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Listen To Your News Monday, October 29, 2012 News Archive
     

OUR ENDORSEMENTS FOR STATE, COUNTY, AND LOCAL ELECTIONS
With Election Day next Tuesday, Z107.7 announced our endorsements for county and local offices and measures on the "Up Close" show Friday. For local office: Yucca Valley Town Council, George Huntington and Bob Lombardo. Twentynine Palms City Council, John Cole and Joel Klink. Morongo Unified School Board Ed Will, Ron Palmer and Karalee Hargrove; Hi-Desert Medical Center Board, Martie Avels, Pat Cooper, and Michael McBride; Copper Mountain College Board, Dick Rogers, Greg Gilbert, and Mary Lombardo; Hi-Desert Water District, Sarann Graham and Bob Stadum; Joshua Basin Water, Short term, Victoria Fuller. In regional and state elections: For congress: Paul Cook; County Supervisor, James Ramos; County Measures R & Q, No on R; Yes on Q. Proposition 30: Yes. Proposition 31: No. Proposition 32: Yes. Proposition 33: No. Proposition 34: Yes. Proposition 36: Yes. Proposition 37: No. Proposition 38: No. Proposition 39: Yes. Proposition 40: Yes.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADER DIED YESTERDAY
A sad day today in our Morongo Basin. The 15-year-old Twentynine Palms High School cheerleader who suffered a brain aneurysm two weeks ago died yesterday. Lexa Hurlbert had been in a coma at Loma Linda University Hospital since October 18 when she had a brain bleed. Donation cans to help the family with expenses are at several Twentynine Palms businesses, including Bailey's Auto Repair, Denny's, Willow Tree Studios, and Roy's Tires.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CANDIDATES, PART 2 OF 2
There are four candidates for three available positions on the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees. Reporter Dan Stork attended a candidate forum last week, and breaks his report into two parts. Part 1 covered general questions posed by the Associated Students organization. Part 2, today, is on specific questions from the audience. Questions submitted by the audience were more pointed and detailed. When asked whether they would advocate making the CMC campus smoke-free, all candidates, while personally opposed to smoking, prefer the policy of designated smoking areas, coupled with health education. Another question asked if they would forego health care benefits provided to trustees, to save the college money. Lombardo said she would be willing to forego the benefit. Rodgers struggled with the question, explaining that private insurance is very expensive for public servants of modest means when they or their spouses are not covered by Medicare, and adding that other districts are much more lavish than CMC in this regard. Gilbert said he might relinquish coverage himself, but thought that a general prohibition could deter retired people from public service, given the minimal stipends. Ramirez-Dean said she would retain coverage, and would not support any effort to enforce a state-wide reduction of coverage. Many students who want to transfer to four-year schools take more than two years to complete two years of work. What can be done about this? Ramirez-Dean and Lombardo acknowledged that low enrollments often lead to cancellation of required classes, but advised students to be more pro-active in planning their schedules. Gilbert and Rodgers stressed the need for more vigorous counseling of students, as well as more use of classroom teachers as advisors.

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DUI, HIT AND RUN DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER OCCUPIED CARS
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, after police say he hit two cars and drove off, all while driving drunk. According to a Sheriff's press release, Randall Herbel, 59, was driving a silver Ford pick-up when he hit a a car at Onaga and Sage Avenues at 3:43 Friday afternoon and then left the scene. The woman driving the car that was hit called 911 to report the crash, and then followed Herbel, giving updates as to his location. The press release states that when Herbel turned north onto Hopi Trail, he hit another vehicle, this one a minivan with a woman and her two children inside. Herbel left the scene of the second hit-and-run, and drove by Yucca Valley Elementary School, where numerous children and their parents were on the sidewalks. Deputies caught up to Herbel in the 54100 block of Pinon Drive where he was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO BLOW UP BUILDING
A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Friday morning after she threatened to blow up a county office. According to a Sheriff's report, Kelli Kimmell, 23, was at a county government office in the 56300 block of Pima Trail in Yucca Valley about 8:30 Friday. County employees told deputies that they were trying to help Kimmell, but she became very angry, and threatened them, saying, if she could, she would blow up the building and everyone inside. Kelli Kimmell was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats. She was booked at the West Valley Detention Center with her bail set at $50,000.

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HALLOWEEN PARTY SAFETY TIPS FROM COUNTY HEALTH
If you are planning a Halloween party this week, County Public Health is offering some safety tips. Managing Editor Tami Roleff joins us. Halloween is a holiday that often is celebrated by trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and costume parties. Follow these simple steps from the San Bernardino County Public Health Department to have a fun and safe Halloween party. If juice or cider is served to children at Halloween parties, make sure it is pasteurized or otherwise treated to destroy harmful bacteria. Untreated juice or cider will have a label indicating that it was not pasteurized or otherwise treated. No matter how tempting, do not taste raw cookie dough or cake batter. "Scare" bacteria away by keeping all perishable foods chilled until serving time. These include finger sandwiches, cheese platters, fruit or tossed salads, cold pasta dishes with meat, poultry, or seafood, and cream pies or cakes with whipped cream and cream cheese frostings. Cold temperatures help keep most harmful bacteria from multiplying. Do not leave the food at room temperature for more than two hours.

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ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR HALLOWEEN HAUNT AT THEATRE 29
Tickets are now on sale for the Morongo Basin's scariest Halloween Haunt EVER. For the ninth year, Theatre 29 is putting on a scare fest with more than 40 hard-working volunteers. This year's Halloween haunt is "Asylum," and the scene is an insane asylum that was abandoned in the early 1900s. For the first time, tickets can be purchased in advance for a discounted price. Tickets are available at Z107.7 in Joshua Tree, at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, and at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $7 at the door. Prices for groups of 4 or more are $5 each. Tours of the asylum run every 10-15 minutes. "Asylum" will come to "life" 7 to 9 tonight and Tuesday, and 7 to 10 p.m. Halloween night. Theatre 29 is at the corner of Sullivan and Adobe Roads in Twentynine Palms.

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HALLOWEEN FUN FESTIVAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FOR KIDS 10 AND UNDER
Twentynine Palms Recreation Department and Z107.7 FM are offering the annual Halloween Fun Fest on Halloween evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Services Building on Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. Z107.7 will be on hand to give out trick or treat bags and other goodies. 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 OFFER GYMNASTICS CLASSES
Yucca Valley Recreation is offering gymnastics classes, starting next week. ROP Broadcasting student Cindy Manson tells you how to sign up...
Classes for intermediate gymnastics, put on by Yucca Valley Recreation, will be opening for their third session on all Mondays in November. It is being held in the Yucca Valley, Community Center in the Cholla Room, it costs $35 per four-week session for ages 10 and up; pre-registration is required. In the class, students will learn advanced tumbling such as front handsprings and aerials. So hurry and sign up your kids and don't forget to have fun. For more information please call 760-369-7211.

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PARENT CONFERENCES START NEXT WEEK AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL
Twentynine Palms High School will hold Parent Conference Days on Monday, November 5, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon and again on Tuesday, November 13, from 5 to 7:30 in the evening. No appointments are necessary and parents will be accommodated on a walk-in basis. Parents may visit one particular teacher or decide to stop in and conference with all of their child's teachers. Conferences are limited to 10 minutes in length. The front office will have the most recent progress report card available to the parent if needed. Twentynine Palms High School invites all parents to come visit the school on either November 5 or 13.

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OASIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOLDS ELECTIONS
If Oasis Elementary students have their way, President Obama will get a second term. Students held a mock election Friday. Reporter Kristy Lockhart was there as the ballots were cast…
These fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at Oasis Elementary School are getting ready to enter the voting booth. "I like Republicans and I like what Republicans stand for. I like that they decrease taxes and increase military givings." Fourth grader Luke Yarbrough spent a lot of time educating himself about candidates and the different propositions on the ballot. He voted against Prop 30, a proposed temporary tax to fund education. "Because that would just make more taxes. Even though it would go to schools. I think our schools have enough money." Teacher Brenda Roberts says the mock election is a way for students to learn the voting process. "They are so jazzed. Had a couple of students that were only comfortable voting for the president and senators and we said that's ok, grown-ups do that." The election was part of the My Vote sponsored by the California Department of Education and Secretary of State.

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CIF CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
In the De Anza League Cross Country final held at Twentynine palms Saturday, Twentynine Palms boys won their first title in 13 years. Yucca Valley girls win their eighth title in a row and 10 out of the last 11 years. The Yucca Valley boys were third.

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FOOTBALL WINS FOR YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOLS
In high school football, the Yucca Valley High School Trojans won Friday night 37-34 to remain tied in first place in the DeAnza League standings. Coach Tim Cannavo said Forrest Cowley recovered a fumble and returned it 33 yards for a defensive touchdown. Joey Rutherford had 21 tackles and forced a fumble. Caleb Woods also ran a recovered fumble back 34 yards. Cody McBride and Karver Murphy each had a sack. Logan Vallo kicked a 32-yard field goal. He also had the game winning score on a 50-yard reception with under a minute to play. Jimmy Kieffer had two touchdown runs of one yard. Bradley Soares ran one touchdown for 26 yards and threw the touchdown to Logan Vallo.

The Twentynine Palms High School Varsity Wildcats beat the visiting Desert Mirage Rams 42 to 24. Head Coach Ernest Martinez said defensive leaders were Nate McClain, who led the team in tackles with 16, and Morgan Cole, Talo Wilson, and Cole Estrada with 10 tackles each. Quarterback Jake Culver had a solid night passing, going nine of 14 for 144 yards and two touchdowns. David Haney had three touchdowns in a stellar performance on Senior Night. With the victory, the Wildcats will now play Yucca Valley in the "Battle of the Bell" game for a chance at their sixth consecutive league title. The Cats are currently in a three-way tie for first with Yucca Valley and Big Bear; with all three teams with a 3-1 record heading into the final week of play. The Twentynine Palms Frosh-Soph football team continued in their dominating ways, winning 40-0 over Desert Mirage.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCEDULES
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs Christian School volleyball team travels away to Bloomington to play the Bloomington Christian School Ravens. First serve is at 5 p.m.

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