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Enthusiastic crowds tour Ramona farms

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It was a great day to be down on the farm — especially if you were a guest on the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s Farm Tour and had chosen Ramona as your destination. Although the tours have been in existence for a few years, this was the first year Ramona was involved.

Three farm tours took place simultaneously on Saturday, June 7, as Escondido and Oceanside each had its own farms participating.

Farm Tour Day, adult volleyball, summer reading kick-off among Ramona happenings

Residents and visitors have an opportunity to see what life on a farm is like when five Ramona farms open their gates for tours on Saturday, June 7.
The fifth annual Farm Tour Day, sponsored by San Diego County Farm Bureau, will showcase the county’s diverse agricultural enterprises

Supervisors consider tiered system for regulating beekeeping

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors asked staffers to come up with a tiered system to regulate beekeeping in unincorporated areas, instead of moving forward with any of the three options presented today.

The supervisors, who proposed easing the regulations last October, declined to cut the current 600-foot setback requirement between bee hives and dwellings by half, by two-thirds or down to 15 feet — similar to the City of San Diego’s rules and the favorite of several beekeepers in the audience.

Who gets the Best Seat at the Rodeo?

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to watch the Ramona Rodeo from the contestant’s point of view, this could be your opportunity.

By entering the “Best Seat at the Rodeo” drawing, some lucky winner will watch the rodeo right alongside the cowboy and cowgirl entrants.

Trailhead residents concerned over increased traffic

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Neighbors of the Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead in San Diego Country Estates told forest service officials Wednesday that traffic from hikers was again increasing on their residential streets.

The 75-permit-per-day system for the trail was working, many said, asking why the forest service increased that number to 91 before the “spring spike” occurred.

Cindy Venolia said residents fear the forest service will raise the maximum permit use even more.

Forest service to host open house at Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead Wednesday

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Cleveland National Forest representatives will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns from the public regarding the Cedar Creek Falls Trail and permit system at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the beginning of the trail in San Diego Country Estates.

With the arrival of spring, forest officials are seeing a spike in people hiking the trail, said Joan Friedlander, district ranger for the Palomar Ranger District in the Cleveland National Forest. The number of permits

Ramona Rodeo ticket sales kick off at Albertsons’ Easter party Saturday

Ramona Rodeo Queen Brittney Phillips, the Easter Bunny and Smiley the Clown will be among dignitaries in Albertsons for the supermarket’s Guest Appreciation Day and the kickoff of ticket sales for the 34th Annual Ramona Rodeo on Saturday.

Also planned is an Easter Egg Hunt for three age groups: infant to age 3 at 9 a.m., ages 4 to 6 at 9:30 a.m., and ages 7 to 10 at 10 a.m.

Wildlife center director shares springtime advice

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San Vicente Valley Club members, like most Ramona residents, know that springtime is the most vibrant time for Mother Nature. It means wildflowers, vibrant grasslands and babies — lots of animal babies.

Many wild species give birth in or near backyards or in the places where Ramonans enjoy outdoor activities.

The timing was right to learn about the rehabilitation facility that helps with so many of those native species who share Ramona’s outdoor spaces, so the club invited Ali Crumpacker, director of The Fund for Animals

Elliott Pond landowner asks planners to endorse town square

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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.

Squirrels have a yen for gazanias

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Squirrels apparently have a thing for gazanias.

That’s what volunteers learned after they planted rows of the colorful flowers at the Welcome to Ramona monument at state Route 67 and Highland Valley Road several months ago.

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