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Listen To Your News Thursday, November 15, 2012 News Archive
     

FIRE HYDRANT HIT AND RUN CAUSES A TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER SPOUT
In an incident of cars versus fire hydrant, it was Cars 2, Hydrant 0. About 11:30 last night, employees of Jack-in-the-Box in Twentynine Palms called Sheriff deputies to report that a fire hydrant had been sheared off when a Chevy Avalanche, driven by Nadine Taylor, knocked it over. Investigators say Nadine Taylor was arguing with her sister while driving south on Adobe Road. During the argument, her sister grabbed the steering wheel, causing the car to hit the fire hydrant, shearing it off. Taylor attempted to flee the scene but was held by Jack-in-the box employees until Sheriff's deputies arrived. Taylor told deputies she didn't report the incident to law enforcement because she was scared. The sheared off hydrant sent a spout of water 30 to 40 feet into the air for about half an hour while fire fighters and Twentynine Palms Water Department employees worked to shut off the water. Then, according to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, fire fighters watched in disbelief as a man driving a minivan, trying to pull into the McDonald's parking lot, and drove right over the fire hydrant. His vehicle became stuck on the fire hydrant and had to be jacked up to get it off. The unidentified driver told fire fighters he didn't notice the fire engine parked in the street, the fire fighters standing around the scene, the 30-foot fountain of water from the hydrant, or the puddle in the street, and, he said he thought the fire hydrant was a bucket. Captain Marquez said, "The fire hydrant did not survive." A report on the crash will be sent to the District Attorney's office to determine what, if any, criminal charges will be preferred.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2: TOURISM, PRAYER, PLANNING COMMISSIONERS
The Twentynine Palms Council meeting this week was dominated by the fire department annexation by the County. Reporter Dan Stork described that discussion yesterday in Part 1, and now turns to other business…
Before the status report on the fire department annexation at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting, there was a presentation by Cary Harwin on recent activities of the Desert Regional Tourism Association. He showed a promotional DVD that promotes visiting the Morongo Basin. The issue of ministerial invocations at the start of Council meetings re-surfaced. Pastor Frank Ferrandini prefaced his invocation by thanking the Council for inviting local ministers to talk. Resident Almut Fleck protested the practice of sectarian invocations, believing that it violates the principle of separation of church and state, as well as the right of freedom from religion. Mary Reeves thanked the City for its support of Community Emergency Response Training, listed accomplishments of the past year, and said that more training sessions are scheduled for January. Council member Jim Harris lamented the airing of a personal matter in his family via social media and text messaging, and criticized City Manager Richard Warne for alleged text messaging in the matter. Parks and Recreation staffer Randy Counsell gave the timeline and reduced budget for Community Development Block Grants. City Council approved a list of four projects to be submitted for CDBG this year. The Council decided to advertise the availability of appointments to two expiring Planning Commission slots. Both current appointees, Bill Easter and Cary Alderson, have said they'd like to be re-appointed.

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CHAMBER MIXER AT THE 29 PALMS ART GALLERY TONIGHT
The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery will host a Chamber of Commerce mixer this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its historic adobe gallery at 74055 Cottonwood Drive, off National Park Drive, in Twentynine Palms. The public is invited to attend and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and a tour of the 50-year-old community gallery, which currently features the Southland Show, the annual judged competition that contains more than 100 entries this year in all art mediums. The Gift Shop will also be open, and members of the Twentynine Palms Artists Guild will be on hand to explain the exhibitions, events, art classes, and activities available at the gallery. Admission to the mixer is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. For directions or more information about tonight's mixer, contact the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery at 760-367-7819 or visit their website at www.29palmsartgallery.com, or contact the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce at 760-367-3445.

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A BUSY NIGHT FOR THE MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD
The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors met in a special session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there as the board waded into a very full agenda…
Last night in Morongo Valley, the Community Services District met in special session in lieu of the regular third Wednesday meeting. At the top of the meeting, the CSD joined a host of other local organizations and passed a resolution opposing development of a large scale wind farm atop Black Lava Butte in the Pipes Canyon area. Also last night, the CSD approved an approximate half million dollar appropriation spending limit for fiscal year 2012-2013. The District remains well within the limit to date. Also last night, the board adopted a draft edition of the California Fire and Residential codes with changes. A copy of that document is available for view and purchase at the CSD office. In other business, the board adopted a facility use policy and updated fee schedule for use of the Covington Park Facilities. The schedule includes a provision for groups that have been meeting there regularly for more than 12 months.

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THIRD ANNUAL COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FESTIVAL OF WREATHS THIS SUNDAY
The Copper Mountain College Foundation's third annual Festival of Wreaths will be held 2 p.m. Sunday. The fundraiser auction will feature 25 wreaths that have been decorated by local businesses, service clubs, and individuals. Many of the wreaths include gift certificates, merchandise, and even cash. A wine and cheese reception is included in the $5 ticket price. The Festival of Wreaths will be held in the Bell Center Community Room on the college campus in Joshua Tree.

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TENDER LOVING CAUSE, TLC, LOOKING FOR DONATIONS
A holiday tradition, Tender Loving Cause, or TLC, is already gearing up for its 28th annual Christmas event. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says TLC is looking for donations…
Tender Loving Cause, or TLC, has been organizing volunteers to provide a free Christmas meal to residents of the Morongo Basin for the past 28 years. But trying to raise enough money to feed 5000 people a turkey and ham dinner with all the sides isn't the only thing TLC needs. It also provides gift packages to children and shut-ins. TLC also needs decorations for the event, supplies to prepare and cook the food, and to clean up afterward. Monetary donations are the best and easiest way to ensure that TLC has what it needs for the big event. Mail your tax-deductible donation to TLC, PO Box 895, Yucca Valley, 92286.

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REPUBLICAN WOMEN TO HEAR FROM FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR
Former Town of Yucca Valley Mayor, Chief of Staff (for Supervisor Janice Rutherford), Chad Mayes will be the featured speaker when the Yucca Valley Republican Women meet in November. "After the election, where do we go from here?" will be the topic of the evening. The dinner meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 19 at 5:30 at Evangelical Free Church on Mohawk Trail next to Desert Christ Park. Dinner will be served for the cost of $12. Reservations are required; call 760-365-9490.

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YOUNG-AT-HEART THEATER SERIES TO SCREEN "GOLDEN CHILD"
The "Young at Heart Theater Series" returns Friday, November 16, with the movie, "Golden Child" at the Yucca Valley Center for Spiritual Living. "Golden Child" is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Charlotte Lewis. Murphy stars as the "Chosen One" who must save an abducted young boy with mystical powers in order for good to triumph over evil. Doors open at 5:30; the film starts at 6 p.m. The Yucca Valley Center for Spiritual Living is at 7434 Bannock Trail, two blocks east of Pioneertown Road in Yucca Valley. For more information, leave a message at 760-365-2205.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 13 YEARS
After 13 years, the Twentynine Palms High School cross-country team was finally named league champions. ROP Broadcast Student Taylor Thacker has the kudos…
It gives every sports team pride to say they've won their league. However, for the Twentynine Palms Boys' Cross Country team, they haven't felt that pride in 13 years, until a couple weeks ago when the boys finally took home the title. Coach Rick Buckles says the guys worked so hard to be where they are now. Most of the guys have been working since freshmen year, running thousands of miles each. Buckles also says winning takes hard work, determination, courage, and of course, a little bit of luck. To Buckles, as a coach, winning just made him very proud of the kids and happy that all the hard work they put into the sport could pay off. The boys are also very proud of themselves and of each other, and are ecstatic to bring home the trophy for the first time in 13 years.

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REGISTER FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION YOUTH BASKETBALL
Youth basketball registrations are being accepted through the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department. Boys and girls enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to register for the 2013 youth basketball league provided by the City of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department. Registrations will be taken online at 29palms.org until Thursday, December 6, and at the Recreation office located in Luckie Park until Friday, December 7. The registration fee includes a uniform. Families with three or more children participating in the league are eligible for a discount. The basketball season begins the second week of January. Volunteer coaches, officials, score keepers and team sponsorships are being sought. For additional information call the Twentynine Palms recreation office at 760-367-7562.

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