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Sixth-grade campers head for Cuyamaca

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Getting on the bus bound for weeklong sixth-grade camp at Lake Cuyamaca Monday morning are Mt. Woodson Elementary students, from left, MacKenzie Beam, Alexis Sampson, Michaela Burgos, MacKenzie Nolan and Christian Nettleton.

Volunteers count 21 homeless in Ramona

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About 1,300 volunteers — three in Ramona — took to the streets Friday in the annual countywide homeless count to give government agencies and charities an idea of how many people are living on the streets or in shelters.

Ramona volunteers Kathleen Kelley, Joe Minervini and U.S. Navy Chief Wiley Nowling met at 5:30 a.m. in the Jack in the Box parking lot at 1056 Main St., got into Minervini’s vehicle and spent the next three hours traveling throughout town to get as close a count as possible.

Ramona golfer and his team win national charity tournament at Pebble Beach

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Cortie Dove of Ramona and his golf partners took first place at the National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Golf Classic National Finals this month.

The team shot rounds of 60-58-59 for a 39-under-par total in the 54-hole, four-person scramble tournament played Jan. 17 to 19 at The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and the Pebble Beach Golf Links at the Pebble Beach Resorts in Pebble Beach.

Saturday workshop targets fiscal health of Ramona school district

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The school board has scheduled a community workshop for Saturday, Jan. 25, to discuss a long-term fiscal plan for the district. A bond measure in November 2014 will be among topics.

The workshop will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the performing arts center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. It will start with a brief presentation from the district and will be followed with public comments, questions and suggestions.

Cycling races capture interests of Cappos siblings

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As Jaron Cappos races to the top of his mountain bike competitions, his sister, Stassa, is there to capture the moments.

Together they make a good team.

Fifteen-year-old Jaron took part in the Socal Endurance Race Series at Vail Lake in Temecula last weekend, placing first in the junior division on Saturday, and third on Sunday.

Governor declares drought emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown today declared a drought emergency in California, prompting an environmental group to call on the San Diego County Water Authority to impose conservation measures.

State officials say this winter is shaping up as the driest in California history and the third consecutive dry year.

“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas,” Brown said. “I’ve declared this emergency and I’m calling all Californians to conserve water in

Town Hall team nominates ‘stand-out’ girl for chamber’s 2013 Citizen of Year award

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In what may be a first for Ramona Chamber of Commerce, a 9-year-old, 52-pound fourth-grader who stands 4 feet 3 inches tall is among 2013 Citizen of the Year nominees.

Alexavia Zetterberg, daughter of Regina and John Zetterberg, joins two publishers, a lawyer, a school board member, a psychiatrist and a plumber for consideration for the award. They’ll learn Sunday who will receive the honor.

New commander takes post at sheriff’s Ramona station

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With nearly 22 years of law enforcement experience in San Diego County, Lt. Hank Turner, the new commander of the sheriff’s Ramona station, is no stranger to the issues facing the community.

He comes to the Ramona station after serving two years on the sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force. His work there included supervising the 2013 undercover drug operation, known as Operation A Team, at Ramona, Poway and two other high schools that led to 19 arrest warrants, and dealing with an outdoor marijuana grow in the Ramona business park in 2011.

Ramona interior designer makes Cowboy Christmas debut

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In 1996, a year after she moved to Ramona, Marlene Holmquist traveled to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo and visited the Cowboy Christmas gift show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

She did not return to Las Vegas during NFR until 2013, when her involvement with Cowboy Christmas was as an exhibitor on behalf of her Luxury Ranch interior design business.

County sees increase in flu cases over last season

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The flu rate in San Diego County is up about 150 percent compared to last flu season, and infections might be peaking early, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

Since July 1, 357 flu cases have been reported to the county agency, compared to 216 during the same period the previous year.

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