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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Z107.7 NEWS WINS "GOLDEN MIKE" FOR EXCELLENCE

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TWEAKS ZONING NEAR BURNT MOUNTAIN

COUNTY PICKS HIGH-POWERED LAWYER TO OUST POSTMUS

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, BASE EXPANSION, ZONE CHANGE, ON AGENDA

TWENTYNINE PALMS INTERACT CLUB COLLECTS 47 PINT OF BLOOD *

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1989 PLANNING REUNION *

WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CONTESTANT HAYLEY HUGHES *

YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB LOOKING FOR SPEECH CONTEST CONTESTANTS *

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD DISCUSSES LEGAL MATTER TOMORROW

"A HANDFUL OF NICKELS" AT CULTURAL CENTER THIS WEEKEND

BIG HORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, REORGANIZES

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO VICTORVILLE

 

Z107.7 NEWS WINS "GOLDEN MIKE" FOR EXCELLENCE
The Local News team here at Z107.7 received high honors from the Radio Television News Association (RTNA) of Southern California. At their 59th Annual Awards show Saturday night, we accepted a prestigious "Golden Mike" trophy for "Best Radio Newscast Writing" for small market radio stations in 2008. The Golden Mike Awards ceremony, saluting excellence in broadcast journalism, brings television and radio news broadcasters together in a long honored tradition. Judging is done by out-of-state and retired broadcast journalists and educators. "Golden Mikes" are awarded for excellence only. RTNA is a non-profit organization of professional broadcast journalists dedicated to protecting the public’s right-to-know and the first amendment rights of a free press, facilitating effective media coverage of important news events, promoting excellence in broadcast journalism, discussion of relevant issues, developing student journalism, and providing a valuable work tool through www.rtna.org. Also honored with a "Golden Mike" for lifetime achievement at the awards ceremony was CNN television personality Larry King and Los Angeles area Weather icon Dr. George Fishbeck. With our "Golden Mike" award, Z107.7 Local News" joins an exclusive club of broadcast journalists recognized within their own industry for excellence in news gathering, writing, and presentation. Z107.7 News has received high honors in the past, including "Best Small Market Newscast" and "Station of the year" from the Associated Press, over 30 awards for breaking major stories, and scores of individual awards.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TWEAKS ZONING NEAR BURNT MOUNTAIN
Saying their general plans needs "tweaking", the Yucca Valley Town Council approved some controversial zoning changes in special session last night. Managing Editor Karl Gardner was there and files this report -----
Despite public objections, the Yucca Valley Town Council approved a zoning change that will allow the development of 17 acres on the end of Valley Vista Avenue at the foot of Burnt Mountain, which was changed from Hillside Reserve to Rural Living during a special meeting last evening. Responding to questions on land use zones, Council Member George Huntington said " When the General Plan established them, it drew them in straight lines" and didn’t take into account topography and other factions. Huntington continued noting that zoning changes are a ‘tweaking’, and went on by adding "there’s gonna be a lot of tweaking necessary in the land use area in this community". In the end, Council adopted the change in a unanimous vote.

COUNTY PICKS HIGH-POWERED LAWYER TO OUST POSTMUS
A leading lawyer in white-collar crime and government investigations has been recommended to lead the probe into County Assessor Bill Postmus, who is under investigation by the district attorney's office. The County Board of Supervisors will vote today on whether to hire John C. Hueston of the Los Angeles-based law firm of Irell & Manella LLP to look into the possibility of removing Postmus from office. According to his company biography, Hueston served as a lead prosecutor in the trial of former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling. Before serving on the Enron Task Force, Hueston served as chief of the Southern Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. The contract would be capped at $250,000. The county's head lawyer has also said that taxpayers would have to pay for Postmus' legal defense if a public hearing for removal moves forward. Postmus also was arrested Jan. 15 for investigation of possession of methamphetamine.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, BASE EXPANSION, ZONE CHANGE, ON AGENDA
The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet in regular session tonight. Changes to the general plan, an ordinance against unsolicited materials and the marine base expansion comments are all on the agenda. Reporter Dan Stork takes a closer look -------
The 29 Palms City Council meets in regular session at 6 PM on Tuesday January 27th. The Consent Agenda includes the award of a berm reconstruction contract to Ficara Paving, in addition to several routine items. Following public hearings, the council will consider approving amendments to the circulation element of the General Plan, and a zone change that accompanies another amendment to the Plan. A proposed ordinance that bans unsolicited written materials will come up for discussion. The Council will receive, and perhaps take action upon a staff report for Planning Commission applications. The Council is also scheduled to approve a comment sheet and mayoral letter related to the Environment Impact Statement for the proposed Marine Base expansion. Before adjournment, there will be a closed session to confer with counsel about one case of potential litigation.

TWENTYNINE PALMS INTERACT CLUB COLLECTS 47 PINT OF BLOOD *

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1989 PLANNING REUNION *

WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CONTESTANT HAYLEY HUGHES *

YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB LOOKING FOR SPEECH CONTEST CONTESTANTS *

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD DISCUSSES LEGAL MATTER TOMORROW
The Copper Mountain College Board has called a quick special meeting. Reporter Tami Roleff tells us why ------
The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a special closed session meeting Wednesday morning in the Library Meeting Room at the college. At the 8 a.m. meeting, the board will discuss the Cosby liability claim against the college.

"A HANDFUL OF NICKELS" AT CULTURAL CENTER THIS WEEKEND
"
A Handful of Nickels", a heartfelt valentine to the bygone days of vaudeville plays at the Blak Box theatre this weekend. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center rings in 2009 with a raucous and uproarious production of A Handful of Nickels. Originally commissioned by the City of Rancho Mirage, these special performances are co-produced by the award-winning California Desert Regional Theatre and the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. When vaudeville was at the height of its popularity, an estimated 2 million people daily attended performances. A Handful of Nickels is a compilation of the funniest and best-loved comedy skits from 19th century burlesque and vaudeville. Directed by veteran Las Vegas performers Jeanette Knight and Michael Seneca, "A Handful Of Nickels" plays Friday evening, January 30, 2009 at 8:00 p.m., and two shows Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. matinee and 7:00 p.m. Presented in the newly renovated Blak Box Theatre located directly behind the historical Hi-Desert Playhouse at 61231 Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree, CA. Tickets are $14 adults and $12 seniors/military. Suggested for mature audiences. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 760-366-3777.

BIG HORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, REORGANIZES
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency board meets in regular session tonight. On tap is the Board reorganization. Managing editor Karl Gardner checks the Landers area water agency’s agenda ------
A wide range of issues comes before the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors, meeting this evening at the Board’s meeting room, 1720 N. Cherokee Trail in Landers, starting at 6. First up, the board will reorganize, following the appointment of new Board Member Warren Strodel. Next the board will consider a resolution approving plans for an artificial recharge project, then review bulk water hauling rate structures. Moving on, the board will discuss input to the Marine Base Expansion Environmental Review process, then look at a resolution that adopts a service termination fee for customers who voluntarily cancel service. Directors and Staff reports, project status, and a call for future agenda items wraps up the reminder of the docket.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO VICTORVILLE
The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team travels to Victorville today to take on the Silverado Hawks in a non-league contest. The Lady Trojans are ranked 10th in Division 4AA and the Hawks are 13th in Division 1AA in this weeks latest CIF polls. The Yucca girls return home Wednesday to host Desert Hot Springs. Game time both nights is 5:00 for junior varsity and 6:30 for the varsity game.

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