Is traveling with your horse putting her in danger of illness, or worse?
In recent years the outbreaks of equine herpes virus 1, or EHV-1, and other communicable diseases in horses have really caught the attention of horse owners and governmental agencies. Sometimes deadly, the EHV-1 condition, which affects the nervous system of the horse, is
Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 36th Annual Barbecue Fundraiser, open to the public and featuring a host of family-friendly activities, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.
Included at the event will be a dunk tank, a pie booth where participants can “pie the chiefs,” firefighter competitions, a beer and wine garden, a camel from Oasis Camel Dairy, an auction and opportunity drawings.
The 19 neglected horses the county seized from a Ramona property July 22 are heading to new homes.
“We were able to adopt out every single horse,” said Harold Holmes, deputy director of County Animal Services, North County Region.
Animal Services removed the horses from a property on Old Julian Highway after an administrative hearing officer issued an order to seize the animals for their own safety. The horses were said to be either underweight, needing dental work, or suffering from hoof problems, and were nursed back to health by Animal Services staff.
California Department of Parks and Recreation has responded to a lawsuit seeking to suspend the open riding policy at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).
The state filed a demurrer with Superior Court of Sacramento that argues the petitioners, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and The Desert Protective Council, cannot ask a court to intervene and tell State Parks how to operate the recreational area. The demurrer states that the petitioners want to control management of the Ocotillo Wells SVRA.
Nearly two dozen neglected horses seized from a Ramona property July 22 are now healthy enough to be put up for adoption, says San Diego County Animal Services, which will be taking silent bids for the horses on Aug. 24. Animal Services removed the horses from a property on Old Julian Highway after an administrative [...]
La Dolce Vita Alpaca Farm in Ramona will be included in the San Diego Yarn Crawl, a free, self-guided tour of yarn stores and alpaca farms Sept. 26 to 29.
Hours of the four-day event are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The crawl will feature demonstrations, trunk shows, special events and give-aways at each location.
I’ve seen many of you out enjoying the lovely trails in town and I had to remind you that Ramona Grasslands Open Space is one sweet ride. Currently containing about 3400 acres and right off Highland Valley Road, this property has been set aside as an open space preserve and our community is able to enjoy hiking or riding along the trails, picnicking under the grand oak trees and enjoying the great outdoors.
Years ago, I anxiously waited for word from the county hoping they were working on a public staging area, which we had anticipated would open summer 2009. I can hardly believe it’s been so many years in the
Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire assisted six hikers from the Cedar Creek Falls and Three Sister Falls trails during the month of July. Three of those calls were at the end of the month, said Fire Apparatus Engineer Thomas Shoots at Station 81 in San Diego Country Estates, which is the closest station to the trails.
Around 6 p.m. on July 29, a 24-year-old female was experiencing heat-related symptoms near Three Sister Falls and was flown by a Cal Fire helicopter to Ramona’s Station 80 as Station 81 was on a call, Shoots said. She declined transportation to the hospital, he said.
Santa Ysabel artist James Hubbell will celebrate 30 years of his Ilan-Lael Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 28, at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest — the site of his first volunteer-assisted major outdoor sculpture installation.
The celebration will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and will feature food, wine, a silent auction, speakers, art presentations and folk dancing.
Wednesday, Aug. 7—A 5 1/2-mile expansion of the Ramona Grasslands trail system received approval from the county Board of Supervisors today.
The board unanimously adopted the mitigated negative declaration, an environmental study showing the trail project would not cause any significant impacts to the area.
The overall plan focuses on preserving sensitive habitats while allowing for limited public access with the 5 1/2-mile trail system, a crossing at Santa Maria Creek, an approximately three-acre parking area for cars and horse trailers, and a viewing pavilion, according to the county. In addition, two volunteer pads would be built, allowing volunteers to live at the site full time in a motor home so they can be onsite 24 hours a day to prevent trespassing and off-trail use.
“This is a really critical trail segment and extremely important to the community of Ramona,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob, whose District 2 includes Ramona. “Residents in Ramona and the surrounding areas will greatly benefit from the expanded trails that they can explore by hiking, biking and horseback.”
Ricardo Soto, a contracted engineer for Ramona Municipal Water District, addressed the board with concerns about impacts to district property that is a adjacent to the preserve.
Jacob said plans near water district property would not be implemented until Phase II of the project. Brian Albright, director of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, said Phase II is two to four years away.
The proposed trail system would be an extension of the four-mile Oak Country trail off Highland Valley Road.
Phase I would include a staging area and trails just west of Ramona Airport. Phases II and III would add connecting trails east and north of Highland Valley Road.
Funding for the project is still pending, but construction of the first phase could begin in the fall of 2014, reports the county.
“The community has waited a long time to have access to this portion of the preserve,” Jacob said.
The Ramona Grasslands Preserve is approximately 3,490 acres and includes Santa Maria Creek, a pond, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands and vernal pools. According to the county, rare animals such as the endangered Stephens’ kangaroo rat and fairy shrimp can also be found, as well as eagles, hawks and falcons that winter at the preserve.
The native grasses and vernal pools at Ramona Grasslands were once common in the region, said the county, but development has done away with about 90 percent of Southern California’s grasslands. Jacob told board members it’s important to preserve the natural grasslands and also allow people to enjoy it.