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Planning On Enjoying The Great Outdoors In This Heat Wave? Be Prepared And More Local News

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Temperatures are expected to soar this week but the hot weather isn’t stopping San Diegans wanting to hike. Plus, San Diego researchers are part of a team unlocking important clues about huge holes that sometimes form in the ice shelf surrounding Antarctica and an 87-year-old veteran who lives in a retirement home in Oceanside talks about his past — one that includes John Wayne and tales of old Hollywood.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's June 11th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego News matters over the last few days. Our weather has heated up. KPBS reporter John Carroll says, if you're planning on enjoying the great outdoors, get ready for summer

Speaker 2: 00:15 at Cowles mountain and mission trails regional park. The thermometer shot up to 100 degrees by noon on Monday, but the sizzling temperatures aren't keeping hikers from hitting the trails. San Diego Park Ranger Rebecca smart says it's very important to be prepared. Wear a hat and sunscreen and perhaps most importantly,

Speaker 3: 00:35 make sure that you bring plenty of water more than you think you'll need. Um, chances are you'll need it or if you don't, someone else will.

Speaker 2: 00:45 For the first time this year, smart put up warning signs at Cowles Mountain. They caution people not to bring pets or children to the trails on warm weather days for the adults. She says, try to hike in the morning before 10 or late in the afternoon. It's all about being prepared as our weather swings into summer. John Carroll Kpbs News

Speaker 1: 01:06 San Diego City Council members Monday voted to seek the invalidation of proposition B KPBS metro reporter Andrew Ball and says the fate of the 2012 pension reform measure is now in the hands of the courts.

Speaker 3: 01:19 The city council voted six three to join a legal effort by city employee unions to overturn prop B. The courts have ruled the measure was illegally placed on the ballot, but they haven't yet stricken it from the city. Charter attorney and Smith who represents the city unions told counsel members fighting to preserve property would still be a losing strategy. It would be irrational for this city to rinse and repeat the arguments it has made for seven years and have been rejected already by every court. The legal battle over property is likely to continue for a while as the initiative supporters fight to keep excluding city workers hired since 2012 from the pension system. Andrew Bowen Kpbs News,

Speaker 1: 02:03 San Diego researchers are part of a team that's unlocking some important clues about huge holes that form in the ice shelf surrounding Antarctica. KPPS environment. Reporter. Eric Anderson says there could be applications for the earth's climate.

Speaker 4: 02:18 Scientists are the first massive opening in the mid 1970s when a hole the size of Oregon opened in the Antarctic ice sheet. Researchers have studied a similar event recently in a region considered key to global ocean currents. Stormy conditions combined with upwelling of deep ocean water create a huge tear of the ice sheet that doesn't refreeze Scripps Institution of Oceanography Researcher Matt Maslov's says, deep ocean water rises to the surface, bringing along heat and carbon. You want to be able to understand the amount of heat that's either lost or gained by the ocean. This is going to be a significant change to the ocean heat content Maslov says the rare event could have a impact on the

Speaker 3: 03:00 planet's climate. Findings are published in the current edition of the journal Nature. Eric Anderson, Kpbs News,

Speaker 1: 03:07 California Senator Kamala Harris recently claimed president Trump's tariffs are taking more than a billion dollars every month from America's working class capital public radio's politifact reporter Chris Nichols. Fact check this claim by the Democratic presidential hopeful.

Speaker 3: 03:22 Here's the claim Harris made at the California Democratic Party convention earlier this month.

Speaker 5: 03:28 I like to call it Trump's trade tasks and his trade tax is taking one point $4 billion out of working people's pockets every month.

Speaker 3: 03:43 We reported on the claim at the time, but did not place a rating on it since then. We reviewed a report by the Center for Economic Policy Research and spoke with its author, a Princeton economics professor. He told us Harris generally got his findings right, but he said all consumers are paying the extra price on goods, not just working class Americans. Also, this study calculated totals for 2018 not for this year. In the end, we rated Harris's claim mostly true in Sacramento. I'm Chris Nichols,

Speaker 1: 04:16 read full versions of all our fact checks@politifact.com slash California Pacific gas and electric cut power to more than 22,000 customers this past weekend because of wildfire threats. Capitol Public Radio Is Ezra David Romero reports the outages are a foretaste of what to expect as fire season unfolds.

Speaker 3: 04:38 Conditions were perfect this weekend for a spark to turn into a blaze across California. That's what happened in Yellow County when the large grass fire ignited incidents like this or why Brandy Morello with PG and e says the company will continue to cut power as fire conditions persist.

Speaker 1: 04:55 That's not a decision we take lightly and certainly something that all California should be ready for this summer and just be prepared.

Speaker 3: 05:02 Morello says, Pgne, we'll base future outages have a bunch of factors including humidity levels, dry fuel, and wind. Looking to this week, the National Weather Service has an issue to red flag warning. Even though temperatures will sit in the triple digits in places like Sacramento, fire conditions are expected to improve because winds have gone down, but much of northern California is under a heat advisory until Wednesday in Sacramento. I'm as her David Romero,

Speaker 1: 05:28 the Colorado River provides water for San Diego and a total of 40 million people in the southwest, but the river's running short on water and this is pushing some states to tap into every available drop before things get worse. In the first of a series we're calling the final Straw. K uncs. Luke running reports on a controversial effort to make one Colorado Reservoir bigger

Speaker 3: 05:53 Tyson long drives his black pickup truck in the foothills, boulder, Colorado. The narrow dirt road twists and turns through pine forest and past houses with yard signs that read stop gross reservoir expansion. This is a good vantage point. We are at the corner of long in his wife, April Lewandowski, live near the reservoir in an area called Cold Creek Canyon. As we get closer to the dam, they imagined trucks full of building materials barreling toward us.

Speaker 6: 06:23 People aren't going to get in car wrecks. People are going to get killed doing this. I'm convinced that's going to happen and that's why I keep hitting the safety nail on the head.

Speaker 3: 06:33 Those trucks could become a reality. That utility that owns the reservoir. Denver water wants to increase the size of the dam by 131 feet and fill the human made lake with more water from the headwaters of the Colorado River from an overlook. The dam is a deep wall of concrete situated between the tree lined canyon walls.

Speaker 6: 06:57 But I mean you look at how the land splays out. I mean you could see why they want to do that. Is it just, it's so much wider all the way around.

Speaker 3: 07:05 If the expansion goes through, this would be the tallest dam in the state and where we're standing would be underwater. Like there's nothing that we get from this. Like we don't get the water from it. We don't get a better, like we've never been told we were going to get a better road or wider road.

Speaker 6: 07:22 It is a major construction project. There's, I don't want to gloss over that. It will have impacts to the local community.

Speaker 3: 07:30 Jim Lochhead is the CEO of Denver water. The utilities been pushing for the expansion since 2003 that's when a lack of snow cause the agency to nearly run out of water and one of its service area.

Speaker 6: 07:43 So this is a project that's needed today to deal with that imbalance in that, that vulnerability and to give us more drought resiliency.

Speaker 3: 07:53 Safety concerns are just the beginning of the projects. Opposition environmentalist's are suing, arguing the expansion will harm endangered fish. A group of local activists say the additional water will spur unsustainable population growth and the utility is now sparring with Boulder county officials over a land use permit. No one wakes up in the morning and says, Gee, I hope there'll be a seven year damn construction project in my backyard and a Mcdermott also lives near the banks of gross reservoir. She spoke about that permit at a public meeting in March. This project represents an effort by Denver Water Board to actually grab water while they can before federal legislation and management of the Colorado River basin is imposed. What Mcdermott is referring to is a disconnect in the watershed states downstream like Arizona and Nevada just signed a new agreement that keeps them from becoming more reliant on the river.

Speaker 3: 08:49 Meanwhile, upstream in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, the opposite is happening. There really isn't unused or excess water out there and that's University of Colorado water policy researcher Doug Kenney. So every new water project we build is undercutting the reliability of every other water project we've already built. A longstanding compact gives upper basin states the legal cover to continue developing projects like the gross reservoir expansion. Kenny says that adds additional pressure to the river. I used to think that limiting factor would be the co, the economic costs of these projects, but, but currently there's little evidence to suggest that's what stops these things. You know, it's politics and it's uh, it's how well mobilized the political opponents are to these projects. Meaning to justify the costs of these big builds water managers throughout the Colorado River's upper basin have to convince a skeptical public. They're absolutely necessary. I'm Luke Runyon in Greeley, Colorado.

Speaker 1: 09:51 This story is a part of a collaborative series from the Colorado River reporting project at k, UNC Kuer in Salt Lake City and Wyoming public radio in a retirement home in Oceanside. There's a man with a story straight out of a movie KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman tells us about a former actors, Hollywood history.

Speaker 7: 10:12 So come here and welcome to my cottage here.

Speaker 3: 10:15 87 year old ed Faulkner is taking us inside his room at Brookdale Oceanside. He sits down and pulls out a photo album full of candidates from old movies.

Speaker 7: 10:24 This is from a current doc where I hit punched and go down the mud slide.

Speaker 8: 10:30 [inaudible]

Speaker 3: 10:33 Faulkner has appeared in many Hollywood films, including John Wayne's 1963 McClintock this was a

Speaker 7: 10:38 fight sequence from McClintock pat. We still, we are in the course. He beats me up. I never wanted to fight. Yeah, it was always a bad guy.

Speaker 8: 10:52 [inaudible]

Speaker 3: 10:56 Faulkner grew up riding horses in Kentucky, which he says gave him an edge for Westerns.

Speaker 7: 11:01 That's how I got started was, you know, they were doing a lot of western series and uh, you had an advantage if you wrote a horse. She's telling the truth, Mister the clinic, we wasn't doing nothing, but that's not important right now.

Speaker 3: 11:15 They called John Wayne Duke and Faulkner was in six of Duke's movies. Yeah.

Speaker 8: 11:19 [inaudible]

Speaker 3: 11:22 even played a leading role in Wayne's 1968 Vietnam war movie.

Speaker 7: 11:26 They were going to cast it themselves and it was called the green berets. So I saw Julie Christus out, how am I going to work this? I'd done one movie with way. So, uh, it sounds Corny, but I wrote a letter and I said something like a deer. Duke, like yourself. I want to say that's a long enough. How about a change your hats? Maybe baret

Speaker 8: 11:53 [inaudible]

Speaker 9: 11:57 Faulkner says over the years he and Wayne became friends. I played literally hundreds of games of chess with him. And as I tell people, I occasionally let him win. Wayne even cast Faulkner and his family in the 1969 western, the undefeated

Speaker 7: 12:14 is there, came up faces are these your girls says, yeah, he says a luster luster. Vegas was was the wardrobe. He loves her. It was great. He was wardrobe. He says, bottom in wardrobe. They came out, you know, just, and it was a period piece and that's how they got to,

Speaker 6: 12:35 Oh, you per chance in the warm Mr. Thomas. Yes, captain. I was,

Speaker 9: 12:40 Faulkner also shared the screen with the king of Rock, so trying to go loose. He was in to Elvis movies, including tickle me in 19 six

Speaker 6: 12:47 the five top it or I'll drop you your sister, Mr. He was really nice with me. I enjoyed that. He's a good guy.

Speaker 9: 12:57 Before he was on the silver screen, Faulkner was acting in TV shows in Fevi when I got started, it was a in a 61 years ago, which would make it 19, uh, uh, 58 when I started, the daily rate was $80 a day. Faulkner was in dozens of movies and hundreds of television episodes, but he says they weren't all classics

Speaker 6: 13:21 maybe versus not like monsters

Speaker 7: 13:24 was the weirdest one. I think it was. The script was though. It was the past crypt. It was terrible.

Speaker 8: 13:30 [inaudible]

Speaker 9: 13:36 Faulkner says, looking back on his career, I've just been blessed in my life. Faulkner now lives in a retirement home in ocean side so he can be closer to his youngest daughter, Leslie at the senior center. He enjoys sharing movies with friends. Whenever through

Speaker 7: 13:49 four months I'll pull out one of my movies and, uh, we'll advertise it, you know, and I'll go down and I'll tell him this, this movie was made 52 years ago. I was 35 when we made it. They say,

Speaker 9: 14:06 that's you. Yeah. After the 1970s, Faulkner scaled back his acting. I've done what I wanted to do. I'd made some nice money. He hopes when people see movies he's been in, they have a good time.

Speaker 7: 14:17 Oh, I hope they have fun. Enjoy the movies. Well, we have a good time making the film.

Speaker 9: 14:23 Not Hoffman. KPBS news

Speaker 1: 14:25 before getting into acting. Faulkner was a pilot in the US air force for two years. I'm Deb Welsh. Thanks for listening to San Diego News matters podcast. Find more local news online at [inaudible] dot org.

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