Due to the Banner fire in the Julian area today, Julian Chamber of Commerce has canceled the town’s annual 4th of July Parade.
The decision came as a result of numerous road closures and evacuations and with the advice of California Highway Patrol, the chamber reports.
Independence Day in Ramona will start with a morning parade in San Diego Country Estates and end with evening fireworks in town. In between are free hot dogs and hamburgers at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the Casey Tibbs Western Center at Pappas Road and Avenel Lane and continue along Pappas Road to Ramona Oaks Park. While the parade is open to the public and features entries from throughout Ramona and the region, festivities in the park after the parade are open only to Estates residents and their guests.
FOURTH OF JULY PICNIC, 1 p.m., VFW Post 3783, 2247 Kelly Ave. Free hot dogs and hamburgers, prizes, fun. Bring a side dish to share. More: 760-789-7888.
RAMONA ROTARY JULY 4TH FAMILY PICNIC AND FIREWORKS, 5 p.m., behind Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. Food vendors, music, games and contests. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
With the support of four of its five members, Ramona Unified School District Board agreed to place a $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Trustee John Rajcic voted Present, saying he believes some of the ballot language is disingenuous.
Also in the special meeting, trustees approved a $49 million spending plan for the 2014-15 budget year that started July 1 and a Local Control and Accountability Plan setting goals for students. In addition, they endorsed the San Francisco firm of Jones Hall as bond counsel and hired the investment firm of Edward Jones as bond underwriter.
“If approved by the voters this fall, the school bond would pay off a large district loan and support much-needed school repairs and renovations at every one of our 10 schools,” Superintendent Robert Graeff, Ed.D., said in his written highlights of the meeting.
An 18-year-old man suspected of taking part in scores of North County graffiti crimes was arrested at his home today.
Detectives took Jose Alexis Valadez of Ramona into custody in the 1900 block of La Brea Street about 8 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.
After hearing from an insurance agent on June 18, the owner of the Valero gas station at 1210 Main St. said he is hopeful that he can finally fix the station’s metal canopy that was struck by a large truck about two months ago.
Station owner Mark Tomika expressed frustration over multiple delays with the insurance company representing the utility truck that caused the damage.
Amateur radio operators, nicknamed “hams,” have long communicated with each other without the benefit of the Internet, cell phone towers or other infrastructure. Those wondering how they do it have their chance.
Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will host Field Day, a 24-hour event beginning Saturday, June 28. The mission is national. All club members aim to talk to as many people around the world as possible, using various forms of radio equipment.
The public is invited to join the experienced radio operators. A “GOTA” station — Get on the Air — will be set up so that those with new licenses, or even adults or children without licenses, can understand what talking over the airwaves is all about.
“One of our goals is for the public to learn what we do, why we do it, and how we do it, so having someone try out ham radio for the first time is fun for everyone,” said Richard Elling, ROARS member.
Hams can provide communications in times of emergency or disaster, when the usual lines of communication are unavailable. During the past Ramona wildfires, for example, hams provided backup communications for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and more.
ROARS Field Day will be at Ramona Fire Station 82 at 3410 Dye Road. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturdy and end on Sunday at noon. For more information, visit www.roars.net.
A resident’s request to ask Caltrans to extend the state Route 67 right turn lane onto Dye Road by beginning it at Mussey Grade Road did not receive enough support from the Ramona Community Planning Group.
Joe Minervini told planners this month that he was suggesting it “because I guess if you live in the Estates, or where I do on the south side of town off of Dye Road, and you’re coming up the hill at 5 in the evening, you want to get home as quickly as possible.”
Jun 27 2014 | Posted in News
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San Diego County Crime Stoppers and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Fugitive Task Force are looking for Dean Mostad, wanted for willful discharging of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner from his Ramona residence.
According to the sheriff’s department, Mostad is a 59-year-old 6-foot, 6-inch tall, 225-pound white male. He has red/auburn hair and blue eyes, said the report.
Mostad is suspected of firing several rounds from his handgun while inside his Ramona home, the sheriff’s department said. A $500,000 bail felony warrant was issued on April 13.
Anyone with information on the location of the suspect should call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent via www.sdcrimestoppers.org.
An 18-year-old Ramona woman remains in critical condition at Palomar Medical Center, after suffering life-threatening injuries in a 4:20 a.m. accident on June 19, according to authorities.
Rena Martinez was a passenger in the front seat of a 2013 Jeep Patriot driven by Vincent Sitto, 18, of El Cajon, when the vehicle hit a utility pole on San Vicente Road, just north of Creelman Lane, reported California Highway Patrol.
CHP Public Information Officer Kevin Pearlstein said it was a single vehicle accident and the driver said he may have fallen asleep.
The driver was southbound on San Vicente road when his vehicle struck a utility pole on the east side of the road, said Pearlstein.
“He then went across the lanes and struck another pole with the passenger side of the Jeep,” the officer said.
A ground ambulance transported the driver to Palomar with moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, while Mercy Air life flighted Martinez, according to reports. Pearlstein said neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected.
Although the SDG&E wood pole on the east side of San Vicente was still standing, the base was damaged and crews replaced it with a steel pole.
Jun 27 2014 | Posted in News
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