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Listen To Your News Tuesday, May 15, 2012 News Archive
     

OVER 10,000 WITHOUT POWER AT NEAR 100 DEGREE TEMPERATURES
Over 10,000 people were left without power in temperatures nearing 100 degrees yesterday after a power outage in Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree. The outage, which Edison says was caused by an animal in a transformer, affected 2,366 homes, businesses, and schools in the City of Twentynine Palms and 1,066 in the unincorporated area of Joshua Tree. The power went out at 1:21 pm and was restored at about 4:15 pm. The City of Twentynine Palms made the Senior Center available as a cooling station and Hi-Desert Medical Center opened their cafeteria to those suffering from temperatures that reached 99 degrees in Twentynine Palms.

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MOBILE HOME BURNS TO THE GROUND IN LANDERS
A mobile home burned to the ground in Landers yesterday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Wayne Thompson of Station 41 in Yucca Valley, about 1:30 Monday afternoon, firefighters were called to a fully involved fire at a vacant mobile home near Reche Road and Acoma Trail in Landers. While the fire was contained in about 15-20 minutes, it took about an hour to completely extinguish the blaze. Firefighters from Yucca Mesa and Station 422 in Twentynine Palms also responded to the fire; two firefighters suffered heat exposure and were taken by ambulance to Hi-Desert Medical Center. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN SCAMMED FOR OVER $90,000
A Yucca Valley woman fell for a scam and is out $90,000. According to a Sheriff's report, a woman in the 1100 block of Balsa Avenue received calls from two different men saying she had won a contest sponsored by Publishers Clearing House, but she needed to send them money in order to claim her prize. So far, she has sent $90,000 to an address in Denver, Colorado. The Sheriff's Department reminds residents that legitimate contests never require you to send money in order to claim your prize; your taxes are taken directly out of your winnings. You can't win a contest you didn't enter, and, most importantly, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO MEET, ANIMAL SHELTER, TOWN BUDGET TO BE CONSIDERED
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the meeting deals mostly with the new animal shelter...
The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet at 6:00 tonight in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. After a routine consent agenda, the Council will be given an update on the Town's animal shelter, and will be asked to approve the plans and specifications, authorize the Town to advertise for bids for the shelter, and adjust the budget for the shelter. Then, the Council will be given an update on the Town's budget.

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TWO MARINES, ONE FROM TWENTYNINE PALMS, TO RECEIVE NAVY CROSS FRIDAY
Two California-based Marines, one from Twentynine Palms and one from Camp Pendleton, are scheduled to receive Navy Cross awards Friday for their actions during separate battles in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The recipients are Sergeant Cliff Wooldridge, of Twentynine Palms, and Sergeant Christopher Farias, of Camp Pendleton. The Navy Cross is the nation's second-highest award for combat valor, below only the Medal of Honor. Wooldridge, a member of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, is credited with fending off a Taliban ambush in close-quarters battle on June 18, 2010, in Musa Qala. During the engagement, Wooldridge snatched a machine gun from the hands of an enemy fighter and, following a tense struggle on the ground, killed his opponent by striking him in the head with the weapon's butt stock. Wooldridge is scheduled to receive his award from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. Farias, a member of 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, is credited with repelling a Taliban ambush October 5, 2010, that threatened to overrun his unit's patrol base in Helmand's Kajaki district. Farias is scheduled to be recognized by Navy Undersecretary Robert Work.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION WITH TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS AND A STUDY SESSION TONIGHT
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will meet tonight. Reporter Derwood Andrews checks the three-item agenda...
With two public hearings and a study session on the agenda, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission kicks off with applicant Greg Bolinger of Yankee Mini-Storage proposing a twelve-plus acre site east of Adobe Road and north of Valle Vista, in a phased development. Next, possible action to amend the Development Code on hawking and peddling within the City, and the study session looks deeper into the Development Code with a review and possible guidance to Staff.

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LAFCO TO DISCUSS TWENTYNINE PALMS AND HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOUNDARIES TOMORROW
The Local Agency Formation Commission for San Bernardino County, which sets boundaries for various districts in the county, will be discussing Twentynine Palms and the Hi-Desert Medical Center at its regular meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16 at 9 a.m. On the agenda, LAFCO will be asked to change the sphere of influence for Twentynine Palms to approximately mirror that of the city's water district; review the service area for the Twentynine Palms Cemetery District; and review the service area for the County television districts. LAFCO will also consider changing the sphere of influence for the Hi-Desert Medical Center. The meeting will be held in the San Bernardino City Council Chambers, 300 North D Street in San Bernardino.

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ORIGINAL PLAY, "MEMORY JAR," CAST AND IN REHEARSAL
Theatre 29 has announced casting for the first of two original plays written by Twentynine Palms playwrights. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on "The Memory Jar"...
Theatre 29 and Director/Playwright Kurt Schauppner have announced the cast for the first of this year's special "Original Play" series. "The Memory Jar" will perform for a limited two-weekend run on June 8, 9, and 10 and 15, 16, and 17. Schauppner, who is also editor of The Desert Trail Newspaper, has crafted a powerful story for the local stage. In it, a family patriarch faces a grave illness and his fractured family gathers for a revealing look at memories and some revelations about events that some feel are better off forgotten. The cast features Tom Highfill, Marty Neider, Susan Usher, Keith Roleff, Rob Wanless, Joshua Morris, Sue Kelly, and Faraimo FuiFui. Tickets for "The Memory Jar" are $8 to $12 available now by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK PLANS ACTIVITIES FOR SUNDAY'S SOLAR ECLIPSE
Joshua Tree National Park will offer a front-row seat for one of the biggest celestial events of the year. This Sunday, large areas of the western United States will experience an annular solar eclipse. In the hours before sunset, the Earth's moon will pass in front of the sun casting a giant shadow across the land. Joshua Tree National Park is in the zone to experience a partial (near total) eclipse. The Park will host a special program giving the public great views of this highly anticipated event at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms. At noon, telescopes with special filters will be set up to allow viewing of the sun. Solar observers will be able to see sunspots and any solar flare activity. At 4:30 p.m., rangers will offer presentations about the solar eclipse and will show participants how to make a pinhole viewing device for watching the eclipse. At 5:25 p.m., the time for the start of the partial eclipse, public viewing of the eclipse will take place through telescopes and through a video astronomy presentation. Special glasses for viewing the eclipse will also be available. Peak of the eclipse for the Joshua Tree area occurs at 6:38, sunset at 7:44 p.m. At 8:00 a night sky program will be presented.

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EVERY 15 MINUTES PROGRAM AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY
The horrendous consequences of drinking and driving will be presented to the students of Yucca Valley High School in a special program this Friday. Student Body President Kassandra Paulino tells us about "Every 15 Minutes"...
Every fifteen minutes an innocent person is killed in an alcohol-related accident. The Every Fifteen Minutes program is a two-day program taking place at Yucca Valley High School Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18, that challenges high school juniors and seniors to think about drinking, driving, personal safety and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved. With help from the Associated Student Body of Yucca Valley High School, the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety, several Yucca Valley High School students will take part in a simulated traffic collision that will be staged on campus, which includes a collision that will made up to resemble accident victims and participation from law enforcement and emergency medical responders. In this event, two students will "die" on scene, one will be transported to the hospital, and the third will be given a field sobriety test, placed under arrest, and taken to jail. This event is a reminder for all high school students to be responsible not just on prom night, but every night.

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MEETING TOMORROW ON SPECIAL EDUCATION AND DISABLED YOUTH
The Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) of Morongo Unified School District is holding a meeting of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) on Thursday, May 17, at noon at Joshua Tree Elementary School. The CAC consists of teachers, parents, school staff and community members concerned with the educational needs of disabled youth. The meeting's topic is Social Skills that Matter, presented by Sharon Noble, who is currently a teacher in an autism classroom at Yucca Mesa Elementary. Noble will discuss the best environment for teaching social skills, which skills should be targeted first, and how social skills can change lives. For more information, call 760-367-9191 extension 4230.

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TWENTYNINE PLAMS HIGH SCHOOL SWIM TEAM IN CIF FINALS
The Twentynine Palms High School Girls Swim Team competed in the CIF Southern Section Finals at Riverside Community College Pool Friday evening. Hanna Beard, Kelly Ostrander, Britini Harris, and Elizabeth Fleck took first in the consolation heat in the 200-yard medley relay, and third in the 200-yard freestyle medley relay consolation heat. In the Championship finals, Kelly Ostrander, the DeAnza League Girls MVP, finished second in the 100-yard backstroke, and seventh in the 100-yard butterfly finals.

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