A ground squirrel that tested positive for plague on Palomar Mountain has led county health officials to warn campers and hikers to take precautions.
“The big thing is to avoid contact with squirrels and the fleas,” Department of Environmental Health director Jack Miller said.
“Campers should set up tents away from squirrel burrows, and hikers and campers should never feed squirrels and warn their children not to play with squirrels.’’
Sheriff’s Lt. James Bovet at the Ramona substation gave an update on drug arrests, graffiti, the recent rash of credit card fraud, and other problems in the community before seeking suggestions and concerns from those attending his Citizens Advisory Group meeting on May 9.
Fourth-generation Julian resident David Lewis will be the guest speaker when Intermountain Republican Women Federated meets in Barbara DeGraw’s home in Julian on Monday, May 20.
The meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Organizers of Ramona Rodeo 2013 and the Main Street Parade have started Countdown Week as they prepare for the town’s 33rd annual rodeo weekend May 17-19.
“Home Sweet Home” is the theme of the Main Street Parade the morning of Saturday, May 18. Parade entries will be accepted through Friday, May 10.
Bills for San Diego Gas & Electric customers will rise as soon as Sept. 1 after the California Public Utilities Commission today authorized a $123.4 million rate increase for the company.
The CPUC said a typical electric customer’s bill could increase about 12.2 percent, or $9.95 per month, while households that receive natural gas would have to pay an extra 9.6 percent per month, or around $3.55.
A single bald eagle chick was seen in the nest of the two bald eagles living in the Ramona Grasslands Preserve during an aerial survey by Wildlife Research Institute (WRI).
The observations were conducted in early May during the second phase of WRI’s annual county-wide Golden Eagle nesting survey.
BUSINESS NETWORK EXCHANGE, Nuevo Grill, 1413 Main St., 7 a.m. More: 760-504-6608.
TOPS—Ramona Chapter of TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly), Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Place, 9 a.m. Weigh-in at 8:30 a.m.
Details about a proposed affordable workforce housing community for Ramona drew some positive feedback from members of the Ramona Community Planning Group at their May 2 meeting.
The proposal also garnered comments from two public speakers: one in favor and the other voicing concerns.
A legal challenge to San Diego County’s tiered winery ordinance is scheduled to be heard on Friday, June 14.
San Diego Citizenry Group, represented by Coast Law Group, filed an appeal over a year ago to Judge Timothy Taylor’s April 15, 2011, ruling in favor of the ordinance that allows boutique wineries by right to open tasting rooms on A70 or A72 agricultural-zoned land. The judge also required the citizenry group to pay nearly $16,500 for administrative costs.
By a more than three-fourths majority — with 99 percent voting — members of the Ramona Teachers Association overwhelming approved a vote authorizing the RTA’s executive board to call for a strike action “when and if it becomes necessary” to the teachers’ efforts to achieve what they believe is a fair contract settlement with the Ramona Unified School District.
“Ramona teachers do not want to strike,” said RTA President Donna Braye-Romero, “but we are not willing to accept the district’s unfair, unreasonable imposition.