Category archives for: Backcountry

Forecasters predict thunderstorms, flash flooding in mountains, desert today

Thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain and flash flooding are expected in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts again today, as are strong rip currents and elevated surf along the coastline, forecasters said.

A National Weather Service flash flood watch will remain in effect through this evening in the mountains and deserts, as a deep monsoonal flow in the atmosphere draws moisture from the subtropics north through Southern California.

Pilot suffers moderate injuries when small airplane crashes near Warner Springs Gliderport

A small airplane used to tow gliders into the air crashed near the Warner Springs Gliderport today, and one person was flown by helicopter to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The small “tow plane” crashed about 12:15 p.m. today southwest of the Warner Springs Gliderport, which is at 31930 State Route 79 in Warner Springs in northeast San Diego County, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.

Cuyamaca State Park and the squeaky wheel

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is undergoing a transformation, and it’s not too late to be heard on the matter.

The nearly 25,000-acre park has acquired more land and is adjacent to Anza Borrego State Park as well as other public lands and trails. The third and final public meeting was held nearly a year ago and the public comment period is now open.

CHP arrests 88 for DUI over Labor Day weekend

No traffic fatalities occurred in the San Diego area over the Labor Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday.

Between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday, CHP officers jailed 88 motorists on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the county, according to the state agency.

Statewide, automobile accidents claimed 49 lives over the same period, and the CHP made 1,168 arrests for suspicion of DUI.

DUI arrests up, no fatalities this weekend, CHP reports

With the Labor Day weekend winding down, California Highway Patrol reported that arrests for suspicion of driving under the influence were up, but fatalities were down countywide this year compared to last.

Between Friday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. today, there were 72 DUI arrests reported this year compared to 57 in 2013. There were no fatalities this year during the same period. In 2013 there were two fatalities.

Commission sets hearings on proposed SDG&E rate changes

San Diego Gas & Electric customers will have an opportunity to give their opinions on how proposed rate changes would affect them when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) holds hearings next month in the county.

According to the CPUC, the state lifted restrictions on residential rates with the signing of Assembly Bill 327 in October 2013, and utilities can now propose residential rates that are more reflective of cost. The CPUC is evaluating a proposal that could include changes to baseline percentage and time of use rates.

Chamber welcomes Oktoberfest vendors

A few spots remain for Oktoberfest food vendors, but booth space is still available for craft and business vendors, Ramona Chamber of Commerce reports.

The chamber’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest will be at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 10 p.m. Booth spaces measure 12 feet by 12 feet.

Oktoberfest will include an area featuring craft beers and Ramona wines, dancing music from the Kalifornia Krauts band, Kids Zone with a pumpkin patch and activities, and more.

Vendor applications are at www.ramonachamber.com and the chamber office, 960 Main St.

Officers respond to report of motorcycle down on SR-78

Friday, Aug. 29—Officers are responding to the report of a motorcycle down on state Route 78 west of Rancho Santa Teresa Drive.

The incident was reported just before 5 p.m.

No other information is available.

Water authority board supports $7.5 billion state water bond

San Diego County Water Authority Board supports Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion state water bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The board vote on Thursday was unanimous. Representing Ramona Municipal Water District on the board, David Barnum, the district’s general manager, was among those voting. The Ramona district is one of the authority’s 24 member agencies.

SR-78 reopened after three-vehicle collision in San Pasqual Valley

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Thursday, 1:35 p.m. — State Route 78 into San Pasqual Valley has been re-opened after emergency crews and investigators responded to a three-vehicle collision around 8:30 a.m. on San Pasqual Valley Road, according to officials. One driver, a 21-year-old male, was airlifted to an area hospital with serious leg injuries, said San Diego Police Department.

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