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Planners keep two sections of bypass on priority lists

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Two of the three phases of the proposed South Bypass remain on Ramona’s recommended road priority lists.

The Dye Road Extension, also known as Phase 2 of the South Bypass, was included in a Top 14 list of capital improvement project priorities by a majority of the Ramona Community Planning Group at its April 3 meeting.

Phase 1 of the South Bypass, extending Dye Street from state Route 67 and Mussey Grade Road to Dye Road, didn’t make the Top 14 but was added to a list of road projects that the planning group is recommending the county pursue with Caltrans.

Escondido man dies in Santa Ysabel motorcycle crash

Sunday, April 6—The man killed in a motorcycle crash near Lake Henshaw on Saturday was identified today as a 27-year-old Escondido resident.
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the rider of a 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout motorcycle lost control at an unknown speed on a curve in westbound state Route 76 near East Grade Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.
Bettencourt said the rider veered to the right, struck a boulder and was thrown from the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist died at the scene, Bettencourt said.

‘Tree Dreams’ opens with artist’s reception on Saturday

Artwork by landscape painter Joan Boyer is featured in a one-person show titled “Tree Dreams” in Santa Ysabel Gallery from April 5 through May 18.

A reception for the artist will be in the gallery, 30352 Highway 78, on Saturday, April 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Ramona couple quickly assist two victims in solo accident on Pamo road

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A man and woman were aided by a Ramona couple Friday evening, shortly after the car they were in flipped on its side on Pamo Road as it heads down to Orosco Ridge

Rod and Barbara Hepburn were driving down Pamo Road when they saw the car on its driver’s side, just after 6 p.m.

Barbara Hepburn said the female driver was pinned under the car between the window and the pavement.

Fire destroys storage building on Starvation Mountain Road

Fire destroyed an agricultural storage building on Starvation Mountain Road near Highland Valley Road Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.
The 500-square-foot wood frame building with corrugated aluminum siding in the 19000 block of Starvation Mountain Road was packed with personal items, said Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Department Battalion Chief Burke Kremensky. He did not have a damage estimate as of Thursday.
Responding to the call, which came at 2:15 p.m., were Ramona Fire Department, Cal Fire, San Diego County Fire Authority and San Pasqual and Lakeside fire departments.
Although there was access to the location, Kremensky said, “Water was a concern. We ended up ordering up three water tenders.”
Those tenders came from Lakeside, San Pasqual and San Diego County Fire Authority.
The cause is under investigation.
According to Kremensky, the homeowners were home and said they heard what sounded like an explosion.
“We couldn’t determine a cause because the building had so much storage,” he said.
San Diego Gas & Electric also responded to secure the building’s power. Firefighters left the scene about 7 p.m., said Kremensky.

Kindergarten registration starts at Ramona elementary schools

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year in the Ramona Unified School District started this week.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Those who will be age 5 on or between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 will be in TK. Youngsters who will be 5 years old on or after Dec. 3 will be eligible to start school in 2015-16.
Registration packets are at the elementary schools. Students will attend the school closest to their residence. Parents who do not know which school their child should attend may call the district’s Education Services office at 760-787-2012.

Ramona Calendar of Events

LITTLE PEOPLE’S LEARNING CENTER AUCTION AND CARNIVAL, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 3394 Chapel Lane. Magic show, carnival games, fun house, inflatable jump, barbecue dinner at 5:30 p.m., art show, silent auction. Benefits scholarships and playground improvements. Dinner and show tickets $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Carnival games, 50 cents. More: 760-789-3435.

Ramona Senior Center lines up week’s activities, menus

Ramona Senior Center at 434 Aqua Lane is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals also are delivered to the homebound.

Suggested lunch donation for seniors age 60 and older and for the homebound is $4. Transportation is $1. Lunch for a non-senior guest of a senior is $6. For reservations and more information, call 760-789-0440.

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Ramona’s first homeless count triggers Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive

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Ramona’s first Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive is taking place through Easter Sunday to benefit the homeless in the community.

The volunteers who counted the homeless during the 2014 “We All Count” effort in January found 21 visibly homeless persons living outdoors in Ramona — one appeared to be a teenager — and they know there are more.

Squirrels have a yen for gazanias

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Squirrels apparently have a thing for gazanias.

That’s what volunteers learned after they planted rows of the colorful flowers at the Welcome to Ramona monument at state Route 67 and Highland Valley Road several months ago.

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