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Testing shows one-third of fifth-graders at risk for obesity and diabetes


Testing fifth-graders in the Ramona Unified School District for obesity and diabetes risks this year showed that 35 percent of the students were considered at risk.

This was the eighth year the Palomar Health Community Action Council conducted the Transforming Obesity and Diabetes Awareness in Youth school-based screening program, said Nancy Roy, Ramona resident and community outreach liaison for Palomar Health. Roy provided the results at the Community Action Council meeting in Ramona Community Center on June 6.

Ramona High selects 2014 Bulldogs of the Year

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The Bulldog of the Year Award was initiated when Ramona High was not winning many games in any sports. The purpose of the award was to honor the student/athlete who made coaching a joy. Criteria for the award is leadership, character and athletic ability. The Bulldog of the Year exemplifies what being a Ramona athlete is all about.

Fundraiser nets $20,000 for Ramona Boys & Girls Club


Proceeds totaling approximately than $20,000 from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego Celebrity Golf Classic fundraiser will benefit the club’s Ramona branch.

The golf classic, hosted by San Diego Padre Yonder Alonso, was held June 5 at the Barona Creek Golf Club. About 70 golfers and 19 celebrities from the Padres, Chargers, NBA, University of San Diego Toreros, U.S. Soccer, Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) SeaLions, UT San Diego and local television stations joined Alonso for a sun-filled day of golf and fun.

Sheriff’s department searches for missing 66-year-old Ramona man

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A search is under way for a 66-year-old Ramona man who walked away from his residence in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road between 2:30 and 6:30 Tuesday morning.

Carl Lee Salayer suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. The white male is 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds and is described as being mostly bald with some gray hair and a gray moustache.

Covert to leave Palomar Health in August

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Palomar Health, the North County’s public health district, will be looking for a new president and CEO now that Michael Covert has announced his resignation.

Covert, in charge of Palomar Health since 2003, will leave on Aug. 15. He informed Palomar Health’s directors of his plans on May 30.

Those plans include becoming the regional market CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives St. Luke’s Health System in Houston, Texas. He will also be senior vice president for Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Luke’s parent

Sheriff’s reports

Three bicycles were among items stolen in a commercial burglary in the 1300 block of D Street the morning of June 6.

In addition to the bicycles, worth $100 each, DVD equipment valued at $450 and miscellaneous items totaling approximately $2,280 were stolen.

Among other reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona station:

Youth football camp begins June 17


Ramona Football Summer Camp for youths in the pee wee, junior midget and midget divisions is scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 17 to July 10.

Led by Ramona High School Athletic Director and head football coach Damon Baldwin, the camp will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ramona High School stadium, 1401 Hanson Lane.

Camp objectives and areas of daily emphasis will include introduction to weight training, football conditioning, core development training, and offensive, defensive and special teams football fundamentals.

Ramona High School selects 2014 Scholar Athletes


At the end of the school year Ramona High School’s Athletic Department presents three equally prestigious awards to male and female athletes: Scholar Athlete, Bulldog of the Year and Athlete of the Year. This article features the scholar athletes: Makayla Torsak and Garrett Wilcox.

Faillas win father-daughter national tennis championship


Ramona’s Greg and Jessica Failla won the United States Tennis Association’s National Father-Daughter tournament held recently at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
“To win a national championship is incredible,” said Greg, who noted that his 16-year-old daughter began playing tennis when she was 2 years old. “It’s an amazing time together.”

Air, ground search ends in arrest of man suspected of narcotics sales


A suspect who ran from law enforcement officials Wednesday morning at Main and Sixth streets was apprehended after a search that included a sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter and a canine unit, according to officials.

Deputies apprehended Ramona resident Luis Juarez, 23, who was wanted on narcotics charges, about 11 a.m. in the 600 block of E Street, said Sgt. John Boyce of the sheriff’s Ramona station.

Boyce said deputies had seen the suspect around 9:35 a.m. at a liquor store at Sixth and Main streets but he took off on a bicycle. He eventually ditched the bike and fled on foot, said the sergeant.