Category archives for: Backcountry

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.

Covered California sign-ups top projections, agency reports

Approximately 45,000 San Diego County residents signed up for health plans through Covered California in the final three months of last year, the agency announced today.

The total of 45,081 represents 105 percent of the base projection of 43,051 sign-ups Covered California estimated for the region during the entire six-month enrollment period, which ends March 31.

Deputies arrest Ramona man, 31, released early from jail

A felon who had been released from jail as a result of AB 109, the state’s prison realignment to prevent overcrowding, was re-arrested on a number of felony charges, said Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station.

Turner said deputies responded to a call of shots fired Friday evening, Jan. 24, in the 1700 block of San Vicente Road, and saw Dusten Hayes, 31, throw a shotgun over a fence. Deputies retrieved the shotgun and believed he was under the influence of controlled substances, said Turner.

Italian royalty meets Ramona royalty


An Italian prince spent a day in Ramona last week with the town’s royalty, learning the western-style of living, earning a belt buckle, and expressing a desire to come back for the rodeo.

“It has been an incredible day for me, something totally new,” Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Piedmonte and Venice, told a group of Ramonans at the end of a long day of filming Jan. 22.

Water District to hold public hearing today on sewer connection/mitigation fee


Tuesday, Jan. 28—The Ramona Municipal Water District will hold a public hearing on recommendations to reduce the Santa Maria sewer connection and mitigation fee during its Board of Directors meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.

The $20,000 sewer connection and mitigation fee has been proposed to be reduced to $13,090 and to be renamed “sewer capacity charge.”

Sheriff’s reports

Among reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona substation:

Wednesday, Jan. 22

•Juvenile arrested, 700 block Ninth Street, suspected of minor possessing marijuana on grounds during school activities.

County reports five more flu deaths

Five more influenza-related deaths have been confirmed in San Diego County this flu season, bringing the total to 12, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

County health officials said those who died from flu-related causes were between the ages of 35 and 91, and all had underlying medical conditions.

Low humidity, wind prompt another fire weather watch Thursday night to Friday night

Low humidity and strong gusty northeast-to-east winds will prompt the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch for the inland valleys and mountains of San Diego County Thursday night to Friday night, meteorologists said.
“Surface high pressure moving into the Great Basin will bring areas of strong gusty northeast to east winds late Thursday night and Friday, especially through and below passes and canyons,” according a NWS advisory. “These winds will combine with very low humidity to bring elevated fire weather conditions for the mountains and inland valleys.’’
The agency said sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts of 35 to 45 mph were likely from Thursday night to Friday night.
The daytime humidity on Thursday is expected to be around 8 to 15 percent, with poor overnight improvement, according to the weather service.

‘Cleanup’ language irks many vintners


Of the estimated 100 people who attended the county’s Jan. 17 workshop on proposed revisions to the Tiered Winery Ordinance, about 23 spoke, with the majority from the Ramona area and in opposition to the changes.

“If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it,” said Elaine Lyttleton of Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery, speaking as a representative of the Ramona Valley Vintners Association. “We would urge no changes to the ordinance as currently written.”