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Crews respond to report of vegetation fire on Maple Street

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Monday, July 28—Emergency crews are responding to the report of a vegetation fire near 156 Maple St. The call came in about 3:45 p.m.

Illegal immigration tops Sheriff Arpaio’s talk at Ramona TEA’d forum

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Ramona TEA’d drew its largest crowd ever for its 50th public forum when Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona’s Maricopa County came to speak on Saturday.

Darrell Beck, Ramona Tea’d member, said about 460 people came to hear Arpaio, known as “America’s toughest sheriff.” A couple hundred people had to be turned away, he said.

Ramona Junior Fair continues Sunday

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Ramona Junior Fair continues Sunday with goats, llamas, alpacas and horses.

The 43rd annual junior fair opened today at Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane, with a dog show, rabbit and cavy show and home economics judging.

A highlight of the 10-day fair for 4-H and FFA participants is the livestock auction slated to begin Saturday at 1 p.m.

43rd Annual Ramona Junior Fair kicks off 10 days of 4-H, FFA with dog show on Saturday

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With nearly 300 exhibitors in the 43rd Annual Ramona Junior Fair, participants, bidders and visitors anticipate 10 days of shows, showmanship and competition as area 4-H’ers and FFA members gather “Under the Big Top with the Livestock.”

All activities except the horse show will be at the Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane, from July 26 through Aug. 3. The horse show will be at Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 Highway 78, Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m.

County reminds hikers to take precautions in summer’s heat

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With summer temperatures rising and the death this week of a teenage hiker who suffered from heat-related physical distress, the county reminds residents to take precautions when planning to enjoy the area’s mountains or other backcountry attractions.

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old female hiker died after she was airlifted out of an area on the Three Sisters Falls trails in Julian, reported San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. The County Medical Examiner identified her as Yasmen Vidales of San Diego.

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.

Gardening: Big harvests begin with small supply list

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As a 20-plus year veteran of Ramona gardening, Maggie Johnson knows what it takes to be successful in our climate. She grows a large variety of vegetables and herbs that she features in her exotic ethnic cuisine.

But no matter what type of food you enjoy, gardening can involve as much—or as little—investment in supplies as the gardener wishes. For the time and money involved, vegetable gardeners reap what they sow, enjoying the benefits of fresh taste and personal achievement.

Former foster child puts herself into her Girls State experience

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Ramona High School senior Tatiana Lloyd-Dotta represented Ramona at the 71st annual Girls State conference sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization.

Over 500 girls from around the state met at McKenna College in Claremont to participate in the auxiliary’s mission of “providing an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of California that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government.”

Local flier soars for Team USA

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At the recent World Gliding Championships in Finland, a Ramona resident was one of seven on Team USA.

To qualify for the team, Garret Willat won the 2013 U.S. Club Class Nationals in Mifflin, Penn.

“That got me enough points to make it on the team,” he said.

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