Saturday, May 12, 2007

Weekly News Roundup: May 12 Edition

City News

The big story of the week has to be the tentative settlement between the Yucaipa-Calimesa Educators Association and the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District in the wee hours of Friday morning. Not surprisingly, the news was out first on the Yucaipa-Calimesa Teachers blog. By the time I get the next issue of the News-Mirror it will be old news (why don't they have a breaking news blog?). The Teachers' blog will post the details of the settlement after 5:00 PM tonight (Saturday, May 12). A summary of the settlement agreement has been posted (pdf).
Here are related posts and stories:
The second biggest story of the week was that San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies found 1,500 marijuana plants growing in a Chapman Heights house (33000 block of Old Trail Drive). According to the Press-Enterprise, Hoi Lam (20), Huaiwen Zhu (24) and Minghua Liang (29) were busted because the neighbors noticed the distinctive marijuana odor and complained that water runoff from the house was spilling into their yards.
Related stories:
The next Yucaipa City Council meeting is on Monday, May 14 at 6:00 PM. There will be a hearing on the proposed refuse collection rate increase. Download the agenda for the meeting (pdf).

The Public Works Department has also posted their construction update for May (pdf).


The Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror reports that there is "No end in sight for freeway construction between Yucaipa and Redlands."
The newly-constructed inside lanes on the freeway are all but completed. Just as these lanes open, however, the outside lane each way is going to be closed for the next year while sound walls are constructed from roughly Sixth Street to Highland Avenue.
Seven of the eleven bridges that span this bit of freeway will need to be reinforced to hold the sound walls. SANBAG (cutely referred to as "SANDBAG" by the News Mirror) says that they are on schedule to complete the project by May 2008, meaning lane closures for up to a year.

The Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror reports that the Yucaipa and Calimesa police departments will be "stepping up enforcement" of the California seat belt law from May 14 to June 3. The effort is part of the Click It or Ticket campaign. Fines for seat belt violations run $80-$91 and up to $350 for not properly restraining a child under 16. As the campaign says "It only takes two seconds to buckle up. Two seconds! And those two seconds could literally save your life. " Just do it!

Locals in the News

May 10, San Bernardino County Sun, "The play is deBaun's thing"

Linda deBaun has been teaching theater and American literature to Yucaipa High School students for 27 years.

deBaun is the director of the drama productions at YHS. The students and teachers who work with her say she's able to help the students relate to the various characters of their productions.

"Her eyes are drawn immediately to the kids that are struggling to have their emotions become the character," said Drew Pulver, vocal music director at YHS. "Sometimes the greatest work she does is pulling them aside and letting them know."
deBaun said working with her students is something that she will continue and her goal is to help them reach their best.

"They're such fun to work with," deBaun said. "I find them fascinating. They're wonderful, alive and vibrant."

May 10, Press-Enterprise, "Aspiring firefighters form 'deep-seated brotherhood'"

Sue Morse was recognized as Yucaipa Branch Library Friend of the Year.

May 10, Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror, "Canyon encourages creativity, critical thinking and individuality. Canyon Middle School students participate in Destination ImagiNation, a creative problem-solving program.
According to Canyon Middle School teachers (who also serve as team managers) Karla Christie, Rick LeVan and Karen Hanley, it's a program that excites and motivates kids to want to learn more. It's also gives educators a renewed zest for teaching.

Christie, LeVan and Hanley all agree that the program has made them better teachers and has developed leadership qualities in the kids. Christie, citing the way the challenges are structured said “If I could teach our regular curriculum like we do this, I would. It's an exciting, fun way to learn.” With the short time they have to solve the challenge, the kids apply what they know or are good at and collaborate. They push the limits of their imagination, which goes far in broadening their educational horizons.
Crafton Hills College

On April 27, thirty firefighters graduated from the 66th 12-week Basic Firefighter Academy at Crafton Hills College.

Cadet David Lopez of Banning, president of the Academy Association, said the group was a particularly strong one.

"Academy 66 is one of the most unique, goal-oriented, hard-working, genuine groups of people I have ever met in my life, and I am blessed to say that I was honored to be a part of it," Lopez told the group at their graduation, which was held late last month. "If you are ever interviewing someone, and they say they are from Academy 66 at Crafton Hills College, I am betting my reputation that the candidate will be one of the best investments you will make in your career."

According to the Crafton Hills College newsletter, Yucaipa graduates include: Shawn Raae-Nielsen, Eric Parker, Dean Kowalski, David Aten, and Bryan Preston.

Crafton Hills College named the 2007 Professors of the Year: Counselor Debbie Bogh, Psychology Instructor Diane Pfahler and part-time Spanish Instructor Ray Gonzalez.

The San Bernardino County Sun also had an article about the CHC class "Oral Interpretation Through Literature" .

Yucaipa High School Sports - Go Thunderbirds!

  • Yucaipa High School athletic director Jim Taylor is retiring after 33 years.

    Year after year, Yucaipa had one of the finest all-around programs in the county, highlighted by its back-to-back Large-School County Program of the Year awards in 1998 and `99.

    "I think the bottom line is we've got good coaches and good kids," Taylor told The Sun at the time, neatly deflecting praise from himself.

    Taylor couldn't totally escape the plaudits. In 1993-94, he was named the CIF-State Athletic Director of the Year.

    As a coach, Taylor was not a screamer nor one to berate. As an athletic director, his stable of coaches mirrored his dignified image.

    In later years, Taylor became the wise sage that coaches and athletic directors sought out for advice.

  • With Thursday's win over Eisenhower, the boys' baseball team to clinched one of the Citrus Belt League's four playoff spots.
  • The boys varsity tennis team finished the season undefeated in Citrus Belt League play. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs started Thursday.
  • A week ago, at a meet in Colton, two boys' track team members won individual Citrus League titles. Zak Weinberg won the 3,200 meters and Nik Embernate won the shotput. Both will advance to the CIF competition.
  • Boy's varsity swim team lost to Redlands to place second in the Citrus Belt League Championship. Trevor Hoyt won the league title in the 200 meter individual medley and Karl Krug won the title for the 500 meter freestyle. Girl's varsity swim team also competed, with Holly Marksbury winning the 100 meter breastroke.

    The CIF Southern section swimming and diving championships were completed yesterday. The results: Yucaipa boys placed fourth, behind Mission Viejo, Redlands and El Toro; girls placed 30th out of 33 teams. In individual events: boys took 2nd place in the 200 yard medley relay and 400 yard freestyle relay, junior Karl Krug placed 1st in the 100 yard freestyle and 8th in the 200 yard freestyle, sophomore Trevor Hoyt placed 2nd in the 200 yard individual medley and 4th in the 100 yard breastroke, Mike Perry placed 5th in the 100 yard 'fly and 6th in the 100 yard backstroke. Freshman Holly Marksbury took 6th in the 100 yard breaststroke.
  • The varsity golf team placed second in the Citrus Belt League, behind Redlands.
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