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Listen To Your News Monday, June 24, 2013 News Archive
     

YUCCA VALLEY FIREWORKS AT A NEW LOCATION FOR 2013
The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley has announced that due to an unforeseen issue with the Yucca Valley High School football field, they have moved the 30th annual Fourth of July Fireworks show and Community Fair to a new location. The fireworks show has been held for the last 29 years at the high school football field, but the field has become uneven and dangerous for the football teams so the school district decided last week they need the summer to tear out the field, install new irrigation and re-sod the field, leaving it in a condition not suitable to the Fourth of July event. The Brehm Youth Park along with the Tri-Valley Little League, and other partners stepped up to help Rotary continue the tradition and the event will now be held at the new youth park, at the corner of Palm Avenue, and Little League Drive, across the street from the Boys and Girls Club facility. Spectators will be able to sit on the new grass fields with their blankets and chairs and still be able to enjoy the fireworks. Z107.7 entertainment, vendor booths, food and refreshments will be within the compound. There will be glow items, face painting, and fun things for the whole family! Rotary Club President Ignazio Ficara hopes that the community will come to the new location and have a great time and support this community event to celebrate our country's birthday. The gates will open at 5 p.m.., with live entertainment starting at 6 p.m. on stage. The fireworks show will begin shortly after 9 p.m. There will be a military equipment display and a great vendor fair along with food vendors. For more information please call Cynthia at 760-365-1988.

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3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS SET FOR HOMESTEAD PARK IN LANDERS
After a brief hiatus, the Third of July festivities are once again planned for the Homestead Valley Park in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says lots of community activities will end with a big fireworks show…
Make plans now to join friends and family at the Homestead Valley Park Third of July Fireworks Spectacular in Landers. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. The park is on Belfield Boulevard, between Linn and Reche Roads. Enjoy tasty foods, beer and margaritas; stroll among the vendors and displays, and move to music by the Big Fat Steve Band and Henry Fencepost. The dazzling fireworks begin after dark following a presentation by the Marine Color Guard. Admission is free to all, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

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MOTORHOME AND CAR FIRE CAUSE POWER OUTAGE SATURDAY
A motorhome and the car it was towing are a total loss after a fire Saturday in Joshua Tree. According to Joshua Tree Fire Captain Dave Tuttle, about 12:45 Saturday afternoon, the driver of a 1985 motorhome started spraying some accelerant into the carburetor of the motorhome on Desert Trail Drive, between La Ferney and Sunever Avenues, across from the CHP office. The motorhome's engine caught fire, and the fire quickly spread. By the time firefighters arrived, the motorhome, and the trailer behind it carrying a 1993 Honda Civic, were fully involved in flames. The flames discolored power lines overhead, and one fiber-optic line came down. After about 15 minutes, firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Mesa, and the National Park Service were able to knock down the blaze.

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Bystanders helped keep the victim of a
motorcycle crash calm until medical help
arrived.
TWO CRASHES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND
Sketchy details on two crashes in Twentynine Palms this weekend. Saturday afternoon about 3:10, a motorcycle rider suffered major injuries after a crash with a Ford Expedition at Utah Trail and the Highway. According to a Sheriff's report, the female driver of the Expedition was driving north on Utah Trail through the intersection when the male driver of the motorcycle crashed into car. The motorcycle rider was airlifted to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs; the woman had minor scratches to her face and denied medical treatment.
Then about 2:30 Sunday morning, the driver of a Honda lost control of the car, and the car flipped over and sheered off a utility pole on the north side of the highway at Alfalfa Avenue. The driver was gone on arrival of the Sheriff's Department and paramedics. Z107.7 will have more details as they become available.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday after he got into a fight with his daughter's mother. According to a Sheriff's report, a woman in the 6900 block of Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley called her ex-boyfriend, Gregory Cowdry, 29, to babysit her children while she went to work. Cowdry and the woman began arguing, and the woman told police he spat on her choked her, and pushed her to the ground. Cowdry admitted pushing her to the ground, but claims it was in self-defense to keep her from attacking him. The report states that both Cowdry and the woman have restraining orders against each other. Gregory Cowdry was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

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TRAFFIC SAFETY TIPS FROM THE CHP
In the wake of recent fatal and major injury crashes here in our Morongo basin, the California Highway patrol is offering some traffic safety tips. CHP Public Information Officer Alex Scott joins us……
The Morongo Basin has experienced several recent traffic collisions in which people have been tragically killed. Several factors played a role in these fatalities: exceeding the speed limit, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving while distracted. Please, wear your seatbelt every trip, every time. It can definitely save your life. For those of you with children, be sure to buckle your kids properly. The CHP is happy to help you install child car seats if you aren't sure how. Also, watch your speed and be courteous to others on the road. And lastly, operating a motor vehicle requires all our attention. Please don't do anything—such as talking on the phone, texting, or reading—that could cause you to be distracted while driving.

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REACH OUT HOSTS EDISON TALK WEDNESDAY
This Wednesday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m., Reach Out Morongo Basin will be hosting a free seminar presented by Southern California Edison at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. Bureau speaker Anna Johnson-Earls will provide information on SCE's CARE/FERA low-income qualified programs and energy efficiency for interested seniors and residents who want to learn ways to lower energy costs in the coming summer months. For more information or to sign up, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.

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PROTECT YOUR CREDIT CARDS FROM THIEVES
With a spate of credit card crimes occurring here in our Morongo basin, the Sheriff's Department is offering some tips on how to protect yourself and your family. Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us…
Several residents of the Morongo Basin have had their credit or debit card information stolen recently. Sergeant Randy Warfield of the Sheriff's Department offers the following tips to help protect your credit and debit card information: keep absolute physical control of your card at all times. Don't leave it out in view of others, don't lend it out, not even to family members, and destroy, or keep under lock and key, any bank statements about your card. Sergeant Warfield warns against using the cards at gas pumps, as thieves are increasingly putting "skimmers" on pumps to steal your card information. When dining out, don't give your card to the waiter; walk it to the register and watch as your card is scanned and wait for it to be handed back to you. Warfield also warns against using credit and debit cards for online shopping. Finally, he urges people to cancel their card at the first sign of anything suspicious on their account.

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NATIONAL JUNIOR TENNIS AND LEARNING RETURNS
The Morongo Basin Tennis Association's six-week, 2013 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) will start July 2, at Jacobs Park, in Yucca Valley. The summer schedule is: July 2 through August 8, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 to 10 a.m. Sign up on-site with the Morongo Basin Tennis Association, 760-365-3851. The NJTL is for boys and girls, ages 8 through 17, novice or intermediate. It features 24 hours of tennis instruction, a free T-shirt, certificate of participation, a tennis racquet on loan if needed, the opportunity to participate in various activities and win awards. The program provides instruction with an emphasis in learning the basic tennis skills, having fun and sportsmanship. "The fee for the whole program is only $10 per player," said Gideon Smith, president of the Morongo Basin Tennis Association. "NJTL provides an environment in which juniors can gain tennis experience and personal growth."

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SUPER SUMMER SQUAD ACTIVITIES START TODAY IN YUCCA VALLEY
The Town of Yucca Valley is offering a variety of fun summer activities for the kids on summer vacation. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Super Summer Squad Mobile Fun Truck will be making the rounds starting today…
This summer, fun is coming to a park near you! The Town of Yucca Valley is having activities with its Super Summer Squad. Recreation's mobile fun truck will be bringing activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, sports, contests, and many more! The truck is packed with an enthusiastic team of staff members and a huge supply of balls, jump ropes, sporting equipment, and other fun stuff. With a new theme each week, the Super Summer Squad is sure to keep you entertained this summer. Best of all, these activities are free, thanks to the generous donation by the Yucca Valley Senior Club. For more information call 760-369-7211. These activities take place Mondays through Thursdays beginning on June 24 from 9-11:30 a.m. The program will be closed July 1-5. Mondays will be at the Yucca Valley Community Center at Dumosa at 29 Palms Highway; Tuesdays at Paradise Park, at Barron Drive at Indio Avenue; Wednesdays at Essig Park, at Warren Vista at Joshua Lane; and Thursdays will be at Jacobs Park, at Onaga Trail at Hopi Trail.

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