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Region not at risk for Ebola epidemic, health officials say

Health officials said that San Diego County and the rest of the country are not at risk for an Ebola epidemic and have systems in place to contain isolated cases.
County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten said the local medical community has been alerted to be on the lookout for signs of the virus — including fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising — and to ask anyone with any of those symptoms about their recent travel history.
“While Ebola can be scary to people, the local risk for Ebola has not changed,” said Wooten. “We have a global community, and the possibility of someone traveling from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone and flying back home here is much like the first case in Dallas.” Wooten said.
The good news, she said, is that “we have a strong health care system that is more prepared than the countries in Africa where the outbreak is occurring, so any case in the U.S. is likely to be an isolated incident.”
Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, was diagnosed with the Ebola virus after traveling to see his fiancee in Dallas. He remains hospitalized in serious condition, and his fiancee and others who have had contact with him since his arrival in Texas have been placed under a 21-day quarantine.
Ebola is not spread through casual contact, officials with the county Health and Human Services Agency said. The virus is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated.
“If a case of Ebola were to happen locally, the county of San Diego has well-trained staff that would investigate and locate any recent contacts of the person,” Wooten said. “We would need to find everyone who had direct contact with the person when they were showing symptoms and isolate these contacts if they were also showing symptoms to stop the spread of the disease.”

Ramona Calendar of Events

RAMONA OKTOBERFEST, Oct. 4, 1 to 10 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Food, beer garden, Kids Zone, music from the Kalifornia Krauts, Classic Car Show, craft and business vendors, Ramona wines, prize drawings, dancing frauleins and more. Presented by Ramona Chamber of Commerce. Admission $10 at the door. Advance tickets $8 at the chamber office, 960 Main St. Children age 11 and younger and active duty military admitted free.

Prepare for triple-digit temperatures

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Inland daytime temperatures are projected to soar into the triple digits from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday through Sunday, forecasters said.
For its part, Cal Fire is bracing for the hot weather by assigning an additional air tanker to the Ramona Airport this weekend, according to public-affairs Capt. Kendal Bortisser. In the event of a wildfire, Cal Fire would have a total of three airtankers at the ready to help squash the flames.
National Weather Service attributes the forecast to high pressure over California mixes with offshore flow.
In other parts of the county, the hottest temperatures will occur from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday and Saturday in coastal areas, and from late morning through late afternoon Friday and Saturday in the mountains, according to the weather service.
The agency scheduled a heat advisory for the valleys from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday and for coastal and mountain areas from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.
No advisory was issued for the deserts, though triple-digit heat is also expected there starting Friday.
“Heat can be stressful to animals and humans, making it hard for the body to acclimate and remain hydrated,” according to the weather service. “Without precautions, even healthy adults could experience heat stress and illness.”
The agency encouraged those spending time outside to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours, if possible.
Relief from the heat wave is expected early next week but it will be a slow cooling, forecasters said.

Deputies arrest warrant suspect on E Street

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Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect wanted on three felony warrants in the 900 block of E Street around noon Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s department, the suspect is a Ramona man in his 30s.

Fire in laundry area causes about $3,000 damage at home on Ninth Street

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A fire in the laundry area of the home at 1150 Ninth St. caused an estimated $3,000 damage, Cal Fire Capt. John Sena with Ramona Fire Department reported.

The cause of the fire is unconfirmed, but it may have started on top of the dryer where the homeowner had plugged a radio-controlled car into a charger, said Sena.

New lieutenant learns the lay of the land

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Since taking command of the sheriff’s Ramona substation, Lt. Rich Williams has immersed himself in the community and has focused on learning about wildfire risks and the hazards and environmental obstacles the Santa Maria Creek bed poses.

Williams replaced Lt. Hank Turner, who was promoted to captain and assigned to the San Diego Central Courthouse. Turner’s last day was Sept. 4; Williams took charge the next day.

“He gave me a great pass-down,” Williams said of Turner. “I think most of us try to leave things better than we find them, and that’s going to be a small challenge when things are going well. Things are definitely going well here. We have really, really good people working here across the board and the community support’s been great.”

The 43-year-old Williams, who lives with his family in North County, has spent a lot of time this past month driving around Ramona to learn the area. He has a

Design review members ponder next step in new zoning plan

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How to implement and oversee the newly-adopted Ramona Village Center Form-Based Code was pondered by the Ramona Design Review Board after member Rob Lewallen distributed “hot off the press” books of the custom-tailored zoning for the town center.

Five Questions: Barbara Wallace, sheriff’s crime prevention specialist

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Barbara Wallace is the crime prevention specialist assigned to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

In addition to Ramona, her territory includes Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs.

She began her career as a crime prevention specialist in November 2001 at the Santee Patrol Station. Wallace was sent to Ramona in November 2009, assigned to Santee again a year later, and returned by request to Ramona in 2011.

Trails group to discuss upcoming events at Oct. 1 meeting

Ramona Trails Association Board members will discuss upcoming events at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
The meeting will be in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. The public is welcome.
Among RTA events that will be discussed are the Turkey Trot in November, Christmas caroling in December and a third Winery Ride to five wineries.
RTA annual membership is $25 per family.

Sun Valley Council PTA hosts hoedown to discuss year’s goals

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Sun Valley Council Parent Teacher Association, the umbrella organization for the PTAs at eight of Ramona’s public schools, held a Barbecue Hoedown this month where principals, unit presidents, some administrators and school board members, and Sun Valley officers discussed goals for the year, what is going well and what can be done better.

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