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Arrowhead Regional Medical Center tobacco free on Jan. 2

ClearTheAir_FinalAs part of its commitment to creating a healthy environment for patients, visitors and employees, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) becomes tobacco free Jan. 2, 2015. The tobacco-free initiative will be implemented throughout the entire campus including parking lots, sidewalks, and streets.

The policy prohibits tobacco use of any kind as well as e-cigarettes, and will apply to employees, volunteers, students, patients, visitors, vendors, contractors and other individuals who visit the hospital campus.

Kicking the habit can be challenging, but ARMC has smoking cessation classes and other resources already in place. Call the hospital’s Quit Clinic at 909-580-6167, or visit ARMC’s website at and click on the  “Let’s Clear the Air” link to learn more about what you can do to be tobacco free.

Together let’s clear the air! 

Stay warm at one of these shelters throughout the county

coldshelterThe National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday night in areas above 2,000 feet. The San Bernardino Mountains expect snow and low temperatures into the single digits and low 20s, forecasters say.

Throughout the valley areas of the county, forecasters predict temperatures will drop into the low 30s and 40s.

The County is providing this listing of emergency cold weather shelters: Cold Shelters

Stay safe and stay warm!




County Museum research informs new national monument

sbcmuseum entryYears of study by scientists from the San Bernardino County Museum helped set aside the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument as America’s newest national monument signed into law on Dec. 19.

The Tule Springs Fossil National Monument, located north of Las Vegas, Nev. is the first national monument dedicated to fossils from the Ice Ages, and the nation’s first such monument in an urban setting.

The Tule Springs site in the upper Las Vegas Wash has long been known to contain fossils of dating to the end of the Pleistocene Epoch – the “Ice Ages”. But most early studies in the region focused on finding proof of Ice Age humans. When this evidence never materialized, studies ceased, and the area lay fallow for decades.

Eric Scott, San Bernardino County Museum curator of paleontology and Kathleen Springer, the museum’s curator of geological sciences, recognized the paleontologic and geologic potential of the region. Over two decades, under permit from the Las Vegas District office of the Bureau of Land Management, County Museum scientists discovered hundreds of new fossil localities and tens of thousands of fossils, including sabre-tooth cats, llamas, horses, and Columbian mammoths.

The findings were so significant that the Bureau of Land Management set the area aside for conservation, and provided research and public outreach grant funds to the County Museum. The Museum carried out geologic investigations in partnership with the U. S. Geological Survey.

Although the process of creating the monument will take years, visitors to the County Museum can come see fossils from the site already on display. More exhibits are coming soon. “As the Museum’s Hall of Geological Wonders continues to open, the next stage plans to present fossils from the new monument and other Ice Age lakes and caves in the Mojave Desert,” said Scott.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. 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 The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


San Bernardino County: 2014 in Review


Improvements made at Lake Gregory

LakeGregoryThe Board of Supervisors hired Urban Parks and Concessionaires, also known as the California Parks Company, to take over the day-to-day operations at Lake Gregory and upgrade the park. Improvements include an expanded summer play area, a new fishing program, and renovation of the San Moritz Lodge.


Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector received multiple awards for financial reporting

The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office received two awards from the Government Finance Officers’ Association – the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the seventh consecutive year and a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 25th consecutive year.

Supervisor Gary Ovitt announced he would retire at the end of 2014 ovitt_thumbnail

After 10 years serving as Fourth District Supervisor and a long-distinguished career in public service, Gary Ovitt announced he would retire and not seek re-election to his office.


State of the County event highlighted collaboration and success

2014_StateOfTheCounty_1Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford gave an inspiring and captivating speech during the State of the County at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Rutherford emphasized that through collaboration, we can achieve the goals of the Countywide Vision,

During her presentation, Rutherford gave a rundown of the unique and important role County government plays in our everyday lives with statistics that reveal the work County departments engaged in over the last year. More than 1,000 residents, County employees, government leaders, business leaders, and community leaders attended.

Museum announced partnership with Google Cultural Institute
The San Bgooglelogoernardino County Museum in Redlands joined with the Google Cultural Institute to make the cultural heritage of inland Southern California easily available worldwide.

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives from 40 countries to host the world’s cultural treasures online. The online platform would be used to educate students about the diverse culture and rich history of San Bernardino County. Through their Cultural Institute, the museum 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.


Supervisors approved Big Bear Alpine Zoo relocation

zooThe Board of Supervisors voted to move the Big Bear Alpine Zoo to a more spacious 5-acre site.

The zoo has been operating on a leased 2.5 acre site in the City of Big Bear Lake. 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 have to be relocated. The project is in design and also includes the demolition of the existing zoo property after the new facility is constructed.

 Business leader selected to head Real Estate Services

terrythompsonTerry W. Thompson, an experienced and highly qualified manager with deep roots in the region’s business community, was hired to serve as the County’s Director of Real Estate Services, succeeding the retiring Dave Slaughter.

Thompson oversees 153 employees in Architecture and Engineering, Facilities Management and Real Estate with multiple budgets that aggregate to nearly $380 million.


Annual City-County Conference held in Lake Arrowhead

healthymuralSan Bernardino County and San Bernardino Associated Governments joined together for the annual City-County Conference in Lake Arrowhead to discuss collective impact, education as an economic development strategy and healthy communities. During one interactive presentation, elected leaders and other participants helped craft a healthy community billboard to show how health and prevention initiatives can attract business and resources to cities and other municipalities.


Veteran healthcare executive named new ARMC directorbillfoley

William T. Foley, a veteran healthcare executive who led the $50 million turnaround of Riverside County Regional Medical
Center was named the new director at San Bernardino County’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

As director of ARMC, Foley is responsible for directing, planning, and administering all medical programs and services, ensuring that inpatient and outpatient medical care services are provided to the residents of San Bernardino County.

 Flood Control District celebrated 75th anniversary

"E" Street and Santa Anita River in San Bernardino - March 5, 1938

“E” Street and Santa Anita River in San Bernardino – March 5, 1938

The County Flood Control District celebrated its 75th anniversary and the strides it has made to help reduce flood risks and damages.

The District operates and maintains 151 miles of levees, 226 miles of channels, 40 miles of storm drains, and 119 basins. One of the most devastating storms in the County occurred on March 2 and 3, 1938, and flood waters caused 14 known deaths and damages estimated at $12 million (that’s more than $194 million in today’s dollars).  Practically no part of the San Bernardino Valley or Mojave River Valley escaped the wrath of this storm with almost every community isolated and hundreds homeless. The district was formed the following year in 1939 as an urgency and progressive measure for the preservation and promotion of public peace, health, and safety as a direct aftermath of the disastrous floods.



Economy in San Bernardino County moving in the right direction

In May, the state’s Economic Development Department announced the unemployment rate in the county dropped to 8.3 percent in April, the lowest since 2008. In contrast, unemployment reached a high of 14.8 percent in July 2010. At the end of 2014, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.7 percent in San Bernardino County.

Give BIG raised more than $500,000 in 24 hours

givebiglogoGive BIG San Bernardino County raised more than half a million dollars on May 8 for 262 local nonprofits during a 24-hour web-a-thon, surpassing a $300,000 goal set by the campaign, organized by The Community Foundation. Online donations and other monies raised during the campaign totaled $548,214 to help support a variety of services for children, seniors, families, veterans and animals throughout the county. About $33,000 of the total amount raised was provided by sponsors for prize money awarded to the top 10 nonprofits that brought in the most new donors and the top five nonprofits that raised the most money.

For the first time, Give BIG San Bernardino County brought nonprofits, sponsors and community members together to raise money, and also encouraged a culture of philanthropy among a new generation of donors. Nonprofits also received valuable training and structure to help market their causes, particularly through the use of social media.

San Bernardino County and CEO Devereaux honored for civic excellence

logosmallerSan Bernardino County’s Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Devereaux and the Countywide Vision were honored with awards for excellence and sustainability by the Southern California Association of Governments. 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. 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. 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 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.

 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” received a nomination for the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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. 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.

New San Bernardino Justice Center opened

courthouseThe new San Bernardino Justice Center opened after seven years of planning, design and construction.

The justice center, located at 247 West Third Street in San Bernardino, has 35 courtrooms and two hearing rooms, and consolidates operations from several overcrowded and functionally inadequate facilities.

The new 11-story structure occupies a 7-acre site donated by the City of San Bernardino, directly across from the historic courthouse, which continues to be used for family law proceedings. The modern facility better serves the needs of the county’s growing population. It also provides improved seismic safety and security operations, with a secure sally port for transportation of in-custody detainees, and is fully accessible to people with disabilities.


Supervisors pass balanced budget

The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a balanced budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1.The budget is geared toward achieving the Countywide Vision, while reflecting the County’s ongoing struggle to cope with a deep economic downturn and dramatic and continuing increases in pension liabilities.

The $4.8 billion budget is $165.2 million smaller than the previous budget and responsibly closed a $21 million gap between projected ongoing revenues and expenses without using reserves to cover ongoing expenses. The gap was fueled primarily by $12 million in federal and state takeaways and $9.7 million to cover the costs of AB 109 state prison realignment.

County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux described his staff’s effort to bring the Board a responsibly balanced budget as “two steps forward, one and a half steps back.” The economy has improved and revenues are slowly on the rise. However, it will take the County several more years to recover from the recession, which put the County behind in funding infrastructure, pensions, and basic services.

County wins record-breaking 31 national awards

2014-AwardsLargeThe County of San Bernardino County surpassed its own record, winning 31 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties for its innovative programs and services, including top honors for the Countywide Vision as well as the State of the County event, which promotes the Vision.

Last year, the County won 18 NACo awards and has won an average of 14 NACo awards annually for the past 10 years. The most awards the County received from NACo prior to 2014 were 27 in 2011. The NACo Achievement Awards Program recognizes innovative county government programs in the areas of children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, and health. This year, San Bernardino County led the region with more awards than the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura. Only 29 of California’s 58 counties received top awards.


County Purchasing Department wins procurement award

2014 AEP Winner Graphic tallThe Purchasing Department received the 2014 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award from the National Procurement Institute.  The Purchasing Department obtains materials, equipment, and services in excess of $800 million annually that are essential to providing services to the citizens of San Bernardino County.

The AEP program is recognized and endorsed by the National Institute for Government Purchasing and several other national and state organizations as the mark of excellence in public procurement.  San Bernardino County achieved a high score based on criteria identified by the Institute, representative of industry best practices including innovation, professionalism, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.

Summer of adoptions for Animal Care and Control

dog3Animal Care and Control staff and Cutie Pie’s Grooming spent Fourth of July weekend caring for more than 30 dogs surrendered to the shelter during an animal neglect case in the Phelan area. Many of the dogs required nearly two hours of grooming because their hair was so matted that one could not distinguish the front of the dog from the back of the dog. After extensive media coverage, the dogs were adopted to loving homes and rescues. A month later, nearly 100 animals, including rabbits, hamsters, turtles and parakeets, were surrendered to the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter in Devore. A similar media campaign resulted in the successful adoptions of those animals.

Public Works wins GIS award from ESRI

The Department of Public Works received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the ESRI International Users Conference in San Diego, held July 14-18. The award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of ESRI’s geographic information system technology.

In April 2013, Public Works developed new geographic mapping information on their website to assist the public in viewing county roads, flood control and solid waste facilities locations throughout the county. Visit the website here.

Board adopts synthetic drug ordinance

sheriffSheriff John McMahon presented a synthetic drug ordinance to the Board of Supervisors that included criminal, administrative and civil penalties for those who sell synthetic drugs – more commonly known as “spice” or “bath salts.”

Spice is a mixture of herbs sprayed with the synthetic chemicals that are usually smoked. Bath salts are synthetic chemicals in a powder or crystal form that are usually snorted or injected.

These highly addictive, synthetic drugs are marketed as potpourri, decorative sand, shoe deodorizers or glass cleaner; however they have nothing in common with the products they are advertised to be. The ordinance targets synthetic drugs beyond the traditional realm of lab testing and further allows for enforcement based on the marketing, price, sales location, warning labels and similarity to street drugs. The ordinance also creates penalties that include fines, misdemeanor charges and the possible loss of a business license.


Alabama Street reopened between Highland and Redlands

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

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.

County crews cleaned up following flood in several communities

MT.-BALDY-FloodingThe County’s Department of Public Works and County Fire Department kept busy helping to restore order to various county communities following August floods and debris flows.

Mt. Baldy, Forest Falls, and Oak Glen were hit the hardest. County Fire Hand Crews were working in Mt. Baldy and Forest Falls helping residents dig out from the mud and debris. County Fire also brought in equipment to clear driveways of mud and debris. The desert areas of the county suffered as well, with Barstow Heights and Big River the hardest hit. Public Works crews were also dispatched to Helendale, National Trails Highway, and various earthen flood control channels.


Joint supervisors meeting held in Riverside County

jointboardmeetingThe San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Riverside County Board of Supervisors conducted a rare joint meeting on September 16 in Riverside to discuss issues of regional importance, including the local impacts of the Affordable Care Act, the release of state prison inmates to local communities for supervision, and the future of Ontario International Airport.

The board also discussed forming a subcommittee on inter-county cooperation to ensure regional issues are addressed in a timely manner.

The two boards had not met since February 2008 in Sacramento. The boards also met together in January 2000 in Riverside and in March 1999 in San Bernardino.

Supervisors approve new County logo

logosmallerIn an effort to increase the public’s understanding of the services available through County government, the Board of Supervisors approved a new visual identity for the County and its various agencies, departments, and divisions. Having a consistent visual identity helps residents know which services are provided by County agencies and know that the County is responsible for making sure those services are provided competently and efficiently.

Over time, each of the County’s more than 50 agencies, departments, and divisions had adopted their own separate visual identities, sometimes making it unclear that these entities are all part of the same County organization. The new visual identity – consisting of a logo, color scheme, and typography – maintains use of the historic arrowhead as a recognizable symbol of the county.

County Fire implements new Red Flag Warning Program

redflagIn an effort to promote wildfire readiness, County Fire implemented the Red Flag Community Notification program. When conditions for extreme fire danger arise and the National Weather Service posts a Fire Weather Watch or a Red Flag Warning, residents will see a red flag flown below the American flag at all County Fire stations within the affected area.  Residents will then know to prepare by focusing on preparation and prevention in and around their homes.



Groundbreaking held for new Sheriff’s Crime Lab building

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

The Controlled Substance Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Firearms/Toolmarks Unit and the Forensic Alcohol Unit are moving into the new crime lab

County, local hospitals prepared for Ebola virus

Ebola trainingSan Bernardino County’s top public health officer told the Board of Supervisors that even though there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in California, the County is prepared to respond to the virus.

Medical and public health professionals throughout the county are prepared to stop the spread of the virus by isolating ill patients, tracing all who may be exposed to ill patients and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms. Medical workers are trained to wear protective gloves, gowns, facemasks and eye protection. They are expected to report any patient suspected of having the Ebola virus to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Heroes sought for children awaiting adoption

heroadoptionSan Bernardino County’s Children and Family Services (CFS)   teamed up with several of San Bernardino County’s heroes in hopes of finding the ultimate heroes – adoptive parents.  CFS launched the Heart Gallery Be a Hero Campaign. Children awaiting adoption were photographed alongside San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, Colton firefighters, Redlands police officers and firefighters, and Rialto Police Chief William Farrar. In addition to the fire and law enforcement professionals, children were photographed alongside professionals in other fields including San Bernardino Symphony Maestro Frank Fetta and Dr. Chris Bory, an Upland-based veterinarian


ARMC received Quality Leader Award

ARMC JPG logoArrowhead Regional Medical Center was recognized with a 2014 Quality Leader Award from the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH). The CAPH Quality Leaders Awards recognize and showcase system improvements achieved by California’s public health care systems. ARMC earned an award for its entry, “Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcer (HAPU) – Adventures in Prevention.”

Without aggressive prevention, HAPU, more commonly known as bedsores, can occur easily in a hospital environment and lead to suffering, infection, and a host of other problems.

 County appoints new EDA Administrator

LarryVaupelLarry Vaupel brought extensive experience in private and public sector economic and real estate development when he assumed the helm of the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency in November. Vaupel oversees three County departments – Workforce Development, Community Development and Housing, and Economic Development – with a combined staff of 139 public service professionals.

Previously, Vaupel served as Economic Development Manager for City of Riverside, where he led a team of 11 economic development and marketing professionals helping businesses create jobs.  Prior to his service in Riverside, Vaupel spent much of his career in Illinois working in city planning, real estate development, and economic development, where he served a diverse mix of urban, suburban and rural communities.

Adoptions of nearly 100 children celebrated

adoptions2014Adoptions of 89 children were celebrated during San Bernardino County Children and Family Services (CFS) Adoption Finalization Celebration on November 20 at the Ontario Convention Center. Eighteen families adopted sets of siblings and 28 of the children were adopted by family members. The celebration was also distinguished by a record number of adoptions of children, 47, who were three years old and younger. The department averages nearly 400 adoptions each year.

County honored with prestigious state awards

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

The three 2014 CSAC Challenge Awards were presented to the Land Use Services Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the County Fire Department, and the District Attorney’s Office. The CSAC Challenge Awards are part of a highly competitive recognition program that honors the best and most innovative among California’s 58 counties.


Supervisors Hagman and Rutherford take Oath of Office

janicerutherfordswearingin2014 Hagman swearing inSupervisors Curt Hagman and Janice Rutherford spoke of teamwork as they began new four-year terms on the Board of Supervisors following Oath of Office ceremonies.

Supervisor Rutherford, who serves as Board of Supervisors Chair, will continue to represent the Second District, which includes the cities of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, and Fontana, and the unincorporated communities of Lake Arrowhead, Crestline, and San Antonio Heights. Chair Rutherford has been on the board since 2010. She was re-elected in June.

Supervisor Hagman represents the Fourth District, which includes the cities of Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Montclair, and Upland. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in November to succeed Gary Ovitt, who retired after 10 years on the Board. Supervisor Hagman just completed six years of service to the county in the State Assembly and previously served as mayor of Chino Hills.

‘Tis the season to be jolly and food safe

raw eggsFood plays a central role in the way we celebrate the holidays. With the holiday season upon us, this is a great time to remind everyone about the importance of holiday food safety. To keep unwanted visitors like Salmonella, E. coli and Staph aureus from crashing your holiday party, the Division of Environmental Health Services would like to share some important food safety tips and resources that you can use for holiday and everyday meals.

Holiday Treats: Certain foods and methods of food preparation that are popular during the season can increase the risk of foodborne illness. For example, consuming foods that contain raw eggs as called for in some homemade egg nog recipes, meringue-topped pies or even tasting raw cookie dough, can all lead to food poisoning. To reduce the risk of foodborne illness associated with raw or undercooked eggs, consider using a cooked-egg mixture. Be sure that any food products that contain eggs are cooked to 160ºF. You can also substitute raw eggs for pasteurized eggs or egg products. This way, you can enjoy your favorite holiday treats without sacrificing taste or food safety.

Buffet-Style Gatherings: When hosting a potluck or buffet-style gathering, be sure to make your food safety check list, and check it twice! If proper handling, preparation and storage guidelines are not followed, many people can become ill. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions are especially at-risk for serious complications of foodborne illnesses. To keep you, your family and your guests safe from food poisoning, always remember to follow these steps:

Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often. Bacteria that cause food poisoning can survive in many places around your kitchen, including on your hands, utensils, serving plates and cutting boards.

•Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm, running water. Be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.

•Wash all surfaces and utensils after each use. Rinsing utensils, countertops, and cutting boards with water won’t do enough to stop bacteria from spreading. Clean utensils and small cutting boards with soap and hot water. Clean all surfaces and cutting boards with soap and hot water, and sanitize with a bleach solution.

•Wash fruits and vegetables—but not meat, poultry, or eggs. Even if you plan to peel fruits and veggies, it’s important to wash them first because bacteria can spread from the outside to the inside as you cut or peel them.

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Students awarded iPads for countywide reading achievement

bakersbookclubbakersattachment Two local students were awarded with iPad Minis on Wednesday from Supervisor Josie Gonzales as winners of the Baker’s Book Club, San Bernardino County Library’s first fall reading program.

The prizes were presented to Citlaly Placencia, 12, of Muscoy, who read a total of 5,667 pages during the 49-day reading program, and Dilshad Singh, 14, of Muscoy, who read a total of 2,827 pages. From the 7,430 students who signed up for the book club, Placencia, a 7th grader at Chavez Middle School, and Singh, a freshman at Cajon High School, each read the most pages in their respective age categories.

The iPad Minis were donated by Supervisor Gonzales in hopes of motivating students to read more books during the Baker’s Drive-Thru sponsored book club.

“Today we celebrate two students who dedicated themselves to achievement through reading,” Supervisor Gonzales said during the award presentation.

“This valuable partnership made possible by Baker’s Drive-Thru and the San Bernardino County Library aims to instill a love for reading in our young children. Giving students that passion to read gives them a key to academic success and personal achievement,” Supervisor Gonzales said.

“Reading is one of the most important skills a child needs in order to succeed in life,” County Librarian Leonard Hernandez said. “Our libraries are proud to partner with Baker’s Drive-Thru and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales in creating a reading program that motivated so many young people to exercise this important skill.”

The program, which ran Oct. 6–Nov. 23 at all county libraries, is the first fall reading program of its kind in San Bernardino County. Children ages 4-17 were incentivized with prizes from Baker’s Drive-Thru ranging from free milkshakes and hamburgers to a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire. Parents were required to monitor their children’s reading progress and sign off on their page logs.

For more information on the Baker’s Book Club, visit or call (909) 387-5720.

Click here for more event photos.

Public Works continues to improve National Trails Highway

#32 WORK IN PROGRESS.jpg 6 #32 WORK IN PROGRESS.jpg 7Publi#32 WORK IN PROGRESS.jpg 2c Works crews continue working hard to get National Trails Highway reopened after incurring damage from the September 2014 storms.

The storms in September damaged sections of National Trails Highway from Hector Road to Amboy. 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 Interstate 40 have been closed pending roadway repairs, shoulder repairs and bridge evaluations.

Public Works crews reopened the first stretch of the road, Hector Road to Crucero Road, in November. The photos above are on National Trails Highway, three miles east of Ludlow. The crews are anticipating opening this next section from Ludlow to Amboy sometime in January 2015.

New exhibit sheds some light at the County Museum

Shed Some Light exhibitA new interactive exhibit at the San Bernardino County Museum invites visitors to learn the science behind hydroelectric power with hands-on activities and informative text panels. The display, funded by a grant from the Edison Foundation, enhances the current exhibit of hydroelectric power in the museum’s Hall of History. The exhibit is included with paid museum admission and will continue indefinitely.

Inland southern California was a pioneer in hydroelectricity. Mill Creek No. 1, built by the Redlands Electric Light and Power Company, began operating on September 7, 1893. It was the first commercial use of 3-phase alternating current generators in the United States. The power was transmitted more than seven miles to the city of Redlands as well as to a nearby ice house. The demand for electricity was so great that an additional generator was added less than 3 years later.

Among the hands-on components in the display is a demonstration of how magnets work with motors; how direct current flows; and how falling water can turn a Pelton wheel to generate electricity. Text panels explain electricity vocabulary, offer hints on saving energy, and present a map showing the variety and distribution of various power sources throughout the state of California. There’s even a panel to introduce visitors to the “Current Wars”—Edison vs. Tesla!

“Very fun – kids loved it,” “The kids like making energy with water,” “Easy to understand and very informative,” and “It is a very interesting exhibit” were among the comments from museum visitors during the exhibit’s opening weekend.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. 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 The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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