The featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association was Angelina Galiteva. Her topic was “Responsible Energy Development and the Electrical Grid.” Dan Stork was there for the Saturday meeting, and hits the highlights of her talk…
Although California has a legislated goal of 33 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020, renewable energy advocate Angelita Galiteva believes that an eventual target of 100 percent is doable and necessary. She told an audience of over 60 at the YuccaValleyCommunity Center that the requirements for progress towards this goal is TLC: Transparency, Longevity, and Certainty and Consistency, all of which she finds lacking in most U.S. approaches to the issue. Galiteva said that people should have a secure sense of what they’re getting, and developers should have a reasonable rate of return.
Galiteva cited Germany as an example of a place where the rate system is clear and simple, there is a commitment to distributed solar development, there is a high percentage of individual ownership of generation facilities, and a significant percentage of electrical energy comes from rooftop solar, without a sunny climate. Galiteva urged looking at lifecycle costs of energy projects, not just startup costs, and making a distinction between long-term government subsidies (bad) and shorter-term incentives (good).
California faces a crisis and opportunity, as many conventional generation plants will be retired in coming years. Galiteva said that California is also hobbled by a patchwork of energy agencies, and points to air and water management as providing better models. Galiteva identified storage of electricity as a significant problem that needs to have a solution in order to smooth out the variations in power demand that occurs in the course of a single day. She cited hydro pumping as one technology that can help in this area, providing that it is sited acceptably.
Galiteva has made a career of working on renewable energy issues. She hopes to be re-appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operators, a nonprofit organization which is grid operator for the bulk of the state’s power grid.
At least nine people were arrested last Wednesday during a warrant sweep of the Morongo Basin, and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail. Among those arrested from Joshua Tree were Nephateria Ary, 33, on drug warrants; George Bonney, 57, on a traffic warrant, with their bail set at $30,000 each; and Justin Morrow, 19, for being under the influence of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, who was released on a citation. Arrested in Yucca Valley were Joann Risnes, 55, for theft warrants, with bail set at $10,000; Courtney Longoria, 20, on a drug warrant and a new charge of possessing narcotics, with bail set at $30,000; and Toyia Weaver, 60, on a felony drug warrant and a new charge of possessing drug paraphernalia, with her bail set at $150,000. Three transients were also arrested: Johnathan Cozart, 22, on a vandalism warrant, with his bail set at $10,000; Eileen Salazar, 37, on a trespassing warrant, with bail set at $5,000; and Gregory Thomas, 55, for multiple warrants, with his bail set at $35,000.
A Yucca Valley man was caught red-handed and arrested Saturday morning after a neighbor saw him breaking into a home. Shortly after 7 a.m., a resident in the 7400 block of Barberry Avenue heard banging and loud noises coming from his neighbor’s house, and he knew the homeowner was not at home. He saw a man, later identified as Jeremy Jones, 29, going in and out of the house, and then going in to a shed and a motor home. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, when Sheriff’s Deputies Adrian Garcia and Christopher Hess arrived, they found a wheelbarrow nearby, filled with tools, a camcorder, laptop computer, and a package of toilet paper, which had been taken from inside the home. Deputies Garcia and Hess discovered Jones coming out of the house and arrested him at gunpoint, with additional stolen items in his possession. Jeremy Jones was arrested for investigation of burglary, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.
The Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant is this Saturday with my wife and I as the emcees for the event. Today, managing editor Tami Roleff introduces us to Mariah Muchtar…
Today we visit with Mariah Muchtar, a junior at Yucca Valley and candidate for MissYuccaValley. Hi Mariah. Tell us, who is the prominent woman you’ve been mentoring with and what you have learned…
“My prominent lady is Debbie Manning. She’s an inspirational woman who owns Manning Child Daycare. She loves her job and says she can’t imagine herself working anywhere else. From meeting with her I have learned that it is ok to take chances in life and go through the process of trial and error to find what best suits me. She also opened my eyes to the importance of living each day to the fullest, laughing at life, and loving everyone in my surroundings. Her advice for those trying to reach their goals is to pray about everything and be positive every day. She said to stay focused and if there’s a bump in the road to not get discouraged, but instead, keep trying to get through the obstacles and, in time, you will eventually reach your goals.”
What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley?
“Through this experience with Miss Yucca Valley, I have become a happier person. I have learned the tools needed to live a proactive lifestyle and how to balance relationships between others and myself. Getting to know the other contestants has taught me that I should appreciate life more and understand what those around me are saying instead of having paradigms that prevent it. Through the book of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, I have learned how to manage time by putting first things first as well as ways and reasons to renew my soul, body, heart, and brain.”
Any final words?
“I would suggest doing Miss Yucca Valley to all and coming juniors next year because it is a great experience and you learn so much in what feels like a really short amount of time. The girls get along great and in a way we have become sisters. The best part is it doesn’t feel like a competition because everyone is too busy having fun.”