JOSHUA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL LOOKING FOR A BASKETBALL COACH

Joshua Springs Christian School needs a varsity basketball coach. Contact Israel Hagerman at 760-365-3599 by October 1 for more information.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES IN ACTION

Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ varsity tennis team lost to Palm Springs High School by a score of 6 to 12.

Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis team will host San Jacinto High School at home tomorrow. The match begins at 3:15. Also tomorrow, the Ladycat volleyball team will travel away to Coachella Valley. First serve is at 4:30.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT CITIZENS FIRE DEPARTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District citizens committee meets tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker explains…

The Citizen’s Advisory Committee, designated for coming up with ideas for the Fire Department, will have its usual meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. During this meeting, the directors will review cost projections for preferred service level model and review the subcommittee draft report. Everyone is welcome to attend. This meeting will be held at 72401 Hatch Road in Twentynine Palms. For more information call 760-367-7546.

GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

A Gospel Extravaganza in Twentynine Palms will benefit local food pantries and family development programs. The event will be held at Palm Baptist Church, 4973 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, Saturday, September 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. The extravaganza will feature praise dancers, teams, choirs, and prayers. Raffle tickets will be offered at the door. To reserve your spot, call Marlena Washington at 760-288-6434.

TAY CENTER CAR WASH IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY

Support Pacific Clinics’ non-profit Yucca Valley Transitional Age Youth Center by getting your car washed at Applebee’s parking lot Friday, September 13, between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from the car wash will support the center’s programs. Pacific Clinics’ Yucca Valley Tay Center offers a variety of services for young adults ages 16-25 throughout the Morongo Basin. For more information contact Elizabeth Kirkland from Pacific Clinics Yucca Valley Tay Center at 760-228-9657.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD IN CLOSED AND OPEN SESSION TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board will meet in a closed and open session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda…

Following a 1:30 p.m. closed session meeting, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will convene in open session at 3 p.m. tomorrow. On the action agenda, trustees will likely approve Foundation Board Policies concerning gift acceptance and planned giving. Also on the action agenda, trustees will consider a 2013-14 proposed adopted budget, that, following a public hearing on the budget. Those items and others are in addition to regular reports and items on the consent agenda. It all happens in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION PARKING LOT SALE SATURDAY

Copper Mountain College Foundation is hosting a parking lot sale on Saturday, September 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bell Center parking lot at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. Vendors are welcome for a $5 donation to the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center. No advanced registration is needed, set up begins at 7 a.m., and vendors should bring their own tables and shade. Food, drink, handmade jewelry, audio visual equipment, household items, books, arts and crafts, furniture and more will be available. Come find your treasure.

IT’S RUBBER DUCKY TIME

It is Rubber Ducky time again! Come help the Center for Healthy Generations’ celebrate their new beginning with an old but very popular event. This year our auctioneer will again be Jack Pope and our Master of Ceremonies is our Congressman, Paul Cook. We have many goodies for our silent and live auctions and, of course, the grand prize “duck pluck” is still a $1,000 gift card. The $20 ticket price includes a fabulous dinner. Festivities start at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 20. Tickets are available at the Center for Healthy Generations, at 57121 Sunnyslope Drive, Yucca Valley or by calling 760-365-9661.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL, PART 1, PROJECT PHOENIX

The Twentynine Palms City Council covered a wide range of topics in its meeting last night. Dan Stork broke his report into three parts. Today: Status of Project Phoenix bonds and storm damage…

Bond status: The Twentynine Palms City Council began its meeting with a presentation on the status of the bonds issued in 2011 in an effort to save RDA funds from state appropriation. Interim Development Director Matt McCleary said that it is extremely unlikely that the investors will agree to have the bonds retired before 10 years, so the city should expect to continue making payments to them, whether or not bond proceeds can be used for Project Phoenix. City Attorney Patrick Munoz reviewed the legal positions of the City and the state Department of Finance on whether bond proceeds can be used on the development project, and the cost of litigation so far. Munoz noted that the state has allocated substantial funds for the city’s use toward for its legal costs.

Storm damage: Public Works Supervisor Jose Nieves showed many photos of storm damage. He said there was no structural damage in the city, just lots of dirt needs to be replaced, and some sidewalks and concrete drainage elements were undermined.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER CEO/ADMINSTARTOR TO TALK ABOUT AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins October 1 with coverage to begin January 1, 2014. For the thousands of Morongo Basin residents who are uninsured or under-insured, Obamacare will offer expanded access to health insurance and health care benefits. Find out what the new law will mean for you when Hi-Desert Medical Center CEO Chad Chadwick addresses a special open meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club. Everyone is welcome Saturday morning at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the special, free presentation begins at 10 a.m.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO START PROCESS TO PUT TAX ON 2014 BALLOT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said they are eyeing a new tax on the 2014 ballot…

Last night at Hi-Desert Medical Center the Board of Directors voted to begin the process to place a tax initiative on the November 2014 ballot. Far from a done deal, the action merely initiates the process and is in addition to a number of steps already being taken to stabilize district finances. The District has struggled with finances during recent years, resulting in substantial erosion of reserves. In her comments, Board President, Korina Cole noted that a tax measure would require an open dialogue with the public. “We have to ask the people of this community to support this valuable asset,” she said. In other business, directors received an update on the Waste Water Treatment Plant, which is expected to go fully online the first week of October.

YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Airport Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 tonight in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Under old business, the directors will continue their discussion on the objectives of the airport. Under new business, the Board will discuss and review rules and regulations and rental and use agreements.
Following public comments, the directors will hear reports from the treasurer and the airport manager.

YUCCA VALLEY POLICE TO FOCUS ON SPEEDING THIS WEEK

Yucca Valley Police will be conducting traffic enforcement this week on the highway between Trojan Lane and Church Street. Officers will focus primarily on speeding and other vehicle code violations.

YUCCA VALLEY RECALL PETITIONS TURNED IN, SIGNATURES TO BE VERIFIED

091113About 10 percent more signatures on recall petitions than were needed were turned in to the Yucca Valley Town Clerk yesterday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the signatures must first be verified before a recall election is called…

The petitions turned in to the Yucca Valley Town Clerk Tuesday afternoon to recall Council Members Robert Lombardo and George Huntington had about 260 signatures more than what was needed to put the recall on a ballot. State election code requires signatures from 25 percent of the Town’s 9,841 registered voters, (or 2,461), to go forward with a recall election. Town Clerk Lesley Copeland made a cursory review of the petitions and counted 2,720 signatures for the recall of Robert Lombardo and 2,722 signatures for the recall of George Huntington. The petitions will be delivered to the County Registrar of Voters today; the Registrar has until October 23 to verify the signatures. Assuming that the number of signatures remains above the threshold needed, the Yucca Valley Town Council will set a date for the recall election at a regular meeting in November. The election must be held no earlier than 88 days and no later than 125 days from the November council meeting, which would mean the election will be held between late February and late March, 2014.