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The Only Weekly Newspaper Serving the T Backcountry Communities of Julian, yt__rt Cuyamaca, Santa Ysabel, Shelter Valley, Mt. Laguna, Ranchita, Sunshine Summit, Warner Springs and Wynola Volume 30 - Issue 32 Wednesday March 18, 2015 J.tian, CA ISSN1937-8416 FRIDAY High School For Immediate by Michael Hart Teachers and staff at Julian High School showed up for the regular board meeting last Thursday (3/12) to express their desire to see the district step up and Commit to them as they have to rebuilding the campus• Not having seen their compensation increase since 2007/08 school year and having given back to accommodate the schools financial shortfalls over time, staff believes it has come time to see their pay increased. One of the major points of Contention is the insurance packages that are currently offered. The district has not increased its' contribution over time while staff had absorbed increases, in some cases, over 175% in the past 10 years. Both certified and classified staff expressed their desire to work out an equitable selution to the problem and urged the board to take into consideration the sacrifices made by all over time to maintain the quality of the educational environment, while feeling that the district is taking advantage of their dedication to the students and school as a whole. While the word strike was not uttered, the feeling of the majority of staff assembled was that respect was lacking in the district's current proposal and it was hoped that the board would rethink the 1/2% reduction in the proposed salary schedule• The board also addressed plans for the implementation of a new "Independent Study Program" for students not currently attending Julian High School and how it would allow a home schooled individual to participate in the numerous extra curricular activities the school offers that are not available at Charter schools or through a home study program• A report by the business manager on the effects of the recent vandalism pointed out that the district has spent over $42,000 on repairs to date. The costs will be reimbursed from insurance except for the policy deductible of $1,000. Upgrade and additions to the after hours security at the school was an additional $20,000 and those costs will have to be absorbed by the district. The districts bond audit for the reconstruction (Prop L) of the science building has passed, with all funds being appropriately allocated to the construction, one more audit will be preformed .to finalize the bond funding. The contractor has signed off on the building as complete, with only some minor warrantee• repairs needing to be addressed, and some issues that will be monitored to insure they do not become problems down the road. Next big task will be the Prop 39, Energy upgrades that the school is qualified for. www.]ulianNews.com Celebrating James Hubbel At Santa Ysabel Gallery Opening by Angle Brenner i James Hubbell and gallerist Amfie Rowley On MarCh 7th the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery Combined the James Hubbell opening exhibition: TOTEMS, A Gathering of Memories, Dreams and Wishes with the gallery's 23-year anniversary. Artists James Hubbell and Pat Kelly shared their thoughts about the importance of the gallery to the community and how gallerist Annie Rowley supports local artists. Totem Tree "Many galleries only want the artist to drop off their work and leave," said Kelly, "Annie believes in fostering the dealer/artist relationship." "Annie wanted this celebration to be only about the gallery and all the artists and patrons that have been a part of it over the years," Hubbell said, "and that is true." "But it is also about Annie and her dedication to art and the gallery." People were invited to share " i'/~!~~ their totems for a special "TOTEM" tree placed by the front door. "If you are not ready to part with your totem just yet you can choose to take your totem home," announced Hubbell. "Any totems left on the tree after the show will be given to artists to use in their art projects." It's not too late to see the current art show and perhaps leave a totem of your own. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm Thursdays through Mondays. Althea Britain and Helen Petre I Artist PD Box 639 ~Ls( 5 '"""""s e,,on w ,o n Co,a st ' ' "'""""'" I' S"'""" I Fire Tax Update New protest forms now available for 2015 from Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Association CalFire recently announced they will send a new round of fire tax bills, with counties beginning with the letter "A" receiving bills first. It is important that you file a protest every,• time you pay the fire tax so that you maximize your chances of receiVing a refund if the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers AssociatiOn's class action lawsuit currently underway is successful. Go to FireTaxProtest.org on the internet to view filing instructions and download a copy of the form. Although the lawsuit is moving I forward slowly - partly as a result • of its size and complexity and 'partly as a result of deliberate stalling by the state's attorneys another hearing has been scheduled, artd the public is invited to attend. This hearing is on our "Motion to Certify Class," which establishes your right to be represented in the case. If you are interested in attending the hearing, mark your calendar with the following information: Hearing: Motion to Certify Class (HJTA v. CalFire). • Date: June 12, Time: 11:00 am Location: Sacramento Superior Court, Dept. 24, 720 9th St, Sacramento If you have any questions, you are invited to visit the FAQ section of our FireTaxProtest.org website. You must pay your bill. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE DUE DATE. You may have fewer than 30 days to pay. If you are late, steep penalties and interest are compounded monthly. Moreover, the fee is a lien on your property, and failure to pay Can.result in foreclosure.~ :~ HE Page 7 lulion Union High School Studenh Ne~u~ Rescheduled to next Saturday, March 21st from 9am-Noon, geologist Fred Jee will lead a special 'behind-the-scenes' geology field trip of the Volcan Mountain range and its adjacent Elsinore Fault. This trip was arranged by the Volcan Mountain Foundation's Education- Outreach Committee as a special follow-along to a recent speaking engagement with Fred at VMF's Volcan Mountain Nature Center. The geology of the 15-mile long Volcan Mountain range is complex and fascinating especially if you're talking tO Fred Jeel Fred is a geologist, retired supervising ranger from Anza- Borrego Desert State Park, and 37-year resident of nearby Borrego Springs. He loves to share his vast knowledge of local geology in an entertaining and humorous fashion• Due to the limited capacity, please RSVP early to ensure participation. There is a suggested donation of $10. Please RSVP to VMF Education Coordinator, Kathleen Beck by Thursday, March 19th at 760- 518-3273 or VMFEducation@ VolcanMt.org, and plan to arrive at starting point (Banner Store, 36342 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036) between 8:45 and 8:55. Visit the Volcan Mountain Foundation's website at www. VolcanMt.org for ongoing updates of events and activities -on and around, Votcan .MoUntain. lulian Apple Grower Association Apple Tree Planting/Grafting Julian Apple Growers Association (JAGA) , a community-based group dedicated to tending and promoting Julian apples, will hold an apple tree planting and grafting workshop on Saturday March 21st. The workshop will demonstrate proper tree planting techniques as well as several different types of apple tree grafting techniques. Best orchard practices regarding integrated pest management (IPM) will also be discussed• Dave Lewis of BF Miller Orchard will be conducting the workshop beginning at 0am with a brief tour of the orchard, which has been in operation since the late 1800's. The cost of the workshop is $10 and a rootstock grafted tree is included with participation. ($5 if you participated last year) BF Miller Orchard is located behind Wynola Flats Produce at 3962 Highway 78 in Wynola. we look forward to seeing you there! / Pine Hills, PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PERMIT NO. 30 JULIAN, CA Sorina Sports Schedule Track and Field Sat, Mar 21 12th Annual Elmer Runge Classic Patrick Henry 9:00 AM Fri, Mar 27 Citrus #1 Vista HS, 3:00 PM • Sat, Mar 28 - Mt. Carmel/ ASICS Track Invite 10:00 AM Fri, Apr 10 - Citrus #2 Vista HS, 3:00 PM Fri, Apr 17 Citrus #3 Julian HS 3:00 PM Fri, May 1 -DennisGilbert Small Schools Invite Mountain Empire HS 3:00 PM Sat, May 2 Dick Wilkins Frosh-Soph Invite Del Norte HS 9:00 AM Thu, May 14 - Citrus League Finals, Julian HS 3:00 PM Girls Softball Thursday, March 12 Home 3:30 vs Warner Monday, March 16away 3:15 @Vincent Memorial Wednesday, March 18 away 3:30 @Ocean View Friday, March 20 away 3:15 @West Shores Tuesday, March 24 Home 3:15 vs West Shores Thursday, March 26 away 4:00 @Foothills Christian Tuesday, April 14 Home 3:30 vs Escondido Adventist Thursday, April 16 Home 3:30 vs Lutheran Tuesday, April 21 away 3:15 @Calvary Academy Thursday, April 23 Home 3:15 vs Borrego Springs Friday, April 24 away 3:15 @Borrego Springs Tuesday, April 28 away 3:30 @SanPasqualAcademy Friday, May I Home 3:30 vs Vincent Memorial Tuesday, May 5 Home 3:30 vs Ocean View Thursday, I~lay 7 away 3:30 @Escondido Adventist Friday, May 8 Home 3:30 vs Foothills Christian Tuesday, May 12 away 3:30 @Lutheran Thursday, May 14 Home 3:30 • vs Calvary Academy Boys Baseball (updated) Thursday, March 19 away 3:15 @West Shores Tuesday, March 24 Home 3:30 West Shores Thursday, March 26 away 3:15 @Vincent Memorial Saturday, April 11 Home 11/2 (2)vs San Pasqual Valley Thursday, April 16 Home 3:30 vs River Valley • Saturday, April 18 away 12:00 @Liberty Charter Wednesday, April 22 Home 3:15 Liberty Charter Tuesday, April 28 Home 3:15 vs Lutheran Thursday, April 30 Home 3:30 vs Ocean View Friday, May I Home 3:30 Vincent Memorial Tuesday, May 5 away 3:30 @Borrego Springs Thursday, May 14away 3:30 @Lutheran Tuesday, May 19 away 4:00 @Ocean View Thursday, May 21 Home 3:30 vs Borrego Springs HISTORIc 5 : 30 www.,uli"~ a*"anc'a.%*"o=