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Listen To Your News Monday, October 15, 2012 News Archive
     

GET PREPARED, GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT IS THIS THURSDAY
Get ready to drop, take cover, and hold on. The fifth annual Great California ShakeOut will be this Thursday, October 18, at 10:18 a.m. The ShakeOut is a statewide earthquake drill in which participants practice what to do during an earthquake. Drop to the ground (before the earthquake drops you); take cover from falling objects by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and hold on until the shaking stops. Those interested in being a part of the Great California ShakeOut should visit shakeout.org. The website has information on planning drills, and how to survive and recover from an earthquake. Working with state officials, Z107.7 will start the drill Thursday morning.

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SHERIFF'S SEARCHING FOR MISSING MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN
Sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Morongo Valley woman. Jacqueline Trent, aka Jaqueline Gibson, 64, was last heard from on Friday, at about 11 a.m. at her residence in Morongo Valley. She is described as 5'7", 184 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo of a rose on her left calf, dentures on her top teeth and only has four teeth on front bottom. Jacqueline may be on her way to the Palm Springs area or Kentucky with a red colored suit case. If anyone has seen Jacqueline or knows where Jacqueline currently is, they are asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Morongo Basin Station at 760-366-4175.

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STATE FIRE TAX BILLS ARRIVING
The controversial and very unpopular state fire tax bills will be arriving this month. Reporter Dan Stork says the state leaves little room for objections...
This month more than 62,000 San Bernardino County homeowners will receive a bill from the State of California demanding a $150 Fire Protection Fee. The state created the tax last year and imposed it on "state responsibility areas," defined as areas where the state is primarily responsible for fire services. In San Bernardino County, these areas include a substantial portion of the Morongo Basin. Prior to receiving the bill from the State, those who will be charged should also receive a pre-billing notice and an informational brochure from the state. The brochure advises taxpayers that they will have 30 days to either pay the tax or protest the amount of the bill in writing. A detailed map of the areas subject to the tax can be found at firepreventionfee.org. For more information, call 888-310-6447. On October 4, the Howard Jarvis Foundation filed a suit against the tax on behalf of rural landowner plaintiffs in nine counties, including San Bernardino County.

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MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Twentynine Palms firefighters responded to two emergency calls yesterday. About 12:30 Sunday afternoon, a 35-year-old Oceanside man was riding his Honda CBR motorcycle about 4 ½ miles inside the east entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. According to Engineer Jeff Rarey, the man was driving about 55 miles per hour and lost control of his motorcycle. He was thrown off the sport bike, landing about 10 feet into the desert on the opposite side of the road. Rarey said the man suffered multiple injuries, including injuries to his left hip, and a possible broken left leg and right arm. The motorcycle also was extensively damaged in the crash. The unidentified man, who Rarey said was in the military, was flown via Mercy Air to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

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MAN CUTS LEG WITH TILE SAW
Then about 3:30, paramedics responded to a call in the 75000 block of Saddlehorn Road. The 71-year-old resident had been working with a hand-held tile saw when he somehow dropped the saw. As it fell to the ground, it struck his left leg, cutting a deep gash four inches long in his calf. The man was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after an argument with her boyfriend. According to a Sheriff's report, deputies were called to the parking lot of an apartment complex at the corner of Ocotillo and Gorgonio Drive about 3 p.m. Leila Aguirre, 36, had allegedly bitten her boyfriend and hit him with her fists. The boyfriend told deputies that he left with Aguirre's child to get him away him from the violence. After an investigation, Leila Aguirre was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse. She was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $50,000.

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WE MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD
Z107.7 continues with our in-depth coverage of local elections. Today Reporter Mike Lipsitz introduces you to the four candidates running for three seats on the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board...
At Hi-Desert Medical Center four hopefuls are competing for three open seats on the governing board. We asked incumbents Paul Hoffman, Patricia Cooper, and Martie Avels, and newcomer Mike McBride what would set them apart from the other board members if elected. Hoffman referenced his 12 years serving on the board; his banking and finance background; participation in three strategic planning processes, and being the corporate memory for the other members. Cooper pointed to her being in touch with the community and the outreach and recruitment she does on behalf of the District and the Foundation. Avels cited her lifelong passion for healthcare and 24 years working for the District as well as her volunteer involvement Basin wide, and at the county and state levels. And McBride pointed to his experience in the private and public sectors as owner of two businesses, serving on a public agency, and as a schoolteacher. Voters will choose three of the four on November 6.

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WE MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD
There are three candidates running for two open seats on the Hi-Desert Water District Board of directors. Reporter Kristy Lockhart joins us with a look at them...
Sarann Graham is serving her third term as President of the Board of Directors. She says the biggest challenge facing our community is making the septic to sewer conversion affordable. "We are a disadvantaged community. We have a lot of retirees here and with the economy the way it is, people who are on a fixed income, now that income is even tighter." Bob Stadum is running for a second term. "I don't have much interest in being a politician but I can see value in providing water services to the community in an affordable and efficient manner." Stadum has been criticized for running since he has had to recuse himself on certain issues brought before the board because of a conflict of interest. Although Stadum has sold all his investment properties he says he has been advised to recuse himself for a while longer. Opponent Claude Short hopes to take his seat. "I'm a regular person. I have one piece of property in this town in Phase 1 and that's my residence. That gives me the opportunity to vote on anything that goes before the board and I do not have to recuse myself. There is no conflict of interest." Measure U seems to be the hot topic of the race. While the two incumbents support the tax increase to help fund the Wastewater Treatment Project, Short is against it.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BAND TAKES BEST OVERALL IN BARSTOW COMPETITION
The Twentynine Palms High School Marching Wildcats band took top honors in their division in the 28th Annual High Desert Field Show Tournament in Barstow Saturday. Competing in the 2A division with 41 members against five other bands, including cross-town rival Yucca Valley, the Wildcat band took the Sweepstakes Award for Overall Band and Color Guard. The percussion section took second place. The entire event included 11 bands total in division 1A to 5A.

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WHOA-DOWN TO BENEFIT WHITE ROCK HORSE RESCUE
The popular local John Linn Band will headline a charity concert this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to the Whoa-Down...
You've heard of a Hoe-Down. Well, how about a Whoa Down? The White Rock Horse Rescue will hold its annual Whoa Down with a benefit concert by the John Linn Band on Saturday, October 20, at the rescue's ranch, 733 Geronimo Trail, in Flamingo Heights. The benefit concert will begin with a parade of rescued horses. There'll also be food, face painting, barrel racing, and raffles. Prizes include a $1000 acoustic guitar, $250 gas card, and other gift cards. Tickets are $5 in advance; $10 at the gate. Proceeds will help the organization buy hay for the winter months. For more information call Isabel at 951-532-2417.

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FREE SEMINAR ON SURVIVING FLU SEASON AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WEDESDAY
It is flu season and the Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a free seminar titled, "Surviving the Flu." Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the seminar is free, but you do have to make reservations...
Every year in the United States, influenza or flu viruses are responsible for more than a quarter million hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths. This year's flu season is predicted to be more severe than last. Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a community health education seminar, "Surviving Flu Season," on Wednesday, October 17, at noon in the Helen Gray Education Center on the Medical Center campus. Lunch will be provided. Jackie Combs, RN, MSN, director of infection control and prevention, will provide the very latest information on the strains of flu virus expected this season and practical information that will help you and your family take precautions to help avoid them. The seminar is free but registration is required by calling 760-366-0808 or by logging on to www.hdmc.org.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES
The Yucca Valley Trojan Football team moved to a perfect 2-0 league record Friday with a win over the Rams of Desert Mirage 24-13. Coach Tim Cannavo said Brandon Lopez, Brian McGowan, and Logan Vallo all had interceptions. The defense held the Rams to a total 205 offensive yards. On offense, Bradley Soares threw two touchdowns to Logan Vallo and Brian McGowan. Soares added another touchdown running. Friday, the Trojans face Big Bear at home.

The Twentynine Palms High School Varsity Wildcats were upset 13-7 on the road by the upstart Shadow Hills Knights of Indio Friday night. The Knights, playing in their first ever homecoming game, used the emotional lift from a packed state-of-the-art stadium to stun the 5- time defending De Anza league Champions in a very hard-fought football contest. Coach Ernest Martinez said the 'Cats forced four turnovers as senior Marcus Chestnut snared two interceptions and Nate McClain and David Haney had one each. Seniors Morgan Cole, Nate McClain teamed up to lead the team in tackles with 19 combined. Inside linebacker Talo Wilson had seven tackles, and Nelson Weber and Chris Taliu both had a quarterback sack in the game. Offensive leaders were Jake Culver who threw for 140 yards on 11 of 24 passing attempts. Talo Wilson and Nate McClain both caught four passes for 108 combined yards.

The Wildcats junior varsity's winning ways came to an end in a tough battle. They led most of the game, but fell late. The score was 7-6 late in the third, but the Knights scored twice in the final minutes to win 28-9.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs Lightning volleyball team will travel away to Bermuda Dunes to play the Desert Christian Academy Conquerors. Match time is 5 p.m.

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