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Listen To Your News Tuesday, February 5, 2013 News Archive
     

ACCUSED DUI DRIVER IN TRIPLE FATALITY WAS OFF-ROAD RACER
The suspected drunk driver who killed three teens in a head-on crash Saturday evening was an off-road racer participating in King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley. Authorities said Charles Persons, 31, and his passenger, Brandon Swink, 35, both of Thousand Oaks, were on their way to Yucca Valley for supplies about 8:10 p.m. when Persons tried to pass several cars in a no-passing zone. As Persons crested a small hill near Olvine Road in the northbound lane, Tyler Correll, 18, of Hesperia, was driving his 2001 Saturn sedan northbound on Highway 247. Both drivers attempted to avoid each other, but crashed head-on on the east shoulder of the highway. Correll and his two passengers— Jordan La Rocque, 17, and Ruben Ramos, 18, also of Hesperia—were killed in the crash. Persons was transported to Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree for a back injury before he was placed under arrest, and Swink was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with internal injuries. Old Woman Springs Road was closed near the scene for about an hour and half. Charles Persons was arrested for investigation of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $250,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Joshua Tree Court today.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD DISCUSSES HOW TO FUND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
How to fund the fire department? That's the question the Twentynine Palms Water District is facing. Last night the District held a special workshop to discuss the department's financial future. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more…
Fire Chief Jim Thompson says it's simple: find more money or cut services. Homeowner Victor Heiser doesn't want to see the department close the Lear station. "I feel that's not an option at all. Firefighters are already busy. If they cut back to one station, there's gonna be a lot of people dissatisfied, whether it be an auto accident or a structure fire." The board plans on putting together a citizens' committee to develop a plan for a potential special tax measure that could keep Fire Operations where they are currently at. "The word has to get out that insurance rates are gonna go up. As was stated tonight, the ISO isn't even going to recognize we have a fire department if it goes as planned." The District is asking those who are interested in serving on the committee to submit a request by March 15. The board has until June to come up with a financial plan or make cuts.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SEARCH AND RESCUE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue (JOSAR) is seeking new volunteer members. JOSAR searches for lost hikers, rescues injured or stranded climbers, and supports the park in various visitor safety tasks. The team has immediate openings for new volunteer members. No training or experience is required prior to joining JOSAR. The park provides extensive training in land search, tracking, incident management and high-angle rope rescue techniques. A brief information meeting will be held at the Black Rock Visitor Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 22. Basic requirements are: 18 years of age or older, comfortable with heights, physically able to work in rugged terrain and in extreme weather, ability to work as part of a team, ability to respond on short notice, ability to remain composed in stressful situations, and comfortable working with injured people. For questions or more information, please email David Pylman at purpledave21@gmail.com or call 714-747-5057.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT: WATER PURCHASE AND TOWN MANAGER'S CONTRACT
The Yucca valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight, managing Editor Tami Roleff says a water purchase, commission appointments and the Town Manager's contract are on the agenda…
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets at 6 p.m. tonight in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. Among the items on the consent agenda, the council will be asked to approve an agreement with the Hi-Desert Water District to purchase water for $400,000 and declare certain Town property as surplus and authorize their disposal at a future auction. A routine public hearing will be held concerning the annexation of the Wal-Mart Super Center to a community facilities district and the levying of a special tax on the business as part of its conditional use permit. Next the Council will be asked to make appointments to the Planning Commission and Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission; and select members to serve on an ad hoc committee with the Basin Wide Foundation and Supervisor James Ramos. And finally, the Council will be asked to approve a new 3-year contract with the Town Manager.

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Yucca Valley Wednesday, February 6. Blood donations will be taken at Vons in Yucca Valley, from 2 to 6 p.m. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment or to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT, SIGNAGE AND MORE STUDY ON AGENDA
A public hearing on a signage issue, a review of application requirements, and another study session fill out the agenda of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission. Reporter Dan Stork has the details…
The February 5 meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission starts off with a public hearing on a request by the owner of Sunnyvale Garden Suites to relax signage standards within the area of Specific Plan 1 to allow him to have a commercial sign. Next, the Commission will review the Land Use Entitlement Application, which includes a 70-item checklist that must be considered by anyone pursuing a land use entitlement permit. Then the Commission will enter its 14th study session on the comprehensive review and replacement of the City's Development Code. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Adobe Road.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
The Morongo Unified School district holds its regularly scheduled meeting tonight. As Reporter Kristy Lockhart tells us it's mostly routine items on the agenda…
During closed session, the board of directors will participate in a workshop on negotiations with teachers and non-classified employees. Under action items, the board will vote on a proposed waiver for some special education students on math and/or English for the state exit exam. The board will also look at the Transition Partnership Program budget. The meeting will be held at Friendly Hills Elementary School at 7 p.m.

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PARENTS CAN VISIT LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL TOMORROW
La Contenta Middle School invites parents to visit for monthly Parent Visitation Day tomorrow. Parents may come for all day or part of the day. Parents may also stay for lunch. The school hours are 7:15 -1:50. Seventh grade lunch is at 10:16 and eighth grade lunch is at 11:48. Principal Garrett Gruwell say when parents visit, they are reminded to check in at the office, with a photo ID, 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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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TO SIGN NCAA LETTER OF INTENT
A Yucca Valley High School student athlete will sign a national letter of intent to play in the NCAA tomorrow. Chaylin Couzens, a varsity soccer player, will sign a letter of intent to play at Cal Baptist University at 2:30 Wednesday in the Yucca Valley High School multi-purpose room. Congratulations to Chaylin Couzens.

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTING TRIP TO IRELAND, INFORMATIONAL MEETING TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a trip to Ireland. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a meeting will be held tonight to explain how it works…
Avoid the heat of summer and take advantage of the opportunity to experience the green lushness of the Emerald Isle. The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a trip to Ireland July 15. An informational meeting about the trip will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5 at the Chamber's office, inside the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. Sample Irish food, see a video presentation, and enter to win a gift basket filled with all things Irish, including a $50 travel certificate. For more information, or to reserve a spot for the informational meeting, call the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce at 760-365-6323.

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TRAVELING VOLLEYBALL TEAM GOES 1-2 IN TOURNAMENT
The Morongo Volleyball Under-18 Club team traveled to Corona on Saturday for the final qualifying tournament of the season. Teams play qualifying tournaments to be seeded for the mandatory tournaments which culminate in a regional tournament in June. Coach Pam Naylor said the team played three tough matches and came away with a 1-2 record for the day. Leading the team were Sara Lopez with eight kills and Ashley Priest with six kills and four blocks. Next up for the team is the first mandatory tournament on March 2 in San Diego.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCEDULES
In high school sports today, the Joshua Springs Christian School boys and girls basketball teams will travel away to Hemet to play Baptist Christian School. The girls' game starts at 5; boys' at 6:30.

The Twentynine Palms boys' and girls' basketball teams host the Desert Hot Springs Eagles at home. Girls start at 6; boys at 7:30.

The Yucca Valley High School boys and girls basketball teams host Shadow Hills High School at home. The schedule says the girls start at 6; boys at 6:30.

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