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Listen To Your News Friday, October 2, 2009 News Archive
     

TWO SUSPECTED DRUNKEN DRIVERS CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Driving under the influence suspected in Twentynine Palms crash. Sheriff Deputy Armando Cantu said Thursday morning at 2:03 Sheriff’s Dispatch received several calls of a crash on Highway 62 at Lear in Twentynine Palms. Derreck Moederndorfer, 23 of Twentynine Palms was traveling eastbound in a Chrysler 300 with two passengers. Sean Smith, 24 of Twentynine Palms the sole occupant of an Infiniti G35, had just turned westbound onto State Route 62 from Lear when he realized Moederndorfer was coming into his lane. Smith tried to avoid the crash but the two vehicles slammed together head-on. The passengers of the Chrysler 300, James Alwes 23 and Todd Moederndorfer, 32 of Colorado, were transported to Desert Hospital in Palms Springs. Alwes was treated for major injuries; Todd Moederndorfer was evaluated and released. Sean Smith, was taken to Desert Hospital as well. The crash and investigation closed down westbound lanes for hours. Derreck Moederndorfer was arrested at the scene for investigation of DUI Causing Bodily Injury, booked at the Morongo Basin Station Jail with Bail set at $100,000.00. Sean Smith was cite at the hospital for investigation of Driving Under the Influence and released.

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AUTOPSY REPORTS SAYS MARINE DIED FROM MULTIPLE DRUG TOXICITY
The U.S. Marine Corps has released the autopsy report on Corporal Chad Oligschlaeger of Round Rock Texas who was found dead in his room at the Twentynine Palms Marine base in May 2008. The report found that Oligschlaeger died from multiple drug toxicity. His death was ruled accidental. The report shows that methamphetamine and antidepressants were found in his system. Hypertension drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, along with antipsychotic drug were also found. Chad Oligschlaeger had returned from Iraq in early 2006.

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ORCHID FESTIVAL HISTORY
The 11th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival coming up this weekend has a unique history of helping local charities. Reporter Dan Stork joins us with the story...
The 11th annual Orchid Festival takes place on Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th, at Gubler Orchids in Landers. The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival was first held in October of 1996. Sponsored by Gubler Orchids and Z-l07.7 Radio, the purpose of the festival was celebrate the orchid harvest and to attract out-of-town visitors. In 1999 the Sunset Rotary Club of Yucca Valley took over the management of the festival and decided to use the proceeds to benefit non-profit groups in the high and low deserts. In 2008, over $12,000 was distributed to non-profit desert organizations. In the past five years the Morongo Basin Orchid Festival raised and distributed over $51,000 to charities. The Festival includes tours of the Gubler Orchid Nursery, Orchid "How to" classes provided by the Arizona Orchid Society, entertainment, food, and beverages.

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DESERT RUN TO HELP MORONGO BASIN SEARCH AND RESCUE
As a volunteer group with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Search and Rescue was formed in the 1950’s. The 30+ member team has the responsibility of covering the 5200 square miles within the Morongo Basin as well as a large part of the Mojave Desert. The volunteers are on call 24 hours a day and must equip themselves with personal survival gear necessary to accomplish their mission. Average cost is $300 to $400 per person, but most volunteers spend much more than that on specialized gear. To help off-set costs, the team sponsors an off-road event every year at Soggy Dry Lake in Johnson Valley. The event, The Desert Run, will be held this weekend and consists of a 20+ mile course designed to meet a variety of off-road challenges. The trail will be marked "Easy" and "Hard" so you can choose which challenge you would like to take. Along the way you will encounter sandy washes, steep hills, and some beautiful scenery with checkpoints throughout. The Registration Booth and Chuck Wagon open at 6 Saturday, morning, with a driver’s briefing at 7. Tickets for the Desert Run are $60 and can be purchased at the event. For more information, visit on the web at desertrun.org.

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SOROPTIMIST CHAMPAGNE SOCIAL
It’s the latest have-to do event in the Morongo Basin, the Soroptimist’s Champagne Social in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Tami Roleff has the invite...
The newest must-do event during 29 Palms’ Pioneer Days celebration is the Pioneers in Print Champagne Social, sponsored by Soroptimist International of 29 Palms in conjunction with Hi-Desert Publishing Co. The champagne social, set for Saturday, October 17, from 7 to 10 p.m., will include champagne, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, live music, and a live and silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go to the Prudie Underhill Journalism Scholarship, which was created after the death in 2007 of Prudie Underhill, a charter member of Soroptimist International of 29 Palms and the first editor of the Desert Trail newspaper in 29 Palms. The $1000 scholarship—which can be renewed for up to 3 years—includes a summer internship with the Desert Trail, and will be awarded to a female 29 Palms High School student who intends to pursue a college degree in print, broadcast, or online journalism. The Champagne Social will be held at the Underhill’s Broadview home at 73452 Sunnyslope in 29 Palms. Tickets to the champagne social are $25 per person or $40 per couple, and may be purchased from any Soroptimist member, or at the Flower Garden, the Desert Trail office, the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce, or at the door. For more information, or to make a donation to the scholarship, call Lorie Wiederhold at 258-7523.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE
Twentynine Palms United Methodist Church is having their yearly Rummage Sale and Silent Auction, Tomorrow between 8:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Find that single treasures you've been looking for! The Church is located at 6250 Mesquite Springs Road.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA’S FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST
Everyone is invited to the First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Saturday Morning from 8 to 11, at the Association building 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. On hand will be the usual fare of coffee, juice, eggs your way, pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits & gravy for just $4.50.

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DESERT SNAKES CLASS AT BLACK ROCK
The often frighten but mostly fascinate. Our local desert is home for a variety of snakes, and here is a chance to learn more about them. With the details, here is reporter Dan Stork...
The Desert Institute will offer a 1-day field class on desert snakes at the Black Rock Canyon Visitor Center, in Yucca Valley, on Sunday, October 4, 9 am to 4 p.m. Loma Linda University Professor of Biology William Hayes will introduce participants to a remarkable variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes that inhabit Southern California’s deserts. Snake venom will be discussed in detail –what is it? How is it made and how is it delivered? Can venoms be beneficial? The class will explore the surrounding desert and identify reptile habitat. And hopefully see some snakes! Noncredit fee is $60 or $85 for ½ a credit at UC Riverside, with a $10 reduction for Joshua Tree National Park Association or PINE members. For catalog, information and registration call (760) 367-5535 or visit joshuatree.org.

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BABY SITTING TRAINING
The American Red Cross is offering a Babysitter’s Training class on Saturday, from 9 am - 4:30 p.m. The training teaches 11 to 15 year olds how to care for children and infants, and handle emergency situations. For more information please call 365-5501.

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VFW WEEKEND DOUBLE TREAT
It’s a weekend double tree at the Joshua Tree VFW on Veterans Way. This evening from 4:30 to 6:30, it’s fish and shrimp with French fires, onion rings and cole slaw. On Sunday morning from 8 to 11 the VFW’s Chicken Fried Steak breakfast special with eggs potatoes, toast or biscuit, or their open breakfast menu, all for just 6.00.

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CLUES TO THE LAST POSSE
The massive hunt for the Native American Willie Boy, comes to life in an original play being performed at Twentynine Palms High School Reporter Tami Roleff explains how you can find tickets to "The Last Posse: An Inquest"...
The original play, The Last Posse: An Inquest, about the massive manhunt for the Native American Willie Boy who was accused of murdering his fiancee’s father, and then kidnapping, raping, and murdering her before he killed himself, will be performed Friday, October 16 at the 29 Palms Jr High School Auditorium. The Twentynine Palms Historical Society and the Morongo Basin Historical Society will give away a pair of tickets to The Last Posse through an Internet-only treasure hunt. Beginning today and for the next six consecutive days, clues to the location of the tickets will be posted on both historical societies’ websites at 8 a.m. At 8 a.m. the next day, the clue will be removed and will be replaced with a new clue. Each clue will lead the hunter toward the location of the tickets. The last clue will be removed on October 9. The websites are 29palmshistorical.com and mbhs.net.

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YUCCA VALLEY VOLLEYBALL CAR WASH
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan Volleyball teams will be holding a car wash Saturday from 9:00 – 3:00 at the Del Taco east parking lot next to McDonald’s. For a small donation the Lady Trojans will turn your vehicle into a sparkling beauty! Stop by on Saturday and support the Lady Trojan Volleyball teams!

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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL AND TENNIS RESULTS
The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan Volleyball teams defeated Desert Hot Springs in their first DeAnza League match of the season. The Lady Trojans won by scores of 25-11, 25-11 and 25-14. Leading the Lady Trojans were Suzanne Chambless- 20 for 20 at the service line and 8 kills, Rebecca Jennings-24 assists, Lindsay Sullivan - 6 kills and 3 blocks, Liz Slaughter - 19 digs, and Ali Ratkowiak with 10 kills. Next up for the Lady Trojans is a home game against Twentynine Palms on Tuesday. JV plays at 3:15 with Varsity immediately following. The Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats volleyball team traveled to Desert Mirage Thursday, dominating the Rams in three games, winning 25-12, 25-23 and 25-12. Freshman Catherine Mount and was named Wildcat of the week. In Tennis, Yucca Valley High School Tennis Coach Cindy Miller said the Trojan Girls Tennis team took on Desert Hot Springs winning easily 18 to 0.

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS LINE UP
Coming up in local high schools sports, tonight’s football action sees the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team traveling away to Redlands versus the Arrowhead Christian Eagles. The Twentynine Palms Wildcats are away to face the Oak Park High School Eagles -- and the Joshua Springs Lighting are at home against Windward School. Kick off for all three games is at 7. In cross county action Saturday morning, the Yucca Valley Trojans travel away to Yucipa to compete in the Yucipa Invitational, with runners on their mark at 9.

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