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I Volume 24 - Issue 46 Wednesday July 1, 2009 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 ring On Our Parade Schedule - 9:30 streets closed, detour 'C' Street and 4th 10:00 - Bank Robbery - Gunfight Main Stage area. 10:20 - Musical Presentation, 10:45 - Fly Over, 11:00 - Salute to the Military, 11:00 - Fly Over Salute to service personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice, 11:20 - Dignitaries Remarks 11:40 - Drawing For ride on Vintage Aircraft, 11:50 National Anthem 11:55 - Final Fly Over, 12:00 Parade Begins with a BANG! American Leaion Post 468 Hosting Another Independence Day Barbecue Following the Independence Day Parade in downtown Julian on Saturday, July 4th, 2009, the American Legion Lincoln Deming Post 468, the Ladies Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion will host the 67th annual, old-fashioned, deep-pit beef barbeque. Food will be served between twelve noon and five, or until it runs out. Along with the barbequed brisket, beans, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, and Dudley's Bread will be served. Beer, wine, cocktails, bottled water and soda pop will be available. Live bands will include the Grand Pacific (the parade's official marching band) beginning at one , and the Honky Tonk Kings playing until ten in the evening. Also performing will be a Dixieland Band, Bagpipers and a DJ. The ladies auxiliary will hold its' raffle and a bake sale. The post is located at 2503 Washington Street in Julian. Phone (760) 765-0126 for information. Tickets are $10.00 and $5.00 for children under twelve. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the American Legion Post. Wolf Center Mourns Loss Of An Old Friend Legendary Mexican Wolf Dies At 15 by Patrick Valentino The last surviving Mexican gray wolf from the original release in 1998 died recently at the California Wolf Center in Julian, CA. Rio, or M166, had been living out his retirement years at the California Wolf Center, and he passed peacefully without suffering. This individual wolf is an important part of the history of Mexican wolf recovery, and he made a significant contribution to the return of this rare subspecies to the wild. Rio was born at the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center in Eureka, Missouri on April 27, 1994. He was the grandson of wild-caught wolves, and he was parent reared and raised with older siblings in a multi- generational pack. Rio and his natal pack were the subjects of a National Geographic shoot with photographer Joel Sartore. He was also the subject of a Wild Canid video documentary of a year in a pup's life. While a puppy', he helped his father stalk and 'chase out' a copperhead snake that lived behind the enclosure. As he moved from pup to yearling he was seen 'stalking' white-tailed deer outside the enclosure and when he got close he would look back at his father as if to get approval. He remained in his natal pack and helped care for his younger brothers and sisters born in 1995, acting as the primary 'baby sitter' and often playing with his younger siblings. On November 29, 1996, he was transferred to Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility (weighing 90 pounds) to be paired with "Dark Eyes" (F174) for breeding and possible release into the wild. Rio was very timid when he arrived and would not come out of his transfer crate until after everyone had left, but with F174 it was 'love at first sight' and an immediate bond formed. This was the first mating for both of them, and they produced a very robust female pup (F511) in the late spring of 1997. Rio was a very attentive father, often playing with F511, who went on to become the "Poster Wolf" for the Mexican Wolf Recovery Project. Rio, Dark Eyes, and F511 were released as the Campbell Blue pack into the wild as part of the Julian News PC Box 639 Julian, CA, 92036 Change Service Requested first reintroduction on March 29, 1998. Rio and his pack made the successful transition from captivity to the wild, as Rio was the first reintroduced Mexican wolf documented taking down native prey. Rio also fathered the first wild-born Mexican wolf pups Ln .the United States tin almost 50 years: The life of a wild wolf is more than a challenge. The act of I1,1,,I,,I,,,,11,,11,,11,,,,,11,,I,II1,,,I,,I,,,I,1,11,,,I,,11 Small Town Papers TFN 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 ii arade Rio (M166) at the California Wolf Center photo courtesy California Wolf Center hunting can leave wolves injured rather be in a pack then a "lone or even killed in the process. The wolf."). human threat to wolves cannot On November 18, 1998, Rio be understated as well. Dark was captured by field team Eyes was badly injured when members and paired with F482. ............................... stomped by a cow elk in early They were re-released into the The "Party/(it" concept- reusable plates, cups am] utensils in June, and Rio had to do all of the wild in December of 1998 and a rolling container for each ciassroom. hunting to sustain her and their again, Rios's pack adjusted well. litter from that year. There were Rio appeared to go through an supplemental feedings by the 'attitude change' with this new field team members during this freedom. He was no longer shy time to help the pack survive this and timid, but was a dominant, challenge. On August 7, 1998, bold, 'in charge' wolf. Rio Dark Eyes was illegally shot and seemed to thrive in the wild killed. Rio continued to care for that year, gaining more weight the pup(s) until late August, but than when he was released. He it is unlikely that any pups from and his older brother, Maska or that year survived. Rio was M131 of the Hawk's Nest pack, also seen limping badly during were the only two survivors from this period suggesting he had the original 13 wolves released become injured during a hunt during the initial reintroduction, trying to care for the pups as a and both were thriving. However, single wolf parent, tragedy struck again in October After the loss of his mate and 1999 when Rio's mate, F482, pup(s), Rio traveled extensively, was killed by a mountain lion and likely in search of a new mate continued on page 5 and other wolves (wolves would i1 Elementary School Students Going Green For The Green by Michael Hart There is a reason Tricia Elisara was chosen as one of Julian's "positive female role models" by Pathways. When she gets an idea she works it to the limit. The idea she has been toying with for over four years has finally born fruit as "Green Classroom Party Kits" is now a finalist for the Frito-Lay's Sunchips Brand And National Geographic Green Effects Contest. The idea: Green Classroom Party Kit- (washable white plates, clear cups, and silverware, in a rolling storage container) for each classroom at Julian Elementary school. After use, children learn to scrape plates, pack them in the rolling cooler, take it to a staff room or cafeteria, wash, and then re-set for the next party or food activity. The kit would be housed in the classroom, for use year after year. This idea came the first day her oldest (Ethan) started school four years ago, once she realized how many events she (and others) would be bringing food to for all the years of elementary school (birthday parties, holiday celebrations, sports practices, etc.) For every event, a new set of disposable plates, cups, and silverware. Now, Tricia loves parties, but that she knew that equals a lot of trash multiplied across the school and the years.? She simply thought we could come up with a better system. After doing some research about the exact kind of plates and cups she wanted (simple, plain white, not too big, not too small), she came up with a prototype for Ethan's third grade class and donated it to Mrs. Cirillo. A couple of moms asked her about it, and they suggested she do a show-and-tell at the PTO meeting. The response was so enthusiastic that Susi Jones from Pathways got excited about it and she urged Tricia to write for grant money to put one in every class on campus. Tummy LaDou suggested that I incorporate student leaders into the project once it got funded. After recruiting a small group of kids who have an interest in environmental issues and meeting with them last fall to describe the project and get them excited about it. Tricia did the unthinkable she committed going out and find money. Everyone did a little bit of research - photographing the trash collected after school parties. She applied for two grants and was rejected for both. Nothing happened with the project all year. Enter husband Chris, working on an unrelated project he came upon the website www., when he saw it, he immediately realized that the idea of "Green Classroom Party Kits" was a perfect fit for the contests parameters. The next step starts on July 7th, all 10 finalist will be announced. Ultimately, five winners will be selected - four by a panel of prestigious judges and one by consumers through online voting. Each of the five winners will receive a $20,000 grant to fund their green project. Additionally, the winners and their earth- friendly ideas will be profiled in National Geographic magazine and wilt travel to Washington, DC to share their projects with environmental leaders. Get ready to vote. Starting July 7th. Tell your friends, help the computer challenged. Log onto, Vote for Julian Elementary "Green Classroom Party Kits"