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Listen To Your News Tuesday, April 23, 2013 News Archive
     

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
The agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting tonight has a full agenda. Reporter Dan Stork lists the items…
The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on April 23 has three items on its agenda for the closed session that starts at 5 p.m.: a performance evaluation for the city attorney, a potential case of litigation against the state Department of Finance, and a discussion of the City Manager position. In the 6 p.m. open session, public hearings are scheduled on Development Code amendments on time extensions for tentative tract maps and appeals procedures. Also on the agenda are discussions about the City Clerk's job description and compensation, term dates for planning commissioners, the disposition of the Hogle-Ireland consulting contract, the status of the development code update, and a presentation about the right of way of a portion of Diamond Bar Road crossing Roadrunner Dunes golf course.

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FAMILY OF MAN HURT IN OHV CRASH RAISING FUNDS
The family of a Yucca Valley man who was severely injured in an off-vehicle crash in March is raising funds to help with their expenses. Jason Humenik, 35, was thrown from a sand rail in the Sunfair Dry Lake bed in Joshua Tree March 22 and suffered a broken collarbone and three broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung, fluid on the brain that had to be drained via a hole in his skull, and has been drifting in and out of a coma for the past month. His family has established an account at Bank of America where donations can be made to the Jason Humenik Fund, or via PayPal, at Helping the Humenik Family. Donation jars have been put out at businesses in Yucca Valley. In addition, donations of gift cards, money, toiletries, and non-perishables can be sent to an address in this story at KCDZFM.com. The family has also set up a FaceBook page, Helping the Humenik Family, that provides updates and information on how to help the family. A benefit car wash and bake sale will be held Saturday, May 4, at the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot in Yucca Valley from 10 to 1. For more information, visit the FaceBook page, Helping the Humenik Family.

7414 Goleta Ave, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TO REORGANIZE TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will reorganize tonight before moving on the other business. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more…
The four members of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission will name a new chair and vice chair of the commission during their regular meeting tonight. Then, the Commission will review general development standards of the Draft Development Code. The meeting will start at 6:00 in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

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MARINE CORPS LEADS CASES OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF FEMALE MEMBERS
A Pentagon health survey released yesterday says about one out of five military women say they were victims of unwanted sexual contact by another service members since joining the military. The highest rate of sexual abuse was in the Marine Corps: Nearly 30 percent of women said they suffered unwanted sexual contact by another military member. Close behind were the Army and Navy, each with about 24 percent of women raising the issue. The sexual abuse rates from the 2011 survey are significantly higher than similar findings from 2008, when 11 to 12 percent of female soldiers and sailors said they were victims of unwanted touching, along with 17 percent of women who were Marines.

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TWO BLOOD DRIVES TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct two community blood drives tomorrow. Blood donations will be taken at the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2, and at Vons in Yucca Valley, from 2 to 5 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. 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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AUDITIONS FOR THEATRE 29 CHILDREN'S SHOW SET FOR MAY 6
Mark the date: May 6 will be auditions for this year's Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater production. Special Correspondent Las Taylor has details on the show…
With "Ragtime" set to open May 3 at Theatre 29, auditions for the next show of the season has been announced and this should be a fun one! Director John Wright and his assistant director Lizzie Schmelling will present "The Perils of Goldilocks" as a summer Youth Theatre production. The show, actually a compilation of two one-act plays, will be preformed primarily by the young actors of the area and will run from June 28 to July 27. The directors are looking to cast 20 performers ranging in age from eight through adult with limited parts for the eight to ten year old range. Open auditions will be held at Theatre 29's main stage Monday May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Many of the actors will play multiple roles as the show looks at the adventures of everyone's favorite cat burglar that got her into trouble in the first act. Act Two finds Goldi in the courtroom facing trial for her indiscretions, Will Goldilocks be found guilty and sent to prison or will the real truth come out? Either way the show promises to be lots of fun and offers a great summer experience for our area's youth. More information and audition sides can be found at the Theatre 29 website, Theatre 29.org. The theater is on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms, one-half block west of Adobe.

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COUNTY PROPERTY VALUES RAISING, SO ARE TAXES
San Bernardino County is beginning to see a slight recovery in property values, Assessor Dennis Draeger said yesterday. Since 2008, the assessor's office has approved 200,000 reductions in assessed property values – lowering the tax payments for those owners. But for 2013, the assessor's office expects a slight increase in property values, "This is a mixed blessing for property-owners," Draeger said, noting that they will be glad to see the market improve but also will see increases in the assessed value of their properties, and in their property taxes.

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING
The last time the Joshua Tree Clean Team met, they collected over two hundred thirty four pounds of trash. The Clean Team figures it picks up more than three and a half tons of trash a year! After restoring the desert's beauty for an hour, they meet for fine coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Cafe. They will meet at 8 am tomorrow at the south side of Twentynine Palms Highway at the Joshua Tree Memorial Park Mountain Valley Cemetery at 8 am. Grabber-sticks, trash bags, water and gloves are provided. For more info call 760-366-8415.

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A BUSY MEETING FOR THE BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD TONIGHT
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency meets in regular session tonight. A full agenda sees changes to agency law, bad debt write-offs and repairs. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda…
The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors will hold the regular monthly meeting at 6:00 tonight at Agency offices under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers. Tonight, the board is expected to approve amendments to agency law that State Senator Jean Fuller has drafted at the request of the Agency. Also tonight, the board will consider writing off two year's worth of bad debt to the tune of $4,500. And tonight, the General Manager will likely get a green light to enter into a contract with Fatty's Fencing for repairs and enlargements to perimeter fences at various Agency sites for approximately $14,000. And finally, directors will take up an item from last month that was not put to vote pending some clarifications; that being a Memorandum of Understanding between Bighorn-Desert View and Mojave Water Agency.

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ROTARY CLUB SPONSORS E-WASTE COLLECTION IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club is having an E-Waste fundraising event this Saturday, from 10 to 1 at the Community Center in Luckie Park. The Rotary Club will collect electronic waste products, such as TVs, monitors, computers and computer components, printers, ink and toner cartridges, cameras, phones, mp3 players, and more, all free of charge. The products will be collected and recycled for usable components and parts; proceeds from the recycling will be used for Rotary scholarships. Items can also be dropped off at Cardinal Van and Storage Monday through Friday from 8 to 4. For more information, call 310-734-6700.

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LIVING TRUST SEMINAR AT MORONGO BASIN SENIOR SUPPORT CENTER TOMORROW
Morongo Basin Senior Support Center will host a free and informative one-hour living trust seminar tomorrow at 11 a.m. Topics include: probate, wills, home transfer to heirs, trust privacy, dangers of joint tenancy, providing for grandchildren, estate tax reduction or elimination, guardianship, living trusts. All homeowners, married or single, should attend! Contact Jeri Reed at 760-365-9661 for reservations.

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THREE VIE FOR TITLE OF LANDERS HONORARY MAYOR
The deadline is approaching in the hotly contested race for Landers Honorary Mayor. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more on this light-hearted community fund-raiser…..
With about a week left in the race for the title of Landers Honorary Mayor, candidates have been crisscrossing the Basin shaking hands, kissing babies and stuffing cash-filled envelopes in their pockets. It's anything but politics as usual; the cash comes from each candidate's ticket sales. Each $1 ticket represents one vote. Everyone can vote as many times as they like, so vote early and often! On Saturday, May 4, the candidates, who so far include Gina Walker, Mike Lipsitz, and Robert Salyers, all of Landers, will hand over their collected monies to auditors from the Morongo Basin Historical Society. Landers Honorary Mayor will be named that day at an ice cream award party at Belfield Hall. Funds raised will be divided between the Landers Association, Unity Home, Landers Elementary School Science Camp, CERT program supplies, and care packages for Marines in Afghanistan. Stop by Belfield Hall in Landers to toss your hat in the mayoral race or to buy some votes for your favorite candidate. Call 760-364-2676 for more information.

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STUDENT WORK GOES ON DISPLAY AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK'S JOSHUA TREE VISITORS CENTER
Students from Morongo Unified School District's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Kaleidoscope program worked with Joshua Tree National Park rangers last summer to design a trail especially for kids. Next the students visited the park to hike the Skull Rock area on both the north and south sides of Park Boulevard. Dubbed the "Trailblazers," they made notes of things they wanted to know more about and observations about their experiences. Then the students presented their ideas to park staff. Beginning tomorrow, their presentation boards will be part of a two-week exhibit at the Park's Joshua Tree Visitor Center. Park Superintendent Mark Butler and Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Jim Majchrzak will open the exhibit at 10 a.m. Participating students and the public are encouraged to attend this special viewing of their work. Photos of the presentation boards can be seen at a link in this story at KCDZFM.com.

www.nps.gov/jotr/forkids/trailblazers.htm

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TOMORROW'S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School tennis and swim teams will play Shadow Hills High School. The tennis team will travel away to Indio, with the match beginning at 3:15. The swim team will host the Knights at home; the meet begins at 3:15.

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