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Elliott Pond landowner asks planners to endorse town square


A town square or subdivision sprawl of entry-level homes?

That’s the choice, said Jim Hagey, who owns the 20 acres of property that includes Elliott Pond behind Stater Bros. shopping center.

The decision, he said, depends on whether Ramona Community Planning Group endorses his request to include his property in the Ramona Village Design Group’s Town Center plan of form-based codes.

District ponders rate hike

Water and sewer rates will not increase by more than 6 percent beginning July 1, Ramona Municipal Water District directors determined by a 3-0 vote.

Directors Rex Schildhouse and Kit Kesinger were absent.

The district plans to mail its notice to customers with the not-to-exceed 6 percent rate hikes the week of May 5 to allow the state-required 45 days before its public hearing, scheduled for June 24 at 2 p.m. The board has

Two league victories give Bulldog spikers winning record

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Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team began the 2014 season by losing its first four matches, but league wins April 9 at home against Orange Glen and April 11 at Valley Center gave the Bulldogs a winning record for the first time this season.

With the two victories, Ramona has an overall record of 8-7 and a Valley League record of 3-1. The April 23 league match at San Pasqual will conclude the first round of league play.

Bulldog girls take 93-34 victory over Patriots in track and field events


A day after Ramona High School’s girls track and field team earned its first Valley League victory of the year, Courtney Jackson tied for fourth place in the Friday night pole vault at the Arcadia Invitational meet.

The Bulldogs defeated Orange Glen by a 93-34 score April 10 at the opponent’s school. Jackson, who cleared 11 feet to win the pole vault at Orange Glen, had a distance of 10-9 in the April 11 Arcadia meet session.

“She was a little bit disappointed, but it was a big meet so it was really good competition,” said head coach Sherri Edwards.

Ramona High girls swim team opens league with win over Sultans


Ramona High School’s girls swim team commenced this year’s Valley League competition with a 105-61 home win against Valley Center High School.

“Pretty excited about our start to the season. Pretty nice to start off with a win,” said coach Jolyn Yanez.

The April 3 win was actually the third for Ramona, whose schedule included four pre-league dual meets and who will continue league competition Thursday at home against Escondido Charter.

Deputies nab minors for underage drinking

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Sheriff’s deputies from the Ramona station conducted a foot patrol Saturday, April 5, that netted several arrests in San Diego Country Estates.

At 12:06 a.m. at San Vicente and Gunn Stage roads, deputies arrested a 21-year-old male for manufacture/sale/possess leaded cane/billy and for being drunk in public. Two females, ages 18 and 19, were arrested for being drunk in public.

Planners keep two sections of bypass on priority lists


Two of the three phases of the proposed South Bypass remain on Ramona’s recommended road priority lists.

The Dye Road Extension, also known as Phase 2 of the South Bypass, was included in a Top 14 list of capital improvement project priorities by a majority of the Ramona Community Planning Group at its April 3 meeting.

Phase 1 of the South Bypass, extending Dye Street from state Route 67 and Mussey Grade Road to Dye Road, didn’t make the Top 14 but was added to a list of road projects that the planning group is recommending the county pursue with Caltrans.

Bulldog baseball record stands 7-3 entering Valley League play


The Bulldog nine dropped two close games to El Camino and La Costa Canyon on the road but returned home to beat Fallbrook to up their record to 7-3 as they go into Valley League action.

El Camino used its home field advantage and came from behind to beat Ramona 3-2. The Dawgs got RBI singles from CJ Broussard and Zach Sherman to take a two-run lead into the sixth inning. The Wildcats rallied for two runs in the sixth and scored a walk off run in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand the Dawgs their first loss in the North County Tournament.

Ramona couple quickly assist two victims in solo accident on Pamo road


A man and woman were aided by a Ramona couple Friday evening, shortly after the car they were in flipped on its side on Pamo Road as it heads down to Orosco Ridge

Rod and Barbara Hepburn were driving down Pamo Road when they saw the car on its driver’s side, just after 6 p.m.

Barbara Hepburn said the female driver was pinned under the car between the window and the pavement.

Fire destroys storage building on Starvation Mountain Road

Fire destroyed an agricultural storage building on Starvation Mountain Road near Highland Valley Road Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.
The 500-square-foot wood frame building with corrugated aluminum siding in the 19000 block of Starvation Mountain Road was packed with personal items, said Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Department Battalion Chief Burke Kremensky. He did not have a damage estimate as of Thursday.
Responding to the call, which came at 2:15 p.m., were Ramona Fire Department, Cal Fire, San Diego County Fire Authority and San Pasqual and Lakeside fire departments.
Although there was access to the location, Kremensky said, “Water was a concern. We ended up ordering up three water tenders.”
Those tenders came from Lakeside, San Pasqual and San Diego County Fire Authority.
The cause is under investigation.
According to Kremensky, the homeowners were home and said they heard what sounded like an explosion.
“We couldn’t determine a cause because the building had so much storage,” he said.
San Diego Gas & Electric also responded to secure the building’s power. Firefighters left the scene about 7 p.m., said Kremensky.