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AESD Receives $15,000 Grant from Kaiser Permanente

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ADELANTO: (June 19, 2014)- A generous grant of $15,000 from Kaiser Permanente was accepted Tuesday night by the Adelanto Elementary School District Board of Trustees.

According to officials, the grant will serve to fund AESD’s swimming pool and swimming safety programs. “We are very thankful for this grant from Kaiser Permanente and our focus for this grant is for a healthier Adelanto,” said Superintendent Dr. Edwin Gomez. “With the opening of our swimming pool, we will be able to offer recreational swim, swimming lessons and hopefully, water aerobics,” Gomez added.

The generous grant will also support Lifeguards and Aquatic Aides. The community pool will be opened 50 days in the summer (June-August) intending to serve low-income people from the Adelanto, Victorville, Phelan, Baldy Mesa, and unincorporated areas of the surrounding Mojave Desert.

The three primary objectives of the AESD Community Pool are to provide:
1. Community Swim: The pool will provide regular and frequent access to children and adults to enjoy physical activity and social interaction within a safe and healthy environment during the summer months.

2. Life Saving Courses: The pool will provide swimming lessons to all ages and abilities to teach children and adults to swim. This will save lives, provide self-confidence, and encourage regular physical activity.

3. Water Aerobics Courses: These classes will provide physical activity to those who may not be able to engage in higher impact sports. The courses will reduce obesity and other health conditions in adult populations and will provide enjoyable social engagement.

“I have managed our community swim program for many years. Unfortunately, due to economic reasons, we have had to close our pool on more than one occasion, including last year. Our community swim program is funded usually by donations and through AESD,” said Donna Landry, AESD Director of Risk Management and Benefits. “Many of our children and parents in Adelanto do not have transportation therefore, this is a neighborhood pool that will be embraced by our community thanks to Kaiser Permanente.”

About Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program
Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and reducing health disparities through community partnerships with the safety net of community clinics, public health departments, public hospitals, and other agencies. Community Benefit also helps increase access to quality health care and coverage, regardless of income, through our charity care and charitable coverage programs; supports community groups to inspire people to make positive changes for health through our Healthy Eating Active Living programs and Community Health Initiatives; and shares our medical knowledge, expertise, and research to help Southern California people live healthier lives.

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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