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Listen To Your News Friday, January 11, 2013 News Archive
     

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT OPTIONS
The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special meeting Monday. After the Twentynine Palms Water District halted plans to turn the Fire Department over to the County, the City Council asked City staff to brief it on what City options might be. Reporter Dan Stork previews what promises to be a powerfully pointed presentation…
The Twentynine Palms City Council is having a special meeting on Monday, January 14, to hear and discuss options for providing fire services in the City of Twentynine Palms and the surrounding unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. On the city's web site are two staff reports that have been produced for the meeting. One is a 137-slide Power Point financial analysis that can be summarized as saying to the Twentynine Palms Water District: "You've made your bed, now go lie in it." A theme of the presentation is that any rescue operation by the City (including the suggested Joint Powers Authority) would be a bad deal for the City. The second report is a legal analysis that highlights the complexities of a Joint Powers Authority, and also proposes a way that the City can cooperate with LAFCO (the Local Agency Formation Commission) to force the divestiture of the Fire Department to the County, without the cooperation of the Water District. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall on Adobe Road.

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TWO JOSHUA TREE MEN ARRESTED FOR STEALING CHECKS
A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing checks and forging them. According to a Sheriff's report, a woman brought her truck to a repair shop in the 56000 block of 29 Palms Highway. While she was waiting for the work, some checks were taken from inside her truck. The checks were made payable to David Totten, who cashed them at a nearby bank. After investigation, Totten, 26, Joshua Tree, was arrested on suspicion of forgery, and for committing a felony while on probation. David Totten was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $75,000.

Another Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused stealing checks from a residence and cashing them. According to Sheriffs, a woman reported her home in the 7400 block of Elwood Street in Joshua Tree was broken into on Tuesday about 10 a.m. Shortly after, James Nutter, 43, cashed a check for $250 on the woman's account, made out to him. After investigation, James Nutter was arrested in the 61400 block of Verbena in Joshua Tree on suspicion of burglary. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $25,000.

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SHERIFFS ASK FOR HELP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS BURGLARY INVESTIGATION
The Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in a case of stolen property. December 3, deputies were called to a home in the 6300 block of Athol Avenue in Twentynine Palms concerning mail theft. Deputies identified Limuseea Vaivai as the suspect in the case. December 9, deputies searched Vaivai's home in the 73000 block of South Slope Drive. Vaivai was arrested for investigation of theft and on a $25,000 warrant. Deputies discovered stolen property at the residence that has been linked to other area crimes, and the investigation is ongoing as additional property is identified. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING WORKSHOP SATURDAY
The public is invited to help the Town of Yucca Valley set their priorities and plan their future of the town. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to attend a special planning session tomorrow…
The Town of Yucca Valley will hold a Strategic Planning Workshop Saturday. The annual planning session will be held in the Yucca Room of the Community Center from 9 to about 3 p.m. The Town Council will identify, discuss, and prioritize the community's key issues and develop strategies for addressing them. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input at the planning session, as the Council also considers other key community issues, including public safety, development and maintenance of roads, parks, flood control, and the wastewater system, and the challenge of increased needs with diminishing financial resources. For more information about the planning session or the schedule of specific topics, e-mail townmanager@yucca-valley.org.

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OLD SCHOOLHOUSE LECTURE TONIGHT
The next lecture in the Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series is tonight, January 11. It is titled "California's Deserts: A Floristic Frontier on the Brink," and will be given by Dr. Jim Andre, of the Granite Mountain Desert Research Center. Dr. Andre will review the history of species discovery in the California deserts, and will discuss worries about the impact of large-scale energy development upon the future of these activities. The lecture is at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, and begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per person at the door. There is an optional dinner at 29 Palms Inn starting at 5 p.m. with the speaker prior to the lecture; diners are responsible for their own meals. For more information about the dinner, contact Marion Gartner at 760-361-1202 or desert29palms@yahoo.com.

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JUPITER STAR PARTY POSTPONED BECAUSE OF SEVERE DESERT WEATHER
Sky's The Limit is calling off the telescope workshop and star party scheduled for tonight (Friday, January 11) because of the extreme cold. A new date will be announced shortly.

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD TO E GIVEN OUT MONDAY
Due to the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the third Monday of this month, the monthly distribution of surplus federal food will be held a week early in January. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, January 14. The locations and times are:

  • The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10;
  • Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30;
  • The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
  • Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11;
  • The Community Center in Joshua Tree, 9 to 11;
  • Sunset Village Apartments, 6036 Sunset Road in Joshua Tree, 9:30 to 11:30;
  • The fire station in Wonder Valley, 10:30 to 11:30; and
  • Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.

Proof of income and address may be provided in a variety of ways, including self-certification on a form that will be available at each site. Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags.

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to serve the low-income families, elderly, disadvantaged and homeless of the county. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

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BOXOHOUSE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY IN JOSHUA TREE
BoxoHouse of Joshua Tree will be hosting an informal open house this Sunday, to meet its newest artist in residence. David Goodman, an artist from New York City, will be in residence for two weeks at the Joshua Tree artists' retreat. Goodman has been walking the local terrain and mapping the relationships he finds between form and materials using found materials, paper, and building materials. The open house will be held from 2 to 5 at BoxoHouse, 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.

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CHILI COOK OFF TONIGHT, PANCAKES SUNDAY AT THE JOSHUA TREE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
The Joshua Tree VFW Post is serving up a weekend double treat with a chili cook-off tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. Breakfast Sunday from 8 to 11 includes a pancake breakfast with two eggs and two pieces of bacon or sausage, or a breakfast burrito, SOS, or a bacon and cheese quesadilla. And don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD ACCEPTS ACCREDITATION REPORT, BORROW MONEY
A very busy meeting yesterday for the copper mountain College Board. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says accreditation dominated the meeting…
At yesterday's meeting of the Copper Mountain College Board, Trustees accepted the college's accreditation report, an ongoing, integrated self-study of nearly every academic aspect of the community college, with successful student learning outcomes being the barometer of success. The 200-plus page report is key to re-accreditation, which is done every six years. Accreditation makes CMC eligible for federal funding and gives the CMC the right to award degrees and certificates. The report doesn't offer any single score or rating but instead represents an institutionalized process for a regular system of self-evaluation. Also yesterday, trustees accepted the state-mandated accountability report for 2012; another evaluation which compares performance along statewide educational priorities. CMC was found to be right about in the middle compared to other California community colleges. And in other actions, trustees authorized borrowing in order to help cover the college during cash deferrals from the state which are not expected to be made available until July.

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AREA CHURCHES OFFER FREE MEALS, CONCERT THIS WEEKEND
Sky View Chapel in Joshua Tree announces a free concert at their chapel at 7475 Sunny Vista Road Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The gospel group The Blackwood Legacy will be carrying on the singing legacy of the famous Blackwood Brothers Quartet.

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church tomorrow at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church.

Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning from 9 to10 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.

Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up free food and fellowship tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. The Rotary/Interact Club of Twentynine Palms High School will be serving rice casserole, green beans and dessert.

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SCIENCE SATURDAYS AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will feature desert wildlife tomorrow for Science Saturday. Assignment Reporter Taylor Thacker has more on the next two weeks sessions…
Wanting to learn more about science? Well come over to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum's "Science Saturdays!" Starting from 11 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m., kids of school age are invited to expand their knowledge of science. This Saturday the topic will be desert creatures. Children will learn interesting facts about desert wildlife and how animals have adapted to the desert. They will also get to visit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum's "mini-zoo." On January 26, the topic will be insects. Kids will learn about these amazing critters of over one million species. There are some that jump, swim, or even walk on water. Come out and learn something new these Saturdays!

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TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION TOMORROW
Tri-Valley Little League Registration will be held from 9 to 1 tomorrow at the Yucca valley Community Center. Registration for spring baseball, softball and T-ball. Registration fee is $80 per child. For more information, call 760-365-1581, email tvll@live.com or check the Tri-Valley Little League website: trivalleylittleleague.org.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULE
The Twentynine Palms Wildcat boys' varsity team took to the road on Thursday night. Their opponent was the Desert Mirage Rams. The Wildcats finished the night with a 72-27 victory. Coach Michael Schneider said the Wildcats played quite well on all cylinders. Timmy Dyer with 18 points and nine rebounds, Ramon Smith had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Jake Culver put in six points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. This victory brings the cats' record to 10-6 overall, and 2-0 in the De Anza League.

The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team cruised to a 51-9 win over the Desert Hot Springs Eagles last night in the Trojan Gym. On offense, sophomore Yvonne Tran and junior Hannah Hughes, each scored 11 points, while sophomores Ashley Priest added nine points and Kassandra English chipped in eight points. Now 2-0 in DeAnza league play the girls host Twentynine Palms on Tuesday.

The Yucca Valley High School boys' soccer played Desert Hot Springs yesterday. Coach Tee Vallo said Caleb Woods had an insane night in defense and along with defenders Josh Morrison, Haemish O'Donnell and Paul Desilets they shut down any attack DHS threw at them. Logan Vallo had a brilliant night at forward with three goals in the first half. Bradley Soares had a great goal heading in a ball into the back of the net. The Trojans closed out the game with a 4-3 win.

The Yucca Valley High School Girls' Soccer team hosted Desert Hot Springs in De Anza League play Thursday evening. The final score was 2-1 in favor of the Lady Trojans.

In high school sports today, the Joshua Springs boys and girls Lightning basketball teams will host Baptist Christian school from Hemet. The girls game starts at 5 p.m.; boys' at 6:30. Coming up tomorrow, the Yucca Valley boys' soccer team will host Shadow Hills High School at home.

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