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Listen To Your News Friday, November 2, 2012 News Archive
     

THE 45TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BELL TONIGHT, TWENTYNINE PALMS AT YUCCA VALLEY
Tonight is the 45th Battle of The Bell football game. The annual high school tradition, rivals Yucca Valley Trojans take on the Twentynine Palms Wildcats for the Kiwanis Bell trophy. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more…
A football tradition since 1968. The Wildcats hold the series lead 26 wins to 18 for the Trojans. Wildcats Coach Ernie Martinez says with both teams 5 and 4, this game will be the difference between first and third place. "It's a big ballgame for both teams. They have an outstanding offense and we're solid at defense. It's gonna be a good game." The Trojans haven't won the Bell trophy since 2004. Coach Tim Cannavo downplays the rivalry but hopes this could be the year. "It's just another game for us. We're focusing on the same stuff we have all year." It's a friendly competition, but make no mistake, when the whistle blows the battle on the field begins. "This is a rivalry game anything can happen." Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Yucca Valley High School.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE OF 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. According to Sheriff's Sergeant Steve Wilson, the girl went to a party Sunday night where she became drunk and passed out. She told deputies that when she woke up, she found Robert Brooks, 26, performing sex acts on her against her will. Deputies, armed with a search warrant, went to Brooks' home in the 7700 block of Mariposa Avenue Tuesday afternoon. After an investigation, Robert Brooks was arrested on suspicion of rape of a drugged person, and two charges of rape on a minor. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $250,000.

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MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NOW ON TWITTER
The Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station is now on Twitter. Follow them for the latest news on community events, sheriff bulletins, local calls, and emergency alerts. Their Twitter account is @SBSheriffJT.

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MORE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUITS FILED OVER CADIZ WATER PROJECT
Four environmental groups filed their second lawsuit against San Bernardino County yesterday over a controversial proposal by Cadiz, Inc. to pump water from an area between Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. The $225 million project could provide water for about 400,000 people in six water districts. County supervisors approved a groundwater management plan for the project that would allow them to shut down operations if the water table drops to a certain threshold. That action gave the go-ahead for the plan to pump 50,000 acre-feet per year. In their lawsuit, the Center for Biological Diversity, National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club San Gorgonio chapter and the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society say the County failed to provide an environmental review and did not comply with its own groundwater ordinance. This is the third lawsuit challenging the project. The same four environmental groups filed a lawsuit August 31 contending the county should have led the environmental review of the project. Also suing is Delaware Tetra Technologies, which operates a brine mining operation near Cadiz Inc.'s property. Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said the project would benefit the county by creating jobs and providing a hedge against uncertain water supplies. Environmentalists said the pumping would cause a drop in the water table that could adversely affect air quality, and overdraw the water table.

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SOUTHLAND SHOW OPENS AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY, SUNDAY RECEPTION
The Annual Southland Art Show kicks off this weekend in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to see the show and join the artists this Sunday…
The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery will celebrate its annual Southland Show judged exhibition with an artists' reception this Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. This year nearly 80 works were entered in the competition, including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, drawings, collages, photography, sculptures and assemblages. Prior to the opening of the show, Helen Hayes, an artist from Rialto, selected the winning entries for this year's four categories: photography, under glass, not under glass, and other. Awards will be announced at the reception at 12:30 with first, second and third places in each of the categories as well as any honorable mentions. The public is invited to attend and meet the numerous artists that will be on hand for this once-a-year event. The gallery and gift shop are located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive (off National Park Drive) in Twentynine Palms.

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YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL PARENT CONFERENCES MONDAY
Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools will hold parent conferences on Monday, November 5, and again on Tuesday, November 13. Parents can meet with their children's teachers on Monday from 2:30 to 5, and on Tuesday, November 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. All conferences will be held in the teachers' classrooms. No appointments are necessary. Parents may visit one or all of their children's teachers. Conferences are limited to 10 minutes. The school's front office will have student progress report cards available to parents.

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FREE "AGES AND STAGES" SCREENING FOR CHILDREN OFFERED
The Center for Family and Community Services is providing free "Ages and Stages" screening for children ages 2 months to five years old. Thee screening looks at how your child is doing in speech, physical ability, social skills, and problem solving. After you complete the screening, a professional will share the results with you. These free Ages and Stages screenings are held every Wednesday at 7245 Joshua Lane in the center of Yucca Valley. Please call to make an appointment at 760-820-1430.

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MARIJUANA ANTI-PROHIBITION PROJECT MEETS IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
The Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, a medical marijuana patient support group and law-reform organization, will hold a meeting Saturday, November 3, at 2 p.m. at JTOPIA in Joshua Tree. JTOPIA is a new artist residential colony located at 61850 Chollita Road. Organizers will provide medical and legal information on the use of marijuana. The group currently holds monthly meetings in Palms Springs and Riverside and is the most active group organizing patients and advocates to protect the use of medical marijuana under California law. For more information, call 760-799-2055.

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DESERT INSTITUTE OFFERS NOVEMBER FIELD CLASSES
The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is offering a wide slate of Field Classes in November. Reporter Dan Stork has the class list…

Fall Desert Institute field classes continue in November, with these offerings:
November 3 Desert Ecology for Families
November 3 Explore Pinto Basin Mines
November 4 Mystery of the Wonderland of Rocks
November 2 & 3 Digital Video in Joshua Tree National Park
November 10 & 11 Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park
November 11 Historic Artifacts of the Mojave Desert
November 17 Drawing the Desert with Pencil and Brush
November 17 & 18 Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape

For some courses, credit at UC Riverside Extension may be available. There are discounts on fees for members of the Joshua Tree National Park Association and PINE. For full information about schedules, fees, and requirements for Desert Institute courses, visit joshuatree.org or call 760-367-5535.

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BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA TOMORROW
The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association hosts breakfast this Saturday morning from 8-11 at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. A big hearty harvest breakfast is yours for $4.50 and includes all the smiles and good old-fashioned neighborliness you can stand.

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CACTUS SEW-ABLES TO MEET MONDAY
The general meeting of the Cactus Sew-ables Quilt Guild will take place on Monday, November 5, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, doors open at 12:30 pm; meeting begins promptly at 1 p.m. Program for the afternoon will be "Beyond Traditions", a trunk show by Peggy Martin. Guests are welcome. A $3 donation is requested.

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET, RSVP BY MONDAY
The California Retired Teachers' Association will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, November 9th at the Helen Gray Educational Complex in Joshua Tree at 10 a.m. The featured program will be "Building a Library in Uganda" presented by Cheryl Erickson. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information or to make reservations, contact Ruth Ann Crites by November 5th at 760-367-7321.

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POETRY AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE NEXT WEEK
Poetry aficionados are invited to join students at Copper Mountain College Thursday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to the "Howl" Café…
Halloween's over, but for those who appreciate poetry, there's still plenty to howl about at Copper Mountain Community College where the Foundation and the Cultural Education Enhancement Committee will host poetry readings on Thursday, November 8, from noon to 1 p.m. Room 401 on the CMC campus will be transformed into the Howl Café for the event which will feature local poets Cynthia Anderson, Caryn Davidson, and Phillip Rosenberg as well as readings of selected CMC student writings from the Howl, the school's literary magazine. Coffee and scones will be served, so don your beret and get your fingers snapping for this literary cultural event. For more information contact Cathy Allen at callen@cmccd.edu or 760-366-3791, ext. 0600.

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BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW
The Joshua Tree VFW will serve up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:30 to 6:30 at the post on Veterans Way in Joshua Tree. Sunday breakfast will be chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning 9 to 10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway.

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FREE BREAKFAST AND CHRISTMAS SALE IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Skyview Chapel Church of God at 7475 Sunny Vista Road in Joshua Tree will hold a Christmas boutique sale tomorrow from 7 to 2. Many items are $2, and there will be baked goods, too.

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SEES CANDY AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY
With the change of seasons comes the See's candy sales at the Joshua Tree Library. Reporter Dan Stork says orders are being taken now…
See's Candy will be available again this year for the holiday season at the Joshua Tree Library. Now through November 10 the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library are accepting orders for a wide assortment -- Truffles, Molasses Chips, Peanut Brittle and more. All selections can be seen on the Friends of the Library webpage at www.joshuatreefol.org/events.htm or by visiting the Joshua Tree Library. Orders are also accepted by phone and all candy will be available for pick up before Thanksgiving. Beginning Saturday November 17 See's Candy will be available for purchase at the library with choices including one pound boxes in assorted, dark, or milk chocolate, nuts and chews, and soft centers, 4 ounce mini holiday fancy boxes, and 4 ounce snowman boxes. For more information about the See's Candy fundraiser, please call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 760-366-8615.

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FUND-RAISING CAR WASHES IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS
The family of Lexa Hurlbert will hold a fund-raising car wash tomorrow. Lexa was a 15-year-old Twentynine Palms High School cheerleader who suffered a brain aneurysm two weeks ago and died October 28. The car wash will start at 9 a.m. at the old Auto Zone parking lot, between 7/11 and McDonald's in Twentynine Palms.

The Yucca Valley High School Girls Soccer program will hold a car wash Saturday, November 3rd, from 9 to 2 in the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot outside of Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley. They will accept donations for the car wash, with the funds going to pay for the upcoming season's tournament fees, equipment, and transportation costs.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS IN LEAGUE FINALS TOMORROW
In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley high school tennis team will compete in the De Anza League finals at home.

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