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Listen To Your News Friday, December 14, 2012 News Archive
     

MARINE SHOT IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS SURVIVED SIX MONTHS IN AFGHANISTAN
Desert Hot Springs police are asking for the public's help in tracking down the person who shot a Twentynine Palms Marine, just back from six months in Afghanistan. Desert Hot Springs Police Sergeant Brian Link gave more details yesterday about what happened during the early morning hours of December 6, when Craig Maddy, 21, was shot and critically injured. Link said Corporal Maddy and four other Marines, were in a "physical altercation in downtown Palm Springs" earlier in the evening. Corporal Maddy and his friends drove away in a Dodge Charger, northbound on Indian Canyon, but were chased by a light-colored SUV. About 2 a.m., the SUV caught up to the car and someone fired a high-powered rifle "in cold blood" through the car's back window, striking Maddy in the head, who was sitting in the right rear seat. Maddy's friends pulled over by a convenience store just north of the I-10 freeway, performed CPR, wadded up a T-shirt and held it to his head until paramedics arrived. Doctors told Maddy's parents that his injury is a "non-recoverable wound." Anyone with information should call Detective Raul Sandoval at 760-329-6411, extension 330, or send a text to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, at 274637.

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A SHOOTING IN THE PARADISE VALLEY AREA OF YUCCA VALLEY
Deputies are following up on a report of shots fired in the Paradise Valley neighborhood of Yucca Valley Wednesday afternoon. According to Sheriff's Sergeant Randy Warfield, three adults and a child were in a white Toyota driving westbound on Paxton Road near Avalon about 2:50 p.m. when they started exchanging words with two Hispanic men who were standing on the side of the road. The two men fired at least two shots at the car; hitting the hood and into the grill, punching a hole in the car's radiator. The men then fled. Deputies made an extensive search of the neighborhood, checking homes and vehicles, but were unable to identify or locate the two men. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CANCELS SUMMER CLASSES
Copper Mountain College has cancelled their summer classes for 2013. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at yesterday's College Board meeting and files this report...
At yesterday's Trustee meeting at Copper Mountain College, the board voted to cancel classes for Summer 2013. The difficult action was recommended by Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner who described it as "the most difficult thing I've had to do in my time here." The move is expected to save the District approximately $120,000 and was described as necessary as part of a plan to restore budget reserves to the accepted 10 percent minimum. Administrators forecast the reserves will fall to 8 percent by year's end. The reserves are linked to CMC's credit rating and interest rates paid. In other business, Liz Meyer was elected Board President, Eva Kinsman Vice President, and Dick Rogers Board Clerk. Yesterday saw the departure of two board members, Dr. Rita Ramirez-Dean and Owen Gillick, each with approximately four decades of service to the college. Greg Gilbert and Mary Lombardo were the newest trustees to take the oath of office.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER NAMED EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
A local educator has received a top honor. This week Twentynine Palms Junior High science teacher Jason Schmit was selected as the Educator of the year for this district. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more…
Eighth grade science teacher Jason Schmit is humble about being named top educator for the district. "It's a big honor, it was not expected." But Principal Justin Monical doesn't mind bragging....
"They absolutely love him. When our students heard he won they were just so tickled. They were waiting in his classroom to congratulate him. They absolutely adore him." Monical says Schmit goes above and beyond engaging students inside the classroom and out. "He is part of the kaleidoscope days, night sky viewings. He participates in all the extra curricular and outside scope activities that help enrich the lives of kids." Later this year Schmidt will travel to Sacramento to compete at the State level.

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DUI CHECKPOINTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND
The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley police departments will be conducting DUI/driver's license checkpoints this weekend. On Friday, officers will be stopping drivers at an undisclosed location in Twentynine Palms between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., and on Sunday, officers will be in Yucca Valley during the same hours. Drivers will be checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, as well as for proper licensing and registrations. Twentynine Palms police received a traffic safety grant of more than $19,000, while Yucca Valley police received a grant for almost $19,000, to conduct DUI checkpoints. The Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department reminds residents, don't drink and drive.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH ON THE GRADE YESTERDAY
A Yucca Valley man was hospitalized with serious injuries after he was thrown from his car on Highway 62 Thursday morning. About 11:38, Jason Jennings, 28, was driving his 2006 Mustang eastbound up the Yucca Grade, just east of Hoopa Trail, when he lost control of his car and it slammed into the concrete center divider. The car then slid over to the right shoulder of the road and collided with the dirt berm, before coming to rest in the number 2 lane. Jennings was ejected out the rear window of his car during the crash, landing in the roadway. Witnesses pulled him out of oncoming traffic, and paramedics transported him to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with major head trauma.

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD GIVEAWAY THIS MONDAY
Free federal surplus food will be distributed to low income individuals and families this Monday. Reporter Dan Stork tells us when and where…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, December 17. 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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STUFF THE BUS NEXT WEEK TO BENEFIT TENDER LOVING CAUSE
You can help the Tender Loving Cause Christmas feast and have some fun. The MBTA is again sponsoring their "Stuff the Bus" event all next week. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more…
Tender Loving Cause and the Morongo Basin Transit Authority are once again sponsoring "Stuff the Bus," a week-long event to collect food and toys for TLC's free Christmas buffet and toy give away. TLC coordinator Mara Cantelo explains what is needed. "We're going to be filling the bus with all kinds of things—canned goods, stuffed animals, toys, clothing, anything that is nice to give away on Christmas Day. Please come by and let's stuff that bus. I want to see stuff coming out the windows." The bus will be in the parking lot of Food 4 Less in Yucca Valley Monday and Tuesday; at the Z107.7 studios on Halle Road in Joshua Tree Wednesday; at the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley Thursday, and at the Desert Trail in Twentynine Palms on Friday. All hours are 8:30 to 4. TLC is also accepting monetary donations for salads and meats. Residents can donate online through PayPal at tenderloveingcause.com.

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WEEKEND MEAL SCHEDULE AT JOSHUA TREE VFW
The Joshua Tree VFW will be serving up a pot roast dinner tonight from 4:30 to 6:30. There is no Sunday breakfast, but don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

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FREE FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Free food and fellowship will be served up Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Little Church of the Desert community room in Twentynine Palms. The Spirit and Truth Center will prepare barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes and dessert.

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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 to10 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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HI-DESERT HOLIDAY AUCTION TO BENEFIT REACH OUT TOMORROW
Helping to raise money for a good cause, the High Desert Holiday Art Auction benefiting Reach Out Morongo Basin is tomorrow. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has details…
ArTFx and Furnishings in Old Town Yucca Valley will be hosting the first annual High Desert Art Auction December 15. This will be a holiday themed event featuring an art auction benefit, live music, holiday treats and more. It takes place December 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. ArTFx and Furnishings is located at 55836 29 Palms Highway, four doors west of Pioneertown Road in Old Town Yucca Valley. Proceeds raised by the auction will go to Reach Out Morongo Basin for funding support services for senior citizens and disabled residents of the Morongo Basin.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL ART CLUB SELLING 2013 CALENDARS
The Twentynine Palms High School Art Club is selling 2013 calendars featuring student art as a club fund-raiser. The Calendars are available in the Activities office at Twentynine Palms High School or at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Gift shop for $5 each. Get a beautiful calendar and support your local art students.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
Coming up in high school sports tonight, the Twentynine Palms High School boys and girls basketball teams will travel to Palm Springs High School. Girls start at 6; boys at 7:30.

The Yucca Valley High School girls' basketball team travels away tonight to Hesperia to play Sultana High School. Tip off is 6 p.m. The Lady Trojan girls' soccer team is in the third day of the Great Oak Winter Classic Tournament.

And finally, the Joshua Springs Lightning boys' and girls' basketball teams will travel away to Redlands Adventist Academy. The girls' game starts at 5; boys at 6:30 p.m.

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