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Listen To Your News Thursday, June 27, 2013 News Archive
     

EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY THIS WEEKEND
The County has issued an extreme heat advisory due to high temperatures. Residents should take precautions to prevent heat-related illness. Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition. Locally, air-conditioned Cooling Centers are the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, the Hi-Desert Medical Center cafeteria, Joshua Tree Community Center, and the Yucca Valley Community Center. Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device. Limit outdoor activity and avoid direct sunlight. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature. Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors. Drink more than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty. Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside. Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar. Make sure your family, friends, and neighbors are drinking enough water. Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating; weakness; the skin is cold, pale, and clammy; weak pulse, fainting; and vomiting. Heat stroke symptoms for body temperature above 103° are hot, red, dry, or moist skin; rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness. For more information on extreme heat, go to http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/facilities/Documents/LNC-AFL-09-14-Attachment.pdf.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT CHANGES PHASE 1 SEWER PROJECT BOUNDARIES
The Hi-Desert Water District Board met last night. Among highlights of the meeting was a change in the Phase 1 boundaries for the upcoming Yucca Valley sewer system project. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…
Residents of the Country Club area of Yucca Valley will no longer be included in Phase 1 of the proposed sewer project. The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors voted 3-0, with Bob Stadum absent, and Sarann Graham who recused herself, to change the boundaries at its special meeting last night. A cost-benefit analysis of the neighborhood found that including the 357 sewer connections would increase the estimated construction cost per connection from more than $26,000 to $48,000, an increase of $22,000 per connection. The neighborhood is quite rocky, which means that construction of the sewer mains would be quite costly and the trenches would not be dug as deep to lower construction costs, which means that grinder pumps—which are the homeowner's responsibility—would be required for many, if not most, of the homes. Another change to the boundaries was to include a neighborhood north of Little League Drive in Phase 1.

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COUNTY PREPARES FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
Same-sex couples will not be able to obtain marriage licenses in San Bernardino County until the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifts a stay on a lower court decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional, which probably won't happen for at least a month. In 2010, a U.S. District Court judge found Proposition 8 unconstitutional, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on that decision while the proponents of Proposition 8 appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Once the stay is lifted, same-sex couples may obtain a marriage license at the County Hall of Records, 222 West Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino, or at the Recorder's Office in Hesperia at the High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree Street. For more information about obtaining a marriage license, visit the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk's website at a link in this story at KCDZFM.com
http://www.sbcounty.gov/arc/MarriageInfo.aspx.

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MARINE CORPS BRACES TO LOSE ANOTHER 8,000 MARINES
The Marine Corps is bracing to lose another 8,000 active-duty Marines on top of what already had been planned as it faces deep, federally mandated budget cuts. Marine Commandant General Jim Amos said, during a breakfast with reporters in Washington, the additional manpower reduction would drop the service to about 174,000 active-duty personnel. The Corps is currently drawing down from a peak of more than 202,100 Marines to 182,100 by fall 2016, but must plan to go deeper now as a result of sequestration cuts, the drastic budget reductions triggered March 1 by Congress's inability to reach an agreement on a better way to reduce the federal deficit.

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ST. JOSEPH PLAYERS ANNOUNCE CAST FOR "STEEL MAGNOLIAS"
The newly formed "St. Joseph Players" in Yucca Valley are in rehearsal for their inaugural production. Special Correspondent Les Taylor say "Steel Magnolias" has been cast…
The area's newest theatre group, The St. Joseph's Players in Yucca Valley, will present "Steel Magnolias" as their premier production. Opening July 5, and running weekends throughout the month, this well-known show is being staged at Rusack Hall at St. Joseph of Arimathea Church at the corner of Church Street and Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley. Cast in this all-woman play are Rebekah Douglas, Marty Neider, Tara Hinkel, Carol Snyder, Analisa Pilecki and director Rebecca Havely as Trudy. Reservations can be made by calling 760-365-7133, or tickets are available now at The Silk Purse in Twentynine Palms and at Wind Walker in Joshua Tree; cash only please.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Tuesday morning, after his girlfriend said he hit her. According to a Sheriff's report, Cody Tinsley, 24, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 61400 block of Verbena shortly after 5 a.m. when he hit her in the face with the back of his right hand. The woman sustained swelling and bruising to the right side of her face. Cody Tinsley 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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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT SHIFTS REVENUES, APPROVES $1.2 MILLION FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors met last night and voted to split the telecommunication lease revenue between the water district and fire department, 50-50. The revenue will be used to fund the 2013-14 election, and to fund capital needs. The Board also approved a $253,000 payment to CalPERS to pay off unfunded pension liability. The board was advised that making a lump sum payment would reduce the board's future payments by almost $19,000 over the next 22 years. On the fire department side, the board was presented with a balanced budget of $1.2 million. Fire Chief Jim Thompson reported that due to the closing of the Lear Avenue Station, operating costs have declined 8.2 percent. In order to retain volunteer firefighters, the board approved an increase in the reimbursement rates; the meal reimbursements were cut, but mileage rates were increased and stipends put in place for qualified drivers and for paid-call firefighters.

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MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETS THIS AFTERNOON
Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. Among the items on the consent agenda are treasurer, ridership, operations, administrative and financial reports. Under new business, the MBTA Board will hold a discussion on fare policy, be asked to approve a bus stop improvement project; and conduct a public hearing on its operating, capital, and taxicab budgets.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION MOVIE IN THE PARK TONIGHT
Grab the family and come down to Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms tonight to take part in Movies in the Park, a free event sponsored by Twentynine Palms Recreation Department and Z107.7. Reporter Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti gives out the popcorn…
Tonight's feature is "Here Comes the Boom," a comedy starring Kevin James as a high school teacher who turns into a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money in an effort to prevent the arts department from being cut. The movie starts at approximately 8:30 p.m., so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and have a great time. Refreshments are also available for purchase by the Twentynine Palms Swim Team.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIREWORKS SHOW DETAILS
The City of Twentynine Palms is sponsoring the second annual Fourth of July celebration in Luckie Park. The activities will begin at 4 p.m. in Luckie Park. There will be crafts and activities for kids of all ages, including face painting, a watermelon-eating contest, and three large inflatable jumpers. Food vendors will sell hot dogs, tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, Italian ice, and beverages. Luckie Park pool will remain open for free swimming from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. with the Marine Sandpiper Joel Daniels and his Bagpipes, followed by a patriotic presentation "Salute to Freedom's Beat" and the Southern Classic rock band "Southbound." The fireworks display will be shot from at Twentynine Palms Junior High school, viewing should be done from Luckie Park or private residences as the school will not be accessible. Two Mile Road from Wainwright to Utah Trail and Utah Trail from Two Mile Road to Playa Vista Avenue will be closed at 8:30 until the fireworks are over.

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WE TALK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN
Interpreters perform a vital function when the United States is in a foreign country where not many of the residents speak English. Getting the interpreters to where they're needed is the job of a Marine Lance Corporal with Regimental Combat Team-7, deployed to Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Managing editor Tami Roleff introduces us to Lance Corporal Nathan Blake…
About 300 Afghanis work as interpreters, or "linguists" for the U.S. government in Afghanistan. One of the Marines in charge of taking care of them and their needs is Lance Corporal Nathan Blake, 19, an admin clerk with RCT-7. "We're in charge of all their pay, which unit they go to, when they need to go on leave, we send them, taken them on their flights." Blake isn't just in charge of sending the interpreters out to their units He also checks on them at the forward operating bases to make sure all is well. "I go out to see how they're doing, contact with their family, if they're getting treated right." One of the rituals of meeting with the Afghanis is sitting down and drinking tea, or chai. "Their chai tea is amazing. You have a gathering; all of them in there. They pour it all out. Tea leave, hot water, they put a ton of sugar to make it sweet; it's good." Lance Corporal Blake enjoys his contact with the linguists. "Seeing the culture and how it seems from the non-military aspect. It's pretty cool to see their side of it." Blake hopes to expand his contact with other cultures by being selected as a Marine Security Guard and be stationed at an embassy in a South American country.

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NO PARKING TODAY IN DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE
And this reminder, there'll be no parking today in downtown Joshua Tree from 6 to 6 as CalTrans finishes its repaving.

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