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Water district invites public to pump station project dedication ceremony Tuesday


The public is invited to attend the Ramona Municipal Water District’s dedication ceremony to mark the completion of its Poway Pump Station Secondary Power Source Project on Tuesday afternoon. The water board will hold s special meeting, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, and then adjourn to the Poway Pump Station site off Espola Road in Poway for a brief tour of the new natural gas engine and a dedication ceremony.

Red Flag warning from 4 a.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Wednesday

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Sunday, Nov. 23—A forecast of gusty Santa Ana winds combined with low humidity are expected to up the risk for wildfires through mid-week, meteorologists said today.
A National Weather Service Red Flag Warning for the inland valleys and mountains is set to go into effect at 4 a.m. Monday and extend through 6 p.m. Wednesday. A high wind warning for the rest of the county iss set to remain in effect from 4 p.m. Monday to noon Wednesday.
“A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will contribute to extreme fire behavior,” reports the weather service.
Peak wind gusts Saturday night topped out at nearly 60 mph at Mount Laguna and 54 mph on Mountain Springs Grade, and forecasters said even stronger winds were to come as a result of surface high pressure over the Great Basin.
The strong, gusty Santa Ana winds are expected to bluster into the region on Monday.
Sustained wind speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, with gusts that could reach 45 mph, were in Monday’s morning and afternoon forecast for the inland valleys and mountains as were daytime relative humidities as low as 5 percent, according to the weather service. Winds of up to 40 mph with gusts that could top 80 mph are expected Monday night into Tuesday.
Meteorologists warned that the winds could be strong enough to down tree limbs and kick debris into roadways. Isolated power outages and minor structural damage could also be possible.

Ramona football plays with heart, falls to Helix, 58-35

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First round football playoff action in the prestigious Open Division matched the Ramona Bulldogs with the Helix Highlanders Friday night. Helix came away victorious 58-35.

The score doesn’t tell the whole story. Ramona’s team never gave up, even as the score seemed insurmountable. They fought until the last tick of the clock. They left every ounce of heart they had on that field in La Mesa.

Bulldog boys win CIF San Diego Section division championship

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Ramona High School’s boys cross country runners won the CIF San Diego Section Division III championship at Morley Field in San Diego this morning, reports Sentinel sportswriter Joe Naiman.

Bulldog girls are San Diego Section CIF Division II volleyball champions

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Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team won the CIF San Diego Section Division II championship this afternoon, reports Sentinel sportswriter Nancy Sapper.

Jury deliberates reckless driving case against Ramona man charged with hitting bicyclist on Route 67

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A Ramona man should be convicted of reckless driving for illegally passing a car on the right shoulder of state Route 67 and hitting a bicyclist, a prosecutor said today, but a defense attorney said the accident happened after his client’s truck brushed up against a car vying for position as the road narrowed to one lane.

Friends of Ramona Unified Schools ‘kicks it up a notch’


The failure of Proposition Q does not mean Ramona does not support schools or children, Greg Chick told a roomful of people at Ramona Elementary School’s Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in the school’s multipurpose room Friday evening.

“It means Q is not for Ramona by popular vote,” said Chick, one of the founding members of Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit group of volunteers formed in early 2013 after Ramona Unified School District’s 2012 $66 million bond bid failed.

Ramona voters this month rejected the district’s $40 million bond bid, with 53.58 percent voting no and 46.42 percent voting yes, unofficial election results show. To pass, the measure needed 55 percent support of those voting.

Sheriff’s Ramona Mounted Patrol to step up rounds during holiday season

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Shoppers in Ramona can expect to see more of Ramona Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol during the holiday season.
Scott Milner, assistant administrator of the mounted patrol, said beginning the day after Thanksgiving the volunteer force will be patrolling on horseback in shopping center parking lots in town.
“The purpose is to give the community an awareness of how to be safe in the parking lot,” Milner said, adding that their presence also serves as a deterrent to crime.
The stepped-up patrols will be occur more on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, he said, but will include some weekdays and will continue through the end of the year.
About 15 volunteers serve in Ramona’s mounted patrol. Members go out in teams of at least two and never patrol alone, said Milner.
According to Milner, the volunteers have scheduled approximately 100 more hours of patrol time for this year’s holiday season than last year.

Bulldog girls win volleyball semifinals, head to match for CIF championship on Saturday

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Ramona High School girls volleyball coach Connie Halfaker shares her team’s excitement after their CIF semifinals home win against Calvin Christian yesterday, Nov. 19. The girls will play for the championship at Cathedral Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1:15 p.m.

Ramona High girls volleyball heads to semifinals after two playoff wins

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The girls were scheduled to advance to CIF Division II semifinals at home against Calvin Christian on Nov. 19. They seek the ultimate goal of four playoff victories culminating with a win in Saturday’s CIF championship match at 1:15 p.m. at Cathedral Catholic. The top seed in the Division II playoffs gave Ramona home matches throughout the semifinals.