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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FALL GALA SATURDAY

The annual fall gala is planned for this Saturday at Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation…
Cooler weather means time for the Copper Mountain College Foundation’s annual Fall Gala on Saturday, October 1 at 6 p.m. in the Bell Center on the CMC campus. The event helps provide ongoing support for CMC students including scholarships, bus transportation, and cultural and leadership opportunities. Jim Pulliam, the first Superintendent/President at the college is the featured speaker. He offers unique memories of how this community built its own college. His stories, lessons and insights are especially poignant as CMC moves forward with a greater commitment to the success of every student. The gala’s theme, “We All Have Time Machines,” will be an evening of reflection of the past and celebration for the future. Sponsorship opportunities are available at $250, $500 and $1,000. Sponsorships offering students a chance to attend the gala are available for $35. More information and tickets are at cmccd.edu/Foundation or call 760-366-3791. Tickets are $75 per person.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School cross-country team will participate in its first DeAnza League meet tomorrow, against Desert Hot Springs. 
The Twentynine Palms High School tennis team will travel away to Big Bear to play Big Bear High School, starting at 3:15.
Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning volleyball team will host Desert Christian Academy from Bermuda Dunes at home. The match starts at 5:30.


EARTHQUAKE SWARM HITS SALTON SEA AREA

The Salton Sea has been hit by more than 200 small earthquakes in the last day or so. The largest, a 4.2, hit Monday night, and nine of them registered at 3.0 or higher. The earthquakes were fairly localized, with most of them hitting Bombay Beach area.


SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN ARMED BURGLARY IN LANDERS

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a claim of an armed burglary in Landers on Saturday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a homeowner in the area of Sunset Road and Mars Drive called about 11:15 a.m. to report that he interrupted four men who were trying to steal railroad ties and barbed wire from his property. The homeowner told deputies that when he confronted the burglars, one of them pulled a gun and fired a round into the ground, before the burglars fled in a white Chevy crew cab pick-up truck. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.


AN ARREST AFTER A DRUG LAB IS FOUND IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Friday morning, accused of running a drug lab. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the 6100 block of Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 3:30 a.m. where they found drug manufacturing equipment and paraphernalia. Inside the home was Jervon Winston, 23, who was arrested on suspicion of operating a drug lab. Jervon Winston was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $500,000.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TAKES UP WASTEWATER TREATMENT

The issue of the future of wastewater treatment will be addressed by the Twentynine Palms City Council tonight. Reporter David Haldane says expenditures for Project Phoenix are also on the agenda….
Excrement is at the top of tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council agenda. More specifically, the septic tanks that have historically been used to dispose of the city’s human waste. At issue: whether to apply for a $448,000 grant to study the long-term impact of those tanks on groundwater reliability, storage and quality.
The move is the first step in a long-term effort to discuss and ultimately solve the problem of treating wastewater in the city.
Other items on the agenda include a discussion regarding public buildings within the downtown Project Phoenix area and the possible appropriation of $131,000 for three curb, gutter and sidewalk reconstruction projects.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.


FIRE DESTROYS ABANDONED HOME IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to an early morning fire today. An abandoned stone house on Yucca Avenue, just north of 29 Palms Highway, had flames and smoke coming from the front door and eaves when firefighters arrived about 2:15 a.m. Firefighters from Wonder Valley and the Combat Center assisted in knocking down the blaze, which took about 20 to 30 minutes. The cause is under investigation.


YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS: RECONSTRUCTION AND AUTO PARTS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a change in code for rebuilding and a new auto parts store are on the agenda…
At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, commissioners will hold a public hearing on changing language in the municipal code that would allow property owners to rebuild residential structures that have been suffered more than 75 percent damage. Next, the commissioners will hold an environmental assessment and site plan review for a new building for O’Reilly Auto Parts. The new store would be located at the northwest corner of Highway 62 and Grand Avenue. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.


DUI OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLIST WHO CRASHED IN MORONGO VALLEY IDENTIFIED

The California Highway Patrol has identified the man who was hospitalized following a crash on his dirt bike in Morongo Valley a week ago. Jeremy Reynolds, 39, was riding his 2000 Honda about 11:15 p.m. eastbound on Breezeway when he unexpectedly came upon the wash at Little Morongo Road and was unable to stop in time. He was thrown from his bike into the wash and landed on rocks about 6 to 8 feet below. Jeremy Reynolds was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with serious injuries, and was later arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.


DESERT-WISE LIVING SERIES SATURDAY FOCUSED ON RENEWABLE ENERGY

All of us can recognize the benefits of decreasing fossil fuel consumption. The challenge is how to do it economically and without sacrificing comfort. That aim was the focus of a gathering of experts who met in Yucca Valley for the Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s Desert-Wise Living series on Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there…
Experts in resource management, public policy, hydro-electric engineering, and energy research echoed their message to the local audience: successful growth and productivity of communities across the nation will largely be determined by the level at which they embrace fossil fuel alternatives. Successful communities, they said, should be managing renewable energy production, distribution, and use in homes and businesses. Locally, the Mojave Water Agency, the Basin’s wholesale water supplier, is moving forward on a project to install a hydropower turbine and generator on an existing 48-inch water pipeline. It is expected to generate enough power to pump water from the state aqueduct to three big water agencies in the Basin and elsewhere. Twentynine Palms is also looking ahead in a proactive effort that would lower energy costs for residents and businesses there. City Manager Frank Luckino briefed the audience on plans for a feasibility study to look at buying electricity wholesale through a model known as Community Choice Aggregation.


JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The hard-working volunteers of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out working tomorrow. The next pick up for the Joshua Tree Clean Team is Wednesday, September 28 at the Joshua Tree Post Office at 7 a.m. and work for one short hour. Grabbers, trash bags, and gloves will be available to make the job easier. Join them for conversation afterward at the Park Rock Café.


SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, TEACHER ACTION EXPECTED

The Morongo Unified School Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says with a routine agenda, all eyes will be on what teachers battling for a contract may do…
What will the teachers do next?
That’s the question likely to be on the minds of many attendees at tonight’s regular meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education.
There’s nothing about it on the agenda, which mostly has to do with such routine items as locker room improvements and modernization projects at various district schools. But members of the Morongo Teachers Association, entering their second year without a contract, have lately made it their habit to cram board meetings waving signs and making demands.
Whether and how the board responds is the elephant in the room.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 7 p.m. at Twentynine Palms Elementary School on Playa Vista in Twentynine Palms.


TWENTYNINE PALMS PUBLIC CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery District will hold its regular meeting tonight (Tuesday, Septmeber 27) at 6 p.m. Among the items on the agenda, the board will review its policy on solar lights, grave markers and other memorials, discuss options for shade covers for services, and approve upcoming seminar expenses. The meeting will be held in cemetery offices, 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.


TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY HONORS “OLD TIMER OF THE YEAR”

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society celebrates everyday heroes. The “Old Timer of the Year” awards honor long-time residents who contributed significantly to the development or betterment of the Twentynine Palms community. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares more about this year’s honorees…
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society celebrates everyday heroes. David A. Bronwell came to Twentynine Palms in 1953 at 19 and began his teaching career at the Old Town Schoolhouse. He went on to teach 5th grade at Twentynine Palms Elementary School. He built his home here by hand and it still stands today. He left the desert to teach College. Many of his former students wrote to the Historical Society to share their fond memories of their beloved fifth-grade teacher.
Dr. Ted Vick arrived with his family in the early 40’s and lived in a small cabin with no electricity. Years later Vick was hired to teach and serve as vice principle in the same three-room school where he had been a student years before. He taught his entire career and served 20 years on the San Bernardino County Board of education.
Walter and Velma Holland arrived in ’58; both worked in our local schools, Walter as a teacher and Velma as a librarian. Walter became a realtor and donated his culinary skills for many fundraising events. Velma is now a writer and the librarian for the historical society and docent to the museum. All the honorees’ activities have greatly impacted the community, inspiring them to pursue their dreams.


COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Yucca Valley Mayor Bob Leone will hold “coffee with the mayor” on Wednesday, September 28, and every fourth Wednesday of the month, in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Join the mayor and town staff for coffee and donuts from 8 to 9 a.m., and discuss your areas of concern, ideas, or just learn more about the activities going on in the town. For more information, call 760-369-7209, extension 226.


BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency board meets tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board will consider a bill adjustment and hold a workshop on regulation changes…
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. Under action items, the board will consider a customer request for an adjustment to a $1,700 bill for the unoccupied property. Management recommends no adjustment as they have already gone around and around with the customer on the matter. Also tonight, the board will convene a workshop to consider a number of updates to the Agency’s Rules and Regulations. Those items and others will be considered tonight under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans varsity volleyball team beat Desert Hot Springs in a shut out game winning 3-0, scores being 25-10, 25-17 and 25-6.
Freshman EJ Day led with 22 attempts, nine kills, 14 serves and four aces. Junior Alessa Luckino had nine assists with senior Becky Messaros helping with four assists. The Lady Trojans played exceptionally well against Desert Hot Springs, keeping the momentum at a high for their next game Wednesday against Coachella Valley High School.

The Lady Trojan junior varsity team beat Desert Hot Springs in two. Good job to both teams.

The Lady Cats dropped their game against the visiting Rancho Mirage Rattlers in five exciting sets. Coach Missy Bond said the Lady Cats were led by senior Tatiyanna Mackall, who had 12 kills one block, two ace serves and two assists. Junior Lindsey Scamman had nine kills, five blocks and one assist. Junior Cheryl Jensen had six kills and an assist. Senior Makya Bullion had two kills and one ace serve. Sophomore Gabby Mackall had four kills, one block, one ace serve, and 20 assists. The Ladycats are now 0-2 in league and host Desert Hot Springs on Wednesday.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Thermal and play Coachella Valley High School. Both matches start at 3:15.
The Twentynine Palms High School volleyball and tennis teams will host Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles at home; tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30 p.m.


DECISION ON CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT EXPECTED TOMORROW

Like a cruel cliffhanger on a daytime drama, the last meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors ended moments before the board would have voted on the planned Alta mira gated housing project in Joshua Tree. That was two weeks ago and county supervisors are expected to finally decide the matter tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…
Following more than two-and-a-half hours of testimony on the appeal of the planning commission’s approval of the planned Alta mira housing project, the County Board of Supervisors continued the matter until tomorrow’s meeting. So with Board Chair James Ramos and Supervisor Robert Lovingood poised to kill the project, Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Curt Hagman ready to give it the green light, and Supervisor Josie Gonzales absent, fate of the project has been in a state of suspended animation. That condition is expected to end tomorrow when the board picks it back up. Public testimony on the matter has been closed. What remains are final board comments (including Supervisor Gonzales who is expected to have reviewed the recorded testimony and will cast the tiebreaking vote), and perhaps some last words from county legal counsel and planners. Then, finally, we’ll all find out the fate of the proposed 248 new homes on 105 acres next to Friendly Hills Elementary School.


PIONEER DAYS PARADE GRAND MARSHAL AND MILITARY GRAND MARSHALL NAMED

Joining Irma Wilburn, who raised her family in Twentynine Palms during her husband’s, Sergeant Major (retired), Ray Kilburns’ four tours of duty here, as Grand Marshal of the 80th annual Pioneer Days Parade in Twentynine Palms, Dorothy (Einerson) Angil has been named 2016 Pioneer Day’s Military Grand Marshal. Angil enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve on February 24, 1943. Irma Wilburn and Dorothy Angil will lead the Pioneer Days Parade on Twentynine Palms Highway and Adobe Road at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 22.


YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM THIS THURSDAY

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a town council candidates’ forum this week. Managing editor Tami Roleff says you send your questions in advance…
If you have a question you’d like to ask the candidates for the Yucca Valley Town Council, then the Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you. The chamber will hold a “meet the candidate” forum Thursday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Send your questions for consideration to director@yuccavalley.org, or fill out a questionnaire at the event. The candidates will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves and participate in a timed Q and A with questions from the community. The event will be moderated by Richard Ghan.


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