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In the past month the Highland City Council briefly considered then declined a suggestion to hold its regular meetings monthly rather than semimonthly. The idea died at the council’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee as a staff report demonstrated that the time savings would be heavily outb…

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I love a good excuse for a road trip. A couple weeks ago I had one, a friend’s wedding in Iowa.

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Earlier this month the Highland Community News lost reporter Corey Evan to another newspaper when he and his wife decided to join the California exodus and move to Oregon.

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I'd like to take this moment to say hello to my readers... and goodbye. I have accepted a job in Ontario, Oregon (Yes, Oregon has an Ontario too!) as a reporter at the Argus Observer. Wednesday, Sept. 4 was my last day as a reporter at Highland Community News. You'll continue to see my work …

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As Wednesday will be the anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks I’ve been remembering that day 18 years ago.

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his week Highland City Council’s finance committee offered city staff a compromise in the proposed ordinance to consolidate all the roles of the city’s volunteer-chaired commissions and boards that came from the council member’s discussions with their constituents and open dialogue and worki…

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This weekend I attended the funeral for my grandfather, James “Jim” Cramton Templin, who passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, at his home in Alpine, Utah. My family flew me out to Salt Lake for the somber occasion, which in itself is always nice as I don’t often get to fly.

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Earlier this week, supporters (and some protesting opponents) of natural gas gathered at a conference in Riverside to discuss California’s move to become a zero-emission state, spurred by the 2018 signing of Senate Bill 1477, aimed at making California homes and businesses “near-zero emissions.”

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While the condition of streets and freeways is a common complaint among drivers throughout the state of California, the streets of Highland have seen significant improvement in the past few years thanks to the city’s aggressive pavement management plan.

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Thursday, Aug. 1, will be the bicentennial of Herman Melville’s birth, an occasion that has many celebrating the author’s grandest achievement, “Moby-Dick,” often hailed as one the first and greatest Great American Novels.

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Last week I visited California Room of the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library in San Bernardino out of personal curiosity and to write an article on the collection focused on local history and the people who have and continue to serve as its caretakers.

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The recent earthquakes and aftershocks in Trona remind us that earthquakes are common in California and the next one could mean an emergency and possibly disaster.

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As a car guy, I find it amazing how predictably gearheads are draw together by their common interest in automobiles. This week had several enjoyable examples.

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he Internet and our cell phones have changed how we shop and our online shopping habits are changing the landscape of our cities and county.

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Senate Bill 555, which aims to lower the cost of commissary items, telephone calls and other communications for county jail inmates, will go before the state assembly for voting on Tuesday, July 9, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking that residents write their repres…

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From time to time newspapers, other printed publications and their readers have have been stirred to action and engaging in letter-writing campaigns.

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Back in May, city staff came forward with a proposal to eliminate the city’s Historic and Cultural Preservation Board, Street Naming Committee, Community Trails Committee, Public Nuisance Hearing Board and Building Code Appeals Board, all chaired by community volunteers.

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ith an increase in the city’s trash services rate scheduled for public comment and City Council vote at the June 25 council meeting, Highland residents are again debating the city’s move in 2018 to place trash service fees on property tax bills as part of a 20-year contract with Burrtec Wast…

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Now’s the time when Highland is looking for and preparing its convertibles, pickups, Jeeps, bicycles and horses for the Fourth of July parade. It’s a quick and fun experience that focuses much of community’s shared attention to a few blocks of Base Line and Central Avenue.

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uesday evening, June 11, Highland residents saw an example of how well a city government can look after the interests of its residents when it has the freedom of local control and they saw the struggles and frustrations that come when a city is inhibited by the lack of local control.

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Yesterday, was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the launching of Operation Overlord, a day that saw a massive international force of more than 150,000 storm French beaches to battle more than 50,000 well-entrenched Nazis to launch the final push to end World War II, liberate Europe and end the…

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“How do we solve the homelessness problem?” It’s a question that, given enough time, finds its way into almost every discussion about Highland, other local cities and the state, no matter the initial topic.

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Santa Ana River has been pretty dynamic the past few months with storm water changing the river’s appearance on a weekly basis and flood control crews making periodic alterations to the riverbed such as those made in Mill Creek following the washout of Greenspot Road. It’s all seasonal activ…

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This has been a big week for San Gorgonio High School as it renamed its quad after recently retired Robert “Bob” Satterfield who taught English and organized student on the campus for 35 years.

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This has been a week of reporting that began by renewing my gratitude and admiration that there are people driven and willing to take on a career in law enforcement and later left me relieved that I am not one of them.

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For some time Highland illustrator Jim Barber had been drawing cartoons depicting “national days of…,” as it seems these days every day is the national day of something.

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Since I began as a reporter in Highland I have been covering the schools and reporting the two public school districts serving Highland students.

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While putting together last week’s paper, my second as editor, I was recalling an issue from when I was first hired by Highland Community News.

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Over the past few months, Southern California has received record rainfall in the local valleys and deserts and record snowfall in the mountains.

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Re: “Marijuana, mental illness and violence,” Feb. 22,

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Dear Rusty: I am a Veteran and all my Medical needs are covered by the VA. Why should I be paying for Medicare out of my monthly SS check?

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From the “Why didn’t we think of this before?” file:

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The Highland Community News applauds San Bernardino County’s Vision2Succeed campaign.

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“There’s no heavier burden than great potential,” Charles Schultz via Linus van Pelt

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Veterans Day 2018 is a milestone.

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Maybe this column is too late to bring up voter turnout. Most Highland residents who planned to vote in the first place have done so already. In the 2016 presidential election, 57.30 percent of county voters sent mail-in ballots. And the deadline to register was 10 days ago.

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C’mon, guys. Does it have to be this nasty?

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We applaud Gilda Gularte for challenging longtime Councilman John Timmer in District 4 in the center of Highland. And we’re disappointed that nobody took on Councilwoman Anaeli Solano in District 2, who coasted into her second term.

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As I watched news coverage of a devastated Florida Panhandle and read remarkable stories of survival during the ferocious Hurricane Michael, I thought what I often think during extreme natural disasters: Why do they live there?

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As Highland voters ponder who should represent them on local water districts in the Nov. 6 election, there’s good news, bad news and the annual mystery of El Niño.

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"State of …” addresses are by nature optimistic occasions. We’ve never heard one starting with, “This year has been a disaster and it’s not getting any better.”

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Judge David S. Cohn made the right call in declining to invalidate a campaign statement by a water district candidate who contends the Inland Empire drought is over.

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Another shooting in San Bernardino? It should never be considered routine. It’s not normal and it’s not acceptable.

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"A rising tide lifts all boats,” President John F. Kennedy famously said in 1963.

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The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time for students, parents, teachers, supporting staff and administrators. But the opening of an innovative new charter middle school and a high school by the REAL Journey Academies makes 2018 even more special.

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The job of firefighters trying to protect homes from wildfires and save lives is getting harder.

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The Highland Community News applauds the efforts to help the homeless who populate obscure parts of town with illegal encampments.

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We support the Highland City Council’s decision to approve a new contract with Burrtec Waste Industries that will provide a code compliance officer to help keep our town tidy.