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Tour brings World War II planes to Ramona Airport


Residents will have a chance to see World War II aircraft up close at Ramona Airport April 23-25.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will display and give tours of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” heavy bomber, a consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber, and a P-51 Mustang fighter from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Water board directors approve financing for pipeline relocation


Ramona Municipal Water District directors authorized a debt service agreement to finance an approximately $4.8 million pipeline relocation project at its April 8 meeting.

The relocation is required for the county’s San Vicente Road Improvement Project that will widen and realign the road from Warnock Drive to east of Wildcat Canyon Road. The district has 19,000 feet of waterline within the right of way for the county’s road project.

Two suspects arrested in connection with burglary at St. Mary’s

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Two Lakeside residents were arrested on suspicion of breaking into St. Mary’s In-the-Valley Episcopal Church on April 14, stealing safes, cash, checks, communion silver, sacramental wines and other church property, reported sheriff’s officials. Detectives from the sheriff’s Ramona substation followed up on multiple tips from Crime Stoppers and media outlets on possible suspects and focused [...]

Forest service to host open house at Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead Wednesday

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Cleveland National Forest representatives will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns from the public regarding the Cedar Creek Falls Trail and permit system at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the beginning of the trail in San Diego Country Estates.

With the arrival of spring, forest officials are seeing a spike in people hiking the trail, said Joan Friedlander, district ranger for the Palomar Ranger District in the Cleveland National Forest. The number of permits

Girls swim beats Oceanside


Success in the last events of a swim meet gave Ramona High School girls swim team a 95-70 victory over Oceanside.

On Thursday the Bulldog girls swim team will honor its four seniors during Senior Night festivities preceding its home meet against Escondido Charter.

After the first five events of the April 10 Valley League meet at Ramona, Oceanside had taken the first-place points in three races while other position points gave Ramona a 46-44 lead.

Water district to hold groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for pump station project


Following its 2 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, April 22, the Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors will mark the construction start of the district’s Poway Pump Station Secondary Power Source Project with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The ceremony, open to the public, will be held at the district’s easement road just south of the Blue Sky Preserve public parking lot on Espola Road in Poway.

Bulldog mermen dominate Pirates

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Ramona High School’s boys swim team defeated Oceanside by a 112-55 score April 10 in a Valley League dual meet at the Bulldogs’ pool.

“They were pretty dominant,” said coach Jolyn Yanez.

The victory over the Pirates gives Ramona a 2-0 league record entering Thursday afternoon’s home meet against Escondido Charter, which will also be Senior Night for Ramona.

Ramona High’s golf team improves record to 13-1


The Ramona High School boys golf team beat Francis Parker and San Pasqual in non-league matches last week to improve its record to 13-1.

“It was a great way to kick off our spring break,” said coach Michael Gainey. “We will be ready for a busy week upon returning from break with matches against Canyon Crest, Del Norte (league) and Valley Center (league). The team is anxious for redemption of their only loss of the season against Canyon Crest. Our top six will be ready for this match.”

Stallman sets school records in 100- and 200-meter races


The Ramona High track and field teams return to Valley League action Thursday with a home meet against Del Norte, following an invitational last weekend in which sophomore Holly Stallman broke her own school records in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash races.

At the April 19 Jaguar Invitational meet, held at Valley Center High School, Stallman finished right behind the fastest runner in the county.

Church campus project available for public review

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church is another step closer to building its campus at the northeast corner of state Route 67 and Highland Valley Road with completion of environmental documents.

Public review of the project’s mitigated negative declaration for a major use permit is available at The public review ends on April 28.

Ramona Community Planning Group accepted the mitigated negative declaration at its April 3 meeting by a 12-1 vote with planner Kevin Wallace opposing. Matt Deskovick and Paul Stykel were absent.