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New Fire Station Ready for Service in Spring Valley Lake

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VICTORVILLE – Community members and dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 22 in Spring Valley Lake. The ceremony kicked off with the County Fire Department Color Guard accompanied by Local 935 Pipes & Drum Band.

The new facility replaces the temporary fire station that has been serving the community of Spring Valley Lake and surrounding area for the past 21 years out of an aged and substandard single-wide trailer, with its apparatus stored in an adjacent butler building. The former station was located at the North end of Victor Valley College near the Fish Hatchery. California Construction out of Riverside started construction on the fire station in November of 2012 and completed the station right on schedule and on budget. The 6,300 square foot facility includes an apparatus bay for two engines, living quarters, and an approximate 600 square foot equipment storage building.

This state-of-the-art facility was designed to serve the lakeside community of Spring Valley Lake. Station 22 serves over 10,000 Spring Valley Lake residents, and the Victor Valley College, the Sterling Inn & Commons and responds to incidents along the busy Bear Valley Road from the Mojave River West to Industrial Blvd. On average, Station 22 firefighters respond to over 1,800 calls for service a year, with about 1,300 of those calls being medical responses. Company 22 regularly assists the surrounding cities of Hesperia and Victorville, and the town of Apple Valley when needed. These areas also back up Company 22 as well.

Station 22 houses a brand new Type I fire engine, used for structural firefighting, as well as a Type III fire engine used for wildland firefighting. This station is manned 24 hours a day with a full-time professional Captain and a Firefighter Paramedic “When the Board of Supervisors is able to support the building of much needed fire stations, it shows that the economy in our County is rebounding,” stated 1st District County Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “Public safety remains a priority for me and the Board. A fire station in Angelus Oaks leading into our beautiful mountains was just completed last month.”

Image: Via Twitter @ SB County Fire

Image: Via Twitter @ SB County Fire

Funding for this $3,150,000 project came from the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT program is meant to cover part of the costs associated with providing public services on federal lands that generate no property tax revenue, but the formula has strict caps and Congress rarely provides full funding under the formula. As part of federal legislation in 2008, Congress agreed to fully fund PILT for five years, generating more than $5 million in additional revenue for the County.

“This is a great day for the community of Spring Valley Lake. This is really the community fire station,” stated County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig. “The new fire station will provide better service and protection to the residents of Spring Valley Lake, Victor Valley College and surrounding communities. Its location will shave one to two minutes off response times and be a great service to the schools that are nearby.” Chief Hartwig went on to say, “This is their house and I am proud to serve as their Fire Chief.”

This was the first fire station to use a standardized set of design plans, which will be used on future fire stations for a significant cost savings to taxpayers.

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Help Save Victorville’s Route 66 Museum: Drive-thru Fundraiser 7/25/20

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The California Route 66 Museum in old town Victorville is hosting a drive-thru fundraiser Saturday, to help keep the landmark from closing forever amid the pandemic.

“Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and state business closure requirements, our famous, local landmark is in jeopardy! Join us for this unconventional car show and show your support,” stated the museum.

The one-day fundraiser will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 9 AM – 1 PM at the museum located at 16825 D Street, across the street from the Greyhound transportation center.

  • People are encouraged to cruise through in any vehicle and make a donation in any amount. Cash and checks accepted (make payable to California Route 66 Museum, INC).
  • Photos will be taken of each vehicle and posted online at califrt66museum.org
  • This is a drive-thru event event only. No parking, no vendors, no music, no awards.
  • Car and motorcycle clubs are encouraged to participate and drive-thru together.

Donations can also be made online via PayPal using the email address cart66musm@gmail.com. Checks can be mailed to PO BOX 252, Oro Grande, CA 92368.

(California Route 66 Museum Facebook)

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San Bernardino County reports largest single-day increase with 753 new COVID-19 cases

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — San Bernardino County health officials reported 753 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths on Tuesday.

According to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, the latest numbers mark the county’s highest single-day increase of confirmed cases since testing began in late March. The previous single-day record was 649 new cases on June 23rd.

Health officials said, “a large amount of data was entered into the database as a result of a backlog of cases over the past several days. This caused a spike in the number of new cases.”

As of June 30th, there are 12,250 confirmed coronavirus cases, 6,931 (projected) people have recovered, and 253 deaths have been attributed to the disease. A total of 139,704 persons have been tested and 9% were positive.

People ages 70+ account for 145 deaths, followed by the 60-69 age group with 51 deaths. The case fatality rate is 2%.

LOCATION: POSITIVE CASES:DEATHS:TESTED:
ADELANTO17141,574
APPLE VALLEY17724,181
BARSTOW6021,635
HESPERIA33434,276
OAK HILLS431606
PHELAN430621
VICTORVILLE 52787,846
(Totals as of 6/30/20)
6/30/2020 - A large amount of data was entered into the database as a result of a backlog of cases over the past several days. This caused a spike in the number of new cases.
6/30/2020 – A large amount of data was entered into the database as a result of a backlog of cases over the past several days. This caused a spike in the number of new cases.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/.  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

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Adelanto family searching for runaway 16-year-old girl

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ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The family of a runaway Adelanto teen is asking the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Jai’nyah Taylor.

Jai’nyah’s uncle Kenny Smith told VVNG she was last seen on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at about 7:30 AM in the area of Dollar General and Adelanto Stadium.

Her uncle said Jai’nyah has a history of running away and believes she’s at an unknown friend’s house.

Jai’nyah is 16-years-old 5’7″, 120 lbs., and a student at Adelanto High School. She was last seen wearing black pants and a hooded gray/white sweater and white sandals.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller confirmed there was a report taken reference a runaway juvenile. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at 760-552-6800.

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