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Water district invites public to pump station project dedication ceremony Tuesday


The public is invited to attend the Ramona Municipal Water District’s dedication ceremony to mark the completion of its Poway Pump Station Secondary Power Source Project on Tuesday afternoon. The water board will hold s special meeting, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, and then adjourn to the Poway Pump Station site off Espola Road in Poway for a brief tour of the new natural gas engine and a dedication ceremony.

Red Flag warning from 4 a.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Wednesday

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Sunday, Nov. 23—A forecast of gusty Santa Ana winds combined with low humidity are expected to up the risk for wildfires through mid-week, meteorologists said today.
A National Weather Service Red Flag Warning for the inland valleys and mountains is set to go into effect at 4 a.m. Monday and extend through 6 p.m. Wednesday. A high wind warning for the rest of the county iss set to remain in effect from 4 p.m. Monday to noon Wednesday.
“A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will contribute to extreme fire behavior,” reports the weather service.
Peak wind gusts Saturday night topped out at nearly 60 mph at Mount Laguna and 54 mph on Mountain Springs Grade, and forecasters said even stronger winds were to come as a result of surface high pressure over the Great Basin.
The strong, gusty Santa Ana winds are expected to bluster into the region on Monday.
Sustained wind speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, with gusts that could reach 45 mph, were in Monday’s morning and afternoon forecast for the inland valleys and mountains as were daytime relative humidities as low as 5 percent, according to the weather service. Winds of up to 40 mph with gusts that could top 80 mph are expected Monday night into Tuesday.
Meteorologists warned that the winds could be strong enough to down tree limbs and kick debris into roadways. Isolated power outages and minor structural damage could also be possible.

San Diego County planners develop new online tools for residents

Ramona Community Planning Group chair Jim Piva and member Richard Tomlinson praised San Diego County’s Planning and Development Services’ new online tools for residents.

Tomlinson said the county updated its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) system so residents can pull up maps and access reports online.

Airport, naming parks among planners’ topics


John and Arvie Degenfelder were recognized for their 30 years of service to the community at the Ramona planning group’s Nov. 6 meeting, which also included informational topics of a cautionary nature.

Piva, chair of the planning group, made the presentation to the Degenfelders.

“In recognition of your 30 years,” he began to read from the framed certificate, but then stopped. “Now just think about that — 30 years. They have shaped this community to be what it is today, including this library where

Ramona Trails Association to stage annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 22

Ramona Trails Association will stage its annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Participants should be ready to hike, mountain bike or horseback ride from the staging area at Mt. Gower Open Space Preserve, 17090 Gunn Stage Road, at 10 a.m.

A potluck lunch will start about 12:30 p.m. just over the hill at Hellanback Ranch Winery.

Participants are encouraged to bring a friend or two to enjoy a leisurely ride or hike through Mt. Gower Open Space Preserve and then test the Thanksgiving dishes from their fellow turkey trotters.

Bring the potluck dishes to the staging area and they will be delivered to the winery.

Those interested in just joining the group for just the potluck lunch are welcome.

For more information, call 760-896-4782.

County auctions surplus vehicles through online public bidding


Monday, Nov. 10—Registration began this morning for online public bidding on hundreds of surplus vehicles, including automobiles and heavy equipment, and surplus government property from the county and other agencies. TNT Auction is running the event with many bids start at $100.

The online auction event ends at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, but public previews will be offered in Ramona at 369 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, and from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 17.

Red flag warning in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday

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With conditions ripe for a wildfire, San Diego County officials offer tips aimed at saving homes.
A National Weather Service red flag warning, signifying high wildfire danger, was issued through 5 p.m. Thursday for the inland valleys and mountains, where gusts could reach 60 mph and relative humidities could fall as low as 5 percent.
Brush should be cleared within 100 feet of homes — at least — but people should avoid using power mowers or weed cutters that could produce a disastrous spark while conditions are ripe for an out-of-control fire, county spokeswoman Yvette Moe said.
Any flammable materials should be moved away from homes, and tree branches that hang over roofs should be trimmed, she said.
The county developed an app that delivers news updates, maps, shelter locations, disaster planning templates and checklists. In the event of a wildfire or other emergency, that same information would be available at
Emergency information is also relayed via text messages to those who have signed up for the county’s “AlertSanDiego” cell phone notification service, officials said.

Major injury collision on I-8 sends several Ramonans to area hospitals


Several Ramonans were involved in a collision when their vehicle went down an embankment on Interstate 8 in the Jacumba area early Tuesday, and three people, including a 2-year-old boy, suffered major injuries, California Highway Patrol reported.

At approximately 7 a.m. a 21-year-old male from Ramona was driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger eastbound on I-8 when he allowed his vehicle to drift away from a direct course of travel, which caused his vehicle to travel down

Suspect charged in case of puppy thrown over fence

A man accused of tossing an unwanted puppy over a 6-foot-high fence outside a commercial building in Ramona will be arraigned Thursday at the El Cajon courthouse on two misdemeanor charges, officials said.

Gary Sartor of Ramona faces up to six months in county jail or a fine of up to $1,000 for each violation — animal cruelty and abandonment — if convicted, according to county Animal Services Department spokesman Dan DeSousa.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday

Before hitting the sack tonight, residents should remember to set clocks back an hour, as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end — giving us all an extra hour of sleep.

California and most other states will “fall back” an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, as the state returns to Pacific Standard Time.