Pala Today News – 11/24/20

Written by on November 24, 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.


It’ll only be in the upper 60s for Thanksgiving, but Santa Ana winds and low humidity are expected to begin Thursday afternoon, increasing the risk of wildfire into the weekend.  Winds could top 50 miles an hour in the mountains and approach 30 in the valleys of East County.  Winds are not expected to be as strong in North County.   The full forecast is coming up. (below)

San Diego County reported 1,167 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday with no additional deaths.  The number of new cases daily is now four times what it was just a month ago.   (SD County media release)

One additional case reported in the Pala zip code.  The current total is 95.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Kenneth Medel yesterday turned down a request for a temporary restraining order against state and county restrictions limiting restaurant in-person service to outdoors-only.  The judge heard two hours of arguments on Friday and made his ruling yesterday saying, “the impact on public health of dismantling a portion of the state’s Covid-19 response designed to reduce community spread outweighs the economic harm to Plaintiffs … .”  Restaurants and gyms are still entitled to a hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction to allow resumption of indoor operations.

Holiday travel is creating long lines at the 13 free San Diego County Covid testing centers.

In Riverside County, yesterday’s report shows 1,569 new Covid-19 cases along with 13 additional deaths.  That’s more than twice the average for new cases over the past week and five times the rate from three weeks ago.  The positivity rate yesterday was 8.9%.  The county has now had 80k confirmed cases.  There were more than 400 Covid patients in county hospitals this past weekend – the highest number since August.

Locally, Temecula has now had 1,530 cases and 19 deaths.  In Murrieta, 1,792 cases and 28 deaths. In Menifee, 2,141 cases with 43 deaths. In Lake Elsinore, 1,665 cases with 22 deaths.

Officials in LA are considering a stay-at-home order after a huge surge in new Covid cases pushed the nation’s largest county past a previously set threshold.  6k new cases were reported yesterday.  The current surge in the first half of November is more than twice as steep as the last rapid surge in August.  At the current rate of increase, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says local hospitals won’t have any spare beds by Christmas.  Right now there is only a 10p to 5a statewide curfew with advisories to avoid non-essential travel.

Callaway Winery in Temecula Wine Country has temporarily closed after a tasting room employee tested positive for Covid-19.  But the Meritage restaurant at the winery remains open for outdoor dining.  South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose restaurant has reopened.

Carlsbad Police are investigating the discovery of a 68-year old woman’s body by a walker on the Hosp Grove Trail East late yesterday morning.  The area near the 2600 block of Monroe Street is closed for investigation of the suspicious death.  The County Medical Examiner has yet to determine the cause of death.

Acknowledging that a lot of people are not going to heed advice to avoid holiday travel this year, Carlsbad Police are stepping up the “Click It or Ticket” campaign for seat belt use.  They’ll be conducting a special seat belt use enforcement operation through November 29.  This includes the California requirement for children under the age of two, who are under 40 pounds or less than 40 inches tall ride in a rear-facing car seat.  Kids under age 8 or less than 4’ 9” tall must be secured in a forward facing car or booster seat.   The Fine for not using seat belt is $162.  For not securing a child safety seat, it’s $490.

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 – last night in LA, the Rams got by Tampa Bay 27-24.  It was close all the way with the lead changing twice.  LA’s Jared Goff completed 39 of 51 passes for 376 yards.  Tampa’s Tom Brady only managed 26 out of 48 for 216 yards.  Both were intercepted twice.  Matt Gay kicked what became the winning 40-yard field goal with 2:36 left in the game.  Both teams now have seven wins this season.

Baltimore cancelled today’s practice after learning of additional positive Covid-19 tests this morning.  Two players tested positive and a third was listed as a close contact yesterday.  A spokesman for the league said there is no change to the status of Thursday’s game at undefeated Pittsburgh. Steelers’ tight end Vance McDonald came off the reserve/Covid-19 list this morning after missing two games and two weeks of practice because of a positive test.

The Dallas Cowboys also cancelled today’s practice because of a non-Covid related medical emergency.  They’d been scheduled for a short practice today in preparation for Thursday’s game against Washington.

One other NFL game scheduled for Thanksgiving Day.  It’s the first one of the day – Houston at Detroit at 9:30a.

In college football – The SEC is shuffling its schedule to get around pandemic-cancelled and postponed games.  Vanderbilt will play at Missouri on Saturday instead of the originally scheduled matchups between Vanderbilt hosting Tennessee and Missouri hosting Arkansas.

San Diego State’s game at Fresno this week has been cancelled.

No changes in the top eight teams of the AP or Coaches polls.  Northwestern shot up 8 places to #11 with its upset victory over former #10 Wisconsin, who dropped eight places to #18.  The top teams are still Alabama, followed by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson, Texas A&M and Florida.  The Coaches poll has those last two reversed for 5th and 6th place.

In baseball – Atlanta has signed right handed pitcher Charlie Morton to a one-year $15m deal.  Morton has a reputation of coming through in the big games like Game 7 of the 2017 World Series with Houston and Game 7 of the ALCS this season for Tampa.  Morton became available when the Rays turned down a $15m club option.  The addition gives the Braves one of the best starting rotations in baseball.

Though it’s still tentative based on public heath next summer, the Chicago White Sox will host the Yankees in the rescheduled Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa on August 12.  The two teams were supposed to play there last August 13.  As the pandemic progressed, the Yankees were replaced by St. Louis, but the whole event was called off a week before the original date.  This will be the first-ever Major League Baseball game played in Iowa.

In the NBA – All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year deal with Houston.  He’ll play for the veteran’s minimum salary.  Cousins missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered after he signed with the Lakers.  The former Pelicans and Kings All-Star has seen limited playing time over the past three seasons due to injuries including a short stay with Golden State.

The Warriors’ latest acquisition, Kelly Oubre Jr. fired a parting shot at Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver saying he’ll now be playing for an owner “who actually cares about the organization” and not just the media’s perception of it.  He says he’s looking forward to filling in for Klay Thompson who’s out for the season and wants Golden State to be his long-term basketball home.

In college basketball – The NCAA season opens tomorrow.  San Diego State will host #22 UCLA.  USD’s game is cancelled along with 19 others.  #12 Tennessee is out of next week’s Jimmy V Classic tournament including a game against #1 Gonzaga.  They’d already cancelled this week’s games against Charlotte and VCU in the Volunteer Classic.  Tennessee now expects to open its season on December 12 against Cincinnati.

In the NHL – Covid infections are beginning to show up in hockey.  Columbus says several of its players have tested positive.  Four Vegas players are positive.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were trading in record territory following news that the transition to the Biden administration is finally underway and the especially welcome news that former Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen has been chosen to be Biden’s Treasury Secretary.  The Dow was up 1 ½% to over 30k.  The S&P was up 1.6%.  The NASDAQ was up 1.3%.  Gold fell another $32 an ounce to $1,805.60.  Oil had strong gains, up nearly $2 a barrel or 4 ½% to $45 a barrel.  That’s an eight-month high.

With U.S. home prices at a 6-year high in September, according to the Case-Shiller Index, President Trump is looking to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which could disrupt the nation’s housing-finance system.  The two housing finance giants were placed in conservatorship a decade ago and haven’t paid dividends to investors – only the federal treasury ever since.

Ford Motor Co., which normally promotes from within, has hired Suzy Deering, most recently with eBay as its new head of marketing.  Describing her as “accomplished at using technology, data and analytics to anticipate customer needs” and develop products and services, Deering previously ran an Atlanta ad agency after working in marketing at Home Depot and Verizon.  Ford sees the need for fresh ideas as it increasingly competes with Silicon Valley companies like Tesla, Uber and Lyft.

With Tesla stock at a record high, CEO Elon Musk is now the second richest person in the world, adding another $100b to his net worth this year. That could continue to grow.  An analyst at Wedbush raised his target for Tesla stock to $1,000 a share.


While the head of Escondido’s Palomar Hospital says there is no crisis of Covid here where resources are “stretched” but not “overwhelmed”, hospitals in other parts of the country are overwhelmed and over-capacity.  After hitting big cities like New York and LA hard in the spring, Covid has finally seeped into the heartland.  Not a single ICU bed could be found recently in Kansas City.  After a day of waiting to be admitted, a critical 30-year old victim near death was finally placed at a large hospital 25 miles away, narrowly surviving.  Case rates in the Midwest are more than double that of any other region in the country.  From mid-June through mid-November, reported cases rose more than 20-fold.  Last week, North Dakota reported a daily average of 1,769 new cases per 1m residents.  Even in its worst week back in April, New York never exceeded 500 new cases per 1m population and California has never topped 253.  Remote heartland hospitals aren’t fully staffed in the best of times.  They hire traveling nurses as the number of patients surge.  Right now, there aren’t any available.  San Diego-based Aya Health, an agency that supplies nursing staff posted 14k available positions in the spring.  That number has now doubled and the pay rates have shot up as a result.  Medical workers everywhere express frustration about denial of the disease by public officials, community members and even some patients.  But nowhere is it more evident than the Midwest where some states still haven’t enacted mask and social distancing orders, or imposed any restrictions on businesses or public gatherings, leaving it up to, as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem put it, “individual responsibility.  These are the same areas where President Trump led by example, holding numerous shoulder-to-shoulder rallies during the election campaign.

On this day in music history – November 24,

  • In 1966, after taking a well-deserved rest, The Beatles got together for the first time since their final concert tour of the U.S. ready to begin recording their next album, “Sgt. Pepper”. The first song recorded was John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” which did not end up on the album, but instead became their next single.  They worked on the song the entire day.
  • In 1968, Diana Ross and The Supremes were at #1 on the singles chart with “Love Child”, their 11th #1 hit. The song is notable for replacing The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” at the top of the chart.
  • In 1973, Ringo Starr was at #1 with “Photograph”, his first of two chart toppers as a solo artist. It was written by Starr and George Harrison.  The promotional film showed Starr walking around his new house at the time, which was John and Yoko’s old house at Tittnehurst Park where the “Imagine” promo film was shot.
  • In 1984, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married girlfriend, a model who went simply by the name Candice. The marriage lasted one month.  Lee’s previous marriages included TV stars Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.
  • In 1991, KISS drummer Eric Carr died at the age of 41 of complications from cancer. Carr replaced the group’s original drummer Peter Criss in 1980 and remained with the band until his cancer forced him to stop.
  • On the same day, lead singer for Queen, Freddie Mercury died of complications from AIDS one day after publicly admitting he was HIV positive.
  • In 1993, blues guitarist and singer Albert Collins died of lung cancer at age 61. He was known as “The master of the telecaster”.
  • In 1999, at a Bonham’s auction in London, Buddy Holly’s first driver’s license sold for about $5,500. And a copy of The Beatles “White Album” with serial number “1” sold for about $13k.
  • In 2006, winners at the American Music Awards included Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Jamie Foxx, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Faith Hill, Rascal Flats, Tim McGraw and Mary J. Blige.
  • In 2007, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers lost his $4.8m home in Malibu when it and 53 others were destroyed by a wildfire.

Born on this day …

  • In 1939, Jim Yester from The Association
  • In 1941, Wayne Jackson, soul and R&B trumpet player for the Mar-Keys and the house band at Stax Records in Memphis. He played trumpet on 52 #1 hit records.
  • Also in 1941, session bass player Donald Dunn from Booker T & The MG’s and The Blues Brothers band. He later toured with fellow session guitarist Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd.
  • And still in 1941, Pete Best, the original drummer for The Beatles until 1962.
  • In 1945, keyboard player and one-hit-wonder Lee Michaels who had a #6 hit in 1971 with “Do You Know What I Mean”
  • In 1950, original Lynryd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns who was with the group through their first two albums.
  • In 1955, Clem Burke, drummer from Blondie
  • In 1957, Chris Hayes, guitarist from Huey Lewis and the News


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Comedian, actor and TV show host Billy Connolly is 78
  • Actor Dwight Schultz, best known as Murdock from “The A-Team” and Lt. Barclay from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is 73
  • Stanley Livingston who played Chip on “My Three Sons” is 70
  • Actress Denise Crosby, also from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is 63
  • Actress Katherine Heigl is 42

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 73 this afternoon … 69 tomorrow … 68 on Thanksgiving Day … 78 on Friday … low 80s this weekend through the first part of next week … overnight lows in the low 40s 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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