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County poised to start San Vicente Road project

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To provide information to residents and address concerns about the San Vicente Road Improvement Project that is set to begin Sept. 15, a community outreach meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Charles Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School 1521 Hanson Lane.

The public forum, to be facilitated by the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG), will include county staff and representatives from the Ramona Fire Department, Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Municipal Water District, San

Planners critical of architecture for church expansion

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Presented with preliminary plans for Mountain View Community Church’s building expansion, Ramona Community Planning Group members responded by suggesting the architecture blend with the character of the community.

To do that, planners recommended the proponents take a look at the Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes that was adopted into the county zoning ordinance by the county supervisors on July 30 and provides architectural designs reflective of Ramona’s rural character.

Creek bed cleanup hits bureaucratic snags

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Bureaucratic hurdles have stalled efforts by the Ramona sheriff’s station to clean up the Santa Maria Creek bottom, even as it continues to arrest criminals living and hoarding items among the bed’s vegetation.

Lt. Hank Turner of the Ramona station updated the Ramona Community Planning Group, a creek cleanup advocate, on the project during the planners’ Aug. 7 meeting.

Mike Jones competes in SkillsUSA national championships

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Mike Jones, a 2014 Ramona High School graduate, competed in the SkillsUSA National Championships in Kansas City, Mo., finishing 20th among students nationwide in the field of motorcycle service technology.

A highlight of the competition, Jones said, was working on a motorcycle radio/entertainment system “because that’s what I excelled at.”

The SkillsUSA conference, held in the Kansas City Convention Center, drew 6,000 students from across the country who competed in trade, technical, and leadership fields.

Deputies arrest 20-year-old after finding 300 firearms, narcotics

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Sheriff’s Ramona deputies found narcotics and about 300 firearms at a residence in the 300 block of Amigos Road Thursday evening, Aug. 7, and arrested a 20-year-old man, reported Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station.
The deputies were helping California Highway Patrol follow up on a hit and run suspect when they noticed some of the narcotics and firearms, said Turner.
Anthony Gordon was arrested around 5:30 p.m. on suspicion of charges that included felon possessing firearms, possession of narcotic controlled substance, under the influence of controlled substance while possessing firearm, and possessing switchblade knife, according to the sheriff’s department website. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail.
In addition to the firearms, a grenade was found and the sheriff’s bomb arson unit was called, but the grenade was inert, Turner said.
Among the controlled substances that deputies found were heroin, LSD, concentrated cannabis and ecstasy, said the lieutenant.
Bail has been set at $50,000 for Gordon, and arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 12, according to the sheriff’s website.

Friendships spring from Wednesday night bike rides

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They range in age from 15 to 67, but the friendship they share, developed from their passion for cycling, transcends the different generations.

Every Wednesday evening a group of cyclists begin to gather at 5:15 at Kirk’s Bike Shop, 619 Main St. They take off at 5:30 for a 20- to 30-mile ride.

“We ride at the same time year-round,” said Kirk Newell, owner of the bike shop.

Supervisors adopt Ramona Village Design plan

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A new zoning plan for Ramona’s town center that has been in the works for 10 years takes effect 30 days from its approval by San Diego County Board of Supervisors on July 30.

“This is a big day for Ramona,” Carol Fowler, vice chair of the Ramona Village Design Group, told the supervisors.

The Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes and a similar plan for Alpine, along with amendments to Fallbrook’s village zoning regulations were grouped together for adoption.

County looks at selling surplus property on SR-78

San Diego County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to adopt a resolution of intention to sell surplus property in Ramona and set a bid date at its Aug. 5 meeting.

The 1.36-acre parcel, located at 849 state Route 78, was acquired through a donation in 2000 and is zoned A-70, which is limited agricultural and allows residential use.

County staff recommends a Sept. 23 hearing for supervisors to conduct the bid opening approve the sale of county parcel number 2014-0006-A to the highest responsible bidder. The minimum bid is expected to be $40,000.

Miniature books reap big awards

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Eileen Cummings has displayed portions of her miniature book collection at the San Diego County Fair in past years but it was her assortment of teddy bear-themed books that won her Best of Show and Best of Division for Home and Hobby this year.

“This is like winning the gold medal at the Olympics,” the enthusiastic Ramona resident said. “I reached the ultimate goal.”

Where are they now? ‘Country girl’ defends rights and gives second chances

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Christina (Chrissy Kapelczak) Oleson works in a field that she finds rewarding but, she said, it does not attract a lot of women and is often viewed negatively.

“What I do is help people get a second chance,” she said of her profession as a criminal defense attorney.

The 1999 Ramona High School graduate said that at a young age she knew she wanted to be an attorney.

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