Jamul Stories

Behind the Border Fire fire wall

"We know that quite a lot of animals were left behind."

Behind the lines at the Border Fire, neighbors, volunteers, county animal-control crews, and Border Patrol agents are caring for the animals left behind during the fire's sudden spread. (Border Fire updates.) While many people evacuated ...

Parrot sniper on the loose

"This is outrageous, this should not be happening.”

On the afternoon of February 24, the last of three wild parrots recently shot in Point Loma and Ocean Beach succumbed to its injuries. Brooke Durham, director of SoCal Parrot, said the parrots’ deaths were ...

Mind the endangered species on McGinty Mountain

Uncommon soils make for rare plants along this trail

McGinty Mountain lies within a collective ecological preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Several rare and ...

Panoramic views without the crowds

A strenuous climb up unique Sycuan Peak

Put on your sturdiest boots and enjoy this short workout climb near Jamul.

Hiking the Hollenbeck Canyon loop

Discover relics of days gone by

Explore a wildlife area with open grasslands and riparian oak woodlands that once belonged to the last Mexican governor of California.

Emergency equine rescue in Jamul

Neglected stable prompts intervention, now 15 horses up for adoption

Fifteen horses seized from their owner by the county Department of Animal Services are being offered up for adoption today (September 15), according to a report from the county. Beginning last Saturday (September 5) when ...

Unceremoniously dumped

Latest lawsuit to hit Jamul casino comes from Jamul tribal members

A long-controversial casino under construction in Jamul has found a new set of opponents: members of the tribe building it. Local residents have been fighting against the casino for over a decade. More recent attempts ...

Jamul, the state's street-pizzeria

Study says drought may be motivating animals to cross roads

The rural East County community of Jamul has garnered some statewide attention: the stretch of Highway 94 that runs from Rancho San Diego east toward Dulzura was ranked by researchers at UC Davis as one ...

California rules

Native American casino operations have moved into non-gaming exploits

According to a report released Monday, March 30, by Orange County–based economist Alan Meister, Indian gaming was a $23.8 billion business in 2013, the most recent year for which comprehensive figures are available. Nearly a ...

Biking the Great Western Loop

This East County route should be on every S.D. cycler's list.

A few friends and I went riding East County's Great Western Loop on a clear November morning. The GWL is a popular rural cycling route along Willow Glen, Dehesa, Japatul, Lyons Valley Roads and Jamul ...

Meet Jamul Brewing Company

Not to be confused with the town’s other eponymous upstart

I’m not perfect. I accepted that long ago. So, two weeks ago, when I was notified that I’d used an incorrect Twitter handle to call out an article about a brewpub setting up shop in ...

Meet Jamul Town Brewery & Tap

Former Filippi’s being flipped into Jamul’s first brewpub

Being a native San Diegan, I have a soft spot for the Filippi’s Pizza Grotto chain. Just before writing this piece, I actually chowed down on a marinara-soaked meatball sub from that institution’s Scripps Ranch ...

Jamul Pygmy goat breeder sues for discrimination

Gray-brown agouti markings suddenly deemed "undesirable"

A Jamul-based goat breeder is among a dozen plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit in San Diego charging that seven individuals and five businesses have been improperly denied "meaningful economic participation in the pygmy goat industry." ...

Construction begins on Jamul casino despite controversy

Lawsuit challenging project still alive, more forthcoming

Jamul Indian Village and Penn National Gaming on January 10 announced that ground is being broken on a $360-million casino in Jamul even though ongoing controversy culminated in a lawsuit challenging the tribe's existence. The ...

New lawsuit filed to block Jamul casino

The highly contested plan to build a casino in the rural East County community of Jamul has hit a new roadblock, as a local citizens’ group and area church have filed a lawsuit challenging the ...

A visit to Backpack Ridge in the Jamul Mountains

Ground zero for discarding excess gear

No doubt I’m trespassing. An hour ago, I stretched a length of barbed wire, passing under a fence line and into this realm of green hills and rocky outcrops. Boats twinkle below on lower Otay ...

East County deserves good beer, too — welcome to Brody's

It’s no secret that San Diego has become world famous for its craft-beer culture over the past few years. Our county is home to several landmark breweries and brew pubs that have garnered praise from ...

The Greek Sombrero

Garlic carrots and surly regulars at the Greek Sombrero.

Jamul Community Church

Membership: 500 Pastor: Gary Musser Age: 60 Born: Riverside Formation: California Baptist College (University), Riverside; Biola University-Talbot Seminary, La Mirada; Bethel Seminary, San Diego Years Ordained: 35 years San Diego Reader: How long do you ...

Rabid Fox Found in Jamul

A rabid, adult gray fox was recently found in a remote area of rural Jamul, county officials announced on November 5. Dr. Gundula Dunne, veterinary medical officer for the County of San Diego, says, “The ...

Gracias por la Migra

An immigrant from Mexico who entered the country illegally was rescued from a mountain near Jamul on Wednesday, February 10, at about 4:00 a.m. The 29-year old male used his cell phone to call 911 ...

Suspicious Sky Light

Last Sunday, January 10, at approximately 10:45 p.m., I was driving my 1998 Honda Civic east on Skyline Truck Trail. My boyfriend and I were heading toward our home in Jamul. We noticed an unusual ...

Jamul and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

Author: Chad Deal Neighborhood: Hillcrest Age: 24 Occupation: “Pizza dude” Jamul is a little-regarded and gravely misrepresented speck of San Diego geography. Those “in the know” will drop names like “the Greek Sombrero,” “El Campo,” ...

Fire Up, Power Down

Residents on Sloane Canyon Road in Jamul spent several tense hours on Friday, August 28, waiting as fire crews worked feverishly to extinguish a brush fire burning at the rural dirt road’s only entrance and ...

A Green Threat to Our Groves

Should it appear in California, there might be no stopping it: citrus greening, or huanglongbing. The fearsome citrus-killing bacterium, first seen in China in the early 1900s, has spread steadily across the continents. It recently ...

Secret Canyon Trail

The ambitiously constructed Secret Canyon Trail, circuitously nosing its way down the canyon walls of Pine Valley Creek for 14 miles, traverses nearly the entire length of the Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest. ...

The End of Mobile Counseling

Today, March 20, marks the final day of mobile counseling services for residents of the rural East County communities affected by the Harris Fire. The October 2007 wildfire burned 90,440 acres across Dulzura, Potrero, Tecate, ...

Unforgettable: The Jamul Incident

THE JAMUL INCIDENT: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF APOLINARIA LORENZANA (Part Three) In the spring of 1837, Apolinaria Lorenzana left her duties at the mission for a few days, to break in a new foreman ...

Bike ride over bouldery hills and through grassy dales on Jamul's winding, rural roads.

So far and yet so close. Only minutes away from the hectic San Diego traffic, rolling meadows lie open to the sky, and boulder-studded hills form a backdrop akin to the interior of some sleepy ...

Get an eagle-eye view of the Julian-Ramona area from atop Eagle Peak's summit.

Standing tall amid lesser bumps on the west slope of the Cuyamaca Mountains, Eagle Peak has a view of the island-dimpled ocean, scattered parts of urban and suburban San Diego, and the higher mountains -- ...

Explore a scenic stretch of the California Riding and Hiking Trail near Alpine.

The California Riding and Hiking Trail, a designated, regional multi-use (hiking/biking/equestrian) trail that strikes a southwest-to-northeast course through the middle of San Diego County, is still a work in progress. Most of the trail is ...

They've Come a Long Way since Lincoln

'Log homes aren't just built in the woods or in the country -- I've talked to people in Southeast San Diego who wanted to put one down in Logan Heights," says Pam Churness. "You either ...

Rise through the morning mist to bag Sycuan Peak, near Alpine and Jamul.

Sycuan Peak, midway between the inland communities of Alpine and Jamul, rises 2801 feet above sea level and overlooks miles of thinly populated valleys and hills. As part of a countywide effort to preserve native ...

No Dice for Indians

Will our Indian casinos become Las Vegas?

In 1986, the tiny Pequot tribe, which had no full-blooded members, started a bingo hall. In 1992, the Pequots opened Foxwoods Casino, which is now said to be the most lucrative single casino in the world.

Stalk the wild beargrass at Jamul's McGinty Mountain Preserve.

Rising like a scruffy whaleback above a sea of luxury homes and ranchettes in Jamul, McGinty Mountain hosts a rich but circumspect treasure of botanical oddities. Several rare and endangered plant species make their home ...

Best of 2003: Best Mex-Greek Fusion Restaurant

The Greek Sombrero 12891 Highway 94, Jamul 619-669-1979 Pete Saridakis and his Mexican-American wife, Alexandra, decided they'd each serve their own food in the same restaurant. Result: they have a Mexican chef and a Greek ...

The Milky Way: not just a candy bar

Heymatt: I live in the Jamul darkness, and I was wondering why the Milky Way is always in view? Same place, any season, never changes. Have any ideas? -- Lions Peak Lookout I sure do. ...

We Did Not Want a Monstrosity

Jamul Indians dream big dreams for six acres

"The tribe’s constitution in Jamul requires that to be a member, you had to have half-blood or more as far as the degree of Indian blood. The problem is that [some new members] are quarters, sixteenths, sixty-fourths."

Jamul's newly opened Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area offers a new opportunity for hiking and horseback riding.

The acquisition of approximately 3500 acres of Daley Ranch property near Jamul last year by California's Wildlife Conservation Board led to the establishment of the Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, now being managed by the California ...

Jamul Residents Wage Indian Blood Battle over Gaming Site

With the help of Anglo archeologists, local Indians prepare to lay parts of their history to rest

The Jamul tribe announced it had entered into a preliminary management agreement with Station Casinos, Inc., of Las Vegas. Company officials said the gaming center would initially feature high-stakes bingo, off-track betting, and pull tabs

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