CHIHUAHUA LOST ON YUCCA MESA

CHIHUAHUA LOST ON YUCCA MESA

Female 4 years old.

Light brown with white chest,spayed and microchipped.

Lost near: Buena Vista on Yucca Mesa.

Call: Sandy 760-668-0113

CHIHUAHUA PIT MIX LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

CHIHUAHUA PIT MIX LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male, cream & white wearing tags.

Lost near: Sage & Free Gold in Yucca Valley.

Call: Amber 530-680-7060

TODAY IS THE 242ND BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

On this date 242 years ago, the United States Marine Corps was born when the Continental Congress authorized the establishment of a battalion of Marines; the first Marines enlisted in Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Every year, Marines around the world—active duty and retired, and their families—gather to honor their heritage with a celebration that includes birthday cake, toasts, a meal, and dancing. In his official birthday message to Marines, Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller writes, “This November 10th marks 242 years of warfighting excellence…. Marines have fought with an inner spirit – a spirit that bonds us, binds us together as a cohesive team…. We value the sacrifices and contributions of every Marine and Sailor, as well as our family members without whose support we would not be able to accomplish our mission… Happy birthday, Marines!”

https://www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/birthday-message-commandant-marine-corps

WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT DISTRICT VERSUS AT-LARGE ELECTIONS

Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and Morongo Unified School District all recently received letters from a lawyer threatening legal action unless they changed the way council and board members are elected, from “at large” elections to “district” elections. The lawyer, Kevin Shenkman of Malibu, argues that “at-large” elections dilute the vote of minority voters, which violates the California Voting Rights Act because the majority white vote dilutes the votes of minorities. The 29 cities that have fought the change to district-based elections have all lost in court, and have been forced to pay Shenkman’s legal fees, which in the case of the city of Palmdale, was $4.5 million. The Twentynine Palms City Council agreed in its October 24 meeting to begin the process of switching over to district-based elections. The process entails hiring a demographer who will draw up proposed districts. The change will go into effect at the November 2018 general election. The Town of Yucca Valley has not yet announced what its council members intend to do. And this week, the Morongo Unified School District voted 4 to 1 to begin the process of changing to district elections. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains why school board member Chris Proudfoot opposed the change…

Morongo Unified School District board member Chris Proudfoot said he was opposed to changing to district-based elections because he feels it will marginalize voters, not empower them. Currently, he said, residents vote for two or three members of 5-member city councils or board of directors at each election. By changing to a district-based election, voters will be allowed to vote for only one member of each five-person board or council.
In addition, Proudfoot said Shenkman’s threat of a lawsuit is legalized extortion, “Do it or else.” Proudfoot said even if the school board goes to the single-seat districts, Shenkman will collect a $30,000 legal fee from the school district and every other city or district he has threatened to sue.

Under the California Voting Rights Act, cities and boards have 135 days from the time they are warned they are in violation of the California Voting Rights Act to make the change. However, the former mayor of Poway has sued the state and has asked for an injunction against forcing jurisdictions to make the change while the lawsuit is being litigated.

TWO MARINES INJURED WHEN HIT BY A VEHICLE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THURSDAY NIGHT

Two Marines were injured when they were hit by a vehicle on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms Thursday night. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Tim Turner, 22, who was under the influence of alcohol, was walking in Adobe Road near Samarkand Drive about 9 p.m. Turner’s companion, Julio Serrano, 21, attempted to get Turner out of the road. Michael Ambriz, 25, of Twentynine Palms, was driving north on Adobe Road at 40 to 45 miles per hour. As Ambriz approached Samarkand, he was unable to stop in time and hit Turner and Serrano. Ambriz stopped immediately and waited for rescue personnel. Both men suffered head injuries, and one also had a broken arm. The men were alert and able to talk to paramedics. One man was flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs; the other was taken by ground ambulance to Hi-Desert Medical Center. Ambriz was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

MAN SUSPECTED OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THURSDAY

A Twentynine Palms man suspected of attempting to kidnap a 14-year-old girl last month was arrested Thursday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, the girl was outside her home in the 70800 block of Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms October 19 when a man, later identified as Freddie Day, 43, came up to her and asked her to help him jump start his quad vehicle. The girl told him she couldn’t help him and there was no one at her home who could help. After Day walked away, she went inside her home. As she entered her bedroom, she realized that Day was behind her. The girl told deputies that Day told her he could have raped and killed her, and then he grabbed her and gave her a “bear hug.” The girl then grabbed him by the throat, which made him release her, and she ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. Day fled into the desert east of the home. On Thursday, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Team found Freddie Day in the 61900 block of Foothill Drive in Twentynine Palms and arrested him for investigation of kidnapping. Day was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $125,000.

ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR STATE HEALTH INSURANCE IS OPEN

The annual open-enrollment period for the state health-insurance marketplace is now open. With information on recent changes and how you can apply, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman…

President Trump recently scraped cost-reduction payments to insurers – a move that means most silver-level plans will go up in cost – but the federal subsidies will also rise to compensate. Peter Lee, executive director of the state marketplace, Covered California, said most plans actually are cheaper this year.

“All the rumbles in Washington are irrelevant to the kitchen-table decision of ‘Do I need coverage?’ The answer is, yes. Can you afford it? For many, we are the way to get affordable health care.”

People can look online at CoveredCA.org to check out the plans or to make a free appointment with a navigator or insurance agent. Community members can visit certified application counselor, Sheree Fansler, at the Morongo Basin Community Health Center to assist them with the application process. To schedule an appointment, call 760-366-1546. Remember, open enrollment closes January 31, but you will need to sign up or renew by December 15 if you want your coverage to take effect on January 1.

GALLERY 62 ARTIST RECEPTION TOMORROW OPENS A NEW SHOW

Gallery 62 will hold its artist reception Saturday, November 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. for its new show, “Autumn Allure.” Featured artists this month include Heather Sprague, Ed Keesling, Susan Kearns, Elijah Grubbs, and Cheryl Kandel. Paul Morehead will show his latest landscape photographs in the Signature room. The opening reception will include music by Pat Kearns and a birthday celebration for artist Cheryl Kandel. The show runs through November 26. Gallery hours are noon to 3 Fridays and Sundays, and Saturdays 9 to 3. Gallery 62 is located at 61607 29 Palms Highway, Suite H, in downtown Joshua Tree.

A DAY OF ACTIVITIES AT BELLFIELD HALL IN LANDERS TOMORROW

A day of activities are planned at Landers Belfield Hall tomorrow. Up front from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Thrift Shoppe takes in donations and rings up bargains. Back in the main hall, the Arts & Crafts Fair returns with vendors serving up canned cakes, pickled quail eggs, gourmet jams and jellies, and unique holiday wreaths. The pop-up Landroid Café will dish up homemade potato chips, chili dogs and cake by the slice throughout. Then the Landers Community Association’s regular monthly meeting comes to order at 3 p.m. You do not need to be a member to attend. Belfield Hall is on Reche Road just east of the Landers Post Office.

COLLEGE BOARD HEARS OF CERTIFICATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM

The Copper Mountain College board of trustees met yesterday. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

During his report, College President Jeff Cummimgs presented Paul Frielt who teaches the automotive technology program with certification by the National Technician Education Foundation. Frielt in turn thanked the local automotive professionals for their help in the certification process. One important item of note is that the first basketball game to be held at the Bell Center gymnasium will be Saturday at 6 p.m., and yes, Fighting Cacti T-shirts will be on sale.

MANE STREET STAMPEDE WILD WEST SHOW IN PIONEERTOWN TOMORROW

The Mane street stampede Wild West Show will be performing this Saturday, November 11th, at 2:30pm sharp in Pioneertown at the Pioneer bowl. Shows are free to the public. The Stampede is a family-oriented and always looking for comedy actors! For more information contact Paden at 760-366-3333.

LOCAL DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will be discussing bottled water at its regular monthly meeting Saturday, November 11. Nestle pays the U.S. Forest Service just a few hundred dollars per year for the right to bottle and sell 30 million gallons of water from a creek in the San Bernardino National Forest. Club members will be asked to support a resolution supporting an environmental impact report to halt the water bottling. The 10 a.m. meeting is preceded by an optional $10 breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the campus of Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree.

WITH A NEW FIRE CHIEF, MORONGO VALLEY CSD CALLS SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

UPDATE: THE SPECIAL MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, AT 4 PM

The Morongo Valley Community Services District, or CSD, has a new fire chief and at a special meeting, the district begins putting the new chief’s agenda in place. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from here…

This week, Morongo Valley CSD General Manager Roxanne Brazell filled the open fire chief seat. Chief Gary Yearsley is wasting no time setting priorities. Yearsley comes to the district from Yermo where he has served as a director for the Yermo CSD as well as fire commissioner there. At tomorrow’s 4 p.m. special meeting, directors will discuss a job description and qualifications for the department’s number two–the deputy fire chief. Also up for discussion is Chief Yearsley’s request that the department supplement paid personnel with volunteer labor. And finally, the board will entertain some housekeeping measures before adjourning to closed session labor negotiations with Morongo Valley Professional Firefighters Local 5028. Saturday night’s meeting takes place in the Community Building’s Multipurpose Room on the edge of Morongo Valley’s Covington Park.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL THIS WEEKEND

The Copper Mountain College Women’s Fighting Cacti basketball team kicks off its first season with the Mount San Jacinto tournament starting tonight in Hemet. The women will play tonight, Saturday, and Sunday.

On Saturday, the men’s basketball team will play the very first game at home in the Bell Center gym against Santa Monica College. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

TWENTYNINE PALMS GETS SKUNKED IN PLAY-OFF GAME AGAINST APPLE VALLEY

The Twentynine Palms High School varsity football team lost Thursday’s away playoff game against Apple Valley by a score of 75-0.

The Apple Valley Sun Devils scored 27 points in the first quarter, 27 points in the second quarter, 14 points in the third quarter, and 7 points in the fourth quarter.

Two of Apple Valley’s touchdowns were scored by the its defensive team: a 50-yard interception return and a 20-yard run following a fumble recovery. Wildcats quarterback D’Shaun Barrett was held to 32 yards rushing and was only 9-for-26 yards passing, with only 29 yards total. The Twentynine Palms Wildcats gained only 51 yards in the entire game; Apple Valley had 426 yards. This game was part of the 2017 CIF Southern Section High School Football Playoff Brackets – Division 10 tournament.