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Listen To Your News Wednesday, October 10, 2012 News Archive
     

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN WALKS AWAY FROM ROLLOVER CRASH
A Joshua Tree woman walked away from a roll-over crash Tuesday morning. Ann Marie Quackenbush, 60, was driving westbound on Highway 62 about 8:10 when for unknown reasons, she drifted onto the right shoulder and hit the curb. Quackenbush then over-corrected, and her 2001 Toyota 4Runner crossed all lanes of the highway, hit the berm on the south side of the highway and rolled over, landing on the driver's side. Quackenbush, the solo occupant, was trapped inside the SUV by her steering wheel. After paramedics released her seat, she crawled out through the back of the 4Runner and walked to the ambulance. Ann Marie Quackenbush was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center as a precaution.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD FOR ABUSING HIS MOTHER
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday afternoon after police say he pushed his 84-year-old mother into a door. According to a Sheriff's report, Michael Bryant, 44, of the 73700 block of Serrano Drive, took his mother's purse, with money in it, and then broke her phone so she couldn't call police. The report states that Bryant also pushed his mother into a door, and she sustained a large bruise on the left side of her head. Michael Bryant was arrested for investigation of elder abuse and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING LAST NIGHT A COLLISION OF PRIORITIES
Collisions of priorities dominated the meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council, as capital expenditures met fire department status head-on. Reporter Dan Stork sorts out the connections…
City Manager Richard Warne gave a presentation on the City's capital projects. He concentrated on street improvements, emphasizing the money that has been saved by investing in used paving equipment and using city employees to run it. When he listed specific projects, he noted that a large proportion of funding comes from sources other than the City's general funds. During public comment, Fire Chief Jim Thompson, emphasizing that he was speaking as a private citizen, took the Council to task for acquiescing in the divestment of the fire department to the county. "Your responsibility to the citizens of this community, and I believe the citizens of this community are ready to see general tax levy money go to helping support fire protection." The two capital projects that were on the consent agenda – Community Emergency Response Team equipment, and the resurfacing of Luckie Park – were pulled to allow for public comment. Resident Steve Irvin asked where the $40,000 for the two items were coming from. Warne noted that last year's surplus was $350,000, on top of the $12.3 million general fund balance accumulated from previous years. The two items were approved. After hearing neighborhood safety concerns, Council approved $134,000 for engineering studies and two flashing speed limit signs for portions of Baseline, Sunnyslope, and Two Mile.
After Jim Thompson objected to proposed expenditures on improvements at Knott's Sky Park, the Council deferred further discussion until after it hears next month from County Fire on the current status of its acquisition of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department.

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NEW SHERIFF'S LIEUTENANT A FAMILIAR FACE
A familiar face is back at the Sheriff's Department. Brad Toms was promoted to lieutenant last week and is now the second-in-command to Captain Rich Boswell at the Morongo Basin's Sheriff station. Toms worked at the Central Detention Center for two years, starting in 1989, then came to the Morongo Basin in 1991 for five and a half years. Since then, he's been on patrol in Fontana, served as a detective in homicide, and worked as a sergeant in corrections, narcotics, SWAT, and homicide. Lieutenant Toms said, "I am very excited to be serving all the communities in the Morongo Basin. The Morongo Basin Station is a great assignment."

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION OK'S CELL TOWER; COMMISSIONERS WORK ON ROADS
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission met last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says commissioners approved a cell phone tower…
Despite questions raised by a neighbor, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission approved at its meeting last night a new cell phone antenna on Rockaway Avenue next to the water district's water tank. The antenna will be disguised as a 9-foot-tall boulder, and will be surrounded by an 8-foot-tall block wall. In completely unrelated business, pats on the back go out to Commissioners Michael Hildebrand and Tim Humphreville, along with Yucca Valley resident Tim Zimarik, who volunteered their time and heavy equipment to fix a few dirt roads in Yucca Valley. Over three days, they hauled out 130 loads of dirt from the new Walmart Center and spread them, over two more days, on 2.8 miles of roads in the Shatin Heights neighborhood, all on their own dime.

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Joshua Tree of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Among items of interest is a discussion on the Town of Yucca Valley's Community Workshop Number 1 Mid-Town Master Land Use Vision and Mobility Plan and its effect of the airport. They will hear an overview and update on runway improvements, a report on balance outstanding from tie-down fees and other accounts receivables including K and J Aircraft Maintenance & Son Inc. The airport board will also discuss a public finance assessment and bond issue, rates on houses and commercial properties, and secure any other issues for a vote in February or March.

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FIREFIGHTERS TAKE FIRE SAFETY MESSAGE TO LOCAL SCHOOLS
San Bernardino County Firefighters suit up to take fire prevention to area schools. This year's theme is "Have Two Ways Out." Reporter Kristy Lockhart went along as they visited Yucca Elementary School...
"Stop, Drop and Roll." These elementary students know what to do if they catch on fire. Firefighter Paramedic Blake Attaway tells students not to play with matches and shows them how firefighters suit up to enter a burning building. "It exposes them to what we look like in our turnout gear. It's important for them not to hide from us and know we're the good guys even though we look scary." Firefighters do a good job of combining safety and fun. Even teachers take part. First grade Teacher Chris Rios races a third grader to put on turnout gear while students cheer them on. Second grader Joey Henderickson tells others 911 is only for emergencies. "Don't use 911 if you hurt your toe." Firefighters also want students to make and practice an emergency exit plan at home.

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REACH-OUT LOOKING FOR VENDORS FOR NOVEMBER CRAFT FAIR
Reach Out Morongo Basin is soliciting vendors for its fifth annual holiday craft fair Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center. Tables are $20 for one day or $30 for both days. Residents may also sell their treasures in a rummage sale on the grassy front lawn of the Senior Center on Saturday, for $20 for a space. The sale will be held 9 to 4 both days. Call 760-361-1410 to reserve a space. The Senior Center is located at 6539 Adobe Road.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW AFTERNOON
The Copper Mountain College Board meets in regular session tomorrow afternoon. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda…
In Joshua Tree the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees meets in regular session at 3 o'clock tomorrow in the Bell Center's Community Room. A public hearings is scheduled near the top of tomorrow's meeting, it is a re-opener between the College District and the Faculty Association regarding work days for full time and part time faculty. On the action agenda, the board will consider a procurement item for campus upgrades. That item is presented to correct a procedural error from when it was first approved last May. The only other items on the action agenda is a request for approval of some conference related travel and payment of warrants. Those possible actions and others are in addition to reports and consideration of routine items on the consent agenda.

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10TH ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE "RUN FOR THE TROOPS" THIS SATURDAY
Attention motorcyclists… the Palm Springs Harley Owners Group presents the 10th Annual "Run for the Troops" which provides support for the men and women of our military, who protect the freedom of this great country! This Saturday, at 8 a.m. will mark the beginning of this year's fund-raiser, at Palm Springs Harley-Davidson (I-10 and Indian Canyon Drive). This year's event proceeds will go to the Iron Horse Marines Foundation (a 501 C3 non-profit organization) of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base. Proceeds from this event will directly benefit the wounded soldiers and their families returning from active duty. Cost for the event is $25 for single and $40 for double, which includes lunch at the Handle Bar & Grill, a poker run with a $200 high-hand, $100 low-hand prize and a Motorcycle Parade through Palm Springs. No charge for active duty Military. You don't need to ride a Harley to join the fun; all bikes and bikers are welcome.

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TRANSITIONS JOSHUA TREE OFER FREE MOVIE SCREENING
A special movie showing tomorrow night by Transitions Joshua Tree. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details…
Transition Joshua Tree will hold a free screening of "In Transition 2.0," a collection of stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Included in the movie are stories of communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies, and setting up community power stations. The screening will be Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m. at Art Queen, on the highway in Joshua Tree. For more information, visit www.transitionjoshuatree.org.

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FRIDAY LECTURE: BIGHORN SHEEP AND MINING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
"Bighorn Sheep and Mining: A Case Study in the San Bernardino Mountains" is the subject of a lecture this Friday evening at the Old School house Museum in Twentynine Palms. A group of sheep, known as the "Cushenbury Herd," has been monitored for almost a decade, the presentation will provide an update on research by Dayan Anderson, the owner of Onyx Mining Services, a lifetime member of the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep and on the board of the National Forest Association. The lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, at 7 p.m. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 p.m. at the 29 Palms Inn, room is limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner, please RSVP to Marion Gartner 760-361-1202 or desert29palms@yahoo.com.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL OFFERS "CAFÉ NIGHT" DISPLAY OF TALENT FRIDAY
The students of Twentynine Palms High School will be strutting their talent Friday night. ROP Broadcast student Kelcye Holder invites you to Café night…
Do you like to sing? Maybe you like to dance. Well, the Twentynine Palms High School International Thespian Society has an upcoming Café Night. October 12th at 7 p.m. in room 82 of the high school, for $3 you can attend, and watch the display of talents. Singers, dancers, artists, and people with talents of any sort can perform, and there are no "places" to win! If you attend the high school, contact Corrisa Evans for more information, or to speak about performing.

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GIRLS TRAVEL VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM TRY-OUTS SATURDAY
Morongo Volleyball Club is a girls' travel volleyball program. Tryouts will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 1-3 at Yucca Valley High School. The club season lasts from November to June. Grades 6-12 are invited to try out. For more information, call Kim Ogden at 910-546-3826.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
In high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan tennis team will host the Shadow Hills Silver Knights from Indio tomorrow. First serve is at 3:15.

Both Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools cross-country teams will participate in the De Anza League meet at Machris Park in Yucca Valley tomorrow.

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