2 DOGS FOUND IN 29 PALMS

Male Doberman, brown fur & brown collar, named “Hazel”, has a tan belly.

Female Pit Bull mix, tan with a white belly and pink collar, name “Princess”.

Found near: Behind Jelly Donut in 29 Palms

Call: Rosie 808-212-4210

YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN SUSPECTED OF TRYING TO CASH A FRAUDULENT CHECK

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of trying to cash a fraudulent check. According to a Sheriff’s report, Elizabeth Rauskin, 37, went to Frontwave Credit Union in Yucca Valley and tried to cash a fraudulent check. The clerk stalled Rauskin until deputies arrived. Elizabeth Rauskin was arrested for investigation of forgery and conspiracy, and on a warrant for possession of stolen property, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with her bail set at $75,000.

TUESDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE MARCH PRIMARY ELECTION

The California presidential primary election is just a few weeks away. Managing editor Tami Roleff says you still have time to register…

The deadline to register to vote for the 2020 presidential primary election is Tuesday, February 18. Citizens can register to vote online at SBCountyElections.com. Registration forms area also available at post offices, city clerk offices, county libraries, and the DMV. Voters who are already registered should re-register to vote if they have changed their signature, name, or address, or want to change their party affiliation. If you miss the deadline, a new California law allows conditional voter registration up until election day.

MANY INSTITUTIONS CLOSED MONDAY FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY

Government offices, businesses, and schools will be closed this Monday, February 17, for President’s Day. The Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms will both be closed, as well as post offices, the county courthouse, and other government offices. The Morongo Unified School District and Copper Mountain College will be closed and no classes will be held from February 14 -17 for the federal holiday. Most banks will also be closed that Monday. Burrtec Waste and Recycling will operate as usual.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MOVES TOWARD BY-DISTRICT ELECTIONS

In November, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees approved the first resolution establishing trustee election districts in response to a potential lawsuit regarding the California Civil Rights Act. Yesterday, the trustees approved a settlement agreement to make the transition from at-large elections to by-district elections. Reporter Hilary Sloane has more information…

Copper Mountain College Board of Trustee Meeting February 13, 2020 Hilary Sloane photo

In Thursday’s closed session of the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees, the trustees approved a settlement agreement to join other Morongo Basin agencies in making the switch from at-large elections to by-district elections. The move was in response to a lawsuit which claimed at-large elections violate the California Voting Rights Act. The transition will begin after the 2020 census data is released. Part of the settlement includes paying the plaintiff’s attorneys fees of $30,000. 

Superintendent/President Daren Otten; Board President Dick Rogers; Trustee Greg Gilbert at the Copper Mountain College board of trustees meeting. Hilary Sloane photo

In other business, the board discussed the success of the English as a Second Language Program, which provides language instruction, hot meals, childcare, and tutoring.

Copper Mountain College Board of Trustee Meeting Hilary Sloane photo

Also mentioned was an event earlier this month, in which 140 high school seniors visited the campus through the Rise program. The Rise program helps high school seniors transition into college.

The Copper Mountain College trustees listen to a report at the board meeting Thursday. Hilary Sloane photo

The board agreed the March Board of Trustee meeting would address a new enrollment study session in conjunction with the Morongo Basin Unified School District.