COUNTY SUPERVISOR DAWN ROWE MAY HAVE TO LEAVE HER SEAT

A court ruling Wednesday, (January 8,) means San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe of Yucca Valley may have to leave her 3rd District seat. An appellate court ruled against San Bernardino County’s request that Supervisor Dawn Rowe stay in her seat while it appeals an earlier superior court ruling that voided her appointment. The county and I.E. United, the political advocacy group that sued over the appointment, have differing interpretations of the ruling. County spokesman David Wert said Thursday that the county is reviewing its options, but the decision could mean supervisors must rescind Rowe’s appointment and remove her from the board. The earliest that could happen is the next board meeting, Tuesday, January 28. The county could also appeal to the State Supreme Court, he said. Michael Gomez Daly, executive director of I.E. United, said the ruling means Rowe is no longer a supervisor and it’s now up to the governor to choose a new member. In September, Superior Court Judge Janet M. Frangie said the process used in November and December 2018 by supervisors to fill the 3rd District supervisor’s seat violated the state’s open-meeting law, and ordered that the appointment be rescinded. The county appealed and its request that she stay was granted November 26, but reversed Wednesday.

HI-DESERT WATER PUBLIC FORUM UNVEILS PROPOSED RATE INCREASE

About 30 people showed up last night at a public information forum hosted by the Hi-Desert Water District about a proposed rate increase. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting and files this report…

Hi-Desert Water District Communications Officer Jennifer Poland led the water rate change public information forum Thursday. Tami Roleff photo

Hi-Desert Water District Communications Officer Jennifer Poland led the forum with a slide show presentation outlining the changes. The rate changes will take effect February 1, assuming the water board approves the changes at its January 22 meeting. Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Abedesco stressed that the February 1 change in water connection charges was originally scheduled to take effect last July, but was postponed. More importantly, the service connection rate that goes into effect February 1 is about $ lower than the current connection charge.

Hi-Desert Water District employees were on hand to answer questions from those attending. From left: Codi Mix, Tony Culver, Tanya Gruwell, Jonathan Abadesco, and Cheri Nutter. Tami Roleff photo

A 3 percent increase for the amount of water used will go into effect July 1. The water district currently has four price tiers for purchasing water; as of February 1, it will change to 3 tiers, with the third tier starting at 11 hundred cubic feet instead of the current 28 hcf (Hcf = hundred cubic feet).

TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY DISTRICT MEETS IN WAKE OF ARREST OF GENERAL MANAGER

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Trustees will hold a special, closed-session meeting at 10:30 a.m. today (Friday, January 10) during which it will appoint a new interim general manager. Its former manager, Stacey Lee, 50, of Twentynine Palms, was fired Sunday and arrested Tuesday, accused of embezzling more than $17,000 from the cemetery district. Today’s meeting will be held in the cemetery office on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

MANE STREET STAMPEDE WILD WEST SHOW IN PIONEERTOWN TOMORROW

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West show will present its free Wild West reenactment show this Saturday, (January 11) at 2:30 p.m. on Mane Street in Pioneertown in front of Historic Pioneer Bowl. These rootin’, tootin’, shootin’ fun cowboy shows are free to the public and family oriented. Last season the Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show western reenactors donated $500 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert in Yucca Valley. They are always looking for new actors. For more information contact Paden at 760-366-3333.

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTED NEW OFFICERS LAST NIGHT

New officers were elected last night at the regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District along with a report on new digital marketing efforts. Reporter Ernest Figueroa attended the meeting and has highlights…

The board members for the Morongo Basin Healthcare District are, from left: Vice-President Dianne Greenhouse; Treasurer Bob Armstrong; Secretary Misty Evans; board member Joseph Sullivan; President Marge Doyle. Ernest Figueroa photo

At last night’s meeting, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District board elected its 2020 officers including Marge Doyle as president, Dianne Greenhouse as vice president, Misty Evans as secretary, and Bob Armstrong as treasurer with Evans and Greenhouse also appointed to the Community Health Center’s governing board. Following the board’s routine approval of November’s finance report, CEO Jackie Combs reported that, even with additional parking lot re-grading and striping required, the Split Rock Clinic is on schedule to open January 20. Also, a new lighted box sign has been installed above the Twentynine Palms clinic providing excellent visibility from the highway. Her report also highlighted the launch of two digital marketing campaigns that will use repetitive advertising over a multiple platforms targeting Twentynine Palms parents to inform them on pediatric services now available at the new Split Rock facility.