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Pro baseball player still impacts former schools

Coaches get sentimental. It happens. But current SDSU head baseball coach Mark Martinez is feeling especially nostalgic about Stephen Strasburg. After he graduated from West Hills High School, Strasburg pitched for San Diego State University. Martinez was an assistant coach when Strasburg pitched from 2007 to 2009, and during an…

Man put on trial for drunk driving deaths of passengers

The defense attorney for a Campo man charged with killing his two passengers in a 2017 drunk driving crash asked jurors Oct. 17 to not convict him of murder. The trial opened for Ryan Gary Renz, 26, who is charged in the Jan. 25, 2017 deaths of his cousin, Johnny…

Take the time to be mindful

By GENEVIEVE A. SUZUKI | La Mesa Courier A mind is a wild thing that sometimes needs to be sedated when it comes to everyday dealings. I’m not talking about medicating yourself to remove yourself from reality, but I am talking about holistic ways to calm the feral mind. One of…

Wildlife in Art Show celebrates 30 years

By LINDA MICHAELS The annual Wildlife in Art Show, hosted by Foothills Art Association, is one of the longest running open/juried art shows in Southern California. The opening of this year’s show in November at the Foothills Gallery in La Mesa will mark the show’s 30th consecutive year. This year’s…

Spooky books for Halloween reading

By JAKE SEXTON In recent years, Halloween has transformed. No longer just plastic masks and candy for kids, we have come to embrace monsters and creepiness in our pop culture, and get pretty excited about this holiday. Here are a few recent works to get you into the Halloween spirit.…

‘No Safe Spaces’ makes special debut in El Cajon, exposes free speech war

“It’s a sneak peak viewing,” she said. “I can have some seats reserved.” Here was an offer I wasn’t about to turn down: a special preview of a new documentary with reserve seating next to the associate producer. A good friend since our high school speech and debate days, Nobeleen…

Sidewalks coming to Rios Canyon Road, Petite Lane, Kenwood Drive

Portions of Rios Canyon Road and Petite Lane in Lakeside and Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley will soon have new sidewalks. Two separate 4-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes Sept. 25, with Greg Cox in Washington, D.C., authorized the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of construction contracts.…

A Complete Guide to the Democratic Debates for the 2020 Presidential Primary

The first four Democratic debates of the 2020 presidential election are in the bag and the fifth will take place on Nov. 20.  When and How to Watch the 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates What Past Democratic Debates Have Revealed About Candidates The Democratic National Committee has approved up to 12 debates, with…

Foothiller music program director brings attention to decaying instruments

As its 99th school year begins, Grossmont High School has 1,700 students enrolled in its Visual and Performing Arts programs, the largest number in the Grossmont Union High School District. The large number of students in so many wonderful programs, like the Instrumental Music program, make it difficult to fund…

Scoreboard: Senior Matador football star reported to be leading the nation in receiving yards

Mount Miguel High senior wide receiver Jahiem Allen-Pompey is purported to be leading the nation in receiving yards with just two weeks remaining in the regular season. Among teams reporting individual statistics to the country’s most widely-recognized prep sports website, Allen-Pompey has 1,493 receiving yards in eight contests for an average…

Reminiscing on finding friendship in the flurry

Back in the Fall of 2012, I was a hapless young freelancer with one foot in politics and one foot in journalism and absolutely zero grounding in reality. That was the autumn I discovered frienship – or rather, it discovered me. I had just finished my associates degree in Paralegal…

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