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Palomar College student recuperating from meningitis

A student at Palomar College in San Marcos is recovering from meningococcal bacteria, but there is no known connection between the unidentified patient and a San Diego State University freshman who died Saturday of the bacterial disease, county health officials said today.

No one at the community college has reported close contact with the student, who attended only one class in the past three weeks, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

Director’s No vote ends water board meeting

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Ramona Municipal Water District’s board meeting Oct. 14 abruptly ended after two minutes because a vote to adopt the agenda failed, 2-1, so no agenda items could be addressed.

After the vote in which director Rex Schildhouse was the lone dissenter, board president Darrell Beck said he could not conduct a meeting without an agenda and therefore had to close the meeting.

Only three of the five directors were at the meeting — Beck, Schildhouse and Joe Zenovic. Director George Foote was absent and Director Kit Kesinger has not attended a meeting in the past 1-1/2 years.

Three votes, a majority, were needed to adopt the agenda.

It wasn’t the first time Schildhouse did not approve adoption of the agenda. He voted no at the Sept. 9 meeting and abstained at the Aug. 12 meeting.

“I can’t get anything on the agenda, so I’m not going to approve it,” Schildhouse told the Sentinel. He has been at odds with the board since February over the requested format to place items on the agenda, as well as other complaints.

Schildhouse said he felt bad for members of the public who attended the meeting, but added, “I voted to my principles. It wasn’t to punish the board.”

Ramona trustees give initial nod to 28 bond oversight applicants

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Thanking the 28 people who applied to be on the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, Ramona Unified School District trustees gave conditional approval to them all.

Among other business at their meeting Oct. 21, trustees heard reports on student enrollment, Scholastic Aptitude Test results for 2013 graduates, and what Olive Peirce Middle School students are learning in their Project Lead the Way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) course titled Design and Modeling.

Authors Day, Harvest Festival, Walk for Life, and community theater among upcoming events

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RAMONA WALK FOR LIFE SUICIDE PREVENTION WALK, 4 to 7 p.m. Ramona High School track, 1401 Hanson Lane. A day of reflection, hope, resources, food, prizes and bands. Proceeds go to Ramona school programs focused on youth suicide prevention. More: kristinakrohne@gmail.com.

Palomar Health board election attracts 14 candidates

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Fourteen candidates are running for four seats on the Palomar Health Board in the Nov. 4 election. The boundaries of the taxpayer-supported, public health district include Ramona, Julian and Inland Corridor communities, and Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

Of the 14 candidates, 11 responded to a questionnaire by the deadline. One of the candidates, Dr. Marcelo R. Rivera, is a Ramona resident. Other candidates are: Dale Bardin, a businessman/technology specialist; Dara

Voters will select seven of 14 planning group candidates

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Voters will select seven of 14 candidates vying for a seat on the Ramona Community Planning Group in the Nov. 4 election. Each is for a four-year term. The 15-member elected group advises the county on planning and land use issues.

Monday is last day to register to vote in Nov.4 election

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Monday, Oct. 20, is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election.

If you’ve moved, changed your name or aren’t registered, you need to get your registration forms postmarked or turned in to the Registrar of Voters Office by the end of the day.

Crowds fill Station 80 grounds for Fire Department Open House

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For four hours on Saturday, guests of all ages packed onto and into Fire Station 80 for demonstrations, fire safety talks and materials, food, discussions with emergency preparedness workers and volunteers, and to sit inside fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. They also watched as emergency helicopters landed on the grounds of the fire stations, and then gathered around for a closer look.
Smokey Bear made an appearance, posing for photos, and Cal Fire rescue crews demonstrated how to extinguish various types of kitchen fires and how they remove a vehicle’s roof and doors to extricate accident victims.
Youngsters also had the opportunity to enter a coloring contest that promised a range of prizes. Among the numerous booths at the open house, members of Ramona High School’s Song Team sold baked goods and candy to raise money for their trip to competition in Florida in March.

Fire department to host open house on Saturday

Youngsters will have the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of fire engines, meet Smokey Bear and watch emergency helicopters land during Ramona Fire Department’s annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Among other activities will be up-close viewing of a Cal Fire dozer and a Mercy Air helicopter, Jaws of Life demonstrations and stove fire demonstrations. The family event will be at Fire Station 80, 829 San Vicente Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.
An interactive fire safety trailer, California Highway Patrol and San Diego County sheriff’s booths, and Ramona Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) booth are among other open house features.
Mexican food will be available, and music is planned.
Anyone wishing more information may call 760-788-2269.

Narcotics investigation results in arrests of 20 Ramonans today

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The culmination of a ten-month narcotics operation, initiated by the sheriff’s Ramona substation, resulted in the arrests of 23 people in the early morning today, and seizure of 72.2 grams of methamphetamine, five pounds of marijuana, 147 marijuana plants, and prescription pills, reported Lt. Rich Williams at the Ramona station.
Six search warrants were served by the sheriff’s department in Ramona, along with one search warrant in Carlsbad and one in La Mesa. Twenty people were arrested in Ramona, two in La Mesa and one in Carlsbad, according to the report.

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