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Teenager dies after suffering heat-related illness hiking Three Sisters Falls

Update, Thursday, July 24—The County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 18-year-old female who died after hiking at Three Sisters Falls in Julian on July 22 as Yasmen Vidales of San Diego.

According to the medical examiner the cause of death was heatstroke due to environmental exposure. The report states that Vidales was hiking with a friend but they ran out of water and upon returning to the car area on Boulder Creek Road, she became unresponsive. Paramedics arrived after 911 was called and Vidales was airlifted to Sharp Grossmont emergency department where despite aggressive attempts at resuscitation, she was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m., stated the

Gardening: Big harvests begin with small supply list

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As a 20-plus year veteran of Ramona gardening, Maggie Johnson knows what it takes to be successful in our climate. She grows a large variety of vegetables and herbs that she features in her exotic ethnic cuisine.

But no matter what type of food you enjoy, gardening can involve as much—or as little—investment in supplies as the gardener wishes. For the time and money involved, vegetable gardeners reap what they sow, enjoying the benefits of fresh taste and personal achievement.

Ramona father of two killed in motorcycle accident

A 39-year-old Ramona man died Friday night, July 18, when his motorcycle collided with a car near Barona Resort & Casino, according to authorities.

James Oliver Gansch, a married father of two, was actively involved in the Ramona community and was a huge supporter of Ramona football, according to information posted on a fundraising account website page established by friends of the family.

Former crane operator, cantor who helped establish Etz Chaim congregation turns 100 this fall

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Operating heavy equipment during the week and singing at a Jewish congregation on the weekends proved to be an unusually harmonious combination for Albert Wollner, who will turn 100 this fall.

“He worked outdoors for his job,” said his son, Shaun Wollner, 68. “But he’d come home every night and practice singing.”

Albert and his late wife, Marcia, moved to Ramona in 1976.

Softball’s 12U All Stars slug it out in three games at state

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Ramona Girls Softball’s 12U All Star team enjoyed three games before their 10-4 loss to French Valley at the Amateur Softball Association’s (ASA) state championships last weekend in Lancaster.

“The girls played with heart, teamwork and had impeccable sportsmanship,” said coach Sean Jackson. “These girls represented Ramona with pride. I cannot single out any one player, as they all deserve mention. This team is the embodiment of team work!”

Pony Baseball teams find tough competition at championship tournaments

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Two Ramona Pony Baseball teams, 12U and 7U Pinto Red, competed in championship tournaments during the past week.

The 12U boys team played in the Super Regionals in Whittier, which is similar to a state tournament. The Ramona team lost its first game on July 17 to West Covina by a score of 19-9, after leading in the fourth inning by 8-1.

On Saturday, the boys dropped a game to Murrieta, 3-2.

SigAlert canceled for SR-78 at Horizon View

Monday, 4:17 p.m.—CHP reports that the Sig Alert has been canceled for state Route 78 west of Horizon View where an accident occurred.

Monday, 4 p.m. —A Sig Alert has been issued on state Route 78 at Horizon View due to a traffic collision with a major injury, reports California Highway Patrol.

Both lanes on SR-78 are blocked, states the CHP website. The Sig Alert is estimated to last until around 4:45 p.m.

Trash truck hits tree branch, triggering Mussey Grade Road closure

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A trash truck collided with a large oak tree branch leaning over Mussey Grade Road this afternoon, causing the roadway to be covered with branches and limbs and impassable until the county can clear it.

The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. just past Dos Picos Park Road.

JoBeth Lytle, road supervisor for the county’s Ramona road station, estimated the road won’t be cleared for traffic until about 6:30 p.m.

Timeout with Tambo: Fired up and ready for the 2014 football season

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Joan (Thomsen) Snelling, a June 1953 graduate of Downey High School, moved to Ramona in July of the same year and has been serving Ramona ever since.

She attended San Diego State for one year before going to work for Pac Bell. She worked for Ma Bell for 31 years.

Snelling has been a member of every Ramona High School boosters club since 1953.

Bulldog Yoga

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“Stand like a proud warrior,” Emily Maehler instructed the Ramona High School football team.

And she wasn’t talking about a fighting stance or even a fierce mentality. She was leading the Bulldogs in a morning yoga class, an element new to this year’s summer football training.

“Yoga is great for strength, flexibility and injury prevention,” said head football coach and Athletic Director Damon Baldwin. “Many professional athletes, professional sports teams and college programs are incorporating yoga as a regular part

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