the first of three weeks at #1 in the U.S. with “Shout”.
  • In 1987, Def Leppard released their fourth studio album “Hysteria” which went on to be their biggest seller at 20m copies.
  • In 2002, Bob Dylan returned to the Newport Folk Festival for the first time in 37 years where he performed a 2-hour set of 19 songs while wearing a fake beard and wig.
  • In 2006, Arthur Lee, singer and guitarist with Love died in Memphis after a long battle with leukemia.
  • In 2007, guitarist Brian May handed in his doctoral thesis on astronomy – 36 years after abandoning it to join Queen.

Born on this day …

  • In 1926, Tony Bennett
  • In 1935, Gordon Stoker from Elvis Presley’s backing band, The Jordanaires.
  • In 1939, temporary Beatles drummer Jimmy Nicol who played nine shows with the group while Ringo recovered from tonsillitis.
  • In 1941, Beverly Lee with The Shirelles
  • In 1946, John York from The Byrds
  • In 1951, John Graham, guitarist with Earth Wind & Fire
  • In 1961, Lee Rocker, bass player with The Stray Cats
  • IN 1962, James Hetfield from Metallica

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Martha Stewart is 79
  • Producer director John Landis is 70
  • Jay North, best known as TV’s “Dennis the Menace” is 69

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high temperature of 91.3 degrees … 87 tomorrow … 83 Wednesday … the coolest day of the week will be Thursday at 79 … morning clouds clearing to sunny and 82 Friday … patchy morning fog clearing to 84 Saturday … 85 Sunday … overnight lows, about 60 tonight … upper 50s tomorrow and Wednesday night … mid-50s the rest of the week

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Call the Pala Fire Department at (760) 742-1632 before starting any open fires to get the day’s Cal Fire and APCD recommendations. Fire Department permits are required for any burning on Pala tribal land.


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