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Listen To Your News Tuesday, August 9, 2011 News Archive
     

LUCERNE VALLEY CRASH KILLS TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE
A man killed in a Lucerne Valley car crash Monday morning was an active duty Twentynine Palms Marine. The 22-year-old Marine was driving a 2008 Kia on Highway 247 near Santa Fe Road at 2:17 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he veered off the road and overturned several times, according to the County coroner. The vehicle overturned several times. A passenger in the vehicle, who received minor injuries, walked to a call box to call for help. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the driver dead at the scene. His name was not released pending notification of next of kin. The CHP is conducting the investigation.

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ANOTHER PIT BULL ATTACK, THIS TIME IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Another case of pit bulls attacking and biting people, this time in Twentynine Palms. Sheriff's report that about 1:30 Sunday morning, two pit bulls, one wearing a plastic cone around its head, came into a yard in the 5800 block of Bagley Avenue. When residents tried to chase the dogs away, they were attacked. One man was bitten on the arm and another man was bitten on the leg. The dogs then ran eastbound on Bagley. Just over two weeks ago, Juanita Sharp, 46, of Yucca Valley was viciously attacked by two pit bulls in the 6400 block of Balboa Avenue. Witnesses said her arms were shredded to the bone. Sharp has had four operations to repair the damage to her tendons and nerves, including skin grafts, but doctors don't know if she will regain the use of her left hand. Sharp's husband, James Sharp, said, quote, "Doctor bills are so high--$1 million" and going higher. The pit bulls who attacked Juanita Sharp were picked up by Yucca Valley animal control for a 10-day rabies hold and are still in the Town's custody. According to Yucca Valley Administrative Services Director Jim Schooler, the Town plans to hold a hearing soon with an animal behavior expert to have the dogs declared vicious, after which time the pit bulls will be euthanized. Schooler added the results of the vicious dog hearing will most likely be of interest to the Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's office, in the event charges are filed against the dogs' owner.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN FULL SESSION
The Twentynine Palms City Council meets tonight with a busy and eclectic agenda. Reporter Dan Stork takes a close look at the at the City's business at hand. In the single public hearing at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on Tuesday August 9, the council will hear an Appeal of the Planning Commission's Denial of an Applicant Requested Reduction in Side Yard Setback. Also on the agenda are: an authorization to implement the Redevelopment Agency commercial rehabilitation program; another authorization to implement the RDA blighted, abandoned and dangerous Building Abatement program; the Joint Demolition of the Old Water District Office/Fire Department Dispatch Center; Building with the Twentynine Palms Water District Using Redevelopment Agency Funds; and the Project Phoenix Schedule of Activities and Timeline. The consent agenda includes adoption of an ordinance on shooting restrictions; a methodology for determining council stipends; and opting in to the voluntary program (referred to by some as the "extortion bill") to pay the state to allow the RDA to continue in existence. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers in City Hall on Adobe Road.

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SHARP-EYED DEPUTY SPOTS STOLEN PICKUP TRUCK
Sharp eyes and a good memory resulted in an arrest for a stolen pick up truck. According to Sheriff's Safety Specialist Arden Wiltshire, a 1999 Mazda pick-up truck was reported stolen Friday in Morongo Valley. Sunday afternoon about 3, Deputy Mark Green was patrolling in Yucca Valley, recognized the stolen pick-up truck from its description, and made a traffic stop. The driver of the stolen truck, Josh Roggenbuck, 33, of Yucca Valley, was arrested for Grand Theft Auto and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail. Since Josh Roggenbuck is a parolee, he is being held without bail.

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DOMESTIC ABUSE LEADS TO A DATE WITH THE I.N.S.
A man who was angry with his wife and injured her hand during a dispute is now being held for Immigration and Naturalization Services. Sheriff's officials report that about 5:20 Sunday evening, they were called to a domestic dispute at a home in the 7300 block of Warren Vista Avenue in Yucca Valley. Deputies had to use pepper spray to subdue Gabriel Ramirez, 43, who was arrested for investigation of felony spousal abuse. Ramirez was then transported to the Morongo Basin Jail. Gabriel Ramirez's bail is set at $50,000 and he is being held for INS.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday afternoon for beating up his ex-girlfriend. Sheriff's dispatchers report about 2:20 Sunday afternoon, they received a call from a woman who was very difficult to understand due to her swollen face. The unidentified woman told dispatchers that the night before, her ex-boyfriend, Kenneth Heathcock, 49, of Twentynine Palms, kicked, hit and punched her, knocking out three teeth. She also said Heathcock held her against her will during the night, but she was able to call police while at Stater Brothers grocery store. Kenneth Heathcock was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse and booked into the Morongo Basin jail. His bail is set at $50,000.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST IN YUCCA VALLEY
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday for throwing his wife out of the house. Sheriff's officials report that shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday, Christopher Turner, 34, was angry when his wife returned home late from San Diego. When she tried to go in their house in the 7500 block of Barberry Avenue of Yucca Valley, he grabbed her and threw her to the ground, where she sustained injuries to her arm. Christopher Turner was arrested on investigation of domestic battery, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $25,000.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TURNS 75 TOMORROW, EVENTS PLANNED ALL DAY
Joshua Tree National Park is turning 75 years old tomorrow, Managing editor Tami Roleff says a full day of events is planned to mark the occasions. Joshua Tree National Park celebrates its official 75th birthday tomorrow with a day filled with special events. The day starts with an 8 a.m. ceremony and a 9:30 reception at the Park headquarters in Twentynine Palms. Seating is limited so call 760-367-5507 to reserve a space. Then, at 11, the Park's Joshua Tree Visitor Center will host an exhibition of artwork by Gary Burden, a legendary artist who has designed album covers and designs for the music industry. A lecture by Emilyn Sheffield and Bill Wade about the Park will begin at 1:00 at Copper Mountain College's Bell Center in Joshua Tree. Then at 7:30, Bird singers from the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Tribe will give a performance at the Indian Cove Amphitheatre in Joshua Tree National Park. And finally, the big day will conclude with a night sky program by Tyler Nordgren at the Hidden Valley Picnic area in the Park.

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MARINE BASE GETS AWARDS FOR ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT
The Twentynine Palms Combat Center received the 2011 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for the installation's achievements in renewable energy generation as part of an awards initiative of the Federal Energy Management Program. The program's awards recognize effective use of innovative technology, processes, and financial practices that institutionalize energy and water conservation within federal government organizations. The 2010 energy report stated that the Combat Center's energy intensity was reduced by 28 percent from 2003, and water intensity was reduced by 64 percent compared to 2007. The Combat Center also reduced energy consumption by over 15 percent and water consumption by over 61 percent compared to fiscal year 2009 levels. The total energy and water reductions saved $1.1 million in 2010. The Combat Center's energy management team will be honored at a reception at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.

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PUBLIC INVITED TO HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
The Citizens advisory committee for the Hi-Desert Water District meets tonight and the public is urged to attend. Reporter Derwood Andrews tells you why. A plethora of useful information and discussions will take place tonight, in a Public Advisory Committee meeting beginning at 6:30 at Water District offices on Twentynine Palms Highway. Most subjects to chew over concern the Wastewater Project, low-income assistance, a loan program for property connections and the funding strategy for the project. Come and be informed and have your say, everyone in Yucca Valley will be affected by the incoming sewer system, so get the latest thoughts and facts tonight.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT TO GIVE 1,000 FREE TDAP SHOTS THIS FRIDAY
Families with children entering grades 7-12 this year, who don't have insurance or qualify for MediCal, are urged to take advantage of the Morongo Unified School District's free Tdap clinics this Friday. The Yucca Valley clinic is between 7-10 a.m. at the La Contenta Middle School multi-purpose room. Six hundred doses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Twentynine Palms clinic will be from 12-3:00 p.m. at Twentynine Palms Junior High School multi-purpose room. The Twentynine Palms clinic will dispense 400 doses of the free Tdap vaccine, again first -come, first-served. Students under 18 will need a parent or guardian present. Students should bring their "yellow" shot record. Families will need to fill out two documents: a consent form and a CAIR registration form. The forms are available and staff will help with the paperwork. Families should allow extra time in their schedules as there may be a wait time. Doors will open 30 minutes before immunizations begin to start the paperwork. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Jolie Kelley at the Morongo Unified School District at 760-367-9191 x 4339. Additional information on the Tdap can be found on the web at www.shotsforschool.org.

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SCHOOLS OFFER FREE AND REDUCED COST LUNCHES
The Morongo Unified school District is offering free and reduced cost lunches. Reporter Dan stork tells you who qualifies and how to apply. The Morongo Unified School District has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Children who receive Food Stamp, CalWorks, Kin-GAP, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations benefits are automatically eligible for free meals, regardless of household income level, and may not need to complete an application. The information needed for verification of eligibility varies according to the program. Otherwise, there are sliding scale criteria based on household size and income level. For example, a household of 4 people with an annual income less than $29055 is eligible for free meals, or for reduced cost meals if the annual income is less than $41,348. Applications are available online at www.morongo.k12.ca.us, and at all school and District sites. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year, and the school should be contacted if anyone in the household becomes unemployed, or if the household size increases.

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB GETS EDUCATIONAL GRANT
The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi Desert has announced a $7,800 grant received from "The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties" which will help the staff at the kids club continue in their goal towards assisting the youth of the community in their school work and learning. "The grant is for the club's PROJECT LEARN. Please call 760-365-KIDS for more information.

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the meeting has no public action items but the usual closed session for the secretive hospital board…
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meet in regular session at six o'clock tonight in the Hospital's Helen Gray Education Center off Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. As always, the public is invited to attend tonight's meeting which promises to be brief as there are no action items on the agenda, only routine reports and consent items after which the Board will adjourn to closed session for matters involving trade secrets and quality assurance.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS MONDAY
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan Volleyball teams will begin the 2011 season with try-outs starting Monday August 15 from 9:00 - 12:00 in the Yucca Valley High School gym. Try-outs will be held all week and all new and returning players must attend and are required to have the following documents: completed physical form; proof of medical insurance; and proof of whooping cough vaccination. In addition, all new players must bring a copy of their last semester report card in order to verify academic eligibility. Players will not be allowed to begin try-outs without all of these documents. If you have any questions please contact Head Coach, Pam Naylor, at yvhsvolleyball@gmail.com.

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