Location & Details: 2 miles east of Frazier Park, CA. Currently the Grand Fire is at 4,100 acres and 35% contained. 6 Structures are threatened. Estimated Cost: $1,300,000
Co Operating Agencies: California Highway Patrol, Kern County Sheriffs Office, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office, Ventura County Sheriffs Office, Cal Trans Please format similar to the existing blog. It's rather long so making a new one would be best if you don't mind. You should be able to use the last post as a starting point.
Grand Fire Update 5-16-2013
Location & Details: 2 miles east of Frazier Park, CA. Currently the Grand Fire is at 3,500 acres and 15% contained. There are 55 engines, 7 airtankers, 6 helicopters, 6 water tenders, 4 bulldozers, and 1000 personnel.
Current Situation: Firefighters are continuing to construct fire line around the fire perimeter today, while helicopters will assist firefighters by cooling hot spots around the fires edge. Crews worked throughout the night to make progress on the southern and northern sides of the fire, and were assisted by lower temperatures and higher humidity. Firefighters are concentrating on the southern side of the fire in anticipation of slightly stronger winds throughout the day. Mandatory evacuations continue to be in effect in the Hungry Valley State Park and Piru Canyon areas, and all roads through the Park remain closedEvacuations: Hungry Valley State Park and Piru Creek are a under mandatory evacuation. Frazier Mountain High School was evacuated earlier as a precaution.
Unified Command: Kern Co Fire, Ventura Co Fire, USFS, and Cal Fire
Assisting Fire Agencies: Los Angeles Co. Fire, CAL FIRE, California State Parks and BLMCo Operating Agencies: CHP, KCSO, LA Co. SO, Ventura Co. So, Cal Trans
Additional Information: Safety message – the fire and smoke are visible from Interstate 5. Motorists should be extra vigilant in keeping their eyes on the road while driving in the area.
TPD TAKING BACK UNWANTED
prepared by Jeff Kermode, Chief of Police
On Saturday, April 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Tehachapi Police Department and Kern County Sheriff Tehachapi Substation will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Tehachapi Police Department, at the corner of S. Robinson St and E F St. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds – over a thousand tons – of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.
Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Tehachapi Police Department and Kern County Sheriff Tehachapi Substation and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
A Note From the Editor: Arts, Science, & Technology (AST) Educational Corporation's project to turn Jacobson Jr. Middle School's former agricultural building into an outdoor Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) classroom is among the 200 semifinalists for the 40 $25,000 grants State Farm will be awarding to United States applicants. To support our community and this project just click https://www.state-assist.com/cause/5984/stem-learning-center and vote. You can vote up to ten times each day. Also please note you will need a Facebook account to vote.
The press release can be seen below:
Arts, Science & Technology Educational Corporation of Tehachapi Needs Your Vote
Tehachapi, CA. (April 4, 2013) – Tehachapi, CA answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhood. Now the Arts, Science & Technology Educational Corporation of Tehachapi (AST) needs your “assist” by voting them to the top and bringing money to Tehachapi. From April 4 through April 22, anyone who has the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist™ Facebook application can vote for AST to help bring $25,000 to Tehachapi.
3,000 submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhood. At least one cause was received from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the cause submissions and selected the 200 finalists based on criteria they created.
Once the Youth Advisory Board selected the top 200, the program connected each cause with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem. Forty-three states and Canadian provinces have causes in the top 200.
AST has until April 22 to rally votes, with anyone voting allowed up to 10 votes per day. On April 29, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced on the Facebook app and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.
The beauty of State Farm Neighborhood Assist is that it places decision-making power directly in the hands of the public,” said State Farm California Youth Advisory Board Member Brianna Pang. “We hope the 2013 program is able to increase last year’s widespread positive impact on U.S. and Canadian communities.”
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.
About the Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 30 students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada who serve a two-year term. Their directive is to implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to youth and communities. The Board is completely autonomous and youth-driven, and funds projects focused on issues selected by the board that impact youth. It consists of a diverse group of full-time students at high schools and universities. Each member commits about 15 hours a month to the Board and participates in three face-to-face meetings per calendar year. The Board will fund the 40 grants awarded through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program with a portion of its $5 million funding in 2013. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.
"Matt Young was named District Manager of Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District in Mach 2013.
As District Manager, he is responsible for recreation programming, park planning, park maintenance, strategic planning, budget oversight, and associated department staff.
Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Recreation and Park Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a professional member of the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.
Matt has over 10 years of experience in recreation resource and project management, including professional tenures with the US Forest Service, commercial recreation and tour guide companies throughout the Caribbean, and Berea Parks and Recreation in Berea, Kentucky. Prior to joining TVRPD, he served as Assistant Director of Recreation at Seattle University.
Matt enjoys all facets of recreation, especially outdoor and nature-based activities, and spending time with his family. It is with great pleasure and excitement he joins the Tehachapi community!"
TEHACHAPI, CA – With Daylight Savings Time quickly approaching this Sunday, March 10th, the Kern County Fire Department would like to remind all residents to change the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms around your home.
In addition to changing the batteries, be sure to test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms for proper operation. Using a vacuum hose to clean out the dust will also help keep your detectors in top working condition.
Vehicle Sought in Car Burglaries
prepared by Jeff Kermode, Chief of Police
New, white, Kia Optima, possibly 2013 model year, paper dealer plate on front, possible unknown California license plate on back. Vehicle believed to be possibly from the California City area.
Two Hispanic males, possibly in their 20’s, both with slender builds.
Police Investigate Alleged School Shooting Threat
prepared by Jeff Kermode, Chief of Police
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