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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sirens, robots and dogs, oh my!

sirensanddogsActivities abound at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, May 10. Lights! Sirens! Safety! is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum’s parking lot. In the museum’s courtyard, Public Works Week will be celebrated in conjunction with the County Department of Public Works from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lights! Sirens! Safety! is free; all other activities are included with museum general admission. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Lights Sirens Safety

Once a year the parking lot at the county museum is filled with fire trucks, ambulances, police and sheriff cruisers and motorcycles, and more as visitors are invited to meet the emergency crews that help keep us safe. At Lights! Sirens! Safety! visitors will meet emergency and service personnel, climb aboard emergency vehicles, inspect equipment, and watch demonstrations.

Agencies represented (all subject to emergency calls) include San Bernardino County Fire, San Manuel Fire, Redlands Fire, Colton Police Department, San Bernardino County Probation, and San Bernardino Department of Public Health–Animal Control.

Both Animal Control and the Yucaipa Animal Placement Society, a non-profit no-kill animal shelter, will bring dogs and cats for adoption. And between 10 a.m. and noon, Yucaipa Dog Therapy will be on hand to demonstrate how service dogs are trained.

Public Works

Museum visitors can join employees from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works to recognize National Public Works Week with hands-on exploration and demonstrations in the museum’s courtyard. Create a glider, build a toothpick bridge, explore with the storm drain robot, find yourself with the County Surveyor, learn to keep storm drains clean with Environmental Management, and recycle with Solid Waste Management. Have your photo taken in a giant snowblower. Activities, included with paid museum admission, start at 10 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m.

Started by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works. APWA’s theme this year is “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.”

 

Lecture on Ice Age caves at Victor Valley Museum

ericscotticeageOn Saturday, May 10, 2014, San Bernardino County Museum Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott will discuss Ice Age fossils from caves in the Mojave Desert in his Mothers’ Day Weekend presentation, “Cradles in the Desert: Ice Age Caves of the Mojave Desert.” The 2 p.m. presentation at the Victor Valley Museum is included with paid museum admission.

The Mojave Desert of southern California and Nevada holds an amazing record on ancient life. The desert is crossed with numerous mountain ranges made of marine rocks deposited as ancient seafloors. These rocks contain fossils of small ocean creatures that lived and died, long before dinosaurs walked the Earth. But they can also contain fossils of much more recent animals—animals that lived and died during the Pleistocene Epoch, the “Ice Ages.” These fossils are not preserved in the rocks themselves, but in caves that have eroded into the rocks.

“Caves are amazing resources for paleontologists,” said Scott. “They can be some of the richest fossil troves one can imagine. Some caves can yield tens of thousands of fossils!”

Caves in the Mojave Desert and throughout the southwest have yielded some wonderful finds, including complete skeletons, abundant small animal fossils, and even occasionally mummified remains. These latter fossils are significant in the ongoing search for DNA evidence from the Pleistocene. “Occasionally, one stumbles on some really gorgeous fossils preserved in caves,” Scott says. “And with the techniques available to us today, we’re able to extract ever more data from these ancient relics.”

Scott’s lecture will showcase some of these remarkable finds, discussing how cave fossils have opened up new avenues of paleontological exploration. He will also present new information on his ongoing studies of beautifully-preserved fossils of extinct Ice Age horses from Gypsum Cave, Nevada.

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.

Red Rock Canyon lecture at County Museum

red_rock_canyon_SP_bannerTwo hours north of Los Angeles, Red Rock Canyon State Park in Kern County preserves spectacular rocky vistas made up of ancient stream and river deposits, volcanic flows, and ash beds dating to the Miocene Epoch. These colorful panoramas are prominent locales in numerous movies and television shows, but the fossils entombed here are Red Rock’s real reason for fame. On Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014, join San Bernardino County Museum Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott as he discusses the ancient animals that dwelled in this part of the Mojave Desert from 7 to 12 million years ago. The 2 p.m. presentation at the County Museum in Redlands is included with paid museum admission.

The rocks exposed in Red Rock Canyon preserve a rich and varied history of paleontology and geology dating back millions of years. Like San Bernardino County’s own Barstow Fossil Beds, Red Rock Canyon garners scientific renown as a treasure trove of Miocene animals. Extinct elephants, rhinos, three-toed horses, giraffe-like camels, saber-toothed cats, and bone-crushing dogs all inhabited this region millions of years ago, and their fossils continue to inform scientists today about their lives. Nor is that the whole story, for Ice Age animals also roamed here near the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, less than 20,000 years ago, and their remains have been discovered here as well.

Scott’s lecture will discuss the significance of the fossil record from Red Rock Canyon State Park, including personal recollections of his early years collecting fossils as a young volunteer. The lecture will explore both the Miocene and the Pleistocene fossils from the park, and will compare the animals found therein with other sites throughout southern California.

Are you prepared for a wildfire?

Forecasts may call for cooler weather this week, but don’t be fooled, this will be short lived; the sun will shine and our region will soon be sweltering.  Due to the late rain in our region, light flashy fuels will be at their height in no time. This means grasses and weeds will flourish. With warmer weather, these flashy fuels will quickly dry out and cause an extreme fire danger, as evident by the recent Etiwanda Fire that burned over 2,100 acres in Rancho Cucamonga.

May 4-10 is National Wildfire Awareness Week. San Bernardino County Fire reminds residents to do their part in understanding fire danger by exercising extreme caution around dry, flammable vegetation. Wildfire safety isn’t limited to those who live near wild lands, it’s for anyone camping or spending time in these locations as well.

Contrary to common perception, a wildfire does not have to burn everything in its path. In fact, clearing property of debris and maintaining landscaping are important, yet simple, first steps for homeowners. Residents can do their part and take simple steps today to lessen the risk of damage if a wildfire occurs.

  • Create a defensible area, firebreaks that divert flames around property, by clearing weeds and dry grass at least 100 feet around your home. Property on sloped areas should be cleared at least 100 feet as well, as wind-fed flames can race up hills and mountainsides quickly.
  • Store flammable liquids in approved safety cans away from occupied buildings.
  • Keep propane tanks clear of vegetation.
  • Keep all combustibles, such as firewood, lawn furniture, picnic tables, etc., away from structures.
  • Clean rain gutters regularly to avoid leaf and needle accumulation.
  • Clear vegetation and other flammable materials from beneath decks or other wooden structures.
  • Remove tree limbs and vegetation that overhang the roof.
  • Remove all branches lower than 6 feet.
  • Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
  • Dispose of stove or fireplace ash and charcoal briquettes after soaking them in a metal pail of water for 24 hours.
  • Keep garden hose connected to faucet.
  • Review your home escape plan with your family & have a fire drill exercise.
  • Ensure address is clearly visible from the street.

To learn more on how you can be prepared for a wildfire, visit http://sbcfire.org/fire_prevention_advice.aspx. You can also contact your local fire department for further information and free property inspection.

San Bernardino County Fire wishes you a safe summer.

Annual Spring Fest at Calico Ghost Town

CalicoLogo CalicoSpringFestOn Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-11, Calico Ghost Town will have its annual Spring Fest featuring many bluegrass and country artists. Jeff Scroogins & the Colorado, Fiddle and Pine, Tumbleweed Rob & the Southwest Junction, and Rocky Neck Bluegrass are the main headliners. Other acts include Ventucky String Band, Debby Clinkenbeard, Eric Uglum, the SWBA Bluegrass Kids, Henry Fencepost, and Ernie Sites. There will plenty of entertainment throughout the day. Kids will enjoy fun activities including a bluegrass workshop and various arts and crafts vendors inside the park.

For more information, click here: 2014 Spring Fest

San Bernardino County and CEO Devereaux honored for civic excellence

SBCountySEALSan Bernardino County has distinguished itself among Southern California communities, receiving four of 13 awards for excellence and sustainability granted by the Southern California Association of Governments on Thursday, May 1.

San Bernardino County’s Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Devereaux, the Countywide Vision, San Bernardino County business leader Randall Lewis, and Yucaipa’s revitalization program were all honored with awards.

Mr. Devereaux was named Public Service Leader of the Year and recognized for his outstanding civic leadership for his many years of service in Southern California. Mr. Devereaux played a leading role in assisting the county’s elected leadership in developing the Countywide Vision. He is a consistent and regular leader on best practices for our communities on business revitalization and investments.

The honor is particularly prestigious because the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents.

Mr. Lewis, Executive Vice President for the Lewis Group of Companies, was also recognized as the Sustainability Leader of the Year.

Mr. Lewis is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives. He was recognized for contributing company resources to establish a student fellows program in many cities in the SCAG’s six-county region, increasing community awareness of community health.

“These gentlemen are true leaders in our region and our state, and we’re proud to honor them as President’s Award winners,” said Greg Pettis, SCAG President. “Each has contributed significantly to making Southern California such an extraordinary region and upholding SCAG’s principles of mobility, economic advancement, sustainability and improving quality of life.”

Also, the County of San Bernardino and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) were recognized for Achievement in Integrated Planning for collaborating on the Countywide Vision.

The City of Yucaipa received an award for Achievement in Active Transportation for their Historic Uptown Revitalization Program.

How to live and thrive with asthma

inhalerMay is National Asthma Awareness Month! The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Coordinated Asthma Referral and Education Program wants to let you know that you can live and thrive with asthma. Uncontrolled asthma does not have to be a reality during the spring season.

Asthma is one of the most common serious chronic diseases in San Bernardino County, particularly among children. San Bernardino County has one of the highest numbers of children diagnosed with asthma in the state. Additionally, asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism, hospital emergency department visits and hospitalizations of children.

The CARE Program, which began in 2006, helps asthmatic families and patients obtain education and skills on how to properly manage their symptoms and disease. Additionally, the program provides free home assessment and health education, asthma management and supplies for children under 18 who have asthma and live in the East, West and Central areas of San Bernardino County.

Since asthma is a chronic disease condition that cannot be cured, life-long management skills will help patients and their families live a healthy and active life, which in turn leads to less emergency department visits, hospitalizations, absenteeism, and death rates.

For more information about the CARE Program and for additional asthma referral information in San Bernardino County, please call 1(800) 782-4264 or visit our website at http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph.

Immunize your infants and toddlers

vaccinateThe Department of Public Health will proudly observe National Infant Immunization Week April 26 to May 3 and  Toddler Immunization Month throughout May.

These annual observances highlight the importance of routine immunizations to protect children younger than two years of age from vaccine preventable diseases. These observances also celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with your child’s medical provider to insure they have all of their recommended immunizations. Both infants and toddlers need timely immunizations to protect themselves and their communities from vaccine preventable diseases.

“It is never too early to start protecting your child from infectious diseases,” said Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D., County of San Bernardino Health Officer. “The current measles outbreak in California emphasizes the consequence of deciding to delay or refuse immunizations. The decision to immunize your infant or toddler is a decision to protect them and the entire community.”

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that both infants and toddlers receive the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis (DTaP) – Whooping Cough
  • Haemophilus influenza (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV13)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Seasonal flu shot
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Hepatitis A

If your infant or toddler does not have health insurance, call 1-877-243-8832 for information about the Vaccines for Children Program, which provides vaccines at low-cost.  For County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health Clinic locations or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-722-4777, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or visit www.sbcounty.gov/dph.

Continuous health information can be found on the Communicable Disease Section Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CommunicableDiseaseSection.

Human trafficking documentary nominated for 2014 Emmy Award

DALOGO160The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s documentary “Teenage $ex 4 $ale: Human Trafficking in San Bernardino County” has received a nomination for the 2014 Emmy Awards.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Pacific Southwest Chapter at a nomination party held at the Mad House Comedy Club in San Diego.

The film was nominated in the Documentary category for excellence in the creation of a formal, structured television presentation with dramatic impact of an event, condition or situation of current, cultural and/or historical significance.

“When I was younger I spent a year and a half overseas in the Philippines, and I saw first-hand the tragedy of human trafficking and the toll that it took on young girls who could be purchased for ten dollars an hour,” said Christopher Lee, who directed and edited the documentary. “Those stories have always stayed with me, and now there are new stories, sadly taking shape in our own backyard. My hope all along was that this film would somehow inspire communities, law enforcement and government officials to push even harder in the battle against human trafficking.”

The film is a 45-minute documentary that delves into the problem of sexual exploitation in the nation’s largest county. From boastful pimps preying on young women to one woman’s quest to open a home for female victims, the film highlights a unique coalition of government agencies and how they are reaching deep into the community to eradicate human trafficking.

“I am so proud of the work of my public affairs officer, Chris Lee, and all those who helped create this film,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “From the undercover filming of the Player’s and Pimp Ball in Hollywood to the survivors who shared their stories, this was a team effort all the way. Ultimately, this is just another outlet to help shine a brighter light on those victimized by the terrible crime of human trafficking.”

View the film here.

 

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