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Listen To Your News Monday, August 12, 2013 News Archive
     

REMAINS FOUND BY DOGS IDENTIFIED
The Sheriff's Department has released the identity of the man whose remains were found by dogs in Landers last week. On Thursday, a resident near Wright Road and Bodick Road in Landers called the Sheriff's Department about 7 a.m. when his dogs returned home carrying a skull and what appeared to be a bone from a human arm. Sheriff investigators located the victim in an advanced state of decomposition near a cabin in the area. The victim has been identified through his fingerprints as Steven Brown, 45, of Yucaipa, who had been reported missing July 16. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Homicide investigators are asking for the public's help with any information that may explain what happened to Brown in the days and weeks prior to the discovery of his body. Anyone with information should call Detective Joseph Steers at 909-387-3589.

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YUCCA VALLEY MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN LANDERS CRASH
A motorcycle rider was hospitalized last week after a car turned in front of him in Landers. According to the California Highway Patrol, Henry Marcoccia, 50, of Philadelphia, was driving a 2013 Toyota Corolla northbound on Old Woman Springs Road shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. As Marcoccia approached the intersection with Tracy Boulevard, he started to turn left, right in front of Klaus Hollerith, 50, of Yucca Valley, who was riding southbound on the highway. Hollerith's 2006 BMW R1200 motorcycle collided with the right front panel of the Toyota, and Hollerith was thrown from his motorcycle. Hollerith sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment. The CHP reminds residents to take an additional second or two to look for motorcycles when making turns or pulling out onto roads.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN JAILED TWICE OVER THE WEEKEND
A man who took a cab after being released from jail Sunday morning, was arrested and returned to jail when he refused to pay his cab fare. According to Sheriff reports, Daniel Chavarin, 30, was stopped for speeding about 10:20 Saturday evening near Highway 62 and Elwood Street in Joshua Tree. The deputy determined Chavarin had a warrant for his arrest for driving with a suspended license. Chavarin spent the night in the Morongo Basin Jail and was released about 6:15 Sunday morning. The report states Chavarin hailed a cab to take him to the 6400 block of El Dorado Avenue in Yucca Valley, where slapped the cab driver and then went into the house and refused to pay his cab fare. The cab driver called police, and Daniel Chavarin was arrested again just after 10 a.m., for investigation of defrauding an innkeeper, and booked back into the Morongo Basin Jail.

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A CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK
After Congressman Paul Cook answered callers' questions on Friday's Up Close show on Z107.7, we had the opportunity to get his views on some additional issues that impact the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork asked the District 8 Representative to comment on the sequester, renewable energy development, and the Joshua Tree National Conservation and Historic Reserve...
Representative Paul Cook had no solutions to offer for three Morongo Basin issues in which the federal government has a role. However, he did articulate an appreciation for the balancing of interests that a lawmaker in his position has to address. With regard to the effect of the sequester on the military and the national parks: "We have a responsibility to keep our financial house in order. But we cannot collapse our parks, we cannot certainly collapse our Defense Department." We asked whether he felt that the county moratorium on solar development should be extended to federal lands. Cook characterized the administration as being antagonistic to oil and natural gas development, and added "They looked upon solar energy –at least in California–and wind energy as this big savior. I understand that, and I did too, I was hoping we could, and just as happens so often in government, you end up with unintended consequences, and you have to address those." When asked to comment on efforts in Joshua Tree to create a National Conservation and Historic Reserve, Cook said that existing rural job providers such as ranches, mines, and cement producers should not be compromised by conservation efforts in general. With regard to specific efforts in Joshua Tree, he said "When you run a bill like this, for Joshua Tree, and it's only for Joshua Tree, somebody puts an amendment on it because they want something similar for their area. So it's not as clean-sounding as it ...and I've learned that very, very quickly, in eight months. And that's the education of Paul Cook, I guess."

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TODAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE AUGUST 27TH MAIL-IN ELELCTION
Today, Monday, August 12, is the deadline for San Bernardino County residents to register to vote in the August 27 consolidated mail ballot election. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked no later than today in order to be valid for this election. Citizens may register to vote online on the Secretary of State's website at www.registertovote.ca.gov. Registration forms are also available throughout San Bernardino County at post offices, libraries, offices of city clerks and the Department of Motor Vehicles. A full list is available at www.sbcountyelections.com. To register to vote in California, a person must be: a United States citizen; a resident of California; at least 18 years old on Election Day; not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in County jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post-release community supervision; not found by a court to be mentally incompetent. Voters who have moved recently must re-register to vote.

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A NEW LEVEL FOR GOLF, SIGN UP THE PIONEER PASS GOLF CHALLENGE
It's not your everyday golf tournament. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to sign up for the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge...
If you're tired of walking the same old flat golf course, then here's a weekend golf tournament for you. It's the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge, in which golfers start in Big Bear and golf down the mountain to Yucca Valley. The two-day event starts Friday September 6, with 18 holes of golf at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs. Then on Saturday, September 6, comes the challenge of extreme golfing down the mountain. The weekend includes golf at Mission Lakes, the mountain golf, lunch both days, the awards dinner, and prizes, all for $130. Register for the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge by Tuesday, August 27. For more information, call Debbie at 760-365-3315 or Shelly at 760-228-3447.

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MORONGO BASIN CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE ARTISTS FOR OCTOBER STUDIO TOURS
The Highway 62 Art Tours YART Party 2013 is seeking "affordable art" vendors and crafters to participate in the four-day event that will take place over both weekends of the Hwy 62 Art Tours this October. The YART will serve as a Highway 62 Art Tours information center in downtown Joshua Tree, and as an opportunity for "starving artists" and handcrafters to peddle their wares to Highway 62 Art Tours visitors. All art and wares sold at the YART Party must be handmade and cost $40 or less. Products like soaps, candles, and California approved foods are accepted. For more information visit www.hwy62art.com or write performance@mbcac.org or call the MBCAC at 760-366-2226.

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MAKE YOUR OWN MODEL AIRPLANE AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER
Do you like planes? Do you like to build models? Come on down to the Twentynine Palms Senior Center this Wednesday, August 14, to join Reach-Out in a free class to make a balsa wood and tissue paper model plane. Instructor Caley will take you step-by-step to build your very own model plane that really flies! Come let the kid in you out at 6539 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. Class starts at 12 noon. Call Reach Out at 760-361-1410 for more information or to sign up.

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET WEDNESDAY EVENING
The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets this Wednesday, August 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Helen Gray Center on the campus of Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The Compassionate Friends is a national support organization reaching out to parents grieving the death of a child. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin. For more information, contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi-Desert Medical Center website at www.hdmc.org

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FALL SPORTS TRYOUTS START TODAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL
Students who want to play fall sports at Twentynine Palms High School will have try-outs starting today. Reporter Taylor Thacker has the schedule...
School is starting soon and that means so are sports. The Twentynine Palms High School fall sports teams are having try-outs for various sports this week. Today, August 12, boys and girls cross-country are having tryouts at 2 p.m. on the Twentynine Palms High School campus, and volleyball tryouts are being held in the gym at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, August 14, football will be holding their tryouts on the Twentynine Palms High field at 6 a.m. Lastly, girls' tennis are having tryouts on Monday, August 19, at 7 a.m. at the Twentynine Palms High tennis courts. All athletes must have a current physical and be academically eligible. For more information, go online to www.29wildcats.com or call 760-367-0744.

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YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY IS TAKING REGISTRATIONS
Yucca Valley Elementary School is currently registering students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The office is open daily for registration from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Spanish translation is available. Families who are new to the area should bring in transcripts from prior schools (if they have them), shot records, and birth certificates. Registration packets can also be picked up and returned at a later date. Students who attended Yucca Valley Elementary School last year do not need to register as their information carries over. If anyone has questions about registration, please contact Teri Markley or Krystina Aguayo at 760-365-3381. Yucca Valley Elementary School, the home of the Prospectors, is located at 7601 Hopi Trail in Yucca Valley.

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