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Authors Day, Harvest Festival, Walk for Life, and community theater among upcoming events

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RAMONA WALK FOR LIFE SUICIDE PREVENTION WALK, 4 to 7 p.m. Ramona High School track, 1401 Hanson Lane. A day of reflection, hope, resources, food, prizes and bands. Proceeds go to Ramona school programs focused on youth suicide prevention. More: kristinakrohne@gmail.com.

Voters will select seven of 14 planning group candidates

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Voters will select seven of 14 candidates vying for a seat on the Ramona Community Planning Group in the Nov. 4 election. Each is for a four-year term. The 15-member elected group advises the county on planning and land use issues.

Power pole hit on Wildcat Canyon Road in early morning collision

Wednesday, 9 a.m. — California Highway Patrol is conducting alternating traffic control on Wildcat Canyon Road by Old Barona Road while crews replace a power pole that was hit in an early morning collision.

A multiple vehicle accident occurred around 1:20 a.m. and one of the vehicles is believed to have hit the San Diego Gas & Electric pole, stated the CHP website. Wildcat Canyon Road was shut down between San Vicente and Willow roads just before 6 a.m. and commuters were told to take state Route 67, according to reports.

Wine tasting fundraiser, juried art show reception, haunted trail hikes among activities this week

RAMONA WOMAN’S CLUB 4TH ANNUAL WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER, 6 to 8 p.m., Pamo Valley Winery, 603 Main St. Tickets $25 each. Proceeds benefit the club’s Ellie Whitcomb Scholarship Fund.

OLDE RAMONA HOTEL GALLERY JURIED ART SHOW RECEPTION, 5 to 7 p.m., Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery, 845 Main St. Public welcome. Awards, refreshments. More: 760-789-3682.

School bus laws: A matter of children’s safety

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Just cruising across town can sometimes be stressful for even the most experienced drivers. Add 50 to 60 children to the mix, loaded in a 40-foot-long school bus, and it can take nerves of steel to chauffeur safely.

Some recent situations in Ramona have made it clear that sometimes drivers, while well meaning, often do not realize the rules of the road when it comes to sharing the streets with school buses.

Lynette Beard, transportation supervisor for the Ramona Unified School District, explained that bus drivers follow a clear protocol for school bus safety — Vehicle Code 22112.

Search continues for woman, 75, missing from Julian campground

Monday, Oct. 6—Authorities searched for a third day today for a 75-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing from the Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds in Julian.
Sally Estabrook was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday at the 26.5-acre campground in the 4400 block of state Route 79, north of Harrison Park Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
She apparently walked off while her husband was showering, and he called the sheriff’s department to report her missing shortly before 5 p.m.
A sheriff’s department search and rescue team combed the area Saturday evening, and continued to do so on Sunday with no success.
Estabrook is white, 5 feet 4 and 145 pounds with shoulder-length blonde hair. She may be wearing a teal top and white knee-length pants. Sheriff’s officials said she is not very communicative but may respond to her name.
Anyone who spots Estabrook is asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s department at 858-565-5200.

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.

Health officials reports first cases of EV-D68 in county

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Three San Diego County children were among the first four cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory infection confirmed in California this year, California Department of Health and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Emergency crews respond to report of fire on East Old Julian Highway

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Wednesday, Sept. 17, Update, 3:45 p.m.—Firefighters have extinguished the brush fire, reports Karen Brainard with the Sentinel.

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