2/20 • A weekend of strong winds, record rainfall, and slushy snow imperiled travelers across the Southland, February 17 and 18. Residents of the Tri-Community and Cajon Valley saw roads wash out, power failures, semis unable to navigate snow and wind, and a fire engine disappear from the edge of lane 5 on I-15.
2/20 • Monday night, at approximately 8:50 p.m., a transformer in the electrical lines between Mountain High West and East resorts blew out, resulting in power failure at the West resort. Customers were night skiing at the time the hillside went dark.
2/19 •The Phelan Pinion Hills Community Services District (PPHCSD) Board reached agreement regarding the Criminal Penalties and Fines Ordinance which, in part, establishes rules and regulations within the water district.
2/19 • The SJUSD board announced the promotion of two gentlemen within the District. Brian Olson and Shad Grijalva were offered, and accepted, the positions of Assistant Principal for the district’s Non-Traditional Schools. After a host of personnel employment and status change motions were approved under Consent items, at the February 14 meeting of the Snowline Joint Unified School District (SJUSD) Board of Directors, Kristin Grijalva introduced the Serrano High School Dance Team.
2/16 • Deputies search for a man wanted for vehicle thefts in Phelan, Pinon Hills area Joshua Ales is suspected of, and wanted for question in several vehicle thefts throughout the Phelan and Pinon Hills area. He is known to stay in vacant houses with various friends. Ales currently has a $50,000.00 Ramey arrest warrant for PC 496D(a) Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
2/16/17 • Look what’s zipping back into Wrightwood Rumors of the reopening of the local zipline park have been confirmed. When residents noticed the new signs, “Ziplines at Pacific Crest,” in the windows of the building at 6014 Park Dr. in the village, a wave of excited murmurs began.
2/15/17 • Bills that would protect landowners Last year, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1263, which prohibits the permitting of a single home or cabin where the source of water supply is hauled water. That bill was retroactive in nature, ultimately rendering the land worthless by taking away California landowners’ ability to build on land located in areas without adequate water infrastructure
2/2/17 • The candidates’ biographies for Wrightwood Community Services District election The Mountaineer Progress has given each candidate the opportunity to submit a short biography. The submission of bios is not an endorsement but is provided as a community service in helping the voter to be better informed in selecting their representatives, to the Wrightwood Community Services District, should the WCSD be approved by Wrightwood registered voters. Click here to read more
2/1/17 • Déjà vu Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District (CSD) meeting It was a familiar scene at the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District (CSD) meeting February 1st. Much like last year’s meetings concerning water conservation rules, last week’s Board meeting was attended by residents who were concerned they could be jailed for wasting water. Click here to read more
1/30/17 • Heritage teacher flies to the stratosphere with NASA Six years of applications, interviews, classes, planning, and waiting culminated last week for Wendi Rodriguez, science teacher at The Heritage School in Phelan, and her teammate Marie Thornsberry of Hughbanks Elementary in Rialto, as they completed two flights on board NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), known as the world’s largest flying telescope. Click here to read more
1/24/17 • Phelan man arrested for receiving stolen property Deputy Leiker was dispatched to a report of a residential burglary, which had occurred sometime since January 20, 2017, from a residence at the 4300 block . Click here to read more
1/24/17 • Updates on water, road safety at SJUSD Board meeting Snowline Joint Unified School (SJUSD) Board Meeting January 24, 2017 had a full agenda concerning updates on the district’s collaboration with Sheep Creek Mutual Water Company (SC) and Phelan Pinion Hills Community Services District (CSD), new tracks of homes pending development in Victorville affecting SJUSD, Lions Club Student Speaker Contest, staff retirement incentives and road safety awareness for students and staff. Click here to read more
1/26/17 • Farmers Market was a culinary experience Phelan community center was the place to be on Monday January 30th. The Phelan Pinon Hills CSD and the Farmers Market has teamed up with Kaiser Permanente to bring an unusual cooking class to the Tri-Community. Click here to read more
1/22/17 • Meet Your Candidates for the WCSD election The Wrightwood Community residents are invited and urged to attend a Candidates forum to be held on February 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wrightwood Community Building. Eight(8) candidates will each be given up to five minutes to introduce themselves to the community, providing background (personal, professional), and give audience members the reasons why they want to serve on the Wrightwood CSD Board. Click here to read more
1/24/2017• Series of storms brings snow and rain to High Desert Two colder storms brought snow, and after a brief respite on Saturday, snow and rain besieged the Tri-Community, and the rest of the Southland, for 48 hours. Homes in Phelan and Pinon Hills became waterfront properties as the roads swelled with rain and became veritable rivers. On Sunday, Phelan Road was flooded intermittently from Interstate 15 (I-15) to SR-138. Click here to read more
1/24/2017 • PPHCSD takes the next step toward Chromium 6 project Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District (PPHCSD) Board of Directors voted unanimously at the January 18 meeting to enter into a Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with IEC for the Chromium 6 Mitigation Project. The Engineering Committee and staff analyzed proposals from five companies. Click here to read more
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When snow falls in the Tri-Community, gridlock in Wrightwood, on Highways 2 and 138, and onto I-15 during weekends and holidays is the norm. As far back as the 1930s, more vehicles traveled into the snowy mountains than the roads could handle. Residents of Wrightwood were frustrated, to say the least, when during the New Year weekend, the traffic overflow pushed its way onto residential streets, and private property, Read the complete story
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested James Lynnell Webster on Monday afternoon after he was wanted for the crimes committed on Dec. 31. Victorville Sheriff's Station spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said a Victor Valley Sheriff's Station deputy located Webster and the stolen vehicle in the 12400 block of Hook Boulevard on Monday. Read the complete story
December 13 • The Pinon Hills Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) hosted their end of the year dinner meeting at Casa Ortega Restaurant. Prior to a general membership vote approving changes of two By-laws, Chamber President Lori Weston announced a holiday gift to Phelan Gas customers in need. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a lifetime Chamber membership to Realtor Sandy Young. READ MORE - CLICK HERE
December 15, 2016 • Students and staff presented several programs at the Snowline Joint Unified School District (SJUSD) School Board Meeting Tuesday. To reach a student’s capabilities a variety of techniques are offered through the district’s Career Pathway Program. These programs give the students actual hands-on experiences to prepare them for the work force. The students stated that they were excited to see that their high school education included a career avenue. READ MORE - CLICK HERE
Monday, December 19 at 5:15 p.m. • San Bernardino County Fire received notification of a woman calling for help from a hillside on the north side of the 1900 block of Highway 2 in Wrightwood. Fire personnel responded and with the sheriffs, accessed the woman’s location. Originally unable to locate the woman, first responders saw her tumble down the side of the hill, and were able to reach her. The unidentified woman was not speaking, and did not give rescuers any details about her identity or circumstances. READ MORE - CLICK HERE