Volume 14

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      Traffic light stuck on yellow

    By: Jodie Crow

         Copper Mountain College’s (CMC) plans for a traffic light at the intersection of Rotary Way and Highway 62 are stalled until San Bernardino County can deliver a satisfactory design to the CMC board.
         CMC is struggling to get approval for the installation of a much needed traffic light at the dangerous intersection. Initially the board contracted with a private engineering firm to draw up the plans for the light. Unfortunately the plans kept being denied by the County and by the California department of transportation (CalTrans).

         “It was becoming a nightmare to get an approved set of drawings” stated the Director of Facilities for CMC, Dan Cain.
         After several failed attempts to get drawings approved, Cain decided to pay the County engineers to finish the design. This decision eliminated the private engineering firm fee and insured the plans reaching the board would have County approval.
        Cain stated that the increased expense of using County engineers was “more fiscally prudent” than continuing to paying the private firm for plans that the County and Caltrans would not approve.
         When asked for a timeline and cost estimates Cain stated that there were “a lot of I don’t knows yet”.
         The board was promised the completed plans would be presented to them for the March meeting of the CMC board but the County required an extension. The County has now indicated they will have finished plans available for the April meeting of the board. Once the plans are received and approved by the board they will be taken to CalTrans to be reviewed. If CalTrans approves the County’s design then the task of obtaining financing for the traffic light should move forward. For more information contact Dan Cain at (760) 366-5295.




    A Visionary helps Copper Mountain College go green


    By: Barbara Griswold


        The slated wind turbine project at Copper Mountain College (CMC) scheduled for completion in May will be another “notch in the belt” for the trailblazing Chief of Campus Facilities, Dan Cain.  The green building projects Cain has stimulated into development will not only benefit the school’s energy efficiency, but will also help the entire Morongo Basin.
          When Cain first suggested installing solar panels as covered parking instead of mounting them to the ground [in an unused patch of land], he ignited a cutting-edge theme that would prove to have substantial energy savings as well as “showcasing the college as a premier learning institution in the High Desert region for renewable energy education” as noted by Ashu Jain, Senior Business Development Manager at Chevron Energy Solutions.
          Cain joined the faculty in 2008 and aspired “to make this campus as green as [he] can.” He detected, “a lot of the appliances were old and needed to be replaced”. Older appliances prove less energy efficient.
          Funded through bonds and grants that were available for a limited time, CMC considered many companies before confidently going with Chevron. “They had a strong track record,” affirmed Cain. What began as an idea for solar-covered parking, quickly became a multifaceted overhaul involving a wind turbine, solar trash compactors, lighting retrofit, replacing old air conditioning and heating units that are regulated from a computer through an energy management system that monitors and controls the temperature, and more.
          CMC is now partnering with the California Dept. of Water Resources (DWR), Mojave Water Agency (MWA), Hi-Desert Water District (HDWD) and the Joshua Basin Water District (JBWD), to build a California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) station right near the new wind turbine.  The CIMIS station will collect and store real-time weather data that will automatically be transmitted to a main server in Sacramento, and accessed through the internet. It calculates the loss of water from the earth into the atmosphere due to heat, wind and plants.
          “This information is not just [a useful educational implement] for CMC; agriculturists and basically everyone in the entire Morongo Basin can use it,” Cain apprised. It will help encourage efficient use of water resources and save money, water and energy for Californians.
          The small-scale wind turbine will serve mainly as an educational tool. Copper Mountain Headstart, the day care center where it will be built near, will reap the benefits of any energy the turbine produces. However, the energy savings from the solar panels is adduced to offset campus electricity use by 36% and can be viewed in real-time online or at the kiosk in the CMC cafeteria.  In 2010, CMC won Best Practice Award for comprehensive lighting retrofit at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference in Los Angeles.
          Cain proudly announced that “[CMC] will be the first college in the state to have both solar and wind power.” Cain’s forward thinking has created advantages beyond monetary savings. It puts CMC “on the map” and helps our desert community in more ways than we can anticipate.





    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.—A Marine in 1st Tank Battalion helps a woman off a tank after a ride during the Jane Wayne Day event at Range 400 March 31. The participants were given rides in tanks and Assault Amphibian Vehicles. (photo by Sarah Dietz)

    Jane Wayne offers taste of Corps


    By: Sarah Dietz


         Family and friends of the of 1st Tank Battalion got a small taste of the everyday life of their Marines and sailors by visiting a place the unit spends a majority of their time at-the field.
          The visitors started their day by traveling to Range 400 in 7-ton trucks, exposing them to the bumpy and dusty rides the Marines are so familiar with.
          After a safety brief, the guests experienced the vehicles their Marines and sailors work with daily by taking tank and Assault Amphibious Vehicle rides.
           “I got to ride in a tank!,” said Thea McCracken, a wife of Lance Cpl. Cody McCracken with Company D. “I have been excited for [Jane Wayne Day] for two months, and now I get to tell my husband I sat two billets higher than him in a tank.”
          The group watched live-fire weapons demonstration, including the main gun on a tank and various machine guns. The guests were then presented M-4 rifles to try their hand at firing a weapon many Marines can put together and take apart practically with their eyes closed.
          “We want them to understand and have an idea of what their husbands do when they hear [their husbands] are going to the field,” said Jany Wasdin, the family readiness officer for 1st Tanks. “They get a flavor of the field. It’s not easy being out here, it’s hot and dry. By experiencing this, they can understand what their husbands are talking about.”
          Then, guests were also given opportunities to talk to the unit’s members and ask questions.
          “It gives us a deeper respect because you get better insight on what they do,” said Tara Henkel, wife of Lance Cpl. John Henkel, a mechanic with 1st Tanks.
          Following the fun in the sun, the Marines hosted a barbeque for lunch, where the guests all laughed and talked about their fun day.
          At the end of the day, the guests loaded up the 7-ton vehicles to ride back to main side. To their unfortunate surprise, they were sandblasted by the desert winds the entire trip, a circumstance the Marines and sailors of 1st Tank Bn. know all too well. This was a day in the life of the Corps.



    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. –  Raelene Ross, an admissions and records specialist for Copper Mountain College, assists Combat Center personnel with class registration at the Base Programs Office. Active duty service members, veterans and their families have priority registration status, allowing them to register for classes several weeks before continuing and new students.


         Early registration for priority students

    By: Diane Durden

         Early registration for Copper Mountain College’s (CMC) Fall Semester 2011 classes began, Mon., Apr. 18 for students with priority status.
          Priority registration status is given to all active duty service members, veterans and their families [spouse and children].
          Raelene Ross, admissions and records specialist for CMC, works in the Base Programs Office located aboard the Combat Center. She encourages those with priority status to take advantage of the early registration date, especially if students want to get into their first choice of classes. Last year, the large number of students registering for classes forced many to choose alternate schedules when classes quickly filled to capacity.
          Registration for students without priority status begins Apr. 25 for continuing students and May 9 for new students.
          The school’s Base Programs Office provides more than class registration. Other services available to students are assessment testing, financial aid information, counseling and academic advisement. Students may also access the school’s internet resources provided by CMC’s Greenleaf Library.
    “Anyone with base access can be helped here,” Ross said.
          More information about the Base Programs Office along with registration information, class descriptions and schedules can be found at the school’s website, http://www.cmccd.edu.

    Great new classes offered!

    By: Jodie Crow

         Shrinking budgets have lead to many cutbacks, but Copper Mountain College (CMC) is expanding the community education classes being offered with some great new classes.
          "Our courses are designed to allow participants to explore their interests, stimulate their minds, and gain skills to help enrich their lives" offered Roger Wagner, PhD, Superintendent President of CMC.
          There are 31 classes being offered this fall insuring an appealing variety for a wide range of interests. The only requirements to attend these classes are a desire for self improvement and registering beginning April 25 until the first day of the class.
           Some classes being offered for the first time this fall include: a great new cooking course instructed by Chef and business owner Bruce Campbell, Aikido instructed by A. Peterson, and Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) instructed by F. Muchenje.
          The classes are "all different and based on how the instructor wants to convey their knowledge,” said community education coordinator Debra Pfeiffer.
          Classes vary in length and cost starting with the least expensive: a free one day class on home and community composting. Needed supplies are usually included in the class or clearly stated in the catalog.
          "The fees are set by the instructor" noted Pfeiffer.
          With no prerequisites, no textbooks, and no need to be a registered CMC student these classes are great opportunities for everyone in the area to enjoy learning again.
          More information is online at www.cmccd.edu  or call Debra Pfeiffer in Academic Affairs at 760-366-3791 ext. 5402.

     Rent-a Text and Save

    By: Angelica Miller

         General Ernie Reid Bookstore on Copper Mountain College’s (CMC) campus would like to explain to students that there is a Rent-a-Text program for students who wish to just rent their books for the semester.
         “Any student that is just taking a class with no interest in keeping the book would participate in this. I mean, I would!” exclaimed CMC student, Robert Russell
         Students who rent textbooks receive receipts or packing slips that state the exact return date along with the rules regulations to which they should abide by.  For example:
         Rent-a-Text warns:
         “If you don't check in your rental book on time, the bookstore will need to source another copy of the book in order to have enough quantities on hand for the next semester. The fees cover the additional expenses of finding another copy of the book.
         CMC’s campus bookstore and efollett.com encourage and welcome students to start looking into renting textbooks for next semester’s classes.
         “You can shop in the store or online…. When you rent your books, you'll pay, on average, less than half the new price. Guaranteed!” said Jennifer Gilberts,         CMC’s bookstore manager.
         “That's right, the exact same book, for over half off. What other reason do you need?” accentuates Rent-a-Text. For more information, contact Jennifer Gilbert at:  760-366-5272 or cmccd@bkstr.com, or visit rent-a-text.com.



    Joshua Tree Music Festival

    By: Brent Simpson

         Many Copper Mountain College (CMC) Students will be attending the 9th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival Fri., May 13 – Sun., May 15 for continuous live music, art exhibits and on site camping.
         “Some people think the festival is only for hippies and foreigners that want to experience with drugs, but it’s not; there’s so much more to it,” says festival volunteer and CMC student  Trevor Bugsy.
         The magical Mojave experience will offer a wide range of activities including Kidsville, organic foods, a World Market, and an exclusive Magical visual arts show.
         The festival was formed by a family of friends who were certain that music is the soul of life, and that art improves and saves lives. Offering a perspective like this, free water to patrons and no service charges on reasonably priced tickets, there is not much room for improvement.
         “The line up this year is going to be great,” noted Joshua Tree local, Brian Shay.
         The bill, this year, includes spectacular international acts, such as: Vieux Farka Toure, Pimps of Joytime, Rubblebucket, Nosolo, and local favorites the California Celts.
         “There is truly something for everyone every year I’ve gone” says festival volunteer Jaden Smith.
         The Joshua Tree Music Festival experience is one quite unlike any other. With rising gas prices and many upcoming summer festivals being located distances away, many local college students are purchasing their tickets early to ensure a night of fun at a reasonable price. For more information, to volunteer, or to buy tickets visit www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com.

    It's not as bad as you think


    By: Angelica Miller

         The CMC bookstore is not out to get anybody’s pockets; it’s a retail store just like any other; furthermore, students can easily find books online for half the price.     
          “We operate like any other retail store that you or I would go to.” They (the publishers) give us the books and the prices, and all we do is put them on our shelves” said Jennifer Gilbert, manager.
          Unfortunately, after looking at the chart that identifies who profits from the sales of textbooks, which is  located in the bookstore, it is apparent that the bookstores where they are sold get the smallest cut while the publishers get the largest. Although most of the books are now available for rent, the bookstore itself has no control over these prices.
          For incoming and new students, there are other ways to get your books other than just the bookstore; however, it is important to try to keep the business local and keep the monies flowing for our own school. For more information call: (760) 366-3791.