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Saturday workshop targets fiscal health of Ramona school district


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

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


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


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.

New Year move shapes life for ‘87 grad

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Little did Todd Hollingsworth know that when he arrived in Boise, Idaho, on New Year’s Eve 20 years ago, fresh out of college, he was embarking on a move that would shape his career and his personal life.

The 1987 Ramona High School graduate had just earned his degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder. The problem was, there weren’t many jobs available in the aerospace engineering field at that time.

Christmas tree drop-off sites in Ramona, Country Estates


Ramona Disposal will provide two drop-off sites for this year’s Christmas trees: Village Shopping Center, 23662 San Vicente Road, and Ramona High School, 1401 Hanson Lane.

Drop-off dates are Dec. 28 and 29 and Jan. 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Only clean green trees will be accepted — no plastic bags, ornaments or yard waste.

Where Are They Now? Christmas Eve baby realizes his dream

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K.L. Osborne is a fifth generation Ramonan who returned home after living in several places in California, New Mexico, Texas and Missouri.

He was born on Christmas Eve in 1965 with club feet, which defined his young life. He wore a brace on his left foot to straighten it. His right foot required surgery. As a child, K.L. was told he would probably never be able to wear boots, making his dream of being a cowboy difficult.