Just cruising across town can sometimes be stressful for even the most experienced drivers. Add 50 to 60 children to the mix, loaded in a 40-foot-long school bus, and it can take nerves of steel to chauffeur safely.
Some recent situations in Ramona have made it clear that sometimes drivers, while well meaning, often do not realize the rules of the road when it comes to sharing the streets with school buses.
Lynette Beard, transportation supervisor for the Ramona Unified School District, explained that bus drivers follow a clear protocol for school bus safety — Vehicle Code 22112.
Monday, Oct. 6—Authorities searched for a third day today for a 75-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing from the Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds in Julian.
Sally Estabrook was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday at the 26.5-acre campground in the 4400 block of state Route 79, north of Harrison Park Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
She apparently walked off while her husband was showering, and he called the sheriff’s department to report her missing shortly before 5 p.m.
A sheriff’s department search and rescue team combed the area Saturday evening, and continued to do so on Sunday with no success.
Estabrook is white, 5 feet 4 and 145 pounds with shoulder-length blonde hair. She may be wearing a teal top and white knee-length pants. Sheriff’s officials said she is not very communicative but may respond to her name.
Anyone who spots Estabrook is asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s department at 858-565-5200.
Three people have pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of former Ramona resident Michael “Gabe” Hallmann in 2012 and all will be sentenced Oct.17.
Court documents show that both men, Francisco Jose Arellano, 33, and Michael Vincent Reyes, 31, will get agreed upon prison terms of 18 years each. Nicole Anna Ibarra, 37, also known as Nicole Olmos, will receive a three-year term.
Oct 5 2014 | Posted in News
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Emergency crews are battling a house fire at 1540 Ashley Road that is sending plumes of smoke through the neighborhood and beyond.
According to neighbors the owner of the house died a couple months ago and it has been vacant.
Cause of the Saturday morning fire has not been determined as firefighters continue to fight the blaze.
Informed of a state open meeting law, or Ralph M. Brown Act, violation after a vote last month on new Transportation and Trails Subcommittee members, the chair of the subcommittee re-visited the vote Sept. 29 to take the required steps. Six applicants were seeking to fill three seats on the nine-member board, which is a [...]
A fire safety awareness event at Albertsons on Saturday will include an appearance from the Energizer Bunny, Ramona firefighters, a fire truck, fire safety demonstrations, Energizer giveaways, family-friendly activities and educational materials.
The event, a partnership of the fire department, Albertsons and Energizer, is to encourage residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks twice a year. It will be from noon to 3 p.m.
“On average, seven people are killed in home fires every day,” states the National Fire Protection Association. Three of five fatal fire injuries are in homes without working smoke alarms, the association reports.
Albertsons is at 1459 Main St.
Applications for Community Development Block Grants, administered through the county for projects benefiting community needs, are due by Oct. 24.
The county’s Department of Housing and Development held a public meeting in Ramona Sept. 23 to talk about the requirements for the federally-funded grants as well as to identify housing needs, homelessness and special needs for its 2015-19 Consolidated Plan. The county department is also asking the public to complete a community needs survey by Oct. 24.
Classical opera in Ramona?
Pair it with award-winning wines and a garden full of sculptures, and you’ve got Salerno Winery’s vision to become a cultural destination in the Ramona Valley.
“We want to showcase art and opera,” said Carol Fowler, who is working with the winery’s owners, Herman and Rose Salerno, and their new partner, Mexican businessman and art collector Jaime Chaljon. Fowler
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.”
Oct 2 2014 | Posted in News
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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.