The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team beat the Indio Rajahs in 4 sets. Coach Missy Bond-Franz said all 12 girls on the team saw playtime. The team was led by strong hitting seniors Tusia Brown, Cherokee Turner and Hannah Sutherland. Franz said, “I was very proud of all of the girls tonight. We saw some weak areas that we need to work on and we also saw some very strong offensive play by the girls.” The Ladycats are 1-0 overall.
Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis team lost their season opener against Indio High School by a score of 8-10. The Wildcats’ number one doubles team of Heather Centner and Arin Tripp won three sets, 6-0, 6-3 and 6-2. Also winning three sets in a row was the doubles team of Heather Lebeda and Rebecca Raines. In singles, Tassia Lucas won two out of three sets.
In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will travel to San Jacinto. First serve is at 4:30.
Coming up tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School cross-country team will travel to Palm Desert to participate in the September Sizzle meet. The meet starts at 5:30.
Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs girls’ volleyball team will host West Shores School at home. First serve is at 5 p.m.
The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education had a budget workshop in addition to its regular business meeting. Dan Stork breaks his report into two parts. Today, in part 1: good news and hard questions on the financial front…
During a budget workshop, Assistant Superintendent Dave Price told the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education that the District finished the last school year in the black. “I was so happy that we finally had a year that we did not have to deficit-spend.” The surplus was about $300,000, in a $70 million budget, and was due to several windfalls: 93 students returned to the District from Hope Academy; a payment related to the state dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies; federal impact aid related to having a military base in the District; an insurance carrier refund; and a large phone bill credit from Verizon. Going forward, the budget forecast for the current year was revised to reflect increased revenues from the return of students from Hope Academy, and from the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which is the new method introduced by Governor Brown to fund categorical programs. Price cautioned the Board not to count on the LCFF or the reserve fund balance to fund on-going programs, because of future uncertainties. The Board questioned Price on the meaning of the “unrestricted unassigned unappropriated” reserve fund balance of $8.3 million, with Board President Chris Proudfoot asking for a number he could take away with him describing how much money the Board had to spend on one-time projects. Price was clearly uncomfortable in giving an answer, citing state economic and governmental uncertainties, but he agreed that there might be as much as $5.4 million available.
County Fire Battalion Chief Dave Benfield
was recently promoted to Division Chief
of the South Desert Division
The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and breaks her report into two parts. Today in part 1, recognitions and promotions, tomorrow in part 2, highway improvements are coming…
The Yucca Valley Town Council regular meeting Tuesday night started with recognizing the promotion of County Fire Battalion Chief Dave Benfield to Division Chief of the South Desert region. Benfield has been with the San Bernardino County Fire Department for 32 years, and he was happy he was able to stay in the area after his promotion. “There were three division chief openings; one was here and two were elsewhere, and I gotta tell you, I was hoping I’d get the one here.” Also recognized last night was Ashley Richardson, a recreation leader, who was named Employee of the Quarter. Introduced to the Council was Melissa Kramer, who started her new job Tuesday as the Sheriff Department’s new Safety Service Specialist. Kramer grew up here and began her career with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department in 1999 as a Sheriff Explorer at the Morongo Basin station. After the recognitions, the Town Council got down to business of authorizing the advertisement of bids for a highway improvement project, and a resolution supporting the continued local control of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority.
Sheriff’s Captain Rich Boswell introduces new
Service Specialist Melissa Kramer to the
Yucca Valley Town Council.
A Citizens Patrol car was involved in a crash on Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms last Thursday following flash flooding on the highway. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, heavy rain and flash flooding during the afternoon of August 29 left standing water, rocks, debris, and thick mud in portions of the number 2 westbound lane of the highway. Cory Akana-Tamburi, 27, of Murrieta, was driving his 2000 Subaru westbound in the # 2 lane approaching Encelia Avenue about 5:50 p.m. when he drove into a thick layer of mud on the roadway. He lost control of his vehicle and skidded into the eastbound number 2 lane, where it collided broadside into a Citizens Patrol vehicle driven by volunteer Ronald Thrower. The Subaru then struck the curb and came to rest on the sidewalk in front of a hotel in the 71800 block of 29 Palms Highway. The impact with the curb broke off the right rear wheel of the Subaru. Thrower, along with passengers and Citizens on Patrol volunteers Linda Vest and Elaine McElroy, were on their way to assist with a DUI checkpoint being held that night in Twentynine Palms. The Citizens on Patrol volunteers all reported minor complaints of pain following the collision and were treated and released at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Neither Akana-Tamburi nor his passenger reported any injuries.