Category archives for: Backcountry

San Onofre settlement may help ratepayers

A proposed settlement reached Thursday would relieve customers of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison of paying $1.4 billion in utility charges related to steam generators that caused the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station.

The settlement reached by The Utility Reform Network, state Office of Ratepayer Advocates and the two utility companies needs approval from the state Public Utilities Commission.

Sheriff’s reports: Jewelry, two pistols stolen from Mussey Grade home

Two pistols and approximately $1,800 worth of jewelry were reported stolen March 12 in a residential burglary in the 15600 block of Mussey Grade Road, according to the sheriff’s Ramona substation.

Among other reports filed at the Ramona station:

Ramona landscaper wins awards at Garden Masters show

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For the sixth consecutive year, Ramona landscaper Scotty Ensign was invited to participate in the Garden Masters exposition at the San Diego Spring Home and Garden Show and, as in the past, he walked away with awards.

“I’ve won a different award every year,” said the owner of Scotty’s Plantscapes.

San Diego County takes steps to regulate e-cigarettes

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took two actions intended to limit the use of electronic-smoking devices.

The board voted 3-1 to add several types of such devices to its anti-tobacco policy, and ordered staffers to look into outlawing the devices in county areas where traditional cigarettes are banned.

Forest service officials estimate Gun fire will be contained by 8 tonight

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Firefighters said today they expect to have a brush fire that scorched about 125 acres east of Pine Valley fully contained tonight.

No injuries or structure damage have been reported as a result of the fire, which was dubbed the Gun Fire because of its proximity to a hunting club.

Daylight saving time: Turn clocks ahead one hour

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The weekend is going to be an hour shorter than usual, thanks to the beginning of daylight saving time at 2 a.m. Sunday. Before going to bed tonight, remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour. Firefighters encourage people to use the time change as a reminder to check smoke alarms and replace the batteries [...]

Firefighters to work through night on brush fire east of Pine Valley

About 200 firefighters planned to work through the night to contain a brush fire that blackened 75 to 100 acres east of Pine Valley and prompted the temporary closure of a stretch of Interstate 8 in East County, authorities said.

The fire was reported to the California Highway Patrol shortly after 12:30 p.m. by callers on westbound Interstate 8 approaching Pine Valley, who said the smoke appeared to be from a fire about two miles north of Sunrise Highway.

Three injured in campfire blast in desert

A man and two teenage boys suffered burns today in an explosion during a school field trip to a desert campground, authorities reported.

The blast in the 200 block of Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs happened shortly after 9 a.m., apparently when flammable fumes wafted into a campfire, according to Cal Fire.

Ramona man, 57, dies while fishing on Lake Sutherland

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A kayaker who died at Lake Sutherland Saturday was identified Monday as a 57-year-old Ramona man .
San Diego Lifeguard divers recovered Leonard Kevin Jones’ body from the lake on Sunday morning, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A city worker noticed an upside down kayak at Lake Sutherland Dam just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Christine Robbins said.
The city worker told authorities the man, who frequently fished at the lake, had a heart condition, another sheriff’s official said. Fishing season at Lake Sutherland opened on Saturday.
Robbins said deputies checked the shoreline and asked for a helicopter to help in the search. A search-and-rescue team was unable to find Jones before dark, and the search was resumed about 7 a.m. Sunday.
Jones was declared dead at 9:36 a.m. Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was pending.
Lake Sutherland, owned by the city, is east of Ramona off state Route 78 and Sutherland Dam Road.
A kayaker who died at Lake Sutherland Saturday was identified Monday as a 57-year-old Ramona man .
San Diego Lifeguard divers recovered Leonard Kevin Jones’ body from the lake on Sunday morning, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Rescuers recover body of kayaker, 55, from Lake Sutherland

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The body of a 55-year-old man who went missing while kayaking at Lake Sutherland near Ramona was recovered today.

The man was reported missing by a city worker at Lake Sutherland Dam just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, after his fishing kayak was found floating upside down near the dam, according to sheriff’s Lt. Christine Robbins.

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