From 7 AM, December 14th to 7 PM, December 15th, the San Diego Foundation is running their Give BIG event where donations to participating charities (like CARe) will recieve matching dollars for all donations going through the San Diego Foundation's website.
On that day we will publish a special link so that your donation will go towards CARe. Make your end of the year tax-deductible donation count for more by planning on donating on that day. Mark your calendars for December 14th!
If you lost a school yearbook in a fire, flood, tornado or other disaster, and would like to replace it, Classmates.com has a program where they sell yearbook reprints. If you haven’t been able to find a copy using any other method (eBay is a favorite), using a service like this might be just what you’re looking for. For more information go to:
Fire Captain Jim Wilkins (San Bernardino County F.D., Retired) produced and directed the Panorama Fire video documentary. The documentary was widely used as a training aid throughout California for many years and is still an excellent piece of journalism reflecting the history of the San Bernardino Mountains. San Bernardino National Forest used a sole remaining ¾” studio copy of the original to transfer it to digital and ensure it would be around for many more decades for all to see.
The information below is from an email we received from Jim in November, 2006 that describes his efforts in documenting this important piece of firefighting history:
It was windy, hot and dry on Oct. 20, 1991 at Alameda Naval Air Station near Oakland. We kept the cargo door open for the entire duration of our flight in our Navy H-3 Sea King helicopter as we practiced hovering near the Golden Gate Bridge.
On most days, hovering near the iconic, international orange-painted symbol of San Francisco meant keeping the helicopter pointed toward the Pacific Ocean as the persistent westerly (onshore) winds blew toward the inland valleys. However, on that Sunday morning, we kept the helicopter pointed to the East Bay as gusting easterly (offshore) winds buffeted our aircraft.
The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s approval of a $150 state fire tax has ignited a threat of litigation around the state. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has already gone on reco0rd opposing such a fee and Third District Supervisor promises the action in Sacramento on Wednesday will be taken to court.
Derry explained to ROTWNEWS that the action by the newly constituted 9-member board including four new appointees by Governor Jerry Brown “opens the door for litigation.” Derry called the fee bogus and illegal.
San Bernardino County plans to sue 50 property owners who have not reimbursed the county for cleanup costs related to the catastrophic Slide and Grass Valley fires near Lake Arrowhead in 2007.
The property owners who have incurred the debt volunteered to participate in the $14.5 million county-sponsored Fire Debris Removal Program, which required all 286 participating volunteers to reimburse the county through insurance proceeds. Property owners who did not receive insurance money for the cleanup were not required to pay anything.
The capital trial for alleged Old Fire arsonist Rickie Lee Fowler was rescheduled for March after the defense received thousands of pages of discovery and needs more time to argue motions.
The trial, which had been slated for January before Judge Michael Smith, was reset for March 12 at Fowler's appearance Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court.
But there are other scheduled court appearances for Fowler between now and March so the defense can argue discovery and dismissal motions. Fowler returns to court Dec. 19 for a hearing about 35 pieces of evidence that the defense is requesting from prosecutors in a discovery motion.
After Scott and Abby Anders lost their home during the 2003 Cedar Fire, they resolved to rebuild. From the ashes, they have created a home that takes maximum advantage of the terrain and climate. In addition, solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems have made the house a net-zero electricity home—producing more power than it consumes.
The fruits of their labors were on display November 5 during the Lakeside River Park Foundation's Sustainable Homes Tour.
Austin, (TX) - The fire and smoke are gone but Bastrop fire victims are still struggling to get back on their feet. Many fire victims are still staying in hotels. Some are moving into rental properties while they rebuild their homes.
Back in September, a huge fire engulfed parts of Bastrop County destroying more than 1500 homes in its path. Since the victims lost all of their belongings. Two good Samaritans are stepping in to help them get back on their feet.
Cary Mann knows the risk of a major earthquake in the Coachella Valley. He has no doubt such a quake could be catastrophic. But Mann doesn't carry earthquake insurance on either his Cathedral City home or on the peroXide hair salon he co-owns on Palm Canyon Drive.
“I've grown up in Southern California and none of my family have ever had it,” he said. “They've always said that if there was ever going to be a ‘Big One,' the damage would be so massive that the insurance would never be able to pay out to everyone.”
“In hard times you look for whatever you can live without, and earthquake insurance is definitely in that category.”
[You] selflessly helped hundreds of folks wade through insurance policies and navigate the maze of insurance claim adjustment to help fire survivors get fair and reasonable settlements from companies mainly interested in keeping their bottom line as low as possible.