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Listen To Your News Friday, November 19, 2010 News Archive
     

DUI DRIVER WHO KILLED MARINE CHARGED WITH 3 FELONIES
A Twentynine Palms man is facing 3 felony charges stemming from the death of a Marine killed while riding his motorcycle November 5. Joel Cohoe, 21, pleaded not guilty to Gross Vehicular Manslaughter, DUI casing bodily injury and DUI over .08 percent blood alcohol causing injury during his arraignment November 9. Sheriffs’ investigators say on November 5, Cohoe, was driving southbound on Indian Cove Road just north of State Route 62 about 6:30 p.m. He came to a stop, but failed to yield to 25 year old Omar Salazar, a Marine stationed at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base riding westbound on his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle. Salazar, a highly decorated Combat Marine who had just returned from deployment to Afghanistan, was unable to stop and slammed into Cohoe’s car. He was taken to Hi- Desert Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 7:19. Joel Cohoe’s next appearance in court is scheduled for December 13. He is being held in the Morongo Basin Jail on $250,000 bail.

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COMPUTER ARGUMENT LEADS TO SPOUSAL ABUSE ARREST
An argument over talking to other people on the internet left a Yucca Valley woman with a broken wrist, her husband facing felony spousal abuse charges. Sheriffs’ spokeswoman Vera Martinez said Wednesday night about 10, deputies were contacted by Hi-Desert Medical Center Staff, saying they were treating a woman who had been beaten up by her husband. The victim reported she and her husband, Alfredo Chavez 56, got into an argument over his being on the computer with other people. During the fray, the victim was pushed to the floor breaking her wrist. The investigation led Deputy Gary Rossi to the 4000 block of Goleta Avenue in Yucca Valley, where he contacted Chavez. Alfredo Chavez was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation of felony spousal abuse, and released after posting bail.

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Bob Stadum

Dan Munsey

Roger Mayes

Sheldon Hough

Surann Graham
 
HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT REORGANIZES, HIRES SEWAGE TREATMENT CONSULTANTS
The Hi-Desert Water District board met Wednesday night. Managing Editor Karl Gardner says the board reorganized and hired consultants to help with the planned sewer system...
Hi-Desert Water District’s Board President Surann Graham will serve a second term in the top spot, following Vice President Dan Muncy’s refusal to accept the nomination at Wednesday’s meeting. Muncy said Graham’s proven leadership skills in the face of the daunting sewage treatment project, led him to decline the nomination, as well as a nomination for Vice President, that went to board member Roger Mayes. In other actions, the board approved the new Hi-Desert Water District Code, a compilation of all district ordinances, resolution and policies into one document. Moving on, the board approved a $79,000 contract with MVR consultants to provide outreach and assistants with the upcoming sewage treatment project.

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General Richard Zilmer
POPULAR FORMER MCAGCC COMMANDING GENERAL TO RETIRE
A popular former Twentynine Palms Marine Base Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer, will retire today, putting to end a 36-year career that included leading major commands from Anbar province, Iraq, to Okinawa, Japan. Zilmer, The Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, will be honored during a ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., where he has overseen Manpower & Reserve Affairs for more than a year.

A career infantry officer with an affable demeanor, Zilmer rose to three-star status during a career that began in 1974. General Zilmer, who made many friends locally among both the military and civilian communities, is perhaps best known for leading Multinational Forces-West in Iraq’s Anbar province as a two-star general in 2006 and 2007, right after he left 29 Palms. More recently, Zilmer commanded 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan, out of Okinawa. Zilmer will live in Kunkletown, Pa., where his family owns a home in the Pocono Mountains.

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TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THEATER 29 OPENING TONIGHT
Opening tickets for Friday night's production at Theatre 29 of The First Christmas are still available and can be picked up at the door. Hosted by the 29 Palms Ministerial Association, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with curtain at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $15 and include cookies and milk at intermission. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Jump start your holiday season with this family-fun show with a fresh twist on the Christmas story. Call 760-361-1410 for more information.

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AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29 THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Your chance to be a star, Theater 29 is holding open auditions this Sunday afternoon. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says you can try out for “come blow your horn”...
Seasoned actors and promising newcomers will want to attend Sunday’s auditions for Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn” at Theatre 29. Director Butch Pelfrey begins the open audition call at 4 p.m. Theatre 29’s production marks the fiftieth year since this delightful comedy opened on Broadway. It remains as fresh as the day it opened. Pelfrey will cast seven performers. Characters include a 30-something playboy, his 20-something brother, a couple of girlfriends around the boys same ages. Three more mature actors in their sixties are needed to play the boy’s parents and a surprise female visitor. Additional information and cold reading sides are available at theatre29.com. “Come Blow Your Horn” will run mostly weekends from January 14th to February 12th. Theatre 29 is located across from Barr Lumber on Adobe Road and Sullivan in 29 Palms. Tickets are available online or at the Box Office, call 760-361-4151.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING HONORS LATE BETTY GARRETT
Food for Life is hosting the Betty Garrett Memorial Community Thanksgiving dinner this year on Thanksgiving Day. The meal will be served from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. If you are unable to attend the dinner you may call Reach-Out 29 at 760-361-1410, during normal business hours by Monday at 3:00 p.m. to arrange for delivery. Delivery hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Community participation is needed to successfully provide this holiday meal. Phone Volunteer Coordinator Teresa Brown, 562 370-7601 if you wish to help cook and/or serve, or clean up. Donations may be made to Food for Life, P.O. Box 282, Twentynine Palms, CA. 92277.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB DISTRIBUTING 500 THANKSGIVING DINNERS
The Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club, a youth service club sponsored by the Rotary Club will be distributing 500 Thanksgiving Baskets complete with a turkey donated by Marshall Networking tomorrow at 9 am at Twentynine Palms Junior High School. Only those families on the list will be able to pick up Thanksgiving Baskets. According to Interact President Elizabeth Fleck, this is the biggest project of the year and the entire club will be on hand to distribute the baskets in one hour. Fleck said, "It truly is a community project with churches, local businesses and other schools collecting items for the entire month of November."

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FESTIVAL OF WREATHS SUNDAY AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
A unique fund-raiser this Sunday benefits our own copper mountain college. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to take part in “the festival of wreaths”...
Copper Mountain College Foundation organizers are gearing up for their first ever Festival of Wreaths. The fundraiser takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 21 in the community room at the CMC Bell Center. A wine and cheese reception will allow guests to preview the many wreaths on auction beginning at three. The wreaths will have been decorated by local businesses and organizations from all over Morongo Basin. Many of the beautifully crafted wreaths which commemorate the holiday season will include “special” value added certificates and merchandise. Tickets are $5 which includes the wine and cheese reception and are available at Libby’s Realty in Twentynine Palms, here at Z-107.7 FM in Joshua Tree, The California Welcome Center and Hi-Desert Publishing both in Yucca Valley. Tickets are also available at CMC in the Foundation or President’s Office. For more information call 760-366-5289.

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NIGHT SKY SUBJECT OF JOSHUA TREE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION MEETING TOMORROW MORNING
A Hi-Desert Community wide night sky workshop is planned for the meeting of the Joshua Tree Community Association on tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Joshua Tree Community Center. Up for discussion at the night sky workshop how to work with the local hardware stores to make available the compliant lighting, safety and security law enforcement issues, current county codes and enforcement, public awareness with flyer/bumper stickers, demonstrations at booths and local Earth Day events. The meeting is open to the public. Light refreshment will be served.

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BOTH YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IN CIF PLAY TONIGHT
Both Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley High School football teams play in first round CIF playoffs tonight. The Twentynine Palms Wildcats are at home facing Sage Hill High School. The Yucca Valley High School Trojans travel away versus Aquinas High School. Kick off for both games is at 7. For directions to Aquinas High School, visit on line at yvhs.org. Tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School cross county team is on the road to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, competing in CIF finals, with heats starting at 7:45.

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ROP STUDENT VOLUNTEERING AT FOOD FOR LIFE TOMORROW
Food for Life will be serving up a free meal in Twentynine Palms tomorrow. ROP Broadcast Student Matt Taylor will be one of the many hard-working volunteers...
Food for Life Ministries, or Breaking Bread, is a service that provides a free meal for low-income families or anyone in need of a meal. Everyone is welcome so just show up and eat. Breaking Bread is hosted every week on Saturday from 3 to 5 in the afternoon. It is held at the Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms on Adobe Road. There will be a menu posted in the Newspaper and on the door of the fellowship hall at the Little Church of the Desert. A Home delivery option is also available for those who don not have a mode of transportation. The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will be hosting on November 20 and I will be volunteering as well, so I hope to see you there.

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TLC RUMMAGE SALE THIS WEEKEND
Tender Loving Christmas will hold a yard sale today through Sunday. Donations can be dropped off in the parking lot in front of Sears. Come do your shopping, browse or just stop in to say hello and learn more about TLC. Prices are very reasonable and Mara is always ready to make a deal. For more information on Tender Loving Christmas please call Mara Cantelo at 760 365-4TLC (4852).

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FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provides a FREE Community Breakfast Buffet EVERY Saturday morning 9-10 AM. Children’s activities are provided during the breakfast. The church is located at 6213 E. Parkway in Joshua Tree.

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STAR TWIRLERS SQUARE DANCING TOMORROW NIGHT
The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge, at 7:30 PM on Saturday night. Andy Allemao will be doing the calling. Bob Paul will cue rounds at 7:00 PM. For further information; contact Dennis at 366-8626 or Beryl at 365-6897.

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