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Illegal immigration tops Sheriff Arpaio’s talk at Ramona TEA’d forum

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Ramona TEA’d drew its largest crowd ever for its 50th public forum when Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona’s Maricopa County came to speak on Saturday.

Darrell Beck, Ramona Tea’d member, said about 460 people came to hear Arpaio, known as “America’s toughest sheriff.” A couple hundred people had to be turned away, he said.

Girl Scout Kalani Prokop earns Gold Award for service to seniors

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Kalani Prokop of Ramona recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award — the organization’s highest honor — for her outstanding leadership and commitment to community service, reports Michelle Ross of Girl Scouts San Diego.
For her Gold Award project, Kalani reached out to residents of the Ramona Senior Center, where she volunteers during her school vacations.
She taught computer classes geared toward facilitating communication with loved ones far away. Her series of four lessons — which she presented eight times over two summers — covered computer basics, email, Facebook and online security.
She also offered one-on-one classes for those with little cyber experience.
The Cathedral Catholic High School junior belongs to Girl Scout Troop 2208. She is the daughter of the Honorable Maria Arroyo (retired Juvenile Court judge) and Stanley Prokop. Her two older sisters, Tiffany Lynch and Taylor Arroyo-Tabin, received the Gold Award in previous years.
Kalani is one of 44 Girl Scouts in the San Diego region who earned the Gold Award this year. Just 5 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this level of recognition.
The tradition of the highest leadership awards for Girl Scouts has included The Golden Eaglet of Merit (1916-19), The Golden Eagle (1919-38), First Class (1938-82) and The Curved Bar (1940-80). In 1980, the name became the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Through the years, approximately 1 million Girl Scouts have earned one of these service awards.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides leadership experience for girls. Through Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.

Ramona Junior Fair continues Sunday


Ramona Junior Fair continues Sunday with goats, llamas, alpacas and horses.

The 43rd annual junior fair opened today at Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane, with a dog show, rabbit and cavy show and home economics judging.

A highlight of the 10-day fair for 4-H and FFA participants is the livestock auction slated to begin Saturday at 1 p.m.

Ramona calendar of events

NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY, noon to 5 p.m., Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 Highway 78 near Magnolia Avenue. Free event to feature live cowboy music, re-enactments by the Old West Mounted Lawman’s Association, cowboy poetry, leatherwork and art displays, custom western shirts and cowboy hats, vendors, opportunity drawings and food for purchase.

43rd Annual Ramona Junior Fair kicks off 10 days of 4-H, FFA with dog show on Saturday

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With nearly 300 exhibitors in the 43rd Annual Ramona Junior Fair, participants, bidders and visitors anticipate 10 days of shows, showmanship and competition as area 4-H’ers and FFA members gather “Under the Big Top with the Livestock.”

All activities except the horse show will be at the Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane, from July 26 through Aug. 3. The horse show will be at Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 Highway 78, Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m.

‘And So It Goes,’ ‘Hercules’ and ‘Lucy’ open July 25


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Two squirrels test positive for plague on Palomar Mountain

Two squirrels captured on Palomar Mountain for routine monitoring tested positive for plague, county officials said today.

The squirrels were trapped at the Camp Palomar Outdoor School, which is undergoing maintenance and is not scheduled to be used by campers until Aug. 25, according to the county Department of Environmental Health.

Support school bond, Rajcic staying on board

I am responding to Dr. Rajcic’s recent letters in the Ramona Sentinel, and also to Mr. Dyer’s letter about being a true public servant and his arguments against the Ramona Unified School District school bond.

When I am as old as Dr. Rajcic is now, I hope that I will be like him and not care what other people think or say about me, and that I can speak my mind publicly in this town without fear of bullying.

Crowd expected for Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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An overflowing crowd is expected when the man known as America’s toughest sheriff, Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona, comes to Ramona as guest speaker at the Ramona Tea’d forum on Saturday.
The free public forum will be in Ramona Mainstage, 626 Main St. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the program will begin at noon.
“Please come early because we expect a full house and we may need to turn back latecomers,” said Darrell Beck, Ramona Tea’d member.
Arpaio has been elected sheriff of Maricopa County six times and has a reputation for believing in old-fashioned punishment. As head of the nation’s third largest sheriff’s office, he is known for his tent city, chain gangs and pink underwear provided to inmates. Years ago, when Arpaio learned that inmates were stealing jailhouse white boxers, he had all inmates’ underwear dyed pink for better inventory control.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Arpaio will be signing pink underwear souvenirs for $15 each with donated proceeds going to the Youth Assistance Foundation in Arizona.
Arpaio has been criticized by liberals and politically-correct progressives, said Beck.
“He’s been soundly condemned by Attorney General Eric Holder, who accuses Arpaio of racial profiling in Arpaio’s attempt to do the job Holder refuses to do, by trying to control crime coming across the open border,” Beck said.
Arpaio, who served in the U.S. Army from 1950-53, worked for years as a federal narcotics agent, infiltrating drug organizations in Turkey and the Middle East, Mexico, Central and South America and cities around the United States, and served as head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Arizona. He was elected sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992.
For more information about Saturday’s forum, see

Candidates file nomination papers for Nov. 4 ballot

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The filing period for candidates to be on the Nov. 4 ballot opened last week and continues until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, in the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office.
In Ramona, three boards will have openings on the November general election ballot: Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Municipal Water District and Ramona Community Planning Group.
According to the registrar’s office, information about candidates who have filed nominating papers will be online at by July 24, and additional candidates will be listed as they file.