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At its Jan. 2, 2019 meeting, the Otay Water District Board of Directors elected new Board officers to lead the District’s Board for 2019.

The Board elected board member Mitch Thompson, who represents Division 2, as president. The Board also elected board member Mark Robak, serving Division 5, as vice president.

Girls from three local high schools completed a drone training program at the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) and have earned their FAA Remote Pilot Certification.

The program, called “Girls Take Flight,” began last spring and will culminate in a graduation ceremony at EIS on Jan. 11, 2019.

“We structured Girls Take Flight like a tech boot-camp,” said drone instructor Anjelica Thang, “and these 10 girls came through with flying colors.”

The program began with an assembly of about 60 high school juniors.

North Island Credit Union recently awarded a $500 grant to Lakeside Middle School Teacher Brian Mendoza as part of its Fall 2018 Teacher Grant program. The program assists educators in funding innovative learning opportunities for their students.

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce has accepted the resignation of CEO Eric J. Lund, effective Jan. 11, 2019, after five years with the organization. Lund has accepted an opportunity with another organization. 

“It has been my honor to serve the local communities, the members, the Chamber Board and our team to improve our region and businesses and I am so appreciative of their strong support throughout my time with the chamber,” said Lund.

–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.