Jill Roberts

News and Public Affairs

During our dry season, 90% of fires are started by humans.  With some simple precautions, you can increase your safety.

With our dry weather comes an increased chance of wildfires.  For information on fire safety and our state's drought index click HERE.

The first quarter moon can be found high in the southern sky after sunset tonight. It appears above the head of the constellation of Orion the Hunter, who in Greek mythology, was the son of the sea god Poseidon. Orion loved Artemis, the goddess of the moon and also of the hunt. Now Artemis had a brother, Apollo, the sun god, and he didn’t like Orion – not good enough for his sister, he decided. One day while Orion was swimming in the ocean, Apollo found his sister and pointed to Orion, who appeared as just a little dark speck way out at sea.

Hoping the skills are never needed, about half of St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office School Resource Deputies practice the reaction to a school shooting situation.

The Oxbow-Eco Center in St. Lucie County offers lots of activities or just a quiet walk with you dog.  You can choose which you prefer.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

You hear Jon Bell on WQCS each weekday talking about what we can see in the night sky.  Now you can join him at IRSC's Hallstrom Planetarium and sing some space songs!  Shows are this Friday at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. as well as Saturday at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m..  You can find out about tickets by calling the box office 772-462-4750 or 1-800-220-9915.  You can find more information by clicking HERE.

Residents of the  Frazier, Potsdam, Bessey Creek, Poppleton, Indian Groves and Casa Terrace neighborhoods in Stuart will have an opportunity to have big and hazardous waste removed from their neighborhoods.  To find the schedule for all of Stuart's neighborhood cleanup dates click HERE.

Find out more about IRSC's Dual Enrollment program by clicking HERE.  To find out more about the free lecture series from The Center for Financial Literacy at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex, click HERE.

You can find out more about the Environmental Learning Center and its activities by clicking HERE.

Local authorities urge students and parents to speak up if they see someone exhibiting behavior which may indicate they could pose a danger to the community.

More than 300 residents attended the vigil at the football stadium at Vero Beach High School.  Similar vigils were held around the state.

The Save the Chimps Sanctuary is not open to the public on a regular basis.  Three scheduled member days will give residents a peek inside this unique refuge.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

Most plans center on hiding when threatened by an active shooter.  There is, however, another theory.  We learn about ALICE which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.  You can learn more about this method by clicking HERE.

A new study from the AAA shows that as many as 10 percent of traffic crashes may be caused by sleepy drivers.  Medication may cause us to become sleepy, find out by clicking HERE.