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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.

Friendships spring from Wednesday night bike rides

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They range in age from 15 to 67, but the friendship they share, developed from their passion for cycling, transcends the different generations.

Every Wednesday evening a group of cyclists begin to gather at 5:15 at Kirk’s Bike Shop, 619 Main St. They take off at 5:30 for a 20- to 30-mile ride.

“We ride at the same time year-round,” said Kirk Newell, owner of the bike shop.

Recognizing Sheriff’s Night Out Against Crime

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Standing in front of the sheriff’s Ramona station at Main Street and Montecito Road on Aug. 5, Crime Prevention Specialist Barbara Wallace reminds the community that it’s the Sheriff’s Night Out Against Crime with a row of Burma Shave-type signs. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which recognized the event across the county, said Night Out Against Crime is a day when communities take a stand to let criminals know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Two of Wallace’s signs say “Crime is low” and “Because you care.”

Second-grader receives hero’s dinner at Ramona fire station

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A 6-year-old Ramona boy credited with saving his grandmother’s life was the center of attention at a dinner in his honor at Ramona Fire Station 81.

Xavier Mumaw seemed more interested in the pizza and personal tour of the fire equipment and ambulance he received from the station’s crew than in all the attention showered on him.

Ramona Idol 2014 attracts variety of talent

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Music at this year’s Ramona Idol, part of Ramona Country Fair, ran the gamut from rock ‘n roll and country to show tunes and oldies from the ’40s and ’50s with talented singers entertaining a crowd.

About 35 contestants competed in the quarterfinals of Ramona Idol with 22 advancing to the semifinals Saturday night, Aug. 2.

The winners were announced Sunday evening and a tribute to the military was presented. Held in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, the contest experienced some weather-related issues that caused a one-hour delay Saturday and sound

Supervisors adopt Ramona Village Design plan

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A new zoning plan for Ramona’s town center that has been in the works for 10 years takes effect 30 days from its approval by San Diego County Board of Supervisors on July 30.

“This is a big day for Ramona,” Carol Fowler, vice chair of the Ramona Village Design Group, told the supervisors.

The Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes and a similar plan for Alpine, along with amendments to Fallbrook’s village zoning regulations were grouped together for adoption.

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