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January 1, 2014 * Tree Consulting and Inspection * Long Term Forest Maintenance and Planning * Hazardous Removal and Precision Felling * Ornamental Pruning and Lacing * Brush Clearing and Chipping FREE ES TIMA TES Licensed and Bonded Fully Insured for Your Protection ERIC DAUBER License #945348 HI 760"765"2975 760-271-9585 PO Box 254 JULIAN, CA. 92036 WE-8690A Students Use STEM To Aid Communities (NAPSA)-A national Web-based program is working to increase student interest in science and technology by giving young people an opportunity to make a difference in their communities. Organized into teams, students are using STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to develop solutions to real-world challenges. That's the word from the program's sponsor-the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). The primary vehicle for ac_complishing this objective with middle-school students is the eCYBERMISSION program. The program, which is administrated by the National Science Teachers Association An online program sponsored by the (NSTA), is an online learning U.S. Army is designed to spur student competition designed to promote interest in science, technology, self-discovery and help students engineering and mathematics-also recognize real-life applications of known as STEM. STEM. Teams.from all over ther-o!mtr nro,nnse solutio." tr===! pr_cdlems in their communities using the scientific method or the engineering design process and compete for state; regional and national awards. Each team comprises three or four students plus one adult team adviser. Students must be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents and must be officially enrolled at a U.S.-based public, private or home school, or at a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad. Students can win on a state, regional and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $8,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds, valued at maturity. The registration deadline for the competition is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. A Resource For Teachers The competition provides op_portunities for active learning and engagement. Some teachers use the program as an after-school or extracurricular club activity, while others integrate the competition into their lesson plans. There are also full-time professionals who volunteer in the eCYBERMISSION competition and provide students with assistance based on their area of expertise. They assist teams with their projects, review and score them, and help promote the competition with students, teachers, at the workplace and in the community. Looking Toward The Future The United States Army has long recognized that a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry is our nation's best hope for a secure, rewarding and successful future. This and its other programs for students were created with this in mind. For more information, visit www.ecybermission.com or contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via e-mail at missioncontrol@ecybermission.com. California State Parks Launches 150th Anniversary California State Parks is officiaUy launching the 150th Anniversary of State Parks, along with the grand opening of California's Statewide Museum Collections Center in McClellan Park, an event sponsored by the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF). "This is an excitingtime for State Parks, as we will be commemorating our Sesquicentennial next year and looking ahead to the future of the system," said Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), Director of California State Parks. "For 150 years, California State Parks has been a leader in the conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources, and our mission is to connect the people of California with their parks--whether it's the beaches in southern California, or the Redwoods in the northern part of the State, or the historic and cultural parks and museums that are part of our history and our past." In 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation granting the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove (known as the Yosemite Grant) to the state of California to be "held for public use, resort, and recreation, and shall be inalienable for all time". In September of that year, California Governor Frederick Lowe accepted the grant and appointed the first State Parks Commission. Galen Clark, was appointed State Guardian of Yosemite in May 1866, at a salary of $500 per year, becoming the first State Parks employee. These actions represented not only the birth of California State Parks, but in essence, the birth of the national park idea, which has spread throughout the world. Today, California State Parks has grown to be one of the largest state park systems in the world, with 280 park units, more than 1,600,000 acres, 14,000 campsites, and visitor attendance of some 70 million visitors per year. continued on page 7 Tenth Annual Stagecoach Century Bmke Ride On January 18, hundreds of bicycle enthusiast will invade Shelter Valley for the Stagecoach Century Cycling Event. There are currently 296 Registered Riders. Most are from California but there are also riders from Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Neveda and one from Illinois and one from New Jersey. Last years race had 346 finishers on the full 100 mile course. It's a Wild West cycling adventure along the historic Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849. The ride travels through pristine back country deserts on County Route $2 from Occitillo through Shelter Valley and back. Marvel at stunning vistas from five desert passes along the route. Bicycling Magazine rated Stagecoach as a "Best in Cycling Event" three years in a row! Thanks to participation over the first three years, Shadow Tour has donated to the Ocotillo Community Fund in support of their efforts to build a new community park. The park and recreation center was completed and dedicated on Aug 11, 2007. Located on the north side of town, 2 miles from the Interstate 8 freeway, the 3.5 acre facility is an ideal location for easy parking and rider access for all riders participating in 2008 and beyond. The Julian News 3 WE ACCEPT 6roceries. Fresh Produce Sundries Beet. Wine Liquor Dry Cleaning. Lotto. Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County" Meat Department II.S.D.A. Choice Bee[ Buffalo Meat Special and Holiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications OPEN DALLY Ga.m I'0 8p.m. More sterling volunteers from Shelter Valley near the halfway point host your included Subway lunch feast. In between, volunteers from groups such as the So Cal Coasters; Team in Training San Diego/ Hawaii Chapter, San Diego Triathlon Club, Knickerbikers, San Diego Randonneurs, La Mesa Boy Scout Troop 208, La Mesa Boy Scout Troop 319, and our own loyal Shadow Tour staff members run a total of 6 fully-stocked rest stops. This is a chance to for bicyclist to enjoy a hassle-free 100-mile ride with just two lonely stop signs, at the ideal time of year for desert cycling! The out-and-back course is fully adjustabJe, for. individuals mileage preferences and offers full rider support in both directions. .E/evat/on rises gradually from 492, feet above sea level to. over 2,600 feet at its peak before returning to the Start/Finish area in Ocotillo. There are five gradual climbs of about to 4 miles in length at a maximum 7-8% grade. Winds are "generally" neutral to light headwinds in the morning (riding north) and almost always at your back on the downhill return (riding souh), producing a fast return ride to the finish. The full century has 4,685 ft of climbing elevation, with about 3,100 ft of climbing in the first 50 miles, and 1,600 ft in the 50 miles returning to Ocotillo. The course crosses Hwy 78 at the north end of the route and continues 4.4 miles north to the 50.0 mile turn-around point/rest stop. The course is rated as moderately difficult. Riders are advised to recognize that weather conditions can vary widely at this time of year and can include sun, heat, cold, wnd, rain, or any combination. Mother Nature can create a formidable challenge. The town of Ocotillo is a quiet, low-desert town of about 400 residents. Its citizens enjoy a peaceful life with minimal outside interference. It has no fancy restaurants or hotels and there is very little in the way of paved parking or other Gucci amenities. These are some of the tradeoffs riders accept, in return for a one-of-a-kind ride featuring 100 miles of stunning undisturbed natural scenery with virtually no traffic, zero stoplights, and only two stop signs. The Stagecoach Century was created because the entire route is very much the same as it was when real stagecoaches bounced along the trail in the 1850's - a rarity in California. When comparing this century to any other, it is believed it's the best century in America. Celebration Of Bette Gorton Sunday At Pine Hills Lodge Bette Gorton (born Elizabeth Lois Tartar), 75, of Julian, California, left us to sing with the angels on October 20, 2013, while surrounded by family. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out and her smile would light up any room. Family, friends, and music were Bette's passions. She actively coached choruses and quartets as well as performing in them. She won two international championships and was crowned Queen with her Sweet Adelines quartets: High Socie!y and A Cappella Gold. Bette was actively involved in local theater for 25 years acting as Music Director along with performing in numerous productions at the Pine Hills Lodge Dinner Theater and Borrego Performing Arts Center. Her working career included General Dynamics, Copley Newspaper, property management companies, and the Pine Hills Water District. Bette is survived by three children: Donna Henderson (Paul), Don Roberts, Jr. (Connie), Dave Roberts (Sharyl), and her children's father, Don Roberts of Florida, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four step-children and six step- grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her husband, Tom Gorton, passed before her in 2011. A Celebration of Life will be held at 12pm - 4pm, Sunday, January 5th at the Pine Hills Lodge, Julian. For more information call: Debra Kinney 760-765-1688 or Linda Ross 760-765-1241. Tips To Get Kids Excited About Science (StatePoint) Sometimes it can be hard to convince kids that learning is fun. While parents can't necessarily control how exciting the school day is, they can make off-hours learning more fun and exciting -- especially when it comes to a potentially hands-on subject like science. It is particularly important to foster an interest in science at an early age. Not only does an understanding of its principles mean a greater understanding of how the world works, the need for experts in scientific fields is on the rise, according to Labor Department statistics. If you're not too up on the subject yourself, don't worry. You don't need to be Sir Isaac Newton to put a spotlight on science, say experts. "Children are natural explorers. They want to roll over rocks to see what critters are hiding below, and take apart gadgets to see how they work. It's important to encourage that. We don't want our kids to just consume technology - we want them to design it, build it, and be innovators," says "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, an elementary school teacher and co-author of the "Nick and Tesla" book series for kids. Here are a few ways to get started: Experiment Make your home a laboratory. In order for your experiments to be safe and successful, be sure to follow instructions. There are plenty of free online resources that parents can turn to for science fair and experiment ideas -- and complete instructions. For example, to build your own fog tornado or make your own rock candy, you can visit www. ScienceBob.com for step-by- stepguides. Think Fiction An exciting work .of fiction can be inspiring. Expose your kids to entertaining movies and books that feature the application of science in action-packed scenarios. For example, the "Nick and Tesla" series, by Pfiugfelder and writer and journalist Steven Hockensmith, follows the adventures of two 11 year-old siblings who use science and electronics to solve mysteries. Narratives are peppered with blueprints and instructions, so young budding inventors at home can follow along. Information about their latest book, "Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab," as well as the other books in the series can be found at www.NickandTesla.com. Take a Trip One thing that most museums have in common is signs that say "do not touch." But at a science museum, it's all about interactive fun. Take the kids to learn more about their favorite subjects, from animals to outer space to volcanoes. Remember, scienceisallaround us, so you don't necessarily need to go somewhere special to get kids thinking about it. Turn a regular day of errands into one of scientific discovery. Encourage your kids to note their observations on paper and discuss what they've seen and what it means at the end of the day. Just because the school bell rings, doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Take steps to make science a bigger and better part of your kids' day.