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Horse camp returns to Cuyamaca park

First came the wildfire, then the discovery.

In 2003, the Cedar fire tore through the Los Caballos equestrian camp in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. State officials later found that the area had once been an Indian village and burial ground –and declared that the camp would not be rebuilt.

Fast forward to this Saturday.

At 11 a.m., state park officials — joined by members of the Cuyamaca Equestrian Association and others — will stage a ribbon-cutting for the new Green Valley horse camp, a replacement spot for equine lovers who like to rough it.

“It’s an awesome little campground,” said Ernie Smith, association president. “I think it will be real popular.”

The state-managed camp is part of the existing Green Valley Campground, on state Route 79 and north of Descanso. Each of the 13 spots geared for horses includes two corrals.

Smith said the horse camp will be available for use starting in mid-September. More information is availablehere.

Wild horses make run through Eastlake

Blame wild horses for reigniting the free spirit of some ranch steeds that ran wild through parts of eastern Chula Vista Wednesday afternoon.

The mini-stampede through the suburban Eastlake neighborhood and rural areas, parts of which were broadcast live by television news helicopters, played out for about two hours before the horses were safely coaxed back into their pens.

No people, or animals, were hurt.

Abel Canales, a ranch hand at the OK Corral on Alta Road in Otay Mesa, believes the wild horses, possibly from Mexico, showed up at the ranch during the night. He suspects they coaxed about a dozen of the ranch’s horses out of their pens, and they started running free as a pack.

The group probably followed a canyon to eastern Chula Vista, mainly the Eastlake neighborhood, about three miles away, the 56-year-old ranch hand said.

“The horses somehow escaped from the pens where they were being held,” Canales said in an interview. The ranch is east of Donovan State Prison.

Chula Vista police started receiving calls about the horses about 4:30 p.m. They dispatched two officers to make sure they did not create a traffic hazard on city streets, said Lt. Scott Arsenault.

Torah Harris, a 31-year-old high jumper at the Olympic Training Center, saw the horses make their way across the training center grounds on Olympic Parkway near Wueste Road and filmed them on his camera phone.

Soon he saw Canales and his horse gallop onto the grounds trying to round up the horses.

“He was a real cowboy,” Harris said.

The U.S. Border Patrol, Chula Vista Animal Control and the San Diego Humane Society also assisted in trying to round up the pack. At one point, two of the horses stopped on their own about a mile south of the Olympic Training Center. A Humane Society worker tried calming the horses before putting a rope around each of them.

Canales was finally able to rope the lead horse and guide the pack back to the OK Corral. “I felt like a cowboy out in the Old West,” said Canales, who has worked on ranches for about 30 years. He looked the part, as onlookers described him wearing a cowboy hat, sporting a bushy mustache and toting a lasso. Because the horses didn’t create traffic hazards or damage property, police consider the matter closed, Arsenault said.

Spring Garden Festival At Cuyamaca College

Spring Garden Festival 2010 “Conservation in Bloom”

Contact: Elizabeth Ramos, 619‐985‐8337 or Susan Butler, 619‐992‐4189

Cuyamaca College
Saturday, April 24, 2010
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Admission
Free Parking

Event: A family‐friendly community celebration of spring and a green future with educational programs, exhibitors, and demonstrations that highlight conservation of resources and culture. Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture Department, the Water Conservation Garden, and the Heritage of the Americas Museum partner to produce this annual event, now in its 17th year.

Attendance: Over 7,000 people attend this event annually.

Purpose: To showcase and benefit the educational programs of the three event partners and Cuyamaca College.


  • Conservation Courtyard with Demonstrations of Green Living
  • Ornamental Horticulture’s Biggest Plant Sale of the Year
  • Landscape Design Consultations
  • Native American Dancing, Art Show, and Artifacts Alive!
  • Children’s Activities, including Llama Rides
  • Local Musical Guests
  • Crafts and Gardening‐related Exhibitors
  • Gardening Experts
  • Water Smart Plaza


  • Full‐color posters, flyers, and postcards, totaling more than 7,000 pieces
  • Mention on KPBS radio and television throughout March and April
  • Publications and websites of the 3 partner organizations, circulation
  • Facebook Fans and Groups, and 10+ community websites
  • Major calendar listings in the San Diego Reader, the Homescapes section of the San Diego Union Tribune
  • Full page flyer in the San Diego Horticulture Society newsletter and website, circulation 1,200
  • Newsletter mention and/or bill inserts by several participating water districts, with a reach of over 1.5 million people.

Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference

Cuyamaca College in the Performing Arts Center

March 11th & 12th

Sustainable Urban Landscape will improve the environment by conserving resources and reducing chemical applications. A sustainable landscape will also reduce labor inputs making it less expensive to implement and maintain.

One Day Registration (Thursday Only 3/11/10) $85.00
One Day Registration (Friday Only 3/12/10) $85.00
Both Days (Thursday & Friday 3/11 & 3/12) $145.00

Cuyamaca College’s Water Conservation Garden

The Water Conservation Garden. An excellent resource for water wise gardening and xeriscape.

Police horses fetch $111,000 at auction

Via Sign On San Diego:

SAN DIEGO — Seven prized horses that were the backbone of the San Diego Police Department’s mounted enforcement unit sold yesterday for a total of $111,000.

The highest bid was for 13-year-old Wam, who went for $19,100, while 15-year-old Bandit brought up the rear at $13,200. The proceeds from the sale will go into the city’s general fund.

The mounted unit, founded in 1983, cost about $243,000 per year to maintain. It was disbanded in December to help close the city’s $179 million budget gap. Its officers were reassigned to patrol duties, Assistant Chief Bob Kanaski said.

Read the original article here.

Shame they had to go but I know what it’s like to make choices when balancing a budget. We’ll miss them when we go to Balboa Park.

Study has shown composted manure can increase crop yields and disease resistance

A striking finding of the study was how crops responded to compost in dramatically different ways. Few field experiments have compared the effects of compost on crops planted into the same plots. Interestingly, in 1998 the beet crop responded strongly to both composts and the NPK control. In contrast, the carrot crop planted six feet away responded most strongly to the goat manure compost. The mechanism remains a mystery, one of the many as yet unanswered questions about compost management.

Experiment with your garden and your soil, compost or amendments to find what works.