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RESIDENTS TESTIFY THEY FEAR 29 PALMS MARINE BASE EXPANSION
YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS THAT HOME DEPOT SAVED THE BUDGET
ANOTHER MAJOR HOTEL COMING TO 29 PALMS *
COUNTY ASSESSOR REFUSES TO GO BEFORE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO HOLD BREAST HEALTH SEMINAR NEXT WEEK
LOW-COST RABIES CLINIC TOMORROW IN 29 PALMS *
"ON THE VERGE" AT GROVE’S CABIN THEATRE
HALLOWEEN HAUNT "FEARIE TALES" AT THEATER 29 *
4TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY PUMPKIN PATCH TOMORROW *
HALLOWEEN FLASHLIGHT CANDY SCRAMBLE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW NIGHT
HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY FOR KIDS TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY *
FALL FESTIVAL TOMORROW AT YUCCA MESA ELEMENTARY *
HI-DESERT GARDEN CLUB MEETS TOMORROW *
IRRIGATION THE SUBJECT OF LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP TOMORROW
WEEKEND DOUBLE TREAT AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW *
TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AT HOME, YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL AWAY TONIGHT; CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS HIT THE TRAIL TOMORROW

 

RESIDENTS TESTIFY THEY FEAR 29 PALMS MARINE BASE EXPANSION
AT A SPECIAL MEETING WITH MARINE CORPS AND BLM OFFICIALS IN 29 PALMS YESTERDAY, LOCAL RESIDENTS SAID THEY FEAR PLANS TO EXPAND THE 932-SQUARE-MILE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE BY AS MUCH AS TWO-THIRDS WILL TAKE THEIR HOMES, CURTAIL OFF-ROAD RECREATION AND DESTROY WILDLIFE HABITAT. ABOUT 100 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE PUBLIC MEETING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. WONDER VALLEY RESIDENTS COMPLAINED THEY CAN'T TELL FROM THE MAPS PROVIDED WHETHER THEIR HOMES ARE INSIDE THE PROPOSED EXPANSION AREA. COL. WES WESTON ASSURED THE CROWD OF ABOUT 100 THAT NOTHING HAD BEEN DECIDED YET. "IT'S VERY EARLY IN THE PROCESS," HE SAID. "THERE WILL BE MANY PUBLIC MEETINGS AND A THOROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY, THE FINAL PLAN ULTIMATELY REQUIRES APPROVAL FROM CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT". MILITARY OFFICIALS WANT ENOUGH SPACE FOR THREE BATTALIONS TO MANEUVER SIMULTANEOUSLY USING LIVE AMMUNITION ACCOMPANIED BY AIR SUPPORT. MANY OF THE RESIDENTS WERE MORE WORRIED ABOUT LOSING LAND THAN FIGHTING WARS. THE 424,000 ACRES IDENTIFIED BY THE MILITARY COVER ALMOST 76,000 ACRES OF PRIVATE PROPERTY AND MOST OF THE JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE AREA. THE EXPANSION ALSO AREA ENCOMPASSES AN ARRAY OF GEOLOGICAL FEATURES, SUCH AS BRISTOL DRY LAKE, KNOWN FOR ITS SALT MINING; AMBOY CRATER AND THE SURROUNDING LAVA FIELDS; AND THE SHEEPHOLE MOUNTAINS AND CADIZ VALLEY. THE EXPANSION AREA INCLUDES PRIME DESERT TORTOISE HABITAT NORTH OF JOHNSON VALLEY AND BIGHORN SHEEP HABITAT EAST OF THE BASE. A NAVY RESEARCH GROUP LOOKED AT 11 OTHER POTENTIAL TRAINING SITES IN THE NATION, BUT ONLY TWENTYNINE PALMS HAS SUFFICIENT AIRSPACE AND LAND, ACCORDING TO THE APPLICATION TO ACQUIRE PUBLIC LANDS.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS THAT HOME DEPOT SAVED THE BUDGET
THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION LAST NIGHT. Z107-7 MANAGING EDITOR KARL GARDNER SAYS COUNCIL MEMBERS HEARD THAT THE NEW HOME DEPOT SAVED THE DAY -----
HOME DEPOT HELPED YUCCA VALLEY OVERCOME A 10% DECREASE IN TAX REVENUES STEMMING FROM REDUCED RETAIL SALES TOWN WIDE, IT WAS REPORTED AT LAST EVENING’S TOWN COUNCIL MEETING. CURTIS YAKIMOW ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE DIRECTOR SAID WITH HOME DEPOT MAKING UP CLOSE TO $300,000 IN SALES TAX, THE TOWN BUDGET IS ON TRACK IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR. TOWN MANAGER ANDY TAKATA NOTED THAT THE TOWN’S RESERVES ARE IN GOOD SHAPE, BUT IS NOT SURE OF WHAT THE STATE WILL DO DURING THE CURRENT FISCAL CRUNCH, AND WILL BE WATCHING THE LEGISLATURE CLOSELY. IN OTHER ACTIONS CYNTHIA KRAMER WAS APPOINTED TO THE PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURAL COMMISSION AND COUNCIL MEMBERS BILL NEEB AND CHAD MAYES WERE APPOINTED TO AN AD HOC COMMITTEE TO REVIEW PROSPECTIVE TOWN ATTORNEYS, TO REPLACE THE RETIRING NAOMI SILVERGLEID.

ANOTHER MAJOR HOTEL COMING TO 29 PALMS *

COUNTY ASSESSOR REFUSES TO GO BEFORE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
COUNTY ASSESSOR BILL POSTMUS VOWED THURSDAY TO SERVE OUT HIS TERM AND SAID HE WILL NOT APPEAR BEFORE SUPERVISORS TO DISCUSS HIS OFFICE AND ALLEGATIONS THAT HE BATTLED DRUG ADDICTION. POSTMUS SAID ALLEGATIONS RAISED AGAINST HIM AND HIS OFFICE ARE PART OF A POLITICAL WITCH HUNT AND THAT APPEARING BEFORE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WOULD AMOUNT TO A POLITICAL CIRCUS. THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE HAS MORE THAN 200 EMPLOYEES AND ESTABLISHES REAL ESTATE VALUES THAT DETERMINE HOW MUCH RESIDENTS PAY IN PROPERTY TAXES. POSTMUS’ TERM EXPIRES AT THE END OF 2010. HE WOULD NOT SAY WHETHER HE PLANS TO SEEK RE-ELECTION. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN HAS ASKED POSTMUS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS RAISED BY A CRITICAL GRAND JURY REPORT AND HAS CALLED ON THE ASSESSOR TO PUBLICLY REFUTE THE DRUG ALLEGATIONS OR RESIGN.

HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO HOLD BREAST HEALTH SEMINAR NEXT WEEK
THIS IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND THE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WILL PRESENT A FREE SEMINAR ON BREAST HEALTH FOR WOMEN NEXT WEEK. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF SAYS REGISTER EARLY FOR WHAT WILL BE A POPULAR EVENT ------
IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER IS OFFERING A FREE SEMINAR ON BREAST HEALTH FOR WOMEN ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 AT 6 PM IN THE HELEN GRAY EDUCATION CENTER ON THE HOSPITAL CAMPUS IN JOSHUA TREE. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, BREAST CANCER IS THE SECOND-LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH IN WOMEN, AFTER LUNG CANCER. A WOMAN’S RISK OF GETTING BREAST CANCER INCREASES WITH AGE, ALTHOUGH OTHER FACTORS CAN ALSO INCREASE THE RISK. THE FREE SEMINAR WILL BE LED BY DR. CHAHAT THAKUR, WHO URGES ALL WOMEN TO DO MONTHLY SELF-EXAMS, AND WOMEN AGED 40 AND OVER TO HAVE ANNUAL MAMMOGRAMS. DR. THAKUR SAYS WOMEN SHOULD NOT RELY SOLELY ON SELF-EXAMS TO DETECT LUMPS, SINCE MAMMOGRAMS CAN DETECT SMALL CANCERS UP TO TWO YEARS BEFORE THEY CAN BE FELT. IN ADDITION, MAMMOGRAMS CAN FIND TINY DEPOSITS OF CALCIUM IN THE BREAST THAT MAY INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF CANCER. TO REGISTER FOR THE FREE SEMINAR, CALL 366-6324.

LOW-COST RABIES CLINIC TOMORROW IN 29 PALMS *

"ON THE VERGE" AT GROVE’S CABIN THEATRE
A NEW PRODUCTION WILL OPEN SATURDAY AT THE GROVE’S THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY. REPORTER DAN STORK TELLS YOU HOW TO GET TICKETS TO THE INTIMATE THEATER -----
AN ODDBALL COMEDY IS THE NEXT PRESENTATION AT GROVES CABIN THEATRE IN MORONGO VALLEY. "ON THE VERGE (OR THE GEOGRAPHY OF YEARNING)" BY ERIC OVERMYER, FOLLOWS 3 INTREPID VICTORIAN LADIES ON THEIR EXPEDITION THROUGH THE LAST UNKNOWN AREA OF THE GLOBE IN 1888. EVENTUALLY, IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT THEY ARE ALSO TRAVELING FORWARD THROUGH TIME, INTO THE FUTURE. THE PLAY IS DIRECTED BY WENDY COHEN, AND STARS JOY GROVES, VICKI MONTGOMERY, NICOLE SMENT, AND JOHN ZEMBO. OPENING NIGHT IS OCTOBER 25TH. THE SHOW RUNS SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 8 AND SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AT 2:30 THROUGH NOVEMBER 23RD, WITH A BONUS PERFORMANCE ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 5TH AT 8 PM AT THE HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER IN JOSHUA TREE. GROVES CABIN THEATRE IS AT 8768 DESERT WILLOW TRAIL IN MORONGO VALLEY. TICKETS FOR ALL SEATS ARE $10. FOR RESERVATIONS AND DIRECTIONS TO THIS TINY, HIDDEN GEM OF A THEATRE, CALL 365-4523.

HALLOWEEN HAUNT "FEARIE TALES" AT THEATER 29 *

4TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY PUMPKIN PATCH TOMORROW *

HALLOWEEN FLASHLIGHT CANDY SCRAMBLE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW NIGHT
FUN FOR THE KIDS AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER TOMORROW NIGHT. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF SAYS BRING THE KIDS OUT FOR THE ANNUAL FLASHLIGHT CANDY SCRAMBLE -----
THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL HALLOWEEN FLASHLIGHT CANDY SCRAMBLE SATURDAY AT 7 AT THE TOWN’S COMMUNITY CENTER COMPLEX. IT’S A HALLOWEEN CANDY HUNT IN THE DARK ON THE UPPER SOCCER FIELD. DON’T FORGET YOUR FLASHLIGHT, AS THERE WON’T BE ANY OTHER LIGHT ON THE FIELD, A CONTAINER TO HOLD THE GOODIES IN, AND BE READY TO SCRAMBLE! CHILDREN IN GRADES K THROUGH 6 ARE WELCOME, AND ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR COSTUMES TO ATTEND THIS FREE EVENT, BUT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT 369-7211.

HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY FOR KIDS TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY *

FALL FESTIVAL TOMORROW AT YUCCA MESA ELEMENTARY *

HI-DESERT GARDEN CLUB MEETS TOMORROW *

IRRIGATION THE SUBJECT OF LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP TOMORROW
A FREE LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP TOMORROW WILL FOCUS ON IRRIGATION. REPORTER KARL GARDNER GETS OUT HIS SHOVEL ----
IRRIGATION, THE KEY TO HAVING A SUCCESSFUL AND WATER FRUGAL LANDSCAPE, IS THE TOPIC OF THIS MONTH’S LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP, BEING OFFERED BY THE SUMMER TREE INSTITUTE AT THE JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY CENTER, SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 25TH FROM 10 TILL NOON. PART ON AN ONGOING SERIES OF WORKSHOPS DESIGNED TO HELP HOMEOWNERS CONSERVE WATER THROUGH DESERT FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING, THE WORKSHOPS ARE SPONSORED BY JOSHUA BASIN AND HI DESERT WATER DISTRICTS, ALONG WITH COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE AND THE ALLIANCE FOR WATER AWARENESS AND CONSERVATION. COST IS $12 WHICH IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL THE HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT AT 365-8333.

WEEKEND DOUBLE TREAT AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW *

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AT HOME, YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL AWAY TONIGHT; CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS HIT THE TRAIL TOMORROW
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL GRIDIRON ACTION TODAY FINDS THE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL WILDCATS AT HOME VERSUS THE DESERT MIRAGE RAMS, AND THE YUCCA VALLEY TROJANS TRAVEL DOWN THE HILL TO FACE THE DESERT HOT SPRINGS GOLDEN EAGLES. JUNIOR VARSITY KICKS OFF THIS AFTERNOON AT 4:15, VARSITY THIS EVENING AT 7. AND BOTH THE TROJAN AND WILDCAT CROSS COUNTY TEAMS HIT THE TRAILS TOMORROW AFTER NOON, COMPETING IN THE MOUNT SAC INVITATIONAL AT MOUNT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE. THE TROJANS RUN AT 1, WILDCATS AT 2:30.

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