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Listen To Your News Wednesday, October 19, 2011 News Archive
     

GOVERNORS OF WESTERN STATES TO BE IN YUCCA VALLEY DECEMBER
About 20 governors from states in the western half of the United States will be in Yucca Valley in December. The Western Governors' Association is holding its Winter Meeting in Palm Springs and is taking a day trip to Yucca Valley on December 7, where they will participate in two sessions­one on Job Creation and Economic Development in Small Rural Communities, and the other on Passing Down a Western Outdoor Ethic to Today's Youth. After the meetings, the governors will take a bus and hiking tour of Joshua Tree National Park. The Western Governors' Association represents the governors of 19 states and three U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean. Through the Association, the governors identify and address key policy and governance issues that include natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, intergovernmental and international relations.

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY TO RAISE DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEES
The cost of building in the Town of Yucca Valley just went up. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at last night's Town Council meeting and files this report…
The Town of Yucca Valley could have received more than $7 million if it had imposed higher development impact fees—or any at all—on the 781 single-family homes built in the Town in the last seven years. That was the message the Town Council received at its meeting last night. And when the Town's budget doesn't have the money to maintain the roads, or build and equip new parks, the Town Council—after reducing impact fees last year—finally faced reality and raised the development impact fees on new construction. Town Manager Mark Nuaimi explained why it was necessary to raise the impact fees. "The … fees are required to provide infrastructure for this community." The Council agreed—in a 3-to-2 vote, with Council Member Isaac Hagerman and Mayor Pro Tem Dawn Rowe dissenting—to nearly double the development impact fees on single family houses to $9,081; and to require homes built on in-fill lots—which last year had been exempted by the Town Council from paying any development impact fees—to pay an impact fee of $2,586 that will all go toward parks. The impact fee for multi-family homes remains the same—$3,600 per unit. The Council also established a sliding scale of development impact fees for commercial, industrial, and office buildings, that depends on the size of the building. Rowe said she supported all the proposed impact fees except for the fees on businesses. But since the different impact fees were all included in one resolution, and couldn't be separated, she voted NO against all the increase in fees. Hagerman explained why he voted no. "I don't feel the time is now to be raising these fees. How many of these houses would have been built here with these fees?… I don't agree with these fees." Tomorrow, we'll hear about the discussion over the new medians and traffic lights at Highways 62 and 247.

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DISCOUNT TO BE OFFERED FOP OLD, UNPAID TRAFFIC TICKETS
Starting in January, the Superior Court of San Bernardino County will be offering a 50-percent discount on some old, unpaid traffic tickets. It's a limited time "amnesty program" being offered in all 58 counties statewide. The program starts January 1 and runs through June 30. Only traffic tickets that were due to be paid before January 1, 2009 are eligible. Some tickets are not eligible for the discount, such as those for parking violations, drunken driving and reckless driving. To qualify for the 50-percent discount, you must: Have an outstanding traffic case that was due to be paid in full prior to January 1, 2009; Have either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full; Have last made a payment on or before January 1, 2009; Not owe restitution to a victim on any case; Have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants. Other eligibility requirements may vary from county to county, More information about the amnesty program, including the guidelines, may be found at www.courts.ca.gov/partners/941.htm.

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY CANDIDATES FACED OFF LAST NIGHT
The candidates for open seats on the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency were in a candidates' forum event last night. Reporter Derwood Andrews was there and files this report...
Last night the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency held a brief Candidates' Forum. Three people turned up to speak and answer questions from the audience. They were current Director Judy Corl-Lorono, Duane Lisiewski and Paul L. Dossey. Former and current Board members asked and answered questions put forth and the statements from the three candidates were, "Protect the aquifer for our children and grandchildren," Judy Corl-Lorono. "I dug a well to get off the pipe, due to increased expense," Duane Lisiewski and "If I'm elected you'll get honest answers," Paul L. Dossey. The popular subjects from the audience were the cost of legal fees, the salary of the General Manager and wasteful spending.

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MARINE CORPS ENDS BAN ON KIA BRACELETS
The Marine Corps has ended its controversial ban on bracelets honoring U.S. troops killed in combat. Commandant General Jim Amos announced Tuesday afternoon that Marines in uniform are now authorized to wear so-called KIA bracelets recognizing friends who've fallen in combat or died from wounds sustained on the battlefield. The policy is effective immediately. Just last week, commands across the service had begun cracking down on Marines who wear the bracelets, considered unauthorized jewelry under uniform regulations. Enforcement, however, was spotty and the uproar from Marines of all ranks was extremely vocal. A visit Monday to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms changed the Commandant's mind. While at Twentynine Palms for Third Battalion-Fourth Marine Regiment's homecoming, the commandant observed several Marines wearing KIA bracelets, Amos inquired about their significance and received "positive feedback," officials said. Marines are still authorized to wear POW/MIA bracelets, Marine officials said.

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WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE
Tomorrow morning at 10:20 is the Great American Shakeout, the largest earthquake drill in the country. Z107.7 will broadcast live tomorrow during the drill from the Hi-Desert Star parking lot. Reporter Dan Stork has these earthquake safety tips...

Thursday October 20th is the date this year for the Great California Shakeout. www.earthquakecountry.info has detailed information on how to act during a quake, according to where you are when a shaker strikes.

  • Indoors: Drop, cover, and hold on. Drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops. If you are not near a desk or table, drop to the floor against the interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. Do not go outside!
  • In bed: If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • Outdoors: Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.
  • Driving: Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over. In a stadium or theater: Stay at your seat and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don't try to leave until the shaking is over.

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WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT
The Wonder Valley Road, Park & Recreation, Municipal Advisory Commission meets tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road. There will be a series of reports from area emergency and law enforcement agencies. Also a presentation from Feather & Fur's Wildlife Rehab. Announcements and Public Input.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT MEET TONIGHT
The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the board will again look at the oft-put-off agreement with the HDMC for a wastewater treatment Plant...
The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meets in regular session at 7 o'clock tonight at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. Tonight, the board will again consider the agreement between the District and Hi-Desert Medical Center for a package wastewater treatment plant. The long-anticipated agreement has been continued for the last several consecutive meetings. Also tonight, the Board consider approval of an $85 agency fee for after-hours water turn-on service, possibly adopt the Mojave Water Agency Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, and consider changes to the Administration Code. Following those actions, reports and public comment, the board will likely adjourn to closed session to confer with legal counsel.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY SOUTHLAND SHOW
Participating in the area's largest annual attraction, the Art Council's Highway 62 Art Tours weekend, the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery will be featuring the "Southland Show," judged by Chuck Caplinger. The gallery and gift shop are open special hours Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) October 29-30th. The "Southland Show" runs October 26 through November 27 during regular gallery hours. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded in four categories; painting, photography, 2-D and 3-D. Over $500 will be awarded to first, second and third places in the categories and is open to all artists, local and out-of-state, member or non-member. A reception will be held and the winners will be announced on Sunday, November 6th at noon until 3 p.m. Works will be accepted on Monday the 24th of October from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Works must not have been entered in any previous judged shows at the gallery, completed in the last 5 years, be larger than 8"x10" not to exceed 50" and is limited to a total of 3 pieces per artist. The fee is $10.00 per entry. High school students and 65 or older seniors pay $7.00 per entry. Entries must be for sale, if you are entering three pieces, at least two must be for sale. A 25 percent donation is requested for works that are sold.

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YUCCA MESA ELEMENTARY FALL FESTIVAL SATURDAY
Yucca Mesa Elementary School will hold its annual Fall Festival Saturday from 10 to 2 at the school, located at 3380 Avalon Avenue. There will be games, crafts, an antique tractor show, a silent cake auction, and more. Tickets are available in advance at the school office, six for a dollar, or buy them the day of the festival, four for a dollar. All proceeds go toward the sixth grade science camp fund. For more information, call 760-228-1777.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS BOY SCOUTS MEET WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
The Twentynine Palms Boy Scouts Troop 229 is meeting Wednesday evenings. ROP Broadcasting Student Chris Price has details...
The local Twentynine Palms Boy Scout Troop 229 holds meetings every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30. The meetings are held at the Little Church of the Desert, located on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. The Boy Scouts teach boys from ages 10 to 18 about life skills and skills required for living in nature. For more information, call Scout Master Bradley White-Findeisen at 760-574-7960.

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LADY TROJANS VOLLEYBALL TEAM LOSES IN CLOSE MATCH
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans Volleyball team traveled to Big Bear on Tuesday and in a hotly contested match were defeated by the Bears. Leading the Lady Trojan offense was Lindsay Sullivan with 20 kills. Melissa Smith led the defense with 16 digs and 31 service receptions. Jamie Hayward was 22 for 23 at the service line with three aces. The Lady Trojans are now in a three-way tie for first place with Big Bear and Desert Hot Springs. The junior varsity defeated Big Bear 25-15, 25-21.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS LADY CATS TENNIS WIN AGAINST INDIO
Twentynine Palms High School Lady Cats Tennis Team traveled to Indio yesterday to compete against the Shadow Hills High School Lady Knights. The Lady Cats defeated the Knights 18-0. Coach Larry Battle said Heather Lebeba with her doubles partner Rebecca Raines were the big standouts for the team, they achieved their first sweep.

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