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New emergency services wing at Alvarado Hospital to open this month

The new Emergency Department at Alvarado Hospital is located in a new, two-story building built adjacent to the current emergency room. This more than doubles the bed capacity to 32, with the ability to expand further in the future, if needed. This new facility is built and equipped per the…

County Water Authority makes SAWR permanent

The San Diego County Water Authority has a program called the Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate, and the SDCWA will be transitioning the TSAWR into a permanent program. A unanimous CWA board vote on Nov. 21 approved making the SAWR permanent. An annual review of the SAWR will be conducted…

Foothills Christian top-rated boys basketball team in East County

Perennial San Diego Section power Foothills Christian was the top-rated boys’ basketball team in the East County following the first in-season release of the county media poll on Monday. The Knights, who were the only local outfit to be included in the top ten in the preseason when they were…

Christian High School junior runner places eighth in state

Christian High School junior Alaina Zamorano has been a model of consistency during her three years of competing in cross country events. She’s won three consecutive San Diego Section Division V individual championships and recently concluded her third consecutive top 10 individual finish at the state championship meet. Zamorano clocked…

Recognizing the warning signs of suicide in seniors

Suicide can affect all people regardless of ethnicity, age or gender. However, suicide rates are the highest among older adults, and these numbers are on the rise. Older adults make up 12 percent of the U.S. population but account for 18 percent of all suicides, according to the American Association…

Man gets 147 years in prison for kidnapping, carjacking

A man who kidnapped and carjacked a La Mesa teen-ager with hypodermic needles held to his neck which he said contained the AIDS virus was sentenced on Nov. 22 to 147 years to life in prison. “It was the maximum sentence,” said Deputy District Attorney Matthew Carberry. The complicated sentencing…

East County runners heading to state cross country finals

East County high schools will be sending three teams and five additional individual qualifiers to this weekend’s state cross country championship meet in Fresno following spirited competition at last Saturday’s San Diego Section finals at Morley Field. El Capitan High School qualified both its boys and girls teams for the…

Thankful for the bad which gives context to the good

Some years we don’t feel thankful. Some years are just that difficult. This has been one of those years for me. Perhaps you are in a similar place. Perhaps death has visited your home, too, this year, casting a shadow on even the joyous occasions you have celebrated. Or maybe…

Man arrested for allegedly running from fatal crash

LA MESA, Calif. — A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly fleeing a crash in La Mesa that left one person dead on Halloween night. Theresa Clouthier, 38, of El Cajon, died at the scene of the Oct. 31 crash, which happened near the Severin Drive onramp to westbound Interstate…

Lemon Grove councilman resigns, city looks to fill rest of term

Lemon Grove City Councilman Matt Mendoza tendered his resignation, effective Nov. 4, 2019, with nearly a year left on his term. Mayor Racquel Vasquez announced Mendoza’s resignation at the Nov. 5 city council meeting. “The City of Lemon Grove owes councilmember Matt Mendoza our appreciation and respect for his service…

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