Pala Today News – 9/14/20

Written by on September 14, 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.


Expect two more days of hazy sunshine and unhealthful air quality due to wildfires burning throughout the state.  Locally, the Valley Fire in eastern San Diego County is holding at 17,665 acres, now with 87% containment.  The Bobcat Fire north of Duarte is still only 6% contained at over 33k acres.  And the El Dorado Fire near Oak Glen is 44% contained at 14,478 acres.  Several other Southern California Fires over the past several weeks are now fully or almost fully contained.  In Northern California, the largest of the fires, the August or Mendocino Complex Fire has burned more than 887k acres in the Mendocino Forest just east of Covelo, home of KYBU FM which carries Rez Radio’s locally produced show, “Back in the Day With Doots and Dar”.  It is the largest combined fire in state history.  Statewide, there are nearly 16,500 firefighters assigned to 28 wildfires that have burned a total of 2.8m acres.  More than 3.15m acres have burned in California so far this year. That’s roughly the area of the state of Connecticut.  Almost 6,400 homes and other structures have been lost and 24 people killed.  (Cal Fire website)

There were 265 new COVID-19 cases reported by San Diego County yesterday with no additional deaths.  The county’s state-calculated, unadjusted case rate is 6.9 and the current testing positivity percentage is 4.2%, both of which place San Diego County in the state’s Red, or Tier 2 category for reopening. Five new community outbreaks were reported – three in restaurants, one in a restaurant/bar, and one in a business. (SD County media release)

The number of cases in the Pala zip code hasn’t increased in the past ten days.

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond, representing the 5th district including inland North County says he’ll be asking the board at its weekly meeting tomorrow to allow businesses to reopen if they can do so safely without regard to state rules and the new color code system.  In a media release he indicated that the system is flawed and picks winners and losers for reopening without regard for their ability to conduct business safely. Tomorrow’s public meeting will be live streamed and available to hear by telephone listen line. (619 531 4716)  (Jim Desmond media release)

School districts in Vista, Oceanside and Escondido have announced plans to reopen campuses to some students beginning this month.  It’ll initially be mostly special ed., English learners, and others who need extra help and specialized instruction.  A phased full reopening is planned for next month on staggered schedules and with hybrid programs that include some continued online instruction.  The target date for wide reopening in Vista is October 20.  The entire plan will be rolled out beginning with first graders at schools with the highest percentage of low-income and English learners – Foothill Oak, Bobier, and Maryland Elementary Schools.  In Oceanside, one-on-one assessments of low income and English learners begins September 22.  Students with disabilities will return to campus in small groups beginning September 28.  And the hybrid education model for all elementary students begins October 19.  Escondido will begin hybrid preschool programs September 28 along with special needs in-person instruction for all ages.  Additional age groups of all students will be rolled in weekly beginning October 12.

A man and woman suspected of robbing a 7-Eleven store in Vista are also being sought for ramming and disabling a Sheriff’s patrol vehicle as they fled the scene of the theft.  It happened around 2:10p yesterday on East Vista Way.  The getaway vehicle was later found disabled and abandoned.  A deputy recognized the male suspect as having an existing felony warrant.

205 new cases of COVID-19 and 7 additional deaths were reported yesterday in Riverside County. Riverside County is currently in the state’s Tier 1 (Purple), or most restrictive category for reopening.

A fire in a double wide mobile home on the 39000 block of Pourroy Road in Temecula was reported just before 5p Saturday.  Firefighters had it under control within an hour.  One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion on the scene and was transported by ground ambulance.

A man charged with arson for setting a Menifee house fire June 24 just six days after being placed on probation following a 2018 conviction for second-degree murder has been arrested in Arizona.  52-year old Sean Joshua Halas of Menifee had been in jail more than 600 days awaiting the outcome of his 2018 case.  Though a 9-year prison term was sought by prosecutors, the judge gave Halas one year plus three years’ probation.  Since he’d already served more than a year in jail, he was released on probation.  A dog and a bird died in the fire and the home sustained major damage.  Halas was taken into custody in Bullhead City last Tuesday and was being held without bail pending extradition to Riverside County as of Friday.

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It was the first weekend EVER with games in all four major team sports.

In basketball – in the NBA playoffs, The Clippers-Nuggets series is going to game 7 on Tuesday.  Yesterday the Nuggets fought back to beat LA 111-98.  The Eastern finals also begin Tuesday.  The teams for that series were decided in Game 7 Friday when Boston eliminated Toronto 92-87.  The Celtics will play Miami.  On Saturday, the Lakers eliminated Houston four games to one in a 119-96 rout.  Houston head coach Mike D’Anotoni informed the front office yesterday that he won’t be back next season and will become “a coaching free-agen”.  His contract expired with Saturday’s loss and he’d turned down extension offers prior to the season.

In hockey – In the NHL division finals, Tampa Bay took a 3 games to 1 lead in the East by beating the Islanders 4-1 yesterday.  Dallas leads the Western final over Vegas 3 games to 1 after Saturday’s 2-1 victory.  Vegas and Dallas play Game 5 tonight.

In baseball – The Padres swept a double header from the Giants yesterday winning the opener 8-0 and the nightcap, which was a make good from Friday 3-1. That Friday game was postposed minutes before the scheduled first pitch with no reason given.  Then Saturday’s game was postponed as well. Yesterday’s wins secured the Padres their first winning record since 2010.    The Dodgers beat Houston last night 8-1.  Padres host the Dodgers today with a chance to take over first place if they should sweep LA.  San Diego is now just 2 ½ games behind the Dodgers.  The Giants fell to ten games back in third place.  The big news yesterday was in Milwaukee where the Cubs shut out the Brewers 12-0 with Alec Mills pitching a no-hitter – the second no-hitter this season in baseball.  It was only Mills’ 15th career start.  In Miami, the Marlins swept a double header from Philadelphia.  The Angels beat Colorado 5-3.  In that game, Albert Pujols hit his 660th career home run, tying Willie Mays for 5th place on the all-time runs list.  Both those teams get today off.

In the NFL – The Rams christened SoFi Stadium in Inglewood with a 20-17 win over Dallas.  Jared Goff threw 275 yards for LA.  Only one blowout all day.  That was Baltimore over Cleveland 38-6.  All but one other game was decided by eleven points or less.  Week 1 winners included Seattle, Buffalo, Chicago, Green Bay, New England, Washington, Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Baltimore, New Orleans, Arizona, and the Chargers.  Tonight’s games are Pittsburgh at the Giants, and Tennessee at Denver.

Quarterback Tom Brady lost his debut with Tampa Bay.  He threw two touchdown passes, but also two interceptions in the 34-23 loss to New Orleans.  It was the first time in 17 seasons he threw more than one interception in a season opener.

In golf – At the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, Stewart Cink was the winner at 21-under par 267.

Rookie Scottie Scheffler dropped out from the U.S. Open yesterday after testing positive for COVID-19.  He’s the first player on the PGA tour to test positive in six weeks.  He’ll be replaced at the Open by the next golfer on the leader-list, South Africa’s Branden Grace, who ironically was the last player to test positive six weeks ago.

In racing – The NASCAR Cup series was at Richmond Saturday.  Leading for almost half the race, Brad Keselowski was the winner.

Will Power was the winner of Saturday’s first 200-mile IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course over the weekend.  Colton Herta won yesterday’s Race 2.

In tennis – At Flushing Meadows in New York, Dominic Thiem became the first man in 71 years to win the U.S. Open after losing the first two sets of the final.  He beat Alexander Zverev in a 5th set tiebreaker yesterday.

On the women’s side, Naomi Osaka pulled off her own comeback, beating Victoria Azarenka in the women’s final Saturday 1-6, 6-3 and 6-3.  A comeback from losing the first set of the finals hasn’t happened on the women’s side in 26 years.  During the Open, Osaka wore seven different face masks over her seven matches, each bearing the name of a recent high profile victim of racial injustice including George Floyd and Treyvon Martin.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up.  The Dow and S&P each rose 1.3%.  The NASDAQ was up 1 2/3%.  Gold was up $17.60 an ounce to $1,965.50.  Oil was down slightly to $37.16 a barrel.

As expected, tourism is way down in San Diego in 2020.  Normally, the region’s businesses would be getting about $3b more visitor spending than they are this year.  The San Diego Tourism Authority reported to the San Diego City Council that hotel room tax is off by $150m compared to two years ago, 50k visitor industry jobs have been lost, and overall hotel revenue is down 60%.  They don’t expect numbers like 2019 to return until at least 2023.  Nationally, the CEO of Southwest Airlines was quoted over the weekend as saying air travel won’t return to pre-pandemic levels for about ten years.

Yet there is optimism in business – or maybe it’s desperation for investment revenue.  This will be the busiest Initial Public Offering week since May 2019 when Uber went public.  Snowflake will be the largest software IPO ever with 28m shares expected to raise over $3b.  It’s one of a dozen IPOs this week.


President Trump arrived in Northern California this morning but said over the weekend there is no connection between the extremely dry summer, 5m acres burned by wildfires, and climate change.  Over the weekend he blamed the current fires on poor forest management.  Over 60% of California forests are under federal control.  Democratic Presidential opponent Joe Biden said, “The fury of climate change is everywhere, all this year and right now” in reference to the Western wildfires.  And Gov. Newsom says there is no doubt this year’s fires are climate-related. (Democracy Now! 9/14/20)

NPR reports that University of Delaware professor of climatology, David Legates has been hired for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  As deputy assistant secretary of commerce for observation and prediction, he’ll report directly to the acting head of the federal agency in charge of this country’s weather and climate prediction work.  Legates is said to have a long history of using his position to publicly cast doubt on climate science.  He is also affiliated with the Heartland Institute, a think tank that works to convince Americans that climate change is not happening and that scientific evidence to the contrary including that from Legates’ new employer (the NOAA) is uncertain or untrustworthy.  In short, there’s now a climate change denier in charge of the weather bureau.

On this day in music history – September 14,

  • 1955, Little Richard’s recording session in New Orleans was not going well. On a lunch break at the Dew Drop Inn, he started playing a loud and lewd version of “Tutti Frutti”.  With 15 minutes left in the session, he came back and laid down the song, coining one of the most memorable lyrics in rock & roll, “a wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom.”
  • In 1968, Roy Orbison’s home in Nashville burnt to the ground. His two youngest sons died in the fire.  Orbison was on tour in England at the time.
  • On the same day, The animated version of the Archie comic strip debuted on TV. A studio group was assembled to create a musical band from the characters.  Rock mogul Don Kirshner, who’d recently created The Monkees led the music portion of the project.  The following year, The Archies had the #1 song in America for eight weeks with “Sugar Sugar”.
  • In 1974, Eric Clapton was at #1 with his version of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” which Marley had released the previous year.
  • On the same day, Stevie Wonder was at #1 on the album chart with “Fulfillingness First Finale”. It won three Grammy awards including Album of the Year.
  • In 1979, The film “Quadrophenia” based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera was released. One of the major roles in it was played by Sting.
  • In 1981, The Rolling Stones did a secret pre-tour warm-up show at a small club in Worcester, Massachusetts. A local radio station announced that Little Boy Blue & The Cockroaches were in fact the Stones.  4k fans tried to get into the 350 seat club.  Police had to control the crowd.  Eleven people were arrested.
  • In 1984, David Bowie won the MTV Video of the Year award for “China Girl”, co-written by Bowie and Iggy Pop and first released by Pop seven years earlier.
  • In 1999, the cop who arrested George Michael in a public restroom sued the singer for $10m for mocking him in his later video, “Outside”.
  • In 2005, Britney Spears gave birth to her son with Kevin Federline by Cesarean section at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.
  • On the same day, the newly refurbished Grateful Dead original tour bus went on display at a car museum in Volo, Illinois. Dubbed “Sugar Magnolia”, the ’65 Gillig bus was used for Dead tours from 1967 through ’85.  The ceiling was lined with hundreds of rock posters from major acts who’d visited the bus.

Born on this day …

  • In 1946, Peter Agnew from Scottish rock band Nazareth
  • In 1949, Ed King, guitarist with Strawberry Alarm Clock and later Lynryd Skynyrd
  • On the same day, one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s other guitarists, Steve Gaines.
  • In 1950, Paul Kossoff from Free
  • In 1954, Barry Cowsill from The Cowsills, on whom The Partridge Family TV show was based.
  • In 1955, Steve Berlin from Los Lobos
  • In 1970, Graig Montoya, bass player with Everclear
  • In 1983, Amy Winehouse

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actor Walter Koenig who played Ensign Chekov in Star Trek is 84
  • Jon “Bowzer” Bauman from Sha Na Na is 73
  • Actress Faith Ford is 56
  • Actress Kimberly Williams from the “Father of the Bride” movies is 49
  • Clayton Moore who was TV’s “The Lone Ranger” in the 1950s was born in 1914.

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Pala Weather – continued haze from smoke for two more days with a high today of 92 … 96 tomorrow and Wednesday … 95 Thursday … 91 Friday … 88 Saturday … 86 Sunday … overnight lows in the low 60s this week … upper 50s this weekend

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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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