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Five Questions: Barbara Wallace, sheriff’s crime prevention specialist

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Barbara Wallace is the crime prevention specialist assigned to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

In addition to Ramona, her territory includes Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs.

She began her career as a crime prevention specialist in November 2001 at the Santee Patrol Station. Wallace was sent to Ramona in November 2009, assigned to Santee again a year later, and returned by request to Ramona in 2011.

Sun Valley Council PTA hosts hoedown to discuss year’s goals

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Sun Valley Council Parent Teacher Association, the umbrella organization for the PTAs at eight of Ramona’s public schools, held a Barbecue Hoedown this month where principals, unit presidents, some administrators and school board members, and Sun Valley officers discussed goals for the year, what is going well and what can be done better.

Trustees extend bond oversight committee application deadline to Oct. 8

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Ramona Unified School District trustees extended the deadline for applications for its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to Oct. 8.

Details are on the district website, www.ramonausd.net. Applications are on the district’s website, in the superintendent’s office at 720 Ninth St. and in all school offices in the district.

The original deadline for applications was Sept. 26. Superintendent Robert Graeff told trustees at their meeting Tuesday evening that only eight applications had been received.

The oversight committee must have at least seven members, and state law based on Proposition 39 California voters approved in 2000 requires committee members must represent specific factions of the community.

Trustees expect to make committee appointments at their Oct. 14 meeting. If voters approve Measure Q, the district’s $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot, the committee’s role will be to ensure that bond money goes where voters intended and to keep the public informed of bond expenditures.

Vehicle flips on its side in San Vicente Road collision

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A pickup truck flipped over on its side after a collision with a mini van around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday on San Vicente Road near Vista Vicente Drive in San Diego Country Estates, California Highway reported.

The 37-year-old male driver of the flipped vehicle was transported to Pomerado Hospital with neck pain, said Capt. Robert Ramirez of the Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire. The 38-year-old male driver of the other vehicle and his 10-year-old male passenger were uninjured and released after they were checked by paramedics, he said.

County boosts fire protection with third helicopter

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San Diego County Supervisors today authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.

The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.

The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the county has leased a third helicopter until the end of October.

Couple saves abandoned dog after it was thrown over fence of their business lot

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Update, Wednesday, Sept. 24—According to the county, Dolly, a pit bull puppy found abandoned in a fenced-in Ramona business lot, was adopted Tuesday morning by a Poway man.

Original story—Getting behind in paperwork may have saved a dog’s life.

When Karen Tavares, vice president of Investigative Science and Engineering Inc. in Ramona, worked on Friday, Aug. 29, to catch up on paperwork, just before she left she found a puppy limping in the locked fenced-in area

Project Lifesaver program gets boost

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Spearheaded by the Kiwanis Club of Ramona, the Project Lifesaver program received a major boost to pay for upgraded equipment.

Ramona’s Project Lifesaver missing person’s locator system is the only one of its kind in the county. The late Gordon Zick, longtime Ramona Kiwanian and pharmacist, worked with the sheriff’s department to start the program in 2006, and Ramona Kiwanis, with support from the community, finances the program with the cooperation of the sheriff’s station in Ramona.

Bulldogs demonstrate depth against Escondido

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Sophomore quarterback Cameron Rowles took command of the offense as the Ramona High Bulldogs beat the Escondido Cougars 42-16 and remain undefeated on the season.

Rowles got the call up from junior varsity on Wednesday when starter Marco Cobian was sidelined with an injury. He made the transition beautifully with little disruption to the offensive game plan, his coaches agreed.

Frauleins are walking ads for Ramona Oktoberfest

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OKTOBERFEST FRAULEINS—Oktoberfest Frauleins greet guests at the Ramona Chamber of Commerce mixer on Friday evening. Oktoberfest, presented by the chamber, sill be at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Oct. 4 from 1 to 10 p.m. Helping to advertise the event are Frauleins, from left, Bonnie Maiden, BeeBee Wilson, Jackie Herbin, Rene Hensley and Sandra Tibbs.

Former franchisee thrives as independent business owner

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It’s been 15 years since Elmer Vires bought his Main Street business as Big O Tires. In January 2010, his lease with the franchise ran out and the business went independent, taking on the new name of Traction Tire & Service Center.

It’s a decision he’s never had to regret.

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