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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.

Splashin’ good times at Ramona community pool

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trip to Ramona’s community pool is a surefire way to cool down on a hot summer day and give youngsters a splish-splashin’ fun afternoon.

Where is the community pool?

During the school year, Ramona High School’s pool is reserved for the Bulldogs, but come summer it turns into a community pool offering swim lessons mornings and late afternoons and open swim from 1 to 4 p.m.

Arborist works to save oaks

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Thomas Stephan is on a quest to save oak trees.

“I can’t watch the oak trees die anymore,” the Ramona resident said. “I had to do something.”

As a certified arborist who operated Stephan’s Tree Maintenance for 32 years, he knows a lot about trees. In 2005 he switched from running a tree service business to installing barn owl nest boxes for organic rodent

Ramona teen suspected of scores of graffiti crimes

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An 18-year-old man suspected of taking part in scores of North County graffiti crimes was arrested at his home today.

Detectives took Jose Alexis Valadez of Ramona into custody in the 1900 block of La Brea Street about 8 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.

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