Santa Ysabel

BLOOMING IN JULIAN: LILAC FESTIVAL CONTINUES AT FORT CROSS OLD-TIMEY ADVENTURES

 

Also check out Julian Gold Rush Days at the Julian Mining Company just across the street

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – There’s still time to bring home a bouquet of fragrant lilacs as the Lilac Festival continues in its final day of the season at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures today.  It’s all part of a revitalization of new activities reclaiming the region's  historical roots along Highway 78 just outside of Julian in San Diego's East County.

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.

IIPAY NATION OF SANTA YSABEL PLANS TRIBAL CANNABIS ENTERPRISE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Eagle statue in front of former Santa Ysabel casino

September 25, 2016 (Santa Ysabel)—The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel has contracted with a county-licensed medical marijuana dispensary to use the Tribe’s former casino facility to cultivate marijuana for San Diego medical marijuana patients.

The tribe announced the deal in an e-mail sent to tribal members on September 20th, adding that subsequent meetings have been held between Tribal government officials (including representatives from the Santa Ysabel Tribal Development Corporation and Santa Ysabel Tribal Cannabis Regulatory Agency) and representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s office, San Diego Sheriff’s office, and a site walk-through with a representative of the District Attorney’s office.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE SYSTEM LEADS TO ABUSE

 

Law enforcement can keep 80% of cash seized, a system critics say has led to victimization of innocent people

By Nadin Abbott

September 13, 2014 (San Diego) East County Magazine was informed by a reader in Santa Ysabel about seizure of $4,500 during a Sheriff’s raid locally. A member of the household was arrested on drug charges, Sheriff’s records indicate. But a relative claims the money belonged to the suspect’s father--savings that the older man intended to use to purchase a car.

HARDENING OF ELECTRICAL POLES IN SANTA YSABEL, RAMONA AREAS

 

By Nadin Abbott

May 29, 2014 (San Diego) One of the effects of Climate Change is that San Diego County is expected to have more wild land fires. They already pose a challenge for San Diego Gas and Electric, since wooden poles can burn down, which can delay power restoration in the backcountry.

TRIBAL CHAIRMAN ASKS TRIBAL MEMBER TO REMOVE “OBSCENE” STATUE

 

 

By Jessica Richmond

March 13, 2014 (Santa Ysabel)—Iipay tribal member June Sortore has refused a request from tribal chairman Virgil Perez  to take down  a  statue of a hand with the middle finger raised.

 In a letter delivered to Sortore by tribal law enforcement, Chairman Perez called the hand-made statue ““indecent and offensive,” noting that it can be viewed by children on a school bus. Though the Iipay Tribal Chairman says the middle finger is an “obscene gesture,” Sortore says she erected the statute as a symbol of defiance against former Tribal Chairman Johnny Hernandez.

 “I built the statue to show him we had not lost nor have we given up hope,” she says.  She claims her form of expression is protected as free speech under the U.S. Constitution and further, that the symbol has historical significance.

SANTA YSABEL CASINO CLOSES; TRIBE CREATES NEW SOLAR VENTURE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 8, 2014 (Santa Ysabel) – One day after the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s  tribal council met and voted to shut down its financially troubled casino in Santa Ysabel, employees arrived at work to find the facility closed last week. Patrons found a “closed for business” message on the casino’s website

Now, a tribal business enterprise,  Biostar Solar, offers a potentially brighter future.

PUBLIC MEETINGS TUES. & WED. ON SDG&E PROPOSAL IN CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST AND NEARBY PROPERTIES

October 21, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Two scoping meetings are planned this week in Julian and Alpine  for the public to obtain information and voice views on a proposal by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)  that includes Cleveland National Forest lands.  SDG&E wants to combine over 70 existing special use permits for electric facilities in the forest into one Master Special Use Permit.  In addition, SDG&E wants to replace some power lines and distribution liens both inside and outside the forest  including fire hardening, relocation and undergrounding of certain facilities.

Areas impacted include the vicinity of Descanso, Campo, Pauma Valley, Santa Ysabel, and Warner Springs.

INAJA: IN MEMORIAM

 

By Tom Lemon

September 24, 2013 (Santa Ysabel) – Inaja. I always stop at the site when I drive through Santa Ysabel. I'll buy some bread and a sandwich at Dudley's and take in the view and watch the cars and motorcycles speeding by on Highway 79. The Inaja Memorial Picnic Site is a  picnic/day use area operated by the USFS  to honor eleven men who died while fighting a fire on  November 25, 1956.

A RISING STAR TO OPEN IN SANTEE: DUDLEY’S BAKERY AND DELI ANNOUNCES SECOND LOCATION

By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2013 (Santee) –Founded in Santa Ysabel half a century ago, Dudley’s Bakery has gained fame across the region for its tempting array of freshly baked bread varieties such as Julian apple nut and jalapeno cheese breads.  Long a secret of travelers through East County’s backcountry, Dudley’s later gained fame after winning the U-T San Diego’s “Reader’s Choice” poll as best bakery in the county three years in a row.

Now, fans of Dudley’s breads, fruit bars, pies and more won’t have to drive to the mountains.  Dudley’s has announced plans to open up Dudley’s Bakery and Deli in the Santee Town Center in Santee this September.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SANTA YSABEL MURDER 36 YEARS AFTER THE CRIME

 

August 7, 2013 (Santa Ysabel) – Today, deputies from the U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Carmen Aguilar, 60, near Phoenix Arizona.  She is charged with a murder that occurred in Santa Ysabel decades ago.  Lt. Glen Giannantonio with the San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide detail made the announcement today.

The victim, Eriberto Landeros, was shot during an argument on June 19, 1977 in Santa Ysabel.  He was 23 years old at the time.   

BRUSH FIRE AT WITCH CREEK NEAR SANTA YSABEL AND JULIAN

Update: This fire was halted at 15 acres.

May 3, 2013 (Santa Ysabel) – A brush fire now called the Highway 2 Fire has burned at least 15 acres along State Route 78 at Witch Creek. The blaze is burning eastward in light grass. A blaze is also reported near Highway 78 and Hiddean Valley Road; it is unclear if these are the same fire or two separate ones.  Info is from Cal Fire; watch for details soon.

MEET THE WINEMAKERS: MARCH 16 AT SANTA YSABEL CASINO

 

March 1, 2013 (Santa Ysabel) – You can savor local vintages and meet winemakers from our region at Santa Ysabel Casino’s “Meet the Winemakers” event on March 16 from 3-6 p.m. Participating vintners include J.Jenkins, Woof ‘N Rose, and Witch Creek wineries.

The event costs $30 and includes gourmet appetizers, wine tasting from local vintners, $5 in slot machine play, and $5 toward tasting on a new state-of-the-art wine system.

SNOW BLANKETS LOCAL MOUNTAINS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 9, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) ---Heavy snowfall has transformed our local mountains into winter wonderlands.  Mount Laguna received 10 inches of snowfall in the past 24 hours, followed by Palomar Mountain with 7 to 8 inches.  Cuyamaca also received significant snowfall, as this image sent in by reader Grace Schlesier shows. Frost and freezing temperatures are expected through Monday in inland valleys.

Other areas dusted in white include Julian (3-6 inches), Ranchita (5 inches), Santa  Ysabel (2 inches) and Pine Valley (2 inches) .  Snow even dipped down to Descanso and Campo, which received less than a half inch each.

COUPLE FOUND DEAD IN SANTA YSABEL, WOMAN’S DEATH A HOMICIDE

October 31, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) – The bodies of  a couple believed to be in their 80s were found Monday evening in a home in the 25200 block of Mesa Grande Road in Santa Ysabel. The Medical Examiner’s office has ruled the woman’s death a homicide resulting from a single gunshot wound, however the man’s death has been found to be from natural causes due to heart failure.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

 
August 9, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Padres sold to group headed by O’Malley heirs (UT San Diego)
  • Aquifers shrink as nation digs deeper for water (UT San Diego)
  • Why a Major Food Organization Is Teaming Up With Monsanto and Friends to Block Your Right to Know What’s in Your Food (San Diego Free Press)
  • Local casino’s past, present and future—impacts of Santa Ysabel potential closure( Ramona Journal)
  • Helix extends employee contract, draws criticism (UT San Diego)
  • Dead, sick animals found at Lemon Grove store (UT San Diego)
  • Crime up 6% in county for first half of year (UT San Diego)
  • Democratic Super PAC going after Bilbray with $1.2 million ad buy (La Jolla Patch)
 
STATE
  • California reaches deep into special funds to pay for schools, social services and prisons (Sacramento Bee)
  • State finds $230 million more in unreported reserves (UT San Diego)
  • Real estate license revocations set record in California (Sacramento Bee)
  • Judge says Riverside County can’t close pot shops (Sacramento Bee)
  • Top California Democrats rally around new assault weapons bill (Sacramento Bee)
  • Two California projects selected for transformational energy storage research to advance electric vehicle and grid research (Scoop San Diego) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

TRIBE ACCUSES COUNTY OF ILLEGALLY SEIZING NON-GAMING FUNDS; COUNTY DEFENDS ACTIONS

By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) -- The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel is accusing San Diego County officials of acting illegally in attempting seizure of the tribe’s governmental funds.

COUNTY ANNOUNCES PILE BURNS IN JULIAN AREA FOR JANUARY THROUGH MAY

 

January 5, 2011 (Julian)--The San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting weekday pile burns in January through May, weather permitting, at Santa Ysabel East Preserve, Volcan Mountain Preserve and William Heise County Park.

The pile burns — in which piles of cleared brush and other cut vegetation are burned — will reduce the fire hazard of excess vegetation fuels.

SANTA YSABEL CASINO ROBBED OF “LARGE AMOUNT” OF MONEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 18, 2011 (Santa Ysabel) - When someone leaves a casino carrying a large sum of cash, it's typically a jackpot winner. But early Monday morning, a thief  pulled off a heist at the Santa Ysabel Casino, stealing a large amount of money from a secure location.

 

SDG&E AIR CRANE CALLED IN TO HELP FIGHT EAGLE FIRE

 

July 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The Erickson Air Crane, a heavy-left helicopter contracted by SDG&E for construction work on Sunrise Powerlink, was called early this afternoon to help battle the Eagle Fire. The massive chopper can carry up to 30,000 gallons of water or fire retardant chemicals.

 

The Eagle Fire has scorched 2,500 acres and remains just 5% contained as of 5 p.m. this evening. It is currently burning about 14 miles east of Santa Ysabel near Warner Springs on tribal lands as well as state park property.

SEARCH ON FOR MISSING WOMAN, 63, NEAR SANTA YSABEL

 

May 13, 2011 (Santa Ysabel)--The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) and deputies from the Pine Valley Substation have released a photo of Patricia McGinn, 63, who has been missing since 11:30 a.m.  She was seen walking away from her car in the 4800 block of Mountainbrook Road, Santa Ysabel at 11:30 a.m.  Witnesses have indicated she seemed disoriented.

 

The area is near the Inaja Memorial Park (Thomas Guide page 1135-C4) in Santa Ysabel.  Patricia McGinn is a white female, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with gray hair. She was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue pants.

YAHOO! MANZINITA HIGH MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS APRIL 28-MAY 8

 

April 26, 2011 (Santa Ysabel) – See history come alive at the Manzinita High Rendezvous april 28-May 9 at the Santa Ysabel Ranch in East County’s mountains. Visit a pre-1840 North American fur trade encampment complete with teepees, old tents, period clothing, and shooting competitions.

 

FRONTIER COMES ALIVE AT MANZINITA HIGH MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS APRIL 28-MAY 8

April 22, 2011 (Santa Ysabel) –Visit a pre-1840 North American fun trade encampment and see history come alive at the Manzinita High Mountain Rendezvous. The event also showcases frontier skills such as fire starting, tomahawk, and shooting with rifle, pistol, shotgun, smoothbore and primitive bow.

MUSIC TEACHER ARRESTED IN SANTA YSABEL FOR CHILD MOLESTATION & PORNOGRAPHY; SHERIFFS SEEK ADDITIONAL VICTIMS

 

December 10, 2009 (Santa Ysabel) -- Yesterday U.S. Marshal’s agents in coordination with the San Diego County Fugitive Task Force arrested Mark Kinney, 47, his residence in Santa Ysabel. Kinney’s arrest came after an extensive investigation by detectives from the Sheriff’s Child Abuse Unit with the assistanceof the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.