Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 1, 2009

What do you love about Palomar?  How about the views?  You see Point Loma out there with the San Diego skyline and islands dotting the Pacific – so close and yet so far away –  up here in the beauty of the Four Seasons! Have a message to go out?  Simply send it my way.   If you don’t see it posted within 24 hours, please call my ‘follow-me’ number at 76O 742 one 742. Glad to keep the news heading your way about our favorite mountain!   Bonnie Phelps,  Palomar Mountain News Editor since 1998 and Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century.
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 13, 2018

Scrooge opens with 10 Mtn folks!

Musical theatre at it’s finest and just in time for the holidays!  Ten cast members are from Palomar Mountain and the costumes were handmade next door!  It is a must-see!
Community Players Theatre in Escondido presents Scrooge: The Musical!

The timeless musical follows the plot of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Performing at Bailey-Bees Theatre in Escondido

Tickets are available at

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2018

Chain Saw Class & Lumberjacks Needed

From Yvonne and Cecilia:




SATURDAY Nov 17    9:00-12:00

Location, out by the Observatory at the USFS Palomar Mountain Fire Station

23604 Canfield Road

Please come with your chainsaw, earplugs, goggles, tools, operations manual, etc.

Or just bring yourself. No need to sign up ahead of time-just come!

Are you a Lumberjack? We need your help!

We could use experienced Palomar Mountain “lumberjacks”.  Tim Gray kindly offered to give this Chain Saw Workshop and is looking forward to having some seasoned experts.

Would that be YOU?

Lumberjacks needed to help others! Please bring your tools – chain saw, ear protection, goggles, etc.

This Saturday 9:00 to noon out at the Forestry Station out by the Observatory.

Hope you can join us!

Workshop is sponsored by your Palomar Mountain Firesafe Council


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2018

Did you get the call from SDG&E?

It is really wise to have your phone registered for reverse 911 calls.  Most of us up here got the call last night about high winds and the possibility for having our power off today.  During this type of weather, having the power off is a safety precaution.

Planned power outages are usually just during the daylight hours and come back on at dusk.  However, just in case, you might want to check on your supply of candles and matches since a candle light dinner occasionally is an option.

Registering is simple to do and a free service at Alert San Diego From that link you can also download an app for updates in emergency situations.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2018

Road is clear!

South Grade is open again!  Gotta love our CDF firefighters from Palomar and Wes Ruise and his crew from La Jolla. They had about 6 or 8 chain saws running according to that cowboy I live with.

He was on the way to the flatlands, wishing he had his saw…  this is perfect timing as our Fire Safe Council has a hand-on chain saw workshop planned.  Stay tuned!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2018

Tree Blocking South Grade


Fire Dept on the way to open South Grade.  Be careful out there!

(Thanks Glen Heggsted for sending the photo).

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 11, 2018

Free Veterans Day Concert


Do you love beautiful patriotic music?  Each year the Valley Center Schools host a fabulous free concert honoring our Veterans and love for this country.

Arrive early for lunch and get a great seat.  The concert is at the VC High School  Theater.  Be ready to tap your feet!

Click for all the info.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 7, 2018

New Neighbors Times Three!


Five years ago, Jim and Teresa McCarthy found a perfect cabin and closed escrow on their 20th Wedding Anniversary!  With 6 grown kids and now 21 grandkids, they look forward to time away from their busy city schedules. As other vacation rentals popped up, they decided to offer Spotted Owl Chalet as a rental when their family wasn’t using it.

A couple years ago, they couldn’t resist the view from a second cabin.  This one was a fixer.  Jim has been using his skills as a plumber and a can-do-anything guy.  Teresa is so good with decorating.  Together they are making that cabin-with-the-yellow-door, deserving of the amazing view.   It’s still a work in progress but meanwhile, another opportunity popped up!

Running an errand together a few short weeks ago, Teresa asked about one of my signs.  I said, “That sign takes us to the Definition of Cute!”  We pulled in and the rest is history! Escrow closed the week of their 25th Anniversary!  Oh my, they know how to celebrate!  New furniture arrives tomorrow!

But there is more!  The first part of November, Jim retired after 26 years as the general manager of a plumbing company.   And, drum roll!!!  Teresa hung up her apron as a Bakery Operations Field Specialist.  She served many Albertsons and Vons stores in Southern Cal and was oh-so-ready for something new.  They decided to rent their city home to family and live on Palomar full time! Their plans are for an ever-changing adventure, moving between whatever cabin is available with their two adorable pups.

You’ll see them out walking Pirate and Fanny, so be sure to say “hello”. No slowing down for these retirees!

So glad to have Jim and Teresa loving life on the mountain!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 7, 2018

New Neighbors Justin and Beth

VW cropped

Is this the cutiest thing?!?!!  When I saw weekenders Justin and Beth Pettis wedding pix, I just had to share.  Justin spent the better part of three years to restore this little gem and it has been used for other weddings and special events.

These happy newlyweds love coming to their getaway on the mountain.  Justin looks forward to getting out of the city where he has his own marine mechanic/electronic business.  The mountain is calling him up to “piddle around”.  Beth is in grad school and thankful for the good internet on their property.  She is content to work on her masters as a nurse practitioner in their peaceful forest setting.

We’ll be looking for your VW van ’round the mountain.  (Maybe we should have a parade?!?

Welcome Justin and Beth!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 5, 2018

New Neighbors Anthony and Holly


Anthony and Holly hosted a Tail Gate Party for Trunk or Treat!  Such a fun idea!  They have lots of fun ideas for their new home on Palomar!  Full-timers, they are all set with 4WD and looking forward to our Four Seasons and the adventure of mountain living.  Thrilled with having their own well, they plan a garden and chickens eventually, but presently installing new flooring and making their house a home.  Holly works from home with insurance auditing and Anthony is a Heating and Air Conditioning Technician!  Thinking he will be doing some jobs on Palomar real soon – we have needed someone up here with his skills!   That candy was a treat but if you ever have a chance to try their home made banana bread… ohmygoodness!  It is wonderful!

Welcome Anthony and Holly!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 4, 2018

Extra hour coming your way!


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