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Listen To Your News Friday, May 10, 2013 News Archive
     

TWO KILLED, TWO WOUNDED AFTER YUCCA VALLEY CARJACKING, HIGH SPEED CHASE
Two people are dead and two wounded after an attempted car-jacking in Yucca Valley Thursday morning. Two men, still unidentified, attempted to carjack a car driven by Obette Lacap, 33, of Beaumont, a pharmaceutical representative from Pfizer, who was leaving Dr Prem Sulholtra’s office in the Town Center Mall in Yucca Valley. Obette Lacap was shot and killed in his car in the parking lot about 11:40 Thursday morning in the attempted car-jacking. News reporter Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti fills in the details…
A man was killed yesterday in an attempted car jacking, when two Caucasian males shot him thru the driver's window. The car ended up off the embankment of the parking lot of Town Center Mall. The two suspects fled the scene, escaping in a previously stolen Chevy Impala. A CHP officer spotted the vehicle on Highway 62 and pursued the suspects from Yucca Valley to San Bernardino, where the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Sergeant Trevis Newport explains what happened next. "The driver of the suspect vehicle began firing at police officers as they were exiting their cars. Police officers returned fire, striking the first suspect." The first suspect was killed in the shootout. While fleeing the scene, the second suspect shot at officers who returned fire, seriously wounding him. A CHP officer was also struck in the leg by gun fire. Both suspect and the CHP officer were taken to Loma Linda Medical Center for treatment. The CHP officer's injury is not life threatening.

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DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL
It's déjà vu all over again for Twentynine Palms City Council. Approving a contract for a new city manager in Twentynine Palms -- it felt so nice, they're doing it twice. Dan Stork explains why…
In a special meeting on April 30, the Twentynine Palms City Council approved a contract for Joe Guzetta to serve as the new permanent City Manager. On May 7, former Council Member Steve Spear made a written charge that the Council violated the state's public meeting law—the Brown Act—in two respects. Spear claimed that the approval was done in closed session, and that contract approval in a special meeting was improper. Patrick Munoz, legal counsel for the city, replied to Spear on May 9. In that reply, Munoz stated that Spear was incorrect with regard to the facts on the first count, and incorrect with regard to his interpretation of the law on the second count. However, Munoz went on to write "…in order to err on the side of caution, and to ensure that not even the perception of a Brown Act violation might exist, staff is recommending to the City Council that it treat the agreement approved on April 30 as void, and reconsider its April 30 action." Munoz added, "Notably, Mr. Guzetta specifically concurs that this is the best approach as it is his desire to ensure there is not even the perception of any issue related to his employment." The contract that will be presented on May 14 differs from its predecessor on in its effective date—May 14—and Guzetta's starting date as City Manager—June 3.

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WE TALK TO A MARINE ON A ONE-YEAR DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN
A fact of life for Marines is that they will be sent on a deployment overseas. Many men and women join the Marine Corps because they WANT to be deployed, and are excited about the opportunities deployments offer. Most deployments are six to seven months, but occasionally, Marine units will be sent on a 12- or 13-month deployment. Regimental Combat Team-7 from Twentynine Palms is at the half-way point of a year-long deployment. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked last week with a Marine in Afghanistan about being deployed….
"I wanted to travel a little bit and figured the Marines were best way to do that." Sergeant Jason Knuth, 28, has been a Marine for 10 years, and has been all over the world: Okinawa, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He's been on several 6-month deployments, but his current deployment to Afghanistan is his first year-long deployment. "This one was kind of exciting; I haven't had a year-long deployment experience yet. It's pretty much two deployments that I've had before, put together." But he's now at the point in the deployment where, instead of getting ready to return Stateside, he still has another five to six months left to go. "It's pretty much turns into a Ground Hog's Day after awhile, a lot of it's just the same routine." One reason why the deployment seems so long and exhausting for Knuth is because he typically works long days, seven days a week. "Usually around 0800 0900 and work 'til usually around 22-2400, midnight." He misses having time to relax and have fun. "It's nice to have a little bit of downtime every now and then." But he's philosophical about the long days. "That's what I'm over here for."

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REMINDER: TO LEAVE FOOD OUT FOR YOUR MAIL CARRIER TOMORROW
This reminder, local letter carriers will hold their 21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, Saturday, May 11. Making a donation is easy; just leave your non-perishable food items (no glass, please) in a bag near your mailbox tomorrow. The letter carriers will then give the donated food to food charities in the Morongo Basin.

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LIONS CLUB GIVING OUT FREE EYEGLASSES IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
The Twentynine Palms Lions Club will give away free eyeglasses Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 3. All Morongo Basin residents are eligible to receive a pair of glasses. Participants will receive a vision screening and a refurbished pair of glasses. The give-away will be held at the Sportsman's Club on Sunburst, just north of the highway. For more information, call John Stout at 760-865-0258.

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BOXOHOUSE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY
An open house will be held Sunday, May 12, for BoxoHouse artist-in-residence Heather Johnson. Johnson rode her motorcycle from her home in New Jersey to Joshua Tree, looking for inspiration for her embroidery artwork along the way. For her residence project, "In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful," she collected texts, artifacts, and other memorabilia from the places she visited. An open house of Heather Johnson's works in progress will be held Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at BoxoHouse, 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.

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ANIMAL TRACKS AND TRACES AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will present their Science Saturday lecture tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker says attendees will learn about animal traces in our desert…
Tracks and traces can provide a glimpse into the lives of animals whose actions are otherwise hidden from us. On Saturday, May 11, from 11 to 11:30am, join museum educator Crystal Mason at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum to learn about animal traces. These traces can tell us not only where the animal has been, but also what it could have been doing. During this Science Saturday, children of school age will learn many techniques in identifying animal traces and how to decipher them. No sign-up is needed. For more information call 760-369-7212. Come out and learn something new this Saturday.

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LOCAL AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS MEET TONIGHT
The Andromeda Astronomical Society meeting will be Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The meeting will feature a DVD on "Mysteries of the Moon." How the moon effects earth and would we be here without it. Hospitality is included.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE NETS $12,000 IN GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Copper Mountain College Foundation in partnership with Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District held its Annual Scramble Golf Tournament on May 4 at the Desert Winds Golf Course aboard the Marine Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. The 29th annual event hosted 110 golfers and raised over $12,000 for programs and scholarships including the Martie Avels RN Scholarship. The 29 Palms Inn proudly participated as the Platinum Sponsor of the event.

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STAR TWIRLERS SQUARE DANCING TONIGHT
The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge, located at 55946 Yucca Trail, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013. Andy Allemao will be doing the calling. Bob Paull will cue Rounds at 7 p.m. and between tips. For further information, contact Dennis at 366-8626 or Beryl at 365-6897.

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NEW EXHIBIT AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY, RECEPTION TOMORROW
A new exhibit is up on the walls at the Joshua Tree Branch Library. Dan Stork says, come meet the artist on Saturday afternoon…
The Friends of the Joshua Tree Library are hosting a reception and artist talk for local artist Snake Jagger, whose whimsical surrealist paintings are currently on view. The reception and talk will be held at the Joshua Tree Branch Library from 3 until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, right before the Joshua Tree Art Crawl. The artist talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. The reception is free and the Friends of the Library will provide light refreshments. Jagger will share his inspirations and talk about his artwork. You can see a sample of Jagger's work with this story on kcdzfm.com.

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BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW
The Joshua Tree VFW will be serving pulled pork sandwiches tonight from 4:30 to 6:30. Mother's Day on Sunday will be a champagne breakfast with a pork chop special from 8 to 11. And don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up free food from 3 to 5 tomorrow at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. Volunteers from St. Martins will serve chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

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FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning from 9 to10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway.

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SATURDAY CHURCH AT DESERT CONGREGATIONAL
Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church tomorrow, May 11, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church.

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TEEN CRAFT TOMORROW AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY
The Twentynine Palms library is hosting a teen craft project tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to make a flower button…
Create your one-of-a-kind accessory that is sure to make any outfit look great at this week's teen craft session at the Twentynine Palms Library. This month's craft will be button flowers. On Saturday, May 11, you can enjoy refreshments and have fun making your unique craft from 1 to 4 p.m. This event is open to grades 7 through 12. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library. For more information and to sign up, call 760-367-9519.

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS MEET SUNDAY
The Morongo Basin Democratic Club's May membership meeting moves to Saturday morning with a "Power Breakfast" at Bruce's Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Networking, fellowship and an $8 breakfast buffet begins at 9 a.m.; the regular meeting begins at 10. Among items on Saturday's agenda are the election of new officers and guest speaker Dean Moore, President of the Hi-Desert Health Care District Foundation. Follow the Club signs from the traffic light at Rotary Way and Highway 62 at the entrance to the college. Parking is free and plentiful. More information, links and resources are online at MBDems.com.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TRACK IN CIF PRELIMINARIES TOMORROW
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School track team will compete in the CIF-preliminaries.

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