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Stories by Gloria Ciprian

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 ...

A book is a treat in prison

Larry collects books to give away at La Mesa gas station

Emerald Oil, a gas station on the corner of Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue, not only boasts about having the lowest gas prices in La Mesa, but it also has a wide variety of ...

Baby osprey takes flight before falling

Manmade nest at Lake Murray was built to keep birds safe from fire

At 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, May 18, one of the two baby ospreys in a nest at Lake Murray took a fall. Last year, two baby ospreys fell out of the same manmade nest ...

La Mesa Planning Commission favors 18-unit complex

Adjacent residents fret about privacy

On February 4, the disapproval of a proposed City of La Mesa condominium development was demonstrated by a local family’s door-to-door collection of signatures on a petition against the project. The family, residents of Wheaton ...

Alpine teachers protest in La Mesa

Complaints about a boardmember and a 30 percent pay cut

Two schoolteachers were carrying picket signs in protest of the Alpine Union School Districton the corner of Jackson Drive and Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa on January 29. From about noon to 5 p.m., Kim ...

Beautiful girls give away free milk at Lake Murray

They only look like models

Marketing reps for Muscle Milk set up their camp in the Lake Murray parking lot for only about ten minutes on January 13 at 2:30 p.m. The two pretty girls who came to the lake ...

Furries descend on Lake Murray

Everyone was hugging, laughing, riding motorcycles, and playing tag

On January 4, LMFAO arrived at Lake Murray between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to have their monthly meeting, which they hold on the first Saturday of every month. In this case, ...

Rabbit rescue at Lake Murray

Three young captured, two adults still at large

At 10 a.m. on December 27, Chris and Dave, two Lake Murray runners, discovered five tame, domesticated rabbits wandering around the edge of the service road near the 2 ¼ mile marker of the trail. ...

Three-car collision in La Mesa

Blonde in red pickup reportedly disregarded left-turn traffic light

On December 17 at 6:45 p.m., a three-car collision on the corner of Fletcher Parkway Drive and Baltimore Drive in La Mesa drew six police cars, a fire truck, and an ambulance. The destruction was ...

Catch and cash-in trout at Lake Murray

Fish worth $30 a pound?

On December 5, Lake Murray was stocked with a load of 1/2- to 1-pound trout. The day before, Lake Murray management gave trout fishermen a new incentive to fish at the park: orange-tagged trout that ...

Vehicles crash into La Mesa car dealer’s lot

Man has seizure, setting off chain of events

On November 21 at approximately 2:30 p.m., a truck and SUV crashed into parked cars at the Truck & SUV Center, located on the corner of Lake Murray Boulevard and Parkway Drive in La Mesa. ...

Velomobile on the Lake Murray running trail

Commuter says he’ll stop using his bicycle as work transportation

A different kind of transportation made its debut at Lake Murray on October 14 at about 2:30 p.m. A long, hot-dog-shaped, bright red car/bike rolled along past joggers and walkers as they stared. As it ...

Seal threateningly follows man at La Jolla Cove

Lifeguard laughs

A seal decided to join human beach activity when it swam ashore at La Jolla Cove at 3 p.m. on September 28. No one could believe that the seal would come so close to people ...

Little girl who lied takes public punishment in La Mesa

Mom makes her wear sign on streetcorner

At 6 p.m. on September 26, people driving on Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa were slowing down to see a small, cute girl, about ten years old, holding a big yellow sign that declared ...

Dog collapses on Lake Murray trail

Pavement too hot

On September 25 at 2:30 p.m., a dog named Chase collapsed at the two-and-a-half-mile mark on the Lake Murray running trail. Luckily, a kind woman was on hand to help the dog and his owner. ...

Lake Murray baby ospreys’ welfare report

One to be cared for, the other gets final reward

Lisa Culver, the CEO of Project Wildlife, has reported the condition of the two baby ospreys that fell out of their nest at Lake Murray on June 5 and June 21. The manmade nest is ...

Discarded fishing line injures Lake Murray’s baby osprey

Falls out of nest into cactus, revealing bound-up foot

On June 21, at about 2:30 p.m., the second baby osprey at Lake Murray fell out of its nest. (Its sibling had fallen out on June 5 and was taken to Project Wildlife to be ...

A Lake Murray baby osprey’s bittersweet rescue

Falls out of manmade nest

At about 8 a.m. on June 5, a baby osprey fell out of its nest, situated near the two-mile mark on the path that goes around Lake Murray. A more-fortunate sibling managed to remain in ...

Buddhists’ Pet Release Ceremony Interrupted

At about 2:45 p.m. on April 18, a group of Buddhists came to Lake Murray to release four pet animals at the lake. The three women and one man, who were dressed in robes, explained ...

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