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Listen To Your News Tuesday, December 4, 2012 News Archive
     

LAFCO COMMENTS ON TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT ENDING TRANSFER OF FIRE DEPARTMENT
What is the view of Local Agency Formation Commission about the decision of the Twentynine Palms Water District to step back from the process of transferring the Fire Department to the County? Reporter Dan Stork asked LAFCO about it…
At its last meeting, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors voted to pause the application to LAFCO to transfer Fire Department operations to San Bernardino County. The morning after, Z107.7 asked Kathleen Rollings-McDonald, the Executive Director of the Local Agency Formation Commission, her reaction to the decision. She told us that it was the first she had heard of it, nor had she known that such a decision was in the works. In a later interview, we asked for comment on publicly-aired suggestions that the City of Twentynine Palms and the Water District form a Joint Powers Authority (or JPA), or that the City share some of its revenue with the Water District. With regard to the first idea, Ms. Rollings-McDonald gave a description of a JPA: "A Joint Powers Authority is defined as agencies coming together to perform a service that they are authorized to provide jointly." She gave as an example, adjacent water agencies combining to provide regional wastewater treatment, as is done in the Big Bear area. But the City is not authorized to provide fire protection, and its jurisdiction overlaps that of an agency which is authorized -- the Water District. Consequently, the legal basis for a JPA in this case is problematic, and is outside of LAFCO area of concern. With regard to the second idea, she said, "If the City were inclined, there's a process to transfer a share of its property tax funding, and that's in the Revenue and Taxation Code, and they can do that." Ms. Rollings-McDonald cautioned that the cost will be ongoing, and increasing.

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COUNTY SUPERVISOR RAMOS SWORN IN TO OFFICE
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors swore in 3rd District James Ramos yesterday. The County Sheriff's Department's honor guard opened Monday's ceremony with a presentation of the colors. Former San Manuel tribal chairman James Ramos was sworn in by his father, James Ramos Sr. as Third District supervisor, Ramos will oversee the bulk of the East Valley, our Morongo Basin, and other slices of the High Desert including the city of Barstow. Ramos, 45, is a former trustee of the San Bernardino Community College District and recently resigned from that board to take his seat on the Board of Supervisors. Ramos said he will let his "moral compass" guide him as he works with his colleagues on the board to make the many important decisions that lie ahead. "The road ahead will be challenging and exciting," Ramos said.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAIL CARRIERS FOOD DRIVE THIS SATURDAY
The Twentynine Palms Letter Carriers are having a food drive this Saturday, in Twentynine Palms. All food will go to the Twentynine Palms Food Pantry. Just place non-perishable food, no glass please, in or near your mail box and your friendly neighborhood mail carrier will pick it up. Their goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of food for needy families for the holiday. Note, the Twentynine Palms Letter Carriers Christmas Food Drive is for the Twentynine Palms area only.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL IN CLOSED, SPECIAL, AND REGULAR SESSION TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in closed, special, and regular sessions tonight. The special session at 5:45, just called, is to discuss the replacement animal shelter, and approve the County recommendation to revise total project cost called out in the ACJPA Agreement from $3.5 to $3.99 million. Managing Editor Tami Roleff looks at the other sessions…
The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet tonight, first in closed session at 5:00, and then in regular session at 6. The closed session meeting is to discuss potential litigation. Among the items on the consent agenda during the regular session, the Council will be asked to certify the election results; declare its intention to annex the territory of the future Super Wal-Mart; reject all the bids for the Town's proposed Splash Park; and approve the partnership agreement with the Chamber of Commerce. Following the consent calendar, the Town Council will select a new mayor and nominate a mayor pro tem. Under department reports, the Council will be asked to participate in the San Bernardino Associated Governments clean energy program. Finally, the Council will be given a video tour of the Town's website.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO KILL STAFF AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER
A man who threatened to kill medical staff who were treating his son was arrested early Sunday morning. According to a Sheriff's report, Roy Farmer, 53, of San Bernardino, had brought his juvenile son to the emergency department of Hi-Desert Medical Center. Shortly before 4 a.m., Farmer threatened a staff member while his son was being examined, saying, he would kill him, and that he had killed people for something less than this. Investigating deputies found a 3-inch barber's blade concealed on his person. Roy Farmer was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

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HIT-AND-RUN ON A POWER POLE IN YUCCA VALLEY
Yucca Valley police are investigating an apparent hit-and-run, in which the driver fled the scene after hitting an Edison power pole early Monday morning. About 5:30 a.m., a 2005 white Ford F-150 pick-up truck, driven westbound on the highway, crashed into a power pole in front of Walmart for unknown reasons. Responding paramedics found no one at the scene when they arrived a few minutes later. Deputies found identifying information inside the badly smashed vehicle and are searching for the driver. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT EXTENDING 4-UNIT PER ACRE ZONING ON TRACT MAP
Tonight's meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission has a brief agenda. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes…
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission starts its regular meeting with a public hearing on a request for a time extension on a tract map.The tract was for a 28.8 acre, 94-unit, single-family residential subdivision, 4 units per acre, at the northwest corner of Nicholson Drive and Datura Avenue. The map was approved in 2006, but no development has occurred. Then the Commission will consider setting a Public Hearing date to review a possible revocation of a Conditional Use Permit for auto sales at 73731 Amboy Road. The meeting starts at 6 pm at City Hall, on Adobe Road.

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BLOOD DRIVE AT VON'S IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Yucca Valley Wednesday, December 5. Blood donations will be taken at Vons in Yucca Valley, from 2 to 6 p.m. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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CHAIN REACTION CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY
We have sketchy details on a chain reaction crash in Yucca Valley yesterday afternoon. About 1:15, four vehicles, all traveling westbound on the highway, crashed into each other in a chain reaction near Airway Avenue, in front of U.S. Bank . One elderly woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center. The damage to the vehicles was also minor.

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GAS SPILL MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
About $60 in gas went from the gas pump onto the ground in Twentynine Palms yesterday. About 1:45 Monday afternoon, a woman started filling her Ford Thunderbird with gasoline at Circle K, 73943 29 Palms Highway, and discovered there was a leak in either the gas tank or fuel line. About 15 gallons of gas drained from her car onto the ground. Twentynine Palms firefighters responded, and used self-absorbent litter and dirt from the desert to contain the spill. Later, a fuel clean-up company came to finish cleaning up the spill. The woman's car was towed away.

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HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM LOOKS AT ELVES THURSDAY
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues its Winter Lecture series with a look at Christmas Elves. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more...
Have you ever wondered when the elves entered Santa's life? Elves have a long history in mythology and folklore, but the Christmas elf is a contemporary addition popularized during the 19th century. Discover their story, and enjoy some elvish cookies, during this educational and entertaining lecture Thursday, December 6, at noon. Admission is free. The Winter Lecture Series is held one Thursday a month from November through March. For more information go to their website at www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ITS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL STANDOUTS
The Yucca Valley High School Volleyball Banquet was held Sunday evening and year end awards were presented. The Most Improved Award went to Junior Chelsea LeBoutillier; Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP): Sophomore Ashley Priest; Defensive MVP: Senior Melissa Smith; Most Inspirational: Junior Savannah Smith; Coaches Award: Junior Sarah Jennings. Three players were named to the All De Anza League Team as well. Honorable Mention: Sophomore Middle Hitter, Ashley Priest. Second Team: Junior Setter, Chelsea Mondary; First Team all De Anza League: Senior Libero, Melissa Smith. YVHS Volleyball finished 4th in the De Anza League with a 3 - 7 record. They participated in the Carpinteria High School Tournament in September and the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix in October. The team is looking forward to next when they return 9 varsity players.

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DANCE AND CHEER CLINIC AT YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY FRIDAY
Yucca Valley Elementary School's parent group, along with the Yucca Valley Heat Dance Association, is offering a Holiday Dance and Cheer Clinic at YVES this Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity for parents to run errands or simply grab dinner without the little ones. The clinic is open to all children ages 4 -18 regardless of what school they attend. Doors will open at 3:45 p.m. and students will perform what they've learned at the closing of the clinic. The cost for this event is $10 without dinner or $15 with dinner. Concessions will also be on sale for 50 cents to $1. Payment and a registration are needed to attend. Families can pre-register by emailing yvheat@gmail.com or by contacting Yucca Valley Elementary School at 760-365-3381.

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HI-DESERT CHORUS FREE CONCERT THIS WEEKEND
The annual Holiday concert by the Hi-Desert Chorus is this weekend. ROP Broadcast student Cody Fritsch has your invitation….
The Town of Yucca Valley and Hi-Desert chorus will present a holiday concert on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9. The free concert will be held at the Yucca Valley Senior Center at 2:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. The concert is entitled "Sounds of the season, Directed by Bill Barrett and accompanied by Clyde Grabski and Joanne Sayers. Donations to the Hi-Desert Chorus are welcome.

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PARENTS CAN VISIT LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL TOMORROW
La Contenta Middle School invites parents to visit the school for monthly Parent Visitation Day on Wednesday, December 5. Parents may come for all day or part of the day. Parents may also stay for lunch. The school hours are 7:15 -1:50. Seventh grade lunch is at 10:16 and eighth grade lunch is at 11:48. When parents visit, they are reminded to check in at the office, with a photo ID, and get a Visitor's Pass. Parent Visitation Days will be held throughout the school year on the first Wednesday of every month.

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TOMORROW'S HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULES
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley girls basketball team will travel away to San Jacinto. Game time is 6:30.

Twentynine Palms High School boys basketball play will hostCoachella Valley at home; tip-off is at 5. The girls' basketball team will participate in the third day of the Holiday Classic tournament in Moreno Valley.

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