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Listen To Your News Tuesday, April 9, 2013 News Archive
     

ANOTHER SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Another drive-by shooting in Twentynine Palms. About 7:45 a.m. Monday morning, a witness told Sheriff's deputies that an older, dark blue Suburban drove by a home in the 73800 block of Sun Valley Drive and fired five shots. No one was injured in the shooting, but a vehicle was hit by one 9-mm round. The Sheriff's Department is investigating; anyone with information should call 760-366-4175.

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VANDALISM FORCES CLOSURE OF POPULAR AREA IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Because of recent vandalism in the Rattlesnake Canyon area of Joshua Tree National Park, the park service has closed all access to, and use of, the area. Since January, the day use and canyon area of Rattlesnake Canyon have been defaced with graffiti, both scratched into the rocks, and spray-painted on. The vandalism started as a few markings, but due to social media, individuals have felt the need to add to the vandalism of this scenic canyon. The continued malicious desecration of the national park has now impacted archeological sites. Limits to fiscal and personnel resources restrict the immediate remediation of the area. Therefore to prevent continued damage to scenic, natural, and cultural resources, the entire day use area of Rattlesnake Canyon—from the day use closure gate to the top of the canyon—is closed to public entry until at least April 30, at which time, the closure will be re-evaluated. The Park Service urges visitors to report acts of vandalism or suspicious activity to park rangers. Photos of the vandalism can be seen with this story at KCDZFM.com.

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19-YEAR-OLD YUCCA VALLEY MAN BURGLARIZES CHURCH
A 19-year-old Yucca Valley man is accused of breaking into a church, eating food, and falling asleep in the church's kitchen. According to a police report, Caleb Jones forced his way into St. Mary's Church through a window, then went into the church's kitchen where he prepared and ate chicken nuggets, ice cream, and soda pop. The report states Jones was going to steal food from the church's kitchen and take it home to give to his siblings, but he fell asleep on the kitchen counter. Jones was discovered about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, and Sheriff's deputies were called to the church. Deputies determined Jones had also stolen spoons, scissors, and flash cards from the church. Caleb Jones was arrested for investigation of commercial burglary, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, BUDGET, APPOINTMENTS ON AGENDA
The agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting tonight is notable for what's not on it, as well the public hearing on the budget that is scheduled. Reporter Dan Stork explains…
The major item at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on April 9 is a public forum on the 2013-2014 city budget, which follows a presentation to City Manager Richard Warne of a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current year's budget document. Another public hearing concerns a request to vacate a road easement that crosses the Twentynine Palms RV Resort. Up for discussion are Planning Commission appointments, and designation of delegates for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Annual General Assembly. The consent agenda includes the assignment of a contract that the City has with Hogle-Ireland, the firm that has been overseeing the update to the City's General Plan, to Moore Iacofano Goltsman, which has acquired all the assets of Hogle-Ireland. The 6 p.m. open session will be preceded by a 5 pm closed session devoted to a performance evaluation of the City Manager. What is missing from the agenda is a discussion on the future of prayers at council meetings, which had been the subject of a recent article in the Desert Trail. When asked about the non-appearance of this item on the April 9th agenda, Richard Warne told z107.7 that there will be "further analysis and study" of the topic, and that the City is "not ready to go forward" with it at this time.

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JUST REAPPOINTED YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSIONER RESIGNS
The Yucca Valley Planning Commissioner, who was reappointed at a tense Town Council meeting last week, has resigned, effective yesterday. Michael Hildebrand, who was appointed to the Planning Commission exactly two years ago, submitted his letter of resignation to the Town Clerk Monday, explaining that he was resigning due to his busy job schedule that made it difficult for him to attend meetings and focus on the position's responsibilities. Last week, newly elected Council Member Bob Leone nominated Curt Duffy to replace Michael Hildebrand on the Planning Commission, but the remaining four council members refused to second his nomination. Council member Dawn Rowe said she could not confirm Duffy for the position since Leone had publicly acknowledged he wanted to appoint Duffy to the Planning Commission before any applications for the position were taken. Council member George Huntington said he was troubled by Duffy's short period of residence in the Town, only 2 ½ years. The meeting became heated at that point, as Duffy angrily denounced Huntington's statement, saying there is no requirement for how long a resident must live in the Town before being a member of any Town commission. Applications will be taken for 10 days for Yucca Valley residents who would like to apply for Hildebrand's seat on the Planning Commission. Applications can be picked up at the Town Hall or on-line.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS, PARKS COMMISSION LOOKS AT FACILITY FEES
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission, sans Hildebrand, meet tonight in a relatively routine session. Prior to that, the Parks Commission looks at policies for Town facility fees. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look…
On the agenda at tonight's meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, the Commissioners will be asked to approve a street vacation of 60 by 100 feet on the northwest and northeast corners of Dumosa Avenue and Highway 62. Then the commissioners will hear a review of the draft development code. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. Prior to the Planning Commission meeting, the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission will meet at 4 p.m. in the Joshua Tree Room of the Community Center. Among the items on its agenda, the Parks and Rec commissioners will make a recommendation to the Town Council about the use and reduction of fees for using Town facilities.

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Yucca Valley tomorrow. 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 to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM AT TORTOISE ISLAND TOMORROW
The Joshua Tree Clean Team is cleaning up the community every 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of the month at various locations. The next Joshua Tree Clean Team clean-up will be in the Tortoise Island area where the farmers market sets up, along the highway west of Hospice tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Grabber sticks, gloves and trash bags will be distributed to all volunteers. The group will only work until 9 a.m. then meet for optional coffee at the Park Rock Café.
co-sponsors include County Waste Management, Z107.7, Park Rock Café, Joshua Tree Outfitters, Joshua Tree Recreation, Cal Trans and Staff and the Hi-Desert Star. For more information call 760-366-8415.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets in Regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says only one action item is on the agenda…
The Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meets at 6:00 tonight in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus. As always, the public is invited to attend. The single item on the action agenda calls for board authorization for the finance department to initiate a three-year contract with an auditing firm. Also tonight, the board will receive a year-end review from the District's Foundation President, Dean Moore, as well as a Progress Report on the District's Waste Water Treatment Plant. Those actions and others are in addition to regular committee reports and items on the consent agenda.

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER AT ROUTE 62 VINTAGE MARKETPLACE TONIGHT
Route 62 Vintage Market Place will host tonight's Yucca Valley Chamber Mixer from 5:00 to 7:00 at 55635 29 Palms Hwy. at the west end of Old Town. They are known as the place where you will find one-of-the-kind art pieces; Native American pottery and jewelry; items from years gone by; special collectibles; and memorabilia. At Route 62 Vintage Market Place, nothing stays the same. Their dealers add new items weekly and are priced to sell. Mixers are held as a networking opportunity for business people to make new contacts and catch-up with current customers and fellow business associates. For more information or directions, call the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce at 760-365-6323.

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WEDNESDAY EVENING PRESENTATION AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM
The Morongo Basin Historical Society will host the Life and Times of Cowboy Billy Mitchell this Wednesday evening at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has details…
The Mojave Desert, rich with cowboy and Indian legends, was settled by people who celebrated life, ranching, mining and cowboy ethics. On Wednesday April 10, at 5:30, meet Billy Mitchell, fourth generation of one of the founding families of Barstow, a rancher, cowboy, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and resident of Johnson Valley. Mitchell will tell his fascinating and compelling story about growing up in the Mojave Desert with his rancher grandfather. With Billy will be Hilary Sloane, a photographer who has been documenting cowboy life in the High Desert.

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TEAM TENNIS RESULTS
Yucca Valley Number 1 is undefeated in Junior Team Tennis action, with a win over the Morongo Valley "Smurfs," 25 games to 23, at Jacobs Park Saturday. At Twentynine Palms High School, Twentynine Palms defeated Yucca Valley Number 2, 30 games to 18. In Stars Division this Saturday, Yucca Valley Number 2 plays Yucca Valley Number 1 at Jacobs Park; Morongo Valley plays Twentynine Palms at Twentynine Palms High School. Both matches start at 9 a.m. Round robin tournament competition starts Saturday for the Junior Stars and Ralleyball Divisions at Yucca Valley High School. Matches start at 10 a.m.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS; SCORES AND SCHEDULES
Twentynine Palms High School track and field teams traveled to San Gorgonio High School for the annual Sparta Relays April 6. Alizabeth Ogdahl and Noel Figueroa kicked off the competition in the 2 by 3200-meter run with personal records. The boys held off Canyon Springs to earn third place, led by the boys' hurdlers and the young boys' sprint corps. Diante Aiken, Wyatt Giannini, Jessey Brocar, and Marcus Chestnut earned gold medals in the shuttle hurdles. The girls were led by senior Laveena Benavente, who earned the most hardware, a bronze in the high jump and 400-meter throwers relay, and gold in the shot put relay and discus relay for a total of 4 medals. The throwers and sprinters placed the girls in a third place finish.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School baseball, softball, and tennis teams will host the Desert Mirage Rams at home. Match time for tennis is at 3:15; first pitch for baseball and softball is 3:30. Also tomorrow, the Wildcat track and golf teams will play the Big Bear Bears. Golf is at home with tee off at 2:45. Because Twentynine Palms High School's new track is not ready for a track meet, the meet will be held at the Yucca Valley High School track at 3 p.m. The Twentynine Palms High School swim team travels away to Desert Mirage; the meet starts at 3:15.

The Yucca Valley High School baseball team will travel away to Desert Hot Springs tomorrow to play the Golden Eagles. First pitch is at 3:30.

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