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Academy-bound and preparing to serve

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Four Ramona High School 2014 graduates will be continuing their educations and preparing to serve the country.

Co-valedictorian Karl Sapper, Matt Lawler and Garrett Glaudini will be entering the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Travis Kerchner will be enlisting in the Navy and attending the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

Sapper earned a 4.5 grade point average and served in FUSION, a service club. He earned varsity letters in football and tennis, played volleyball and wrestled. He was a team captain, a Scholar Athlete of the Year and won the Coaches Award in

Student athletes train for fall sports

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School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean student athletes planning to compete in fall high school sports are taking it easy.

Many of those athletes are out nearly every day training and working up a sweat.

In fact, Bulldog Stadium is quite busy weekday mornings with football players performing drills on the turf and cross country athletes running around the track.

Trustees do what voters elected them to do — make difficult decisions

Kudos to Ramona Unified School District trustees. During their workshop meeting to discuss the make-up of a bond measure for the November ballot, they didn’t fall for “the more we ask for the more we’ll get in matching funds from the state” that was a sweetener when a previous board borrowed $25 million a decade ago.

San Diego County supervisors approve $5.08 billion budget

San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $5.08 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and a $4.87 billion spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The budget for the upcoming year — about 1.6 percent larger than the current year — includes $1.9 billion for the county Health and Human Services Agency and $1.6 billion for public safety.
“The new budget reflects the county’s rock-solid finances, along with our efforts to spend money as prudently as possible and to make sure we’re doing right by taxpayers,” board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said. “It includes additional money for fire protection as we enter what could be another brutal wildfire season.”
Public safety spending will be around 5.6 percent higher than this year, with funding for new fire equipment and information technology and communications projects for the County Fire Authority, improvements to the regional communications system, and additional staff for the Sheriff’s Department.
HHSA spending will be reduced around 5 percent because of Medi-Cal changes. However, more than 350 staff years are being added to implement new responsibilities associated with the federal Affordable Care Act.

Search continues for missing Ramona man

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Authorities continue to search for a 67-year-old Ramona man, missing from his home in the 17000 block of Handlelbar Road since early Tuesday morning.

Sgt. John Boyce of the sheriff’s Ramona station said residents can help by checking barns, sheds or other structures on their properties.

Carl Salayer, described as 6 feet, 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, mostly bald with some gray hair and a gray mustache, suffers from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

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.

Ramona deputies step up underage drinking patrols

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With Ramona high school graduations this week, the last article anyone wants to read is about graduates being severely injured or killed as a result of alcohol-related incidents.

For that reason, the Ramona Sheriff’s Substation has been doubling its enforcement level to focus on the Social Host Ordinance, underage drinking and minors in possession of alcohol during the two weeks surrounding high school graduations.

10U girls team wins tournament championship

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At Ramona Girls Softball’s 22nd annual Valley of the Sun Tournament last weekend, the Ramona league’s 10U All Star team won the championship of the silver division, beating the Navajo team 13-11.

The tournament drew 39 teams, representing approximately 468 girls, from 11 different leagues: Ramona, Coastal Bay, Navajo, Lakeside, Imperial Beach, French Valley, Alpine, Fallbrook, Peninsula, 4S Ranch and Tierra Canyon.

Woman caused SR-67 fatal crash as means of suicide, officials report

An East County freeway collision that killed two people last week was intentionally caused by one of the drivers as a means of killing herself, the Medical Examiner’s Office reported Monday.
Trista Lynn Stier, 29, purposely drove her pickup the wrong way and at high speed on state Route 67 in Lakeside about 3:15 p.m. Friday and crashed it into an oncoming truck just south of Winter Gardens Boulevard, according to the county agency.
Medics took Stier and the other driver, 49-year-old Douglas Menegos of Alpine, to trauma centers, where both were pronounced dead later in the afternoon.
The medical examiner ruled Stier’s death a suicide. The reason for that determination was not made public.

Jackson’s pole vault earns her spot at state meet

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Ramona High School senior Courtney Jackson will conclude her high school track and field career with the CIF state meet Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

The athletes with the top three performances in each event at the CIF San Diego Section finals May 31 at Mt. Carmel High School qualified for the state meet. Jackson’s distance of 11 feet, 7 inches in the girls pole vault was second overall and first among Division II girls.

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