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Ramona 4-H, FFA win big at San Diego County fair

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Ramona 4-H and Future Farmers of America members once again returned from San Diego County Fair with top awards. Among them are Kaylin vanTol, Christopher Wier, Brenna Alvarez, Jazmine Zwicker and Carney Flinn.

After two years of earning supreme reserve champion designation at the San Diego County Fair for a veal calf she raised, Kaylin vanTol settled for reserve champion dairy calf at the 2014 San Diego County Fair.

July 4 Parade in Country Estates

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Residents and visitors line both sides of the street to watch the annual Independence Day Parade staged by San Diego Country Estates. This year’s event featured 34 entries ranging from young Boy and Girl Scouts to members of the sheriff’s Volunteer Mounted Patrol.

Officials suspect juvenile of setting Cocos fire

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A wildfire than blackened nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed 40 structures in and around San Marcos two months ago was intentionally ignited, sheriff’s officials announced today.

A juvenile suspected of igniting the so-called Cocos fire on the afternoon of May 14 has been tracked down but will not be publicly identified because the alleged arsonist is underage.

County plans to lease a fire-attack helicopter for two months this fall

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County officials plan to lease a fire-attack helicopter this fall to respond to wildfires. The contract guarantees exclusive use of the aircraft for two months.

“This will significantly bolster our immediate response capabilities during the weeks when we typically see our strongest Santa Ana wind events,” Holly Crawford, county emergency services director, told the San Diego County Board of Supervisors as it voted yesterday to terminate an emergency declaration it enacted during the May wildfires.

Dunkin’ Donuts eyes former Burger King site

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Business request on agenda of Thursday night’s Ramona Community Planning Group meeting
Instead of hamburgers, the former Burger King site at Main and 14th streets may be serving doughnuts and ice cream.

“This would be the first drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins in the state,” developer Steve Powell said at the June 26 Ramona Design Review Board meeting.

Water main break occurs at Main and Rotanzi streets

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Update Tuesday, July 8—A water main break at Main and Rotanzi streets Monday afternoon affected about 47 Ramona Municipal Water District customers and slowed traffic in that area as it was diverted around the site of the leak.

RMWD Water Superintendent Johnny Brean said staff worked through the night to repair the pipe, and all affected customers had water by 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. He expected to have road

Banner Fire is 100 percent contained, reports Cal Fire

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The Banner Fire was 100 percent contained today, with a total of two houses and 217 acres burned, firefighters announced.

Toddler found in pool airlifted to hospital

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A 3-year-old drowning victim had a pulse and was breathing on his own but was unresponsive when he was transported by air to Rady Children’s Hospital this afternoon, Cal Fire Capt. Bert Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department reports.

Ramona Fire Department and sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a 3-year-old male drowning in a swimming pool at a residence in San Diego Country Estates today at 4:24 p.m., said Ramirez.

Parade, fireworks on tap for July 4 in Ramona

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Independence Day in Ramona will start with a morning parade in San Diego Country Estates and end with evening fireworks in town. In between are free hot dogs and hamburgers at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the Casey Tibbs Western Center at Pappas Road and Avenel Lane and continue along Pappas Road to Ramona Oaks Park. While the parade is open to the public and features entries from throughout Ramona and the region, festivities in the park after the parade are open only to Estates residents and their guests.

School board asks Ramona voters for $40 million bond

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With the support of four of its five members, Ramona Unified School District Board agreed to place a $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Trustee John Rajcic voted Present, saying he believes some of the ballot language is disingenuous.

Also in the special meeting, trustees approved a $49 million spending plan for the 2014-15 budget year that started July 1 and a Local Control and Accountability Plan setting goals for students. In addition, they endorsed the San Francisco firm of Jones Hall as bond counsel and hired the investment firm of Edward Jones as bond underwriter.

“If approved by the voters this fall, the school bond would pay off a large district loan and support much-needed school repairs and renovations at every one of our 10 schools,” Superintendent Robert Graeff, Ed.D., said in his written highlights of the meeting.

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