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Listen To Your News Tuesday, October 16, 2012 News Archive
     

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN FOUND DEAD IN MORONGO BASIN JAIL
A Twentynine Palms man was found dead in his cell at the Morongo Basin Jail Saturday afternoon. According to Sheriff's Sergeant Steve Wilson, at about 4:39, deputies found Clayton Cardinal, 55, hanging in his cell, unconscious and unresponsive. Sheriff's deputies assigned to the jail began CPR immediately and paramedics responded a short time later. Cardinal was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center and declared dead. Fire Captain Dave Tuttle told Z107.7 News that Cardinal had a roommate in his cell. Clayton Cardinal had been arrested shortly before 7:00 Friday evening in the 1400 block of Pampus and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation of resisting arrest, parole violation, and contempt of court. The Sheriff's specialized homicide team was called in to investigate. Sergeant Wilson said that a homicide investigation is standard operating procedure in any in-custody death.

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ROCK ICON'S EX-WIFE, SON ARRESTED FOR EXPLOSION IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Firefighters and Sheriff's deputies investigated an explosion near the isolated home of 60's rock icon Dick Dale's, east of Twentynine Palms early Monday morning and arrested his ex-wife and son. Firefighters responded to a report of an explosion and fire about ½ mile north of Bullion Mountain and Valle Vista Roads in Wonder Valley about 3:30 a.m. Investigators determined that Jill and James Monsour, the ex-wife and son of Dick Dale, (whose legal name is Monsour), placed a 5-gallon fuel tank--filled with propane--on top of a burning wood pile, and then used a gun to shoot at it, causing it to blow up. After investigation Jill Monsour, 45, and James Monsour, 20, were both booked into the Morongo Basin Jail on suspicion of possession of an explosive device in public. Their bail was set at $500,000 each and both remain in custody.

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HOT COALS BLAMED FOR GARAGE FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY
Hot coals are blamed for a garage fire in Yucca Valley this morning. About 5:30 this morning, firefighters from Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree responded to a structure fire in the 7000 block of Cherokee Trail. According to firefighters, hot coals were disposed of in a plastic bucket, which was then placed on a wooden deck next to a detached garage, which then caught on fire. The garage's roof suffered some structural damage. Firefighters put out the fire in about 10 minutes.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
The Morongo Unified School Board holds its regularly scheduled meeting tonight. Reporter Kristy Lockhart tells us what's on the agenda…
In honor of National Disabilities Awareness Month, the board will continue its recognition of students and their families for their accomplishments and hard work over the last year. The board will also hear from the public on the tentative agreement with the California School Employees Association, before voting on the agreement. At the last meeting, the board approved the agreement with the teachers' union.

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FREE PARENTING CLASSES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY
Family Service Association is offering free parenting classes for pregnant moms and families with children aged five and under. Learn and practice skills to develop a caring family; improve the bond between you and your children; learn to be a closer family with more effective communication; and learn to manage problem behaviors. Again, these services are free, and are conveniently located at 7245 Joshua Lane, Suite A, in Yucca Valley. There are even night classes available. For more information, please call 760-820-1430.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION HAS THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND A STUDY SESSION TONIGHT
Three public hearings and a Study Session are on tap for the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission tonight. Reporter Dan Stork tells us what they are hearing and studying…
The agenda for the October 16 Twentynine Palms Planning Commission starts with three public hearings: a code amendment about the time frame allowed to re-establish a similar legally established nonconforming use; a General Plan amendment to bring its Housing Element into conformance with state recommendations; and an amendment to the Downtown Specific Plan treating parking and signage. A closing study session will continue with the ongoing comprehensive review of the entire municipal code. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Adobe Road.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE STARTS THURSDAY
The Friends of the Twentynine Palms Branch Library Fall Book Sale begins this Thursday for members only and Saturday for the general public. Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m., Friends of the Twentynine Palms Branch Library will have first choice of sale items, applications for Friends membership will be available then Saturday, the general public can purchase various books (new and used), DVDs, books on CD, videos and magazines. All funds go directly back into resources for the Twentynine Palms Branch Library. For more information about the Friends of the Library Book Sale or about becoming a Friends of the Library member, please call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519. The Twentynine Palms Branch Library is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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BIGHORN DESERT-VIEW WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS, RECHARGE AUTHORIZATION ON THE AGENDA
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board meets tonight in yet another special session. Authorization to start the recharge project is on the agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look…..
The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meets at 7:00 tonight at District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. Tonight, the board will consider awarding a pipeline bid to Jones Brothers Construction in the amount of $3.4 million contingent on negotiating an agreeable change order to address new Caltrans requirements. Also tonight, the Board is expected to authorize Board President Mike Reynolds to sign an employment agreement with General Manager Joe Guzzetta. Then following likely board decisions on some equipment purchases, work orders, contract work for fencing and a change in job title for the lead customer service rep, plus reports and consideration of the consent agenda, directors are expected to adjourn to closed session.

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB SET A ONE MILLION DOLLAR GOAL
The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert has set a goal of receiving one million dollars in donations over the next 10 years. It is looking for sponsors who will pledge to donate $1000 or more per year for 10 years, or $500 per year for 10 years. Pledges can be made monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually. Members of the Million Dollar Club will receive special recognition at special events and fund raisers. For more information, call the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert at 760-365-5437.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY TOMORROW
Tomorrow is National Fossil Day and the Joshua Tree National Park is having some fun participating. Managing Editor Tami Roleff, accompanied by Park Ranger Jeff Wolin with his original song, National Fossil Day, invite you to head on out to Turkey Flats…
Mammoths in Joshua Tree National Park? Yes, it's true! During the Pleistocene era, also known as the Ice Ages, mammoths, camels, bison, wolves, and horses made their home in the Pinto Basin of the Park, which thousands of years ago had streams and lakes and snow-covered mountains most of the year. Joshua Tree National Park is participating in National Fossil Day tomorrow with two ranger-led talks. Park Ranger Rob Hannawacker will talk about some of the animals that have been found in the desert. The talks will be held at 10 and noon at the Turkey Flats parking lot area, which is about three to five miles past the Cholla Cactus Garden on Pinto Basin Road. After passing the Fried Liver Wash, start looking for a parking area on the left.

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PIONEER DAYS MOTORCYCLE RUN THIS SUNDAY
The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce and Desert Cycle Works are hosting this year's Pioneer Days Motorcycle Poker Run! Participants will travel to pre-determined locations, collecting poker cards. Entry fee is $15 for a single rider and $20 for riders with one passenger. Entry fee covers one poker hand and lunch, and additional poker hands can be purchased for $5 each. Participants will meet at Desert Cycle Works, 6231 Ocotillo Drive in Twentynine Palms at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 21 and the ride will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided to all participants from Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken. Prizes awarded for best and worst hands. Entry forms can be found at 29chamber.org, or by visiting the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce office. For more information contact the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce at 760-367-3445, or Desert Cycle Works at 760-361-3226.

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DOG LICENSING AND VACCINATION IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY
An opportunity to care for your pet Thursday afternoon. Reporter Mike Lipsitz gives us the details…
The Town of Yucca Valley will host a dog licensing and pet vaccination clinic on Thursday, October 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Center courtyard. The clinic is offered to all Yucca Valley and San Bernardino County residents. Low-cost rabies vaccinations will be available for $6 each as well as the canine DHLPP, Bordatella, and rattlesnake boosters for $10 each, and feline 5-way booster with Leukemia for $15. Dr. Bethan Smith will administer the vaccinations. Dog licenses will also be available at the clinic. Pet owners are asked to bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Fees for services must be paid in cash. Checks will be accepted for Town of Yucca Valley licensing only. For more information, contact the Town of Yucca Valley Animal Care and Control at 760-365-1807.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES
The Yucca Valley High School Trojan Volleyball teams traveled to Shadow Hills High School Monday night to face the Knights. The Trojans fell in three sets. Coach Matt Jennings said the team showed some real heart as they faced a very tough opponent. As a team, Yucca Valley had 18 kills, 17 assists, 34 digs and went 94 percent from the service line. The junior varsity team lost very close sets 0-2.

Yesterday the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats Tennis Team traveled down the hill to challenge the Desert Hot Springs Lady Golden Eagles. Coach Larry Battle reported the Lady cats defeated the Lady Eagles 17-1.

The Yucca Valley High School girls' varsity tennis team beat Shadow Hills on Monday. The score was 11-7. Coach Cindy Miller said the Trojans are tied for second place with a record of 4-3.

In high school sports tomorrow, both Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms tennis and volleyball teams will be at home. The Yucca Valley Trojans will host the Desert Mirage Rams, while the Twentynine Palms Wild Cats will host the Big Bear Bears. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.

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SHEEP DOGS AT PAPPY AND HARRIET'S
Sheep Dogs will be at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace Thursday—not the kind that bark, the kind that play guitars and sing. ROP Broadcast student Corey Yarbrough has your invitation…
The Sheep Dogs will be playing at Pappy and Harriets this month. On October the 18, the band will begin their performance at 9 p.m. and people who attend will receive a free track from their new album and three exclusive live tracks. The Sheep Dogs made headlines recently by appearing on the cover of famous Rolling Stones magazine. They are the first unsigned band to do so and have gained lots of attention since. The band is known for its ability to blend old rock sounds with a new and modern sound, often being compared to bands like The Allman Brothers and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tickets are on sale on ticketweb.com or by phone at 760-365-5956 and for $12 a person.

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SERVICES SET FOR CHUCK CHAMBERLAIN
Retired Marine Sergeant Major Charles "Chuck" Chamberlain, a 31-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died September 9 at home. He was 68 years old. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lorraine, of Twentynine Palms; two brothers and sisters-in-law of Maine; and three sisters and brothers-in-law of Maine and Oregon. Sergeant Major Chamberlain served for 30 years in the Marine Corps, before retiring in 1992 as the base sergeant major at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. His decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with Combat "V" and gold star. Chamberlain was a member of the First Marine Division Association, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, and the Benevolent Protection Order of Elks. A vigil will be held Monday, October 22, at 7 p.m. at the Catholic Chapel on the Marine Base in Twentynine Palms. A funeral mass with full military honors will be held Tuesday morning the 23rd starting at 9 a.m. The vigil, funeral service, and military honors will be open to the public, and all military and civilians are invited to attend. His remains will be interred in Auburn, Maine. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and to the Visiting Nurse Association in Yucca Valley.

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