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HELP SAVE LIVES: JULIAN HIGH SCHOOL HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE APRIL 1

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (Julian) - Julian High School will host a mobile blood drive with the San Diego Blood Bank on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school is located at 1656 Highway in Julian; the blood drive will be in the parking lot.

About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives. Approximately, 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% do annually. Since blood is always needed, volunteers are asked to give blood for patients, such as those going through cancer or trauma.

HORSEBACK RIDING IS BACK AT WARNER SPRINGS RANCH RESORT

 

Latest phase in resort renovation follows renovated golf course

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (Warner Springs)  – Warner Springs Ranch Resort (WSRR), the iconic San Diego County destination, has brought back horseback riding to its amenities available to the public.  The resort has partnered with Warner Valley Stables to provide guided rides at the Warner Springs Ranch Resort Equestrian Center through the miles of scenic trails surrounding Warner Springs.

SEWAGE SPILL NEAR LAKESIDE RESULTS IN WATER CONTACT CLOSURE FOR LOS COCHES CREEK

  

 

 

Source: County of San Diego

March 19, 2017 (San Diego's East County)--An estimated 900,000 gallon sewage spill was identified Friday, March 17th at Los Coches Creek near East Sierra Alta Way in unincorporated El Cajon, the County announced today. The sewage entered the creek after an underground sewer pipe became exposed and significantly damaged during the February 27th storms.

VISITORS SWARM TO ALPINE HONEY FESTIVAL

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 13, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine’s First Annual Honey Festival, held March 11th, included teaching youths in their community about the history of their land.  That history includes honey and its production. In fact, this region was once the honey producing capitol of the world! Kids dressed up as bees and participated in an art show that portrayed bees and hives, with major doses of yellow and black.  But teaching kids about their local history was just a part of the festival.

NIGHT HIGHWAY WORK IN RAMONA STARTS SUNDAY: TRAFFIC CONGESTION EXPECTED

 

Source: Caltrans

March 13, 2017 (Ramona) -- Lane closures and one-way traffic control will take place on Highland Valley Road near the State Route 67 (SR-67) intersection Sunday and Monday from 7 p.m.-5 a.m., according to Caltrans. The closures are needed to install a new drainage system beneath the roadway as part of the SR-67 Dye Road/Highland Valley Road Improvement Project.

ROSES, TEA AND EMMA WITH THE EAST COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY APRIL 15

 

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2017 (Alpine) - Join the East County Rose Society as they drink tea and discuss Jane Austen's novel, Emma, on April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alpine Library.

HACIENDA DE LAS ROSAS WINERY TO CLOSE DOWN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Tammy Rimes and her husband/winemaker, the late William Holzhauer

March 9, 2017 (Ramona) – Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in Ramona is closing its doors.   The last day in business will be Saturday, April 29th. The property will be going up for sale in April, owner Tammy Rimes announced in an email to wine club members.

QUEEN BEE TEA LIVELY HONEY FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

 

Honey Festival coming up this Saturday, March 11

Source: Alpine Chamber of Commerce

Photos by Kathy Foster Photography for the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

March 7, 2017 (Alpine) -- The first Queen Bee Tea was a honey of a show on March 5 in AlpineAlmost 100 guests attended the Honey Festival kick-off event, turning the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. into a hive of chatter, fanciful bee bonnets, fashion show, free photo booth, opportunity drawings, contests and special vendors. 

RAMONA RANCH WINERY TEAMS UP WITH JR ORGANICS TO OFFER PICKUPS OF LOCAL VEGGIES: LEARN MORE THIS SUNDAY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2017 (Ramona) – “We’re crazy about all things local,” say the owners of Ramona Ranch Winery.  Besides offering locally produced wines and cheeses, the winery is now offering customers the opportunity to take home boxes of fresh vegetables from JR Organics.  

THE “MANE” EVENT: A BIRTHDAY PARTY AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 2, 2017 (Alpine) -- If a first responder does not already have Bobbi Brink, co-founder of Lions Tigers & Bears Exotic Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Alpine on speed dial they should consider it.  Why? Brink is accustomed to dealing with exotic animals and if a catastrophic event happens (flooding, wild fires plus).  Brink can show up and help handle the movement of that exotic animal. 

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR WARNER SPRINGS RANCH RESORT

 

East County News Service

March 2, 2017 (Warner Springs) – Storm damage caused a complete loss of pressure to a portion of Warner Springs Ranch Resort’s drinking water system.  So, the County’s Department of Environmental Health has issued a boil water order for the Warner Springs Ranch Resort’s water system, which provides drinking water to the Warner Springs Ranch Golf Grill, Warner Springs Airport, staff housing, St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, and Warner Springs Ranch Resort, which is currently under renovation and not yet open to the public.

WATER QUALITY CONCERNS RAISED AT SCHOOLS IN LA MESA AND WARNER SPRINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Two local school districts in La Mesa and Warner Springs are serving bottled water to students and staff due to water quality concerns.

La Mesa Spring Valley School District announced that it has voluntarily shut down drinking fountains and water used for cooking, while awaiting tests on drinking water quality. Superintendent Brian Marshall says the change is due to an “abundance of caution.”

LILAC FESTIVAL MARCH 25-26 AT FORT CROSS IN SANTA YSABEL

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2017 (Santa Ysabel) – Spring is in the air, and Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Santa Ysabel (4425 Highway 78) invites you to savor the season at a Lilac Festival on March 25th and 26th.  

Stroll through organic, sweet-smelling lilac groves, or hop on a hayride to enjoy views on a scenic nature loop.  Plus, you’ll find an array of unusual activities reflecting the community’s rich pioneer heritage.

HONEY FESTIVAL RECLAIMS LOCAL HERITAGE MARCH 11 IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2017 (Alpine) – Alpnie was once known as the honey production capital of the world.  Now here’s the buzz:  On Saturday, March 11 from 10 to 4, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce will present the first annual Honey Festival to celebrate the region’s sweet success.

AFTER PROTESTS, REP. HUNTER ANNOUNCES TOWN HALL MEETING MARCH 11

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2017 (Ramona) – Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) will hold a town hall meeting on March 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Ramona Main Stage (626 Main St., Ramona),  NBC 7 reports, citing a Hunter staffer as their source.

The move comes after several hundred protesters gathered  on all four corners outside Hunter’s El Cajon office and on an overpass above State Route 67 to protest his inaccessibility to constituents.

RESCUED CIRCUS LIONS COMING TO ALPINE: LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS SEEKS DONATIONS FOR NEW HABITATS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 24, 2017 (Alpine) — Lufuno, Arusha and Zulu were forced to perform in a famous traveling circus for many years.  But soon the trio of lions will have a new home at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine.

HAPPY 65TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE ALPINE SUN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2017 (Alpine) — The Alpine Sun newspaper celebrated its 65th anniversary on Valentine’s Day.  At Tuesday’s Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce “Hot Topics” breakfast meeting,  the newspaper’s publisher and editor were presented with certificates and plaques  from the offices of Congressman Duncan Hunter,  State Senator Joel Anderson, and Assemblyman Randy Voepel.

RAIN AHEAD, FREE SANDBAGS AVAILABLE

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 16, 2017 (San Diego) - Rains, possibly heavy at times, are heading back to San Diego County in the coming days, according to weather officials.

Which means that if you haven’t done it already, it’s a good time to stock up on free sand and bags to protect your home and property.

HERE’S THE BUZZ: QUEEN BEE TEA MARCH 5TH IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

February 15, 2017 (Alpine) – Now here’s the buzz! Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Queen Bee Tea on March 5th at 11:30 in the Alpine Community Center.  Teatime will be presented by Donna Marie’s Tea Time, plus guests will enjoy vendors and a fashion show by Dana’s Boutique.

STUDENT FLIGHT OUT OF GILLESPIE CRASHES NEAR RAMONA, KILLING WOMAN

 

 

Crash raises concerns from flight school neighbors

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 14, 2017 (Ramona) – A Cessna registered to the American Aviation Academy and flying out of Gillespie Field as an instructor/student flight on Sunday crashed onto a mountainside in Ramona, killing Shaira Noor, 21, of Bangladesh. She had been training at the academy for nine months. Noor was in the backseat of the Cessna and was impaled by a tree on impact, which killed her instantly.

Two other occupants survived, climbing to an elevated area and using cell phones to call for help, the Sheriff’s department reports.

GUHSD BOARD TO DISCUSS LAWSUITS AND LABOR NEGOTIATIONS THURSDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (El Cajon) — In a closed-door session Thursday just before the 6 p.m. public meeting, the Grossmont Union High School District Board will discuss ongoing litigation over funds for an Alpine high school in a case filed by Alpine Union School District and Alpine taxpayers,  as well as a new lawsuit filed in January by San Diegans for Open Government alleging campaign violations by the district over school bond Proposition BB.  A conference with labor negotiators is also on the closed-session agenda.

COUNTY PROCLAIMS LOCAL EMERGENCY DUE TO RECENT STORMS

 

Photo: The winter storms caused damage throughout the County such as flooding and this rockslide on Wynola Road in Julian.

Residents asked to report all storm damage: County has not reached level yet to get help for individuals or businesses

By Michele Clock, County of San Diego Communications

Photo: The winter storms caused damage throughout the County such as flooding and this rockslide on Wynola Road in Julian.

February 5, 2017 (San Diego) --The County of San Diego proclaimed a local emergency Friday, due to damage caused by the severe winter storms that hit the region late last month.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: DEVELOPING ALPINE, THE NEW GENERAL PLAN AND HOW TO HAVE INPUT

 

By Ben Locke, Alpine resident

January 31, 2017 (Alpine) -- Located at http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/generalplan.html is the County website for the General Plan (GP).  As you may have heard, a GP update will be taking place for Alpine over the next 18 months.  The preamble to the GP states that it is:  “…a framework for the future growth and development of the unincorporated areas of the County.”  And that it “…is based on a set of guiding principles designed to protect the County’s unique and diverse natural resources and maintain the character of its rural and semi-rural communities. It reflects an environmentally sustainable approach to planning that balances the need for adequate infrastructure, housing, and economic vitality, while maintaining and preserving each unique community within the County, agricultural areas, and extensive open space.”  Finally, it states that it:  “…reflects the County’s commitment to  a sustainable growth model that facilitates efficient development near infrastructure and services, while respecting sensitive natural resources and protection of existing community character in its extensive rural and semi-rural communities. The General Plan provides a renewed basis for the County’s diverse communities to develop Community Plans that are specific to and reflective of their unique character and environment consistent with the County’s vision for its future."

BILL SCHWEITZER SELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF RAMONA VALLEY VINEYARD ASSOCIATION (RVVA); APPLAUDS OUTGOING PRESIDENT MICOLE MOORE

 

Source: Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

Photo:  Outgoing RVVA president Micole Moore (left) and incoming RVVA president Bill Schweitzer (right) pose with the speaker, Master Sommelier Frederick Dame (center), at the 2016 Lum Eisenman Wine Competition awards dinner on June 22, 2016.

Jnuary 26, 2017 (Ramona) - The Board of Directors of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) selected Bill Schweitzer as their new president for the next three-year term.

GOT SANDBAGS? WATCH FOR WEEDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 24, 2017 (Boulevard) – A reader alerted us that after picking up free sandbags recently at the Boulevard Fire Station,  he noticed “hoary mustard weed growing out of the sand they used…The hoary mustard is a terrible weed that is spreading in Boulevard on equipment or anything that gets dirty and now is in sand bags spreading into even more areas. Once on someones property they will be fighting it forever as it invades gardens and any disturbed soil.”

TREE FALLS ON VFW HALL IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Don Lumb

January 22, 2017 (Alpine) – A towering eucalyptus tree has toppled onto a patio roof at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Alpine.  The VRW center is located at 944 Tavern Road.  Don Lumb sent these photos; no other details are  immediately available.

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