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CITY OF VICTORVILLE and VICTORVILLE DISPOSAL TO SPONSOR FREE DUMP DAY ON NOVEMBER 17, 2018

Victorville, Calif. – Do you plan to spruce up your yard or neighborhood?  The City of Victorville and Victorville Disposal are joining forces to host a Free Dump Day on Saturday, Nov. 17.  This event is free for all City of Victorville residents and will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), located at 17000 Abbey Ln. in Victorville.

Garden trimmings, broken fences, old furniture, toilets, mattresses, appliances, scrap metal, cardboard boxes, and extra trash can be disposed of free of charge during the event.  No tires, hazardous waste, paint, oil, compressed cylinders, dirt, or asbestos materials will be accepted.

 

This Free Dump Day is for City of Victorville residents only, and proof of Victorville residency such as a current water or utility bill is required.  No business waste will be accepted.

 

The City of Victorville provides additional convenient disposal options for residents throughout the year.  City residents who have furniture/bulky items, tires, TVs, computers, or other electronic wastes can drop off these items for free at the City of Victorville Recycling Center located at 15164 Anacapa Rd.  The Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

Hazardous materials including paint and motor oil can be dropped off for free at the City of Victorville Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Center located on Loves Lane, off of Desert Knolls Drive, behind the County Fairgrounds.  The HHW Collection Center is open every Wednesday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

For more information about the Free Dump Day on Nov. 17 and other clean up and disposal programs, residents should call the City of Victorville Environmental Programs Division at (760) 955-8615 or visit VictorvilleCA.gov/

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California’s First Maritime Heritage Trail Opens at Lake Tahoe

California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation are proud to debut California’s first maritime heritage underwater trail devoted to showcasing Lake Tahoe’s historic recreational watercraft and barges that now rest below the surface of Emerald Bay. Starting today, October 1, scuba divers can explore three newly revealed dive sites under Emerald Bay in addition to the Barge Dive Site established in 1998. The new Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Trail (Emerald Bay Underwater Trail) is the first of its kind in California.

Emerald Bay, situated on the western side of Lake Tahoe, is and has been an American tourist destination for well over 150 years. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1969 for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. Translucent blue-green water surrounded by vertical cliffs, green conifers, and granite boulders creates the quintessential Tahoe experience and one that has drawn people to the bay specifically for recreation since the 1860s.

“It’s no secret that Lake Tahoe is a world renowned tourist destination year round,” said Denise Jaffke, Associate State Archaeologist with California State Parks. “Now, visitors will be able to experience the beauty and wonders of Emerald Bay and learn about its fascinating past through this underwater trail.

The Emerald Bay Underwater Trail celebrates the history of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe’s culture of recreation by way of shipwrecks. The bay is the final resting place of several recreational boats, launches, and barges used on the lake during the early 20th century. This was the heyday of the Emerald Bay Resort (1920s and 1930s) and the con struction of the Scandinavian “castle,” Vikingsholm (1929). These boats were purposely scuttled (sunk) when they outlived their usefulness, but now serve as reminders of the golden age of recreation in Tahoe. This collection is the largest, most diverse group of sunken small watercraft, in their original location, known to exist in the nation.

The Sierra State Parks Foundation, the non-profit partner with seven state parks in the Lake Tahoe-Donner region, helped fund the Emerald Bay Underwater Trail.

“The Sierra State Parks Foundation is honored to be a part of this significant milestone and the impact it will have in the preservation of these underwater cultural sites,” said Heidi Doyle, Executive Director of the Sierra Parks Foundation. “This maritime heritage trail will provide a unique recreational opportunity for our visitors and offer educational opportunities for students and future scientists.”

The four dive sites of the Emerald Bay Underwater Trail at Lake Tahoe range in depth from 10 to 60 feet. Underwater interpretive panels have been placed at the four dive sites so divers can learn about the sunken ships they are exploring. Waterproof information cards created for divers will be available at the park’s visitor centers, local dive shops, and on State Parks and Sierra State Parks Foundation’s websites. Because of the remote location, access by boat is advised.

Scuba divers are advised to invent their adventures safely and responsibly at the Emerald Bay Underwater Trail. Use caution and adhere to safe diving practices at all times. Lake altitude is over 6,000 feet in elevation. Divers should be prepared for extreme cold water temperatures year round.

Please help prevent diving accidents by observing the following safety precautions:

  • Be properly trained and equipped for conditions.
  • Always dive with a buddy.
  • Ensure altitude diving safety practices are followed.
  • Check weather and diving conditions ahead of time.
  • Be prepared to render assistance in case of emergency.
  • Follow boating safety guidelines and regulations.

On Friday, September 28, State Parks dive teams introduced the Emerald Bay Underwater Trail across its social media platforms from one of the four dive sites, using remote audio and video technology. Scuba divers are encouraged to view the video to get a sense of what their experience at the underwater trail will look like. The video and additional information on the Emerald Bay Underwater Trail are available on State Park’s at www.parks.ca.gov/EmeraldBayUnderwaterTrail.

Barb Stanton Honored for Years of Service to MDAQMD Board

By Trina Siverts
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Barb Stanton (center) was honored by MDAQMD for her years of service.

Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s governing board recognized board member Barb Stanton for her years of service to the agency at the board’s regular meeting on Sept. 24.

Stanton, whose status as an elected Apple Valley Town Councilwoman offered the opportunity to serve on the Air District board, announced in July she would not run for reelection in November. Her retirement from the Town Council also means she’ll vacate the Apple Valley seat on the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District board dais.

Stanton represented Apple Valley on the Air District board from 2011 to 2012 and again from 2015 to 2018.

MDAQMD Executive Director Brad Poiriez presented Stanton with a plaque commemorating her years of service to the Air District, including a stint as Vice Chair in 2012.

“During her time on our board, Barb’s contributions have shaped the policies of our district and helped forge a plan for continued success in the future,” Poiriez said during the plaque presentation. “She has always been thoughtful, attentive and fully engaged. As an executive director, it is rewarding to see a board member show the same compassion for air quality, and the residents throughout our district, as she does for those who elected her to serve in Apple Valley.”

Stanton plans to retire to 16 acres in Tennessee where she’ll transition from councilwoman and governing board member to bee keeper.

“As you step out a new door, or into a new door, it’s difficult and it’s hard to leave this wonderful agency,” Stanton said at Monday’s meeting. “But I’m proud of the work that we’ve done and that this agency will continue to do.”

Stanton called Poiriez a “breath of fresh air” since becoming MDAQMD’s Air Pollution Control Officer in 2016, and verbalized her admiration for several longtime MDAQMD staff members as “the glue” of the agency.

“Sometimes this is a thankless job, we all know that, for employees too,” Stanton said. “I encourage you all to keep up the good work. I’m going to miss everybody and thank you for your generosity toward me.”

MDAQMD is the air pollution control authority and permitting agency for the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and the Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. It’s governed by a board of 13 members representing nine incorporated municipalities and two counties within its boundaries. Visit www.mdaqmd.ca.gov or follow us on social media @MDAQMD.