Category archives for: Backcountry

Proposed changes affect homestays, farmers’ markets, microbreweries

Proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance that include changes related to agricultural areas are available for public review and comments until Aug. 11.

County Planning and Development Services released the California Environmental Quality Act public review of the zoning ordinance on June 26. It is available at www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/ceqa_public_review.html and in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.

County plans to lease a fire-attack helicopter for two months this fall

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County officials plan to lease a fire-attack helicopter this fall to respond to wildfires. The contract guarantees exclusive use of the aircraft for two months.

“This will significantly bolster our immediate response capabilities during the weeks when we typically see our strongest Santa Ana wind events,” Holly Crawford, county emergency services director, told the San Diego County Board of Supervisors as it voted yesterday to terminate an emergency declaration it enacted during the May wildfires.

Hams host Field Day in Ramona

Amateur radio operators, nicknamed “hams,” have long communicated with each other without the benefit of the Internet, cell phone towers or other infrastructure. Those wondering how they do it have their chance.
Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will host Field Day, a 24-hour event beginning Saturday, June 28. The mission is national. All club members aim to talk to as many people around the world as possible, using various forms of radio equipment.
The public is invited to join the experienced radio operators. A “GOTA” station — Get on the Air — will be set up so that those with new licenses, or even adults or children without licenses, can understand what talking over the airwaves is all about.
“One of our goals is for the public to learn what we do, why we do it, and how we do it, so having someone try out ham radio for the first time is fun for everyone,” said Richard Elling, ROARS member.
Hams can provide communications in times of emergency or disaster, when the usual lines of communication are unavailable. During the past Ramona wildfires, for example, hams provided backup communications for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and more.
ROARS Field Day will be at Ramona Fire Station 82 at 3410 Dye Road. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturdy and end on Sunday at noon. For more information, visit www.roars.net.

 

SDG&E can meet summer demands, but conservation needed during heat waves and unplanned outages, say utility leaders

Electrical supplies will be adequate in San Diego and southern Orange counties this summer, but conservation will be needed during heat waves or unplanned power plant outages, San Diego Gas & Electric announced today.

“SDGE is prepared to meet this summer’s energy demand but we expect that there will be days when we will need help from customers through conservation and demand response, and we appreciate all efforts by our customers so far this year to help keep the electric system running smoothly during the recent wildfires,” said Steven Davis, SDG&E president and chief operating officer.

Still no sign of missing Ramona man

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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.

More search and rescue teams called in for missing Ramona man

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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.

Search continues for missing Ramona man

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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.

Sheriff’s helicopter hoists injured woman from ravine

A 51-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was ejected from a vehicle that rolled over in the Boulder Creek area near Julian, a San Diego sheriff’s corporal reported.

The accident occurred at about 2:40 p.m. Sunday near Boulder Creek and Engineers roads, San Diego County sheriff’s Cpl. Tony Webber said.

Three suffer critical injuries in four-victim crash on SR-78

Saturday, June 14—Four people were injured, three critically, when a Ford F-150 truck and an SUV crashed on state Route 79 near Santa Ysabel today. The crash was at 9:58 a.m., a CHP dispatcher said. “Four patients, three critically injured, were airlifted by helicopter to a hospital,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said. Schuler [...]

Sheriff’s reports

Three bicycles were among items stolen in a commercial burglary in the 1300 block of D Street the morning of June 6.

In addition to the bicycles, worth $100 each, DVD equipment valued at $450 and miscellaneous items totaling approximately $2,280 were stolen.

Among other reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona station:

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