The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a marathon four-hour session Tuesday night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and broke her report into two parts. Yesterday, in part 1, division on the Council over highway work. Today in part 2, spay and neuter vouchers…
In other business at Tuesday’s 4-hour meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council and the Planning Commission heard the Town’s General Plan Update, and requested a few minor modifications. The Council also reviewed and approved a provision to the Town Code concerning the nomination and selection of mayor and mayor pro tem, adding a provision that appointed council members be junior to all other council members. Finally, the Council approved a spay/neuter voucher program. Only Yucca Valley residents will be eligible for the $60 voucher. There are no income restrictions for the voucher, but residents are limited to three vouchers every five years. The voucher program will start within 30 days once the new animal shelter is up and running. The voucher program is funded by a bequest by Cyla Wells to the Town, and is expected to fund spaying and neutering operations for 500 dogs and cats over the next one to two years. Council member Dawn Rowe asked that the voucher program be funded by the Town once the bequest was used up.
A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001 and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support, family services, and in-home visits as needed. For more information, contact Pacific Clinics at 760-228-9657.
This week’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District was wide-ranging. Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Yesterday: the legal and District views of AB 1266. Today, school nurses, mileage reimbursements, and two school recognitions…
Twentynine Palms Junior High School and Yucca Mesa Elementary Schools were recognized for achievements by the MUSD Board of Education.
School nurses Marcella Roberts and Susan Schweitzer, and health technician Patricia Williams made pleas for more support, in the form of at least one more registered nurse, and specialized clerical support. The District employs three registered nurses, with a student case load of more than 3000 students each, which contrasts with a national recommendation of 1 per 750 students. The nurses said that the care given has grown more complex over the years, with a workload that deals with diabetes, seizure disorders, asthma, mental health problems, tube feeding—well beyond the popular image of sniffles and scrapes.
The Board denied the granting of $400 per month mileage stipends to the Directors of Facilities and Information Technology, 1-4, with Board President Chris Proudfoot the lone affirmative vote. Assistant Superintendent Dave Price said that both directors would get more money if they filed mileage logs at the IRS rates. But both men have not done so in the past, and would prefer to avoid the paperwork and get a flat allowance. A majority of the Board said, do the paperwork.
Single Plans for Student Achievement from four more schools were presented and approved, as were several revised board policies that had been under review. Two schools—Yucca Mesa Elementary and Twentynine Palms Junior High—were singled out for outstanding achievements, particularly in gains in API scores over one year’s time.
Tonight’s regular meeting of the Twentynine Palms Cemetery District will be routine. The trustees will be updated on four burials, discuss monthly projections, and approve the financial report and expenditures. The cemetery board meeting starts at 5:30 in cemetery offices, 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.
Last night’s Twentynine Palms Water District meeting had a full audience to honor former Director Philip Cisneros after serving 20 years of being a board director, seven of which he was president. Cisneros received plaques and awards from many people such as the Copper Mountain College Board, the mayor of Twentynine Palms, the Commanding General of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, and the Twentynine Palms Water District. All of these awards recognized Cisneros’s hard work and the dedication he has shown for the Water District and the community. Cisneros said, “I appreciate everything that was said and given to me. But the real reward is getting to work with this water board and Water District staff. It’s been one heck of a ride. I never did anything alone; I was a part of a great team.” He ended his speech saying, “I will remember to pay my water bill.” On the Fire Department side, Jim Thompson, the Fire Chief, also said a few words about Cisneros. He said, “Thank you for your unwavering support for our fire fighters over the years.” At the end of the meeting, Thompson wanted to remind everyone the importance of a fire and smoke alarm. It is not only to alert you, it can alert your neighbors when you are not home.
The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the directors made two significant actions…..
Last night in Morongo Valley, officers of the Community Services District Board established a policy for cost recovery of emergency services provided where the responsible party should be held accountable for their actions. Also last night, directors tapped Jeannie May, Janet Osborne and Hap Trowbridge for the committee to consider nominations for the Chuck Osborne Volunteer of the Year Award. Those actions and others followed regular reports and items on the consent agenda.
The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce is holding its first holiday market, Saturday, December 14. The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Joshua Tree, on Park Boulevard next to Coyote Corner. Vendor booths are $50 and $90 for Chamber members; higher for non-members of the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce. Vendors who are interested in participating in the holiday market should call Nicholas Holmes at 760-366-3723.
The Charles Dickens Holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” is now on stage at Theatre 29. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the live production came together well, but not without some challenges…..
With every play production comes obstacles and challenges. However, for Director Rob Wanless, these challenges were overcome and made for a great play, “A Christmas Carol.” The director and his cast had to deal with the absence of actors and technical difficulties when rehearsing for the play. The play has finally come together and Wanless is very proud of his cast of both Theatre 29 veterans and some new faces too, saying, “I love this adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The characters are believable—even the ghosts.” He summed up his pride, saying, “The actors assembled for this production bring these characters to life and will make you laugh, make you shed a tear, make you hope for strangers, and by the end, these actors will make you grateful for redemption.” “A Christmas Carol” will play Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. with Sunday matinees November 24 and December 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Theatre 29. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID and children under 12. For more information call 760-361-4151.
The all-volunteer board of directors of the non-profit Theatre 29 will be reorganizing early next month and is looking for those interested in serving. Theatre 29 will hold its annual Board of Directors elections and reorganization December 10 at 6 p.m. at the theater, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Anyone who is interested in serving a two-year term on the non-profit, all-volunteer, Theatre 29 board of directors is invited to send a letter of intent to: Brian Tabeling, President, Board of Directors, Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, Californa, 92277. The deadline to receive letters of intent is December 9.
When Twentynine Palms resident Cathy Inscore heard that the popular Chicken Soup book series was looking for stories for its book “Miraculous Messages from Heaven,” she knew she had the perfect story for it. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with Inscore about a dream she had in which her late son, Bobby, introduced her to her future granddaughter, Autumn…
Cathy Inscore’s son, Bobby, was killed in a DUI crash in May 1998, and she missed him terribly. “I prayed every night for my sweet Bobby to visit me.” Then five months later, her prayers were answered. “Then one night, I had the most fantastic dream ever. Bobby was there and a little girl with fiery red hair stood between us.” In her dream, which ended way too soon, Bobby called the red-haired girl “Autumn.” A few days later, Inscore’s husband Barry answered the phone and received the news that his daughter, Lisa, had just given birth to a little girl she had named Autumn. Inscore wondered if this could just be a coincidence. “At the hospital, they handed me a beautiful baby … and there was that fiery red hair. I … softly whispered, ‘We have already met.’” If you would like to read Cathy Inscore’s story about Bobby and Autumn, and 100 other inspirational short stories, the Chicken Soup for the Soul “Miraculous Messages from Heaven” is available at book stores and online.
The City of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the 2014 youth basketball league. Children in kindergarten through eighth grades are eligible to register. The registration fee includes a uniform and a discount is given to families with three or more children participating in the league. Registrations will be accepted at the Park and Recreation office Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., and online at 29palms.org until Friday, December 13. Volunteer coaches and officials are also being sought. For information call the recreation office at 760-367-7562.