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 | December 8, 2016

Signs of Palomar!


New signs going up ’round this mountain!  Such nice new neighbors heading this way!  Crows Nest new owners are making a stop at Home Depot to begin the remodel – it will be soooooo cute and much loved!!  The Caboose has new engineers!  Another great new couple and their three pups are so excited to take over the Palomar Mountain Ranch.  Several more places in escrow so things are busy and fun up here!

Check out what is available now:

Two of the cabins had price reductions today.  If your dream fits in a wallet somewhere between $115,000 and $349,500 we have something for you on Palomar!

Oh!  We do have 9+ acres on the way in time for Christmas!  Just wait until you see the container transformed into a charming ‘Tiny Home’ for glamping at its finest!  Photos will be heading your way real soon for this glamorous camping location with gorgeous views to build your dream home…

Thinking of maybe selling?  We could sure use some new listings up here, too!  Let’s get your questions answered.

Stay warm and Think Snow!




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 8, 2016

Look what’s new! You can help, too!


Check out what is new at our State Park and the opportunity for YOU to help in different ways, too:

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor to Palomar



Some of you might remember Bill and Grace Leibold, who built the ‘Ship House’ out on Birch Hill. I just had a lovely conversation with Bill who shared a bit if his day at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.

Bill was 18 years old when he was assigned to the USS Pruitt, in the Navy yard undergoing overhall. It was in dry-dock with two other destroyers that were a total loss that fateful day.

He and a group from the ship had just finished breakfast. “It was a rather busy morning. I heard a noise and went to look outside the window. I saw the ‘big red meatball’ on the side of a plane, so I yelled out, “It’s the Japs!”. We headed for the stairwell to get out and back through the ship yard. We went back to our ship but were told that the USS Pennsylvania needed help. The young officer knew we weren’t part of the ships company. He asked our duty and battle stations on our ships. I said I was a gun pointer on the Pruitt so he assigned me to a gun on the Pennsylvania. I provided assistance to keep a steady flow of ammunition.  My two shipmates on the gun next to mine, unfortunately lost their lives that day. I picked up a little bit of shrapnel. When it was removed, it was given to me in a jar as a good luck souvenir. Two years later it went down in my locker when the USS Tang sunk. In my days as a diver I always thought it would be a good idea to go down in there and get my good luck charm back. But, it is in the bottom of the ocean. ”

Bill still has his 50 year commendatory medal that Congress awarded 25 years ago. This was given in honor of the 50th year anniversary since Pearl Harbor. 1941 is now 75 years ago. At 93 years of age, Bill is one of the last survivors of Pearl Harbor and the last survivor of the USS Tang.

Read some of Bill Leibold’s story on Palomar and his time on the USS Tang, here:

Presumed Lost from USS Tang WWII:

Snow Plow Idea from Bill:

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 2, 2016

Mtn kids in Charlie Brown Christmas


Like to really get in the Christmas Spirit and take in a play this weekend?  You are invited by some pretty fun mountain kids (and Frosty) to see their show.  All the details are here: Tickets available on line or at the door.

I’m  thinking we should have some theatre up here again!  Meanwhile, the show is at this end of Escondido but worth the drive because they are serving homemade cookies and hot cider after!  Some of those cookies were mountain made and a certain Cowboy even made fudge!

Hope some of you can join in the fun!  We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 1, 2016

Mobile Notary for Palomar


When you need a notary, we just met a great gal that came up for a late signing tonight.  She is glad to serve your notary needs on the Mountain or anywhere in San Diego County.  Jessica was told it was in the 30’s up here with a tiny bit of snow left so she arrived dressed for the occasion.

Call or Text Jessica Johnson 619-873-7745

Notary Info also stored on our Mountain Yellow Pages:

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 29, 2016

Piles need to be Piled

fsc logo   Most of you know our Fire Safe Council has secured a free chipping grant.  Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 28, 2016

Looking for your dog?

Good morning from the mountain top!

Just got a message that there is dog looking for a ride on the South Grade. White and gold pit bull mix, just above the water truck station with the green gate. He looked well cared for and had a red collar.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 28, 2016

Snow Drive from High Point

Thanks to the volunteers with FFLA!  We appreciate what you do and love the snow video!
Bonnie, for all the PMNews Subscribers
Forest Fire Lookout Association San Diego-Riverside Chapter
Saturdays shift at High Point turned out to be the last shift of the season. The storms moving in last night brought about 2″ of snow to the mountain. This video is part of the scenic drive out today.
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 28, 2016

Might see smoke tomorrow

Sunday Eve, Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

Thank you for sending that out about the theft on Nate Harrison, we do need to look out for each other and be aware of what is going on. On that note, we the Cleveland National Forest or more specifically the ‘€œPalomar Ranger District’€ are going to see if we can get some good Prescribed Fire burning done above Observatory Camp Ground. Smoke should be visible from Canfield if we are successful with our test fire tomorrow starting around 0900. We will be burning piles to reduce the amount of biomass available for burning during a wildfire. If anyone has any questions or concerns they may call me on my cell 619-209-1414.

Tim Gray, ADFMO
Fuels, Prevention
& Suppression

Forest Service

p: 619-209-1414

1634 Black Canyon Rd
Ramona, CA 92065

Caring for the land and serving people


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 27, 2016

Chain saws? Wood splitter?

Very sad to have Nate Harrison Grade neighbors report that they had some thieves hit at the top of the grade.  Someone used a blow torch on their lock at their container and cleaned it out.

If you saw anyone suspicious the past couple days, the input would be welcomed. If you have anyone approach you trying to sell chain saws or a like new wood splitter, that info would be appreciated, too.

Palomar is a community that really watches out for each other.  Keep a eye out and get those license plates to let the bad guys know they aren’t welcome up here.

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