YUCCA VALLEY RECALL ATTEMPT IS OFFICIALLY A FAILURE

The last nail has been driven into the coffin of an attempted recall of Yucca Valley Town Councilman George Huntington and Robert Lombardo. Friday, the County Registrar of Voters sent official notification that a 100 percent hand recount of petitions to place a recall on the ballot had still fallen short of the signatures needed. The final results showed that signatures were 167 short for the recall of George Huntington and 154 short for Robert Lombardo. Included in the notification was a bill to the Town of Yucca Valley for $20,120.12 for the cost of the petition review and recount. 2,461 votes, or 25% of the registered voters in the Town, were needed to qualify the recall for ballot. While proponents turned in about 2,700 signatures on each petition, about 400 on each were ruled invalid.

A REMINDER ABOUT OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE DURING HOLIDAY WEEK

With the long Thanksgiving holiday coming up, many residents and visitors will be out riding their off-highway vehicles in the desert. Sheriff’s Safety Specialist Anita Baker has these reminders for off-highway enthusiasts…
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station, would like to remind OHV enthusiasts of some safety laws regarding OHV use in the Morongo Basin. Off-road rules apply to all vehicles driven on public lands legally open to vehicle use. Public lands include fire trails, service roads, and other rough graded trails and roads. Rules and laws which apply to regular road use are the same for off-road use. Helmets are required when riding a motorcycle or ATV or a recreational off-highway vehicle with an engine of 1000 cc or less. When riding a motorcycle or ATV, riders cannot carry a passenger. When operated at night, vehicles must have a headlamp that reveals objects at 200 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with operational brakes, operational pollution control devices, an adequate muffler, and spark arrestor.

YUCCA VALLEY CRIME SWEEP NETS 12 ARRESTS FRIDAY

Twelve people were arrested in Yucca Valley Friday during a crime sweep by the Sheriff’s Department. According to a Sheriff’s press release, officers from the county District Attorney’s office, Probation Department, and Sheriff’s deputies conducted parole and probation compliance checks at 18 residences between 2 p.m. and midnight Friday, and made 12 arrests for violations including outstanding warrants, possession of narcotics, possession of illegal weapons, driving under the influence of marijuana, and parole and probation violations. A majority of the arrested suspects are on supervised release as part of AB 109, the California Realignment Act. The act requires offenders with non-violent, non-sexual, and non-serious convictions to serve reduced sentences in county jail and to be placed on local supervision through the Probation Department after their release.

TWO YUCCA VALLEY CRASHES SEND TWO MEN TO HOSPITAL THIS WEEKEND

The Jaws of Life had to be used to rescue a 43-year-old man who was injured during a single-vehicle rollover crash early this morning in Yucca Valley. According to Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, about 2 a.m., John Strickland, 43 rolled his white Suburban at the intersection of Joshua Lane and Joshua Drive, blocking both lanes of traffic. It took firefighters about 20 to 25 minutes to cut Strickland out of the vehicle, after which, he was taken to Yucca Valley airport where he was flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with moderate to severe injuries. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash.

On Friday, another man was severely injured during a single-vehicle crash in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, Juan Bernabe-Nunez was driving too fast on Joshua Lane about 10:30 p.m. Porter said Bernabe-Nunez hit a dip in the road, which was filled with water from the rain storm, lost control, and his car went off into the wash where it rolled over, trapping him inside the vehicle. Juan Bernabe-Nunez suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The newly-created Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council wants to get its priorities in order. Dan Stork previews a special meeting to do just that…
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets tonight, November 25, to establish a project priority list and consider formation of ad hoc committees and standing committees. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the Joshua Tree Community Center, at 6171 Sunburst. The list of issues to be ordered and added to include both Basin-wide and more localized concerns. In the first category are the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, large scale housing developments, code enforcement issues, road maintenance, health department fees, zoning and development noticing procedures, and an emergency blue light system. Of interest to communities within the Basin are a Wonder Valley MBTA Route, water services in part of Landers and in Pioneertown, a MAC web site, management of the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, the Sand to Snow National Monument, and an east/west emergency route through Morongo Valley.

BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST APPLICATIONS NOW TAKEN BY PHONE

To encourage area businesses to get into the spirit and encourage shopping locally, Hi-Desert Publishing Company and Z107.7 Radio have teamed up to co-sponsor a free holiday decorating contest for all businesses located in the Morongo Basin. Winners get hundreds of dollars in local advertising, very cool plaques, holiday bragging rights, and, best of all, your customers will know you care! The contest will be judged by professional local artists and designers. It is free to enter and the rules are simple. The judges use a scale of 1-10 for five criteria: “Overall Appeal;” “Use of Available Space;” “Use of Lights and Color;” “Inventiveness and Overall Theme;” and “Wow Factor.” Painted windows do not qualify for this contest. Judging will be done in four categories;
SMALL BUSINESS (up to 1,500 square feet)
Best Interior
Best Exterior
LARGE BUSINESS (1,500 square feet or over)
Best interior
Best Exterior
Awards will be given for first and second place in all four categories. The judging is done on artistic merit; the decision of the judges is final. First place winners get $300 in radio advertising from Z107.7 and $300 in newspaper advertising from Hi-Desert Publishing. Second Place winners get $150 in radio advertising from Z107.7 and $150 in newspaper advertising from Hi-Desert Publishing. There are some restrictions. There is no charge, to enter just call Z107-7 Radio at 760-366-8471 and tell us the name and location of your business and what category you are entering in. Deadline to enter is 5:00 p.m. December 12.

FAMILY HEALTH CLINICS QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL STATUS AND FUNDING

The two Morongo Basin Family Health clinics have received federal status which will bring in more money for them. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…
Morongo Basin’s two Family Health Clinics have received Federally Qualified Health Center status from the Health Resources and Services Administration. This new designation brings with it federal dollars for expanded healthcare access to the uninsured and underserved. Discounted fees based on the ability to pay are provided. The District will receive $800,000 for 15 months, at which time the application can be renewed. Open since 2004, the family health clinics, located in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms, provide access to medical specialists for Medi-Cal and uninsured patients. Current services include family and internal medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, ophthalmology, cardiology and general surgery. With the new designation, additional healthcare providers can be recruited and new services explored.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER CALLS SPECIAL MEETING FOR TUESDAY

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors has called a special closed session meeting 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Helen Gray Education Center to conference with attorneys on a personnel and benefits issue.

BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive Tuesday, tomorrow at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

SEE’S CANDY FOR SALE AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Holiday time means it’s time to get your holiday candy. Dan Stork says, get it at the Joshua Tree Library, and be a friend to the library…
See’s holiday candy is available now through December 23rd at the Joshua Tree Library. The Friends of the Joshua Tree library are offering a wide assortment of candy, great for gifting or filling stockings. To see the full selection, go to the Friends website at http://joshuatreefol.org/events.htm or drop into the library. For more information about the Joshua Tree Friends or the See’s Candy fundraiser, please call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 760-366-8615.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TWICE A MONTH

A bereavement support group meets twice a month to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The free meetings provide a safe and comfortable setting to help heal and recover after a loved one’s death. Gloria Beatle, a hospice social worker with the Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program, leads the meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 6336 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree. For more information, call 760-366-6427.