Pala Today News – 5/13/24

Written by on May 13, 2024

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A horrific crash on Highway 76 at Horse Ranch Creek Road Friday night killed four people and closed the road five miles west of Pala through the night for investigation.  It’s not known if alcohol or drugs were involved. At around 11:18p, an eastbound Chrysler veered into westbound lanes, colliding with a Jeep Gladiator.  Both drivers died, as did two passengers in the Chrysler which was fully involved in flames when first responders arrived.  A Jeep passenger was transported to Palomar Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

A man was stabbed to death Saturday evening in the 300 block of Sprucewood Drive in Encinitas.  He died at a hospital.  His name has not been released.  A suspect was arrested about a half-mile from the assault location. Everything else is still under investigation.

Last Thursday, on the day his motorcycle permit was upgraded to a full license and the day before his 20th birthday, Christopher Hendrickson of Vista was killed when his motorcycle collided with a Subaru hatchback on Hacienda Drive around 1p.  Few details have been released.  Christopher died at the hospital.  The driver of the Subaru was not injured.  Hendrickson was a student at Mira Costa college and worked at Chick-fil-A.   A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the family with funeral and other expenses.

A months-long investigation into an alleged organized crime ring led to the discovery last Thursday of 160 pallets of stolen merchandise in a warehouse off Highway 74, east of Lake Elsinore.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office reports $1.4m worth of merchandise was recovered.  A 34-year old truck driver from Jurupa Valley was detained then released on bail.  No other arrests were made.

Reports of seeing the aurora borealis, commonly called the northern lights over the weekend throughout Southern California along with photographic evidence of it have dominated television, print and online media.  Unusually strong sunspot activity caused solar emissions that reacted in the Earth’s atmosphere to create the colorful night skies. The catch was you had to be above the typical nighttime clouds Pala and the rest of SoCal usually get this time of year.  Locally, the lights were probably only seen by those on Palomar Mountain and areas east of there.  The further away from city light pollution, the better.  Though photographs tend to bring out the colors, even eyeballing the northern lights is pretty spectacular with all of the sky to the north turning mostly pink with undulating curtains of green dancing on the horizon.  A strong solar storm last year lit up Northern California.  But northern lights in Southern California are almost unheard of.  The University of Alaska tracked an extreme aurora event in 1958 that reportedly could be seen as far south as Mexico City.  This weekend’s solar storm was the first G4-level geomagnetic storm watch issued by the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado since 2005.

If you haven’t been to the flower fields east of I-5 in Carlsbad yet this year, you’re in luck.  Thanks to the mild weather this spring, the fields of giant tecolote ranunculus, which normally close after Mother’s Day will remain open one extra week through the 19th.  All the associated public attractions at the fields – the American Flag of Flowers, gardens, aviaries, tractor wagon rides, sweet pea maze and Santa’s Playground will be open daily from 9a to 6p. Tickets are available online only.

There have been more than 20 small to light-moderate earthquakes about 50 miles east of Mexicali on the same fault line that runs through Salton Sea.  None were felt further this direction than El Centro.,-116.60339&extent=33.29151,-114.85107

Pala weather will be very consistent over the next week.  Night and morning low clouds, clearing to highs in the mid to upper-70s and overnight lows in the low 50s all week.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)


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In the NBA playoffs – Indiana routed the Knicks at Madison Square Garden 121-89 to tie their semifinal series at two games apiece.  Denver beat the Timberwolves in Minneapolis 115-107.  That series is also tied at two.  Tonight, it’s Boston at Cleveland with the Celtics leading two games to one.  And Oklahoma City at Dallas with the Mavericks leading two games to one. 

Following a cardiac arrest and surgery to repair a congenital heart defect, USC’s Bronny James has been medically cleared by the NBA’s Fitness to Play Panel for the 2024 draft.  The son of Lakers star LeBron James is expected to take part in combine scrimmages tomorrow with league executives getting a better look at James the younger after a disappointing freshman season at SC.  James has declared for the June draft while maintaining college eligibility.

In Major League Baseball – The Padres took two out of three from the visiting Dodgers over the weekend, beginning with the exciting debut of Luis Arraez, who provided the winning walk-off single in the 9th for a 2-1 win Friday.  The Dodgers shut out the Padres 5-0 Saturday.  And San Diego returned the favor yesterday, winning 4-0.  Yu Darvish got the win yesterday, pitching seven innings and allowing two hits.  Walker Buehler took the loss, giving up first inning home runs to Fernando Tatis Jr and Jake Cronenworth.  Xander Bogaerts homered in the fifth.  The Angels lost two out of three to the visiting Royals including yesterday’s 4-2 decision.  The Angels are in last place in the AL West, a half game behind Houston.

Today, the Padres host the last-place Rockies.  The Giants host the Dodgers.  And the Angels host St. Louis.

In the minors – The Storm beat the Inland Empire 66ers 10-7 yesterday, taking four out of the six games played at Lake Elsinore.  Their next series begins tomorrow at Visalia.

In the NHL playoffs – Florida won Game 4 of its series with the Bruins in Boston 3-2.  They now lead the series three games to one.  Vancouver went up 2 games to one with a 4-3 win yesterday at Edmonton.  Tonight, the Rangers could wrap up their series with Carolina in New York.  They lead three games to one.  Dallas is at Colorado, leading two games to one.

In Soccer – On Saturday, the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake played to a 2-2 tie in Carson and LAFC shut out the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 at BMO Stadium in LA.  LAFC’s next game is Wednesday at St. Louis.

In the NFL – Former Chargers manager A.J. Smith died yesterday at the age of 75.  He’d been battling prostate cancer for the past seven years.  During his 35 years in the NFL, Smith rose from part-time scout to general manager with the San Diego Chargers from 2003 to 2012.  The team won 98 games under his watch – the most of any GM in franchise history.  He drafted Eli Manning in 2004 then traded him to the Giants for quarterback Phil Rivers and two draft picks.  Rivers set franchise records, as did another Smith acquisition – tight end Antonio Gates, an undrafted free agent in 2003.  Smith’s career before San Diego included 14 seasons with Buffalo.  During his final two years in the league he consulted for Washington before his retirement in 2015.  His son, Kyle is assistant GM for Atlanta.

In Rugby – The San Diego Legion’s next game is this Sunday hosting New England.

In Golf – At the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, early tournament leader Xander Schauffelle’s started strong and kept shooting higher and higher rounds, while Rory McIlroy started with three strong rounds, then had yesterday’s best round at 65 to win by five strokes at 17 under-par 267.

In racing – At Indianapolis Speedway, Alex Palou won the Indy Grand Prix – his second win out of five races so far this year.  Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Cup race at Darlington yesterday.



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed.  The Dow was down more than a tenth of a percent.  The S&P 500 was down a small fraction.  The NASDAQ was up three tenths.  Gold plunged $32.80 an ounce on the Comex to $2,342.20.  The benchmark West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures were up 49 cents to $78.75 a barrel.

A federal judge in Fort Worth has blocked the new Biden administration rule to prohibit credit card companies from charging customers late fees higher than $8.  Trump appointee, US District Judge Mark Pittman granted a preliminary injunction on Friday to several businesses and banks that allege the new rule violates federal statutes.  The rule against excessive late fees was set to go into effect tomorrow with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimating it would save consumers about $10b a year by lowering late fees from an average of $32 to no more than $8.  The rule was part of a broad push by the current administration to eliminate “junk fees” – the term for hidden or misleading consumer charges.



Over the weekend at the movies, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” opened big, selling $56.5m worth of tickets on 4k screens.  Last week’s top film, “The Fall Guy” fell by half to $13.7m and dropped to second place, followed by “Challengers”, “Tarot”, and “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” exactly where they were last week.  Last week’s #2, the re-release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” dropped to 9th place.  Overall movie attendance this past weekend was the best since Easter.  But two thirds of it was Planet of the Apes.

Is cash still king?  A survey by found that 7 in 10 Americans believe the U.S. is becoming a “cashless” society.  But almost 8 in 10 don’t think we should.  As we increasingly rely on plastic for its ease of use, it’s not without risk.  71% of those surveyed find it easier to overspend using a credit card and just over half say credit cards feel like free money.  69% prefer to pay using a credit card.  23% say they would not be able to make ends meet without one.  2 in 5 admit to not carrying cash.  10% say the reason they don’t carry cash is they think it’s dirty.  Baby Boomers are one third more likely to carry cash than Gen Z.  Some Gen Zers and even Millennials want to take things even further.  32% want to ditch their wallets and keep IDs, credit cards – everything on their phones.  52% of Gen Z would rather use their phones than swipe plastic.


On this day in music history – May 13,

  • In 1961, the same week as Mother’s Day, Ernie K. Doe’s single “Mother in Law” peaked at #2.
  • 1967, Britain was experiencing the retaliatory American Invasion of their music charts.  The Monkees’ second album went to number one there.  Only four albums topped the British charts the entire year of 1967 – just over half of those weeks, they were American albums.  The first two Monkees albums combined were #1 for nine weeks and the soundtrack from “The Sound of Music” was #1 for 17 weeks.  The Beatles held up the British end.  Their Sgt. Pepper’s album was #1 for 25 weeks. 
  • On the same day in 1967, The Supremes scored their 10th #1 U.S. single with “The Happening”. 
  • In 1969, Led Zeppelin became the first British rock band to play a concert in Hawaii. 
  • In 1970, The Beatles film “Let It Be” premiered in New York City.  Originally planned as a TV documentary, the film included the now-famous unannounced rooftop concert in London – the last public performance by the group. 
  • In 1971, Stevie Wonder turned 21 and received all his earnings from a score of hits he’d had in the 60s and 1970.  Even though his songs had earned $30m, he only got $1m of it.
  • In 1974, 43 people were arrested and more than 50 injured during rioting outside a Jackson Five concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. 
  • In 1985, Bruce Springsteen married actress Julianne Phillips.  They divorced three years later.
  • In 2002, Dionne Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana.  11 joints were found in a lipstick case in her carryon.  The charges were dropped after she completed a sobriety program and donated to charity.
  • In 2003, Michael Jackson started a legal riot of his own, filing suit against Motown Records for royalties he claimed were owed him from Jackson Five songs in the 60s and 70s. 
  • In 2008, Frank Sinatra got his picture on a postage stamp. 
  • In 2012, Donald “Duck” Dunn, bass player with the MG’s, the Blues Brothers, and a top studio musician for decades died in his sleep the night after playing at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo where he’d been touring with Eddie Floyd and fellow MG, Steve Cropper.

Born on this day …

  • In 1941, Ritchie Valens
  • In 1943, Mary Wells who had the 1964 #1 hit, “My Guy”, written by Smokey Robinson.
  • In 1950, Danny Kirwan, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1968 to 72
  • Also in 1950, Stevie Wonder
  • In 1966, Darius Rucker, formerly with Hootie & the Blowfish and currently a solo country artist.

Other celebrity anniversaries today …

  • Actor Harvey Keitel is 85.
  • Comedian/actor Franklin Ajaye is 75
  • Talk show host Stephen Colbert is 60
  • Among those who’ve passed, actress/writer Selma Diamond from TV’s “Night Court” and “Too Close For Comfort” was born in 1920
  • Bea Arthur from TV shows “Maude” and “The Golden Girls” was born in 1922
  • Robert Reed, best-remembered as Mike Brady on TV’s “The Brady Bunch” was born in 1932


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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 77 this afternoon … patchy morning fog, clearing to sunny and 76 tomorrow … 74 Wednesday with winds gusting up to 20 miles an hour both days … 75 Thursday … 78 Friday and Saturday … 77 Sunday … overnight lows, 51 tonight and tomorrow night … 53 Wednesday and Thursday nights … 54 Friday and Saturday nights



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