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Listen To Your News Friday, September 30, 2011 News Archive
     

WELFARE CHECK RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS
A welfare check on a home in the 3000 block of Hilton Avenue in Yucca Valley resulted in two arrests. According to a Sheriff's report, during a welfare check Thursday morning, the deputy found a dagger in plain view on top of a bookcase in a child's room, methamphetamine pipes in the night stand. Charles Goutin, 27, of Yucca Valley was arrested for investigation of possession of dangerous drugs, and because he was a felon in violation of his probation, he was booked into the West Valley Detention Center without bail. Jennifer Murrish, 30, of Yucca Valley was also arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. She was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with bail set at $100,000. Her six children were turned over to Child Protective Services.

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STALKER TAZED AND ARRESTED
A Yucca Valley man learned the hard way not to argue with a Sheriff's deputy. According to a Sheriff's report, Juan Alvarez, 31, of Yucca Valley, had gotten into an argument Wednesday morning with the mother of his children, who told him to leave her alone. Alvarez then showed up at his children's school and started to follow his children's mother all day. The woman called the Sheriff's Department about 6 p.m. at the Stater Brothers West grocery store in Yucca Valley. When Alvarez became combative with the deputy, he was tasered. Juan Alvarez was arrested on suspicion of resisting a law enforcement officer and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $10,000.

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER GETS LUCKY
A motorcycle rider is lucky he was not seriously injured when he was involved in a traffic accident Wednesday. According to a Sheriff's report, about 8:30 Wednesday morning, Maria Hernandez, 81, of Twentynine Palms, was driving westbound on Two Mile Road. She stopped at the stop sign at Lear Avenue, but failed to yield to Christopher Hobson, 32, of Yucca Valley, who was riding his 1006 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Lear Avenue. Hernandez broadsided Hobson, knocking him and his motorcycle to the ground. Hobson was not seriously injured, complaining only of pain to his right foot.

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ARTISTS' TOUR OF KEYS RANCH OFFERED
A unique opportunity for artists and photographers to get up close access to the historic Keys Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork tells you how to reserve a spot...
"Keys Ranch" is the theme of the art exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center in November and December. To help prepare for it, the city's Public Arts Advisory Committee has arranged working field trips for local artists to tour the ranch on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 8, both from 8 to 10 a.m. A National Park Service volunteer will be on site both days to escort artists around the historic ranch for the purpose of gaining inspiration, taking photographs, creating an original plein-air work or making sketches for later work. To reserve a tour spot, call Supervisory Park Ranger Dave Carney at 760-367-5521. Reservations need to be made no later than 48 hours before the trip. The maximum number on each tour is 10, and the price is $10 per person or $5 for seniors over 62, paid by credit card over the phone, or in person at the park's Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms. Artists requesting more information can contact the Recreation Department (760)367-7562, or visit the Art in Public Places page at www.29palms.org.

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OPEN HOUSE AT YUCCA VALLEY COUNTY FIRE STATION TOMORROW
The County Fire Station in downtown Yucca Valley will hold an open house tomorrow from 11-3. Residents are invited to bring the entire family to take a tour of your local fire station, see an auto extrication demonstration, and see the fire engines on display. Hot dogs and sodas are also available. All proceeds and donations will go to support the County Fire Explorer Post.

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FREE SEMINAR ON THE UPCOMING FLU SEASON AT HDMC TUESDAY
The cooler weather means that flu season is coming. Every year, more than a quarter million Americans are hospitalized from the flu, and 36,00 people die. Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a free community health education seminar about the flu on Tuesday, starting at noon at the Helen Gray Education Center at the hospital. Jackie Combs, director of infection control and prevention at the hospital, will provide the very latest information about what flu strains are expected this season and practical information to help you and your family take the right precautions this flu season. A light lunch will be provided. The seminar is free, but registration is required by calling 760-366-0808.

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SCIENCE SATURDAY AT THE HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM
Science Saturday brings a wide variety of special programming to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Reporter Derwood Andrews says tomorrow you can find out about astronomy...
Crystal Mason will be expecting you kids to show up for Saturday October 1st, at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca to discover the world of astronomy. Science Saturdays are held from 11.00 – 11.30 am and are offered free of charge with no pre-registration required. The joys of the desert night skies, which thankfully we can still see, are the subject. On October 22nd the subject is spiders. Learn more about spiders and their silk spinning ways during science Saturdays. For more information call 760-369-7212 or visit hidesertnaturemuseum.org.

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ARTIST RECEPTION AT THE GLASS OUTHOUSE GALLERY TOMORROW
Mark Heuston will have an artist's reception at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Twentynine Palms tomorrow from 5 until late. Heuston works with found objects, recycled metal, and ceramic to draw upon the cultural and natural history of the desert. His favorite method is sand casting in bronze and aluminum. Heuston's work was exhibited in the Washington, D.C. residence of Vice President Al Gore in July 2000 as part of a tenth anniversary observation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The artist's reception for Heuston will feature refreshments and live entertainment. The Glass Outhouse Gallery is located five miles east of Twentynine Palms on Highway 62 at Thunder Road. Call 760-367-5206 for more information.

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QUILTERS MEET MONDAY
The Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will meet Monday in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 12:30 pm; meeting begins promptly at 1 pm. Program for the afternoon is a spectacular "Silent Auction" and Christmas Boutique. Items are hand made by members. Bring your checkbooks or cash and be ready to Spend, Spend, Spend. Guests are welcome. A $3 donation is requested.

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CREATIVE CAKES CONTEST FOR PIONEER DAYS
A new event this year for the Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days Celebration. Managing editor Tami Roleff says get baking for the creative cake and cupcake contest...
If you think you have a cake recipe that's sugar and spice and everything nice, then you'll want to get out your mixing bowls and start practicing for the Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days Creative Cake Contest. The contest will be held Saturday, October 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. There are two categories this year: Cakes, and cupcakes; and two themes: Pioneering Spirit, or the Halloween Haunt: Curse of the Temple. Cakes will be judged on appearance and creativity in decorating, but will not be eaten. Cupcakes will be judged on taste, presentation, and originality. Participants must present four identical cupcakes—one for display, and three for taste testing. The entry fee is $10. Winners will receive cash prizes, ribbons, and Theatre 29 tickets. For more information and entry forms, call 760-367-3445 or visit 29 chamber.org and click on the links.

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BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA TOMORROW
The First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center at 65336 Winters Road in Joshua Tree will be served this Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 8 am to 11 am. A complete breakfast guaranteed to fill you up can be had for a paltry $4.50... With a healthy dose of friendliness from the volunteers guaranteed to make you smile at no extra charge.

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BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide "God's Gift of Love" FREE Community Breakfast Buffet EVERY Saturday morning 9-10 AM. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 E. Parkway in the heart of Joshua Tree.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Breaking Bread Ministry is offering free meal and fellowship tomorrow at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. On the menu, Shepherd's pie, corn, bread, and dessert.

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GUITAR LESSONS OFFERED BY YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION
The Town of Yucca valley is offering guitar lessons. ROP Broadcast student Austin Miller has details...
If you or a loved one wish to take beginners guitar lessons, there will be a six-week sessino for $40 at the Yucca Valley community Center. Pre-registration is required, and all you will need is a notebook, pencil, and of course, a guitar. Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 7 to 8, starting on October 25 through December 6. There will be no class on November 22.

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BAKE SALE IN LANDERS
Those with a taste for homemade baked goods should head over to the Landers Association Bake Sale Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1st, 4th and 5th from 9 to 2 at Belfield Hall on Reche Road a block east of the Landers Post Office. Buy some baked goods, then browse the bargains at the Thrift Shop, where each bag of books is on sale for buck, a bag of clothing is only $2, and women's jeans are marked down to just $2. There's a large selection of good-looking women's plus sizes too. Come see why the Thrift Shop is Landers most interesting retail destination. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5. For more information call 760-364-2676.

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JOSHUA SPRINGS CALVARY CHAPEL CRAFT FAIR, MOTORCYCLE & CAR SHOW TOMORROW
Big doings at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel Church in Yucca Valley tomorrow. Reporter Derwood Andrews lists all the activities...
On Saturday October 1st between 9.00 in the morning and 2.00, the Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel are holding the Summer's End Craft Fair & Boutique, plus a Motorcycle & Car Show. With over forty five vendors, a French Bakery Café and a Bar-B-Q, this is a great opportunity to get some early holiday shopping in and enjoy the day. It takes place at the Chapel Thunderdome 57373 Joshua Lane. Call 760-365-0769 for more information.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS AND SCHEDULES
Football dominates high school sports this weekend. The Twentynine Palms Wildcats football team hosts the Palm Springs Indians at home. The Junior Varsity game starts at 4:15; varsity stars at 7. Tomorrow, the Joshua Springs High School Lightning football team travels to Victorville to play Excelsior. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team does not play this week. The Yucca Valley Cross-Country team travels to Yucaipa High School to participate in the Yucaipa Invitational Meet. Race time is 10 a.m.

The High Desert Storm Youth Football League is hosting Yucaipa this Sat. Oct 1st. Jr. Micros (7-8 year olds) begin at 8 am, Micros (8-10) @ 10 am, Jr Pee Wee(9-12) @ 12 pm and the Pee Wees beginning at @ 2 pm. Admission is free at Tom Nicole Stadium. Come out and support your future Wildcats. The TPHS Ladycats volleyball team were able to pull out a win against the Knights from Shadow hills of Palm Desert. Both teams put up a great fight with Shadow Hills winning the first game 25-19. The Ladycats won the next game 25-19. Shadow Hills won the third game 28-26. The Ladycats were able to win the next two games 25-15 and 17-15. The Ladycats are now 1-1 in league and 7-3 overall. Ladycats travel to Desert Mirage next Tuesday.

The Twentynine Palms High School Lady Cats Tennis Team competed against the visiting Shadow Hills Knights and defeated the Knights 18-0. Coach Larry Battle said the big standout for the team is the team's number 3 singles player Casey Thompson. Casey achieved her first sweep in singles by winning all three sets. The Ladycats hit the road Tuesday to challenge the Desert Mirage High School Rams. First round matches starts at 3:15 p.m.

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