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Listen To Your News Wednesday, January 2, 2013 News Archive
     

EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR BLOOD DONATIONS ISSUED
Desert Blood Services has issued an emergency appeal to the Hi-Desert for blood donations this week. All blood types are needed, but blood types O and B are critically low. A community blood drive will be held In Yucca Valley Wednesday, January 2, at Vons in Yucca Valley, from 2 to 6 p.m. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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14-YEAR-OLD ON BICYCLE HIT BY CAR FRIDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
A Yucca Valley boy riding his bicycle suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a car in Twentynine Palms Friday evening. About 7:45 p.m., John Carbiener, 28, of Twentynine Palms, was driving his 2006 Lincoln southbound on Adobe Road when he hit a 14-year-old boy who was crossing Adobe westbound at Raymond Avenue near the Adobe Villas Apartments. The speed limit in that area is 55 miles per hour and there is no marked crosswalk at that intersection. The boy suffered a possible broken ankle, fractured teeth, and head injuries. He was flown by Mercy Air to Loma Linda Hospital.

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JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL STORE ON COUNTY PLANNING NOTICES
The anticipated Dollar General store in Joshua Tree has popped up on San Bernardino County Planning Commission notices. Dan Stork gives the heads-up…
The agenda for the San Bernardino County Planning Commission for its January 3 meeting lists a single public hearing—for a Conditional Use Permit for a Joshua Tree Retail Store. Only 10 minutes is estimated for the hearing, since the recommendation is to take it off the calendar, and re-notice it for January 17. The representative that is listed to address the Commission on the item is from Dynamic Development. Dynamic Development is a real estate firm that manages site development for many large chains, including Dollar General. The County Planning Commission meets in the Board Chambers on the first floor of the County Government Center at 385 North Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino. Its meetings start at 9 a.m.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A GUITAR IN JOSHUA TREE
A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday morning after he attacked two men with a guitar. Witnesses told Sheriff deputies that about 8:40 a.m., they saw Randy Anderson, 64, repeatedly swing his wooden guitar at an employee of a Joshua Tree gas station, identified only as a 58-year-old Joshua Tree man. The employee was able to block the blows from the guitar with a dustpan he'd been holding. Anderson then walked westbound on the highway where he met another victim, identified as a 77-year-old man, near El Reposo Street. Anderson hit the second victim in the head with his guitar several times, causing major bleeding. Anderson then went across the highway to the Joshua Tree Saloon, where a deputy found him, still holding the neck of his guitar. The second victim was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment. Randy Anderson was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, and is being held at the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

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THEATRE 29 HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR THE MUSICAL "GYPSY"
Theatre 29 will be presenting the classic Broadway musical "Gypsy" starting in early February. Special Correspondent Les Taylor says open auditions will be held January 14…
Theater 29 has announced that due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, the planned second show of the 2013 season, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," has been canceled. But not to worry; the creative collaboration of Gary Daigneault and Ed Will are bringing the classic Broadway musical "Gypsy" to the local theater stage instead. Loosely based on the memoirs of famed burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, the show features the classic tunes "Everything's Coming up Roses" and "Let Me Entertain You," as well as many others. And while called "Gypsy," it is just as much about Momma Rose, the overly aggressive stage mother who dragged her daughters across country during the waning days of vaudeville and the birth of burlesque in the 1920s. Open auditions for "Gypsy" will be held Monday, January 14 at 6 p.m. at Theatre 29 on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. A cast of up to 35 is needed and there are many roles open for adult and younger actors from ages 12 and over. As the date nears, audition "sides" will be posted at the theater's website, www.theatre29.org. Marking the 13th time in as many years that artistic director Daigneault and musical director Will have teamed up, "Gypsy" opens March 8 and runs five weekends through April 6, including two Sunday matinee dates, March 17 and 24. For complete ticket information, go to theatre29.org, or call the box office at 760-361-4151.

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BRIEF CAR CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST FOR HEROIN
Two Joshua Tree men are behind bars, accused of various drug violations. 8:40 Saturday evening, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Matthew Swank, 26, for not having a license plate. Swank failed to yield for about 1 ½ miles before finally stopping near Douglas Lane and Marvin Drive in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff's report, the deputy found in Swank's possession a large amount of black tar heroin and methamphetamine, along with a digital scale, and a large amount of money. Matthew Swank was arrested for investigation of transporting illegal drugs, and booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000. the deputy determined that Swank's passenger, Adam Swank, 24, had in his immediate reach a baggie containing meth and a glass pipes. Adam Swank was arrested for investigation of drug possession, booked into the West Valley Detention Center without bail for violating his parole.

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YUCCA VALLEY TRAFFIC STOPS NETS TWO ARRESTS
Two men were arrested early Sunday morning on warrants after a traffic stop in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff's report, shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a deputy stopped an unregistered vehicle near Barberry Avenue and Onaga Trail. The driver, later identified as Samuel Arredondo, 24, at first told the deputy his name was Robert Senean, but the deputy recognized him, and knew Arredondo had a warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. Arredondo fled on foot, but, after a brief foot pursuit, he was caught and placed him under arrest for investigation of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with gross bodily injuries, and failure to appear. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $100,000. The passenger, Jaime Arredondo, who was arrested on warrants for domestic battery and drunk and disorderly. Jaime Arredondo was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT HEARS FROM MOJAVE WATER AGENCY IN MEETING TONIGHT
The Joshua Basin Water District will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the will get an update from the Mojave Water Agency…
The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meets in regular session at 7:00 tonight at District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. Tonight's meeting begins with an update of Mojave Water Agency activities delivered by that Agency's General Manager Kirby Brill. After that, the board will consider purchase of a three-year supply of batteries for electronic meter reading. The 2,000 batteries are expected to be part of a $50,000 purchase order. Also on the action agenda, the board will consider two alternative plans related to an "incidental take permit for ground water recharge. Those actions and others will precede staff and director's reports.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT WORK TO CAUSE ROAD CLOSURE TOMORROW
The Twentynine Palms Water District will be doing work at the intersection of Utah Trail and 29 Palms Highway on January 3. This work will require the road closure of Utah Trail between 29 Palms Highway and Joe Davis Road between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please use an alternate route on this day.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS IN HOLIDAY DELAYED MEETING TONIGHT
Did you miss last night's Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting? Never fear–it didn't happen! Dan Stork gives the agenda for tonight's replacement session…
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission, which holds its regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, has canceled its meeting scheduled for yesterday, New Year's Day, and will instead hold a special meeting tonight. A new chairman and vice-chair are scheduled to be selected, despite the uncertainty as to who will occupy two of the five seats in the coming year. Other than approval of past minutes, the only item on the agenda is another study session on a comprehensive update and replacement of the entire Development Code. The Commission meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

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THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-CIF
Three members of the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats football team were chosen to the All–CIF team for the 2012 season by the East Valley Divison. The Wildcats' sixth consecutive De Anza league championship team also placed seven members on the All-De Anza league team as well. Free safety Nate McClain, offensive lineman David Falefitu, and senior linebacker Morgan Cole were named to the All-CIF team. McClain, a 3-year varsity starter, recorded 101 tackles as a safety position, and tied the lead with five interceptions. Junior David Falefitu is a two way starter on offensive and defense, anchoring the line for the Wildcats on both sides of the ball. Morgan Cole is a two-time selection to the All-CIF team, leading the 'Cats with 119 tackles on the year from his linebacker position. At the Wildcats' football banquet, seven members of the Wildcats were named to the All-DeAnza league first team, with six players being chosen to the second team. Joining the three All-CIF athletes on the first team were senior cornerback David Haney, and Marcus Chestnut, leading receivers for the team. Three juniors made the first team with quarterback Jake Culver and middle linebacker Talo Wilson joining Falefitu on the first team. The second team players chosen were senior defensive end Nelson Weber and center Nathan Berry, Mason Lowery, Cole Estrada, Darren Murphy, and sophomore lineman Chris Taliu. "This is an outstanding accomplishment for all of our players this season," stated head coach Ernest Martinez.

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A CALL FOR RECYCLED ART AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM
A call for artists is being put out by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. Assignment reporter Taylor Thacker says they are looking for recycled art…
Attention all local artists! You have a chance to have your unique art displayed! The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is requesting any artwork about recycled things: sculptures made out of recycled things, paintings of recycling, or even pictures of things being recycled. Everyone is invited to participate. Guidelines for submittal of artwork are provided at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum or are online at www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org. Also, if you have artwork with wings, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council will be displaying "All Things With Wings" at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. For more information, please call 760-366-2226 or go online to the MBCAC website at www.mbcac.org. An exhibit reception for both shows will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The reception is free to the public. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway. The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free; donations support the educational mission of the Museum. For more information, contact the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at (760) 369-7212.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER TEAM EXCELS IN ONTARIO TOURNAMENT
The Ontario Christian Christmas Classic Tournament Boys Soccer was one of the best for the Yucca Valley High School soccer team, with two wins and two losses. Coach Tee Vallo said goalkeeper junior Victor Garcilazo recorded two shut outs and had only four goals scored against him. Junior Logan Vallo tied the single game scoring record with four goals versus Tri-City Christian and junior Bradley Soares was placed on the 2012 All-Tournament team for his outstanding play. Six different players scored goals, seven with assists, two shut outs lost games were only by one goal. The Yucca Valley High School defense had a very good tournament with stand out play from keeper and from senior defender Caleb Woods and junior Josh Morrison.

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