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Listen To Your News Monday, December 17, 2012 News Archive
     

COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRACKING DOWN ON DUI OFFENDERS
Those arrested for DUI in San Bernardino County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The $230,000 grant to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office will fund a prosecution team that will work cases from arrest through sentencing, prosecuting both alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. The specialized prosecution team will make sure that no one falls through the cracks and that the worst-of-the-worst offenders face a skilled and dedicated prosecutor. The purpose of the program is to prevent impaired driving and reduce alcohol- and drug-impaired traffic fatalities and injuries. In 2010, there were 221 deaths and 11,764 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes in San Bernardino County.

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1,400 STOPPED, 3 CITED OR ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, YUCCA VALLEY CHECKPOINTS
Ten people were arrested or received citations during DUI checkpoints in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley this weekend. On Friday night, Twentynine Palms police screened 397 cars between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. in the area of Highway 62 and Estrella Avenue and arrested or cited three people. One person was arrested for investigation of illegal drugs; one driver was cited for operating a vehicle while unlicensed, and one citation was issued for having an unrestrained infant in a vehicle. In Yucca Valley last night, police conducted a checkpoint at the Highway and Grand Avenue and screened 1,089 cars. Two drivers were arrested for DUI, one arrest was made for investigation of possession of illegal drugs; three people were cited for driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license; and one person was arrested on a warrant for another criminal charge.

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DEPLOYED MARINES USING HI-TECH TO STAY IN TOUCH
Times sure have changed in the military. It used to be that deployed Marines had to rely on letters to stay in touch with family and friends back home. Letters turned into the occasional phone call. Then e-mail came along, allowing nearly instantaneous communication. Managing editor Tami Roleff reports that deployed Marines have an even more current way to reach out and touch someone…
Corporal Stephen Cook of Regimental Combat Team-7 is on his first deployment to Afghanistan, He said it's hard to be separated from his wife of 2 ½ years, who is pregnant with their first child. But he added his wife is supportive of the deployment. "My wife knows how badly I wanted to deploy. It was definitely something we had to work around and talk about, but it wasn't anything we couldn't handle." Cook and his wife Katie talk to each other often. "A lot of the nights I'll try to get on Skype and talk to my wife before bed." Their son is due to be born in March; and it's not hard to guess what Cook is most looking forward to when he returns home in March. "Spend some time with my son that's about to be born. The due date is March 9. Hopefully I'll be back in time to see him be born." Cook hopes to split the deployment with another Marine at Twentynine Palms who will go to Afghanistan in February to take over Cook's job as a paralegal with RCT-7.

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MILITARY HOUSING ALLOWANCE TO GO DOWN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
According to The Marine Times, The Defense Department has announced that because of a slump in local housing markets, the average Basic Allowance for Housing will fall by 5 percent at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base. The allowance is designed to cover 100 percent of average rental costs for the type of housing that defense officials deem appropriate for various pay grades — apartments for younger troops; townhouses and detached homes for more senior personnel. Under a policy known as "individual rate protection," lower rates will apply only to troops who move into an affected area in 2013, on the assumption that survey data indicate the average cost of rental housing under new contracts has declined in those areas compared to last year. Personnel already assigned to Twentynine Palms will see no cut in their BAH payments. Details of the announcement are available at
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/12/military-bah-rates-for-2013-121712w/

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER LOOKING FOR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PARTICIPANTS
The Hi-Desert Medical Center is once again offering their Leadership Academy outreach program. Reporter Mike Lipsitz gives an over view of the program and invites you to participate……
Community leaders are invited to apply for the fourth Hi-Desert Medical Center Leadership Academy. The program's participants attend an informative monthly session hosted by the District's CEO "Chad" Chadwick. Sessions focus on topics impacting community hospitals, a departmental presentation and a tour. Lunch is provided. If you are a community leader and want to apply for one of the program's limited openings, send a letter of interest stating your background, why you're interested, and that you can commit to attend each of the six once-a-month Wednesday sessions held in the Helen Gray Education Center this January to June from noon to1:30 p.m. Send your letter, postmarked by Friday, December 21, to the attention of Joe Ruddon, Marketing, Hi-Desert Medical Center: 6601 White Feather Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, or via email: Jruddon@hdmc.org.

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BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Twentynine Palms Tuesday, December 18. Blood donations will be taken at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, 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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BURNING SUSPENSION LIFTED BY COUNTY
The County burn suspension that has been in effect since August has been lifted as of Friday, December 14. According to CalFire Chief Rod Bywater, there are still restrictions on burn permits. Each request for a burn permit—including cooking fires and warming fires—will be accompanied by a physical inspection of the property. Campfires are restricted to established campfire facilities in established campgrounds. Bywater reminds residents to have fire extinguishers and other fire prevention tools available at the burn site in case the fire gets out of control. For more information, go to www.fire.ca.gov.

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LOCAL MUSICIAN LOOKING FOR HELP TO KICKSTART HER CAREER
At Z107.7 we take pride in supporting and spotlighting local talent. On Sunday afternoons we air our Local Music Showcase with Pat Michaels from 4 to 5. Reporter Kristy Lockhart introduces us to one of our featured local artists asking for your help in kickstarting her career…
Doing what she loves, local musician Dana Larson has a lot to be thankful for. "I love how music can touch people's hearts, music has always done that for me." Dana enjoys sharing that feeling with her audience. With original music, she performs regularly at the 29 Palms Inn. Inspired by folk music, she adds a modern twist to her songs. "It's very singy, songy. I was heavily inspired by Joni Mitchell and Simon and Garfunkel." Using a program called Kickstarter, Dana is asking for financial backing to record a CD and make a music video. "I get that feeling, I'm looking at this wave right here, that is so perfect. When I boogie board and you see a big set coming in and you're like oooh yeah." "That's it. What you've been working for your whole life." "I've waited a really long time." Dana needs $6,000 for production costs. If you'd like to help go to kickstarter.com and search Dana Lawson. Or you can click on the following link:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2095996716/dana-larson-records-her-debut-album?ref=home_location

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FOOD FOR LIFE LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS MEAL VOLUNTEERS
Food For Life is looking for volunteers to work their Christmas meal on December 22. They are seeking three people to help cook, people to serve, set up, and clean up. If you can volunteer, please call Robert Harris at 760-910-9339. Food for life is also looking for people willing to drive to deliver meals to shut-in on Saturdays. You only work on the Saturdays you are available. They deliver about 100 meals a Saturday and the route is divided into four areas, so they need four drivers a week. If you are available to help, please contact Billie Flatter at 760-401-6263.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FOOD PANTRY CLOSED DECEMBER 19, 26TH
The Community Food Pantry of the Morongo Basin will be closed, as usual, on the third Wednesday of the month, which is December 19. The Food Pantry will also be closed the following Wednesday, December 26.

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HOMES SOUGHT FOR REACH OUT FUND-RAISER
When your fundraising event is called "Parade of Homes," some of the essentials items needed are -- HOMES! Reporter Dan Stork puts out the call…
Reach Out Morongo Basin has scheduled its 9th annual Parade of Homes for Sunday, February 17. This tour is a major fundraiser for the Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors organization. It has brought in thousands of dollars in ticket sales and sponsorships every year to support Reach Out services for senior and disabled residents of the Morongo Basin. The Parade typically wends through multiple locations around the Morongo Basin. Organizers are currently looking for one home in Joshua Tree and one or two homes in Yucca Valley. If you'd like to show off your place, while helping out a truly worthy cause, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410 for information or to volunteer your home.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
After being behind as many as 14 points in the first half to the Indians of palm springs, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys' basketball team clawed their way back into the game and were only down by five points at the half. Coach Michael Schneider said the match up was competitive, but Palm Springs seemed to be too much for our wildcats. The final score was Palm Springs, 57 and Twentynine Palms, 44. The 'Cats were led in scoring by Ramon Smith, Jake Culver and Tim Dyer. This brings the wildcats record on the year to 3 - 2 overall. Their next opponent is from up north, way up north—Canada. They take on Abbottsford on Wednesday, in the Palm Springs winter classic. The game starts at 5 p.m.

The Yucca Valley High School Girls' Soccer team traveled to Temecula last week to participate in the Great Oak Winter Classic. Every game played was against ranked CIF teams. The Lady Trojans played very well but came up short in the first two games on Friday. Saturday, they played ranked San Diego Section member Fallbrook High School and ended with a 2-2 tie. Senior Chaylin Couzens scored both goals and junior Teresa Nava recorded both assists. Next up for the Lady Trojans will be the Ontario Christian Christmas Classic in Ontario held December 27th through 29th.

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