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Couple marks 25 years of kenneling kritters

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Vacationing at Kritter Kamp has been a treat for many a pooch over the past 25 years.

The boarding kennel off Old Julian Highway marks its 25th year in business this month. And during that time, not only have owners Jim and Kim Lasley seen their clients’ pets grow up, they have also seen clients’ children mature into adults who now bring their animals to the kennel.

Harbour Farm: A boost for agritourism

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The driving force behind Dave Harbour’s agritourism business is one that most parents can relate to: He’s doing it for the kids.

“The whole idea was to help my special needs son, Shea,” said Harbour, who owns the continually-growing Harbour Farm on state Route 67 just east of Dye Road. He explained that 14-year-old Shea has autism and said statistics show that autistic adults often have menial jobs.

Ramona man bitten by bat undergoes rabies shots

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It may be the season for spooky creatures, but live bats landing on humans is no playful matter as one Ramona resident discovered.

Joe Cullen, co-owner of Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch, just finished the series of rabies shots he was required to undergo after being bitten by a bat in late August.

Teen hopes to restore historic mode of transportation

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Ramona teenager Madison Kirkman has a chance to bring a piece of history back to the Ramona area for restoration, but to do so he needs to raise funds to transport it here — from Anchorage, Alaska.

The historical piece he wants to restore was a mode of transportation for people to reach Ramona from San Diego: the McKeen Motor Car “Cuyamaca” ran on the San Diego, Cuyamaca & Eastern Railroad from 1908 to around 1916.

Prepare for triple-digit temperatures

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Inland daytime temperatures are projected to soar into the triple digits from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday through Sunday, forecasters said.
For its part, Cal Fire is bracing for the hot weather by assigning an additional air tanker to the Ramona Airport this weekend, according to public-affairs Capt. Kendal Bortisser. In the event of a wildfire, Cal Fire would have a total of three airtankers at the ready to help squash the flames.
National Weather Service attributes the forecast to high pressure over California mixes with offshore flow.
In other parts of the county, the hottest temperatures will occur from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday and Saturday in coastal areas, and from late morning through late afternoon Friday and Saturday in the mountains, according to the weather service.
The agency scheduled a heat advisory for the valleys from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday and for coastal and mountain areas from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.
No advisory was issued for the deserts, though triple-digit heat is also expected there starting Friday.
“Heat can be stressful to animals and humans, making it hard for the body to acclimate and remain hydrated,” according to the weather service. “Without precautions, even healthy adults could experience heat stress and illness.”
The agency encouraged those spending time outside to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours, if possible.
Relief from the heat wave is expected early next week but it will be a slow cooling, forecasters said.

Chamber’s annual Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun

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Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Music from the Kalifornia Krauts from San Francisco coupled with a flock of costumed frauleins, a bratwurst-eating contest and a beer garden featuring San Diego breweries will give the event its traditional German flavor.
Also planned for the event, slated from 1 to 10 p.m., are a Kids Zone with pumpkin patch and children’s activities, a Classic Car Show, food, craft and business vendors, Ramona wines, prize drawings, a costume and other contests, face painting, beanbag toss, and family games and activities.
Admission is $10 at the door and $8 in advance at the chamber office, 960 Main St. Admission for children age 11 and younger and active duty military is free.
Charlotte Jensen, chamber president, is event chair. More information is at the chamber, 760-789-1311 and www.ramonachamber.com.

Two squirrels test positive for plague on Palomar Mountain, county reports

Two squirrels captured on Palomar Mountain for routine monitoring tested positive for plague, a common occurrence during the warm weather months, county officials report. The squirrels were trapped last week at the Doane Valley Campground, according to the county Department of Environmental Health. “People need to remember not to feed or play with squirrels when [...]

County boosts fire protection with third helicopter

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San Diego County Supervisors today authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.

The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.

The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the county has leased a third helicopter until the end of October.

Couple saves abandoned dog after it was thrown over fence of their business lot

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Update, Wednesday, Sept. 24—According to the county, Dolly, a pit bull puppy found abandoned in a fenced-in Ramona business lot, was adopted Tuesday morning by a Poway man.

Original story—Getting behind in paperwork may have saved a dog’s life.

When Karen Tavares, vice president of Investigative Science and Engineering Inc. in Ramona, worked on Friday, Aug. 29, to catch up on paperwork, just before she left she found a puppy limping in the locked fenced-in area

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.

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