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TIGHT RACE IN ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Update December 1, 2016:  Lyon has pulled back ahead of Russo by 25 votes as the count contiunes.  The election will be certified  December 8th.

Update November 16, 2016:  Lou Russo has pulled ahead of Travis Lyon.

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 12, 2016 (Alpine) — With 100% of precincts counted but provisional and some mail-in ballots remaining to be counted, Joseph Perricone has won reelection to the Alpine Union School District board. But a second seat is still too close to call, with Travis Lyon leading Louis Russo by just 19 votes.

POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY NOV. 25-27 FEATURES CAMEL RIDES, SHOWS, AND “PARDONED” TURKEY RACING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2016 (Ramona) – If you’re looking for an unusual way to spend Thanksgiving weekend,  stop by Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona.  The 6th annual event on November 25, 26 and 27 will include camel rides,  feeding pomegranates to camels, family shows,  and a race featuring “pardoned” turkeys.

SINGIN' FOR SAM: BEST FRIENDS ORGANIZE CONCERT IN THE PARK FUNDRAISER NOV. 11 FOR LOCAL TEEN DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOSARCOMA

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (Alpine) - Local teens are determined to help their best friend as she fights bone cancer by organizing a major fundraising event.

Samantha Bodger, 16 years old, who lives in Alpine and is a top student at Granite Hills High School, was diagnosed with High Grade Osteosarcoma in August 2016.  She requires 10 months of intensive chemotherapy and a major surgery to amputate her leg mid-November.

JULIAN RESIDENTS START PETITION TO SAVE JOB FOR HOST AT JESS MARTIN PARK

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2016 (Julian) -- "Chris Gardner has been the Jess Martin Park volunteer park host for 6 years, for the community of Julian, he is simply irreplaceable!" So reads a petition launched by Julian residents hoping to keep Gardner on site.

DESCANSO RANGER DISTRICT TO BEGIN PRESCRIBED BURN ACTIVITIES

 

East County News Service

October 27, 2016 (Descanso) -- The Descanso Ranger District in Alpine will be conducting prescribed burn activities beginning in October through May 2017, provided weather and fuel moisture conditions permit. Prescribed burns are scheduled to take place in Pine Valley and Mount Laguna, with some work being done around Horsethief rd. The project will cover approximately 500 – 700 acres with the potential for smoke visibility along Sunrise Highway, Japatul Rd and Interstate 8.

HELP AVAILABLE FOR PROPERTY OWNERS WITH DRY WELLS

 

Loans are available to help people with dry wells due to the drought

By Michele Clock, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- Do you own a property with a well in San Diego County? Is it dry due to our prolonged statewide drought? Help is available.

A new emergency water distribution program is offering assistance to residents without access to running water for drinking and sanitation due to a dry well. Residents who qualify can receive low-interest loans to replace individual water well systems and install temporary water tanks. The water assistance is not for landscaping or agricultural needs.

NIGHT WORK AT STATE ROUTE 67 AND DYE ROAD/HIGHLAND VALLEY ROAD

Delays are expected Thursday night during one-way traffic control operations

Source: Caltrans

October 27, 2016 (San Diego) - Caltrans crews have scheduled lane closures at the intersection of State Route 67 (SR-67) and Dye Road/Highland Valley Road near Ramona on Thursday night from 7 until 5 Friday morning.

MISSING LA MESA WOMAN AT RISK MAY HAVE DRIVEN TO RURAL EAST COUNTY

 

Update:  KNSD reports Teresa Hudson has been found and is safe.  Authorities have not provided further details.

East County News Service

October 23, 2016 (La Mesa)—The family of missing La Mesa woman Teresa Hudson is pleading for help to find her.  She left home near  Dallas  Street and Lubbock  Avenue Saturday morning shortly after midnight and is believed to have driven her daughter’s car, a gray Kia Sportage, license plate 6RQX374.  She suffers from a psychiatric condition and left without her medication,  money, cell phone, food, or water.  She was last seen wearing a pink nightgown.

On Sunday, her husband, John, asked people to check back roads in East County. “We’ll be looking in the Dehesa area ourselves,  believing she went for a joy ride and got lost and ran out of gas with no way to get help.” The car was low on gas, the family has indicated.

LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS RESCUES EXOTIC ANIMALS FROM CLOSED SANCTUARY IN SOUTH DAKOTA

 

Source: Lions, Tigers and Bears

October 16, 2016 (Alpine) -- Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB), a San Diego Big Cat and Exotic Animal Rescue, has sent its rescue team to a sanctuary in South Dakota, which has closed after a recent USDA inspection and tiger mauling last week.  

GUATAY RESIDENT ROBERT MANCINI KILLED IN MOTORYCLE CRASH

 

East County News Service

October 11, 2016 (Guatay) — The Medical Examiner has identified Guatay resident Robert Ceasar Mancini, 54, the victim of a September 18, 2016 motorcycle crash in Alpine.

Mancini was riding his motorcycle westbound on Wildwood Glen Lane in Alpine when he reached the end of a county maintained road and struck a gate.  A resident heard the collision and called 911.

HUMAN SKULL FOUND IN RURAL ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Clip art

October 11, 2016 (Dulzura) - A Border Patrol Agent tracking a border crosser on Friday made a grisly discovery:  a human skull.  The Sheriff’s office and Medical Examiner’s office were notified and recovered the remains. During the search, a long bone was located near the skull; no other remains were found.

THE RAMONA AIR FAIR IS BACK THIS SATURDAY! OCT. 15

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 11, 2016 (Ramona) - Picture this — you’re chasing down your flapjacks with Mexican cuisine, standing next to a two-story-tall Smokey Bear balloon when an expert flight team performs a perfect close formation flyby above you in the glinting sun and cloudless sky.

OAK TREE EXPERTS: HOW OAK TREES ARE DYING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO SAVE THEM

 

By Janis Russell

October 10, 2016 (Jamul) - On Saturday, October 1, the public gathered under some oak trees near the Lyons Valley Trading Post in Jamul to hear two experts talk about what has been happening with the coast live oak trees in California.

NIGHT OF THE JACK-O’LANTERNS: OCT. 13 IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

October 1, 2016 (Alpine) - The Alpine Education Foundation (AEF) invites you to join them for special event at the Alpine Creek Town Center on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The event is free for all ages.

STRONG WINDS FORECAST FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Windy conditions are forecast Sunday through Monday across the County, with strongest winds in the mountains, deserts, and over coastal waters. Gusts could reach 55 miles per hour in the mountain and desert areas, the National Weather Service predicts.

DISPLAY OF HAND-PAINTED WINE BARRELS TO PREVIEW 4TH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL NOV. 5

 

East County News Service

September 21, 2016 (Ramona) – Six Ramona and Poway businesses are sponsoring and hosting hand-painted wine barrels to preview the 4th annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival.

FIRE IN CUYAMACA

Update 3 p.m.:  Forward spread is stopped at six acres; fire is 25% contained, per Cal Fire.

Update 2:45 p.m.: Cal Fire reports the fire is now six acres and that crews are making good progress.

By Miriam Raftery

September 18, 2016 (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park)--1:30 p.m.--A brush fire is burning in the Cuyamaca  Area, multiple sources confirm. A post at WildlandFire.com, a firefighters' discussion forum, indicates the fire started at Harrison Park Road and State Route 79,  burning at least three to five acres so far and moving into timber. 

An air tanker is dropping retardant and two structures are threatened,the post indicates, though there is no official confirmation yet of structure threat.

A caller to ECM reported smoke in the area.  In addition,Trevor Rathfon tweeted a photo ofsmoke behind Lake Cuyamaca indicated,"Fire season has officialy begun."

If you have details on this fire please contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

WOMAN SHOT IN WARNER SPRINGS DIES; SISTER CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

Update Sept. 21,2016:  Sheriff's Homicide Detectives have arrested Sandra Leigh Stoneburner, who lived at the Camino San Ignacio address.  She is charged with murder of  the victim,  her sister Carrie Deatherage, 51.

East County News Service

September 17, 2016 (Warner Springs) — A shooting at the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation in Warner Springs has left a woman, 51, in grave condition.  A 57-year-old woman has been detained as a “person of interest” at the scene, says Lieutenant Kenneth Nelson.

PINE VALLEY MOUNTAIN RIDERS POKER AND OBSTACLE RIDE EXTRAVAGANZA SEPT. 24

 

East County News Service

September 16, 2016 (Pine Valley) – You’re invited to saddle up for the Pine Valley Mountain Riders Poker and Obstacle Ride Extravaganza on September 24th at the Windfall Ranch (21800 Japatul Valley Road) in Alpine.  Spectators are also welcome.

YEE HAW! COWBOY SWAP MEET: SEPT. 25 IN DESCANSO

 

East County News Service

September 16,2016 (Descanso) – If you’re hankering for some saddles, tack, Western wear or other cowboy gear, mosey on over to a cowboy swap meet at William  Lang Leather Works (formerly McClintock’s Saddle Works at 25077 ViejasBlvd.) in Descanso on Sunday, September 25 from 8 a.m. to 1p.m.

DRIVER WHO INJURED HIS CHILDREN AND KILLED WOMAN, 21, SUSPECTED OF DRUNK DRIVING

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (Ramona) — A Ramona father who crashed his pick-up truck head-on into a car on Vista Ramona Road Monday afternoon near Old Julian Highway appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, said Officer Kevin Pearlstein with the California Highway Patrol.

DEER SEASON OPENS IN CALIFORNIA ON SEPT. 17

 

Hunters urged to be fire-safe; lead ammo now illegal in state forests

East County News Service

September 12, 2016 (Sacramento) – If you’re hiking in California forests, you may want to wear bright colors to make sure you can easily be seen.  Deer hunting season opens Saturday, Sept. 17 in most zones in the state.

ALPINE FIRE IMPROVES ISO INSURANCE RATING; HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESS COULD SEE LOWER INSURANCE RATES

 

Source: Alpine Fire

September 11, 2016 (Alpine) – The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) recently improved its rating from a national insurance risk company, which may result in lower insurance coverage rates residents and business owners in the District.  The District was recently notified by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) that after a recent re-evaluation of the AFPD a rating of 2/2Y will be effective September 1, 2016.

PAST COMES TO LIFE AT LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS SEPT. 30 - OCT. 9

 

East County News Service

September 3, 2016 (Mount Laguna) – You’re invited to step back in time and enjoy an authentic 1800-1840s Rocky Mountain fur trader’s encampment at the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous from Sept.30 to Oct. 9.  Day visitors and period campers are welcome.

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