Pala Today News – 8/6/20

Written by on August 6, 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 Apple Fire on the west side of Mt. San Gorgonio remains at 30% containment today with just over 28k acres burned.  Firefighters estimate containment will take another 11 days.  Work is now focused on building containment lines to protect Oak Glen and Forest Falls.  Oak Glen is still under an evacuation order.  Forest Falls, Pioneertown and Rimrock are standing by to evacuate should fire conditions worsen.

Superior Court Judge Howard Shore yesterday rejected a plan to place a convicted pedophile in a Pauma Valley residence located next to a plant nursery on Adams Drive.  In his ruling, Shore cited his opinion that 75-year old Joseph Bocklett “should not be housed next door to a functioning business frequented by families.”  Bocklett’s three convictions and a confessed fourth instance of child molestation all happened between 1976 and 1994.  The judge’s ruling comes less than a week after a special hearing by video conference in which local tribal members and residents of Pauma Valley implored the judge to reject Bocklett’s placement in North County.

In San Diego County there were 348 new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday.  There have been a total of 578 deaths in the county.  (SD County media release)

The number of cases in the Pala zip code remains at 51.  Cases hit the 100 mark in Valley Center yesterday.  Fallbrook has had 310.  Bonsall has had 35.  Pauma Valley and Rincon have had 13.

San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies and the Narcotics Task Force have made 14 arrests as part of the investigation into about ten suspected fentanyl overdoses at North County communities and reservations this spring.  The sources of the counterfeit Oxycontin pills were traced to Fallbrook and Escondido.  Drugs, cash, a gun and a vehicle were seized.  The drug trafficking cases are being reviewed for prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

490 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Riverside County since Tuesday.  Local officials say the number is artificially low due to reporting delays at the state level.  There were 14 additional deaths.  Hospitalizations continue to decline.

41-year old Quintin McCracken has been arrested for the murders of a couple in Hemet Monday night.  The convicted bank robber who was released from prison last September after serving a 13-year sentence was living with the unnamed older couple.  He is the son of one of the two victims.

SDG&E’s gas pipeline replacement project is progressing through the city of Escondido.  More than two miles, or 75% of the Midway Drive Replacement Project are now complete.  Work is currently proceeding on Bear Valley Parkway where traffic is affected Monday through Friday from 7a to 5p between Birch Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road.  That portion will continue through the end of September.  At the other end, connections are being made at Midway Drive and Valley Parkway.

Today is expected to be the coolest day this week with the high in Pala expected to top out around 80.  In Palm Springs the high today will be under 100 for the first time since June.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)

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 – The Dodgers took two out of three in San Diego with another win over the Padres last night.  It was close.  Joc Pederson homered twice including what turned out to be the game winner in the 6th, putting LA up 7-2.  The Padres fought back including a homer by Wil Meyer in the 8th, but came up short.  Final score 7-6.  The Angels lost to the Mariners in Seattle by the same score.  Philadelphia and New York split a double header of 7-inning games.  Miami swept a 7-inning double header at Baltimore.  Four games were listed as postponed due to coronavirus.  The only team not playing any game because of it was St. Louis.  The Cardinals returned to the field yesterday for workouts only after being cleared to leave quarantine in Milwaukee and fly home yesterday morning.  They’ll resume their season against the visiting Cubs tomorrow.  The Angels continue their series at Seattle today.  The Padres and Dodgers have today off.

In basketball – Utah beat Memphis 124-115.  Philadelphia over Washington 107-98.  Denver topped San Antonio 132-126.  Toronto over Orlando 109-99.  Boston routed Brooklyn 149-115.  And the Lakers, with little left to prove until the playoffs, went cold last night and lost to OKC 105-86.  The Clippers play Dallas today.  The Bucks get another shot at clinching the East with a game against Miami.  LeBron James will sit out the game against Houston with a sore groin.  He missed 27 games last season with the same problem.

Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons is out indefinitely with a partially dislocated kneecap.

In football – With the addition of Malcom Pridgeon from the Cleveland Browns, Rashaan Melvin from Jacksonville, Brad Seaton from Tampa Bay, and Lucas King from the Kansas City Chiefs, 64 NFL players have now opted out of the 2020 season citing coronavirus concerns.  There won’t be any preseason this year.  But the regular season is scheduled to begin September 10 with Houston at Kansas City.  The opt out deadline is today at 1p.  Players considered at high risk who opt out can earn $350k and an accrued NFL season.  Players without risk who opt out get $150k and no season credit.

In hockey – The Islanders now lead their series with the Panthers 2-1 after Florida’s 3-2 win yesterday.  Arizona beat Nashville 4-1 putting them up 2 games to one.  Montreal edged Pittsburgh 4-3 and leads that series 2 games to one.  In the round robins, Tampa Bay edged Boston 3-2 and Colorado shut out Dallas 4-0.

In golf – The PGA Championship began today in San Francisco.  Brooks Koepka is the defending champion.  Four golfers shared the round one lead at five under par midway through the back 9.



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were making modest gains today.  The Dow and S&P were each up a tenth of a percent.  The NASDAQ was up a third of a percent.  Gold continued its march skyward gaining another $20 an ounce to $2,069.20.  Oil was down 23 cents to just under $42 a barrel.

The President says he expects to sign a stimulus order by tomorrow or Saturday that would extend enhanced unemployment benefits and institute a payroll tax holiday as well as provide eviction protection and address student loan repayment.  Lawmakers have been unable to reach agreement on a bill dealing with these issues in spite of a self-imposed deadline of tomorrow.

A jobs report is due out tomorrow that’s expected to show the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in late spring.  It’s becoming apparent that millions of Americans temporarily laid off will face permanent job loss and need to seek work in new industries.  That will further slow economic recovery.

With Chinese-owned video app TikTok in play as a possible acquisition by Microsoft, Facebook-owned competing app Instagram is releasing something called Reels.  Like TikTok, users can create 15-second videos that are easily sharable with audio synced to music or other sounds users create themselves and special effects like augmented reality filters.  Reels will be widely available by Wednesday.  Meanwhile, TikTok, which has been branded by the White House as a national security threat, must sell off its U.S. business within 45 days or face a ban in this country.

U.S. mortgage rates are at a record-breaking low for the eighth time this year.  The 30-year fixed rate average last week was 2.88% – down 11 basis points from the previous week.  A year ago it was 3.6%.  The 15-year fixed rate was 2.44%.  Rates generally follow long term Treasure note rates.  Ten-year T bills are near record lows this week.  With low inventory leading to rising prices and multiple bids for homes, refinancing is flourishing.


On this day in music history – August 6,

  • 1960, Chubby Checker first appeared on “American Bandstand” performing “The Twist” which went to #1 within weeks and did it again 18 months later – the only song to top the singles chart twice.
  • In 1965, the soundtrack to The Beatles second film “Help!” was released.  On the same day, Small Faces released their first single, “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”. 
  • In 1973, Stevie Wonder was seriously injured when a car he was riding in hit a truck on I-85 near Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He was in a coma for four days and permanently lost his sense of smell. 
  • In 1974, ABBA had their first U.S. hit with “Waterloo” which peaked at #6. 
  • In 1981, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, “Bella Donna” containing the hit singles, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Tom Petty, “Leather and Lace” with Don Henley, and “Edge of Seventeen”. 
  • In 1982, the feature film of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” starring Bob Geldof opened in New York. 
  • In 1988, Guns ‘N’ Roses’ debut album went to #1 on the album chart after having been out for more than a year, selling 5m copies.  It has since sold almost another 24m copies. 
  • In 2001, Whitney Houston signed the richest deal in recording history with Arista Records – estimated at being worth $100m. 
  • In 2004, Rick James was found dead in his LA home. 
  • In 2012, Forbes magazine declared Beyonce and Jay-Z the highest paid celebrity couple with combined earnings that year of $78m.  

Born on this day …

  • In 1943, the late Isaac Hayes
  • In 1952, Pat McDonald from Timbuk 3. 
  • In 1958, Randy DeBarge. 
  • In 1972, Geri Halliwell, also known as Ginger Spice from the Spice Girls.


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actor/director Peter Bonerz who played Jerry the dentist on the Bob Newhart Show is 82
  • Child actor turned director Moosie Drier is 56
  • Andy Warhol was born on this day in 1928
  • Lucille Ball was born on this day in 1911


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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 77 today … 82 tomorrow … patchy morning fog clearing to sunny and 85 Saturday … staying in the 85-87 range through next Wednesday … overnight lows in the mid-50s all 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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