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

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Box Office Leaders Dawn of the Planet of the Apes PG13 Genetically evolved apes battle the human survivors of a deadly virus to become the dominant species. The Purge: Anarchy R The New Founders of America invite you to participate in the annual ritual of legal murder as it goes to the inner city. Sex [...]

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 www.ramonatead.com.

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 www.sdvote.com by July 24, and additional candidates will be listed as they file.

Deputies find marijuana greenhouse during search of Julian home

Deputies conducting a search at a home in rural Julian today found a greenhouse containing about 220 marijuana plants.
The deputies made the discovery in the 3400 block of Slumbering Oaks Trail about 12:30 p.m., according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials.
No residents or property owners were at the address at the time of the search, Sgt. Tom Poulin said. The investigation was ongoing, he said.

County reports first West Nile virus case in region

Monday, July 21— The first human case of the potentially fatal West Nile virus in two years in San Diego County was reported today by the county Health and Human Services Agency.
The infection in a 43-year-old Santee man was found during screen of blood he donated. He had experienced no symptoms, which is not unusual for the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes.
The man, who went camping outside the state the week before his blood was drawn, did not recall any recent mosquito bites, according to the county health agency.
“Even though it’s most likely this individual acquired West Nile outside of the county, we know the virus is here in San Diego County,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.
County Vector Control collected a dead crow in the city of San Diego last week that has also tested positive for West Nile, said Wooten.
“It’s important for the public to know West Nile virus is a dangerous and potentially deadly disease,” she said.
The Vector Control program, part of the county Department of Environmental Health, is inspecting for potential mosquito breeding locations near the man’s home and setting up mosquito monitoring traps in the surrounding areas of Santee.
The state Department of Public Health reported 15 West Nile virus-related fatalities in the state last year, but there have been no deaths in the 11 human cases confirmed so far this season.
Most people are infected with the virus from June through October, with the peak season in August and September.
Of those who become infected with West Nile virus, 80 percent will have no symptoms, according to the county. About one in five people who are infected will develop only a mild illness that includes a headache, fever, nausea, fatigue, skin rash or swollen glands.
One in 150 will suffer serious neurologic complications that can become life-threatening. The risk of complications increases for those over age 50, and for people with weakened immune systems.
The county encourages residents to prevent mosquito breeding by dumping or removing backyard items that can hold water, such as plant saucers, rain gutters, buckets, garbage cans, toys, old tires and wheelbarrows.
Mosquito fish, available for free from Vector Control, can be used to control breeding of the insect in water sources such as neglected swimming pools, ponds, fountains and water troughs.
Health agency officials said residents can protect against mosquito bites by staying inside when they are most active, between dusk and dawn, and by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors. An insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of eucalyptus or IR3535 can be applied before going outside.
Window and door screens should be checked to make sure they are in good condition and secured.
The presence of the virus can also be detected in dead birds. Dead crows, ravens, jays, hawks and owls that don’t show an obvious cause of death can be reported to Vector Control at 858-694-2888.
Vector Control will also take reports on green, uncared-for swimming pools, which mosquitoes use for breeding.

Water authority dedicates higher San Vicente Dam

San Diego County Water Authority dedicated its new higher dam at the San Vicente Reservoir Thursday morning.
The three-year, $416 million construction project to raise the San Vicente Dam by 117 feet was essentially completed in June, water authority spokesman Mike Lee said. The dam is now 337 feet high.
The water authority also constructed a surge tank, a pump station and 11 miles of large-diameter pipeline, which together cost another $400 million or so, according to Lee.
The extra water in the reservoir will be able to supply 300,000 homes annually. It will also give the county extra water in case of emergency.
The water authority expects it to take between two and five years to refill the reservoir to its new level, depending on rainfall, the availability of imported water and local demand. The body of water will remain closed to recreational use until it reaches the level of a new boat ramp.

Cleveland National Forest to tighten fire restrictions

Due to high temperatures and dry vegetation in the eastern reaches of San Diego County, fire restrictions in Cleveland National Forest will increase to an elevated level, effective 6 a.m. Friday, forestry officials announced.
Under the stricter rules, wood or charcoal fires are allowed only in designated areas, and smoking is prohibited except inside vehicles or buildings or within a developed recreation site.
The restrictions also require spark arrestors on off-highway vehicles, chainsaws and other equipment with internal-combustion engines, and mandate special-use permits for welding, grinding, cutting, use of explosives and similar activities.
Fireworks are never allowed on state lands.
The fire-danger rating system takes into account such factors as foliage conditions and expected weather effects on fuels to establish the likelihood of a fire starting within a given 24-hour period.
“The public needs to be extremely careful when recreating within the forest during periods of high, very high and extreme fire danger,” said Carlton Joseph, fire chief for Cleveland National Forest.

What’s new at the movies?

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Planes: Fire and Rescue PG Dusty’s days of daredevil air racing are over, but he finds true courage by joining a firefighting team. Animated Stars: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen

The Purge: Anarchy R The New Founders of America invite you to participate in the annual ritual of legal murder as it goes to the inner city. Stars: Frank Grillo, Zoe Soul, Michael K. Williams

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