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Sheriff’s team searches for missing kayaker in Sutherland Reservoir area

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A sheriff’s search and rescue team was combing the area around the Sutherland Reservoir near Ramona for a kayaker who went missing this afternoon, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.
The man, in his 50s, was reported missing by an employee just after 1:30 p.m., according to sheriff’s Lt. Dave Schaller.
The employee told authorities the kayaker suffered from a heart condition, Schaller said.
The man’s kayak was found unmanned and overturned, he said.
Sutherland Reservoir is owned by the City of San Diego and east of Ramona off state Route 78 and Sutherland Dam Road.

Storm leaves 2 inches of rain in Ramona; more anticipated


The storm that buffeted the region Friday with heavy rain and stiff winds delivered nearly 2 inches of moisture to Ramona, according to the weather service at Ramona Airport.
In addition to the 1.86 inches of precipitation recorded at Ramona Airport Friday, the town received .2 inches on Thursday and rain returned Saturday.

Ramona Calendar of Events

Friday, Feb. 28

RAMONA LIBRARY, 1275 Main St. All day Fine Free. Bilingual Zumba at 9:30 a.m., Bouncing Baby Storytime at 10:30 a.m., Teen Music Shop at 3 p.m., Family Craft at 3:15 p.m. More: 760-788-5270.

TOWN HALL BRIDGE CLUB, 10 a.m., Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. More: 760-789-1132.

SUPPORT GROUP for those with depressive or bipolar illnesses, 10 to 11 a.m., 323 Hunter St. More: 760-443-6861.

‘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.