Lonestar Cell MTN Donates to KEEP Reading Program

first_imgOn Friday, October 14, Lonestar Cell MTN responded to the plea made by a national charity organization, the Kids’ Educational Engagement Project (KEEP), with the donation of five brand new computers to equip its newly completed Reading Room. The Reading Room is located at the June L. Moore Public School, located in Gbengbar’s Town, along the Robertsfield Highway.Making the donation on behalf of the company, Mrs. Miattah Walker-Pearson, Foundation Manager of Lonestar Cell MTN, said: “With the rapid growth and expansion of the ‘World Wide Web’, the world today is very small and is getting smaller by the minute; thus it is imperative that we do not deny our future leaders and decision-makers the opportunity to be a part of that expansion.”She noted that Lonestar Cell MTN is the first cell phone company to operate in Liberia and has had a unique opportunity to meaningfully impact Liberian institutions, communities and citizens. The company is committed to supporting every Liberian in gaining access to health and education resources, which are necessary to positively impact their lives and improve their livelihoods. “Education is important to society; and without it, a nation will struggle to compete on a global scale,” Mrs. Pearson said. The five donated computers are valued at over US$4,000.Receiving the computers, KEEP’s Executive Director Mrs. Brenda Brewer Moore thanked Lonestar Cell MTN for the very generous donation and assured Mrs. Pearson that the donated computers will be used for the intended purpose.Mrs. Moore noted that the computers are the first to be donated to the school, and that the students can now use them to become computer literate and conduct academic researches online. She praised Lonestar Cell MTN for particularly supporting the project at the public school, stressing that most public schools are in dire straits and need all the support they can get from various corporate and development partners.Over the weekend, KEEP dedicated its second “Reading Room” at the June L Moore Public School, which now provides over 1,000 children’s books to over 800 children, especially from underprivileged backgrounds.KEEP focuses its interventions in the educational sector on promoting a culture of reading among young learners and helping them improve their reading proficiency skills by sponsoring and conducting regular “reading hours” at no cost to the students and their parents, many of whom cannot afford it, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Russia on alert for returning IS jihadists ahead of World Cup

first_imgRussia first intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad which targeted both IS and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops.As many as 40,000 fighters travelled from all over the world, including Russia, to join IS in Russia after the 2014 declaration of its self-styled “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.In 2015, Russian security services estimated that 2,900 Russian citizens had joined IS, as well as “several thousands” from Central Asia.Now that IS’ “caliphate” has all but collapsed, its “leaders and fighters are looking for ways to continue their terrorist activities in the territory of other countries, including Russia”, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov was quoted by Russian agencies as saying.“The return of former members of illegal armed groups from the Middle East to Russia poses a real danger” as they can form sleeper cells and recruit new members, he added.– Attacks thwarted –Bortnikov said the security services had ensured the Confederations Cup ran smoothly this year.They will draw on this experience to ensure they prevent attacks on venues in 13 cities hosting the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 next year.“Our priority is to secure locations where crowds will gather, as well as energy infrastructure sites … and sports venues that will host the 2018 football World Cup, to ensure they are not targets for terror attacks,” Bortnikov said.The FSB has thwarted attacks, including a suicide bombing, that an IS cell from southern Russia was planning for the upcoming New Year holidays and early next year, a statement carried by Russian news agencies said.Another assault was being planned for the presidential campaign, it added.Security forces in a raid arrested three people and seized explosives and automatic weapons, it said.Russia will hold a presidential election in March 2018, with the campaign officially expected to start later this month, following an announcement by Putin that he will stand for a fourth time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000With Russian backing, Syrian troops have regained control of vast swathes of territory previously held by IS © AFP/File / JOSEPH EIDMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Dec 12 – Russia’s security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.The FSB’s warning came after the Russian military last week declared Syria “liberated” from the Islamic State group, and after a visit on Monday by President Vladimir Putin to Russia’s airbase in the war-ravaged country.last_img read more

Thierry Henry quits TV to focus on coaching

first_img“Over the last four years I have had some extremely rewarding coaching experiences in football,” Henry wrote on Instagram and Twitter.“These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long-term ambition to become a football manager.“I have decided that I must leave Sky Sports to enable me to spend more time on the pitch and concentrate on my journey to achieving that goal.”Henry gained his coaching licence working with Arsenal’s youth team but opted in 2016 to focus on his work for Sky rather than take a job at the club.France’s all-time leading goalscorer, was a member of the squads that won the 1998 World Cup on home soil and Euro 2000 alongside Didier Deschamps, who on Sunday was crowned world champion for a second time as manager of France.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry was an assistant coach as Belgium finished third at the World Cup and has decided he wants to give up his work as a pundit and focus on management. © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jul 16 – Retired France and Arsenal star Thierry Henry said on Monday that he was quitting as a football analyst with British broadcaster Sky Sports to focus on a coaching career.Henry, who had worked for Sky since 2015, has also been an assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez since 2016 and helped lead the team to third place at the World Cup.last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE NOTESRAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE MINDFULNESS FOR HEALTHRaphoe Family Resource in conjunction with Border Villages Social Integration Project is holding an Introductory Workshop in MINDFULNESS FOR HEALTH. Mindfulness can be seen as form of meditation, it helps to: calm the mind, reduce stress, promote clear thinking and improve physical and mental health on Monday 18th February from 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. This course is free. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074) 91 45796 or email: raphoefrc@eircom.netThis project is supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund, through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council. NEW AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMES:Mondays: – Computer class from 3.00-4.00 p.m. for 3rd & 4th Classes Computers for 5th & 6th Classes, from 4.00-5.00 p.m.Coming soon Young Women’s group for 12 – 15 year olds from 5.30- 7.00p.mTuesdays: – Transition programme (with Springboard) for 6th class in Raphoe Central National School from 2.00 – 2.45 p.m.Homework Club for 3rd & 4th Class from 3.00 – 4.00p.m.Homework Club for 5th & 6th Class from 4.00 – 5.00 p.m.Wednesdays: – Transition programme (with Springboard) for 6th class in St. Eunan’s National School from 1.30 – 2.30 p.m. Recreational for Junior & Senior infants from 2.00 – 3.00.Homework Club for 1st & 2nd Classes from 3.00 – 4.00 p.m.Homework Support for 1st – 6th Class primary students from 5.30 – 6.30 p.m.Youth Cafe for 1st -5th and Transition year students from 7.30 – 9.00 p.m. Thursdays: – Recreational for Junior & Senior infants from 2.00 – 3.00.Homework Club for 1st & 2nd Classes from 3.00 – 4.00 p.m.Coming soon Young Men’s group for 12 – 15 year olds from 5.30- 7.00p.mFriday’s:- Movie/Disco Night for 5- 12 year olds from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. . Parents/guardians are very welcome to come along to help supervise.THE EXCHANGE PROJECTThe Family Resource Centre has been invited by the Playhouse in Derry to participate in an exciting cross-border and cross-community youth project for young people aged between 12 and 16 years of age.Up to 150 young people from 5 youth projects in Donegal and 5 in Derry will be involved in developing a Urban Arts Project in each of their areas as well as each project ‘twinning’ with a project on a cross-border basis. The young people themselves will decide on their own Urban Arts Project, whether that might be animation, D-Jaying, mural painting, production of a DVD or a drama sketch.A field trip to each of the community projects will take place at the end to celebrate the achievements.The Exchange Project commences in March when youth leaders will undertake 30 hours of community arts training, followed by 8 weeks of contact time in each project with a professional community arts practitioner during April and May. In July the cross-border partnership work will take place while in August a 4 day Urban Arts Project will be developed with all 150 young people participating in the one location with the celebratory field trip taking place in September.If you are in the 12-16 years age bracket and would like to take part please contact Diane on 074 9145796. As places are limited it is advisable to book your place early.COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre is now in a position to offer a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public. This person-centred service will be for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality. It will operate on an appointment basis only. Contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m.HEALTHY WALKSIf you are in and around Raphoe and would like to keep fit, join us on our Healthy walk every Thursday morning at 9.30 a.m. The group meets in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. Everyone Welcome.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meet every Wednesday morning at 10.30am –12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it be an aunt / uncle/ childminder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.ZUMBA CLASSTaking place in Raphoe Family Resource Centre every Monday from 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. €5.00 per classFOX N CREW HIP HOP/STREET DANCE CLASSDance Classes in Raphoe Family Resource Centre every Wednesday, 5 – 8 yr olds from 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. and 9 – 15 yr. olds from 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. Fee €6.00 for further information contact: -0858409804/0876142326MEALS-ON-WHEELSIf you are a car owner with some time to spare on a Monday or a Wednesday and would be willing to deliver meals please contact 074 9145796.WOMEN’S GROUPWomen’s group meet every fortnight on a Monday at 8.00 p.m. in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. For further information contact Melanie on 074 9145796.WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.LITTLE ACORNS PLAYGROUPEnrolment Day on Thursday 7th February at 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Free ECCE places, five mornings guaranteed and non ECCE places available at €12.50 a session no hidden fees. Enrolment forms are available to collect at the Playgroup for further information contact 9145276 or 0858484149NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCHIn the recent spate of burglaries in East Donegal, there has been an interest in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch. Raphoe Community In Action propose to call a public information evening, where Garda will be in attendance. If interested please contact Raphoe Community In Action on 074 9173966.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUBRaphoe Friday Seniors Club: Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBThe boxers and coaches of Raphoe Club would like to extend congratulations to the club’s female kingpin Caroline Connolly who won her third Ulster Senior Championship title at the weekend. Caroline who is a nurse at Altnagalvin Hospital in Derry now goes forward to the National Senior Championships in Dublin starting on 8th February at the National Stadium. Well done Caroline from everyone at the Raphoe Boxing ClubOn Friday night last at the Omagh’s Golf Club, Raphoe’s Oran Devine turned in a very explosive performance when he outpointed Eddie Mc Donagh, Omagh Boy’s Club. At 39kgs Raphoe Charlie Mc Donagh gave a veteran’s display of ring craft when he outscored Cal O’ Brien, 2 Castles Boxing Club. In the Featherweight division Raphoe’s Ballindrait based puncher Denis Lafferty can count himself very unlucky to lose out on a split decision to Tyron’s James Devlin and at 48kgs Raphoe’s Ronan Kelly lost out on points to Ryan Woods of Emyvale and all boxers can take great credit from their fine performancesCongratulations go to Raphoe Sports people who received awards at the recent Sports Star Awards held in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Friday night last. Chloe Magee (badminton), William Kilpatrick (hockey) Daniel Magee (Olympic Recognition) Peter O’ Donnell (Appreciation award) and Eamonn Coyle who won the Hall of Fame award.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: February 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

Lindh’s father calls for pardon

first_img As passionately as Frank Lindh is advocating for his son’s clemency, there is another father fighting just as hard to extend John Walker Lindh’s sentence by getting him convicted of a more serious crime, murder or treason. Johnny Spann is the father of CIA officer Johnny Michael “Mike” Spann who was killed in a riot at the prison in Mazar-e-Sharif after being videotaped speaking with John Walker Lindh. Johnny Spann is conducting his own investigation into the origins of the riot at the prison where suspected Taliban supporters were held. Spann contends that the uprising began with a planned grenade attack inside the prison building rather than a spontaneous scuffle outside where his son was interviewing prisoners, including Lindh. On Thursday, Frank Lindh emphasized that John Walker Lindh was involved in an Afghan war, not a fight against the U.S., having joined the once-U.S.-backed Taliban army to fight the Northern Alliance. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the U.S. targeted the Taliban for shielding Osama bin Laden. John Walker Lindh saw bin Laden speak twice while he was training in Afghanistan. His father said Thursday that his son had no idea that bin Laden was involved in terrorism against the U.S. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Last year John Walker Lindh asked Bush for a reduction in his 20-year sentence, repeating a September 2004 request the government rejected. Until now, his parents have mostly maintained a public silence about the case, hoping to avoid a media barrage that could be detrimental to their son. But on Thursday Frank Lindh shared baby pictures and other photos of his son during the presentation and said he is proud of his child. Lindh said he decided to break his silence because he hoped the story of his boy’s journey from bucolic Marin County to harsh Afghan battlefields will help gain him a reprieve. Frank Lindh said that if it weren’t for the terror attacks, his son’s activities would have been treated with curiosity, not anger. “But being viewed through the prism of those attacks has caused this young man to be vilified as a terrorist and a traitor,” he said. SAN FRANCISCO – After years of silence, the father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh called on President George W. Bush on Thursday to grant clemency to his son, whom he says was wrongly maligned as a traitor and murderer. “In simple terms, this is the story of a decent and honorable young man embarked on a spiritual quest,” said Frank Lindh, swallowing back tears at times during a speech at the Commonwealth Club, a nonprofit organization. John Walker Lindh, who turns 25 next month, was captured by American forces on Nov. 21, 2001, alongside Taliban fighters. Frank Lindh said his son thought he had been rescued by U.S. soldiers until he was taken into custody, duct taped naked on a stretcher and held in a metal shipping container for two days. Charged with conspiring to kill Americans and supporting terrorists, the younger Lindh avoided a potential life sentence in 2002 by pleading guilty to lesser charges of supplying services to the Taliban in violation of U.S. economic sanctions and of carrying weapons against U.S. forces. In exchange, John Walker Lindh agreed to withdraw claims of abuse or torture. last_img read more


first_imgAround seventy businesses in Donegal have been busy networking at the Doing Business in Donegal event in the Mount Errigal this morning.Crowds have flocked to the event since the doors opened at 12 noon, the networking event lasts until 5pm and admission is FREE!The showcase organised by the Donegal Local Enterprise Office has gifts, candy, crafts and lots more besides and there has been a real buzz at the venue all morning even before the doors opened to the public Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise told Donegal Daily, “The businesses who are exhibiting is representative of many of the small and medium local enterprises that exist in Donegal.“There are 70 stands with food, gifts, sweets, crafts, books etc on sale, but there are also be services too like photography, marketing, graphic design, PR, health and fitness and more.“Other stands will be of interest to those looking for services for house and home and will feature such areas as construction, insulation, showers, gates and stairs.With only weeks to go now until Christmas, today’s showcase could be the place to find that perfect gift. But more than simply a Christmas gift fair it also has an extensive range of commercial services on offer to members of the public or indeed to other businesses who can pop along any time until 5pm.  PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE BRILLIANT ‘DOING BUSINESS IN DONEGAL’ NETWORKING EVENT was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesLEOLocal Enterprisenewspicture speciallast_img read more


first_imgComórtas Clár Raidió 1916: Iarratais le seacht Scoil pioctha le dhul ar an aerFógraíodh na scoileanna  inniu a bheidh ag dul ar aghaidh go dtí an chéad bhabhta eile den Chomórtas Raidió 1916 do Scoileanna de chuid RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.Edel Ní Chuireáin, Ceannaire RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, a d’fhógair an seacht scoil a piocadh as na hiarratais uilig a tháinig isteach ar chlár Rónán Beo @3 inniu. Is iad na scoileanna sin: Coláiste an Eachréidh i gCo. na Gaillimhe, Pobalscoil Chloich Cheann Fhaola i nDún na nGall, Scoil na Maighdine  Muire san Iúr i gCo. an Dúin, Coláiste Íde sa Daingean i gCo. Chiarraí, Gairmscoil na bPiarsach i Ros Muc, Co. na Gaillimhe, Coláiste Chluain Chaoin sa Charraig Dhubh i mBaile Átha Cliath, agus Coláiste Íosagáin i mBaile an Bhóthair i mBaile Átha Cliath.Thug an Ceannaire Edel Ní Chuireáin ard-mholadh do na scoileanna a chuir isteach ar an gcomórtas, agus dúirt sí go raibh caighdeán fíor-ard sna hiarrachtaí a tháinig isteach, go raibh siad nuálaíoch agus samhlaíoch.Cuirfear léiritheoir anois ag obair leis na scoileanna atá roghnaithe leis na cláracha a chur i dtoll a chéile, agus craolfar iad ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta thart ar aimsir na Cásca 2016.Roghnófar an clár is fearr ansin, agus bronnfar duais €1000 ar an scoil sin. CLOUGHANEELY SCHOOL WINS RnaG 1916 COMPETITION was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Pobalscoil Chloich Cheann Fhaola i nDún na nGallRnaGlast_img read more

Local father and son to feature in major car advert filmed in Donegal

first_imgŠKODA Ireland have used the rugged Inishowen landscape as the backdrop for their sponsorship of ‘Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip’ Series Two, which is hitting TV screens next month as it makes a move from UTV to RTÉ One.The six adverts show some stunning Inishowen landscapes and sun-sets, feature local father and son actors Stephen and Scott Robb from Raphoe.Scott and his sister Bethany attend Speech and Drama classes at Karen Gorman with their mum Diana bringing them to classes every week. “We are absolutely delighted to have our clients as the sole actors in the campaign which tells the beautiful story of a father son relationship through not 1 but 6 TV adverts!“Stephen and Scott were absolute naturals on location and a delight for the crew to work with. Scott and his sister Bethany achieve fantastic results in their Grade exams, the Robbs are certainly a multi talented family!“Indeed Bethany and mum Diana were on location over the few days of the shoot also. The clips will play during the commercial breaks of the show.“The adverts bring the father & son on a treasure hunt, finishing on Polla beach in Ballyliffin,” she said. Follow the ŠKODA adventure for Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip at www.facebook.com/SKODAIreland and tune into RTÉ One at 8:30pm on Tuesday nights from 7th March.The Robbs with Karen Gorman.Local father and son to feature in major car advert filmed in Donegal was last modified: February 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA MILFORD man has been banned from driving for three years at the local district court.Desmond Morrison, from Foxes Glen, admitted careless driving at The Gap, Milford on March 15 last year.He also admitted not having a driving license and failing to have insurance. Inspector David Murphy told Letterkenny District Court that 39-year-old Morrison had two previous convictions for failing to have car insurance.He imposed a three-year driving ban and sentenced Morrison to a total of 140 hours community service on the other charges.DRIVING BAN FOR CARELESS MILFORD DRIVER was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:careless drivingDesmond MorrisonDistrict Courtdrive banMilfordlast_img read more

Officials on alert for fire season

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Sunshine and 90-degree heat are quickly drying the grasses that sprouted during winter and early spring, putting firefighters on alert in a valley where nothing has burned for two summers. “We’re getting into some warmer temperature and warm conditions,” said Ron Haralson, a Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector. “Brush fires are always a potential here in Southern California.” As a damp cool spring gives way to summer-like weather, Santa Clarita Valley temperatures rose from the 70s on Tuesday to over 90 Wednesday and near 90 Thursday. On Wednesday, county firefighters quickly doused a blaze that scorched less than a half acre near Gorman. Haralson said county crews have stepped-up fire preparedness – from monitoring to brush clearing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“There are some concerns,” Haralson said. “We are in the month of our brush clearance.” Los Angeles has received about 12.34 inches of rain since the season began July 1 – about 2.53 inches short of the annual average and a far cry from the record 37.25 inches last year, according to the National Weather Service. Northern Los Angeles County and the Angeles National Forest haven’t seen a major conflagration since July 2004, when wind-driven fires scorched an estimated 34,000 acres. Cid Morgan, the U.S. Forest Service ranger in the Angeles’ Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers district, said forest crews have begun preparing for the new fire season. “It’s still fairly green,” she said after monitoring vegetation for moisture Thursday. “But things are starting to dry out, so we’re expecting in the next couple of weeks of having fires – definitely by Memorial Day.” The Forest Service sign along Interstate 5 in the Grapevine indicated a “moderate” level of fire danger, Morgan said. In anticipation, federal firefighters are completing this week their annual 80-hour brush fire training. “They go over all of the basics, fire behavior, weather, safety, do drills for getting in and out of the fire shelter,” Morgan said. “It’s to refresh their memory and to get them into the swing of things.” Some may even get a shot at the fire lines – Morgan said they’re on call to assist Forest Service firefighters battling some of the 103 fires in Florida that have burned close to 25,000 acres. Still, Bill Hoffer, a National Weather Service spokesman based in Oxnard, wouldn’t completely rule out another wet spell. If low pressure air from Northern California descends into Southern California and mixes with the high pressure coastal air, rain could return one more time before summer. “It’s near the end, but we could get more,” he said. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more