Pala Today News – 9/16/20

Written by on September 16, 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.


17k firefighters continue to battle California’s 25 major current wildfires with resources at the critical stage throughout the western states – meaning 80% of firefighting resources in the region are already committed, leaving little in reserve with the fire season only half over.  The weather pattern throughout California will remain about like yesterday for three more days.  No rain anywhere in the state expected for at least the next ten days.  Total acreage burned this year in California is 3.3m.  In the past month, 25 people have died in wildfires and over 4,200 structures destroyed.  The Valley Fire east of Alpine is now 90% contained at 17,665 acres.  The current largest Southern California Fire, the Bobcat Fire continues to burn in Angeles National Forest at over 44k acres with just 3% containment.  The El Dorado Fire west of Oak Glen is at just over 18k acres with 60% containment.  It’s worse up north where the largest fire in state history continues to burn in Mendocino National Forest – 818k acres with only 30% containment. (Cal Fire media release)

There were 294 new COVID-19 cases reported by San Diego County yesterday with 8 additional deaths.  The county’s state-calculated, unadjusted case rate is 6.9 and the current testing positivity percentage is 4.2%.  Both metrics place San Diego County in the state’s Red, or Tier 2 category for reopening. (SD County media release)

There was one new COVID-19 case confirmed in the Pala zip code, bringing the total to 76.

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

Riverside County moved one step closer to the less-restrictive Red tier along with San Diego and Orange Counties yesterday.  Riverside met the state’s requirements for the lower tier for the first time yesterday, but must now maintain those metrics for over two weeks to actually be reclassified in the third week.  The county had a case rate adjusted for testing volume of 6.7 and a testing positivity rate of 6.4% – both under the state’s thresholds of 7.0 and 8%. State numbers are released weekly on Tuesdays.

Meanwhile at yesterday’s Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting, several supervisors and public speakers complained about public health regulations that are keeping some businesses closed and suggested that open defiance of the governor and state health orders might be an option.

In San Diego County, supervisor from North County’s 5th district, Jim Desmond yesterday failed to get a second to his similar motion before the county Board of Supervisors to not enforce the state’s COVID guidelines. 

A brush fire along I-15 near Gopher Canyon forced the closure of two right lanes on the northbound side during yesterday’s evening commute.  Traffic was backed up to the 78.  The fire was contained at less than an acre. (Cal Fire tweet)

A 21-year old driver from San Jacinto was killed and his passenger seriously injured in a single-car rollover crash just after midnight yesterday on that same stretch of I-15 near Gopher Canyon.  Their Lexus had been traveling at high speed when it veered off the freeway, up an embankment and then rolled several times back onto freeway lanes.  Neither victim was wearing a seat belt.  A 30-year old Escondido woman going the opposite direction was uninjured after her car was struck by debris from the Lexus.

San Diego Sheriffs are publicizing an online forum to be held October 9 about the proposed release of a Northern California convicted pedophile who could be released to a home in Pauma Valley.  40-year old Joshua Cooley was convicted of sex crimes against underage girls.  An online hearing will be held by Humboldt County Superior Court the morning of October 9.  Here’s a link for the hearing.  Comments about the case can be emailed to or mailed to the SAFE Task Force at 9425 Chesapeake Drive in San Diego, 92123 now through the 23rd.

Oceanside Police are asking for public help in catching a man suspected of multiple instances of indecent exposure and a sexual assault.  Police have responded to six reports of peeping and indecent exposure over the past four months at or near the River Oaks Apartments on San Ramon Drive.  The same man is suspected of grabbing a woman, which is classified as sexual assault.  Police say they believe their suspect lives in the area.  He’s described as white, in his 20s or 30s, about 5’10’ to 6’0” with black hair in a military cut and a slim, muscular build.  He has a tattoo on his left arm and possibly on his chest.  Information can be called in to Detective Larry Weber at 760 435 4619 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers who are offering up to $1k reward for information leading to conviction.

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 basketball – in the NBA playoffs, it’s going to be the Lakers and the Nuggets in the Western Division finals series.  The Clippers season is over.  Denver made history by coming back twice during the playoffs from a 3-1 series deficit – first against Utah in the opening round, and now against the Clippers, where they won three straight games including yesterday’s deciding Game 7 by a score of 104-89.  In the East, Miami takes a one-game lead into today’s Game 3 of the division championship.  The West series begins tomorrow. 

Following yesterday’s third straight complete unraveling at the hands of Denver, Clippers coach Doc Rivers took to social media to shoulder the blame for not meeting expectations of advancing to a showdown with the Lakers.  Those expectations mainly centered around this year’s acquisition of two-time NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard from last year’s championship Toronto Raptors.  An example of the Clippers troubles include Leonard only shooting one for eleven in yesterday’s second half.  Rivers becomes the only coach in NBA history to lose a 3 games to 1 lead in a playoff series three times.

In hockey – In the NHL division finals, the New York Islanders fought back and finally prevailed over Tampa Bay 2-1 in double overtime in yesterday’s Eastern finals Game 5.  Tampa still leads 3 games to 2.  No games today.  Game 6 for New York and Tampa tomorrow with a possible Game 7 Saturday.  Meanwhile, Western conference winner Dallas waits to see which one they’ll face for the Stanley Cup.

In baseball – The Padres have the inside track at hosting the best-of-three-games first round playoff at Petco Park starting around the end of the month.  San Diego is currently the #4 seed by six games over the Marlins. Only the top four seeds out of eight teams going to the playoffs will host the Wild Card round.  After that any postseason play for San Diego would be in Houston and Arlington where the rest of the NL playoffs will be held.  The American League divisional series will be held at the neutral sites, Petco Park and Dodger Stadium.  The World Series will be held in Arlington beginning October 20.  Everyone inside the playoff bubbles will be tested daily for COVID-19.  A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the games in Texas, but no spectators will be allowed in at LA or San Diego.

In games yesterday, the Padres win streak ended at the hands of the visiting Dodgers.  LA won it 3-1 and move back into a 2 ½ game lead in the NL West over San Diego.  The rubber game of the series is this afternoon at 1p.  Yesterday’s Giants game at Seattle had to be postponed due to smoke from wildfires.  The Rockies beat the A’s in Denver 3-1 and Arizona rallied to beat the Angels 9-8 in Anaheim after having blown a 7-run lead from the first half of the game.  The Yankees took batting practice on the Blue Jays in Toronto, winning 20-6.  That moved New York past Toronto into second place in the AL East.  But the biggest blowout of the day was in Milwaukee where the Brewers routed the visiting Cardinals 18-3 with thirteen of those runs coming in the 4th and 5th innings alone.  Later on, both managers were ejected after a confrontation after a catcher interference call against the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina.

In the NFL – Tampa has placed Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin on concussion protocol for week 2 after delayed onset symptoms from a hit Sunday against New Orleans’ DJ Swearinger.

The 49ers have put cornerback Richard Sherman on injured reserve with a leg injury.  He’ll miss at least three weeks.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is out until mid-October after hernia surgery last week.  He could return in time for the game against Arizona October 19 or Washington on the 25th

In college football, after saying last Friday that it was pushing fall sports including football to the spring, the Big Ten conference council of school presidents and chancellors voted unanimously yesterday to restart sports.  They cited the emergence of daily rapid-response COVID-19 testing as the deciding factor.  Each school will play a shortened eight-game schedule beginning October 24.  Players who had previously opted out but haven’t yet hired an agent are eligible to return and players can still opt out without any repercussions to their eligibility or their scholarship.  One university president said President Trump’s recent push to get schools to play in key election battleground states had nothing to do with the decision to move the season up to begin the week before the election.  Nevertheless, the President is claiming credit for yesterday’s decision by the Big Ten.



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed with the Dow up ¾ of a percent.  The S&P up a quarter percent.  But the broader NASDAQ exchange down a quarter percent.  Gold was up more than $7 to $1,973.30 an ounce.  Oil was up sharply – almost 5% or $1.80 to just over $40 a barrel.

The Federal Reserve will release its latest thinking on the economy and U.S. monetary policy today with Chairman Jerome Powell holding a media conference around noon our time.  Economists are expecting strong efforts to support recovery with interest rates at zero until at least 2024.

Cloud-based software company, Snowflake is in the midst of its initial public stock offering.  They’ve twice increased the target share price this week.  After initially proposing a price range of $75 to $85, the company bumped that up by a third on Monday and finally settled on $120 a share last night.  It really doesn’t matter because shares opened at $245 in actual trading this morning.  Investment company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. plans to invest more than a half billion in Snowflake which is competing as a standalone against diversified competitors in the field including Amazon, Microsoft, and Google.



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that assistant secretary of health for public affairs, Michel Caputo will take a 60-day leave of absence “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”  Caputo yesterday apologized for a Facebook video in which he claimed scientists battling the coronavirus are conspiring against the President.  He’d been accused of trying to suppress an important scientific report in the midst of the pandemic.

San Diego County plans to open an erosion control center in Alpine tomorrow to help homeowners and businesses in the Valley Fire burn area stabilize properties before the rains this winter.  It’s at the county’s Alpine Road Station on Tavern Road and will be open 8 to 4p Mondays through Saturdays and 9 to 2 Sundays to distribute free sandbags, fiber rolls and stakes and information on how to effectively use them to mitigate erosion in burn areas when the rains come.


On this day in music history – September 16,

  • 1963, “She Loves You” by The Beatles was released in the U.S. on Swan Records. Although at #1 in Britain, it was ignored here until the following year, several months after the group’s breakthrough with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” in late December of ’63.
  • In 1966, a Member of Parliament asked Britain’s House of Commons to officially “deplore” the action of a magistrate who’d earlier called The Rolling Stones “complete morons … who wear filthy clothes”.
  • In 1967, Jimi Hendrix debut album, “Are You Experienced?” entered the Hot 200 album chart where it remained for 106 weeks including 77 weeks in the Top 40 of albums. Rolling Stone magazine later named it #15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
  • In 1970, Led Zeppelin dethroned The Beatles as “best group” in the Melody Makers readers poll. The Beatles had won the previous eight annual polls.
  • In 1970 Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage for what would become his last public appearance.
  • In 1977, T Rex lead singer Marc Bolan was killed when a car driven by his girlfriend hit a tree in Barnes, London.
  • In 1979, Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” was released. It is considered to be the song that first popularized hip hop style.
  • In 1996, Pearl Jam played the first night of the “No Code” tour at Key Arena in Seattle. Many venues on the tour were out of the way because of the band’s refusal to play arenas controlled by Ticketmaster.
  • In 2006, Bob Dylan was at #2 on the album chart with “Modern Times”. It was his first album since “Desire” 30 years earlier to enter the chart at #1. At age 65, he was also the oldest living musician to ever top the chart.  That record was broken in 2011 by 85-year old Tony Bennett.
  • In 2008, Motown songwriter and producer Norman Whitfield died of complications from diabetes. He’d collaborated with Barret Strong on songs including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “(I Know) I’m Losing You”, “Cloud Nine”, “War”, and “Pala Was a Rolling Stone”.
  • In 2009, Mary Travers from Peter, Paul and Mary passed away after battling leukemia for several years.
  • In 2014, Ariana Grande was at #1 with her second studio album, “My Everything”.

Born on this day …

  • In 1925, B.B. King
  • In 1941, Joe Butler from The Lovin Spoonful
  • In 1942, Hollies bass player Bernie Calvert
  • In 1944, Betty Kelly from Martha and the Vandellas
  • In 1948, Kenny Jones, drummer for Small Faces, the Faces, and later The Who.
  • In 1952, Ron Blair from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • In 1963, singer songwriter Richard Marx
  • In 1964, Dave Sabo from Skid Row.
  • In 1992, Nick Jonas from The Jonas Brothers


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 71
  • Actor Kurt Fuller is 67
  • Actress Jennifer Tilly is 62
  • Comedienne Molly Shannon from Saturday Night Live is 56
  • Actress and comedienne Amy Poehler also an alumna from SNL is 49
  • Candid Camera creator Allen Funt was born this day in 1914

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Pala Weather – hazy sunshine with a high of 97 today through Friday … 90 on Saturday … 86 Sunday … 84 Monday and Tuesday … overnight lows around 60 through Friday … upper 50’s this weekend … mid-50s next 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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