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Protect Your Wallet With A Personal Security Alarm

With the holiday season upon us, theres no better time to protect your wallet. Utilizing a simple personal alarm can prevent would be theives from getting away with not only your cash, but your identety as well.

See a video demonstration HERE.

California High Desert Gets New Weather Warning System
NOAA, 2-24-05

With severe weather always threatening, residents of the California high desert can now stay on top of storm activity with a direct link to forecasters.

Lunar Eclipse
Ridgecrest, 5-15-03

In the first lunar eclipse of 2003, some viewers in the Americas, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia were treated to a copper-colored moon as the earth's shadow moved across it. Clear skies in Ridgecrest provided locals a perfect view as the eclipse neared totality at moonrise. See the Time Lapse.

Flash Flooding Possible in Manter - McNally Fire Areas
Tulare and Kern County, 11-8-02

As the first major storm of the season moves across widespread areas of California, the National Weather Service office in Hanford is advising people in and near areas burned by recent fires to be on the lookout for flash flooding. A statement issued by the NWS office Thursday said...

"THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAINS TO DEVELOP BELOW 8000 FEET IN THE TULARE COUNTY MOUNTAINS. THIS COULD RESULT IN SOME RAPID RUNOFF IN THE KERN RIVER VALLEY AND ITS TRIBUTARIES...SPECIFICALLY IN THE MCNALLY AND MANTER BURN AREAS... TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.

THEREFORE...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS CONTINUING THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE MANTER AND MCNALLY BURN AREAS FOR TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY.

PERSONS IN AND NEAR THE MCNALLY AND MANTER BURN AREAS SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR LOCAL CONDITIONS. BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND SHOULD FLASH FLOODING BE OBSERVED...OR IF A WARNING IS ISSUED."

The Manter fire of 2000, consumed approximately 75,000 acres. The McNally fire claimed another 150,696 acres.

Sizeable rainfall totals are wide spread. Preliminary data from the California Department of Water Resources automated observation station located at Bear Peak indicate that as of 3 AM today, the station had received 1.02 inches of precipitation in a 7 hour period. Other nearby station totals include Walker Pass with .81 inches, and .93 inches at Indian Wells Canyon in the same time frame. 

A winter storm warning has been issued for the southern Sierra's through Saturday night. According to the NWS, major snow accumulations at upper elevations are expected, bringing some three feet in snowfall above the 8,000 foot level. The NWS advises...

"PERSONS PLANNING TRAVEL INTO THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE FOR FURTHER UPDATES ON THIS STORM."

Radar image above, Copyright WSI - 8 Nov., 2002 - 1245 AM

As Kern County fire fighters search for more victims, teddy bears, along with church brochures and bibles lay nearby. Kendall was studying to become a pastor. Read more about Kendall HERE. Accident Claims Trona Man's Life
Ridgecrest, 6-5-02

Isaiah John Kendall, 19 of Trona, died at approximately 4PM this afternoon when he lost control of the 1994 Chevrolet sedan he was driving, and struck a power pole.

According to eyewitnesses, Kendall was heading eastbound on Inyokern Road in the slow lane near Jacks Ranch Road when, for unknown reasons, he veered through the fast lane and into the center divider. At that time, Kendall over corrected, came back across both eastbound lanes, nearly overturning as the vehicle entered the eastbound shoulder. After leaving the roadway, the car's roof then struck the power pole, directly over Kendalls seat. California Highway Patrol officer Frank Vierra said, "He was killed instantly."

Boy Survives 200 Foot Fall Into Mine
Red Mountain, 5-26-02

A 10 year old boy is lucky to be alive tonight after plunging nearly 200 feet into a mine shaft earlier today. Mark Mercado of Los Angeles was riding motorcycles with his family approximately 4 miles southeast of the Randsburg area, when he ran into the vertical shaft of unknown depth.

Officials were notified about 2:15 of the incident and the Indian Wells Valley Search and Rescue group, Kern County Fire Department, Kern County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol were called in to assist in the rescue operation.

According to Captain John King of KCFD station 75 in Randsburg, young Mercado had plunged through three debris fields during his fall, coming to rest on a 4x4 timber. It's unclear whether the timber he came to rest on was part of the falling debris, but it's possible that it was, he said. Regardless, the 4x4 stopped Mercado from going all the way to the bottom, wherever that was.

The motorcycle, which had become lodged above Mercado, delayed the extrication. The rescue workers main area of concern was focused on securing the unstable debris (and the motorcycle), before anything else. We didn't want to take any chances said King. We needed the "timbers and motorcycle stabilized" he said. Any further disturbance of the already unstable situation most likely would have sent debris, and Mercado, the rest of the way down.
Rotted Timber; brittle as chalk.
Once the hazards were minimized, the rescue continued. Mercado was unconscious at first, but did come to and was able to communicate with the team that would pull him out.

When they got to him King said, he complained of rib injuries. Rescue workers were surprised to find him in such good spirits, and alive. Workers attempted to stabilize Mercado before removing him. But Mercado said, "I want out NOW!", so the ascent began.

Once removed, Mercado was stabilized and airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he is reported in good condition tonight. Hospital officials could offer no further information as to the extent of his injuries, or when he would be released.

Everybody worked together and the rescue went very well. "It wasn't his day to die", said King. King also emphasized, "He's very, very lucky".

 
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