The body of a 55-year-old man who went missing while kayaking at Lake Sutherland near Ramona was recovered today.
The man was reported missing by a city worker at Lake Sutherland Dam just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, after his fishing kayak was found floating upside down near the dam, according to sheriff’s Lt. Christine Robbins.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob opened her Coffee with Constituents meeting in Ramona Town Hall on Thursday with what she called “really good news.”
“And because of all of our efforts, the Ramona (Airport) tower is going to stay open,” she said to applause among the nearly 70 people in attendance.
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.
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.
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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 www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland.
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.
Approximately 40 acres Ramona Unified School District purchased for $1.19 million in 1999 is on the district’s surplus land list.
Three of the district’s five trustees — Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody — supported the recommendation of the Surplus Property Advisory Committee to declare the land behind Ramona High and Olive Peirce Middle schools surplus. Two — Dawn Perfect and John Rajcic — voted present.
A tentative ruling in San Diego County Water Authority’s lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District found that Metropolitan’s rates violate state law.
Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow ruled Tuesday that rates Metropolitan adopted and imposed in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 violate several state statutes as well as Proposition 26, which sets the conditions under which taxes and fees can be increased, according to the water authority.
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a late night fire that started as a vehicle fire and spread to the garage at 2006 Via Rancho Dos Ninas off Dye Road.
No injuries were reported and all of the animals were found safe, reported Cal Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department.
Cal Fire/Ramona firefighters responded to the report of a residential structure fire at 10:28 p.m. Saturday. On arrival, they found a vehicle on fire in front of the home. The garage attached to the home that was about three-quarters on fire, reported Ramirez.
Crews concentrated on extinguishing the garage fire to prevent spread into the main part of the house, said Ramirez.
Occupants of the home had evacuated the house before firefighters arrived but reported they had not found all of their four dogs and eight cats. Firefighters searching for the possible extension of fire into the main house located some of the missing pets in the smoke filled home. All pets were found alive and reunited with their owners, according to the report.
Firefighters remained at the scene until 1:30 a.m. Sunday working on salvage and overhaul, noted Ramirez.
The origin of the fire was the vehicle parked in front of the house, but the cause is as yet unknown. Damage estimate was approximately $70,000.