Category archives for: Backcountry

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.

One person dies in motorcycle crash in Julian

One person died and another was injured when a motorcycle crashed into a tree in Julian today, authorities said.

The motorcycle crashed into the tree about 4 p.m. today on State Route 79 in front of Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds, Cal Fire spokesman Kendal Bortisser said.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene while another was flown to a hospital via Mercy Air, Bortisser said.

Tractor Supply’s first customer is a 3-year-old

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Three-year-old Dawson Schuler of Ramona became Tractor Supply Company’s first customer, with assistance from his great-aunt, Carole Wylie, who had some pull as she was the architect who designed the store’s building at Main and Hunter streets.
Wylie, also of Ramona and a former chair of the Ramona Design Review Board, knew how much Dawson loves tractors and was aware that Tractor Supply Company carries toys.

Sheriff’s Reports

Sunday, Aug. 17

•Female, 21, arrested, 200 block Main Street, receive known stolen property, possess unlawful paraphernalia, felony bench warrant and misdemeanor bench warrant.

•Petty theft of $8.69 worth of goods, Stars gas station, 1900 block Main Street.

Desert crash sends adult, infant to hospitals

An adult and an infant were flown by medical helicopters to a hospital today as a one-vehicle crash closed state Route 78 in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

The crash was on Route 78 about a mile west of Borrego Springs Road, and it was first reported about 11:45 a.m. today, according to a CHP dispatcher.

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