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Listen To Your News Tuesday, September 11, 2012 News Archive
     

SALTON SEA STENCH CREEPS OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
That stench you've been smelling off and on for the last couple weeks is a fish die-off in the Salton Sea, more than 40 miles to the south of the Morongo Basin. The Los Angeles Times reports today that residents as far away as Santa Clarita—almost 200 miles away—woke up to the smell yesterday and clogged 911 lines, sending gas company employees, health officials, and law enforcement looking for everything from gas leaks to toxic spills to sewer plant leaks. Residents here in our Morongo Basin have been smelling the rotten egg smell off and on for a couple of weeks. Engineer Chris Gertz at the Morongo Valley Fire Department told Z107.7 News that the residents have been smelling it for two weeks and "are used to it by now." The president of the Sea and Desert Interpretive Association told the newspaper that "Because the lake is so shallow, there is 100 years worth of decayed material at the bottom" of the lake, which is only 50 feet deep and 360 square miles. In addition, because more water is evaporating than flowing into the man-made lake, the shoreline is receding, exposing thermal fields that are spewing steam and sulfur dioxide gas into the air, to be carried by winds into the Morongo Basin and the Los Angeles area.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON $35,000 FIREWORKS, $67,000 PARK DRIVE SIGN
The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet in regular session tonight. Among interest are two expenditure items, removed in budget session, now showing up on the consent calendar. Reporter Dan Stork takes a closer look...
The September 11 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council starts off with a presentation by the Tourism Economic Commission. Among the consent agenda items is the approval of $35,000 for next year's Independence Day fireworks. Up for discussion is a contract for a monument sign on National Park Drive, in the amount of $67,400. The Council will also discuss—again—the procedure for placing future items on the agenda. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall on Adobe Road.

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PAROLEE ARRESTED AFTER SLAMMING DOOR ON A DEPUTY
If you're on parole, it's not a good idea to lie about your identity and slam the front door in the face of deputy and parole agent who are doing a parole check at your home. James Sullivan, 42, was not happy to see the law show up on his doorstep in the 6000 block of Buena Tierra Avenue in Twentynine Palms at about 4:00 Sunday afternoon, especially since a visitor to his home, Herman Platzke Jr., 27, had two warrants out for his arrest. James Sullivan was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and for a parole violation. He is being held without bail at the West Valley Detention Center. Herman Platzke Junior is being held at the Morongo Basin Jail with his total bail set at $50,000. This Herman Platzke should not be confused with the older Herman Platzke who is active in community service.

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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST FOR HEROIN POSSESSION
A traffic stop for an expired registration tag resulted in the arrest of a Yucca Valley man for transporting heroin. About 4 p.m. Sunday, Anthony Sacco, 24, was driving on Highway 62 near Dumosa Avenue in Yucca Valley when a deputy pulled him over for having an expired registration tag on his vehicle. The deputy made a probable cause search of Sacco's vehicle and allegedly found heroin, methamphetamine, a digital scale, and cash. Anthony Sacco was arrested on suspicion of transporting heroin and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
The Hospital Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the meeting is primarily routine...
The Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meet in regular session at 6 o'clock tonight in the Helen Gray Education Center. There are no action items on tonight's agenda only routine items on the consent agenda and regular reports.

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Yucca Valley Wednesday, September 12. Blood donations will be taken at Vons in Yucca Valley, from 2 to 6 p.m. Healthy individuals at least 15 years old may donate blood. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW, JOIN THEM
The next Joshua Tree Clean Team clean-up will be tomorrow morning at Highway 62 and Sunny Vista Road on the north side of the highway. The team is still meeting at 7 a.m. and will only work for one short hour until 8 a.m. There are trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available for all. Afterwards, the team meets at the Park Rock Café for optional coffee and breakfast. For more information about the Joshua Tree clean team, call 760-366-8415.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY DISTRICT ANTICIPATING LITIGATION
The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Trustees has called an emergency meeting for 5 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. After public comment, the trustees will adjourn to closed session to conference with legal counsel about anticipated litigation. The meeting will be held at the cemetery's office, 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

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MORONGO VALLEY ART COLONY CALLS FOR ART
A call for art from Morongo Valley. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says it for the upcoming Fiesta Days event...
The Morongo Basin's oldest artists' guild, the Morongo Valley Art Colony, is calling for art for its fall judged art show, to be held in conjunction with the Morongo Valley Fiesta Days, September 22-23. Two experts in the fields of painting and photography will judge the show. Themes will include landscapes and seascapes; floral and still life; and people and animals. All media are welcome, including paintings and drawings, photography, manipulated photography, and crafts, to include sculpture, wood carving, decorative gourds, collage, stained glass, jewelry and all other crafty things. Prize money will be awarded to the top three finalists and best of show. Entries will be accepted from noon to 2 at the Colony's monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 19, at Covington Park Morongo Valley Art Gallery. Morongo Valley Fiesta Days is September 21-23 and the art show is September 22-23. The entry fee for members is $8 for the first entry and $5 per entry thereafter. For non-members, the entry fee is $10 for the first entry and $8 per entry thereafter. Hanging art must not exceed 28''X36''. For more information call 760-363-7937.

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HIGH DESERT STORM IN FIVE GAMES LOCALLY
The High Desert Storm youth football league had five teams play at home in about 105 degree weather. The 7-to-8 year-old junior micros beat Norco 25-7, Micros 9-10 year-olds fell to Norco 6-9, Junior Pee Wees beat Norco 52-6; the Peewees lost to Beaumont 19-39, and the Midgets lost to Desert Hot Springs 0-14. All five teams play away on Saturday September 15. The next home games will be held at the Tom Nichols field in Twentynine Palms on September 22. Come out and support your future Wildcats.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY SHOWS WELL IN TWO MEETS
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat Cross Country team kicked off the season wit a couple of invitational meets September 6 at Xavier Prep High School and September 8 at the Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Invitational. At the Sizzle, a 1.78 mile 3-person relay meet, the Wildcat Harriers ran well in the heat, taking third in the boys team relay standings. The first Wildcat relay team Noel Figueroa, Zach Kanlong and Jessey Brocar ran strong races to break the previous record. Taylor Thacker ran a great race on the girls' team. Saturday at the Bronco invitational Taylor Thacker ran well again to take more than two minutes off of her personal best time. Bailey Flynn, Alizabeth Ogdahl also ran well for the Wildcats. The Wildcat Varsity boys ran well, taking seventh overall in the team standings, lead once again by Noel Figueroa and Zach Kanlong.

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PARENTS INVITE TO BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT THURSDAY AT TWENTYNINE HIGH SCHOOL
Twentynine Palms High School is inviting parents to meet their child's teachers Thursday night. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has details...
Twentynine Palms High School will be holding its annual Back-to-School night on Thursday, September 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents will travel to their students' classrooms, meet their teachers and view the textbooks and curriculum for each course. Parents should meet in the multi-purpose room at 6 for a brief welcome and instructions. If you don't have a copy of your students' schedule, one will be printed for you.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES AND SCHEDULE
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan Volleyball teams competed Monday afternoon against visiting La Quinta High School in Trojan gym. The varsity lost in three straight sets, 15-25, 6-25, and 20-25. Leading the Trojans were: junior Chelsea Mondary going 11 for 12 from the serving line, and senior Melissa Smith with seven digs. The junior varsity team fell also to La Quinta 0-2. The JV team will compete in the Hemet Tournament on September 22 and the Varsity will travel to Carpinteria the weekend of September 29.

Yesterday the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats Tennis Team traveled to Cathedral City High School and defeated the Lady Lions 15-3. Single players Destiny Zuniga and Jasmine Smith swept all three sets. Sweeping in doubles was Alexa Clarke and partner Paige Rossi. Also sweeping was Heather Lebeda and her partner Rebecca Raines. Coach Larry Battle said Heather Centner was the team stand-out. Giving up her chance of a sweep, Heather volunteered to work with two new players, winning two out three sets with Heather Adamsen and Krystienne Delorosa. This unselfish act demonstrated the true meaning of team dedication and willingness to work with fellow teammates to help them improve their game.

Coming up in local high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley Trojan tennis team will travel to La Quinta High School to play the Blackhawks. First serve is at 3:30 p.m.

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