Ramona

HOT TIMES AT THE OASIS CAMEL DAIRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery

August 5, 2012 (Ramona) – What loves eating watermelon, has feet like snowshoes, and can guzzle up to 40 gallons of water at a time? 

These are among the surprising facts about camels that I learned during the Watermelon Days Festival at the Oasis Camel Dairy on a sweltering midsummer day in Ramona. The climate here is ideally suited for these “ships of the desert”, which delighted audiences at this unique East County attraction.

2ND ANNUAL WATERMELON DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY JULY 21 & 22

July 15, 2012 (Ramona) -- Here’s a juicy story: the Oasis Camel Dairy will host  its second annual Watermelon Days on July 21 & 22 from 1:00 to  3:30 p.m. at 26757 Old Julian Hwy in Ramona.  Festivities include feeding watermelon to the camels, camel rides, an exotic bird show featuring talking and singing parrots and tours of the camel dairy.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

 
July 19, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:  
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Special report: water supplies pass tipping point (UT San Diego)
  • Ramona’s original horses come home (Ramona Patch)
  • San Diego County’s wildlife killers (Voice of San Diego)
  • Heartland Fire Chief steps down (La Mesa Today)
  • Unclaimed funds being held by county (10 News)
  • 15-year-old Santee driver in fatal SR 52 crash sentenced to one year
  • A costly, cranky day for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
  • La Mesa’s $1.9 million payment to state could be cut in half, says city manager (La Mesa Patch)
 
STATE
  • California Health Exchange seeks to make buying insurance a breeze (Sacramento Bee)
  • Lawmakers seek state parks investigation (Sacramento Bee) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

SHERIFF INVESTIGATING SERIOUS INJURY OF CHILD IN RAMONA

July 5, 2012 (Ramona) – San Diego Sheriff’s Child Abuse unit, Homicide Detail and Crime Lab are investigating the serious injury of a 7-month-old child.

Ramona deputies received a call at 11:27 a.m. yesterday to assist fire department paramedics in 2600 block of Southern Oak Road.  The child, injured inside the home, was transported via air ambulance to Rady Children’s Hospital but is not expected to survive, said Lt. Larry Nesbit with the Sheriff's Homicide Detail.

SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN RAMONA BURGLARIES; STOLEN PROPERTIES RECOVERED

 
 
June 23, 2012 (Ramona) -  This morning, San Diego County Sheriff’s detectives in Ramona, with assistance of the Poway Criminal Apprehension Team and other Sheriff's deputies, served four search warrants simultaneously in the Ramona area. The warrants were served as a result of a hot prowl series occurring over the past several months in the San Diego Country Estates and Ramona.

RAMONA VALLEY WINE REGION MAGAZINE GIVES LOCAL WINE AFICIONADOS PLENTY TO SAVOR

By Serena Scaglione 

June 20, 2012 (Ramona)—There are more than 60 wineries and vineyards (and counting!) within the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association. What better way to showcase Ramona—which was designated as an American Viticulture Area in 2006—as an up and coming wine region than through a new magazine designed to educate readers about award-winning wines and the people behind the process?  

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS TAKE STOCK AND REV UP AT THE FAIR

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs by Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
 
June 15 (Del Mar)--The San Diego County Fair is not just games and fun. It also includes the very serious business of judging breeding stock for cattle and other livestock. This is what county fairs used to be centered around. So going to the livestock section is a window to the past.

TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS SHOWCASE FIVE STUNNING HOMES ON ASID’S 2012 SELF-GUIDED REMODEL TOUR MAY 19

The Tour Features a Wisconsin-style “Lake House” on the La Jolla Oceanfront, Tennis Star Bobby Riggs’ 1970’s Remodeled Mid-Century in Ramona and Three North County Homes that Showcase Universal Design for Aging in Place
 
May 11, 2012 -- The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
is offering an exclusive self-guided tour of five recently remodeled residences on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The tour, subtitled “Spaces Re-Imagined and Re-Invented,” will feature designers at each location to discuss design challenges and solutions and answer questions. Tickets, priced at $25, are available at www.ASIDSanDiego.org. Tickets will also be available for purchase at all tour sites the day of the tour and group discounts are available.
 
 
 
A 1970s home originally owned by Bobby Riggs, one of the top tennis players in the world in the ‘40s, who infamously lost to Billy Jean King in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis showdown in 1973 is one of five homes featured on the 2012 ASID Remodel Tour May 19.  John Mills Davies, ASID, of Marrokal Design & Remodeling, and Kelly Smiar, ASID, designed the whole house remodel.  For ticket information, visit www.ASIDSanDiego.org. 

SANTA YSABEL TRIBE TAKES A STAND FOR A “FAIR DEAL”

 
May 7, 2012 (Santa Ysabel)-- The Iipay Nation of the Santa Ysabel Tribe is holding its ground against San Diego County demands for a $3 million arbitration settlement. The tribe states that the county projections were unrealistic and fundamentally flawed. The Santa Ysabel Tribe affirms the casino is willing to pay a fair settlement within its actual, not projected, situation.

 

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF RAMONA WOMAN, 94

 

Update:  May 4, 2012 -- The Sheriff’s Department announced on Wednesday night that a suspect had been arrested in the death of a 94-year-old Ramona woman.

Gary Allen Thomas, 63, a resident of the mobile home park where the victim lived, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit said at a news conference at department headquarters.
 

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED IN RAMONA AT SUTHERLAND RESERVOIR


April 19, 2012 (Ramona)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Sutherland Reservoir Recreation Area Water System located at 22850 Sutherland Dam Road, Ramona, effective immediately.

The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.

WILD CATS FROM SAN NICOLAS ISLAND FIND NEW HOME AT RAMONA SHELTER

 

February 27, 2012 (Ramona) – San Nicolas Island is best known as the setting for the novel Island of the Blue Dolphin.  But the isle in California’s Channel Islands was also used by the Navy—and a colony of wild cats believe to be descended from pets of naval personnel  were hunting wild birds and lizards, endangering native species including foxes. 

The Navy was prepared to kill all of the feral cats—until the Humane Society and the Fund for Animals stepped in. 

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FORUM FEB. 4 IN ALPINE


February 1, 2012 (Alpine)—Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates running against incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter will be squaring off at a candidate forum on Saturday, February 4 at 1 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine. 

VALENTINE ADVENTURES TO DRIVE YOUR SWEETHEART WILD

 
 
By Elena Peña and Miriam Raftery
 
January 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Looking for something extraordinary to delight your valentine?  We’ve done the legwork to bring you the best of the best—from free salsa lessons to deluxe destinations, you’ll find plenty of delightful discoveries in San Diego’s inland regions. 


What could be more romantic than a vineyard trail ride, jeep journey, or sky sailing adventure for two?  Perhaps an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast on an exotic wildlife sanctuary,  a picnic and boat ride across a secluded lake, a carriage ride at a chocolate festival, or savoring gourmet goodies at a local winery! 

RAMONA MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON, ACCUSED OF SETTING WILDFIRE IN HUNTING PRESERVE

February 1, 2012 (Ramona) – The California Department of Fish and Game announced today that its wardens have arrested Jacob Thogmartin, 26, of Ramona on suspicion of setting a fire in a wildlife area filled with hunters early Saturday morning. The blaze, which extended into the night, charred 650 acres.

READER’S EDITORIAL: VOICE YOUR CHOICE FOR THE FUTURE OF SAN DIEGO TODAY!

 
By Lori Holt Pfeiler, Associate Vice President of Our Greater San Diego Vision

 
January 11, 2012 (San Diego)--Right now San Diegans have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to plan for this region’s future.  We can weigh in on our priorities, hopes and concerns for this wonderful place, and become part of a collective vision and action plan for the future at www.ShowYourLoveSD.org. 

78 CLOSED IN RAMONA DUE TO FATALITY

January 3, 2012 (Ramona) – Highway 78 westbound is closed in both directions between Ash and Haverford Road in Ramona due to a fatality accident which occurred at 3:48 p.m.  

Larry Landeros at the CHP confirmed that the collision involved a red scooter and a red car.  There is no word yet on the identity of the victim.

SHERIFF’S YOU ARE NOT ALONE PROGRAM BRIGHTENS HOLIDAYS FOR SENIORS


December 20, 2011 (San Diego) -- Senior  Volunteer  Patrol  (SVP)  members  are  making sure the season is merry and bright for seniors who live alone. They  will  be  delivering  holiday  baskets  or  hot  meals  this month to seniors enrolled in the Sheriff’s You Are Not Alone (YANA) program.
 
The program ensures daily telephone calls and a weekly visit from a Senior Volunteer Patrol team year‐ round. If no one picks up the phone during the daily calls, a welfare  check  is  also  conducted. This  is a  FREE  service  for disabled people and seniors who live by themselves within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department. To enroll, please call (858) 565‐5200.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES CHALLENGE HUNTER ON HIS RECORD

By Jeremy Los
 
Dec. 13, 2011- The “failed” leadership of Congressman Duncan Hunter was the topic of discussion Wednesday night at the Ramona Forum.  Candidates in both the Democratic and Republican party vying to unseat the incumbent Congressman in the newly created 50th district introduced themselves to the voting public—and took shots at Hunter’s record.  
  
 

MEDICAL EXAMINER RULES 6-YEAR-OLD RAMONA BOY’S DEATH A HOMICIDE RELATED TO CHILDHOOD ABUSE


December 4, 2011 (Ramona) – A child who died Tuesday at his adoptive parents’ home in Ramona has been found to be a victim of homicide. The Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that 6-year-old Samuel Isaiah Dahlke died from complications of a head injury inflicted by his father at age two months.

MAN KILLED IN RAMONA ROLLOVER, 2 OTHERS INJURED

Update: The deceased has been identified as Mark Andrew Jones, 52, who resided with his family in Ramona.

November 14, 2011 (Ramona) – A Ramona resident who was not wearing a seatbelt died after being ejected from a vehicle in a rollover accident yesterday afternoon.  Two other men were taken to a hospital with injuries. The driver faces charges for driving under the influence,  ECM News partner 10 News reports.

According to a witness, the driver of the car, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, may have been trying to avoid hitting a woman who was unlading her horse from a horse cart.

JULIAN ACTIVIST MAKES THIRD RUN FOR CONGRESS

 
Oct. 31, 2011 (San Diego's East County)  – Local community activist Connie Frankowiak will once again make a run for Congressman Duncan Hunter’s (R-Alpine) seat in the United States Congress in 2012. In June, she will face off against fellow Democrat David Secor, Tea Party activist Terri Linnell, and Congressman Hunter in the new “top two” open primary. As the name states, only the top two vote getters will move on to the general election in November.

IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT PUMPKIN? CHECK OUT THESE PATCHES

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
October 8, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Halloween is coming soon and with it, the annual tradition of finding the perfect pumpkin for carving a jack-o-lantern—not to mention sweeter varieties for baking pumpkin pies!  Fortunately, there are several great places in East County to find giant pumpkins, as well as fun family activities from corn mazes to petting zoos. 
 
Here are a few of our favorites:

RAMONA ELEMENTARY STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR WHOOPING COUGH


County Reports 379 Pertussis Cases for Region

 

October 7, 2011 (Ramona)--An East County elementary school student was diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency officials said today. The 9-year-old, who was up-to-date with immunizations, attends Mt. Woodson Elementary School in the Ramona Unified School District.

 

HIGHWAY 78 CLOSED IN RAMONA


September 12, 2011 (Ramona) –A semi-truck hauling a fully loaded grain trailer has overturned on Highway 78 and Rancho Sante Fe Court. A SIG alert has been issued. As of 3:31 p.m., the CHP website reports Highway 78 will be shut down for at least two hours between Julian Road and 3 Road to cleanup the roadway.

 

There are no reported injuries in the accident.

 

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