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GUESTS GET CREATIVE AT ANOMAR ARTS FESTIVAL

By Miriam Raftery

July 3, 2019 (Ramona) -- Visitors at the Begent Ranch got hands-on artistic experiences at Ramona’s eclectic new event, the Anomar Arts Festival, last weekend. The festival is the creation of the 2CreateGallery and The Art Center of Ramona, with a goal to help everyone explore the world of art.

JACOB ASKS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO STOP INSURERS FROM DENYING COVERAGE TO LOCAL HOMEOWNERS DUE TO WILDFIRE RISKS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: West Fire in Alpine, 2018

July 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Across California, some insurance companies have stopped writing policies for homes in areas at high risk for wildfires, even dropping policies for some long-standing customers, Voice of San Diego reported in mid-June. 

Now, Supervisor Dianne Jacob has written a letter on June 27 to California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara urging him to take immediate action to “address the heavy-handed, blanket approach that insurance companies are currently utilizing to deny insurance though those who live in areas where wildfires may occur.” She also called on Lara to hold a public hearing in San Diego County on the issue, to allow residents to speak out and share concerns.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LIGHTS FANTASTIC AT HUBBELL HOUSE CHAPEL

June 27, 2019 (Julian) -- No, our editor hasn't gone punk. The vivid colors on her hair, hands and stone floor below are caused by sunlight filtered through stained glass crowning the "chapel" building at Hubbell House near Julian, which was recently open for the facility's annual Father's Day Tour.

The complex includes the home, studios and galleries of famed artist and architectural designer James Hubbell.  Proceeds from the tour benefit the Ilan Lael Foundation, working to keep alive the magical artistic style created by Hubbell for future generations to enjoy.

DEADLINE NEARS FOR COMMENTS ON COUNTY’S PROPOSED 5G ORDINANCE

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 22, 2019 (San Diego) – The deadline is June 30th for the public to submit comments on the County of San Diego’s draft Zoning Ordinance Update for Small Cell Wireless Facilities. You can read the draft ordinance and supporting documents here. Read concerns about the ordinance here.  

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC AT JULIAN COFFEEHOUSE JUNE 28

East County News Service

June 19, 2019 (Julian) -- Contemporary Christian Music Coffeehouse will present live music on Friday, June 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Regulars Wanted Beanery in Julian. Live music will feature the In Faith band with Blake Rogers, Glenn Kelley, Lisa Anderson and Nate Patterson. 

GRIEVING CHILDREN HAVE TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES AT FREE CAMP IN JULIAN

By Lisa Marcolongo

Photo:  Camp Spero campers and their counselors, Kiana, Ashley, Lily, Victoria, Citlalli and Lorraine. Carrie Vines Photography

June 14, 2019 (Julian) - From May 31 through June 2, 100 children and teens from San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties attended Camp Spero, a free bereavement camp hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice that is open to the community. Campers spent a fun-filled weekend in Julian, CA, where they honored and memorialized their loved one, learned coping skills and made friends with others who are facing similar challenges. Camp Spero is open to all youth in the community, ages 7 to 17, who are grieving the death of a significant person in their life.

DEDICATION OF “LA QUINCEAÑERA” JUNE 15 AND “CLASSIC BIKES” MURAL JUNE 21 IN RAMONA

Source: Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project
 
June 13, 2019 (Ramona) -- The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project will hold a dedication for “La Quinceañera” by artist Johnathan Martinez at Leslie’s Pool Supplies, 1905 Main St., Ramona, on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of the mural.

WITNESSES SOUGHT TO GUATAY CYCLING ACCIDENT

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 12, 2019 (Guatay) – How did Pine Valley Community Planning Group member Warren Larkin wind up with 10 broken ribs, a collapsed lung and broken clavicle?  According to his wife, Ann, Larkin can’t remember what happened before a passerby found him in the middle of Olde Highway 80 near his home in Guatay on Saturday afternoon, June 8th.

COUNTY BRACING FOR TOUGH FIRE SEASON, ANNOUNCES COORDINATED EFFORT TO MEET CHALLENGES

Firebreaks planned to protect Crest and Guatay

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

June 6, 2019 (San Diego) -- Not wanting a repeat of devastation suffered in the deadly 2003 and 2007 firestorms in San Diego County, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob announced on Tuesday a highly coordinated fire prevention effort in anticipation of a tough fire season.

While recent heavy rains have been good for replenishing water supplies, Jacob stated at a press conference, “From a fire standpoint, what has happened, our backcountry brush is thicker than ever. That means there is more fuel to feed a fire when it hits. And it will."

Jacob, whose District 2 includes fire-prone East County, added, "Since the series of deadly firestorms in 2003 and 2007, the county has worked side-by-side with CAL FIRE and spent more than half-a-billion dollars on firefighting improvements.” This has included “new stations, aircraft, and the establishment of a bigger and better firefighting force."

Audio: 

Audio: Press conference on San Diego County fire plans for 2019

BREAKING NEWS: CALFIRE/COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO RETAKES REMAINING JULIAN FIRE STATION; DEFIES STAY TRIGGERED BY APPEAL

San Diego County fails to pay JCFPD paramedics as agreed in earlier court judgment

Update: Sheriff's office declines to comment on eviction of the JCFPD

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

June 3, 2019 (Julian) -- CAL FIRE, under the authority of the San Diego County Fire Authority, retook the remaining Julian fire station Sunday afternoon. The station  has been held by volunteers Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) with court approval after the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) dissolved the JCFPD, pending the outcome of litigation by those trying to save the county's last volunteer firefighting district.

The move by CAL FIRE and the Sheriff’s Department failure to halt the takeover was in defiance of an appeal filed to the San Diego Superior Appellate Court Division immediately after Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp on Friday ordered members of the JCFPD to vacate Fire Station No. 56 in her Friday ruling.  The appeal triggers an automatic stay, the County’s director of communications acknowledged Friday, prior to the forced takeover this weekend. Judge Trapp on Friday also affirmed that no eviction should occur until an appeal could be heard, according to a witness present in the courtroom. ECM is working to obtain videotape of the judge’s statement.

FREE SUMMER MOVIES AT VIEJAS OUTLETS IN ALPINE

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 28, 2019 (Alpine) - Grab your popcorn – it’s time for (free!) summertime movies at the outdoor roller skating rink at Viejas Outlets shopping mall (5005 Willows Rd.) in Alpine.  Showtimes start at 7:30 p.m. The season opened May 24 with Top Gun. The lineup of popular movies coming up include:

 

  • May 31  – Hotel Transylvania 3 (PG)
  • June 7 – Moana (PG)
  • June 14 – Bumblebee (PG13)
  • June 21 – Antman and the Wasp (PG13)
  • June 28 – Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse (PG)
  • July 4 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG13)
  • July 5 – How to Train Your Dragon 3 (PG)

HAWK WATCH WINERY LOSES 300 BOTTLES OF WINE IN HIGHWAY MISHAP

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 27, 2019 (Warner Springs) - Hawk Watch Winery has lost 25 cases of wine—300 bottles—in a freak accident near their Warner Springs Winery. The owners posted on Facebook that on May 16, while maneuvering a curve in State Route 79, packing material broke and the load slipped off, shattering the fruits of their labors.

'NOT A TOWN HALL,' BUT REP. DUNCAN HUNTER, FATHER TO TALK BORDER AT RAMONA FORUM

 

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

Photo:  Former Rep. Duncan Lee Hunter chats with former constituents at Ramona Mainstage before his son’s town hall in March 2017. Photo by Chris Stone

May 22, 2019 (Ramona) - Rep. Duncan D. Hunter returns to the scene of a raucous 2017 town hall when he takes part Saturday in another Ramona Mainstage event.

But his office doesn’t call it a town hall.

ANOMAR INCLUSIVE ARTS FESTIVAL IN RAMONA JUNE 29 EXPANDS CREATIVE OFFERINGS

 

 

East County News Service

Photos courtesy of Anomar and Xavier Bailey Photography

May 14, 2019 (Ramona) -- Explore what it means to be creative at the upcoming Anomar Festival on June 29th in Ramona. Located at the scenic Begent Ranch, surrounded by the Ramona Grasslands, attendees can meet our art “collaborators” who will offer a variety of hands-on activities meant to spark joy and expand their horizons.   

SAN DIEGO'S LONGEST OPERATING SMALL AUTOMOTIVE PARTS BUSINESS DEBUTS NEWEST ADDITION IN ALPINE

 

 

County Motor Parts hosts grand opening with car show May 31 - June 2

 

East County News Service

 

May 10, 2019 (Alpine) – One of San Diego’s longest operating small businesses, County Motor Parts Inc., announces the opening of its 12th location--8th in San Diego County--in Alpine. The 73-year-old business has been run by three generations of the San Diego-based Eckis family.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE ON MOUNT LAGUNA MAY 25-26

 

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2019 (Mount Laguna) -- The Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association invites you to the 32nd annual Living History program this  Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May  25 and 26.  Learn about the history of Mount Laguna residents and take free tours offered at 9:30, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days.

Meet at the Red-Tailed Roost, 10385 Sunrise Highway near mile marker 22.5, across from the Laguna Fire Station atop  Mount Laguna, the highest peak in San Diego’s East County.

EAST COUNTY FATALITY ACCIDENT VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 9, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Medical Examiner has identified victims killed in several recent East County accidents in Ramona, Spring Valley, Jamul and Santee.
 
Blake Cameron Jennings, 30, of Ramona died at the scene of a motorcycle accident on May 1st after striking a vehicle making a turn on San Vicente Road at Vista Vicente Drive.

SAN DIEGO RIVER DAYS: TWO WEEKENDS OF FREE NATURE ACTIVITIES MAY 11-12 AND MAY 18-19

 

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego River Days is back for its 16th year with a full calendar of interactive activities; including hikes, bike rides, volunteer projects, bird walks, animal tracking adventures, open houses, tours, artists painting, a star party, fishing, a full moon hike and much more.

FATHER’S DAY PIT BBQ JUNE 16 AT THE SANTA YSABEL INDIAN MISSION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 5, 2019 (Santa Ysabel) – You’re invited to bring Dad to a Father’s Day pit barbecue on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic 200-year-old Santa Ysabel Indian Mission (23013 State Route 79 in Santa Ysabel).  Contests will be held for best cowboy hats, boot and mustaches.  There will also be entertainment, vendors, a 50/50 raffle, barbecue ($10 a plate), beer, wine and sodas.

Tickets will be sold at the door, or in advance after mass.  Interested vendors can call (760) 765-0810 or (858) 335-3313. 

ANOMAR: A CREATIVE COMMUNITY GATHERING JUNE 29 IN RAMONA

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 2, 2019 (Ramona) -- A new, one-of-a-kind immersive arts festival is coming to Ramona this summer and will provide attendees the opportunity to explore hands-on creative activities.

 

Sponsors of the event are the non-profit organizations 2Create Gallery and The Art Center of Ramona, both located at 438 Main St., Ramona, Calif.

TASTE OF JULIAN: A RURAL DINING ADVENTURE SATURDAY, MAY 18

 

 

East County News Service

May 2, 2019 (Julian) – A Taste of Julian is a self-guided culinary tour of unique restaurants, wineries and breweries. This year’s Taste of Julian will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 1-5 p.m.  From delicious main dishes to candied apples, apple pies, chocolates, wine, beer and hard cider, you’ll find plenty to tempt your tastebuds.

HOMELESS COUNT SHOWS 6% DROP COUNTYWIDE: HOMELESS RISES IN RAMONA AND EL CAJON BUT DROPS IN SPRING VALLEY

 

Updated with corrected figures for El Cajon, where homelessness rose and a higher percentage are without shelter than last year.

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – For the second year in a row, the annual Point-in-Time homeless count for 2019 found a 6% drop in the number of homeless people living on the streets and in shelters across San Diego County.  The count found a 1% increase in those who are sheltered and a 10% decrease in those left unsheltered.

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN RAMONA CRASH

 

Update: The deceased has been identified as Blake Cameron Jennings, 30, of Ramona.

East County News Service

May 1, 2019 (Ramona) – A motorcyclist died at the scene of a collision at 12:48 p.m. today in Ramona. According to witnesses, the rider was driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed, passing eastbound motorists on San Vicente Road left of the double solid yellow lines. 

SPRING HIKES IN COUNTY PARKS

 

 

East County News Service 

May 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Spring is here – time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. The County is offering a series of special hikes in county parks, from leisurely strolls to a rugged “Warrior hike challenge” up El Capitan.

 

Find details below provided by County Parks: 

COUNTY AGREES TO COMPROMISE AFTER FILING FOR COURT ORDER TO FORCE VOLUNTEERS OUT OF JULIAN FIRE STATION

Despite dissolution put in force by LAFCO and County authorities, volunteers and supporters can stay in station at least 30 days, Judge Trapp rules

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

April 26, 2019 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego and Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) went into Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp’s courtroom Thursday seeking an order to evict supporters of the dissolved Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD).

Instead, the Judge pushed both sides to hammer out a compromise agreement that  allows former volunteer firefighters and their supporters to remain in station 57 for at least 30 days while the legal issues work their way through the court system. 

Calls will be responded to by the County Fire Authority/Cal Fire and the County will have a right to inspect the station daily, with specifications.

MEET MOUNTAIN MEN AND MORE AT MANZANITA HIGH RENDEZVOUS MAY 10-18

 

 

East County News Service

April 25, 2019 (Lake Morena) – You’re invited to step back in time and visit an authentic mountain man rendezvous on May 10-18 at the Manzanita High Mountain Rendezvous. The event will be held at the Northcote Ranch near Lake Morena.

JUDGE IS ASKED TO EVICT PEOPLE IN JULIAN FIRE STATION AS COUNTY FEARS SABOTAGE

 

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Judge Randa Trapp will hear arguments Thursday and Friday in cases involving the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District. Photo by Ken Stone

April 25, 2019 (Julian) - Lawyers for San Diego County will ask a judge Thursday to evict volunteer firefighters and others who have locked themselves in the Julian fire station, saying they’re worried about equipment and property worth $3 million being stolen or damaged.

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