CLOSURES FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

Government offices, banks, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day. The college will resume its appointment-only operating hours Tuesday, January 19.

NAVAL HOSPITAL TWENTYNINE PALMS WINS COVETED AWARD FOR NINTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the ninth year in a row, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms has been awarded a coveted Blue-H Award from the Navy Surgeon General. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

Tanya Stuckey, public health specialist in the Directorate for Public Health at Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, was directly responsible compiling and submitting Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms’ Blue-H Award submission. Photo by David Marks, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms

In recognition of its organized approach to promoting healthy lifestyles, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms (NHTP) has earned the annual Blue-H Award from the Navy Surgeon General for the ninth consecutive year. Tanya Stuckey, public health specialist in the Directorate for Public Health, is being credited for compiling the Blue-H Award submission.

For six years, Stuckey has led the Health and Wellness Council, a team of hospital and social service professionals who brainstorm each quarter on how to maximize outreach in promoting family advocacy programs and healthy lifestyle habits.

The Blue-H Navy Surgeon General’s Health Promotion and Wellness Award is bestowed at three levels: Bronze Anchor, Silver Eagle, and Gold Star. NHTP was awarded the Gold Star, along with other facilities in Ridgecrest and Bridgeport.

CALIFORNIA GROUPS WORK ON NEW WAYS TO CURB DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A movement is growing to counter domestic violence with social justice and mental health programs to help reduce police involvement. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…

In response to tensions between communities of color and law enforcement, some groups working to prevent domestic violence want to rely less on police and more on unarmed, local intervention teams. A 2015 national hotline survey found 75 percent of survivors who called 9-1-1 said they regretted doing so. Colsaria Henderson with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence says perpetrators often are released after a few days – and then, seek revenge.

“Overwhelmingly, survivors felt that inviting law enforcement in either did not help their safety or actually made them less safe.”

Survivors also suffer financially when the authorities incarcerate or deport the family breadwinner. So, advocates are looking at options beyond the criminal legal system. They might train community volunteers to intervene in domestic disputes or use a restorative justice model to engage survivors and their partners.

MORONGO BASIN CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING SATURDAY

A scientist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association. Annmarie Eldering’s lecture will focus on how NASA’s two orbiting carbon observatory projects are providing scientists with data on carbon dioxide’s movements through the Earth’s atmosphere, plants, and oceans, which ultimately affects our climate. Her lecture will be preceded by a review of previous year and upcoming activity. The annual meeting will be held at 10 a.m. January 23 via Zoom. Reservations are required to participate in the meeting. To register, visit the link below.

https://www.mbconservation.org/mbca_annual_meeting_and_jpl_scientist_speaks_on_carbon_in_earths_atmosphere

LEARN ABOUT LOCAL HEALTH CARE AT VIRTUAL BASIN-WIDE LUNCHEON

The Basin Wide Foundation will hold a virtual luncheon at 11:30 a.m. January 21. Karen Faulis, Linda Evans, and Jackie Combs, all of Hi-Desert Medical Center and the Desert Care Network, will be the guest speakers and will discuss health care in our community. Visit the link below to register.

https://tinyurl.com/BWF-Jan2021