Category archives for: Backcountry

‘Know Before You Go,” Cleveland National Forest officials advise


Because of the storm that’s expected to bring moderate to heavy rain and the threat of flash flooding to the region from early Friday through Saturday, Cleveland Notional Forest officials plan to close some forest roads.

They encourage forest visitors to “Know Before You Go” and call a ranger station to check on location conditions and restrictions:

The Palomar Ranger Station in Ramona is at 760-788-0250. To contact the Descanso Ranger Station, call 619-445-6235. The Trabuco Ranger Station is at 951-736-1811.

More information about the Cleveland National Forest is at

Up to 3 inches of rain predicted


A powerful Pacific storm is expected to pound San Diego County with heavy rain and strong winds starting late tonight.

The National Weather Service issued several advisories for the region, saying up to 3 inches of rainfall in coastal and valley areas, 3 to 5 inches in the mountains and up to an inch in the deserts would pose a threat of flash flooding and other road hazards through much of the weekend.

Officials schedule controlled burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

With Cal Fire’s assistance, California State Parks will conduct a burn northwest of Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Feb. 24, 25 and 26.
Unfavorable weather or other conditions will cause the burn to be rescheduled.
Smoke from the burn is normal and does not need to be reported as fire crews will be onsite, say park officials.
Some residual smoke may be seen throughout the week.
For more information, call 760-767-4037.

Motorcyclist suffers major injuries near Borrego Springs, reports CHP

Saturday, Feb. 8—A 62-year-old man suffered major injuries when he was ejected from his motorcycle in a crash on a curving road near Borrego Springs yesterday, California Highway Patrol officials said today.

The motorcyclist was driving his 2013 Harley Davidson west on Montezuma Valley Road west of Palm Canyon Drive about 4:20 p.m. Friday when he lost control approaching a right curve and veered across both lanes, CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein said.

The bike overturned and the rider was ejected, Pearlstein said.

The rider lost consciousness and suffered major injuries, including lacerations to his face, Pearlstein said.

He was airlifted to Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Desert, Pearlstein said.

TNT to auction surplus vehicles at rodeo grounds Saturday


Hundreds of surplus vehicles, including automobiles and heavy equipment, and excess government property from the county and other local agencies will go on the auction block Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Ramona Rodeo Grounds Fred Grand Arena, 421 Aqua Lane.

Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. The vehicle auction starts at 9 a.m. with many bids starting at $100.

SDG&E calls for conservation

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Flex Alert issued

Thursday, Feb. 6—The organization that manages California’s power grid declared a Flex Alert today, asking for conservation in the wake of a natural gas shortage in Southern California.

The California Independent System Operator called for residents in all parts of the state to reduce power and natural gas use until 10 p.m.

Supervisors consider tighter regulations on foreign flight students

San Diego County supervisors tentatively agreed today to require flight schools and instructors who teach foreigners at county-run airports to annually certify they are complying with federal screening and vetting requirements.

If adopted in a second vote Feb. 26, the ordinance proposed by Supervisor Dianne Jacob on Sept. 11, 2012, would mandate operators who lease or sublease county property sign a statement each fiscal year saying that guidelines for screening and monitoring foreign flight students are being followed to the best of their knowledge.

Santa Ysabel Casino closes

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Santa Ysabel Casino went out of business today after a nearly seven-year struggle against a recession and its isolated location.
Santa Ysabel Tribal officials also accused San Diego County of being “intransigent” for refusing to renegotiate a financial agreement that paid for off-site improvements and additional sheriff’s deputies.
The casino, which filed for bankruptcy reorganization in 2012 but was denied, is saddled with debts of more than $50 million, UT San Diego reported.
“We have always strived to meet all of our obligations and to serve as a responsible corporate partner in our community, as well as a valuable public resource to our members and the surrounding area,” Tribal Chairman Virgil Perez said in a statement.
The casino opened in April 2007 near the junction of state routes 76 and 79 — close to Lake Henshaw — with 349 slot machines about the time of the October wildfires that year and just before the national recession. The enterprise also was hurt by its isolated location while larger, easier-to-reach casinos flourished.
The closure left about 115 employees without jobs. The casino also was a funding source for the reservation’s fire department.
Perez said he remained committed to exploring other business ventures, including gaming on a limited scale, to provide employment opportunities to the casino’s workers.

Weather service issues winter weather advisory from midnight till noon Monday

Rain predicted for lower elevations, snow at higher elevations

Rain could fall up to the elevation of Pine Valley, and snow might dust Julian and higher points, as a low pressure system moves toward the county, forecasters said Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory starting at midnight and expiring at noon Monday. The NWS expected rain to turn to snow early Monday at about the 4,500 foot level, which includes Cuyamaca, Mount Laguna and Ranchita.

Montecito Ranch developer works on mitigation project


An area off Montecito Way across from an old rodeo arena is being used as a vernal pool restoration/creation area for the Montecito Ranch development, according to a consultant working with the developer.

Last month some residents saw workers planting at the site. Round depressions in the ground were flagged with new plants. The mitigation bank, adjacent to the northeast portion of the county-owned Ramona Grasslands Preserve, is within an approximately 220-acre site dedicated to open space for Montecito Ranch, said a county official.