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Listen To Your News Thursday, December 13, 2012 News Archive
     

TEACHER ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION FACES 125 YEARS TO LIFE
The former first grade teacher and church youth volunteer who was accused of molesting boys over a span of three decades, has had additional charges added to his case. Caleb Hesse, 52, was arrested in August and charged with four counts of child molestation with three young boys. Since then, another 13 charges of child molestation of another two boys, dating back to 1988, have been added, for a total of 17 counts and five victims. Hesse has yet to be arraigned on the most recent charges. Until his arrest, Hesse was a first grade teacher at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree. He was also a youth volunteer with Evangelical Free Church in Yucca Valley, where he participated in many overnight trips with church youth. Caleb Hesse is being held at West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $2.5 million bail, and is scheduled back in court Wednesday, December 19. Assistant District Attorney Jane Templeton said that if the 52-year-old Hesse is convicted of all charges, his sentence would be 125 years to life in prison, meaning he would die in prison as he would have to serve a minimum of 60 years before being eligible for parole.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2: AFTER THE CEREMONIES, DOWN TO BUSINESS
After a lengthy sequence of ceremonies, the Twentynine Palms City Council got down to business. In the second part of his account of its meeting this week, Dan Stork reports on that business…
In the business portion of the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting, council member Dan Mintz summarized a day spent in Sacramento with state Department of Finance officials, discussing the fate of the bonds issued by the city in the effort to retain its redevelopment funds. Mintz's impression was that the DoF is overwhelmed by similar issues from 50 other cities, and literally doesn't know what to do. Two items related to the General Plan's Housing Element were removed from the consent agenda. Council member Jim Harris questioned the process by which consulting firm Hogle-Ireland was recommended by staff to prepare the Round 5 Housing Element update. Although Development Director Charles LeClaire explained that 12 firms were queried, only two responded with bids, and Hogle-Ireland submitted the lower one, a majority of council members agreed with Harris that they wanted documentation of the selection process before authorizing a contract. With no opposition, Council approved a staff and Planning Commission recommendation that the Housing Element be amended to conform with state requirements. A subcommittee consisting of Mintz and Harris was delegated to review applications for two Planning Commission slots, and to make a recommendation to the full Council. During public comment and the setting of future agendas, the fate of the fire department was raised. A special meeting was set for Wednesday, January 16, at which the staff is to present all the options and financial data it can gather on the matter.

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ILLEGAL BURN BURNS LANDERS HOUSE FOR A SECOND TIME
Yucca Mesa firefighters were confused yesterday when they were called to an illegal burn of a house that burned a couple years ago. According to Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, a home near Karol Road and Trail Trail in Landers had burned down about two years ago, and the family recently hired someone to clean up the property. The scrapper decided that rather than bring the rubble to the dump, she would burn it instead. Lasiter said when a neighbor complained, the scrapper moved the still-warm embers and put them inside the burned-out home. The burned out home started smoldering, and the 30-mile-per-hour winds blew embers onto a juniper, which caught on fire. Firefighters put out the new blaze within a few minutes. Captain Lasiter reminds residents that no burning is allowed in the Morongo Basin due to the high threat of fire.

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT OFFERS HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS
The Sheriff's Department wants you to stay safe while doing your holiday shopping. Sheriff's Safety Specialist Anita Baker offers these safety tips……
Following these suggestions may help deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don't overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in your coat or front pants pocket. Have your keys in your hand and ready and look around before opening your vehicle. When shopping with children, teach them to go to a store worker or security guard if you get separated.

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LOCAL RESIDENT REAPPOINTED TO BLM ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Bureau of Land Management announced that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed three new members and re-appointed a fourth, a Morongo Basin resident, to the California Desert District's citizen Desert Advisory Council, which advises Interior's BLM on public land issues. Re-appointed to a second three-year term is April Sall of Pioneertown, who represents the public-at-large.
The newly appointed members are: Donald Houston, Jr. of Los Angeles, representing non-renewable resources, Paul O'Boyle of San Diego, representing transportation/rights-of-way, and Jessica Reilly of San Francisco, representing renewable energy.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD TO CONSIDER CANCELING SUMMER PROGRAM TODAY
The Copper Mountain College Board may cancel its summer program when they meet today. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the college board's agenda…
When the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees meets in regular session this afternoon, the summer class schedule will be on the chopping block. Today's meeting starts at 3:00 in the Bell Center's Community Room. For the past four years the District has offered a full slate of courses during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms, serving nearly 500 full-time equivalent students over the state cap. The result has been a loss of more than $2.2 million in apportionment monies. That loss, plus increased operational costs mean cuts must be made to maintain an adequate reserve. If trustees vote to cut the traditional Summer Schedule the District would save about $120,000. Regardless of today's vote, a limited Basic Skills classes and the requisite Vocational Nursing Course will be offered this summer. CMC Superintendent / President Dr. Roger Wagner will be a guest on Z107.7's live Up Close show with Gary Daigneault tomorrow morning at 10.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TO LOSE PHONE, FAX, AND INTERNET FOR WEEK
Copper Mountain College will be without phone, fax, and Internet service from tomorrow through December 21. The college is completing a remodel, and due to the renovations, its computer system is being moved to the newly renovated library. The College will remain open but will not be able to process registration, payments, nor will students be able to add or drop classes during this time. For more information call 760-366-3791.

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FRIDAY OLD SCHOOLHOUSE LECTURE FEATURES FLORA OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
The second Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series continues this week with "Flora of Joshua Tree National Park." Join the Assistant Director of the Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Tasha La Doux, Ph.D., as she discusses the results of her floristic studies in the Joshua Tree National Park over the last 10 years, including rare plant surveys, interesting finds (including new species to science), and an overview of the floristic diversity found in the park. She will also provide a brief discussion on the value of floristic efforts and herbarium collections. Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Twentynine Palms this Friday, at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 p.m. at the 29 Palms Inn, room is limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to Marion Gartner 760-361-1202 or desert29palms@yahoo.com. Additional information can be found at www.29palmshistorical.com.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT THANKS BILL LONG, STARTS RECHARGE PROJECT
The Joshua Basin Water District noted milestones and formally started a major project last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report…
It was a milestone day at Joshua Basin Water District yesterday as the District honored outgoing Director Bill Long for his near decade of service, saw the swearing in of Victoria Fuller, the District's newest board member, and broke ground on what will be a four-mile stretch of conduit linking Joshua Tree with the Morongo Basin Pipeline. The project is expected to take 18 months. When finished, water controlled by the Mojave Water Agency will flow from outside the District into Joshua Tree for the purpose of replenishing the aquifer which US Geological Survey studies confirm have been dropping year after year as more water is pumped out than can be replenished naturally. First approved by voters with a bond measure in 1991, the many elements of the project have been funded by a combination of bonds and grants awarded Joshua Basin Water District. Future conservation efforts will impact the amount of water the District will need to purchase for recharging the aquifer.

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CHAPARRAL ARTISTS OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY
The opening reception for the Chaparral Artists "Winter" show will be this Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at A Roadside Attraction in Twentynine Palms. Artwork in all media, featuring winter scenes, will be on display and for sale at reasonable prices. Many of the participating artists will be on hand for the event, and light refreshments will be available. The gallery is located at 69197 29 Palms Highway in the Indian Cove area. The show runs through January 15.

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ROCKIN' HOLIDAY PARTY AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY SATURDAY
The Joshua Tree Library will host its Rockin' Holiday Party for school age children this Saturday, at 1:00 pm. The program will begin with a special holiday story read and participants will make holiday crafts and have a picture taken with Santa while they rock around the Christmas tree. This event is free; all craft items and pictures with Santa are provided by the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library. For more information about the Rockin' Holiday party, story time or other library programs, please call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 760-366-8615.

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INTERCULTURAL DAY TOMORROW AT YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOLS
Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley students will experience the world tomorrow. Reporter Kristy Lockhart explains…
Students at Yucca Valley High School will celebrate multi-cultural day Friday, December 14. Staff advisors say the students worked hard to represent different cultures from around the world. Senior Jake Frank helped organize the event. "We do have a diversity of cultures on this campus, but we also have a lot of people from this valley who have never been outside California and have never been able to see much of the world, so we do our best to give them the experience or a little taste of it." At lunch, students will be able to sample Chinese, Thai, Italian, and Indian food. Students will also perform traditional dances and songs later in the day. At Twentynine Palms High School, their international festival or I-fest tomorrow will celebrate the rich cultural diversity at the school, with performances and foods representing the different groups and their backgrounds throughput the campus with booths and displays.

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KARAOKE FOR TLC AT STARBUCKS FRIDAY
Sherrie Karr, Z107.7 disc jockey, will set up her karaoke machine at Starbucks from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 14. Participants are invited to sing for this year's Tender Loving Cause CD. Singers can bring their own karaoke disc or original music to sing to. The 2011 CD is available for a minimum $10 donation. People can also drop off their TLC donations.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS
The Twentynine Palms boys' junior varsity and varsity basketball teams won a pair of games Wednesday night at home in Wildcat gymnasium. The opponent was the Xavier Prep squad out of Palm Desert. Coach Michael Schneider said the varsity squad won their match-up against Xavier Prep team by a score of 52 to 36. The Wildcats were led by: Richard Ewing, 13 points; David Haney, 9 points; Tim Dyer, 8 points; Ramon Smith, 8 points; Morgan Cole, 8 rebounds. The Wildcats have a 3 and 1 record on the season.

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat junior varsity team won by the score of 42 to 18, and were led by Andrew Wilson with 14 points. Their season record is 4 wins, 0 losses.

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan soccer boys traveled to Rancho Mirage in a non-league match versus Marywood-Palm Valley. Coach Tee Vallo said in the first half, the Trojans scored four goals, with senior forward Diego Martinez having a crazy first half scoring a hat trick with three goals, and senior captain Haemish O'Donnell scoring a goal. The second half, the Trojans scored three more goals as the defense had a solid night keeping Marywood's attack in check and developing play from the back and junior keeper Victor Garcilazo had two great saves during the game to shut out Marywood. The game ended Trojans 7, Marywood 0.

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