Gloria Ciprian

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Mission Trails witch’s tale

Indian lore behind “dodder” parasite covering plants

Hikers at Mission Trails Regional Park have noticed the yellow spidery moss that covers the tops of lots of plants in the park. Bridgette and Rachel wondered if the moss was spreading and perhaps dangerous ...

Lake Murray rebel has a short run

Cops take down violent young man the old-fashioned way

On November 16, at about 2 p.m., a 20-year-old Caucasian male started screaming and verbally threatening Lake Murray walkers near the 1¾-mile marker along the road that runs around the lake. According to a few ...

Fishy paint job for La Mesa catwalk

Will artful sidewalk ward off city's less desirable elements?

When school started on August 13 at Maryland Avenue Elementary in La Mesa, students were pleased to find that a nearby formerly unkempt walkway had been changed into a work of art. After City of ...

Computer bandit strikes La Mesa Starbucks

Mind your Mac

La Mesa residents need to guard their computers more carefully. On July 21, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., activity at the La Mesa Starbucks (located on the corner of Kiowa Drive ...

A roll down the catwalk

City of La Mesa quickly follows wheelchair-access request

On Thursday (June 18th), a La Mesa walkway running east to west from Tufts Street to Maryland Avenue was made ADA compliant following a family's request to make that walkway wheelchair accessible. After the request, ...

Nature and nurture

Another baby osprey falls out of manmade nest at Lake Murray

On May 9 at about 7 a.m., a baby osprey was spotted at the two-mile mark on the Lake Murray service road. It looked dazed but healthy as it sat there looking at the small ...

Mystery foam on Lake Murray

Soap suds theory shot down

On April 24, a small crowd of hikers stopped to observe sudsy, white foam stacked up about a foot high near the two-mile marker on the running trail around Lake Murray. The onlookers were all ...

Begging becomes a bloody business

La Mesa panhandler struck after stepping off median

On February 11 at about 2:45 p.m., a car hit a panhandler at the Jackson Avenue and Fletcher Parkway intersection in La Mesa. The La Mesa Police Department responded with three motorcycle cops, a police ...

Are you out of your gourd?

UCSD Pumpkin Drop supplier turns down $400 offer

Jon Berndes, a telephone repairman by trade, decided that he wanted to try and grow the world’s largest pumpkin when he read a newspaper article 20 years ago about…the world’s largest pumpkin. Last month, Berndes ...

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