BREAKING NEWS–YUCCA VALLEY RECALL PETITION FAILS

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The petitions to recall Yucca Valley Council Members George Huntington and Robert Lombardo FAILED. The petitions were each short by approximately 200 votes.

Listen to Z107.7 Thursday for complete details.

MARINES RETURNING HOME TODAY, Z107.7 TO BROADCAST ARRIVAL

The second of several companies of Marines are expected to arrive home today to the Twentynine Palms Combat Center. Third Battalion 4th Marines, and 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in April in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Marines supported the transition of U.S. forces over to the Afghan National Security Forces. An advance party for 3rd Battalion 4th Marines returned home about two weeks ago. More Marines and sailors from the Darkside Battalion and 3rd CEB are scheduled to arrive home Friday. Listen to Z107.7 today as we welcome the Marines home with a live broadcast of their return. Due to operational security concerns, Z107.7 will not announce the Marines’ return until they are about an hour out.

PENTAGON SAYS ALL PAY AND ALLOWANCES TO BE PAID

The Pentagon’s accountants said today that all troops will receive their pays and allowances on time for the mid-month paycheck next week, but some details remain unclear. The Defense Finance and Accounting Services issued a statement saying that “Normal pay and allowances have been processed and you will receive them in your mid-month pay. The amount reflected in your mid-month statement will be deposited.” DFAS officials are beginning the process of running the payroll for the October 15 paychecks and have been awaiting the Pentagon’s official interpretation of the law Congress passed September 30 ensuring troops get paid during the government shutdown. A Pentagon official said troops will likely receive all pays, allowances and bonuses, including incentive pay and re-enlistment bonuses. However, any payments that are not directly issued to service members, including some issued to spouses such as death benefits, may be withheld, the official said.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS: POWER SAVINGS, A NEW SIGN, AND HOUSING

The Twentynine Palms City Council worked through its agendized items on energy savings, an electronic sign, and housing last night. Dan Stork fills in the details…
Twentynine Palms city staffer Larry Bowden told the City Council that electricity savings of $50,000 per year are available to the city. He explained that it is the responsibility of a ratepayer to find out whether it is paying the best possible rate. The City engaged a consulting company to study its Edison bills to identify potential savings, at a fee of half the savings for three years. The consultant found that Edison has been charging “demand fees” that ding the city heavily for things like lighting parks. As a result of the studies, the City has started receiving rebates for excessive past charges.
By a vote of 4-1, with Cora Heiser dissenting, the Council voted to front $20,000 for an electronic sign on Adobe Road near Theatre 29, to publicize both Theatre offerings and City events to casino and local traffic. Theatre 29 will reimburse the City for half the cost, on a schedule to be determined. Gary Daigneault, representing the Theatre 29 Board, said that the Indian tribe running the casino has pledged $6,000 toward the cost, and the Theatre plans a private fundraising effort for the $4,000 balance. The Council also required that the sign be reviewed by the Planning Commission, a step that city staff had recommended waiving.
A representative from PMC, the consulting company that prepared the Housing Element of the General Plan for the period 2013-2021, walked the Council through the Element. She explained the various state requirements for the plan, as they relate to low-income housing, zoning rules, density bonuses, emergency shelter, accommodating people with disabilities, and more. She also outlined why it is financially and administratively important for the City to comply with the state’s rules.
During public comment, resident John King complained about his treatment by the City’s Code Enforcement arm over the status of vehicles on property he owns.
During Council comment time, member Cora Heiser said that City Attorney Patrick Munoz had inaccurately described the disposition of funds formerly available to the now-dissolved Redevelopment Agency.

TWO ROB A YUCCA VALLEY STORE WITH PEPPER SPRAY AND A STEAK KNIFE

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested early Tuesday morning after they tried to rob the 7-11 on Highway 62 and Kickapoo Trail. According to a Sheriff’s press release, Andrew Reviea, 20, and Joseph Kennedy, disguised and wearing hoods over their faces, entered the store about 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, armed with pepper spray and a steak knife. The release states one of the men sprayed the store clerk with pepper spray while the other suspect jumped the counter and stole cartons and packages of cigarettes. Reviea and Kennedy then fled the store, running in a southeast direction. Deputies located evidence that led them to a specific apartment in a complex in the 55300 block of Santa Fe Trail. At the apartment, deputies found Reviea and Kennedy; after searching the apartment, weapons, evidence, and the stolen cigarettes were found, linking both men to the crime. Andrew Reviea and Joseph Kennedy were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation of armed robbery with bail set at $200,000.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

An argument over infidelity led to an arrest for felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, Luis Lagunas, 25, was arguing with his girlfriend about 5 a.m. Monday morning in the 55800 block of Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley. A witness told police Lagunas started hitting his girlfriend. Luis Lagunas was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

MARSHALL’S AND PETCO COMING SOON TO YUCCA VALLEY

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission heard details last night of two major stores moving in. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there…

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Architectural drawing of the new Marshall’s and Petco stores.

The plan for Marshall’s and Petco in Yucca Valley is on the fast track. At its meeting last night, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission held a site plan review for the two retail stores, which will be built in front of Home Depot, and was told that the goal was to have ground breaking for the project in January, have the developer give the keys to the owners by mid May, with the stores opening in June or July. Marshall’s will be about 24,650 square feet, and Petco, 10,000 square feet. Commissioner Vickie Bridenstine explained why she was happy to see the project come to Yucca Valley. “Because it’s generating sales tax dollars that will stay in this community.”

COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR THIS SATURDAY

The Annual Morongo Basin Community Resource Fair will be held this Saturday, October 12, from 10 to 2. Representatives from Unity Home, Family Services Association, Sexual Assault Services, Pacific Clinics, and the Family Advocacy Program from the Marine Base will be at the resource fair to provide information on their services. There’ll also be free activities for the kids as well as free hot dogs, face painting, games, and more. The resource fair will be held at Unity Home Domestic Violence Outreach Services, 61607 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. For more information, call Mirta Johnson at 760-228-5306. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; wear purple and help Unity Home stop domestic violence.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW, STUDENT VOTING PRIVILEGES ON AGENDA

The Copper Mountain College Board meets tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the big question is on the agenda is…
Should the student trustee on the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees have voting privileges? That is the topic of discussion at tomorrow’s 2:30 board of trustees study session. That discussion will be sandwiched between a 2 p.m. closed session meeting on a case of potential litigation and the regular monthly meeting of the board of trustees at 3 p.m. Depending on study session outcome, the matter of student trustee voting privileges may come up as an action item in the open session. Also under action items, the board will consider the Annual Financial and Budget Report for FY 2012-13. Those items are in addition to regular reports and items on the consent agenda. It all happens in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus.

YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Airport Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 tonight in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Under old business, the directors will continue their discussion on the objectives of the airport. Under new business, the Board will discuss and review rules and regulations and rental and use agreements. Following public comments, the directors will hear reports from the treasurer and the airport manager.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT CITIZENS ADVISORS MEET TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District citizens advisers on a fire tax are expected to make their recommendations tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more…
Tonight, October 9, the Citizens Advisory Committee will meet at the Twentynine Palms Water District office at 72401 Hatch Rd at 6 p.m. During tonight’s meeting, the committee will discuss and review the subcommittee’s draft report and will then proceed to discuss future tasks. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend. For more information call 760-367-7546.

TLC VOUNTEER MEETING TONIGHT

This evening at 6 p.m., you’re invited to a meeting with TLC to plan for this year’s 30th anniversary Christmas Day community event. The meeting will be held at the Yucca Valley community center. People are needed for all types of jobs, from computer data entry, secretaries, lifters and toters, clean up, and much much more.

JOSHUA TREE 1ST BAPTIST CRAFT AND BAKE SALE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

First Baptist Church of Joshua Tree will hold its annual craft and bake sale October 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to local charities. The church is located at 6740 Sunset Road, on the south side of the highway. For more information, call Claudette at 760-367-3477.

TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE OFFERS FIRE EXPLORER PROGRAM

The Twentynine Palms Fire Department is offering a Fire Explorer program. ROP Broadcast student Paige Rossi explains…
The Twentynine Palms Fire Department Fire Explorer Program is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help kids from 8th grade to 21 years of age choose a career path within fire and emergency service. Meetings are every other Monday and Saturday. For more information contact us at 760-367-7522.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Lady Trojans volleyball team of Yucca Valley High School hosted the Big Bear Bears Tuesday night in Trojan gym. The varsity team lost. Coach Matt Jennings said the team played well but made some mistakes that cost them the close set. Some statistics: Chelsea Leboutillier, 18 kills and two blocks; Chelsea Mondary, 32 assists, 17 for 17 serving; Michaela Milone, 16 digs, four kills, 16 for 16 serving; Ashley Priest, 12 kills; and Jenna Conrad, two blocks.

Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms High School girls tennis team defeated the Shadow Hills Knights by a score of 12-6. The Wildcats are now 4-0 in the De Anza League and 6-3 overall for the season.

Volleyball dominates high school sports tomorrow. The Yucca Valley High School volleyball team travels away to Desert Hot Springs tomorrow; game starts at 4:30. The Joshua Springs Christian School volleyball team hosts Redlands Adventist Academy at home at 5 p.m. The Twentynine Palms High School tennis and volleyball team travel away to play Desert Mirage High School. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.

CLUB VOLLEYBALL TEAM FORMING

Girls who are interested in playing club volleyball for the 2014 season should attend an open house Sunday, October 13. The open house, for girls in grades 6 through 12 from all over the Morongo Basin and Coachella Valley, will be held at the Yucca Valley High School gym starting at 2 p.m.