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Lemire retains third spot in school board election in latest release of unofficial results

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Dick Lemire retains third place in the Ramona Unified School District election, according to unofficial results from the San Diego County Registrar’s office Thursday afternoon.

Until Thursday’s results were released, Lemire was 1 vote ahead of incumbent Rodger Dohm, who now is fifth among the five candidates for school board.

With three seats on the school board open in this week’s election, incumbent Bob Stoody is the top vote-getter with 3,810 votes, incumbent Kim Lasley is second with 3,421 votes, and Lemire, a Navy veteran and math teacher at Chaparral High School in the Grossmont school district, is third with 3,083 votes.

Retired teacher Joyce Daubert is fourth with 3,068 votes, and Dohm has 3,063 votes.

There are about 150,000 mail and provisional ballots in the county yet to counted, according to the registrar’s website,

The county has until Dec. 2 to count the remaining ballots.

Art & Wine Festival nets about $19,500 for mural project


The rain stayed away Saturday for the second annual Ramona Art & Wine Festival, but the crowds and donations poured in to support the fundraiser for the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project.

“It was miraculous, especially as the rain stopped just as we were setting up,” said Elaine Lyttleton, chair of the festival.

Staged at the Amy Strong Castle at Mt. Woodson, the festival netted approximately $19,500 for the mural project, said Lyttleton. That represents about a $6,000 increase over last year’s proceeds.

High school band earns first in Festival of Bands

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Saturday, Oct. 25, was a day of firsts for the Ramona High School Royal Alliance band. Not only did the day mark the group’s first competition of the 2014 season, but it was the first competition under the guidance of first year teacher Zachary Christy.

Continuing with the theme of “firsts,” the Royal Alliance took first place band in its division, and the parade band took first place overall receiving the highest score Ramona High has ever earned at the annual Mt. Carmel

Division 3 director resigns from board


After learning late last week that his complaints against Ramona Municipal Water District will not be further investigated by the San Diego County Grand Jury, Rex Schildhouse has resigned from his seat on the water board.

“I’m tired of fighting a ‘one versus many’ type of war,” said Schildhouse, who was elected to represent Division 3 on the water board for a four-year term in 2012. Division 3 includes a southwest portion of San Diego Country

Ramona voters defeat Prop. Q, unofficial election results show

Election 2014

Unofficial results of Tuesday’s election show Proposition Q, Ramona Unified School District’s $40 million bond bid, losing, with 3,995 (54.04 percent) no votes and 3,398 (45.96 percent) yes votes.

Approximately 180,000 mail and provisional ballots in the county remain to be counted, San Diego County Registrar of Voters reports.

Early election results show Q failing

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With 36.7 percent of votes tallies, San Diego County Registrar of Voters shows Proposition Q, Ramona Unified School District’s bid for a $40 million bond bid, failing with 52.34 percent of voters saying No and 47.66 percent Yes votes.
In the race for school board, early results show Bob Stoody, Kim Lasley and Joyce Daubert ahead of Dick Lemire and Rodger Dohm.
For Ramona Community Planning Group, top voter-getters are David Ross, Kristi Mansol, Frank Lucio, Rick Terrazas, Robin Joy Maxson, Dan Scherer and Elio Noyas.
In Ramona Municipal Water District Division 2, Jim Hickle has 61.02 percent of the votes, with George Boggs registering 38.98 percent.

Red flag warning in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday

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With conditions ripe for a wildfire, San Diego County officials offer tips aimed at saving homes.
A National Weather Service red flag warning, signifying high wildfire danger, was issued through 5 p.m. Thursday for the inland valleys and mountains, where gusts could reach 60 mph and relative humidities could fall as low as 5 percent.
Brush should be cleared within 100 feet of homes — at least — but people should avoid using power mowers or weed cutters that could produce a disastrous spark while conditions are ripe for an out-of-control fire, county spokeswoman Yvette Moe said.
Any flammable materials should be moved away from homes, and tree branches that hang over roofs should be trimmed, she said.
The county developed an app that delivers news updates, maps, shelter locations, disaster planning templates and checklists. In the event of a wildfire or other emergency, that same information would be available at
Emergency information is also relayed via text messages to those who have signed up for the county’s “AlertSanDiego” cell phone notification service, officials said.

Major injury collision on I-8 sends several Ramonans to area hospitals


Several Ramonans were involved in a collision when their vehicle went down an embankment on Interstate 8 in the Jacumba area early Tuesday, and three people, including a 2-year-old boy, suffered major injuries, California Highway Patrol reported.

At approximately 7 a.m. a 21-year-old male from Ramona was driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger eastbound on I-8 when he allowed his vehicle to drift away from a direct course of travel, which caused his vehicle to travel down

Football Dawgs fall short in league title quest

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Dreams of a repeat Palomar League championship were dashed Thursday night in Rancho Bernardo as the Ramona Bulldogs lost to the RB Broncos 31-21.

Although the scoreboard showed the game was never fully out of reach for the Bulldogs, they just couldn’t seem to get into their usual rhythm. Rancho Bernardo was well-prepared and had the answers to the Bulldogs’ usually successful game plan.

Bulldogs lose Palomar League title to Rancho Bernardo


Thursday, Oct. 30—Ramona High School’s football team lost the Palomar League title to Rancho Bernardo 31-21 tonight.