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Listen To Your News Wednesday, January 30, 2013 News Archive
     

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES IN SHOOTING OF JOSHUA TREE WOMAN
Very sketchy details on a death investigation in Joshua Tree early this morning. Captain Dave Tuttle of the Joshua Tree Fire Department said paramedics were called to a home in the 61600 block of Alta Vista at 12:07 a.m. to confirm that a woman who had been shot in the head was dead. The Sheriff's Department has listed the shooting as suspicious. No other details are available at this time.

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TWO VICTIMS IN FIERY MORONGO VALLEY CRASH IDENTIFIED
The California Highway Patrol has released the names of the two people killed in a fiery head-on crash in Morongo Valley Monday afternoon. About 3:25 p.m., Thomas Cossio, 50, of Anaheim Hills, was driving westbound on Highway 62 just west of Highland Avenue, when for unknown reasons, his BMW drifted into the eastbound lane, where the left front of his car crashed into the left front of a Toyota Prius, driven by Lisa Marie Johnson, 54, of Morongo Valley. The force of the collision sent the Prius off the south side of the highway, where it overturned in the desert. The BMW came to rest in the eastbound lanes of the highway. The BMW and Prius caught on fire, but witnesses were able to put out the flames with fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived. Cossio and Johnson were both killed in the crash.

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CLOSING ARGUMENTS START TODAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS RAPE AND ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE
Closing arguments begin today in the trial of a Twentynine Palms man accused of beating and raping a woman who came to his apartment in Twentynine Palms on business in December 2011. Jayme Gibbs, 35, is on trial for attempted murder, threatening a crime, false imprisonment, and rape of a 22-year-old woman who came to his apartment to sell magazine subscriptions. The woman said Gibbs attacked her after she started refusing his advances. Neighbors heard her screaming and called police. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment. Jayme Gibbs is being held on $1 million bail.

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KING OF THE HAMMERS EVENT STARTS FRIDAY IN JOHNSON VALLEY
The annual "King of the Hammers" off-road event officially kicks off this Friday through February 9 at Means Dry Lake in the Johnson Valley off-road area North of Yucca Valley. The exciting and unique event brings in fascinating vehicles, hundreds of contestants, thousands of visitors and their dollars into our Morongo Basin. Reporter Kristy Lockhart tells you how to get tickets and more information…
Tickets for the biggest local off-road event of the year go on sale Friday. King of Hammers registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley. Events run through the 8th with an awards ceremony on the 9th. This year, you can expect an expanded vendor show, additional entertainment, exciting changes to the race course, and improved spectator areas. Don't miss your opportunity to see who will be this year's King of Hammers! For a complete list of events, visit
http://ultra4racing.com/the-inside-line/2013-king-of-the-hammers-week-schedule/

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT CRACKDOWN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK
This week, the Twentynine Palms Police Department will crack down on drivers who are speeding and talking on cell phones on the main streets and in the residential areas of the city. The deputies will also focus their attention on tailgating drivers or who follow too close to other cars. Just a reminder: A driver should be one car length away for every 10 miles an hour. Some drivers use the three second rule. Several collisions are caused because drivers drive too close.

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WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CANDIDATE ASHLEY BURNETT
The annual Miss Yucca Valley pageant is set for this Saturday. Today, managing editor Tami Roleff introduces you to candidate Ashley Burnett…

Today we visit with Ashley Burnett, a junior at Joshua Springs and candidate for Miss Yucca Valley. Hi Ashley. Tell us, who is the prominent woman who mentored you and what you have learned?
"Well, my prominent woman is Barbara Alfred. First, I wanted to say that she is the sweetest woman I have ever met. Barbara taught me many things though, she taught me to have faith in myself, also she taught me that you need to keep smiling, even when it's hard to."

What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley? "In this experience, I learned how to believe in myself, not only myself but others around me. I'm glad I have the opportunity to be a part of this pageant. If I've never been a part of the pageant, I knew I wouldn't have made as much friends as I would have." Any final words? "Yes, I encourage next year's junior ladies to consider being a part of Miss Yucca, and to come to this year's pageant, February 2 at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome."

Tickets for the Miss Yucca Valley pageant will be available at the door starting at 6 p.m.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW
The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Trustees will hold their regular meeting 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, at the District's office on Encelia Avenue. Among the items on the agenda, the trustees will hear reports on when the grounds work will be completed, and receive an update on the status on its 2011-12 audit. Also on the agenda, trustees will discuss: rental policies and rates for the chapel and rose garden; marketing strategies; discontinuing the employee retirement plan in lieu of a pay raise; establishing a stipend for board members; cost-cutting measures, and hold a mid-year budget review.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LEARNS EMERGENCY SHELTERS CAN BE HOUSING
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met in regular session last night. Reporter Dan Stork says a busy meeting included a new provision on emergency shelters, a sign variance for 801 housing, and yet another development code session…
The first of two public hearings at the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission special meeting was strictly pro-forma, as the Commission approved an amendment to the City's code section on multifamily residential zones to bring it into conformance with state rules regarding the provision of emergency shelters and supportive and transitional housing. "Supportive housing" includes uses such as rehabilitation programs. At least one Commission member was dismayed to learn that such uses are mandated by the state as a matter of allowed zonal land use, and are not subject to denial of permits. The second hearing was for a variance, to allow a directive sign for a community center at the Vista del Sol housing complex. The commissioners felt the variance was warranted because of the large size of the subdivision, and approved it with the directive that references to the private company that runs the complex be omitted from the sign. Then the Commission embarked on its thirteenth study session on revamping the City's Development code. Topics for this session included the need to insert the newly-enacted commercial solar prohibition in all the right places, and the code chapters on rural living, single-family and multi-family residential, commercial, commercial industrial and service commercial zones, site plan reviews, CEQA, and conditional use permits.

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CACTUS SEWABLES QUILT GUILD MEETS MONDAY
The general meeting of the Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will take place on February 4, 2013 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57098 29 Palms Highway. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; the meeting begins promptly at 1 p.m. The program for the afternoon will be by guild board members who will show their favorite quilts and tell about them. Guests are welcome. A $3 donation is requested.

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"DEATHTRAP" SET MAKES THEATRE 29 HISTORY
The artfully crafted, Murder/ Mystery/ Thriller. Comedy "Deathtrap" continues its run at Theater 29 through February 9th with a Sunday Matinee this weekend. Special Correspondent Les Taylor says the play's unique set is making Theatre 29 history…
Just as Orson Wells made cinematic history by building sets with ceilings for "Citizen Kane," so has director Butch Pelfrey made history at Theatre 29 by constructing a set with a ceiling for his show, "Deathtrap." In "Deathtrap," the action takes place in what is supposed to be a small stable built from rough-hewn beams that has been converted into main character Sidney Bruhl's study. That look has been created perfectly through the artistic touches of Pelfrey's wife, Jackie. Early in the show, Bruhl warns young playwright Clifford Anderson to watch his head on the low overhead beams, so a ceiling was somewhat of a necessity, but it also works to create a sub-conscious level of claustrophobic tension for the actors and audience alike that heightens the aura of suspense. The set alone is almost worth the ticket price, but throw in the overall fine performances, and "Deathtrap" shouldn't be missed. The show runs weekends through February 9 with a Sunday matinee on February 3. Theatre 29 is on Sullivan Road just west of Adobe in Twentynine Palms.

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WORSHIP CELEBRATION AT OASIS COMMUNITY CHURCH FRIDAY
Oasis Community Church will hold a worship celebration Friday, February 1 at 6:30. This free community event will be a night of music, food, and fun. The Church is located at 6631 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.

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OFFICER SPOUSES CLUB OFFERING NON-PROFIT GRANTS
Are non-profits are being invited to apply for grants from a local military organization. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the invitation…
The Officers Spouses Club at Twentynine Palms is accepting applications for grants. Non-profit organizations that benefit military members and/or their families are eligible for consideration. Applications must be postmarked by March 1. For more information or for an application, visit OSC29Palms.com.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES
The Twentynine Palms High School Varsity boys' basketball team continued with their winning ways after a blowout win against the desert mirage rams on Tuesday night. The 'Cats won by a final score of 72-24. Coach Michael Schneider said Richard Ewing scored 18 points, Morgan Cole had 12 points and Jake "Rubix" Culver posted 10 points. This pushes their overall record to 15 - 6, with a De Anza league record of 7 and 0.

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team jumped to a 35-12 halftime lead and cruised to a 68-29 win last night in Desert Hot Springs. With the win the girls moved to 6-1 in De Anza League play. Coach Jess Geeson said Freshman Annika Dendekker led the scoring with 14 points while sophomore Yvonne Tran added 13 points, senior Savanah Spitz knocked down 11 points and junior Hannah Hughes chipped in nine points.

The Yucca Valley High School Girls' Soccer team traveled to Desert Hot Springs to take on the Lady Eagles Tuesday. Coach Scott Phillips said the girls played very well and ended with a 2-2 tie. Senior Chaylin Couzens and junior Amy Priest each scored for the Lady Trojans with sophomore Karson Scaccianoce providing an assist. Senior Arianna Eigner and freshman Esther Obeso were very strong on the defensive end.

Coming up in high school sports today, the Joshua Springs boys and girls basketball teams will travel away to Mesa Grande Academy in Calimesa. Tip-off for girls is at 4:30; boys at 6:30.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley boys' and girls' basketball and soccer teams will play each other in Twentynine Palms. For basketball, girls at 6:00, boys 7:30. For soccer, girls start at 3:15; boys at 5 p.m.

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