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Listen To Your News Friday, September 14, 2012 News Archive
     

LOCAL DEMOCRATS SAY NO TO YUCCA VALLEY 1 PERCENT SALES TAX MEASURE
At a September 9 meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, members unanimously rejected the proposed 1 percent sales tax measure that will be on the Yucca Valley ballot November 6. According to a press release from the Club, members don't dispute the town's need to raise funds for the planned wastewater treatment plant. However, the club is opposed to the sale tax proceeds being placed solely in the Town's general fund. Club members also feel the tax disproportionately impacts lower wage earners, and believes the town should have established an assessment district and issued bonds instead. A crowd of about 65 people heard speaker after speaker, including three-time past mayor and town council write-in candidate Bob Leone, and former town councilmember Lori Herbel, express their opposition to the 1 percent tax measure as currently written. The press release states, "The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will actively oppose Measure U in hopes that Yucca Valley's town manager and town council will do the right thing and come up with a better plan that would go on the ballot in the March Special Election."

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LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS HOLD DESKTOP HAZMAT DRILL
Three local fire agencies participated in a simulated hazmat drill yesterday. Reporter Kristy Lockhart tells us how this benefits our communities and the local emergency services agencies...
Firefighters from San Bernardino County, Twentynine Palms Marine Base, and Morongo Valley Fire Department worked together at a drill at Monterey Business Center Thursday. This drill simulated an acetone spill from a nail salon where 10 people were exposed to chemicals. Firefighters coordinate their departments to contain, treat the injured, and clean up. San Bernardino County Battalion Chief Gary Bush says practice gets them ready for the real thing. "This is a very real scenario that we could have where any type of hazardous material is released that could expose civilians. We are simulating today that we have 10 patients. Normally we have one patient, so that also allows our firefighters to deal with multiple patients and triage them deciding who needs to be treated first." Bush adds each department has special equipment that could play a major role in any type of chemical spill, so it's important they coordinate each other's responsibilities.

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ONE ARREST AFTER A SHOOTING IN JOSHUA TREE
A Joshua Tree man was arrested yesterday after deputies say he fired several shots while being served with divorce papers. According to Sheriff's reports, the victim had gone to the home of Michael Torres, 27, in the 62600 block of Sun Mesa shortly before 9:00 Thursday morning. As she tried to serve divorce papers to Torres, her estranged husband, he started shooting at her vehicle from the side of the house. No shots hit her, a friend with her, or her vehicle, but did strike other objects on the property. Investigators said he fired several rounds from a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle. Deputies arrived, and after an investigation, placed Michael Torres under arrest for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for assault with a deadly weapon with his bail set at $50,000. He was released on bond a few hours later.

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AN ARREST AFTER AN ASSAULT IN JOSHUA TREE
A Joshua Tree man who called the sheriff's department to report that people were taking things from his brother's apartment, was arrested for attacking them. According to a Sheriff's report, Jeremy Allen, 22, of the 62000 block of Valley View, came home from work shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday to find a man and three women in his brother's apartment. The intruders told Allen his brother had given them his key and sold the entire contents of his apartment to them for $50. Allen told deputies the people said they were helping his brother move his things, since he was out of state. The report states that Allen started arguing with the people, and forced one of the women to back up by placing his hands around her neck. Jeremy Allen was arrested on suspicion of battery and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, and released about 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

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FREE LOW-INCOME FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY
Free federal surplus food will be distributed to low-income families and individuals this Monday. Reporter Dan Stork tells us when and where...
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, September 17. The locations and times are: The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10; Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30; the Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30; Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11; the Community Center in Joshua Tree, 9 to 11; Sunset Village Apartments, 6036 Sunset Road in Joshua Tree, 9:30 to 11:30; The fire station in Wonder Valley, 10:30 to 11:30; and Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon. Proof of income and address may be provided in a variety of ways, including self-certification on a form that will be available at each site. Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags.

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ROLL-OVER CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL
A woman was taken to the hospital yesterday after a rollover crash in Joshua Tree National Park. According to Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, a Marine was driving his pickup truck on Geology Tour Road, about a mile off the main park road, at 3:45 yesterday when he lost control, and hit an embankment, causing his truck to roll over onto the driver's side. The woman in the truck with him, believed to be his mother, was not wearing her seatbelt and was slightly injured in the crash. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, the Park Service, and the Combat Center, all responded and had to use the Jaws of Life to remove her through the truck's roof. She was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with minor injuries.

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THREE INJURED IN AMBOY ROAD ROLLOVER CRASH
A distracted driver lost control of her car Wednesday and rolled it on Amboy Road, north of Wonder Valley. According to the California Highway Patrol, Christina Blair, 27, of San Antonio, Texas, was driving her 2005 Saturn Vue northbound on Amboy Road north of Sheep Hole Pass about 9:35 a.m. when she took her attention off the road to attend to her children, who were seated in the back of the SUV. While Blair was distracted, her SUV drifted onto the soft sand shoulder and overturned several times. During the roll-over, the roof of her car was crushed, injuring Blair and her two children, 4, and 9 months. Blair and her children were flown by air ambulance to Loma Linda Medical Center for treatment.

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER DISTRICT AGENCY BUYS LAND IN KERN COUNTY, PASSES ON ROAD TAX
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board of directors met in a special session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said they bought land in another county and passed on a tax issue...
At last night's special meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency in Landers the Board unanimously approved an agreement with the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee to purchase and preserve six acres of mitigation lands in Kern County for the Ames/Reche Project for $31,000. Concerning the Agency's position on a proposal to increase the road grading tax in Flamingo Heights, no vote was taken as the matter failed to get a motion. This because despite the Agency's land holdings in the affected area, government agencies are exempt from property taxes so the consensus was that directors should not weigh in on the matter.

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"ANNE OF GREEN GABLES" THE MUSICAL, AT THEATRE 29
The Theatre 29 production of the musical "Anne of Green Gables," is now running weekends though September 22. "Anne of Green Gables" follows the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan, Anne Shirley, with fiery red hair and a temper to match, who is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy. The musical runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with a 2:30 matinee this Sunday. Tickets for "Anne of Green Gables, the Musical" are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID.

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OLD SCHOOLHOUSE LECTURE TONIGHT FEATURES BIGHORN SHEEP
The Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series for 2012-13 starts tonight with a talk on bighorn sheep. Bob Burke from the Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep will talk about observing bighorn sheep using remote cameras. The lecture is at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, and begins at 7 p.m. Lectures are open to the public for a fee of $5 per person at the door.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS UNITED METHODIST PARKING LOT SALE TOMORROW
The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms, at 6250 Mesquite Springs Road, will be hold a parking lot sale on Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will a free Community Breakfast Buffet Saturday morning 9 to 10 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 is serving up a Free Meal and Fellowship tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. Tomorrow Oasis Community Church volunteers will serve up chili with cornbread and dessert.

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MORONGO VALLEY FIESTA DAYS LOOKING FOR LOCAL TALENT
Have you got talent? The Morongo Valley Fiesta Days is looking for you! Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign up...
Have you got talent? The Morongo Valley Fiesta Days is holding a talent show on Sunday, September 23, from noon to 3. All ages are welcome; there will be two age divisions: under 18, and over 18, with cash prizes awarded for first, second, and third place in each division. For more information, call Jolene at 760-552-3900 or visit mvfiestadays.com.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STUDENTS TO CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY
In recognition of Constitution Day, Copper Mountain College Cultural Education Enhancement Committee announces the celebration of our forefathers and the United States Constitution on Monday, September 17, at noon. During this "brown bag" event, CMC students will be reciting selected passages of the Constitution to those in attendance at the outdoor amphitheater in Phase III on the main campus. The event is free, open to the public, and powdered wigs are optional. The passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004 established this holiday, which was previously known as Citizenship Day. Constitution Day is now a federally observed American holiday that is celebrated on the day the Constitution was signed in 1787.

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CAR WASH TO HELP MORONGO VALLEY FIREFIGHTER APPRECIATION
The third car wash to raise funds for the Sixth Annual Morongo Basin Firefighter Appreciation and Prevention Day Picnic, will be held Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. until the last car is washed! The car wash will be held at the Jack in the Box parking lot and volunteers will wash your car for just $5 (although larger donations will be greatly appreciated). The Sixth Annual Morongo Basin Firefighter Appreciation and Prevention Day Picnic will be held Sunday, October 7, from 10 until 3 in Covington Park in Morongo Valley and will feature free food, entertainment, games and activities.

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STARRY NIGHTS FESTIVAL TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY
The 16th Annual Starry Night's Festival will be held tomorrow in Yucca Valley. Reporter Corrisa Evans gets out her telescope...
The High Desert Nature Museum is hosting its 16th Annual Starry Nights Festival on September 15 at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex. The events throughout the day and night are astronomy lectures, twilight reception and stargazing. Admission to the festival is free courtesy of the Andromeda Society and the Town of Yucca Valley and the first event starts at noon.

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THIS WEEKEND'S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE
It's Friday and that means it's time for high school football. The Yucca Valley High School Trojans will host the Barstow Aztecs at home tonight. The Twentynine Palms Wildcat football team will host the Rim of the World Fighting Scots, also at home. And the Joshua Springs Lightning will travel away to play the Kings Christian Crusaders at Lancaster Baptist School. All game times are 7 p.m.

Then tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms volleyball team will play in the Colton Tournament, starting at 8 a.m. And the Wildcat cross country team will participate in the Grant Nunnally Invitational at Riverside Community College in Moreno Valley. The first race starts at 8 a.m.

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