From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Find a volunteer site if you want to help improve our public lands by planting trees and native plants, collecting trash, improving trails, and more. 

In honor of National Public Lands Day, all national parks offer free admission. Plan your visit to a national park today.

When vacation time calls, look to the national parks for some of the most satisfying and least costly alternatives. Open year round, national parks offer activities across the country. For outdoor adventure or indoor discovery — try a venture into the national parks.

There are almost 400 national parks to choose from so if you need a little help picking one, you’re at the right place. Travel Tips can get you started. Park Lodging will help you find a place to sleep.

You can Find a Park to search for events and activities (see the Plan Your Visit section for each park), participate in one of the many Institutes and Field Schools or save some money and come on one of the days we waive entrance fees.  You can browse our weekly getaway series for inspiration. You can even volunteer to help us take care of the national parks while you’re here.

There’s an adventure out there for everyone — plan yours soon!

Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend
October 5-7
Cowpens National Battlefield,
South CarolinaOctober 7 marks the 232nd anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain, where patriots defeated loyalists in an important battle of the American Revolution. On October 6, the park hosts a dramatic presentation, “The Night before Kings Mountain.” The Spartanburg County Historical Association’s FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation brings hundreds of historical reenactors to the area. Call 864-461-2828 for more information.

HawkWatch Weekend
October 6-7
Effigy Mounds National Monument,
IowarCelebrate the annual hawk migration along the Mississippi River. A weekend filled with activities is on tap for young people and for the young at heart. Call 563-873-3491 for more information.

Glassmaking at Jamestown
October 13-14
Colonial National Historical Park,
VirginiaCelebrate Virginia Archeology Month at Jamestown with special programs and glassmaking demonstrations.

Haunting in the Hills
October 13
Ozark National Scenic Riverways,
MissouriEnjoy traditional Ozark crafts, music and storytelling at this annual harvest season weekend.

Adventures at Sea: Life Aboard a 19th Century Sailing Ship
Daily; 2:15
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park,
CaliforniaTake part in a guided tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Discover the hardships and rewards of the sailors who fought for survival during the treacherous Cape Horn passage.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a new iPad app, ‘Space Place Prime.’ This app features NASA Earth and space images and videos, as well as a rotating selection of Space Place articles and activities.  Space Place Prime targets kids, teachers, parents, space enthusiasts, and everyone in between. You can also download NASA game apps. You can find all of these apps in the Apple Store.


By Mario Conde

Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved funding to help with Brawley earthquakes at their Tuesday meeting.

Imperial County Community and Economic Development has grant funding available under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program allows the County to procure and use the services of a developer to purchase and offer for sale the rehabilitated home to qualified families. The County, through ICCED, in accordance with NSP guidelines is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the developer used is properly licensed with the State of California. In addition, the developer must have and maintain all required bonding and or insurance as required by the County and that the rehabilitation costs incurred are reasonable and necessary. The construction manager will assist ICCED with the aforementioned requirements and will also ensure that rehabilitated houses meet the current housing code requirements of each jurisdiction in which the dwelling to be rehabilitated houses meet the current housing code requirements of each jurisdiction in which they live.

An RFP was advertise and the winners where the firms of Ericsson-Grant, Inc. and the Holt Group were found to be qualified and responsive in terms of the ability to perform the requested services. Due to the workload it was decided that both consultants would be contracted to expedite the process, said Esperanza Colio, Economic Development Director.

Colio said that emergency assistance is available under the CalHome program for owners of mobile homes where the mobile home is their primary residence and due to August 26, 2012 earthquake swarm suffered major or catastrophic damaged rendering that home inhabitable. ICCED under the CalHome program is able to provide these individuals deferred forgivable loans to either repair or replace their homes.

“The Housing and Community Development Department, through its CalHome program, have approved our decision to select and use Ericsson-Grant and The Holt Group for rehabilitation construction management.”Colio stated.

Supervisor John Renison commended the Economic and Public works department for their good job in responding to those that were affected the most during the earthquake.  Supervisor Castillo asked Colio about the families that lived in mobile homes and were affected by the earthquake. She said that 22 families still live in hotels and 2 families decided to go back to their mobile homes and do the repairs since they were minimal damaged. The Board approved the item 5-0. The board also approved to move their next meeting to Monday October 1st at 11:00a.m. Instead of Tuesday.


By Mario Conde

The Calexico Planning Commission approved the Catavina Cove Townhomes and a Mobile Home Project at their regular Monday meeting.

The Planning Commission approved the application that were submitted in order to allow for the development of approximately 2.07 acres of land located within the Bravo/Rodiles Subdivision on the southeast corner of Clinton Avenue and Cole Road.

Land uses surrounding the project site include Residential Single Family uses to the South Residential Condominium uses to west, commercial use to the East, and a vacant parcel to the North proposed for Mobile Home Park usage. The Subdivision Map would subdivide the 2.07 acre parcel into fourteen duplex site for condominium purposes to develop ten two bedroom and eighteen three bedroom units.

The commission approved the Zone Change would re-zone the project site from Residential Apartment to Planned Unit Development allowing more design flexibility than is generally possible under conventional zoning or subdivision regulations. The proposed zoning would be considered consistent with the city’s General Plan designation of High Density Residential in accordance with state law.

The Planning Commission also approved the Las Palmas Mobile Home Park subdivision. The project entails the subdivision of approximately 76 acres of land into 4 parcels for condominium purposes. The site is currently approved as the Las Palmas Mobile Home Park which received Administrative Site Plan approval by the Planning Department in 2004 for the construction of approximately 466 mobile home sites and appropriate required infrastructure improvements.

Finally, the Planning Commission decided to table an application from a company called Sky Vision Ads for conditional use permit to install a 10’ x 30’ billboard for advertizing purposes locate on property at 571 Scaroni Road. The City updated their sign ordinance in 2010 that allowed billboards if they are granted a conditional use permit.

The Planning Commission requested more information about this application and decided to table this item until a future meeting. The application was in conformity with the General Plan.

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