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Listen To Your News Friday, January 4, 2013 News Archive
     

TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS ESCAPE UNHARMED FROM BURNING HOME
Two people escaped a burning home in Twentynine Palms Wednesday night. According to Fire Chief Jim Thompson, at about 8:40 p.m. firefighters from the Twentynine Palms and Combat Center fire departments were dispatched to a reported residential structure fire in the 6100 block of Bagley Avenue. Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from a single-family residence with the fire threatening to extend to a vehicle and a travel trailer. Thompson requested the two-person brush patrol from Wonder Valley for additional manpower as firefighters made an aggressive fire attack keeping the fire contained to the building of origin. The fire in the residence went into the attic and kept the 13 firefighters busy for close to an hour before the fire was declared under control. An elderly female and an adult male were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. The American Red Cross responded and provided assistance to the residents. Damage to the structure and contents was extensive with an estimated loss of $80,000. The fire started in the garage and the investigation into the exact cause of the fire is ongoing.

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ARMED ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY
Yucca Valley police are investigating a report of an armed robbery Thursday evening. According to a Sheriff's report, about 6:35, a man was at the Cinema 6 Theater when an unidentified man, described only as having light brown curly hair, and woman asked him if he wanted to buy some marijuana. The suspect then pointed a handgun at the victim, asked him if he was an employee, and then demanded his phone and wallet. The victim gave up his phone but refused to hand over his wallet. The couple then fled across the highway toward the Apache Mobile Home Park. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's department at 760-366-4175.

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SKETCHY DETAILS ON PEDESTRIAN VERSUS VEHICLE IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY
Morongo Valley Fire Department responded to a pedestrian versus vehicle crash last night. About 7:45 p.m., a person was crossing the highway at Hess Boulevard when a vehicle traveling up the grade hit the person. The fire department refused to divulge whether the victim was a male or female or any other information. The victim was critically injured and taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

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NEW STATE LAWS KICK IN: PART 2
Yesterday, Dan Stork highlighted a few of the 847 laws passed by the California legislature and signed by Governor Brown in 2012. But wait, there's more…
Here are some more laws enacted in California during the past year:

  • A Silver Alert can be activated by police for anyone 65 years old or older who's missing and in great danger because of their medical condition, like Alzheimer's and dementia.
  • If a police officer asks for proof of auto insurance, you can produce it on a cellphone.
  • Gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors was banned. (That one is being challenged in court.)
  • Texting while driving will be OK, if it's done hands-free.
  • Some college textbooks will be available as free downloads.
  • College athletes who suffer career-ending injuries will be eligible for additional financial assistance.
  • UC and Cal State Regents must consult with student groups before increasing tuition.
  • Employers cannot ask employees and prospective employees to provide their passwords for social media and email accounts.
  • Some young undocumented Californians—perhaps as many as 400,000—will be eligible for driver's licenses.
  • Juveniles convicted to lifetime prison stints in California may have a chance at early release after serving 25 years.

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PAUL COOK OF YUCCA VALLEY SWORN INTO U.S. CONGRESS
Former Mayor and now Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker John Boehner yesterday. The 113th Congress was sworn in and convened at noon Thursday. Democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate but Republicans control the House of Representatives, 233 to 200. There are 12 new senators–eight Democrats, three Republicans and one independent. Twenty women are senators, the highest number ever. The House has 81 women representatives. Eighty-two freshmen are in the House, including 47 Democrats and 35 Republicans. Cook's 8th district covers our Morongo Basin, Highland, Yucaipa, the San Bernardino Mountains, the High Desert and both Mono and Inyo counties.

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MARINES NOW REQUIRED TO WEAR SERVICE UNIFORM ON FRIDAYS
The Marine Corps will require nearly all Marines to dress up on Fridays beginning this week, following a directive issued by Commandant General Jim Amos. Effective this month, the uniform of the day on Fridays—from November to March—will be the Service B. From April to October, it will be the Service C. The commandant wants all non-deployed Marines and sailors assigned to Marine units to participate, although some exceptions will be granted. The decision means most Marines across the Corps will be wearing "Bravos" during the winter and "Charlies" during the summer to close the week. The Bravos include a khaki-colored shirt and tie and olive drab trousers. The Charlies include a short-sleeve khaki shirt and olive drab trousers.

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A LOOK AT A STRUGGLING HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER IN 2012
Z107.7 continues our look back at the events and issues that shaped our local institutions in 2012. Today, reporter Mike Lipsitz looks at a financially challenged year for the hi-Desert Medical center…
In 2012 the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District faced challenges consistent with a large number of hospitals in California. Chief among those challenges was the effort to maintain fiscal solvency while providing services regardless of a patient's insurance coverage or ability to pay. With 20 percent of those residing in the District's service area living in poverty, it comes as no surprise that the medical center provided millions of dollars in uncompensated care. That difficult operating environment was meticulously qualified in 2012 as part of a comprehensive three-year strategic plan commissioned and published by the District. The document laid out many of the challenges facing the medical center and suggested ways to manage them. Also in 2012, the Healthcare District hosted a series of town hall meetings. Information gathered at those meetings was used to help formulate the three-year strategic plan as well as assist the District in understanding how to best address and mitigate some lingering image problems.

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RECEPTION SUNDAY FOR NEW SHOW AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY
Dimitry Kirillov, a resident of Joshua Tree, will be showing in the West Gallery at the Twentynine Palms Artists' Guild along with sculptor Simi Dabah from January 2 through 27. Kirillov's photography is done with a digital camera and printed on archival paper. Simi Dabah, a self-taught artist/welder, has been creating welded steel sculptures from industrial scrap for more than forty years. Dabah has generously donated his sculptures to the gallery for sale to help benefit the Morongo Basin's oldest running arts organization. The Twentynine Palms Artists' Guild was officially founded in 1951. The art gallery and gift shop are run 100 percent by volunteers and is supported by donations, a small percentage from the sale of art and by the adjacent gift shop. A reception will be held on Sunday, January 6, from noon to 3 p.m. The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery and Gift Shop are located off National Park Drive, near the Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters, the Old Schoolhouse Museum and the Twentynine Palms Inn. The gallery and gift shop are open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Call 760-367-7819 for more information.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACTIVIST TO SPEAK LOCALLY TOMORROW
The subject of medical marijuana will be addressed by experts in a special meeting tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more…
An activist for medical marijuana will be the guest speaker at a meeting in Joshua Tree Saturday. Joe Grumbine, an operator of a medical marijuana collective, has been arrested more than once for possession of medical marijuana and held in jail on bail that's higher than that for many serious felony charges. Grumbine will talk about the current charge against him at a meeting sponsored by the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project and American Harm Reduction Association. There is no charge to attend and the public is invited. The meeting starts at 2:30 Saturday at JTOPIA, the new artist residential colony located at 61850 Chollita in Joshua Tree. For more information call 760-799-2055.

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TEEN CRAFTS AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW
Teens are welcome to join the Twentynine Palms Library tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. for teen crafts. This month's craft will be an "Octopus's Garden Mobile." Enjoy music and refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the library. The event is open to teens in grades 7 through 12. For more information and to sign up for the teen craft, please call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519.

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AUDITIONS FOR "GYPSY" AT THEATRE 29 JANUARY 14
Theatre 29 has announced the audition date for the second show of the 2013 season, The Broadway classic "Gypsy," a musical fable suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. Open auditions for "Gypsy" will be held Monday, January 14, at 6 p.m., at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Directors are looking for a cast of up to 35, with many roles open for both Adult and younger performers from ages of 12 and older. "Gypsy" will run for twelve performances over five weekends from March 8 though April 6. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Two Sunday Matinees will be offered at 2:30 p.m. on March 17 and 24.

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SOME ADVICE FOR ASPIRING LOCAL MUSICIANS
Z107-7 continues our exceptional support for local musicians with the Z107.7 Local Music Showcase with Pat Michaels every Sunday at 4:00. Today, with some good advice for aspiring musicians, is ROP Broadcasting student Michael Nanninga…
If you're a musician or musical group, you know time in the recording studio is valuable and expensive. According to Joe Shambro, with homerecording.about.com, here are a few tips to utilize the maximum time you have for first time musicians in the studio. To start, have your songs ready and know how to play them well and through, practice first! Know when to be quiet; try not to take up the producer's time by talking when unnecessary, Time is money. Use new strings and heads, and bring a spare set of drumsticks just in case. You want to make sure the engineer and producer know the sound you want, but know it must be your own. And finally, everyone wants to be a rock star but hangovers are bad! Remember most studios are places of business; come in well rested and ready to work. If you remember these few tips, you're headed towards success!

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COPPER MOUNTAIN BREAKFAST TOMORROW
First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center is tomorrow morning. The friendly volunteers will be serving up coffee, juice, eggs your way, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, bacon and sausage for $5 for adults, $3 for children. Come on out and see them at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway Tree.

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FREE FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up a free meal and fellowship tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. Tomorrow, the Rotary/Interact Club from Twentynine Palms High School will serve up chili, cornbread and dessert.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
In high school sports tonight, the Joshua Springs boys' and girls' basketball teams will host Desert Oasis High School from Las Vegas at home. Tip-off for the girls is at 5; the boys play at 6:30.

Then tomorrow, the Las Vegas Desert Oasis High School will play the Yucca Valley High School boys and girls basketball teams.

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