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‘Know Before You Go,” Cleveland National Forest officials advise


Because of the storm that’s expected to bring moderate to heavy rain and the threat of flash flooding to the region from early Friday through Saturday, Cleveland Notional Forest officials plan to close some forest roads.

They encourage forest visitors to “Know Before You Go” and call a ranger station to check on location conditions and restrictions:

The Palomar Ranger Station in Ramona is at 760-788-0250. To contact the Descanso Ranger Station, call 619-445-6235. The Trabuco Ranger Station is at 951-736-1811.

More information about the Cleveland National Forest is at

Officials schedule controlled burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

With Cal Fire’s assistance, California State Parks will conduct a burn northwest of Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Feb. 24, 25 and 26.
Unfavorable weather or other conditions will cause the burn to be rescheduled.
Smoke from the burn is normal and does not need to be reported as fire crews will be onsite, say park officials.
Some residual smoke may be seen throughout the week.
For more information, call 760-767-4037.

Training makes area safer for residents, says sheriff’s lieutenant


Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station presents a Crime Free Multi-Housing certificate to Mary Meurs, manager of Ramona Village Apartments at Seventh and A streets. The certification allows apartment complexes to evict renters who have been arrested for crimes, making the area safer for residents, said Turner. To achieve the certification, Meurs attended training through the sheriff’s department. Turner said Ramona Village Apartments is the first complex on A Street to receive the certification, adding that he is focusing the program on A and B streets, considered the highest crime area in Ramona.

Desert Safari set for Ocotillo Wells SVRA


The 52nd Annual Desert Safari, a family-friendly off-road event, will be held Feb. 28 to March 2 in the Truckhaven Hills area of the North Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area near Borrego Springs. Hosted by Tierra Del Sol, a nonprofit club that uses portions of the proceeds to fight land closures and to keep trails open, the event draws people from the Ramona area as well as across the country and other countries.

Desert Safari attracts around 10,000 people, said Wayne Miller of Miller Off-Road Products in Ramona.

Scenic settings provide great spots for romantic picnics

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Add the beauty of the outdoors to your Valentine’s Day this year by taking your special someone on a picnic in one of the many scenic settings around Ramona.

Full of wildlife, the Ramona Valley offers stunning vistas, mountainous backdrops, canopies of oaks, intriguing boulder formations, open fields, and rugged terrain.

Your romantic picnic can be as simple as taking a drive to a local park, to hiking an easy trail to a secluded spot, to traversing rocky terrain and being rewarded with a panoramic view.

Wildlife center opens million-dollar veterinary clinic


A wildlife center in Ramona that for 30 years has been caring for injured birds, bears, bobcats and other animals unveiled a new $1 million veterinary clinic on Thursday.

The 13-acre center is operated by The Fund for Animals Wildlife, just off Highland Valley Road near the Ramona Grasslands. The group is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States and society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle flew in from Washington, D.C., for the clinic’s ribbon-cutting.

Ag teacher’s roots run deep in region’s cattle industry

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Communities such as Ramona are rich in family history, history that often repeats itself in some form or another, as in the case of Ramona High School agriculture teacher Alyson Tulloch, whose family roots run deep in the San Diego cattle industry.

Her great-grandfather, George Sawday, a legendary name in cattle circles, ran herds on the family land that was said to stretch from the coast to the desert and from the border of Mexico to Riverside.

Italian royalty meets Ramona royalty


An Italian prince spent a day in Ramona last week with the town’s royalty, learning the western-style of living, earning a belt buckle, and expressing a desire to come back for the rodeo.

“It has been an incredible day for me, something totally new,” Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Piedmonte and Venice, told a group of Ramonans at the end of a long day of filming Jan. 22.

Low humidity, wind prompt another fire weather watch Thursday night to Friday night

Low humidity and strong gusty northeast-to-east winds will prompt the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch for the inland valleys and mountains of San Diego County Thursday night to Friday night, meteorologists said.
“Surface high pressure moving into the Great Basin will bring areas of strong gusty northeast to east winds late Thursday night and Friday, especially through and below passes and canyons,” according a NWS advisory. “These winds will combine with very low humidity to bring elevated fire weather conditions for the mountains and inland valleys.’’
The agency said sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts of 35 to 45 mph were likely from Thursday night to Friday night.
The daytime humidity on Thursday is expected to be around 8 to 15 percent, with poor overnight improvement, according to the weather service.

Ramona Calendar of Events

KIWANIS OF RAMONA, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St. More: 760-440-3000.

WEIGHT WATCHERS, Ramona Woman’s Club, 524 Main St., 8 a.m.

TOM STEPHAN’S RAMONA HAWK WATCH, 9 a.m., meet at Highland Valley Road and Highland Valley Court. Bring binoculars, water, sunscreen. More: 760-445-2023.