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Body found near where Ramona man, 67, went missing


An unidentified body was found Wednesday afternoon east of Mount Woodson Golf Club, in an area where an Alzheimer’s patient went missing last week.

Deputies responding to a report of a foul odor in the 18000 block of Chablis Road in Ramona made the discovery shortly before 3 p.m., sheriff’s Lt. Herb Taft said.

Authorities have been searching the same general area off and on since June 17, when 67-year-old Carl Salayer was reported missing. His last known whereabouts had been at his home in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road the previous day.

Salayer’s disappearance was considered critical due to his physical condition.

Deputies from the sheriff’s Ramona station responded to a call of an unusual odor yesterday and began checking the area, which is described as an unfenced private parcel, reported sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth. They located the body in heavy brush about 50 yards from the road about 3:50 p.m. There were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play, reported Duckworth.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office was called in to take custody of the body for autopsy and identification purposes.

Ramona trustees poised to approve budget, place bond bid on Nov. 4 ballot


Ramona Unified School District trustees are poised to place a $40 million bond bid on the November ballot and approve a budget of nearly $50 million in a special session Thursday evening.

The June 26 meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6 in the Board Room of the Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St.

District approves water, sewer rate hikes



Water rates will increase by just under 3 percent July 1, while sewer rates will rise by 3 percent for San Vicente plant customers and by 6 percent for those served by the Santa Maria plant.
The Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors approved the new rates by a 3-0 vote with Director Rex Schildhouse opposing and Director Kit Kesinger absent. The district’s $36 million fiscal year 2014-15 budget was approved 4-0. The June 24 votes followed a public hearing that day that drew 10 people and a June 23 evening public budget presentation that attracted three residents.
In presenting the proposed rates Monday night, RMWD Financial Services Director Richard Hannasch said, “We’re very pleased this is much more of a moderate adjustment than we’ve seen over the past several years.”
Combined with the electrical charge to pump water from the Poway Pump Station, general treated water will increase 2.5 percent, from $5.51 to $5.65 per unit. A unit of water is about 748 gallons. Untreated water will see a 2.7 percent increase. Agricultural customers in the TSAWR discount program will be charged 2.7 percent more for treated water and 2.9 percent for untreated water.
The monthly water service fee, charged by meter size, will rise 2.9 percent.
Using the scenario that an average family consumes 14 units of water every month, Hannasch said the increase would amount to about 6 cents per day or $1.79 per month.
For customers of the San Vicente sewer plant, the 3 percent change means the annual charge will rise from $605.30 to $623.76. For Santa Maria customers, the yearly amount will go from $637.22 to $675.77. Capital replacement project funds in the new budget include $1.8 million for Santa Maria and $834,000 for San Vicente.
Hannasch explained that the district was able to adjust the initially proposed not-to-exceed 6 percent water rate hike after receiving notice from the San Diego County Water Authority in May that its rate were going up less than anticipated. The water authority, Ramona’s sole water supplier, has proposed rate increases of about 3 percent.
“It’s a significant achievement to hold the line as much as possible for our customers,” Hannasch said.

All-you-can-eat Rib Fest on Saturday benefits senior center nutrition program


All-you-can-eat barbecue baby back ribs and chicken will fill plates at the 9th Annual Ramona Community Rib Fest at Olive Peirce Middle School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit Ramona Senior Center’s Nutrition Program.
Tickets are $15 for teens and adults. Hot dog dinners for children age 12 and younger are $2.
Potato salad and cole slaw will be added to the $15 plates. Chips will be with the children’s dinners. Tea and lemonade also will be served. In addition, a bake sale, music, face painting, root beer floats, soda and drawings for prizes are planned. To-go dinners are $15. The event will be in the school’s performing arts center, 1521 Hanson Lane. See for more.

Still no sign of missing Ramona man


Law enforcement and search and rescue teams continue to look for Carl Salayer, a 67-year-old Ramona man who has Alzheimer’s disease and has been missing since early Tuesday morning from his home on Handlebar Road. Above, a group meets at the command post set up at the corner of Highland Valley and Handlebar roads. Salayer was reported missing by family members around 8 a.m. Tuesday and may be wearing only undergarments. The sheriff’s department asks that residents in that area thoroughly check all structures on their properties and if they see him to call 911.

Teen suffers major injuries after vehicle hits utility pole


An 18-year-old Ramona girl was airlifted to Palomar Medical Center with major, life threatening injuries early Thursday morning after the vehicle she was in struck a utility pole, said California Highway Patrol.

The single vehicle accident occurred on San Vicente Road, just north of Creelman Lane, at 4:20 a.m.

More search and rescue teams called in for missing Ramona man


The sheriff’s department is asking residents who live in the area of Highland Valley and Handlebar roads to thoroughly search their properties, including all out-buildings, for Carl Salayer, a 67-year-old Ramona man who has been missing since Tuesday morning.

“If you think you see something, call us,” said Jan Caldwell, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department public affairs director. Anyone who believes they see him should call 911.

Rotary Club shifts into high gear to reach $25,000 fireworks goal


Donations topped the $16,000 mark Monday, as Ramona Rotary Club continues its efforts to raise $25,000 for this year’s Independence Day fireworks event.

Donations so far include $2,000 from the Norris Hinkle Family and $1,000 each from Dr. Malcolm J. Boykin DDS, Ramona Disposal Service, Ramona Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Ramona and Kritter Kamp Boarding Kennel.

Search continues for missing Ramona man


Authorities continue to search for a 67-year-old Ramona man, missing from his home in the 17000 block of Handlelbar Road since early Tuesday morning.

Sgt. John Boyce of the sheriff’s Ramona station said residents can help by checking barns, sheds or other structures on their properties.

Carl Salayer, described as 6 feet, 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, mostly bald with some gray hair and a gray mustache, suffers from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ramona school trustees consider $40 million bond


In a special meeting Monday afternoon, Ramona Unified School District trustees indicated their support for a $40 million bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Of that, $32 million would pay off a loan a previous board approved a decade ago and $8 million would pay for school modernization and repairs.