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Articles by Ana Nita

The pavement disappears abruptly, allowing for bumpy gravel and steep ascents on the sinuous hot and dry Forest Route turning into Gaskill Peak Road in Alpine.

In one year only, three new projects have been announced for the Moreno Valley area in Lakeside, and the locals are not happy about the potential increase in traffic and pollution.

Last year, San Diego County Planning Commissioners approved Bob Turner’s new sand mine on Moreno Avenue across from the old Ennis’ similar mining operation.

Just last month, the County approved the budget to build an equestrian park on the same road.

A letter announcing that SDG&E planned seven power outages during the months of August and September sent customers over the edge in the Alpine areas scheduled to have their electricity cut off starting on Aug. 2, 2018. The neighborhood currently affected is the Careveacre Ranch Estates, off Japatul Road. The planned outages project is part of the Cleveland National Forest Fire Risk Mitigation Initiative (FiRM) which has been in work for the past 10 years.

“I really love my hometown and you all being here shows that you love Lakeside, too,” said Bonnie LaChappa, last term’s chairwoman of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, opening the 38th Annual Community Awards ceremony.

The event took place on July 26 at the Barona Resort & Casino and honored local individuals and businesses who went above and beyond to serve the community. Several elected officials and their representatives were in attendance to present awards.

With a total budget of $4.5 million, the Lakeside Equestrian Park received the green light for the ground-breaking ceremony and the bidding for construction.

The County partnered up with the East County Equestrian Foundation, a local non-profit group tasked with raising $150,000 to cover the cost of management and maintenance for the equestrian facility after construction.

Social media lit up few days ago when County Supervisor Dianne Jacob went online to celebrate some really good news for Lakeside.

“The Board of Supervisors approved a design-build process for the 17,000-sq-ft facility planned for the heart of town,” said Jacob, adding that the ground-breaking ceremony could be as soon as March of next year. Jacob thanked the community “who is working so hard to make this project a reality.”

The McAlister Institute organized its sixth annual 5K Walk for Sobriety event on Sunday, July 8 to celebrate 41 years of existence under the guidance of its Founder and CEO, Jeanne McAllister.

The event took place at Naval Training Center Park at Liberty Station with check-in at 8 a.m.

The goal was to raise awareness about alcohol and drug addiction and also to raise funds to support the recovery services provided by the McAllister Institute.

This organization has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals impacted by addiction since opening its doors in 1977.

Thousands of protesters took over downtown San Diego on Saturday morning, chanting slogans, waving signs and drumming against the recent “zero tolerance” policy launched by the Trump administration.

Braving the heavy rain on Saturday night, Mar. 10, the community of Lakeside came together in large number at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds to support the inaugural St. Patrick’s fundraising dinner organized by the Lakeside Friends of the Library with help from the newly formed East County Optimist club, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce and the Lakeside Miss Teen Pageant team.  

 "This is St. Patrick’s Day and we thought it would be a good time to get people out and spend their money for a good cause,” laughs legendary Lakeside rancher Donald Bright, also known as  “Donnie” by his friends, well respected for his several decades worth of community work that earned him the “Citizen of the Year” award nine years ago.