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Listen To Your News Wednesday, May 30, 2012 News Archive
     

PLANE CRASHES JUST EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS
A small plane crashed just east of Twentynine Palms yesterday, leaving the plane wrecked but the pilot okay. Sheriff's dispatchers were contacted shortly after noon when residents saw the plane go down on a dirt road just north of Primrose Lane and State Route 62. Responding deputies said the pilot, Nicholas Cain of Arizona, took off from the Twentynine Palms Airport and the aircraft's motor seized shortly after take-off. The Lufcombe single-engine plane flipped over during landing but Cain was not hurt. Deputies took Cain to a motel to get out of 100-degree heat. They said FAA investigators will be out to evaluate the plane and investigate the crash today.

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HELICOPTER RESCUES FATHER AND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
A Twentynine Palms man and his two young sons had to be rescued in Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. According to Sheriff's reports and local firefighters, a man and his 2- and 4-year-old sons were hiking in the Rattlesnake Canyon area in the Indian Cove area of the Park when they ran out of water and started having problems with the heat. The father was able to call 911 on his cell phone about 5 p.m. to ask for help, saying they were stuck and out of water, and they were a little lost. Firefighters from the Twentynine Palms Lear Avenue Station responded. Responding Park Rangers determined it would take about 2 ½ hours to hike in to where the man and his children were. Firefighters called in a Sheriff's helicopter to search for and rescue the hikers. The helicopter found the family in about 30 minutes and 10 to 15 minutes later, they were all hoisted out of the Rattlesnake Canyon and flown back to the trailhead where they refused medical aid and transport by a second helicopter. They said they were all fine.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION FINE-TUNING NEW DEVELOPMENT CODE
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission is going through the new development code making adjustments and refinements. Reporter Derwood Andrews says it will be a long process...
Last night's special meeting Study Session of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission was the start of many more detailed delvings into the new development code. Definitions were defined in the Residential section; for instance private antennas are now allowed to be 60 foot on one acre and below Rural Living, and 75 foot above one acre; a house can now be 50 feet high instead of 35 feet high on Rural Living 5 acres; and from 32 feet to 45 feet for a front set back on Rural living. Eradicating loop-holes and deleting unnecessary text is the goal for a new development code. These meetings will continue for some months and the public is encouraged to attend and have their say. Last night a member of the public left after a while and cut the attendance of the audience in half. At the discretion of Chair Alderson, you can take part in these important decisions for your community.

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TRIAL DATE SET FOR MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING TWENTYNINE PALMS TODDLER
After a deputy district attorney told a judge that the "people would not accept any plea in which the sentence is less than life" in prison, a trial date was set for August 27 for a Marine who is accused of killing a Twentynine Palms toddler in November 2010. Joshua Kruzik, now 23, is accused of killing 18-month-old Audrey Allen, the daughter of two Marines, Timothy and Melissa Allen, in November 2010. Kruzik was staying with the Allens while he was going through training at the Combat Center. On November 20, 2010, Timothy Allen came home and found his baby not breathing in her crib. Audrey was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center and later declared brain dead. The injuries were reported as suspicious in nature and the coroner later determined Audrey had died from blunt force trauma. Joshua Kruzik was arrested for investigation of suspicion of murder and willful injury to a child causing death and is being held on $1 million bail.

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130 MARINES AND SAILORS RETURN FROM AFGHANISTAN THIS WEEK
Approximately 130 Marines and sailors of the main element from NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, NTM-A, mostly comprised of 1st Tank Battalion, are scheduled to return home this Saturday, June 2. NTM-A was comprised of advisor teams and security force platoons who partnered with Afghani police to conduct counterinsurgency operations, and provide security to critical areas of the road, as well as liaison support to British and Scottish coalition units in the eastern Helmand province and Kabul. The advisor teams also provided support in planning, operations and logistics, and mentored the Afghan National Army. "The sun never sets on 1st Tank Battalion," said 1st Tank's commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Barrick. "We are operating around the globe in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Marines and sailors continually excel at what they do. I am very proud of the Marines and sailors of this battalion and the work that they are doing for our country."

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LOCAL ORIGINAL PLAY TO OPEN AT GROVE'S THEATER SATURDAY
An original play is set to open at the Grove's Theater in Morongo valley this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on "Pablo Picasso"...
"Pablo Picasso" by local playwright Dolores Becker Trost opens at Groves Cabin Theatre Saturday, June 2, and plays Saturdays at 7 and Sundays at 2:30 through June 17. The play stars actor Lloyd Steele, and the cast also includes S. Gaspar Ascencio, Jeff Wood. the versatile Sue Bradley, Audrey O'Brien, Anja Homberg, and Wes Thomas. The play's author-director Dolores Becker Trost appears in the role of poet Max Jacob, and special guest performer, Kathy Penny, weaves her gypsy flamenco throughout. Limited seating means early reservations are a must. Groves Cabin Theatre is at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley, north of Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway). All seats are $10. For more information or reservations call 760-365-4523 or go to grovescabintheatre.org.

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GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the 2012 Grubstake Days Parade Winners. The following are this year's 62nd annual Grubstake Days first place award winners:
Band: Joshua Springs Pep
Youth: MBYSA – Morongo Basin Youth Soccer
Novelty: Deborah Nyhus
Equestrian Junior Horseman 12 & under: Rachel Kee
Motorized/Novelty: Vintage Iron
Motorized: Morongo Basin Old Car Club
Dance/Musical Group: Star Struck Dance
Float: The Color Bar Hair & Beauty Lounge

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REACH OUT EXPANDING TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS
Reach Out Morongo Basin is offering a new program to Twentynine Palms seniors. Reach Out is expanding their current transportation program to provide rides to local senior neighbors to the Twentynine Palms Senior Center for the Senior Nutrition Program. Seniors living in Wonder Valley and Twentynine Palms who would like to come in for a hot meal and some fellowship are urged to contact Reach Out. Reach Out is working in collaborative effort with Family Service Association who manages the Senior Nutrition Program at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center and the Twentynine Palms Senior Council to sponsor this program. Seniors aged 60 and over who are interested in participating in this program are asked to call Reach Out at 760-361-1410 for more information or to schedule a ride.

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ARTIST RECEPTION FRIDAY FOR "DESERT NIGHTS" EXHIBIT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
An artists' reception will be held this Friday for a new exhibit at the Twentynine Palms Visitor's Center. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to "Desert Nights"...
An artists' reception celebrating the desert night skies will be held Friday at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Twentynine Palms. Sponsored by Sky's the Limit, the Desert Nights exhibit will feature artistic representations of the starry desert night sky and the moonlit desert landscape. The exhibit runs from June 1 through August 31. The visitor center, located at 73484 29 Palms Highway, is open 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and from 10 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 760-367-6719.

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RECEPTION SUNDAY FOR NEW EXHIBIT AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY
This Sunday, June 3, from noon until 3 p.m. the 29 Palms Art Gallery will be hosting its final reception of the season with the Summer Show at its historic adobe gallery. The members of the 29 Palms Artists' Guild will have work featured in all three gallery spaces. Works include both traditional and experimental watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, pottery and kiln-fired ceramics of a variety of techniques, mixed media, assemblages, photography and digital montage, wood block prints and a variety of printmaking genres as well as sculptures, all from local artists. The show runs through August 26th, however, summer hours are now in effect with the gallery and gift shop open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m. At the reception, artists will be on hand to discuss their work and the guild will present the new board for the 2012-2013 season. The gallery and gift shop are located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms off of National Park Drive (that leads into the Joshua Tree National Park) or you can contact them during business hours at 760-367-7819.

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REACH OUT SPONSORS ORIGINAL SHOW OPENING AT THEATRE 29
The opening of the first of two original plays by Twentynine Palms playwrights at Theatre 29 this season will benefit Reach-Out Morongo Basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to get tickets for the opening of "The Memory Jar"...
The non-profit Reach Out Morongo Basin will host the June 8 opening night performance of local playwright Kurt Schauppner's poignant drama, "The Memory Jar." The gala evening event includes complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and beverages, starting at 6 p.m. until the curtain goes up at 7, then coffee and dessert at intermission. The evening will also include a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Reach Out Morongo Basin. Schauppner is also editor of The Desert Trail. Opening night gala tickets are available in advance at Reach Out offices in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, at the offices of The Desert Trail or 29 Palms Chamber. Advance tickets are $20 each, $25 at the door on opening night. After opening night, tickets for the remaining five performances are $8 to $12 available online at theatre29.org or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151.

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LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL SIXTH GRADE ORIENTATION TOMORROW
La Contenta Middle School will have their sixth grade orientation for incoming 2012-2013 seventh grade students (currently sixth grade students) tomorrow, Thursday, May 31, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Attend to familiarize yourself with La Contenta Middle School and the rules, procedures, and programs. Parents and students may also tour the school if desired.

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