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The Julian News 3 February 28, 2018 continued on page 9 continued on page 9 THEJULIANTREECOMPANY Local Experience Since 1988 * Tree Consulting and Inspection * LongTerm Forest Maintenance and Planning * Hazardous Removal and Precision Felling * Ornamental Pruning and Lacing * Brush Clearing and Chipping FREE ESTIMATES Licensed and Bonded Fully Insured for Your Protection ERIC DAUBER H: 760-765-2975 C: 760-271-9585 PO Box 254 JULIAN, CA. 92036 WE-8690A License #945348 Julian FFA Update The Mountains are Calling by Tom Webber A narrow swath of uplifted, creased earth, splashed with green, brown, yellow and (occasionally) white, bulging up like an island chain between coastal suburbia and the Colorado Desert. That’s what our San Diego mountains look like from the window of a cross- country passenger jet. Every hour of each clear day a traveler looks down from 30,000 feet and daydreams about spending time here, maybe buying a cabin in the woods. Meanwhile, a few miles from Julian, someone on the way to work takes a quick glance at a group of deer in a roadside meadow and wishes she could stop for a closer look. Flat-landers and mountain dwellers alike, we get stuck in our daily routine and rarely have (or take) time to linger by the roadside, to enjoy our fascinating backcountry. But when we decide to pause, even for a brief time-out, we’re rejuvenated by the brisk mountain air, the aroma of pine and sage, the views to the peaks, the chattering of squirrels and birds. We begin to relax by hiking a few yards away from the pavement, or simply by sitting at a picnic table and observing the plant and animal life teeming around us. Why not take that restorative Nature break more often? We don’t need to drop everything and quit our jobs, just squeeze an extra day or two of wildland relaxation into the schedule. With a minimum of planning, almost anyone in San Diego County can flee the urban traffic, noise and stress, and, in about an hour, experience a completely different world of oaks, manzanita and tranquility along a gently curving two-lane mountain highway. Several local resources make it easy to immerse ourselves in the natural world almost anytime. The San Diego County Parks Department provides three beautiful options within just a few minutes of downtown Julian: William Heise County Park is a well-maintained mountain gem, all set up for family enjoyment or quiet individual meditation. Take a ramble among the centuries-old live oaks. You’re almost guaranteed to be entertained by high-energy wildlife: squawking Steller’s Jays or Acorn Woodpeckers, frisky gray squirrels, and strutting wild turkeys are constantly going about their business on a branch or in the leaf litter, paying little attention to the visiting two- legged mammals. Near dusk or dawn you might see a timid mule deer staring back at you from the edge of a meadow. Cedar Creek meanders in the shade, back and forth across hiking trails. The stream continues on downhill to help form the San Diego River. This same river courses through the foothills down to Mission Trails Regional Park before being walled in by a civilized concrete channel on its way past shopping centers and apartment complexes, to end in the broad Pacific. Loitering beside a creek, temporarily free of mundane responsibilities, it’s easy for the imagination to spin like a soaring red-tailed hawk up into the high cool mountain air. I’ve often fantasized about planting a miniature camera inside a ping- pong ball, dropping it in one of our mountain streams, and recording its journey toward the salt water. Heise Park has plenty of conveniences for us modern-day woodsmen, woodswomen and Julian Dark Sky Network Presents: The Movie - “Hidden Figures” March 10 at 1pm, Julian Library Please join us at the Julian Library on Saturday, March 10 at 1 pm to experience the true story movie of African American women mathematicians at NASA in the 1960s. The movie HIDDEN FIGURES drew critical acclaim when it was released in 2016. We will also have a discussion with women scientists from UCSD and the San Diego Zoo. “Hidden Figures” includes an all star cast, and presents the inspirational story of highly qualified African American women mathematicians who made space flight possible in the 1960’s at NASA, despite overt racial and sex discrimination. It’s hard to imagine an era when women of color could not borrow books from the library to further their education; or experience the determination of a woman mathematician who had to seek court orders to allow her to enroll an in a night school program so that she could qualify as an engineer; or experience the frustration of having to run a mile (in high heels) within the NASA campus in order to use the color-segregated bathroom facilities. The list of impediments to the success of these women goes on, but they were ultimately successful, and made space flight possible at NASA. If you have not yet seen HIDDEN FIGURES, don’t miss this program! If you have already seen HIDDEN FIGURES, come and see it again because there are many pieces of this inspiring story that you may experience more profoundly. Be inspired! Refreshments served. See you there! Roman Sanders As the Julian FFA season gets into full swing, we would like to say there are 20 active members participating in judging teams, small engine repair team, public speaking, leadership and livestock. These past couple of months have been busy and productive for the Chapter. In January, Roman Sanders received the State FFA Degree, which is the highest degree bestowed on an FFA member, only 3% of the members receive this degree. To earn the degree they need to have more than 500 hours in their FFA projects, participate in leadership activities and promote the FFA program. Roman will receive his degree in March at the state banquet. At the banquet Yvonne Fleet will receive the Star Supporting Staff Award for supporting and promoting the Julian FFA. On February 13, the Chapter took 4 members to the San Diego Section FFA public speaking competition, where Rylie Boyd took 9th in the Impromptu competition, Nikolas Carniero took 9th in the Advanced Prepared Speech and Nicole Arias took 3rd in the Job Interview Contest. Nicole will represent Julian at the Southern FFA Region competition at Cal Poly Pomona in March. The Chapter is growing and is proudly representing the Julian Community. Don't Overpay Your Taxes Commonly Overlooked Credits And Deductions (Family Features) With tax season in full swing, take time to consider how to get the most out of your tax return, which includes finding all the credits and deductions available to you. While many taxpayers claim common deductions, such as home mortgage interest and self-employment expenses, there are additional tax deductions that can lessen your final tax bill or increase your refund. These often- overlooked tax breaks could potentially save you hundreds - maybe even thousands - of dollars if you itemize deductions. To start, get to know the difference between tax credits and tax deductions. Tax credits reduce the amount you owe in taxes. In some circumstances, tax credits allow a refundable credit, meaning you may not only reduce the amount you owe to $0, but you can also get money back. Deductions, on the other hand, simply reduce your taxable income. Both can have a potentially significant impact on your taxes and are often worth the extra effort to include on your return. Some commonly overlooked credits include: 1. Child and Dependent Care Credit You can claim a credit of up to $2,100 for day care for your dependents so you and your spouse can work. Qualifying dependents include children under 13 and parents who are no longer able to care for themselves. 2. Earned Income Tax Credit The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit based on your income and the number of qualifying children living with you. Nearly 1 in 5 people who qualify fail to claim the credit, worth up to $6,318. Just because you didn't qualify last year doesn't mean you won't this year; one-third of the EITC-eligible population changes each year based on marital, parental and financial status. 3. Saver's Credit or the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit Make sure you "pay yourself first." Even if it is only $20 each pay cycle, make sure you are putting some money into a retirement fund. If your company offers a retirement savings plan, like a 401(k), it is