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(REUNITED) LOST DOG: White Male Pomeranian “Milo”, Crown Hills Alpine 2-6-19


February 6, 2019 LOST DOG ALPINE Ca. 91901 – White male Pomeranian (name: Milo), ran away this morning. He was last seen at the corner of Larkspur Dr and Begonia Way in the Crown Hills Area of Alpine. He’s 13 but looks 3-4. Please call my dad Mike Tew at 619-992-9492 if found, Thank you so much!

JMMS Sports Fields and a New Park for Alpine Update – February 6, 2019

Parkland for Alpine – Update February 6, 2019 – Submitted By George Barnett

Along with Travis Lyon, Jim Easterling, and Jon Green, I attended meetings yesterday hosted by Brian Albright, Director of Parks and Recreation for the County of San Diego. Mr. Albright’s executive staff also participated. Two major parkland developments for Alpine were discussed. Following are my personal observations:

Joan MacQueen Middle School Playing Fields:
Concept plans are completed, and Alpine Union School District (AUSD) is moving ahead. The County process for directing developers’ fees to the project from the Alpine Park Land Development Ordinance account was reviewed. Ordinance compliance issues were discussed, and were integrated into the timing schedule. A key component will be the preparing of architectural designs and cost estimates. The matter of well water and irrigation infrastructure for grass fields, and the maintenance of infrastructure over time, has been addressed by the very kind offer from an Alpine resident.

Alpine Community Park:
The County has completed negotiations to buy 98 acres of Wrights Field open space not owned by the Back Country Land Trust. Next steps include the Board of Supervisors final approvals on funding and acquisition expected later this month. Once escrow is completed and the land owned by the County, and once the County concludes an environmental survey of the land, the County will begin community outreach through the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) and by County-hosted community workshops. Those efforts will include the solicitation of ideas, wants and needs from the community. The County expects to begin its outreach late April or early May. Environmental studies on the targeted land site have started. Those studies will indicate how much of the 98 acres can be used for parkland (as opposed to passive use as open space), and will give insight into the types of facilities that could be suitable under California’s environmental law. As Director & Officer of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT), I pledged BCLT’s and its Partners resources in support to the County on biological resource land management, fire fuels reduction, waterway clean-out and restoration, on environmental education via BCLT’s Living Classroom Program in association with Alpine Education Foundation, and on habitat restoration.

By implication, through the sustained efforts of many, and due to the firm commitment of Supervisor Dianne Jacob to Alpine and to our children, Alpine is destined to have unsurpassed open space preserves, a community park, and refurbished, modern sports playing fields at its middle school! 😁

For clarity, the non-County attendees at the meetings were:

George Barnett (me); elected ACPG member & secretary of its Parks Subcommittee, director/officer of BCLT.
Travis Lyon; elected ACPG member & chairperson, elected Trustee AUSD, and director of BCLT. Jim Easterling; elected ACPG member and chairperson of its Parks Subcommittee; & elected member and President of Alpine Fire Protection District. Jon Green; Program & Outreach Director of BCLT

The above comments are mine personally, and are not intended to be those of the others attending.



LOST WALLET: Black Dickies Wallet Lost in Alpine 2-4-19


COMMENTS: Lost wallet, my husband Ben lost his wallet last night. It is a black dickies wallet pretty sure It was dropped in the parking lot of Alpine Taco shop here in Alpine. Hopefully someone honest found it. Text 619-851-3770 if found

NAME: Sara Tweed



LOST CAT: Grey & White Male, “Smokey”, Crown Hills Area in Alpine 2-2-19

LOST CAT ALPINE CA 91901: Our cat Smokey escaped from the house on the night of February 2, 2019 from Columbine Rd (Crown Hills Community). He is a large gray cat with white face markings and white paws. He has a collar with a contact number. Please help us find him.

NAME: Denise Hippensteel



(REUNITED) FOUND DOG: Male German Shepherd, Victoria Dr. Alpine 2-3-19


Found Dog Alpine Ca 2-3-19: We found a male German Shepherd running on Victoria Dr. in Alpine. He’s safe and actively trying to locate his owner.


Please contact Sarah by emailing HERE

LOST DOG: Female White Shepherd “Killarney”, Alpine Ca 2-1-19

2-1-19 LOST DOG ALPINE CA 91901: My female white shepherd “Killarney” is missing. If you live or know someone that lives in Alpine, please have them SHARE this!

Dog’s Name is Killarney
Breed: Shepherd
Color: All White

Last seen on Alpine Blvd going towards Bay Meadows Dr. PLEASE DON’T TRY TO CATCH HER! Call Krista Clarke 619-322-1254 if you have any info on her or her whereabouts are. She is chipped, licensed, and had tags on.


Proposed Alpine Park is Subject of Next Chamber Hot Topic Breakfast – February 12, 2019

Find out more about the proposal for a 98-acre San Diego County park in Alpine during the Chamber’s next monthly “Hot Topics” business breakfast!

The friendly way to start the day at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, will be at Al Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant at 2139 Alpine Blvd.

Vice President George Barnett of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) will talk about proposed plans for an Alpine County Community Park that would be adjacent to Wright’s Field. BCLT owns and maintains the field preserve.

Barnett’s talk is timely, because the next day on Feb. 13 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing about buying the proposed park land and maintaining it. Chamber members and guests will get more news about the community as well as activities and opportunities as they enjoy the hot breakfast. The $20 cost  includes giveaways!

Reservations are requested. Call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722 or visit to get details and to reserve your spot!

Can’t make an early morning breakfast meeting?
Then come to the Alpine Chamber’s free Third Thursday Mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Mediterraneo Italian Bistro & Bar! Known for its gorgeous views as well as delicious appetizers and beverages, Mediterraneo’s is in the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road. There will be networking and fun for Chamber members and guests as well as a no-host bar.

Make your reservation now by calling the Chamber at (619) 445-2722 or visiting!

​Alpine Revitalization Meeting Held in January 2019 Proves Informative & Energetic

The possibility of a high school as well as a county park kept interest high at the latest Alpine Community Revitalization Meeting

By Jo Moreland – Alpine Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Alpine’s leaders, business people, organization representatives, agencies, residents and county staff also discussed the latest news about road paving, local signage and other needs.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob handed out praise as she led the Jan. 24 session in the Alpine Library at 1752 Alpine Blvd. “I think this was excellent,” Jacob said after the meeting. “It helps me and the other county people to know what the needs are and what we need to do.”
The county supervisor said the park proposal, which will be discussed at the county board’s Feb. 13 meeting, is “definitely a priority.” Final board approval is needed to buy 98 acres of land abutting the Wright’s Field preserve, which is owned and maintained by the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT).
BCLT Vice President George Barnett said it was “absolutely wonderful” to hear Jacob speak enthusiastically about the county buying the balance of Wright’s Field and intending to use it for community access. He said it was also good to hear her fully support the proposed upgrade of sports playing fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School, because both projects benefit Alpine.
Almost everyone leaned forward to hear Travis Lyon, an Alpine Union School District (AUSD) board member, talk about the latest effort to get a high school in Alpine.
It might be done by using Alpine Elementary School in some way, Lyon said. “We’re undergoing a process right now to identify options for the future,” AUSD Superintendent Dr. Rich Newman said in an interview. “They’ve identified nine options to date.” Newman said a Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force of parents, staff, community members and school site administrators are developing a proposal for the school board. “We’re really seeking community input,” so a number of public forums will be held, he said. “My goal is the board will hear the recommendations in February and in March the board will make a decision after the community forums.”
President Neville Connell of the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council revealed that research after Alpine’s West Fire on July 6 shows that roads have an impact on fire prevention and safety. The blaze destroyed or damaged 38 homes and 36 other buildings. There was very little damage to buildings on east-west roads in the fire area, but defending structures on roads that “spread out like fingers” was more difficult and those buildings were more prone to damage, Connell said. “It provided us with some very interesting conclusions in how development should go forward in Alpine,” he said
A partnership between the Alpine Chamber of Commerce and BCLT to beautify Alpine Boulevard is trying to work with county permit and insurance requirements in order to pursue the project, Chamber Executive Director Alex Ward and Jon Green, BCLT outreach and program director, told Jacob.  “You’re doing great work,” she replied after encouraging them to work with county personnel and to contact her office if that didn’t work out.
Mary Kay Borchard, a volunteer community representative with the revitalization committee, said she thought the meeting was positive for Alpine’s development. “I would invite and encourage any interested resident to attend the next Alpine revitalization meeting on June 27, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Alpine Library,” Borchard said.
Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722

Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722


JMMS Security Fencing Installed.. “Say Something” Reporting System Info Meeting – February 4, 2019

JMMS (Joan MacQueen Middle School)SAFETY UPDATE – January 30, 2019. Security Fencing Installation is being completed this week at our school. Also we are having a “SAY SOMETHING” Parent information meeting on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6pm. The “Say something” Anonymous reporting system allows you to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others. JMMS is located at 2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more info call (619) 445-3245

Alpine’s Latest Homeless Count Down Slightly in 2019 From 13 to 10

There aren’t many homeless people in rural Alpine, but the community continues working to improve the situation.

By Jo Moreland – Alpine Chamber of Commerce

The Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) staff and volunteers drove Alpine streets and hiked local canyons on Jan. 25, to determine there were 10 homeless people in town. That was three less than the 13 people found last year during the second annual count in 2018, said Jon Green, land trust program and outreach director.

Green said nine people were found during the first count in 2017. “We’re hovering right about ten and we have three years of data now,” he said.

While there is less trash caused by homeless people, said Green, littering and illegal dumping off Alpine Boulevard continues to be a significant problem.

Alpine is the only rural community surveyed during San Diego County’s “Point in Time Count” at the end of every January. BCLT partners with San Diego County’s Regional Task Force on Homelessness for the early morning research.

The annual count determines what federal aid comes to the area to work with the homeless situation. “It’s a required count from HUD (Housing and Urban Development),” said Kathryn Durant, task force operations coordinator. “Last year there was $20 million, plus another $8 million for homeless youth in this county.”

Durant said the final total homeless count for 2019 might be available by late April.

In Alpine, homeless individuals used to be found in the Alpine Creek area along Alpine Boulevard. This year and last year four people were found living in cars in Viejas parking lots, Green said.

“This time we found one large encampment of three tents, a mountain of trash, electronic waste and evidence that children were living there . . . a stuffed animal,” he said. “They were just off the freeway at Tavern Road. That whole thing is scary.”

BCLT staff and volunteers have been working with law enforcement, the County of San Diego and cooperative private land owners to deal with the situation in the creek areas, Green said, noting that grant funding has also been helpful..

“This year we found no creek encampments — not one,” Green said. “Homelessness is not occurring in the areas where we’re paying attention. Now we have to actively go out and find the homeless. Some of the people are just moving out farther,”

Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722