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Fewer claims net insurance refund for water district


A check for $239,791 was presented to the Ramona Municipal Water District by representatives of the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority (ACWA/JPIA) as a refund on the district’s insurance premium.

“This is our biggest one,” Melody McDonald, ACWA/JPIA executive committee member, said of the amount on April 8. “It’s a pleasure when you invest in your staff.”

Repairman suspected of home burglaries arrested in Ramona


The sheriff’s department is investigating a North County repairman who was arrested in Ramona, suspected of burglarizing homes during jobs, and is asking anyone who hired him and may have been victimized to contact law enforcement.

Carlos Barajas, 31, of RB Remodeling, was taken into custody in Ramona on April 9 on suspicion of check fraud and burglary charges, according to reports.

Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Corner: Nixle — emergency information now

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Would you like to receive free official emergency notifications if there is a fire, hazard or danger in your neighborhood? Are you doing everything you can to protect and defend your family if a fire or natural disaster struck?

While you prepare your emergency supplies, be sure to prepare your “digital emergency lifeline” as well. Start preparing by signing up for Nixle alerts for your phone and your computer.

Thieves steal Episcopal church safe, money, communion silver, sacred wines, more in daylight burglary


Suspects broke into St. Mary’s In-the-Valley episcopal church Monday afternoon, April 14, stealing a metal safe with currency, all the silver for communion and other items, said church authorities.

“They knew what they were doing. It was fast,” said the Rev. Gwynn Freund.

According to the sheriff’s Ramona station, two suspects were caught on video surveillance.

Wildlife center director shares springtime advice

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San Vicente Valley Club members, like most Ramona residents, know that springtime is the most vibrant time for Mother Nature. It means wildflowers, vibrant grasslands and babies — lots of animal babies.

Many wild species give birth in or near backyards or in the places where Ramonans enjoy outdoor activities.

The timing was right to learn about the rehabilitation facility that helps with so many of those native species who share Ramona’s outdoor spaces, so the club invited Ali Crumpacker, director of The Fund for Animals

Boys track and field evens league record

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Although Ramona High School’s boys track and field team opened Valley League competition with a loss, the Bulldogs earned their first league win April 10 at Orange Glen to even their league record at 1-1.

“We swept pretty much almost every event,” said head coach Sherri Edwards.

The Bulldogs return to league competition April 24 at home against Del Norte following participation in the April 19 Jaguar Invitational meet in Valley Center.

Leadership, strong pitching contribute to Bulldog girls’ wins in league play


The Bulldog girls softball team opened Valley League action with two strong pitching performances that resulted in two league wins on the road.

Coach Cori McDonald was pleased with the team’s pitching, hitting and especially the senior leadership.

“Our senior leadership got us two league wins,” she said. “To say that they stepped up to the plate would not be a cliché. Amber Davis, Kailey Hill and Bre Hirsh all hit home runs. Christina Barrameda was robbed of a

Bulldog mermen win league opener

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Ramona High School’s boys swim team won its Valley League opener at home, beating Valley Center High School 117-31.

“I’m happy with the way the team’s coming together this season,” said coach Jolyn Yanez.

The Bulldogs compete in a Valley League contest at home Thursday against Escondido Charter.

Bulldog baseball sweeps three-game series


Watching Ramona High’s baseball team play Mission Vista High School is like listening to Sirius Radio: the hits just keep on coming.

Ramona opened Valley League play by sweeping a three-game series over Mission Vista. The Bulldogs got dominant pitching and a season’s worth of hits in the league opening series.

Joel Mitchell had a week to remember at the plate. The senior first baseman/designated hitter hit four home runs in the series and has hit five home runs in the last four games.

Cycle Dawgs earn fourth-place team finish

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Ramona High School Cycle Dawgs achieved fourth place as a team — their best finish this season — during their recent bike race in the mountains above Lake Isabella at the Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area.

The “Cruise the Keys” race April 7 consisted of five-mile laps with over 700 feet of climbing in each lap, according to coach Robert Grace.