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G. W. Abersold Ph.D. Sept. 27, 1927 – Mar. 09, 2020

Dr. G.W. (Bill) Abersold, a columnist at IECN for over ten years familiarly known as Doc, passed away suddenly on March 9, 2020. He was 92 years old. Doc was a devoted husband to Stella, to whom he was married 22 years and considered the love of his life, and loving father to eight children (five of whom are step children but loved as his own), 25 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Doc took great delight in existence and believed that life was truly worth living with all the promise, hope and humanity it had to offer. Doc had an insatiable curiosity – to learn about places, people and things. He enjoyed conversing with strangers, fascinated by tales of their journey through this life. Doc had a penchant for humor, he believed that it was good for the soul and contributes to longevity. Dr. Norman Cousins was an influential mentor. The attitude Doc embraced was never to quit and never accept failure. He lived by the proverb, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one,” and, “Live each day as if it was your last;…

Citrus Valley High School athlete Alex Sandoval honored as CBCA 2020 All Southern Section

Citrus Valley High School Blackhawks Senior and Pitcher, Alex Sandoval, was honored by California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA) 2020 All Southern Section Varsity for Division 5. On Friday, May 1, it was announced Sandoval is one of 25 athletes out of 66 varsity teams throughout the division to be honored based on career success. “I was excited to be recognized by the CBCA, even though our baseball season was cut short. As a pitcher, I felt as if I accomplished something I’ve been working towards for the last four years,” said Sandoval. Amidst the pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of the remainder of the baseball season, Sandoval still managed to throw 286 pitches within Citrus Valley Blackhawk’s 9-2 baseball season. “Thank you to my teammates for making it a great season. I will miss being on the field with all of you. Congratulations to everyone in Class of 2020. This is just the beginning,” concluded Sandoval. Sandoval’s career highlights include playing varsity for three years, participating in the Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association Senior Showcase at San Manuel Stadium, and most recently pitching two…

San Manuel elects Ken Ramirez as Chairman, new Business Committee begins term

Mr. Kenneth Ramirez, newly elected Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and other Business Committee members, were sworn in on Tuesday, April 14 by San Manuel Chief Justice Claudette C. White. Ramirez was elected Chairman after having served five terms as Tribal Secretary. He serves on the San Manuel Education Committee and actively promotes access to healthcare and education for all through his work with Loma Linda University Health and other nonprofit partners in the Inland Empire region. He also leads the operating committee for First Nations Experience (FNX), the nation’s first Native American and World Indigenous Peoples television channel. “I am deeply humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve as Chairman and give my commitment to serve diligently to enhance the rights, opportunities and expectations for all San Manuel Tribal Citizens, our families, and our community,” said Chairman Ramirez. “We have the privilege of extending a positive presence throughout the region with the benefits of the Tribe’s economic impacts, our intergovernmental partnerships, and our strategic philanthropy. These are all made possible because we heed the call to Yawa’, and act…

County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases by city

The County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases of COVID-19 by city. The dashboard can be viewed on wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. “The number of cases by city provides a picture of community spread within our county,” stated County Acting Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “However, residents of cities not listed or with low case numbers should assume and behave as if there are cases within their communities and comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. Residents of cities that are listed should not panic and feel the need to go somewhere else. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of staying at home and practicing good hygiene to reduce further community spread.” The city data added today is intended to represent the places of residence for each confirmed case within the county, regardless of where they were tested or where they might be hospitalized. Cities and communities not listed have zero confirmed cases.Those who view the data should also keep in mind that residence data is based on information contained on lab slips that accompany test results. In some cases, that information might pertain the hospital where a…

San Bernardino County school districts extend school closures through May 1

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and school district superintendents countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to extend public school closures at least through May 1. “Because of the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus in our region and across the state, we are taking a proactive and aggressive approach to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our schools and communities,” County Superintendent Alejandre said. “These are very difficult circumstances for our education leaders, since developments with this virus are happening so quickly,” he added. “I fully support our district superintendents’ collective decision to do what is best for our students, employees and families across our county.” Most districts in the county decided on March 13 to close schools as a preventative measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the closures, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County continue to rise. On March 17, the Board of Supervisors issued a countywide order to help stop the spread of…

Highland resident, Eugene Weems, overcomes imprisonment and runs for Congress

Highland Resident Eugene Weems, 45, served over 17 years in the department of corrections and today, he eyes a seat as U.S. Representative District 31 currently held by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands). Weems’ campaign is true to his life and experience, he is about the people and combatting homelessness, recidivism, low income, bullying, discrimination, healthcare cost, and mitigating criminal activity. “My goal is to represent everyone, I am not a politician, I am a citizen…just like you. I am running to make our neighborhoods safe and prosperous again. Second, I want to ensure people receive the care they are promised and deserve. In California homelessness is a national emergency,” shared District 31 write-in candidate Weems. Weems shared that when he was released from prison, a little over two years ago, he had nowhere to go. “When I got out of prison, there were no resources. I have developed a successful re-entry program for those who are released from prison, to allow them the opportunity to become law abiding citizens,” continued Weems. “When I came home I could not land a job, the housing that I…

San Manuel shows appreciation to Inland Empire wildfire first responders

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted first responders from San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Yucaipa and Loma Linda at the Bear Springs Hotel Event Center for a special thank you brunch on Thursday, Jan. 23. In 2019, the nearest fire, police and paramedics were on-scene to face down threats from the Hillside, Old Water and Sandalwood Fires. These brave men and women are not only heroes here at home, but across the region as they jumped in to help with the 46, Hill and Tick fires among others. To show their appreciation, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino treated first responders to breakfast burritos from local favorite Rosa Marias and a BBQ lunch provided by San Manuel Casino’s Just Barbeque. The gathering was an open house-style reception from 9 -2 p.m. “We want to thank all of the first responders for always putting the Inland Empire community and the safety of its residents first,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “It does not go unnoticed that these brave men and women sacrifice time with their…

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