Pala Today News – 10/26/20

Written by on October 26, 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.


SDG&E has shut off power to about 2,700 customers in the Pala, Lilac, Couser and Rice Canyon, and Pala Mesa areas as a precaution against wildfires caused by utility lines in windy conditions.  Those shutoffs may last through tomorrow afternoon.  Over 21k customers have been notified of possible shutoffs.

A fire broke out this morning around 6:45a in the mountains of eastern Orange County that quickly grew to 200 acres and was being pushed by high winds towards Irvine.  Heavy smoke forced the closure of the 241 toll road before 7a.  As of 10a, evacuations had been ordered for 60k OC residents in the area near Irvine.  Fire officials said they were very concerned about the Orchard Hills community – the center of the evacuations along Irvine Boulevard from Bake Parkway to Jamboree Blvd. As of 11a the #SilveradoFire was reported at 2k acres with winds on some mountain peaks in the Santiago range gusting up to 80 miles an hour.

Winds have been so strong in the Inland Empire that all flights have been halted at Ontario International Airport today.

Pala ended up with 11 hundredths of an inch of rain from the first storm of the season.  Just about exactly as predicted.  Parts of Palomar Mountain had up to 86 hundredths of an inch.  Four tenths of an inch at La Jolla.  Three tenths at Mesa Grande.  Two tenths at Warner Springs and Santa Ysabel.  Almost that much at Lake Henshaw.  Seven hundredths at Rincon and Valley Center.  West of Pala, Couser Canyon had 9 hundredths.  Rainbow had 8 hundredths.  Seven hundredths in Fallbrook.  Oceanside had 6 hundredths.  Just 1 hundredth in Carlsbad.  Nothing measureable in Vista.  Two hundredths in San Marcos and 5 hundredths in Escondido. Temecula had 4 hundredths.  Many other parts of southwest Riverside County didn’t report anything measurable.

Today’s weather is all about the wind.  Firefighters statewide are on high alert.  Locally, gusts up to 35 miles an hour are predicted for today and tomorrow.  Other areas could see gusts up to 80 miles an hour today.  A Red Flag Fire Warning has been issued for the windy, dry conditions throughout much of the state.  SDG&E has put Pala, Fallbrook and other foothill areas on notice that there may be additional precautionary power shutoffs today.  In Northern California, PG&E did cut power to about a million customers yesterday.  People in the hills east of Berkeley in the Bay Area were advised to leave yesterday, especially if they would have trouble getting out quickly in case of fire.  Eight of the ten deadliest wildfires in California history have occurred in October or November.

There were 269 new COVID-19 cases reported by San Diego County yesterday with 2 additional deaths.  Out of almost 11k new test results, 2% came back positive.  Two new community outbreaks were reported – one in a healthcare setting and one in a restaurant.  (SD County media release)

Two more cases were reported in the Pala zip code.  The current total is now 78.

Riverside County reports its coronavirus statistics for the entire weekend on Monday afternoons.

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District teachers voted Friday to accept the memorandum of understanding for the resumption of in-person teaching in the district.  Today is the first of preparation days for district teachers.  Special education students will return to classrooms first beginning Thursday.  K-5 students will start next Monday.  And students in grades 6-12 will begin the week of November 9.  The Valley Roadrunner newspaper will mail hard copies of this week’s paper to all VC addresses to help distribute the full bus schedule.  Students have to register with the school district before being allowed to ride buses.

An injured hiker was airlifted out of Cleveland National Forest to the 34000 block of Ortega Highway west of Lake Elsinore Saturday.  The hiker was transferred to a waiting ground ambulance around noon and taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.

The Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously last week to hire a consultant to work with residents and city staff on options for civilian oversight of the city’s Police Department.   Three models for civilian oversight were presented.  Most are advisory.  Some can investigate specific incidents and recommend policy changes or discipline.  Oceanside already has such a commission with seven members and two alternates appointed by that city council.   Theirs is advisory-only and does not investigate incidents or recommend discipline.  The cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City all have police oversight committees.  Carlsbad’s concerns come after a year of high-profile police abuse of power nationwide.  Carlsbad’s Assistant Police Chief Mickey Williams told the city council in its presentation that community confidence in its police department results in a safer community.

The California Coastal Commission is asking North County Transit District to withdraw its request for sole control over projects related to bluff stabilization of the train tracks through Del Mar.  At issue is an NCTD plan to erect chain link fences to stop pedestrians from crossing the tracks to get to the beach.  The area is a frequent site of train versus pedestrian incidents.  NCTD wants to build six-foot fences along with lights, security cameras and public address speakers within the railroad right of way without additional approvals.  The transit district will be increasing train runs through the area with new, quieter locomotives than those now operating.

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 and Rays are making this World Series exciting with one winning a game and the other the next.  Tampa was able to capitalize on two huge mistakes by LA in the bottom of the 9th on Saturday to complete a come from behind 8-7 win on a wild final play, tying the series at two games apiece.  LA tightened up yesterday, scored early and held on to win Game Five 4-2 including home runs by Joc Pederson and Max Muncey.  Tampa made it exciting including a rare attempted steal of home plate in the bottom of the 4th by former San Diego Padre, Manuel Margot that would have made it a tie game at that point.  Today is an off- day with Game Six tomorrow at 5p on Fox as the Dodgers once again become the home team.  If Tampa wins tomorrow, Game Seven will be Wednesday at 5p.

In the NFL – Several close games including Seattle’s first defeat of the season at the hands of Arizona, 37-34 in overtime.  The Cardinals’ Zane Gonzalez won it with a 48 yard field goal with 15 seconds left in OT.  Other close ones included Detroit over Atlanta 23-22.  Cleveland’s Joe Burrow throwing for 409 yards in a losing effort against the Browns who won 37-34.  Pittsburgh over Tennessee 27-24.  That leaves the Steelers as the only remaining undefeated team and one of only two with six wins.  The Saints over the Panthers 27-24.  The 2 and 4 Chargers beat the visiting 1 and 5 Jaguars 39-29.  The Raiders lost a home game to Tampa 45-20.  Other winners included Buffalo, Washington, Green Bay, Kansas City and San Francisco 33-6 over the Patriots.  In that last game, New England’s starting quarterback, Cam Newton got pulled early in the fourth quarter.  He says he’s worried he may not be the team’s starter much longer.  Coach Bill Belichick says he’s absolutely sticking with Newton.  He just wanted to give second year QB Jarrett Stidham some experience in a game with nothing left to lose.  The Rams host Chicago tonight at 5 on ESPN.

In college football – Just one Top Ten upset.  #8 Penn State lost to unranked Indiana 36-35 in overtime – the most exciting finish of the weekend.  In Carson, San Diego State opened its season with a 34-6 blowout over UNLV.

In golf – At the Zozo Championship in Thousand Oaks, Patrick Cantlay was the winner by one stroke over Jon Rahm with a four-round 23 under par 265.

In racing – at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday, Clint Bowyer won his first NASCAR Cup race of the season.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were down sharply.  The Dow was down more than 900 points, or about 3.2%.  The S&P and NASDAQ were each down 2.7%.  Gold was down slightly to $1,904.70 an ounce.  Oil was down about a dollar fifty to $38.38 a barrel.  The rising coronavirus numbers with accompanying new economic restrictions and an increasing likelihood of no new stimulus package from Congress are the factors economists say are weighing on Wall Street today.

AstraZeneca says its vaccine trials suggest a promising immune response in older adults – the group most at risk for Covid-19.  The vaccine they’re testing in collaboration with the University of Oxford triggers protective antibodies and T-cells at similar rates for all ages.  These results build on similar results in Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials published in the medical journal, The Lancet in July.   The company had briefly paused its Phase 3 trial in early September when a volunteer developed an “unexplained illness”.  AstraZeneca is a front-runner in the race to market with a Covid vaccine.


Jerry Jeff Walker, the author of the song, “Mr. Bojangles” and pioneer of the “cosmic cowboy” sound that evolved into outlaw country died Friday after a long battle with throat cancer.  Originally from Oneonta, New York, Walker ended up in Austin, Texas by 1971 where he, Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Michael Martin Murphy and others performed a progressive, hippie-style of county music.  His breakthrough 1973 album, “Viva Terlingua!” was recorded at a dance hall in Luckenbach.  But not before making his mark with his 1968 composition, “Mr. Bojangles” which achieved wide fame when redone by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970.  Other artists including Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Nina Simone, Neil Diamond, and Sammy David Jr. among others all recorded versions of the song.  Jerry Jeff Walker was 78.

For the third straight year, KFC is selling its fried chicken-scented fire logs exclusively at Walmart.  The 11 Herbs & Spices fire log has sold out the past two times.  They’re $15.88 each while supplies last at stores and at

On this day in music history – October 26,

  • 1962, The Rolling Stones – at the time, spelled without a “g” and consisting of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart on keyboards and Tony Chapman on drums recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in London. The three songs recorded that day were Jimmy Reed’s “Close Together”, Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge a Book By the Cover”, and Muddy Waters’ “Soon Forgotten”.
  • In 1965, The Beatles received their MBE’s from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. Many former MBE recipients gave theirs back in protest. According to John Lennon, the boys smoked a joint in a palace bathroom before the ceremony to calm their nerves.
  • In 1968, the 2-day San Francisco Pop Festival was held at Alameda County Fairgrounds. Headliners included The Animals, Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Canned Heat.
  • In 1970, a wake was held for Janis Joplin following her death from an accidental drug overdose. She’d left $2,500 in her will to throw the party in the event of her demise.  Her ashes were scattered by plane over the Pacific Ocean and Stinson Beach.
  • In 1984, a 19-year old killed himself with a handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. The following year, his parents sued Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging the song “Suicide Solution” contributed to their son’s death.  The case was eventually thrown out of court.
  • In 1985, Whitney Houston was at #1 with “Saving All My Love For You”.
  • In 1991, rock promoter and founder of the Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York, Bill Graham was killed when the helicopter he was riding in hit a PG&E transmission tower near Sears Point, north of Vallejo and exploded. Graham played a key role in supporting acts including The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers, and The Rolling Stones.
  • In 1999, singer songwriter Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack at age 61. His songs were recorded by John Denver, Three Dog Night, Ringo Starr, Glen Campbell and Elvis.  His mother, Mae Boren Axton wrote the Elvis hit, “Heartbreak Hotel”.
  • In 2004, Elvis topped the list of highest-earning dead celebrities. That year, Elvis earned $40m, John Lennon $21m, “George Harrison” $7, Bob Marley $7m, and George and Ira Gershwin $6m.
  • In 2007, a group of 1,730 guitarists in northeastern India broke the record for a group performance doing Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”. The record had previously been held by a guitar ensemble of 1,683 in Kansas City playing Deep Purple’s “Smoke On the Water”.

Born on this day …

  • In 1911, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson
  • In 1936, guitarist for the studio session group, The Wrecking Crew, Al Casey
  • In 1946, Keith Hopwood, guitarist with Herman’s Hermits
  • In 1951, singer-songwriter Bootsy Collins from Parliament, Funkadelic, and Bootsy’s Rubber Band
  • In 1953, B52’s guitarist Keith Strickland
  • In 1963, singer songwriter Natalie Merchant from 10,000 Maniacs
  • In 1967, country star Keith Urban

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 72 and winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour today … the National Weather Service Wind Advisory continues through this evening … sunny and 75 tomorrow … 77 Wednesday … about 81 Thursday through Saturday … 84 next Sunday … overnight lows will be about 40 tonight … mid-40s the rest of this week … about 50 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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