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Listen To Your News Friday, April 27, 2012 News Archive
     

12-YEAR-OLD BOY SUFFERS MAJOR INJURIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HIT-AND-RUN YESTERDAY
A 12-year-old boy suffered major injuries yesterday when he was hit by a pick-up truck that then fled the scene in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff's press release, a 12-year-old boy was riding his scooter on Baseline Road at Kellogg Avenue in the Hanson Track area of Twentynine Palms at 6:38 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by an older mid-size pick-up truck traveling westbound on Baseline. The boy was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center and then air-lifted to Loma Linda Hospital with significant, life-threatening head injuries. The Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in locating the pick-up truck and its driver. The truck is described as an older beat-up burgundy or maroon mid- to full-size truck, possibly a 4x4 with a roll-bar and off-road lights. The truck may have damage to the front and passenger side. The truck is known to frequent the Hanson Track area in Twentynine Palms. If you have information about the truck or its driver, call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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DUI CHECKPOINT IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint tonight (Friday) between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m at an undisclosed location in Yucca Valley. Officers will be stopping drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Officers will also be checking drivers for proper licensing. Sheriff's Sergeant James Porter said, "Over the course of the past year, DUI collisions have resulted in thirteen wrecks, killed several citizens around the Morongo Basin and injured several of our friends and neighbors in Yucca Valley." The DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce these tragedies, and If you see a drunk driver, Call 9-1-1.

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SPONSORS DRUG-TAKE BACK DAY TOMORROW
Morongo Basin residents will have another opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous prescription medications by turning them in to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. On Saturday, April 28, residents should bring their expired or unneeded drugs to the Sheriff's station, 63665 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree, from 10 to 2. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked, and no appointment is necessary. Sheriff Rod Hoops said, "The usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards."

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY AUCTION
If you're in need of art, you better head to the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery tomorrow for the gallery's annual art auction. Reporter Lenore Roberts paints us a pretty picture with all the details...
The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery will be hosting an art auction on April 28th from 5 to 8 p.m. to benefit the funding of their much needed roof repair for the three galleries. Larry Bowden will be the auctioneer for the live auction, which will feature new and historic works of local desert art. This will be an excellent opportunity for patrons of the arts to connect, collect, and celebrate!

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BUSY WEEKEND AT RED ARROW ART GALLERY
It's a busy weekend at the Red Arrow Art Gallery. Tonight at 7:30, Sara Eick, a contemporary art photographer from Berlin will give a talk at the gallery. This will be the first presentation of her work in the United States. On Saturday, the gallery will be open late as Aimee Bender and Kate McCAbe will read from their latest books at 7:30. Finally, on Sunday from 4 to 6, an Empty Bowls fundraiser will serve homemade soup in a handmade bowl of your choice. This is your opportunity to get a beautiful piece of pottery, some homemade vegetable soup, and support your local food bank. The Red Arrow in downtown Joshua Tree is hosting the fundraiser in which local artisans will donate handmade bowls, and community members will prepare homemade soup and bread. For a $15 donation, you'll get a bowl filled with soup, and you get to keep the bowl. The line to buy tokens for the bowls starts at 3:45; only about 180 bowls will be available. Since everything for the event is donated, all proceeds will benefit the American Food Bank. For more information, call Diana Shay Diehl at 760-219-6219.

And next door to the Red Arrow, the Joshua Tree Art Gallery will hold an art auction of art works that were painted earlier in the day in Section 11 of Joshua Tree. The auction is a fundraiser for the Mojave Land Trust DesertScapes Paint Out. The artist's reception and auction begins at 5 p.m.

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ART SHOW OPENS NEXT WEEK AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
It's a chance to see artwork of young and emerging artists in the Morongo Basin. For the ninth year, Copper Mountain College is hosting a student art show and multi-media competition, in which students show off their skills and talents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz puts his eye to the glass to give us the details...
At Copper Mountain College, the RGB Multimedia Competition and Student Art Show is planned for 1 p.m. May 4th in the Bell Center Community Room. The RGB Multimedia Competition is, a presentation of student digital slide shows, video, and Flash-animation shorts. Now in its ninth year, CMC students can compete for cash awards. A kick-off reception for the Student Art Show in the Bell Center foyer is planned in conjunction with the RGB event. The public is invited to attend from 3 to 6 p.m. New drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, and mixed media will be on display. Refreshments will be served. The artworks will be on display and for sale from May 1st through the14th, with daily viewing from noon to 5 p.m. More information is on the CMC website cmccd.edu, contact sdowner@cmccd.edu, or, callen@cmccd.edu.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR HITTING WOMAN
A Joshua Tree man was arrested after dispute over child custody. According to a Sheriff's report, Donovan Hayes, 42, was at a home in the 62400 block of 29 Palms Highway arguing with a woman over child custody, when the woman said he hit her in the mouth. Donovan Hayes was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked in the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT EARNS AWARDS AT NATIONAL COMPETITION
Last Friday, 49 members of the Yucca Valley High School Music Department traveled to Anaheim, to participate in the national "Music In the Parks" festival and competition, sponsored by the Educational Programs Network. The YVHS Jazz Ensemble and YVHS Symphonic Band each earned a 1st place finish in their respective divisions. The Jazz Ensemble scored 86 points out of a possible 100, while the Symphonic Band scored 80. The YVHS Select Choir captured an 8th place finish out of more than 20 participating choirs with their score of 81.50. In all, over 1600 students from California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado participated in the festival. "I was totally pleased with the scores and placement for all three of my ensembles," said music director Bill Barrett. "I think it's a tribute to how hard the students work, day in and day out, that they were able to step up and compete with students from across the country. We went against some VERY strong ensembles, and our kids held their own!"

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MANE STREET STAMPEDE TO BE FEATURED ON EYE ON LA SATURDAY
The Mane Street Stampede, a western re-enactment group that puts on free shows every Saturday in Pioneertown, will be featured on a Los Angeles travel show, Eye on LA. The Stampede was invited to perform a series of old-west shoot-em-up skits for the Eye on L.A. film crew last week in Pioneertown. The show will air tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. on ABC Channel 7. But you can see them perform live every Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in front of the bowling alley on Mane Street in Pioneertown. The volunteer group provides family-friendly free shows thru October. For more information, inquiries about membership or donations for this not-for-profit group, contact John Henry at 760-831-5928 or Scotty at 760-567-7750.

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HATS OFF TO WOMEN AT YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY
The Yucca Valley Library will host a Hats Off to Women program with Pamela Heiman Saturday at 1:30. Heiman has been collecting hats for many years, and is an expert on antique hats. She'll bring many chapeaus to model as she explains their history, design, and use. Tea will be served during the Hats Off to Women program in china teacups with cookies provided by the Friends of the Library. Enter a raffle for antique teacups. Hats Off to Women is free. Bring a friend! Call 760-228-5455 for more information.

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ROD AND GUN CLUB IN MORONGO VALLEY
The Hi-Desert Rod and Gun Club in Morongo Valley has been a fixture in the high desert for decades. Reporter Derwood Andrews draws a bead on the shooting club and gives some background on the club...
In 2009, after many decades of leasing the shooting range property from the Town of Morongo, the Hi-Desert Rod & Gun Club purchased the forty acre site on the grade to the north of the highway. With the help of an NRA certified civil engineer the proposed improvements to the range will include, 42 rifle shooting positions, three pistol bays, two trap fields and a five stand sporting clay field. Members and the general public can enjoy their sport along with Marines who want to practice their skills on the weekends. Our Marines get member rates to support our country in this time of war. The Vice President of the club, Stony Loft invites all to come enjoy a safe day of shooting in our Morongo Basin. Call 760-365-1355 for more information.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up a free meal and fellowship tomorrow from 3 to 5 at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. The meal of macaroni and cheese and dessert will be served by Immanuel Prince of Peace, the high school's National Honor Society, the Catholic Church, and the First Assembly of God.

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CRAFT FAIR AND FLEA MARKET AT EAGLES POST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
The Eagles Auxiliary is sponsoring a craft fair and flea market tomorrow starting at 8 a.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst will be available. The Eagles Post is located at 67330 29 Palms Highway, with the big eagle in front.

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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE
It's that time of year, when high school seniors are making their final decisions about which college to attend in the fall. ROP broadcasting student Alan Van der Maas gives some tips on how to improve your chances for getting accepted by the college of your choice...
Today, we all need to have a good college education. It's essential to have a successful life. Preparing starts as early as junior high, and the first step is to know where you want to go. Each college has its own requirements or its own preferences for students. Some look at just academics, but most look at activities that express traits of the individual, such as those that express leadership or the ability to manage time well. Colleges want a community of students who are strong in both academics and their community. College is still school, so learning and grades are still a priority. Again, an upward curve is always a sign of a good student. Even as seniors, students should try to take challenging classes, such as honors and AP, as long as they can do well in them. Lastly, when you look at colleges, you always need to look at how you are going to pay for it. Look for scholarships at your school, from the government, and right here in your own community. Just make sure to have your scholarship portfolio to your counselor by the deadline.

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SPEED-TRAINING CLINIC AT JOSHUA SPRINGS MONDAY
Joshua Springs Christian School will host a speed-training clinic Monday, conducted by a former NFL player. Ken Taylor, who played with the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears, and with the San Diego Chargers, has trained professional, college, and high school and junior high school athletes for more than 20 years. The clinic, called "Introduction to Speed," will be held at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome on Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. For more information called Joshua Springs School at 760-365-3599.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan track team will travel away to Coronoa/Norco. The first event is at 8 a.m.

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