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Local News April 22nd, 2010

photoEscondido Rallies for Police Chief Jim Maher and The Tea Party

An estimated 250-300 supporters of Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher and his no-nonsense Drivers License and DUI checkpoints turned out at Escondido’s City Hall on Thursday, April 15th, to oppose Councilmember Olga Diaz’s demands that the department drop the policy. In addition to those who turned out, the area at East Valley Parkway and Broadway was filled with honking horns as passing motorists gave a thumbs up sign of support and honked their support.

Councilmembers Sam Abed and Marie Waldron showed up as well. Conspicuously absent was Councilmember Olga Diaz, who started the whole event rolling. Also missing were Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and Mayor Pro Tem Dick Daniels.

Chief Maher arrived late, following a meeting in San Diego, and thanked those assembled, pointing out hit-and-run crashes have dropped by a third in Escondido between 2004 and 2008.

He also pointed out that "It is true that the checkpoints are dividing the community ---- and I agree. They're dividing the licensed drivers from the unlicensed drivers."

The crowd broke into cheers and applause.

"That's why we do them," Maher continued. "The only reason we do them is: to keep the streets safer. And I want to remind everybody, especially the people that rally against the checkpoints, that when we do them, we make the streets safer for them, too."

Following the rally for Chief Maher most of the group moved over to in front of the Escondido Post Office where a Tea Party Rally had been scheduled. An estimated 2000 persons lined Escondido Boulevard, holding signs, placards, dressed in red, white and blue, and urging drivers to honk their horns in support; many did. Both rallies were peaceful without any incidents or arrets.

Meanwhile, in Oceanside, a Tea Party was held at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre which drew an estimated 3,500 persons. This Tea Party had a number of speakers, including candidates for Governor, Steve Poizner and Larry Natarelli. Senator Mark Wyland spoke to the crowd as did Sheriff’s candidate Jay LaSeur. The event was emceed by Rick Robers of KFMB radio.

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Another view of the Escondido Tea Party

Below, Oceanside Tea Party
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Serious Injury Accident in Carlsbad

On April 15, 2010, at about 1am, a citizen called police stating he observed a vehicle traveling S/B on Carlsbad Blvd, south of Palomar Airport Rd. The vehicle appeared to have struck several objects in the roadway and was now stopped with its flashers on.

Officers were on scene within minutes and found a 17 year old driver and sole occupant of a Ford F150 trapped in her vehicle. The driver had traveled approximately 2100 feet past several closed road signs, through large orange barrels, barricades, a chain link fence and was stuck under a large excavator.

South bound Carlsbad Blvd has been closed since February 2010. The S/B bridge located just north of Island Way is under construction.

The 17 year old driver sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision. She was transported to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla via Life Flight.

Molly Joins the Hunt for Food As Views now top 8 Million

Those two barn owls in San Marcos, McGee and Molly are now both hunting for food. The four owlets have hatched and are growing rapidly so Molly joined McGee in the hunt for food to keep the youngsters growing.

The Paper is proud to have broken this story in our March 18th issue. From that point on San Diego tv stations, then national, and now international television networks have breathlessly followed these two barn owls, waiting for the owlets to hatch, and now, watching mommy and daddy foraging for food.

Early on there were many discussions and blog postings about does the female barn owl join in hunting for food as the owlets grow. Even the experts didn't seem to agree. That question appears to have now been answered as you can see from the picture of Molly bringing in a rodent. The next big question is when will the first owlet exit The Owl Box. Speculation is all over the place from 40 to 70 days. Carlos Royal, the non-owl expert and the person responsible for the owl box, says to just keep watching and you will find out and you will become a barn owl expert.

A second Ustream channel has been added The Owl Box It gives an outside view of the owl box and is equipped with infrared for night time viewing. This allows Owl Box viewers to see the owls come and go with food at night. Plus when the owlets decide to step out they will be able to see them and answer the, "When will they fledge” question."

The Owl Box has a group of over 30 volunteers from around the world that maintain the chat room 24/7 to answer questions and keep the chat room as G-rated as possible for children. It is always school time some place in the world. The Live Narrations with Carlos Royal has made the show a big hit with school children as he answers their questions.

San Marcos Students Going to Rocketry Competition

San Marcos High is among the nation's top 100 student rocketry teams that will compete in the national fly off. The finalists include teams from 30 states and the U.S.Virgin Islands who qualified after months of preparation from a field of 669 squads and thousands of students. The competition is co-sponsored with the National Association of Rocketry, NASA, the Defense Department, the American Association of Physics Teachers, Raytheon, and more than 30 other AIA member companies.

In TARC, using their science and mathematics skills, teams compete to design and build a rocket that will perform a specific mission. This year’s challenge is to take a raw egg to a height of 825 feet, and bring the egg down safely using only a streamer. The competition promises to be heavy, but the students are keen to compete.

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