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Listen To Your News Tuesday, August 27, 2013 News Archive
     

TWO SOUGHT IN TWO SEPARATE ASSAULTS IN YUCCA VALLEY
The Sheriff's Department is searching for two men involved in separate assaults in Yucca Valley Saturday. About12:45 p.m., Francisco Rodriguez, 28, went to a residence in the 7400 block of Condalia Avenue where he started arguing with his brother, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Matthew Garrison, 23. During the argument, Francisco Rodriguez brandished a metal baseball bat and struck Garrison on the lower left side, and then fled. Matthew Garrison was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Then, about 1 p.m. deputies were called to a home in the 7200 block of Palo Alto Avenue in Yucca Valley for another fight between brothers. Raymond Groggins, 21, and Scott Groggins, 24, were arguing, and then began fighting over clothing. Raymond Groggins took a flare gun and fired it at his brother Scott, striking him in the back of his hand, as Scott used it to protect his face. The flare did not detonate, but bounced off Scott, striking a nearby vehicle. Raymond Scott then fled with the flare gun on a red dirt bike.

Both investigations are ongoing, and anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Francisco Rodriguez or Raymond Groggins should call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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UNATTENDED CANDLES START FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Quick work by Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a home early Monday morning. Firefighters were called to a home in the 75000 block of Valle Vista at 6 a.m., where they found a room and contents burning due to unattended candles. They were able to put out the flames in about 7 minutes, and saved the rest of the home.

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TWO MEETINGS FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY AGENCIES THIS WEEK
There are two meetings of city bodies in Twentynine Palms this week. Dan Stork relates what the City Council and the Oversight Board for the successor to the dissolved Redevelopment Agency will be talking about…
On Tuesday August 27, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hear an update on the status of the Route 62 improvement project. It will also consider waiving additional fees for the Condor apartment project. (Recently, the Planning Commission refused to waive fees for plan revisions, but left the door open for the Council to take a different action.) The Council will also discuss revising the way the City assesses development, in general. The meeting starts at 6 pm in chambers at City Hall on Adobe Road. On Wednesday, August 28, the Oversight Board to the Successor Agency to the Dissolved Twentynine Palms Redevelopment Agency meets at 4 p.m. On its agenda are the seating of a new board member and agency and legislative updates. Also up for discussion is the long range property management plan for four parcels at Bullion Avenue and Route 62, which the City had bought in order to rehabilitate them. The properties were transferred to the Redevelopment Agency in 2009 with the hope of attracting a restaurant tenant. That never happened, and the City wants to transfer them back to City ownership for eventual park development, and to avoid having to liquidate them. The Oversight Board also meets at City Hall.

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ELECTION DEADLINE DAY FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS AND MORONGO VALLEY
Today is Election Day in Morongo Valley and Twentynine Palms. The Morongo Valley Community Service District and the Twentynine Palms Water District each have three director seats up for grabs. Today's election is a mail-in election; if you haven't already mailed in your ballot, it is too late to do so, and you must return your ballot to a drop-off location. Locations include City Hall, the Library, and the Water District in Twentynine Palms, or at the Town Hall or Library in Yucca Valley. For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website, www.sbcountyelections.com. Voted ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be accepted. A ballot postmarked on Election Day, but not received in the Elections Office, will not be counted.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS: HOME OCCUPATIONS AND WIND ENERGY ON AGENDA
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda…
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will meet at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the commissioners will be asked to discuss regulations for home occupation permits, wind energy conversions, and undergrounding utilities. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

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BLOOD DRIVES IN JOSHUA TREE AND YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct two community blood drives Wednesday, August 28. The first drive will be at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2. The second blood drive will be at Vons in Yucca Valley from 2 to 5 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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STORM FLOODING CAUSES ROAD CLOSURES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Not only were roads in the Morongo Basin affected by Sunday's storms, but roads and visitor facilities in Joshua Tree National Park as well. Park officials have announced that Pinto Basin Road, Cottonwood Visitor Center, and the Cottonwood campground are closed. Significant debris is blocking the road in the Smoke Tree Wash and Cottonwood Canyon areas. The road is expected to remain closed for one to two weeks while crews clear debris and repair the campgrounds. For more information, visit nps.gov/jotr.

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING
The Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet at the corner of Alta Loma and La Contenta on Wednesday, August 28, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves, and water available. After our clean up efforts we will meet for coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Café. Everyone is welcome.

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BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS WILL HEAR OPPOSITION TO CADIZ PROJECT TONIGHT
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board will hear opposition to the Cadiz water project when they meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will also decide how to replace a parting Board member…
When the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors meet tonight at 6 p.m. they'll decide how to select a replacement for Director Dave Larson, who resigned last month because he is moving out of the district. Larson's commitments will also be reassigned tonight, including his position as board secretary and Agency rep to the Homestead Valley Community Council. And in an information only presentation, the board will hear from Seth Shtier of the National Parks Conservation Association on the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project. And finally, the Agency will receive a Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting from Government Finance Officers Association for the 2012 annual fiscal report. Tonight's session is at Agency offices under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.

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SKY'S THE LIMIT DISCOVERY NIGHT THIS SATURDAY
Sky's the Limit and Joshua Tree National Park will partner for a tour of the night sky this Saturday, August 31, starting at 7:30 p.m. Following presentations by Park Ranger Carey Goldstein and STL's Ken Drummond, the public is invited to look through state-of-the-art telescopes at deep-sky objects. Families and life-long learners of all ages are welcome at this free event at Sky's the Limit Observatory and Nature Center, just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. Ranger Goldstein will talk about night-sky viewing opportunities in Joshua Tree National Park and will also reveal unique places to visit inside the park. Astronomer Drummond will talk about our solar system and galaxies before astronomer Rick Hiestand focuses the telescopes on Andromeda Galaxy, the Whirlpool Galaxy, and the Cigar Galaxy. Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring snacks, water bottles, chairs, and a small flashlight (red lens preferred) and dress for unpredictable desert weather. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, no smoking, and visitors must carry out their trash. For more information call Rick at 760-367-7222, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org or email contact@skysthelimit29.org.

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TEEN BOOK CLUB MEETS THURSDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY
The teen book club meets Thursdays at the 29 Palms Library. Reporter Taylor Thacker says this week they are discussing "The Invisible Man"…
Discover your love of books and stories at the monthly meeting of Twentynine Palms Library's teen book club. Join other teens as they discuss the brilliant young scientist who discovers the power of invisibility and becomes increasingly desperate, ruthless and remorseless and is relentlessly pursued by the police who are hoping to put an end to his reign of terror in the book The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. The teen book club meets this month on Thursday, August 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served and this event is open for teens in grades 7 through 12. For more information call 760-367-9519.

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NEW SEASON STARTS TOMORROW AT THE 29 PALMS ART GALLERY
The new season at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery opens Wednesday, August 28, featuring the paintings of Sandra Lytch in the Main Gallery and Anna Houghton in the West Gallery. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artists on Sunday, September 1. The new season also marks a return to regular hours of the 29 Palms Art Gallery and gift shop, open noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call 760-367-7819.

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MANDATORY ATHLETIC MEETING THURSDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL
There will be a meeting for Twentynine Palms High School parents and student athletes and cheerleaders this Thursday, August 29, at 7 p.m. in the Wildcat Gym. If you are participating in a fall sport, you and your parent or guardian must attend. If you and your parent do not attend, you will NOT be allowed to participate. If you are in a winter or spring sport, please wait to attend a meeting later in the school year. This meeting is ONLY for TPHS football, girls' tennis, volleyball, and cross-country athletes, and cheerleaders.

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