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Five Questions: Barbara Wallace, sheriff’s crime prevention specialist


Barbara Wallace is the crime prevention specialist assigned to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

In addition to Ramona, her territory includes Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs.

She began her career as a crime prevention specialist in November 2001 at the Santee Patrol Station. Wallace was sent to Ramona in November 2009, assigned to Santee again a year later, and returned by request to Ramona in 2011.

Spikers learn lesson in four-game match at Escondido


Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team improved its season record to 8-0 with a win at Escondido High School.

The Bulldogs, who will take that record into Thursday’s match at San Dieguito Academy, won the final two games after the Cougars prevailed in the second game on Sept. 17.

“It was a good learning experience as well as a good victory,” said Ramona coach Connie Halfaker. “You have to always be ready to give everything you have.”

Couple saves abandoned dog after it was thrown over fence of their business lot


Update, Wednesday, Sept. 24—According to the county, Dolly, a pit bull puppy found abandoned in a fenced-in Ramona business lot, was adopted Tuesday morning by a Poway man.

Original story—Getting behind in paperwork may have saved a dog’s life.

When Karen Tavares, vice president of Investigative Science and Engineering Inc. in Ramona, worked on Friday, Aug. 29, to catch up on paperwork, just before she left she found a puppy limping in the locked fenced-in area

Spikers score Watsonville Tournament win

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Ramona High School girls volleyball team won the Watsonville Tournament on Saturday and will travel to San Dieguito Academy for a match on Sept. 25.

Five of this year’s varsity players were on the 2013 varsity squad. One of them, outside hitter Robyn Arthur, is the 2014 team’s only senior. The Bulldogs also have two juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen.

Practice began Aug. 11, and the team participated in six-team scrimmages Aug. 27 at Escondido High School and Sept. 3 at Mt. Carmel High School.

Ramona Design Review Board meets Sept. 25

Ramona Design Review Board will meet Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Topics on the agenda include: site plan reviews for Salerno Winery, new signage for Starbucks, and increase in size of previously approved signage for Albertsons; waiver request for Stater Bros. to replace deteriorated monument sign; and preliminary review for Mountain View Community Church.

Director walks out of water board meeting in protest


Upgrades to the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant and Fire Station 81, both of which serve San Diego Country Estates, were recommended by the three Ramona Municipal Water District directors who sat through the entire Sept. 9 meeting, as one director walked out early following an angry encounter with board president Darrell Beck.

It was the third or fourth meeting this year that Director Rex Schildhouse, who represents a portion of the Estates in his Division 3, walked out of a meeting after clashing with other directors. He told the Sentinel he did so in

CHP issues SigAlert for San Vicente Road near Deviney Lane

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.—Two vehicles were involved in a collision on San Vicente Road near Deviney Lane, around 4:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol reports, and both lanes are blocked. The two vehicles — a white sedan and a silver SUV — have major front end damage and will need tow trucks, state the CHP website.

Animal control officers rescue dogs left in cars during heat wave


The searing temperatures are keeping San Diego County Animal Services busy rescuing dogs trapped in baking cars.

The department said so far this month, animal control officers have responded to 95 calls of dogs left alone in vehicles, 23 more than for the same time period last year. In cases where an animal’s life is in danger, officers will break windows to get the animals before they die from the heat.

Teenagers take on leadership roles at Ramona Library


A group of high school students are not only earning community service hours for school as they volunteer at Ramona Library, but they are learning responsibilities as well.

“What we’re trying to do is prepare them for leadership roles,” Ramona Library Branch Manager Ellie Slade said of the Teen Action Council (TAC) program.

“These are life skills…we treat it like a job,” added librarian Charlotte King-Mills.

Beetle claims more oak trees in Ramona


The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) continues to claim the lives of oak trees in Ramona.

Latest casualties include two oak trees on the San Vicente Golf Course and a tree in the right-of-way on Archie Moore Road, south of Rancho De la Angel Road.

Ramona Community Planning Group voted Sept. 4 to recommend to the county that the tree on Archie Moore be cut down as it is now considered a safety hazard.