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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL SITS DOWN TO A SMORGASBORD TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet tonight. Reporter David Haldane says a full plate includes a new levy, vacation home rentals, and an update from Congressman Paul Cook…
The Twentynine Palms City Council will consider a smorgasbord of issues at its regular meeting tonight.
Among other things, the Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed new levy assessment for lighting and landscaping, hear a report on the allowance of short-term vacation home rentals in the city, consider shutting down a public education and government cable channel, and look at purchasing additional properties in furtherance of Project Phoenix.
The Council will also hear a special presentation by Congressman Paul Cook.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.


EXPECT MORE NOISE THAN USUAL ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual from the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms over the next month. The Marine Corps will be conducting two exercises: integrated training exercise and a large-scale exercise. These exercises are comprised of intensive training for 3,500 active duty and reserve Marines that includes live-fire exercises to improve the war-fighting skills of Marines and to help them understand the principles and capabilities of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force.

For information on how to submit a sound report:
Call: 760-830-9222 or
Email: SMBPLMSSOUNDREPORTING@usmc.mil
http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5CommunityPlansPAO/SoundReporting.aspx


NEW FEDERAL INITIATIVE WILL HELP MORE CALIFORNIANS AFFORD SOLAR

The White House has announced a new initiative to make solar more affordable for homeowners by making additional zero-down government loans available. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…
The Obama Administration announced last week plans to make solar an option for all homeowners by allowing the Veterans Administration and Department of Housing and Urban Development to insure mortgages for homeowners who financed solar and energy efficiency improvements by making payments on their property tax bill. California Governor Jerry Brown says government mortgage agencies should have been doing this all along.
“This makes everybody better off. The homeowner, the environment. And FHA and VA. Why doesn’t Freddie and Fannie do that? The Federal Housing Finance Agency, because of the mortgage meltdown, is so paranoid and so fearful, they won’t step up to the plate and do the right thing. ”
The president’s Climate Action Plan originally set a target of installing 100 megawatts of solar by 2020, but the White House has now upped the goal by a factor of 10, to one gigawatt.
Brown says this complements his stated goal of getting fifty percent of California’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.
“It is another important government effort to accelerate the movement toward renewable energy and efficient housing. So we’re not wasting water, gas and electricity and we’re using the sun as much as we can to get the job done.”
As part of the plan, several housing agencies in California have committed to putting more solar on government owned apartment complexes. The initiative will also increase job training for more solar installers to meet the expected rise in demand.


ROAD MAINTENANCE IN YUCCA VALLEY TODAY

Yucca Valley will be performing road maintenance on town roads at various locations through July 27. Z107-7 will tell you where each day so you can plan accordingly. Today, Tuesday July 26, roadwork will be performed on Outer Highway 62, at the following locations: Old Woman Springs to Airway; Barberry to Sage; Camino del Cielo to West End; Balsa to Hanford Avenues, and Hanford to Prescott Avenues. Residents and business that are affected by roadwork should have received a notice. As with any project, changes in schedules may be necessary due to equipment failures, weather, and many other factors. For questions or concerns please contact Alex Qishta at 760-369-6575 extension 304.


BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY LOOKS AT AMBITIOUS AGENDA TONIGHT

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency, the water supplier for the Landers area, will hold a board meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an ambitious agenda includes several public hearings …
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. Tonight’s is an ambitious agenda including several public hearings, the first of which is to gather input on placing property liens on delinquent accounts. A second public hearing will gather input on proposed rate increases on basic consumption and service charges over the next four years. Also tonight, the board will evaluate the survey choices on the county’s road maintenance assessment survey; this is an exercise the majority of residents in Landers and Flamingo Heights have been considering recently. And under information items, the board will look at refinancing options for the general obligation bond for the Morongo Basin Pipeline from Mojave Water Agency. These items and others all under consideration under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.


JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The hard-working volunteers of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow morning, July 27, cleaning our desert and they invite you to join them. The Clean team will meet at Hwy 62 and the south side of Border at 7:00 a.m. and work for one short hour.  Gloves, grabbers and trash bags will be provided. Afterward, you are welcome to join up at the Park Rock Cafe for coffee and conversation.


SOME CMC OFFICES CLOSED TOMORROW FOR TRAINING

The Copper Mountain College Admission and Records, and Base Programs offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for staff training. The offices will re-open at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 760-366-3791.


FREE SHOWING OF “FOOD INC.” IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is offering a free showing tonight of the Academy-Award nominated exposé “Food, Inc.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…
“Food, Inc.” is a documentary that exposes how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health. A free showing of the film will be held at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Yucca Valley, 8035 Church Street at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. The film examines how food is handled from the farms to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold. It reveals some surprising and often shocking truths. The church will serve a free vegetarian meal at the screening.


HI-DESERT POULTRY ASSOCIATION MEETS TOMORROW

High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association holds their quarterly meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m., Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue. The topic for the meeting is chickens and hot weather. Come learn how to keep clean water for chickens and how to help them survive the triple digit temperatures safely. There is no charge but a basket is passed to cover the space donation. For more information, call the chicken lady, Charla Shamhart at 760-401-0689.


LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO HELP FIGHT SAND FIRE

Morongo Valley Fire Department received an emergency call Sunday afternoon to help form a strike team to help fight the Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley. The emergency request meant the team, composed of Captain Andrew Arthen, Engineer Andrew Behrens, Firefighter Richard Gilmartin, and reserve Firefighter Rodriguez, left in 10 minutes of getting the call in a medic engine. The Sand Fire broke out Friday afternoon and as of Sunday evening had exploded to more than 33,000 acres, or more than 52 square miles, thanks to wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. Fire officials said one person has died so far in the wildfire, 18 homes have been destroyed, and 1,500 families have been forced to evacuate. The Morongo Valley firefighters could be fighting the blaze for up to two weeks.


SAFETY TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME AND FAMILY FROM FIRE

Fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined and 85 percent of all fire deaths occurring in residences. A few simple steps may save your life and the lives of loved ones. Reporter Kirby Davis offers these safety tips…
Smoke and flames can engulf a house very quickly. Smoke kills three out of four people in home fires. To protect yourself, make sure you have working smoking detectors installed on every level of your home, and outside sleeping areas. Purchase and know how to use general purpose ABC-type fire extinguisher for all types of small fires. Keep lighters and matches out of the hands of children, and never smoke in bed. Think ahead, and prepare and escape plan; know at least two ways out of your house, even in low- or no-light conditions. Simple rules, but rules that could save lives.


ROADWORK ON THE HIGHWAY WEST OF JOSHUA TREE TODAY

CalTrans has announced that one lane of Highway 62 will be closed today, Monday, July 25, for maintenance work. The number 2 lane, or “slow lane” of westbound Highway 62 from Torres Avenue in Joshua Tree to Yucca Mesa Road in Yucca Valley will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Please use caution in the area.


ROADWORK IN A YUCCA VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD TODAY

Yucca Valley will be performing road maintenance on town roads at various locations through July 27. Z107.7 will announce where each day so residents can plan accordingly. Today, Monday, July 25, roadwork will be performed in the Sky Harbor neighborhood, on Palisades Drive, Alba Avenue, Juarez Drive, Balsa Avenue, and Del Monte Avenue. Residents and businesses that are affected by roadwork should have received a notice. As with any project, changes in schedules may be necessary due to equipment failures, weather, and many other factors. For questions or concerns please contact Alex Qishta at 760-369-6575 extension 304.
 
Palisades Drive – Avalon Avenue to West End
Alba Avenue – Juarez Drive to End Cul-de-sac
Juarez Drive – Frontera Avenue to Warren Vista
Balsa Avenue – Juarez Drive to San Andreas Road
Del Monte Avenue – Santa Barbara Drive to San Andreas Road


LANDERS HIGHWAY PROJECT STARTS TOMORROW

Caltrans begins work tomorrow, July 26, on a $10 million shoulder-widening project on State Route 247. The five-week project will construct an 8-foot wide paved shoulder with rumble strips on each side of the highway, as well as a centerline rumble strip. The project will include both sides of the highway from Handley Road to Boone Avenue, an 8-mile stretch of highway in Landers. Construction includes pavement grinding, laying asphalt, and shoulder work. Work hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week. Lane closures will exist for the duration of the project. Flagging and reversible traffic control will direct motorists through the 25-mile-per-hour construction zone.


MOJAVE WATER AGENCY HISTORY LECTURE

Residents have been fighting over water in Southern California—who can use it, how much they can use, and where it should be sent—practically since settlers first arrived here. Managing editor Tami Roleff says make your reservations now for a lecture by an author who will talk about the history of the Mojave Water Agency and fights over our water…
Historian Jeff Crider will present a lecture on the history of water at the Mojave Water Agency and how it has shaped our region. The attempt by Cadiz to send water to Rancho Santa Margerita in Orange County is not the first time outsiders have attempted to divert area water supplies. Crider will also answer audience questions. Make your reservations for the lecture by Monday, July 25. The lecture will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at MWA offices, 13846 Conference Center Drive in Apple Valley. To register, call Gloria at 760-946-7001.


BLOOD DRIVE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, July 26, at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow screening free of charge. For more information, call 800-TRY-GIVING.


TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS 14-YEAR-OLDS ACCUSED OF STEALING MOTORCYCLES

Two Twentynine Palms teenagers were arrested early Friday morning, accused of stealing two motorcycles. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the 5900 block of Aztec Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 1 a.m. Friday for a report of two stolen motorcycles. Evidence at the scene led deputies to an area in the desert near Halsey Avenue and Two Mile Road where they found the stolen bikes. Deputies arrested a 14-year-old and 15-year-old boy for the thefts. The 15-year-old was cite released to his parents, while the 14-year-old boy was booked at San Bernardino Juvenile Hall for investigation of vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.


GETTING KIDS TO DRINK MORE WATER

About 20 percent more students drink water in school or child-care settings if you serve it to them cold and in cups. That’s the conclusion of a study from researchers at University of California-San Francisco. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…
A new study offers a simple solution for getting kids to drink more water in schools or child-care settings: make it more convenient. Researchers from UCSF studied 12 middle schools, in which some had cold water pitchers, some a cold water dispenser, complete with cups. The rest just had their normal drinking fountains. The findings? Twenty percent more kids drank water in schools that served it cold, with cups. Dr. Anisha Patel from UCSF says it’s an important finding, since most children don’t drink enough water.
“Hydration status is associated with how students perform in school, their cognitive functioning. It has no calories, no added sugar; it’s healthy.”
Patel says a recent federal law requires all school cafeterias to offer water free of charge. In addition, many schools in California are now opting to install “filling stations” for reusable water bottles.


AVELS WILL NOT RUN FOR MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

Martie Avels, a board member of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District, has announced she does not intend to seek re-election to the board in November. Avels, who has worked at the hospital for 30 years as a nurse and administrator and who also serves as a community member on the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s governing board, said in a statement, “I leave with confidence in the knowledge that the Morongo Basin Healthcare District is in good hands. As the District marked its one-year anniversary with strong leadership and dedicated staff, it is evident that we are now poised to carry out our mission of improving the health and wellness of the residents of the Morongo Basin.” Avels said she will continue to serve on the Medical Center’s governing board.


HOME ENERGY EDUCATION WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 25. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Reach Out office, 7255 Joshua Lane, Suite C in Yucca Valley. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.


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