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Stories by Susan Murphy

Neighbors Help Family Rebuild After Devastating Cocos Fire

Neighbors Help Family Rebuild After Devastating Cocos Fire

May 14
By Susan Murphy

It was a year ago that a dozen wildfires whipped by Santa Ana winds roared through San Diego County. The fires devoured nearly 27,000 acres and destroyed 63 homes. Those who lost homes continue today to work to rebuild them.

Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For 'Unprecedented' Fire ...

Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For 'Unprecedented' Fire Season

May 8
By Susan Murphy

Despite this week’s rain showers and cool temperatures, state and local fire officials are warning, come summer and fall, San Diego County could be poised for one of its worst fire seasons ever.

San Diego POWs Relive History At Greatest Generation Naval Museum

San Diego POWs Relive History At Greatest Generation Naval Museum

May 6
By Susan Murphy

The Greatest Generation Naval Museum in El Cajon recently hosted a special group of World War II veterans. The sights and sounds of the historic aircraft brought back vivid memories of the war from seven decades ago.

California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

May 4
By Susan Murphy

In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mount Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive.

Vietnam War Ended 40 Years Ago But Lives On For MIA Families

Vietnam War Ended 40 Years Ago But Lives On For MIA Families

April 23
By Susan Murphy

Point Loma's Elaine Zimmer Davis lost her Marine pilot husband in 1969 when his plane was shot down over Vietnam. Capt. Jerry Zimmer is one of 1,600 U.S. service members who is still listed as missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Santa Ana Winds Bring High Fire Danger To San Diego County

Santa Ana Winds Bring High Fire Danger To San Diego County

April 15
By Susan Murphy

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday for San Diego County's inland and mountain areas, where winds are expected to gust from 30 mph to 70 mph.

San Diego-Based Troops Return From Middle East

San Diego-Based Troops Return From Middle East

April 14
By Susan Murphy

The Marines and sailors were heavily involved in Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition campaign focused on combating the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group.

San Diego County's Water Use Soars Amid Drought

San Diego County's Water Use Soars Amid Drought

April 9
By Susan Murphy

Despite long-standing calls for cutbacks, San Diego County’s overall water use in February soared 13 percent higher than for the same period in 2013.

Special Operations Marine To Receive Navy Cross At Camp Pendleton

Special Operations Marine To Receive Navy Cross At Camp Pendleton

April 9
By Susan Murphy

A special operations Marine will receive the Marine Corps' second-highest combat medal during a ceremony Thursday at Camp Pendleton.

San Diego Chaldean Leader Pushes For Iraq, Syria Refugee Bill

San Diego Chaldean Leader Pushes For Iraq, Syria Refugee Bill

March 26
By Susan Murphy

"My message to Congress is clear," said Mark Arabo, advocate for Iraqi Christians. "If they do not pass this bill, then they’re sentencing my people to death."

San Diegans — Get Ready For Another Heat Wave

San Diegans — Get Ready For Another Heat Wave

March 25
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures across San Diego County could reach 20 degrees above average on Thursday and Friday — from 90 degrees in the inland valleys to the upper 80s along the coast.

Another Heat Wave Takes Aim At San Diego County

Another Heat Wave Takes Aim At San Diego County

March 24
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures along the coast could reach 20 to 25 degrees above average, soaring to the 90-degree mark or higher on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Some San Diego Farmers Shut Off Water In Prolonged Drought

Some San Diego Farmers Shut Off Water In Prolonged Drought

March 20
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s 4,000 farms have been hit hard from drought — not because they have run out of water, but because water is squeezing their budgets.

San Diego Veterans Invited To Voice Questions, Concerns At Town Hall

San Diego Veterans Invited To Voice Questions, Concerns At Town Hall

March 23
By Susan Murphy

The forum is one of many the Veterans Affairs is holding around the country to improve services and rebuild community trust.

San Diego-Based Troops Named On ISIS 'Hit List'

San Diego-Based Troops Named On ISIS 'Hit List'

March 23
By Susan Murphy

Nearly three dozen U.S. troops, including some based on the USS Carl Vinson from San Diego, were named on a "hit list" by the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group, according to the Marine Corps Times.

Drought Deepens But No New Water Restrictions For San Diego County

Drought Deepens But No New Water Restrictions For San Diego County

March 18
By Susan Murphy

California’s new water regulations that put limits on outdoor watering days will have little effect on San Diego County because similar conservation measures are already in place here.

Heat Wave Brings Record Temperatures To San Diego

Heat Wave Brings Record Temperatures To San Diego

March 16
By Susan Murphy

A heat wave that gripped San Diego from Friday through Sunday, the last weekend of winter, shattered previous daytime high temperatures by as much as 9 degrees.

Winter Heat Wave Hits San Diego County

Winter Heat Wave Hits San Diego County

March 12
By Susan Murphy

Record-breaking heat is expected to develop across San Diego County starting Friday and continuing through Monday.

Wounded Warriors Helped At San Diego VA By Fellow Amputees

Wounded Warriors Helped At San Diego VA By Fellow Amputees

March 11
By Susan Murphy

Hundreds of military members lost arms and legs during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Amputees who come to the prosthetic department at the San Diego VA Medical Center find a special connection to those providing their care.

Free Windows, Doors Installed In 3,000 Homes Near San Diego Airport

Free Windows, Doors Installed In 3,000 Homes Near San Diego Airport

Feb. 26
By Susan Murphy

To lessen noise from Lindbergh Field, the Quieter Home Program offers new doors and windows for homes under airplane flight paths.

San Diego Congressman Vargas, Civic Leaders Speak Out Against Trade...

San Diego Congressman Vargas, Civic Leaders Speak Out Against Trade Proposal

Feb. 23
By Susan Murphy

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) and a dozen civic and religious leaders rallied Monday against President Barack Obama’s request to Congress for “fast track” trade authority.

Camp Pendleton Tests Ability To Deploy 50,000 Troops

Camp Pendleton Tests Ability To Deploy 50,000 Troops

Feb. 23
By Susan Murphy

Some 1,700 Marines and sailors are participating in the training at the Camp Pendleton that will prepare military leaders for how to execute such a large operation should they be called to do so.

San Diego-Based Troops On USS Carl Vinson Launch Daily Airstrikes A...

San Diego-Based Troops On USS Carl Vinson Launch Daily Airstrikes Against ISIS

Feb. 19
By Susan Murphy

Thousands of troops on board the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson are at the center of the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

San Diego Doctor Returns From Ebola Mission In Liberia

San Diego Doctor Returns From Ebola Mission In Liberia

Feb. 16
By Susan Murphy

It’s been nearly a year since the deadly Ebola crisis hit West Africa and sent a ripple of fear across the world. From the beginning, a San Diego-based humanitarian group, Project Concern International, has been on the front lines of the outbreak.

San Diego Remains In Drought's Grip

San Diego Remains In Drought's Grip

Feb. 9
By Susan Murphy

An atmospheric river of rain drenched Northern California over the weekend, but San Diego remains in the grips of a historic drought — receiving less than half of an inch of precipitation since Jan. 1.

'SkySpire' Attraction Proposed For San Diego Waterfront

'SkySpire' Attraction Proposed For San Diego Waterfront

Feb. 9
By Susan Murphy

“SkySpire San Diego” would be a 250-foot tall cylinder-shaped tower, topped with a restaurant that offers 360-degree views of San Diego Bay. Passengers would be lifted to the top in enclosed gondolas that spiral to and from the observation deck.

San Diego's NASSCO Experiencing A Shipbuilding Boom

San Diego's NASSCO Experiencing A Shipbuilding Boom

Feb. 6
By Susan Murphy

NASSCO’s third mobile landing platform ship will be christened on Saturday amid a building boom at the company's Barrio Logan shipyard.

Climate Change Threatens More Than 120 Native Bird Species In San D...

Climate Change Threatens More Than 120 Native Bird Species In San Diego

Jan. 30
By Susan Murphy

Every winter, San Diego’s lagoons and beaches attract thousands of migrating birds. The region is a crucial refueling spot along one of the world’s busiest bird flight paths. But climate change may leave a lot of birds looking for new place to land.

San Diego County Creates Task Force To Tackle Human Trafficking

San Diego County Creates Task Force To Tackle Human Trafficking

Jan. 20
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The San Diego Violent Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation Task Force will bring together the collaborative force of local, state and federal law enforcement to investigate organized human trafficking operations.

San Diego-Based Marines Training Iraqis In Fight Against ISIS

San Diego-Based Marines Training Iraqis In Fight Against ISIS

Jan. 19
By Susan Murphy

Three years after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq, some San Diego-based Marines have returned to rebuild Iraq’s disintegrated army in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

World War II POWs In San Diego Attend Private 'Unbroken' Screening

World War II POWs In San Diego Attend Private 'Unbroken' Screening

Jan. 15
By Susan Murphy

World War II POWs in San Diego and their families were treated to a free private showing of the movie "Unbroken." Many of the veterans said they could relate to the harrowing war story.

Volunteers Needed For San Diego County's Homeless Count

Volunteers Needed For San Diego County's Homeless Count

Jan. 12
By Susan Murphy

The annual count, which is on Jan. 23, enables San Diego County to qualify for federal funds that help pay for programs to help the homeless.

San Diego Records Warmest Year On Record

San Diego Records Warmest Year On Record

Jan. 7
By Susan Murphy

Last year was San Diego’s warmest since record keeping began in 1872. The average combined high and low temperature at Lindbergh Field was 67.6 degrees — nearly 4 degrees above normal.

Snow Enthusiasts Flock To San Diego Mountains

Snow Enthusiasts Flock To San Diego Mountains

Jan. 2
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

San Diego’s foothills and mountains are coated in a picturesque blanket of fluffy white snow. The rare winter wonderland has attracted thousands to Mt. Laguna and the historic town of Julian for sledding, snowball fights and apple pie.

San Diego's Nighttime Helicopters To Fly Countywide

San Diego's Nighttime Helicopters To Fly Countywide

Dec. 16
By Susan Murphy

The city of San Diego’s two nighttime flying helicopters are available to the entire county for firefighting and rescues under a new deal between the two governments.

More Rain Takes Aim At San Diego County

More Rain Takes Aim At San Diego County

Dec. 15
By Susan Murphy

Another round of rainfall is expected to sweep through San Diego County on Tuesday and Wednesday. It could reap big benefits if residents capture and reuse it.

San Diego Approves $14 Million Security Contract To Protect Vulnera...

San Diego Approves $14 Million Security Contract To Protect Vulnerable Water Systems

Dec. 9
By Susan Murphy

The contract, called for under federal Department of Homeland Security guidelines for water and wastewater infrastructure, is for one year at nearly $2.5 million, with four one-year options to renew.

'Big Corridor' Of Rainfall Expected To Douse San Diego County

'Big Corridor' Of Rainfall Expected To Douse San Diego County

Dec. 1
By Susan Murphy

A significant rain storm moving into drought-parched San Diego County on Tuesday is expected to bring heavy downpours, mud and debris flows and widespread street flooding.

A Half-Million San Diegans Struggle To Put Food On Thanksgiving Table

A Half-Million San Diegans Struggle To Put Food On Thanksgiving Table

Nov. 26
By Susan Murphy

Thanksgiving is one day of the year when fewer poor people go hungry in San Diego County because charities overflow with volunteers to serve hot turkey dinners to those in need. But the rest of the year, a half-million people struggle to put food on the table.

San Diego Families Adopt Marines For Thanksgiving

San Diego Families Adopt Marines For Thanksgiving

Nov. 26
By Susan Murphy

Hundreds of families in San Diego County are adding extra place settings to their tables this Thanksgiving, inviting Marines over for a home-cooked turkey and all the fixings.

San Diego's Wartime Women Vets Still Serving Their County Decades L...

San Diego's Wartime Women Vets Still Serving Their County Decades Later

Nov. 11
By Susan Murphy

The veterans, some in their 90s, have taken on a new mission: making neck pillows by hand to bring comfort to today's generation of troops.

10 Years Later, Camp Pendleton Marines Remember The Battle For Fall...

10 Years Later, Camp Pendleton Marines Remember The Battle For Fallujah

Nov. 7
By Susan Murphy

Hundreds of Iraq War veterans are gathering Friday morning at Camp Pendleton to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the second Battle for Fallujah. This was the fiercest combat of the Iraq war and the deadliest urban battle for the Marines since Vietnam.

Longtime La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid Defeated In Landslide

Longtime La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid Defeated In Landslide

Nov. 5
By Susan Murphy

La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, who has been on the City Council since 1981 and the mayor since 1990, lost to two-term City Councilman Mark Arapostathis.

San Diego County Voter Turnout Meets Low Expectations

San Diego County Voter Turnout Meets Low Expectations

Nov. 5
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County voters met expectations of a low turnout for Tuesday’s General Election, with just one in three registered voters casting a ballot, according to “semi-official election results” from Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office.

Santa Ana Winds, Single Digit Humidity Increase Fire Risk In San Diego

Santa Ana Winds, Single Digit Humidity Increase Fire Risk In San Diego

Nov. 4
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County is under an elevated risk of fire danger through Thursday due to moderate Santa Ana winds, above average temperatures and low humidity levels.

Brown Urges 'Yes' Vote On Water Bond, Rainy Day Fund At San Diego Stop

Brown Urges 'Yes' Vote On Water Bond, Rainy Day Fund At San Diego Stop

Oct. 29
By Susan Murphy

Less than a week before Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday stopped at the San Diego County Water Authority to rally support for Propositions 1 and 2.

San Diego Nurses Say Not Enough Being Done To Prepare For Ebola

San Diego Nurses Say Not Enough Being Done To Prepare For Ebola

Oct. 28
By Susan Murphy

A group of nurses from UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest say the Ebola-designated hospital is not prepared. The nurses are calling for rigorous training and better protective gear.

Navy, Marines Team Up At Camp Pendleton For Disaster Response Training

Navy, Marines Team Up At Camp Pendleton For Disaster Response Training

Oct. 28
By Susan Murphy

The Navy and Marines have teamed up at Camp Pendleton, on land and out at sea, for global crisis training. They're testing a new ship that could be a game-changer the next time troops are called for humanitarian assistance.

Are You Ready For An Earthquake — Or The Long Overdue Big One?

Are You Ready For An Earthquake — Or The Long Overdue Big One?

Oct. 15
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County is surrounded by active faults capable of unleashing large quakes up to a magnitude 7 or higher.

Fattened Gray Whales In Low-Ice Arctic Set To Journey South

Fattened Gray Whales In Low-Ice Arctic Set To Journey South

Oct. 13
By Susan Murphy

Thousands of gray whales are about to begin their annual southern migration to Mexico from their feeding grounds in the Arctic, where near-record low ice coverage last spring allowed pregnant females to get early access to food.