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Listen To Your News Friday, August 9, 2013 News Archive
     

DOGS FIND HUMAN REMAINS IN THE DESERT IN LANDERS
Human remains were found yesterday in Landers. According to Sheriff Corporal Steve Everhart, dogs found a skull and what looks like an arm bone in the desert near a cabin near Wright Road and Bodick Road in Landers. The dogs brought them to their home and their owner called the Sheriff's Department about 7 a.m. Thursday. The Homicide unit was called in to investigate. Investigators found a driver's license with the remains that matched that of a man reported missing in San Bernardino County. The coroner is withholding the identity of the man pending notification of next of kin.

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Meterologist Pablo Pereira of KTTV Fox 11, shared
this photo of the battle to contain the Silver Fire.
SILVER FIRE IN BANNING BRINGS SMOKE INTO OUR MORONGO BASIN
Bringing thick smoke into the Morongo Basin communities, the nearby Silver Fire near Banning grew to 16,000 acres as 1,400 firefighters from 84 engine companies work ton control of the fast-moving blaze. Some communities have been evacuated and Highway 243 is closed from San Gorgonio Avenue in Banning to Marion Ridge Drive in Pine Cove. The fire started about 2 p.m. Wednesday, growing from just a few hundred acres to several thousand, within a few hours. As of this morning six people were reported injured, 26 homes, one commercial building, and two outbuildings were burned, and 530 structures are still threatened. The fire is 25 percent contained. Two evacuation centers, at Beaumont and Hemet High Schools have been set up. Smoke from the fire has been thick at times locally, depending on wind direction. If you see or smell smoke in the air where you are, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family's health.

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FREE AND REDUCED COST MEALS OFFERED TO LOCAL STUDENTS
The Federal government provides free or reduced-cost meals for eligible students locally. Reporter Dan Stork outlines the eligibility requirements, and how to apply for the program…
There are several ways that public school students can qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. Households that receive Food Stamp, CalWORKS, Kin-GAP or FDPIR benefits may not have to complete a separate application. Instead, school officials will use documentation they get directly from those agencies about families, and will notify such households directly. However, households who are part of these programs but who haven't been notified of their eligibility by August 10, should complete the standard application. Other families may apply and be evaluated based upon household size and income. For example, in a household of four people, children are eligible for free lunch, breakfast, and milk if the annual household income is less than $30,615. The ceiling goes up more than $5000 for each additional household member. For reduced price food, the family-of-four annual income ceiling is $43,568, and goes up more than $7000 for each extra person. Applications are available online at www.morongo.k12.ca.us or at schools or other Morongo Unified School District sites. You can apply at any time during the school year. Eligibility for a foster child is based on a separate application, and depends upon the child's "personal use" income.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BUILDING TO BE NAMED AFTER LONG-TIME SUPPORTER
A long-time supporter of Copper Mountain College will be honored with a building named after her. At yesterday's meeting of the college's board of trustees, the board accepted a $100,000 donation from retired Marine Colonel R.M. Proudfoot of Twentynine Palms, in honor of his wife, Christine, to be applied toward the construction of the college's new, and as of yet, unbuilt, student center. The CMC Board Trustees unanimously agreed yesterday to name the building the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center. Christine Proudfoot, who died June 10, was one of the founding members of the CMC Foundation (once called Friends of Copper Mountain College), and she served on numerous committees for the college Foundation from 1993 to 2005. With this $100,000 donation, the college is about half-way toward the projected cost of $500,000 for the student activity center.

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METEOR SHOWER VIEWING PARTY MONDAY AT SKY'S THE LIMIT
Tonight through Monday, our night sky will host the Perseid Meteor Shower, with meteors streaming into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, rising in the northeast sky around 11 p.m. Monday night, a star party will be held at Sky's The Limit, beginning at 8 p.m. They will offer presentations by Pam Tripp of JTNP who talk about light pollution and Ray Yeager will give a PowerPoint presentation on meteors and asteroids. There will be telescopes available to view Saturn, the moon and more. Meteor showers are best viewed near midnight and after. Please bring chairs and a red flashlight if you have one. Sky's the Limit is located just outside the Joshua Tree National Park Entrance in Twentynine Palms.

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EXTREME GOLFERS SOUGHT FOR PIONEER PASS GOLF CHALLENGE
The Pioneer Pass golf challenge makes golf an adventure. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more on the unusual sporting tradition…
The Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge was originally started in 1959 as an attempt to get a road from Big Bear to Yucca Valley. More than 50 years later, it's still a dirt road, but the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge was born. This weekend of extreme golf is September 6 and 7. Golfers start in Big Bear and golf their way down the mountain to Yucca Valley, and all for charity. The entry fee of $130 includes the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge, golf at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs, lunch, dinner, and prizes. For more information, call Debbie Crone at 760-365-3315 or Shelly Licata 760-228-3447.

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CAR WASH TO BENEFIT HUMANE SOCIETY SHELTER IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW
The Morongo Basin Humane Society will hold a fundraising car wash to benefit their no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree tomorrow from 9 to 2 at Ultimate Motors, 56815 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley. A donation of $10 for all-sized vehicles is requested. The shelter has experienced a high intake of animals which has resulted in large food and vet bills. Donations of dog and cat food, and cleaning supplies, will also be accepted at the car wash. For more information, or to help at the car wash, call Mimi at 760-366-9306.

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CAR WASH TO SEND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO CARNEGIE HALL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir has been invited to appear at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2014. The 24 members of the group are starting their fundraising efforts with a car wash at the back of the Bowladium in Twentynine Palms tomorrow from 9 to 2.

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BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer another Auxiliary summer treat tonight, from 4:30 to 6:30, with a dinner of sloppy joes, baked beans, and potato chips for only $4. Sunday breakfast will have a full breakfast menu with a pork chop special from 8 to 11. And don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

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MOSEY BRAVO BAND AT YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TOMORROW NIGHT
A great group of local musicians will be featured in tomorrow night's Yucca Valley summer concert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says come enjoy the folk-rock sounds of Mosey Bravo…
The next-to-last concert of Yucca Valley's Summer Music Festival continues Saturday August 10, with the all-original folk-rock trio Mosey Bravo, thanks to partnership funding from County Supervisor James Ramos and local sponsors Benny and Cynthia Kramer, and Jennifer Collins (Farmers Insurance). The free concert begins at 7 pm -- bring your own blanket or lawn chair, and stake out your spot on the grass on the ball field behind the Yucca Valley Community Center. Z107.7 FM and the Hi-Desert Publishing Company are media sponsors for this summer's concert.

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BACKPACKS AND BANANA SPLITS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS UMC CHURCH TOMORROW
Get a free Backpack and enjoy a free 20-foot long banana split tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Twentynine Palm United Methodist Church. Children entering grades kindergarten through sixth in the Twentynine Palms Morongo Unified School District elementary schools and get a free backpack to fill with free school supplies to prepare for the opening of school while the whole family enjoys a free cool, sweet treat to beat the heat.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CONGREGATIONAL SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH TOMORROW
Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold Saturday Night Church tomorrow, August 10, 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. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church.

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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 community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up a free meal and fellowship tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms.

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JOE VUNCANNON OBITUARY
Joe Vuncannon, a 36-year-resident of Joshua Tree, died July 7 of heart disease. He was 73 years old. Joe Vuncannon is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Debbie Thomas of Joshua Tree, son Derrick Vuncannon of Eldon, Missouri, and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a county building inspector for 25 years, before retiring in 2008. As an inspector, he was tough but fair, and would draw a picture and make a parts list if that's what the customer needed. Some people remember he enjoyed a good cigar. Others remember he wore boots with his cut-off jeans in the summer, that he was into healthy supplements, or that he was always working on a system to increase his odds. His friends should always remember, "Not two cannons, just vun."

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