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Ramona Skateboard Champions to outline plans Tuesday

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Less than a month after one skateboard park group dropped its efforts, another stepped up as torchbearer and will hold an information meeting for the public on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

The meeting will be in Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The town’s new skatepark proponents are the Ramona Skatepark Champions. They met with members of the Friends of the Lakeside Skatepark last Monday and held an executive meeting last Tuesday to discuss what they had learned and to focus their efforts, said Dwight Webster, the group’s media spokesperson.

“Who we are, what we know so far and what we plan to do” will be among discussion topics at the public meeting, said Webster. They will provide some history of previous skatepark efforts in town and outline what they want to do now and in the future.

Friends of Ramona Unified Schools receives federal tax-exempt status

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Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), a volunteer organization started in 2013, has received tax-exempt status from the federal Internal Revenue Service.

“That is great news,” said FORUS member Dave Patterson, chair of the nonprofit’s Roof Project, when he learned of the IRS notice last week.

The California nonprofit had been awaiting word from IRS before re-energizing its Roof Project campaign.

Ramona planning group attracts 15 candidates

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Wednesday, Aug. 13—Fifteen citizens are vying for seven seats on the Ramona Community Planning Group in the Nov. 4 election, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website today. Four are incumbents seeking re-election to the 15-member group that serves as an adviser to the county on planning and land use issues. The [...]

Creek bed cleanup hits bureaucratic snags

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Bureaucratic hurdles have stalled efforts by the Ramona sheriff’s station to clean up the Santa Maria Creek bottom, even as it continues to arrest criminals living and hoarding items among the bed’s vegetation.

Lt. Hank Turner of the Ramona station updated the Ramona Community Planning Group, a creek cleanup advocate, on the project during the planners’ Aug. 7 meeting.

Crews rescue three female hikers from Cedar Creek Falls trail

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Three female hikers suffering from heat-related symptoms were rescued from the Cedar Creek Falls trail around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to officials. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department sent two helicopters to hoist the hikers from the trail and bring them to a landing area near Ramona Fire Station 81 on San Vicente Road. The hikers [...]

Neighbors air issues about solar plants in Ramona

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As the owners of the solar facility at Warnock Road and Ramona Street indicate they want to be a better neighbor, the company proposing a solar plant on Creelman Lane is not gaining any fans.

Vicky Tate, a Creelman Lane resident, said the neighbors’ efforts with San Diego Gas & Electric is moving backward. SDG&E wants to build a 4 to 5 megawatt solar energy facility on approximately 17.5 acres of its property at the northwest corner of Creelman Lane and Ashley Road. The utility has a substation at the end of Creelman Lane, a dirt road, and neighbors are asking that the road be paved because the SDG&E trucks create a lot of dust.

Shoes & Socks Program helps nearly 100 Ramona schoolchildren

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Ramona Kmart’s shoe section was busy today and will be busy again Aug. 17, as school-age children in need receive a pair of new shoes and a package of socks, thanks to the Shoes and Socks Program sponsored by the Outreach Ministry at St. Mary’s In-the-Valley Episcopal Church.

Caltrans to close Route 67 at I-8 for 4 hours early Sunday morning

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State Route 67 will be closed from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday between Interstate 8 in El Cajon and Route 52 in Santee, while SDG&E crews move electrical transmission lines above the freeway, a Caltrans official said.
The eastbound I-8 off-ramps at Johnson Avenue and Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon will also be closed those hours.
Detours will be via surface streets, including Magnolia, Mollison and Graves avenues, Caltrans officials said.
Southbound 67 traffic can re-enter the freeway at Fletcher Parkway, and from there can reach I-8.
Caltrans crews will post signs to notify drivers of the detours.

Deputies arrest 20-year-old after finding 300 firearms, narcotics

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Sheriff’s Ramona deputies found narcotics and about 300 firearms at a residence in the 300 block of Amigos Road Thursday evening, Aug. 7, and arrested a 20-year-old man, reported Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station.
The deputies were helping California Highway Patrol follow up on a hit and run suspect when they noticed some of the narcotics and firearms, said Turner.
Anthony Gordon was arrested around 5:30 p.m. on suspicion of charges that included felon possessing firearms, possession of narcotic controlled substance, under the influence of controlled substance while possessing firearm, and possessing switchblade knife, according to the sheriff’s department website. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail.
In addition to the firearms, a grenade was found and the sheriff’s bomb arson unit was called, but the grenade was inert, Turner said.
Among the controlled substances that deputies found were heroin, LSD, concentrated cannabis and ecstasy, said the lieutenant.
Bail has been set at $50,000 for Gordon, and arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 12, according to the sheriff’s website.

10 vie for 7 slots on Ramona planning group; 5 seek 3 seats on school board

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Thursday, Aug. 7—Ten people are vying for seven seats on the Ramona Community Planning Group and five are seeking three slots on the Ramona Unified School Board, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website this afternoon. All are four-year terms.
Unless other candidates enter the race for two water district divisions, three will be no need for an election and the two men who have filed as candidates will be elected.
Joining school board incumbents Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody on the Nov. 4 ballot are retired teacher Joyce Daubert and educator/farmer Dick Lemire.
Planning group incumbents Scotty Ensign, Kristi Mansolf, Dennis Sprong and Kevin F.J. Wallace are seeking re-election and are joining candidates Frank D. Lucio, Robin Joy Maxson, Elio Noyas, David Ross, David E. Stone and Rick Terrazas on the ballot.
In Ramona Municipal Water District’s Division 2, former water board director George L. Boggs is the long candidate so far, and incumbent Joseph Zenovic is the only candidate for Division 4 listed on the registrar’s website.
The deadline to file as a candidate in the November election is tomorrow, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. The exception is if an incumbent has not filed by Aug. 8. In that case, the candidate filing deadline will be extended until Aug. 13. The extension rule does not apply to community planning areas, according to the Candidate Filing Guide.
More information about November elections is at www.sdvote.com.

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