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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

–By Heath B. Hansen–

November 1st, 2017, I get a call from my buddy– my buddy almost never calls me; when we communicate, it’s through text messages. “What’s up, bro?” I asked. “Hey, my Ragnar teammate just got called for duty, he can’t make the race. We need a runner.”

I didn’t know what a Ragnar Race was, but the name sounded interesting and I accepted the invitation.

The upcoming Autumn Fest & Plant Sale on Nov. 3 at The Water Conservation Garden is an event for the entire family!  The event has lots of fun things for kids, a variety of activities including: animal encounters with Kruisin’ Kritters, hands on projects in the Children’s Discovery Zone, a  Fairy Garden display, face painting, a cake walk and best of all, dunking Ms.  Smarty-Plants™ in the dunk tank for conservation! 

Dear Editor,


The Republican Party has changed – the values that it used to champion have been overshadowed by finger-pointing and yelling.

We’ve gone from a party that used to run on the core values of faith, freedom and limited government to one that is more concerned about owning the libs; and our elected officials no longer seem to believe that they were sent to Washington to represent those who elected them.

The U.S. war spending, now approaching $1 trillion annually, directly impacts how we pay for schools, Medicare, Medicaid, social services and our poor and elderly.  We at the San Diego Veterans For Peace take the position that the resultant $22 trillion national debt created by lavish spending on war making is pitched as a good thing at the Miramar Air Show. War made palatable with glorious pageantry and emotional thrills that can’t be topped. This is why we ask the public to just stay home.

The Barona Band of Mission Indians has awarded students and teachers at Olive Peirce Middle School a $5,000 Barona Education Grant. The public middle school, located in Ramona, will use the grant to purchase an interactive smart white board and a dozen Chromebook computers to update the technology in the school library.

California State Assemblyman Randy Voepel sponsored the grant. Barona Tribal Chairman “Edwin” Thorpe Romero presented the $5,000 check to Principal Pauline Levitt and the students.

Funded by Proposition U and Measure BB, the new El Capitan High School Event Center will provide a state-of-the-art, multi-functional facility that will include an event space, lobby and concession areas, band room, practice room, dance studio, and drama classroom.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization in El Cajon, that educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential, is celebrating its 41st Haute with Heart Fashion Show and Luncheon: Born to Sparkle on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Preferred tickets are $125 and Premier tickets are $225; Preferred tables are available for $1,100 and Premier tables are available for $2,100 and can be purchased at www.HauteWithHeart.org.

Summer is here, which means fun outdoor outings, including swimming, picnics, hiking, bicycling and trips to the beach and golf course. But, when you go outside, will your eyes be protected from the sun?

While we might know to use sunscreen to protect our skin, not everyone may know how important it is to protect your eyes as well. Many Americans are aware of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and the damage that they cause, which increases the risks of sunburn and skin cancer. However, UV and other radiation from the sun can also harm your eyes.

PEARL HARBOR – A 2011 Granite Hills High School graduate and El Cajon, California, native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Bowen is an aviation support equipment technician aboard USS Carl Vinson, currently operating out of San Diego.

A Navy aviation support equipment technician is responsible for maintaining and fixing all of the support equipment to help maintain aircraft.

Twenty-two students from Helix Charter and Grossmont High Schools participated in the La Mesa Police Department’s seventh annual Youth Leadership Camp from

June 18-21.

The camp is open to incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors. It is structured to provide leadership training and life-enhancing skills, personal development training, academic enrichment, team building, and to teach responsibility to one's family and community.