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Listen To Your News Monday, November 19, 2012 News Archive
     

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS STILL VERY CLOSE, HEISER RETAINS LEAD
The latest but still not the final election results show it is still a very tight race for the Twentynine Palms City Council. Cora Heiser remains in the lead with 1,914 votes. Joel Klink is 37 votes behind her with 1,877, with John Cole just 23 votes behind Klink with 1,854. The top two take the Council seats. The County Registrar of Voters said the figures will be up dated again as they complete the process of reviewing absentee and provisional votes. Z107-7 news has projected that Heiser will take a seat; it is still too close to call between Klink and Cole.

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JOSHUA TREE DRUG COURT HOLDS 17TH GRADUATION
The Joshua Tree Drug Court held its 17th semi-annual graduation at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Reporter Dan Stork observed the celebration…
Before a packed room of over 100 family, friends, and well-wishers, Judge Rod Cortez handed out diplomas to the latest 17 graduates of the Joshua Tree Drug Court program. He began by citing statistics about the money that the program has saved taxpayers by way of not sending people to prison, the number of babies born drug-free because of the program, and children returned to their homes. Debby Sima, who evaluates Drug Court programs in San Bernardino County, compared programs in Redlands and San Bernardino to Joshua Tree: "The average recidivism rate for those three Drug Courts was 18 percent—came back in, had a new arrest. For Joshua Tree, it was 8 percent (whoops and applause)." Each of the graduates spoke—some briefly, some at length, some tearfully, some with rueful humor—all thanking the Drug Court for giving them a way to restart their lives. In closing Judge Cortez advised the graduates to use daily the tools they'd been given in the program. He also said, "It's time to be constructive—give back—serve your community. And in losing yourself in giving to others, you're going to find a wealth of rewards. You're going to find better people. You're going to turn out better than you are now, and you're going to really start to live life."

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED TRYING TO STEAL A CAR
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday evening after he was caught trying to steal a car. According to a Sheriff's report, the owner of a car in the 55700 block of Tanager Road in Yucca Valley saw Joshua Kaiser, 21, trying to take his car. The owner confronted Kaiser, who stabbed him in the fingers, and then ran off. Deputies located Kaiser and arrested him for investigation of vehicle theft. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000. During the course of the investigation, deputies also arrested Randy Young, 48, for possession of a controlled substance. He was booked at the jail with his bail set at $25,000.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN WITH HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTED AGAIN FRIDAY
A Yucca Valley man who was sentenced in August to two years in state prison for intimidating a witness was arrested Friday afternoon for beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff's report, a witness near Warren Vista Avenue and Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley reported about 4 p.m. Friday that he saw Mark Woods, 52, pick up his girlfriend, throw her to the ground, and then slap her. The deputy determined that Woods was on parole for domestic violence and his girlfriend had a restraining order against him. Mark Woods was arrested for investigation of domestic battery, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000, but is being held on a parole hold. Earlier this year, Woods was convicted of threatening to kill his girlfriend if she followed through with the domestic assault charges and sentenced to two years in state prison.

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AN ARREST FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday afternoon, accused of spousal abuse after his girlfriend was treated for minor injuries. According to a Sheriff's report, a woman in the 7400 block of Saladin Avenue in Twentynine Palms went to a neighbor's home and told the neighbor that she had been kicked in the head by her boyfriend, Michael Bylund, 48. After an investigation, Michael Bylund was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

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Z107-7 NEWS SPEAKS WITH LOCAL MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN
Lance Corporal Nicholas Patterson is a Marine with Regimental Combat Team-7, from Twentynine Palms. He, along with another couple hundred Marines, deployed to Afghanistan about a month ago and will be there for 13 months. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with Lance Corporal Patterson last week in Afghanistan, in the first of a series of regular interviews with the deployed Marines…
"A lot of weight lifting, physical training, and eating, working, and sleeping, not much else." That's a typical day, 7 days a week, with no days off, for Lance Corporal Nicholas Patterson, a data specialist with Regimental Combat Team-7, deployed to Afghanistan. With just one month down out of 13-month deployment, Patterson said what he misses most is his family. "Just being able to hop on your cell phone and call your family. Having that luxury is nice. I would say that's the one thing I miss the most." The Marines live two to a "can," what they call metal storage boxes, similar to Conex boxes, that have been converted into living quarters. Patterson said they get hot meals in camp. "The food is fantastic, believe it or not. I'm a country guy from Wisconson like me, we'll eat pretty much anything." But what really makes his day is mail from home. Patterson just got his first CARE package. "You'd be surprised how much it brightens your day when you get a package from your mom with homemade cookies in it." Patterson's had one final message. "We appreciate the support. We love and miss everybody back home. The morale wouldn't be as high as it is here. We appreciate everything you guys do." If you would like to send a CARE package to Marines deployed with RCT-7, use the address below.

Mailing address:
LCpl Nicholas Patterson
RCT-7, HQ Co.
Unit 41500
FPO AP 96427-1500

www.1stMardiv.marines.mil/Units/7thMarineRegt.aspx
www.facebook.com/RegimentalCombatTeam7

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FORMER SUPERVISOR/TAX ASSESSOR TAKES CIVIL SETTLEMENT
Former San Bernardino County Supervisor and Assessor Bill Postmus will pay the county $300,000 to settle the county's civil lawsuit that accused him of defrauding taxpayers by running the office for his own political benefit. Postmus, who pleaded guilty to 15 felonies last year as part of a criminal case, signed the settlement agreement Thursday. Postmus was the most prominent of five defendants sued by the county in May 2009 after an investigative report alleged widespread time-card fraud in the assessor's office. A County spokesman said the settlement is a full admission by Postmus to all the allegations in the suit. The county already has entered into settlements with three other defendants in the civil case, Greg Eyler, Mike Richman, and Rex Gutierrez. The civil case against another defendant, Jim Erwin, a former assistant assessor who is also facing criminal charges, was dismissed last year after he filed for bankruptcy. Wert said the county won a judgment against the fifth defendant, Adam Aleman. Like Postmus, Aleman has entered into a plea deal where he has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Both were key witnesses in criminal grand jury proceedings in the Colonies Partners conspiracy and bribery case that is still awaiting trial. Neither is likely to be sentenced until that case is resolved. Erwin, former Supervisor Paul Biane, Jeff Burum, co-managing partner of Colonies, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt, are awaiting trial in that case. All four have pleaded not guilty.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER OFFICER SELECTED FOR RURAL HEALTH FELLOWSHIP
A primary member of the management team at Hi-Desert Medical Center has been name for a very select fellowship. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the kudos form Judy Austin…
At Hi-Desert Medical Center, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer Judy Austin has been selected by the National Rural Health Association to participate in the 2013 Rural Health Fellows Program. The program focuses on developing leaders who can articulate the unique struggles and realities of rural health care delivery. Only 13 individuals were accepted for this fellowship nationwide. The National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Fellowship involves undergoing an intensive yearlong skill-building program. "I am pleased and privileged to be named a fellow in this distinguished program," said Austin. "Among other things, this fellowship will provide valuable networking and resource sharing at the federal level that I anticipate will benefit the Morongo Basin."

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JOSHUA TREE MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL PUT ON HOLD
With the changing of the guard in the 3rd District County Supervisor's office come local changes. Reporter Dan Stork tells about the local impact, in Joshua Tree and beyond…
The Joshua Tree Municipal Advisory Council (the MAC) serves at the pleasure of the Supervisor for the Third District of San Bernardino County. So with the defeat of incumbent Neil Derry by James Ramos for that position, the MAC has suspended its activities. In particular, there will be no MAC meeting this month. According to Frank Haggard, the District Services Coordinator for Community Service Area 20 in Joshua Tree, current members of the MAC will have to re-apply for their seats, if they wish to continue to serve. Haggard also said that he expects Ramos, who will be sworn into office on December 3, will shortly seek applicants to be local field representative, a position which is currently held by Alan Rasmussen.

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FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH OFFERS THANKSGIVING MEAL WEDNESDAY
Faith Lutheran Church in Joshua Tree and the Community Food Pantry will hold a free Thanksgiving meal at the church on Wednesday, November 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Church is located at 6336 Hallee Road. Take-out meals will be available after 5:30 p.m.

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JOHN'S PLACE OFFERS TRADITIONAL FREE THANKSGIVING DAY MEALS
It is the season of giving, and one local restaurant is doing just that. Reporter Kristy Lockhart tells us about a John's Place tradition…
If you are alone, or just don't want to cook for Thanksgiving, John's Place will cook your meal for free. For 23 years, John's Place has offered free meals as a way of giving back to the community. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday they will be serving ham and eggs for breakfast, and from 11 to 3, a turkey dinner with all the traditional fixings. John's Place is located on the highway in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-0144.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY MAKES FIRST EVER STATE FINALS
For the first time in school history the Twentynine Palms High School Men's Wildcat Cross Country team advanced to the state finals in Fresno on November 24. In the past only one woman and one men's harrier have advanced to the State finals—Darla Diantonio, and Marcus Buckles twice in 2005 and 2006. This years men's team, Noel Figueroa, Zach Kanlong, Wyatt Giannini, Jessey Brocar, Diante Aiken, Anthony Arias, Alan VanderMass and Dylan Brocar, traveled to Mt. SAC for the second consecutive weekend to run the legendary Mt. SAC course to compete in the Southern Section Finals with the top seven of the remaining 18 teams advancing to the state finals. Wyatt Gianinni led the team, followed by Zach Kanlong, Diante Aiken and Jessey Brocar. The team time for the five scoring runners was enough for a sixth place finish and a ticket to the state finals. The 'Cats will spend the week at home practicing before heading to Fresno to compete in the state final on this Saturday.

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