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Listen To Your News Monday, October 1, 2012 News Archive
     

37TH ANNUAL JOSHUA TREE GEM, MINERAL AND CRAFT SHOW OPENS WEDNESDAY
The 37th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Craft show is coming to the Sportsman's Club of Joshua Tree. The show runs from Wednesday, October 3, through Sunday, October 7, from 9 to 6 daily. More than 50 vendors will offer rough and polished gems, jewelry, beads, gifts, minerals, geodes, meteorites, carvings, tools, and more. It's not just for rock hounds. Breakfast will be served every day from 9 to 11; proceeds from a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday will go to the Joshua Tree Fire Department. The Sportsman's Club is at 6225 Sunburst Street in Joshua Tree. Admission is free.

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Z107-7 NEWS TO PRESENT IN-DEPTH LOCAL ELECTION COVERAGE
The election is just a few weeks away. In order to help you be a more informed voter, Z107.7 News will air a series of reports interviewing the candidates for each public office, including Yucca Valley Town council, Twentynine Palms City Council, Morongo Unified School District, Hi-Desert Water District, Joshua Basin Water District, Copper Mountain College, and Hi-Desert Medical Center. The interviews will also be posted online at KCDZFM.com. Stay tuned to Z107.7 and find out more about candidates who are running for office.

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AB109, WHAT IS IT? HOW IS IT AFFECTING US? PART 1 OF 3
Exactly one year ago today, AB 109 went into effect. This bill, the Prison Realignment Act, shifted non-serious, non-violent, and non-sexual offenders from state prison to county jails in order to relieve overcrowding in the prisons. But in order to make room in the jails for state prisoners, county inmates, both those awaiting trial, and those already convicted and serving time, have been released early. In the first of a three-part series, Managing editor Tami Roleff describes the effects AB109 is having on our country jails and the Morongo Basin…
San Bernardino County has four jails—West Valley, Central, Glen Helen, and Adelanto—which are designed to hold a combined total of 5,800 inmates for up to a year. Criminals with sentences longer than a year used to be sent to state prison. But that's all changed with AB 109. The average sentence in county jails is now 22 months, and one inmate in county jail has a sentence of 18 years. San Bernardino jails hold, on a daily average, about 5700 inmates, of which a monthly average of 238 inmates are state prisoners transferred to county jails under AB 109. That's 36 percent above the state's estimate of how many prisoners would be moved into the county's jails. From October 2011, when AB 109 took effect, until about last month, county jails have had to release about 2,800 convicted criminals early to avoid over-crowding. In the year before AB 109 took effect, TWO inmates were released early. Those 2,800 early releases don't include the more than 4,000 suspects who were released before their trials due to overcrowding, up 21 percent from the previous year. In Part 2 tomorrow, more about how AB 109 is affecting the crime rate in the Morongo Basin.

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HIT-AND-RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL
The Sheriff's Department is investigating a hit-and-run crash in Yucca Valley Sunday that sent a woman to the hospital. Shortly before 9 p.m., Tyla Gower, 43, was walking down the street in the 6400 block of El Dorado when she was hit by an unknown vehicle that sped away. Gower was bleeding heavily and had a broken leg from the crash, and bystanders said they were having a difficult time keeping her awake until paramedics arrived. Tyla Gower was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with critical injuries. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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VEHICLE FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY
A vehicle fire in Twentynine Palms Saturday morning is still under investigation. Firefighters were called to the 6400 block of Athol Avenue at 9:40 a.m. and found a Plymouth mini-van, parked at the curb, with flames shooting out of the van. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze in minutes. The owners told them he had recently arrived there from Vista, but had no idea how the fire started.

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CALIFORNIA LAUNCHES ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION
The state has started a way to register on to vote online, Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains how it works…
Last week California launched online voter registration. Any citizen with access to a personal computer and a signature on file with motor vehicles can use the system. California's Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, says online registration may draw in some of the 6.5 million Californians who are eligible to vote but haven't registered. To access the system follow this link: https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/. Traditional Voter Registration forms are still available at post offices, libraries, and DMV offices. Local political clubs frequently set up registration tables at shopping centers and special events. The registration deadline for November's election is October 22.

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PAC FORMED TO OPPOSE MEASURE U, SUPPORT LEONE WRITE-IN
The Morongo Basin Property Association has just formed a formal political action committee. Spokesperson Steve Miller said, "What we humbly began in 2007 has evolved into a PAC that can now lobby and take stands on political issues and candidates." The Association is supporting the write-in of Bob Leone for Yucca Valley Town Council on the upcoming November ballot. The Association also opposes Measure U, the Yucca Valley 1 percent sales tax proposal. The MBPA is holding a public forum regarding the "Truth about Measure U" on Saturday, October 13 at 5 p.m. in the Yucca Room at the Yucca Valley Community Center. All are invited. For more information, call 760-401-2586. (PAC #1351547)

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COOK BILL TO PROTECT REMAINS OF MILITARY NOW LAW
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill last week, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley that ensures the unclaimed remains of veterans are buried with honor and the military ceremony they deserve. Military veterans make up a disproportionate percentage of the homeless population and often suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can lead them to cut ties with friends, family, and other loved ones. When veterans end up at county morgues and go unclaimed, they are often buried without any of the recognition or ceremony that normally goes along with service in the military. The bill will require government agencies to determine if the deceased is a veteran or veteran's dependent, and if so, to place the name on a state-wide list for organizations, such as the Missing in America Project, to locate and bury the fallen veterans.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WEED SHOW WORKSHOP SET FOR OCTOBER 13
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is again offering weed show participants who want to gain a competitive edge the opportunity to attend a workshop to learn how to create eye-catching arrangements. Z107.7's Kristy Lockhart reports…
The Historical Society's annual Weed Show themed "Music Valley" this year, features one-of-a-kind compositions and arrangements using dried native vegetation, natural and man-made objects. If you're interested in entering the competition…organizers are holding a FREE workshop Saturday, October 13, from 10 till noon at the Old Schoolhouse Museum on National Park Drive. There will be an adult class as well as a class for children. The weed show draws participants from across the Morongo Basin, and attendees from Southern California, the United States, and even the world. The show is scheduled for November 3 and 4. Although walk-ins are welcome, seating for the workshop is limited. Those who have reserved a seat will have priority. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 760-367-2452.

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NEW YUCCA VALLEY PARK SET TO OPEN, NEEDS A NAME
Yucca Valley's newest park, temporarily known as South Side Park, is set to open October 13, but it has yet to receive its official name. The Town is actively soliciting name suggestions for the park which includes a playground, picnic area, dog parks for large and small dogs, a grassy area, restrooms, and parking lot. To submit a name suggestion, pick up a form at Town Hall or the Community Services Office, or to download an application form from the Town's website, www.yucca-valley.org. Names must be submitted by 5 p.m. November 1. The new park is located on the northwest corner of Joshua Lane and Warren Vista Avenue.

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JOSHUA TREE RECREATION TRASH TO TREASURES SALE SATURDAY
The Joshua Tree Recreation and Park District will be hosting their Trash to Treasures Community Sale. The event will be held on October 6 in the Joshua Tree Community Center parking lot from 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. Join your neighbors in selling unwanted items and shop for new treasures at the same time. Register for your space today! The Joshua Tree Community Center is located on 6171 Sunburst Ave in Joshua Tree. Contact the Community Center for additional information: 760-366-8415

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FIELD CLASSES OFFERED IN OCTOBER BY THE DESERT INSTITUTE
The Desert institute is offering a variety of informative and valuable field classes this month. Reporter Dan Stork has the October offerings…
There is a very full schedule of field classes being offered by the Desert Institute in October. There are two family programs -- one in Basic Map & Compass Skills on October 6, and another on Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park for families on October 27. Other classes are: October 5 and 6, Basic GPS Navigation Techniques; October 6 Biological Soil Crusts; October 7, Advanced GPS Navigation Techniques; October 10 and 11, Advanced Photography; October 13 and 20, Native American Style Pottery; October 13 and 14, Archaeology of Joshua Tree National Park; October 20 and 21, Night Sky Photography; October 21, Plein Air Painting in Joshua Tree National Park; October 27, Explore Queen Mountain; October 28, Climate Change and Joshua Tree National Park; and October 27-28, Native American Basket Weaving. For some courses, credit at University of California Riverside Extension may be available. There are discounts on fees for members of the Joshua Tree National Park Association and PINE. For full information about schedules, fees, and requirements for Desert Institute courses, visit joshuatree.org or call 760 367 5535.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL LOSES A HEARTBREAKER
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats football team lost a Heartbreaker in final minutes, 3-2, against Cathedral City Friday night. Coach Ernest Martinez said, "The Lions Kicker made a 48-yard field goal in the final two minutes to take the win." The Wildcats took the early lead after senior linebacker Morgan Cole tackled the Lions punter in the end zone for a 2-point safety. Junior quarterback Jake Culver was 10 of 20 for 156 yards on the night. David Haney led the team in receptions with four for 66 yards. Nate McClain had two for 45 and Darren Murphy also snared two for 25 yards. Defensively Murphy led the team with nine tackles from his linebacker position. The Wildcats' defensive front played outstanding as David Falifitu, Chris Taliu, and Tristen Thiers, Nelson Weber, Cole Estrada, and Tyler Herrera stuffed most of the Lions run plays at the line. Morgan Cole and Nate McClain teamed up for 14 tackles. The special teams played solid as Junior Punter Talo Wilson boomed three punts over 50 yards three times on the night. The Wildcats fall to 2-3 on the season while Cathedral City moves to 3-2. The Twentynine Palms Frosh-Soph Wildcats stayed unbeaten with a 19-6 victory over Cathedral City. The Wildcats will now enter the most important time of the year as they look to defend their five consecutive league titles. The Wildcats will take on the Big Bear Bears next Friday night with the game time at 4:15, with the Varsity to follow at 7 p.m.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs volleyball team will host the Redlands Adventist Academy Bulldogs at home. Game time is 5 p.m.

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