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Listen To Your News Friday, November 16, 2012 News Archive
     

DUI/DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECKPOINT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT
The Twentynine Palms Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint tonight between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Officers will stop drivers passing through the checkpoint and will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. The DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is sponsored by state and federal grants. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND WITH STOLEN GENERATOR
A Joshua Tree man who works as a drywaller was arrested Wednesday when deputies found a stolen generator in his possession. According to Sheriff reports, a generator, rented from Yucca Rentals in Yucca Valley, was reported stolen October 20 from a construction site in Joshua Tree. After an investigation, deputies, armed with search warrants, went to a home in the 7100 block of Sunset, where they found the generator and Bruce Burkins III, 31. Bruce Burkins III was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000. The generator was returned to Yucca Rental.

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LATEST TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL COUNT: HEISER AND KLINK IN, COLE OUT
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the order of finish in the Twentynine Palms City Council election was unchanged, with the lead of top vote-getter Cora Heiser narrowing to 10 votes over re-elected incumbent Joel Klink, with Mayor John Cole–failing to retain his seat–38 votes behind Klink. After Tuesday's Council meeting, reporter Dan Stork talked to the three candidates. To the winners: what are their first priorities in the new term. To the one left out in the cold: Any reflections?...
At Tuesday's Council meeting, John Cole, ever the gracious gentleman, accepted his loss and congratulated the winners. He told us, "I was very disappointed because I was very enthused about some of the things I was looking forward to being a part of. I really enjoyed my time, and appreciate the opportunity to serve this community." When asked about her priorities in her new post, Cora Heiser said, "I think we have some tough issues coming up, as witnessed tonight with the fire department. Possibly Project Phoenix. But I really need to get in, get my feet wet. If I've got to start with tough decisions, I'll do that, but I hope to get a little chance to catch up and catch my breath." We caught up with Joel Klink later, and he checked off his three top issues. "My priority number one is Safe Routes to School, which has already started actually. I think it's time that we really start, really pushing, for retail, and going out to the retail businesses and talking to them and talking to them and seeing what we can do to get them to come to Twentynine Palms." His third issue was resolving the Project Phoenix impasse–he'd like to see it happen, but not if the process gets very drawn out. "We could use the money that we're using for lawyers' fees and consultants' fees for something else."

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WRITE-IN COUNT FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL RELEASED
The Registrar of Voters has also released preliminary results for Yucca Valley's write-in candidate for Town Council. Bob Leone has received 611 votes, far behind second-place finisher George Huntington's 3,546 votes and Robert Lombardo's 4,106 votes. While all precincts have reported, additional votes—including absentee and provisional ballots—are still being counted. The County Registrar of Voters said the results will be updated again tonight at 5 p.m.

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A MISSION CHANGE AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
State budget and other social pressures have spurred a big change in how local community colleges, like our own Copper Mountain College serve their area. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how the college's mission is changing…
The State's efforts to help California community colleges manage budget cuts and ease overcrowding includes a change to the core mission of the 112 schools in the system, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The change for two-year community colleges is a narrowing of populations served. Specifically, there's a de-emphasis on adult, continuing education and "lifelong learners." "We're starting to see things from the state that limit the focus to three principle areas: basic skills, career and vocational programs, and transfer programs for students going on to four year universities," says Copper Mountain College president/superintendent Dr. Roger Wagner. He says there's still a place for those continuing their education in the community education programs – those where college credits are not earned and where a school like CMC gets no associated state funding. The curriculums include programs like art or health and wellness.

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TIME TO GET READY FOR THE STARS TO COME OUT IN JOSHUA TREE
Once again it's time to fill the skies of Joshua Tree with more "Stars." The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to help light up their village! This is the fifth year for "The Stars Come Out in Joshua Tree" promotion and the Chamber is building and selling the 8-foot tall stars, which are covered with festive holiday lights. These Stars can be placed on the roof or outside your business, wherever works best for you. The cost is just $50 for these made-to-order, re-useable, festive stars. To order, simply send an email to info@joshuatreechamber.org, stating how many you would like, or call the office at 760-366-3723. They accept cash and checks. Order today, so you have your own star in time for the annual "Star Lighting" event November 30 at 5:30. The Joshua Tree Chamber will have carolers with musical accompaniment. Dickensian or other costumes are welcome, singers and non-singers are invited. Local businesses will be keeping extended hours.

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HI-DESERT ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT REACH-OUT MORONGO BASIN
Attention local artists and musicians. Your help is needed with a planned fund-raiser to benefit Reach out Morongo Basin. Managing Editor Tami Roleff puts out the call…
Art is needed from local artists, which will be auctioned off during the first annual High Desert Art Auction, to benefit Reach Out Morongo Basin's support services for senior citizens and disabled residents. Acoustic musicians are also requested. Musicians will be featured during a portion of the benefit, and groups of carolers are also welcome to perform. The holiday-themed event will serve baked goodies and refreshments. The High Desert Art Auction will be held Saturday, December 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. Donated art must be delivered to ArTFx and Furnishings by December 12. ArtFx and Furnishings is located at 55836 29 Palms Highway in Old Town Yucca Valley. To donate art, call Carlos Reyes at ArtFx and Furnishings at 619-990-5683 before November 30.

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO HEAR FROM COUNTY WASTE OFFICIAL MONDAY
The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday at 3 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. Rex Richardson from the Solid Waste Management Division will be on hand to talk about the proposed rate increases for solid waste collection, and answer questions. The Community Center is at 3133 Balsa Ave, just off Aberdeen Rd.

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TURKEY DINNER TONIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE VFW, BREAKFAST SUNDAY
It's a busy week for the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Veterans Way in Joshua Tree. Starting tonight is a Thanksgiving turkey dinner from 4:30-6:30 for $7 donation. Then Sunday breakfast is a sirloin steak special, plus an open menu from 8 to 11. And don't forget Taco Wednesdays from 11 to 1.

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FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free Community Breakfast Buffet Saturday morning from 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 Tree.

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY
Free, federal surplus food will be distributed to low income families and individuals this Monday at locations throughout out our Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork tells us where and when…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, November 19. The locations and times are: the Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10; Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30; the Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30; Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11; the Community Center in Joshua Tree, 9 to 11; Sunset Village Apartments, 6036 Sunset Road in Joshua Tree, 9:30 to 11:30; the fire station in Wonder Valley, 10:30 to 11:30; and Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon. Proof of income and address may be provided in a variety of ways, including self-certification on a form that will be available at each site. Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to serve the low-income families, elderly, disadvantaged and homeless of the county. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL RUNNERS IN CIF ACTION TOMORROW
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley cross-country team will compete in the CIF preliminary tournament at Mount St. Antonio College.

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