YUCCA VALLEY MEDIANS AND SIDEWALKS SUBJECT OF WORKSHOP MEETING MONDAY

In the wake of citizen complaints and petitions against the projects, the Town of Yucca Valley will hold two community workshops for the upcoming Highway 62 raised median island and sidewalk projects. The first workshop will be held Monday, October 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. The second one will be held the Tuesday, October 15, from 7 to 9 a.m. Both workshops will be held in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. The Town will provide an overview of the two upcoming raised median and sidewalk projects, from Kickapoo Trail to Dumosa Avenue, and will cover topics such as anticipated project schedules, project funding sources, and business community outreach and communication during project construction. If your property or business is affected by either of these two projects, or have a general interest in the projects, please plan on attending one of the workshops.

Z107.7 TO ESCORT MORE MARINES AND SAILORS HOME TODAY

We had so much fun on Wednesday we’re going to do it all over again. Two more waves of Marines from 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, and another group from 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, will be returning to the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center today, and Z107.7 plans to announce their return live on the air. The Marines and sailors have spent the last six months in Afghanistan supporting the transition from coalition forces to the Afghan National Security forces. Listen to Z107.7 today as we welcome the Marines home with a live broadcast of their return. Come out to the highway, wave flags, and banners and welcome home our returning heroes. Due to operational security concerns, Z107.7 will not announce the Marines’ return until they are about an hour out.

COUNTY TO CONTINUE TURNING ARRESTEES OVER FOR DEPORTATION

San Bernardino County announced it will continue turning over to immigration officials some people it books for crimes. Dan Stork explains the 287g program, and relays some county statistics on its use…
San Bernardino County has renewed its participation in a federal program, under which people who have been booked for a crime can be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation processing. In the first seven months of this year, about 1,300 arrestees in the County were subjected to a “287g detainer” which is the legal shorthand for the turnover procedure. The press release in which the Sheriff’s Department announced the renewal stressed that the number of 287g detainers is a small percentage of all bookings (about one of every 380 bookings). The press release went on to say that 50 percent of the charges related to detainers were for felonies, and “Despite widespread anecdotal claims that the majority of 287g detainers are for minor violations, the data shows that of the 1,289 detainers placed in the first half of the year, only 6 percent were traffic related.”

WEED SHOW WORKSHOP TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Gerry Gates, one of the Twentynine Palms Weed Show’s most creative minds in the last few years, will join long time veterans Pat Rimmington, Marilyn Fernald and Larry Bowden as a guest instructor for the upcoming Weed Show Workshop tomorrow. The hands-on workshop is where adults and children can learn how to create and practice making eye-catching compositions using desert weeds and found desert treasures for the upcoming Weed Show 2013 in Twentynine Palms, November 2 and 3. Experienced or non-experienced weed show enthusiasts who want to gain a competitive edge are invited to attend this free workshop. The workshop will run from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Old Schoolhouse Museum located at 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms. Those who have reserved a seat will have priority. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 760-367-2452.

CHAPARRAL ARTIST PUTS OUT CALL FOR ENTRIES TO HARVEST SHOW

Chaparral Artists’ Guild is calling for art for its annual judged Harvest Show. Artists should drop off their art at A Roadside Attraction in Twentynine Palms Thursday, October 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., or Friday, October 18, from 10:30 to noon. Entry fees for Chaparral members are $10 for the first piece and $5 for additional pieces; for non-members the entry fee is $10 per artwork. The opening reception will be held Sunday October 20 from 1 to 3 p.m., and will include light refreshments. The gallery is located at 69197 29 Palms Highway.

A QUICK LESSON ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

There’s been lots of confusion about what the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) is, and what it requires Americans to do. Starting in 2014, all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Many people already have health insurance through their employers, and for them, no further action is required. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains what to do if you don’t already have health insurance coverage…
For Californians who don’t have insurance, they will be able to buy it through a health insurance exchange, Covered California, or directly from an insurance agent. These health insurance policies are not “government healthcare,” or “special” policies, but regular policies sold by regular insurance companies that are available to anyone who wants to buy one. There is no difference in the policy or the price if you buy the policy through the insurance exchange or through your regular insurance agent. Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance policies must cover children up to age 26 on their parents’ policies. Patients with pre-existing, or undiagnosed conditions, can’t be denied coverage. Low-income Californians may be eligible for a subsidy to help lower the cost of insurance premiums, and some people may be eligible for cost-sharing subsidies to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses. For more information, call 800-300-1506 or visit coveredca.com.

TEEN CRAFT AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

Join the staff of the Twentynine palms Library tomorrow from 1 – 4 pm for teen crafts, painting candy corn clay pots. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. The event is open to teens in grades 7-12. For more information and to sign up for the teen craft, call the Twentynine Palms Library at 760-367-9519.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETS TOMMORROW

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet in a special meeting tomorrow morning at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begins at 9 a.m.; the meeting begins at 10 a.m. with assembly candidate Karalee Hargrove at the top of the agenda. The Club will also consider a resolution in support of the Affordable Care Act. Learn more about the Morongo Basin Democratic Club at MBDems.com.

HOW TO PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES FOR THIS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

This is fire prevention week. Most house fires start in the kitchen and reporter Taylor Thacker has some fire prevention tips…
It’s time for fire prevention week! San Bernardino County Fire is joining forces with the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Two out of every five house fires are started in the kitchen, and most kitchen fires are caused by unattended cooking. Fire Marshall Mike Horton says, “Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start.” To prevent kitchen fires, here are a few things you can do: stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food. If you must leave the room, turn off the stove. If you have children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops. By doing these things, you can help you and your family stay safer from fires.

JOSHUA TREE VFW OFFERS TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY, TACOS WEDNESDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up an Auxiliary dinner of country style ribs tonight from 4:30 to 6:30, for only $7. Sunday breakfast is a pork chop special with a full breakfast menu. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS MEET TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Andromeda Astronomical Society meeting will be at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, Friday, October 11th, from 7 to 9 p.m. The address is 3133 Balsa Ave., Yucca Valley. The evening’s topic will be where, when and how to view the comet ISON, and related topics such as meteorites and asteroids.

TENDER LOVING CAUSE GEARS UP FOR 30TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Join TLC volunteers today at Starbucks in Yucca Valley today from 3 to 8 p.m. Come buy a cup of coffee, sing your heart out with the TLC Love Notes and karaoke. TLC is gearing up for the 30th annual Christmas Day celebration and is having a yarn exchange. TLC needs lap blankets for 700 people. If you stitch, sew, or create lap robes, TLC needs your help.

FANTASY SPRINGS INVITES YOU TO TAKE THE CUPCAKE CHALLENGE

Are you an amateur baker who can make a cupcake like a pro?
If so, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino wants you to participate in the Fantasy Cupcake Challenge. Managing editor Tami Roleff indulges her sweet tooth with the following report…
On Sunday, November 17, the resort will play host to the decadent baking competition and public tasting event. All the proceeds will go to Well in the Desert, a non-profit organization that provides meals to those in need. The Fantasy Cupcake Challenge includes professional chefs and bakers from top local restaurants as well as those who just like to bake for fun. Each participant can create either a savory or sweet cupcake; the mouthwatering morsels will then be sampled by hundreds of cupcake connoisseurs and judged by an esteemed panel of cupcake experts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category, for the People’s Choice and for the most creative cupcake display. For more information, visit www.FantasySpringsResort.com/cupcakes.

HIGH SCHOOL AND YOUTH SPORTS SCORES, SCHEDULES AND ACTIVITIES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball team travelled to Desert Hot Springs last night to take on the Lady Eagles. The Varsity team won 3-0. Coach Matt Jennings said the team rallied in each set to take the lead and they were able to finish strong. They also put down 24 kills and at the net were able to stop the Eagles with nine blocks. The JV team also won 2-0.

The Twentynine Palms High School Lady Cats volleyball team bested the Rams of Desert Mirage. The Lady Cats were led by senior Tusia Brown with 15 kills and two ace serves, senior Cherokee Turner with seven kills and seven blocks, Sophomore Latasia Benevente with six kills and freshman Tatiyanna Mackall with five kills and one block for the night. Junior Koko Caberra had 27 assists and one ace serve.

Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms Girls Tennis team, defeated Desert Mirage by a score of 18-0.

It’s a football weekend this weekend, but not here in the Morongo Basin. Tonight, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will travel to Indio to play the Silver Knights at Shadow Hills High School. The Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning will travel away to play Lancaster Baptist School. Both games are at 7 p.m. tonight. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team will travel to Big Bear tomorrow to play the Bears. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.

The Yucca Valley High School wrestling team will have a car wash tomorrow at the Yucca Valley Chrysler Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of $5 per vehicle are requested. Come out and see the Raminator and get your car washed.

The Yucca Valley Lobos, a youth tackle football team, will hold all its games tomorrow at the Twentynine Palms High School football field. The Junior Micros (ages 7 and 8), will play Banning at 8 a.m. The Micros, who are all 8 to 10 years old, will play Banning at 10 a.m. The Junior Pee Wees, ages 10 to 12, will also play Banning, starting at noon. The Pee Wee football team (10 to 13 years) hosts Corona, at 2 p.m, followed by the Midgets’ game at 4 p.m.