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TOWN NEGOTIATING FOR THE SKY DRIVE-IN IS NEWS TO THE OWNER
SHERIFF WARNING OF STIMULUS AND TAX SCHEMES AND SCAMS
COUNTY FIRE TRAFFIC RESCUE EQUIPMENT AT GRUBSTAKE DAYS *
SCHOOL BOARD HEARS THEY ARE ON A "SURVIVAL BUDGET"
APPLICATIONS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR JUNE 6TH 29 PALMS CAR SHOW
SECOND FORUM HIGHLIGHTS 3RD OF 3 COPPER MOUNTAIN PRESIDENT FINALISTS
LOCAL ARTIST’S SCULPTURE BEING DEDICATED IN CATHEDRAL CITY
JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY CENTER REOPENS WATER PLAY PARK *
HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO GET SEWAGE PLANT REVIEW TONIGHT
ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE THE SPACE STATION TONIGHT *
29 PALMS CHILDREN’S CHORUS MEETS TOMORROW *



TOWN NEGOTIATING FOR THE SKY DRIVE-IN IS NEWS TO THE OWNER
WHILE THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY HAS ISSUED PUBLIC NOTICE THAT THEY ARE NEGOTIATING TO PURCHASE THE SKY-DRIVE IN SWAP MEET PROPERTY, THE OWNER SAYS THEY HAVE NEVER EVEN APPROACHED HIM. BOB AND ELIZABETH CARR HAVE OPERATED THE SWAP MEET SINCE THE DRIVE-IN CLOSED IN 1994. WHEN THE PROPERTY WENT UP FOR SALE IN 1996, THE TOWN CHOSE NOT TO PURCHASE IT AND CARR DID. CARR SAYS AT 70, HE KNOWS THE END IS NEAR FOR THE SWAP MEET BUT NO OFFER HAS EVER BEEN MADE TO HIM BY THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY. THE LATEST PUBLISHED NOTICE SAYS THE TOWN IS CALLING A CLOSED SESSION QUOTE - "FOR REAL PROPERTY PURCHASE NEGOTIATIONS", UNQUOTE, FOR 7028 THEATER ROAD, THE SWAP MEET. CARR SAID ALL HE HAS EVER RECEIVED FROM THE TOWN IS A MAILED NOTICE OF THE PROPERTY’S ASSESSMENT, NOT EVEN A PHONE CALL. TOWN MANAGER ANDY TAKATA CONFIRMED TO Z107-7 THAT NO ONE FROM THE TOWN HAS EVER TALKED WITH CARR, SAYING THE PUBLIC NOTICES WERE "PROCEDURAL". CARR SAID THE TOWN’S PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE HAS CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR HIM AND THE MANY PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON HIM AND THE SWAP MEET FOR THEIR VERY LIVELIHOODS. HE TOLD HIS CONCERNED TENANTS WHEN IT FIRST CAME UP ABOUT 4 MONTHS AGO, ALSO AFTER A TOWN NOTICE, THAT THEY ALL HAD AT LEAST A YEAR. CARR SAID WHILE IT IS A HEARTBREAKER, HE WILL NEGOTIATE WITH THE TOWN AND THINKS HAVING THE PROPERTY BECOME A TOWN PARK RATHER THAN A COMMERCIAL PROJECT IS THE RIGHT AND ETHICAL THING TO DO. IN THE MEANTIME HE SAYS, WHILE THE TOWN MAY BE TELLING THEIR RESIDENTS THAT THEY ARE NEGOTIATING WITH HIM, THEY ARE NOT.

SHERIFF WARNING OF STIMULUS AND TAX SCHEMES AND SCAMS
WITH ANTICIPATION OF STIMULUS CHECKS AS BAIT, THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS WARNING OF NEW SCHEMES AND SCAMS TO SEPARATE YOU FROM YOUR MONEY. SHERIFF’S SERVICE SPECIALIST VERA MARTINEZ JOINS US... THE IRS HAS RELEASED ITS ANNUAL LIST OF POPULAR SCHEMES AND SCAMS. NEW TOT HE LIST ARE SCAMS RELATED TO THE RECENT ECONOMIC STIMULUS PAYMENTS. TAXPAYERS WILL RECEIVE THEIR REBATES AUTOMATICALLY AFTER FILING THEIR 2007 INCOME TAX RETURNS, BUT SCAM ARTISTS ARE E-MAILING TAXPAYERS, TELLING THEM THAT THEY NEED TO REVEAL PERSONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THEIR REBATES -- INFORMATION THAT THE SCAMMERS USE FOR IDENTITY THEFT. REMEMBER: DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY E-MAIL FROM THE IRS AS THEY DO NOT CONTACT TAXPAYERS IN THIS MANNER. YOU CAN REPORT SUSPICIOUS E-MAILS DIRECTLY TO THE IRS. ALSO, NEVER GIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANYONE ON AN UNSECURED WEBSITE OR OVER THE PHONE.

COUNTY FIRE TRAFFIC RESCUE EQUIPMENT AT GRUBSTAKE DAYS *

SCHOOL BOARD HEARS THEY ARE ON A "SURVIVAL BUDGET"
THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MET IN REGULAR SESSION. 17 SETS OF KUDOS FOR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES, NON-TEACHERS DOMINATED THE MEETING. THE BOARD ALSO HEARD THEIR BUDGET IS IN "SURVIVAL" MODE AWAITING STATE BUDGET NEWS. REPORTER DAN STORK WAS AT THAT MEETING AND FILES THIS REPORT... A PACKED ROOM AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION LISTENED ATTENTIVELY AS EACH OF THE DISTRICT’S 17 PRINCIPALS WARMLY AND OFTEN EMOTIONALLY PRAISED A SELECTED CLASSIFIED AND CERTIFICATED EMPLOYEE FROM HIS OR HER SCHOOL. THE NAMES OF ALL THOSE HONORED WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED SHORTLY ON THE DISTRICT’S WEB SITE, AT MORONGO.K12.CA.US. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR BUSINESS SERVICES MICHAEL WALKER CHARACTERIZED THE DISTRICT BUDGET, AS REVISED IN THE WAKE OF THE STATE FISCAL CRISIS, AS A "SURVIVAL BUDGET". IT INCLUDES THE ELIMINATION OF COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENTS TO SALARIES, A 6 ½ % ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT IN MANY STATE-FUNDED PROGRAMS, AND DEEP CUTS IN SUMMER SESSION PROGRAMS. DOUG WELLER AND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES REPRESENTATIVE KENNA BOYER DESCRIBED THE JOINT SUNSHINE PROPOSAL FOR LABOR NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE DISTRICT AND THE CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES. THE ELEMENTARY LITERACY COACHES, LOUISA MAUK, LUKEY MORRISON, AND SHERRY KILLAM, REPORTED ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE COACHING PROGRAM, WHICH SEEKS TO INTRODUCE K TO 6TH TEACHERS TO NEW TEACHING TECHNIQUES. BOARD MEMBER PHYLLIS SWINNERTON ASKED THE HIGH SCHOOL REPS TO THE BOARD TO TELL THEIR CLASSMATES, THAT IN HER OPINION, THE GRADUATING CLASSES COULD FIND A MORE APPROPRIATE OBJECT OF FUND-RAISING EFFORTS THAN FIREWORKS FOLLOWING GRADUATION. ACTION ITEMS AUTHORIZING OVER $1 MILLION IN ASSORTED SOFTWARE PURCHASES AND FACILITY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTS WERE APPROVED, AS WERE OTHER FACILITY PROJECT COMPLETIONS AND CHANGE ORDERS, AND A ROUTINE CONSENT AGENDA.

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR JUNE 6TH 29 PALMS CAR SHOW
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN FOR THE 29 PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S STREET FAIR AND CAR SHOW SET FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 6. CATEGORIES WILL INCLUDE CLASSIC CARS, MODERN CARS, TRUCKS, STREET BIKES, SPORT BIKES AND SOAPBOX DERBY CARS. THE JUDGING WILL BE A "PEOPLE'S CHOICE" IN ALL LISTED CATEGORIES, USMC GENERAL'S CHOICE AND MAYOR'S CHOICE; THE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IS AWARDED BY THE EVENT VOLUNTEERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ENTER YOUR VEHICLE IN THE CAR SHOW PORTION OF THE EVENT, CONTACT THE CHAMBER AT 367-3445 FOR AN APPLICATION.


SECOND FORUM HIGHLIGHTS 3RD OF 3 COPPER MOUNTAIN PRESIDENT FINALISTS
THE THIRD OF THE THREE FINALISTS FOR THE PRESIDENT OF COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE WAS HEARD FROM IN AN OPEN FORUM YESTERDAY. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF, WHO OUTLINED THE PRESENTATIONS FROM FIRST 2 TUESDAY, JOINS US TODAY WITH A SNAPSHOT OF NUMBER THREE... THE THIRD AND FINAL CANDIDATE FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE’S PRESIDENT/SUPERINTENDENT APPEARED AT AN OPEN FORUM ON THE CAMPUS TUESDAY AFTERNOON. DR ROGER WAGNER, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF INSTRUCTION AT THE COLLEGE, ANSWERED THE SAME 5 QUESTIONS PUT TO THE TWO CANDIDATES AT MONDAY’S FORUM:

HOW WOULD HIS EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE CONTRIBUTE TO COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE? WHAT IS HIS STRATEGY FOR RESOLVING CONFLICT BETWEEN DIFFERING GROUPS ON CAMPUS? WHAT WOULD HE DO DURING HIS FIRST 90 DAYS TO SMOOTH THE LEADERSHIP TRANSITION? WHAT IDEAS DOES HE HAVE FOR A SECURITY ACTION PLAN IN CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE, BOMB SCARE OR A SHOOTER? AND WHAT ARE THE NEEDS OF THE MORONGO BASIN AND HOW CAN THE COLLEGE MEET THOSE NEEDS? WAGNER STRESSED THE NECESSITY OF USING THE SKILLS OF MANY PEOPLE TO GET THINGS DONE WHEN MONEY IS TIGHT, AS IT ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE IN THE EDUCATIONAL FIELD. HE BELIEVES THE BEST APPROACH TO RESOLVING CONFLICTS IS HONESTY—GETTING PEOPLE TO BE HONEST, OPEN THEIR EYES, AND SEE THAT THEY ARE WORKING FOR SOMETHING THAT’S BIGGER THAN THE INDIVIDUAL. WAGNER SAID THAT AS VICE PRESIDENT, HE WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE FACULTY; AS PRESIDENT, HE WOULD NEED TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OTHER GROUPS ON CAMPUS. WHEN DEALING WITH EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, WAGNER BELIEVES IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE AND PRACTICE THAT PLAN AND DEVELOP IMPROVEMENTS. FINALLY, HE SAID IT IS NOT UP TO HIM TO DETERMINE WHAT THE NEEDS OF THE MORONGO BASIN ARE, BUT TO LISTEN TO WHAT THE RESIDENTS TELL HIM THEY WANT. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS EXPECTED TO MAKE ITS DECISION SOON AND THE NEW PRESIDENT WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE BOARD’S NEXT MEETING JUNE 12.

 LOCAL ARTIST’S SCULPTURE BEING DEDICATED IN CATHEDRAL CITY
THE WORK OF A YUCCA VALLEY ARTIST WILL SOON BE THE CENTERPIECE OF CATHEDRAL CITY’S TOWN SQUARE. THE GLASS AND GRANITE SCULPTURE, "THE NEW BEGINNING" BY ARTIST DAVID FALOSSI WILL BE DONATED BY CITY RESIDENT CALEY RHODES - WHOSE WIFE VIRGINIA "JINX" RHODES DIED MARCH 13. A SCULPTURE DEDICATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4 P.M. JUNE 5 IN CATHEDRAL CITY'S DOWNTOWN TOWN SQUARE. THE SCULPTURE ITSELF WILL BE ERECTED SOME TIME THIS WEEK AT THE SITE - JUST WEST OF TOWN SQUARE IN THE MEDIAN ON GEORGE MONTGOMERY TRAIL - AND THEN COVERED WITH A TARP UNTIL THE UNVEILING.

JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY CENTER REOPENS WATER PLAY PARK *

HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO GET SEWAGE PLANT REVIEW TONIGHT
THE HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION TONIGHT. REPORTER KARL GARDNER SAYS THEY WILL GET A SEWAGE REVIEW AND ARE EXPECTED TO APPROVE A STRATEGIC PLAN... AN UPDATE ON A PEER REVIEW OF HI DESERT WATER’S SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, IS FIRST UP AT THIS EVENING’S BOARD MEETING, BEING HELD AT DISTRICT OFFICES, 55439 29 PALMS HIGHWAY, STARTING AT 6. NEXT UP THE BOARD WILL LOOK TO DESIGNATE A BOARD MEMBER OR MANAGEMENT STAFF TO FILL AN OPEN SEAT ON THE CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATION BOARD, AND DECIDE A SELECTION FOR THE DISTRICT AUDITOR. MOVING ON THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER APPROVING THE 2008 STRATEGIC PLAN. REPORTS AND COMMENTS BY DIRECTORS AND STAFF AND FUTURE AGENDA ITEM REQUESTS, CLOSES OUT THE REMINDER OF THE AGENDA.

ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE THE SPACE STATION TONIGHT *

29 PALMS CHILDREN’S CHORUS MEETS TOMORROW *

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