Pala Today News – 10/29/20

Written by on October 29, 2020

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Very little additional acreage burned in the current major wildfires in Southern California yesterday thanks to calm winds and cooler temperatures.  Containment of the Blue Ridge Fire between Corona, Yorba Linda and Chino Hills increased to 30%.  Containment of the Silverado Fire east of Irvine is now at 40%.  All evacuations have been lifted.  Much of the 241, 261 and 133 toll roads remain closed.  One lane of the 71 is closed for guard rail repair due to fire damage.

There were 330 new COVID-19 cases reported by San Diego County yesterday with 4 additional deaths. 13 new community outbreaks were confirmed – four in grocery stores, three in restaurants, two in business settings, two in health care settings and one each in a day care and government setting.  There have been 31 community outbreaks over the past seven days.  (SD County media release)

No additional cases were reported in the Pala zip code.  The current total remains at 78.

San Diego County health officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten yesterday reminded the public that traditional Halloween celebrations are not advised, and large gatherings are not allowed, under the state or local health guidance.  Instead she recommends safe Halloween activities to make sure children have a fun and safe celebration:

  • Online parties/contests such as costume or pumpkin carving
  • Drive-through events and car parades
  • Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations
  • Movie nights with your own household or at a drive-in theater
  • Pumpkin patches where people use hand sanitizer and maintain 6-feet of distance from others

In Riverside County, 306 new Covid cases were reported yesterday along with 2 additional deaths.

According to Riverside County Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari, the county’s testing rate has reached 221.6 tests per 100,000 population, compared to 195.5 tests per 100,000 a week ago. The state’s testing threshold for large counties is 239.1 per 100,000.  The increased testing has caused a proportional rise in positive results – 5.6% now compared with 5.2% a week ago.  The daily COVID-19 case rate in Riverside County is now 10.1 infections per 100,000 population, according to state data.  Based on these numbers, it may take a while for Riverside to again be eligible to advance from the Purple to Red Tier for reopening.

Improvements to the Interstate 15 and the 78 freeway interchange in Escondido are still five years away and will depend on securing funding, but the public can weigh-in on the proposal in a virtual meeting hosted by the San Diego Association of Governments tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Here’s the link.  Improvements include new carpool and toll lanes that directly connect the 15 and78 freeways, the addition of three miles of such lanes in each direction on the 78 between San Marcos Boulevard and I-15, improvements to the Woodland Parkway underpass at the 78 and a new bike lane connecting Cal State San Marcos with the planned Inland Rail Trail Bike Path, a 21-mile paved lane separated from roadways from Oceanside to Escondido.

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 the NFL – Week 8 begins today with Atlanta at Carolina at 5p on Fox.

LA Chargers guard Ryan Groy has tested positive for Covid-19.  The Chargers say their facility will remain open and the team will follow its normal practice schedule.  They play Denver on Sunday.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman underwent precautionary knee surgery this morning.  He’ll miss Sunday’s road game against Buffalo.  Edelman leads the Patriots this season with 21 receptions for 315 yards.

In college football – The Big Ten conference has said no to a game pitting Nebraska against Chattanooga this Saturday to replace the originally scheduled Nebraska-Wisconsin game.  That one got cancelled when #9-ranked Wisconsin paused all team-related athletics this week due to a high number of Covid-19 cases within the program.

Two games today including Colorado State at Fresno State.

In baseball – The White Sox have named 76-year old Tony La Russa as their new manager.  He hasn’t managed since leading St. Louis to a championship in 2011.   He’s led teams to three in his career.

The league is starting a full investigation of Justin Turner for violating coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with teammates on the field after the Dodgers’ World Series win Tuesday, thus risking the safety of others.  Turner had been pulled from that game in the 7th inning after the league was notified he’d tested positive for Covid-19.  He’d been placed in a doctor’s office for isolation but apparently chose to disregard that agreed-upon protocol.  MLB security reported that Turner emphatically refused to comply when confronted about it on the field during the celebration.  Though there is no precedent for this, reports are that Turner could face suspension.  Both teams were cleared to fly home yesterday after negative test results.  Turner and his wife remain in Arlington.  His wife tested negative.  The wife of an unnamed Rays player tested positive and also remains in Arlington while her husband tested negative and flew home with the team.

In golf – The Bermuda Championship began today.  Brendon Todd is the defending champion.  With half the field in the clubhouse after the first round, Peter Malnati had the early lead at 8-under par 63.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks gained back some of yesterday’s losses.  The Dow was up 1.1%.  Apple and Dow Chemical were today’s big gainers.  The S&P 500 was up 1 ¾%.  The NASDAQ was up 2.1%.  Gold continued to fall, down $11.40 an ounce to $1,867.80.  Oil was down another 3% or to $36.24 a barrel.

Exxon announced it is cutting 1,900 U.S. jobs due to the pandemic.

As predicted, today’s GDP report showed the U.S. economy growing at record levels during the 3rd quarter, but is still significantly short of where it was before the pandemic.


According to a notice published yesterday, the Trump administration will open more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and other development.  The area had been one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests for the past two decades since the Clinton administration put protections on it in 2001.  It is one of the most sweeping public lands rollbacks authorized by President Trump, allowing roads and cutting stands of old-growth forests on 9.3m acres.  Federal judges have blocked past Trump moves on protected lands including a 1.8m-acre timber sale on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass Preserve.

On this day in music history – October 29,

  • In 1965, The Who released “My Generation”. It only reached #74 on the U.S. singles chart (#2 in Britain) but was named the 11th greatest song in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest of all time and #13 on VH1’s list of 100 greatest songs.
  • In 1966, ? & The Mysterians were at #1 on the singles chart with “96 Tears”. A closely guarded secret at the time, Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez from Saginaw, Michigan.
  • In 1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he crashed his motorcycle while swerving to avoid a big rig truck. He was three weeks short of his 25th
  • In 1983, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album set a record for longest time on the Billboard album chart at 491 weeks. It continued to remain on the Hot 200 for another 250 weeks before falling off the list in October, 1988 for the first time since its release in March of 1973.
  • On the same day, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers were at #1 on the singles chart with “Islands in the Stream”, written and produced by the Bee Gee’s Barry Gibb.
  • In 1984, Wells Kelly, drummer for Orleans and Meat Loaf’s band died at the age of 45.
  • In 1987, the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood opened his first-ever art exhibition in London featuring portraits of rock stars and friends from the previous 20 years.
  • In 1988, Enya began the first of three weeks at #1 with “Orinocco Flow”.
  • In 2003, researchers from the University of Cincinnati applied science to art finding that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a “brain itch” that can only be scratched by repeating the tune over and over. Songs therefore become hits by their successful ability to create that “cognitive itch”.  And you thought you just liked them.
  • In 2005, the waxwork heads of The Beatles used on the “Sgt. Pepper” album sold at auction for about $120k. They’d been discovered in a back room at Madame Tussauds London museum nearly 40 years after their use in the album’s cover shot by Peter Blake.
  • In 2007, the biopic “Walk the Line” about the life of Johnny Cash, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon was named greatest music figure film in history in a poll. Witherspoon won the Best Actress Oscar for it the previous year.
  • In 2014, Phil Collins turned over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum. It included Jim Bowie’s knife and a fringed leather pouch used by Davy Crockett.
  • In 2016, Bob Dylan acknowledged acceptance of the Nobel Prize in literature, ending a month-long silence since its announcement. He said the honor had left him “speechless”.

Born on this day …

  • In 1944, Denny Laine from The Moody Blues and Wings
  • In 1946, Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac and Rob Van Leeuwen from Shocking Blue
  • In 1948, Ricky Reynolds from Black Oak Arkansas
  • In 1951, Scottish bass player and singer David Paton from Pilot, Camel, Fish, and backing bands for Elton John and Rick Wakeman
  • In 1955, Kevin DuBrow, lead singer with Quiet Riot, whose one big hit, “Cum on Feel the Noize” was reported to have been grudgingly recorded in one take.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson is 63
  • Actress Tracee Ellis Ross from “Black-ish” is 48
  • Producer/director Jon Abrahams is 43
  • Comedienne Fanny Brice was born this day in 1873


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