Pala Today News – 1/13/21

Written by on January 13, 2021

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.


To help with pandemic-driven hospital overcrowding, the state is opening six alternative-care sites including one in Murrieta.  All are licensed as Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly and other designations that meet Department of Public Heath requirements.  All are currently empty and will house only Covid-19 positive patients.  The one in Murrieta has six beds.

More than 18k Covid-19 test results were reported to San Diego County yesterday with 19%, or 3,524 coming back positive.  41 additional deaths and six new community outbreaks were reported. (SD County media release)

Riverside County reported 11.552 new Covid cases yesterday – the largest one-day jump yet.  The county’s test positivity rate for the week ending January 2 was over 25% – worst in California with San Bernardino County a close second.  44 additional deaths were reported in Riverside County yesterday. Riverside County’s 11,552 new coronavirus cases set one-day mark – Press Enterprise (

San Diego County Supervisors including three newly-seated board members yesterday voted to increase enforcement on businesses and organizations not in compliance with safe reopening guidelines, and to extend Great Plates free meals and income stipend programs.  They also directed staff to look into possibly preventing repeat violators of public health orders from being eligible for Covid-19 financial assistance.  To date, the county has received 17k complaints about health order violations and issued 335 cease and desist orders.

Here’s the new California web page for vaccination information.

Phase 1A-eligible county residents who are unable to get vaccinated through their health care provider can make an appointment online at .

The CDC is calling on states to begin delivering vaccine to people age 65 and older and not hold back on the second dose.  Riverside County is expecting to start administering vaccine to those over 74 and to teachers and law enforcement as soon as next week – a group known as Tier 1 of Phase 1B.  65 and older are included in Tier 2 of 1B.  As of yesterday, Riverside County Health reported just under 29k first shots had been administered countywide.

Riverside County Health director Kim Saruwatari says the county is having a problem with people showing up to vaccination appointments who aren’t yet eligible to receive a vaccine.  They get sent away without a shot, but delay distribution by taking up available appointments and space in line.   Eligibility guidelines are available at this link.

International travelers into the U.S. will need to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed entry in the U.S. beginning January 26.

A tractor trailer rig overturned on Highway 79 near Sage Road in Aguanga this morning just after 3:30a.  Both lanes of the highway were closed for about 2 hours.

Riverside’s annual Martin Luther King Day walk-a-thon has been cancelled due to pandemic.

It’s going to heat up for the next three days.  The full forecast is coming up.  (below)

Rez Radio provides a daily updated bulletin board of resource links and current status of local businesses during the pandemic.  The latest addition to the bulletin board is Vaccine information – the how, when and where of its availability and answers to questions about its safety. It’s in each day’s e-newsletter and at our website, www.RezRadio.FM .


In the NFL – Three days after the surprising early end to a season in which Seattle scored the most points in franchise history, the Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.  After the Monday night meeting following Sunday’s 30-20 season-ending loss to the Rams, it was evident there were philosophical differences between Schottenheimer and head coach Pete Carroll.

Chicago defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has decided to retire at the age of 60.  Before joining the Bears in 2019 he’d been head coach with Indianapolis for six seasons. The Bears are likely to retain head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace.

The Las Vegas Raiders have Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator.  After a promising 6 and 3 start, they finished this season 8 and 8.  Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli had been filling in since DC Paul Guenther was fired December 13.

In the NBA – Six games played and one postponed yesterday.  The Lakers beat Houston 117-100.  Kevin Durant’s 34 points led Brooklyn to a 122-116 win over Denver.  Other winners included Indiana, San Antonio, Utah, and Philadelphia 137-134 over Miami in overtime.  Boston at Chicago was postponed.  The Celtics will also miss today’s game hosting Orlando, and the Utah at Washington game is off due to Covid as well.

The league is tightening coronavirus protocols to preserve a season that is now seeing daily game cancellations.  The NBA and the players union yesterday agreed to eliminate outside visitors including family in team hotel rooms and no longer allow players and staff to leave hotel rooms for non-team activities.

In college basketball – Unranked Oklahoma State knocked off #6 Kansas 75-70.  #20 Virginia Tech beat #19 Duke 74-67.  Four games including two involving top ten teams were postponed due to Covid.  West Virginia will miss three games waiting out quarantines.  #22 Oregon is pausing for two games.

In the NHL – The league announced that as of yesterday’s end of training camp, 27 players had tested positive for Covid-19.  17 of them were from the Dallas Stars which shut down their training facility last Friday after an outbreak.  The Stars’ first three games have all been postponed.

The NHL opens its 56-game regular season today with five games – Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Montreal at Toronto, Chicago at Tampa Bay, Vancouver at Edmonton, and St. Louis at Colorado.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up.  The Dow rose a quarter percent.  The S&P500 was up a half percent.  The NASDAQ was up 2/3 of a percent.  Gold rose $10.70 an ounce to $1,854.90.  Old fell 21 cents to $53 even.

YouTube yesterday joined a growing list of social media platforms that have suspended posts by President Trump citing violations of policy for inciting last week’s violence at the Capitol.

Walmart and Disney yesterday joined the ranks of major companies indefinitely suspending donations to federal lawmakers who voted against Joe Biden’s election certification.

Affirm Holdings and Motorsport Games both debuted Initial Public Offerings today.  Both did extrememly well in their first day of trading – Affirm up 110%, Motorsport up 90%.

General Motors yesterday took self-driving vehicles to the next level … literally.  It unveiled a futuristic flying Cadillac.  The single passenger vertical takeoff and landing drone can carry one passenger from urban rooftop to rooftop at up to 55 miles an hour.  It’s fully autonomous and all-electric with four pairs of rotor blades.  The flying Caddy was part of a virtual keynote address for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.  In it, Chief Executive, Mary Barra also introduced a family-friendly Cadillac electric shuttle.


Following Six Flags Magic Mountain’s lead, SeaWorld San Diego is offering a first-ever amusement park drive-through event.  The Sesame Street Parade of Lights will run Fridays through Sundays beginning this week through Valentines’ Day.  A similar formula for a drive-through event debuted at Magic Mountain in November and was so popular, it’s been extended through the end of January.  SeaWorld’s Sesame Street event is $50 per car with discounts for pass holders.  Date and time specific tickets must be purchased in advance at SeaWorld’s website.

All 33 San Diego County libraries have shifted to door-side service with books DVDs, CDs and audio books available for order online and pickup at a designated area outside your chosen branch library.  All digital materials can still be accessed 24/7 with the Libby app.  The county library has posted its 2020 Top Ten list for most popular checkouts.

On this day in music history – January 13,

  • 1962, Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was back at #1 on the singles chart, the same place it had been in September of 1960.  It’s the only song in U.S. chart history to be #1 on two separate occasions.
  • In 1965, it was the first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s “Bringing It All Back Home” album.  The first songs recorded were “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”.
  • In 1968, Johnny Cash played a concert for 2k prison inmates that became his “Folsom Prison Blues” album.  The title song was an update of his 1956 hit and became one of the most famous recordings of his career
  • In 1969, Elvis Presley began a ten-day recording session that included his final #1 hit, “Suspicious Minds”.  The sessions were at American Sound Studios in his hometown of Memphis.
  • In 1970, Steel Mill, featuring Bruce Springsteen was on a bill with headliner Boz Scaggs at The Matrix in San Francisco.  Scaggs cancelled due to illness and San Francisco Examiner rock critic Philip Elwood ended up writing a highly favorable review about Springsteen’s band instead.
  • In 1978, one year and one day after first practicing together, The Police with $2,500 borrowed from drummer Stewart Copeland’s brother began recording their debut album “Outlandos d’Amour” including the hits “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You”.
  • In 1979, soul singer Donny Hathaway committed suicide by jumping from a 15th floor window in New York City.  He’d had hits with Roberta Flack including “Where Is the Love”in 1972 and “The Closer I Get” in 1978.
  • In 1990, New Kids on the Block were at #1 with “Hangin’ Tough”.
  • In 2003, Diana Ross appeared in court on charges of drunk driving in Tucson at a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.
  • In 2005, a report showed that more songs had been written about Elvis than any other musical performer – 220.
  • In 2010, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass died during recovery from colon cancer surgery.  He’d been with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes before going solo in 1976.  He was 59.
  • In 2016 Ed Sheeran’s new singles, “Shape of You” and “Castle On the Hill” entered the British singles chart at #1 and 2.

Born on this day …

  • In 1929, jazz guitarist Joe Pass.
  • In 1955, drummer with Earth Wind & Fire, Fred White
  • In 1957, multi-instrumentalist Don Snow from Squeeze
  • In 1961, lead singer from English ska band Madness, Graham McPherson
  • In 1962, country star Trace Adkins
  • In 1963, guitarist Tim Kelly from Slaughter.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actor Billy Gray who played Bud on TV’s “Father Knows Best” is 83.
  • Actor Richard Moll, best known as Bull on TV’s “Night Court” is 78.
  • Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus from SNL, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm is 60.
  • Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 57.
  • Actor Patrick Dempsey is 55
  • Actor Orlando Bloom is 44

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 80 today … 87 tomorrow … winds overnight Thursday into Friday gusting up to 30 miles an hour … sunny and 90 Friday … 86 Saturday … 84 Sunday … 81 on Monday …

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