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January 1, 2014 The Julian News 9 I Neighbors Co . Serving Our mln00i00rcial Cuyamaca's Stage Station by Albert Simonson Residential Lassitors' ranch in fireplace with heavy iron cook pot ran out of powder. For Over 60 years cu,a00ac. Green Valley in thenortheastcorner, calleda Lassitor fared less well and i i i had a flash of fame, beginning "Dutch oven." was robbed of $3,000 in gold Payment September8, 1857. Itwas2inthe Lassitor's youngish lady love, dust and murdered east of Fort morning when Superintendent widow Mulkins, and often her Yuma, where his son found Opt Isaiah Woods of the new San son John, ran the Vallecitostage the body. He had acquired |ons Antonio and San Diego Mail Line station and they furnished forage Green Valley from a hereditary Hour Emergency Service Ben District Manager Maximize Your Next Refund With These Tax Deductions And Credits (NAPSA)-According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 101 million income tax refunds were issued in 2013, averaging $2,651 each. The average was a couple hundred dollars more for taxpayers who elected to have their refund directly deposited into a bank account. Averages in 2014 will likely be similar because of tax legislation passed in the first couple days of 2013, according to TaxACT spokesperson Jessi Dolmage. "The now-permanent and extended tax breaks will benefit taxpayers of all situations, including families, college students and homeowners," said Dolmage. The credits and deductions available on federal returns due April 15, 2014 include: Child and Dependent Care Credit - The maximum amount of child and dependent care expenses eligible for the credit is now $3,000 if you have one child or $6,000 if you have two or more children. These increased amounts are permanent. Child Tax Credit-The credit has been made permanent at $1,000 per child under the age of 17 at the end of 2013. This credit may be claimed in addition to the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Tuition and fees deduction If you, your spouse or your dependent is enrolled in a postsecondary institution, you may be able to deduct tuition expenses as an adjustment to income, even if you don't itemize deductions. You generally take this deduction if you don't qualify for an education credit or other tax break for the same expenses. American Opportunity Tax Credit - The maximum amount of this credit for the first four years of postsecondary education costs in a degree or certificate program is $2,500 per student. Costs may include tuition, fees and course materials (books). If you don't owe any tax, you may also be eligible to receive up to 40 percent of the credit ($1,000) as a refund. Educator expenses deduction - Elementary and secondary educators can deduct up to $250 in related job expenses as an adjustment to income, even if not itemizingdeductions. Unlike most employee expenses, educator expenses are not reduced by 2 percent of your adjusted gross income. Deduction for mortgage insurance premiums - If you pay mortgage insurance premiums, E) According to the IRS, taxpayers who have their refund directly deposited generally receive larger refunds. also known as private mortgage insurance (PMI), you may be able to deduct premiums as mortgage interest. Alternative Minimum Tax - The AMT was created to ensure wealthy taxpayers receiving large tax benefits pay some tax. It will now be adjusted for inflation each year so fewer taxpayers are subject to the tax. The exemption amount rises in 2013 to $51,900 ($80,800 for married couples filing jointly). For married individuals filing separately, the exemption is $40,400. Adoption credit - You may qualify for a credit 'equal to up to $12,970 of your adoption expenses including fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling expense and other expenses directly related to and for the principal purpose Of the legal adoption of an eligible child. If your employer provides adoption benefits, you may also be able to exclude up to the same amount from your income. Both a credit and exclusion may be claimed for the same adoption but not for the same expense. State and local sales tax deduction - For 2013, you can still deduct state and local sales taxes. You can take this deduction or a deduction for state income tax-but not both. As with most tax benefits, you must meet certain criteria in order to claim them on your tax return, and even if you are eligible, you may not qualify for the entire amount. Online and mobile tax preparation programs make it easy to do your own taxes and confidently claim all your deductions and credits. As you answer simple questions, the program completes your tax forms and checks for errors and potential opportunities. One of the top solutions, TaxACT, even helps you plan for next year with guidance for the implications of the Affordable Care Act on your taxes. Learn more about these deductions and credits at www., and file your federal taxes free at Approximately $2 billion a year is spent on dental products a year in the United States. That's a lot of floss. Real Estate Realities continued from page 5 healthier than it was in 2012. This is good news for those trying to sell a home. It also means that low priced inventory is being depleted which in turn means that competition for the remaining homes will drive prices higher. In January of 2010 Julian and Santa Ysabel had 78 active listings; in January of 2011 there were 98 active listings; in January of 2012 there were 90 active listings, in January of 2013 there were 53 active listings, as of Dec 29, 2013 there are 69 active listing. Our active inventory is a bit higher than it was last year at this time Let's look at the inventory a bit closer. We hear a lot on the news as to how low the inventory is in the San Diego area. Recently ran some statistics on Poway and found that they only have 1.5 months of inventory available. Houses are moving fast there and there is competition amongst buyers for a very few number of available homes. As far as inventory is concerned Julian ]s very different. We currently have 9 months of inventory available! Not so good if you are comparing our market to the activity "down the hill." Price So- $2o0,0o0 $201,000 - $300,000 $301,000 - $400,000 $401,000 - Ss00,000 $501,000 - $600,000 $601,000 - $700,000 $7Ol,OOO- $8oo, ooo $801,000 - $3,600,00 2012 2013 Quantity Quantity 12 9 7 8 7 9 6 8 5 8 2 2 4 8 12 9 Active Listings by Price in Julian and Santa Ysabel Based on the table above it is clear that there are very few affordable properties available right now in Julian and that our inventory is actually higher in the upper end properties. We have 25 months of inventory for properties priced above $400,000. It would take more than 2 years to sell out those properties at the current rate of sales. We have only 4 months of inventory for properties price less than $400,000. If you have a property that could be priced reasonably this may be a good time to sell. Call a Julian agent! As part of the process of choosing an agent make sure they are a Julian Real Estate Association member and San Diego Association of Realtors member. Find out how long they have been licensed and ask for references. Most Julian agents are more professional and more knowledgeable than agents who have no experience in the Julian market. They are there at the drop-of-a-hat to show your home and are far more knowledgeable and convincing than agents who 3rimarily do business elsewhere. Juli Zerbe is the brokerowner of The Best Real Estate Company headquartered in Julian and has 15 years of Real Estate experience. She is a lifelong resident of Julian and has a broad knowledge of the area. Her first job at 14 years old was at the soda fountain in the Tozer Drug Store (currently the Miner's Diner.) She holds a B.A. from Point Loma College. After living briefly in the Napa Valley and the Bay area and traveling in Europe she considers herseff lucky and honored to carl Julian "home." Juli was licensed in 1998 and became a broker in 2003 and has worked diligently to learn the complexities of California arrived in cool white moonlight on muleback with his entourage. They had survived the desert and arrived in paradise. Nobody was awake to welcome them. He wrote for the Postmaster General that, "Once in the haystack, we slept soundly till daylight." He was a cool character who had, as a young easterner, sailed his own ship to the south seas. Exchanging jaded mules for Lassitor's fresh horses, they got under way by 9 o'clock and they made Old Town's plaza by ten that night. ARRIVAL OF TIlE HAg.Ill F'lhl Trip oir Iho Nen AlllOlllO lind llill JllflllJ Jdlllll | l Unprecedented '/qme Aesm Much has been written about this first transcontinental mail and passenger line on "Postal Route 8076" and the "notorious" Woods. Our local newspaper advised travelers to bring a rifle, 100 cartridges, a Colt revolver, two pounds of balls and of course a knife. The Vallecito- Green Valley portion was on muleback, for which reason envious northerners dubbed the line, "Jackass Mail." Woods proudly emphasized that the mail came through "in schedule time." Old post offices used to display a famed motto: "Not snow nor rain nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from...", etc, etc. This proud motto was derived from the Susa-to-Sardis pony express of the Persian Empire's Royal Road. There are no remains to show exactly where Lassitor's stone house and stage station were. The oldest, best source is Irving Palmer (8/1/1937), who wrote it was "very close to the present ranch house." Tfiat two-story stone house from 1924 probably used stones from Lassitor's house and outhouses. That ranch house was occupied for many years by our state Park Service, which still maintains exhibits and offices nearby. The ranch house burned in 2003, but the high stone walls have been stabilized for display. There are good old photos of that beautiful house with 1920's cars, horses, and ranch hands outside. Lassitor was a handsome fellow with dark hair and a full beard. In that same year, he and his stepson built the original stone house and a huge stone with pack mules to Carrizo station. She embodied the dauntless grit of pioneer women. There was the first decent forage and wifely greeting and food that emigrants would encounter at the desert's edge. You can still visit our only sod building at Vallecito. Lassitor was Judge of the Plains in that same year of 1957, presiding over Cuyamaca rodeos of 1000 head of cattle. Legal records of early days were peppered with examples of his innovative spelling. "Selebreated the rights of mattrimoney" is a choice example from his own stepdaughter's marriage certificate. We hope she didn't read it. "Dyslexics have more fnu," I once read on a bumper sticker. In the last year or so of the mail line, as the Civil War began, the wagon road from Viejas over the "portesuelo" (pass northeast of Viejas) through "Valle de Guatay" [Descanso] was improved. Coaches could then be used as far as Lassitor's, changing there to muleback for the descent to Vallecito. The stage line kept a "mulada" of mules at Fort Yuma. On the many dry stretches, Woods had a spare team follow behind, feeding on bunch grass and willow. Mules preferred mesquite beans to carried grain, but that led to conflict with Indians. The line began with 11 coaches from New York and 200 mules. Coaches were drawn by four or six mules and went by way of Warner's and Santa Ysabel. Some were high-class Concords. Cuyamaca remained a shortcut for pack mules and horses. It has been said that mules tamed the west, rather than horses. They are tougher, less nervous, and their cosmopolitan palate is surpassed only by goats, who will happily chomp your socks if YoU leave them to dry on a bush. The stations below Lassitor's were ".Julian's" (Descanso) and "Williams" (Cockney Bill's Viejas station), where Bill's popular new wife served up good grub, a break from trail beans and old bacon. Details are known from court proceedings. Bill had even sacked and branded grain, and a Buffalo Pitts thresher at his Valle de las Viejas rancho. His ranch was the main source of grain in the county, transported by trains of Indian-led oxcarts. His older ranch near Julian was run by Samuel Neeson. For the desert stage stations, Green Valley served as a source of grain and hay, which was skidded down Oriflamme Canyon to Mason Valley. The latter was named for a man who survived Indian attacks to deliver the earlier July mail to Old Town Plaza by way of Warner's Ranch. The welcoming committee shot anvils into the air amid "crackers" and speechifying. Bells were rung and a cannon fired until they Samagatuma (Jamatayune) chief who continued to live at Green Valley, known then as Cafiada Verde. The early roads in Cuyamaca were cleared by an Indian work gang. Lassitor paid them in dark cloth and liquor, according to County Supervisor minutes. Pesos and dollars were scarce. His "hay road" went east from Cuyamaca Meadow, which then contained a seasonal "laguna." Previously, army express rider Joe Swycaffer had carried Fort Yuma mail on this same Indian trail. Descendents still live around here.. That road through Green Valley was surveyed and re-aligned in 1872 by the county surveyor. The survey map shows the Lassitor/ Mulkins house between the road and Cold Stream, i.e. across the creek from the "present ranch house." Mulkins testified that he had 20 acres fenced for a garden around the old house. The road survey ran right past the west.line of his fence. About a half mile north, the meadow broadens where the ranch had a 20-acre barley field, according to an affidavit which David Lewis has. Oddly, a straight road is clearly visible in satellite views, but on the ground things are not obvious. The field is still clear of brush. The surveyed road ran north through the old barley field and then climbed Cold Stream Trail and Stonewall Creek to enter the Cuyamaca Meadow and turn east toward Oriflamme Canyoh's Indian trail. Woods had expected to meet his boss, famed stage entrepreneur James Birch, and get reimbursed for costs. Fate intervened most cruelly Birch had already left by steamer for Panama and the east. In a hurricane on Sept 12 off Cape Hatteras, the sidewheeler- with-sails USS Central America went down. Birch was seen lighting a cigar on the pitching deck under shredded sails. He declined, a lifesaver and calmly turned toward the darkness. Still a strong 29, though, he soon changed his mind and clung to storm-tossed wreckage and captured precious rainwater in an engraved silver chalice. He was a class act to the end, when he was swept into the cold darkness. The great steamship sank beneath towering waves, with it 400 passengers and ten tons of California gold, much in newly minted San Francisco coin. Many women and children were saved in that gallant time, but Wall Street crashed. Read about it in "Ship of Gold". Much of the gold from this calamity was recently salvaged, and litigation about it flowers in this less gallant time. As though no time had passed, the coins were, as they say, in mint condition. real estate. "Professional real estate practices with old fashioned integrity" describes her business mode/. She works primarily as a listing agent. Her interests include: community involvement, hiking, historic preservation, oil painting and gardening. Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. ['ran Lebowitz The saxophone was invented by a Belgian musician, Adolphe Sax, in 1841, it was finally patented in 1846. Today it is made in eight sizes, from the soprano to the sub-double bass.