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Mr. Lagu00 Volume 25 - Issue 47 Wednesday July 7 2010 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 Parade Ring Positive Tone photos and commentary by Michael Hart riding about town in the most patriotic wagon almost 2 year old "AJ" can't take his eyes off the planes as they make their final pass over town. Shelter Valley Volunteers To The Rescue by Jennifer Bennett It was just another perfect day in paradise, this time it fell on the Fourth Of July. Cloudless skies and temperatures in the high 70's with just enough breeze to let you stand on the sidewalk for the three plus hours of activities surrounding and including the parade. This year was "Ring The Bell Of Freedom" and a celebration of the mining history surrounding the town, gold having been discovered in 1869 and the first working mine, "The Washington Mine" established in 1870. A lot of locals started lining the parade route with their chairs on Saturday night before the sun went down and by Sunday morning the curb from the Town Hall to the gas station was a wide array of folding, beach and plastic seating. Some had gone as far as place name placards on the backs of seats. By 7 am the town was bustling with parade committee members and the folks from Seidl's Party Rentals setting up the announcing areas and preparing for the participants at the High School. At 9:30 word went out to the Sheriffs and CHP's Volunteers to close Main Street to through traffic. More spectators began filtering down from the side streets to claim their spots along the sidewalk. At 10 o'clock the festivities kicked off with patriotic music filling the town from the four announcing positions. At the Main Stage in front of Rabobank the Doves and Desperados once again saved the bank's money and we were off to another 4th of July celebration. The planes flew over the band played, young girls sang and politicians spoke .... all before the parade had begun. The much anticipated start, which was to be a blast from a replica howitzer, "it just didn't fire" was the response. That was the only part of the day that didn't go as planned. Once again Julian put on the best small town parade we could and all in attendance had a great time, many then made their way up Washington Street for the other Julian tradition, The American Legions Barbecue. And everyone wished Happy Birthday to the United States of America. At approximately 8:10pm on Thursday, July 1 Shelter Valley Volunteer Fire Department was toned out for a potential pediatric drowning victim. A three year old boy had fallen into the pool at Butterfield Resort Campground. He was unconscious when he was found. A relative began CPR and the family immediately started driving him towards Shelter Valley. Chief Kevin Bennett and Captain Mike DiMartino responded to the call, unknowing the family began their own transport. Chief Bennett encountered people in the road on $2 near Box Canyon, he was afraid that another emergency was taking place and was preparing to dispatch for a new call, when he realized it was the family of the drowning victim. Chief Bennett responded in Rescue 98 and Captain DiMartino responded in Engine 498. Chief Bennett was first on scene and did a rapid assessment. He determined the child had a pulse but was not breathing, and was responsive to stimulus, which was a good sign. Chief Bennett began rescue breathing and the child was able to expell the water from his lungs and begin breathing on his own. Shortly after Chief Bennett began treatment, Captain DiMartino arrived with the engine and assisted in the care of the child. Medic 71 arrived and took over primary support for the patient, CalFire Julian was also dispatched in order to land the Air Ambulance. The child was conscious and responsive when he was loaded into the Mercy Helicopter. The crews were very pleased with the outcome and want to remind everyone with children to be vigilant around water. This family was camping at Butterfield, near the pool, which is fenced. However, it only takes a minute for a child to slip away and a tragedy can happen. If you plan on taking your children swimming, never trust that "someone" is watching them, YOU be responsible to watch them at all times. Also, it is critical that you know CPR, children have the best response to CPR and can compensate for a very long time. On a side note, the Shelter Valley Volunteer Fire Crew was very fortunate that everything worked out favorably, considering there are only two volunteers on each shift. They are actively recruiting Reserve Volunteers that can meet the new County requirements. It would be appropriate to say that our former volunteer personnel would have been able to safely help with Scene Safety, Radio Communications and assisting with getting medical equipment, all without having to meet the stringent rules the County has bound the San Diego Volunteer-Fire Companies with. This was a situation where many more hands were needed and that we had them ready and available to use, however per Diane Jacobs, The San Diego County Board of Supervisers and the and the San Diego County Fire Authority, are forbidden to use them. We hope to have such good outcomes in the future, considering the disadvantage the department is at, for the present. The Shelter Valley Volunteer Fire Department is eagerly seeking individuals who are in good health, physically fit, can pass a background check, are First Responders with current CPR/First Aid qualifications, a Class B Drivers License and are willing to come to Shelter Valley for weekly training and do it all out of the goodness of their own heart (meaning unpaid). In exchange, these qualified individuals, after passing the Physical Agility Test, personal interviews, approval by the County of San Diego and go through a Volunteer Academy, can continue to work on various skills and gain experience as well as credentials to become a Firefighter, potentially gaining paid employment in that field. The County wants us to try and find these individuals locally, however considering our limited population base, this is posing to be problem. We are open to those outside of the Shelter Valley/Julian area applying. If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please call the station at 760-765-2888. Julian News PO Box 639 Julian, CA. 92036 Change Service Requested Permit No. 30 III ] Julian, CA III Ihh,h,h,,,Ih,lh,lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh,,h,II Small Town Papers TFN 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 al County To Restart Dead And Dying Tree Program , by Michael Hart On Wednesday of last week (June 30) the Julian News received word that the County was going to once again try to establish the "Dead and Dying Tree" program that had been originally put in place after the Cedar Fire. It had been suspended because of a law suit filed by the California Chaparral Institute because in their view the County's Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU) had not followed proper procedure or preformed an environmental review of the project as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The court had agreed with the Chaparal Institute and the project, whic has a Federal Grant attached to it was put on hold. The California Chaparral Institute alerted the paper to this, NOT the County, who has a legal obligation to request public input, which they are doing on the DPLU web site, not through a notice printed in the paper. The Negative declaration means that DPLU is going to try and move forward with the project again, without CEQA review. It reads: PUBLIC REVIEW OF THE NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR DEAD, DYING AND DISEASED TREE REMOVAL IN THE GREATER JULIAN AREA AND NEARBY AREAS July 1, 2010 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the County of San Diego, Land Use and Environment Group (LUEG) is requesting public review of the Negative Declaration for Dead, Dying and Diseased Tree Removal in the Greater Julian Area and Nearby Areas. This document is being circulated to obtain input from the public. The document can be reviewed online at: http://www. sdcounty.ca .gov/dplu/ceqa_ public_review.html, or at the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU), Project Processing Counter, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B, San Diego, California 92123. The Negative Declaration for Dead, Dying and Diseased Tree Removal in the Greater Julian Area and Nearby Areas analyses the environmental effects of the County's proposed project to remove dead, dying and diseased trees up to a maximum of 500 feet from structures, facilities, and evacuation roads that provide access to three or more homes or facilities in the Greater Julian Area, as recommended by the Forest Area Safety Task I-orce. Prior to tree removal, biological and archaeological ground surveys will be conducted and any sensitive areas identified during the surveys will not be treated. The purpose of the project is to insure that during fires or other catastrophic events, dead trees do not fall, roll, slide, or otherwise travel down slopes onto structures, or onto roads where they would become impediments to evacuation or fire access. Furthermore, the removal of dead, dying and diseased trees is intended to create defensible space for fire fighters and improve forest health by removing fuels that transfer fires onto healthy trees and to healthy portions of the forest. Comments on the negative declaration must be sent to the DPLU address listed above and should be forwarded to the attention of Thomas Oberbauer. Comments can also be submitted via e-mail to Thomas.oberbauer@ sdcounty.ca.gov. Comments on the negative declaration must be received no later than July 30, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. (a 30- day public review period). For additional information, please contact Thomas Oberbauer at (858) 694-3701. In their statement the Chaparral Institute "... strongly support the goals of this project, but object to its extent." They point out that - The basic problems in the Negative Declaration are: 1. The county is removing dead trees much farther away from roads and structures than necessary (500 feet). This distance is based on the ability to remove trees without a timber harvest plan under state Forestry Practices procedures. We believe trees should be removed based on level of hazard, need for firefighter safety zones, and planning for strategic fuel breaks. Tree removal should not be based on distance limits to facilitate the expenditure of the $7 million federal grant. 2. As noted in the Negative Declaration, if money is available after the initial project in Julian, other areas will be treated. As offered above, we believe the county should use fire hazard reduction funds in the most effective way by using them where they will do the most good. By limiting tree removal to 250 feet instead of 500, the county can increase its ability to treat more areas and consequently reduce fire risk to more homeowners. 3. The county appears to be operating on the assumption that the more of the landscape it treats, the better. We believe, based on scientific evidence, that the best way to protect lives, continued on page 11 High School District Brings Back Pete McHugh As Interim Superintendant With the departure of Superintendent Jim Peabody after the last regular board meeting, The Julian High School District was once again in a position of needing someone to oversee the district from the corner office. The board had set the direction of the district and Mr. Peabody had guided the district through the rough waters of a failed Charter School, settled the districts law suit against the contractor who had claimed to do the earthquake retrofitting, reworked the budget from a negative balance to at least a balanced one and reestablished accountability and higher educational standards. The person who was to replace him it was decided would not be a full time Superintendant, but a care taker of sorts to get the district to the November election, when a new board (there are three seats up for election) could make the final decision on how to proceed. They had a candidate in mind and after consulting with the San Diego County Board Of Education approached him with their offer. Pete McHugh had been in the seat once before after the departure of Brian Bristol, while the board went through the process of interviewing candidates to fill the position and before settling on the short lived appointment of Rich Alderson. Pete McHugh has agreed to once again fill the void between Superintendents. His first official day on campus was Tuesday July 6th. He will now be catching up on the work that needs to be done, negotiating the mine field that is a bond issue, continuing budget issues, and dealing with the State's allocation of funding. All while preparing the district for a new superintendent to take his place sometime in the next six months, most likely after the November election. Superintendent McHugh was a steady hand at the school and will have to be again as they move forward with the issues of reopening the science lab building, and continuing financial challenges. Wednesday, July 21 6pm Annual Election Dinner rhini Winery