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A Look At Gun Seizures in San Diego

San Diego police have confiscated fewer guns so far this year compared to last year, according to police department data obtained by NBC 7 Investigates. Police officers in San Diego seized 1,147 guns from January 1, 2019, through October 17, 2019, an average of 27 guns confiscated per week, shows…

‘Light to Her Children’: Family Remembers Mom, Kids Killed

Family members gathered outside Rady Children’s Hospital Sunday as 9-year-old Ezekiel Valdivia remained in critical condition following a shooting that took the lives of his siblings, his mother and his father.  Ezekiel Valdivia is the only family member who survived an apparent case of murder-suicide on Saturday, investigators said. Renderings of…

It’s time to make time for civil discourse and community building

I wound my way up the roads that web themselves around Mount Helix, resisting the urge to push down on the gas. I know these bends well enough to know you can never know what will come whipping around them, and all the more so on a foggy evening in…

3 Tips to Snacking Smart

Very few people snack right and this results in frustrating weight gain. An important part of eating for fitness and/or fat loss is to keep your metabolism strong all day long with small, sensible meals and snacks. While it sounds simple to eat a little something every 2-3 hours throughout…

Marijuana and mental illness

Marijuana is easier than ever to access — 11 states (including California) and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use for adults older than age 21, and 22 more states have legalized medicinal marijuana. Although the drug has been approved for medicinal use in many places, research is still…

Drunk driver given second-degree murder conviction

A jury convicted a Campo man on Oct. 30 of two counts of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the deaths of his passengers on Buckman Springs Road. Ryan Gary Renz, 26, was found guilty of all charges in the Jan. 25, 2017 deaths of his cousin,…

County approves funding for Bradley Avenue widening

It is a rocky road for El Cajon residents living on or commuting across Bradley Avenue right now. The section of the road between Mollison Avenue and Magnolia Avenue will be under construction as the County works to widen the street to four lanes. The widening of Bradley Avenue will…

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.…

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