Veteran ID Cards Available for County Vets

soldiers holding flagThe San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has recently approved issuing Military Veteran ID cards to veterans.

The main purpose of the card is to ensure that veterans are easily and surely recognizable to any area merchant that offers a benefit to veterans who patronize their business Many local merchants already offer various benefits to veterans, such as a discount on purchases, a free item or preferred status.

This card allows the veteran to bypass carrying a copy of their military discharge papers to prove their veteran status.

Honorably-discharged veterans can apply for an ID card from the County V.A offices in Hesperia, Rancho Cucamonga or San Bernardino.

For more information and the application contact the county Veterans Office in San Bernardino or Congressman Paul Cook’s Apple Valley district office at (760) 247-1815.

Mountain Singles Set Upcoming Fun Events

hands reaching outMembers of the Mountain Singles group will enjoy some new adventures in the next week or so and if you’re single you can join them.Know someone who’s single and wants to meet others who are to? Invite them to go to these fun events so they, too, can meet new friends. It’s all about reaching out and making new friends and having a great time while you’re enjoying the events.

The group will be meeting for dinner at The Stockade on Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. Yum!

The group will be trying a new restaurant for a bunch at Cindy’s Cafe in Crestline. According to event coordinator (and “head” mountain singles organization, this restaurant is as “mountain folksy” as it gets and their honey wheat pancakes keep bring him back for more. Brunch at the restaurant will be at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, February. Although the group usually gets together on a Sunday if you’re interested in attending remember that this event is held on Saturday. If you show a day later you may be eating by yourself!

Faith ‘n begorra, the St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held on Saturday, March 14. Be thinking about Celtic music, shamrocks and green, Irish beer and corned beef and cabbage. Even if that’s not available at the fun party it will definitely get you into the mood to celebrate everyone favorite Irish holiday.

For information on the Mountain Singles group or about the upcoming event send an e-mail to don@mountainsingles.org.

 

Coming Soon to a Green Valley Lake Near You: An Aquathon!

Green Valley Lake SignNever heard of an aquathon? Well, if you’re a triathlete or runner you probably are familiar with the term. If not, it’s a 600 yard swim and a 5K run. It’s like a triathlon (which means three) but instead it has two events instead of the three that are found in a triathlon.

The site? Beautiful Green Valley Lake…..When:  Saturday August 15, 2015 at 9 a.m. If you’re interested mark the date, time and site on your calendar right now!

The age group divisions are: Men and Women separate; 600 yard swim and 5K run, Top 3 winners in each age group; Overall top 3 men’s and top 3 woman’s. Age groups are 12-15; 16-17; 18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-70 and 70 and above. In other words, almost anyone 12 and above can participate.

The relay divisions are: Top three winners from each group; Two groups, men’s and women, and parents and children (ages 12-17). A 600 yard swim and 5K run. Start working on your relay team members now so when the date arrives you’ve got your team together.

A Kids Fun Run will also be part of the day’s activities. For this event kids from six to 11 years old will participate and parents are welcome to run with their children. The 500 yard run will start at the conclusion of the aquathon.

For information contact: greenvalleylakeaquathon@triplecrownseries.com or visit: http://www.triplecrownseries.com/events/details/18-green-valley-lake-aquathon.html.

For this event men and women will be separated into their own divisions. Interested participants can register at: trireg.com/green-valley-lake-aquathon.html.

Save the date! You’ll be sorry if you miss coming up to this delightful community in August. Come up and enjoy the cool temperatures and get out of the hot weather “down the hill.” Did you know that Green Valley Lake is the highest community (elevation wise) in the local mountains…..wayyyyy back from the lumbering days? If you didn’t and it’s ever a question on Jeopardy you’ll know it’s Green Valley Lake.

 

 

 

Rim of the World Communities Welcome CHP Lt. John Tyler

New Arrowhead Area CHP Commander, Lt.

New Arrowhead Area CHP Commander, Lt. John Tyler at his desk at the Arrowhead Area CHP office in Running Springs.

Sometimes a little boy’s interest turns out to be their life’s work and a perfect example of that is the Arrowhead Area CHP Commander John Tyler. As a little boy he spent an inordinate amount of time watching “cop” shows like Adam 12, CHIPs and other popular police shows of that era. Many years later he took his childhood interest, and not surprisingly, he became a law enforcement officer. A big “Rim” welcome has been extended to new Arrowhead Area CHP Commander Lt. John Tyler who is enjoying his new post (and vice-versa!)

The new commander has had years and years of varied experiences within the CHP program as well as in life. He’s worked in large metropolitan areas and in small communities such as Needles and now in the Rim of the World communities. He’s hard working, funny, dedicated to his job and the communities he serves and he’s got an inviting personality. I suspect he makes friends easily as he apparently likes people a lot.

“I am service oriented,” he told me during a recent interview. His goal is to maintain a good operation for the agency and all the residents and visitors who are part of the communities he serves. “I want to make my time here in the Rim communities the best I can,” he said.

One of the most important programs in the CHP is recruiting or bringing in new officers into the force. This can be a challenging process that ultimately can take up to two years for an officer to go through “the hoops” so to speak. The CHP always loses officers, many to retirement or transfers so recruiting new officers is a vital part                  of keeping the CHP force at workable levels. Commander Tyler said that of the newest recruitment measures is that candidates can now apply online through the CHP website. It is a challenging process in order to become a CHP officer and one of the major elements that prospective recruits have to go through is a psychological assessment to show their mental fitness. If they pass all the tests involved they go to the academy. Commander Tyler added that thirty to forty percent of the recruits don’t make it through the academy. With this high rate of men and women who don’t get hired this has a lot to do with the fact that the local CHP station as well as others are not fully staffed.

Since both the CHP and Caltrans are state agencies they help each other in many different ways, the commander added. One of the things the he is is investigating is where the “choke points” are in the mountains. These are areas on the highway where vehicles tend to back up with traffic. One of those points, he said, is the Big Bear dam area which can (and does) get very congested at times.

Currently the Arrowhead Area CHP has 26 officers allocated to the division but he expects to add one more officer to the local station. The station is allocated 29 officers but without one or two officers, they may not have a full “contingent” all the time. Commander Tyler added that when it’s an emergency the CHP can pull officers from other areas to come and assist where it’s needed.

When Officer Tyler completed the CHP academy he was first assigned to Baldwin Park, a community he served for eight years as a motor cop. He found it fascinating that the CHP in that city had their own accident investigation team and he learned a lot from those experiences.  The commander said that the academy is a challenging process and before potential officers can even attend the academy they must undergo tests to measure their psychological condition as well as physical fitness for the job. “Thirty to forty percent don’t make it through the academy,” he said. The process to go through the academy is a long-time effort and can take up to two years.

Like all CHP officers the commander has had several different experiences in many different areas. He served a year as a field supervisor in San Francisco where he oversaw officers in their daily operations. “It was a great place to work,” he said. He spent three years in California’s beautiful bay area before he was transferred back to Riverside in September of 2007. He will never forget his experiences during the Old Fire  that made an indelible imprint on the mountain communities, he said.

Following his time in the mountains he transferred to Altadena where he spent another year before being transferred to San Diego. He said his one and one-half years there was great (which isn’t hard to imagine!) As CHP officers are transferred from area to area they pick up many different ideas about people and their way of life in that particular city or community and that information is extremely valuable to them on a day-to-day basis, especially when they transfer to a different area.

The Arrowhead Area CHP officers who are assigned to this area have a large number of miles to patrol. Their service areas include all of Highways 18, 330, 138 and 38 from Crestline to Big Bear. It’s no wonder that it’s sometimes hard to get a CHP to a scene as quickly as people often want but they are apt to be driving across the rim from one end of the mountain to the other, which, even if you’re a CHP officer takes time.

The lieutenant has been very busy getting to know his new neighborhoods. Last week he attended a mixer at Snow Valley Mountain Resort that was sponsored by the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. He thoroughly  enjoyed  himself, in a casual setting, and he talked with a lot of people who attended and were happy to meet him. He laughed a lot and learned a lot from “locals” and he has already proven himself to be approachable, he has a great laugh and is truly interested in our mountain communities.

Welcome to “our” neighborhood, Commander. Stick around for a long time!

Celebrate High Tea with Mountain Bears Democratic Club Members

uncle-sam-hat-29541281554425rliEThe Mountain Bears Democratic Club will kick off its annual membership drive on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. with a High tea at “Refresh” which is a new retreat area in the beautiful San Bernardino mountains. The site is located at 536 south Dart Canyon Road in Crestline.

The High Tea will be crafted by club members and the fun will  include homemade fruit scones, a selection of finger sandwiches, miniature desserts and a choice of teas. “I…say!”

Join the Mountain Bears Club to be a participant in the future of our local community, of the political party and of our government. The organization is growing and bringing new events to the community.Some of last year’s events included hosting the California secretary of Natural Resources, the Honorable John Laird at Lake Arrowhead. We will be looking forward to the 2016 elections and working toward the equality we hope every citizen will be able to enjoy.

Join the Mountain Bears Democratic Club and be a force for the future. Until March 1, 2015 members can join for the reduced rat of only $15 per person. After March 1 the dues for the year will be $25 per person. Discounts for couples, seniors and students are available.

For reservations for the upcoming tea contact membership chairperson Anita Alcorn at (909) 953-0335 or send at e-mail to: mountainbearsdems@gmail.com.

For more information log onto: http://www.mountainbarsdemocratss.org/

 

 

 

March Fun With “Wake the Bard”

Irish signpostOkay all you “Wake the Bard” fans out there and soon-to-be-fans….it’s March so that means leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and great music from Wake the Bard, the incredible Celtic music group from the San Bernardino Mountain communities.

The original couple who had such a great deal to do with the formation of this great group, Sandi and Pat Huckaby, will be joined by Liz Chesney on flute and Chris Chesney on fiddle, mandolin and bodran. If you’re a “Wake the Bard” fan (as I am) or if you’re looking for some St. Paddy’s fun, this is your event.

On March 28 go to the Lake Inn in Green Valley Lake from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

On Tuesday, March 17 they will be entertaining at Killarney’s Pub on Hwy 173 in Temecula from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then they will be playing at Boondocks Pub at 100 E. Harrison in Corona from 7 to 11 p.m. (Talk about a busy day, but faith ‘n begorra, they have lots of energy!)

On March 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. they will bring their Irish sounds to the Pines Lakefront Restaurant at 350 Alden Street in Big Bear Lake. Look for them from 3 to 6 p.m.

Don’t forget to wear green! If you haven’t attended one of their events you don’t know what you’re missing. It is always impossible not to tap your feet and clap your hands to this classic Irish music so come and enjoy! I promise you’ll love it!

 

 

 

New Snow at Snow Valley: Come on Up!

snow-valley-snow-006Well, just when you think skiing if over for the year Mother Nature (or the laughing snow gods) dumped seven to nine inches of new snow on the slopes and guess what, it continued to snow but today it’s glorious weather and the snow is beautiful!

Mother Nature certainly has a funny sense of humor!

In addition to all the fresh snow  the cold conditions have allowed for snowmaking overnight and it will resume again once humidity levels drop again. With continued snowmaking it is expected that the longtime ski area will reopen more terrain in the near future (which could mean overnight).

Tickets will be sold at the regular season rates and Snow Valley will offer a complimentary “Boundback” voucher that is valid any other day on the slopes (up to one Year) from today’s date for each lift ticket for skiing/snowboarding that is purchased. This is an excellent Snow Valley value and this voucher is valid during holiday periods and has a value of up to $69. Just think, you get to come back and go skiing for nothing because the bounceback voucher is another ticket. It’s like buy one, get one free during this “bounceback” period.

Last summer, during the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored Farmer’s Market hundreds of tickets were sold for the “buy one get one free” promotion that Snow Valley extended to people who purchased a certain amount of items at the Farmer’s Market. The promotion was a huge success and not only did it help the farmer’s market vendors it also helped skiiers return to Running Springs and head on up to Snow Valley which is only five miles from the community.

Oh, and here’s a tidbit of trivia you may not know……Snow Valley is the oldest longest operating ski resort in the local mountains and that includes Big Bear.

For more information on Snow Valley log onto their website at: http://www.Snow-Valley.com or call (909) 867-2751.

Grab those last chances to ski this year…just remember…..it’s a long way until next year when snow covers the slopes!

 

 

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