Pala Today News – 1/14/22

Written by on January 14, 2022

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.


Federal officials today announced that Americans will be able to order free coronavirus test kits online beginning Wednesday.  Orders for up to four tests per household can be placed at .  Delivery will take about 7 to 12 days.  The Administration has ordered 1b tests.  The Postal Service is taking on 7k temporary workers to handle the expected shipping rush.

California hospitals predict the latest Covid crisis due to the Omicron variant will last another four to six weeks.  The peak will result in 40% more hospitalizations than last winter with a total of 70k by month’s end.  Covid-19 infections are expected to triple by the end of January with the surge lasting through the end of February according to a warning issued today by the California Hospital Association.  National estimates show that 20% of the healthcare workforce have left during the pandemic with more than a third of California hospitals reporting “critical staffing shortages”.

Temecula Valley Hospital yesterday issued a public request to help ease the current surge of patients seeking medical attention.  “Due to the impact of this major surge on hospital operations, we are asking the community to please utilize all local urgent cares and retail pharmacies for non-emergent COVID-19 testing,” said Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented time among our communities and in our healthcare system. Thank you for your assistance to help us so that we can prioritize our patients with the ER care they need.”

San Diego County yesterday reported another 14,734 new Covid-19 infections and 11 more deaths.

The daily new Covid case average in San Diego County is now just over 13,500 – the third-highest daily number out of all counties in California.  But then, San Diego is the second most populous county in the State. The case rate here is 406 per 100k – second highest in the state and almost 4 ½ times the rate from 14 days ago.  In Riverside County, the daily average of new cases is 6,368 and the infection rate is 258 per 100k residents.  That’s 3 ½ times higher than 14 days ago.

Riverside health officials yesterday confirmed that an infant under 1 year of age has died from Covid.  That’s the youngest victim so far in the county.  The previous youngest was a 4-year old in August.  It’s not known if the infant had underlying health issues.  A total of more than 5,600 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in Riverside County so far.  Most were in people over 30.  But there have been some deaths among teens and young adults.

The California Economic Development Department is on a mission to get back millions of dollars in fraudulent unemployment claims.  A few months ago, the EDD launched a program requiring 1.4m people who received federal pandemic unemployment assistance to retroactively prove they were working or looking for work.  Benefits to those who don’t usually qualify for unemployment including free-lancers or small business owners ended in September.  Some people may owe the state up to $30k.

The convicted felon who smashed windows at a Temecula elementary school in August has been sentenced to 2 years in state prison.  38-year old Raymond Dewey Amick of Temecula pleaded guilty in November to felony burglary and vandalism charges.

Santa Ana winds are making a return, though not so much in Pala.  There is a chance of rain this weekend.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)


In the NFL – Associated Press is reporting that Super Bowl will take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood one month from now in spite of soaring Covid infection rates in Southern California.  NFL officials confirmed yesterday that the league has no plans to move the big game to Arlington, Texas or any other alternate site.  There had been concern that state mandates might prevent attendance at a SoCal venue.  Several California universities sharply limited fan attendance at indoor events in January.  But those were school decisions, not state mandates.  The first Super Bowl back in the 1960s was held at the LA Coliseum.  #56 will be at SoFi, which opened not far from the Coliseum in 2020.

Houston has fired head coach David Culley after one season.  Their record this season was 4 and 13.  Culley has three years left on a guaranteed contract.

Associated Press had five unanimous choices for this year’s All-Pro Team.  They include the Rams’ Cooper Kupp, Green Bay’s Davante Adams, running back Jonathan Taylor from the Colts, Pittsburgh rusher T.J. Watt and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.  Donald has been chosen by AP seven of his eight seasons in the NFL.  He’s also a three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

In the NBA – Last night, the Clippers fell to New Orleans 113-89.  Oklahoma City topped Brooklyn 130-109.  Golden State lost to Milwaukee 118-89.  Memphis over Minnesota 116-108.  And Denver routed Portland 140-108.  Nine games tonight.  The Lakers and Clippers each have road games tomorrow night.

In college hoops – #3 UCLA lost to unranked Oregon 84-81 in overtime last night. #20 Seton Hall lost to unranked DePaul.  Five other Top 20 teams won against unranked opponents. USD beat Portland 68-63 in overtime.

Tomorrow’s Cal State San Marcos game at Stanislaus State has been cancelled due to Covid issues.  All three of this week’s San Diego State games have been postponed.

In the NHL – All eleven scheduled games got played last night.  The Kings routed Pittsburgh 6-2.  Other winners included Boston, Tampa Bay, Columbus, Winnipeg, Seattle, Buffalo, Chicago, Ottawa and both New York teams.  The Ducks are at Minnesota tonight.

In the minors – The San Diego Gulls host Abbotsford tonight and tomorrow night.

In Major League Baseball – management made its opening offer in collective bargaining as the lockout continues.  There was little of interest to the players in the proposal.  It’s looking even more likely that spring training will be delayed.  It was the first discussion between the two sides since the lockout began 42 days prior.

In Golf – At the Sony Open in Honolulu, midway through round 2, yesterday’s top finisher and defending champion, Kevin Na was tied with Russel Hensley for first place at 9 under par.

In lacrosse – The San Diego Seals are in Saskatchewan tonight.

In local high school sports

  • Bonsall HS – no schedule published
  • Great Oak HS – boys’ basketball at Chaparral beginning at 3:30p; girls’ basketball hosting Vista Murrieta beginning at 3:30p; Tomorrow – boys’ JV basketball at Rancho Christian at noon; girls’ basketball at Rancho Buena Vista beginning at 5:30p
  • Fallbrook HS – boys’ soccer at Mt. Carmel beginning at 3:30p; girls’ soccer hosting Rancho Bernardo beginning at 3:30p; boys’ and girls’ basketball against Mt. Carmel, varsity hosting beginning at 6p and JV away beginning at 5:30p; girls’ varsity water polo against Vista at The Wave in Vista at 5:30p; Tomorrow – wrestling at Orange Glen at 9a; boys’ basketball at Clairmont beginning at 1p; girls varsity basketball at Helix at 4p.
  • Valley Center HS – girls’ soccer hosting San Pasqual beginning at 3:30p; boys’ soccer at Mission Hills beginning at 4p; boys’ varsity basketball at San Pasqual at 6p; Tomorrow – wrestling away at several locations beginning at 9a; varsity girls’ basketball at El Cajon Valley at 10:30p



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks continued to slide today.  The Dow was down 1.2%.  JPMorgan Chase and American Express led the retreat.  The S&P was down 9 tenths of a percent.  The NASDAQ was down ¾ of a percent.  Gold fell $4.70 to $1,816.70 an ounce but is still up about 1% for the week.  Oil was up more than 2%, or $1.72 a barrel to $83.85.

Bucking the trend in bank stocks today, Wells Fargo stock was up on better than expected earnings.

Car buying is changing.  Between the pandemic and chip shortages, retail auto sales, like many transactions are finding that alternate ways of doing business make more sense than ever before.  “Build to Order” is a common practice in Europe and has always been the business model for electric vehicle makers Tesla, Lucid, and Rivian.  Ford now allows buyers to order some popular models online and have them delivered to a dealership.  The company took 74k new vehicle retail orders in November.  That’s up from 10k one year earlier.  Dealerships like it because it’s a sure sale that pushes more vehicles through their doors without having to stock inventory.  But it doesn’t allow them to add markup.  That’s a possible plus for buyers on high-demand models.  Some Subaru models for example have recently been selling with dealer markups of several thousand dollars.  You do have to wait for your order to be built, which is a problem for those who are replacing a wrecked or stolen vehicle.  There are typically two ways to order a new vehicle.  1. Configure your vehicle online and submit the order through an assigned dealer.  Negotiations are handled through the dealer.  Or, 2. Negotiate and order directly through the dealer of your choice, not the manufacturer’s.

Once you have your new vehicle, if it’s not electric, you need to fuel it.  The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline today in San Diego County is steady at $4.62.  That’s about a penny more than one week ago and the same as one month ago.  The average price in Riverside County is $4.60.  That’s up 3 cents over the past week.  Nationwide, prices are also flat at an average of $3.30 a gallon.  The lowest local price is $3.89 at Horizon Fuel Center in Valley Center.  In southwest Riverside County, it’s $4.29 at Temecula Costco and Murrieta Sam’s Club.


This weekend at the movies, the thriller, “Scream” opens in wide release today.  Others opening in limited release include the animated feature “Belle”, the horror feature “The Free Fall”, and four more thrillers, “Shattered”, “Arctic Void”, “Borrego” and “The Surprise Visit”.

Remaining passes for Coachella 2022 in April went on sale this morning at 10a.  They sold out in 75 minutes.

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 in 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 had 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 90
  • Actress Faye Dunaway is 81
  • Actress Holland Taylor from TV’s “Bosom Buddies” and “Two and a Half Men” is 79
  • Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Gene Washington is 75
  • Actor Carl Weathers is 74
  • Actor Jason Bateman is 53
  • Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang and Little Rascals movie producer Hal Roach was born this day in 1892
  • Actor William Bendix, best remembered for “The Life of Riley”, the radio version of which is still heard Friday night at midnight on Rez Radio was born in 1906

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Pala Weather – partly sunny with a high of 76 this afternoon … mostly cloudy and 60 with a 20% chance of rain tomorrow … winds up to 10 miles an hour today and tomorrow … mostly sunny and 74 Sunday … partly sunny and 70 with another 20% chance of rain Monday … 68 with a slight chance of rain Tuesday … mostly sunny and 71 Wednesday … sunny and 76 Thursday … overnight lows about 50 tonight … upper 40s through Monday night … 44 Tuesday night … 46 Wednesday 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.


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


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