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 By Kim Simas    Julian 

Julian Chamber of Commerce Awards

Each year the Julian Chamber of Commerce and the Julian Merchants Association host a picnic to announce winners of the Merchant Awards. Due to the pandemic, this year’s awards were announced via a video posted on Facebook. Presented by the Chamber President, Michael Hart, and co... — Updated 10/26/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian 

Local Teacher Makes Distance Learning Fun

We've all had that one special teacher that helped shaped our school years. The teacher who inspired us to work a little harder and learn in new creative ways. Julian Union School District's fifth grade teacher, Marisa McFedries... — Updated 10/9/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian 

JUSD Sets Date for Reopening

Students and staff are eager to get back to business. Distance learning has been a challenge and certainly different, however, it's a lot more fun to be in a classroom with your teacher and friends. Since the school closure in... — Updated 10/8/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

JUHSD Resumes In-Person

On Sept. 8, the Julian Union High School District reopened to in-person class instruction for its students. Since San Diego County has been removed from state's COVID-19 monitoring list, schools became eligible to reopen for... — Updated 10/2/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Comes to Julian

We all know that the first five years of a child's life is the most important. Children soak up so much knowledge and experiences during those first few years. It is also the prime time to introduce the love of reading. With so muc... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Haircut Fundraiser A Success

With school starting soon and the salons unable to provide services as normal, a local hairdresser offered her services to the Julian community. Renee Pitera of Julian Backcountry Barber and Beauty reached out to Hilary Ward, the... — Updated 8/24/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Schools to Continue Distance Learning in the Fall

With less than a month to go before school resumes for Julian students, school districts are scrambling to make sense of Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcements. School administrators had been busy coming up with reopening plans, however, when the Governor announced that sc... — Updated 8/11/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Now Has A Thrift Store

The nonprofit organization, Julian Pathways, Inc. provides a variety of programs and services to the community of Julian. Not only does the group operate before/after school programs on the Julian Union School District campuses,... — Updated 7/20/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Parade Cancelled

Each year, people of all ages gather along Main Street in Julian to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. The small town becomes packed full of residents, visitors, bands, classic vehicles and floats all enjoying the fun and festivities. However, this year COVID-19 came along and... — Updated 6/30/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Peaceful Protest in Julian

With so many protests and gatherings being held throughout the country, a group of Julian residents felt it was necessary to show their support as well. Around 6 p.m. June 4, people lined the sidewalks along Main Street with signs... — Updated 6/25/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Congratulations Julian High Class of 2020

On June 11, the Julian High School held a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020. This year’s graduating class demonstrated the perseverance and fortitude during the last three months of the school year that will define their futures as well. Just like all of the other studen... — Updated 6/25/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Organization Expands Its Reach

In 1998, the Julian Union School District was awarded Healthy Cities and Communities Planning and Healthy Cities and Communities Implementation grants to assist the community. A small group of parents, staff and community partners... — Updated 6/15/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Begins to Slowly Reopen

Now that more businesses are opening up and restrictions are starting to loosen a bit for restaurants and stores, merchants in Julian are looking forward to welcoming more visitors. Merchants have been taking the time to follow health and safety guidelines imposed by County... — Updated 6/11/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Multiple Groups Support the Julian Community

In the wake of this current health crisis, many organizations and groups have risen to the challenge of supporting their communities. Those in Julian are no different. With so many in the backcountry in need of a variety of resources that include food, school supplies and help... — Updated 5/22/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian: A Tourist Town Still Working Hard to Endure

As one can imagine, a town that thrives on tourism is being hit very hard due to the stay-at-home order. The Julian Chamber of Commerce continues to be very supportive of the businesses by promoting the many businesses and restaurants in town. The Chamber’s message is to... — Updated 5/7/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Tries to Remain Safe from COVID-19

Being in the backcountry definitely has its advantages and disadvantages. Distance from the crowds of a major metropolitan city, a slower, more relaxed pace, and the natural beauty are only some of what draws people to Julian’s rural location. Yet with the nearest hospital... — Updated 4/15/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Pathways Highlights

It was a warm June afternoon when Krystin Erickson walked onto the Julian Elementary School campus. She was already working with Vista Hill as a counselor and would be making a move to Julian soon. Erickson had been studying to get her Marriage and Family Therapist license, and... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Pathways Highlights

It was a warm June afternoon when Krystin Erickson walked onto the Julian Elementary School campus. She was already working with Vista Hill as a counselor and would be making a move to Julian soon. Erickson had been studying to... — Updated 3/5/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Pathways Earns A Proclamation

On January 15, was declared Julian Pathways, Inc. Live Well San Diego day by the County of San Diego. The nonprofit organization in Julian recently partnered with Live Well San Diego to promote a more healthy community in the backc... — Updated 2/20/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Local Organization Helps Families for Christmas and More

Julian has a little-known secret that is working hard to make the community a bit brighter. Julian Pathways, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that serves the Julian Union Elementary and Julian Union High School Districts.... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

A Blanket of Snow Brings Crowds Back to Julian

Julian was treated again to a snow-covered holiday weekend. The snow fell early the day after Christmas and blanketed the entire mountain region. With the arrival of snow, many in the San Diego County made their way to the... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian's Fire Protection Controversy is Somewhat Settled

Several months after the passing of Measure A, things seem to have settled in Julian regarding fire protection. During the last court appearance in November, San Diego Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp ruled in favor of the San Diego Local Area Formation Commission’s (LAFCO)... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Julian Celebrates Thanksgiving with Snow

This year, the Thanksgiving holiday was a bit whiter in Julian. The town received a few inches of snow on Thursday Nov. 28 and Friday Nov. 29, creating a beautiful, yet crowded holiday weekend. Residents were well aware of the... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Sports

Foundation's Second Fundraiser A Success

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation (JCHF) held their second fundraiser for the Julian Town Square project on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Julian Town Hall. The foundation wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Kim Simas    Julian

Is It Really Over?

After several months of heated discussions throughout the community, Julian’s fire district issue is just about wrapped up. The signs are gone from the center of town and the back and forth messages on Facebook have dissipated. Different viewpoints on a situation can definitely... — Updated 10/3/2019

 

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