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Ramona man, 57, dies while fishing on Lake Sutherland

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A kayaker who died at Lake Sutherland Saturday was identified Monday as a 57-year-old Ramona man .
San Diego Lifeguard divers recovered Leonard Kevin Jones’ body from the lake on Sunday morning, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A city worker noticed an upside down kayak at Lake Sutherland Dam just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Christine Robbins said.
The city worker told authorities the man, who frequently fished at the lake, had a heart condition, another sheriff’s official said. Fishing season at Lake Sutherland opened on Saturday.
Robbins said deputies checked the shoreline and asked for a helicopter to help in the search. A search-and-rescue team was unable to find Jones before dark, and the search was resumed about 7 a.m. Sunday.
Jones was declared dead at 9:36 a.m. Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was pending.
Lake Sutherland, owned by the city, is east of Ramona off state Route 78 and Sutherland Dam Road.
A kayaker who died at Lake Sutherland Saturday was identified Monday as a 57-year-old Ramona man .
San Diego Lifeguard divers recovered Leonard Kevin Jones’ body from the lake on Sunday morning, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ramona High’s boys basketball coach resigns

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David Reichner, head coach for the Ramona High School boys basketball team for three years, has submitted his resignation, effective immediately, Damon Baldwin, director of athletics at the school announced Friday.
“Ramona High School appreciates the three years of hard work and commitment Coach Reichner provided in his tenure here with our student athletes,” Baldwin said in an email. “Ramona High School wishes Coach Reichner success in his future.”
Ramona High will being a search process for Reichner’s replacement in the immediate future, said Baldwin.

Compare your Oscar picks with the Academy judges

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Who’s your Oscar choice for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director? See how you compare with the Academy Award judges.

County offers sandbags, road reminders as storms near

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With significant rain headed to the region, San Diego County is offering free sand and bags to residents in the unincorporated areas.

•In Ramona, sand and bags are available at Fire Station 82, 3410 Dye Road. Residents will need to bring a shovel to fill their bags.

•In Julian, sand and bags are available at Cal Fire Station 50, 1587 Highway 78. Bring a shovel.

Tow trucks respond to Wildcat Canyon Road accident; no injuries reported

Two tow trucks are responding to the scene of a two-truck collision at Wildcat Canyon and San Vicente roads, according to the California Highway Patrol website.

The accident was reported at 5:08 p.m. and, according to the CHP, is near a 25 mph curve in the road. One truck is in the road and one is off the road and 20 feet down, reports CHP, noting no injuries are reported.

The northbound lane will be blocked until the accident scene is cleared.

Soccer signups, tax help, ‘Band on the Run’ among activities on Ramona’s Calendar of Events

DOS PICOS PARK FREE SATURDAY PROGRAMS, 17953 Dos Picos Park Road. Snakes ‘N Skins 1 to 1:30 p.m.; Junior Rangers 1 to 2 p.m.; Craft Time 2 to 3 p.m.; Earth Ball 4 to 4:30 p.m. More: co.san-diego.ca.us/parks/actguide.html or 760-789-2220.

Ramona chamber invites community to mural unveiling Saturday

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The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project will unveil its latest mural on Saturday Feb. 8, at 10 a.m.

The mural is on the side of the Affordable Treasures building at 677 Main St. Sponsored by members of Ramona Chamber of Commerce, the mural is a reproduction of a painting by the late Ramona artist Louise Shidner. It depicts historic commerce on Ramona’s Main Street.

Italian royalty meets Ramona royalty

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An Italian prince spent a day in Ramona last week with the town’s royalty, learning the western-style of living, earning a belt buckle, and expressing a desire to come back for the rodeo.

“It has been an incredible day for me, something totally new,” Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Piedmonte and Venice, told a group of Ramonans at the end of a long day of filming Jan. 22.

Five RHS scholar/athletes qualify for scholarships

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The National Football Federation Scholarship committee has informed Ramona High School football coach Damon Baldwin that five RHS senior scholar/athletes have qualified for scholarships.

Garrett Dart, Tanner “T-Bone” Williams, Michael Hoover, Travis Kerchner, and Tanner Williams have qualified for the National Football Foundation Scholarship.

Cycling races capture interests of Cappos siblings

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As Jaron Cappos races to the top of his mountain bike competitions, his sister, Stassa, is there to capture the moments.

Together they make a good team.

Fifteen-year-old Jaron took part in the Socal Endurance Race Series at Vail Lake in Temecula last weekend, placing first in the junior division on Saturday, and third on Sunday.

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