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Valley, Mt. Summit, Volume 25 - Issue 27 Wednesday February 17, 2010 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 Big Crash In Wynola story and photos by Michael Hart Julian News PO Box 639 Julian, CA. 92036 Change Service Requested Permit No. 30 Julian, (A Ihh,h,h,,,Ih,lh,lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,h,h,,hl,lh,,h,II Small Town Papers TF. 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 Thank A Teacher Friday Evening At Buffalo Bills Join Your Community on Friday, February 19th! Support Our Tea'chers. The weather got us our first go-round. So, let's make this a big event and have a great time and show our support. Sponsored by The Julian Merchants Association: Buffalo Bills Restaurant, located at 2603 B Street, will host a special benefit dinner on Friday, February 19th. Not usually open for dinner, Buffalo Bills will offer a "Buy one burger, get one half off" special from 5pm to 8pm and offer its full lunch menu to diners who come in to support and thank Julian teachers. School teachers and staff will be bussing and waiting tables for tips and Buffalo Bills will donate 20% of the night's proceeds to the cause. "It's a great opportunity for the community to come together, support local businesses, and show its gratitude for our local teachers," according to Tracy Turner, President of the Julian Merchants Association. "Teachers will be encouraged to use the funds in any way they feel will best benefit their classrooms." For more information or to learn how you can participate, contact Robin Boland @ 760-765-2298 A CalTrans skip-loader came offits' trailer Friday (2/11) after noon about 1:30 at the curve on Hiway 78 near Wynola Farms Marketplace. Miraculously no one was injured and only the Skip-loader, the building and pick-up truck parked out front sustained serious damage. The curve at the end of Spencer Valley as you head west toward Santa Ysabel has always been dangerous for the unsuspecting. Throughout the years there have been cars and motorcycles crashing into the large arrows which warn drivers of the curve. Residents entering from Orchard Lane have learned to sit back below the small hill which connects to the highway just in case an oncoming vehicle fails to negotiate the sweeping left turn. A day doesn't go by that someone doesn't pass another vehicle on the long straightaway that runs through the valley. Then they ride their brakes hard as they approach the corner. There are stories of people who have gotten "air-borne" missing the curve. A number of years ago a trash truck failed to make the curve and it just missed taking out the building now known as Wynola Farms Marketplace. Friday afternoon around 1:30, a nearly spring like day here on the mountain, a speeding CalTrans dump truck towing a trailer with a skip-loader on board did not make the corner and ended up across the highway in the Lilacs, without the skip-loader. The truck and trailer traveling west bound took the corner "a little wide" according to one witness. The trailer went down the embankment that turns into Orchard Lane and as the truck began to finish the corner the trailer caught the high side and threw the load out of balance. This caused the skip-loader to swing wildly from side to side and break loose from the chains that had held it to the trailer. The skip-loader went into the air spinning and bouncing toward the two story block building, bouncing high enough to strike the roof over hang on the second floor before coming to rest at the corner of the building. The impact knocked concrete block into the apartment upstairs and moved the second floor in the direction of the main building. The chains that had held the loader to the trailer also flew and took out the rear window of Patricia McConnell's pick up truck which was parked along the highway side of the building, diesel fuel also covered the truck and sprayed against the building. The truck and trailer continued, out of control, another 100 yards along the highway before coming to rest in the Lilac field directly across from the main building. Christopher Trachta, 49, of Julian, was the CalTrans employee driving the three-axle dump truck west on Highway 78 and was not injured. When the CHP arrived and began their investigation they conducted a "Breath-A-Liser" test of the driver then immediately placed him under arrest. CalTrans released the following statement: "The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending a review of the police investigation. The Department makes safety of motorists and its employees a top priority and feels very strongly about the dangers of drinking and driving and will act swiftly if the evidence proves that the driver was intoxicated. The Department is upset that the end result has caused a hardship for the homeowner, and we are taking this case very seriously." The accident caused the The building corner showing the result of the impact. Diesel fuel staining the block. restriction of traffic on Highway 78 until 7 o'clock Friday night while crews patched asphalt and cleaned up the fuel spill. All who witnessed the aftermath of the accident expressed amazement that there was no one else involved considering it was the middle of the day and the beginning of a holiday weekend. At 5:30 Friday afternoon crews had begun the clean up, the highway would reopen to two way traffic a short time later. STOP Theif! Blind Dave Ripped Off By Teenagers A pair of teenagers brazenly came into town around 4:30 Valentines day and stole Dave Johnstons "Tip Bucket" from in front of Apple Alley Bakery on Main Street. Before anyone realized what was happening the pair had escaped in what was described as a maroon Ford Ranger Pick -up, they headed down the hill, West on the 78 toward Ramona. The two, one male who did the deed could only be characterized as a teen age boy in a hooded sweatshirt or jacket, His accomplice was a blonde female who was waiting for him near the bathrooms at the town hall. Any one with information should contact the Sheriff's Department. Generous locals and tourists pitched in to make up for Dave's loss. Free Seedlings Available to Julian Residents 3,200 seedlings will be available free to Julian residents to assist with replacing trees lost to pests and fire. They will be available for pick up at the Julian Library parking lot at9 am on Saturday February 20th. There will be 3,000 Coulter Pine and 200 Ponderosa Pine available which are from the same seed zone as the community of Julian. The distribution will be on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 10 trees available per household. Planting instructions will be provided. Residents will need to bring a plastic bag and or wet newspaper to wrap their seedlings in to take home safely. These seedlings have been purchased bythe Mohave RCD with grant funding in collaboration with CAL FIRE through forester, David Janssen. The Julian Public Library is providing the space in the parking lot for this program. The Julian Fire Safe Council and the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County will be assisting with the tree distribution. This is the best time of year to plant your seedlings and the nice wet weather that we have enjoyed will help them get a jump start on the growing season. Feel free to contact Faith at the Resource Conservation District office (619) 562-0096 for questions regarding this program. Casino Offering FREE Ride On Saturday Plus Free Play The Santa Ysabel Casino Shuttle now serving the backcoutry communities on Saturdays. Santa Vsabel Casino offers Free Shuttle Service and $10 Free play to locals living in the areas of Julian, Warner Springs, Borrego Springs, and Sunshine Summit. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in our free shuttle! Santa Ysabel Casino Shuttle will depart from the bus stop on Main Street next to the Chamber of Commerce Building, at 3:30pm every Saturday-all riders will return to Julian at approximately 7:30pm. For more information on Warner Springs, Borrego Springs, and Sunshine Summit routes, call the Travel and Tourism Department 760.787.2206. Santa Ysabel Casino offers $4.95 Prime Rib Dinner Thursday-Saturday from 4pm- 10pm. If you are a member of Club 55+, you may enjoy your Prime Rib beginning at 2pm. Club 55+ is free and especially for patrons 55 years and older. All Club 55+ Members receive a 15% discount at the Orchard Restaurant, $2 Glass of House Wine anytime, $2 Bloody Mary's on Sunday, and other great offers on Wednesday. Julian Historical Society Presentation'. Dr. Leland Fetzer 2010 Marks Julian's 140th Anniversary Julian was formerly organized in 1870 under the name of Julian City. It was a tough little town. The Julian Historical Society is commemorating this special occasion with heartwarming and astonishing stories told by Dr. Leland Fetzer. Dr. Fetzer, who built a house on North Peak in the 1990's, is a retired SDSU Professor and noted author of many books about the local scene. He authored such well known titles as: A Year in the Cuyamacas; A Good Camp, Mining in Julian and the Cuyamacas; San Diego County Place Names A-Z and recently, The Cuyamacas. In honor of Julian's 140th anniversary, Leland Fetzer's presentation will feature how our 'tough little town survived. By all rights Julian should be another Santa Ysabel--a gas station, a handful of stores, and maybe a bakery. But today it's a bustling community with 1,500 residents and scads of flatlanders who visit every year. Why has the town done so well? Thanks must go to gold, Herr Benz and his daughter Mercedes, the Julian Historic District, as well as muddy miners, storekeepers with an eye for profit, promoters, and certainly tourists eager for a breath of nostalgia and brisk mountain air. continued on page 3