The brilliance of art filled the boardroom of Snowline Joint Unified School District (SJUSD) Tuesday night. Winners (kindergarten through twelfth grade) of this year’s art contest eagerly waited for their awards. Students, parents, and staff packed the room. Surrounding the crowd were beautiful pieces of art displayed on the walls. Talent was everywhere. To get a glimpse of “The Dream of the Owl,” “Giraffe,” “Cabin in the Woods,” “Fall Vision,” “Front Yard Tree Sunset,” “The Bloom,” “The Whale Tale,” “Landscape,” “Planetary Family,” “Beach Sunset,” “Reading Worm,” and many, many more check in at the school board office with Candice Forbes and visit the astonishing art that our students have created! Candice Forbes is the coordinator of this student presentation of the “2017 Young Artists Celebration” which is a yearly event. Forbes works with the Student Learning Support Services. Proposition 51 is a state school bond for K-12 school and community college facilities, and was the item next discussed. It authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for schools in California providing new construction and modernization of K-12 public facilities, charter schools and vocational education facilities, and California Community Colleges Facilities. Betty Hansen, Ph. D., Vice President of the Educational and Facility Planner of California Financial Services, is working with SJUSD to obtain state facility funding. The district is a financial hardship district. Hansen said that the district needed to establish the need for school modernization of site buildings, upgrades of some of the grounds such as the football field at Serrano High School, heating and air conditioning, etc. The process for such funding may take five years due to the extensive number of other district applications. Trustee, David Nilsen, reaffirmed that the district’s facilities needed to consider modernization and infrastructure. Dr. Leslie Poyner, PhD., presented some of the data that has recently been gathered regarding the California Healthy Schools Program Survey which was recently collected through out all school sites. These surveys help to define each district’s School Climate Index (SCI). Poyner stated that the data from these surveys help develop the “Plan, Do, Study, and Act (PDSA)” model for districts to follow, thus creating an action plan increasing better student achievement and school safety. The Local Control Accountability Plan, (LCAP) also helps the schools establish a vehicle for students to become college ready. This engages students, parents, educators, and community to help establish a district’s plan for healthy and safe schools. Connecting to California Healthy Schools is the School Climate and Wellness Partnership (SCWP). This program establishes a coach and team of students, parents, and staff to identify the needs of all of these stakeholders. Assistant Superintendent, Allan Miller, discussed the Dashboard Model that helps organize the accountability of various measures and indicators of Snowline School District. Data that is measured and evaluated are: chronic absenteeism, suspension rate, academic performance, graduation rate, English Language Learners, school climate, and so forth.
Suspects arrested for murder of Johnny Lasoya
Following a two-day long investigation, investigators from the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, Regional Gang Team and Specialized Enforcement Division identified the suspects responsible for the murder of Johnny Lasoya. Anthony and Rae Espinoza and Joseph Martinez of Victorville, and Phelan residents Devin Ross and a 17-year old male were identified and arrested on Friday, April 28, 2017. The four adult men were booked into the Sheriff’s High Desert Detention Center on murder charges. The 17-year-old male will be booked into Juvenile Hall on a murder charge. No additional information is being released at this time. Updates will be issued as new information becomes available.
Background: On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:40 p.m. deputies responded to the Hurons Ave. neighborhood in Apple Valley for reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies found Johnny Lasoya in front of a residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Medical aid responded and transported Lasoya to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation. After conducting numerous interviews, Detectives determined that several unidentified subjects drove up to the Hurons Ave. residence and they made contact with Johnny Lasoya. Within minutes, Lasoya began arguing with one subject and then a second subject shot at Lasoya, striking him in the upper body. The subjects fled in two separate grey colored compact vehicles.
Investigators are actively working this case and anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Mark Green 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. CR&R vehicle recovered, suspect arrested
On Thursday, April 25, 2017 at approximately 6:00 a.m., deputies from the Victor Valley Station received the report of an abandoned vehicle in the area of US Hwy 138 and Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. Deputy Molly Leiker confirmed the maintenance vehicle from CR&R Disposal Company was a stolen vehicle, and immediately responded.
When Deputy Leiker arrived she observed a white male adult removing items from the stolen vehicle and placing them in a black Ford F150 truck. When Deputy Leiker pulled up behind the suspect, later identified as Johnathan Demay of Phelan, and activated her overhead lights Demay immediately drove over a dirt berm and onto US Hwy 138. Demay failed to yield to deputies for a couple of miles, driving at speeds of approximately 50 miles per hour through a construction zone, unsafely passing vehicles on the shoulder of the road, and hitting K-Rail that was affixed to the roadway due to the construction. Demay then drove his vehicle off the roadway into soft sand near the Mormon Rocks, getting his truck stuck in the sand. He exited the vehicle and fled on foot to the top of the rocks. Once at the top of the rocks he realized he had nowhere else to run and placed his hands in the air. Due to the location, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departments aviation division assisted in the apprehension by landing, placing Demay under arrest, and airlifting him off the mountain.
Jonathan Demay is currently being held at the High Desert Detention Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Molly Leiker at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can re port information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.comSearch warrant leads to the discovery of 1500 marijuana plants in Phelan
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a vacant property in the community of Phelan. Investigators found an outdoor marijuana grow at the location. Two suspects were present during the service of the search warrant.
More than 1,500 marijuana plants were found at the property, many of which were recently harvested. The marijuana grow was there for several months. Investigators became aware of it after receiving information about it from the public. Investigators determined Wagner was responsible for the illegal marijuana grow.
The grow site was littered with trash and had several unpermitted structures serving as greenhouses where the marijuana plants were being grown. The County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes outdoor marijuana cultivations. The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California marijuana laws as well as the San Bernardino County Ordinances regarding marijuana cultivation and distribution. Persons found to be violating state marijuana laws and/or county ordinances are subject to fines, prosecution and seizure of property.
One suspect (Wagner) was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for cultivation of marijuana. The second suspect was interviewed by investigators and released. Charges against both suspects will be reviewed by The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at (909) 387-8400. 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 website at www.wetip.com. Receive the complete Newspaper with more editorial, community events, classified and sheriff reports. CLICK HERE to Subscribe online for $15 for 12 months or $20 mailed to your resident.
End of an era for Team Mike By Terri Hill
When Wrightwood residents Mike McKay and Darren Coffey lost their lives in avalanches near Mountain High in 2008, two families, and their community were devastated. In the years that followed, both families have reached out with fundraising and local scholarships to honor the young men’s memories. Mike’s family organized the Mike McKay Memorial Foundation in 2009. Since then, they’ve raised thousands of dollars supporting various causes and scholarships. After nine years, the McKays have decided it’s time to move forward with other endeavors, and pull back on the Foundation activities. Mike was a 23-year old active, giving person. The son of Laura and Vince McKay was an athlete; Mike played soccer in AYSO and high school, was an avid cyclist and surfer. Mike was also a talented skier. He started as a ski patroller while still attending high school and his first "real" job after graduating from NAU was as the Ski Patrol Program Director for the Mountain High Ski Resort. At age 22, he was the youngest Patrol Director of a major resort in the US. Mike was in in the EMT program at Victor Valley College (VVC) while still attending Serrano. His father Vince smiled and said, “Mike was so annoyed that he could get his EMT certification until he turned 18!” Putting his rescue and EMT skills to work, and satisfying his desire to be outdoors, Mike became a lifeguard at Solano Beach while attending graduate school in San Diego. Mike was an organ donor, and thereby improved and saved lives of others, even after his death. In honor of that gift, the Mike McKay Memorial Foundation has supported the efforts of Donate for Life of California. Team Mike participated annually in the organization’s 5k Run Walk, with one of the largest “Donor Family” teams at the event. Laura McKay, Mike’s mom commented, “We have raised $3,000 a year for Donate Life, all with the amazing support of this community. We would rather stop asking for their generosity before we’ve worn out our welcome.” To celebrate that generosity, Team Mike had a sort of farewell party, and registration for their last Walk/Run, at Mexico Lindo on April 27th. Raffle prizes and good food were the backdrop for a night of reflection and appreciation for the individuals and business owners who have supported Team Mike from the start. Teachers and from Snowline, who have rallied with the McKays since the beginning, came to volunteer their time, money, and athletic ability to the last big fundraiser for the foundation they helped build. Since 2009, the foundation has raised and awarded $40,000 in scholarships to Serrano students, VVC EMT students, and more. The McKay family plans to continue sponsoring scholarships for Serrano graduates, “Just on a smaller level,” Laura said. The “Iron Mike Paddle,” held annually in Solano Beach will continue, as will the Marine Safety Mountain Mike McKay Rookie of the Year award. Mike McKay’s love of the outdoors inspired friends and strangers alike. On the foundation’s website, Vince pointed out the quote at the bottom of the page. He said it was Mike's Facebook and MySpace 'tag line’: "Go Outside and Hug a Tree, or Make it Two... I Like Being Outside. I'll See You There."
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