Pala Today News – 1/20/21

Written by on January 20, 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.


Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States this morning on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC.

The worst of the winds are behind us, though there still could be gusts up to 30 miles an hour through this evening.  Yesterday’s extreme winds blew clouds of dust from Pala Raceway throughout the valley.  1,500 Southern California Edison customers along Bundy Canyon and Murrieta Roads in Menifee were without power beginning at 1p due to Preventative Safety Power Shutoffs by the utility. Big rigs and RVs were toppled on roads in the Inland Empire where peak winds had been forecast at up to 100 miles an hour.  I-8 in Alpine was closed to high-profile vehicles. Just a few drops of rain were seen last evening on the Pechanga reservation.  None in North County and officially, not even a trace in Southwestern Riverside.  That will probably change this Saturday and Monday as two storms move through the area with snow levels expected to drop to about 5k feet.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)

Covid-19 hospitalizations are slowly declining in San Diego County.  But almost 2,500 new positive tests were reported along with six additional deaths yesterday.  Hospitalizations declined by 83 to 1,721.  About one fourth are in Intensive Care.  Seven new community outbreaks were confirmed – three in school settings, two in businesses, and one each in government and hotel settings.  San Diego County only yesterday broadened vaccination eligibility to include those 75 and older.  Between top tier and next week’s hoped-for further broadening to include ages 65 and up, well over 1m San Diego County residents will be eligible.  The county health agency hopes to have 70% of the population over age 16 vaccinated by the end of June.  That’s the percentage at which national experts say the pandemic can be controlled.

Governors from several states including California say they’re expecting about 50m doses of vaccine to be released from storage within the next few days and that infrastructure capacity to inoculate currently exceeds vaccine supply.

Now-former President Trump pardoned and commuted the sentences of 140 people during his final hours in office including ex-Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who had been sentence to more than 8 years in prison back in 2006 following his guilty plea to taking $2.4m in bribes. Cunningham later recanted his plea and denied the charges.  Before his political career, he’d been a Navy fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.

A suspected drunk driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Oceanside early Sunday.  The victim was walking in traffic lanes on Oceanside Boulevard around 2:30a when struck by an eastbound minivan.  The driver stopped and called 911.  That 43-year old was later arrested for DUI.

Two weeks ago, Oceanside PD conducted a sting operation to root out those purchasing alcohol for people under 21.  Minors under the supervision of a police officer stood outside liquor stores and asked patrons to buy them alcohol, saying that they were underage.  Those who did were arrested.  The charge carries a minimum $1k fine and 24 hours of community service.  The program was funded by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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

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 – Quarterback Philip Rivers is calling it a career.  The 39 year old spend the 2020 season with Indianapolis after player all of his first 16 seasons with the Chargers, who traded for him on draft day in 2004.  He took his teams to the playoffs seven times including the AFC championship game in 2007, but never went to the Super Bowl. Rivers is 5th in NFL history in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.  He’s expected to become a high school football coach in his home state of Alabama.

Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes practiced a little today but remains in concussion protocol and is still questionable for this Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against Buffalo.

In the NBA – After witnessing some players disregarding safety rules, the NBA will station team security in the midcourt area during games to discourage violations including hugging and handshakes.  The league recently tightened regulations on players and staff including several meant to lessen the chance of transmitting viruses.

Just two games yesterday.  In Denver the Nuggets beat Oklahoma City 119-101.  And in Utah, the Jazz beat New Orleans 118-102.  Nine games today plus two postponements.  The Clippers host the Kings at 7p.

In college basketball – #3 Villanova won its game.  But unranked Florida routed #6 Tennessee 75-49.  That’s going to leave a mark.  Unranked Purdue upset #15 Ohio State 67-65.  USC fell to Oregon State 58-56.  USD lost 72-69 in overtime to Loyola Marymount.

The NCAA yesterday announced the dates for the preliminary rounds of this year’s tournament which will take place entirely in and around Indianapolis.  The first four games will be Thursday, March 18.  The first round will follow March 19 and 20 with the second round March 21 and 22.  The Sweet 16 will be March 27 and 28 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse.  The Elite 8 will be March 29 and 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium.  As previously announced, that will also be the venue for the Final 4 on April 3 and 5.

In the NHL – Seven games played yesterday with four of them ending in overtime.  Florida edged Chicago 5-4.  Pittsburgh over Washington also 5-4.  Winnipeg outlasted Ottawa 4-3.  And Detroit over Columbus 3-2.  Other games, The Rangers beat New Jersey 4-3.  The Flyers shut out the Sabres in Buffalo 3-0.  And the Kings lost to Colorado 3-2 in LA.  The Dallas-Tampa Bay and Carolina-Nashville games were postponed due to Covid.  Five scheduled games today including the Ducks hosting Minnesota.

In baseball – The Angels have agreed to a one-year $8m deal with veteran left-hander Jose Quintana.  He only pitched 10 innings last season with the Cubs due to thumb surgery.

In golf – The American Express tournament begins tomorrow in La Quinta.  Andrew Landry is the defending champion.

In racing –


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks showed strong gains across the board.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 8 tenths of a percent.  The S&P was up 1 1/3%.  The NASDAQ was up 1.8%.  Gold rose more than 1 ½% or $28 to $1,868.20 an ounce – a two week high.  Oil was up 45 cents to $53.43 a barrel.

Thanks to noticeable hits like “Bridgertown” and “The Queen’s Gambit”, Netflix announced that it has surpassed 200m subscribers worldwide.  37m of them joined in 2020.  Its quarterly revenue was up 20% over one year earlier.  Most significantly for investors, Netflix will no longer be relying on debt to fund day to day operations.

On this day in music history – January 20,

  • 1965, Radio disk jockey Alan Freed died from cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism at age 42. He called himself the “father of rock and roll”, hosted concert tours and appeared in movies including “Rock Around the Clock” and “Don’t Knock the Rock”.  His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that swept through the broadcast industry in the early 1960s.
  • In 1968, one-hit-wonders, John Fred and the Playboy Band began two weeks at #1 with “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)”. It was inspired by The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky”.
  • In 1969, just days after the release of their first album, Led Zeppelin played a show at Wheaton Youth Center. Reports say only 55 people attended, making it the smallest audience the group ever played to.  It was a Monday and the same day as Richard Nixon’s inauguration a President.  Zep got paid $250.
  • In 1972, on the first date of a British concert tour, Pink Floyd attempted to premiere their new album, “Dark Side of the Moon” but had to abandon the performance after technical problems during the track, “Money”.
  • In 1982, during a concert in Des Moine, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat. Someone in the audience had thrown it onstage.  Stunned by the light, it lay motionless.  Thinking it was a rubber fake, Osbourne picked it up a bit off the head, causing it to flap its wings.  After the show, Ozzy was rushed to a hospital for rabies shots.
  • In 1983, Del Leppard released their third studio album, “Pyromania”.
  • In 1988, The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Surviving group members, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon’s widow and two sons attended.  Paul McCartney did not, saying in a letter that business differences with the others were the reason for his absence.
  • In 1999, Bill Albaugh, drummer for the 60s psychedelic group, The Lemon Pipers died at the age of 53. They had a #1 hit in 1967 with “Green Tambourine”.
  • In 2002, following his death, the re-release of George Harrison’s 1971 hit, “My Sweet Lord” again topped the British chart. It replaced Aaliyah’s “More Than a Woman” at #1, the only time in chart history that one deceased artist took over the top spot from another deceased artist.
  • In 2012, R&B singer Etta James died of complications from leukemia at the age of 73. She’s best known for the #2 hit, “At Last”.  She had nine other Top 40 hits and three Grammies.

Born on this day …

  • In 1889, blues musician, Leadbelly – born Huddi William Ledbetter
  • In 1924, country singer Slim Whitman
  • In 1933, Ron Townson from The 5th Dimension
  • In 1942, Billy Powell from The O’Jays
  • In 1943, Rick Evans from Zager & Evans whose one hit, “In the Year 2525” went to #1 in 1969.
  • In 1945, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eric Stewart who was with The Mindbenders in the 1960s, 10cc in the 1970s and collaborated extensively with Paul McCartney in the 1980s.
  • In 1947, George Grantham, drummer with Poco.
  • In 1952, Ian Hill, bass player with Judas Priest, and Paul Stanley from KISS
  • In 1979, Rob Bourdon, drummer with Linkin Park

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actor, comedian Bill Maher is 65
  • Actor Rainn Wilson from TV’s The Office is 55
  • George Burns was born this day in 1896
  • Actor Leon Ames from movies including “Meet Me in St. Louis” was born in 1903
  • DeForest Kelley, best known as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy on Star Trek was born 100 years ago today


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The Red Flag Fire Warning is over, but the High Wind Advisory continues through this evening with the possibility of more gusts up to 45 miles an hour … still a chance of rain today though mostly sunny with a high of 72 … 71 tomorrow … partly sunny and 65 Friday with a slight chance of showers late in the day and winds once again up to 20 miles an hour … 40% chance of rain Friday night increasing to 50% Saturday with a high of 55 … mostly sunny by mid-Saturday afternoon … mostly sunny and 60 Sunday … 55 Monday with rain likely … a chance of showers continuing through Tuesday with a high of 56 … overnight lows in the mid-40s tonight and tomorrow night … 42 Friday night … 36 Saturday night … 40 Sunday night … 36 again Monday night … snow likely above 5k feet this weekend and Monday

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