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Listen To Your News Thursday, October 25, 2012 News Archive
     

DRAMATIC HORSE RESCUE IN MORONGO VALLEY YESTERDAY
Morongo Valley firefighters had a dramatic horse rescue about 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon. A horse escaped from its corral in Morongo Valley and got somehow got stuck in a drainage canal near Paradise Avenue and Juniper Avenue. Morongo Valley Fire Captain Chris Nichols said it took 22 people—including the horse's owners, firefighters, animal control officers, a tow truck driver, and a veterinarian—more than two hours to rescue it. Nichols said it was thanks to veterinarian Dr. Norm Smith of Companion Animal Clinic that they were able to rescue the brown and white horse, named Ariel. At first the rescuers were going to try to drag the horse out using a tow truck, but Dr. Smith recommended another way that was eventually successful. After Dr. Smith sedated Ariel, rescuers managed to place straps around her belly and under her tail. It took six attempts, but the rescuers were finally able to drag Ariel out of the ditch about 5:30. Her owners gave her food and water, and after resting for 10 to 15 minutes, Ariel managed to stand up on her own, although she was a bit wobbly at first. Captain Nichols said the horse was exhausted after trying to get out of the drainage canal on its own, and would have died without Dr. Smith's help.

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WOMAN RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN PEDESTRIAN VERSUS CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
A Twentynine Palms woman suffered minor injuries after she was hit by a car yesterday afternoon. About 4:40, Rachel Estrada, 38, was crossing Highway 62 in a crosswalk at Tamarisk when Bradley Medwedeff, 24, of Twentynine Palms, failed to yield to her and hit her with his 2002 PT Cruiser. Medwedeff at first drove off but drove around the block and came back to the scene of the crash. Estrada told Sheriff deputies that she "flew onto the hood of the car." Estrada was treated at the scene by Morongo Basin Ambulance, but Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp said she called for medical aid about 4 to 5 hours later, complaining of pain and bruises. She was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center as a precaution.

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS TEENS FACE TWO FELONIES AFTER VANDALIZING A PARK
Two Twentynine Palms teens may be facing felony charges for vandalizing a city park. About 9:30 Tuesday night, a nearby resident called police to report that two males were driving an SUV on the ball field and around the playground equipment at Knott Sky Park in Twentynine Palms. The wheels of the vehicle tore up the sod and made big ruts about 6 inches deep. After an investigation, Sidney Griffith, 18, and a 16-year-old boy who was not identified due to his age, were arrested on suspicion of vandalism, cited and released. The city's Community Services Director, Randy Councell, estimates that the cost to repair the tire ruts, and re-sod and re-seed the fields, will cost at least $1000, which makes the vandalism a felony. The District Attorney's office will determine what charges will be filed against Sidney Griffith and the other teen. Councell said the fields will be blocked off to the public for a few days while the repairs are made. He added that the City greatly appreciates people calling in to help reduce vandalism in the city's parks.

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INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER NAMED FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT
At last night's Twentynine Palms Water District meeting the board appointed an interim General Manager Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more…
The board of Directors interviewed three candidates for the General Manager position. Out of 27 applicants, Vice President Sam Moore says no one fit the bill. "We didn't find anybody that was qualified or what we were looking for." The board has appointed Operations Manager Ray Kolisz as General Manager for 90 days. After that time the board will decide whether to reopen the search or appoint Kolisz permantly to the position. Kolisz has been with the water department for 19 years.

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FIRE EXPLORERS DO WELL IN FUND-RAISING BREAKFAST
The Twentynine Palms Fire Department Explorer Post raised more than $4000 at its annual pancake breakfast last Saturday. The Explorers served breakfast to 639 hungry people at Fire Station 421 on Adobe Road. The fundraiser was held in conjunction with the City's Pioneer Days celebration. The funds raised will help send five of the explorers to the annual Fire Explorer Academy at Fort Irwin near Barstow where they will learn a variety of skills in firefighting and rescue techniques. Over the past few years, the youth group has been certified in auto extrication, vehicle fires, confined space rescue and hazardous materials. The theme for this year's academy will be structural firefighting. Youth interested in becoming a Fire Explorer should contact their local fire station.

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INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX ALREADY IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
In more economically optimistic times, area voters were willing to tax themselves for the sake of future infrastructure improvements. Reporter Dan Stork takes us down Memory Lane with Measure I…
Amidst the spirited public debate over Measure U, the proposal for a 1 percent sales tax in Yucca Valley that is targeted at infrastructure projects, including wastewater treatment, it may be forgotten that San Bernardino County has been living with a voter-approved ½ percent sales tax devoted to transportation projects, since 1989. Initially passed for a 20-year term, it was extended with very strong public support to the year 2040 in a 2004 balloting. Through mid-2008, which is the last year that comprehensive figures are readily available from SANBAG, the San Bernardino County Associated Governments, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues of Measure I funds had been applied throughout the County, with the biggest chunk going to freeway improvements. About $42 million of these funds had been applied to projects in Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin, and local use of Measure I funds has continued in the subsequent five years. About 95 percent is used for improvements to streets that function as major arteries in the region, as well as improvements to local streets and roads. The other 5 percent is used to offset Morongo Basin Transit Authority bus fares for elderly and disabled passengers.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS, Z107.7, TEAM UP FOR HALLOWEEN FUN FEST
The City of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department, along with partner Z107.7 Radio, are offering the annual Halloween Fun Fest on Wednesday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Services Building located on Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. Z107.7 will be on hand to give out trick-or-treat bags and will be broadcasting live from the event. The event is FREE. Children ages 10 and under are invited to play games to earn candy prizes and visit the "not so scary haunted house." The event is provided as a safe alternative to traditional door to door trick or treating. For additional information call the recreation office at 760-367-7562.

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YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION OFFERING SEVERAL HALLOWEEN EVENTS
The town of Yucca Valley has several Halloween activities planned for October 26, 27, and 28. Reporter Kristy Lockhart invites you to put on your best costume and join in the fun…
Friday kicks off with the Flashlight scramble. Kids 12 years and under will gather Halloween candy in the dark on the Community Center athletic field. Wear your best costume, bring a parent and a flashlight. The event begins at 7 p.m. sharp. Saturday, it's the Halloween Spooktacular at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, from 10 to 4. Experience fun Halloween-themed games, face painting and crafts for kids of all ages. Also on Saturday, it's the third annual Howl-oween Costume Pet Parade. Pet owners are invited to show up to the Community Center courtyard area at 11 a.m. and parade their pets decked out in creative costumes. Entries will be competing for awards such as Funniest Costume, Most Original, Scariest, and Best Animal/Owner Look-Alike. Saturday events will wrap up with a Halloween Dance party at the Yucca Valley Senior Center from 3 to 5 pm. Z107.7 Mobile Music will provide the entertainment for kids grades K-6. The admission charge of $3 per person includes refreshments. The weekend finishes up Sunday with the pumpkin Splash. One hundred fifty pumpkins will be ready for the picking from the Yucca Valley High School pool. Participants will harvest the floating pumpkins by net fishing from the deck or inflatable boat, or taking the "polar plunge" into the chilly water. Doors open at 1:30. The Pumpkin Splash is limited to the first 150 people to register. For more information about the Halloween activities, contact the Community Services Office at 760-369-7211.

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MORONGO BASIN SENIOR SUPPORT CENTER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
The Morongo Basin Senior Support Center is looking for volunteers interested in training to teach arthritis and water exercise classes in its warm salt water pool. Come and do something good for yourself and our community. Please call Shelly at 760-365-9661 for more information and come check out a Great place to exercise year around in the Morongo Basin.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI VOLLEYBALL GAME SATURDAY
This Saturday night at 6 p.m. will be the first Yucca Valley High School Alumni Volleyball game in Trojan Gym. The event is a fun evening of volleyball with Yucca Valley High School volleyball alumni (most for the first time in many years) playing the 2012 Varsity team. There will be a snack bar and admission is only $3 at the door. Alumni from 2005 - 2011 are asked to make a $10 donation for playing time and those "more mature" ladies from prior to 2005 are asked for a $20 donation for playing time. This is a fundraiser for the volleyball booster club to help provide for the future volleyball teams at Yucca High. If you have any questions, please contact Randy Eigner 760-567-5481.

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YUCCA MESA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL SATURDAY
Yucca Mesa Elementary School will be having its annual Fall Festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3380 Avalon Avenue. They will be having Games, Crafts, an Antique Tractor Show, a silent cake auction and much more! Tickets are available pre-sale at the school office six for $1 and day of the event four for $1. All proceeds go towards sixth grade science camp fund. For more information call Yucca Mesa at 760-228-1777.

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JOSHUA TREE CHURCH TO HOLD CRAFT SALE THIS WEEKEND
First Baptist Church of Joshua Tree will hold a craft sale Friday and Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m. There will be wreaths, seasonal gifts, and baked goods. The church is located at 6740 Sunset Road.

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CROSS COUNTRY MEET AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SATURDAY
Twentynine Palms High School will host the CIF Cross country League finals this Saturday. ROP Broadcast student Taylor Thacker has your invitation…….
Do you like to watch sports? Ever been to a cross country meet? Well, now is your chance! Come out and support your Twentynine Palms High School cross country team! On Saturday, October 27, we will be hosting the league finals meet here at the high school. Teams from Yucca Valley, Big Bear, Desert Hot Springs, Desert Mirage, and Shadow Hills will be joining us in the race to see who's best. The first race, boys' varsity, starts at 8 in the morning. Come cheer us on!

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball team beat Desert Hot Springs in Desert Hot Springs yesterday. Coach Matt Jennings said the team showed maturity as they went on the attack and recorded 31 kills and 9 blocks. The defense passed the ball well and had 72 digs. Serving was key, with a serving percentage of 94 percent and 12 aces. The Yucca Valley ladies are ready to finish the season strong with two remaining home matches next week. The junior varsity team fell to the Lady Eagles.

Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats Tennis Team finished their regular season by defeating the Desert Mirage Lady Rams 17-1. Coach Larry Battle says the Ladycats are once again De Anza League Champions with their third consecutive undefeated league record of 10-0. De Anza League Individual Finals start today at 10 a.m. at Shadow Hills High School. Singles qualifiers are Jasmine Smith with a 30-0 record, Destiny Zuniga with a 21-9 record. Doubles Qualifiers are Heather Lebeda and partner Rebecca Raines with a 29-1 record and Heather Centner and partner Arin Tripp with a 27-3 record.

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