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RESTAURANT IN A DAY: COMMUNITY PITCHES IN TO HELP POPULAR RAMONA EATERY MOVE OUTSIDE

By Miriam Raftery
 
Update: Photo, left: Marinade on Main's parking lot has been transformed into an outdoor dining patio, thanks to the generosity of community members.
 
July 8, 2020 (Ramona) – When San Diego County Health officials ordered indoor restaurants closed effective yesterday, Vineyard Grant James owner Susanne Sapier leaped int action to help Marinade on Main, a farm-to-table fresh restaurant in Ramona, remain viable.  So she sent out an email to community members asking for help to create a “restaurant in a day” – in the parking lot.
 
The email asked community members to donate pop-up tents, umbrellas/shade coverings, tables, chairs, café lights, misters, ground covering, wall coverings such as lattices or antique doors, plants, large pots to hold plants or trees, and old furnishings to serve as a hostess station and stand for dishes.

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HEAD-ON COLLISION IN RAMONA KILLS 21-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

East County News Service
 
June 7, 2020 (Ramona) – A 21-year-old San Diego woman died at the scene of a head-on collision today on Wildcat Canyon Road in Ramona.
 
The woman was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion south on Wildcat Canyon just south of Ketuull Uunyaa Way around 1:20 p.m. when she lost control. Her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 61-year-old woman.

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EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES HUNKER DOWN TO WAIT OUT PANDEMIC: CITY LEADERS SHARE VIEWS ON REOPENING

By Emmet Pierce

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April 27, 2020 (San Diego’s East Count) -- Despite a growing desire to return to life as normal, East County residents and businesses are following the state’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, officials say.  But some mayors and local business leaders voice concerns over impacts on the business community from extended closures.


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COVID-19 CASES IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY RISE TO 3,141; HUNDREDS OF CASES IN EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

April 28, 2020 (San Diego) – Over the weekend, 98 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the San Diego County Health and Human Services department. The jump follows the trend in several cities where rallies were held to end shutdowns. The Sheriff arrested several local protesters over the weekend for violating stay-home orders.

The disease has spread rapidly in East County, where El Cajon now has 181 cases, La Mesa 71, Santee 29, Lemon Grove 28, Lakeside 22, Ramona 14, Jamul 6, and Alpine 4.  The communities of Ranchita, Boulevard, Potrero, Julian and Pala each have 2 cases; Borrego Springs, Descanso, and Tecate each have at least 1 case. View an interactive map with the latest updates on local cases by community.


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RAMONA’S CHRIS ANDERSON WINS REALTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD (AGAIN) FROM SAN DIEGO’S LARGEST REALTORS ASSOCIATION

East County News Service

March 5, 2020 (Ramona) – Ramona resident Chris Anderson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker West (CBW), was recently honored by the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR) with the 2019 Realtor of the Year Award.


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RAMONA HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL EACH WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS INCLUDES HOLIDAY SHOPPING, MUSIC, AND WINE TASTING

East County News Service

December 4, 2019 (Ramona) -- This year’s Ramona Holiday Wine Trail runs four weekends to make sure you have time to cover all 18 participating wine-tasting venues and take advantage of all that the Holiday Wine Trail has to offer. The event includes holiday shopping at wineries as well as live music, special events and promotions plus of course, wine tasting.  This year, the wine trail runs each Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas:


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POMEGRANATE DAYS NOV. 29-DEC. 1 GOES CAMEL CRAZY

By Miriam Raftery

November 7, 2019 (Ramona) – What began as a fall treat for the camel herd at Oasis Camel Dairy has become the venue’s most beloved event 

This year, on Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Pomegranate Days celebrates its 9th year with much more than the traditional camel feeding, camel show and camel rides.  Guests can also savor pomegranates for sale from the family farm’s orchard, a comedy magic performance by Godfrey the Magician with his Magic Castle, and just in time for Thanksgiving weekend, a Turkey Stampede by pardoned gobblers from the award-winning state fair traveling turkey race show. Click here for video.


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SAWDAY FIRE IN RAMONA CAUSED BY TRAILER FIRE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

October 28, 2019 (Ramona) – The Sawday Fire which began Friday morning and scorched 97 acres was caused by a parked trailer that caught fire, Cal Fire reports. It is not yet known what caused the trailer to ignite along Sawday Truck Trail near Littlepage Road.


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SEVENTH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL NOV. 2

“Pink Panther” artist, auction of original wine-barrel art/furniture, gourmet food bites, award-winning wines, live music, fine art, commemorative poster art, scenic venue
 
East County News Service
 
October 27, 2019 (Ramona) - The seventh annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival will be held at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, Calif., on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available  at at http://ramonaartandwinefest.net(PayPal or credit card) or at the door.


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BRUSH FIRE IN EAST RAMONA; STRUCTURES THREATENED

UPDATE 5:41 P.M.:  ALL EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED.  FIRE IS 52% CONTAINED

UPDATE 2 p.m. : Congressman Duncan Hunter has contacted the White House to request that military aircraft assets, such as the C130s used for fighting fires, be moved and available at Naval Air Station Point Mugu.  Rep. Hunter indicated that these assets could be moved to this location for training purposes in anticipation of California declaring an emergency and requesting assistance.

UPDATE 1:16 P.M.:  FORWARD RATE OF SPREAD STOPPED;  FIRE IS 97 ACRES AND 15% CONTAINED

UPDATE 10:52 A.M.:  Fire is currently 70 acres and 0% contained.  150 firefighters currently engaged.

UPDATE 10:42 A.M.:  ALL EB & WB LANES OF HWY. 78 AT 3RD ST. HAVE REOPENED.

East County News Service

October 25, 2019 (Ramona) --  A vegetation fire is burning in the area of Sawday Truck Trail in E Ramona. Sheriff's Department initiating door-to-door evacuations in locations of West of Littlepage Rd and South of Old Julian Hwy.  All EB & WB lanes of SR-78 closed between 3rd St (Ramona) and Old Julian Highway due to the fire.

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SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR HIT-AND-RUN THAT SERIOUSLY INJURED RAMONA WOMAN

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2019 (Ramona) – California Highway Patrol today announced the arrest of Chase E. Richard, 34, of Ramona. He is accused of striking a bicyclist while driving a black Ford SUV with stolen license plates, then fleeing the scene and leaving Michelle Scott critically injured.


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$25,000 REWARD OFFERED TO FIND HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO CRITICALLY INJURED BICYCLIST MICHELLE SCOTT, RAMONA CERT TEAM MEMBER

Fundraiser launched to help pay victim’s medical bills

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via ECM news partner 10 News

October 6, 2019 (Ramona) — A $25,000 reward is being offered anonymously for information leading to arrest of the driver of a black Ford Edge SUV with stolen license plates, NBC 7 reports. The vehicle struck and critically injured Ramona bicyclist Michelle Scott last Wednesday morning on State Route 67 north of Dye Road.  


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ALPINE TEEN KILLED IN RAMONA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

By Miriam Raftery
 
September 22, 2019 (Ramona) – The County Medical Examiner has identified Alan Kruize Stockfelt, 18, as the motorcyclist who died September 8th at the scene of an accident September 8th in Ramona.

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RAMONA AIR TAKES FLIGHT ON OCT. 5

By Katie WhiteCounty of San Diego Communications Office

September 20, 2019 (Ramona) - Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for takeoff as one of Ramona’s biggest events returns for its 24th annual edition.

The Ramona Air Fair & Fly-in is coming to the County of San Diego’s Ramona Airport, 2926 Montecito Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Event admission and parking are free, and all ages are welcome.


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50-100 BIRDS KILLED DUE TO NEWCASTLE DISEASE IN RAMONA TRACED TO ANTIBODIES LAB; AUTHORITIES HOPE OUTBREAK CONTAINED AFTER FINDING NO NEW CASES

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson and Miriam Raftery    

Update: A Ramona lab whose spokesman claimed it does not use chickens had promoted chicken antibody research before  recently scrubbing its website. 

September 12, 2019 (Ramona) – At a town hall meeting for concerned bird owners held  Sept. 10 at the Ramona Library, Calif. Dept. of Food and Agriculture officials confirmed that 50 to 100 birds at eight properties have been euthanized due to exposure to Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND). Representatives from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture were also present.


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TOWN HALL ON VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE IN RAMONA SEPT. 9

By Miriam Raftery

September 6, 2019 (Ramona) --- After Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) was detected in Ramona last week and the area placed under a regional quarantine, the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture has announced that it will hold a town hall at the Ramona branch library on Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. 

Bird owners are invited to come learn more about the disease, how to proptect your birds, methods to clean your property,  status of the outbreak, and what to expect in recovery.


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RAMONA NEWCASTLE CAUSED BY BIRDS ILLEGALLY MOVED OUT OF QUARANTINE AREA IN RIVERSIDE

By Miriam Raftery

September 7, 2019 (Ramona) – A state investigation has determined that infected birds moved from within the virulent Newcastle disease (VND) quarantine area in Riverside County led to the recent detection of the disease in the Ramona area, Dr. Annette Jones, California’s state veterinarian, announced yesterday.


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CAMEL DAIRY ADDS FALL EVENTS INCLUDING CAMEL MILK CHOCOLATE TASTING

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 6, 2019 (Ramona) – The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona is opening its farm store on Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15, 28 and 29 as well as Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26 and 27. Besides shopping for products such as camel milk bath bombs and lotions, you can now relax with country views while sampling 11 varieties of camel milk chocolate by Al Nassma including dark, milk, orange, sweet-spice, date and white chocolate varieties, along with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.


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VIDEO OF THE MONTH: DANCING BABY CAMEL

 

East County News Service

September 6, 2019 (Ramona) – Amina, a baby camel at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, enjoys frolicking in fresh pine shavings.  To view more camel videos, visit www.CamelDairy.com.


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2CREATE GALLERY HOSTS “CLASS ACT: A STUDENT SHOW” SEPT.6-OCT. 20 IN RAMONA; FIRST FRIDAY ART PARTY RECEPTION SEPT. 6

East County News Service

September 3, 2019 (Ramona) – The 2Create Gallery and Art Center (438 Main St., Ramona) is hosting two upcoming events.


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VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE CASE CONFIRMED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY: MANDATORY EUTHANASIA OF EXPOSED AND INFECTED BIRDS

By Miriam Raftery

August 31, 2019 (San Diego) – Tonight, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced on its Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) page on Facebook that  a new case was confirmed yesterday at a property in central San Diego County.  

The CDFA has not yet confirmed the exact location, however multiple East County residents have posted on Facebook that veterinarians have advised them that the new case is in Ramona. Some Ramona residents have also posted that state officials visited this weekend to test their birds, advising them that Newcastle was found at a neighbor’s property.

VND response team members from the CDFA and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) “are working though the holiday weekend to establish control measures including restriction of bird movement, mandatory euthanasia of infected and exposed birds, and surveillance testing near the property where infection was detected,” the CDFA announcement states.


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STOMPERS AND SWABBERS—CHALLENGE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THE THIRD ANNUAL RAMONA GRAPE STOMP

East County News Service

 

August 26, 2019 (Ramona) — It’s time for stompers and swabbers to create their two-person teams to challenge brother, sister, classmates, boss, colleague or best friend to win the  title of “Ramona Grape Stomp Champion” at the third annual Ramona Grape Stomp on Saturday, September 14 at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center (ROCC) from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event offers fun for the entire family—children’s activities, wine tasting, competitive and fun stomping, music, line dancing, food, and shopping. 


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THERE SISTERS AND CEDAR CREEK FALLS TRAILS CLOSED

East County News Service
 
August 14, 2019 (Ramona) -- Cleveland National Forest officials have issued a temporary emergency closure order for the Three Sisters Falls and Cedar Creek Falls Visitor Use Area, effective Wednesday, August 14 through Friday, August 16, due to the heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

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GUESTS GET CREATIVE AT ANOMAR ARTS FESTIVAL

By Miriam Raftery

July 3, 2019 (Ramona) -- Visitors at the Begent Ranch got hands-on artistic experiences at Ramona’s eclectic new event, the Anomar Arts Festival, last weekend. The festival is the creation of the 2CreateGallery and The Art Center of Ramona, with a goal to help everyone explore the world of art.


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MT. GOWER HAS A CHALLENGE FOR YOU

 

 

By Jose Eli Villanueva, County of San Diego Communications Office

May 31, 2019 (Ramona) - Looking for a challenging hike? Look no further than Mt. Gower County Preserve in Ramona. The preserve has approximately 8 miles of multi-use trails, including the Mt. Gower Ridge trail.


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'NOT A TOWN HALL,' BUT REP. DUNCAN HUNTER, FATHER TO TALK BORDER AT RAMONA FORUM

 

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

Photo:  Former Rep. Duncan Lee Hunter chats with former constituents at Ramona Mainstage before his son’s town hall in March 2017. Photo by Chris Stone

May 22, 2019 (Ramona) - Rep. Duncan D. Hunter returns to the scene of a raucous 2017 town hall when he takes part Saturday in another Ramona Mainstage event.

But his office doesn’t call it a town hall.


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ANOMAR INCLUSIVE ARTS FESTIVAL IN RAMONA JUNE 29 EXPANDS CREATIVE OFFERINGS

 

 

East County News Service

Photos courtesy of Anomar and Xavier Bailey Photography

May 14, 2019 (Ramona) -- Explore what it means to be creative at the upcoming Anomar Festival on June 29th in Ramona. Located at the scenic Begent Ranch, surrounded by the Ramona Grasslands, attendees can meet our art “collaborators” who will offer a variety of hands-on activities meant to spark joy and expand their horizons.   


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EAST COUNTY FATALITY ACCIDENT VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 9, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Medical Examiner has identified victims killed in several recent East County accidents in Ramona, Spring Valley, Jamul and Santee.
 
Blake Cameron Jennings, 30, of Ramona died at the scene of a motorcycle accident on May 1st after striking a vehicle making a turn on San Vicente Road at Vista Vicente Drive.

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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN RAMONA CRASH

 

Update: The deceased has been identified as Blake Cameron Jennings, 30, of Ramona.

East County News Service

May 1, 2019 (Ramona) – A motorcyclist died at the scene of a collision at 12:48 p.m. today in Ramona. According to witnesses, the rider was driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed, passing eastbound motorists on San Vicente Road left of the double solid yellow lines. 


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