Wrightwood’s Maddie Mastro joins U.S. Olympic Snowboarding team
Maddie Mastro, 17, calling Wrightwood home, makes the U.S. Olympic Team after finishing third in women's snowboard halfpipe, at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mommoth Mountain, January 13, 2018, finishing third.
Her biography states: During the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 10-year-old Maddie Mastro was entranced as she sat in front of her TV watching Australian snowboarder Torah Bright put down masterful runs in the halfpipe and win a gold medal. As Mastro says, "Something just clicked." She knew that snowboarding was what she wanted to do.
Six years later, Mastro had become one of Team USA's rising halfpipe stars. She announced her arrival with multiple pro-level podium finishes at Grand Prix events in 2016.
Mastro grew up riding with fellow U.S. snowboard team members Chloe Kim and Hailey Langland.
She starting working on her skills at Mountain High Ski Resort at age 6, and attended Snowline schools through high school.
She trains on the Mammoth Mountain team as well as the U.S. Snowboard team and has been climbing the professional ranks quickly: she first knocked on the door by making the final at the Winter Dew Tour in 2015 (6th), earned her first X Games invite to Aspen in 2016 (7th) and then hit the podium at both Grand Prix events (2nd and 3rd). Young Mastro is on the come up and she has a mean bag of tricks, including a Haakon Flip that few other women are throwing.
On Maddie’s Twitter account she writes, “Wow! I’m speechless! Grateful to be going to my first Olympics!! South Korea here we come. p.s. thank you mom and dad for putting up with me and helping me achieve my goals in life. Holy moly! Team USA, dreams are coming true!” She can hardly believe she will be traveling to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Competition starts February 9th.
Grassy Hollow Comeback; Show Your Support
The first sign of the break-in was the mountain lion, torn from its platform, left on the entryway to Grassy Hollow. (Photo by Laurie Piccolotti)
By Carol Bishop
Sometime between Saturday the 13th’s closing and Sunday the 14th’s opening of Grassy Hollow Visitor Center, vandals broke in and damaged, destroyed, and plundered displays, equipment, and animals. Discovery of the crime was made by both a local runner and a local hiker who, upon seeing the taxidermic mountain lion on the ramp of the center, notified law enforcement and members of the Volunteers of the National Forest (VANF).
Located about 15 miles west of Wrightwood in San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (previously known as Angeles National Forest), Grassy Hollow has been a beloved institution of the Tri-Community for more than 20 years. Built by the Forest Service, the building initially stood unused due to a lack of funding for personnel until a group of locals volunteered to man (woman :) it. Over the years, the center and its volunteer staff have created and run programs providing and facilitating quality experiences for thousands of forest visitors.
The damage and destruction has hit many in our community hard. Not only the official volunteers of Grassy Hollow, but many others who have supported the center or visited and enjoyed the site, have expressed dismay. While no one can understand such vicious criminal behavior, all agree that Grassy Hollow must “rise” again. And the process has already started.
Last week volunteers spent hours working in the center. What couldn’t be repaired was removed. What could be repaired was. What remained was displayed as well as possible. Their efforts have paid off. Someone who’s never been to the center may not realize the losses, but find it amusing that a broom is propping up Vincent the Bear and might note that a couple other mountings are a bit empty. On the other hand, regular visitors and the hundreds of students who have come through their school programs will notice the significant loss of taxidermic and other displays.
With the outpouring of concern have come offers of help. An offer of pelts, gifts of a taxidermic hawk and a bobcat, and an offer of assistance with mounting displays are extremely important as the dearth of animals due to theft and damage especially hurts the highly popular school program servicing schools from throughout the High Desert and down the hill. Cash donations will also help with replacement of the animals, birds, and reptiles along with the mundane, but important, supportive equipment, such as the cash register for guidebook and souvenir sales and the computer and printers used for publishing the free handouts and maps.
It had taken more than 20 years to obtain the contents of Grassy Hollow that educate and entertain, but the volunteers aren’t giving up serving our community and the forest visitors. While they had worked hard enough to have the center reopened by Saturday the 20th, VANF was not able to do so because of the lapse of the federal budget. Once the budget is signed, the doors will be open at the regular times, Saturday, Sunday, and most holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a drive up to Grassy Hollow and show your support - it’s a beautiful place to enjoy the forest.
Grassy Hollow features local wildlife. If you by chance have any taxidermic creatures, skulls, or horns you'd like to give them, or would like to make any other kind of donation, email the volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas may be over but long lines at local post offices are still an issue, and so is the frustration for customers and employees alike. As a result of a contract for package delivery, between Amazon and the United States Postal Service (USPS), USPS is delivering considerably more packages than ever before. Locally, this has put a strain on the post offices’ ability to handle the influx of parcels. Although the workload and processing of delivering the parcels has increased substantially, staffing levels have not changed. This has resulted in our small, understaffed post offices bulging with parcels awaiting pick-up, and long lines at the customer service desks. At Christmastime, the Wrightwood post office maintained as many as 20 outside staging cages for the overflow of packages. For each package pick-up, post office staff had to determine where the item had been staged, and go out to get it from that cage. Long waits at the front counter resulted. According to a reliable source, during the holiday season, three people actually passed out, while waiting in line more than an hour. Even outside of the seasonal rush, the Wrightwood community has outgrown its USPS facility. The population has grown since the post office moved to its current location about 30 years ago, and full-time residents outnumber weekend cabins by about 4 to 1., whereas the majority of cabins in the community used to belong to part-time residents. While it wouldn’t be prudent for USPS to build a bigger facility in Wrightwood based solely on Amazon’s business (they could opt to create their own shipping company at any time), a larger building and increase in staff would benefit customers and postal employees alike. A central Human Resources Department manages USPS staffing, so our local Postmasters don’t have the authority to hire additional staff. Neither Amazon, nor USPS has disclosed the actual terms of their contract. According to the Wall Street Journal, currently 25 percent of the Postal Service’s business is package delivery. In 2007 Congress required the Postal Service to allocate 5.5 percent of its fixed costs to package delivery, and to incorporate that into its pricing. Package delivery costs have climbed, but the post office’s charges have not followed suit. “According to a recent analysis by Citigroup, the Postal Service should be charging Amazon $1.46 more per package than the $2 or so it does now.” the Journal story said. USPS revenue comes from their business operations, rather than from taxpayers. They do, however, receive favorable rates for borrowing, have restrictions on other companies being able to handle 1st class mail, and a few other benefits. “But,” says Josh Sandbulte, in the Wall Street Journal opinion section, “There are all kinds of things that are actually the opposite of a subsidy from taxpayers.” One of those, which Sandbulte mentioned, is that, “When the federal government allowed other businesses to handle the package business (DHL, FEDEX, UPS) these companies took the most profitable business and left the USPS with the least profitable - delivery to EVERY household, regardless of the cost of delivery. The Havasupai tribe that lives on the floor of the Grand Canyon receives first class mail and packages (for a regular stamp price), by USPS mule train. “So in many ways,” says Sandbulte, “the USPS has the worst of both worlds, the congress controls what they can do and must do, yet forces them to do business whether it’s profitable or not.”
Vandals destroy Grassy Hollow displays, steal merchandise By Terri Hill
Saturday night, January 13, vandals broke into the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center, a volunteer-run facility in the Angeles National Forest, six miles west of Wrightwood. A Wrightwood resident, who was out for an early morning run, discovered the break-in. His wife reported in a Facebook post, that her husband was concerned for his safety when he saw a mountain lion near the building. On closer observation, he realized the lion was a taxidermy display from inside, and the Visitor Center had been broken into, and severely damaged. Volunteers and employees of the Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains National Monument were told not to offer any details of the damage, as this is an ongoing criminal investigation. Phillip DeSenze, of ANF Pubic Affairs, reported no damage was done to the building itself. He also stated Forest Service law enforcement is investigating the crime. On Monday, Angeles National Forest Facebook page posted a photo of one the rooms in the Visitors’ Center. The photo shows all of the glass display cases smashed, and taxidermy and storyboard displays ruined, or missing. Barbara and Fred Van Houten were involved, with other Volunteers of the Angeles National Forest (VANF), helped with the cleanup, and reported tee shirts and stuffed animals stolen among the obvious destruction.
Whipple arrested for setting 11 fires in the Glen Helen/Devore area
On January 15, 2018, at approximately 7:44 am, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Central Station responded to a fire call at Glen Helen Regional Park. While in route to the call, deputies learned that additional fires were being reported near the regional park at the Interstate 15/215 junction. In total, Ricky Russel Whipple, 29-year old resident of Fontana, started eleven fires. After each fire was started, Whipple ran through a series a storm drain tunnels underneath the freeways to elude capture from the deputies. With the assistance of Sheriff’s aviation, Whipple was located as he walked through the dense brush near Cajon Blvd and Kenwood Ave in close proximity of the last fire. Deputies contacted Whipple, who was detained at the scene without incident. Several items of evidence were located which connected Whipple to the crime of arson. The areas Whipple set on fire burned dry vegetation and caused a multi-jurisdictional response from fire crews with the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Cal Fire, and the United States Forest Service. All the fires were contained and extinguished. However, fire crews spent several hours cooling down hot spots to prevent additional fire damage. Whipple was booked into the Central Detention Center for PC 451.5(a) Aggravated Arson, and is being held on $250,000.00 bail. Whipple is scheduled for court on January 17th. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Central Station at (909) 387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the website at www.wetip.com.
Pinon Hills Chamber Installation
By Michael Palecki
The Pinon Hills Chamber of Commerce held their annual Installation Dinner, for the 2018 Board of Directors and officers, on December 9 at Casa Ortega restaurant. While chamber members and guests enjoyed their dinner, outgoing president Lori Weston presented a historical overview of the Pinon Hills Community, as well as a recap of Chamber activities during 2017. Most importantly, Weston announced the Chamber had received a $21,000 grant from San Bernardino County (SBC) to promote tourism in 2018. Historically speaking, the community bordering the Los Angeles County Line was first inhabited by Serrano Indians and was later traveled through by early pioneers on Fort Tejon Trail. Subsequently the area underwent several name changes, mostly related to water springs in the San Gabriel Mountains foothills. Initially, stagecoaches stopped for water in Barrel Springs, later to be named Border Town, Horline Springs, Smithson Springs, Desert Springs and finally Pinon Hills. The Chamber incorporated in 1949, held meetings in a World War II Quonset hut located on the north side of Highway 138 until the current Chamber building was built in 1957 on Mountain Road. Over the years without much of a business community, the Chamber held on promoting as few as 20 cottage industries until the digital age was ushered in generating more than one hundred new business members. With modern technology, the Chamber is positioned to conduct meetings using smart phones, tablets or computers. Also new is a marketing plan to support tourism, which enabled the Chamber to become eligible for a $21,000 grant from SBC. According to Weston, “The funds will be used for two “Gateway To San Bernardino County” digital signs overlooking Highway138, where 15,000 cars pass by each day.” Later, Weston recognized 27 new 2017 members, as well as recognizing several long time members, some of whom have been involved with the Chamber for 20 years. Among those, Jane Rowan was awarded a Plaque of Appreciation for her years of service to the Chamber, including positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director. With that business completed, the 2018 Pinon Hills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was sworn in. Those include: Bill Davison-President, Dina Velez-Vice President, Lori Weston-Treasurer, and Sandy Young-Secretary. Directors for 2018 are: George Wanis, Wendy Walker, Randy Sampias, Desiree Plager and Roxanne Wilson. The Pinon Hills Chamber of Commerce meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at 10405 Mountain Road in Pinon Hills 92372. Annual activities include participation in the Senior Health Fair, sponsoring four scholarships to Snowline School District graduates, and presenting “Summerfest” in which vendors market their products or services via Internet Radio. Coming up this year, the digital signage and tourism marketing efforts present an opportunity for members to tailor this medium and present, in a new way, the allure of Pinon Hills, where the desert meets the mountains.
Quilts of Valor presented at Kiwanis meeting
By Terri Hill
Thursday evening, January 11, Joanne Tschantre and Joyce Gwinner presented quilts to two veterans, on behalf of the Victor Valley Chapter of Quilts of Valor. While Kiwanis members were aware that the Quilts of Valor guest speakers would address the meeting, the two recipients of their honorary work were unsuspecting of the planned presentations. Bob Mosley, the first Quilts of Valor recipient of the evening, is a former US Navy Bosens Mate 3. He served August 1966 to July 1968 in DNang Viet Nam, and was honorably discharged in August 1971. Pat Bailey, the second recipient, is a former Sergeant First Class, who enlisted in 1969 and served for 20 years. Pat served in the 101st Army Airborne Division in Viet Nam. Quilts of Valor Foundation began with a dream, that in 2003 founder Catherine Roberts had while her son Nat was deployed in Iraq. Catherine dreamed of soldier, hunched over in despair. Then, she saw that same soldier wrapped in a quilt, and full of hope. She equated the quilt with healing. The mission of Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war, with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor (QOV). The foundation has awarded 178,941 quilts (as of January 11, 2018). The Victor Valley Chapter has awarded 141 quilts in two years. Currently, they have 66 quilts completed or in the process of completion. QOV, Victor Valley Chapter meets twice per month, and welcomes new members. They meet in Wrightwood, and at the Tops and Bobbins Quilt Shop in Hesperia. Contact Joanne at email@example.com or Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheriff Logs
1/9 GTA Motor Vehicle, truck or motorhome, 5200 block Sequoia St., Phelan 1/10 Burglary, residence, unknow, entry by force, 5300 block Chaumont Dr., Wrightwood 1/10 Burglary, other structure, unknown, entry by force, 24500 block Hwy 2, Wrightwood 1/12 Disturbing the Peace, under the influence, 4000 block Phelan Rd., Phelan 1/13 DUI- alcoholc, drugs, (Misd.) 11800 block Paramount Rd., Phelan 1/14 GTA Motor Vehicle - auto, 9500 block Gorgonio Rd., Phelan 1/14 GTA Motor Vehicle. Caughlin Rd. / Duncan Rd., Phelan 1/15 Assault, other dangerous weapon, 4600 block Stuveling St., West Cajon Valley 1/15 Burglary, Commercial structure, Night, entry by force, 3700 blk Phelan Rd., Phelan These reports are from San Bernardino County Sheriff media call summary log. Information may be subject to change. Anyone with information regarding these investigation are urged to contact Detective Tina Kirby or Sergeant Greg Myler at (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
By Al Morrissette
I find it amusing that the media has spent countless hours being amazed, repulsed or concerned that Pres. Trump said shi(p)hole about a few shi(p)hole countries. Also in amazement is his reference was heard by all in the room and the collective didn’t hear the same reference. Personally, I think that Trump is showing his wiliness to bring sides of Congress together to address a significant issue and listen to all sides of the issue. But then of all the recent presidents we have endured, he is the only one that considers all points of view when he brings opposite sides together. DACA is something that Obama brought to law through an Executive Order rather than having our legislators work it out. I must admit that sometimes Congress is totally dysfunctional on a particular issue and am watching how Trump will bring this issue to a resolution either through Congress or his rescinding of the order. He was brilliant in making his comment a few months ago that if Congress won’t address this issue, he will just stop the program. Immigration and Illegal Immigration are two significantly different issues that the Democrats and the media have attempted to blend into one. It is prudent that they remain separate, and are dealt with separately, and I feel Trump will do so regardless of the blending efforts. We have a Federal Budget now and that is also something that went through negotiations unlike so many budgets during the Obama era. Trump shows strength in bringing all points of a subject or matter into consideration, unlike Obama who ignored everyone that had a different perspective and ruled with only his interest at hand, that is a dictator and not a president. Bush was primarily clueless and a pussy cat when dealing with opposition, thus dysfunctional on most serious issues and a jester for congress to toy with. We have a president that does not give a shi(p) about stupid comments but remains focused on his concern to make America great again. But it is amusing how he plays with opposition and the media through Twitter. On a different front at our state capital, we find that sexual harassment claims have been the demise of three Democrat legislators. For those who filed the claims, I wish you justice because any form of bullying especially sexual should never be tolerated. For the people of California, the resignations of these three legislators breaks the super majority that the Democrats have enjoyed for far too long. There may be more to come forth and I doubt that we will only hear of Democrats that are abusive in this manner, yet this may be a beginning to the equalization of power at the state level.
Journeys and Perceptions
By Michael Palecki
With the most significant rainfall in nearly one year, the North Slope foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Pinon Hills just soaked up the moisture with very little run off. It felt really good to emerge from the fire season unscathed and have gentle rainfall nourish the parched vegetation. Although I have survived occasional wild fires and floods in my lifetime, those memories pale in comparison to what California has experienced recently. It makes me truly thankful to be where I am now. After the rain here, it was the strong winds that reminded me some garden chores needed revisiting. There were broken tree branches everywhere and my Red River Eucalyptus sapling had blown over pulling guy wires out of the ground. To remedy that, I had to prune it way back leaving just a few wispy branches at the top, before I could stand it upright and secure new wires. I’m always concerned that guy wires will make the tree dependant on that support, but then a Eucalyptus spread out on the ground is not very attractive. As for the other trees that lost branches, it was because I had not been vigilant in pruning and shaping them this summer, due to recuperating from hand surgery. As for those winds, I also discovered that the rain gutters were filled, not only with leaves, but with dirt from dust storms. Historically, the strongest storm winds blow downslope from the south and it’s always important to maintain a balance with the Arizona Cypress that my Great Uncle Ernest planted some 58 years ago alongside the road. The trick is thinning them out to reduce fuel in a firestorm while maintaining enough foliage to provide a windbreak for the Cabin. Years ago when I was living in Los Angeles, neighbors called to say the living room window had blown out. Don’t know if it was the wind initially that broke the glass or broken branches that became projectiles, but it certainly alerted me to the necessity of a manicured windbreak. Another thing that occurred last week was that tarps protecting a large wood sculpture, my tractor, and on the roll up door on my workshop functioned well in the rain, but then were shredded by the wind. So I have been busy cleaning rain gutters, pruning branches away from windows and installing new tarps, in the sunny and mild weather before the next storm. One last chore to be completed before predicted snowfall is to cut firewood from dead Juniper bushes, since I discovered my source of avocado firewood-Mark & Nellie’s Nursery in Victorville- has gone out of business. But not to worry, because it’s good exercise, and cleans up the acreage.
Have You Ever
By John Cromshow
The Joys of Being a Birdwatcher
Ever since October of last year when I wrote my column, “Squirrels and Birds,” I’ve had great success identifying squirrels. Brown ones in the San Gabriel Valley eat pecans and grey ones in Wrightwood eat acorns. They share one thing in common - they like to run up and down trees with other squirrels. See how much I’ve learned? I’m still working on Crow vs. Raven identification. They’re both black. Ravens are bigger. Wrightwood has Ravens but no Crows. Down the hill both species share territory. To tell them apart you have to recognize their distinctive tail feathers. You also need be able to identify their distinctive calls. You also have to consider their distinctive habits. For example, are they in a group? What size group? Distinctive! I get tired thinking about it. With all my attention to Crow-Raven identification I developed a certain confidence. It was short lived. Last weekend in Fullerton during a Bar Review lecture a large black bird crashed into the window. Twice. The lecture room at Hope Inter-national University has a window like an A-frame. “Raven?” The student next to me said, “Crow.” Her notes in Korean are impeccable and she is very observant. I’ll take her word for it. I thought Crows were supposed to be smart. Why did it crash into the window again? Didn’t it learn the lesson the first time? “It’s looking at something inside and it doesn’t see the glass,” the instructor said, shooing it away. I remember a similar situation when I first moved to Wrightwood in 1981. I was renting an A-frame on Flume Canyon when I heard a crash against the glass. A small blue bird lay dead on the porch. I remembered that last Monday when six big Jays were chattering in a bush. They stopped suddenly when a smaller Jay landed on a tree nearby. I don’t know what it meant, but at least there are some animals I can distinguish by color. Chickens are birds, too. Those delicious wings dipped in ranch dressing were meant to fly. That message was brought home when I heard the Thom Hartmann Show on MLK Day. Agribusiness crams live chickens into containers the size of a breadbox. The confined birds don’t even have room to move. That’s another story. Have you ever thought about the joys of being a birdwatcher? Please email email@example.com.
Food for Thought
National Popcorn Day
Friday, January 19 is National Popcorn Day. I wouldn’t have been aware of this, but for the Popcorn Board’s kind invitation to use their information and recipes in my column. They even sent me some corn to pop! Whether you’re planning treats for the Super Bowl, binge-watching your favorite show, or snacking at the office (like I am), you might enjoy some of these fun recipes from the Popcorn Board website, www.popcorn.org. Below, I’ve shared some history, recipes, and activities from the site.
Ancient History Biblical accounts of “corn” stored in the pyramids of Egypt are misunderstood. The “corn” from the bible was probably barley. The mistake comes from a changed use of the word “corn,” which used to signify the most-used grain of a specific place. In England, “corn” was wheat, and in Scotland and Ireland the word referred to oats. Since maize was the common American “corn,” it took that name -- and keeps it today. It is believed that the first use of wild and early-cultivated corn was popping. The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were discovered in the Bat Cave of west central New Mexico in 1948 and 1950. Ranging from smaller than a penny to about 2 inches, the oldest Bat Cave ears are about 4,000 years old.
Popcorn in the New World Popcorn was integral to early 16th century Aztec Indian ceremonies. Bernardino de Sahagun writes: “And also a number of young women danced, having so vowed, a popcorn dance. As thick as tassels of maize were their popcorn garlands. And these they placed upon (the girls’) heads.” In 1519, Cortes got his first sight of popcorn when he invaded Mexico and came into contact with the Aztecs. Popcorn was an important food for the Aztec Indians, who also used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces and ornaments on statues of their gods, including Tlaloc, the god of rain and fertility. An early Spanish account of a ceremony honoring the Aztec gods who watched over fishermen reads: “They scattered before him parched corn, called momochitl, a kind of corn which bursts when parched and discloses its contents and makes itself look like a very white flower; they said these were hailstones given to the god of water.” Writing of Peruvian Indians in 1650, the Spaniard Cobo says, “They toast a certain kind of corn until it bursts. They call it pisancalla, and they use it as a confection.” In South America, kernels of popcorn found in burial grounds in the coastal deserts of North Chile were so well preserved they would still pop even though they were 1,000 years old.
Popcorn Day Activities
1. Stringing Popcorn: These can be hung outside for birds to eat Need: sewing needles, string, popcorn
2. Popcorn Air Hockey: Can you “volley” the kernel back and forth 20 times without letting it fall? Need: flat surface (table), straw (to blow), coffee stirrers (as paddles) or hands (as paddles)
3. Popcorn Basketball: Can you flick a piece of popcorn into the basket? Need: popcorn, baskets (i.e. muffin tins, small cups), backboards (wall, cardboard)
4. Popcorn word search (puzzle maker) Use these words: popcorn, pop, kernel, explode, heat, moisture, grain, snack, crunchy, butter, oil, salt, fiber, bag, hull
5. Write a Popcorn Haiku (5, 7, 5 syllable pattern poem): Like this! Oil, kernels, heat, time Many loud explosions heard Pop, crunch, snack time. Yum!
6. How many words can you make from this phrase? “Fresh hot popcorn”, “Popcorn tastes good”, “I like popcorn”, “Hot buttered popcorn”
Get more ideas and recipes at www.popcorn.org.
Ginger Turmeric Popcorn a savory treat Ingredients ◦ 8 cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn ◦ 1/4 cup light olive oil ◦ 2 tbsp honey ◦ 1/2 tsp salt ◦ 2 tsp grated lemon zest ◦ 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger ◦ 1 tsp ground turmeric Directions Preheat oven to 300° F. Line large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil coated with cooking spray. Spread popcorn onto prepared baking sheet. In small saucepan set over medium heat, heat olive oil, honey and salt; stir in lemon zest, ginger and turmeric. Pour over popcorn and toss gently to coat evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until popcorn is dry and crisp. Let cool completely before serving.
Caramel Crunch Ingredients ◦ 1/2 cup butter ◦ 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed ◦ 3 quarts popped popcorn Directions Cream butter; add brown sugar and whip until fluffy. In a large baking bowl, combine popcorn and creamed mixure. Bake in 350-degree oven for about 8 minutes or until crisp. Serve warm if desired.
Pinon Hills and Wrightwood residents suffer power outage during first storm of the season, along with cold temperatures
The National Weather Service in San Diego issued a Winter Storm Watch, for Monday, January 8 through late Tuesday night, bringing strong winds, rain and snow. The first real storm arrived Monday in the Tri-Community dropping one half to one inch of rain. This storm, blown in from the south, brought a warm rain with temperatures in the low 30s. A power outage occurred on Monday, around 1:22 p.m. in most of Wrightwood and Pinon Hills. The power failure forced an emergency outage and crews worked through the night attempting to restore power to area residents. Officials at Edison did not comment on the source of the damage and how or where the power outage occurred. Officials sent out emails stating power should be restored to all residents Monday by 6 p.m. Power outage also resulted in UIA being unable to provide Internet and VoIP telephone services to their customers. All classes in the Snowline District were cancelled on Tuesday as a result of the wide spread power outage impacting the schools. Tuesday morning the power-outage remained. Edison posted an estimated time of 1:00 p.m. for Tuesday to restore power to more than 2,500 customers. Power was actually restored at 6:47 p.m. The Monday storm brought in 2.39 inches of rain to Wrightwood, along with mudslides on Lone Pine Canyon Road where SBCo closed the road to through traffic. The catch basins at both Sheep Creek and Heath Creek were cleaned out a week ago by the SBCo Flood Control and allowed the water flow, from this storm, without damage. At the Desert Front Road river crossing, dozers cleared the roadway of rocks allowing residents to pass. Tuesday night snowfall in Wrightwood measured at .67 inches at 6,000 feet to 3.5 inches at 7500 feet. Rainfall in Pinon Hills and Phelan measured 1.71 inches. Sheriff and County Fire report to PPHCSD on end of 2017
By Terri Hill
2018’s first Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District (PPHCSD) began with lively discussions about house fires, hot ashes, chop shops, and marijuana. Battalion Chief Wetzel, from County Fire Station 10 in Phelan, reported on six structure fires in the community in December. Wetzel had come to the board meeting directly after fighting a structure fire that evening. The fire, he stated, was the result of hot ashes from the fireplace having been dumped into the garbage. Wetzel remarked that many fires this season, and past winters, can be traced back to ashes that had not been allowed to cool completely before being tossed into a trash can. He implores residents to transfer ashes to a metal bin, and wet them before dumping them into the trash receptacle. Wetzel also stressed vigilance in fire safety, reminding residents that the burn suspension is still in effect, and, “If you see something, say something.” Wetzel’s report on calls for the area included 38 medical aid calls, 6 structure fires, 5 vegetation fires, 3 vehicle fires, and 14 investigations. Sheriff Sergeant Vaccari also addressed the Board with statistics from December. In Phelan, deputies responded to 712 calls for service, and took 84 reports. Among 25 arrests made, 2 were additional suspects caught in connection with a December 22nd probation check that led to the discovery of a reported chop shop in Phelan. The men were arrested on suspicion of thefts, during which quads were used to gain access to properties involved. Vaccari also noted 276 calls for service in Pinon Hills, with 27 reports taken, and 6 arrests. He then answered some general questions about the new marijuana laws, and read through a brief description of them. Adults 21 and older can buy up to an ounce of weed and up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates, it can be transported, exchanges made be made as a gift only – between adults, and driving under the influence is not legal. Learn more at http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/california-weed/article170731357.html The Board discussed a resolution regarding disconnection and reconnection fees. In December, the Board adopted Resolution No. 2017-20, which established Policy 2000, “Comprehensive Schedule of Rates, Fees & Charges for District Services.” The Board brought back one component of the fee schedule, Item 2240.04, “Water Disconnection/Reconnection Fee,” for review. The approved disconnection and reconnection fee is $75, which includes a $15 Administration fee, and $30 each for disconnection and reconnection service. Since then, CSD staff has broken down the actual costs related to these services, and presented their findings to the Board. Their report is more representative of those costs. According to the staff report, “The disconnection cycle is carefully planned and scheduled, typically occurring over the course of two days each month. Reconnections take longer than disconnections because they cannot be planned; reconnection only occurs when a customer has paid their bill which happens at varying times, but typically within a day or two of disconnection. Staff conducted an additional analysis of the time involved to disconnect and reconnect service accounts. Utilizing the existing equipment rates, materials, and staff costs (including wages, insurance costs, and other employment related expenses), the following is more representative of the costs associated with the average disconnection and reconnection cycle: Disconnection cost - $25, Reconnection Cost - $50, Administrative Cost - $15 (pre-disconnect).” The total fee recommended is, therefore, $90. The $90 fees were approved and will be implemented March 1, 2018. PPHCSD staff will be reviewing the charges, as they do all charges, periodically, to see if they need to be adjusted. Disconnect/reconnect fees will be reviewed in about 6 months after staff gathers additional data to see if further increases are warranted. The purpose of the disconnect/reconnect fee is to ensure that timely rate-paying customers do not bear the cost of the process.