Alpine

TIGER PATRIARCH, RAJA, LAID TO REST AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

 

 

“Raja’s spirit will continue to live on as we uphold our promise to provide a safe haven for the unwanted and abused. Rest in peace Raja, you will forever be in our hearts.” -- Bobbi Brink

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2013 (Alpine) – Last week, Lions Tigers and Bears in Alpine held a memorial service for Raja, the beloved tiger patriarch who resided at the facility since his rescue from a Texas owner in 2002.  The 17-year-old tiger died October 7 of complications from chronic renal failure, a common cause of death in elderly felines.

BABY DELIVERED AFTER ALPINE CRASH DIES AT HOSPITAL; MOTHER ALSO KILLED

(File photo)

October 10, 2013 (Alpine) –  An infant girl delivered by emergency Caesarean after her mother was fatally injured in a car accident has also died of injuries from the crash.  The medical examiner identified the newborn as Baby Oliver.

Darneshia McFarlin, 27, was eight months pregnant when the accident occurred the morning of October 6th.   She was a passenger in an Oldsmobile driven by her husband when he lost control and the vehicle rolled over.

1ST SATURDAY NATURE WALK AT WRIGHT'S FIELD PRESERVE IN ALPINE OCT. 5

 

October 3, 2013 (Alpine) – On Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, join Restoration Ecologist Scott McMillan of AECOM as the environmental consulting firm begins its initial effort to restore our very own populations of the rare and endangered San Diego Thornmint at Wright's Field in Alpine.  During this walk, he will introduce our group to this tiny member of the mint family, which is a federally listed endangered plant that only grows in San Diego County. 

For those interested in getting more involved, McMillan and BCLT will be recruiting volunteers for more hands-on restoration of the Thornmint populations over the next few years.  Learn more about the thornmint and how you can help out at this event.   Group parks and meets at Joan MacQueen Middle School - 2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine.  Sponsored by: Back Country Land Trust.  Full calendar of events for Fall 2013 is available at www.bclt.org.

ARRESTS MADE IN 2005 COLD CASE OF DANIEL RODRIGUEZ, FOUND FATALLY SHOT ON I-8 IN ALPINE

 

One suspect also charged with two deadly shootings in South Bay area 

September 24, 2013 (Alpine) –The San Diego Sheriff’s office today announced the arrests of three men suspected of killing 20-year-old Daniel Rodriguez.   On October 13, 2005, Rodriguez was found under a bridge at Interstate 8 and Tavern Road in Alpine. He had been shot in the head and died three days later. 

On September 19, 2013 a coalition of law enforcement agencies including the Sheriff's Homicide Detail – Cold Case Unit, the East County Gang Task Force, the Chula Vista Police Department, the National City Police Department, and the FBI arrested three suspects for the murder of  Rodriguez. Jose Valdez, 30, John Reyna, 30, and Rashad Lansing , 32, were each booked for murder and conspiracy.

ALPINE VIEJAS DAYS PARADE SEPTEMBER 29

 

September 23, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine Stagecoach Lions present the Alpine Viejas Western Days Parade and Craft Fair on September 29.  The parade will begin at Albertsons at 2 p.m. and continue down Alpine Blvd. to Alpine Creek Town Center where the craft fair and car show will be held.   Visit www.alpinedaysparade.com for more information.

TRIPLE WIN: VIEJAS BREAKS THREE WORLD RECORDS

September 19,2013 (Alpine)—Friday the 13th proved lucky at Viejas Casino & Resort, where three  Guinness world records were set on September 13 th in celebration of the casino’s 22nd anniversary.

“It’s a challenge, a difficult,” Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator Philip Roberts said after Viejas employees and guests teamed up to open 639 bottles of wine simultaneously.  This broke the old record set in Las Vegas of 474. 

Those gathered went to set another world record for most people giving high fives in one place:  684.  The former record (405) was held by the United Arab Emirates, Roberts announced as the crowd cheered.

BUS TOUR OF EAST COUNTY'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES ON SEPTEMBER 25

 

September 15, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) will host a bus tour of East County to learn about business opportunities, existing and future plans in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, and the communities of Alpine, Lakeside, Rancho San Diego, and Spring Valley. The tour will be held on Wednesday, September 25.  Those interested in attending must register by Friday, September 20. 

ALPINE WOMAN’S CLUB 20TH ANNUAL CRAFT AND HARVEST FESTIVAL OCT. 10-12

 

September 14, 2013 (Alpine) – Alpine Country Gifts & Crafts presents its 20th annual Craft & Harvest Festival at Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine on October 10 through 12.  The event features crafts and handmade items including “Owl Nesting Boxes” and festive foods from the Woman’s Club Kitchen.

2ND ANNUAL WINE & CHEESE “FRIEND-RAISER” SEPT.14

 

September 14, 2013 (Alpine) – The 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese “Friend-Raiser”, a benefit for the Back Country Land Trust at Wright’s Field is today from 6 – 9 p.m.  This event benefits land conservation, watershed stewardship and environmental education in East County.  Hosted bar, hor’doeurves, fruit and dessert plates will be available.

“ROUND-UP AT THE RANCH’ NETWORKING MIXER SEPT. 18

 

September 10, 2013 (Alpine) – Lions Tigers & Bears is hosting a networking mixer on September 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Visitors will be able to network with local businesses, visit the big cats and bears and enjoy food beverages and entertainment.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here or by calling 619-659-8078 and selecting option 2.  Lions Tigers & Bears is located at 24402 Martin Way, Alpine.  Visit www.lionstigersandbears.org for more information.

VIEJAS DOUBLES DOWN, TRIES TO SET 2 WORLD RECORDS ON SEPT. 13

 

September 5, 2013 (Alpine) – To celebrate its 22nd anniversary, Viejas Casino and Resort is aiming to break two Guiness World Records  on September 13—playing blackjack with the world’s largest deck of cards and later, opening the most bottles of wine at one time.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS – ELVIS V. THE BEATLES SEPT. 7

August 12, 2013 (Alpine) – San Diegans will be able to revisit the sixties this fall at “60’s Rockin’ Mania – the ultimate battle of the bands” being held at Lions Tigers & Bears, September 7 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The concert showdown will feature Elvis impersonator James Kruk v. The Beatles “The Concert Experience.”

Guest will also be able to visit with the big cats and bears from 2 – 3 p.m., bid on door prizes and participate in opportunity drawings.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  Guests are invited to bring blankets or low chairs.

NEW ALPINE LIBRARY UNDER WAY

 

August 8, 2013 (Alpine) – The construction of a new library for the community of Alpine is another step closer to reality.

The County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead to advertise for a design and build contract during a Board meeting Tuesday.

LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS MOURNS LOSS OF TIGER RAISED AT RESCUE FACILITY IN ALPINE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2013 (Alpine)--Sitarra, a Bengal tiger raised from a cub at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine, has died of a ruptured disk.  The big cat rescue center is a no breeding facility, however Sitarra was one of two cubs born to Natasha, a pregnant tiger rescued over a decade ago.

Bobbi Brink, founder of the facility, called the tragedy “very sad news” and has said that the tiger was like a child to her.

Brink was near the tiger’s enclosure when Sitarra collapsed while running, unable to move her back legs. An MRI showed a ruptured disc and the animal underwent immediate surgery at an emergency animal hospital.  But Brink disclosed, “. It was discovered that her spinal cord had been severed by pieces of the ruptured disc and there was no choice but to let her go.”

RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONICS ITEMS FREE JULY 27 IN ALPINE TO BENEFIT U.N.I.T.Y.

 

On July 27, the United Indian Tribal Youth Council (U.N.I.T.Y.)  is hosting an electronics recycling event in Alpine. You can bring your old computers, laptops, TVs, monitors or anything else electronic to recycle free of charge. That includes everything that plugs in or that is battery operated.

The event takes place at the Viejas Recreation Center, 1B Viejas Grade Road in Alpine on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COUNTY TO INTRODUCE NEW ZONING/DESIGN CODES FOR RAMONA AND ALPINE

 

July 21, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The County’s Planning and Development Services (PDS) staff is finalizing new Form-Based Codes for the communities of Ramona and Alpine.  Drafts of the new FBC for Ramona and Alpine are now available for review at http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/ordamend.html. The deadline for public comment is August 5.

According to the PDS July newsletter,  the new codes introduce new zoning/design criteria that will “encourage and promote the village character within these communities while revitalizing their economic capabilities.  Unlike traditional zoning which separates land uses and regulates individual uses on a property, a FBC deemphasizes uses and puts greater emphasis on regulating building appearances within given neighborhoods.  FBC also take into account the buildings’ relationships to one another, the public streets and the streetscape.”

PINE VALLEY MAN KILLED IN ALPINE ROLLOVER ON I-8

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 18, 2013 (Pine Valley) – A 38-year-old Pine Valley resident died at the scene of a rollover accident that occurred July 17 at 10:18 p.m.   The driver, whose name has not yet been released by the Medical Examiner, was driving a 2001 Volkswagen GTI westbound on I-8 east of East Willows Road in Alpine at a high rate of speed, a witness told the California Highway Patrol.

"It was avery sad night indeed. It was a very dangerous scene to roll upon in the darkness."

 said Don Lumb, who sent the photo in this story. "He was still alive, but took almost 30 minutes before the first emergency vehicle even arrived. He passed away while at the scene just prior to advanced help."

VIEJAS ANNOUNCES FULL WEEKEND OF INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS JULY 4-7

 

July 3, 2013 (Alpine) – Viejas is planning four full days and nights of activities, all free, to celebration Independence Day this weekend. Activities include fireworks on the 4th, as well as music, outdoor movies, and the new ICONS show in the Viejas Outlets Show Court throughout the weekend. For a schedule of events, scroll down.

FINAL "LEGACY TRASH" REMOVED FROM WRIGHT'S FIELD IN ALPINE

 

July 1, 2013 (Alpine) – The Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) has owned and managed open-space landscapes in San Diego’s East County for over 20 years. The best example of these conservation lands is Wright’s Field preserve in the community of Alpine. Located in the heart of this small foothill town, Wright’s Field is a 230-acre nature preserve, saved from development in 1990 and preserved as open-space for wildlife, habitat conservation, and recreation such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

BIRD TALK: THE WESTERN BLUEBIRD

 

 

By Greg Dunne

June 22, 2013 (Alpine)--“I'm a bluebird, I'm a bluebird I'm a bluebird, yeah, yeah, yeah,” to quote Paul McCartney. Just last week our “children” left the nest here in Alpine, our Western Bluebird children, that is. We enjoyed their company for about three weeks.

We have a birdhouse sitting on the railing going down steps leading to the front door of our house. It was put there some time ago just for yard décor; we thought it was too close to everyday foot traffic to be a choice place to set up raising baby birds.

2013 RELAY FOR LIFE OF ALPINE JUNE 22

June 21, 2013 (Alpine) – The American Cancer Society’s Alpine Relay for Life begins at 8:00 a.m. at Joan Mac Queen Middle School, 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine.  Get a group of friends, family, or co-workers together as a Relay team and get ready for 24 hours of fun, excitement with music, food contests, awards and prizes. Participants can choose to walk or run the relay.

The event will honor the courageous spirit of those battling cancer.  An evening luminaria ceremony will honor those who lost their battle to cancer or are currently on a cancer journey.

VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT ACHIEVES PRESTIGIOUS FOUR DIAMOND STATUS

 

June 4, 2013 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino & Resort has been awarded the prestigious Four Diamond status from the American Automobile Association (AAA), officially designating the property as one of the nation’s premier resort destinations.

Fewer than 5% of the nearly 31,000 properties approved by AAA achieve the highly-coveted Four Diamond distinction.

“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged as one of the finest resort destinations in the country,” said Viejas Casino & Resort General Manager Chris Kelley. “This honor is a testament to the dedication, hard work and professionalism of our Team Members and reflects our absolute dedication to the highest standards of guest service, accommodations and amenities.”

ALPINE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PRESENTS "DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS" MAY 30

 

Nationally Honored Local Hero to Speak at Community Service Event

May 28, 2013 (Alpine)--The Alpine Fire Protection District will present a community event on May 30 from 6-8;30 p.m. at the Alpine Elementary School auditorium, 1850 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine.  The event will feature Ennis Jackson, an award-winning speaker who has won the National Star of Life for his efforts to alert and educate the community which includes high schools, colleges and business on the subject of destructive decisions and life saving CPR techniques. These destructive decisions include underage drinking, the use of mind-altering drugs and texting while occupied, and most importantly, the value of family. Jackson is a paramedic stationed out of Alpine Fire Station 17.

FREE WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS EVENT JUNE 3 IN ALPINE

June 2, 2013 (Alpine)--Alpine Sheriff's Station will host a free community meeting for homeowners on how to prepare your homes and families for wildfire. The event will be held Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Boulevard in Alpine.  A severe fire season is anticipated due to drought, so authorities urge residents to learn how to reduce risk of loss and help firefighters protect your properties before the next major wildfire occurs.

Guest Speakers will include:

ELDERLY MAN LEADS POLICE ON WILD MOUNTAIN CHASE

 

By Sholeh Sisson

May 24 2013 (San Diego East County)- An elderly man in his eighties has been taken into custody after he led police on a wild chase through the mountains of East County. 

Incident Page Network (IPN) first reported the chase at 2 p.m. on Thursday. According to IPN, the suspect was driving his 26-foot motor home through Sunrise Highway with Sheriff’s deputies in pursuit at around 50 miles per hour. Officials confirm that the chase started in Alpine and continued eastbound on I-8, until they finally caught the man in Buckman Springs after laying down tire spikes to slow the vehicle. The motorist was reportedly distraught, IPN reported.

ALPINE SOROPTOMIST HONORS WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT

 

By Janis Mork

May 22, 2013 (Alpine)- On May 21, Alpine Soroptomist had a special meeting to honor the organization’s Women of Achievement Award recipient, Brenda Killingbeck (pictured with program chair, Patty Tweed, and her two sons). She came with her sons,  Clayton, 9, and 6-year-old Mason.

“The Women of Achievement Award is awarded to a single mom in East County trying to make a better life for herself, who is trying to support her family, enhance her career, or change careers,” said Patty Tweed, program chair.

She introduced Killingbeck and read a short biography about Killingbeck, an Alpine resident and nurse whose actions helped locate a missing elderly man.

THE BOULDER BEAT

 

By Jennifer Doucet

May 9, 2013 (Alpine) – On March 20, Open House at Boulder Oaks Elementary in Alpine, California highlighted how fifth graders at the school have opened their minds to the exciting worlds of science and technology.

By using their school-issued IPODS, learning new software and applying the scientific method to their projects, they showcased their knowledge with a Digital Photography Show and Science Fair.

 

ACCUSATIONS FLY IN HEATED ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP MEETING

 

By Nadin Abbott

April 26, 2013 (Alpine)—A meeting of the Alpine Planning Group this week grew heated as Lou Russo, a long time member of the group, raised conflict of interest complaints stemming from the San Diego Powerlink against fellow members. Russo also sought to have two subcommittee members removed over failing a fire inspection at their propertly.

Mike Milligan stated that he would “tender my resignation” if the attacks continue over Powerlink, adding, “It’s stupidity beyond belief.” 

He added, “It is totally unprofessional and Mr Russo should tender his resignation.”

WILD IN THE COUNTRY GALA: LIONS TIGERS & BEARS CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY MAY 4

San Diego’s only exotic animal rescue facility celebrates 10 years of saving lives

April 18, 2013 (Alpine) – Lions, Tigers & Bears (LTB), the Alpine non-profit exotic animal sanctuary celebrating 10 years of saving lives this year, is hosting its annual Wild in the Country Gala on May 4, 2013 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. The event, open to the public, will feature a silent and live auction; live entertainment; catered food; a live music performance by Lisa Sanders; visits with the big cats, bears and animals in Animal Encounters and fun for the whole family.

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