Ramona

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.

 

FALL FESTIVAL IN RAMONA SEPTEMBER 9-11

 

 

 

Vendors, Entertainers, Children’s Attractions to Line Highway 67

 
September 1, 2011 (Ramona) -- Discount ride tickets for the inaugural Fall Festival at Ramona United Methodist Church (http://ramonaumc.org) are now on sale outside Albertsons and Stater Bros., RUMC announced. Tickets will be available at both stores from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 29 through  Saturday, Sept. 3.
 
 
 

RAMONA LIBRARY’S SO GREEN IT’S GOLD

County Library is Recognized for Sustainable Design with LEED Gold Certification



September 2, 2011 (Ramona) -- The Ramona Library sits on the town’s historical main street, and some residents have visited on horseback. But proof the library belongs to the future came this week when it became one of a handful of public buildings in the region to achieve LEED Gold Certification, an internationally recognized standard for sustainable, environmentally-friendly building design.
 

FIRE AT CRAFTSTONES IN RAMONA: EVACAUTIONS ORDERED IN AREA

 

Update 2:15 p.m. - The fire is out, however some roads remain closed in the immediate vicinity.

August 27, 2011 (Ramona) 12:05 p.m. – A two-alarm fire is burning at the Craftstones company building at 505 Elm Street in Ramona. Incident Page Network reports chemical explosions have occurred and an evacuation of the area has just been ordered.

 

FIRE AT HAY BARN ALSO DAMAGED TWO HOMES IN RAMONA

August 8, 2011 (Ramona)—A fire that began at a hay storage area behind Kahoots Feed Store in the 900 block of Main Street in Ramona spread to two neighboring homes in the pre-dawn hours this morning.

 

As of late this morning, firefighters continued hosing down hay bales from the barn, which was destroyed.  Some closures of streets occurred although Highway 78 remained open, Ramona Patch.com reported.

 

FREE FAMILY FUN AT THE RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR JULY 28-31


July 28, 2011 (Ramona) – It’s opening day at the Ramona Country Fair, where admission is free! This four-day event includes live entertainment including musical bands and the Ramona Idol contest, animals, livestock auction, crafts, food, and carnival rides.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Thursday, July 28th, 2011

VINE PLANTINGS: THE NEW BARN RAISINGS

Fruitful wine industry restores farmers’ dreams in rural East County
 

Story by Miriam Raftery

Photos by Mark and Miriam Raftery

July 22, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Friends and neighbors turned out to help plant 600 grapevine rootstocks from Napa Valley last weekend at the Vineyard Mansion in Spring Valley. Afterwards, guests savored a poolside tri-tip barbecue and sampled estate-bottled vintages in a stone-lined wine cellar. 

 

Their efforts are all part of a vision by East County vintners to establish a wine-making region along Highway 94—revitalizing the local economy with a new agricultural market to reward the fruits of their labors.

NEED A BUS OR A BACKHOE? GOLF CART OR GENERATOR?

July 16 County Auction in Ramona offers range of surplus property
 
 
 
 
July 13, 2011 (Ramona) --Many vehicles and other items will go to the highest bidder at the County’s public auction in Ramona on Saturday, July 16.

Expect a surprising range of surplus government property from the County and other local agencies. Vehicles and equipment will include Ford Expedition SUVs; a  mobile command center bus; 35-passenger school busses; a Caterpillar backhoe tractor; a horse trailer; flatbed trailers; a forklift; Ford, Nissan and Honda sedans; pickup trucks; semi-trucks; golf carts; generators; computers and wheelbarrows.

 
 

EXPLORING CEDAR CREEK FALLS’ NEW TRAIL

 

Story, photos and video by Elena Peña



June 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Nestled in between slopes in the Cleveland National Forest lies a gem known as Cedar Creek Falls, often referred to as The Devil’s Punch Bowl. A wondrous waterfall is the picturesque background to the swimming hole at the end of this approximately four-mile hike.  The location used to be accessed mainly from Julian.  But due to a newly revamped trail out of Ramona, it’s now more accessible than ever before--and more populated, especially on weekends and holidays. 

ACCESSIBLE CABINS OPEN AT DOS PICOS REGIONAL PARK

 

Donated Dwellings Expand Camping Options at Scenic Ramona Getaway

 


June 9, 2011 (Ramona) --County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined County staff and a local nonprofit donor Thursday to unveil two new cabins the public can now reserve at Dos Picos Regional Park in Ramona.The 200-square-foot cabins are designed to accommodate disabled users and the general public. They were donated by Cabins by the Lake, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to establishing accessible cabins around the region.

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