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Dissension on water board leaves unanswered questions

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Only three directors attended the March 25 Ramona Municipal Water District Board meeting, which just constituted a quorum, raising questions about what will happen at future meetings.

Director Rex Schildhouse, who walked out of the previous two meetings after disagreements with other board members, did not attend. Director Kit Kesinger has not attended a meeting since April 23, 2013.

Ramona Country Fair, junior fair—together again

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Ramona Country Fair chairman Bob Murray with co-chairs Sally Westbrook and Darrel Kinney promise the 44th annual event will be bigger and better than ever.

Together again, Ramona Country Fair and Ramona Junior Fair will be sharing events July 31 through Aug. 3. Events will be in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center and Ramona Junior Fair grounds off Aqua Lane.

Volunteers, deputies join forces to take back Santa Maria Creek

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Volunteers and sheriff’s deputies are among those joining forces to clean up the Santa Maria Creek bed.

Crissy Tobiason, who is heading up the volunteer effort, has created a tentative schedule to begin phase 1 of the creek bed cleanup — from Seventh to 10th streets — in late September, after nesting and raptor seasons end.San

Barnett Elementary hosts Quadruple Crown Series race

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Fifth-graders take off from the start line in the Quadruple Crown Series race at Barnett Elementary School on Friday. Participating in the one-mile races are elementary students in Ramona and Julian schools. The next race, hosted by Mt. Woodson Elementary School, will be at Ramona Grasslands on April 25.

Boys volleyball earns trophy for third-place win at La Jolla tournament

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Ramona High School’s varsity boys volleyball players celebrate their third place win at the La Jolla BCI Tournament. The team played four games in the tournament held last weekend. Pictured from left are: Cody Kealy, Jake McLaughlin, Lance Stickney, Dave Windes (in back), Levi Vermeulen, Armando Abarca, Trevor Johnson, Taylor Holas, Isaiah Spieker, and Mason Pierce.

Highway project clears major hurdle — money

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Caltrans announced Monday that it has secured funding to improve the intersection of state Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road for better traffic flow.
The $10 million will come from two sources: $7 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, and $3 million from the County of San Diego, according to Caltrans.
The improvements will include construction to widen the intersection and to add lanes, shoulders and new traffic signals. Officials expect to break ground in late 2015.
When the project is completed in late 2016, it will mean good news for the more than 22,000 motorists who use that portion of SR-67 on an average daily basis, said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.
“Finding the dollars for these much-needed projects is never easy,” she said. “However, having the preliminary engineering completed positioned us to jump-start the project when funding was made available. We look forward to continuing to partner with San Diego County to improve mobility.”
For information on Caltrans transportation projects, see www.dot.ca.gov/dist11.

Ramona Elementary students achieve language milestone

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In a new tradition at Ramona Elementary School, recently designated Fluent English students took center stage for a ceremony in the school library Friday morning.

The students came to Ramona Elementary as English language learners and are now proficient in English.

Planners recommend park money for school ball fields

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Ramona High School is one step closer to receiving funding for safety improvements at the school’s baseball and softball fields.

At its March meeting, Ramona Community Planning Group recommended that the county release $100,000 of Park Land Dedication Ordinance funds that RHS baseball coach Dean Welch, who served to champion the Baseball/Softball Fencing and Dugouts project, had requested.

Rotary Students of the Month

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Students from Ramona’s three public high schools are honored as Students of the Month at a recent Rotary luncheon meeting.

Ramona resident Michael Harrison, left, from Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office, presented each student with a certificate of achievement from the congressman, and each received a plaque from Ramona Rotary.

Common Core State Standards: What are they?

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Education is a topic, much like medicine, law or politics, on which everyone has an opinion and experience at some level. It is a topic that is easily discussed whether a person is at his or her own dinner table or giving a political speech, often making it difficult to separate fact from opinion.

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