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Listen To Your News Tuesday, August 20, 2013 News Archive
     

PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY NIGHT IDENTIFIED
The County Coroner's office has identified the Yucca Valley woman who was killed Sunday night when she was struck by a vehicle on Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. Judith James, 56, was walking southbound across the highway just west of Church Street about 8:30. Jose Salazar, 42, of Moreno Valley, was driving westbound in the highway's number 1 lane and was unable to avoid hitting her. Judith James died at the scene. The Sheriff's Department said Salazar was not speeding and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No criminal charges are expected.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN STILL ON LIFE SUPPORT
The Twentynine Palms man who was hit by a car Saturday night remains on life support, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office. Jason Harpel, 38, was walking southbound on Lear Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 9 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by Alissa Myers, 25, who was driving southbound on Lear. Harpel suffered significant head injuries and has been in intensive care on life support ever since at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL EXPECTED TO FIRE TOWN MANAGER MARK NUAIMI TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in a mostly closed session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the meeting is all about severing ties with Town Manager Mark Nuaimi...
The severance agreement between Town Manager Mark Nuaimi and the Town Council is the sole item on the action agenda at tonight's meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council. The Town Council will go into a closed session first to discuss the agreement, and to conference with the Town Attorney over anticipated litigation. Then it will reconvene into open session to vote on the agreement. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

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CALTRANS TO HOLD MEETING IN MORONGO VALLEY TONIGHT
The new temporary flexible posts, called delineators, recently installed by CalTrans in the median on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley has upset many residents and drivers. CalTrans installed the delineators along a 6.3 mile stretch of the highway from Morongo Valley to Yucca Valley, with 10 left-hand turn pockets, to reduce the number of traffic collisions and fatalities. Z107.7, CalTrans, and the California Highway Patrol, have received many complaints that the left-hand turn pockets on the highway are in the wrong place, and that making U-turns are just as dangerous as making left-hand turns. CalTrans will hold a public information meeting about the project tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Morongo Valley Community Services Building in Covington Park.

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HIGHWAY 62 HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT NOW 97 PERCENT COMPLETE
The repaving project along Highway 62 from Yucca Mesa road in Yucca Valley to Bermuda Avenue in Twentynine Palms is 97 percent complete, according to a CalTrans spokeswoman. Motorists may see moving lane closures here and there, now and then, as CalTrans completes its inspection of the highway checking off minor details, but for most part, the project will appear complete.

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SCHOOL BOARD TO REVISE SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION POLICY
Revision of the suspension and expulsion policy will be the main topic at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight. Dan Stork tells what else will be going on...
The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins its August 20 meeting with a 5 p.m. workshop on revisions to the policy on suspensions and expulsions, upon which the Board will vote in the 7 p.m. open session. Other action items in the 7 p.m. session are creation of a subfund for accounting purposes of the Joshua Tree Elementary construction project, ratification of 2013 graduates, and adoption of a college prep biology course outline. The 6 p.m. closed session sandwiched between the public meetings deals with student reentries, anticipated litigation, collective bargaining, and an unspecified issue relating to dismissal, discipline, or release of a public employee. The meeting will be held at the new Joshua Tree Elementary School, at 4950 Sunburst Drive.

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PHONE PROBLEMS PLAGUE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK HEADQUARTERS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Joshua Tree National Park has been having trouble with phones since the beginning of August. Phones at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms Headquarters, and the Black Rock Education Center cannot receive incoming calls from the public. The park apologizes for this inconvenience and asks visitors to contact the Joshua Tree Visitor Center at 760-366-1855 if they have questions or need assistance. Teachers and school groups wanting to schedule programs for the coming year are asked to contact Education Specialist Lorna Lange at lorna_lange@nps.gov. Information can also be obtained from the Joshua Tree website at nps.gov/jotr.

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LEARN ABOUT AZTEC LIFE THURSDAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM
Learn all about Aztec life from an expert this Thursday for lunch. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to the Brown Bag Lecture at Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley...
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues its Brown Bag Lecture Series with "Luxuries in Aztec Life." Join presenter Dr. Frances Berdan for a culturally captivating lecture on Aztec and colonial Mexican culture. Authoring 14 books and more than 100 articles on the subject, Dr. Berdan is excited to be sharing her knowledge with lecture participants. This lecture takes place on August 22 starting at noon at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Admission is $5 per person. The lecture is free for Hi-Desert Nature Museum members. Beverages will be served. For more information, call 760-369-7212.

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JOSHUA TREE TORTOISE RESCUE NEEDS PAPER TOWELS FOR BABY TORTOISES
"Babies are messy," says the Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue, "and baby desert tortoises are no different." At least three pregnant female desert tortoises have come through the Rescue this summer, and it is expected that there will be thirty or more tortoises hatched at the Rescue within the next two to four months, plus the receipt of hatchlings that come in through standard rescue operations. Because of all the activity, this is the time of year when the Tortoise Rescue Organization reaches out to the community for paper towel donations. Paper towels can be donated to the Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue through the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, call 760-369-1235, extension 2.

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MEMORIAL FOR THE LATE ELSIE GRACE AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FRIDAY
Copper Mountain College will host a memorial to the late artist Elsie Grace. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a special scholarship program is being set up...
Celebrate the life of artist and teacher Elsie Grace at "Reflections of Grace," a memorial to the woman who spent 33 years educating students in the visual arts at Copper Mountain College. Grace died on February 8 of this year; she was 91 years old. The memorial will be August 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Copper Mountain College Arena Foyer. The family of Elsie Grace aims to honor her legacy of sharing love and appreciation of art by raising enough funds for to award 33 $1,000 scholarships to CMC students. Donations may be made online by following the link in this story gofundme.com/elsie-grace (http://www.gofundme.com/elsie-grace) at KCDZFM.com. Donations will be transferred to the CMC Foundation directly for their full administration of the Elsie Grace Memorial Visual Arts Scholarship.

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YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT FRIDAY
Yucca Valley Elementary School's Back to School Night is scheduled for this Friday, August 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students will be able to get class assignments, meet their teachers, and tour the campus. Information on transportation, school lunches, and school programs will also available. A special session with Spanish translation is offered at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1. Principal Jolie Kelley says, "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and their families to become familiar with the school." Kelley hopes that all Yucca Valley Elementary families can attend. "Our FFA—Family-Faculty Association—will also be in the multipurpose room with information on how families can become involved with the school," she said. For more information, contact Teri or Krystina at 760-365-3381.

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RUNNERS, ANNUAL 5K FULL MOON RACE THIS FRIDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY
The Town of Yucca Valley invites runners of all ages to its 10th annual Full Moon 5K Run on Friday, August 23. Dan Stork tells you how to register...
The Full Moon race time is at 7 p.m., rain or shine, at Machris Park, 59100 Santa Barbara Drive in Yucca Valley. This 5K run (which is 3.1 miles) will be held on a challenging and beautiful loop course through one of Yucca Valley's most scenic residential areas. A brochure including a map of the course is available at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Awards will be presented as the full moon rises to the top male and female overall winners and the top three male and female winners in each age category. Registration fees range from $13 to $20, according to age group, and whether you want a commemorative T-shirt or not. Registration forms are available at the Community Center and on-site at the race beginning at 6:00 p.m. You can return a completed entry form and registration fee to the Community Services Office at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Monday through Thursday from noon to 5:30 p.m. On-line registration is available at www.yucca-valley.org; click on Residents, then Program Registration, and search for "5k run." For more information, call the Community Services Department at 760-369-7211. The Full Moon 5K Run is sponsored by Hi-Desert Publishing Co., Bruce Jones Dentistry and Z107.7 FM Community Radio.

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