Ramona

RAMONA AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL MAY SHUT DOWN DUE TO SEQUESTRATION: TOWER IS CRITICAL FOR BATTLING WILDFIRES

March 12, 2013 (Ramona)--Vice-Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Ron Roberts will join disaster response experts at the Ramona Air Field today to urge the federal government to recognize that the Ramona Air Traffic Control Tower is a critical asset during county disasters, especially fires.

The Cal Fire Air Attack Base at the Ramona Air Field responds to an average of 450 calls per year and protects more than 1.7 million acres, including U.S. Forest Service land. The base played a key role in fighting the 2003 and 2007 wildfires. The county, along with Cal Fire, has made significant technology investments and upgrades to aircraft that fly from Ramona.       

In response to sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to close air traffic control towers deemed not crucial to the national interest. The County has learned that the Ramona Airport ATCT, operated under a FAA contract with Serco Inc., is targeted for closure. 

GRAND OPENING: WINE TASTING ROOM AT HACIENDA DE LAS ROSAS WINERY IN RAMONA MARCH 23 AND 24

 

Championship Peruvian Paso horses also on display

March 9, 2013 (Ramona) –  Winemakers at Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery are pulling out all the stops for the grand opening of their new wine tasting room at 18011 Bluegrass Road in Ramona. The event will be held March 23 and 24 from 12-5 p.m.

In addition to savoring wines, you can tour this family run winery and horse ranch – plus see special demonstrations by nationally acclaimed horse trainer Jorge Valenzuela and his champion Peruvian Paso horses.  There will also be a blessing of the mission-style winery by Father Fucci of San Diego Mission de Alcala on Saturday at noon. Guests can also view creations by international artist Robert Kidd, enjoy barrel tasting of Swiss Chocolate Almond brandy and port, and more.

RAMONA ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES IN HOSPITAL

 

March 6, 2013 (Ramona) -- Gregg Beason, 45, died at Palomar Medical Center on March 4, 2013 of injuries sustained in an accident on March 1. 

Beason was driving a pickup when his vehicle was T-boned by another pickup at the intersection of Martin Road and Ramona Oaks Road.   Emergency responders extricated him from the vehicle and he was transported to the hospital, but did not survive.

RAMONA RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN SEPTEMBER SHOOTING CASE

February 27, 2013 (Ramona) – Miles Lockhart, 52, has been arrested for the murder of Shane Tatro, 38.  Tato died on September 16 of a single shotgun wound during an altercation over the purchase of marijuana outside Lockhart’s residence, according to Captain Duncan Fraser with the San Diego Sheriff.

SWAT TEAM DEPLOYED FOR DRUG BUST IN RAMONA

February 23, 2013 (Ramona) –Three men were arrested early February 22 in Ramona following a SWAT operation that led to the seizure of $15,000 worth of marijuana, plus a firearm and $17000 cash.

“The suspects had fortified the residence with a steel security screen door, steel gates and an aggressive dog,” said Sergeant B. Hout with the San Diego Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s detectives from the Ramona substation, with assistance form the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT team), served a warrant at a residence at 312 Fegahli Road around 6 a.m. Thursday.  The search warrant was the result of a month-long narcotics operation.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

CHICKEN RANCH OWNER, 12 OTHERS ARRESTED IN BURGLARY RING

 

$44,000 in stolen property seized along with explosives, drugs, guns, and stolen cars

February 6, 2013 (Ramona) – Mark Ertman, an ex-convict, has been arrested along with 12 others after a search warrant found stolen property at his residence at 2411 San Vicente Road in Ramona. 

“The property, known as the "Chicken Ranch," was used by a burglary ring operating in the East County to conceal and dismantle stolen property,” Sergeant B. Hout with the San Diego Sheriff said.  “The ring is believed to be responsible for over 20 burglaries during the course of the last year.”

The burglaries ranged from early morning residential hot prowls to commercial burglaries targeting the Girl Scouts of America.

HAWKWATCH 2013 BEGINS JANUARY 5 IN RAMONA

January 4, 2013 (Ramona) – HawkWatch 2013 begins on January 5 at 9 a.m. at WRI Headquarters in Ramona on Highland Valley Road.  Observe wintering and resident raptors including Golden Eagles, wintering Ferruginous Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Prairie Falcons and Red-shouldered Hawks, to name a few.  There are over 19 species of raptors that can be seen at the Ramona Grasslands.

RAMONA TERRACE ESTATES RESIDENTS COPE WITH COLD AFTER EMERGENCY GAS SHUT-OFF

By Nadin Abbot

December 22, 2012 (Ramona)--The temperature was quickly dropping and the car thermometer read in the upper thirties as I talked to Janine outside her mobile home late last night She is a resident of the Ramona Terrace Estates, which lost propane yesterday due to a major leak.

Janine, who did not provide her last name, is worried since they will not get gas power restored until Christmas Eve. It will be cold for the next few days, and among the residents is her father, who lives in one of the units that are "propane only," so right now he is using a space heater to keep warm.

RAMONA MOBILEHOME PARK RESIDENTS LEFT WITHOUT HEAT, GAS FOR NEXT FEW DAYS DUE TO PROPANE LEAK

December 21, 2012 (Ramona) – It’s going to be a chilly holiday season for 220 residents of the Ramona Terrace Estates mobilehome park, 1212 H Street in Ramona, where a large leak in a 30,000 gallon propane tank  has forced shut-off of gas and heating.   According to Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler,  the leak will impact residents for the next three to four days.

An emergency shelter/assistance center  has been set up at Olive Pierce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane in Ramona.

FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES PERMIT RESERVATION SYSTEM TO VISIT CEDAR CREEK FALLS

Appeals must be received by February 2, 2013

Updated 12/19/20 3 p.m.

December 19, 2012 (Ramona) – Cleveland National Forest Supervisor Will Metz today announced a decision to implement of a permit system for visiting Cedar Creek Falls.  Initially, 75 permits per day for groups up to 5 people will be issued and can be reserved online.   During peak season, the falls have drawn as many as 1,000 visitors –thus the permit system is apt to reduce the number of visitors who will be able to access the popular attraction during peak demand.

The Ramona trailhead to the falls, closed since July 2011 when 16-year-old Joseph Meram fell to his death, will be reopened in April when use permits take effect, Brian Harris at the USFS told ECM.  However a permanent closure on cliffs above the falls was also announced, along with a permanent ban on alcohol in the Cedar Creek Falls area.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

December 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:

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RAMONA MECHANIC KILLED IN BUS ACCIDENT

Photo courtesy 10 News

December 13, 2012 (Ramona) – A school bus mechanic, 32, from Ramona has died of injuries following a collision .  The mechanic was working to repair a San Diego Unified School District bus that had broken down on the right shoulder of I-805 southbound under El Cajon Boulevard at 6:55 a.m. when a 2005 Nissan Altima driver lost control in heavy rain and slammed into the bus.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the Nissan driver, a 41-year-old woman, lost control due to her speed on the wet roadway. Her vehicle struck the rear of the bus, trapping the mechanic in the engine compartment and causing serious injuries.

A NUTTY STORY: SQUIRREL’S STASH SENDS THREE RAMONA RESIDENTS TO HOSPITAL WITH CO POISONING

Acorn-clogged heater, CO detector created grave danger

December 7, 2012 (Ramona)--Three people were taken by ambulance to UCSD to be treated for high levels of carbon monoxide yesterday. Fortunately, they were released later and are expected to recover. But their ordeal is a reminder of the importance of inspecting and maintaining furnaces, as well as having a working carbon monoxide detector, County officials warn.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Thursday, a 911 call was made from the 24000 block of Highway 78 reporting a medical emergency of a patient that was possibly cardiac in nature. Shortly after a second person in the same household became ill, the person making the 911 call became unresponsive to dispatchers. 

POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY ON NOV. 24 & 25

November 20, 2012 (Ramona) – Oasis Camel Dairy hosts its 3rd Annual Pomegranate Days on November 24 and 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

This holiday tradition includes feeding pomegranates to the camels, a special performance of the performing bird show and a behind the scenes tour of the dairy.Camel rides will also be available, as well as camel milk chocolate, soaps and lotions. 

REPAIR, REUSE AND RECYCLE IN RAMONA NOV. 3

October 30, 2012 (Ramona) – County of San Diego Departments of Public Works and Environmental Health are holding a Recycling Event and Reuse & Repair Fair in Ramona, at 1401 Hanson Lane on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Local experts will be on hand to demonstrate how to repair and reuse questionable or broken items.

FATAL SHOOTING IN RAMONA

September 24, 2012 (Ramona) – A man, 34, was shot and killed in Ramona on September 16 at 3 p.m. following an altercation with a homeowner and the homeowner’s son in the 1300 block of Walnut Street.

According to Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail,  the victim was unknown to the homeowner.  “The man got into an argument with the homeowner and the two started fighting. The homeowner's adult son also got involved in the altercation. The homeowner's son retrieved a gun from the residence and the man was ordered to leave at gunpoint. There was a struggle over the gun and the man was shot by the homeowner.”

PLANES, CARS AND TRUCKS : FREE FAMILY FUN AT RAMONA AIRPORT SAT. SEPT. 22

September 21, 2012 (Ramona)--Looking for free family fun this weekend? The Ramona Airport Open House will display classic and modern hot rods and big trucks; classic war birds will fly in formation and be on display from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Visitors can tour U.S. Forest Service operations, the airport control tower, and Classic Rotors (the helicopter museum.)

There will also be arts and crafts and Smokey Bear for children to enjoy. Special guest Capt. Claude Rowe, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen of WWII fame, will also be there.

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.

 

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