Big bucks lure Redlands' fisherman

REDLANDS - Brent Ehrler knows the "gone fishin' '' stereotype. "People think we go out and wait for the fish to bite our bait, or kick back and take a nap,'' he said. "That's not how it is at all.'' Ehrler is a 29-year-old pro angler from Redlands who is on the cutting edge of what might be the next breakthrough TV sport in the country. Professional bass fishing. [img_assist|nid=720|title=Redlands Fishermen Fish for the big bucks|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=200|height=176] Don't laugh. Bass fishing already has TV tie-ins with ESPN and Fox. Also, big money already can be won by spending a day on a lake, casting and retrieving. Ehrler knows all about it, having earned $500,000 - you read that right - by winning the Wal-Mart FLW Tour championship at Lake Logan Martin, in Alabama, earlier this month. A competition that will pay $1 million (!) to win next year. Yep. For goin' fishin'.

Memories of the Grand Prix Fire in October 2003

Prior to July 2006, the last big fire we had in the Inland Empire was the Grand Prix fire in October of 2003. Although I have lived in the foothills (Monrovia, Azusa, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga) all my life - and never any further from the mountains than 1/4-mile, never had a brush fire affected my family the way the Grand-Prix fire did.