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MARINE COLONEL, BASED IN 29 PALMS, DIES FROM EARLIER WOUNDS
CHP PATROL CAR HITS A MINI-VAN IN MORONGO VALLEY LAST NIGHT
PLANNED POWER OUTAGE TO AFFECT FAR FEWER THAN NOTIFIED
COUNTY EXPANDS HIGH-TECH TRACKING OF CRIMINALS
SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES IMPROVEMENTS, HEARS STATE WOES
FORENSIC NURSING SEMINAR AT HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW *
HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD REVIEWS ADMINISTRATOR CANDIDATES *
FIRE PREVENTION, THE 3RD IN A 5 PART SERIES
YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, FUEL SURCHARGE ON AGENDA *
TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES NIGHT CLUB AT ADOBE AND TWO-MILE ROADS
MORONGO BASIN CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION MEETS TOMORROW *
YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HITS SNAG IN SONIC DRIVE THROUGH PLANS
YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL GIRLS BEAT THE FOOTBALL TEAM IN FUND-RAISER
LADY LIGHTNING VOLLEYBALL WIN OVER THE EAGLES

MARINE COLONEL, BASED IN 29 PALMS, DIES FROM EARLIER WOUNDS
A MARINE COLONEL, BASED IN 29 PALMS, WOUNDED TWO MONTHS AGO IN IRAQ, HAS DIED. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NOTIFIED Z107-7 NEWS THAT COL. MICHAEL STAHLMAN, 45, OF CHEVY CHASE, MD., DIED OCT. 5 FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A JULY 31 NON-HOSTILE INCIDENT IN ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO HEADQUARTERS BATTALION, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, TWENTYNINE PALMS, CALIF. THE DOD SAID THE INCIDENT IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.

CHP PATROL CAR HITS A MINI-VAN IN MORONGO VALLEY LAST NIGHT
TRAFFIC WAS SLOWED IN MORONGO VALLEY FOR HOURS LAST NIGHT AFTER A CHP PATROL CAR HIT A MINI VAN. A CHP SPOKESMAN SAID OFFICERS LUCK AND GRIFFIN HAD JUST COMPLETED A TRAFFIC STOP SHORTLY AFTER 7:00 AND WERE PULLING BACK ONTO THE WESTBOUND LANES OF THE HIGHWAY WHEN THEIR MARKED PATROL CAR STRUCK A MINI-VAN DRIVEN BY GEORGE VOSS, 51, OF YUCCA VALLEY. VOSS AND ONE OF THE OFFICERS WERE TAKEN TO DESERT HOSPITAL IN PALMS SPRINGS WITH MINOR INJURIES. TRAFFIC WAS DIVERTED FOR ABOUT THREE HOURS AS THE SCENE WAS CLEARED AND INVESTIGATED.

PLANNED POWER OUTAGE TO AFFECT FAR FEWER THAN NOTIFIED
OFFICIALS AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON SAY A POWER OUTAGE SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT WILL AFFECT FAR FEWER PEOPLE THAN WERE SEND NOTIFICATION. REPORTER KARL GARDNER HAS DETAILS... SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON OVER ALERTED MANY OF ITS CUSTOMERS OF AN UPCOMING SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE. AN EDISON SPOKESWOMAN SAID THE OUTAGE, SCHEDULED FROM 9 THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH 6 FRIDAY MORNING, WOULD EFFECT ONLY1400 CUSTOMERS IN AMBOY AND PARTS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS, EVEN THOUGH CUSTOMERS IN JOSHUA TREE RECEIVED THE NOTICE. EDISON WILL BE UPGRADING LIGHTNING ARRESTERS AT THE HI DESERT SUBSTATION. EDISON SAYS THAT POWER MAY OR MAY NOT BE OFF OF THE ENTIRE PERIOD. DURING POWER INTERRUPTIONS, EXPERTS SAY ITS WISE TO UNPLUG SENSITIVE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, SAFEGUARD COMPUTERS, KNOW HOW TO MANUALLY OPERATE GARAGE DOORS AND SECURITY GATES, AND LET EDISON KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO USE AN EMERGENCY GENERATOR. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY DON’T USE CANDLES FOR EMERGENCY LIGHTING, STOCK UP ON BATTERIES, AND IF YOU DEPEND ON OXYGEN GENERATORS, KEEP A SPARE OXYGEN CYLINDER ON HAND.

COUNTY EXPANDS HIGH-TECH TRACKING OF CRIMINALS
THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED PLANS YESTERDAY TO EXPAND OPTIONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO TRACK CONVICTED CRIMINALS. THE METHODS INCLUDE TRACKING WITH GLOBAL POSITIONING SATELLITES, HOME-BASED ELECTRONIC MONITORING, AND ALCOHOL MONITORING. THE SUPERVISORS APPROVED AN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE GPS TRACKING OF GANG MEMBERS AND SEX OFFENDERS ON PROBATION AND ELECTRONIC MONITORING SERVICES FOR OFFENDERS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. IN ADDITION, A CONTRACT WAS APPROVED TO PROVIDE ALCOHOL MONITORING SERVICES TO OFFENDERS ON PROBATION. ALL OF THE TRACKING SERVICES ARE OFFENDER-PAID. SUPERVISORS APPROVED A FEE SCHEDULE FOR OFFENDERS ON ELECTRONIC MONITORING AT $15 PER DAY. GPS AND ALCOHOL MONITORING SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED TO OFFENDERS WHO WILL PAY FOR MONITORING SERVICES ON A SLIDING FEE SCALE BASED ON THEIR ABILITY TO PAY. BEGINNING IN 2009, THE COUNTY IS REQUIRED TO PLACE ALL CURRENT HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDER PROBATIONERS ON GPS TRACKING. APPROXIMATELY 3,000 OFFENDERS NOW PARTICIPATE IN THE SHERIFF’S WORK RELEASE/WORK FURLOUGH PROGRAM. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WILL NOW OFFER ELECTRONIC MONITORING AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR LOW-RISK OFFENDERS. IN ANOTHER EFFORT TO ADDRESS OVERCROWDING IN COUNTY JAILS, THE COUNTY IS PURSUING A PLAN TO ADD 1,368 ADDITIONAL BEDS TO THE ADELANTO DETENTION CENTER COUNTY JAIL, INCREASING THE CAPACITY FROM 706 TO 2,074. IN ADDITION TO THE ADELANTO EXPANSION, PLANS ARE ALSO BEING DEVELOPED TO EXPAND THE GLEN HELEN REHABILITATION CENTER NEAR DEVORE.

SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES IMPROVEMENTS, HEARS STATE WOES
THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MET IN REGULAR SESSION LAST NIGHT. APPROVAL OF 6 MILLION DOLLARS IN IMPROVEMENTS AND AN UPDATE ON THE STATE BUDGET SITUATION WERE ON THE AGENDA. REPORTER DAN STORK WAS THERE AND FILES THIS REPORT... STUDENT SERVICES DIRECTOR DAVID PRICE BEGAN THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING WITH AN OVERVIEW OF HIS DEPARTMENT’S PROGRAMS. HE DESCRIBED AVID, WHICH WORKS ON THE STUDY SKILLS OF COLLEGE-CAPABLE STUDENTS WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE NOT GO TO COLLEGE. HE ALSO LISTED SEVERAL TEACHER AND STUDENT PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY, AND A PARENT-INVOLVED AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM IN SEVERAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL WALKER PREFACED HIS REPORT ON THE STATE BUDGET WITH THE WARNING THAT IT COULD CHANGE MOMENTARILY. FOR THIS YEAR, THE STATE HAS TRIMMED ABOUT $3 BILLION FROM EDUCATION, WHICH IS PROPORTIONATELY LESS THAN THE CUTS GIVEN OTHER PROGRAMS. AS HAS HAPPENED 10 TIMES IN THE LAST 15 YEARS, THE STATE WILL BE UNABLE TO FUND EDUCATION TO THE LEVEL MANDATED BY LAW, AND WILL HAVE TO PAY THE DEFICIT BACK TO THE DISTRICTS WHEN GOOD TIMES RETURN. THE BOARD APPROVED A $6 MILLION BID FOR CLASSROOM AND BUILDING EXPANSIONS AT LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL AND CONDOR AND ONAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. THIS IS ABOUT 10% CHEAPER THAN EXPECTED, PROBABLY DUE TO LEAN TIMES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. IN ANOTHER SIGN OF THE TIMES THAT HAD MANY SHAKING HEADS IN WONDER, WALKER REPORTED THAT A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS CLEANUP TEAM WAS CALLED IN AFTER A SCIENCE TEACHER BROKE A MERCURY THERMOMETER.

FORENSIC NURSING SEMINAR AT HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TOMORROW *

HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD REVIEWS ADMINISTRATOR CANDIDATES *

FIRE PREVENTION, THE 3RD IN A 5 PART SERIES
THIS IS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK AND ALL THIS WEEK WE HAVE BEEN REMINDING YOU HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND PROPERTY SAFE FROM FIRE. WITH PART 3 OF A 5 PART SERIES, HERE IS Z107-7 MANAGING EDITOR KARL GARDNER... ELECTRICAL FIRES ARE ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF HOME FIRES, ESPECIALLY IN MANUFACTURED HOMES. AS PART OF NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE OFFERS TODAY’S TIP ON "PREVENTING HOME FIRES". KEEP LAMPS, LIGHT FIXTURES, AND LIGHT BULBS AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT CAN BURN, SUCH AS LAMPSHADES, BEDDING, CURTAINS, AND CLOTHING. INSPECT AND REPLACE CRACKED AND DAMAGED ELECTRICAL CORDS OFTEN. ONLY USE EXTENSION CORDS FOR TEMPORARY WIRING. HOMES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE TAMPER-RESISTANT ELECTRICAL RECEPTACLES, AND IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH FUSES OR CIRCUIT BREAKERS, CALL A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN. LASTLY, KNOW WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE. TO FIND OUT MORE ON WHAT YOU CAN FIND DO TO PREVENT HOME FIRES, VISIT ON THE WEB AT WWW.SBCFIRE.ORG.

YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, FUEL SURCHARGE ON AGENDA *

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES NIGHT CLUB AT ADOBE AND TWO-MILE ROADS
AFTER OVER A YEAR OF RED TAPE AND FRUSTRATING DELAYS, THE 29 PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO PUT A NIGHT CLUB AT ADOBE AND TWO-NILE ROADS LAST NIGHT. REPORTER KATIE ELWELL JOINS US WITH HER REPORT ON THE MEETING... A NEW NIGHT CLUB WILL SOON BE COMING TO 29 PALMS FOLLOWING YESTERDAY EVENING’S PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING. COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO APPROVE AN APPLICATION BY DANNY BOYER TO OPEN CLUB VO AT 5712 ADOBE ROAD. THE DECISION CAME WITH SEVERAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING A SECURITY PLAN THAT WOULD POST AT LEAST SIX GUARDS AT THE BUILDING DURING OPEN HOURS AND PAVING A PARKING LOT WITH 42 SPACES. THE BUSINESS WILL INCLUDE A BARBERSHOP, FULL BAR AND NIGHTCLUB. FOLLOWING THE DECISION, COMMISSIONERS DISCUSSED THE CITY’S TRAFFIC CIRCULATION ELEMENT. CITY ENGINEER RICHARD PEDERSEN PROPOSED SEVERAL CHANGES TO THE PREVIOUS TRAFFIC PLAN, WHICH WAS BASED ON A CITY BUILD-OUT OF 240,000 PEOPLE. THE CIRCULATION ELEMENT, WHICH WILL LIKELY RETURN TO THE COMMISSION FOR APPROVAL IN DECEMBER, IS A STARTING POINT FOR MAKING FUTURE LARGER-SCALE CHANGES TO THE CITY’S ROADS.

MORONGO BASIN CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION MEETS TOMORROW *

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HITS SNAG IN SONIC DRIVE THROUGH PLANS
THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARD A FEW HITCHES IN THE PLANS FOR A NEW SONIC BURGER DRIVE THROUGH LAST NIGHT. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF WAS IN ATTENDANCE AND FILES THIS REPORT... THE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR THE SONIC DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT, SLATED FOR THE CORNER OF BALSA AVE. AND HIGHWAY 62, HIT A SLIGHT SNAG AT LAST NIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING. THE PLANS FOR THE FAST FOOD RESTAURANT INCLUDE A DRIVE-THROUGH LANE WITH 2 PLACES FOR CARS TO EXIT THE DRIVE-THROUGH LANE BEFORE REACHING THE FINAL PICK-UP WINDOW. THE CURRENT RESTAURANT DESIGN IS SUCH THAT DRIVERS WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE THEIR ORDERS TO CAR HOPS WHILE THEY ARE WAITING IN THE DRIVE-THROUGH LINE, AND IF THEIR ORDER IS FILLED FASTER THAN THE ORDERS FROM CARS IN FRONT OF THEM, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO EXIT THE DRIVE-THROUGH LANE THROUGH ONE OF 2 EXITS IN THE LANE. HOWEVER, THESE EXITS REQUIRE A VARIANCE FROM THE TOWN’S PARKING CODE, WHICH REQUIRES THAT AN UNBROKEN MEDIAN SEPARATE THE DRIVE-THROUGH LANE FROM THE RESTAURANT’S PARKING LOT FOR SAFETY REASONS. THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSIONERS WERE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF BEING ABLE TO ESCAPE FROM THE DRIVE-THROUGH LANE, BUT FOUND THAT THE PARKING CODE PROHIBITED THEM FROM GRANTING THE VARIANCE TO SONIC DRIVE-IN. THE COMMISSIONERS DIRECTED TOWN STAFF TO DEVELOP AN AMENDMENT TO THE VARIANCE THAT WOULD PERMIT THE OPENINGS IN THE DRIVE-THROUGH LANE AND BRING IT BACK TO THE COMMISSION IN NOVEMBER. IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSIONERS APPROVED A 3,300 SQUARE FOOT ADDITION TO CAR QUEST AUTO PARTS STORE, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 6,500 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING BEHIND CAR QUEST. FINALLY, THE PLANNING COMMISSION ACCEPTED AND FILED THE TOWN’S HOUSING ELEMENT PLAN, WHICH IS A PART OF THE TOWN’S GENERAL PLAN AND MUST BE UPDATED EVERY 5 TO 8 YEARS.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL GIRLS BEAT THE FOOTBALL TEAM IN FUND-RAISER
THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL LADY TROJAN VOLLEYBALL TEAM CHALLENGED THE TROJAN FOOTBALL TEAM TO A VOLLEYBALL MATCH LAST. THE GAME, NICKNAMED "THE BATTLE OF THE BALL" WAS A HOTLY CONTESTED MATCH BUT IN THE END THE WINNER WAS.......LADY TROJAN VOLLEYBALL 2 GAMES TO 1. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LADY TROJANS - AND TO THE TROJAN FOOTBALL TEAM, WELL, THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR!!!!

LADY LIGHTNING VOLLEYBALL WIN OVER THE EAGLES
THE LADY LIGHTNING VOLLEYBALL TEAM, NOW 6-6 OVERALL AND 1-0 IN LEAGUE, OPENED AGAPE LEAGUE PLAY AGAINST THE ANTELOPE VALLEY CHRISTIAN EAGLES YESTERDAY AT THE THUNDERDOME IN YUCCA VALLEY. THE LADY EAGLES DO NOT HAVE A JV TEAM AND ONLY 7 TOTAL PLAYERS. THE LIGHTNING USED TWO JV PLAYERS IN EACH OF THE FIRST TWO GAMES AND ALL JV PLAYERS FOR THE LAST GAME. THE LIGHTNING WON THE MATCH IN THREE GAMES. NEXT UP FOR THE LADY LIGHTNING IS A HOME GAME WITH APPLE VALLEY CHRISTIAN WARRIORS TOMORROW, AT THE THUNDERDOME, THE GAME IS SCHEDULED FOR 5:30PM, BUT CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE BECAUSE IT MAY BE CHANGED TO 4:30PM BECAUSE THE LADY WARRIORS DO NOT HAVE A JV TEAM THIS YEAR.

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