How to Live With Bears in Our Mountain Communities

Bears With Us….Bear Aware Program for Living in Bear Country

  1. Never feed the bears. “A fed bear is a dead bear!” It is illegal to feed bears. Bear attractants are bird feeders, pet food, greasy BBQ’s, baked goods on windowsills, smelly trash, suet, koi ponds, fruit trees and berry bushes.
  2. bear proof your garbage. Obey the “county within 7 days” trash rule. Use your garbage disposal, freeze meat garbage to put out with food trash only on collection day morning. Spray pine scented disinfectants or ammonia into your garbage. Clean your trash cans with bleach water regularly. If you find a bear on your deck or in your trash, do not make him welcome. This is your territory and you want him to leave. Don’t let him think he can come back. He may ignore you, or bluff with a charge or a huff. Children should have no contact with bears! Spray with garden hose, use small air horn, or shoot him with a super soaker with water and vinegar. Bang pots and pans together. If necessary, use bear spray. The California State Fish and Game does not relocate bears! Nuisance bears can be destroyed if perceived as a threat to humans.All this information is from Wildhaven Ranch in our local mountains. For more information on bears or to get more help call (909) 337-1391. Remember, bears are part of the forest we live in the San Bernardino Mountains so take the advise of those who work with bears at Wildhaven because they know what they’re talking about.



Veterans Day Ceremony in Running Springs on Veteran’s Day!

As we have done for many, many years the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present its annual Veteran’s Day service. This event will be held at 11 a.m. at the flag pole near Jensen’s Market (and across the street from Neo’s restaurant) on Veteran’s Day). Come and attend this special event that is not long but important to all our veterans and those who love our country. This event has been held for many years so do yourself a favor by coming to this event where you can thank a veteran. If you have a flag please feel free to bring it with you. See you there! Remember, we live in the country we love thanks to our veterans.

Caltrans Working on Projects in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)is working on a district-wide project to re-stripe over 11,200 lane miles of Interstate I-15. From the San Diego County Line to El Centro in Corona and from State Route 60  to the Nevada State Line. This $28 million project is financed by State Bill 1 and it was awarded to Cal-Stripe Incorporated. The company is replacing lane and shoulder striping with state of the art themoplastic road marking tape. The tape is wear-resistant and it is bright and highly reflective. This will improve land visibility and enhance traffic safety on the I15 in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Moving and static lane closures will occur over the length of the project. Work at this time in San Bernardino County is between Green Helen Parkway to the Riverside County line in Riverside County.

Annual Veteran’s Service Monday at 11 a.m.

As we have done so many years in Running Springs everyone is invited to attend the annual Veteran’s event that is sponsored by the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. This special “thank you” to our veterans has been held for many years and it is held at the flagpole that is close to Jensen’s market, Hwy. 18 and other businesses in “downtown” Running Springs. This acknowledgment to our veteran’s has been a part of local Running Springs life for many years. We always hope that many veteran’s will be able to make this occasion and if they can’t we are happy that many people drive by on the highway and honk their horns in an acknowledgement that we love respect and respect our veterans. Remember, it starts at 11 a.m. on Monday. Hope to see you there. Come shake the hand of a “real” hero and if you have children we’re happy to have them come too so they can begin to discover why veteran’s are so respected.

Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Veteran’s Day at 11 a.m. in Running Springs

As we have done for many years, the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting a Veteran’s Day ceremony on Veteran’s Day at 11 a.m. Please plan to attend this event and bring your family, especially your children, so they can get to know how much we owe our veterans.  This event never takes long but we have done this for years in Running Springs to thank our veterans who have given so much to their country. Please join us for this annual “thank you” to all our veterans who have in so many ways, given so much for our country. The flag pole where the event is held is close to Jensen’s Market and across Hwy. 18 by Neo’s restaurant. If you have a flag or a uniform in your closet it would be wonderful to take them to celebrate this day. For those of you who have children, feel free to bring them with you so they may know that our vets are being honored, once again,in our small community. As I have said through so many years of doing this event, we owe our veterans everything!

San Bernardino County Board of Education Meeting October 9 Honoring Teachers

Members of the San Bernardino County Board of Education will be holding a meeting on October 9 at the Roy Hill Education Center at 601 North East Street in San Bernardino.At this meeting the board will recognize this year’s San Bernardino County Teachers of the Year at a ceremony at 4 p.m. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of School’s will be honored at the same ceremony. Congratulations to all of the honorees for their dedication and continuing support for all the students (and teachers) in the county, which is one, if not THE, largest county in the entire United States. Those of us who live in San Bernardino County should be happy to live in a county where education and the staff members who teach all those students are so highly rewarded for their dedication to their jobs and the students they teach.

Another Great Pete Shaw Classic From 1986

“Burrito Day” strikes terror in the hearts of our cafeteria people and me. Beth, Pat, Dolores, Sharon and Lyn all toss and turn throughout the night in anticipation of the approaching day. Sweaty-palmed, they don their green berets and begin their drive to school, feeling, I’m sure much the same as our troops who filed into the trenches of Verdin or boarded ships to cross the Channel on D-day except that the “experience” is repeated weekly. Hundreds of students read their menus and plot their strategies of how to find a way to place themselves in forward positions in the lines. They know the 50 burritos are probably the most generously stuffed. A feigned headache at 11:10 a.m.  could put one in the nurse’s office by 11:15, a perfect spot to slip into lines. It worked earlier on but the teachers are becoming wise. Even a defiant act, serious enough to be sent to the principals office, is considered because, occasionally if he is not there, some naive adult will order one to the lunch line with orders to return after eating. Bathroom visits worked earlier on but the teachers are becoming wise. Even a defiant, serious enough to be sent to the principals office, is considered because, occasionally, if he isn’t there, some naive adult will order one to the lunch line with orders to return after eating. The line winds its way out of the cafeteria, up the stairs, past the office and down the hallway past the third grade classrooms Tension fills the area as students jostle for position. Bribery, threats and subtle intimidation for line advancement are constant as wafts of spicy aromas from the kitchen drive otherwise reasonable people crazy. Earlier I have reviewed these soft, plump  rectangle bombs oozing beans and cheese sitting row to row on the steam table. They are the perfect terrorist weapon; tossed into a crowded hallway or classroom, they can cause havoc, confusion and some panic without an explosion. Teachers lead their charges down the halls and avoid eye contact with us as they drop their students into line. Then they turn, heads already bent in guilt and flee to the staff room bunker where they huddle, stripped of personal honor and integrity, in the shadows of the microwave light to consume their lunch, knowing full well a pitched life and death battle is raging not more than 200 yards away. Hand-to-hand combat sometimes we must physically restrain the “line cutters”, shifting troops (sometimes they try to flank us) and cries of “Take no prisoners” fill the hallways as Beth announces they have run out of burritos and the last 25 students will be served back-up frozen pizza wedges. After last burrito day, I called Cafeteria Pentagon where the highest level menu decisions are made and pleaded for a week of liver and onions, cream of broccoli soup, tuna casserole,eggplant souffle and cardboard salisbury steak. My cries fell on dead ears. Pompous nutritionists strutting about in starched white smocks and gleaming name badges are too far removed from life in the trenches to understand.