Inland Empire

How to enter virtual Walk for the Animals, pet contests

The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s Walk for the Animals, originally scheduled to be held May 9 at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, has been changed to a virtual walk this year. Those who want to participate in the annual fundraising event are encouraged to collect donations in support of their laps walked around their own neighborhoods and to post videos and photos on the Virtual Walk event page on the Humane Society’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hssbv, according to a news release. The event’s regular pet contests will also be hosted on that Facebook page. This year’s categories are Best Couch Potato, Best Kisser, Best Trick/Catch and Best Dressed Male and Female. For details about how to enter the contests, go to www.facebook.com/hssbv. May 1 is the deadline for pet contest entries, and voting will be May 4-9. Winners will be announced 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9. For details about the virtual walk and to download a Walk for the Animals sign that can be printed, personalized and used in photos posted of the walk, go to www.hssbv.org. Walkers who collect at least $100…

Which San Bernardino County cities have the most homeless people?

San Bernardino County’s homeless population grew for the third straight year, results from the county’s annual homeless count show. When volunteers canvassed the county’s homeless population Jan. 23, they found 3,125 individuals without shelter, a 19.9% increase over 2019 when 2,607 people were identified. In 2019, the results were 23% higher than 2018, when 2,118 people were counted. The majority of those counted, about 72.6%, were in eight cities, according to the results. Here’s how many homeless people were counted in San Bernardino County cities and communities in 2020, compared to 2019: Adelanto: 24, up from 14 Apple Valley: 31, up from 23 Barstow: 108, up from 62 Big Bear City/Sugarloaf: 12, up from 2 Big Bear Lake: 2, down from 39 Bloomington: 19, down from 24 Chino: 31, up from 23 Chino Hills: 2, down from 4 Colton: 136, up from 58 Crestline: 22, up from 7 Fontana: 116, up from 94 Grand Terrace: 5, up from 1 Hesperia: 32, up from 24 Highland: 78, up from 72 Joshua Tree: 59, up from 30 Lake Arrowhead: 11, up from 6 Loma Linda: 51, up…

San Bernardino County sees jump in homeless, including seniors

The number of seniors living on the streets in San Bernardino County has nearly doubled in two years, while the overall homeless population has increased for a third straight year, a new report shows. There were 480 unsheltered people older than 55 on Jan. 23, when about 600 volunteers and officials surveyed the county’s homeless population for the annual Point-in-Time Count. That’s a 95.1% jump from 2018, when 246 seniors were counted. In 2019, there were 422 homeless seniors. Countywide, 3,125 individuals said they were homeless, a 19.9% increase over 2019, when 2,607 people were identified. In 2019, the results were 23% higher than 2018, when volunteers counted 2,118 people . Of those counted in 2020, 2,390, about 76.5%, said they were homeless, or had slept the night before in a private or public place not designed as a regular sleeping accommodation. The remaining 735, or 23.5%, were temporarily housed in shelters, motels or through transitional housing programs, according to the results. The continued increases have prompted county officials to call for coordination among agencies to find people housing and services. “We have a human services…

Riverside County coronavirus deaths reach 100; 3,218 cases now confirmed

One hundred people in Riverside County have died from the novel coronavirus, new numbers posted Thursday, April 23, show. The county’s confirmed cases grew by 4% to 3,218. The number of deaths is up one from Wednesday, according to the county public health website. Official recoveries – those infected who are no longer in isolation, have no symptoms and had their public health cases closed – went up 14.5% to 904. There are 229 COVID-19 hospitalizations, down 21 from Wednesday, with 84 patients in intensive care, up three from the day before. Related Articles When stay-at-home orders are set to end in all 58 California counties A Del Mar meet with no fans? A horse racing unthinkable could become reality Somber Congress delivers nearly $500 billion more in virus aid Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District reopens some facilities How to navigate mortgage application landmines during a pandemic The county has tested 35,265 people, up about 5% from Wednesday. Staff Writer Nikie Johnson contributed to this report. CASES BY COMMUNITY Here is the list of confirmed cases and deaths by city or unincorporated community. Numbers in…

Fire crews in Menifee fighting debris, RV fire

Cal Fire crews in Menifee responded to a blaze that sparked near a row of RVs on Thursday afternoon, and investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. The fire broke out near the 25000 block of Sherman road at around 1:10 p.m., according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department. The incident was initially reported as a debris pile and RVs on fire. Crews were still fighting the fire as of 2:55 p.m. Nobody at the scene was injured or received medical attention, according to Cal Fire. This is a developing story. Please check back for additional details. #ShermanIncident shortly after firefighters arrived on scene. Credit :CAL FIRE/RCOFD pic.twitter.com/rsIii6lo2u — CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department (@CALFIRERRU) April 23, 2020 Related Articles Woman dies in burning Loma Linda home, with potential hoarding conditions

City officials oppose plan to house homeless in Norwalk motel; county vows to sue

A Los Angeles County plan to rent more than 200 rooms to homeless people in danger of contracting coronavirus in a motel in Norwalk has drawn opposition from city officials, who complain they weren’t consulted. Norwalk isn’t the only city fighting Project Roomkey, It has drawn opposition in several cities, including Bell Gardens, Covina and Lawndale. Attorneys for Los Angeles County on Friday filed a request for an emergency hearing with a federal judge, alleging that their court-ordered efforts to help house homeless people at risk of contracting the coronavirus are being stymied by objections from Lawndale and Bell Gardens. Norwalk officials have been in discussions with the county since Friday, and on Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to impose a temporary ban to prevent such conversions without prior city approval. The urgency ordinance took effect immediately. But on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger issued an executive order authorizing Los Angeles County Counsel to sue Norwalk. “That action is a direct attack on Project Roomkey as it purports to inject an illegal city approval process to a state-directed, county-administered program that has been expressly authorized…

Mt. Baldy Trout Pools close after decades of family friendly fishing

The fish may be biting, but the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools will be shutting down for good. “We regret to inform you that we will be closing the Trout Pools down permanently due to a number of factors in our personal lives,” the Bescoby family wrote on Facebook. The pools are currently closed because of the coronavirus. Young anglers have learned to fish in the friendly confines of the mountain ponds for decades. You could rent a pole, or bring your own, and bait in the form of flavored dough was provided. Trout were plentiful and hungry. One blogger wrote that the instructions on how to fish lasted longer than the wait for a fish to bite — perfect for a child’s short attention span. Fish could not be thrown back. They were weighed, cleaned, wrapped and sold by the pound. The Bescobys have owned the business since 1974, but the pools date back farther. A friend recalls his parents taking him there in the early 1960s. Mt. Baldy’s annual steak fry, which raises money for the volunteer fire department, takes place by the ponds…

San Bernardino County reports 5 more coronavirus deaths, 30 more cases

In San Bernardino County, 77 people have died from the novel coronavirus and 1,608 have tested positive as of Thursday, April 22, county public health officials reported. That’s an increase of five deaths and 30 cases since Wednesday, April 22, the latest county data show. On Wednesday, the county started sharing more details about the patients’ age, sex, race and ethnicity. The number of available hospital beds and ventilators is also being tracked. About 10.8% of the 14,885 people tested for COVID-19 in the county were positive, while 4.8% of the 1,608 positive patients have died, according to Thursday’s figures. Almost an equal number of men and women have contracted the illness. However, 63.1% of those who have died were men, compared to 36.84% for women. Forty-five of those who have died were older than 70 and 17 of the deaths were among people 60 to 69 years old. The highest number of cases has been reported in residents 50 to 59 years old. While more information on race and ethnicity is available, the race of most patients, 659, is unknown. As of Thursday, beds and…

Why did Ford’s chief engineer spend a night in Riverside in 1930?

Reader Jim Johnson, an auto dealer most of his life and whose father was affiliated with the old Warren-Anderson Ford dealership in Riverside, showed me a picture he hoped I’d be able to research. The photo, seen here, is of an old Ford Trimotor airplane, several men in business suits and a Model A automobile. Jim knew it was taken at March Field, but nothing more. A little sleuthing led to the event depicted in the photo. As it turns out, the older gentleman in the middle (with glasses) is William B. Mayo, who by this date was chief power engineer for the Ford Motor Company and head of Ford’s aircraft division. Mayo was instrumental in development of the Ford Trimotor aircraft, which was an icon in passenger and mail delivery throughout the United States in the late 1920s and 1930s. Mayo had overseen construction of the aircraft seen in this picture, and was personally delivering the plane to its new owners in Southern California. Starting Saturday, Feb. 8, 1930, in Detroit, the plane traveled across the country making stops in St. Louis, Tulsa, Dallas,…

San Bernardino health care heroes honored with parade of first responders

Heroes recognize heroes. A cavalcade of San Bernardino first responders proceeded from Community Hospital to St. Bernardine Medical Center Wednesday, April 22, to show appreciation for the health care professionals working around the clock during the coronavirus pandemic. Along the 3-mile parade route, hospital presidents June Collison and Doug Kleam were presented small tokens of gratitude from the community. Signs show appreciation during a parade of praise by the community and San Bernardino public safety officials at Community Hospital of San Bernardino on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) San Bernardino public safety officials parade by Community Hospital of San Bernardino to show support for healthcare professionals working around the clock during the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. That show of support is reciprocated by hospital staff on bridge. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Community Hospital of San Bernardino workers take a selfie before the San Bernardino public safety officials parade by to show support for healthcare professionals during the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The…

Here’s who won the March 3 primary in Riverside County

More than one month and a novel coronavirus pandemic later, results from the March 3 primary election are final. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors accepted the official canvass of votes Tuesday, April 21, finalizing results from an election that saw 43.23% turnout in the county – about 1.1 million voters are registered countywide – compared to 46.9% statewide. Countywide turnout was 35.21% for the June 2018 primary and 44.31% for the last presidential election year primary in June 2016. The results were supposed to be certified by April 3. But Gov. Gavin Newsom extended the deadline to April 24, citing the COVID-19 pandemic that forced Riverside County’s elections office to close to the public and reduce in-building staff to comply with social-distancing requirements. The two Riverside County supervisors up for re-election avoided runoffs and officially won four-year terms. Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries officially won a new term on the board in the March 3, 2020, election. (Photo courtesy of Riverside County) Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington officially won a new term on the board in the March 3, 2020, election. (Photo courtesy of…

IE to participate for first time in City Nature Challenge, April 24-27

As citizen science – scientific work done by the general public often working with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions – increases in popularity, the fifth annual, worldwide City Nature Challenge is coming to San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  Photo By Robert Whitehead: The event will be from Friday, April 24 to Monday, April 27, with final results announced on Monday, May 4. The goal of the City Nature Challenge in the inland region is to document as much nature as possible. Current and aspiring citizen scientists, nature and science fans, and people of all ages and backgrounds will be called on to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals, and fungi using the free mobile app iNaturalist, said Bree Putman, an assistant professor of biology at Cal State San Bernardino, who is coordinating the event locally. Even as the coronavirus pandemic has forced the local City Nature Challenge to be scaled back – CSUSB has temporarily suspended all non-essential on-campus operations and canceled or postponed events – the City Nature Challenge will still be held, albeit online and closely following California State…

Triple-digit heat expected in portions of Inland Empire

RIVERSIDE — Temperatures will climb into the 90s in the Riverside and San Bernardino metropolitan areas Thursday for the first time this year, and highs in the Coachella Valley could reach the triple digits, according to the National Weather Service. A patch of high pressure will drift in from the coast starting Thursday, causing a rapid rise in temperatures before things cool slightly on Sunday, forecasters said. Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service The NWS issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from 11 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Riverside and San Bernardino metropolitan areas. NWS officials advised that those who work outdoors should avoid the midday sun, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. Riverside could see a high of 93 degrees Thursday, while temperatures in the Coachella Valley will top out at 100, forecasters said. On Friday, the mercury in Riverside is expected to reach 96, while high temperatures in the Coachella Valley will remain around 100. The high in San Bernardino is expected to be 90 on Thursday, 93 on Friday and 94 on…

Work is a ‘gift’ for this Chino Hills writer, theater director

When Dona Herweck Rice thinks back to her first memory, she sees herself sitting on her bedroom floor writing a story in blue crayon about her mother, who was in the bathroom next to her brushing her hair. “I recall the braided rug I sat on, the feel of the paper beneath my hand, the shade of blue I scrawled across the smooth surface of the paper,” said the longtime Chino Hills resident. “I am certain the words I wrote were scribbles and scratches, but that doesn’t matter now, does it? I was writing stories. And I haven’t stopped.” After growing up in Anaheim, Rice got her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California. She went on to UC Berkeley for her teaching credential, and started teaching English, speech and drama at a middle school. Chino Hills writer and director Dona Herweck Rice. (Photo by Gracie Arvizu) “My life changed dramatically right after I had my first son,” she said. “I became suddenly and surprisingly single and needed a new gig virtually overnight.” Rice was hired as a teacher and editor…

Effort to broaden LA’s ban on evictions amid coronavirus crisis fails in close City Council vote

A bid by some Los Angeles leaders to enact a blanket ban on evictions during the novel coronvirus crisis failed on a 6-7 vote on Wednesday, April 22, held toward the end of a nearly nine-hour meeting in which the council adopted other measures aimed at providing protections to workers and relief to Angelenos. Many of the members were swayed by the city attorney’s advice that such a sweeping ban would put the city at odds with state law, although an outside legal analysis touted by the proponents contended there was no conflict. “The liabilities here are very real … if we go beyond our legal power to do these kinds of things,” said Councilman Bob Blumenfield. He added that “we need to do everything we can for renters, but we need to understand what our limits are as a municipal government.” Proponents of the ban pointed to the legal analysis by several public-interest attorneys, who contend that a more sweeping ban could still be adopted by Los Angeles, as long as it allows the city to meet an existing order by Gov. Gavin Newsom,…

Effort to broaden LA’s ban on evictions amind coronavirus crisis fails in close City Council vote

A bid by some Los Angeles leaders to enact a blanket ban on evictions during the novel coronvirus crisis failed on a 6-7 vote on Wednesday, April 22, held toward the end of a nearly nine-hour meeting in which the council adopted other measures aimed at providing protections to workers and relief to Angelenos. Many of the members were swayed by the city attorney’s advice that such a sweeping ban would put the city at odds with state law, although an outside legal analysis touted by the proponents contended there was no conflict. “The liabilities here are very real … if we go beyond our legal power to do these kinds of things,” said Councilman Bob Blumenfield. He added that “we need to do everything we can for renters, but we need to understand what our limits are as a municipal government.” Proponents of the ban pointed to the legal analysis by several public-interest attorneys, who contend that a more sweeping ban could still be adopted by Los Angeles, as long as it allows the city to meet an existing order by Gov. Gavin Newsom,…

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