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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Family fun at Museum History Day

washboardFamilies can literally make history at the County Museum on Saturday, February 22, during “History Day” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities are included with paid museum admission.

“Come experience work and play like Californians did in the 1800s,” said Museum Educator Carla Rosenkild. “Visitors of all ages will be able to beat a rug, clean clothes with a tub and washboard, and practice their skills with a needle and thread. Visitors can also play old-time games, dip a candle, and get busy with in the tool shed.”

Many of the planned activities are similar to those that visiting school groups enjoy in the museum’s popular special program, “1880s at Work and Play,” although the emphasis of History Day will be on activities that can be enjoyed by children and families rather than as larger groups.

“No batteries, no electronics, and no special knowledge required,” said Rosenkild. “History Day fun is based on century-old technology and lots of imagination.”

Museum to partner with Google Cultural Institute

googlelogoThe San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands will join with the Google Cultural Institute to make the cultural heritage of inland Southern California easily available worldwide.

“This partnership between the San Bernardino County Museum and Google Cultural Institute provides a significant opportunity for our county to share our culture and history with the region, the nation and throughout the world. I am proud our county is joining with the Google Art Project to allow more people to share in the wonders of our county. It is my hope that this online platform can be utilized by teachers and parents across the county and the region to educate our students about the diverse culture and rich history of San Bernardino County,” stated Third District Supervisor James Ramos.

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives from 40 countries to host the world’s cultural treasures online. Through their Cultural Institute, partner museums can upload high quality images from their collections. In addition, Google will develop “street views” inside the museum galleries to offer virtual tours of museum exhibits.

According to the Cultural Institute, “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. The Cultural Institute is an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations. We believe that the Cultural Institute can be an especially useful way to engage students, scholars and teachers through innovative and interactive learning.”

“Google’s project complements the mission of the San Bernardino County Museum,” said Robert McKernan, museum director and project liaison with Google, “and a member of the Google team has already visited our museum. Our collections are of worldwide significance, and this partnership will help spread the word, not only about the cultural richness and diversity of our county and surrounding regions, but about the educational and research opportunities offered through our museum.”

The partnership was approved by a vote of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors at today’s meeting Arrangements for the Google team to start incorporating the museum and its collections into the Google Art Project will follow.

“Telling the whole story of our region is a vital part of our Countywide Vision,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales. “This is not only an educational partnership that will open our museum to the Internet frontier, it is a partnership that will help highlight our rich history and promote the treasure that is the County of San Bernardino.”

Museum open on Presidents Day

Mount RushmoreThe San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on the Presidents Day holiday, Monday, February 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission fees apply.
Visitors will see exhibits about the cultural and natural history of inland Southern California and the southwest, including minerals and fossils, Native American artifacts, birds and mammals, and historical objects. Two special exhibits, “Through the Keyhole: the lock and key collection of Scott J. Klemm” and “Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio 1897–1924” are included with paid museum admission.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit

Winterize your home from vector infestations

rodentIt is important for the health of your family and pets to maintain a vector-free living environment. A vector is any animal or insect that can transmit disease to humans, such as mosquitoes, rodents, fleas and ticks. If infected, these vectors can transmit West Nile Virus, Hantavirus, Plague, or Lyme disease to humans and other animals.

Vectors are most active during warm summer months. When the winter comes, vectors seek sheltered environments to stay warm and this could mean that they are seeking refuge in your home. Vectors climb, claw and gnaw to find entry ways into your home which can cause structural damage to roofs, siding, and basements. Rats and squirrels seek warmer climates for building nests. Rodents work at night to gather food and often gnaw on electrical wires, possibly causing home fires.

Signs of vector infestations often go unnoticed until it’s too late. Below are some simple tips for preventing vector infestations in your home.

Rodent Control Maintenance

Maintaining your yard plays a large role in keeping your home vector-free. Be sure to trim shrubs, bushes and trees near your house to prevent rodents from climbing the branches and reaching your roof. Squirrels and rats like to gnaw at roof overhangs, shingles, gables, and sections where two roofs meet. Squirrels can even get into the attic through crevices in the chimney. A rat only needs an opening the size of a dime to get into a wall or attic, and a mouse can squeeze through any hole that a pencil will fit through.

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Protection of preteen health starts with immunizations

vaccinesThe Department of Public Health is promoting Preteen Vaccine Week, February 9-15, 2014. This observance is part of a statewide effort to raise awareness of immunizing 11-12-year-olds against very serious, yet preventable diseases. Preteen Vaccine Week is a great reminder to check preteen’s immunization records and schedule a doctor visit.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that both preteen boys and girls receive the following recommended immunizations:

  • Meningococcal (meningitis) – with a booster at 16 years
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus ) – three dose series
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
  • Seasonal flu shot
  • Some preteens may need to catch-up on other immunizations, which may include: varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, MMR, and polio.

“To protect preteens against vaccine preventable diseases and to meet school entry requirements, we encourage families of preteens and adolescents to schedule a visit with their medical provider and get the immunizations they need,” said Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D., County of San Bernardino Health Officer. “It is also important for medical providers to screen preteens and adolescents for all recommended immunizations at every encounter.”

All incoming 7th graders must provide proof of being immunized against pertussis (also known as whooping cough) before starting 7th grade. Right now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with your child’s medical provider to ensure that they are up-to-date with all ACIP recommended immunizations.

If your preteen or adolescent 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 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit For additional immunization information, please visit

Federal Court & County keep strip club doors closed

gavelSAN BERNARDINO – The County of San Bernardino on Thursday secured the permanent closure of the Déjà Vu strip club near Montclair.

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Thursday soundly rejected an effort by the club’s owners to renege on an agreement reached with the County that led to the October 2012 closure of the longtime eyesore once known as the Eyefull.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Gary Ovitt, whose Fourth Supervisorial District includes Montclair, said the County has stayed the course in holding the club owners accountable for the agreement.

“My constituents have waited patiently for many years to see this blemish on their community removed once and for all,” Vice Chair Ovitt said. “I will continue to listen to and work with our residents and the City of Montclair to see this site used for something that will benefit the neighborhood.”

The strip club closed its doors in October of 2012 under the terms of a settlement agreement with the County, but then went to court to try to nullify the agreement and reopen its nude cabaret on Mission Boulevard.

The court on Thursday rejected all of the plaintiff’s arguments and found that the County was not required to identify a location for an adult business, and that the agreement did not impose an unconstitutional condition or infringe upon the club owners’ First Amendment rights. The County was represented by Deborah J. Fox and Dawn McIntosh of Meyers Nave.

High school student and volunteer will play violin at Museum

GutierrezOn Saturday, February 8, Cajon High School student Erika Gutierrez will offer a public performance on violin at the San Bernardino County Museum. The 3 p.m. performance is included with paid museum admission.

“Doing a performance is part of my graduation requirement”, said Gutierrez, a sophomore at Cajon. “It’s a requirement for my IB music class.”

Gutierrez is a volunteer in the Education Division at the museum. She has logged over 100 hours of community service, helping prepare for and conduct public programming. She is involved with many in-school activities, and even composes music on the side.

“Erika is a dynamic volunteer, and a good role model for other youth who contribute their time,” said Jolene Redvale, curator of education and volunteer supervisor at the museum. “I told Erika I’d like her to compose a piece for marimba and violin, so we can play a duet. She agreed to work on it!”

The performance will take place in the Museum’s Schuiling Gallery. All visitors are welcome; young musicians and their families are encouraged to attend, since hearing other youth perform in public helps build confidence in their musical endeavors.

Candidate filing for 2014 statewide primary begins Monday

votingThe candidate filing period for the 2014 Statewide Primary Election begins on Monday, February 10, 2014 and continues through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014. There are over 50 federal, state, county, and local offices up for election in San Bernardino County, which include:

Federal Offices:

  • United States Representatives for districts 8, 27, 31, 35 and 39

State Offices:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Controller
  • Treasurer
  • Attorney General
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • State Senators for districts 16, and 20
  • Members of the State Assembly for districts 33, 36, 40, 41, 42, 47, 52, and 55
  • Members of the State Board of Equalization for districts 1, 3, and 4
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction

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New tipper takes on trash at county landfill


Two “tippers” like the one pictured here were installed at the Mid Valley Sanitary Landfill in Rialto in November 2013 to process refuse more efficiently.

The tipper takes half the time to empty refuse than a traditional walking floor trailer which slowly pushes the refuse out of the back of the trailer using hydraulic pumps.

The tipper holds what’s called a possum trailer which can carry about 25 tons of refuse. The tipper is efficient because it has its own engine and typically runs on propane for cleaner emissions.

The tipper unloads faster which means trash trucks can make more round trips to bring waste to the landfill, which increases income to the County.

Museum plans trip to Cajon Pass

cajon pass landscape Cajon Pass Lost Lake“Faults, Fossils, and Fun” is the theme of a San Bernardino County Museum day trip to the Cajon Pass on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Registration is now open for the excursion, which will be led by Senior Curator Kathleen Springer and Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott. The trip will depart from the museum in Redlands; advance reservations are required.

“The San Andreas fault system, water, and time created this unique geological treasure trove,” said Kathleen Springer. “A trip through the Cajon Pass, which joins the San Bernardino Valley to the high desert, reveals 70 million years of rocks and fossils!”

Participants will meet at the museum at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure. The cost of $70 per person ($60 for a San Bernardino County Museum Association member) includes transportation, morning coffee, lunch, water, and light snacks. The trip includes some strenuous hiking over steep, uneven terrain. Reservations can be made using a form available on the museum’s website,, or by calling Melissa Sanchez at the Museum Association at (909) 798-8625. Reservations must be received by February 14.

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