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Listen To Your News Thursday, April 11, 2013 News Archive
     

A DISPUTE AT AN ILLEGAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY LEADS TO ASSAULT
A dispute over a car blocking the entrance to a suspected illegal Morongo Valley Marijuana Dispensary led to an arrest Tuesday for assault. According to a Sheriff's report, Nelson Mora, 35, parked his truck in front of the entrance to Blue Tide Alternative Medicine, in the 49700 block of Twentynine Palms Highway about 10:30 Tuesday morning. When the manager asked Mora to move the truck because it was blocking the entrance to the business, Mora became argumentative. The report states Mora jumped the counter and punched the manager in the head, then grabbed an empty Mason jar and smashed it on the victim's face, possibly breaking the manager's nose, as well as cutting and bruising his face. Mora then fled in his truck to his home in the 49200 block of Park Avenue. When Sheriff deputies contact Mora at his residence later that afternoon, he told them he had "blacked out." Nelson Mora was arrested for investigation of assault with a weapon, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2 OF 3: BUDGET FORUM SUGGESTIONS
Dan Stork has split his report on a wide-ranging Twentynine Palms City Council meeting into three parts. Yesterday: Planning Commission appointments, multiple closed sessions, a disputed easement, and a problematic consulting contract. Today: Suggestions made in the budget forum. Tomorrow: Public prayer comments..

The public budget forum, which was intended as a "listening" exercise, saw several public speakers make cases for City support of their concerns. These included: Upgrades to Veterans' Park; line-item support of the Community Emergency Response Team; continued support for tourism marketing and the arts; sidewalks and reduced speed limits in the area around the Stater Bros. center and the nearby motels; cleaning up the city through increased code enforcement resources, and removing blight; committing to permanent support of Independence Day fireworks. Council members added their own wishes to the list. Jay Corbin wants $250K to attract new business and improve old; a Welcome Center on the property of the 29! sculpture property, with signage, information kiosks, and free wi-fi; work towards having a public event every week; a dog park; hiking trails; research savings from abolition of the Redevelopment Agency, if any; to put contract services out to bid; to review and analyze the City's marketing strategy. Dan Mintz added lights at Knotts Sky Park; Luckie Park exercise equipment; Senior Center improvements; cleanup services and trash collection locations to make up for reduced county services; more bike paths. Cora Heiser wants some city support of the fire department. Jim Harris wants to evaluate whether the City is deriving any benefit from the Welcome Center in Yucca Valley, and would like to see paving projects in the Donell Hill area. Joel Klink suggested an amphitheatre for concerts near the planned casino, and signage improvements at Luckie Park and the Senior Center.

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SPECTACULAR JOSHUA TREE BLOOM CAUSED BY DROUGHT
Experts say Joshua Trees are going through an extraordinary blossoming cycle right now. The trees have been blossoming profusely throughout their range from Joshua Tree National Park to areas of Nevada and Arizona, sprouting abundant cream-colored flowers from the tips of their branches. Researchers say that while more study is needed to pinpoint causes, they suspect the unusual bloom could be linked to two years of drought, triggering a stronger reproductive effort as a sort of a collective survival mechanism. By producing more flowers and fruit, the trees are sending out more seeds, even as they are struggling to successfully reproduce in some southern and low-elevation portions of their range.

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THIS WEEKEND'S RELAY FOR LIFE FEATURES THEMED LAPS
Relay for Life, a 24-hour relay-style walkathon fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, runs from 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, through 9 a.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Yucca Valley High School track. Because cancer never sleeps, activities will be going on during the entire 24 hours. Managing editor Tami Roleff says some of the special events include themed laps at various times during the 24-hour event...

The annual Relay for Life goes from 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, and lasts until a 9 a.m. Sunday morning Closing Ceremony at the Yucca Valley High School Track. At that time participants will have been there for the cause for 24 hours. Various themed laps will add interest and comic relief during the long night. The relay starts off with the survivor and caregiver laps, then moves into fun laps. Team members should bring costumes and supplies from home for the themed laps, some of which are: cowboy/western; Hawaiian/beach wear; best use of duct tape; cartoon character; gymnastic ribbon; Backwards walk; Super Hero; Dance; Relay Queen (Okay men, bring your feminine side—gowns, heels, pantyhose, and make-up); pajama; wig; 3-legged race; toga; sports team; bed head; crazy hat; chicken dance; and holiday. The last themed lap of the relay will be the Fight Back lap.

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ANDROMEDA SOCIETY MEETS FRIDAY EVENING
The Andromeda Astronomical Society Meeting will be Friday, April 12, 7 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The video for the meeting is: "Colonizing Space. Can we? Will we? Should we?" Experts explain the latest developments in the ultimate space mission to establish a space colony on Mars-including how they plan to grow food in space, recycle waste water from sweat and urine, and introduce green house gasses to revive the red planet and make it more habitable for humans. Hospitality is included.

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CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE TAX FORMED
In the wake of the decision of the Twentynine Palms Water District to retain control of the Fire Department, a Citizens Advisory Committee has been formed to help the District plot a way through the financial consequences of that decision. Reporter Dan Stork observed the Committee's first meeting last night, which saw zero members of the public attend…

The members of the Twentynine Palms Water District Citizens Advisory Committee – Mary Reeves, Adam Lund, Randy Leazer, Tony Jimenez, and Larry Bowden – began their first meeting by introducing themselves and giving their reasons for service. They share a desire to preserve fire department services. After selecting Lund as chair and Bowden as vice-chair, they set about brainstorming – with the help of Fire Chief Jim Thompson – a catalog of background information that Thompson will gather for their education. Topics included: funding history; tax measure constraints; revenue sources; levels of fire protection services; voting target dates; ways of phrasing a ballot measure; Joint Powers Authority structure; fire facilities impact fees; public outreach methods; insurance impacts; and the timeline for getting something done.
The Committee has a nominal lifetime of six months, which could be extended, depending on what approaches it comes up with.

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CARWASH TOMORROW TO BENEFIT TAY CENTER
Support Pacific Clinics' non-profit Yucca Valley Transitional Age Youth Center by getting your car washed at Applebee's parking lot tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pacific clinics' Yucca Valley TAY Center offers a variety of services for homeless young adults ages 16-25 throughout the Morongo Basin. For more information call Pacific Clinics Yucca Valley TAY Center at 760-228-9657.

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SPRINGFEST IN MORONGO VALLEY THIS SATURDAY
Some community fun for a good cause in Morongo Valley this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to Springfest 2013…

Morongo Valley's Springfest 2013 is April 13 in Covington Park and Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. The annual festival aims to promote a healthy, sustainable Morongo Valley. The festivities kick off at 7 a.m. with a bird walk at the Preserve. At 8 a.m. folks will gather for a big burrito breakfast in Covington Park, then its back to the Preserve for a Flower Walk at 9. Events and activities like kids' games, music, Mercy Air Helicopter and art exhibits, and a variety of food and other vendors with complimentary items and free information continue until 3 p.m. Spring Festival is sponsored by the Morongo Valley Community Services District; funds raised go to the Firefighter's Auxiliary which supports the Morongo Valley Fire Station. Springfest is free to all; there's plenty of parking; this is an alcohol-free event.

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TRACK AND FIELD RESULTS FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOLS
The Yucca Valley Trojans Track Team traveled to Thermal to take on Desert Mirage and won 29 out of the 30 events contested. The boys were a perfect 15 for 15, with Haemish O'Donnell claiming four wins, two individual and two relays. Christian Kahrs, William Perrance, and Logan Vallo claimed three victories, Danny Magennis and Trevor Gorwin got two wins, and a host of other Trojans getting one. The boys totaled 107 points to 20 for the Rams. The girls grabbed first place in 14 out of the 15 events. The dominance of Teyana Poole led the way for the ladies by winning the high jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles, and leading off the winning 4 by 100-meter relay. The distance squad scored a perfect 27 point in all three races, each won by a different Trojan. Katelyn Wood won the 1600 meter, Mariah Muchtar won the 800 meter, and Hunter Stepp won the 3200 meter. Jazmin Pushkar captured three victories, individual wins in the 100 meter, 300-meter hurdles, 4-by-100-meter relay. The girls scored 105 point to 17 for the Rams. Both teams are 3-0 in league.

Twentynine Palms Track and Field faced the Big Bear Bears yesterday in Yucca Valley because the new Twentynine Palms field is not ready. The girls battled in a back and forth with the girls' 1600-meter relay edging out the Bears, as Stacy Holmes anchored the victory. Sia Faletagaloa earned two first places in the shot put and discus, as the Lady Wildcat throwers swept the Bears. Martini Dogan took first in the long jump, 4x1, and 4x4. The team awaited the results of the triple jump: the final score Bears 60, Lady Wildcats 58. On the boys' side, the Bears jumped out to a 13-1 lead after the first two events. After the 200-meter run, the score was 33-35 in favor of the Bears. After the first place victory by Noel Figueroa in the 3200-meter, the 'Cats started to pour points in. Jessey Brocar, Diante Aiken, and Marcus Chestnut swept both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. The final score was Bears 47, Wildcats 80.

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SCIENCE SATURDAY AT THE HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM
Science Saturdays are back in full swing at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to learn for about pollution and recycling…

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum's Science Saturdays are back! On Saturday, April 13, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., children of school age are invited to come out and learn about pollution and recycling. In honor of Earth Day, this Science Saturday will teach kids the effect humans have on our planet. Join Museum Educator Crystal Mason as she teaches about environmental problems and solutions. These programs are free and no pre-registration is required. Come out and learn something new this Saturday!

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES
Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats boys' tennis team hosted Desert Mirage High School yesterday and defeated the Rams 11-7. Coach Larry Battle said team standouts were Number 1 doubles team Bradley Linkey and partner John Lanza, Number 2 double team Joshua Davis and partner Marcus Gray, winning all three sets.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat baseball and softball teams will travel away to Desert Mirage High School in Thermal. First pitch for both games is at 3:30.

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball team will travel to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles. The game starts at 3:30.

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