Happy birthday wishes are sent this month to Tom Bachman, Lauralea Hopper, Janice Markovich, Ginny Dunn, Stephen Horning and John Lorenz. Boy, there must have been something really great in the water their moms were drinking because these people are movers and shakers in our local area. Individually, they have contributed in so many ways to bettering life in the mountain communities for fulltime residents as well as those who visit “our” beautiful mountains. Birthday wishes are also sent to Nancy Lucas, Lisa Pajak, Melanie Hopkins, Linda Atencio-Peabody, my son-in-law Gary Aberg, Pete Noriega, Billie Brier, Bill Priest, my niece Julie Moseley Berris, Jennifer Appleton-Conger, Aaron Creighton, Roger Hulett, Renee Kennemur Limpus, Vicki Vance and Bruce Irwin.
I hope each one has (or had, depending on their birthdate) a wonderful celebration of their life. They deserve it!
The United States continues to assist the Malaysian government in the search for Malaysian Airline Flight 370, which disappeared the night of March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing.
The USS Pinckney and USS Kidd, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, are on station in the Gulf of Thailand conducting search and rescue operations, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.
The ships are using a “creeping line” search method, Warren said. The Pinckney investigated a possible debris field, he added, but it was not the missing aircraft.
Two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters are flying off the ships to aid the search, using forward-looking infrared pods to search at night. ATP-3 Orion from Kadema Air Base in Japan, is also being employed in the search, Warren said. The Orion, operating in the western search area, brings long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the effort. It can loiter about nine hours at a time.
In addition, the U.S. Navy ship John Ericsson, a fleet replenishment oiler, is providing logistics support for the U.S. effort. American ships are working with ships from Malaysia, China and Singapore in the search effort.
Air traffic controllers lost the signal about two hours the Boeing 777-200 airliner took off with 239 people aboard.
Earlier reports of an oil slick in the Gulf of Thailand proved to not be from the aircraft, Malaysian aviation officials in Kuala Lumpur told reporters on March 10.
March 10, 2014
Filed under Arrowhead, Big Bear Discovery Center, California, Crestine, Forest Service News, Lake Arrowhead, Uncategorized
Tags: Bald Eagle Protection Act, Bald eagles, Big Bear Lake, California, California's Endangered Species Act, Endangered Species Act, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Gregory, San Bernardino Mountains, Volunteers
A grand total of seven adult and two juveniles were observed during the one-hour count. Five bald eagles (four adults and one juvenile) were observed at Big Bear Lake. One juvenile eagle was seen at lake Arrowhead, two adult eagles were sighted at Silverwood Lake, one adult eagle was seen at Lake Hemet. No eagles were spotted at Lake Gregory or Lake Perris. Approximately 191 observers participated in the one-hour eagle census (57 at Big Bear Lake, 20 at Lake Gregory, 68 at Silverwood Lake, 19 at Lake Hemet and 37 at Lake Perris).
Bald eagle counts have been conducted at some of the sites since 1978 and all the sites have been participating since about the year 2000. Four monthly counts are conducted between December and March to estimate the number of bald eagles that are wintering in the area and the highest numbers are typically discovered in February and March.
March 8 was a beautiful day for spotting eagles and was a great way to end the winter eagle consensus, said Forest Service spokesman John Miller. Many of the bald eagles have started migrating out of southern California, heading north to their breeding grounds. A few breeding pairs have set up nesting territories and are year-round residents. A pair of bald eagles is tending their nest at Lake Hemet and in early February Big Bear Lake’s nesting pair hatched two chicks but they didn’t survive last week’s severe storm.
As bald eagles raise families in southern California, it is now possible to see bald eagles year-round (not just during their winter migration). Because of the influx of migrating bald eagles during the winter, the easiest time to see them is still between December and march.
The bald eagle is a success story of the federal Endangered Species Act. Through protection under that law, its populations have recovered from being on the brink of extinction. Captive breeding programs, reintroduction efforts, the banning of DDT and public education have all helped in the recovery of this species. There are now over 10,000 breeding pairs in the United States and they now breed again in all 49 of the continental United States. (They have never bred in Hawaii.)
Because of the population rebound, bald eagles are no longer in jeopardy of going extinct. While bald eagles are no longer protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, they still have full protection under the Bald Eagle Protection Act and under the State of California’s Endangered Species Act. These laws make it illegal to harm or harass bald eagles. It is also illegal to possess bald eagle parts, even a feather.
Catching a glimpse of the country’s breath-taking national symbol is relatively easy during winter months. There are some fantastic opportunities for excellent close-up photographs too. Just look in the tallest trees around the lake near open water for perching eagles. or, if the lake is partly frozen, look for eagles perched on the ice near small groups of ducks using the open water.
If you want to look for eagles in the Big Bear area, stop at the Forest Service’s Big Bear Discover Cent er which is located on North Shore Drive, one and one-half miles west of the Standfield Cutoff and pick up a handout on eagles. Also, feel free to join one of the forest service free public talks. For information on date and times call the Big Bear Discovery Center at (990( 382-2790.
Remember that human presence may distract or disturb the eagles so try to limit your movements and do not make loud noises when they’re nearby. If possible, remain in your car while looking at eagles because the care acts as a blind. Stay a respectful of at least 200 to 300 feet away from perched bald eagles. Do not get closer than one-quarter mile away from nesting bald eagles. Trying to get a closer look may result in eagles becoming agitated and knocking eggs or chicks out of the nest. Remember, it is illegal to harm or harass bald eagles. Please do your part to help protect our national bird.
Anyone who has had the privilege of seeing a bald eagle in the wild cannot help but be awed by the experience. I remember many years ago I was taking a “mini vacation” at the beautiful Lake Arrowhead Resort and there was a huge eagle’s nest at the top of one of the tall trees directly outside the resort. The view from the tall lobby windows was perfect for watching this magnificent, huge bird fly back and forth to and from its nest. To put it mildly……………..it was thrilling!
Think it’s hard to help a hero? It’s not….just donate a new, unused blanket of any size or material to help a soldier who is serving in Afghanistan. This middle-east country is known for its cold temperatures, especially during their harsh winters. (Probably the reason Alexander the Great turned around and went home thousands of years ago!)
If you can donate a wool fleece or cotton blanket send the package to: Hugs for Our Soldiers, P.O. Box 532, Veonore, Tennessee 37885. Your donation will be sent by this non-profit organization as soon as they send a new shipment to our soldiers. For more information log onto: HugsForOurSoldiers.org.
Remember that while we all get to crawl into nice warm beds at night our soldiers serving in the field don’t have the same opportunity so I can’t even imagine how much it would mean to a soldier in the field that he or she has a warm blanket to help keep out the cold.
Save March 16 so you can be at San Manuel Casino in San Bernardino (actually Highland) to hear the fabulous mountain Celtic band of “Wake the Bard” when they play from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Bingo Room. After their performance stay for Bingo. Who knows? You might win big bucks……it’s been known to happen!
Wake the Bard is a fabulous local mountain ensemble that, when you listen to them, you’d swear you were in Ireland or some other Celtic country. They truly are professionals and they have been such a huge asset to entertainment in the mountains so enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. If you stay for Bingo after their performance, who knows, they might have brought you some Irish good luck.
Want to get out and enjoy an evening of great music, slap your thigh down-home music from around the Appalachians? If so, pick up your keys, your favorite man or woman in your life, back the car out of wherever it’s parked, fasten your seat belts and drive up to The Lake Inn in Green Valley Lake for a few hours that you will love! The fun will be held on March 29 so don’t miss it!
“Grits and Grady” is a small group of talented musicians who live in Green Valley Lake but if you closed your eyes and just listened you’d swear you were somewhere in the Appalachian mountains.
This talented group of local singers and musicians will play from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the bluegrass music will just flow.
Trust me, you’ll love it and if you don’t leave with red hands from clapping or thighs that didn’t get slapped a few times I’ll be surprised.
I promise, you’ll have a ball!
After more than 35 years in education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Gary Thomas is retiring so his February 25 “State of Education” address to administrators, teachers, board of education members as well as the general public was particularly poignant this year.
This year Thomas told his audience that California’s educational system is undergoing tremendous change as it transitions to new state standards, as well as new ways public schools receive funding and have to account to their communities.
Thomas delivered his address at the California Theatre for the Performing Arts before a crowd of hundreds of educators as well as elected officials and other dignitaries.
“We are not strangers to change in education,” he said. “For years, even decades, we’ve responded to educational trends, special legislation and the latest in school reform.”Among big changes in California are adoption of the new Common Core State Standards that will be implemented statewide for the 2014-15 academic year, as well as a new funding model from the state called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Along with the funding model, schools and districts have to be more accountable for how they are spending their money through the adoption of Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP). “For the first time in California’s history, we have a funding model that provides supplemental funds for our most disenfranchised students and it allows local control so districts can assure the needs of their student populations are met,” Thomas said. In addition to the big changes taking place statewide, the superintendent also highlighted programs and students that have earned accolades for their innovation and relevance to preparing them to compete in the global economy.
The theme of Thomas’ address was “Transforming Lives on the Roadmap to Success.” The master of ceremonies for this event was Supervisor Janice Rutherford who is chairwoman of the county board of supervisors. Owusu HOdari, pastor of the Predestined in Christ Church in Fontana delivered the invocation. Brenda Castro,, the captain of Chaffee High School’s three-time championship Academic Decathlon team, led the call for patriotic observances.
“Transforming lives is what we are all about at County Schools, giving young people the power of hope and ideas; the power of knowledge; the power to dream and believe; and the power to succeed,” Thomas said. “We are providing students with equal access to high quality educational opportunities, innovative programs and inspiring staff.”
Thomas provided an update of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Strategic Plan that was adopted in 2012. He unveiled County Schools’ new “brand” promise: “With integrity, collaboration, expertise and leadership, we will transform lives through education.” He also provided the first look at County Schools’ newly designed website: http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us., that went live on March 1.
“Our public website features the most current web development technologies. It is designed in a responsive template to interact on mobile devices and with social media, it provides information and resources to our key audiences and it features stories about students and education in our county,” he said.
With more than 412,000 students enrolled in the county’s 33 school districts and more than 530 schools, Thomas talked about identifying key milestones for a child’s academic, personal, social and career readiness as the goal of the “Cradle to Career Roadmap” This “roadmap” was developed as part of the San Bernardino Countwide Vision, a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Board of Supervisors and County CEO Greg Devereux to engage communities, schools, districts and municipalities in a regional goal of support for education.
The “Cradle to Career Roadmap” shows a collective approach linking families, educators, government, business, labor, faith-based and community organizations as pillars in support of students from the time they are born until they complete advanced education programs or certificates.
In closing, Thomas reiterated that he has announced his retirement at the end of 2014 after more than 35 years in education. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as county superintendent,” he said. He thanked his family, especially his wife Beverly, who is an elementary school teacher in the Victor Valley Elementary School District, for supporting him over the years. Even with his impending retirement, Thomas said there is plenty left to be accomplished. “Education, we know, is at the center of progress in any culture and the determining factor of economic strength and social equity,” he said. “The connective power of education is transformative and lights up the path to a successful life.
We ask our communities to invest, engage and demand a strong educational system that delivers innovative, inspiring educational opportunities for the prosperity of our current and future generations of students,” he concluded.
A community memorial service will be held on March 23 for longtime Running Springs resident Teri Carey who passed away in her sleep last week. The ceremony will be held at noon at Springs of Life Church at 31960 Hillt0p Blvd. The church is located next to Cut Above Hair Salon.
Teri had been a part of the community for many years and through those years, although they were tough, she made many friends. She was always friendly and had a great smile and was beloved by her friends and family.
All residents are welcome to attend the celebration of her life. Teri loved the mountains and the community she lived in for so long and along the way she became quite an environmentalist. I know that her friends and family members will miss her and those of us who had the occasion of meeting her throughout the years also will miss her presence in our community. She had a wonderful heart.
A lunch will be served following the service. Please join Pastor Jay Houck and other friends at her service. While she had a difficult life at times, her presence in our community will be missed. She is survived by her son and daughter who I hope find comfort in knowing that she had many, many friends in our small community.
“Greater Things Have Yet To Come!”
Planning Commissioners Recommend Verizon Request for “Unmanned Telecommunications Facility” in Crestline
During their March 6 meeting members of the San Bernardino County Planning Commission approved Verizon Wireless’s request for a Conditional Use Permit for an Unmanned Telecommunications Facility on the south side of Crest Forest Drive in Crestline. Providing the board of supervisors support the commissioner’s recommendation the pole will be installed approximately 165 feet east of Village Lane.
Their Conditional Use Permit will allow development of an unmanned telecommunications facility with a 65 foot high monopine with an equipment shelter and a 12×18 foot block building.The project required a major variance for the “separation distance” of the tower from nearby residences on a portion of .21 acres of land.
When the issue was discussed at the March 6 hearing no objections were submitted by the public.
The planning commissioners are appointed by members of the board of supervisors and each supervisor appoints a commissioner from the their district. In this case, Supervisor Janice Rutherford is the elected representative for the Crestline area.
Need help or advice on building or remodeling but don’t know where to get information? Well, that’s easy…..you can attend the Mountain Home Improvement Expo from June 28-29 in Lake Arrowhead. Remember that great song, “If I Had a Hammer? ” Well, for a lot of people if they had a hammer they wouldn’t know what to do with it. That’s where this expo comes in handy.
Sponsored by the Association of Building Contractors of the San Bernardino Mountains this will be the organization’s 19th annual event in the community.
Vendors who to want to participate are eligible for an “Early Bird Special” price if they reserve their space by April 15. The special rate for a 10 ft. by 10 ft. space is $375 and the charge for a 10 foot by 15 foot space is $575. Any member replying after the “early bird” deadline of April 15 will pay $450 for a 10 by 10 foot space and $650 for a 10 by 15 foot space.
Each year hundreds of residents and visitors attend this great event so if you work in any area of the building business in the local mountain areas participating in this event is a great idea.
All participants must be members of the Association of Building Contractors of the San Bernardino Mountains or be a member of the Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce.
For information call (909) 337-6377 or visit the organization online at http://www.lakearrowhead-abc.com