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CuyamaC ii r Valley, mt. Lagu00 Summit, Wa00r Volume 25 - Issue 46 Wednesday June 30, 2010 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 Th:i .Little Piggy Came To Julian by Michael Hart This past Monday(6/21) a very excited Howard Fisher came into the Julian News office with his "stealth" camera in hand, 'Tve got a picture of the wild pig" and he and I proceeded to download the photo and talk about the damage that they have caused on the head waters of the San Diego river. Our occasional columnist J. Grant had related a story of a pig hunt he had been on a few months back, and we have received a smattering of phone calls from folks who have heard of the pigs being in the area, Howard's photo is the first proof positive brought to us that they are more than just out there, they are here. In our back yard. Reports of wild pigs in the San Diego River drainage, come from El Capitan Reservoir upstream to nearly Highway 78 and have grown to the point where the Cleveland National Forest staff has grown concerned about the pigs's impact on natural and cultural resources in the region. "Our concern spans all three of our districts.., and the end result we're seeking is to reduce or eliminate the resource problems caused by the wild pigs," according to Brian Harris, a spokesman for the Cleveland National Forest. Harris said that wild pigs have been reported widely in the Cleveland National Forest, encompassing an area that reaches from nearly the Mexican border all the way north into Riverside and Orange counties. The Forest Service is most concerned about the pigs on the Descanso district near El Capitan Reservoir, where there seem to be the most animals, and in the San Mateo Wilderness just south of Highway 74 in Riverside and Orange counties. Possible damage to sensitive habitat for endangered plants and amphibians and Indian artifact sites has the Forest staff concerned with the growing hog population. San Diego Museum of Natural History started a survey last fall to discover the extent of the range of the feral pigs in the region. While the study is not complete, wild pigs or hog sign (rooting, scat, or tracks) have been identified in a large region with Lakeside, Descanso, Julian, and Ramona as the four corners of their range, with the pigs mostly concentrated along the San Diego River and its tributaries. Wild pigs are extremely prolific. Sows frequently give birth to more than a dozen piglets, and they will frequently have two litters a year. To compound their growth potential, sows often have their first litter of young when they are only six to eight months old. Back in September of 2008, Ed Zieralski of the Union-Tribune wrote some of the earliest stories of the pigs and how they had been turned loose. "This San Diego County population, if # continues to grow, is a result of a release more than two years ago of as many as 20 pigs - a mix of Russian boars, sows and piglets. A source who once saw the pigs in pens was told they were released to establish a hog hunting program on the Capitan photo taken June 2lst at Grande Indian Reservation Back then, former J, based DFG warden Erick , had fielded reports of a po'. release of pigs. With the being the sovereign land, American Indian reservatio said there's nothing the fed state governments can do it. Tribes set their own !:14 am, near Cedar Creek Falls. courtesy Howard Fisher Wild pigs can be hunted here lian- year-round. Hunters must have lliott a hunting license and a pig tag, sible which costs $18.65 for residents, area $62.20 for nonresidents. There is )f an no limit to the number of pig tags , he hunters may buy. ral or The average California wild pig ibout weighs 200 to 300 pounds for ,ame trophy boars, with sows going laws. These pigs aren't expected to stay in one place. It won't b e long before they expand their ange up Boulder Creek and intb the i Julian area. The Capitan Grande ndian Reservation also connect with Cleveland National Forest i land, which adjoins Cuyamaca Rncho State Park. i Diego River, Which The San runs into El Capitan Resprvoir at the north end after collecting water from creeks such as Cedar, I Ritchie and Boulder, stretches into Julian and game-rich,lands around Eagle Peak. It is the same habitat that has allowed the county's ever-growing wild turkey population to reach its current size." Wild pigs currently exst in 56 of the state's 58 coUnt es and can be found in a ariety of habitats ranging | from woodland, chaparral, meadow and grasslands. Wild i pigs are omnivorous, consuming both plant and animal matter. In general, wild pigs feel:l on: grasses and forbs in the spring: mast and fruits in the summer and fall: and roots, tubers and invertebrates throughout the year. As with all game species, wild pig behavior tends to change as hunting pressure increases. Where hunting is infrequent wild pigs may be active during the day. With moderate hUnting, pigs tend to bed down around sunrise and become active again in late afternoon. In areas with heavy hunting pressure pigs are generally active only at night. Depen'ding on pig density and abundance of cover, wild pigs tend to leave an area where hunting pressure becomes severe. Please see the state map below for pig take per county based on the wild pig tag returns for hunting season. In May of this year a confirmed kill was reported at the base of Palomar Mountain. We in Julian have not had a pig taken that we have been made aware of, although private land owners may have harvested some without anyone being aware of it. 100 to 200 pounds. Hunters tend to keep wild pig populations under control, but wi[d pigs tend to gravitate to areas where they aren't hunted or where hunting is prohibited. That would make Cuyamaca Rancho State Parkl upstream from their release point, a perfect sanctuary. So we can look forward to more hunters in the area, looking for pigs as well as the turkey hunters and deer hurtters. And we look for them all year long. I Julian News  P,so,Tos',,,oA,oll] Julian, CA. 92036 Change Service Requested Permit He. SO III Ihh'h,h,,,Ih,lh,lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh,,h,ii Small Town Papers F 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 Independence Day Parade Events This Sunday we will once again celebrate the birth of our country with the biggest little town parade around. The days activities will as always start at the bank with a rowdy bunch of out-of-towners trying tomake off with our money. There will be the fly overs of vintage air craft (with no power lines blocking the view), music and speeches, all before the parade starts to make its way down Main Street at Noon. Returning to the parade again will be the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, the Mountain Tribal Gypsy dance troupe who have promised a special treat, the Submarine Veterans and Buffalo Soldiers, The Prancing Pony Country Farm is also returning with their miniature horses. Making their debut will be the Ramona Town Hall Brass Band. According to the parade committee, in spite of the tough economy all over we can expect a grand parade once again. And as always it will be anchored by the Julian Cuyamaca volunteers. 4th of July BBQ Tickets Available The American Legion Post 468 is currently selling tickets for this years Deep Pit BBQ at the Legion Hall. Adults are $10, children er 10 are $5. It follows the parade, with the Grand Pacific Band playing patriotic tunes to continue the Independence Day celebration and includes dancing, a raffle, bake sale and prize drawings into the evening. BBQ will be served from 1 o'clock until 5pm or it's all gone. Library To Host Free Help For Homeowners/Renters Having Problems Paying Your Mortgage or Rent? The Housing Opportunities Collaborative; in collaboration with the San Diego County Library and the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Pro Bono Program, invite you to attend a FREE Home Clinic in Julian. On Saturday, July 10, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM the Home Clinic will be held at the Julian High School and the Julian Branch Library. Registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail with name, address and telephone number to HOMEclinic@ housingcollaborative.org or call (619) 283-2200 or toll-free (800) HOC-0503 to be registered in a session. The main event and lecture will be held in the High School Multipurpose room with individual meetings held in other rooms at the high school and at the Library. The HOME Clinic will enable you to access existing resources and services pertinent to you as a tenant, on how to become a homeowner, or assist you if you are having difficulties in making your monthly mortgage payments. This clinic will pool attorneys, real estate and mortgage industry professionals, housing counseling agencies, fair housing agencies, and other public agencies into one location to give you a one-stop shop of counseling resources. This program will connect you to resources, legal assistance, consumer protection assistance, credit counseling, fair housing counseling, and to other agencies that can help you. Local attorneys who have landlord/ tenant, real estate, lending and mortgage industry experience, as well as bankruptcy and family law attorneys will give services. You will also consult with staff members of local HUD approved 'housingcounseling and credit counseling agencies. You will get a review of your lease/rental agreement, mortgage/lending/ escrow documents and will be referred to local law enforcement or to local attorneys who may give resolution to your problems. Also, educational sessions on credit management, tenant rights, mortgage loans, bankruptcy, and consumer protection will also be provided. Homeowners in need of immediate assistance, please call (888) 995-HOPE. You may also pick up a flyer about this program at the Julian Branch Library located at 1850 Highway 78, (next to Julian High School.) Housing Opportunities Collaborative mission is "to promote equal access to housing for all persons in the region, especially low income and underprivileged individuals and families, by educating the public concerning home ownership and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities, seeking financial and capacity building resources, providing financial and other resources, monitoring compliance with housing related laws, and conducting related activities." Music On The Mountain Library Welcomes Singer/Songwriter Lisa Sanders For Tuesday Night Showcase Event The Julian Library is proud to present award winning singer/ songwriter Lisa Sanders for an acoustical performance on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. The event begins at 6:00 in the acoustically- Library. Ms. Sander's concert is a collaboration of the San Diego County Library's "Acoustic Showcase Series" and the Friends of the Julian Library's popular "Music on the Mountain" by Perry Savage Lisa Sanders has long been a popular solo performer in the San Diego music scene. She has twice won the San Diego Music Awards "Best Acoustic Artist of the Year" (1998 and 1999), sharing that honor with recording artists Jewel and Jason Mraz. She is also a past recipient of the Reader Magazine's "Best Acoustic Artist" award. In 1998, she was signed by MCA Records and produced her first two highly acclaimed albums, "Isn't Life Fine" and "Life Takes You Flying". She has produced five albums to date, the latest being "Last Night in Roseburg". Besides performing her solo acoustic gigs, Lisa Sanders has opened for such artists as Lucinda Williams, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, AI Green, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor, Louden Wainwright III, Babyface, Sophie B. Hawkins and Sting. Grammy award winner Lucinda Williams called Ms. Sanders "a phenomenal artist" and added "and I'm taking here under my wing." Sa0ders also performed at the Lillith Fairs in San Diego and Phoenix with Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow and other top acts. Ms. Sanders is known for her rich, smooth alto voice and songs with memorable melodies and "radio- friendly" appeal. Although reviewers many times place her in the blues, soul or style "black cowgirl pop"- a R&B- rooted, blues-jazz oriented form of pop music. Oh, and throw in a little "country" to flavor the stew. One reviewer wrote, " Lisa Sanders has learned to push her musical boundaries to places that are almost never explored by Afro-American women. And she does it with such confidence, with an inherent ability to make even unwilling listeners stop dead in their tracks and ask, "who is that woman singing? And where does she get her voice?... Rather than crowding her sound with production layers, Sanders keeps her melodies clear and rhythmically well-supported. Part of Sanders' emotive power is her lyrical simplicity, along with a beautiful honesty and tasteful elegance." More praise for Lisa Sanders: "[Sanders] boasts a charming, poetic flair and smoky, soulful voice that you will want to listen to for hours...If you test only one brand new artist this week, make it Sanders."" -- Billboard Magazine "Sanders is a unique voice and an upcoming talent in a world overpopulated by singer/ songwriters. Hear her wonderful songsmithery before the world discovers her." Borders.corn "Channeling the vocal strength of Chaka Khan and the dusty , blessed Main Room of the Julian monthly concert series, jazz genres, she calls her unique continued onpage 5 ,I i' :: ........... - I ii!!iiii!ii!iiii!!ii " iiiii !'] = =i' ,t , ,= - Annual Election Diner Menghini Winery Ji] " " 4