Pala Today News – 1/19/21

Written by on January 19, 2021

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We’re expecting some wild weather this week … the first of a series of storms will bring snow to Palomar Mountain and up to a tenth of an inch of rain to Pala and the lower foothills.  It’ll be very windy in all areas with gusts up to 50 miles an hour in Pala over the next 48 hours.  The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning through tomorrow night.  A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect tomorrow for areas east of Pala.  Winds will die down by Thursday.  Another, wetter storm will arrive Friday afternoon, lasting through the weekend with up to an inch of rain in the foothills – mostly on Saturday, and snow in the local mountains. Chains will probably be required on most Southern California mountains above 5k feet.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)

A man suspected of stabbing his wife was arrested early this morning following a seven-hour standoff with police in Oceanside.  Reports came in of a woman being stabbed outside the Mission Hills Apartments on Rancho Del Oro around 5:30p yesterday.  She was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hosptial with non-life threatening wounds to the arm and neck.  20-year old Vixiano Chestertal fled into the apartments.  After hours of negotiations, SWAT officers deployed flash-bang grenades around 10p.  Around 1a, officers and a police dog entered the apartment and took the man into custody.  He’s being held without bail for arraignment scheduled for February 19.

A fire near the site of origin for the devastating Lilac Fire two years ago was quickly put out yesterday.  It started about 6p near Old 395 and Dulin Road.  It burned a few hundred square feet and was contained by 6:25p.

One person was seriously injured in a crash between a motorcycle and a car on Highway 76 near West Pala Mission Road Sunday just before 2p.  All lanes of Highway 76 were closed for a time.  One victim, presumably the motorcyclist, was taken to Palomar Hospital.

San Diego County yesterday expanded eligibility for Covid-19 vaccinations to include all those age 75 and up.  County public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said it remains the county’s intention to widen that to include everyone 65 and older next week.  The state made it OK for 65 and over to receive the shots last week.  The rollout among Southern California counties has been inconsistent.  In San Diego County, all those in Phase 1A which includes health care workers, and those in Phase 1B, Tier 1, which includes those 75 and older can be vaccinated.  Everyone is encouraged to first contact their doctor or healthcare provider, but if vaccine is not available that way, to make an appointment for a county-run site.  Appointments are required.  Do not schedule an appointment if you are sick or have Covid-19.  Wear a mask and have ID with you at the appointment.

Free Covid-19 testing is available at numerous sites in San Diego and Riverside Counties including the west parking lot at Pala Casino.

Officials are hearing reports of a suspected Covid-19 testing scam and warn that legitimate sites do not collect Social Security numbers and are not conducted from the back of a vehicle. (SD County website)

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 – Saturday’s wins by Green Bay over the Rams and Buffalo over Baltimore, along with Sunday’s wins by Kansas City over Cleveland and Tampa over New Orleans have set up this weekend’s conference championships.  Tampa Bay will be at Green Bay at noon on the Fox network to decide the NFC.  And Buffalo is at Kansas City at 3:30p on CBS for the AFC championship.

New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas is going to need multiple surgeries on his ankle.  The injury began in the final minutes of Week 1, causing Thomas to miss nine games.  He returned, playing through the pain until he went on injured reserve for Weeks 15-17 hoping to be part of what would have been retiring quarterback Drew Brees’ last shot at a Super Bowl with New Orleans.  Thomas’ 510 career receptions are the most by any player in his first five seasons in the NFL.

Next month at the Super Bowl, R&B star Jazmine Sullivan and country singer Eric Church will team up for the national anthem and Grammy award-winning singer H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful”.  Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company is producing the halftime show for the second time – this year on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

In the NBA – Nine games played yesterday – one postponed.  Golden State rallied from 14 points down to beat the Lakers 115-113.  The Lakers have a seven-game losing streak for games played on Martin Luther King Day.  James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo each had 34 points as Brooklyn edged Milwaukee 125-123.  Other winners included Atlanta, San Antonio, Memphis, Toronto, Miami and Chicago.  The Cleveland at Washington game was postponed.  Only two games today – OKC at Denver and New Orleans at Utah.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver today said the league has discussed having players receive Covid-19 vaccines to educate and influence the public regarding its safety and effectiveness.  Though the African-American community has suffered disproportionately from the pandemic, they also have greater resistance to getting vaccinated.

In college basketball – Unranked St. John’s knocked off #23 UConn yesterday 74-70. Big gainers in the latest rankings include Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio State and Alabama.  Teams falling more than three places in the Top 25 include Clemson and Illinois.  UCLA, with its 11 and 2 record has entered the Top 25 at #24.  Their scheduled game at #21 Oregon for tonight has been postponed.   San Diego State is no longer getting any AP Top 25 votes.

In the NHL – Ten games yesterday with no cancellations.  The Ducks got their first win of the season 1-0 over Minnesota.  Other winners included Columbus, Toronto, and Buffalo with a 6-1 rout at Philadelphia, St. Louis, Carolina, Calgary, Montreal and Vegas.  Seven games including the Kings hosting Colorado with two postponements today.

Following pressure from opposition groups and a threatened boycott by sponsors, the semi-annual hockey world championship this year has been pulled from the country of Belarus.  The International Ice Hockey Federation said it had safety concerns and will seek another country to either co-host with Latvia or host the tournament on its own.

In baseball – In a three-team trade, the Padres have acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove from Pittsburgh.  They’ll send a group of prospects to the Pirates.  As part of the deal, the Mets will receive Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi and New York’s catching prospect Endy Rodriguez will move to Pittsburgh. Musgrove is the third starting pitcher acquired by San Diego in this off-season.  He was Pittsburgh’s opening day starter last year and went 1 and 5 with a 3.86 ERA in eight starts last season.

The CIF Southern Section, the largest high school section in the state, today canceled its playoffs for football and the rest of the fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Citing a desire to create more time for schools to potentially play regular-season games in an increasingly shrinking window for those sports, the section of almost 600 schools followed suit with CIF State, which on Dec. 1 canceled its regional and state playoffs for Season 1 sports. The revised fall lineup of sports includes girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ water polo and boys’ and girls’ cross country.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks had strong gains.  The Dow was up a half percent.  The S&P was up almost 9 tenths of a percent.  And the NASDAQ was up 1.4%.  Gold was up $10.70 an ounce to $1,840.60.  Oil rose more than 50 cents to $52.88 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate crude futures.

General Motors shares were in record territory today following news that it would partner with Microsoft to speed up the development of driverless cars.  GM’s self-driving startup division, Cruise will be valued at $30b thanks to a new $2b equity investment.  GM’s stock was up more than 9%, exceeding the record close five days ago at $51.53 a share.

Airlines had been hoping a scheduled lifting of travel restrictions by this country on non-U.S. citizens from Brazil, the UK, Ireland, and most of Europe would boost international travel.  Amid worsening pandemic statistics, it now appears the Biden administration will block the Trump administration’s scheduled relaxation of international travel that had been scheduled to begin January 26.

Discount grocer, Aldi today became the latest company in the grocery sector to offer employees up to four hours pay to go get Covid-19 inoculations.


Lawn care company, LawnStarter had released its 2021 Dirtiest Cities in America list comparing 20 key indicators in the nation’s 200 largest cities.  The items graded include air and water quality, waste regulations and the share of homes with signs of vermin.  The dirtiest city in America is Palmdale, followed at #2 by LA.  Long Beach made the top ten.  Glendale, CA was #12.  Fontana, Pasadena, and Anaheim were #’s 15 through 17.  Among the cleanest cities out of the 200 largest was Oceanside at #181.  Greater LA had a lot of cities that scored badly mainly due to poor air quality and high fuel consumption.  LA’s smog levels have hit new levels over the past year, even during the pandemic.  Of the worst places for cockroach infestations, if you live in Florida, Texas, New York City, or Newark, you probably share your home with cockroaches.

On this day in music history – January 19,

  • 1967, The Beatles began recording “A Day In The Life” at EMI studios on Abbey Road in London. According to John Lennon, the inspiration for the song was the death of Tara Browne, 21-year old heir to the Guinness fortune, who’d crashed his Lotus Elan one month earlier.  They did four takes of the song this day
  • On the same day, The Monkees were at #1 in England with the Neil Diamond song, “I’m a Believer”. The song had over 1m advance orders and is one of less than forty singles to ever sell more than 10m physical copies.
  • Also, that night, Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club in London. Neither had any hit records yet.  Floyd would score with “See Emily Play” later than year and Marmalade would have a hit with a cover of The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da” in ’68.
  • In 1971, tracks from The Beatles’ “White Album” including “Helter Skelter” were played in the courtroom of the Sharon Tate murder trial attempting to prove the songs influenced Charles Manson and his followers to kill the 8 ½ months’ pregnant actress and four others in her Hollywood Hills home shared with husband, director Roman Polanski.
  • In 1980, The Pretenders had their first hit with “Brass in Pocket”. It and the band’s self-titled debut album both made #1 this day in the UK.
  • Meanwhile in America, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” began the first of 15 weeks at #1 on the album chart. It sold 23m copies in the U.S. alone.  It is still the 3rd largest-grossing album ever, behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and The Eagles’ “Greatest Hits”.
  • In 1988, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue manager Doc McGhee pleaded guilty to importing 40k pounds of marijuana from Columbia into the U.S. He got a five-year suspended sentence, was fined $15k and was ordered to set up an anti-drugs foundation.
  • In 1993, Fleetwood Mac reformed to play at President Clinton’s inauguration. Their song “Don’t Stop” had been his campaign theme song.
  • In 1998, singer songwriter Carl Perkins died of throat cancer at age 65. He wrote “Blue Suede Shoes”. His songs were recorded by Elvis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and others.  Paul McCartney has said, “If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles.”.
  • In 2001, Paul McCartney became the world’s first pop star billionaire.
  • In 2006, soul singer Wilson Pickett died of a heart attack at the age of 64. He had 15 Top 40 singles including “Mustang Sally” and “In the Midnight Hour”.
  • In 2007, Denny Doherty from The Mamas and the Papas died at the age of 66 following a brief illness.
  • In 2008, John Stewart, a member of The Kingston Trio and author of The Monkees’ hit “Daydream Believer” died in San Diego after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 68.
  • In 2018, the LA medical examiner announced that Tom Petty’s death was accidental mixed drug toxicity. He was on numerous opioids and sedatives for medical problems including emphysema, knee problems and a fractured hip.  It was believed that he accidentally overdosed due to unbearable pain.

Born on this day …

  • In 1929, soul singer Shirley Ellis
  • In 1939, Phil Everly from The Everly Brothers
  • In 1942, British actor and singer Michael Crawford, known for his 80s stage hit as The Phantom, “Music of the Night”.
  • In 1943, Janis Joplin
  • In 1946, Dolly Parton
  • In 1947, early Deep Purple lead singer, Rod Evans
  • In 1949, Robert Palmer
  • In 1957, Mickey Virtue, keyboardist with UB40

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actress and singer Shelley Fabares is 77
  • Desi Arnaz Jr. is 68
  • Actress Katey Sagal is 67
  • Actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez is 66
  • Author Edgar Allan Poe was born this day in 1809
  • Actress Jean Stapleton, best known as Edith on TV’s “All in the Family” was born in 1923
  • Actor/director Nicholas Colasanto, best known as Coach on TV’s “Cheers” was born in 1924


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Pala Weather – There’s a Red Flag Fire Warning now through tomorrow night for high winds and low humidity and a Flash Flood Watch for Pauma and the mountains tomorrow.   40% chance of rain today with a high of 66 and possible wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour … up to a tenth of an inch possible today … 50% chance of up to another tenth of an inch tonight with wind gusts up to 60 … winds will continue to gust up to 45 miles an hour tomorrow with a high of 73 and a 30% chance of another tenth of an inch of rain … mostly sunny and 70 Thursday … mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers Friday afternoon and a high of 64 … rain, up to an inch likely Saturday beginning around 10a with a high of 56 … rain chance continuing through Monday with a high of 59 Sunday and 56 Monday … overnight lows, 50 tonight … 45 tomorrow night … 44 Friday night … 37 Saturday night … back to 40 Sunday night … snow likely on top of Palomar from both storms

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