Music in the Pines continued its summer concert series last Thursday evening with three very different musical acts providing vibrant contrasts at The Apple Farm in Wrightwood. There was a barbershop quartet, rock and roll music, and down home blues for audience enjoyment. By popular consensus, future performances will begin at 6:00 and continue until 9:30 PM.
Opening the concert was a quartet of singers known as Harmonology Barbershop with a Twist featuring Bruce Jones on lead vocals, tenor Dan Madsen, bass Dr. Dave Eiser and baritone John Lenhardt. The “Twist” in the name became apparent when they began singing lush acappella harmonies for the introduction of “Bohemian Rhapsody” written by Freddie Mercury. Music by Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, Hank Williams and Ricky Nelson formed a prelude to harmonic journeys that followed to Kentucky, Coney Island and “The Irish Blessing” finalé.
Lipstick Red took the stage with Brittan Egnozzi singing lead vocals and playing electric guitar. Additional musicians included Joe Ferraro on lead electric guitar, Eric Arellano on electric bass guitar and Tony Egnozzi playing drums. For the set of ten songs, there were six written by Brittan, one co-written with Ferraro and Arellano, and three covers.
Starting with her song Beautiful Disaster Brittan was introspective and a bit playful with her vocals, as she would be later on with the Sheryl Crow song My Favorite Mistake. Moving into Eric Clapton’s Strange Brew, Brittan was accompanied on crisp vocals by Arellano, while Ferraro cut loose on a wild guitar solo punctuated by a steady drumbeat.
Returning to original music, Brittan invited Claudia Campbell onstage and the two sang I’m Feeling Lucky, which was filled with strong vocals and sweet harmonies. Concluding the set, Brittan was dynamic in her delivery of the Jefferson Airplane rock anthem “Revolution” from the Volunteers of America album.
The concert concluded with #1 voted blues band of the Inland Empire thrilling the Wrightwood audience for the first time. Two distinct sets featured Terry “Big T” DeRouen on lead vocals and electric guitar, then dynamic female vocalist Laneika Gallon. Band members for Seville Street Blues band included Caleb Roseberry on guitar, Steve Artea on guitar and vocals, Mike Webster on bass guitar, John Milandelaroca on keyboards, David Hernandez on harmonica and Rick Johnson playing drums.
Big T rewrote the B.B King classic Please Send Me Someone To Love into a prayer for our troubled times seeking understanding and a way to “Please, please show the world how to get along.” After that solemn moment, the blues kicked in and the band powered through more B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Howling Wolf, as Laneika danced and pranced around Big T with a tambourine. The dazzling Laneika Gallon sang an array of songs spanning the eras of Willie Dixon, Nina Simone and Etta James with an electric composure of sound and emotion. Audience favorites included Summertime, You Can Leave Your Hat On, and At Last.
Music in the Pines continues on August 4 from 6:00 until 9:30 PM. Visit www.mountainmusic.net.
Holman addresses Snowline issues in first meeting as Superintendent
By Steve Mosley
Presiding over his first school board meeting as District Superintendent, Dr. Ryan Holman addressed such issues as teacher loss, Transparent California, and school compensation. And, although not present, former Phelan Elementary School Principal Allan Miller was introduced as the new Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services.
Addressing the issue of teacher loss, Dr. Holman reported that there were 28 teacher resignations this year. In breaking down the resignations, Dr. Holman said four teachers had taken teacher positions at another school, two teachers had taken administrative positions, ten had taken positions elsewhere, while twelve teachers had left the region altogether.
Concerning Transparent California, a website that reports on California public employee salaries, Dr. Holman clarified an issue that was brought up at the June 28th board meeting about the former Superintendent’s salary increase. Dr. Holman stated that the site, Transparent California, showed a salary increase because the reporting cycles are different between the site and the district. Mr. Ontiveros’ reported salary increase was due to his being appointed to the Superintendent position six months into the cycle.
Lastly, Dr. Holman reported that Snowline is among the lowest in the high desert in receiving money from the state. School districts receive money based on attendance and the number of free and reduced lunch participants. Because Snowline has a much lower number than districts such as Apple Valley and Hesperia, it receives about $1,000.00 less per child than those districts.
LAFCO Commissioners approve WWCSD proposal
By Al Morrissette
On July 20, the San Bernardino Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approved the proposal developed by their staff to form the Wrightwood Community Services District in a unanimous vote. This is a significant step but is not the final step in the proposed formation.
The next step will be to have the LAFCO approved proposal go before the County Board of Supervisors for their final approval and if approved, they send the matter to both the San Bernardino and Los Angeles County Registrars of Voters to be placed on a ballot for March 7, 2017 for approval by the voters in Wrightwood.
Concern arose from the LAFCO staff recommendation when, unknown to the Feasibility Committee, the LAFCO staff added a power that was not part of the committee’s study. That power was “Planning and engineering for the potential development of a regional wastewater treatment system should such be required by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board in the same manner as a sanitary district, formed pursuant to Sanitary District Act of 1923 Division6 (commencing with Section 6400) of the Health and Safety Code.”
As explained by LAFCO Executive Officer Kathleen Rollins-McDonald, this would not give a WWCSD full sewer powers. It would give the proposed CSD an opportunity to develop that power if Lahontan forcefully requires it sometime in the future. No funds would be transferred to the CSD for this power. Since 2013, the County Special Districts has been looking into developing a study on having a sewer treatment for the business district only.
Special Districts has not proceeded with that study due to the lack of funding or grants for the study. McDonald stated that only the wastewater planning would be transferred to the CSD (if a CSD is indeed approved in the election) and that if the CSD Board chose to do a study they would need to find the funding, and if they found the study feasible they would need to go back to LAFCO and request Sewer Powers, which may require an Assessment District approved by the Wrightwood voters.
In 2000, Special Districts did a study that resulted in identifying a small portion of the community of Wrightwood that may be vulnerable to the need of an assessment district formed and the building of a treatment system, but nothing has come of that study and the community has not had a need to pursue it.
LAFCO’s goal is to transfer the wastewater planning to the CSD; several people in the community, including the members of the Feasibility Committee, have voiced their concern of the potential cost in developing a wastewater system and maintenance of such a system.
The Commissioners discussed the proposal, and the potential for transferring that power to countywide district CSA-70. But when it came to a vote, the Commissioners chose to follow the staff recommendation.
The Feasibility Committee will be holding a public meeting and has invited LAFCO to make their presentation to the community and have a Q&A session. They also seek to include a representative from Lahontan to explain their oversight and process. The time and date of that meeting has not yet been established, it will be publicized when scheduled.
CHP targets speeders on Lone Pine
By Terri Hill
Wrightwood’s Municipal Advisory Council meeting on July 18 included the introduction of two law enforcement officers to the Tri-Community.
Victorville CHP Sergeant Chris Denkens stood in for Matt Hunt, who was unavailable to attend the meeting. Sgt. Denkens gave the MAC an update on the issue of slowing down the traffic on Lone Pine Canyon Road, specifically in the canyon itself. Lieutenant Jeff Loftin of the Victorville CHP was asked to look into assigning officers to periodically patrol the county road, in an effort to reinforce the 55 MPH speed limit. Members of the MAC, and other residents have expressed concern about the dangerous speeds at which drivers pass cars travelling at the speed limit, and that they speed through the shoulder-less curves. In response to the concerns, Lt. Loftin stationed a patrol car in Lone Pine Canyon on Saturday July 23, for a half-day shift. During that time, the officer on patrol cited 16 people for speeding. Of those 16, 11 were residents of Wrightwood. Tickets were issued for speeds recorded at up to 95 MPH. Denkens reiterated the lack of available officers to patrol the canyon on a regular basis. Generally, only two patrol cars are covering the High Desert at a given time. Hank Hallmark suggested the MAC look into having radar speed display signs posted, as a deterrent to speeding.
Deputy Katie Merrill accompanied Sergeant Toll to the monthly meeting. Merrill works in the Juvenile office of the County Sheriff and will handle local issues concerning children 17 years old and younger.
Toll mentioned an investigation into an altercation reported as a possible hate crime. He did not want to give details about the incident, but said the investigation did not reveal evidence of a hate crime. Toll explained a hate crime as a threat made or crime committed because of race. Speaking against a particular race is, while offensive, still a matter of free speech.
In his monthly report, Toll cited 121 calls to the County Sheriff for service were made in May, with 14 reports taken. In June, 132 calls resulted in 8 reports taken.
Jim Cowan of Golden State Water reported on the reduction of California’s Conservation Mandate to 20%. He cautioned Wrightwood residents that conservation is still a critical issue. While the community has been vigilant thus far, in its efforts to conserve water, “Hats off to everyone for conserving,” Cowan said, “keep it up!,” well levels are currently at 84 feet below surface level. Because Wrightwood relies on its own wells for its entire water supply, continuing to practice water-saving protocols is of the utmost importance. Cowan suggested that residents, “Try going to even 10% less (consumption).” He commented that the well level is fairly static, but a wildfire would put a tremendous strain on the water supply.
Supervisor Lovingood’s office representative, Susan Drake reported that her office awarded $2,000 to the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce for Mountaineer days costs. Based on the event’s history for drawing in tourists, 2,000 this year, the money was presented to help make up for Bed Tax dollars that are no longer available to the community.
Drake then gave a brief summary of the hearing involving Frontier’s lack of quality service in the Tri-Community. The company will bring one thousand technical support jobs from overseas to the United States. Representatives explained that Verizon left them with problems, and they are trying to rectify customer service and relations. An email for the CEO is available for customers who do not get satisfaction from tech support: email@example.com.
Meals on Wheels is available in Wrightwood again. For information, call Susan Drake at the Supervisor’s office, (760) 995-8100.
Stephanie Carroll, MAC President, pointed out the successful working relationship the MAC enjoys with both County and State agencies. Citing the quick response to the speeding issue, and the County grant of $2,000 for Mountaineer Days, she applauded the cooperation between the Supervisor’s office and MAC, and the CHP and Sheriff’s agencies for the same.
SBNF plans to fences off access of public land
By Vicky Rinek
The San Bernardino National Forest Service is scheduled to meet with the community on Tuesday, August 2nd at the Phelan Community Center. Topic of the meeting is the proposed designated trails parallel National Forest Service roads in the hills of Phelan and West Cajon and the proposed fencing off of private land to restrict access to the National Forest area, which would limit access by horseback riders from their private land and allow the area to off highway vehicles (all-terrain vehicles) in the area of West Cajon/Baldy Mesa.
In February 2013 a group of concerned citizens joined as preservationist to research and define the Stanford Trail in Phelan creating the Wagon Train Ranch and Co (WTRC).
For decades, residents of the area utilized the Forest Service area for horseback riding into the San Bernardino National forest were the Wagon Train Ranch and the Sandford trail are located. Harold Gabriel and many of his neighbors return often to enjoy the beauty of the area. Gabriel believes that the area should remain open to the public providing access to national forest lands. “But now the SBFS wants to put a fence around the land that boarders our private lots.” Said Gabriel. “But even though the area has been open for many years and horseback riders used it for their pleasure, the Forest Service plans to block their entrance and earmark a portion of the land for off as a designated OHV area.
Mountaineer Progress writer, Al Morrissette, pointed out in his article in December 2014; The WTRC is an education based non-profit that discovered the historic trail that cuts through Phelan as an alternative to the Spanish Trail (that is now I-15). The significance of the Stanford Trail established in 1850 and a second trail that became Eaby Rd transcends the foothills into the West Cajon Valley and onward into the San Bernardino Valley. In 1851, Mormon pioneers (est. 500) came through this pass to enter the San Bernardino Valley where they colonized and established a prosperous community. The Sons of Mormon Pioneers erected a monument May 15, 1937 that stands there today.
In December 2014 San Bernardino Pioneer and Historical Society, Mohave Historical Society, Wrightwood Historical Society, Benjamin C. Pykles, Ph.D. Historic Sites Curator, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Oregon California Trails Association, and the Old Spanish Trails Association all supported the WTRC’s efforts to work with forestry. WTRC President, Harold Gabriel stated that they would concede to the development of the OHV trail if forestry will only develop the eastern loop and abandon the development of the western loop because that is the primary location of the Indian sites and the Stanford Trail. He also seeks access to the trail for hikes and other events including school student outings, but so far has met resistance from forestry.
The August 2, 2016 meeting is open to the public and residents in the designated area are encouraged to attend and voice the concerns. The meeting will be at Phelan Community Center on 4176 Warbler Rd, Phelan at 6:00 p.m.
The proposed designated trails parallel National Forest Service (NFS) roads in the hills between Phelan and West Cajon. Forestry plan is to improve some existing unauthorized trails through signage and grading to a 50-inch width. Other unauthorized trails will undergo nature preservation restoration in efforts to eliminate illegal riding activities. The area encompasses NFS road 3N24, also the most western section of 3N24 that is adjacent to Hwy 138 and some private property.
29th Annual Angeles Crest 100-mile Race
254 endurance runners will participate in the 29th annual Angeles Crest 100-mile Endurance Run (AC100) on Saturday August 6th, starting at 5:00am in Wrightwood. The race will end at 2:00pm on Sunday, August 7th at Lower Loma Alta Park in Altadena.
CNN will be documenting this year’s race for their new series: Fit Nation: Around the World in Eight Races. CNN has already documented several races on that series. The link to that series is: http://www.cnn.com/specials/health/fit-nation-8-races.
Endurance runners from all over the United States, Canada, Germany, France, China, Hong Kong, and Japan will participate. The AC100 covers 95 miles of single trails and 5 miles of dirt road in the Angeles National Forest. The race gains 21,610 ft. cumulative climbs and 26,700 ft. of descent. It traverses Mt. Baden-Powell summit at 9,399 feet, 16 miles into the race. Runners will experience two sunrises during their run, the first at 6am Saturday and the second on Sunday.
Participants must run the race in under 33 hours to finish, and in fewer than 24 hours to win a solid sterling silver buckle. An award ceremony will follow the conclusion of the event at Lower Loma Alta Park in Altadena on Sunday at 2pm.
Last year Erik Schulte won with a time of 19:46:20. The first woman to finish was Ashley Nordell at 22:35:38.
Friday evening, 8/6 at 6PM, Wrightwood community seniors will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner at the Wrightwood Community Building to celebrate Saturday’s race. A $10.00 donation is appreciated and runners, crews, workers, and Wrightwood residents are encouraged to come for camaraderie and great food.
Letter to the Editor: Community benefits from Timberline Lions sponsor events
The Timberline Lions Club had a very productive July. Our free vision-screening clinic held last Saturday, July 16, 2016 served more than 225 visitors. The California Lions Friends in Sight have a wonderful program. We greatly appreciate their organization. I want to personally thank the Lions volunteers for the service, Pastor Jeff Mosley of the New Life Church of Nazarene for offering his facility as the examination room, and Cindy McMullen for her assistance.
Our Timberline Lions members deserve a load of thanks. They include Elizabeth Manning, Scotty and Barbara Barclay, Ed and Gail Dykstra. I want to give a special recognition to the two optometrists for their service; Dr. Bryan Vanesian and Dr. Bryan VanDusen examined patients and those patients needing additional treatment were referred to a medical office.
If you missed this opportunity the next nearest clinic will be at the Chino Community Building, 5443 B Street, Chino, CA 92710 on August 20, 2016, 8:00 a.m.
Joining the Lions is personally very rewarding. To witness all the patients coming in and receiving free recycled prescription glasses is gratifying.
Our Bingo event in July was cancelled because of Mountaineer Days, but I hope you will make it in August. The Wrightwood Community Building will be set up for Bingo on August 13, 2016 with doors opening at 5:30. It’s a lot of fun and a good place to meet with your neighbors.
We are always looking for new members. If you want to meet new friends that share the same philosophy of helping your community, please join us. Our next gathering will be Thursday, August 18 at the Wrightwood Community Building at 6:00 p.m. We’ll be serving dinner, and discussing our plans for the next Lion’s sponsored event.
Hope you will join us for dinner and consider joining our team. Call me at (909) 374-5935
Timberline Lions Club
What is POLST, and do you need it?
By Cate Kortzeborn
My mom, 88 stubborn years old, still lives on her own in a big house with a cat that loves to get underfoot. Because I work in healthcare, I have an all-too-vivid recognition of the perils that can befall someone in her situation. So, posted on her kitchen bulletin board is a bright pink sheet of paper called a POLST.
POLST stands for Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment. It’s a document that makes your treatment wishes known to doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, and other healthcare providers. Too often, people near the end of their lives get treatment they don’t want. These treatments may not help them live longer or better, and sometimes can cause pain.
Also, family members sometimes have their own ideas about what types of treatment their loved ones would want. POLST makes sure your family members and caregivers know exactly what life-saving treatments you do and do not want. Doctors say any seriously ill person should have a POLST. Filling out a POLST is completely up to you. It’s your choice.
POLST is different from an advance healthcare directive. An advance directive allows you to choose the advocate you want to speak for you if you’re incapacitated, and provides a general guide to what treatment you want. POLST is different because:
• POLST is a signed medical order that your healthcare team can act upon, whether your advocate is there or not;
• POLST indicates your exact wishes about certain medical treatments.
Although it’s a good idea for all seriously ill people to have both an advance directive and a POLST, any adult, especially if she or he is unmarried, should have one or both.
You can find the POLST form online or at your primary care provider’s office. Your provider can explain the different options on the form to you. The POLST must be signed by a licensed healthcare provider and by you. Some states require a witnessing signature as well.
Once signed, the POLST becomes part of your medical record. It stays with you all the time. If you’re at home, put it near your bed or on your refrigerator. If you’re in a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility, it’ll be in your chart or file. If you’re moved between locations, your POLST goes with you.
POLST forms vary by state and focus on three types of interventions. For each, you can choose whether or not to have something done or choose a level of intervention.
• Resuscitation (person has no pulse and is not breathing): Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is done to try to start your breathing and heartbeat after they stop. CPR involves chest compressions and/or electrical shock to try to start your heart again. It may also involve having someone breathe for you. Resuscitation can benefit healthy young people, but it’s not usually helpful for seriously ill or elderly people. You can choose to accept or decline resuscitation.
• Medical intervention (person has pulse and/or is breathing): Interventions can include CPR, intubation (a tube down your throat to open your airway), mechanical ventilation (a machine to pump air in and out of your lungs), medication/antibiotics, fluids, monitoring, and a host of other things. You can chose a level of intervention, from full treatment to comfort measures only.
• Artificially administered fluids and nutrition: This is a way of feeding a person through a tube either in his/her nose or through the skin into his/her stomach. Tube feeding can help people who can’t swallow now, but who are expected to get better. However, people near the end of life may feel more comfortable without a feeding tube and want to eat what they can by mouth. You can choose a level of intervention, from long-term nutrition to a defined period of nutrition to hydration only to no intervention.
It’s important to fully understand these and other options so make sure you talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant before you make any6decisions. You can then choose what treatment options you want and don’t want. You can also adjust your POLST at any time, as circumstances change.
Find the POLST website in your state, get more information, and download forms, at www.polst.org.
More information on advance directives can be found at: https://medlineplus.gov/advancedirectives.html.
Cate Kortzeborn is Medicare’s acting regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. You can always get answers to your Medicare questions by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
By Al Morrissette
The Sand Fire started along the Sand Canyon Rd and the 14 Freeway last weekend with the cause still under investigation. More than 1,600 firefighters are battling the raging fire, which had scorched about 60 square miles in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita area, prompted several waves of evacuations, destroyed 18 homes and caused one man’s death. Friends that the man was visiting reported he refused to evacuate and when he finally tried he died in his car as the fire swept through the area.
Facebook and Twitter are filled with comments about the fire from local residents and often they seem amazed at the volume of smoke that we see and smell. What the Tri-Community is experiencing is nothing compared to the total engulfment of smoke from wildfires in the past and as recently as last year we have had fires within our community.
Though social media comments can add a tone to the writers and build common concern it does nothing to make you prepared for a fire in your area. Last year’s North Fire burned a large segment of Oak Hills and Phelan. That firefight was hindered by people flying drones, which was one of the catalysts of new laws being created making flying drones within fire restricted areas criminal. Some homes that were burned within that fire were not prepared with proper pre-fire activities. Evacuation orders are often ignored and for whatever reason you find to ignore it, you not only put your life in jeopardy but often become an obstacle to firefighters or other residents of similar mindset.
Tri-Community residents live in a rural area and are required to maintain a minimum of 100-ft clearance around homes and out buildings. This does not mean to clear that area total of brush, plants and trees, but to clear weeds and grasses, trim bushes at least 6” above the ground and trim trees of low hanging branches all to eliminate the possibility of ladder fuels bringing a wildfire to your roof or home siding. Loose roof tiles should be repaired or replaced; fresh paint on outside walls will help eliminate hiding places for cinders, such as cracked paint or barren areas. Enclose open areas around porches and secure attic vent screens.
Create a family escape plan that includes a secure meeting area and what items you would want to take within a 5-10 minute evacuation timeline, plus livestock and pet evacuation plans not dependent on others helping. Review insurance policies and keep copies of all-important papers out of the area.
Have You Ever
By John Cromshow
International Trade Zombie Attack
Can you picture this summer blockbuster? A huge zombie towers over our cities attacking centers of trade, leaving devastation in its wake. The Trans Pacific Partnership is that zombie and our economy is its target.
President Obama promoted the TPP in his final State of the Union address, claiming it would, “open markets, protect workers and the environment, and advance American leadership in Asia.” He argued it “cuts 18,000 taxes on products made in America, and supports more good jobs.”
The President has been lobbying Congress for quite some time. Did they want “to show our strength in this century? Approve this agreement. Give us the tools to enforce it.” In June 2015 Congress approved Fast Track Authority, which means they limited themselves to an up or down vote with no debate. Did the American people expect that when they elected them?
In a rare bipartisan effort both Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA 8), who represents the Tri-Community, and Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA 12) were among the Members of Congress who voted “No” on Fast Track. How did other Members of Congress vote? One of the groups opposed to the TPP (GMOinside.org) provides a list of each Representative’s vote.
During a 45-day public comment period I emailed my concerns.
“Here are but a few objections: The TPP is harmful to American interests, viz. employment, economics, health and safety. The WTO (World Trade Organization) requirement that country of origin of meat not be listed is an example of what lies ahead should the TPP pass. Skirting constitutional requirements, it is not labeled a treaty, which it surely is. Fast tracking deprives our elected representatives the right to debate the issue. A private three-person tribunal’s decision would lead to predictable non- accountability while negating state regulations. Finally, the TPP has been under a cloud of secrecy.”
Do you care about the TPP? Call the U.S. Congress at (202) 224-3121. During business hours a member of your Representative’s staff might take your call and pass along your message.
Trump and Clinton are opposed to the TPP. Let’s hope they tell the lobbyists “No!!” President Obama might even try to get it passed during the lame duck session when termed-out Representatives are looking for a job. That’s another story.
Have you ever worried about the international trade zombie attack? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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