TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL BEATS INDIO RAJAHS

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.

LAND BARON'S BALL TO BENEFIT MIRACLE LEAGUE

A fun event is being planned to benefit a good cause. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Land Baron’s Ball will help the Miracle league of the Desert…

Enjoy an Italian themed night of dining, dancing, and drinking under the stars as you support a good cause. The Land Baron’s Ball is taking place on September 14, starting at 6 p.m., located at the new Brehm Park on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. This ball is supporting the Miracle League of the Desert, a baseball league fully dedicated to special needs for children and adults. Ticket prices are $100 per person, $150 per couple, and $560 for a table of eight. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 760-625-9504.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS IN YUCCA VALLEY TODAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA Food Distribution this afternoon at 3 p.m. until they run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms available. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M. If you have any questions about the distribution please, call 760-369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phoebe.

LOW COST SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES OFFERRED LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in September for dogs and cats as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held from 10 to 2 at the following locations and dates: in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62: September 5, 6, 14, and 19; and at the C and J Feed Barn in Landers, September 13. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560.

HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT MEETS, WANTS TO TRANSFER $500,000 TO WASTEWATER FUND

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the agenda items include a transfer of funds from water to sewer accounts and a request to allow septic for senior housing…

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold their regular meeting tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will be asked to approve: closing district offices for Christmas and New Year’s and transferring $500,000 from the water fund to the wastewater fund to serve as “bridge” financing. The Board will also send a request to the Colorado River Basin Water Quality Control Board asking that the developers of the Yucca Valley Senior Housing Project be allowed to install a septic system in order to afford future connection to the Wastewater Treatment System. The directors will also receive an update on the demonstration garden at the Brehm Sports Park, and receive information on the process for receiving a state revolving loan. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the District office at Inca and the Highway in Yucca Valley.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT CHANGE IN HDMC WATEWATER AGREEMENT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a deal that was too good to be true, was…

It seemed like a deal too good to be true. Joshua Basin Water District entered into an agreement where the Hi-Desert Medical Center was to pay for planning and construction of a packaged wastewater treatment plant on Medical Center property. Then the Medical Center would turn over ownership of the plant to the Water District. Well, now the Medical Center’s auditors say “no good,” that the transfer from one public agency to another is not going to fly. So at tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, Directors will consider a revised agreement where the Hospital will retain ownership of the plant and contract with the Water District to operate it. It all happens at District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

What do you do with those televisions, computers and monitors, fax machines and printers, VCRs and DVD players, and other electronic items you don’t need or want anymore? You can’t throw them in the trash to end up in our landfills as these items contain components that are hazardous. The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce and Joshua Basin Water District are holding a free electronic waste recycling event Saturday, September 7, from 10 to 2. Hard drive destruction and LEED documentation are available by calling 310-734-6700. The e-waste recycling will be held at the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce, 6448 Halle Road.

LEARNING CENTER OPENS TOMORROW ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Combat Center will unveil its new Lifelong Learning Education Center during a grand opening ceremony Thursday, September 5. The new facility features 18,000 square feet of space that includes 10 classrooms, three computer laboratories, three supply rooms, wireless internet and a student lounge. In addition, National University, Copper Mountain College, and DeVry University will hold classes at the center. The Education Center will also host weekly workshops for those leaving the military, as well a mathematics and English remedial skills program.

SCHOOL BOARD IN TWO SESSIONS, PART 1 OF 2: GOOD FINANCIAL NEWS

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.

OVER 1,800 CARS STOPPED IN TWO CHECKPOINTS, NO DUI ARRESTS

The Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms police departments both held DUI checkpoints in the last two weeks. The Yucca Valley checkpoint was held August 23 at Balsa Avenue and Highway 62 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. A Sheriff’s press release reports that 1,082 vehicle were stopped during that time, with no arrests for driving under the influence. Three drivers received citations for driving without a license, and one of the drivers was also cited for driving without proof of insurance. The Twentynine Palms DUI checkpoint was held August 29 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Adobe Road and Sunnyvale Drive. Twentynine Palms police stopped 758 cars and made zero arrests for driving under the influence. Two drivers were cited for driving without a license.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1 OF 2: RECOGNITIONS AND PROMOTIONS

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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.

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Sheriff’s Captain Rich Boswell introduces new
Service Specialist Melissa Kramer to the
Yucca Valley Town Council.

CITIZEN'S PATROL CAR IN CRASH DURING FLOODING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

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.

FAMILY FIGHT ESCALATES TO ATTEMPTED MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A family fight that got out of control resulted in a Twentynine Palms man being arrested for attempted murder Monday, and his wife arrested for battery. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derrick Garvin, deputies were called to a home in the 6300 block of Yucca Avenue where they found Victor Guerra, 29, armed with a knife and a hammer, had been chasing family members. Guerra was uncooperative with deputies and was tased, after which he was arrested for investigation of attempted murder. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $1 million. His wife, Tisha Guerra, was also arrested for investigation of battery.