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Listen To Your News Thursday, January 31, 2013 News Archive
     

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN SHOT, ESTRANGED HUSBAND HELD FOR MURDER
A Joshua Tree woman was murdered Tuesday night, and her estranged husband is in custody. According to authorities, Joseph Phipps, 39, shot his soon-to-be ex-wife, Christy Utley Phipps, 35, of the 61600 block of Alta Vista, right around midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Responding paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. Deputies served a search warrant at the home and after an investigation, her husband, Joseph Phipps was taken into custody at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. Sources told Z107.7 that the couple had been having marital problems and were in the process of getting divorced. Joseph Phipps was booked at the West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail.

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MARINE TRAINING EXERCISE ROCKING THE REGION
No, those weren't earthquakes that were rocking and rolling through the Morongo Basin last night. It was the sound of freedom. The Marines from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment on board the Combat Center are training in a month-long exercise known as Integrated Training Exercise, and residents as far away as Yucca Valley reported booms rattling windows and shaking houses. In addition, about 1,000 Marines and sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 250 Japanese troops are training together at the Combat Center, Camp Pendleton and San Clemente Island in an exercise known as Iron Fist. Iron Fist includes live fire, close air support and artillery training at the Marine combat center in Twentynine Palms. Major General Melvin Spiese, deputy commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and former commanding general of the Combat Center, said: "Of the 20 major security cooperation exercises and events conducted by I Marine Expeditionary Force, Iron Fist is the largest and most significant."

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM TONIGHT
Your chance to hear directly from the candidates and be an informed voter for the upcoming mail-in election for a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a candidate's forum will be held tonight…
After Isaac Hagerman resigned from the Town Council last year, a special election was set for March 5 to fill his seat. The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidate forum tonight, in which candidates vying for his spot on the Town Council will be able to state their views on many issues facing the Town. The forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. Residents may submit questions in writing prior to the start of the meeting, or by e-mailing them to director@yuccavalley.org.

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ANGRY PIONEERTOWN WOMAN RAMS HOME WITH SEMI TRUCK
A Pioneertown woman, angry over her husband's affair, repeatedly rammed her truck into the other woman's home Tuesday morning. Sheriff officials said that about 10:30 a.m. Karen Eastwood, 49, drove a semi truck into a woman's home in the 53400 block of Mane Street in Pioneertown several times because she wanted revenge for the woman having a relationship with her husband. The home suffered significant structural damage, estimated at about $15,000. Karen Eastwood was arrested for investigation of vandalism, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000.

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JURY SELECTED IN YUCCA VALLEY ATTEMPTED MURDER
The jury has been selected for the trial of a man accused of shooting a Yucca Valley man last November. The trial is set to begin Monday. Authorities say that Robert Nolan, 25, Aaron Hancock, 30, and Zoe Hancock, 22, went to the home of Nolan's ex-wife in the 57200 block of Old Haggard Street after she called to say she was having a problem with their 6-year-old son. Once there, the three got into an argument with Steven Hill, 33, who was shot three times in the chest and arm. Nolan and both Hancocks fled, but their vehicle was stopped by deputies. Robert Nolan is being tried for attempted murder with his bail set at $1 million. Aaron and Zoey Hancock were arraigned Monday on charges of being an accessory to attempted murder.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday morning after witnesses said he tried to choke a woman. According to a Sheriff's report, Kurtis Sims, 29, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6200 block of Valley View Street 8:30 Tuesday morning when he tried to choke her. Sims then ripped off his parole ankle monitor and fled; deputies later located him. Sims has been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, and vandalism of more than $400. Kurtis Sims was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with bail at $50,000.

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SUPERVISOR RAMOS WANTS VIDEOCONFERENCE CENTER IN JOSHUA TREE
James Ramos, the Supervisor for the Third District of San Bernardino County, sat down with us recently in the offices of Z107.7 in Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork asked him about a range of issues of local interest in the Morongo Basin. Today: Videoconferencing and other projects the supervisor has in mind…
Being far removed from the seat of county government has pluses and minuses for the Morongo Basin. One of the prices we pay for quiet and open space is isolation from where many decisions that affect the Basin are made. Supervisor Ramos told us about technology that may lessen that isolation somewhat. At the Board of Supervisors' January 29th meeting he introduced (and the Board approved) an item to research the costs to establish and operate a two-way videoconferencing site at the Joshua Tree Government Center, to be used when the Board meets in San Bernardino. "I think it's a way to amplify the constituents and to make sure their voice can be heard without having to drive all that way." We asked Supervisor James Ramos about specific plans and goals he has for the Morongo Basin. He responded that he's interested in "harnessing a lot of the tourism that goes through, helping the local mom and pop stores—small business owners—increase their revenues there." He also talked about educating people—including other supervisors—elsewhere in the county that the Morongo Basin offers weekend recreation opportunities, without leaving the county.

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CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK ON Z107.7 "UP CLOSE" SHOW TOMORROW
Former Yucca Valley mayor, California State Assemblyman, and current U.S. Congressman Paul Cook, will be the guest on the Up Close show tomorrow at 10 a.m. Cook will talk about his experiences so far in Washington, D.C., what he hopes to accomplish, and listen to your concerns.

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SKY'S THE LIMIT JUPITER VIEWING PARTY TOMORROW
A telescope workshop and star party will be held tomorrow at the Sky's The Limit campus north of the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park on Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. People wishing to learn how to set up and operate their telescopes should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. A presentation on Jupiter will begin at 5:30. All are welcome at this free event, but are asked to register in advance at the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Office at 74362 Joe Davis Road, or by calling 760-367-7562. You are asked to bring water bottles, chairs, your own telescopes, and dress for unpredictable desert weather. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Doris at 760-408-6099 or visit skysthelimit.org.

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NOMINATIONS BEING TAKEN FOR COUNTY EDUCATION AWARD
Nominations are now being accepted for the San Bernardino County Schools Distinguished Service Award. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has details…
The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1998 recognizes individuals for exceptional leadership and significant contributions to public education. Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on April 29. If you'd like to nominate someone, you can download the form at www.sbcss.k12.ca.us. The deadline for entries is February 22.

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LAND TRIO CONCERT AT HARRISON HOUSE SUNDAY
The Land Trio is a group of musicians from different cultures that mix their musical heritage together to find a new way to communicate. Saba Alizadeh Javad Butah, and Jxel Rajchenberg from Persia, India, and Mexico are artists in residence at the Harrison House Music and Arts, and will be giving their only public concert during their residency this Sunday, at 5 p.m. at Harrison House. Tickets are $15 and are available at Joshua Tree Health Foods. Harrison House is located at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue in Joshua Tree. For more information call 760-366-4712.

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GET TICKETS FOR OFFICERS SPOUSES MARDIS GRAS FUND-RAISER
The Officers' Spouses Club of Twentynine Palms will hold its annual Mardi Gras Benefit Auction Saturday, February 9, at the Officers' Club on board the Combat Center from 6 to 11 p.m. This event is open to all hands 21 years and older. Former NFL football player and TV and movie star Fred "The Hammer" Williamson will be the celebrity auctioneer. The live and silent auctions will also include New Orleans cuisine and music by the Roger Arnold Band. Mardi Gras or cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets are $30 each or $55 per couple and can be purchased from 11 to 1 at the Main Exchange or the Officers' Club weekdays through February 7. For more information, e-mail OSCMardiGrasChair@gmail.com.

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WE MEET MIS YUCCA VALLEY CANDIDATE KATHRINA CABALU
The annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant is set for this Saturday evening at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome. Today, Managing Editor Tami Roleff introduces us to candidate Kathrina Cabalu…
Today we visit with Kathrina Cabalu, a junior at Joshua Springs and candidate for Miss Yucca Valley. Kathrina, tell us, who is the prominent woman who mentored you and what you have learned? "Kathy Terecia Hartley and she taught me that giving up is never the answer. She told me to never listen to any negative comments people tell me and just keep my head up." What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley? "How to speak in public, to let go and just be myself and be open-minded with people, to create relationships and friendships with people." Any final words? "I hope you all come out and support us February 2 at 6 in the Thunderdome."

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NEW EXHIBIT OPENS SUNDAY AT GLASS OUTHOUSE GALLERY
The Glass Outhouse gallery in Wonder Valley will feature the photography of Hilary Sloane in a new exhibit to open Saturday. Sloane uses manipulated landscapes to examine sacred human experiences in her exhibition, titled "Images and Visions," the second installment of Take HeART at the Glass Outhouse. An opening reception with music will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, at the gallery located on Highway 62, 3.5 miles east of Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. The exhibit runs through February 24.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High School boys' and girls' basketball teams play each other in Twentynine Palms. The girls' game starts at 6 p.m.; boys' at 7:30.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley boys' soccer team will travel away to Indio to play Shadow Hills High School. Match time is 5 p.m.

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