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Listen To Your News Wednesday, July 3, 2013 News Archive
     

FIREWORKS SHOWS SET FOR LANDERS, YUCCA VALLEY, AND TWENTYNINE PALMS
Third of July festivities are planned today at Homestead Valley Park in Landers. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy tasty food, beer and margaritas; stroll among the vendors and displays, and move to music by the Big Fat Steve Band and Henry Fencepost. Following a presentation by the Marine Corps Color Guard, the dazzling fireworks begin after dark. The park is on Belfield Boulevard, between Linn and Reche Roads in Landers. Admission is free to all, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Tomorrow, the Fourth of July, the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley fireworks show will be at Brehm Youth Park at the corner of Palm Avenue and Little League Drive, across from the Boys and Girls Club. Spectators will sit on the new grass fields with their blankets and chairs and enjoy fireworks. Organizers ask, "Please be gentle on the new fields. Please no rolling coolers. We will have plenty of cool drinks and great food!" The gates will open at 5 p.m. Live entertainment, starting at 6 p.m., includes the Star Twirlers, California Youth Spirit Cheerleading, Yucca Valley Heat Dance team, "On Tap" live band, Kristina Quigley-Ban, and Z107.7's Sam Smith. The community fair will include vendor booths, food and refreshments, and a military equipment display. The fireworks show in Yucca Valley will begin shortly after 9 p.m.

The City of Twentynine Palms Fourth of July celebration in Luckie Park activities begin at 4 p.m. with crafts and activities for kids of all ages. Luckie Park pool will offer free swimming from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Marine Sandpiper Joel Daniels and his bagpipes start off the entertainment at 4 p.m., followed by patriotic presentation "Salute to Freedom's Beat" and the Southern Classic rock band "Southbound." The fireworks will be shot off at the Twentynine Palms Junior High school, but all viewing should be done from Luckie Park or private residences. 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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KEEP YOUR DOGS SAFE DURING 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
When the fireworks boom for the Independence Day celebration, it's a lot of fun for people, but not for your dogs. Managing editor Tami Roleff says keep your dogs safe during the Third and Fourth of July events…
While most people love the fireworks on the Fourth of July, the sounds of explosions may be very scary for our furry friends. To help keep your dog safe and calm, keep your dog inside during fireworks, with windows and curtains closed. Provide a safe place for your dog; many dogs like to be in small enclosed places, such as in their crate, inside a closet, or even in a bathtub. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar, with ID tags. Play music to drown out the sound of the fireworks. A Thundershirt helps some dogs remain calm; if you don't have a Thundershirt, substitute a T-shirt that fits snugly around your dog's chest and abdomen. It may also help if you tire your dog out with lots of exercise earlier in the day.

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COUNTY FIRE INCREASING AMBULANCE SERVICE IN YUCCA VALLEY
San Bernardino County Fire announced that effective July 6, Yucca Valley and adjacent unincorporated areas will once again have 24-hour paramedic ambulance service with three fully staffed paramedic ambulances. County Fire Division Chief Don Trapp said Yucca Valley's Station 41 is the third busiest station in County Fire, with approximately 80 percent of its calls for service being medical related. He said, "The restoration of full-time paramedic service is crucial to the residents we serve." Each ambulance is staffed with a full-time professional firefighter/paramedic and a limited term firefighter. Two paramedic ambulances are assigned to Station 41, on the Highway in Yucca Valley, and one ambulance at Station 42 on Aberdeen in the Yucca Mesa area. For a photo of Medic Ambulance 41, go to a link in this story at kcdzfm.com.

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NEW COOK BILL PRIORITIZES VETERAN'S CLAIMS
A backlog of veterans' claims led Congressman Paul Cook to introduce a measure to expedite the most urgent cases. Reporter Dan Stork describes the new bill…
Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley has presented the Prioritizing Urgent Claims for Veterans Act, H.R. 2382, to the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. The bill requires the Department of Veterans' Affairs to give priority status to those veterans who file claims and are either at least 70 years old, are terminally ill, or have a life-threatening illness. Cook said, "Nothing in this legislation would prevent the VA from creating additional priority groups." He added, "Until the claims backlog is resolved, we must make it a priority to care for veterans who are most in need of the benefits they have earned in service to our country." Cook thanked Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) for co-sponsoring the legislation. The Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will vote on the legislation at their next hearing, scheduled for early July.

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT PASSES TAX MEASURE
Preliminary results show that voters in the Yucca Valley Airport District have passed Measure Z. Measure Z will impose a special tax only on the 44 voters who own property that abuts the Yucca Valley airport. The tax of two cents per square foot will provide funds to maintain and operate the airport, as required by the Local Agency Formation Commission. In order to pass, two-thirds of the votes cast must be in favor of the special tax. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, 27 ballots have been received, and 24 were in favor of the special tax. The final results are expected to be announced at 4 p.m. today.

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"PERILS OF GOLDILOCKS" FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, SUNDAY MATINEE
Theatre 29 is offering "The Perils of Goldilocks" in air-conditioned comfort this Friday and Saturday evening and a Sunday matinee this weekend. Special correspondent Les Taylor says the funny show is not just for kids…….
"The Perils of Goldilocks," the popular summer youth theater production now on stage at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, continues to delight audiences young and old. Under the direction of John Wright and assistant director Lizzie Schmelling, the company of 20 zany characters is performing weekends through July. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m., and a matinee show Sunday, July 7, and July 14, begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $8 to $12. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 760-361-4151, or go online to Theatre29.org. Featuring Marissa Thomas in the title role, "The Perils of Goldilocks" is the perfect way to introduce your youngster to the joy of live theater and maybe even light the spark that produces our next young star. Theatre 29 is on Sullivan Road just west of Adobe in Twentynine Palms.

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NO MBTA BUS SERVICE ON FOURTH OF JULY
The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Friday, July 5.

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BURRTEC REGULAR THURSDAY PICKUP TO BE FRIDAY
Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services will be closed in Independence Day, July 4. Waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO REVIEW STRATEGIC PLAN TONIGHT
The Joshua Basin Water District will meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will review their strategic plan…
A review of the strategic plan, the general manager recruitment effort, and a discussion of proposed projects to be submitted for the updated Mojave Water Agency Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, top the agenda at tonight's 7 p.m. meeting of the
Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors. It all happens at District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

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