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Articles by Joe Naiman

Mick Ruis was raised in the Rios Canyon area of Lakeside, which is named for his great-grandfather Peter Rios, and wrestled for El Capitan High School. Ruis is now affiliated with the sport of horse racing and is both the owner and the trainer of Bolt d’Oro, who won the Del Mar Futurity which was contested September 4 on the final day of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer meet.

“I don’t think that it could have went better,” Ruis said.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has a hat contest on Opening Day, and this year Helix High School graduate Christina Stutz was the grand prizewinner in the July 19 contest.

“I’m shocked, overwhelmed, excited, and very thankful,” Stutz said. “I couldn’t be more elated.”

The hat Stutz calls “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” is decorated with a woman celebrating after winning at the track.

Ryan McConnel won the Optimist Bulls Only Rodeo XIX competition July 14-15 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.

McConnel, who is originally from New Mexico and now lives in the Fresno County town of Tollhouse, was the only one of the 40 riders to stay on both bulls and had a score of 143 points on two head. Nuevo cowboy Corey Rickard placed second in the average (aggregate) with a score of 79 on one head, which was also the highest score of the rodeo hosted by the Lakeside Optimist Club.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved grants of $42,500 to the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce for the archway sign across Maine Avenue, $30,000 to the La Mesa Arts Foundation for the sound system at the La Mesa Arts Academy’s auditorium and Blackbox Theater, and $5,000 to the Jamacha United Support Team for the outdoor fitness circuit at Jamacha Elementary School.

Chris Wrisley of the Lemon Grove Fire Department won the 2017 Firefighter Demolition Derby that took place June 3 and was part of the San Diego County Fair.

“This is great,” Wrisley said. “Being out here with my friends and winning is a huge honor.”

The County of San Diego’s revised catering ordinance will become

effective January 13.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on a 4-0 vote approved the first reading and introduction of the ordinance November 16 with Greg Cox at a National Association of Counties meeting.  A 5-0 vote December 14 approved the second reading and adoption of the ordinance.

Buzz Campbell founded the band Hot Rod Lincoln in 1991. He was later with Sha Na Na and is now the guitarist for former Stray Cats bassist Lee Rocker while also performing as part of the Winter Dance Party tribute to Buddy Holly.

During the summers an entity called Downtown El Cajon Business Partners has a Dinner and a Concert event each Friday, which includes a free concert on the Prescott Promenade. Campbell was billed simply as Buzz Campbell when he performed August 5.

La Mesa Fire Department firefighter Seth Perrins won this year’s Firefighters Destruction Derby that was contested June 4 and was part of the Fire and Safety Exposition at the San Diego County Fair.

“I wasn’t anticipating it. It’s my first time doing it,” Perrins said. “I was learning everything as I was going.”

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 949, which requires the California Interscholastic Federation to develop guidelines, procedures, and safety standards which will add competition cheerleading as an interscholastic sport. CIF will implement cheer for one of the 2017-18 seasons.

“We’re just in the preliminary stages statewide of developing what the sport will actually be and what season it will be in and how competition will take place,” said CIF San Diego Section commissioner Jerry Schniepp.

In January, 55 years ago, the National Hockey League racially integrated with Willie O’Ree becoming the first black player in the NHL.

O’Ree, originally from Santee, lives in La Mesa and for more than two decades remains active in the current NHL diversity program that encourages youth of all backgrounds to play hockey.

“If I can make a difference in just one boy’s or girl’s life I’m just a happy camper,” he said.