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High winds to continue till 5 p.m. today, weather service reports

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For the third consecutive day, strong and potentially damaging Santa Ana winds were expected to blow throughout much of San Diego County today.

The National Weather Service scheduled a high wind warning — signaling winds strong enough to cause damage — for the valleys and mountains until 5 p.m., saying isolated gusts today were likely to measure 60 to 80 miles per hour in the mountains and foothills, and 40 to 60 mph in the inland valleys.

SDG&E reports power outages across Ramona

Wednesday, April 30, 1 p.m.—Approximately 2,800 customers are affected by power outages in southern, eastern and western portions of Ramona, along with the Highland Valley area, Barona and Iron Mountain, according to San Diego Gas & Electric. The utility says the outages are due to the weather causing a problem with the electrical system. The power outages began around 11 a.m. SDG&E has not estimated when power will be restored.

Trailhead residents concerned over increased traffic

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Neighbors of the Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead in San Diego Country Estates told forest service officials Wednesday that traffic from hikers was again increasing on their residential streets.

The 75-permit-per-day system for the trail was working, many said, asking why the forest service increased that number to 91 before the “spring spike” occurred.

Cindy Venolia said residents fear the forest service will raise the maximum permit use even more.

Forest service to host open house at Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead Wednesday

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Cleveland National Forest representatives will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns from the public regarding the Cedar Creek Falls Trail and permit system at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the beginning of the trail in San Diego Country Estates.

With the arrival of spring, forest officials are seeing a spike in people hiking the trail, said Joan Friedlander, district ranger for the Palomar Ranger District in the Cleveland National Forest. The number of permits

Repairman suspected of home burglaries arrested in Ramona

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The sheriff’s department is investigating a North County repairman who was arrested in Ramona, suspected of burglarizing homes during jobs, and is asking anyone who hired him and may have been victimized to contact law enforcement.

Carlos Barajas, 31, of RB Remodeling, was taken into custody in Ramona on April 9 on suspicion of check fraud and burglary charges, according to reports.

Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Corner: Nixle — emergency information now

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Would you like to receive free official emergency notifications if there is a fire, hazard or danger in your neighborhood? Are you doing everything you can to protect and defend your family if a fire or natural disaster struck?

While you prepare your emergency supplies, be sure to prepare your “digital emergency lifeline” as well. Start preparing by signing up for Nixle alerts for your phone and your computer.

Wildlife center director shares springtime advice

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San Vicente Valley Club members, like most Ramona residents, know that springtime is the most vibrant time for Mother Nature. It means wildflowers, vibrant grasslands and babies — lots of animal babies.

Many wild species give birth in or near backyards or in the places where Ramonans enjoy outdoor activities.

The timing was right to learn about the rehabilitation facility that helps with so many of those native species who share Ramona’s outdoor spaces, so the club invited Ali Crumpacker, director of The Fund for Animals

Sailor killed in motorcycle accident

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Update, April 15—A motorcycle accident in Julian, just before 3 p.m. April 11, claimed the life of a 29-year-old active duty sailor who resided in Ramona, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The Navy has identified him as Petty Officer Third Class Trevor C. Ducusin. He was based aboard the USS Higgins in San Diego, said a Navy spokesperson.

The sailor was driving a motorcycle northbound on state Route 79, north of KQ Ranch Road and, while maneuvering into a right-hand curve, his bike entered the southbound lanes and he collided head-on with an SUV,

Deputies nab minors for underage drinking

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Sheriff’s deputies from the Ramona station conducted a foot patrol Saturday, April 5, that netted several arrests in San Diego Country Estates.

At 12:06 a.m. at San Vicente and Gunn Stage roads, deputies arrested a 21-year-old male for manufacture/sale/possess leaded cane/billy and for being drunk in public. Two females, ages 18 and 19, were arrested for being drunk in public.

Planners keep two sections of bypass on priority lists

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Two of the three phases of the proposed South Bypass remain on Ramona’s recommended road priority lists.

The Dye Road Extension, also known as Phase 2 of the South Bypass, was included in a Top 14 list of capital improvement project priorities by a majority of the Ramona Community Planning Group at its April 3 meeting.

Phase 1 of the South Bypass, extending Dye Street from state Route 67 and Mussey Grade Road to Dye Road, didn’t make the Top 14 but was added to a list of road projects that the planning group is recommending the county pursue with Caltrans.

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