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Listen To Your News Monday, December 31, 2012 News Archive
     

THE BEST JOB IN THE MARINE CORPS?
The best job in the Marine Corps depends on who you're talking to, as it seems each Marine thinks his or her job is the best. But Lance Corporal Anthony Zavala insists that his job as an ammunition technician is the best because he gets to watch things get blown up. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with Zavala last week and gives us the blow-by-blow benefits of being an ammunition technician…
Lance Corporal Anthony Zavala loves his job. He's an ammunition technician with Regimental Combat Team-7, stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. "Ammunition technician is the best job in the Marine Corps, and I'm not just saying that because it's my job. You get to go to ammo blows with Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams and watch them blow stuff up. It's the greatest job ever." Part of Zavala's responsibilities as an ammo tech is to keep track of all the ammunition, like bullets, mortars, smoke, incendiary, and fragmentation grenades, rockets, and pyrotechnics like flares, at Camp Leatherneck and other bases in Afghanistan. He also has to learn about foreign ammunition, which he says is a challenging part of his job. "It's in different writing, so you have to learn to recognize it." He's made some connections with the Afghan National Army, and he said it was gratifying to learn that the Afghanis are taking his advice to heart. "Their ammo is actually lasting longer now that we went down there and told them how to store it."

If you'd like to write L. Cpl. Zavala, his address is:
LCpl. Anthony Zavala
RCT-7, HQ Co, S-4
Unit 41500
FPO AP 96427-1500

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MORONGO BASIN YEAR-END LAND USE WRAPUP
Across the Morongo Basin during 2012, economic development, renewable energy, water use, national defense, and environmental concerns collided in the arena of land use. The local abundance of wind and sunlight makes the area an obvious choice for the development of renewable energy sources. But a weather feasibility study for windmills in the Black Lava Buttes area above Pipes Canyon aroused opposition throughout the western part of the Basin. The prospect of a large wind farm to the east of Twentynine Palms gave rise to the idea of annexing the Saddle area to Joshua Tree National Park. This idea was opposed by people who use that area for recreational mining, shooting, and off-highway vehicles -- despite assurances that those uses could be grandfathered in to the annexation. Commercial solar developments in the central part of the Basin aroused some residential concern, but little concerted opposition. The prospect of a Dollar General store and an Indian casino in Joshua Tree gave rise to a movement to create a National Conservation Historic Reserve, which could give a measure of local control over land use decisions, while others felt that the jobs produced by new business trumped environmental concerns. There was fervent opposition to the expansion of the Marine Base into the Johnson Valley OHV area. A project to transfer water from the Cadiz Valley to Orange County roused comment -- mostly negative -- throughout southern San Bernardino County. Apart from all of these specific issues, the multi-year effort of the Open Space Group resulted in a report that identified wildlife corridors and urged the use of conservation easements to protect the open spaces of the Morongo Basin.

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HOME PARADE SPONSORS
The annual Parade of Homes is the principal fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz lists support opportunities for the event…
Reach Out Morongo Basin seeks sponsors for the Parade of Homes, set for February 17th. The annual fundraiser supports services to seniors and the disabled. Sponsors are needed at every level. Platinum at $2,500 or more; Gold at $1,000; Silver, starting at $500; and Bronze at $250. There will be only one platinum sponsor. They receive top billing in all publicity, plus listing on tickets, signage, advertising, fliers, posters, the website and newsletter plus 20 event tickets and other extras. Gold sponsors receive credit on a floral centerpiece for one home, plus ad listing, fliers, posters and the website and newsletter as well as 8 event tickets. Silver sponsors get listed in ads, fliers, posters and on the website and newsletter, plus four tickets. Bronze sponsors will be listed in fliers, posters, the website, and receive two free tickets. For more details, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410. Z107.7 is a proud sponsor of this event.

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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLY-BY
Local astronomy enthusiast Sam Davidson says the International space station will welcome the new year with a fly-by Tuesday night. The ISS should be visible starting at 7:22 p.m., coming out of the northwest, heading overhead. It goes into the earth's shadow a few minutes later, It's up about 230 miles and its ground speed is about five miles per second.

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29 PALMS YOUTH CLUB
Local government does more than fix the roads and regulate business. Parents in Twentynine Palms have a resource that can enrich their children's lives. ROP broadcasting student Maranda Palmer highlights the Youth Club…
The youth club located by lucky park and park and recreation offers supervision during the school year for 75$ a month per child from the age of 5 to 17. The director of the youth club candy Gonzalez ,states that participants have activities such as crafts, doing homework, playing games and trips to the park to do afterschool from3 AM to 6 PM. reporting for Z1077 news, I am ROP broadcasting student Maranda Palmer.

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM SKIPS A WEEK
The Joshua Tree Clean Team will not meet this week, but next Wednesday January 9th , it will join the Morongo Basin Conservation Association to help them on their stretch of the highway. The meeting place is Highway 62 and White Feather Road, on the north side of the highway. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. and work for only one short hour. The group then gathers at the Park Rock Cafe for optional coffee and breakfast. There will be grabber sticks, plastic bags, and gloves available to make the job easier. The clean team is a group of concerned citizens that clean up along the highway and after the first of the year will also tackle Alta Loma. Everyone is encouraged to join the enthusiastic workers. For more information, please call, 760-366-8415.

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COMPOSTING EXPLAINED
The Mojave Water Agency puts the spotlight on composting at the ABCs of Water session later this month. Two master composters, Greg Anderson and Stephen Turlo, will speak about the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting. Hear about all of the ways you can save; such as, on your water bill, soil amendment purchases, and it also helps reduce the landfill space, which saves future dollars. In addition, it is great for the landscape whether used as mulch or a soil additive. Best of all, it is FREE! Refreshments will be served. This event takes place from 5:30 to 7 pm on Tuesday, January 22nd, at the Mojave Water Agency, 13846 Conference Center Drive (near Central Road), in Apple Valley. If you have questions or to register to attend, please call Gloria Golike at (760) 946-7001, or email at ggolike@mojavewater.org. The deadline to RSVP is January 21.

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