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Listen To Your News Thursday, October 4, 2012 News Archive
     

YUCCA VALLEY MAN CONVICTED IN DUI DEATH OF 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL
A Yucca Valley man was convicted last week on seven counts for a DUI crash that killed a little girl in Morongo Valley three years ago. Jury selection was in its third day when Ronald Simon, now 56, accepted a plea bargain in which the murder charge was dropped in exchange for pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing bodily injury, voluntary manslaughter, hit-and-run, and three counts of assault with a weapon not a firearm, resulting in gross bodily injury. In October 2009, Ronald Simon was drifting in and out of the westbound lanes of Highway 62 near Big Morongo Canyon Road before driving his 1997 Ford Explorer into oncoming traffic and hitting head on a 2003 Kia Spectra driven by Cameron Hendricks, 26, of Morongo Valley. Alyssa Hendricks, 6, who sustained major injures in the crash, was rushed to a Riverside hospital where she died later that night. Cameron Hendricks was severely injured in the collision. Simon was not injured. Ronald Simon was sentenced to 20 years and 4 months in state prison at Chino.

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HI-DESERT WATER BOARD TAKES UP MEASURE "U" ISSUES
The High Desert Water District held its regularly scheduled meeting last night. As Kristy Lockhart reports, with elections right around the corner and the proposed sales tax to help fund the septic to sewer conversion—Measure U now on the ballot—the debate grows stronger…
It was a packed house at the water board meeting as members of the community and representatives from the Town of Yucca Valley came to express their views on Measure U. The board passed a resolution stating they support efforts to lower the cost of constructing and financing the wastewater treatment project. What does this mean exactly? "Why do we need a resolution stating we are going to do everything that we can, possible to lower the cost of sewer project. Isn't that what people elected me for?" Director Dan Munsey voted against the resolution. Several residents spoke against Measure U voicing concerns about how the money will be spent. Tim Humphreville spoke in favor of the tax. "I believe the citizens of Yucca Valley will hold the town Council accountable for how they spend the money." The Board also voted to continue posting agendas and minutes for the public to view even though they are no longer required to do so under the Brown Act.

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OFF-ROAD EVENT BENEFITS SHERIFF'S SEARCH AND RESCUE
The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team will hold their 33rd annual Desert Run at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Park this weekend. Base camp will be located at the Means Dry Lake again this year, just off of Boone Road. The Desert Run consists of a 15- to 20-mile course. All motorcycles, quads, buggies, 4x4's and all other of road vehicle are welcome. Vendors will set up displays at Base camp with entertainment Saturday night. Prizes will be trophies and cash to the first, second and third place game winners. Activities begin tomorrow at 4 p.m. and conclude Sunday morning. Hot food will also be available throughout the weekend with the actual run taking place on Saturday 8 a.m. Tickets are $60, with half price of $30 to all active military with ID. For more information or to register on-line go to www.desertrun.org our official website. You can also call them at 760-365-8185.

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APPLICATIONS BEING TAKEN FOR "CASH FOR GRASS" PROGRAM
Under a special program you can be paid to replace your lawn with desert-smart yard. Reporter Dan Stork tells you how to get "Cash for Grass"…
Desert-appropriate landscapes can be converted from high-water use lawns through the Cash for Grass Program. Over 3,500 homeowners have received a rebate to install desert-smart yards that require less maintenance and definitely less water. Your local water district is now accepting applications again for the Cash for Grass Program. If you have lawn but would prefer using less water outdoors, this program can help. Eligible applicants can receive 50 cents per square foot of grass that is removed and replaced with desert-smart landscaping. A small lawn will use more water than your entire family for a year! Conversion benefits include: Using less water outside can reduce your water usage by over half; Saving water outside conserves more water for families to use inside the home; Desert plants grow with less maintenance and fertilization than lawns; Watering, mowing, and blowing debris from lawns uses a lot of energy; Converting your landscape during cooler months prepares desert-smart plants for success during the hot summer and fall. Contact your local water district to get started before you remove any grass. Pictures and measurements must be done beforehand to ensure that you are eligible for the rebate of up to $3,000 for homes and $10,000 for businesses. More information on the program requirements can be found at this link http://www.mojavewater.org/conservation-programs.html or at your local water district office.

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NEW WATER EXERCISE PROGRAM COMING TO MORONOG BASIN SENIOR SUPPORT CENTER
The Morongo Basin Senior Support Center at 57121 Sunnyslope Drive, Yucca Valley will begin an Aqua Kickboxing in the center's warm water indoor pool starting Tuesday, October 9. It will be held once-a-week, every Tuesday, for six months, from 3 to 4 p.m. Instructor, Michele Given, has been teaching exercise classes in the Morongo Basin for over twenty years. Given says aqua kickboxing class is geared for all ages and levels. By doing kickboxing in the pool, students from beginners to advanced can make the workout less intense or more challenging. Given warns that this class isn't for participants with severe joint problems. For those students, there are many Arthritis Foundation Classes at the Morongo Basin Senior Support Center. The first class will be held free of charge to those that pre-register. There is a fee for all other classes. For more information on Aqua Kickboxing call 760 365-9661.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION PLANS PATRIOTIC PARTY
Preparations are being made for this year's Copper Mountain Collage Foundation fund-raising gala. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says make plans for "A Patriotic Party"…
At Copper Mountain College, the Foundation is seeking sponsors for the annual Fall Gala. This year, the Foundation will salute students under the theme, "A Patriotic Party" on Sunday, October 28, at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. Sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $30 to sponsor s single student and up to $1000, which offers the donor a banner, special placement of promotional materials, and two tickets to the gala. A handful of other sponsorship opportunities are available; each comes with a different incentive. For maximum exposure, sponsors are encouraged to respond by October 12. For more information contact the CMC Foundation at 760-366-3791 extension 4200 or online at cmccd.edu.

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LOW COST RABIES VACCINATIONS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY
The Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter in Twentynine Palms will be conducting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs this Saturday. The clinic will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter, 7086 Bullion Road, one block south of Sullivan Road. The cost is $6 per vaccination--cash only. Dog licensing for the City of Twentynine Palms and County will also be available. All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. For more information, call the Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter at 760-367-0157.

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HUMANE SOCIETY COLLECTING SUPPLIES TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY
Volunteers for the Morongo Basin Humane Society will be accepting donations tomorrow for Basin's only no-kill animal shelter. Volunteers will be at Vons in Yucca Valley from noon to 5 Friday to collect dog, cat, kitty, and puppy food, kitty litter, and cleaning supplies such as bleach, laundry soap, and paper goods. Shoppers can collect a list of needed supplies that can be purchased while grocery shopping, and then donated at the collection site afterward. The shelter's president Mimi Mitz said, "Donations of supplies allows the animal shelter to use its funds for spaying, neutering, and sheltering homeless pets."

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MORONGO VALLEY ART COLONY SALE SUNDAY
An art sale in Morongo Valley will support this weekends' Firefighter Appreciation Day. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details…
The Morongo Basin's oldest artists' guild, the Morongo Valley Art Colony, will hold an art sale tomorrow. All types of art will be for sale, including paintings, drawings, photography, crafts, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry, gourds, and other crafty things. The sale will be held in conjunction with the Fire Fighter Appreciation Day at Covington Park in Morongo Valley. The sale will be held in the multi-purpose building in the park from 10 to 3. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Morongo Valley Fire Department.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY COLLECTIVE SHOW RECEPTION TOMORROW
The 29 Palms Artists' Guild is host to the Hwy 62 Art Tours Collective show, where you can see the majority of artists showing on this years Open Studios tour. A reception for the artists will be held this Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Come by the gallery to pick out the stops you want to make on the tour and to pick up a catalog and map. The first weekend of the tour will be the west end of the basin, including half of Joshua Tree. The second weekend will be the remainder of Joshua Tree and the east end of the basin, including the art gallery. Studios and galleries will be open from 9am-5pm during the weekend they participate. The art gallery and gift shop will be open extended hours on the 27 - 28th. The gallery will also be open on October 20 for the annual Chili Dinner. Tickets are available now at the gallery from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The gallery and gift shop are at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms Gallery and gift shop hours are Wednesday - Sunday from noon until 3pm and can be reached at 760-367-7819 for more information.

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JOSHUA SPRINGS CRAFT FAIR AND ART SHOW SATURDAY
Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel will present its 3rd Annual Summer's End Craft Fair & People's Choice Car Show this Saturday at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome in Yucca valley, 9:00 am. To 2:00 pm., Admission is Free. The event features over over 60 talented and skilled vendors, a French Bakery Café offering beverages and delicious home baked goods, and a place for shoppers to rest and visit. Many raffle prizes will be available. There willbe a People's Choice Car Show, Grumpy's Famous mouth-watering barbecue, along with live music by the Marne Kelly Band. This fun and exciting event with all the array of choices by many gifted vendors is your chance to do some early fall holiday and Christmas shopping. This fundraising event benefits missions and scholarships to the Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel Women's Retreat. For Vendor information call 760-365-0769 or for online registration www.joshuasprings.org.

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FURNACE CREEK BIKE RACE TO END IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND
The Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race, celebrating its 29th anniversary this year, will once again make its finish line at the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more…
More than 200 cyclists will be arriving in Twentynine Palms October 7 and 8. Racers and their support teams are expected to enter the city on Highway 62 traveling to the finish line at Best Western Gardens Hotel. The race starts in Santa Clarita on Saturday October 6th, racers will ride non-stop 508 miles across the Mojave Desert, through Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park. Racers compete in solo, 2-person and 4-person relay teams. The course crosses 10 mountain passes. Twentynine Palms has served as the finish line for the race since 1989. For more information on the race go to the 508.com.

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RUMMAGE SALE SET AT TWENTYNINE PALMS CHURCH
The Women's Fellowship of the Desert Congregational Church will have its fall rummage sale Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6, from 8 to 4. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise, at the corner of Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
Twentynine Palms High School Theater students remind you that their murder-mystery dinner theatre production closes this weekend. Friday and Saturday night are your last chance to see "You Have the Right to Remain Dead!" with dinner, dessert, and a fun evening all for $12.00. Don't miss spaghetti with/without meatballs, salad –you add your own fixings – garlic bread, a drink and then the brownie – with ice cream. Join them at 6 p.m. in the school's MPR for dinner and a show! Buy your tickets from the TPHS activities office or any cast member.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan Volleyball teams went up the hill to Big Bear to play the Bears. The varsity team lost 0-3. Coach Matt Jennings said the young Trojan team was led by Arianna Eigner going 9 for 9 from the service line, Daylin Anderson had 11 digs and Ashley Priest had four blocks and five kills. The JV team lost 0-2. The team's standouts were Alicia Murphy with one kill and the defense was led by Karson Scaccianoce.

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats Volleyball squad traveled to Shadow Hills yesterday and fell to the Knights in 4 sets. The Ladycats were led by Alex Herrera and Cherokee Turner with seven kills a piece. Johnette Brown had six kills and three ace serves and Sarah Lopez had five kills for the night. Jaymee Candelaria had 54 digs and Shyanne Borchers had 20 assists

The Twentynine Palms High School Lady Tennis team traveled to Shadow Hills High School yesterday and defeated the Lady Knights 13-5.

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