A woman who declined to give her name or contact information called the Sentinel Wednesday morning to say horses reported as being abandoned on Monday were not abandoned and are well taken care of.
Fire Chief Jeremy Christofferson with Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department said he was heading to the fire
The county’s Department of Animal Services will offer pet microchipping, rabies vaccinations, dog licenses and discount spay and neuter coupons during a clinic from noon to 2 p.m. today at Woodglen Vista Park in Santee, in advance of wildfire season.
County officials said as wildfire season approaches, disaster preparedness plans should be updated and should include pet microchipping.
Ramona’s 33rd annual rodeo broke a record before it even started. A record number of cowboys and cowgirls — 364 — are contenders in what promises to be another blockbuster weekend.
Presented by Ramona Outdoor Community Center and sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the show is in the award-winning Fred Grand Arena, 421 Aqua Lane, May 17-19. At a time when many small towns are dropping rodeos, Ramona’s is going strong. So many contestants are entered that two nights of slack, or overflow, are planned after the Friday show and Saturday show.
The number of goats removing vegetation that could fuel fires near San Diego Country Estates has grown from 600 to 1,400.
As of May 9, they were two-thirds of the way through their 100-acre project in the Cleveland National Forest, according to officials. They started on April 23.
A single bald eagle chick was seen in the nest of the two bald eagles living in the Ramona Grasslands Preserve during an aerial survey by Wildlife Research Institute (WRI).
The observations were conducted in early May during the second phase of WRI’s annual county-wide Golden Eagle nesting survey.
Matt Deskovick had the fastest Steer Wrestling time at the May 5 Riverdale Rodeo.
The Ramona cowboy took 6.5 seconds to obtain the $437 first-place earnings.
“I finally won something. It’s been a while,” Deskovick said.
The atmosphere was relaxed at the first of the two-day Bluegrass & Old West Fest on Saturday as Ramonans and visitors spread out blankets, sat at picnic tables or the fold-up chairs they brought from home, or strolled the Ramona Outdoor Community Center listening to music, attending workshops, enjoying the perfect weather, and talking with authentic re-enactors in the Old West Encampment.
Children played, adults talked and enjoyed the music, bands played, and the re-enactors brought guests back in time.
The festival continues this evening with Chris Stuart and Janet Beazley from 6:35 to 7:25, Hot Club of Cowtown from 7:30 to 9, and fireside talks and jams from 9 to midnight.
Sunday activities will start with the Taildraggers at 11 a.m. and end with Chris Clarke & Plow from 6:10 to 7 p.m.
Parking is free as is a walk through the Old West Encampment with Civil War re-enactors, Cowboy Camp, Saloon, Chuck Wagon, Pioneer Family, and the Mountain Man camp.
Tickets are available at the gate and online. Saturday tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets on Sunday are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
See ramonabluegrassfest.com for more.
All types of bluegrass music and an Old West encampment are taking over the Ramona Outdoor Community Center this weekend. Music, daytime and nighttime jam sessions, fireside storytelling, camping, food, and music workshops are among features.
The fourth annual event May 4 and 5 has three stages — two dedicated to the music and one reserved for the Old West portion of the festival.
San Diego Country Estates residents should not be surprised if they suddenly see goats wandering through adjacent Cleveland National Forest lands.
According to forest service Fuels Battalion Chief Tim Gray, approximately 600 goats were scheduled to be unloaded at the end of Ramona Oaks Road on Tuesday, April 23, to work on maintaining a fuel break called the San Vicente/Barona Mesa Community Defense.
Ramona’s original horses are thriving on the land they currently occupy in Ramona. In April 2013 there have been two new foals born, giving the herd a more viable future. Sired by two separate stallions of the remaining four in all of existence on earth, these little fillies contain the unique genetic material that will help keep the herd alive. Don, Juan, Bautista and Anza are the stallions of the Heritage Herd.