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Listen To Your News Tuesday, January 5, 2010 News Archive
     

COUNTY CRACKDOWN ON DUI’S NETS MORE THAN 650 ARRESTS
A campaign cracking down on drunken drivers in San Bernardino County netted more than 650 arrests between December 18 and Sunday, a jump of 10 arrests over 2008. "It's only 10 more people, but that's 10 more people off the road," said Sheriff's Sergeant Dave Phelps, grant coordinator for the program. Twenty-five law enforcement agencies held six sobriety checkpoints during the holidays, including two in Twentynine Palms and one in Yucca Valley. Despite the efforts, there were still at least two crashes caused by motorists driving under the influence. One was a rollover crash that killed 29-year-old Timothy Berkich of Phelan on December 19. Two days later, a head-on crash killed two people on the 15 Freeway near Cima. Authorities said Stephen McElfresh, 47, of Escondido was driving a Hyundai Accent north on the 15 when he crossed into oncoming traffic. He struck David Campbell, 43, of Anaheim, who was in a 1998 Pontiac Firebird. Phelps said alcohol is believed to be a factor. There were four fatal DUI crashes in the county in 2008. The California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided grants for the program.

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SHERIFF’S CONDUCT JUVENILE PROBATION AND WARRANT SWEEP
Morongo Basin law enforcement has been busy with both a juvenile probation and warrant sweep through our communities. Managing Editor Karl Gardner has more on the sheriff’s efforts...
Two days of sweeps across the Morongo Basin netted 31 arrests on parole and probation violations. Sheriffs’ Sergeant James Porter said Friday from noon to 8, deputies and detectives fanned out across the Morongo Basin on a Juvenile Probation check. During searches, 4 juveniles were arrested along with Shane Flores, 39, of Yucca Valley for investigation of possessing and being under the influence of Methamphetamine. Shane Flores was booked into the Morongo Basin jail and held on $25,000 bail. 3 others were held on misdemeanor warrants. Saturday Deputies and Detectives were back in action conducting a warrant sweep from noon to 10. During that 10 hour operation, 21 people were arrested on active warrants ranging from misdemeanor traffic violations to felony warrents for theft, narcotics and probation violations. During the sweep, deputies searched the home of Ruben Gutierrez, 24 of Twentynine Palms and found a stolen motorcycle, along with suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Ruben Gutierrez was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation of possessing stolen property and illegal drugs and held without bail.

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LOCAL RED CROSS OFFERS ADULT AND CHILD CPR CLASSES
The Morongo Basin Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering an Adult, Child, and Infant CPR Course to be held at night on January 12th and 13th from 6 to 9 p.m. at 58923 Business Center Drive Suite H, Yucca Valley. The course teaches how to care for different emergency situations in adults, children and infants. Please register at the Red Cross office in Yucca Valley, or call 760-365-5501 for more information.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT GENERAL PLAN UPDATE, 2 PUBLIC HEARINGS
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold a community workshop tonight on new general plan, and 2 public hearings. Reporter Dan Stork takes a close look at the agenda...
The regular meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission on Tuesday January 5th features a community workshop on land use, circulation, and infrastructure alternatives for the General Plan Update, which may be followed by the Planning Commission recommending conceptual approval to the City Council of the Preferred Alternatives. Background material for this discussion is available on the City’s web site, as part of the staff report for this meeting. Before getting to that, the Commission will hold a public hearing on 2 issues:

  • The placement of cell phone towers and other telecommunication facilities relative to residential areas, and
  • Rules for sea-going cargo containers and similar storage devices" within industrially zoned areas.

Also scheduled is another study session that involves a potential code change to allow uneven concentration or clustering of residential development within a subdivided property. The meeting starts at 6 PM in City Council Chambers.

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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR REACH OUT’S PARADE OF HOMES
Tickets for this year's Reach Out Morongo Basin Parade of Homes go on sale Today. This year's home tour, featuring two homes each in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms, has been set for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 14th. In addition to a look at the six-featured homes, this year's tour will include lunch at the Twentynine Palms Eagles Aerie, all for $25 a ticket. Tickets will be available in Reach Out Morongo Basin offices in the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley senior centers, they will also be available at The Desert Trail Twentynine Palms, The Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley and Z107.7 Radio in Joshua Tree. Tickets will also be available at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, and the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. Addresses and directions to homes will be available at ticket outlets and on the Reach Out Morongo Basin Web site at www.reachoutmb.org. Event chairman Kurt Schauppner promised this year's tour will feature an eclectic mix of large and small, new and old, elegant and eccentric. For more information call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410 or 760-369-8671.

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SENIOR EXERCISE CLASSES AT MORONGO BASIN SENIOR SUPPORT CENTER
Senior exercise classes will begin Mondays at the Morongo Basin Senior Support Center on Sunnyslope in Yucca Valley. Reporter Tami Roleff tells you how to sign up...
The Morongo Basin Senior Support Center will begin its Arthritis Foundation exercise classes Monday morning at 10 in the senior activity room. The Senior Support Center is located at 57121 Sunny Slope Drive in Yucca Valley. Registration for the class may be done in advance or at the door. To sign up, or for more information, call Fran Chapman at 760-365-9661.

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HEAR FROM GREAT AND POPULAR AUTHORS IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW
Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. the next series of the Great and Popular Authors will be held in the meeting room of the Yucca Valley Branch Library. Kathleen McGlynn will be reading from the book Lucy Had a List by John Sanford. All adults are encouraged to attend and spend an hour listening to relaxing readings from great and popular authors. Light refreshments will be served. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Yucca Valley Library. For more information, call 228-5455.

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ROP CLASSES OFFER FREE VOCATIONAL TRAINING
A good idea if you are looking for a job. Free ROP vocational classes locally can get you the training you need. ROP broadcast student Boo Barker has some of the options....
Looking for work but having no luck? If you are currently unemployed and are looking for a way to incrase your value to an employer, the ROP classes may be for you. Regional Occupational Programs are free to the public and for High School students they give an additional five credits as a seventh period class. These classes are taught by credentialed teachers. There are many classes to choose from; Emergency First Responder, Retail Sales, Customer Service, CAD Classes, Information Technology, Health Services, as well as Broadcast Occupations; taught by Gary Daigneault at Z107.7 Community Radio. This is how you are hearing me on the radio now. For more information on online at ROP.cc.

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PARENT VISITATION AT LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL TOMORROW
La Contenta Middle School would like to invite all parents to visit the school for our first monthly Parent Visitation Day tomorrow. Parents may come for all day or part of the day. Parents may also stay for lunch. When parents visit, they are reminded to check in at the office and get a Visitor’s Pass. Parent Visitation Days will be held throughout the school year on the first Wednesday of every month.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Today in local high school sports, the Twentynine Palms Wildcat boys basketball team is at home versus the Cathedral City Lions with game time at 6:30, the Joshua Springs Lightning boys basketball team hosts the Lucerne Valley High School Mustangs, that game starts at 7.

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SERVICES TOMORROW FOR HAROLD MERRILL [AUDIO ONLY]