TWO CIVIC MEETINGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK; WE HAVE DETAILS

There are two civic meetings in Twentynine Palms this week. Dan Stork has the agendas of the City Council and the Oversight Board…

Among the presentations at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on September 24 will be one by County Sheriff John McMahon regarding AB109 (the prison reorganization bill); an update on the activities of the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) which affect the Morongo Basin; and an update by the Public Arts Advisory Committee, which will include a presentation about the Dan Luckenbill Memorial Sculpture. Council discussions include approval of the contract with CalTrans for traffic signals at Encelia Avenue and Lear Avenue, and approval of the fee schedule for the new electric vehicle charging station in Bucklin Park. City Manager Joe Guzzetta will report on project and study status. The Council meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall. On the following day, Wednesday the 25th, at 4 p.m., the Oversight Board for the Successor to the dissolved Redevelopment Agency will meet in the same space to hear successor agency and legislative updates, and to approve the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule.

MARINE CORPS FACES CHALLENGE IN DOWNSIZING

The Marine Corps faces a difficult period of transition that will include shedding thousands of personnel per year, sharpening its role as a crisis-response force and preparing for expanded operations outside of Afghanistan. Commandant Gen. Jim Amos told members of Congress in mid-September that the Marine Corps has now developed a plan to reduce the active-duty force to 174,000 by the end of 2017 if the cuts known as sequestration remain in place. That’s 8,000 fewer personnel than previously planned, and 12,800 fewer than the 186,800 end strength that senior Marine officers advocated beginning in March 2011, after an extensive force structure review. That now may be a best-case scenario, too: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned last month that the service could bottom out at 150,000 Marines unless Congress acts. A 174,000-member Marine Corps is the “minimum acceptable” force, Amos said on Capitol Hill, adding that it would leave the service able to respond to only one major contingency. It will force broad slashes to the combat arms and aviation communities, requiring twice as many units to deactivate than first envisioned. Eleven combat arms battalions and 14 aviation squadrons will be cut, Amos said.

BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY INTERVIEWING POTENTIAL BOARD MEMBERS

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency will be interviewing Board hopefuls tonight. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor Mike Lipsitz tells us who the finalists are…

When the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors meets tonight at 6 p.m. they’re expected to interview, name and seat a new director from among four candidates vying for the vacant seat. Competing are Larry Coulombe, William Hampton, Jr., Richard Killins and Alpha Richards. Then among other business, directors are expected to establish criteria for managing the Agency’s financial reserves. Tonight’s session is at Agency offices under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.

TWO LOCAL ITEMS ON COUNTY SUPERVISORS AGENDA TODAY

Two items of very localized interest are on the consent agenda for the County Board of Supervisors meeting for today: The Copper Mountain Community Association will be granted a bingo license, and a little stretch of Conejo Avenue in Joshua Tree (about which we reported earlier this year) will be officially accepted into the County-maintained road system.

OLD CAR CLUB CAR SHOW SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Old Car Club will hold their big charity Car Show this Saturday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says get your motors runnin’…

Now is your chance to show off your old, classic car for a good cause. The 18th Annual Morongo Basin Old Car Club Charity Car Show is taking registrations. The car show will take place September 28 at Town Center Mall, at Warren Vista and the Highway in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m. This show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign, classic and collector vehicles. Trophies will be presented to the Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, and People’s Choice. Awards will be also be given to the best Hot Rod, Ford, Under Construction, Motorcycle, Truck and many more categories! There will be food and vendor booths, raffle prizes, and the Z107.7 DJ playing your favorite tunes. The registration fee is $25 per vehicle and includes a T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag. All proceeds are donated to Morongo Basin non-profit organizations. For more information call 760-413-7209.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT CLEANING UP TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet tomorrow at the Joshua Tree Post Office. Volunteers will meet from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available. After the clean-up efforts, there will be an optional meeting at the Park Rock Café for coffee and conversation. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call 760-366-8415.

ORIENTATATION MEETING FOR OPEN STUDIO ARTISTS SET FOR TOMORROW

An orientation meeting for participating artists for the for the this year’s Open Studio Art tours will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s Friendship Hall. Artists will pick up receipt books, sign in sheets, promotional materials to hand out, and they’ll discuss tips for a successful open studio, and have a Q&A with veteran Art Tours participants. Light snacks will be available. If you can’t make the meeting, you can pick up your materials at the collective show, or at the MBCAC Office the week before the event. For more information or to reserve your space in the Collective Show, please email exhibits@mbcac.org, with “Collective Show” in the subject line.

TEEN BOOK CLUB MEETS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY THUSDAY

The Twentynine Palms Teen Book club will get together Thursday; Reporter Taylor Thacker has an invitation…

Meet with fellow book lovers and discuss famous novels at the Twentynine Palms Teen Book Club. This monthly meeting takes place on Thursday, September 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Library and the Hugo and Nebula Award winner Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card will be discussed. In order to combat a hostile race of aliens nicknamed the Buggers, Earth’s military leaders develop a Battle School for gifted children. Hoping to produce the next military genius, the instructors at the school train children as young as six by conducting war games that simulate real battles. Ender Wiggin is their best student and only hope for victory over the Buggers. But is he smart enough to save the planet? Come and find out! This event is open for kids in grades 7-12. For more information call 760-367-9519.

RECRUITING FOR YOUNG MARINES PROGRAM IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Calling all Mojave Viper Young Marines recruits between the ages of 8 and 18: Registration applications are due. Please bring them to Twentynine Palms Elementary on October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call 760-559-3041.

PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT TEXTBOOKS

A public notice today on an upcoming public hearing of the sufficiency of textbooks in our public schools. Dan Stork joins us…

Periodically, the Morongo Unified School District is required by the state to have a public hearing on “sufficiency of textbooks.” The next such public hearing is scheduled to take place during the next regular meeting of the Board of Education, on October 1, at 7 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School, 4950 Sunburst in JT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Periodically, the Morongo Unified School District is required by the state to have a public hearing on “sufficiency of textbooks.” The next such public hearing is scheduled to take place during the next regular meeting of the Board of Education, on October 1, at 7 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School, 4950 Sunburst in JT.