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Listen To Your News Monday, January 21, 2013 News Archive
     

NUMEROUS SOLAR FIELDS MAY BE COMING TO JOSHUA TREE NEIGHBORHOODS
The solar field next door: That's the prospect being raised by multiple projects in Joshua Tree being pursued by a Canadian company. Reporter Dan Stork tells what's afoot with Coronus Solar...
Coronus Solar, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based energy company, is in the process of pursuing commercial solar development at multiple locations in Joshua Tree, affecting over 50 acres of land. One site is on 11 acres in the Friendly Hills area, at the corner of Alta Loma and Olympic, adjacent to a residential neighborhood. Other sites are in the Cascade and Lassen area of Joshua Tree, near Copper Mountain College. Documents that are available from the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission show that December of 2012 was a busy month for Coronus in the Hi-Desert. On December 6, it entered into a Vacant Land Purchase Agreement for 160 acres north of Twentynine Palms. On December 7, it made a Power Purchase Agreement with Southern California Edison for 5 projects in east Joshua Tree, on 56 acres that Coronus had acquired in June, 2011. On December 20, Coronus got a loan of $4 million from a single investor, Clean Focus Financing Company, that it will use to develop installations in the Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Apple Valley, and Adelanto areas. Speaking at the Morongo Basin Conservation Association annual meeting, renewable energy blogger and JT resident Chris Clark, who has written extensively about several much larger energy projects, said, "The 20-to-50 acre installations may well be the worse threat, in the long term."

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29 PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested yesterday after Sheriff's deputies say he kicked his wife and grabbed her by the hair during a domestic dispute. A 9-1-1 call shortly after 2:00 pm brought deputies to a residence in the 73900 block of Two Mile Road. Arriving deputies found the victim had fled to another location. After investigation, Dustin Scott, 21, an active duty Marine, was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse. Dustin Scott was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $50,000.

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AFTER LOTS OF FROZEN PIPES, A COLD WEATHER REMINDER
With the Hi-Desert experiencing colder temperatures this month, the Hi Desert Water District experienced a higher number of service calls due to frozen pipes. Reporter Kristy Lockhart reminds you how to prepare for cold weather…
When Temperatures drop its can mean problems for home owners if your not prepared. Frozen pipes can increase your water bill and cause property damage. Mark Bann is the Director of Operations for the Hi-Desert Water District. "anything you can see you need to make sure its insulated and wrapped." "If your service line or other pipes aren't buried deep enough atleast 12 inches you may also be at risk as well." Over the weekend Bann says the district received more than 100 calls for frozen pipes in a 12 hour period.

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS LOCAL OPPOSE DOLLAR GENERAL, GUN VIOLENCE
At the January 13 meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, members approved one resolution opposing the proposed Dollar General store in Joshua Tree and another calling for a plan to address gun violence. After contentious debate over the proposed Dollar General store, a consensus was reached to oppose the construction of the chain store in Joshua Tree. The MBDC supports President Obama's plan to address gun violence and the club unanimously passed a resolution stating "that a comprehensive national plan is required to address increasingly frequent gun violence."

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REPUBLICANS TO MEET AND DISCUSS COMMITMENTS
"Resolution or Revolution?", is the exciting topic of the January 28th meeting of the Yucca Valley Republican Women. The 9:30 AM meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Evangelical Free Church in Yucca Valley. Members are asked to bring their ideas and commitments to the club, the party and the country. They will discuss likely topics, "Where do we go from here". What is their focus for 2013? Where can we become stronger? What areas need change? Where are you willing to help? Longtime resident Joe Sullivan will be on hand to lead the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.. Frederick Alexander AKA George Washington will return with a historic perspective on America today. For more information call 760-365-9490.

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COUNTY LOOKING FOR HOMELESS COUNT VOLUNTEERS
You can help the County help the homeless by participation in a special homeless count set later for this week. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to volunteer…
San Bernardino County needs volunteers to survey and count the homeless population throughout the county. The Biennial "Point in Time Count" will be used to pursue grant funding and other resources for the county and local communities to help people get off the streets. Volunteers are needed to organize the homeless count; identify locations where homeless people live and where they can receive services; count the homeless; and promote community awareness of homelessness. The one-day count of the homeless will be Thursday, January 24. For more information, call Michele Bletcher at 909-382-7007.

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29 PALMS CEMETERY BOARD TO MEET WITH LAFCO TOMORROW
The Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery District Board will meet tomorrow in a special session at their offices at 5350 Encelia Avenue. The meeting, open to the public, will start at 4:00 pm and will allow the cemetery board to Discuss the requirements of LAFCO with Kathleen Rollings-McDonald of LAFCO. There will be an opportunity for Public comments as well as comments from the Cemetery Board and Employees.

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HI-DESERT HOSPICE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Hi-Desert Medical Center's Hospice program has volunteer opportunities available for people who want to give practical and emotional support to hospice patients both in home and in skilled nursing facilities. Volunteers are important team members and receive training, guidance, and appreciation. Upcoming training sessions are from 9 am to noon on January 29 and 31; February 5, 7, and 12. If you are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer, or for more information, contact hospice volunteer coordinator Peggy Kennedy at 760/366-6427.

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PARADE OF HOMES STILL SEEKING INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
The 9th annual "Parade of Homes" event will benefit reach-out Morongo basin, who provides many valuable service for our senior citizens and the disabled. Z107.7 is a proud sponsor of the event. Reporter Mike Lipsitz thanks the other sponsors and says individual sponsors are still being sought…
The 9th Annual Parade of Homes takes place Sunday, February. 17. Six unique residences from across the Basin will be featured; each has a unique story. The fundraiser supports services to senior and disabled locals. Many local businesses support the event including Z107.7 FM, Hi Desert Publishing, The Sun Runner Magazine, Park Rock Café, D.L. Bowden Frame Shop and ArtFx & Furnishings. And local artist Kim Mayhew and Ant Farm Studios came up with the original artwork for the Parade of Homes posters and tickets. Still, individual sponsors are needed at every level from Platinum at $2,500 or more; to Gold at $1,000; Silver, starting at $500; and Bronze at $250. There will be only one platinum sponsor. Every sponsorship level comes with a package of unique promotional and publicity offerings and free tickets. For more information, or to sign on, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.

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JOSHUA TREE RECREATION OFFERING SPRING SPORTS PROGRAMS
Joshua Tree Recreation is accepting registrations for their Spring Youth Sports Programs. Until Saturday, January 26th, the Joshua Tree Recreation & Parks District will be accepting registration for the Spring Basketball and Team Tennis Programs. Sport sessions begin the week of March 11th and last 8 weeks long. All practices and games will occur weekday evenings at Sunburst Park in Joshua Tree. The sports programs will be open to ages 4 to 14 years of age. Come learn the basic skills of the sport while having fun. For more information contact the Joshua Tree Community Center at 760-366-8415.

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THEATRE 29 BOX OFFICE GOES HI-TECH
With the superbly written thriller "Deathtrap" opening their 2013 season playing now at Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin's Community Theatre is keeping up with new technology. Special Correspondent Les Taylor gets out the electronic devices…
These days it seems as though there's an app for just about anything and now reserving and purchasing tickets for Theatre 29 productions is no exception. Called "Walletini" the new app is free and can be download from either Google Play or the Apple App store and allows Theatre 29 patrons to select, reserve and pay for tickets using their smart-phones or tablets. There is no additional charge for using this new service. Additionally tickets to the Morongo Basin's only year-round community theater can be obtained by scanning the QR code which has been added to all production posters for the 2013 season, according to Theatre 29 box office management. Of course you can still get your tickets the old-school way by calling the box office at 760-361-4151 or online at Theatre29.org. No matter how you choose to get them just make sure you do as Theatre 29 has a great season of shows lined up for 2013!

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MORONGO VALLEY VOLLEYBALL CLUB IN ACTION OVER THE WEEKEND
The Morongo Volleyball Club Under 18 team competed in a qualifying tournament on Saturday in Temecula and came away with a 2-1 record for the day. The club team, comprised of high school girls throughout the Morongo Basin will be competing in several tournaments over the next 5 months throughout the Southern California area. Leading the team on Saturday were Ashley Priest with 12 kills and 7 blocks, Jenna Conrad and Sara Lopez with 8 kills, Sarah Jennings with 10 ace serves and Melissa Smith with 7 ace serves and 5 kills. The next tournament will be Saturday February 2 at a site to be determined. The team is coached by Matt Jennings and Pam Naylor.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms girls' soccer team will host the Big Bear Bears at home. Match time is 3:15.

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