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Listen To Your News Monday, December 3, 2012 News Archive
     

THE FINAL ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN AND CERTIFIED
Cora Heiser and Joel Klink have been certified by the Registrar of Voters as the winners in the election for the Twentynine Palms City Council. According to final results released Friday, Cora Heiser garnered the most votes with 1,986 votes, followed by Joel Klink with 1,911. Trailing by just 12 votes, with 1,899 votes, is John Cole. Only the top two vote-getters will be seated on the Council. Nearly 71 percent of eligible voters in Twentynine Palms cast a ballot for the City Council race.
The other close race in the Morongo Basin was the 1 percent sales tax measure in Yucca Valley, known as Measure U. Measure U needed 50 percent of the votes, plus one, to pass, but it fell short by 121 votes, with 75 percent of the Town's eligible voters voting.

The certified results confirm the earlier results for the other races. Paul Cook won the newly formed 8th Congressional District over Greg Imus. Brian Nestande beat Mark Orozco in the 42nd State Assembly District. James Ramos defeated Neil Derry for Third District County Supervisor. Winning seats for the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees are Dick Rogers, Greg Gilbert, and Mary Lombardo. Elected to the Morongo Unified School District are Ed Will, Ronald Palmer, and Karalee Hargrove. Re-elected to the Hi-Desert Water District are Sarann Graham and Bob Stadum. With 48 percent of the vote in a field of four candidates, Victoria Fuller ran away with the election for a short-term seat on the Joshua Basin Water District. Paul Hoffman, Martie Avels, and Patricia Cooper won the three seats on the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors.

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CLOSE ELECTIONS NOT RARE IN 25TH HISTORY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS
Close elections have been a part of Twentynine Palms since the City's birth. As the City celebrates its silver anniversary, reporter Dan Stork looks back to 1987…
Twenty-five years ago, on November 23, 1987, the City of Twentynine Palms was officially incorporated, having achieved its independence from San Bernardino County by ballot initiative in the November election, winning by a narrow margin of less than 100 votes, 980 in favor and 894 against. Winning cityhood allowed the community to a locally-elected governing body, and to develop and implement its own planning objectives. In that same election, 14 candidates had entered the city council race even before cityhood was assured. The first Twentynine Palms City Council was sworn in on December 7, 1987, and consisted of five local businessmen: Mayor Chuck Bell, Christopher Dobler, Jeff Dunn, Les Krushat, and Fred Libby. This year, to honor the occasion, the public is invited to join former mayors, council members, staff, and regional representatives in wishing the City a happy anniversary at City Hall at the 6 p.m. start of the December 11 regular council meeting. Commemorative handouts will be available for those in attendance, and an anniversary cake will be served.

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SHERIFFS INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED AT LANDERS HOME
The Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department is investigating a report of shots fired at a home in Landers in the early morning hours Saturday. According to a Sheriff's report, a man living in a home in the 59900 block of Stearman Road in Landers called 911 about 3:50 Saturday morning to report a bullet, similar in size to a .223, came through the home's front window and nearly hit his girlfriend. The bullet came to rest in front of the closets in the bedroom. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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ROADS CLOSED BRIEFLY IN JOSHUA TREE SUNDAY NIGHT
Joshua Tree residents may have noticed a lot of law enforcement activity last night in the 7600 block of Sherwood Avenue. About 8:20 p.m., a resident barricaded himself into a house, and when he eventually emerged two hours later, he was taken to the hospital for a health evaluation.

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Z107.7 TALKS WITH A MARINE MOTOR T OPERATOR ON AFGHANISTAN
Z107-7 News has been interviewing Twentynine Palms Marines who are currently deployed in Afghanistan. Today, Managing Editor Tami Roleff talks with RCT's Marine of the week, Motor T Operator Cameron Reed…
Napoleon said an army moves on its stomach, but for Regimental Combat Team-7 from Twentynine Palms, now deployed to Afghanistan, the Marines move by trucks. And getting them, and their supplies, where they need to go is Corporal Cameron Reed of Thomasville, Georgia. Reed is a motor transport operator. "I drive trucks." Reed was honored last week as RCT-7's Marine of the Week due to his determination to get things done and accomplish the mission. Captain Hudson Reynolds praised Reed. "He's a good Marine. What he does is very, very, significant to our mission." And what was the mission? "I'm on the logistic side of the campaign. I move supplies from place to place, to people who need them and I just drive trucks and stuff and make sure they're always up to speed and running properly and what not." The job has its risks, but Reed said prior to his deployment, he underwent training. "For us, with trucks, it's convoy training, what to do in certain situations and how to react." Reed loves his job and looks forward to the challenge of being deployed. "It's a one-time opportunity to do something like this. So I figured I'd take it. Try something different."

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THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IN OUR DESERT SKIES TONIGHT
It's back. After a long hiatus the International space station will appear tonight. The ISS will appear out of the SW at 5:10 tonight heading north for about 3 1/2 minutes until it goes into the earth's shadow. Amateur Astronomer Sam Davidson says It's up about 210 miles and moves about five miles per second.

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REACH-OUT LOOKING FOR PARADE OF HOMES SHOWPLACES
Reach Out Morongo Basin officials are looking for two or three more homes to include in its 9th Annual Parade of Homes. During the Parade of Homes, homeowners from across the Morongo Basin open their homes to curious visitors. One of the homes to be featured in 2013 is the Tower Homestead Guest Ranch in Twentynine Palms. Originally a 160-acre property homesteaded by Robin Anaya's grandparents, Herb and Lily Tower, the home was built by dismantling a 100-year-old home in Pasadena and hauling it up the one lane dirt road to Twentynine Palms where it was rebuilt. The 9th Annual Parade of Homes is set for February 17, 2013. Organizers are currently looking for one home in Joshua Tree and one or two homes in Yucca Valley. Residents who would like to have their home on the tour should call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.

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ENTRIES NOW BEING TAKEN FOR HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST
Decorate your business and win free advertising and bragging rights in the annual Holiday Business Decorating contest. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says it is free and a phone call enters you in to the competition…
Hi-Desert Publishing and Z107.7 team up again for a free holiday decorating contest, a tradition that generates seasonal spirit and local shopping. Every Basin business will want to enter; up to eight will receive free local advertising, a cool plaque from Trophy Express, and a year's worth of bragging rights. The contest is free to enter. Awards will go to first- and second-place winners for both best interior and exterior in large and small space categories. Entries will be rated on "Overall Theme, Inventiveness & Appeal", "Use of Space, Light & Color," and "Wow Factor". Painted windows do not qualify. First place winners receive $600 of free advertising. Second Places get $300 worth of ads. Enter your business by 5 p.m. December 14th by calling Z107.7 at 760-366-8471 or Hi-Desert Publishing at 760-365-3315. Winners will be announced December 19.

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LETTERS TO SANTA BEING TAKEN AT YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION
Santa's elves will be visiting Yucca Valley to pick up children's letters to Santa. Letters can be dropped off in the special mailbox in the Yucca Valley Community Center lobby, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or mailed to Santa Claus c/o Town of Yucca Valley, 57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy., Yucca Valley, CA 92284. Letters must be received by Monday, December 17th. The elves will make sure Santa knows to write back. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For more information please call the Community Services Department at 760-369-7211, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY SATURDAY
Support your local 29 Palms art gallery at their Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair this coming Saturday. ROP Broadcast Student Andrew Whitaker has your invitation…
The 29 Palms Art Gallery will be hosting a holiday arts and crafts fair on December 8 from 9 to 4. The Twentynine Palms Artists Guild is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. Membership is open to all artists and art-appreciators. According to 29PalmsArtGallery.com, membership applications are available online, to be filled out, and mailed back. Annual membership cost is $25 for single, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for high school students and $5 for middle school students, and below. Benefits of being in the Guild include: exhibition space to show your art, art classes, invites to events, and newsletters. Anyone interested in the Guild, or Gallery can visit 29PalmsArtGallery.com, or call 760-367-7819.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES
After losing the first game to host Beaumont High School, the Yucca Valley High School Girls' soccer team played West Valley High School on Friday and dominated the contest winning 5-1. Saturday, the Lady Trojans competed against CIF-ranked Tahquitz High School in the consolation semifinals ending in a tie and forcing overtime. Coach Scott Phillips said Tahquitz was able to gain the victory in double overtime with the final score being 3-2. The final game for the Lady Trojans soccer squad came against CIF-ranked Palm Desert High School. Playing tired and banged up, the girls fought until the end but came up short, losing by a score of 2-0. Next up for the Lady Trojans will be Xavier Prep on Thursday at Trojan Stadium. Game time is 3:15 p.m. for the boys and 5 p.m. for the girls.

The girls' varsity basketball team at Twentynine Palms High School went 2 and 2 at the Mustang Tip Off at West Valley High School. The girls lost to Heritage 61 to 65 Wednesday, beat Big Bear 51 to 40 on Thursday, lost to Murrieta Mesa 38 to 45 on Saturday and won against Yucca Valley 47 to 32 Sunday. Standouts at the tournament for the Wildcats were: Johnette Brown who earned All Tournament Honors despite missing the Yucca Valley game due to illness. Brown led all scorers with 60 points in three games for an average of 20 per game. She rebounded well, and played great defense. Second leading scorer was Alexa Herrera with 48 points for a 12 point a game average; she led the team in assists and rebounds respectively. Cherokee Turner was second on the team in rebounding and third in scoring; Turner also turned in a stellar defensive effort

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs boys and girls basketball teams will host the Academy for Academic Excellence at home. Girls start at 5 p.m.; boys at 6:30. The Twentynine Palms High School girls' basketball team will be in the second day of the four-day Holiday Classic tournament at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley. And the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Cat soccer team will host West Shores High School at home, starting at 3:15.

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