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Prepare for triple-digit temperatures

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Inland daytime temperatures are projected to soar into the triple digits from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday through Sunday, forecasters said.
For its part, Cal Fire is bracing for the hot weather by assigning an additional air tanker to the Ramona Airport this weekend, according to public-affairs Capt. Kendal Bortisser. In the event of a wildfire, Cal Fire would have a total of three airtankers at the ready to help squash the flames.
National Weather Service attributes the forecast to high pressure over California mixes with offshore flow.
In other parts of the county, the hottest temperatures will occur from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday and Saturday in coastal areas, and from late morning through late afternoon Friday and Saturday in the mountains, according to the weather service.
The agency scheduled a heat advisory for the valleys from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday and for coastal and mountain areas from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.
No advisory was issued for the deserts, though triple-digit heat is also expected there starting Friday.
“Heat can be stressful to animals and humans, making it hard for the body to acclimate and remain hydrated,” according to the weather service. “Without precautions, even healthy adults could experience heat stress and illness.”
The agency encouraged those spending time outside to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours, if possible.
Relief from the heat wave is expected early next week but it will be a slow cooling, forecasters said.

Deputies arrest warrant suspect on E Street

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Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect wanted on three felony warrants in the 900 block of E Street around noon Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s department, the suspect is a Ramona man in his 30s.

Chamber’s annual Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun

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Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Music from the Kalifornia Krauts from San Francisco coupled with a flock of costumed frauleins, a bratwurst-eating contest and a beer garden featuring San Diego breweries will give the event its traditional German flavor.
Also planned for the event, slated from 1 to 10 p.m., are a Kids Zone with pumpkin patch and children’s activities, a Classic Car Show, food, craft and business vendors, Ramona wines, prize drawings, a costume and other contests, face painting, beanbag toss, and family games and activities.
Admission is $10 at the door and $8 in advance at the chamber office, 960 Main St. Admission for children age 11 and younger and active duty military is free.
Charlotte Jensen, chamber president, is event chair. More information is at the chamber, 760-789-1311 and www.ramonachamber.com.

Fire in laundry area causes about $3,000 damage at home on Ninth Street

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A fire in the laundry area of the home at 1150 Ninth St. caused an estimated $3,000 damage, Cal Fire Capt. John Sena with Ramona Fire Department reported.

The cause of the fire is unconfirmed, but it may have started on top of the dryer where the homeowner had plugged a radio-controlled car into a charger, said Sena.

New lieutenant learns the lay of the land

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Since taking command of the sheriff’s Ramona substation, Lt. Rich Williams has immersed himself in the community and has focused on learning about wildfire risks and the hazards and environmental obstacles the Santa Maria Creek bed poses.

Williams replaced Lt. Hank Turner, who was promoted to captain and assigned to the San Diego Central Courthouse. Turner’s last day was Sept. 4; Williams took charge the next day.

“He gave me a great pass-down,” Williams said of Turner. “I think most of us try to leave things better than we find them, and that’s going to be a small challenge when things are going well. Things are definitely going well here. We have really, really good people working here across the board and the community support’s been great.”

The 43-year-old Williams, who lives with his family in North County, has spent a lot of time this past month driving around Ramona to learn the area. He has a

Design review members ponder next step in new zoning plan

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How to implement and oversee the newly-adopted Ramona Village Center Form-Based Code was pondered by the Ramona Design Review Board after member Rob Lewallen distributed “hot off the press” books of the custom-tailored zoning for the town center.

New Main Street merchant welcomes community projects

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Ramona’s newest Main Street proprietor is a former bank manager who is hoping to turn her love for knitting into a business that gives back to the community in a most heartfelt way.

Connie Phillips opened Country Yarn Store at 638 Main St. on Sept. 15 in honor of her father’s birthday. In addition to the yarn implied in the store’s name, the 800-square-foot business sells the tools and other supplies necessary for knitting, crocheting and, to a lesser extent, needlepointing.

Five Questions: Barbara Wallace, sheriff’s crime prevention specialist

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Barbara Wallace is the crime prevention specialist assigned to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

In addition to Ramona, her territory includes Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs.

She began her career as a crime prevention specialist in November 2001 at the Santee Patrol Station. Wallace was sent to Ramona in November 2009, assigned to Santee again a year later, and returned by request to Ramona in 2011.

Sun Valley Council PTA hosts hoedown to discuss year’s goals

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Sun Valley Council Parent Teacher Association, the umbrella organization for the PTAs at eight of Ramona’s public schools, held a Barbecue Hoedown this month where principals, unit presidents, some administrators and school board members, and Sun Valley officers discussed goals for the year, what is going well and what can be done better.

Trustees extend bond oversight committee application deadline to Oct. 8

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Ramona Unified School District trustees extended the deadline for applications for its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to Oct. 8.

Details are on the district website, www.ramonausd.net. Applications are on the district’s website, in the superintendent’s office at 720 Ninth St. and in all school offices in the district.

The original deadline for applications was Sept. 26. Superintendent Robert Graeff told trustees at their meeting Tuesday evening that only eight applications had been received.

The oversight committee must have at least seven members, and state law based on Proposition 39 California voters approved in 2000 requires committee members must represent specific factions of the community.

Trustees expect to make committee appointments at their Oct. 14 meeting. If voters approve Measure Q, the district’s $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot, the committee’s role will be to ensure that bond money goes where voters intended and to keep the public informed of bond expenditures.

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