Earlier Featured Fire Engine
Posted: July 26, 2023
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
by Ted Stimpfel
Newberry CSD's payment
didn't make it in time.
Despite best efforts, Newberry's attempt to purchase the
fire engine lost out to another purchaser who flew in to make the purchase
ahead of Newberry.
Meanwhile, Newberry Springs Fire is now searching for another
At the Newberry CSD's board meeting on July 25, 2023,
a new General Manager was sworn in. Raised in Barstow and now living in Yermo
near Eddie World, she is Kayleen E. Vanek, 32.
Kayleen Vanek is sworn in as General Manager by Director Unger.
Vanek is married and has four children. She has previously
drabbled as a Realtor (Oasis Realty Group) and is excited about her role as
Newberry's new General
Rose Beardshear, President of the Newberry Springs Chamber
of Commerce, has spearheaded a major grant application for Newberry Springs.
The application requires a preferred governmental lead applicant, and Beardshear
has selected the Newberry CSD.
If the application is successful, the CSD directors will
step in to control it and will likely take full credit for achieving the community's
benefits. However, those with knowledge of the situation know that the application
and any funds derived for community improvement are due to Beardshear, who introduced
the grant and who has been the principal grant writer.
Beardshear's efforts to secure the grant are commendable. She
has worked tirelessly to put together a strong application that may benefit the
The Newberry CSD board has been a past failure at any major
community improvement. The board can spend money but it does not have the savvy to
attract major funding.