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Grizzly performer bearly retires in East County

Rocky the bear, who recently retired from a long career in entertainment, will be living the rest of his life at Lions Tigers and Bears, an animal rescue facility in Alpine. The animal sanctuary is accredited by both the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association, and typically rescues exotic animals from abusive and exploitative situations. However, sanctuary founder and director Bobbi Brink said Rocky is “truly a retirement” situation.
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County budget anticipates money for Alpine park

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to adopt its 2022-23 budget on June 28. Public hearings were held on June 13 and 16, with the deadline for e-comments for the budget due by June 22. Again, this year, the Alpine County Park is in the budget. The 2022-23 recommended budget totals $7.15 billion, a decrease of 11% due to the removal of one-time costs for COVID-19 response and reductions in Capital Program.

Thought for the Week: Beautiful in and out

Summer is upon us! Gardens are blooming, veggies are sprouting, birds are singing, and temperatures are climbing! So, it’s easy to see beauty everywhere – right? That has been our theme this month, “Behold Beauty Everywhere.” This Sunday’s message is “Beautiful Inside and Out.’ As mentioned this past Sunday, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To see beauty on the outside requires beauty begins on the inside. Just like all the other qualities of God, one must first possess these qualities within in order to demonstrate them without. And the truth of the matter is that we all do possess all of God’s qualities, be it Love, Order, Power, Beauty, Joy, Abundance, Peace, etc. within us since God is present everywhere, in everything full force. If we don’t honor this truth, however, and think and subsequently act otherwise, we withhold and stimy these forces. “As within, so without” is an ancient saying that holds true in my book. In truth we can have all these qualities of God, yet if we are unaware and are nonbelievers it bene fits us and the world not.
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Border 16 Fire Near Dulzura 100% Contained: Cal Fire

The Border Fire, which started Monday and scorched 70 acres on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, is 100% contained, Cal Fire announced Wednesday. Two firefighters suffered heat-related illnesses while fighting the blaze that started for unknown reasons at about 10 a.m. near Tecate Creek in Marron Valley, east of Otay Mesa, according to Cal Fire.

Agents rescue injured migrant in Jacumba Wilderness

OCOTILLO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Border Patrol agents say a migrant with a leg injury was rescued in the Jacumba Wilderness. At about 3:21 p.m. on Saturday, agents were told of a person who was lost in Jacumba and someone was in need of help. Nearly two hours later, the...

Loveland Reservoir

June 22, 2022 (Alpine) — On the outskirts of Alpine lies something rare in East County — an exceptional opportunity for fishing and other recreation on land that is free to access through an arrangement with the U.S. Forest Service. Error message. Support community news in the public...
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The Sinister Story Behind The Popular Lake Morena In Southern California Will Give You Chills

Found east of San Diego in Campo, California is the pretty but haunted Lake Morena. It might look unassuming, but there are definitely some creepy stories about this place that may make you pause before deciding to go camping here. But if you’re feeling brave, it might be your new favorite spot. From visible ghosts to mysterious sounds, Lake Morena is the place to go for chilling experiences.


View video: Click Youtube image at left, or visit June 21, 2022 (Campo) – Campo, an unincorporated community in the Mountain Empire area of southeastern San Diego County, is striving to keep its Wild West heritage alive. The town has a rich history that includes railway lore, cowboys, a former cavalry fort, and a notorious gunfight. Earlier this month, the community revived its signature annual event.

Viejas Concerts in the Park

June 12, 2022 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino & Resort has some hot summer nights entertainment lined up at its outdoor Park at Viejas. The lineup includes some legendary names in rock and roll including Jefferson Starship and Blue Oyster Cult, as well as new wave music by Berlin, a Latino music and dance night with Los Bonadadosos and E Nuevo Acapulco, R&B with En Vogue, and country music singer Billy Currington.


June 13, 2022 (Barrett Junction) – The #BarrettFire burning near Dulzura has scorched 65 acres and is 25% contained. There are no evacuation orders or warnings. While no structures are immediately threatened, roughly 16 structures are being “evaluated for future risk,” according to Cal Fire’s Twitter feed.

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When Tim Dodd, CEO and co-founder of the Sweet Flower cannabis store chain and Pasadena’s newest dispensary, arrived in the US from New Zealand decades ago, he carried with him two things: a backpack and $50,000 in debt. Now his six-store chain is one of the most prominent cannabis...

Rocky days ahead for Alpine sanctuary

Rocky the bear, who recently retired from a long career in entertainment, will be living the rest of his life at Lions Tigers and Bears, an animal rescue facility in Alpine. The animal sanctuary is accredited by both the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association, and typically rescues exotic animals from abusive and exploitative situations. However, sanctuary founder and director Bobbi Brink said Rocky is “truly a retirement” situation. “This bear has been owned by the same owner for almost 18 years, he legitimately retired and Rocky was the very last animal. The owner has been boarding him for the last two years so he’s been in a small cage. Now, he gets to enjoy being a bear: he’ll have a pond for the first time, a den in the dirt and a large platform. We’re raising funds for his furniture and just his bedroom will be bigger than his old cage,” Brink said. Rocky’s situation is unique, Brink said, as many animals simply disappear when they are too old to turn a profit. Bears are often used for cub petting when young, she said, then sold off to hunting facilities. “A lot of people don’t know these animals can’t always be used for life in the entertainment industry. When they stop working, they disappear or end up going into a small cage for life. We’re super proud that this trainer who is retiring is also letting the animal retire with dignity,” Brink said. She believes Rocky, a 700-pound Syrian grizzly will adjust fairly quickly to his new surroundings because he is so comfortable with people and has been socialized throughout his years in the entertainment industry. Each animal that arrives at the rescue facility has a different trajectory to settling in, Brink said, depending on “how badly they’ve been abused and what they’ve been through”, and if they’ve lived in a small space. “Rocky is a little different because he likes people, he likes to hear people talk, get attention,” Brink said. Those qualities will make him “a good educational animal” to teach visitors why bears and other exotic animals make terrible pets. In the future, Brink would prefer to see animals eliminated entirely from the entertainment industry— ideally, she would like to see movie footage obtained in the wild, reuse of existing footage or use of fake animals. However, the current and bigger issue, she said, is petting zoos and other attractions that rely on young animals to draw in profits. The United States Department of Agriculture has strict regulations surrounding tiger cub handling: cubs may not be used for entertainment before they are eight weeks old because their immune systems are still very vulnerable, however it is also illegal to have those same tigers come in contact with paying customers past 12 weeks of age so there is a small window for profitable use. Bears, she said, have an even tighter window but are not covered under the Big Cat act, a pending federal bill which would essentially ban private tiger ownership. “We wish the Big Cat act included bears and we tried to make it happen but couldn’t get bears and primates written into that bill. We’re going to have to duplicate those efforts but in the meantime people are starting to learn what happens to petting-zoo animals. Education is key,” Brink said. At the Alpine facility, each animal offers lessons to visitors: bears do not make good pets, white tigers are inbred and rife with health problems, lions can get depressed. Rocky is currently in quarantine and will slowly be introduced to a new space but will not be joining the other bears until his personality emerges and staff can determine if he can live with four rescued bears who share one large space. “He’s going to be by himself for awhile until we figure out if he can be by Cherry Bomb. Just like people like each other or don’t, bears may or may not accept each other,” Brink said. Once Rocky’s situation is established, he will be up for visitors at the rescue facility. Visit for more information on Rocky and about 60 other rescued animals at the Alpine sanctuary.

Fire consumes nearly 600 acres

A vegetation fire broke out in the backcountry on June 13 and spread to 577 acres by June 14. The incident, which CalFire named the Border13 Fire, began east of Marron Valley near Border Road. A CalFire representative said the fire was 35% contained on the morning of June 15...

Eight migrants rescued in Jacumba Wilderness over three days

OCOTILLO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - US Border Patrol says eight people were rescued over the course of three days in the Jacumba Wilderness. At about 1:05 p.m. on Monday, agents were called regarding someone lost in Jacumba. A 19-year-old woman from El Salvador, along with her two children, were found...