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Final funding push for Lake Murray festival

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The on-again, off-again saga of Fourth of July fireworks at Lake Murray are apparently back on again, but there are “ifs” involved.

The fireworks went away in 2012, after a 2011 lawsuit against them was filed by an environmental group upset about setting off fireworks over water — especially over water that is to become drinking water.

Development plans dominate NCPI meeting

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The April 12 meeting of the Navajo Community planning board has been hearing this plan, in one form or another, longer than anyone currently on that board can remember.

It’s the plan that would build homes — in this case, 24 of them — in what is generally considered a gully along the east edge of College Avenue from Interstate 8 west.

We lost a good man

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Allied Gardens, Communities, Featured, News | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large When local politician and Navy pilot Jim Ellis died on April 10 at the age of 88, his passing inspired tributes in various media because he was the kind of man you could respect. In the course of my time as a television reporter in San Diego, I […]

Drunk driving re-enactment teaches valuable lesson

By Karen Ronney On March 21 and 22, approximately 1,200 Patrick Henry juniors and seniors witnessed the Every 15 Minutes program on campus to create awareness about drinking and driving and the impact of alcohol-related traffic collisions. The program was co-sponsored by California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety, along with local support.

Local distiller makes inventive splash into growing market

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Jason Swinford is banking on the day consumers will demand locally made spirits, much like they do craft beer.

The trend has actually begun in niche circles around the globe, which is why he made the leap from food truck operator to budding distiller three years ago. More recently, he added a 400-square-foot tasting room to his Grantville-based business, Swinford Spirits, which produces artisan gin, plus vodka contained in self-infuser bottles, and Canadian whiskey he imports and enhances with toasted quinoa and organic ginger.

Blazing a trail for San Diego’s writing community

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

San Carlos resident Kristen Fogle has in mind to make San Diego a bustling writers’ community. As the new executive director at San Diego Writers, Ink, she has taken giant steps in doing that, including transforming a $100,000 budget of a struggling organization to almost $300,000 a year.

Herself a writer, Fogle first came to San Diego Writers’ Ink, located in Pt. Loma’s Liberty Station, in 2013 as interim executive director.

Sycuan breaks ground on hotel expansion

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson

Sports celebrities, radio personalities and business and community leaders from across San Diego County joined tribal elders and leaders of the Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay Nation on March 28 to break ground on a new hotel expansion for the Sycuan Casino.

Tribal chairman Cody Martinez introduced the new expansion with a brief history of the casino and what it has brought to Sycuan and the surrounding communities.

Culinary patriot

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Shortly after Geoff Cole joined the Navy as a seaman recruit in 2002, he found himself cooking for 3,500 sailors a day aboard the U.S.S. Belleau Wood during Operation Enduring Freedom. Despite taking a brief interest in food while working at a Florida restaurant prior to enlisting, he wasn’t wowed by slinging mass meals on a ship.

“I was making omelets for hours and didn’t really like it,” he recalls. “I really wanted to be a pilot.”