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Listen To Your News Wednesday, April 24, 2013 News Archive
     

SAN BERNARDINO SHERIFF'S OFFICE NAMED "SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR"
At the National WeTip Conference held in Ontario last week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was awarded "Sheriff Department of the Year." WeTip Inc. was founded in 1972 as a national, anonymous crime-reporting resource for citizens, and a tool to aid law enforcement. The toll-free WeTip hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon acknowledged "that the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's Department embraces the efforts of WeTip Inc. and works diligently to investigate tips from those who have information regarding crime, but fear reprisal." Among the other awards presented during the WeTip Inc. conference were Deputy George Dorta of the Rancho Cucamonga Station, who received the Community Partner Award, Deputy Alex Collins of the Big Bear Station received the Award of Valor, and Detective Jeremiah MacKay, of the Yucaipa Station, who was killed in a shoot-out with Christopher Dorner, was posthumously honored with an Award of Valor.

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PRESCRIPTION DRUG "TAKE BACK DAY" THIS SATURDAY AT MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
The Sheriff's Office in Joshua Tree will accept old prescriptions in a special event this Saturday. Reporter Taylor Thacker says this is local involvement in a national program…
Drugs can be a dangerous thing; even pill prescriptions can be misused or abused. Help prevent that by disposing of your potentially dangerous drugs, no questions asked. On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give you an opportunity to get rid of any expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs by bringing them to a designated site. Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs to the DEA sites. Search your house for any prescription drugs and help keep your family safe from old or expired drugs. You can dispose of your drugs at the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department. For more information call 909-387-3700.

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DRIVER IN FATAL JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH FACES FOUR YEARS IN PRISON
The driver in a triple fatal Johnson Valley crash that marred this year's "King of the Hammers" event, pleaded guilty to two charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in Joshua Tree Court yesterday. Three Hesperia area teenagers were killed in the February 2 head-on crash on State Route 247. Charles Persons, 32, of Thousand Oaks, took a plea agreement and faces sentencing of four years in state prison May 23. Persons was arrested after his Chevrolet Silverado hit a Saturn sedan, killing Tyler Shane Correll, 18, Jordan LaRocque, 17, and Ruben Ramos, 18. Investigators said Persons, who was working at the King of Hammers off-road event, was passing a line of vehicles at a high speed in a no-passing zone when the crash occurred; they say alcohol was not a factor, as was first thought.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL: PART 1 OF 3, $2 MILLION FOR THE STATE
The Twentynine Palms City Council had a long and varied meeting Tuesday night. Dan Stork has broken his report into three parts. Today: Giving $2 million to the state, hello to Homer Croy, minor ordinance changes, City Clerk pay, and Planning Commission terms. Later: the Development Code update status, potential liability on a dirt road right of way, and a budget workshop…
City attorney Patrick Muñoz reported out of closed session that the Twentynine Palms City Council voted to turn over $2 million worth of cash-in-hand of Redevelopment Agency funds to the state. The vote approving the handover goes with a protest to the state, and passed 4-1, with Jim Harris dissenting. The City is going forward with litigation against the state Department of Finance over the RDA bond proceeds. Mayor Joel Klink introduced Interim City Manager Homer Croy to the public. Without discussion, the Council voted to allow the Development Director to extend the time periods of tentative tract maps. In another quick vote, it voted to allow a single council member to initiate appeal of planning commission decision, over-ruling Planning Commission recommendation that majority be required.
The City Clerk was given a pay increase, 4-1 Jim Harris dissenting. The city attorney agreed that the personnel manual needs clarification with respect to rules affecting at-will employees, such as city clerk. Council sets Planning Commissioner terms to end at end of February, and requires commissioners seeking re-appointment to formally re-apply.

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MORE ROADWORK, THIS TIME IN MORONGO VALLEY
An emergency project to remove and replace the existing asphalt concrete on Highway 62's Dry Morongo Wash Bridge in Morongo Valley will take place starting today through Friday. The project will grind the existing bridge deck and replace with new material to ensure the bridge deck's smooth transition. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday-Friday. During construction, one lane will be available.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT DEVELOPMENT CODES, RETAINS HUMPHREVILLE
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission met in regular session last night, Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a planned reorganization left things almost the same, the development code was discussed, and they took a look at ongoing and future major projects…
Among the items the Yucca Valley Planning Commission discussed at its meeting last night were street dedications and infrastructure improvements, noise standards, landscaping and water conservation, parking regulations, property maintenance regulations, and soil erosion and dust control. The Commission held off on its discussions on the sign ordinance and wind and solar energy, postponing those items to a future meeting, with a date yet to be determined, to give residents the opportunity to attend and give comments. Commissioner Vickie Bridenstein declined to accept the position of chair of the Planning Commission, accepting instead the position of vice chair. Tim Humphreville retained his seat as chair of the planning commission. The new Super Walmart is still on track to have its ribbon cutting in June. Grading permits were issued this week for Phase 2 of the Warren Vista Shopping Center. And the Town anticipates ground-breaking for the new senior housing project on Dumosa to begin in late May or early June.

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JOB AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW
A Job Fair and Community Resource event at Copper Mountain College tomorrow. The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, along with Copper Mountain College, will be hosting a Job Fair and Community Resource event on Thursday at the Bell Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have any questions please call Omar Castro at 760-984-4791.

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MULTIMEDIA COMPETITION AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW
A unique multi-media competition at Copper Mountain College tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look…
At Copper Mountain College, this semester's R.G.B. MultiMedia 20 Competition will be held Thursday, April 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Bell Center Community Room. The multimedia event is free and open to the public. Every semester, students compete in multimedia. This year, the competition has been divided into three categories: Short Slide Show, Short Film/Video, and Short Animation. All entries are digital visual presentations synchronized to music and soundtracks. CMC's art faculty department will provide three judges for the event and prize money will be awarded. The Copper Mountain College Foundation generously provides for student academic achievement awards in this long running event. Come see and experience what students are creating in today's dynamic world of multimedia. For more information contact Spelman Downer at 760-366-3791 ext. 0228.

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CHILD SAFETY AWARENESS EVENT AT YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER FRIDAY
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Center for Family and Community Services is dedicated to supporting families and reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect. Join them for Child Safety Awareness Day, Friday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Yucca Valley Community Center covered picnic area. There will be free hotdogs, games and prizes, free developmental screening for children zero to five years old, resources and support for all families. For more information, contact the Center at 760-820-1430.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS WITH FIRE AND WATER BUSINESS TONIGHT
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board meets at 6:00 tonight at their offices on Hatch Road. Reporter Taylor Thacker says they will deal with both water and fire business…
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board will discuss many things at their meeting such as spending the money set aside for the water towers and the AT&T expansion and lease amendment which will allow the cell phone towers to be improved. On the Fire Department side, the Board will have a closed session with the labor negotiators regarding things like salaries and salary schedules. Also, there will be possible action on personnel changes, impact on current service level, and implementation of a service level reduction.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TOMORROW
The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District will hold its regular meeting Thursday at 5:30 at the cemetery's office on Encelia Avenue. On the agenda, the board will receive an update on the forensic audit of its books, and discuss: moving its endowment funds, possible salary increases, and the status of the current LAFCO review.

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BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY MET LAST NIGHTS
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency met in a busy regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and tells us what actions the board took…
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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LOCAL JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY MEETS TOMORROW
The John Birch Society has a local chapter in the Morongo Basin that meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. At its April 25 meeting, the local John Birch Society chapter will continue the discussion on opposition to the United Nation's Agenda 21, which it believes threatens private property rights and U.S. sovereignty. The John Birch Society meets at Church of Morongo, 50865 29 Palms Hwy, east of Morongo Valley, between Big Morongo Canyon Rd. and Fox Trail. The church is on the east side of the highway. For more information please call Charla Shamhart, at 760-401-0689.

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TEAL FLAMINGOS SEEN ROOSTING IN THE MORONGO BASIN
Since the beginning of April, teal-colored flamingos have been appearing in yards of Morongo Basin residents. The flamingos are a fundraiser sponsored by the Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services, a non-profit organization that provides support and counseling for victims of sexual abuse and their families. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the flamingos are a fun and whimsical way to both bring awareness to sexual assault, and to raise money for the organization. Managing editor Tami Roleff …
Deliesse Hitt of the Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services says the teal flamingos have been all over the Morongo Basin, and have been doing a great job of drawing awareness to sexual assault in the Basin. "They've actually been all over the place, they've have gotten some good miles on them." She explains how it works. "Every couple of days they go to a new house to stay for two days, then we get a new address for the flamingos to fly off to. And if they're willing, a donation." The recipients have been very accepting of being "flamingo'd," too. "No complaints; people are very receptive of the teal flamingos." Cindy Daigneault, who was flamingo'd last week, thought it was a fun idea. "It was quite a surprise to look out my front door and see teal-colored flamingos in my courtyard. At first I was thinking, what??? Then I saw the explanation attached and I thought, 'What a great idea! Of course I'll support this.' And I had to make sure they migrated to a couple of my friends' homes." Hitt said the Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services hopes to have more flamingos next year for the fundraiser.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS FOR TODAY RESCHEDULED
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats Boys Tennis Team Matches against Shadow Hills High School today, April 24, at Shadow Hills is re-scheduled for Monday April 29.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF PLAYS TOMORROW
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat golf team will travel away to Indio to play the Knights of Shadow Hills High School. Tee-off is at 2:45.

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