TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT: PARADE AND VETERAN’S MOMUNENT ON AGENDA

Lobbyist and solar presentations, parade and monument planning, and curbs and gutters are all on the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Dan Stork fleshes out the list of topics…
At 5:30 pm on March 11, the Twentynine Palms City Council will gather at Theatre 29 on Sullivan Road to cut the ribbon for a new display sign. Back at City Hall on Adobe Road at 6, the Council will hear two presentations—one from David Turch, a Federal Advocacy Representative (or lobbyist), and another from the Clean Focus Corporation—which specializes in leasing and financing solar installations—regarding a solar project in Twentynine Palms. Discussion items include plans for a Victory Parade 25th Anniversary Celebration, the design for a Veterans’ Monument, and funding for concrete curbs and gutters on National Park Drive. The consent agenda includes approval of cooperative agreements with Caltrans for the construction of the traffic signals on Highway 62 at Lear Avenue and at Encelia Avenue.

MARINE BATTLE COLOR DETACHMENT ABOARD BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Barracks, Washington D.C. Battle Color Detachment will perform the Battle Color Ceremony aboard the Combat Center at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Grey Field, at 10 a.m. Wednesday March 12. The Battle Color Detachment is comprised of The Silent Drill Platoon, The Marine Corps Color Guard, and The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, which is also known as The Commandant’s own. All those with base access are invited to attend.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION GETS PLANS FOR NEW TACO BELL AND PANDA EXPRESS TONGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says they will hold a public hearing on development code and hear more new building plans….
Among the items on tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, the commissioners will hold a public hearing on an environmental assessment, conditional use permit, and tentative parcel map for a new Taco Bell and Panda Express, on the southeast corner of Highway 62 and Avalon. The Commission will also hold a public hearing on a Development Code Update that governs landscaping, property maintenance, infrastructure improvements, sign regulations and temporary special events. Next, the commissioners will hear a department report on home occupation permit regulations. The meeting starts at 6:00 in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

AFTERNOON CRASH SNARLS TRAFFIC ON S.R. 62 NEAR INDIAN

A silver Mini Cooper failed to stop at the traffic light at Highway 62 and Indian Canyon about 5 p.m. yesterday, and slammed into the rear of a red Dodge pick-up truck, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the Mini Cooper had to be rescued using the Jaws of Life and suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the pick-up truck declined treatment, according to Riverside County Fire. Both cars were totaled and towed. Southbound lanes of Highway 62 were blocked off for about 45 minutes while police and fire cleared the scene.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD LOOKS AT MERGING WITH ANOTHER HEALTHCARE ENTITY

After interviewing Board candidates, the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board may begin the process for a possible future merger…
Prior to tonight’s regular 6 p.m. meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors, there will be a special open meeting at 4 p.m. for the purpose of interviewing candidates to fill the board seat vacated by Paul Hoffman last month. Up for the position are Mike McBride, Joseph Sullivan and Marge Doyle. Directors are expected to announce a decision by the end of March. On the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting, the board will likely authorize management to investigate affiliation with outside consultants to assist the District with possible merger with another healthcare entity. Also tonight, CEO Bob Tyk aims to bring directors on board with his goals for the second half of fiscal 2014. Both meetings will be in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM MEETS AT THE LIBRARY TOMORROW

The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow morning at the Joshua Tree Library. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. Afterwards, the team will meet for optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Café. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available.

MORONGO BASIN MAC APPROVES RECCOMENDATIONS AND NEW LANDERS SLOGAN

The Morongo Basin MAC gave its support to recommendations to improve public notification for solar projects and annexation of a county water operation by Big Horn Desert View. It also learned the new Landers slogan, and heard local reports on road and community cleanup issues. Reporter Dan Stork has the details…
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council unanimously approved two measures before it. The first was a set of recommendations for improving how Land Use Services notifies the public on renewable energy projects. The bullet points in the recommendations addressed disclosure, online access to documents, a checklist implementing the recently-passed country ordinance on solar energy generation facilities, expanded geographical noticing of projects in communities, clarity of documents, and holding applicant accountable to the planning process. Speakers lauded the MAC for taking the lead on this issue, saying the County offices charged with providing public notice of project status fail to talk to each other, and were unprepared to administer the process for permitting renewable energy projects. The second vote supported a request that county-run water services in the Landers area be taken over by the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency from the county. That vote followed a presentation by Big Horn Desert View General Manager Marina West in which she emphasized the virtues of local and transparent administration, and protection from county rate increases. She minimized concerns from the audience about the cost to Big Horn Desert View of an annexation.
Chairman Mike Lipsitz announced Landers’ new slogan: “Beautiful Skies—Miles of Smiles,” which was submitted by the combined second and third grade class at Landers Elementary School, and won over 82 other entries, such as “Weird, But in a Nice Way.”
In community reports, Max Rossi wants to pursue greater local control in Wonder Valley over road maintenance, and said that a community cleanup effort collected 60,000 tires—but illegal dumping continues. Larry Parrott wished for greater participation in a community cleanup in Flamingo Heights, and said he would favor increased turn lanes on Route 247, over a planned road widening project, for reasons of safety.

LOCAL REPUBLICANS TO HEAR FROM CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK

The Morongo Basin Republicans are hosting the San Bernardino County Republicans Monday, March 17, and invite the public to attend. U.S. Congressman, Paul Cook will present current information from Washington. Lunch is $15, at the Evangelical Free Church, 6804 Mohawk Trail, Yucca Valley, at noon. For more information, go to www.MorongoBasinRepublicans.org. Reservations are required; to RSVP call 760-365-9490.

LOCAL RUNNERS CAN PARTICIPATE IN ONE RUN FOR BOSTON

One Run for Boston is a non-stop running relay across America in aid of the One Fund Boston. The One Fund Boston raises money to help those families most affected by the bombing during the Boston Marathon last year. The One Run for Boston comes through the Morongo Basin on its way to Boston. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details on the run, and how you can be a part of it…
The One Run for Boston starts in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 16, and finishes in Boston April 13, a week before the Boston Marathon. Runners will be passing through the Morongo Basin starting Monday, March 17. According to the website, OneRunForBoston.org, runners are expected to arrive at Willie Boy’s Saloon in Morongo Valley about 5 p.m. Monday, and participants will run east in relay teams on Highway 62 through Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and beyond, through the night and early morning of March 18. Some stages of the run through the area still need runners; even if a stage has a runner, others can still participate by running along. Runners collect pledges which are turned over to the One Fund Boston. For more information about who’s running, or to make a pledge, go to OneRunForBoston.org.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY” OPENS FRIDAY FOR TWO-WEEK RUN

It’s a Broadway Musical Production at Twentynine Palms High School. “Forbidden Broadway” will run at 7:00 p.m. the next two Fridays and Saturdays. ROP broadcasting student Amber Flores says tickets are available at the door….
Twentynine Palms High School is having a musical. The musical “Forbidden Broadway” is produced with the help of high school teachers Mrs. Waycott, Mrs. Willson, Ms. Mullen, and Mr. Keith. It will be held on March 14, 15, 21, and the 22. For military, seniors, kids, and students, tickets will be $12; for adults will be $15. The high school students have been working hard and they have made this not just into a high school musical but a Broadway production. The musical has many known Broadway musical hits but has turned into parodies of the music, so you are sure to have a laugh.

TWENTYNINE PALMS BASKETBALL ALL-STARS BRING HOME CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Twentynine Palms Recreation all-star basketball teams travelled up the hill to Big Bear last weekend. With a final record of 5 and 1 the fifth and sixth grade girls were able to avenge an earlier defeat to Needles. Carveona Garner was awarded the MVP for the division while Taylor Scamman and Zeriuah Maple were named to the All Tournament team.

The seventh grade boys were able to fight their way back into the championship game after losing an early game to Needles. Facing Beaumont in the championship game, Twentynine Palms finished with a 3-point victory. Antonio Carter was named the MVP. Tyrell Bell and Cezar Hueso were named to the All Tournament team.

The seventh and eighth grade girls were added another undefeated tournament as they went 4 and 0, beating Yucca Valley in the championship game. Lindsey Scamman was named MVP for the girl’s team; Jayden Thompson and Vaitupu Melei were selected to the All Tournament team.

The third and fourth grade girls and eighth grade boys both came in 2nd place, losing in their championship games. Kate Bobadilla and Cory Watt were named to the All Tournament team for their division, as were D’Shaun Barrett and Abraham Bell for the eighth grade boys.

The third and fourth grade boys took third place out of eight teams in their division, beating teams from Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear.

The fifth and sixth grade boys lost the first two games of the tournament against Needles and Beaumont, but were able to win their last game against Apple Valley.

NEW TECHNOLOGY CLUB MEETS AT TPHS TOMORROW

Twentynine Palms High School students interested in technology are invited to a meeting tomorrow. ROP Broadcasting student Elijah Grubbs has more about the S.T.E.A.M. Club……
A new program is starting up in Twenty-nine Palms High School, which will emphasize creative engineering. The new S.T.E.A.M. (or STEAM) Club will consolidate the old Science, Technology and Art clubs and create a new venue for students interested in all Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math interdisciplinary projects.
The club’s first collaborative project will involve the new VEX ROBOTICS system which was received through funds donated by the DODEA GRANT. With the club, the founder Mr. Howes hopes to generate a more techno-centric culture in the heart of TPHS. Officers will be elected March 12. All interested students should attend the lunch meeting in room 38.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULE

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ tennis team hosted Cathedral City High School Lions yesterday. The ’Cats lost 4 sets to 14. Coach Larry Battle said Singles players Jarod Burks, Bradley Linkey and John Lanza each won 1 out of 3 sets. Number two doubles team Sam Choi and partner Vincent Thomas won 1 out 3.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School golf team will travel away to Rancho Mirage to play Marywood-Palm Valley High School. Tee off is at 3:15.