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Listen To Your News Friday, June 7, 2013 News Archive
     

ESTHER WILLIAMS, WITH CLOSE TIES TO TWENTYNINE PALMS, DIES AT 91
"America's Mermaid," Esther Williams, died in her sleep early Thursday morning. She was 91. Williams, a star of both the swimming pool and the silver screen, was part of Twentynine Palms history. She was proclaimed Honorary Mayor of Twentynine Palms on March 7, 1948, by Chamber President Watty Watkins. Esther Williams was well-loved in Twentynine Palms and was a frequent visitor and Pioneer Days Grand Marshall. Her brother Dave lived here for many years establishing Williams Plumbing, now Williams Mechanical, as did several of their cousins. Esther Williams and her second husband, Ben Gage, built a home in Yucca Valley. Her niece, Nancy Huntington, is married to Yucca Valley Town Councilman George Huntington. Esther Williams was born in Inglewood, and was a member of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team when she was in her teens. She had hoped to compete in the 1940 Olympics, but the Games were cancelled due to World War II. She was chosen to perform along with Johnny Weissmuller in the Aquacade, a Broadway swimming musical. She went on to star in 26 movies before retiring after she married her third husband, Fernando Lamas. Williams' fourth husband, Edward Bell, survives her as do her children Benjamin Gage and Susan Beardslee; stepchildren Lorenzo Lamas, Tima Alexander Bell and Anthony Bell; three grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren. Her son, Kim Gage, died in 2008.

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS WANT DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND YOUR HOME
With the heat and dryness comes heightened fire danger in our desert. Managing editor Tami Roleff says local firefighters want you to create a defensible space around your home…

Fire Captain Rick Denison said county firefighters will be going to areas in the Morongo Basin that are at high risk for fires and talking with residents about how to protect their homes against the risk of wildfires. "That means to clear property of brush and tall grass; de-limb trees up to six feet; get them away from the structure, get them away from overhanging the structure, away from the chimney, things like that." Denison stressed the firefighters were doing this as a public service to residents. "There's no enforcement, just recommendations. We'll Come out and help you come up with a plan to make your home more defensible, and there's no fee for it either." He added that firefighters are willing to help make any home more defensible against fires. "Anyone in the Morongo Basin, if you have any questions, give the firefighters a call at their local station; we're in the phone book."

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COOLING CENTERS OPENED IN YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, AND JOSHUA TREE
With excessive heat warnings, seniors, infants, young children, and people with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to health problems during hot weather and should take extra precautions. Residents should check on their elderly family members, neighbors, and friends during extremely hot weather to make sure they are safe. Drink plenty of fluids, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, and pace themselves when outside. Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Cooling centers are being made available locally. The Town of Yucca Valley offers residents the opportunity to cool down. Town offices are open during normal business hours with lobby areas to accommodate those wishing to get out of the heat. The Yucca Valley Community Center is open five days a week during the hottest part of the day. People are welcome to bring a book and a snack to help pass the time. The Hi Desert Nature Museum is another opportunity to beat the heat Thursday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The City of Twentynine Palms designated Cooling Center is the Senior Center, at 6539 Adobe Road, across from the Fire Station. The center is climate controlled and open for residents to cool off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Should the heat index reach 115 degrees or other conditions or emergencies necessitate, the Senior Center will be open for additional hours and on weekends to serve as an emergency cooling center. In Joshua Tree, the cooling station at Hi-Desert Medical Center is in the cafeteria of the main hospital, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you or someone you know is feeling ill from the heat, remove them from the heat immediately, offer water, and seek medical help or call 911.

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A REMINDER ABOUT CELL PHONE LAWS
Distracted driving is the number one cause of crashes on area highways, with cell phone use a major contributor. ROP broadcast student Christian McBee has the reminder...

Cell Phone Laws and Regulations while driving in California the top four laws are: 1. All handheld ban for all drivers while driving any vehicle. 2. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands free) for bus drivers. 3. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands free) for novice drivers. 4. Ban on texting for all drivers. Some people think they're skilled enough to drive while on the cell phone, but they don't think they would be the cause of a car accident. According to distraction.gov, that's why car accidents are accidents—because nobody meant for it to happen. Just stop and think about what could happen and think about your friends and family; what they would do without you? Next time you pick up a cell phone while driving, think about who else you are in putting in danger and their families.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED FOR BEATING GIRLFRIEND IN CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested Wednesday morning, after his girlfriend told police he beat her up. According to a Sheriff's report, Wallie Andrews, 42, was driving to Utah with his girlfriend when he started beating her in the car near Adobe Road and Smith's Ranch Road in Twentynine Palms about 8:30 a.m. The woman told police Andrews had beat her in the car and her face was swollen and bleeding, and that after the beating, Andrews left the vehicle to go to Adobe Liquor Store where he was later arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse and possession of hashish. Wallie Andrews was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

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JOIN REACH-OUT MORONGO BASIN IN CELEBRATING 15 YEARS
Reach-Out Morongo basin celebrates 15 years of valuable community service next Saturday, June 15. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation to the celebration...

Fun and excitement are on the menu when Reach Out Morongo Basin celebrates 15 years of service. This special event will be held in the Friendship Hall at Joshua Tree Retreat Center from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 15. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Reach Out was formed as an offshoot of the Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association and intended as an interfaith, volunteer, care-giving program to round out service gaps. Now serving the entire Basin with offices in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, each year Reach Out Morongo Basin logs over 10,000 hours of volunteer service, drives over 50,000 miles and serves almost 700 seniors. Get your tickets at the Twentynine Palms or Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, at the Reach Out offices in Yucca Valley or Twentynine Palms, at Art FX in Yucca Valley, or from any Reach Out Board Member.

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FISH AND SHRIMP AT JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Veterans Way in Joshua Tree is serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:30 to 6:30. There is no Sunday breakfast. But don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

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YARD SALE AND CRAFT FAIR IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS
Tomorrow, Saturday June 8, the Flamingo Heights Community Center will be having a yard sale and craft fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 55977 Perris Street in Flamingo Heights. The Center is nine miles up Old Woman Spring Road, turn left on Perris Street, go up a block on the left, behind Hero Catering.

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CHAPARRAL ARTISTS MEET MONDAY
The Chaparral Artists will hold their general meeting and potluck Monday, June 10 from 1 to 3 at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. The meeting will be a joint meeting with the Morongo Valley Art Colony.

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FREE MOVIE TONIGHT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
The Twentynine Palms Recreation Movie in the Park program starts tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us what tonight's free showing will be...

The movie in the park for Friday, June 7, is "The Pirates: Band of Misfits. Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Rec Department and Z107.7, the film will be shown on the north side of the racquetball courts, starting at about 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy this free animated movie under the stars tonight.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Food for Life, a non-profit ministry designed to feed the hungry, offers free meals from 3 to 5 every Saturday afternoon at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentyine Palms. Tomorrow volunteers from the Spirit and Truth Center will serve chicken and broccoli Alfredo.

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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 church is located at 6213 East Parkway.

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MUSICIANS INVITED TO SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold Saturday Night Church tomorrow, June 8, 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. For a free ride to the church, call 760-361-0086.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH CLUB OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAM
The Twentynine Palms Youth Club is offering their summer program at their facility at Luckie Park. Reporter Taylor Thacker has details…

Join the Twentynine Palms Youth Club for tons of fun this summer! Starting on June 17, the Youth Club will be having a summer program for kids ages 6-18 every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be activities such as crafts, bowling, movies, and field trips! The Twentynine Palms Youth Club is located at 5882 Luckie Avenue. The cost for this summer program are as follows: $600 for all three months, monthly costs are $250 for the first child and $200 for the second child, weekly costs are $80, or daily costs are $25. Sign up ends June 14, so sign up now!

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