Pala Today News – 12/2/21

Written by on December 2, 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.


As the omicron variant of coronavirus arrives in California, San Diego reported 622 new cases of Covid-19 and six additional deaths yesterday.  Gov. Newsom confirmed that the first omicron case in the state was a San Francisco resident who began developing symptoms November 25, three days after returning from South Africa.  He was fully vaccinated but had not had a booster and his symptoms were mild.  No contacts of that individual have tested positive so far.

The Voice of San Diego is reporting that local Covid death certificates show the virus disproportionately killed people with lower levels of education.  The study showed that a bachelor’s degree was something of “an insurance policy” against death and that immigrants die from the disease in shockingly high numbers.  That’s based on an examination of 4k death certificates of San Diegans who died from Covid.

President Biden today is expected to announce new travel protocols and reimbursement through insurance for the purchase of at-home coronavirus tests.  It’s expected that international travelers will be required to show proof of a negative coronavirus test the day before traveling into the United States.

A fire near the 15 freeway was reported in Temescal Valley this morning just after 9a.  First responders found a pair of double wide mobile homes fully involved. Multiple units from Cal Fire Riverside County, Corona and SoCal Edison were on the scene.

A 36-year old man suspected of killing an Anza resident in October during a dispute has been arrested in Northern California on unrelated charges.  Benjamin Winkle was arrested Sunday in Placer County.  He’s being held without bail.  Extradition proceedings are expected to be completed later this month.

An appeals court yesterday upheld California’s ban on high capacity ammunition magazines.  A divided 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling said the ban was “reasonably supported”.  It outlaws magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  The latest ruling was in response to U.S. District judge Roger T Benitez last month blocking the ban.



In the NFL – Week 13 begins tonight with Dallas at New Orleans.  The Saints’ Taysom Hill will get his first start this season at quarterback and running back Alvin Kamara won’t be in the lineup.  Neither will offensive tackles Teron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk.

In college football – Some big games coming up this week beginning tomorrow with #10 Oregon at #17 Utah at 5p on ABC.  #19 San Diego State hosts Utah State Saturday at noon on Fox.  The biggest is #1 Georgia at #3 Alabama at 1p tomorrow on CBS.

In case you hadn’t heard the details, ex-Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was finally torn away from his 11-year tenure there by LSU’s offer of 10 years at $95m.

Sources are saying Kelly’s replacement is going to be Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman.

At a somewhat lower level than college – even lower than varsity high school, a Vista Pop Warner team is on the way to the Pop Warner National Championships in Orlando.  After losing its first five games, the 14U Vista Panthers pulled it together and are on the way to the equivalent of their league’s Super Bowl.  Now it’s a matter of raising the money for the 20 players plus cheerleaders to make the trip.

In the NBA – Last night at Staples Center, Sacramento beat the Clippers 124-115.  Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points as the Bucks beat the visiting Charlotte Hornets 127-125.  Other winners included Atlanta, Orlando, Washington, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas and Houston.

Tuesday’s 17th consecutive win by Phoenix over Golden State put the two in a tie for best record in the NBA and first place in the Western Conference at 18 and 3.  Utah is next, four games back.  The Lakers are in 6th just a game above .500, followed by the Clippers tied for 7th at .500 with Portland and Minnesota.  In the East, Brooklyn lead by a game and a half over Washington, Milwaukee and Chicago – all tied for second at 14 and 8.

In college hoops – Tonight’s Washington-Arizona game in Tucson has been postponed due to Covid-19 protocols on the Huskies team.  It was going to be the conference opener for both teams. No word on whether this will affect Washington’s game against #5 UCLA on Sunday.

Last night, UCLA beat Colorado 73-61.  Several Top 25 upsets – Utah Valley beat #12 BYU 72-65 in overtime.  Unranked Oklahoma knocked off #14 Florida 74-67.  The Georgia Bulldogs beat #18 Memphia 82-79.  North Carolina beat #24 Michigan 72-51.  Seven other Top 25 teams all won against unranked schools. USD lost to Fresno 63-43. 

In the NHL – Six games last night.  The Ducks edged Vegas 6-5 in Anaheim.  Detroit over Seattle 4-3 in a shootout.  Toronto routed the Avalanche 8-3.  The Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews scored his fourth career hat trick. The Rangers, Vancouver and Edmonton all won as well.  Ten games tonight including the Kings hosting Calgary. 

The Arizona Coyotes are denying a report today by Forbes that the team is for sale with the idea of a buyer moving the team to Houston.  Their statement was adamant.  “This is false.  Totally fasle.  We’re not selling.  We’re not moving.”

In Major League Baseball – Players and management failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement last night by midnight, so the first work stoppage in Major League Baseball since 1995 is underway. 

In Golf – Round 1 of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas got underway today.  Henrik Stenson is the defending champion.

In local high school sports

  • Bonsall HS – no schedule published
  • Great Oak HS – freshman boys’ basketball at Liberty/Winchester at 5p, varsity at Summit High at 6p, and JV at West Valley at 7:30p
  • Fallbrook HS – no schedule published
  • Valley Center HS – no scheduled games today


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up – especially on the Dow Jones Industrial Average which gained almost 2%.  The S&P 500 was up 1 ½%.  The NASDAQ was up 7 tenths of a percent.  Gold fell $20 an ounce to $1,764.30.  Oil was up 70 cents to $66.27 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate Crude futures. 

In spite of comments by Moderna’s CEO that what scientists are telling him about the omicron coronavirus variant is not good, advisors at JP Morgan are saying the omicron panic is overdone and are advising investors to buy key stocks if they start to dip. Today’s bull market seems to bear up that advice.

You’ll still be able to get your Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies.  Kellogg today said it has reached a new five-year agreement with employees at several breakfast-cereal plants in the U.S., which should bring an end to a two-month long strike.  After multiple rounds of negotiations, union workers will get wage increases and benefits for all employees plus better terms for temps to become full time workers. Temporary workers make up 30% of Kellogg’s work force.



The next two weeks are going to be filled with Christmas parades and other celebrations.  In Riverside County, Santa’s Electric Light Parade in Temecula is this Friday beginning at 7p on Jefferson Avenue from Del rio Road to Overland Drive.  The Hemet Caroling Nights and Magical Lights parade begins on Florida Avenue between Gilbert and Santa Fe at 5p, Saturday December 4.  It ends at Weston Park.  The parade in Menifee begins at 5:30p at Mt. San Jacinto College on La Pedra Road.  In San Diego County, The 40th Annual Fallbrook Christmas Parade is this Saturday beginning at 5p the entire length of Main Street. The Escondido Jaycees 69th annual Christmas parade is Saturday, December 14 at 9:30a beginning at Escondido High School and traveling down Broadway to Grape Day Park.  The Oceanside Harbor boat parade of lights is December 11 from 7 to 9p.  The San Diego Bay boat parade of lights is Saturday, December 12 and again on the 19th at 5:30p.

Though it’s likely to be obscured by fog the next couple of nights in Pala and maybe more along the coast, the Geminid meteor shower is happening over the next two weeks.  The peak will be December 13 and 14 with the best time for viewing around 2a near the constellation Gemini.  If you’re in a dark enough area and there’s no moon out, it’ll be possible to see anywhere from 50 to 100 meteors per hour.


On this day in music history – December 2,

  • 1957, a DJ in Portland was fired for playing Elvis Presley’s version of “White Christmas” with the explanation, “That’s not in the spirit we associate with Christmas.” 
  • In 1966, David Bowie released “Rubber Band”, his first single on the Deram label.  Despite good reviews, it flopped. 
  • In 1967, the Monkees fourth album, “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd” hit #1 on the album chart.  All of them were million sellers. 
  • In 1969, Cindy Birdsong from The Supremes was kidnapped at knifepoint by a worker in the building where she lived.  She escaped by jumping out of his car on the 405 freeway.  He was arrested four days later in Las Vegas. 
  • In 1976 on the second day of a photo shoot for Pink Floyd’s new album, “Animals”, the giant inflatable pig that was supposed to be lashed to the two towers of power station in London got loose, eventually landing in a farmer’s field in Kent.  The incident got widespread publicity under the headline, “Pigs Fly”.  Gee, it was almost as if they’d planned it.
  • In 1978, Rod Stewart was at #1 in Britain with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” while Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand were at #1 on the US chart with “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”.  The song was a radio DJ’s creation by splicing the two singers’ solo versions together.  Diamond decided to do it right and record it with Streisand, which is the version that became a hit. 
  • In 1983, MTV first aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. 
  • In 1995, Mariah Carey debuted at #1 with Boyz II Men on “One Sweet Day” making her the first artist in history to have two consecutive singles debut at the top of the chart.  “Fantasy” was the first of the two. 
  • In 2006, Mariska Veres, lead singer for one-hit wonder group Shocking Blue whose “Venus” topped the charts in 1970 died of cancer at age 59.  
  • In 2012, Led Zeppelin received an award from President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors. 

Born on this day …

  • In 1906, Dr. Peter Carl Goldmark who invented the LP record. 
  • In 1941, Tom McGuinness, guitarist with Manfred Mann. 
  • In 1942, Ted Bluechel Jr., drummer for The Association. 
  • In 1960, Rick Savage, bass player with Def Leppard. 
  • In 1978, Canadian singer songwriter Nelly Furtado.  
  • In 1981, Britney Spears.  


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Screenwriter, producer/director Penelope Speeris is 76
  • Actress Lucy Liu is 53
  • TV, stage and radio actor Ezra Stone who played teenaged Henry on “The Aldrich Family” heard Tuesdays at 12:30a on Rez Radio’s “Old Time Radio Hour” was born this day in 1917.


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Pala seniors’ lunch menu for tomorrow (12/1) – no menu published

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 76 this afternoon … patchy night and morning fog the next two days – very heavy at the coast, clearing to sunny and 73 both days in Pala … 81 Sunday … 84 Monday … 77 Tuesday … 76 next Wednesday … overnight lows in the mid-40s through Saturday night … 50 Sunday and Monday nights … upper 40s beginning Tuesday 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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