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Listen To Your News Tuesday, August 6, 2013 News Archive
     

MAN KILLED IN CRASH WITH BIG RIG IN JOHNSON VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT
A man was killed in Johnson Valley last night when his Toyota crashed head on into a big rig on Old Woman Springs Road. About 11 p.m., a man, who has not yet been identified, was driving his Toyota westbound on Highway 247 near Valley Vista when for unknown reasons the small car crashed head on into a semi truck hauling paper goods. The impact of the crash overturned the semi's trailer and caused a gasoline leak, spilling 100 gallons of fuel onto the highway. The road was closed for several hours during the investigation and as teams from Cal Trans and HazMat workers worked to clean up the fuel leak.

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MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN THE LANDERS AREA NEAR GIANT ROCK
A missing man was found dead Friday near Giant Rock in Landers after sheriff's deputies searched for two days and asked area residents to check their properties. Friends reported the man, whose name has not yet been released by the coroner, missing from a residence where he had been staying in the 4200 block of Belfield Boulevard at 12:43 p.m. Thursday, after he disappeared Monday. The man's friend said he found the missing man's shoes at the end of the driveway and his bare footprints leading off into the desert. Friends calling from Orange County told deputies the victim was reported to have been "semi-homeless" and suffered from some medical issues; they say he had left without his backpack and ID. Investigators said deputies, using ground and air units, searched for the missing man, identified as being in his mid-20s, until about midnight Thursday and then started the search again about 7 a.m. Friday. Following the missing man's footprints, searchers found his body Friday afternoon north of Giant Rock, about seven miles from where he had been staying. During the search, area residents got reverse 911 calls requesting they check out-buildings and vehicles for the man.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us what items for decision will be in front of the Council…
The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight. Among the items on the consent agenda, the Council will be asked to approve the lease agreement with Yucca Valley BMX. The Council will also hold a public hearing over a development code amendment over subdivision regulations. Next, the council will be asked to approve an authorization for a contract with Desert ARC. Finally, the Town Council will review its compensation policy. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

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TRAFFIC COLLISION CAUSES NORTH JOSHUA TREE POWER OUTAGE
A woman who lost control of her car on a dirt road in north Joshua Tree crashed into a power pole, causing 689 homes to go without power for most of the night. About 6:18, a woman driving eastbound on La Brisa lost control and slammed her car into a power pole, near Sunfair Road. The power pole fell over, and its live lines came down on top of the car. The woman, who was not injured in the crash, then proceeded to get out of her car. Fire Captain Steve Lasiter counseled the woman about the dangers of power lines. A car is the safest place to be around downed power lines because of its rubber tires. Lasiter said if the lines were live, and if she had touched the car and the ground, she could have been electrocuted. Edison crews responded to the power outage and had power restored early this morning.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT NEW JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The new Joshua Tree Elementary School will be graced by the presence of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork has the agenda for the August 6 regular meeting…
At a 6 p.m. closed session, the MUSD Board of Education will confer with legal counsel on an existing case of litigation, and then will move on to employee bargaining and public employee matters. In the 7 p.m. open session, the action agenda items include: Approval of the filing of the completion notice for the new Joshua Tree Elementary School; a textbook adoption for an ROP health course; CAHSEE waiver requests for 14 special education students; and the ROP Master Agreement for the coming school year. Course outlines for College Prep Biology and life sciences will be presented for review. Note that this meeting will be held in the multipurpose room of the new Joshua Tree Elementary School, at 4950 Sunburst Drive in Joshua Tree.

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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER THIS WEEKEND
A big treat in the desert sky this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, this majestic night sky will host the Perseid meteor shower. Meteors will appear to "rain" into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, rising in the northeast sky around 11 p.m. The waxing crescent moon will be setting just when the spectacular shower is revving up.

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UFO CONFERENCE AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER
A UFO conference this weekend at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center will feature top UFO authors and researchers. Jim Marrs, a best-selling author on UFOs and aliens, author of "Alien Agenda," will give a lecture on ancient astronauts and man's future during "Contact in the Desert," a weekend of exploration into ancient aliens, human origins, UFO sightings, and the need to know. Marrs is just one speaker of many who will discuss whether aliens live among us, and if so, what do they want? He will trace ancient visitors to Earth to the current efforts to create a New World Order. The UFO Conference will be held this Friday through Sunday, August 9-11. For more information or to buy tickets, visit contactinthedesert.net.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD CALLS SPECIAL MEETING FOR TOMORROW
The Hi-Desert Water District has called a special meeting for tomorrow afternoon. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us why…
The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Wednesday, August 7, starting at 5 p.m. Among the items on the agenda, directors will be asked to consider a nominee for the board of directors for the Special District Risk Management Authority election; authorize the general manager to sign purchase orders for purchases over $25,000; defer the U.S. Geological Survey of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the wasterwater reclamation project; and receive an update on the proposed sewer project.

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW
The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA Food Distribution tomorrow from 3 p.m. until they run out of food. The free distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms available. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M. If you have any questions about the distribution, call 760 369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phebe.

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ANOTHER MEETING, ANOTHER TATTOO PARLOR FOR TNPPC
A permit for a tattoo parlor is the subject of a public hearing at the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting. Reporter Dan Stork has the agenda…
In addition to another study session on the review and revision of the Development Code, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission has a public hearing scheduled for its August 6 meeting. The hearing is for a conditional use permit request to allow "Petroglyph Tattoo and Art Studio," a 1,084-square foot tattoo parlor within an existing building located at 73565 Twentynine Palms Highway. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

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HOT AUGUST NIGHTS CAR AND TRACTOR SHOW AT YUCCA VALLEY ELKS LODGE
It's Hot August Elks Car and Tractor Show at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge Saturday night (August 10). The event goes from 4 to 8 p.m. Sign up for the horseshoe tournament before 4:30; the first bracket will start at 5. Entry fees for the car and tractor show are $10, with cash prizes for first and second place for car, tractor and rat rods. The entry fee for the horseshoe tournament is $10 per person with cash prizes for first, second, and third place awarded at 7 p.m. There'll be food and drinks available. The Elks Lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information, call Jim Craig at 760-285-1212.

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YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY TO HOST "SCRAMBLE" GOLF TOURNAMENT
Some golfing fun for good cause is being planned for one month from today. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor Mike Lipsitz gets out his putter…
Golfers, hold the date Friday, September 6, for the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley's Scramble for Charity Golf Tournament. It's traditional golf at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs. Your $75 entry fee includes 18 holes of ball, prizes, fun, and a seat at the awards luncheon. It's all tax deductible and benefits the Morongo Basin Historical Society, and Rotary of Yucca Valley Charities/Miracle League of the Desert. Sponsorships and tee signs are also available. Registrations are due by September 2. For more information or to save your spot, call Debbie Crone at 760-365-3315 or Shelly Licata at 760-228-3447.

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FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY
Every year Spirit and Truth Worship Center Church of Twentynine Palms has given away school supplies to area children. This year's give-away will be held this Saturday, August 10 from 7 to 10 a.m. In addition to the free school supplies, children can also receive gently used clothing. In previous years, the church has donated more than 300 backpacks to Morongo Basin children. Spirit and Truth Worship Center Church is located at 4751 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

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