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SigAlert canceled for SR-78 at Horizon View

Monday, 4:17 p.m.—CHP reports that the Sig Alert has been canceled for state Route 78 west of Horizon View where an accident occurred.

Monday, 4 p.m. —A Sig Alert has been issued on state Route 78 at Horizon View due to a traffic collision with a major injury, reports California Highway Patrol.

Both lanes on SR-78 are blocked, states the CHP website. The Sig Alert is estimated to last until around 4:45 p.m.

Trash truck hits tree branch, triggering Mussey Grade Road closure

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A trash truck collided with a large oak tree branch leaning over Mussey Grade Road this afternoon, causing the roadway to be covered with branches and limbs and impassable until the county can clear it.

The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. just past Dos Picos Park Road.

JoBeth Lytle, road supervisor for the county’s Ramona road station, estimated the road won’t be cleared for traffic until about 6:30 p.m.

Timeout with Tambo: Fired up and ready for the 2014 football season

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Joan (Thomsen) Snelling, a June 1953 graduate of Downey High School, moved to Ramona in July of the same year and has been serving Ramona ever since.

She attended San Diego State for one year before going to work for Pac Bell. She worked for Ma Bell for 31 years.

Snelling has been a member of every Ramona High School boosters club since 1953.

Bulldog Yoga

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“Stand like a proud warrior,” Emily Maehler instructed the Ramona High School football team.

And she wasn’t talking about a fighting stance or even a fierce mentality. She was leading the Bulldogs in a morning yoga class, an element new to this year’s summer football training.

“Yoga is great for strength, flexibility and injury prevention,” said head football coach and Athletic Director Damon Baldwin. “Many professional athletes, professional sports teams and college programs are incorporating yoga as a regular part

Car fire causes morning traffic back-up on SR-78

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Fire officials respond to a car fire on state Route 78 near Ramona Highlands Road Wednesday morning around 11:40. No one was reported injured but traffic was stopped in both directions until a tow truck could remove the vehicle.

Ramona/Julian Academy dance students reap awards at Nationals

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Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance students brought home many awards from the Thunderstruck Nationals in Las Vegas July 7 through 10.

The dance competition was held at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nev.

Those who received awards are:

Ramona 7U Pinto Red heads to World Series

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Ramona Pony Baseball’s 7U Pinto Red team will be playing in the 7U World Series in San Marcos on Friday, and will face Carlsbad, a rival from the Fallbrook Tournament held earlier this season.

The game begins at 4:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Pony fields.

The 7U Pinto Red team began its All Star season at Ramona’s RBI Invitational on Memorial Day weekend and played three games. The players then traveled to Fallbrook where they had tough competition that included Escondido, Carlsbad

Intra BU16 competes in Crusader’s Cup

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Ramona Intra BU16 soccer team played in the Crusaders Cup July 5 and 6, ending the tournament third in its bracket.

During the first game the BU16 teammates played TVSA Hawks from Temecula. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. The boys’ Saturday afternoon game against Chula Vista FC was played at Alliant University. The game ended in a 0-1 loss for Intra in the last five minutes of the game.

Six Bulldogs play in Spanos All Star Classic

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Ramona High School was well represented in the 24th Annual Alex Spanos All Star Classic football game.

Six Bulldog players and three coaches participated on the North team in the 21-17 shoot-out, won by the South team. The lead changed hands four times and the game was not decided until the final play of the game.

Nathan Cherek was a defensive standout who did the job as shutdown corner against the South’s high-powered attack. The University of Idaho-bound speedster had a key interception, broke up several passes and made a touchdown-saving

Food and Clothes Closet partners with county to reduce food waste

With the help of Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, Ramona is a pilot study for the county’s “Take a Bite out of Waste” program to reduce the amount of edible food that goes into landfills.

By businesses donating produce and other food that is still edible but has exceeded its shelf life to be distributed to families in need, the program becomes a win for residents, businesses — who can save money on disposal costs — and the environment, said a consultant working with the county on the project.

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