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Listen To Your News Friday, October 12, 2012 News Archive
     

LOCAL SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE IN STATE API SCORES
The Morongo Unified School District has continued to make gains on the Academic Performance Index, but overall is still falling short of the state target. As Reporter Kristy Lockhart explains how schools are measuring up...
Twelve out of the seventeen schools showed an increase in their API from STAR testing. Overall the District increased nine points from 767 to 776, which is still below the state target. However, seven elementary schools reached the state target of 800 or above. They are: Condor, Friendly Hills, Morongo Valley, Twentynine Palms, Landers, Onaga, and Yucca Mesa. Asst. Superindendant Tom Baumgarten says the District also fared very well when compared to neighboring school districts. MUSD scored 27 points higher than Palm Springs Unified School District. "You will find a variety of scores, we continue to grow in our API and be a little higher than the county and being very close to what the state average is." Baumgarten says this growth is especially impressive with state initiated budget cuts in the district over the last few years. He credits students, teachers, and staff for their continued hard work.

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GROUNDBREAKING SOON FOR YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT
Ground-breaking will start within the next six months for the Town of Yucca Valley's senior housing project. Town staff received word yesterday that its 75-unit, affordable senior housing project, proposed for Dumosa Avenue and the highway, was one of 46 projects—out of 117—selected to receive federal tax credits worth more than $11 million. The federal government gives these tax credits to the Town, which then sells them to corporations who want to reduce their tax liability. The $17 million senior housing project is being built with less than $3 million in Town funds; the rest of the money is coming from county funding programs, the tax credits, and traditional lending. The Town hopes to land funds from yet another source later this year to reduce its contribution to $2.2 million.

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MEASURE "U" DOMINATES YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL AND HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT CANDIDATES FORUMS
References to Measure U and the sewer system dominated the Joint Yucca Valley Town Council and Hi-Desert Water District Candidate's forum last night. Current Town Council members Bob Lombardo and George Huntington support the proposed 1 percent sale tax measure, while write-in candidate Bob Leone opposes it. But all the candidates agreed that the sewer was necessary, and that it would provide great benefits to the community once it was built. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the forum, and reports on the Town Council candidates…
The candidates for Yucca Valley Town Council answered questions ranging from what qualified them to be elected, to their vision of the Town in five years, to what they felt the Town's major issues are. The three candidates—Bob Leone, Robert Lombardo, and George Huntington—all have a similar vision for where they want Yucca Valley to be in five years. Lombardo said he wants a revitalized town, with new businesses and restaurants. Huntington agreed, although he thought having a revitalized community in just five years might be a little tight. Leone added he doesn't want Yucca Valley to grow like Moreno Valley. But the candidates had different visions when it came to the major issues facing the Town. Incumbent George Huntington listed his priorities: "The number one priority has always been public safety. Roads have been the number one issue by the community since incorporation followed by parks and flood control." Write-in candidate Bob Leone's issues were slightly different. "Highway 62 is the main corridor in and out of this Basin, and it's very important that we keep traffic flowing … emergency sign that would give us various information along the highway. Traffic safety is very important. We need safe intersections that are clearly marked. " Appointed incumbent Robert Lombardo explained what his major concerns are. "Providing the infrastructure for the Town to continue to grow and meet the services and needs of the community."

Reporter Kristy Lockhart was also at last night's forum. She was focusing on the race for Hi-Desert Water District Board. The three candidates vying for two seats talked about why they were running, as well as the sewer system and measure "U"…
There are three candidates vying for the two open seats. Incumbents Sarann Graham and Bob Stadum say they bring experience to the position, challenger Claude Short is running to keep the cost of water down. "In the last year and a half, its gone up $10. Shortly after that we got those people over there getting raises and cost of living increases." All three candidates agree that the sewer system is the biggest issue facing our community. Graham and Stadum support Measure U. "It's going to greatly reduce the cost for our citizens, the property owners who have to hook up to the system." "We need money to grow, we need a basic infrastructure. Measure U will provide the money." Claude Short does not support measure U. The candidate's forum will be rebroadcast on Time Warner's Channel 10 at 5:00 on October 20, 27, and November 3.

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"THE CLEAN HOUSE" CONTINUES ITS RUN AT GROVE'S THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY
Playwright Sarah Ruhl's award-winning comedy, "The Clean House," will be performed Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Sunday, October 2I, at the Grove's Theater in Morongo Valley. A cast of award-winning Groves favorites featuring Vicki Montgomery, Joy Groves, Julie Scott, Dennis Priest, Anja Homberg, and Lorrie Brandon, give a sparkling and poignant performance of this moving, insightful, and very funny comedy/drama. The tiny 21-seat theater offers an intimate theatrical experience. Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley north of Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway). Tickets for all seats are $12. For additional information and reservations call: 760-365-4523. www.grovescabintheatre.org.

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OPEN HOUSE AT MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT SATURDAY
The Morongo Valley Fire Department is holding an open house tomorrow from 10 to 3. Visitors will be able to admire the upgrades to the fire station, including new paint, new recliners, and a new stove. The fire engines will be on display for children—and the young at heart—to examine up close. The fire station is located at 11207 Ocotillo Street.

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MEET THE FOUR CANDIDATES FOR ONE SHORT TERM SEAT ON JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD
Z107.7 continues our in-depth look at the candidates and the issues as election approaches. Today, reporter Mike Lipsitz introduces you to the 4 candidates running for one short term seat on the Joshua Basin Water District Board…
At Joshua Basin Water District four hopefuls are competing for a single two-year seat on the Board. We asked Richard Fountain, Victoria Fuller, Al Marquez and Steven Whitman what would set them apart from the other directors. Fountain, who served as a director and board president a decade ago, said he'd bring a knowledge of the District's infrastructure street by street to the board. Fuller referenced her work on community issues and projects stating, "I've always worked to include diverse opinions. I look toward consensus where possible or clearly state my opinion." Marquez, who also ran last election and is a fixture at many board meetings, listed his fiscal conservatism, ethics, commitment to protecting resources and allegiance to voters not special interests. And Whitman who also previously served on the Board, said his 35 years in real estate trained him to read and understand the fine print; something he said is not presently being done.

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CHAPARRAL ARTISTS HARVEST SHOW OPENS SUNDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
The Chaparral Artists juried "Harvest Show" will be held at A Roadside Attraction Gallery from Sunday, October 14, to Sunday, November 14. The opening reception for the show will be held October 14 from 1 until 3 p.m. On display will be art in a variety of media, all with reasonable prices. Refreshments will be available. A Roadside Attraction will also be open for both weekends of the Highway 62 Art Tour, October 20-21, and October 27-28, from 10 to 4. The gallery is located at 69197 Twentynine Palms Highway, in the Indian Cove area.

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TLC PARKING LOT SALE AND KARAOKE THIS WEEKEND
Tender Loveing Cause, also known as TLC, is having a parking lot sale all through Sunday, October 14, in the Rad Wheels parking lot, at 56976 Twentynine Palms Hwy., in Yucca Valley, across from KFC. TLC started as a simple idea to provide a holiday meal for those who found themselves alone or without a holiday meal on Christmas Day. Today, TLC has more than 40 programs. Z107.7 radio personality, Sherrie Karr, will provide karaoke at Starbucks today from 3 to 8 p.m, and the TLC Lovenotes will also be on hand. Canned goods and sundries will be accepted as a donation at Starbucks from 3 to 8 today. Call 760-333-2413 if you have any questions.

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ANDROMEDA ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY MEETS TONIGHT
The Andromeda Astronomical Society will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The program will feature a DVD; "Cosmic Phenomena; a Variety of Cosmic Events." Hospitality is included.

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OKTOBERFEST, BREAKFAST AND TACOS AT JOSHUA TREE VFW
The Joshua Tree VFW has a weekend double treat from 4:30 to 6:30 tonight for Oktoberfest with a $6 donation. On the menu: bratwurst, German, potato salad, sauerkraut, rye bread, and apple crisp. Sunday breakfast is a sirloin steak special from 8 to 11, plus an open menu. And don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY
Free federal surplus food will be distributed to lo-income individuals and families this Monday. Reporter Dan Stork tells us when and where…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, October 15. The locations and times are: Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10; Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30; the Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30; Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11; the Community Center in Joshua Tree, 9 to 11; Sunset Village Apartments, 6036 Sunset Road in Joshua Tree, 9:30 to 11:30; the fire station in Wonder Valley, 10:30 to 11:30; and Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon. Proof of income and address may be provided in a variety of ways, including self-certification on a form that will be available at each site. Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to serve the low-income families, elderly, disadvantaged and homeless of the county. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

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MUSICIANS INVITED TO SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH
Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church this Saturday at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church.

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FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet every Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway in the heart of Joshua Tree.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up a free meal and fellowship tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. Tomorrow, the Catholic Community will serve sausage, German potato salad, vegetables and dessert.

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YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION PLANS BUS TRIP TO CLEOPATRA EXHIBIT
Yucca Valley recreation is chartering a bus to see the Cleopatra Exhibit in Los Angles. ROP Broadcast student Victoria Trevino tells you how to sign up…
The Town of Yucca Valley has opened registration for its upcoming trip for adults and seniors to "Cleopatra: The Exhibition" on Wednesday, October 24. The escorted motor coach will depart from the community center at 9:30 a.m., travel to Los Angeles for lunch and the exhibition, expecting to return by 7 p.m. The $85 per person registration fee includes, lunch, admission into the California Science Center and transportation. Space is limited, so early registration is advised. Reservations can be made at the Community Center between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or online at www.yucca-valley.org. For more information call 760-369-7211.

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LATEST DE ANZA LEAGUE CROSS-COUNTRY STANDINGS
With the results of the first two De Anza League High School Cross-Country meets done, the standings are as follows for the top three teams: Varsity Boys: Big Bear and Twentynine Palms are tied for first, with each winning one of the two meets. These two schools will settle the League Championship in a little over two weeks when the De Anza League finals take place October 27 in Twentynine Palms. Yucca Valley is in third place.

Varsity Girls: Yucca Valley is in first place and has earned at least a share of the league title. Big Bear is second, and Twentynine Palms is third. Junior varsity boys: Big Bear first, Twentynine Palms second, and Yucca Valley third. Junior varsity girls: Yucca Valley is in first place, with no other scoring teams.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW
Coming up in high school sports tonight, the undefeated Twentynine Palms High School varsity Wildcat football team travels away to Indio to play the Shadow Hills Silver Knights.

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan varsity football team, which is 1-0 in league play, will travel away to play the Desert Mirage Rams.

And the Joshua Springs Lightning football team will host at home the Desert Chapel Eagles from Palm Springs.

Kick off for all games is at 7 p.m.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Wildcat cross-country team will participate in the Rockin' Roubidoux Invitational. The first race starts at 9 a.m.

The Yucca Valley Trojan tennis team will travel to Big Bear to play the Bears. First serve is at 3:15.

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