Pala Today News – 1/14/21

Written by on January 14, 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.


The heatwave begins today with highs peaking in the low 90s tomorrow.  Possible strong winds with gusts up to 25 miles an hour tonight have prompted a Red Flag Fire Warning beginning at 4p this afternoon through 4p tomorrow.  That brings with it the possibility of precautionary power shutoffs by SDG&E for parts of inland North County including Pala.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)

A fire yesterday south of Highway 371 in Anza briefly threatened homes before being brought under control.  It was reported just before 10a in the area of Bradford and Tule Valley Roads.  Two Cal Fire air tankers and two water dropping helicopters prevented it from reaching several properties.  The forward spread was halted by noon and the fire was contained at about five acres by 2:30p.

A gas line break closed McCall Boulevard at Sun City Boulevard this morning.  SoCal Gas and Menifee fire crews were on-site as of 10:30a with the closure expected to last two to three hours.

State officials yesterday announced that Covid-19 hospitalizations in Southern California overall are down slightly.  But the numbers are still rising in the Inland Empire.  They also announced that people 65 and older are eligible to receive vaccinations as of today – earlier than had been planned.  But that hinges on all health care professionals and nursing home residents getting their vaccinations first.  Others 65 and older are next in line.  The state is also setting up an opt-in system to notify people when they’re eligible to receive a vaccine.

Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore will be the site of a one-day drive-through vaccination clinic reserved for those 65 and older this Saturday from 8a to 3p.  www.ruhealth.orge/covid-19-vaccine

San Diego County officials have asked local vaccination providers to give priority to those 65 or over with underlying medical conditions.  The county will open three more vaccination super stations like the one currently at Petco Park in other parts of the county in February.

Pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS are currently providing the first phase of vaccines at long-term care facilities, while health care workers are also being vaccinated as part of Phase 1A.

More than 14k Covid-19 test results were reported to San Diego County yesterday with 22% coming back positive. 54 additional deaths and 7 new community outbreaks were reported. (SD County media release)

A San Diego man has tested positive for the UK variant of Covid-19. 

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 – Following through on Mike Tomlin’s promise to make changes after a first-round exit in the playoffs, the Steelers announced Thursday that offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is out.

The Steelers will not renew his contract or the contracts of offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley.

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon entered a plea of not guilty in his DUI case Thursday in a virtual appearance in Denver County Court.

In the NBA – three games postponed, seven played.  Clippers beat New Orleans 111=106.  The Lakers routed Oklahoma City 128-99.  Other winners included Dallas, Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Memphis, and Portland.  Five games tonight.

In college basketball – Respect to the UC Riverside Highlanders for taking the 9 and 2 USC Trojans to overtime before losing 76-62 Tuesday night.  Game commentator Bill Walton made a point of singing the praises of the city of Riverside during the game broadcast.

In the NHL – The 2021 hockey season opened last night.  Philadelphia whupped Pittsburgh 6-3.  Toronto pulled off a 5-4 overtime win against visiting Montreal.  Tampa routed the Blackhawks 5-1. Vancouver over Edmonton 5-3.  St. Louis beat Colorado 4-1.  The Ducks’ season opens tonight in Vegas.  The Kings host Minnesota.



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up.  The Dow had gained a quarter percent.  The S&P 500 was up a tenth.  The NASDAQ was up 3 tenths.  Gold fell $7.60 an ounce to $1,847.30.  Oil was up 54 cents to $53.45 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate crude futures.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said today it is way too early to talk about changes in monetary policy.  He says there shouldn’t even be talk about slowing bond purchases until there’s “clear evidence” that the Fed is making progress on employment and inflation goals.

Speaking of employment, there were an unexpectedly high number of new jobless claims filed over the past week.   There were 965k nationwide last week compared with a prediction by Dow Jones of 800k.  That’s the highest new claims since August.  The total number of people receiving benefits declined to 18.4m.  But that’s still well above pre-pandemic levels.  Markets showed little reaction to the news as President-elect Joe Biden today announced his hopes for another $2 trillion stimulus package including $2k checks to individuals.



The Screen Actors Guild announced yesterday that its 27th annual SAG Awards is being rescheduled for April 4 to avoid conflict with the Grammy Awards.  Both had been set for March 14.  The Grammies had moved from January 31 to March 14 due to the pandemic.  Other awards shows including the Oscars and Golden Globes have also pushed back this year’s ceremonies.  The SAG Awards , honoring film and television performances will hold nominations February 4. The awards ceremony will air on TNT and TBS at 6p, April 4.

With cookie pre-orders kicking off this week, the Girl Scouts have gone digital.  Due to the pandemic, you might no longer see cheerful Girl Scout faces selling cookies outside your local supermarket.  Instead you might find a door hanger with a QR code that you can photograph to go directly to an order page with cookies then shipped to you.  Grubhub is waiving its fees for Girl Scout cookie deliveries, ensuring more profit for troops.  And there’s a new cookie this year – a French toast-inspired flavor called “Taost-Yay!”  Other procedural changes for Scouts this year include scaling back “mega drops” where groups of girls pick up their orders.  There’s also a buyout program where businesses and individuals can help girls achieve their cookie-selling goals with bulk purchases of 50, 100 or 200 boxes for employees or business partners.  A business can also have the Girl Scouts donate their buyout cookies to the military or food banks which then earns the sponsoring business a tax deduction.  Girl Scout cookie season runs through March.


On this day in music history – January 14,

  • 1963, drummer Charlie Watts played his first concert with The Rolling Stones at a club in London’s Soho district. He’d previously been with Blues Incorporated.
  • In 1964, The Beatles arrived in Paris for an 18-day run at the Olympia Theatre. John, Paul & George were met by about 60 fans.  Ringo arrived the next day along with roadie Neil Aspinall.  Less than a month later, the group would arrive New York City to a cheering crowd of thousands.
  • In 1966, David Jones changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from The Monkees. He chose Bowie because he liked that “big American bear-killin’ knife”.
  • In 1967, over 25k people attended The Human Be-In: A Gathering of The Tribes in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The forerunner of what would soon become a flood of outdoor music festivals worldwide featured music by Bay Area bands, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
  • In 1970, Diana Ross did her last performance as part of The Supremes at The Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. In it, she introduced her replacement, Jean Terrell, who would lead the group to seven more Top 40 hits including “Up the Ladder To the Roof”, and “Stoned Love” later that year.
  • In 1978, The Sex Pistols played their last show at the Winterland Ballrooom in San Francisco. IT was also bassist Sid Vicious’ last performance with the group.
  • In 1984, Paul McCartney’s “Pipes of Peace” hit #1 in England, making him the first artist ever to have #1 hits in a group (The Beatles), in a duo (with Stevie Wonder), in a trio (with Wings), and as a solo artist.
  • In 1992, drummer Jerry Nolan from The New York Dolls died from a stroke at the age of 45.
  • In 1996, Oasis was at #1 on the album chart with “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory”.
  • In 2005, a $100k statue honoring the late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer the previous year at age 55.  Tommy, the only surviving Ramone was in attendance.  Dee Dee and Joey passed away in 2002 and 2001.
  • In 2007, Amy Winehouse began two weeks at #1 with the album “Back to Black”. It has gone on to sell over 20m copies.
  • In 2010, guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with the first-ever United Nations “Pathways to Peace Award”.
  • In 2014, Justin Bieber was questioned by police over the egging of his neighbor’s house in Calabasas.

Born on this day …

  • In 1936, soul singer and guitarist Clarence Carter who had a #4 hit in 1970 with “Patches”.
  • In 1938, Allen Toussaint, singer songwriter and producer who worked with Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, The Band, The Neville Brothers and others.
  • In 1948, drummer for The Foundations, Tim Harris, and T-Bone Burnett
  • In 1959, Chas Smash, horn player for Madness
  • In 1968, rapper LL Cool J
  • In 1969, Dave Grohl from Nirvana and Foo Fighters
  • In 1982, Caleb Followill, lead singer with Kings of Leon.


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Drag racing legend, Don Garlits is 89
  • Actress Faye Dunaway is 80
  • Actress Holland Taylor from TV’s “Bosom Buddies” and “Two and a Half Men” is 78
  • Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Gene Washington is 74
  • Actor Carl Weathers is 73
  • Actor Jason Bateman is 52
  • Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang and Little Rascals movie producer Hal Roach was born this day in 1892
  • Actor William Bendix was born in 1906


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The Pala seniors’ lunch menu for tomorrow (10/3) – chicken Alfredo, egg noodles, mixed vegetables, salad, and garlic bread

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 88 today … a Red Flag Fire Warning begins this afternoon at 4p, continuing through 4p tomorrow … winds could gust up to 25 miles an hour tonight … sunny and 91 tomorrow … 87 Saturday … 85 Sunday … 78 Monday … about 70 Tuesday and Wednesday … overnight lows, 50-52 tonight through Saturday night … about 45 Sunday and Monday nights … 40 Tuesday night

(click HERE for current conditions in Pala)



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.


The Pala Band of Mission Indians has a number of part-time and full-time employment opportunities.


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