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Fire Prevention Efforts Were Underway at Wright’s Field in Alpine Before West Fire

The Wright’s Field area in Alpine owned by the Back Country Land Trust is outlined in red and green. (Google Earth map courtesy of Back Country Land Trust)

By Alpine Chamber of Commerce  – August 2018

With the West Fire bearing down from the east end of Alpine on July 6,2018 the natural park known as Wright’s Field in the center of Alpine was already well-prepared. Fortunately, firefighters stopped the blaze just before it got into the natural preserve loved by walkers, hikers, bike and horseback riders. In recent years the Back Country Land Trust, which owns the 230-acre field,  had been working with firefighters on fire prevention measures well before the West fire. Those efforts are continuing….

The Wright’s Field property on the right side of the fence has been cleared to provide defensible space for fire prevention. (Back Country Land Trust photo.)

The July 6 West Fire that destroyed or damaged dozens of homes and buildings in Alpine came close to Wright’s Field before firefighters stopped the blaze. Thanks to the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) which owns the 230-acre natural park in the center of this rural community and local fire agencies, the field has already been undergoing fire prevention efforts in recent years.

“We’re all very familiar with the park,” Chief Bill Paskle of the Alpine Fire Protection District said later, praising BCLT’s fire prevention efforts for the preserve. “We do walk it.  I walk it regularly as a private citizen.” Firefighters and the BCLT have partnered for fire prevention and quick access to the park for almost seven years, said Jon Green, BCLT’ program and outreach director. “The Back Country Land Trust takes our obligations for fire safety very seriously while also balancing the needs of habitat,” Green said.

Wright’s Field, part of this area’s rich history, is popular with residents, visitors and tourists for walking, hiking, bike riding, horseback riding and just relaxing. “The first thing is that it’s a natural preserve, so we can’t go in there heavy-handed,” Paskle said.  “But we do look at the vegetation around the edges of the field to make sure it’s trimmed.  They (BCLT) do a fabulous job of that.” The fire chief said the district has supported BCLT’s efforts to get grants to maintain Wright’s Field and the agency has a good relationship with Green. “The BCLT does not own all of the open space in the center of town,” Green noted. “We own about half of the open space out there.” He said he is listening to fire agencies, taking their advice and continuing to improve fire prevention at Wright’s Field.


BCLT, a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, completed a very large project last year to reduce vegetation that might fuel fires in or near the field. “It was our first priority – removing non-native species,” Green said. “We also removed several eucalyptus trees.”

The second priority, he said, was thinning the native shrubs so there’s space between them and that took money. BCLT obtained a $108,000 CAL FIRE grant through the Urban Corps to get both priorities taken care of between 2016 and 2017. Green said the land trust also got an $18,000 Sunrise Powerlink Community Protection grant through a fire mitigation fund to upgrade and repair all gates at Wright’s Field.

The gates’ project was important because firefighters and other emergency responders need to easily get big rigs and other vehicles in and out of the field, Green said. “We increased the number of access points to Wright’s Field from five to eight,” he said.   “All the new gates have a 30-foot width for fire department access.” Firefighters had to use one of the new gates earlier this year to rescue an injured horseback rider in the field, said Green.

“Going forward, we are consulting with Alpine Fire, CAL FIRE and various local wildlife agencies to plan for more defensible space projects,” he said. “We want to be planning ahead, not be behind.”

(Photo, map courtesy of BCLT)


FOUND CAT: Female Fluffy Tabby Cat, Barons Market in Alpine 7-8-18

We have a little Ms. Tabby that has been hanging around Baron’s Marketplace since the fire. Not quite sure if she was abandoned or dropped-off, but she is in need of shelter and a good home. She is getting food and water from the wonderful people around her, but she cannot survive much longer in a busy marketplace (and parking lot!) without becoming injured. If she is your kitty, or you’re looking to rescue, please contact: I also have a photo, and my daughter created a video of her socializing in case you need more details.

P.S. She is a amber/brown tabby with gorgeous caramel eyes. Might have been preggers at one point as she has a pooch 🙂

Holly K. Mitchell & Alpine Barons 619-445-5600


Big Name Bands & Entertainment Live at Viejas Concerts in the Park – 2018

Come see all of your favorites LIVE right here in Alpine!

Tickets are available on or at the Viejas Gift shop.  You can also purchase by phone from AXS at 1(888) 929-7849.

Is there a discount on tickets? – Yes, V Club members receive a discount on tickets purchased at the Viejas Gift Shop.  Not a V Club member?  Join today.  It’s fast, fun and free.  Click here for more info.

Where is Concerts in the Park located? The venue is located at Viejas Casino & Resort, in the park, between the Viejas Hotel towers.  It is no longer located at the Viejas Outlets.



Wynonna & The Big Noise – June 29, 2018

Tickets On Sale Now! Five-time Grammy Award winner Wynonna, with her band The Big Noise, will visit Viejas Concerts in the Park Friday, June 29th. Enjoy the rich and powerful country songs of this record breaking performer.




Peter Cetera – June 30, 2018

Tickets On Sale Now! Well known as a member of the original band, Chicago, his singing and creative blend of lyrics launched his solo career to the top of the charts.




Little River Band – July 20, 2018

Tickets On Sale Now! Once praised by the late great Eagles founder, Glenn Fry, as “the best singing band in the world.” Come experience LRB’s unique sound and feel their musical energy that has pleased sell-out crowds everywhere.




Loverboy – July 28, 2018

Tickets On Sale Now! With four multi-platinum and numerous gold albums, Loverboy brings their signature big rock sound to Concerts in the Park. Driven by the powerful vocals of Mike Reno and the imaginative and relentless guitar of Paul Dean, this band is known to deliver an unstoppable and electrifying energy to the stage.


Eddie Money – August 10, 2018

Tickets On Sale Now! Praised by many for his ability to sing, write, play and perform. This ex-police officer from New York put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue his talent for music. An arresting performance you have to see!



Jeff Foxworthy – August 17, 2018

Considered to be one of the most successful comedians in the country, Jeff Foxworthy is also a multiple Grammy nominee. This world-renowned comedian masterfully blends everyday family life and plain old human nature to serve up a laughter-packed performance.



Three Dog Night – August 18, 2018

Tickets On Sale Now! Their name came from a survival trick used in the Australian outback. With twenty-one consecutive top forty hits and twelve Gold albums, this group’s survival trick is making great and memorable music.



Los Tigres Del Norte – September 2, 2018

Tickets On Sale Now! Well known for their long encores, this group of talented musicians, singers and entertainers are sure to bring down the house. With fifty albums and counting, this prolific group has a fun and exciting style of their own.



Hank Williams Jr.- September 21, 2018

Tickets go on sale, Friday June 22nd at 10am. Don’t miss your chance to see this legend live and loud at Viejas. Tickets will be available at the Viejas Gift Shop, or by phone at 888-929-7849. Hank Williams Jr., known to many American football fans for his “Monday Night Football Song,” decided to change the lyrics to “All my Sarah friends are coming over tonight.”



38 Special – September 29, 2018

Their timeless hits include, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightning” and “Second Chance” to mention a few.



ATTENTION ANIMAL RESCUE GROUPS! Descanso Day Parade & Fair “Dog days of Summer” WANTS YOU!

ANIMAL RESCUE GROUPS! Hi I am the Vendor coordinator for this year’s Descanso day fair on Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 11 am til 5 pm at the Descanso Town Hall. The fair immediate follows the Descanso Day Parade. This year our theme is “Dog days of Summer” we have about 35 different craft vendors (along with food and live music and raffles) and we are going to have a couple tables set up for information from LOCAL animal rescue groups and animal therapy groups. We would like to extend an invitation to you to join us and represent your rescue group!

This is FREE ADVERTISING FOR YOU! You can come the day of the fair with any literature- handouts flyers and include them on the info table. You can bring visuals, poster board displays .. whatever and if you would like – an animal or two! We don’t expect you to stay all day but are hoping you can join us for at least an hour. We will have a couple tables and chairs set up in the shade for the different groups so you wouldn’t need to hassle with those. Also, if you can’t make it in person we can still include your info. I can either pick up flyers from you or you can drop them off at the Descanso library anytime. if this is something you would be interested in doing please email me at – Julie Salmons


Local Pet Adoption Page 6-4-18: Meet “Ray Charles” and “Cinco & Ocho”

Pet adoption Page Logo ACN

This Page is sponsored by Barons Market in Alpine and features pets available for
adoption in Alpine and East County San Diego and is sponsored by Barons Market Alpine





I would like to see if I can find a home for one of my dogs. She needs a nice, quiet peaceful environment (one older person or couple who can devote all of their attention to her). Her name is Ollie. She is ten years old. We have had her since she was 1 year old (rescue). She is  very healthy, but overwhelmed at my house with all of the other animals, kids, etc.


Please call Gina Mendola at 619-757-0703 or EMAIL ME HERE if you are interested.




Ocho & Cinco

Ocho & Cinco are six week old brother and sister looking for their furever home thru the San Diego Humane Society and are being fostered by me here in Alpine.  Home checks will be completed.  They will be spayed and neutered with a clean bill of health.  They are litter box trained, UTD on vaccines and will be indoor kittys only and no declaw.  Call Marge Bettencourt at 619-445-2929 or EMAIL HERE






RayCharles is up for adoption through Second Chance Dog Rescue.  RayCharles is a four year old, 14lb White Poodle who is neutered, and micro-chipped, healthy, loves dogs and kittys.

RayCharles came from a high kill shelter in El Centro after his owner went into a nursing home.  RayCharles does not let his lack of eye sight get him down.

Call Maarge Bettencourt at 445-2929, or EMAIL HERE or check out his bio at for more info.

Adoption feeis $250.






“Sassy” the Sweet LOVE BUG

It’s heartbreaking that our Sassy has not found her forever human/family. In January we were so close. A family met Sassy and fell in love, they adopted her but returned her a few days later. The hopes was that she would make an emotional support dog for the families young son. But Sassy did not take to the family cats and began testing limits, her new family was unable to meet her need of a confident dog owner. Despite doing all the right things in preparing to bring her home.

Sassy has now been in foster care 490 days, she is a 7 yrs old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, when we found Sassy she loved her whole life outside chained to her doghouse/ used for breeding. Sassy lives with her foster mom Moira, who is also a dog trainer, in Lakeside, she is crate trained, knows basic commands, she loves walks and being outdoors.

Despite her past life Sassy is a love bug with lots of energy. She is a very smart girl who enjoys learning new things. Her exuberant energy needs a place to run around at times, and with clear direction from her human, she thrives. Sassy needs a home with the right human who has dog experience and who is able to set limits and boundaries with her. She would do best in a home with no cats, and is at her best as the only dog. With the right person who can give her the direction and she needs, she aims to please and has lots of love to give.

If you’d like to meet Sassy please call either Stephanie at 760-815-8464 or Sonnya at 619-249-3649 or email The Miracle Foundation SD at



“Zee Bee” Male Indoor / Outdoor Cat

I am looking for a home for this sweet boy.. He grew up as an indoor cat but for the last two years he has primarily been an outside cat. Comes in and out.. he is very lovable loves to snuggle. May need some time to adjust back to indoors. He’s fixed, just need someone that will love him and spend time with him adjusting, maybe an older companion ♡ please get the word out as I have very little time to find him a home.

I can be reached at 619.820.9866 or email me (Debi Cobian) HERE



Barn + Mice = CAT

Since 2015, Love Your Feral Friends has been been placing at risk felines in Barn Cat Programs. We are dedicated to saving the lives of fear cats who are impounded at animal control facilities and, for one reason or another, cannot be returned to their original habitats. These cats are healthy, sterilized, vaccinated, and in dire need of a new outdoor home, such as a barn, stable, garage, or warehouse.

These cats are typically not suitable to be indoor pets and have no desire to be lap cats. These are working cats, former street cats who are used to outdoor life, prefer minimal to no human contact, and who will happily tend to your mouse, mole, chipmunk, or vermin problems for the small cost of a bowl of cat food and water set out daily, and shelter in our garage or barn. And because we spay/neuter and vaccinate these cats prior to them coming to your farm, you never need to worry about endless litters of kittens!

We also have “Social kitties” available for adoption HERE (These cats and kittens are NOT available for adoption through our Barn Cat Program. They have been worked with by our wonderful foster volunteers and are ready for their fur-ever homes. They are looking for indoor only homes.)

For more information on how the barn cat program works, feel free to contact us at 760-542-8509 or email us at

Visit our website at



long-rectangle-banner-bar-green_natural-instinctsCurrent Pets Available for Adoption at Our Store
2109 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901 (619) 445-1550

Natural Instincts Store front

For more info please feel free to come by our store and meet these sweet animals in person at 2109 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901 (619) 445-1550 or Contact Angela Doss-Palmer at 619-212-6028 or email

KITTENS!!! (Available to meet at the store)
And a few of our Pups….. “Gigi LaRue” and “Aria”

“Gigi LaRue” 5 Month Old Border Collie Mix

“Aria” 4 Month Old Bassett Mix



Shelter Pet Partners Rescue
A 501(c)(3) No Kill Animal Rescue
“A Loving Home Is A Forever Home!”​

Visit our website at


This 9yr old Pekinese has the energy of a pup. He was dumped at SD Animal Control and deserves a second chance. He is good with dogs and cats.

Contact Angela Doss-Palmer at 619-212-6028 or email



Adopt A Pet :: Shipwreck-Must Read - El Cajon, CA

Shipwreck-Must Read

Domestic Mediumhair

Male, Kitten

Adopt A Pet :: Dawson - fantastic lap cat! - El Cajon, CA

Dawson – fantastic lap cat!

Domestic Shorthair

Male, Adult

Adopt A Pet :: Shikitty (Blind) - El Cajon, CA

Shikitty (Blind)

Domestic Shorthair

Male, Adult

Adopt A Pet :: Spike - El Cajon, CA


Domestic Shorthair

Female, Young

Adopt A Pet :: Baby - El Cajon, CA



Male, Adult

Adopt A Pet :: Cocoa - El Cajon, CA



Female, Young

Adopt A Pet :: Ninja - El Cajon, CA


Domestic Shorthair

Male, Kitten

Adopt A Pet :: Kimi - El Cajon, CA


Domestic Shorthair

Female, Kitten

Adopt A Pet :: Nona - El Cajon, CA


Domestic Shorthair

Female, Kitten



It’s The Pits is a 501c3 canine rescue that coordinates the fostering and adoption of dogs that haven’t yet found their permanent home. We specialize in American Staffordshire Terriers (“Am Staffs”), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (“Staffy’s”), and American Pit Bull Terriers, but will do our best to help all breeds, often by referral to other local rescues that specialize in that type of dog. We work alongside our fosters to give the dogs a temporary and loving home before they are placed into permanent homes. We rescue dogs from various shelters, evaluate them, ensure they are healthy, and then match them with the appropriate family. We take pride in matching the best dog for the individual family that contacts us. We do this by matching the activity level of the dog to the family’s needs, as well as making sure that the other pets in the home work well with the new addition to the pack. All of this is important in finding the forever home for our rescued pets.




Call 619-767-2675 or visit our website at

WANT TO SEE ALL THE DOGS available this week at the SOUTHERN REGION SHELTER? *CLICK HERE TO VIEW5821 Sweetwater Road Bonita, CA 91902





chihuahua-rescue-of-san-diegoAbout Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego

We are a rescue consisting of an all volunteer organization where all of our dogs are in private homes everyday. We do not have a shelter and our dogs are not kept in cages. Our dogs are from county animals shelters or from previous owners that are no longer able to care for their dog. All of our dogs are started on housebreaking, however, we do not guarantee that they will be housebroken. We offer education on how to housebreak a dog as well as other information on different situations. Every dog is spayed or neutered, current on shots, dewormed, frontline for fleas and ticks. Thank you for considering a rescue dog!!!

Our Adoption Process… An application is required prior to visiting a dog. This enables us to pick the dog we feel is best for your situation.

For more info please contact Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego (858) 277-3557 or email

Visit our website at






Greyhound Adoption Center!!
Come visit the greyhounds!

chavez_Greyhound Adoption Center

Our Open House is EVERY 3RD SUNDAY of the month from 1-3pm
The Greyhound Adoption Center is located at 4821 Dehesa Road
El Cajon, CA 92019
For more details email

2 LOST DOGS – White Terrier & Lab Shepherd Mix, Peutz Valley Alpine Ca 5-27-18

UPDATE 5-31-18 “Fezzik” the shepherd has come home on his own, but “Maggie”, the Terrier is still missing.

5-26-18 ALPINE CA 91901: 2 Lost Dogs, Peutz Valley Area

White terrier -“Maggie” and a Lab/Shepard mix – “Fezzik”. If seen Please call Anna Marie Cadenhead at 619-708-8108 or Email HERE



Customers & Guests Appreciate Postal Annex of Alpine!

By The Alpine Chamber of Commerce – Free drawings and tacos as well as 20 percent off on shipping and almost all merchandise drew people to Customer Appreciation Day on May 12, 2018 at the Postal Annex of Alpine! Everyone who came had an opportunity to spin the big prize wheel and shop for unusual gifts  during the mid-day event at the store at 2710 Alpine Blvd., Ste. K.  Louise Phipps of Alpine won the television set. Other customers/visitors took home a wide variety of items.

“It went very well,” owner Rose Signore, an Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce Director and 2017 Alpine Honorary Mayor said later. “I want to thank everyone who came, visited and celebrated.” Among those who helped Signore celebrate her fifth year in business in Alpine were real estate broker/owner Greg Fox and his family. “I like the friendliness of her staff, the convenience of getting printing and marketing materials and the fact she has notaries,” Fox said. “It’s a blessing to have Rose in town.”

While employees helped ensure good service, two mini-Australian sheep dogs — Blue and Katy —- met and greeted customers in the store. One of the friendly animals is also responsible for “quality control.” “I think it’s awesome,” said customer Rebecca Wiederkehr of Alpine. “I like the different mail services, the passport pictures. It’s a one-stop shop!”

Submitted By: Jo Moreland, Communications – Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce (1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208, Alpine, CA 91901) 619-445-2722. Email

13 Days of Spring Savings at Native Dreams Day Spa!

13 Days of Spring Savings at Native Dreams Day Spa!



Don’t Miss Out! Forward To All Your Friends!
Daily Deals are April 18 – April 30, Only!

The final upcoming deals are:

Thursday, April 26
$5 Brow Wax with any Facial
$45 – 30 Minute Facial
$75 – 60 Minute Facial
$85 – 90 Minute Facial

Friday, April 27
$35 Women’s Cut & Style
$23 Brow and Lip Wax
$32 Classic Pedi

Saturday, April 28
$85 – 90 Minute Custom Facial and Back Treatment with Vanessa

Sunday, April 29
$55 Root Touchup – 1″ or Less included Sham/Style
$55 Gel Mani and Exp. Pedi

Monday, April 30
$125 Dream Day of Spa Service Package (4/30/18) ONLY!!!

No other offers of discounts, no SpaFinder offers, and offers are only valid on date.

Come pamper yourself!

24th Annual Alpine Community Church Rummage Sale – May 11 & 12, 2018

Come shop around and find hidden treasures at Alpine Community Church’s 24th Annual RUMMAGE SALE – East County’s Biggest and Best Rummage Sale EVER! Friday, May 11, 2018 & Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 8am to 3pm at Alpine Community Church (2225 W. Victoria Drive) There will be tons of clothing, toys, kitchenware, linens, jewelry, crafts, shoes, furniture, books, videos, CDs, sporting goods, tools, yard equipment, and MORE! All with great low prices! This sale has a reputation for being the cleanest, most organized rummage sale in the county and draws shoppers from the entire San Diego region.

Church members as well as local Alpine residents save their gently used items and donate to the church, which has been collecting items for the last few months. Starting the week of May 6, members volunteer to inspect, sort and clean all items that have been donated.  All electric items are tested to make sure they are in working order.  Alpine Kiwanis Club members come on Thursday morning and install their tents in the parking lot at 2225 W. Victoria, across from the Women’s Club, and church volunteers then move all items out and organize them for the sale that begins at 8am on Friday morning.

Many Alpine residents look forward to this Rummage Sale, because of the bargains that await them.  Organizer Donna Boyer states, “We begin pricing items early in the week.  Prices are set low – the goal is to sell all that we have collected and we set prices so items will sell quickly”.  Trustee Vern Sonksen explains, “The Rummage Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  While the money helps the church budget, we also hope that it will benefit the Alpine community.”

Members of the church are also available to pick up any items that people in the community would like to donate.  The church does not accept used computer equipment, old console televisions, nor do they accept used recliners.  According to Sonksen, “these items don’t sell and are very difficult for us to move around on sale days.”

Donations are welcome! For more information call 619-445-2110 or visit our website at  For pickups, call Tom at 619-885-8063.


“BIRDS AND MORE” Special Program at the Alpine Historical Society Potluck Meeting – April 15, 2018

Did you know that over 500 species of birds can be seen in San Diego County, the most of any county in the USA? One of our greatest joys is to see the variety of birds that are in our yards, patios, parks, and virtually anywhere you go outdoors.

The Alpine Society welcomes speaker, Dr. Philip R. Pryde, for the potluck program on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:00 at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd.  Dr. Pryde is in much in demand as a lecturer on the topic of birds and bird migration. His his resume includes Professor Emeritus at SDSU, authored six books and over hundreds of professional papers, San Diego County Planning Commission, County Water Authority, San Diego River Park Foundation and Anza-Borrego Foundation. View the latest version of the Alpine Historical Society’s Newsletter “Tattered Tidbits” HERE


You are certain to learn not just about the birds of Alpine but also about the environmental factors affecting bird populations in our region and beyond. “Birds and More …” will be an amazing program that you won’t want to miss.


Please bring an item to share for the potluck which begins at 1:00 p.m. or arrive by 1:45 p.m. for the brief general meeting, followed immediately by Dr. Pryde’s presentation. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Seating is limited, so please make your reservations early by calling Tom Myers at (619) 885-8063 or email to