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Wildfire warning system gauges severity of Santa Ana windstorms

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Wildfires that swept through San Diego County in 2007 spurred development of a web-based weather monitoring system that quantifies the risks of blazes during Santa Ana windstorms to equip first-responders and the public with information to prepare for an emergency, officials said today.

U.S. Forest Service rangers, along with representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric and UCLA, jointly developed the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which was unveiled during a briefing at the forest service’s Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Riverside.

Beetle claims more oak trees in Ramona

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The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) continues to claim the lives of oak trees in Ramona.

Latest casualties include two oak trees on the San Vicente Golf Course and a tree in the right-of-way on Archie Moore Road, south of Rancho De la Angel Road.

Ramona Community Planning Group voted Sept. 4 to recommend to the county that the tree on Archie Moore be cut down as it is now considered a safety hazard.

Weaving a quilt trail through the backcountry

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“The historical significance of the backcountry in addition to the active arts communities, the strong interest in quilting and the numerous tourism aspects make Julian, Ramona and neighboring areas an extremely viable option for a quilt trail,” says Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail Committee chair Nancy Weber, who will host an informational meeting in Ramona

The meeting is for anyone interested in learning about quilt trails in general and, more specifically, about a trail in and around Ramona. It will be in the Ramona Library on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Softball scoreboard, soccer field expansion top parks list

With two park projects nearly completed — the Boys & Girls Club basketball court and the Ramona High School baseball/softball dugouts, Ramona Community Planning Group approved a new priority list of five park proposals at its Sept. 4 meeting.

The new Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) priority list was recommended by the planning group’s Parks Subcommittee, chaired by Torry Brean, and came at the request of the county Department of Parks and Recreation, which asks for an annual update.

County entomologist identifies red bug

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A red bug that has invaded a resident’s yard has been positively identified by the county as scantius aegyptius, also known as the red bug and new to the area.

Dr. Tracy Ellis, an entomologist with the county’s Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measurements, said the red bug is a seasonal nuisance pest.

“We will see it in greater numbers at this time of year, and for the first few years of its presence it will be more noticeable to us,” she said.

Coldwell real estate agents tend to birds

Ramona’s real estate industry has gone to the birds — literally.

About a month ago, a real estate agent and an assistant personally wrangled up more than two dozen white doves left behind by someone who had sold his home in the San Diego Country Estates.

Ramona Skatepark Champions to meet Monday

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Members of the newly formed Ramona Skatepark Champions invite the public to their meeting in Town Hall, 729 Main St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.
The group, which holds public meetings the third Monday of each month in Town Hall, is establishing a grass-roots effort to realize their goal of a skatepark in Ramona. The park will be part of the Ramona Intergenerational Community Campus in the 1200 block of Main Street behind Ramona Library.
In the organizational stages, the group met in mid-August to learn from Terry Burke-Eiserling of the Friends of the Lakeside Skatepark the process that group followed and to hear about Ramona’s prior skatepark efforts. See www.ramonaskatepark.org for details and the group’s Facebook page.

County to preserve ‘Cedar Dog’ on San Vicente Road; requests removal of memorials before road construction starts

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The approximately 200 residents attending a public meeting Monday on the San Vicente Road construction project learned ways in which the construction team will notify and update residents on aspects of the project, plans for traffic control and, to the applause of many, that the tree known as the Cedar Dog will remain in place.

County staff also asked that those who have placed memorials honoring loved ones killed in accidents on San Vicente Road remove their items before the road improvement construction starts on Sept. 15.

County calls town-hall-style meeting Monday on San Vicente Road project

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Residents who want to learn more about construction of the San Vicente Road Realignment Project, set to begin Sept. 15, are invited to a public outreach meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School.

Facilitating the meeting will be the Ramona Community Planning Group, San Diego County Department of Public Works, Ramona Municipal Water District and Flatiron West, project contractor.

Ice bucket challenge floods social media

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All around Ramona, as well as across the country, residents are finding themselves nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge via social media.

Coldwell Banker Country Realty agents recently jumped on the bandwagon, or rather stood under the skip loader, for a group dousing of the frigid water.

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