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Monthly Archives: March 2014
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health is relocating its Adelanto Health Center to a larger, more accessible place on April 1. The new center, located at 11336 Bartlett Avenue, Suite 11, in Adelanto will improve privacy, increase service hours to meet patient demand, increase the number of patient exam rooms and expand the types of health services available to patients. The new center is within walking distance of the previous school-based location at the Westside Park Elementary School, 18270 Casaba Road #304 in Adelanto.
The new Adelanto Health Center will provide primary medical care, pediatrics and reproductive health services. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment at the new Adelanto Health Center, contact the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health Clinic Operations at 1-800-722-4777. Services may be at no cost to the patient if they qualify for publicly-funded programs. For those that do not qualify for publicly-funded programs, services are low cost and fees are based on patient income. The Health Center accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare and private pay. If you do not have health coverage, assistance is available to apply for Medi-Cal.
The Probation Department conducted a multi-agency probation compliance operation in the Morongo Valley Thursday night focusing on probationers and AB 109 offenders on supervised release due to the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.
Probation compliance and enforcement efforts targeted offenders residing in the Morongo Valley, specifically the cities of Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twenty Nine Palms and Landers.
The Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole Agents teamed with Probation Officers to conduct the sweep. Fifty-six probation officers and support staff were deployed. Total personnel involved in the operation were 73, including 2 probation narcotics K9 teams.
This operation was part of the Probation Department’s on-going mission to conduct saturation compliance operations in which every supervised offender within a specific city or area is targeted for contact. The department accomplishes this by redeploying officers from throughout the county to focus on the target city.
Offenders found to be violation of their terms of release and believed to represent a risk to public safety were arrested immediately.
Offenders with technical violations of probation or simply at risk for re-offense were referred to receive follow-up programming or resources that will assist them in complying with probation terms and succeeding on supervised release.
During the course of the operation 129 home visits and five arrest warrant services were attempted. This resulted in 90 contacts with AB 109 offenders or probationers. The operation produced 16 arrests, two handguns, a Taser, six grams of methamphetamine, five grams of marijuana and one hashish lab.
“Tonight’s compliance sweep in the Morongo Valley is an example of our efforts to conduct field operations everywhere in the county, in both urban and rural areas,” said Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray Brown. “And, offenders who choose to violate the law or represent a risk to the community while on supervised release will be arrested.”
The zoo currently operates on a leased 2.5 acre site in the City of Big Bear Lake. The lease agreement at that site expired in February 2009 and operation of the facility has continued on a month-to-month basis. Following a lengthy planning process, the Board approved the relocation to 3/4 of a mile north of the existing facility at the intersection of Moonridge Road and Club View Road.
The relocation of the zoo will enhance the facility’s image and visibility, upgrade the animal care facilities, and provide an educational and entertaining environment for visitors. About 160 animals and a total of 64 species will be relocated. The project also includes the demolition and remediation of the existing zoo property after the new facility is constructed.
Here is a link to plans for the new site: Plans for zoo relocation
Visit the website at http://bigbearzoo.org/
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the SFMA to operate the farmer’s market in front of the hospital south of the main entrance for one year.
When a patient is being discharged from the hospital or seen in an outpatient clinic, their medical provider educates them about their weight and healthy eating habits and the presence of the farmer’s market will reinforce those ideas. By hosting a weekly farmer’s market, visitors and patients will be able to purchase fresh, locally grown produce and artisan breads once a week. About 69 percent of adults who live in San Bernardino County are overweight or obese. The implementation of the farmer’s market will enhance ARMC’s commitment to promoting health and wellness as part of the Countywide Vision.
More details about dates and times of the farmer’s market to come.
Sustainable landscaping and edible gardening are the focus of a Garden Festival planned for the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The festival, which will include presentations and resources from local organizations, is organized by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Festival activities are included with paid museum admission; lunch will be offered for an additional fee of $10.
Keynote speaker Dona Jenkins, the UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener Program Coordinator, will kick off the program at 9 a.m. speaking on the topic of How to Become a Master Gardener. Presentations on “What’s Bugging Your Plants,” “Companion Gardening,” “Edible Landscaping/Drought Tolerant Gardening,” and “Container Gardening” will follow at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. respectively. The “Container Gardening” program will be offered in both English and Spanish.
Master Gardeners are community volunteers who join with the University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) with a mission “to extend research based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of California.” Master Gardeners have given over two million hours of volunteer time since the program’s inception in California in 1980.
University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) has been helping people solve their agricultural and horticultural problems since 1913 when Extension Agents (now Farm Advisors) supervised “Victory” gardens during World War I and II. They have helped agriculturalists and home and community gardeners ever since. In addition to serving the needs of agricultural industry, UCCE also supports research and education in the areas of youth development and family and consumer sciences, using thousands of volunteers to extend the research based information and knowledge to its California clientele. This is accomplished through partnerships with growers and others in the agriculture industry, with nutrition education programs, with 4-H Youth Development programs, and with the various “Master” programs such as Master Composter, Master Naturalist, and Master Gardener programs.
The San Bernardino County Master Gardeners also plan to hold a Garden Festival at the San Bernardino County Museum’s main facility in Redlands on May 31.
The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student). Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.
On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park will hold its annual Spring Festival and Egg Hunt. With a wide variety of activities, the whole family can get in on the fun. Kids of all ages will enjoy bounce houses, face painting, game booths, arts & crafts, and an egg decorating contest. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park is your one stop for Easter enjoyment. Read more about it here: 2014 Spring Festival and Egg Hunt
Mark Campbell will present an overview of prehistoric peoples of the Mojave Desert at a San Bernardino County Museum guest lecture on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture at the Redlands museum is free and open to the public.
“There has been a human presence in the Mojave Desert for at least the last 10–12,000 years,” said Campbell. “While the people inhabiting the Mojave Desert at the time of European contact shared many things in common, they had subtle differences often overlooked by those not familiar with the desert.”
Campbell earned his BA in anthropology from CSU Fresno and took graduate courses at CSU Northridge. He has taught as an adjunct instructor of anthropology at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA and as adjunct instructor of anthropology and philosophy at Cerro Coso Community College at Edwards AFB. His interests include early Western Mojave Desert prehistory, the development of sedantism among hunter/gathers, and late Pleistocene paleobotany of the western and central Mojave Desert. He is currently involved in a volunteer study of a large prehistoric quarry site in southeast Kern County.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Admission to the evening guest lecture is free, and parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.
Back in September, residents and stakeholders turned out in large numbers for a spirited discussion about the future of Joshua Tree during a special community planning workshop conducted by the County.
Experts on the issues raised in September from the County and other agencies will be available to answer questions and discuss additional concerns. Topics will include the desired character of the community of Joshua Tree, environmental concerns, renewable energy, transportation, bike and pedestrian facilities, tourism, housing, and incorporation.
The community is invited to participate from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. The meeting will begin with a brief recap of the comments received in September then move quickly into an open house format where residents may meet individually with representatives from County departments and other agencies.
For more information about the meeting, contact Michelle McCoy at the Land Use Services Department at (909) 252-5105 or email Michelle.McCoy@lus.sbcounty.gov.
Visitors of all ages can take a hands-on journey into the world of bugs at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands during Insectival on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Insectival activities are included with paid museum general admission.
Explore the fascinating world of arthropods—insects, arachnids, myriapods, and more. Family fun activities include insect games, take-home creepy-crawly craft creations, Believe It or Not bugs trivia, insect stories and activities, and live insect encounters in the museum’s courtyard and Exploration Station. Special guests will be on hand to display and answer questions about popular captive bugs.
Entomology students from the University of California, Riverside will show a variety of living arthropods that visitors can touch. Students will share their wealth of knowledge about all sorts of insects and other bugs.
Reservations are now being accepted for a one-day trip to Dos Palmas Oasis on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Led by San Bernardino County Museum Director Robert McKernan, the excursion will focus on birds that visit the oasis during spring migration. The day will end with a visit to the north end of the Salton Sea. Reservations are required.
The Dos Palmas Preserve is located near the northeast margin of the Salton Sea. The oasis encompasses a rich mosaic of desert habitats and important wetlands. Participants will search for migrant birds here and at the north end of the Salton Sea. All guests will meet at the County Museum in Redlands by 6:00 a.m. for an early departure and return to the museum about 5 p.m. The cost of $70 per person or $60 for a Museum Association member includes transportation, morning coffee, lunch, water, and light snacks. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes, dress in layers, and bring a hat, sunscreen, a bird field guide, and binoculars. This trip, organized by the San Bernardino County Museum Association, includes some walking on gravel and sand. Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Reserve no later than March 21.
To make reservations, call Melissa Sanchez at (909) 798-8625 or visit the museum’s website to download a reservation form. The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org or call (909) 307-2669.