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Listen To Your News Tuesday, December 18, 2012 News Archive
     

EMERGENCY APPEAL ISSUED FOR BLOOD DONATIONS
Desert Blood Services has issued an emergency appeal to the Hi-Desert for blood donations this week. All blood types are needed, but blood types O and B are critically low. Blood donations are 20 percent below 2011 levels, and typically, blood donations fall even more during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Desert Blood Services will conduct two community blood drives tomorrow, Wednesday, December 19. Blood donations will be taken at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2, and then 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. Community Blood Bank and LifeStream joined together to create Desert Blood Services in June. Desert Blood Services provides blood products for Hi-Desert Medical Center, and the Bush Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS, MAIL-IN BALLOT AND 26 NEW PROPERTIES ON AGENDA
The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in special, regular, and closed session tonight. Declaring the March Town Council election will be a mail-in ballot, the draft housing element, and 26 properties along the highway are on the various agendas. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look…
The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in a special and regular meeting tonight. During the special meeting, set for 5 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the community center, the council will meet with the Planning Commission to review the Draft Housing Element and then authorize its submittal to the state department of housing. Among the items on the consent agenda for the regular meeting, set for 6 p.m., the Council will be asked to make the special election in March an all mail-in ballot election. Under department reports, the council will hear a comprehensive annual financial report and an amendment to the budget to replace and upgrade $25,000 worth of information technology equipment. Following the regular meeting, the Council will go into closed session to discuss potential litigation, and to negotiate over 26 pieces of property along 29 Palms Highway from Palm Avenue to Dumosa.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS COULD NAME NEW SHERIFF TODAY
The County Board of Supervisors may announce who the new sheriff will be today. Sheriff Rod Hoops announced he was retiring as the county's top cop on November 7 to take a job with a Washington D.C.-based think tank. Hoops has recommended that the board appoint Assistant Sheriff John McMahon, who has worked for the department for 27 years and oversees criminal operations for the department, to replace him. Former sheriff's Deputy Chief Keith Bushey, who also served as county marshal before the office merged with the Sheriff's Department in 1999, has also thrown his name in the hat for the job. So has Rancho Cucamonga resident and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Schrader, who ran against Hoops in 2010 but lost by a distant margin. Should the board not reach its decision by December 31, Undersheriff Robert Fonzi could serve as acting Sheriff until Hoops' successor is named.

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TWO OFF-ROAD VEHICLES TAKEN, RECOVERED FROM LEAR SOLAR FIELDS
Two off-highway vehicles were stolen—and recovered—in the early morning hours Sunday. According to a Sheriff's report, a security guard for the solar field on Lear Avenue noticed about 3:20 a.m. the fence had been cut open and two ATVs were missing. One Rhino was located a short time later near Lear and Cove View Road. Deputies then found the second ATV near a dirt road on the east side of Lear, near Two Mile Road. It appears the ATV hit a guide wire for a telephone pole, and the driver fled. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS, PUBLIC HEARING, CODE ENFORCEMENT REVIEW ON TAP
Tonight's meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission features one public hearing and a code enforcement review. Reporter Dan Stork has more details…
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission starts its regular meeting with a public hearing on a request to amend a Site Plan Review—originally approved in April 2011—that proposed to convert the existing residential structure located at 3733 Adobe Road into a commercial use, namely a barber shop. Then the Commission will receive a staff memo concerning outstanding code enforcement cases more than three years old. (There are three such cases). Finally, there will be another study session (the tenth!) in a comprehensive review of the City's Development code. The meeting starts at 6 pm at City Hall, on Adobe Road.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS FROM 29 PALMS VISITORS CENTER GALLERY
"Palms" is the theme of the upcoming Art in Public Places exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Gallery in downtown Twentynine Palms for January, February, and March 2013. Art submissions are due on Friday, December 28, and can be brought to the visitor center between 9 and 11 a.m. Artists are invited to submit one piece of original art for inclusion in this group exhibition, which will celebrate the iconic palms of our Mojave Desert locale, from the Washingtonia filifera palm trees at the Oasis of Mara and throughout the city to date palms to any variation of "palms" related to Twentynine Palms. Artwork can be any medium. There is no charge for entering a work, and pieces should be offered for sale. All work must be ready to hang or mount with professional wire or hardware and should be suitable for viewing by the general public. The gallery is located inside the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce, in downtown Twentynine Palms, and is open 9-5 Monday through Friday and 10-4 Saturday and Sunday. An opening reception is being planned for Friday, Jan. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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HIGH PRAISE AND HONORS FOR RETIRED COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PROFESSOR
A retired Copper Mountain College Professor is garnering kudos on top of kudos. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on the many honors for Greg Gilbert……
This appears to be the year for retired Copper Mountain College professor Greg Gilbert. Gilbert was awarded Emeritus status from the college earlier this year at a Board of Trustees meeting, then in the November general election, he was elected to serve on the CMC Board of Trustees. Now we learn that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed a resolution honoring Gilbert with the prestigious status of Senator Emeritus at its Fall Session. Gilbert's five plus years of service to the state's Academic Senate includes stints on the Executive Committee, two terms as Secretary, and founding chair of the Accreditation Institute. Gilbert also founded CMC's Academic Senate where he served four terms as president and three as vice president. The resolution commends Gilbert on his, quote, "quiet, thoughtful, and profoundly passionate approach to examining issues, to guiding, leading, and mentoring others, and to ensuring a deep and respectful dialog on many complex issues."

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YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOLIDAY SHOW TOMORROW NIGHT
Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, December 19, students from Yucca Valley Elementary will be performing musical selections to celebrate the holidays. Each grade will be singing two songs. The performance will be at the Yucca Valley High School multi purpose room from 5 to 7 p.m. to accommodate a larger audience.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST SATURDAY TO BENEFIT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
The Yucca Valley High School Baseball program will host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser this Saturday, December 22, in the Yucca Valley High School multi-purpose room from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more about the breakfast or the baseball program call Varsity Head Baseball Coach Jose Rivera at 760-799-2498 or at yvhsbaseball@yahoo.com.

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HELP NEEDED FOR TENDER LOVE*ING CAUSE CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST
The Christmas day feast and festivities put on for the last 28 years by Tender Loving Cause, or TLC, at the Yucca Valley Community Center is just one week off. Assignment Reporter Taylor Thacker says lots of help is needed…
Feeling the need to help out this holiday? Tender Loving Cause needs hundreds of volunteers for its 29th annual Christmas Day feast at the Yucca Valley Community Center. This event needs many people to feed and provide presents to more than 3,000 people. "We have a 150-foot buffet, and 22 kinds of salad," Mara Cantelo, TLC founder, said. There will also be a need for many volunteers leading up to the event to help organize everything. But if that's not your specialty, there are also places for people to help with delivering food, preparing meals, decorators, parking attendants, dishwashers, people to run the clothing donation room, and people to manage the refrigerator truck. There are immediate volunteer positions available for event security, lifters and toters and for clean-up on December 26. Everyone interested in becoming part of the TLC phenomenon should attend the volunteer coordinator meetings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the Yucca Valley Community Center. Call 760-333-2413.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
In high school sports tonight, the Twentynine Palms girls' basketball team hosts Redlands High School at home. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m.

Coming up tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boy's basketball team will take part in the four-day Palm Springs Tourney.

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