April 24, 2018
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MLK celebration: a tribute to peace

Story and Photo
By Bill Zamboni
Editor Emeritus

     Victor Valley College held its 16th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. The event, held in the Performing Arts Center, was standing room only.     
     A variety of performances were given at the Dr. King celebration including music, child reenactments of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, and awards presentations to children and adults for their various contributions.
      Wilma Self of Barstow received the 2001 Woman of the Year/Miss Senior Citizen award. Self was also nominated for woman of the century according to Master of Ceremonies Terry Kurtz. Anthony Chambers received the Eloise Gibson Award of Commitment.
     Lion Stream Park provided costumes

Power struggle: electricity crisis disrupts learning

shortage occurred in 1984, according to John Beale, VVC Facilities Planning Director.
     The college was able to save tens of thousands of dollars per year but has lost all the savings by choosing to stay open during a stage-three alert and paying penalties ($5,000 per hour).
     The recent deregulation of the California electricity industry may have played a part in the energy shortage.
"Deregulation is the change in state laws to provide power on the open market. This forces the electric companies to purchase electricity from other sources," said Beale.
     "When deregulation occurred two years ago, actual rates weren't affected. When rate caps went off, anticipated by deregulation, it was hoped that prices would go down. Electricity is in short supply, we've taken electricity for granted for so long," Beale said.
     "During a stage-three outage, we are typically penalized for up to 18 hours at that rate. Triple outages of six hours each, running consecutively totals 18 hours. Approximately

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