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Listen To Your News Tuesday, September 7, 2010 News Archive
     

OVER 2300 STOPPED, 1 DUI, 5 ARRESTS, 50 TICKETS, IN 2 CHECKPOINTS
The County Sheriff’s Department, acting as the contracted Police Departments for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, conducted DUI/Drivers License checkpoints Friday in Yucca Valley, and Monday in Twentynine Palms, both from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sheriff’s spokesman Corporal Rick Millard says DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. During the two checkpoints, 2,324 vehicles passed through. One arrest was made for DUI, five 5 arrests for suspended or invalid Drivers Licenses, and a total of 50 citations were written for various vehicle code violations. Funding for this operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Chad Mayes

George Huntington

Lori Herbel

Frank Luckino
YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEES
The controversial subject of development impact fees will be the main subject at tonight’s Yucca Valley Town Council meeting. Reporter Tami Roleff has the full agenda...
The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet at 6:00 tonight in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. After a routine consent agenda, the Council will hold a public hearing on Public Facilities Development Impact Fees. Following reports from departments, staff, and council members, the Council will go into closed session to discuss with its attorney the risk of exposure to potential litigation.

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PIONEER DAYS PLANNING MEETING TOMORROW AFTERNOON
The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce invites all members of the public to attend a meeting concerning this year’s Pioneer Days festivities, themed “Pioneers of the Future”. The Chamber is looking to get feedback from the residents and business owners of Twentynine Palms to make this year’s 74th annual Pioneer Days the best yet. The meeting will be held at the new Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center at 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway, in the conference room, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8, at 5:00 p.m. For those who cannot make it, please feel free to submit any and all ideas for this year’s festivities to Executive Director Rob Fleck at 29chamber@29chamber.org, or by phone at 760-367-3445.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT, LIGHTING STANDARDS, FENCE HEIGHTS
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will study lighting standards and look at fence heights tonight. Reporter Derwood Andrews has more...
The Twentynine Palms Panning Commission meet tonight at 6 p.m. with the following agenda items. A report on the update to the general plan, and a report on the Historic Plaza Redevelopment plan Design Guidelines. Then a study session on ‘Lighting Standards’ in the City, followed by a possible amendment to the code regarding residential fence heights. If you want to hear what is said, or have something to add yourself on these subjects be at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road at 6.

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LOCAL SCHOOLS TO GET 1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL JOBS FUNDING
County local education agencies are projected to receive $111.5 million from federal education jobs funding program, according to preliminary figures released by the California Department of Education on September 2. The funds were approved by the California legislature in Senate Bill 847, which is still awaiting final approval from Governor Schwarzenegger. The funds can be used to hire or retain teachers, counselors and para-educators. Preliminary projections for the Morongo Unified School District is 1.5 million dollars.

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
The Morongo Unified School Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Dan Stork takes a look at the school board’s agenda...
The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday September 7 at Friendly Hills Elementary School. After a closed session at 6:30 to confer with legal counsel about anticipated litigation, and a performance evaluation of the superintendent, the Board convenes in open session at 7 p.m. Following reports by board members, staff, and employee and student representatives, the Board will take up a consent agenda that includes an application for School Assistance in Federally Affected Areas. On the action agenda are a bid for construction work at the new Joshua Tree Elementary site, authorization for electronic waste recycling, donation of obsolete property to Sky’s the Limit, adoption of the District Appropriations Limits Estimates for last year and this year, certification of last year’s Financials Report, and approval of an amended agreement with Southwest Networks. Items under review include a nondiscrimination and harassment policy, and a home-economic course outline.

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THEATRE 29 HALLOWEEN HAUNT AUDITIONS TONIGHT
Theater 29 will hold auditions for their annual Halloween Haunt event tonight. Directors Frances Wright and Daniel Tabeling will be holding auditions for characters, guides, and haunt assistants for this years "Seventh Year of Fear" Theatre 29’s Halloween haunt has become legendary. The entire theater and grounds are transformed into a lair of undead delights. The Halloween Haunt is conceived by special effects master Eric Ross, formerly with Knott’s Scary Farm. Auditions for the Halloween Haunt are tonight 6:00 p.m. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road (right around the corner from Barr Lumber), in Twentynine Palms. The Directors are looking for adults young and old, (some very limited children’s parts). Talent should be prepared to move and be vocal, so dress appropriate. Rehearsals will run through October 14 with the "haunting" scheduled for three weekends beginning October 15 through and including Oct 31. Anyone interested in helping to build and paint the sets, costumes, and specialty pieces for the "haunt" should come to the auditions tonight.

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GREAT AND POPULAR AUTHORS AT YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY TOMORROW
The Great and Popular Authors series at the Yucca Valley Branch Library will resume their regular season Wednesday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. Come and join this popular group and listen to readings from great and popular authors. It is a soothing and enjoyable way to spend an hour. Kathleen McGlynn will be reading from the novel Lusting for Jenny, Inverted by Elizabeth George. Light refreshments will be served.

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MORONGO BASIN PIPELINE COMMISSION TO DISCUSS STATE WATER SUPPLIES
The Morongo Basin Pipeline Commission will look at state water allocations. Managing Editor Karl Gardner takes a closer look...
The Morongo Basin Pipeline Commission will hold its quarterly meeting, Wednesday afternoon at 2, in the Joshua Basin Water District on Chollita Road. Items of interest on the agenda include a report on state water allocations and delivery, proposition 84 funding, and an update on the Joshua Basin and Ames Reche recharge projects. The meeting is open to the public and there will be an opportunity for public comments.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WINS SEASON OPENER
The 2010 Twentynine Palms High School Football season opened as the 29 Palms Varsity Wildcats held on to win a close contest, 19-14 over visiting Xavier Prep of Palm Desert. Coach Ernie Martinez said the Wildcats dominated the entire first half, racing out to a 19-0 halftime lead, but two crucial turnovers by the home team late in the game prevented a lopsided win. Early in the second quarter, Senior QB Logan Miller got the crowd on their feet by completing a 45 yard scoring strike to Junior Tight End Archie Bass. A minute and a half later, Senior Defensive Tackle Ojay Feesago would add his first of 3 fumble recoveries into points as he sacked the Knights QB, and fell on the ball in the end zone, giving the Cats a 12-0 lead. Key defensive standouts on the night were Ojay Feesago with 6 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries and a sack. Senior defensive end Marcos Estrada also had a big night with 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. The Wildcats linebacking crew of Chris Fui-Fui and Brian Walters combined for 13 tackles and a forced fumble. On the offensive side of the ball, Fui-Fui pounded his way for 74 tough yards on 11 carries. Logan Miller was 5 of 15 for 85 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats will travel to San Bernardino Friday night to take on Aquinas High School, the Varsity game will begin at 7:00.

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DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR YUCCA VALLEY YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL AND VOLLEY BALL EXTENDED
The registration period has been extended for the Town of Yucca Valley Youth Flag Football and Youth Volleyball Leagues. Registration for Youth Flag Football will continue until Thursday, September 9th. Registration for Youth Volleyball has been extended until September 21st. Register for these and other quality programs at the Town Yucca Valley Community Services office or online at www.yucca-valley.org. The office is open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Town of Yucca Valley is also looking for individuals interested in participating in the Youth Volleyball program as a coach or referee. Applications are available at the Yucca Valley Community Center or contact Sue Earnest, 760-369-7211, extension 244.

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