Ty Haugan qualified for the Swim BC AA provincial championships and Kade Schwarz earned one of his Swim BC AAA provincial times. Both achieved their qualifying times in the boys 10 and under age group.Inconnu swimmer Cameron Cole competed in his first out of town regional meet and broke his personal bests in all of the events he competed in.Jamie Jodoin achieved a personal best in the 100 metre breaststroke for the first time in two years.- Advertisement -The Inconnu Swim Club will be hosting a regional swim meet this weekend at the North Peace Leisure Pool.
SANTA CLARITA – Spring promises warmer days and budding blooms, but beware: Unseasonable weather has awakened rattlesnakes early from their winter snooze. The local nature center has documented several sightings. “When you have strange, erratic weather patterns, you have strange, erratic emergence of animals,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and supervisor of the 350-acre park. “Things like temperature, rainfall, humidity are all these cues they respond to when it’s time to emerge.” Gauges at the nature center measured just 2inches of rainfall since July, one-tenth of the norm. Winter days when temperatures rise above the low 70s are considered warm. November tallied 10 such days; December had eight; January had five; and February had eight, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service. Southern Pacific rattlesnakes are the species indigenous to Southern California. About 200 snakebites are reported each year statewide. This month, a sixth-grader at Leona H. Cox Elementary School in Canyon Country was bitten by a juvenile rattlesnake that found its way into a classroom. The school backs up to a rugged hillside, and staff members are reviewing animal-safety precautions with students, Principal Laura Banda said. Swift said the recent cold snap, where temperatures dipped lower than in decades, probably killed many snakes, especially babies. Snake season typically ranges from mid-March to late October. “Snakes are a natural rodent control,” Hoffman said. “They’re part of nature’s checks and balances.” Experts caution against handling rattlesnakes and urge people to call the department of animal control for removal. If you are bitten, call 911, immediately lower the area of the bite below your heart and remove any jewelry or clothing that might constrict blood flow. email@example.com (661) 257-5255 During winter, rattlers become inactive, imbedding themselves deep underground in abandoned animal burrows where the thermostat is pretty constant. Snakes are cold-blooded and unable to control their inner warmth. “Warm temperatures and extended daylight causes reptiles to become active,” said Russ Smith, general curator of reptiles at the Los Angeles Zoo. “They start crawling around looking for food, and in early spring they start looking for a mate. This month, we’ve already had 90-degree weather, and that’s gotten the little guys active.” If snakes had hands to set their ideal thermostat, they would fix it between 75 and 85degrees. Frank Hoffman, education director at the nature center, attributes the flurry of sightings before the first day of spring to warm weather and lack of rain. According to the National Weather Service, southwestern California has experienced a very warm year, in part because of strong northeast winds blowing lots of warm, dry air.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The state Fish and Game Commission voted to approve the first network of marine protected areas in April, following more than two years of often contentious negotiations with environmentalists. SAN FRANCISCO – California will ban or severely restrict fishing in more than 200 square miles of ocean waters off the Central Coast today as part of a landmark plan to protect marine life. The first set of 29 marine protected areas, which go into effect in state waters from Santa Barbara County to San Mateo County, will include 13 reserves where fishing will be prohibited and 15 conservation areas where some commercial and recreational fishing will be allowed. Another site in Morro Bay will permit some sport fishing. “This starts off a program that will help sustain California’s marine resources into the future,” said John Ugoretz, a state scientist who is overseeing the creation of the marine preserves. “We’re trying to make sure that we have healthy fisheries and sustainable resources.” Department of Fish and Game wardens will patrol coastal waters to enforce the new restrictions, and scientists will study the protected zones to understand their effects on fish and other marine life.
LOS ANGELES: When the ex-anchorwoman’s suspension ends, she’ll cover Riverside. By Alice Walton CITY NEWS SERVICE The KVEA-TV reporter/anchorwoman suspended over her romantic relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will return to work as a Riverside- Following an investigation by the station, KVEA general manager Manuel Abud was reassigned and news director Al Corral was suspended for two months without pay. Ibra Morales, president of the Telemundo station group, which oversees 16 of the Spanish-language network’s stations, was also reprimanded. The mayor announced June 8 that he and his wife, Corina, were separating after more than 20 years of marriage. She filed for divorce four days later. Salinas had covered politics for KVEA, including stories on Villaraigosa’s effort to gain control over the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also covered Villaraigosa when he traveled to New York City in March 2006 and Sacramento three months later. At the end of last year, station managers agreed to reassign Salinas so her job would not involve stories about Villaraigosa, citing “a friendship that had developed between the reporter and the mayor,” according to a memo Telemundo President Don Browne sent to the station’s staff last month. In April, Salinas became a temporary news anchor and read lead-ins and other materials involving stories on Villaraigosa and politics. On June 8 and June 11, Salinas read stories about Villaraigosa’s separation in what Browne called “a flagrant violation of these guidelines.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! based general assignment reporter, a station official confirmed Monday. Executives at the station’s parent company, Telemundo, suspended Mirthala Salinas Aug. 2 for two months without pay after determining her relationship with the mayor had violated Channel 52’s ethical standards. When she returns to work next Monday, Salinas will be assigned to the station’s Inland Empire News Bureau, according to KVEA spokesman Victor Franco, who said he could not elaborate on the reasons behind the decision. Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo declined to comment on the announcement. The couple’s relationship was first disclosed by the Daily News in July.
Remi Garde made a positive start to his Aston Villa tenure after his side produced a stoic defensive display to neutralise a toothless Manchester City at Villa Park.The Premier League leaders were reduced to half chances throughout, with Brad Guzan’s reaction save from Raheem Sterling after the break their first opening.Kevin De Bruyne was wasteful and Fernando headed against the crossbar in injury time but City, who moved a point clear of Arsenal and Leicester at the summit for the time being, never truly worried Garde and the hosts.The former Lyon manager took the opportunity to reinstate four of the French-based players recruited over the summer who had been reduced to bit-part roles in recent weeks, with Jordan Amavi particularly impressing at left-back.After a largely non-eventful first half which, aside from a pitiful Sterling dive when looking for a penalty, passed by without any incident, Guzan pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Englishman.Sterling found himself completely unmarked at the back post but his header was instinctively saved by the American from point-blank range.While Villa were offering nothing in an attacking sense they were defending stoutly, although Garde’s side were fortunate when De Bruyne inexplicably tried to flick home Jesus Navas’s low cross when a simple tap in was required.Substitute Leandro Bacuna provided a rare burst of imagination for the hosts but his run into the box was snuffled by Joe Hart.Fabian Delph was then introduced to become the pantomime villain after his dramatic transfer U-turn in the summer which saw him leave Villa for City, with the England midfielder greeted with inflatable snakes by sections of the home crowd.Rudy Gestede, a late substitute for Jordan Ayew, then flicked a Villa corner onto the roof of Hart’s net before Fernando rattled the home crossbar in stoppage time to leave City without a win in three away league games. Remi Garde 1