CEO CHADWICK GONE FROM HDMC,”IRRECONCILABLE INCOMPATIBILITY”

CEO Administrator Chad Chadwick has been removed from his position by the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board cites “irreconcilable incompatability.”…
Late yesterday, a press release from Hi-Desert Medical Center announced a mutually agreed upon end to CEO Lionel “Chad” Chadwick’s employment with the Health Care District, effective December 31. Dr. Chadwick has been employed with the District for exactly five years. The Board of Directors cited differences of opinion arising out of managerial priorities for the District. Those differences led to what both parties now deem, quote, “an irreconcilable incompatibility of management approach.” In a written statement, board president Korina Cole, said, “Dr. Chadwick has made meaningful and appreciated contributions to the District’s mission and operations. We thank him for his many contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.” Coles says that now the priority is to move forward without destabilization of operations or disruption of the District’s mission. The Board plans to appoint an interim CEO at the November 12 meeting and then convene a search for a new CEO.

MARINE CORPS BASE CHIEF OF STAFF TO RETIRE FRIDAY

The Chief of Staff for the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center will retire Thursday, October 31. During his 33 years in the Marine Corps, Colonel George Aucoin served in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and in operations in Liberia and Iraq. Colonel Aucoin’s current tour at the Combat Center began in October 2010 as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Mission Assurance; in 2011, he took over as Chief of Staff for the Commanding General, the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Colonel Aucoin’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, a Marine parachutist and a Marine combatant diver, and a graduate of Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.

CORRECTION: Due to incorrect information provided to Z107.7, the date of Colonel George Aucoin’s retirement was originally reported as Friday, but the correct date is Thursday, October 31.

STOLEN VINTAGE HARLEY ENDS UP IN JOSHUA TREE

A vintage Harley Davidson motorcycle that was stolen in Minnesota 28 years ago was recovered earlier this month in Joshua Tree. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the owner couldn’t believe it when the California Highway Patrol called to tell him it had been recovered…

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Noble Handley thought his 1934 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was gone forever after it was stolen out of his garage in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1985. “I reported it to the police and his words to me were I’d probably never see it again. So I just held out hope for a long time.” So he was a little surprised when he received a call Monday from CHP Officer Jake Griffith called him to tell him it had been recovered in Joshua Tree earlier this month. “I wasn’t sure if it was a prank, at first. I asked for a picture and the picture they sent me was in front of a CHP car.” When an unidentified 66-year-old Joshua Tree resident brought it to the CHP station October 1 for an inspection to get it registered, it came up in the nationwide database as stolen. The CHP stressed that the Joshua Tree man was not a suspect in the burglary; he is a former Minnesota resident who had gotten the bike in trade in 1985 for helping another man move, and had kept it all these years. Handley is having the bike shipped to his current home in Clark, Wyoming, but he’s not sure what he’ll do with it when it arrives. “I’ll have to see it, see what kind of condition it’s in, the practicality of it, make some judgments. It’s always money.” And Handley’s hope was finally rewarded.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PIONEER DAYS AFTER-ACTION MEETING TODAY

An after-action meeting will be held this afternoon to discuss the recent Pioneer Days event. The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce has said this year’s celebration was a huge success. The multi-day event, commemorating the unique history of Twentynine Palms, was held October 17 through 20. The Chamber invites all community members to attend the after-action meeting to be held at City Hall this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. They are asking for feedback on this year’s event and ideas on how to make next year’s Pioneer Days even better. For more information, contact the Chamber at 760-367-3445.

REACH-OUT 7TH ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR THIS WEEKEND

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 7th Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3 at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Rd, Twentynine Palms, from 9 to 4 Saturday, and 9 to 3 Sunday. There will be a variety of wonderful handcrafted goods from 17 vendors as well as delicious baked goods for sale. There will also be a rummage sale. Come get your holiday shopping started early. For more information contact Reach Out at 760-361-1410.

CONSULTANT ISSUES SUPPORT OF CADIZ WATER PROJECT

Cadiz, Inc. is publicizing the conclusions of an environmental consulting firm’s report that specializes in water issues. The report from Aquilogic analyzes four objections to the Cadiz plan to pump water from beneath the Cadiz Valley and sell it to coastal water users, and says that the objections don’t hold water. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes the report’s findings, and its effect on one lawsuit related to the project…
Aquilogic, a Costa Mesa-based environmental consulting company, has published a report titled “Review of the Groundwater Hydrology of the Cadiz Project.” The report was prepared for three plaintiffs in a suit against the Santa Margarita Water District. The water district is both the lead agency for the Cadiz project’s environmental impact report, and one of its main intended water recipients. The report addresses at length four objections to the project that have been raised: damage to springs in the area from pumping; subsidence of land as water is pumped out; salt water intrusions into the project’s wells; and unsustainability of the intended pumping volume. The report denies the prediction of spring damage. It says that subsidence will be negligible, and that salt water intrusion will not reach the wells. Further, it makes an argument that even at low natural recharge rates claimed by project opponents, the groundwater reserves will not be appreciably affected—in part because of administrative oversight to be exercised by San Bernardino County—and can be expected to recover after the 50-year life of the project. The report adds that the Cadiz project is neither as unique nor as risky as opponents have claimed. In short, the report supports the Cadiz, Inc. claims for the water project without exception. The Cadiz press release touting the report added that one of the plaintiffs, Laborers International Union Local 783, has dropped its suit against the Santa Margarita Water District. The report is available at cadizinc.com.

FAMED COMPOSER IN JOSHUA TREE CONCERT SATURDAY

Harrison House Music and Arts in Joshua Tree will present artist-in-residence Evan Ziporyn in a solo performance of works for bass clarinet and electronics this Saturday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m. Award-winning composer/bass clarinet virtuoso Ziporyn makes music at the crossroads between genres and cultures east and west. His compositions have included pieces for the Silk Road Ensemble, the American Composers Orchestra, Wu Man, and Bang on a Can All-Stars in addition to commissions from Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, Rockefeller Multi-Arts Program, and Meet the Composer. Evan currently performs with Iva Bittova and Gyan Riley as the Eviyan Trio and is Inaugural Director of MIT’s new Center for Art, Science and Technology, where he has taught since 1990. Tickets are a $15 and are available at Joshua Tree Health Foods. Harrison House is located at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue in Joshua Tree. For information call 760-366-4712.

TRUNK N’ TREAT AT TWENTYNINE PALMS UMC CHURCH

The members of the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will host a Trunk n’ Treat on Thursday, October 31, for the local children to have a safe place to get candy on Halloween. They will be in the church parking lot and will hand out candy to the children who attend. The event is from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board has called a special meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us why…
Tonight in Morongo Valley, the Community Services District will meet in special session in order to review employee insurance programs, available options, anticipated increases, and consider potential changes to Board Policy. There are no other items on tonight’s agenda. It all begins at 6 p.m. in the Covington Park Multi-Purpose Room.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats Volleyball Team defeated the Rams of Desert Mirage yesterday in four sets, and all Ladycat players saw playtime. The Ladycats were led by seniors Tusia Brown and Cherokee Turner. Brown had 15 kills, one ace serve. Turner had 11 kills and two ace serves. Junior Koko Cabrera had 23 assists and one ace serve. Senior Hannah Sutherland had 13 assists and super hustle and defensive play. Freshman Tatiyanna Mackall also had nine kills and two blocks for the night. The Ladycats are now 7-2 in league play.

The final regular season home match for the Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball team saw both teams win in straight sets against Desert Hot Springs. Coach Matt Jennings said leading the varsity team were: Chelsea Mondary, 14 for 14 serving, 17 assists; Chelsea LeBoutillier, 15 kills, two blocks; Michaela Milone, six for six serving; and Sarah Jennings with five digs. The Lady Trojans are in third place in the De Anza League.

Standouts from the Yucca Valley junior varsity were: Becky Messaros, seven for eight serving, six aces, one kill; Joelle Hazher, seven for seven serving, two aces; Ashley Schwartz, 10 for 10 serving, four aces, one kill; and Jade Adair with two kills.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley girls’ volleyball team will travel to Twentynine Palms to play their cross-basin rivals, Ladycats. First serve is at 4:30.

The Joshua Springs girls’ tennis team will host Mesa Grande Academy at home. The match starts at 5 p.m.

The Twentynine Palms girls’ tennis team will be participating in the second day of the De Anza League tennis finals Thursday at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. Match play starts at 1 p.m.