Pala Today News – 10/14/21

Written by on October 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.


Bipartisan Congressional legislation to help the Pala tribe protect Gregory Mountain (Chokla) in perpetuity has cleared a key House Committee by unanimous vote.  HR 1975, The Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2021 was authored by Congressman Darrel Issa and cosponsored by Congressman Juan Vargas.  It authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to transfer 720 acres of land acquired by the tribe into trust for the benefit of all tribal members.  Pala Chairman, Robert Smith expressed his gratitude to Congressmen Issa and Vargas and the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for discussion and vote.  (Rep. Darrell Issa media release)

An FDA advisory panel has voted to recommend a half-dose booster for the Moderna vaccine for those 65 and older as well as younger adults at high risk.  These are the same groups that became eligible for a Pfizer booster last month.

80% of eligible San Diegans are now fully vaccinated.  The milestone puts San Diego among the most-vaccinated counties in the country. More than 400 doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and public health center in the county offer no-cost Covid-19 vaccinations and supplies are plentiful.  A list of places is at

There have been 37 coronavirus deaths in San Diego County since October 6.  333 cases were reported on October 12.  The current case rate per 100k residents is 15.4 overall.  That’s 8.3 for fully vaccinated people and 25.8 for not fully vaccinated.  There were 21 new community houtbreaks over the past seven days – half of them in schools.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Orange County Oil spill is likely to have totaled close to 25k gallons – the low end of original estimates.  That’s about one fifth the amount officials initially feared.  Nevertheless, tar balls from the pipeline off Huntington Beach came ashore in Orange County, North County and as far south as La Jolla.  The cause of the leak is under investigation.  But it was likely due to damage from a ships anchor several months to a year before the October 2 spill.

Construction has begun on four new miles of carpool and HOV lanes on I-5 in Carlsbad.  The speed limit between Palomar Airport Road and the 78 freeway is now 55 as extension of the work that’s been going on for two years in Encinitas and Solana Beach moves northward.  A new method of reminding motorists they are in a construction zone is being tried as a pilot program in Carlsbad.  Orange stripes have been painted next to the traditional white stripe lane dividers.  Different patterns of the orange are being used on north and southbound sides of the freeway to determine which stripe system should be adopted throughout the state.  Once completed, I-5 will be at least ten lanes wide from the 805 to Oceanside. The construction in Encinitas and Solana Beach should be completed by the end of this year.  The new Carlsbad portion should be done by the end of next year with additional improvements including bike paths, sound walls and landscaping finished by the end of 2023.

Another weather warm-up is on the way with Santa Ana conditions creating “near critical” wildfire conditions over the next three days.  Some foothills will see pockets of 30-40 mile an hour winds late Friday morning along with area-wide low humidity and slightly higher temperatures.  Temperatures earlier this week had been about as cold they ever get this time of year. The full forecast is coming up. (below)



In Major League Baseball – No games yesterday.  The Dodgers tied its series with the Giants Tuesday in LA with a 7-2 win.  Houston won its series over the White Sox three games to one with a 10-1 rout in Chicago Tuesday.  Atlanta edged Milwaukee 5-4 to become one of the teams going to the National League Championship Series. 

The deciding NLDS game between the Dodgers and Giants is tonight in San Francisco at 6p on TBS.  In one sense, this could be the most important game in the Majors this year.  San Francisco and LA are the two teams with the best regular season records this year.  San Francisco finished at 107 and 55. The Dodgers were 106 and 56. League championships begin tomorrow with the American League.  Boston at Houston at 5p on Fox.  The NLCS begins Saturday.

In the NFL – As a result of former Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden’s offensive emails, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr says, “open up everything” in NFL team correspondence.  He says if everybody in the league’s private emails and texts were opened up, “people would start sweating a little bit”.  The Gruden scandal has exposed what many believe is widespread racism, bigotry and other prejudices throughout the league.  The Raiders, riding a two-game losing streak resume their season Sunday at Denver under interim coach Rich Bisaccia.

Week 6 begins tonight with Tampa Bay at Philadelphia at 5p on Fox.

In college football – It’s week 7.  Tomorrow night #9 Oregon hosts Cal and #24 San Diego State is at San Jose State.  Major matchups on Saturday include #12 Oklahoma State at #25 Texas at 9a on Fox.  #11 Kentucky at #1 Georgia at 12:30p on CBS.  TCU at #4 Oklahoma at 4:30p on ABC.  UCLA at Washington at 5:30p on Fox.

In the NBA – Winners in last night’s preseason games were Phoenix, Dallas, Indiana, Orlando, New York, Oklahoma City, and Utah.  Just four games tonight including the Lakers at Sacramento.  The regular season begins Tuesday with Brooklyn at Milwaukee and Golden State at the Lakers.

With vaccination rates high in the NBA, Covid-19 testing this season will focus on small at-home, molecular-based testing devices that return results in 20 minutes.  There will also be some lab testing.  But not nearly at the rate of last season.  Five NBA teams used the cell-phone sized devices in a pilot program throughout last season.  This year, the devices from the San Diego-based Cue company will be the league standard with each team having up to 24 of them.  The Mayo Clinic reports results from the Cue devices are 97.8% accurate.

In college hoops –

In the NHL – Five games last night.  The Ducks whipped Winnipeg 4-1 in Anaheim.  Edmonton over Vancouver 3-2 in a shootout.  Washington over the Rangers 5-1.  Colorado beat the Blackhawks in Chicago 4-2.  Toronto edged Montreal 2-1.  Nine games tonight including LA hosting Las Vegas.

In Golf – The CJ Cup teed off today in Las Vegas.  Jason Kokrak is the defending champion.

In Racing –

In local high school sports

  • Bonsall HS – no schedule published
  • Great Oak HS – girls’ golf at Temecula Valley at 3p; girls’ tennis against Vista Murrieta at 3:15p, varisty hosting, JV away; boys’ water polo hosting Temecula Valley beginning at 3:15p; freshman football at Vista Murrieta at 3:30p, JV at 5:30p; girls’ volleyball at Temecula Valley beginning at 4p; field hockey at Temecula Valley beginning at 5p
  • Fallbrook HS – girls’ golf at Mt. Carmel at 3p; girls’ tennis hosting San Pasqual at 3:15p; girls’ volleyball at San Pasqual beginning at 4:30p
  • Valley Center HS – girls’ tennis hosting Escondido at 3:15p; girls’ volleyball hosting Mt. Carmel beginning at 4:30p; freshman football hosting La Costa Canyon at 5p



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up more than 1 ½% on all three major U.S. indexes.  Gold was up $3.90 an ounce to $1,798.60.  Oil was up almost at dollar to $81.42 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate Crude futures on predicted stronger demand, even though U.S. supplies have been climbing since March.

A senior policymaker at The Bank of England says digital currencies like bitcoin could trigger a financial meltdown.  Sir Jon Cunliffe compares the growth of cryptocurrencies to the uncontrolled growth of U.S. subprime mortgages just before the 2008 financial crash.  It isn’t even the currencies that are the real problem, though investing in something that could potentially become worthless overnight is a danger.  Cunliffe’s warning is about the increases in futures trading for cryptocurrencies.  There is evidence speculators are beginning to borrow to buy crypto-assets.  Such futures are beginning to attract hedge funds and other speculators. Five years ago a single Bitcoin was worth $700.  Today it’s worth $56k.  It was a rocky road getting there.  Values crashed early this year, but have since recovered to record highs.

Surging inflation will cause a 5.9% cost of living increase in Social Security benefits beginning in 2022.  It’s the largest increase Social Security recipients have seen in four decades.



A study found that 90k of the more than 700k total deaths in the U.S. could have been prevented if the victims had been vaccinated.

The Food and Drug Administration released new targets on salt consumption yesterday aimed at nudging food companies to cut the amount of salt in processed and prepared foods by 12% over the next 2 ½ years.  The agency hopes to cut that by even more in future years.  The head of the FDA, Dr. Janet Woodcock says too much sodium is leading to illness including hypertension, which causes heart disease, strokes and kidney damage.  She says the FDA is pushing the processed food industry because it’s unrealistic to expect massive behavior change by the public when they have no control over the amount of salt in the foods they buy.  You can always add salt, though you shouldn’t.  But you can’t get it out once its in.

With the incidence of major wildfires at an all-time high, California has just completed its driest summer since 1895.  The Palmer Drought Severity Index says the average monthly dryness from July through September was -6.8.  The index measures temperature, amount of water in the soil and precipitation.  Any number lower than -4 is extreme drought.  The last “moderately wet” summer in California was 2011.  Since then, 1 out of every 8 acres in California has burned.


On this day in music history – October 14,

  • 1957, the Everly Brothers had their first #1 with “Wake Up Little Suzie” – a song that was banned by some radio stations for its racy theme. 
  • In 1959, Bobby Darin was at #1 with “Mack the Knife”.  It won Record of the Year at the Grammys the following spring.
  • In 1966, Pink Floyd, led by Syd Barrett had given up its R&B roots and gone “underground”.  They gave their first concert with this new concept at All Saints Hall in Notting Hill, London. 
  • In 1968, The Jackson Five made their television debut on Hollywood Palace. 
  • In 1969, New Jersey Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Frank Sinatra for connections to the Mafia. 
  • In 1971, Creedence Clearwater’s John Fogerty was sued for plagiarizing Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly” for his song “Travelin’ Band”.  The suit was eventually dropped. 
  • In 1972, Michael Jackson had his first solo #1 hit with “Ben” – the theme song from a movie about a boy and his rat. 
  • In 1977, David Bowie released his 12th studio album, “Heroes”.
  • In 1988, Def Leppard became the first act ever to sell 7 million copies of two consecutive albums, “Pyromania” and “Hysteria”.  The second one sold 20m copies. 
  • In 1996, 28 years after it was recorded, “The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus” was finally released on video.  It included live performances by the Stones, The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithful, Jethro Tull, and a group called The Dirty Mac, cobbled together with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and Keith Richards.  The Stones had kept it from distribution over fears that their performance in it compared poorly with the other artists.
  • In 2006, Freddy Fender died of lung cancer at the age of 69. 

Born on this day …

  • In 1940, Cliff Richard. 
  • In 1942, Billy Harrison from Van Morrison’s early group, Them. 
  • In 1945, Colin Hodgkinson, bass player for Whitesnake. 
  • In 1946, Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues. 
  • In 1958, Thomas Dolby, best known for “She Blinded Me With Science”. 
  • In 1974, Natalie Maines from Dixie Chicks … now, just The Chicks
  • In 1978, Usher.


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • TV and stage actor Greg Evigan from TV’s “BJ and the Bear” is 68
  • Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is 82
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States was born in 1890
  • Poet e.e. cummings was born this day in 1894
  • Actress Pert Kelton who was the original Alice in the earliest sketches of The Honeymooners on The Jackie Gleason Show was born in 1907
  • Roger Moore from TV’s “The Saint” and as the 3rd James Bond was born in 1927
  • Late Actor, comedian and magician Harry Anderson was born in 1952

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 80 this afternoon … 87 tomorrow … 90 Saturday … mostly sunny and 78 Sunday … patchy morning fog beginning Monday, clearing to mostly sunny and 71 Monday … 72 Tuesday … 75 Wednesday … overnight lows in the mid-50s through Saturday night … dropping to the upper 40s beginning Sunday night

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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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