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Section of National Trails Highway to reopen

nationaltrailshighwayPublic Works is planning on reopening the section of National Trails Highway from Hector Road to Crucero Road, in the Newberry Springs/Ludlow area, by Friday, November 7.

Severe thunderstorms blasted the Mojave Desert September 7 and 8 triggering flash floods throughout the desert regions.  Closure of I-95, I-40, National Trails Highway (Route 66), Needles Highway, and various other desert roads occurred due to washouts and bridge damage.

The most extensive damage was along National Trails Highway where approximately 40 bridges were damaged along with major portions of the roadway.  Sections between Hector Road to Crucero Road (Newberry Springs/Ludlow, area), Crucero Road to Amboy Road, and Cadiz Road to Mountain Springs Road at I-40 have been closed pending roadway repairs, shoulder repairs and bridge evaluations.

Public Works crews have been working diligently to make these repairs.  This is the first stretch of the road to be reopened since the storms occurred.

It is anticipated the section of roadway between Crucero Road and Amboy Road will be open by the end of December 2014 and the section between Cadiz Road and Mountain Springs Road at I-40 by the end of January 2015.  All of these timeframes could vary depending on the weather.

For further questions please contact the Department of Public Works Operations Division at (909) 387-8063.

Want to fish but don’t know how? Regional Parks has workshops!

fishRegional Parks invites you to participate in their award winning and nationally recognized Fishing Workshops. Whether you are a first time fisherman or already know the sport but would like a few extra tips, this program is for you!

Participants begin the morning by traveling through stations lead by volunteer fishing specialists to learn the basic fundamentals of lake shore fishing. These stations include knot tying, casting, cleaning, cooking and more. Immediately following the educational stations participants can choose to partake in a two hour open fishing session where all tackle and equipment is provided.

Regional Parks offers two programs, our Junior Fishing Workshop for children ages 7 to 15 years old and our Adult Fishing Workshop for those participants 16 years of age or older.

Click here for details and an application for the Junior Fishing Workshop and the Adult Fishing Workshop.

County honored with state, national awards in 2014

Members of the County Sheriff and Fire departments accept their award from CSAC.

Members of the County Sheriff and Fire departments accept their award from CSAC.

Teaching homeowners to prevent fires around their homes, training inmates to fight wildfires and working to end human trafficking are three innovative County programs honored today by the California State Association of Counties.

California State Association of Counties Associate Legislative Representative Cara Martinson appeared at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting to deliver the three 2014 CSAC Challenge Awards to the Land Use Services Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the County Fire Department, and the District Attorney’s Office.

“These awards demonstrate our County’s commitment to developing new and innovative approaches to enhancing public safety,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said.

The CSAC Challenge Awards are part of a highly competitive recognition program that honors the best and most innovative among California’s 58 counties.

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2014 Statewide General Election is today

voteThe polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters can find their assigned polling place:

  • On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide,
  • By using the Elections Office Polling Place Look-up Tool, or
  • By calling the Elections Office at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Mail ballot voters have already received their ballots. Those voters who have not already returned their voted mail ballots can drop them off between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at one of 56 mail ballot drop-off locations or at any one of 413 polling places in the county.

To find a mail ballot drop-off location, search the Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map on the Elections Office website, www.sbcountyelections.com. To find a polling place, search the Polling Place Look-up Tool.
Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. today in order to be accepted. A voted mail ballot postmarked today, but not received by 8 p.m., will not be counted.
For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website, www.sbcountyelections.com, or call (909) 387-8300.

High Desert Corridor report available for public review

highdesertcorridorAs a member of the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, the County of San Bernardino invites citizens to view and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed 63-mile High Desert Corridor through Dec. 2, 2014.

The project would run from Highway 395 and State Route 18 in San Bernardino County to State Route 14 in Los Angeles County. The High Desert Corridor could accommodate a highway, bikeway, energy production and transmission facilities and a high-speed rail feeder and connector service to the region.

“The High Desert Corridor will create jobs, grow the economy, reduce the number of vehicle miles people travel for work, and encourage the development of renewable energy,” said San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood, who is chairman of the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

In 2006, the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority was formed between San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County to work on the High Desert Corridor project. The JPA represents the two counties, and the cities of Victorville, Adelanto, Apple Valley, Lancaster, and Palmdale.

“This project would address current and future regional growth and would provide transportation connections between regional airports and the efficient movement of goods throughout the High Desert in Southern California,” Lovingood said. “The Joint Powers Authority exemplifies what can be done when two counties work together to improve their communities.”

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Workforce Investment Board: More than 400 jobs coming to Barstow

your careerA huge recruitment drive is underway to employ more than 400 staff to work in Barstow.

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board  is helping to fill the vacancies for URS Corporation, an AECOM company, a federal contractor that recently won a multi-million dollar contract at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow. The contract is to provide maintenance support, including removal, replacement, repair, rebuild, fabrication of components and vehicle armor kits as well as support roles to move, transport, receive, issue, store and stock materials needed by the various shops during the vehicle maintenance cycle.

While many of the jobs are for heavy equipment mechanics, other available positions include welders, auto body repair personnel, electronics technicians, automotive painters and material coordinators. A job fair for potential candidates is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville on Thursday Nov. 6.

“We are delighted with the support we are receiving from the Workforce Investment Board to help us find the qualified staff we need,” said Toby Bristow of URS Corporation, an AECOM company.

The company reached out to the Workforce Investment Board in June when they needed to employ an initial 285 staff members.

Since then, the WIB has held one-day recruitment events, supported URS at three WIB-sponsored job fairs and reached out to scores of potential candidates online, including postings on the WIB’s own recruitment site; these efforts resulted in more than 500 interested applicants. Expert WIB recruiters screened potential candidates before referring them to URS.

To date, URS Corporation has hired more than 200 new employees and the company is working closely with the WIB to fill the remaining vacancies.

“The WIB’s recruitment expertise and support has been tremendous and they’ve provided us with so many strong candidates. Their job fair in Victorville was particularly successful as we were able to interview more than 100 candidates and extend job offers from that single day,” said Bristow.

This week, URS Corporation announced the company expects additional workload at Barstow which would require an additional 200 personnel.

“We are offering competitive wages and an outstanding benefit package. We are pleased to be creating jobs and helping the local economy,” added Bristow.

Janice Rutherford, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair commented, “The partnership with URS is another example of how the Workforce Investment Board is connecting residents with well-paying jobs and helping businesses grow in our county.”

URS Corporation is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. It has offices in 50 countries and employs more than 50,000 staff, producing revenue of $11 billion.

Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board said, “It is wonderful to see the local economy being improved by large contracts coming to our area.”

A recruitment fair for potential applicants is being held on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Mariposa Road, Victorville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bunnies and rabbits, oh my!

bunny 9-26-14Meet “Rabbits and Their Relatives” at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This Family Fun Day includes gallery cart conversations, crafts, games, and story book reading, along with the opportunity to meet the new resident rabbit in the Exploration Station. All activities are included with paid admission.

The Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. More information can be found at www.sbcountymuseum.org.

Learn how to clear your criminal record or traffic citation

handcuffsThe Public Defender’s Office in conjunction with Abundant Living Family Church is holding a criminal record and traffic citation clearing clinic on Nov. 15.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Abundant Living Family Church, 17555 Mauna Loa Street in Hesperia.

For more information about the event, contact Christina Schondel at the Victorville Public Defender’s Office at 760-243-8954.

Click here for more details.

Groundbreaking held for new Sheriff’s Crime Lab building

crimelabSan Bernardino County officials and law enforcement partners broke ground today for the new Sheriff’s Crime Lab building at 200 South Lena Road in San Bernardino.

In June 2007, the Board of Supervisors allocated $25 million for the construction of a new crime lab. Several studies were done, along with a needs assessment. Between 2009 and 2012 the department evaluated several options, from remodeling the existing building to building a new one. In 2013, the department selected LPA Inc. to design the new 20,000 square foot laboratory annex. The new building will cost $17 million and will be located west of the current 35,000 square foot crime lab building. 

In September 2014, AMG & Associates Inc. was awarded the contract for the new construction. 

The following units will be moving into the new crime lab: 

  • Controlled Substance Unit: One supervisor and up to 10 criminalists; three more than current staff. 
  • Crime Scene Investigation: One supervisor and up to six crime scene investigators and clerical employees; five more than the current staff.
  • Firearms/Toolmarks Unit: One supervisor, up to five criminalists and two techs; two more than prior. 
  • Forensic Alcohol Unit: One supervisor and three criminalists; adding one additional criminalist. 

The new building will house a narcotics lab, indoor vehicle processing area, indoor shooting tank, indoor 40-yard shooting range and a combined breath and blood alcohol testing lab. 

Ready to plan for a financially secure future?

Broken piggy bankAre you struggling to make ends meet?  Would you like to learn how to create a budget or use credit more wisely?

HomeStrong USA will present a free seminar on “Turning Cents into Dollars” on Saturday November 8 from 10:30 am to noon at their offices in Rancho Cucamonga.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 877-647-8764.

Click here for details.

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