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Listen To Your News Monday, September 17, 2012 News Archive
     

450 ATTEND "TASTE OF MORONGO;" WE HAVE THE WINNERS LIST
The Joshua Tree Rotary Club pulled off another great event Friday with 450 people attending the "Taste of the Morongo Basin" event who tasted samples from 12 restaurants for two hours. Every restaurant received an award based on the hard work of five judges. The winners for various categories were; Joshua Treets – Just Desserts; Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant – Best Southwest; Twentynine Palms Inn – Best Finger Food; Bruce's Coyote Kitchen – Best Entrée; Park Rock Cafe – Tastebud Delight; Poblanos Mexican Grill – Meat Lovers; Sam's Pizza and Indian Food – Taster's Choice; Route 62 Diner – Good as Mom's; Joshua Tree Saloon Grill & Bar – Most Creative; DiCarlos Italian Cuisine – Best International; TOP100 Chinese – Best Side Dish; Ricochet – Best Use of Spice.

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PETITIONS AVAILABLE IN OPPOSITION TO TWO LARGE WIND FARMS
Two large wind farms are proposed for the desert north of Pipes Canyon Road just west of Old Woman Springs Road. Last summer, Element Power constructed two towers on top of the mesas to collect wind data, with the intent of gathering data for a year to determine if wind farms would be economically feasible. Two conservation groups, Save Our Desert, and the California Desert Coalition, are opposing the project, saying the wind farms will ruin the viewshed, and could destroy ancient Indian rock art and artifacts. The groups have established two petitions to try to block the wind farms. One demands that Element Power withdraw its project application; the other will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for help in stopping the project. The two organizations are appealing to the public to sign both petitions at saveourdesert.com or cadesertco.org. Or visit the direct links at:
https://www.change.org/petitions/element-power-withdraw-your-black-lava-butte-project
https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-black-lava-butte-project-blm-caca-48689

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THEATRE 29 UNVEILS 2013 THEATRICAL SEASON
With the support of the four Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce, Theatre 29 unveiled its 2013 theatrical season at a Gala Event held at the Joshua retreat center. With the announcement of the season, 2013 season tickets go on sale for the Morongo Basin's Premiere live theater venue. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the new season...
Theatre 29 has announced the 2013 season of quality theatrical productions including three major musicals, a mystery/thriller/comedy, a Summer Youth Theater selection and a spectacular Halloween Haunt. The season starts with "Deathtrap" directed by Butch Pelfrey, followed by the big musical, "How To Succeed In Business" directed by Gary Daigneault and Ed Will. May opens with "Ragtime" under the direction of Charles Harvey, followed by the Summer Youth Theatre production of "Goldilocks/Goldilocks On Trial" directed by John Wright. Next fall will see the opening of Monty Python's "Spamalot" under the direction of Kathryn Ferguson. Then the 10th annual Halloween Haunt produced by Eric Ross and directed by Frances Wright. And 2013 wraps with "A Christmas Carol" with Rob Wanless directing. Season subscriptions run $46 to $68 and are available from the box office at 760-361-4151.

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MAN BEATEN, BITTEN IN FACE AFTER YUCCA VALLEY PARTY GETS VIOLENT
A Yucca Valley party that got out of control resulted in the arrest of a man early Saturday morning. The Sheriff's department received a call of a fight breaking out at a party in the 8500 block of Golden Meadow Drive about 2:45 a.m. Responding deputies had to break down the door to the residence in order to get inside to render aid to the victim, who said that Justin Zimmerle, 22, had attacked him, hitting him in the face with his fists and elbows, and then bit in him in the face. After an investigation, deputies determined that Zimmerle was wanted for a burglary and vandalism charge from June. Justin Zimmerle was arrested on suspicion of assault with serious injuries with his bail set at $100,000.

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PAROLEE PURSUED ON FOOT THROUGH TWENTYNINE PALMS NEIGHBORHOOD
A pedestrian check in Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a wanted felon. According to Sheriff's Sergeant Jason Radeleff, about 2 p.m., Deputy Lundee recognized a known parole-at-large, Damien Reese, 24, and attempted to make a pedestrian check at the intersection of Adobe Road and Homestead Drive. Reese started running, going through back yards and into the desert. At least four other deputies on patrol throughout the Morongo Basin responded to the pursuit and set up a perimeter. Reese was eventually located, trying to hide under a bush. Damien Reese was arrested for investigation of resisting arrest, with his bail set at $50,000, but he is being held in the Morongo Basin Jail without bail for his two outstanding warrants—for possession of a controlled substance in prison, and for violating the terms of his felony parole.

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FIRE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS MORNING
Twentynine Palms firefighters were called out to an early morning fire today at the Shady Elm Mobile Home Park in the 5000 block of Adobe Road. Twelve firefighters from Twentynine Palms and the Combat Center arrived shortly before 5 a.m. to find a mobile home well involved in fire, with flames and smoke coming from the home. An initial report of a victim trapped inside the home proved to be erroneous, as the resident was later found outside, although pets are reported to be missing this morning. There were no injuries. The home is a total loss and an adjacent mobile home sustained minor heat damage.

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SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY MORNING
Arson investigators were called to investigate a fire in Twentynine Palms early Saturday morning. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, the Combat Center, Joshua Tree, and Wonder Valley were called to a structure fire in the 73400 block of Sunnyvale at 1:14 a.m. Arriving fire fighters found white smoke pouring from the front door, but the fire was contained to the front room of the house. Fire fighters had the blaze knocked down in minutes. The home suffered smoke and heat damage, with property damage about $1500. Due to the nature of the fire, and the fact that the home's resident was not home at the time of the fire, the arson and bomb squad was called in to investigate.

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RIDE-'EM COWBOY, OPENS SATURDAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM
A new exhibit celebrating our western heritage opens this week at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Reporter Kristy Lockhart invites you to "Ride 'Em Cowboy...
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum presents a new temporary exhibit "Ride'em Cowboy! The West in Popular Culture" on display September 22 through January 19, 2013. The exhibit will take you back to yesteryear when cowboys were heroes, gunslingers lurked around every corner and a Stetson hat and trustworthy horse were the most valuable possessions you could own. See how the west has been romanticized and its influence on American popular culture including television shows and movies, some filmed locally in Pioneertown. For more information call 760-369-7212.

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY
A Morongo Valley man was arrested Sunday evening after a teenager said he rubbed up against her. According to a Sheriff's report, Thomas White, 36, was at the Circle K in Morongo Valley about 6:30 when he allegedly rubbed up against a 16-year-old girl while she was inside the gas station. The girl told deputies she did not know White. Thomas White was arrested for investigation of sexual battery, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $10,000.

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HABITUAL CRIMINAL BACK BEHIND BARS
A Yucca Valley man who is no stranger to law enforcement is behind bars, again, after witnesses saw him trying to break into several cars Saturday evening. According to a Sheriff's report, Jacob Roa, 24, who witnesses described as being drunk, was trying to get into cars parked in the Food 4 Less parking lot about 8 p.m. An owner of one of the cars saw Roa and confronted him. The report states that Roa then threatened the owner, before going to a fast food restaurant nearby, where deputies arrested him on suspicion of attempted burglary. Jacob Roa was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000. In August, Roa pled nolo contendere to resisting arrest in a plea bargain in which charges for trying to fight customers at a smoke shop in Yucca Valley were dropped. In July, Roa was convicted of two counts of battery from June for attacking an 83-year-old man who was watching a softball game at the Yucca Valley Community Center and the police officer who tried to arrest Roa. In March, Roa was convicted of being drunk in public after he tried to steal an iPod from a 15-year-old boy and then pulled a 6-inch knife on the boy's father at the Yucca Valley Community Center.

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DESERT INSTITUTE OFFERING DESERT SURVIVAL, SCIENCE CLASSES
The Desert Institute is starting its fall session with specialized classes. Reporter Dan Stork has the offerings...
The Desert Institute is kicking off its fall 2012 session in September, with field classes in the areas of Desert Survival and Natural Science. Learn basic map and compass skills with Theresa Walsh on September 21 and 22, or take her advanced map and compass course on September 23. Also on September 21 and 22, College of the Desert professor Kurt Leuschner leads a field class on Insects and arthropods of the Morongo Basin. During the following weekend, on Sunday September 30, the subject of Professor William Hayes from Loma Linda University will be fang, rattle, and more. For some courses, credit at UC Riverside Extension may be available. There are discounts on fees for members of the Joshua Tree National Park Association and PINE. For more information about Desert Institute courses, visit joshuatree.org or call 760-367-5535.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TUESDAY
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors has called a special meeting for 4:30 tomorrow at the Helen Gray Center Center. In the closed session meeting, the directors will discuss the contract for CEO Lionel "Chad" Chadwick.

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AUDITONS FOR HOLIDAY SPOOF TOMORROW NIGHT AT THEATRE 29
Open auditions for "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol", a hilarious musical spoof of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." at Theatre 29, have been delayed by one day. Director Marty Neider said try-outs will now be held Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Originally set for Monday the 17, the try-outs are being delayed one day because of a scheduling conflict. Audition "sides" are available on the Theatre 29 website at www.theatre29.org.

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YOUNG AT HEART MOVIE SERIES STARTS FRIDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY
The Yucca Valley Center for spiritual living will kick of a movie series this week. Managing editor Tami L Roleff says the "Young at Heart Series" starts this Friday...
The Young at Heart Theater Series begins Friday, with "Little Buddha" at the Yucca Valley Center for Spiritual Living. The young and the young-at-heart are invited to film screenings that are thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining. Come relax, make new friends and enjoy a free film and hot dogs. "Little Buddha" stars Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda in a modern twist on a young prince's search for enlightenment in ancient India. Doors open at 5:30; the film starts at 6 p.m. The Yucca Valley Center for Spiritual Living is at 7434 Bannock Trail, two blocks east of Pioneertown Road in Yucca Valley. For more information, leave a message at 760-365-2205.

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LOSSES FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
The Yucca Valley High School Trojans fell to the Barstow Aztecs Friday, 38-9. Defensively, Joey Rutherford had 15 tackles and recovered two fumbles. Brian McGowan had an Interception at the goal line. On offense, Logan Vallo got another rushing TD. Brandon Lopez caught 2 passes for 44 yards. Kicker Caleb Woods kicked a 23-yard field goal for the Trojans other score. The JV Trojans won their second game this season over Barstow by a score of 28-26. Next week, the Trojans host Indio. JV is at 4:15 & Varsity is at 7pm.

The Twentynine Palms High School Varsity Wildcats lost a tough game to undefeated playoff powerhouse Rim of the World High School 38-0 last Friday night. Key standouts for the Cats were, David Falifitu, Marcus Chestnut, Mason Lowery, and Cole Estrada. Falifitu has been the Wildcats anchor on the defensive line this season and played with a lot of determination and heart. Chestnut once again led the team receiving with two catches for 44 yards, and was the third leading tackler on the game. Mason Lowery had a solid fourth quarter in reserve duty at QB, completing three of five passes for 59 yards. Cole Estrada started his first game ever at nose tackle and played a solid game, giving the Cats some needed help on the front line. The Wildcats will hope to turn things around next week when they take their 2-1 record on the road to face 2-1 Barstow.

The Twentynine Palms Frosh-Soph team remained undefeated with a thrilling 19-14 come-from-behind win in the final seconds of the game. Outstanding players of the game were Beayahn Carrllo, Andrew Wilson, Jayvon Johnson, Dylan Martinez, Donavan Esquilin, Dominic Santanelli, and Shane Estrada.

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JOSHUA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL IN ACTION TOMOROW
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs volleyball team will host the Desert Hot Springs Eagles at home, with first serve at 5:30.

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