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Listen To Your News Thursday, April 18, 2013 News Archive
     

BREAKING NEWS: PARADISE VALLEY SHOOTING
Breaking news in Paradise Valley…A shooting suspect is in custody after Police surrounded a house off Outer 29 palms highway and El Dorado just after 2 pm. Details are sketchy but this is what we do know….Officers corded off the area and went in with their weapons drawn. The shooting took place at a house on Baron Street and then the suspect fled on foot.

David Emsly saw events unfold.

"I pulled up to take a trailer to my house and people are telling me that this guy shot somebody so my father-in-law and I followed the guy. He ran over here, hopped fences and then the cops came and found him on the roof."

Police have secured the two crimes scenes. So getting around the area between Baron and El Dorado is difficult. We'll have more details on the incident tomorrow.

Reporting for z107.7 news, I'm Kristy Lockhart….Now back to Gary Daigneault and the rest of the Z107.7 newscast.

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MAJOR TRAINING EXERCISE ABOARD MARINE BASE TOMORROW
A training exercise on board the Combat Center tomorrow will mean area residents will notice increased aircraft activity and noise. The training scenario is for a non-combatant evacuation operation, or NEO, a mission primarily conducted for emergency rescues and evacuations during disasters and other crises. The aircraft will conduct low-altitude flights as they land at the Combat Center's parade deck and transport role-players to safe locations. Roads will be blocked to traffic around the Mainside are of the base between 2 and 10 p.m. tomorrow.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION TODAY
The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special closed session meeting at 4:30 tonight in City Hall. Following public comments, the council will adjourn to closed session to discuss the employment of a city manager in the wake of last week's firing of City Manager Richard Warne.

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EARTH DAY CONSERVATION FAIR IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum's Earth Day Conservation Fair this Saturday will feature live music, dancing, artists, and vendors in a family-oriented environment. Reporter Dan Stork has details about the April 20 event...

Yucca Valley's 2013 Earth Day Fair will take place on Saturday, April 20, at the Town of Yucca Valley's Community Center Complex. Festivities will commence at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE! Nature organizations attending the Hi-Desert Nature Museum's Earth Day Conservation Fair include Joshua Tree National Park, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Wildlands Conservancy, Morongo Basin Conservation Association, and many more.

More than 20 local artists will be displaying jewelry and artwork inspired by our desert environment. A face painter and kids' hands-on crafts will be available for younger visitors. The entertainment lineup includes Native American contemporary jazz by The Rushingwind Project; Brilliant Dance; the old-time bluegrass of the Shadow Mountain Band; Strawberry Butterfly, a tribal style dance troupe; and the folk music of Richard and Mary. This event is made possible through the support of the Town of Yucca Valley and the Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling Authority. Z107.7 is one of the event's sponsors, and will be broadcasting live from the Community Center.

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BLOOD DRIVE AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Yucca Valley tomorrow. Blood donations will be taken at Yucca Valley High School, 7600 Sage Avenue, from 8 to 1:45 p.m. Friday, April 19. All prospective donors must be at least 15 years old, should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors who are 15 or 16 years old must provide written parental consent. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BUYS HALF A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PIPE LAST NIGHT
The Hi-Desert Water District, the water supplier for the Yucca Valley area, made a major investment in pipe last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at their meeting and files this report...

At last night's meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board Directors received a presentation on master planning and infrastructure improvements in anticipation of the District's upcoming Water Master Plan. Also last night, directors accepted staff recommendations and approved two low bids for pipe and pipeline materials totaling around a half million dollars from HD Supply Waterworks. The board also approved the $75,000 purchase for equipment that will disinfect water at the District's newest groundwater well. Those items and others preceded directors and manager's reports.

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HARRISON HOUSE FEATURES GUITARIST NEXT WEEK
Harrison House Music and Arts will present artist-in-residence Gyan Riley in a solo guitar performance on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

Riley, a guitarist and composer, weaves together Western classicism, North Indian raga, American fingerpicking, and Spanish flamenco guitar, with the deftness of jazz and the grit of rock-and-roll. The evening's program will feature new original repertoire and improvisation. 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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NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT BOXOPROJECTS IN JOSHUA TREE
The BoxoProjects house in Joshua Tree will soon be hosting a new artist-in-residence. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details...

A new artist-in-residence will be coming to BoxoProjects in Joshua Tree. Heather Johnson will ride her motorcycle from her home in New Jersey to Joshua Tree, looking for inspiration for her embroidery artwork along the way. For her residency project, "In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful," she will collect texts, artifacts, and other memorabilia from the places she visits. Her residency at BoxoProjects in Joshua Tree will be from April 21 through May 21, with an open house of her works in progress on Sunday, May 12. Her completed projects will be on display in New York City later this year.

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EDWARD JONES RECOGNIZED FOR ADVISOR SATISFACTION
For the fifth time, Edward Jones financial advisors rated their firm "Highest in employee advisor satisfaction among financial investment firms," according to a study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates. Edward Jones financial advisors gave the highest satisfaction ratings in eight of the nine study factors, which placed the firm 212 points ahead of the industry average. Edward Jones also ranked highest in the 2007, 2010, and 2012 studies, and tied for the highest ranking in 2008. The study was not conducted in 2009 or 2011. Edward Jones has a local office in Yucca Valley, operated by Alexa Lawson.

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CACTUS AND CURIOSITY AT SKY'S THE LIMIT SATURDAY
It will be Cactus and Curiosity at the Sky's the Limit Observatory and Nature Center in Twentynine Palms Saturday. Reporter Taylor Thacker has your invitation…
Come out on Saturday, April 20, starting at 9 a.m., to the Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center. Desert naturalist Darrell Shade will show a video and lead a walk on the Nature Trail to see blooming cacti and desert flowers. Other activities will include an opportunity to look through solar scopes and a spectroscope. This event is free, but space is limited so please register in advance at the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Office or call 760-367-7562. Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring water bottles, chairs, snacks, hats and plenty of sunscreen.

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YUCCA VALLEY MASONIC LODGE HONORS STUDENTS TONIGHT
Public School Month will be celebrated Thursday at the Yucca Valley Masonic Lodge. Awards for Outstanding Citizenship will be presented to selected students from each school in our local area. The program will begin at 6:15 with entertainment provided by the Yucca Valley High School Jazz Ensemble. The ceremony will start at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited. The Masonic Lodge is located on Theater Road behind Food 4 Less in Yucca Valley. For more information, call Harry Tanzer at 760-365-7783.

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"WESTERN WHOA!" AT ONAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LAST NIGHT
Onaga Elementary School students put on a play last night worthy of the big screen. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has a sample of "Western Whoa!"...

"Western Whoa!" is the story of Smiling Slade and Sue Flay, two villains who team up to steal a diamond necklace from Senorita Juanita Fandango by framing Chuck Wagon. The characters steal the show with singing, dancing and hilarity along the way. "It's a western parody. We've got the bad guys, we've got the good guys, we've got it all." Third-grade Teacher Pam Schoenborn is the creative force behind the scenes, working with students to bring two plays a year to the stage. A lot of work and hours go into each show. Sixth graders Caelan Fraschetti and Katryna Kimberlain play main character's Chuckwagon and Sue Flay. "It's fun to be in plays like this because it gives you a different experience. I like to entertain people." "I like the nerves and the excitement you get when you're on stage."

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULE
The Yucca Valley High School boys and girls track teams captured the 2013 DeAnza League title yesterday at Desert Hot Springs. Both teams defeated Desert Hot Springs and Big Bear to solidify their spot at the top. Coach Jay Stepp said top performers for the Lady Trojans were Teyana Poole and Lacey Rexroat; each brought home four victories: Poole in the 100 meters, high jump, triple jump, and 300-meter hurdles; Rexroat in the 800, 1600, 3200, and the 4-by-400. For the boys, Haemish O'Donnell dominated the sprints by winning the 100, 200, and running a leg on the winning 4-by-100-meter relay. Logan Vallo handled the jumps and Danny Magennis and Jeff Larson took care of the distance events. Up next for the Trojans is the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday and the Corona Frosh/Soph Invitational on April 27.

Twentynine Palms High School's track and field teams came away with two victories in Indio against the Shadow Hills Knights yesterday. Coach Ronda Morton said the Lady Wildcats were paced by Stacy Holmes and her four first-place performances. Freshmen Jubilee Bosch (in the 800 meter) and Caitlyn Husung (4-by-1 relay and shot put) also turned in notable performances in the victory. Laveena Benavente scored in all four events and placed first in the shot put. Alex Morrissey earned two first places in both hurdles races and Adriann Miller kicked off the girls 4-by-1 to victory with her outstanding anchor leg. The girls score was 74-41. The boys won 12 of 15 events with a final score of 79-48. Multiple first places were earned by Alan Vander Maas (shot put, discus), Diante Aiken (hurdles, high jump), and Zachary Kanlong (1600 meter, 800 meter). Senior David Haney ran the 100 meter in a wind-aided 10.87.

Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats Boys tennis team hosted Desert Hot Springs High School and defeated the Golden Eagles 18-0. Coach Larry Battle said all 12 members of the team got the opportunity to see action. The team is 9-2 over-all, 7-0 in De Anza League with one league tournament left to play.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School baseball and softball teams will travel away to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles. First pitch for both games is at 3:30.

The Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning baseball and softball teams will host Bloomington Christian School at home. Game time is 3:15.

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