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County boosts fire protection with third helicopter


San Diego County Supervisors today authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.

The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.

The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the county has leased a third helicopter until the end of October.

Project Lifesaver program gets boost

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Spearheaded by the Kiwanis Club of Ramona, the Project Lifesaver program received a major boost to pay for upgraded equipment.

Ramona’s Project Lifesaver missing person’s locator system is the only one of its kind in the county. The late Gordon Zick, longtime Ramona Kiwanian and pharmacist, worked with the sheriff’s department to start the program in 2006, and Ramona Kiwanis, with support from the community, finances the program with the cooperation of the sheriff’s station in Ramona.

Bulldogs demonstrate depth against Escondido

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Sophomore quarterback Cameron Rowles took command of the offense as the Ramona High Bulldogs beat the Escondido Cougars 42-16 and remain undefeated on the season.

Rowles got the call up from junior varsity on Wednesday when starter Marco Cobian was sidelined with an injury. He made the transition beautifully with little disruption to the offensive game plan, his coaches agreed.

Girls tennis plays Valley Center in home match Sept. 25

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Although this is Coach Rose Darrough’s first season coaching the girls varsity tennis team at Ramona High, it is not her first time coaching tennis.

She and junior varsity coach Kim Owens stepped in last year with the boys team and agreed to take on the girls and boys this year.

Darrough was a doubles specialist when she played tennis in college.Owens plays competitively on the Riviera Oaks BB team.

Frauleins are walking ads for Ramona Oktoberfest

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OKTOBERFEST FRAULEINS—Oktoberfest Frauleins greet guests at the Ramona Chamber of Commerce mixer on Friday evening. Oktoberfest, presented by the chamber, sill be at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Oct. 4 from 1 to 10 p.m. Helping to advertise the event are Frauleins, from left, Bonnie Maiden, BeeBee Wilson, Jackie Herbin, Rene Hensley and Sandra Tibbs.

Ramona beats Escondido 42-16


Ramona High’s football team is 4-0 on the season after beating Escondido 42-16 Friday at home.

The Bulldogs face Helix, the No. 1 ranked team in the county, next Friday.

County creates website with San Vicente Road updates

Construction on the 18-month-long San Vicente Road Improvement Project began Monday and the county has set up a website for residents to check for periodic project updates and photos:

Former franchisee thrives as independent business owner

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It’s been 15 years since Elmer Vires bought his Main Street business as Big O Tires. In January 2010, his lease with the franchise ran out and the business went independent, taking on the new name of Traction Tire & Service Center.

It’s a decision he’s never had to regret.

Vote Yes on Measure Q

Measure Q will give Ramona residents an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is. We say we love our beautiful, rural community and the advantages of clean air and clear views. We say we support the charm of our small businesses and shop locally. We say we love our kids and want to provide them with every opportunity for happiness as children and success as adults.

Brush fire reported at Poway Road/SR-67

Thursday, Sept. 18—Emergency crews are responding to the report of a quarter-acre brush fire at Poway Road and state Route 67. The call came about 3:55 p.m.