Pala Today News – 8/7/20

Written by on August 7, 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.


Progress in fighting the Apple Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains has allowed the U.S. Forest Service to lift the evacuation order for Oak Glen.  The fire is still only 30% contained but grew very little yesterday.  Total acres burned are now at 29,267.  Four homes and eight other structures have been destroyed.  One firefighter was injured.  Containment isn’t likely until the middle of next week.

An early morning brush fire along the bluffs in Encinitas on Wednesday prompted one home to be evacuated before fire crews got control of the blaze.  The fire was reported around 2 a.m. just west of South Coast Highway 101, south of Swami’s Beach, in brush along steep cliffs.  It consumed several acres before full containment aroudn 5:30a.  A related accident on the highway happened when a motorcyclist, distracted by all the emergency lights rear-ended a Sheriff’s patrol unit.   There were no injuries.

In San Diego County there were 263 new cases of COVID-19.  With only 2% of the previous day’s test results coming back positive, the 14-day rolling average has dropped to 4.9% positive cases.   5 additional deaths were reported yesterday.  Six new outbreaks were reported – one in a pre-school, two at businesses, two at healthcare settings, and one at a restaurant.  There have been 31 community outbreaks over the past seven days.  That’s an important metric that’s kept rising over the past month.  (SD County media release)

The number of cases in the Pala zip code remains at 51.

764 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Riverside County yesterday along with 18 more deaths.  The latest numbers for Riverside are a sharp jump due to underreporting at the state level over the previous couple of days.  The 82 deaths over the past week are about equal to the previous week, which set a record. Hospitalizations are up slightly from Tuesday. Intensive care patients dropped from 134 to 128.

A 43-year old Oceanside man was killed Wednesday when his Nissan pickup ran into the back end of a slow-moving semi on the 163 freeway in Linda Vista.  It happened about 3:40p on the northbound side near the Genesee exit.  The victim died at the scene. The 50-year old big rig driver from Mexico was uninjured and cooperated with the CHP investigation.

A spike in fentanyl-related overdose deaths across San Diego County led officials Thursday to warn the public of the drug’s deadly potential.  In the first six months of the year, there were 119 confirmed fentanyl- related deaths in San Diego County, while another 84 are believed to be connected to the drug, pending confirmation. Victims have ranged in age from 17 to 66, according to a joint statement issued by state and federal prosecutors, law enforcement and county health officials.   Just last week, authorities busted an illegal drug ring in Fallbrook and Escondido responsible for some of those overdoses.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters yesterday began sending out post cards to every registered voter in the county as a reminder that everyone will be sent a mail ballot for the November election whether requested or not.  That comes by executive order of the Governor but does not require that voting be done by mail.  Polls will still be open for in-person voting on November 3 with select advance polling locations open the three days prior as well.  Ballots can also be cast in person any weekday beginning October 5 at the Registrar’s office in Kearny Mesa.  About 75% of voters in San Diego County are already signed up to permanently receive ballots by mail.

There was a power outage affecting about 200 SDG&E customers in Fallbrook this morning beginning at 4:48a. No cause given.  It was expected to be repaired by 1p.

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In baseball – The Angels topped the Mariners in Seattle 6-1 with a solo homer by Shohei Ohtani to begin the LA scoring.  Catcher Max Stassi had a homer and three RBIs.  One other game of note – Cleveland demolished the visiting Reds 13-0.  The Angels play at Texas today. The Dodgers host the Giants.  The Padres host the Diamondbacks.  St. Louis has still not been cleared to resume its season after a COVID-19 outbreak.  Their scheduled game with the Cubs is today’s only postponement.

In basketball – Milwaukee clinched first place in the Eastern Conference by beating Miami 130-116.  Giannis Antetokounmpo had the high score with 33 points.  The Clippers beat the mavericks 126-11.  Kawhi Leonard had 29 points.  The Rockets whupped the Lakers 113-97.  Other winners included Sacramento, Phoenix, and Portland.  Both the LA teams are off today.  The Clippers play Portland and the Lakers play Indiana tomorrow.

In football – Following guidance from the Mountain West conference, San Diego State University announced yesterday it will not begin any of its fall sports earlier than Sept. 26 due to the ongoing pandemic.  The Aztecs football team will shrink its schedule to 10 games and most other fall sports will only play conference opponents.  The Aztecs also announced the cancellation of the 45th annual KGB Skyshow.

In hockey – Calgary moves on to the next round.  They beat Winnipeg 4-0 and took the Western qualifying series 3 games to one.  In the other West qualifying, Vancouver leads two games to one after shutting out Minnesota 3-0.  In the only remaining East qualifying series, Columbus is up 2 games to one after edging out Toronto 4-3 in overtime.  In the East round robin game, Philadelphia beat Washington 3-1 and in the West it was Vegas over St. Louis 6-4.  Still no COVID-19 infections reported in the NHL.

In golf – At the PGA Championship in San Francisco, Li Haotong led with 8 under par 67 at the end of yesterday’s first round.  Looking to become the tournament’s three-peat champion, Brooks Koepka was tied for 6th place with about ten other golfers at 4 under par.

In racing – NASCAR is at Michigan for two races this weekend.  Joey Logano will start at the pole position tomorrow.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were down a little today.  The Dow was off by 2 tenths of a percent.  The S&P 500 was down a quarter percent.  And the NASDAQ was down 1.2%.  After a huge run-up to record highs over the past week, gold was down more than $38 an ounce to $2,031.30.  Oil was down almost 2% to $41.15 a barrel.

The monthly Labor Department jobs report was released today. The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is stalling hiring and slowing an economic rebound.  Even counting the hiring of the past three months, the economy has now recovered only about 42% of the 22 million jobs it lost to the pandemic-induced recession.  The unemployment rate did decline in July from 11.1% to 10.2%, though that still exceeds the highest rate during the 2008-2009 Great Recession.

According to a report released today, up to 40m people could be at risk of eviction over the next several months.  The CARES Act put a temporary moratorium on evictions for renters living in buildings supported by federal funding.  Local jurisdictions enacted their own moratoriums.  Many, including those from the CARES Act have now expired.  There are few statewide moratoriums.  President Trump is calling for another moratorium.  Meanwhile, the CARES Act still provides forbearance on federally-backed mortgages for up to a year.

Though business is up at the Post Office, it’s not helping the bottom line.  Sales growth is up 3% compared with a year ago.  The volume of packages shipped rose 54%. But first class and marketing mail fell almost 20% since last summer.  The volume of mail versus packages is now about equivalent for the USPS.  Overall, the post office reported a $2.2b loss. Yet the agency managed free cash flow of $472m.  The red ink, however, is partly a function of special accounting rules. What’s more, the system has a universal service mandate and, essentially, doesn’t control its pricing on a majority of its business. The USPS knows it will lose money delivering mail and packages in rural areas, but is required to deliver them anyway.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today paved the way for the possibility, but not the guarantee that in-person classes would happen in that state.  It’ll be up to the state’s roughly 700 local districts and their local governments to make it happen.  But it opens the path for New York City to become the first major U.S. city to allow in-classroom instruction for the fall semester.

On this day in music history – August 7,

  • 1957, The Quarry Men played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool without Paul McCartney, who was away at camp.  Though the then-jazz club tolerated the band’s skiffle-style songs, when John Lennon launched into “Hound Dog” and “Blue Suede Shoes”, the club owner sent a note to the stage saying “Cut out the bloody rock!”
  • In 1964, The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, the Yardbirds, and Mose Allison were among the groups playing the 3-day Richmond Jazz Festival in Richmond, England.
  • In 1965, Herman’s Hermits were at #1 in the U.S. with “I’m Henry VIII I Am”.  The song was not even released in the group’s home country of England with the band’s label thinking it too crass.
  • In 1971, the Bee Gees were at #1 for the first of four weeks with “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”.  Though they wrote it, the song was originally offered to Andy Williams.
  • In 1976, Elton John and Kiki Dee were at #1 with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.
  • In 1982, Dexy’s Midnight Runners were at #1 with “Come on Eileen”, a song which would soon sweep America with the first big wave of music videos on MTV.  The Eileen featured in the video was Maire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey from Bananarama.
  • In 1997, Garth Brooks played to the largest crowd ever assembled in New York’s Central Park – an estimated 1m people, with another 14.6m watching live on HBO.
  • In 2008, Elvis Presley’s peacock jumpsuit – the white outfit with plunging V-neck and high collar with hand-embroidered peacock design on the front, back and legs that he wore during his first Las Vegas show residency sold at auction for $300k.

Born on this day …

  • In 1928, Herb Reed from The Platters.
  • In 1942, singer B.J. Thomas.
  • In 1950, country guitarist and songwriter Rodney Crowell.
  • In 1958, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Author, humorist and host of the “Prairie Home Companion” radio series, Garrison Keillor is 78
  • Actor Wayne Knight, best known as Newman from “Seinfeld” is 65
  • Actress Billie Burke, best remembered as Glinda, the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz” was born this day in 1885. She was already in her 50s when she played Glinda.
  • The late comedy writer, Satirist, actor and radio host Stan Freberg was born this day in 1926.
  • So was actor Carl Switzer, best known as Alfalfa from the Our Gang movie shorts.

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 84 this afternoon … highs around 87 tomorrow through next Thursday … overnight lows in the upper 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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