Snowline Joint Unified School District (the District) Board of Trustees celebrated 65 retiring employees, representing a combined 1,535 years of service. Retiring employees, (certificated, classified, and administrative), were honored by the board with crystal plaques and certificates. These employees were excited to be recognized, sharing hugs with the board and each other. An official retiree reception had been held May 4th, but the board still wanted to do a special recognition for so many people who have dedicated so much to the District. Superintendent, Dr. Ryan Holman, stated that it was an honor and a privilege to have had these outstanding people work and dedicate their careers to teaching at the District. He added that they would always be members of the Snowline Community. Special recognition was given to senior Serrano student Matt McHenry, a 13-year student of the District, and this year’s student board member representing Serrano High School, Chaparral High School, Pinion Mesa Middle School, and Quail Valley Middle School. Members of the board believe McHenry was an awesome addition to the board; they appreciated his candor, and that he carried himself with the utmost respect and maturity necessary to be an advocate for the student voice. The board reflected on the positive impact that Matt had on the Military Prep Program and that it would not have started without him. They thanked his mother for Matt’s upbringing. Matt replied that it was a pleasure to serve. He then addressed the retirees, many of whom were his teachers; giving his thanks to each of them and assuring them they will be missed. He feels that people who are in teaching are involved in a powerful profession. Matt Wells, Administrator of Career/Adult Education, presented an update to the board for Career and Technical Education (CTE), R.O.P. Programs, and the Carl Perkins Federal Grant. The CTE must continually update the Medical, Culinary Arts, F.F.A., Veterinary Science, Nursing, and Construction career paths of students. These updates and evaluations are to keep the student accomplishments and programs aligned with the industries’ needs and standards. A key component to this is the $49,000 Carl Perkins’ Grant for the startup, development, and improvements to the CTE program. Wells stated that CTE should give time for these programs to grow which would take about three years. The programs also require money for funding in the budget and for ongoing costs. The Perkins Grant can change its direction throughout the year as needs arrive. Annual evaluation points include: integrating student leadership all in the classes, shadowing professionals in specific industries, self-reflection, aligning classroom standards and student performance in accordance with the marketable skills needed within the various industries, student enrollment in the career pathways, and evaluating teachers to keep up with industry standards. Each program has a progression that needs to be followed such as studying introductory courses, studying necessary sequencing classes, and finishing their Capstone Experience or Projects. The “capstone experience is a culminating project, or senior exhibition...culminating academic and intellectual experience for students, typically during their final year of high school or middle school...” (EdGlossary.org>capstone-project). To continue to keep the programs current with the industries involved, the district must depend on a constant review of new and updated research. Other challenges with the CTE include keeping the budget and programs in balance, expanding some areas and narrowing others. Ending the board meeting, Holman stated that the “biggest things we do for students are free: the dedication, extra time unselfishly put in, training, implementing new ideas. What can’t be replaced (in educating our students) are the people. They leave their legacy.” Snowline will miss their retirees.
Harry Krig honored at Memorial Day Ceremony
By Terri Hill
Wrightwood Veterans Memorial Association presented the 9th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29th. Breaking away from the program that has become traditional, the committee chose to honor the military and community service of Lt. Colonel Harry Krig, who passed away at the age of 96 in April. Harry Krig was, as Carl “Smitty” Smith said in a touching speech, “an officer and a gentleman.” Krig entered the Army Air Corps in January 1943, and was commissioned January 7, 1944. He was assigned to Ninth AF (European Theatre) 406th Fighter Group, 513th Squadron (P-47's) in June 1944. Krig was shot down over Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 29, 1944. He parachuted into Bastogne. After recovery from his injuries, he returned to his squadron and flew 32 more missions. Krig returned to the US in May 1945, with a total of 72 combat missions in P-47's behind him. His awards included DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, and the distinguished unit emblem. He stayed in the service with tours in Training Command and Tactical Air Command and flew F-51's, F-80's, F-84's, F-86's and F-100 Aircraft. Krig retired as a Lt. Col. in May of 1964, after 20 years in the cockpit. A special guest in the audience was Barstow resident, Robert Izumi. As a Private First Class in the 101st Airborne, Izumi rescued Krig when his plane went down in Bastogne. A war hero in his own right, Izumi joined the Army in 1944, joining the 442nd, an all Japanese unit, after leaving a Japanese internment camp to finish his education. Izumi served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the South Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal, and a Bronze Star. He retired from the Marine Corps Base in 2004, as a Sergeant major. Fred Van Houten read a short presentation, written by his wife Barbara, about Krig’s community involvement. He was a volunteer firefighter, was active in the Wrightwood Property Owners Association, and the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Harry was a docent for the Wrightwood Museum, when it reopened in the 1990s. Van Houten reported, “Harry was instrumental in the recovery efforts of a Navy Phantom jet that went down in Cabin Flat area in Prairie Fork back in 1957.” Krig saw two planes fly over Wrightwood. When his wife Pat saw smoke in the canyon, Krig knew what had happened, and reported it to George Air Force Base. When the two-rotter helicopter’s pilot was unable to locate the downed plane, harry instructed him to land at the Wrightwood School, pick him up, and he would show them where the plane was. Harry then led the ground search to the plane’s location. The pilot had, unfortunately, not survived the crash. Harry’s son Lance offered the family’s gratitude for the ceremony in their father’s honor. He spoke about the man who was respected as a dad, as much as he was a serviceman. Kara and Mark Krig joined Lance for a presentation by County Supervisor Robert Lovingood, of a special certificate recognizing their father’s contributions to his community and his country. On behalf of the Wrightwood Veterans Association, Smitty presented the Krigs with a certificate of appreciation for Harry Krig’s contribution. Girl Scout Troop 249 presented and laid the Memorial Wreath, and Boy Scout Troop 351 retired the American and POW flags, and raised the new flags over the park. In honor of his years of dedication to the Veterans Committee and the Memorial Park, Larry Boyes was presented with the retired flag. As he was unable to attend due to illness, the flag was accepted on his behalf by Kay Lavish. A grateful community thanks the Wrightwood Veterans Association members for the dignified ceremonies they have presented on Memorial Day and Veterans Day each of the past nine years.
Flume Fire stopped short of homes
By Terri Hill
Thursday, May 24, residents on the west end of Wrightwood feared the worst when, at approximately 9:15 p.m., a fire broke out in brush and trees just yards from their homes. Because the fire was in the National Forest, Angeles National Forest (ANF) Fire agency took the lead. At 11:00 p.m., ANF’s Matt Conklin stated the fire was, “probably 3-plus acres and holding, on two-track road hose along the ridge. We’re making good hand line progress.” Conklin expected to have control within hours, and did not anticipate calling for evacuations. By the next morning, hand-crews were in mop-up mode, and air support was dropping water on the hotspots. ANF Public Information Officer Nathan Judy was at the fire camp at Mountain High East on Thursday morning. He reported Forest Service forces, LA County Fire, San Bernardino County Fire, and Cal Fire assisted in the firefight. “We had approximately140 personnel working the fire, at the peak. Today we will have three hand crews, eight engines, two helicopters, and miscellaneous overhead personnel.” He said on the night before, “The fire was backing down toward structures, but we did have structure defense engines and crews around those properties, and they were able to stop any fire that came near the homes themselves.” Judy stated the cause was still under investigation.
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