Pala Radio 91.3 Local and Regional Headlines 1/12/2018

PALA TODAY – Friday, January 12, 2018

by John Fox - The following items are part of the award-winning “Pala Today” newscast heard this day at noon on PALA REZ RADIO™ 91.3 FM in Pala and worldwide online … click here to listen live  or call 1 832 999 1123.  Note:  Some portions of today’s newscast are only available in the live broadcast and not included in this transcript.


Riverside Sheriffs have made an arrest in the triple shooting on the Morongo reservation Wednesday night.  31-year old Adrien Sotomayor is charged with one count of suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder.  A 55-year old Beaumont man died and two others were hospitalized.  None of those involved are tribal members or residents on the reservation.  The site of Wednesday’s shooting was about three miles from Morongo Casino. 

Four teenage suspects have been arrested for the shooting deaths of 19-year old Lauren Lopez and 22-year old Patrick Powell from Hemet January 3 on Ramona Expressway in San Jacinto.  The two men and women are all 18 and 19 years old and from Hemet or Valle Vista just east of Hemet.  All were arrested and booked Wednesday.  Possible special circumstances charges could make at least one of the four eligible for the death penalty.

As rescue and cleanup from resulting mudslides continue, Cal Fire only just today proclaimed the Thomas Fire 100% contained at nearly 282k acres.  It was the largest fire in state history, destroying over 1k structures and setting the stage for floods that have now claimed even more structures and 17 lives.  Costs for fighting just the fire are pegged at $167m.

The Oceanside City Council yesterday asked for public input on how to proceed with the replacement of former Mayor Jim Wood who resigned last month due to health issues.  Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery has been serving as acting mayor since Wood’s latest stroke back in May.  Wood was mayor for 13 years, following three decades with the Oceanside Police Force.  The council has two months to either appoint a successor or call a special election, which would cost the city about $75k.  Comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Those interested in speaking or adding their name for appointment consideration can attend the next city council meeting January 24 at 5p.

Fallbrook Skatepark Inc. and the Fallbrook Sports Association have ended a partnership that would have created a new free-access skate park at Ingold Sports Park off Olive Hill Road.  FSI, which has raised over $20k and secured a $10k grant from the Tony Hawk foundation over the last 14 months will now have to find a new location.

The end of the nuclear power era in California now has a clear time frame.  The state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously yesterday to approve the plan for shutdown of Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo County starting in 2024.  It’s the last remaining online nuclear plant in the state.  Critics say it will be an economic liability and lead to the use of more natural gas to generate power for the state’s grid.