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 [...]
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.