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Listen To Your News Monday, October 22, 2012 News Archive
     

MAJOR TRAINING EXERCISE ABOARD MARINE BASE FRIDAY
Twentynine Palms residents most likely noticed an increase in aircraft activity Friday. In the wake of an attack of an American Embassy in Libya, the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center conducted a non-combatant evacuation exercise. Reporter Kristy Lockhart was there as Marines from Marine Air Control Squad 2 from Cherry Point, North Carolina, went through the realistic training…
Close to 300 Marines and 18 aircraft participated in the training exercise. The scenario—an American embassy on foreign soil that is under attack. "We are bringing out American citizens and as well as other aid workers, Red Cross personnel from a foreign Country that's in turmoil with terrorist actions that are going on around us. It's a pretty unique opportunity for us to integrate both our aviation and our ground assets." First Lt Jeremiah Peters, the operations officer. It's a complex mission. A security team flies in on a MV-22 Osprey to secure the embassy. Evacuees are then registered and sorted before being transported to a safe location. Public Affairs Officer Captain Nick Mannweiler says the recent attack on the embassy in Libya is exactly why this type of training is necessary. "Marines are America's crisis reaction force. We're trained to go anywhere in the world at a moment's notice to go take care of high stress situations."

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MAN STABBED IN LANDERS SATURDAY OVER QUAD SALE
A quad sale gone bad led to a stabbing of a Landers man Saturday evening. According to a Sheriff's report, an unidentified man bought a quad from residents in the 300 block of Fortuna Avenue. He returned about 6:30 Saturday night to get his money back because he said the quad wasn't working properly. The owner and the buyer started arguing, and Jonathan Perry, 25—it's not known at this time if he was the buyer or seller—was stabbed in his left side with a knife with a 12-inch long blade. Perry was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment. The investigation is still ongoing.

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VISITOR AIRLIFTED OUT OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FOR HEAT-RELATED SYMPTOMS
A 67-year-old Los Angeles man was airlifted out from Joshua Tree National Park Friday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, Lawrence Armstrong had hiked the 1.5 -mile trail to 49 Palms Oasis, carrying a heavy backpack of photography equipment. Helmkamp said that on Armstrong's way back to the parking lot, he became dehydrated due to not having enough water and because the temperatures were hotter than he anticipated. Armstrong began to suffer from a heat-related illness. Because there were not enough rescue personnel to carry Armstrong out, the Sheriff's helicopter was called about 4:50 p.m. to assist with the rescue. Lawrence Armstrong was loaded onto the helicopter and flown to the parking lot, where the Morongo Basin Ambulance transported him to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment.

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FREE COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAYS NO MORE, WE WILL TELL YOU WHY
The annual Community Clean-up Days in both Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms have been cancelled by the County, who had waived dump fees for the events. Reporter Dan Stork says it all goes back to strained county finances…
On October 9, the Twentynine Palms City Council approved an extension of its agreement with the county on landfill fees. In previous years, the county has made separate agreements with varying expiration dates, with 15 cities, including Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, allowing them to deposit solid waste in county-owned landfills. The "tipping fee" that the County charges the cities is currently $38.79 per ton. According to a Twentynine Palms staff report, about a year ago the County told the cities it wanted to raise rates by 77 percent and to close many of its landfills and transfer stations, including the Landers landfill and local transfer stations. This would have left Victorville as the closest dump. The various city managers protested, claiming significant flaws in County financial data. When the dust cleared, the County agreed to an extension of current rates and facilities until mid-2016, provided that all 15 cities agree. At the October 9 Council meeting, members speculated that advances in recycling have led to less use of the dumps, decreasing dump revenue while county expenses remained at least the same as before. Consistent with this possibility is the County's action in September, canceling the periodic community cleanup days. County attorneys used a legal justification for this, saying that Proposition 26, passed by the voters in 2010, said that a fee collected for one purpose -- in this case, dump operation fees -- cannot be used to benefit people who didn't pay that fee.

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BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Twentynine Palms Tuesday, October 23. Blood donations will be taken at Little Church of the Desert, from 2 to 6 p.m. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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UNITY HOME EVENT FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MONTH SATURDAY
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Morongo Basin Unity Home, along with other local area partners, will hold a free event Saturday, October 27, to raise community awareness of domestic violence. There will be free hot dogs, face painting for the kids, and more. The event will be held noon to 2 in the Unity Home Parking Lot by Turtle Island, 61607 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Joshua Tree. For more information, call 760-366-1247.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COLLECTING COATS
A student club at Twentynine Palms High School is collecting coats for the less fortunate. ROP Broadcast Student Corey Yarbrough tells you how to help…
It's once again that time of year: the Twentynine Palms High School Teens for Humanity Club will hold their second annual coat drive. Between October 17 and November 16, Teens for Humanity will collect new and gently used coats for all ages and sizes to be distributed to those in need on November 17 at Twentynine Palms Junior High School during the Interact Thanksgiving food distribution. Please donate any un-needed coats and help someone stay warm this winter. Coats can be dropped off at Twentynine Palms High School. Every coat counts. For more information, contact Lisa Lee Briggs.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE'S FALL GALA IS A PATRIOTIC PARTY SATURDAY
Get out your red, white and blue for the Copper Mountain College Foundation's annual Fall Gala. This year's theme is a patriotic party, and the foundation will celebrate its students with a pep rally, patriotic songs and dance, food and fun. The Patriotic Party will be held Sunday, October 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center in Joshua Tree. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 760-366-3791, extension 4200, for more information.

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TIME TO PLAN TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS
It's not too soon to start thinking about and preparing for the holidays. For Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, Food for Life will need volunteers to help cook, set up the hall, serve, and clean up. In addition, for Christmas, Food for Life needs toy donations or cash to purchase toys for Santa to hand out to children. In addition, Volunteers will be needed to help set up the Santa room and help with crowd control. Also needed is a photographer who can take photos of the children with Santa and print them on the spot for the kids to take home. Volunteers will be asked to wear black pants and white shirts. To volunteer, call Kelly Yarbrough at 760-368-9197.

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DANCE CLASSES OFFERED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
A Twentynine Palms Dance studio is offering dance for the arts and for the exercise. ROP Broadcasting student Cheyenne Johnson tells you how to find out more…
Are you looking for extracurricular activities for your child? Or are you interested in dance? Enroll now in Willow Tree Studios located right here at home in Twentynine Palms, 6767 Adobe Road. They offer ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tumbling, piloxing, cheer and more. From Monday – Saturday depending on the classes. There prices are inexpensive, $30 a class. It takes 10 minutes to sign up and if you want to try a class before joining you can pay a low flat rate of $5. If you would like to check it out please visit their website at willowtreestudios29.com or call Willow at 760-361-3080.

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IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, A WIN AND A LOSS
The Twentynine Palms High School Football Wildcats defeated Desert Hot Springs 23 to 10 Thursday evening. Coach Ernest Martinez said key standouts were David Haney with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown, along with Cody Hall who had two rushing touchdowns for the game. Nate McClain had an interception and teamed up with Morgan Cole, and Talo Wilson to lead the team in tackles. Chris Taliu had a sack and a forced fumble. The Wildcats are now in a tie for first place in league with a 2-1 league record. They host Desert Mirage this Friday for homecoming.

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team lost its first league game Friday night to Big Bear 25-10. Coach Tim Cannavo said Alex Corbin led the defense with 15 tackles. Karver Murphy caused a fumble that Codey McBride recovered on the 2-yard line. Logan Vallo punched in the touchdown. Logan also added a 42-yard field goal. Jimmy Kieffer carried the ball 21 times for 110 yards. The next league opponent for the Trojans is the Eagles of Desert Hot Springs this coming Friday.

The Yucca Valley junior varsity Trojans lost 28-6.

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