Tour at Rim High
The Mountains Group
the alternative energy site at
Rim of the World High School
on Friday, May 17.
to arrive at the office
at 10:30 am to sign in.
11:00-11:49 am we
listen to a presentation by
Allen Hernandez, organizer of
San Gorgonio Chapter's Distributed
Energy Local Campaign, to one of
science teacher Barry Schell's classes.
After the class,
Barry will lead a half-hour tour of the
wind turbines and monitoring
ASAP if you plan to
attend. He needs to let Barry
know how many people are
coming, so he can arrange for a larger room
Squirrel Survey Continues/p>
Gray squirrels had all
but disappeared from the mountains in the
last couple of years due to infections
caused by mange (a skin disease).
UC Davis and California Fish and Game
monitoring the squirrel population.
A few more squirrels were observed in
October than in April 2012.
The researchers are also trying to
determine the cause of the epidemic and
how to prevent future outbreaks.
They are also trying to find out how
flying squirrels and ground squirrels are
You can help by
reporting any squirrel you see, whether
healthy, sick or dead. Please visit the
San Bernardino Squirrels website
for full details.
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Church of the Woods
COW has submitted a preliminary redesigned
and reduced proposal to the County Planning
Department. The new plans include fewer ball
fields, and the building plans have been reduced
by 20,000 sq. ft. There are still some retaining
walls along Hwy 18.
The Planning Dept will look over the redesign
and meet with COW in the first week of March.
There will be a public hearing on the new plans,
unless the Church withdraws the project. If they
decide to go forward with it, the Planning Dept
will circulate the new plan.
We hope to have more information
after the Planning Department's meeting with COW
in early March.
The Serenity Conference
and Retreat Center
This Crest Park
construction site has caused serious stream
bed damage on its 1.8 acre parcel. The
developer continues to violate environmental
rulings disregarding warnings.
The Lahontan Water Quality Control assessed an administrative civil liability
against the developer of the Serenity Center
in the amount of $498,000. This amount was
reduced to $60,000 at a hearing in Barstow
on January 16, 2013. The developer
has 30 days to appeal and still needs to
restore the creek and meadow to its original
condition. However, no timeline was set for
him to do this. He may still face additional
charges in the future but specifics are
unclear at this time.
Notice of violation
Developer ordered to restore
The Mountains Group
continues to monitor the developer's
Check back for
updates on the Serenity Center and Church of