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Ladies, are you interested in becoming a deputy sheriff?

sheriffThe 2nd Annual Women Warrior Fitness Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Academy grounds.  This event was created in an effort to get more women into sworn law enforcement positions with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.  The Women Warrior Fitness Invitational allows interested women the opportunity to test their physical abilities in a non-threatening environment.  The participants are also given the opportunity to speak with women currently in sworn law enforcement positions.  Absolutely no males, spectators, or children.  Non-participants are not allowed and will be turned away.  For more information, click here.

Public Works clears mud and debris from Needles Highway

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Needles District Maintenance Supervisor Donald Toy took the picture to the left of the storm damage across Needles Highway following a series of thunderstorms this month.

The many storms that affected a huge portion of San Bernardino County on August 3 from the foothills of the valley to the Colorado River caused the Board of Supervisors to declare an emergency in order to seek state and federal disaster funds.

The single largest drainage system in eastern San Bernardino County are the Piute Washes on Needles Highway. This watershed magnet collects precipitation from as far away as the Sacramento Mountains, 30 miles to the west to the Piute Range that protects the Mohave National Preserve’s eastern border into Nevada. This flow of rain runoff will at times travel from as far away as Searchlight, Nevada 70 miles to the north. The runoff destination is the Colorado River which is 300 yards east of the Piute Washes north of Needles.

Motorists to Laughlin, Nevada who use Needles Highway will witness flows from Piute Washes causing road closures as maintenance crews wait so debris can be removed. Sometimes, drivers are stranded between washes and must wait for the water to subside before venturing forward.
This week, Public Works crews cleared the mud and debris and got the highway opened up quickly as seen on the right. This is an example of how Government Works.
Final Government Works Stamp

Alabama Street reopened between Highland and Redlands

alabamaredlandsalabamareopenedAlabama Street between the cities of Redlands and Highland reopened today for more than 12,000 motorists who rely on the thoroughfare each day.

The San Bernardino County Flood Control District, along with the City of Highland, the City of Redlands, the City of San Bernardino and the Inland Valley Development Agency and dignitaries celebrated the opening this morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Alabama has been closed seven times since 2003 for damage to the roadway caused by storm flows from City Creek. The project started in November of 2013 and consisted of construction of two 48-foot-wide by 169-foot-long arch culverts at City Creek; roadway widening and paving; concreted rock slope protection, and the installation of new electric, gas and communication lines. The project was completed on time and under budget. The completed project meets the FEMA-approved 100-year flood capacity and the water-carrying capacity of the road crossing is now increased by more than 600 percent.

The project was completed at a construction cost of $2,350,010. More than 95 percent was funded by grants from the Federal Highway Administration and the state Office of Emergency Services. The remaining costs were shared by the San Bernardino County Flood Control District, the City of Highland, the City of Redlands, the City of San Bernardino and the Inland Valley Development Agency.

Doggie Pool-ooza: End of summer fun for canines and humans

spaniel puppy ready for a bathAs the dog days of summer come to an end and the regular summer swim season closes, San Bernardino County Regional Parks hosts its Doggie Pool-ooza event at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario on Saturday, September 6th. During this annual event owners can bring their four legged pals, who have had to endure the summer in a fur coat, for one last dip in the cool pool.

The event is sponsored by the Rancho Regional Veterinary Hospital, the VCA Central Animal Hospital, and Ontario Spay and Neuter, who will be providing discounted nail trimming for $5 and $15 micro-chipping. The event will also include vendor booths, Li ’l Dog Races and other contests, such as the K-9 Swimsuit Competition, Talent Show and Barking contest. There will be demonstrations on pet first-aid and a Humane Society workshop. Don’t miss the Disc Dogs Frisbee Show at 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

If you don’t already have a pet, there will be on-site adoption opportunities from Animals R First Fund, Grey Save, Rescue Works!, Upland Animal Services, and Hope to Home for Cats. There will be a food truck area for all human attendees, including the Baby’s Bad-Ass Burgers, the Bakery Truck, California Grill Truck, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, and the Rolling Sushi Truck. To cool the humans off, Snowie’s California will have their shaved ice on sale including a syrup station to put your own flavors on the icy treat.

Friends of Regional Parks will there be collecting slightly used/clean blankets, bags of dry dog food, and other dog supplies to be donated to local pet shelters. Each item donated will enter participants into a drawing for fabulous pet prizes.

Canine participants must be six-months-old, have a current license and proof of up-to-date vaccinations, and must be on a six-foot leash when not in the pool.

Entry fee is $5 per person and $1 per canine participant, parking is free with admission.  The event is on Saturday, September 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park. The park is located at 800 North Archibald Avenue, Ontario, Ca 91764. For more information call the San Bernardino Regional Parks Department at (909) 387-2461. For more details, visit http://1.usa.gov/1te2sSm.

Register now for the September Children’s Network Conference

cn_logoRegistration is open for the Sept. 24 and 25 Children’s Network Conference.
Now in its 28th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine, and nursing. The 54 workshops will highlight topic including autism, bullying, father involvement, domestic minor sex trafficking, school safety, internet safety, and youth suicide prevention.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED) and Jennifer Rodriguez, a former Foster Youth and Executive Director of the Youth Law Center (YLC) will be the keynote speakers. Workshop and registration information can be found on the Children’s Network website http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

If you have any questions, please contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677.

County seeks more public input on renewable energy

sparcforumThe County wants to hear from you to help Land Use Services develop a renewable energy and conservation element for incorporation into the General Plan.

Land Use Services has created a public participation program called the San Bernardino County Partnership for Renewable Energy and Conservation (SPARC) and began collecting input online and in a series of three community workshops held around the county.

Many of you participated in round one of public workshops and now it is time for round two. This month, the County is hosting a second round of workshops where you can learn more about the County’s renewable energy plan and share your thoughts on the draft goals. The goals will guide development of the County’s Renewable Energy Element. Find the workshop closest to you:

  •  Yucca Valley – August 216-8 p.m. Community Center, Yucca Room (57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284)
  •  Big Bear Lake – August 25, 6-8 p.m. Big Bear Fire Department #281 (41090 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315)
  •  Barstow – August 266-8 p.m. First Baptist Church (1320 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311)
  •  Hesperia – August 286-8 p.m. Hesperia Library (9650 Seventh Avenue, Hesperia, CA 92345)
  •  San Bernardino – August 2910 a.m.-12 p.m. Covington Chambers, County Government Center (385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415)

A third round of public workshops is expected in the fall. Read what others are saying, share your own ideas now at www.SPARCForum.organd plan to participate at one of the upcoming meetings.

An interactive website, www.SPARCForum.org, provides 24-hour public access to project information and opportunities to engage in all phases of updating the General Plan. SPARC Forum also provides access to people who cannot attend public workshops.

More about SPARC: The San Bernardino County Partnership for Renewable Energy and Conservation (SPARC) will provide a framework for renewable energy development while protecting communities and natural resources. Community input will help shape the drafting of a County General Plan Renewable Energy Element for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.

Questions? Visit www.SPARCForum.org or contact the County Land Use Services Department at (909) 252-5105.

Attend the Quakes game for Save Your Home SB County Night

SaveYourHomeTeam Save will be at the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game on Sunday, August 17th.

It will be Save Your Home San Bernardino County night.  Plus, Supervisor Janice Rutherford will be throwing the ceremonial first pitch!

Stop by the Team Save booth to get information on foreclosure prevention, credit counseling, down payment assistance and free legal assistance.

Spin the Prize Wheel for a chance to win tickets to a Quakes game. If you have any questions, contact Community Development and Housing at 909.387.4389.

Click here for more information.

First human cases of West Nile Virus in San Bernardino County

westnilevirusTwo human cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in the County of San Bernardino. These are the first confirmed human cases within the County this year. At this time last year, the County had a total of three confirmed cases and one death due to West Nile Virus. As of August 13, 2014, the California Department of Public Health has confirmed a total of 57 human cases and two deaths within the state due to West Nile Virus infection.

“We strongly encourage the public to be aware of the WNV activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family by taking appropriate precautionary measures,” said Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D., County of San Bernardino Health Officer. “People over 50 years old should be especially cautious, as they are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract WNV.”

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of West Nile Virus may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. However, some people may develop severe symptoms which can lead to brain inflammation or paralysis. The most effective way to avoid West Nile Virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

County of San Bernardino citizens can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking the following precautions:

  • DAWN and DUSK – Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active.
  • DRESS – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.
  • DRAIN – Remove or drain all standing water around your property where mosquitoes lay eggs (birdbaths, ponds, old tires, buckets, clogged gutters or puddles from leaky sprinklers).
  • DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET.   When using DEET, be sure to read and follow the label instructions.
  • DOORS – Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.

The public can participate in the West Nile Virus surveillance program by reporting dead birds to the State West Nile Virus toll-free hotline at (877) WNV – BIRD (968-2473) or at www.westnile.ca.gov.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Mosquito and Vector Control Program at www.sbcounty.gov/dehs, or call the Communicable Disease Section (CDS) at 1 (800) 722-4794. Continuous health information on West Nile Virus and other health topics can be found on the CDS Facebook page at http://www.facebook/CommunicableDiseaseSection .

Alabama to reopen to traffic by noon on Wednesday

roadopeningThe San Bernardino County Flood Control District, along with the City of Highland, the City of Redlands, the City of San Bernardino and the Inland Valley Development Agency, are happy to announce the upcoming reopening of Alabama Street between Highland and Redlands.  Alabama will be open by noon on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Alabama has been closed seven times since 2003 for damage to the roadway caused by storm flows from City Creek.  The project started in November of 2013 and consisted of construction of two 48-foot-wide by 169-foot-long arch culverts at City Creek; roadway widening and paving; concreted rock slope protection, and the installation of new electric, gas and communication lines. The project was completed on time and under budget. The completed project meets the FEMA-approved 100-year flood capacity and the water-carrying capacity of the road crossing is now increased by more than 600 percent.

The project was completed at a construction cost of $2,350,010. More than 95 percent was funded by grants from the Federal Highway Administration and the state Office of Emergency Services. The remaining costs were shared by the San Bernardino County Flood Control District, the City of Highland, the City of Redlands, the City of San Bernardino and the Inland Valley Development Agency.

Thanks to the improvements, a recent storm passed freely through the new arch. The reopening of Alabama will be great news to the 12,000 motorists who have come to rely on this thoroughfare each day.

More information is available by calling the San Bernardino County Flood Control District at (909) 387-7920.

Firefighters battle early morning market fire

firelakearrowheadAt 1:49 a.m. Wednesday, dispatch received a call from a citizen who said they could see smoke on the north side of Lake Arrowhead near the area of Highway 173 and Yosemite Road.
Units were checking the area when a second report came in from an alarm company that a burglar/fire alarm was activated at the Jensen’s Minute Shoppe (aka Jensen’s Market).
Additional units were dispatched and arrived at the historical landmark within minutes and using the water cannon/monitor from on top of the fire engine, attacked the building, quickly extinguishing the exterior of the rapidly growing fire with 1,500 gallons of water per minute.
The 2nd alarm blaze had spread into the attic space, causing the roof to bow and portions of the ceiling to collapse.  Firefighters made forced entry and pulled portions of the ceiling down, exposing the attic space and preventing additional fire spread.
It took firefighters approximately 40 minutes to bring the fire under control; keeping the fire contained to one side of the building.  Firefighters were instrumental in saving two adjacent businesses, with little to no damage sustained.
In all, five County Fire engines and one heavy rescue unit, along with one CalFire engine, for a total of 22 firefighters, responded to the incident.  Local mountain fire stations were backfilled with County Fire engines from the Valley.
A San Bernardino County Fire Investigator determined the fire started in the attached utility room to the west side of the business.  The fire remains under investigation, however has been ruled accidental in nature.
Preliminary structural damage is estimated at over $250,000, with interior and content damage at over $100,000.  No injuries were sustained.  At the time of the fire, a portion of Lake Arrowhead was without power. It is unknown at this time if the power outage had any correlation with the cause of the fire.
Jensen’s has been a Lake Arrowhead community icon since 1981 and is well known for its deli services.
San Bernardino County Fire reminds you that it is never safe to enter a structure where there is a suspected or confirmed fire. The best action is to safely evacuate and then call 911 from a location outside of the burning structure. No belongings are worth losing one’s life.
 
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