Lakeside Stories

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Mountain lions and their defenders

Janie Agostini, Lakeside resident who lives in Moreno Valley, announced October 5 that 11 of her chickens were killed the previous night, but she wasn’t able to track the animal that did it. Her neighbors ...

Electric shock

East County residents fuming over four-figure power bills

San Diegans have been shocked by skyrocketing electric bills over the last two months, with many customers being told by San Diego Gas & Electric they owe two or even three times as much as ...

Lakeside turns out

The vexing sand mine

“I don’t know if you noticed, but the whole town of Lakeside is here,” said local resident Barbara Sessions, pointing to over 500 people who recently filled up a 250-seat room at the Lakeside Community ...

The problem with artificial grass

San Diegans deal with the impermeability

When I get in at 6:50 am,” Jeffrey said, “it’s already here: fresh poop.” Almost every morning, Jeffrey opens up the Valvoline Instant Oil Change shop in City Heights. “When I see people with dogs, ...

Standing Rock in Lakeside?

Barona and Viejas bands join fight against sand mining in El Monte Valley

Bobby “Walking Stick” Wallace, national chief of the Longest Walk with the Barona Band of Mission Indians, announced few days ago that his tribe is stepping in to join locals against a sand mining project ...

County pushes more density in rural San Diego

Persuasion meetings in Valley Center, Lakeside, El Cajon

The county board of supervisors has assigned their Planning & Development Services department to look to incorporated areas for housing development. County employees started the tour in August with a workshop at the county building ...

Water or sand in El Monte Valley?

How to use environmentalism to your advantage

After two years of delay, the County of San Diego just published a subsequent Environmental Impact Report and the reclamation plan for the sand mining project proposed for El Monte Valley in Lakeside. It all ...

Not everyone loves food-scraps-to-energy

Industrial zoning looms over Lakeside

In the past year, three new projects have been announced for the Moreno Valley area in Lakeside and the locals are not happy. Last year, San Diego County planning commissioners approved Bob Turner’s new sand ...

Power Surge San Diego's impressive girls

They don't play daddy ball

On an empty lot at Maine Avenue near the rodeo grounds in Lakeside, I find Power Surge Chavez, a fastpitch softball team of ten-year-old girls that practice twice a week, attend conditioning on another two ...

The swimming tongue

Lake Jennings catfish opener

Channel catfish are the most commonly caught freshwater fish in the country. As a hardy species they can survive in brackish water and are easy to farm. That their firm flesh prepares well baked or ...

The hidden food of Barona

Feisty Kate's, Ho Wan Noodle Shop, Barona Oaks Steakhouse

‘The long and winding road,” sing the Beatles on this bus’s sound system. And, boy, have they nailed it. I look out the bus window and see rocks, bluffs, isolated houses with dusty trucks in ...

Future farmer helps fight fire, loses animal friends

"We would be greeted with Bella’s voice and the one sweet chicken."

At about 11:30 p.m. on January 8th, Layla, an 11-year-old girl who lives in Eucalyptus Hills (a couple miles northeast of Lakeside), smelled smoke and saw a yellow reflection on her window. She ran into ...

Beat the eagles and osprey

Lake Jennings night fishing

In San Diego County, night-fishing is usually not available until summer catfish season; most lakes close at sunset. But trout, largemouth bass and channel and blue catfish feed at night. The fish can cruise the ...

Lake Jennings spookiness just before it closes

Scripps oceanographers and Helix Water will put dye in water in November

If you see an eerie reddish tint to the water at Lake Jennings on Halloween, it’s not spooks and goblins at work; it is a result of the lake’s hydraulic mixing action being tested by ...

Recycling thief caught up with in Lakeside

"I know it's only cans, but they are ours and on our property."

Last week, Jeff Cremeans caught a man lurking by his 1984 Toyota truck. The 39-year-old Lakeside resident can see his driveway even when he's at work — thanks to his Night Owl Extreme surveillance system. ...

Buses' stop signs ignored

"This, fortunately, scared the student to the point of shaking like crazy."

“Last week I was following my son’s bus home [and] the bus stopped on Valle Vista Road near Vista Camino,” said Miranda Niederle of Lakeside. “[Then the driver] turned on the [bus’s stop] lights and ...

Lakeside Nextdoor monitor adrift after online kerfuffle

“The first thing I’m doing is dropping the ban-hammer on you for personal attacks.”

On August 4, Dawn Espedal needed to verify a Lakeside resident on the Nextdoor app. “Please help me verify a new neighbor. Jane Smith [name changed for the story] on Riverview would like to join ...

Hike along the redwood flume that brought water to La Mesa

Differing life forms along Helix Flume Trail

The newest segment of the Helix Flume Trail between the old El Monte Pump Station on El Monte Road to Lake Jennings opened to the public in February 2017. The opening of this trail was ...

Lakeside dune buggy, trailer stolen, then recovered

Buggy was sitting on a stolen flatbed trailer on Mother Grundy Truck Trail

“When we saw the video of them driving away with the trailer, it was such a sickening feeling,” said Kathy Cosgrove. "We honestly did not think we would get it back.” Kathy, 53, was referring ...

Ramadan, no cheating

East County handyman chugs half gallon of water while it's dark

Said Hamdi works as a handyman for a local property management firm, maintaining houses and small apartment buildings across East County — Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside. For the last month or so he's ...

No one wants Lakeside's Linden Road

“Visitors have such a hard time driving in”

Carlos Contreras stands at the edge of a roadway that looks like a combination of sinkholes and earthquake damage. He points up the short, narrow street to a nice looking, well-kept house with a For ...

Frankly, they had me at sausage

German deli brings gemütlichkeit to Lakeside

It didn't really matter to me what the "More" referred to, when I found myself parking it in Lakeside to eat at a small, casual spot called Sausage & More European Deli. For the record, ...

Remember the name of Santee teen Julius Ballo

Southern California Silver Glove champ wins national boxing title

Thirteen-year-old Julius Ballo may be a normal teenager at his Tierra Del Sol middle school in Lakeside, but in the boxing ring, he’s a national champion. The Santee resident started boxing when he was three. ...

Suspected mail thief's escape thwarted

Steven Michael Johnson caught with woman's purse and other items

Despite his best efforts, a suspected mail thief in East County failed in an attempt to flee sheriff's deputies after a brief pursuit in Alpine on Wednesday morning (December 14). Shortly after 7 a.m., deputies ...

Cinder block vs. taser in Lakeside

Man arrested after threatening deputies outside fast-food joint

Two suspects, which authorities have declined to identify, are in custody following an altercation outside a Lakeside Jack in the Box restaurant. According to a report from Sgt. Cliff Rinder, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to ...

Opening day for catfish night-fishing this Friday

Try chicken liver or shrimp

Lake Jennings, off the I-8 in Lakeside, is an 85-acre reservoir at about 700 feet in elevation. It holds channel catfish, largemouth bass, stocked trout, blue catfish, redear sunfish, and even “wipers” — a white ...

All about that bass

National Bass West is a tournament series in California and Arizona. In the San Diego region, the tournaments are usually held at Lake Hodges, Lower Otay, and El Capitan. This Saturday, April 16, will be ...

See more than 100 species of birds at Silverwood

Learn about birds and plants on this educational hike.

There is something for every nature lover and even those who only want to get a bit of exercise at Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary. With a network of nearly 5 miles of trails, there are both ...

The only alternative for having eternal life

Pastor Bancroft’s urgent message

To say that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven is not a politically correct thing to say, but it’s certainly what the Bible says.

Sweat equity added to Veterans Day

Lakeside townhouse building gets solar panels installed

A group of volunteers spent their Veterans Day putting the finishing touches on a new solar power system donated to four disabled veterans and their families at a small Lakeside townhome complex. According to Tom ...

Justice sought for newspaper woman dead since 1965

Missing-persons HQ in Lakeside seeks Dorothy Kilgallen info

On November 8, 1965, TV star Dorothy Kilgallen was found dead in her five-story Manhattan brownstone. Conspiracy theorists have claimed over the years she was killed because she knew too much about President Kennedy’s assassination. ...

Big-box war in Lakeside

County approves building of Tractor Supply store on modified permit

A group of Lakeside residents (unaffiliated with any common nonprofit organization) sued a big-box store developer and the county of San Diego on October 23, claiming the county should have required an environmental impact report ...

Yes, there will be Harleys in heaven

It all flows from knowing God

Interview with Pastor Al Hester of Evangelical Free Church of America

Uphill both ways to El Cap

A most challenging hike in mountain-lion country

Take a strenuous hike to enjoy views from the Cuyamacas to the Coronado Islands.

Lake Lindo Grill brings kabobs to Lakeside

Mediterranean discovered inland

“99.99% of our customers love our food,” says the blurb. “It is known that Lakeside and Santee have many kinds of restaurants…but there was a shortage of Mediterranean (Greek) food.” This is from Lake Lindo ...

Where time, nature, and rush hour collide

Backcountry study on where and how wildlife can safely cross Highway 67

As dangerous as Highway 67 is for drivers, it is even trickier for the wildlife that live in the rich habitat on either side, so when Caltrans looked at placing barriers down the middle for ...

Production ceases at lab by the lake

Meth and honey-oil operation allegedly involved ten people

An early-morning raid on a house in the 9000 block of Creekford Drive in Lakeside resulted in ten arrests connected to the production and distribution of narcotics, sheriffs' deputies are reporting. According to a report ...

Delicious bad stuff

Duska, who’s slim and svelte, says she doesn’t eat this kind of dish so much.

‘We could see the blizzard coming,” says John. “I was ten. Our school was small. Five students. Winnie, my pony, was waiting outside. This was winter, Wyoming. Had to get home ahead of it. It ...

Lake Jennings is a hidden gem for wildlife sightings close to urban areas

Begin from any starting point you choose

Lake Jennings is a manmade 9800-acre-foot capacity reservoir owned by the Helix Water District. In 1962 the Helix Irrigation District built Chet Harritt Dam, which forms the reservoir, storing water that is treated and used ...

No golf course...how about a sand mine?

Lakeside locals displeased that equestrian trails may be eliminated

The El Monte Sand Mine and Nature Preserve plan met resistance from more than 100 residents at a Lakeside Community Planning Group meeting Wednesday, June 3. The plan for mining, according to county project manager ...

Feeling the burn, San Diego?

More people likely to pay state fire-prevention fees in backcountry

The controversial California Fire Prevention Fee may soon affect more property owners in San Diego. If proposed changes to the fire-zone map are approved, some rural county residents will have to start paying the annual ...

East county rounds up pub grub and craft beer

Rodeo-adjacent Eastbound Bar & Grill puts Lakeside on the gastro map

Since Karl Strauss Brewing opened their brew pub on Columbia Street in 1989, craft beer bars have continued to gain popularity and now flood the city. The trend has been slow to spread to surrounding ...

Scenic road through recovery

The oaks still stand, but Margaret’s cabin burned down.

This hike through Oakoasis Open Space Preserve has stunning views and shady riparian areas.

Wide-open space abounds

Watch hawks soar on a stroll through oak-studded open grasslands.

Wide-open space abounds at Barnett Ranch, the 728-acre preserve that is now owned by the County of San Diego. The historic cattle ranch is part of the property that was once the home of Augustus ...

Fill the dam thing

San Vicente project complete, beach disappears

On July 9, we flew over the newly completed construction project to raise the San Vicente Dam, which will allow more water to be stored in the reservoir. The dam-raising has been heralded as the ...

Sixty miles to El Capitan Reservoir and back

East County standouts on this 4-5 hour cycling trip.

I recently had a nice, cool day off for a leisurely and minimally hilly bike ride that doesn't involve the super-flat Mission Bay or San Diego Bay. Where else to go but to follow the ...

Hillbilly-tinged steampunk

So many missed opportunities, so many sweet-ass zingers lost to the space-time continuum

The Bucking Delorian is the kind of place you want to fall in love with. I mean, it’s a freaking Back to the Future–themed bar in downtown Lakeside! But, not unlike the broken promises of ...

Pot shop popped after robbery

Crime at marijuana dispensary yields thief and proprietor

Sheriff's deputies responding to the burglary of a Lakeside medical marijuana dispensary on Friday, May 9, caught the thief, but also left the dispensary's operator facing criminal charges of her own. Shortly before 4 a.m., ...

Lakeside man arrested following stick assault

He also had a knife

Lakeside resident Steve Nakho was arrested early Monday morning, April 7, after allegedly beating a man with a stick and chasing him while wielding a knife. Around 9:30 Sunday evening, sheriff's deputies received a call ...

Discover San Diego's native heritage

The Pala and Kumeyaay: a pre-Spanish history.

Few people know that San Diego County has more American Indian reservations than any other county in the nation. Native American tribes have lived in the area for over 12,000 years. Today, a majority of ...

Lost hiker rescued in Lakeside

Woman was "sliding on her backside" toward a cliff when located

San Diego sheriff's deputies from the Santee station and San Diego Fire were called in to rescue a lost hiker from the El Capitan Open Space Preserve in Lakeside early Sunday evening, March 2. According ...

Guy in the sky: Drought no joke

Local reservoirs indicate water shortages

Flying over San Diego County's various reservoirs on the morning of February 14 at about 1500' above each, it's easy to see that the water levels are not where they should be at this time ...

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