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District 50 Congressional candidates debate at Cuyamaca College on Sept. 26

Cuyamaca College will host the only debate between Rep. Duncan Hunter and challenger James Kimber in the campaign for the 50th Congressional District seat.
The debate is set for Friday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater, Building B, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, in Rancho San Diego.
“As an integral part of the East County community, Cuyamaca College is honored to host this debate between Congressman Duncan Hunter and James Kimber, as it will provide our students and area residents an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and the political process,” said Cuyamaca College President Mark J. Zacovic.
The debate is sponsored by Veterans Campaign, a nonpartisan, non-ideological organization with a mission to train veterans to run for public office. Kimber, a Democrat who works as a physician assistant, is a Navy veteran who spent 20 years in the service. Hunter, a Republican who has been a Congressman representing the area since 2009, served in the Marine Corps and continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Cuyamaca College has been ranked among the nation’s “best of the best” veteran-friendly schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine, and is the only community college in San Diego County to earn that distinction.
Debate moderators will be Seth Lynn, executive director of Veterans Campaign and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Carl Luna, a political science professor at San Diego Mesa College and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego. Luna also heads the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the debate begins. Candidates will have a 3-minute opening statement and a 1-minute rebuttal before questions begin.
There will be no cost for parking. Lots 1 and 2 provide the most direct access to the theater.
The sprawling 50th Congressional District includes Ramona, most of eastern and northern San Diego County, and stretches as far north as Temecula. Election Day is Nov. 4.

Vehicle flips on its side in San Vicente Road collision

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A pickup truck flipped over on its side after a collision with a mini van around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday on San Vicente Road near Vista Vicente Drive in San Diego Country Estates, California Highway reported.

The 37-year-old male driver of the flipped vehicle was transported to Pomerado Hospital with neck pain, said Capt. Robert Ramirez of the Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire. The 38-year-old male driver of the other vehicle and his 10-year-old male passenger were uninjured and released after they were checked by paramedics, he said.

Two squirrels test positive for plague on Palomar Mountain, county reports

Two squirrels captured on Palomar Mountain for routine monitoring tested positive for plague, a common occurrence during the warm weather months, county officials report. The squirrels were trapped last week at the Doane Valley Campground, according to the county Department of Environmental Health. “People need to remember not to feed or play with squirrels when [...]

County boosts fire protection with third helicopter

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San Diego County Supervisors today authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.

The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.

The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the county has leased a third helicopter until the end of October.

Couple saves abandoned dog after it was thrown over fence of their business lot

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Update, Wednesday, Sept. 24—According to the county, Dolly, a pit bull puppy found abandoned in a fenced-in Ramona business lot, was adopted Tuesday morning by a Poway man.

Original story—Getting behind in paperwork may have saved a dog’s life.

When Karen Tavares, vice president of Investigative Science and Engineering Inc. in Ramona, worked on Friday, Aug. 29, to catch up on paperwork, just before she left she found a puppy limping in the locked fenced-in area

Project Lifesaver program gets boost

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Spearheaded by the Kiwanis Club of Ramona, the Project Lifesaver program received a major boost to pay for upgraded equipment.

Ramona’s Project Lifesaver missing person’s locator system is the only one of its kind in the county. The late Gordon Zick, longtime Ramona Kiwanian and pharmacist, worked with the sheriff’s department to start the program in 2006, and Ramona Kiwanis, with support from the community, finances the program with the cooperation of the sheriff’s station in Ramona.

County creates website with San Vicente Road updates

Construction on the 18-month-long San Vicente Road Improvement Project began Monday and the county has set up a website for residents to check for periodic project updates and photos: www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/dpw/engineering/topprojects.html.

Brush fire reported at Poway Road/SR-67

Thursday, Sept. 18—Emergency crews are responding to the report of a quarter-acre brush fire at Poway Road and state Route 67. The call came about 3:55 p.m.

Health officials reports first cases of EV-D68 in county

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Three San Diego County children were among the first four cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory infection confirmed in California this year, California Department of Health and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Brush fire reported at Scripps Poway Parkway/Route 67

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Emergency crews are responding to a report of a brush fire in the vicinity of Scripps Poway Parkway and state Route 67.

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