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ONE ARREST AFTER A STABBING AT THE YUCCA INN & SUITES

MODERATE EARTHQUAKE RATTLES NEARBY BIG BEAR SATURDAY

FT IRWIN TORTOISE RELOCATION HALTED, MAY AFFECT TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE CORPS BASE PLANS

COUNTY DECIDING HOW TO REPLACE RETIRING SHERIFF

LEAR AVENUE TO BE CLOSED TOMORROW *

YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR STRESSES SHOPPING LOCALLY

LOCAL REALTOR WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION *

"INTO THE WOODS JR." OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOLS FACE OFF IN SOCCER TOMORROW

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HONORS THEIR STANDOUTS

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ACTION

 

ONE ARREST AFTER A STABBING AT THE YUCCA INN & SUITES
A SUSHI CHEF AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER INVESTIGATORS SAY HE USED ONE OF HIS SPECIALIZED KNIVES TO STAB A CO-WORKER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE YUCCA INN AND SUITES AT 7500 CAMINO DEL CIELO JUST BEFORE 1:00AM AFTER A REPORT OF AN ASSAULT WITH A KNIFE. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, DEPUTIES DISCOVERED THAT SUNG JUNG, 38 AND BRIAN KIM, 27, HAD A VERBAL AND PHYSICAL ALTERCATION IN ROOM 273 AT THE LOCATION. DURING THE ALTERCATION, JUNG, WHO IS A SUSHI CHEF AT THE ATTACHED KIMI’S GRILL RESTAURANT, GRABBED A LARGE KNIFE BEGAN SWINGING IT AT KIM, WHEN KIM TRIED TO GET WAY, HE WAS STRUCK BY THE KNIFE. KIM SUSTAINED A LARGE DEEP LACERATION TO THE BACK OF HIS HEAD. KIM WAS TREATED BY COUNTY FIRE PERSONNEL AT THE SCENE AND RELEASED. JUNG INITIALLY FLED THE SCENE BEFORE DEPUTIES ARRIVED BUT SOON RETURNED. KIM JUNG WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT AND WAS BOOKED INTO THE MORONGO BASIN JAIL FOR INVESTIGATION OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND HELD ON $500,000 BAIL.

MODERATE EARTHQUAKE RATTLES NEARBY BIG BEAR SATURDAY
A MODERATE EARTHQUAKE RATTLED THE NEARBY BIG BEAR AREA SATURDAY NIGHT. THE MAGNITUDE 3.6 EVENT OCCURRED AT 5:06PM 5 MILES NORTH O OF THE TOWN OF BIG BEAR LAKE. CALTECH SEISMOLOGISTS SAY THE QUAKE WAS 4 MILES DEEP. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF DAMAGES OR INJURY.

FT IRWIN TORTOISE RELOCATION HALTED, MAY AFFECT TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE CORPS BASE PLANS
AN AMBITIOUS PLAN TO RELOCATE A HUNDREDS OF DESERT TORTOISES TO MAKE WAY FOR EXPANSION AT NEARBY FORT IRWIN IS FAILING, WITH MANY OF THE TORTOISES DYING. REPORTER DAN STORK SAYS THE FAILURE OF THE RELOCATION PROGRAM MAY AFFECT PLANS TO EXPAND THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE -----
AS THE MARINE CORPS HAS BEEN DOING WITH RESPECT TO THE AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, THE ARMY HAS BEEN PUSHING FOR THE EXPANSION OF FORT IRWIN TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF BARSTOW, AND HAD ACQUIRED NEARLY 120,000 ACRES IN WHICH TO CONDUCT EXPANDED TRAINING. BUT AS WILL BE THE CASE WITH MCAGCC, FORT IRWIN HAD TO DEAL WITH A RESIDENT TORTOISE POPULATION. LAST SPRING, THE ARMY RELOCATED HUNDREDS OF TORTOISES IN THE FIRST PHASE OF A PLANNED THREE-STAGE OPERATION. ACCORDING TO ARTICLES IN THE LA WEEKLY AND THE INLAND EMPIRE’S PRESS ENTERPRISE, SO MANY RELOCATED TORTOISES DIED THAT THE SECOND AND THIRD PHASES HAVE BEEN SHELVED INDEFINITELY. TWO ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND DESERT SURVIVORS, SUED THE ARMY AND THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT IN JULY, CONTENDING THAT THE MOVE EXPOSED HEALTHY TORTOISES TO DISEASED ANIMALS AND PLACED THEM IN A POORER-QUALITY HABITAT. ARMY BIOLOGISTS DISPUTE THE CAUSES OF THE DEATHS, AND WHETHER THEIR NUMBER IS UNNATURALLY HIGH. WITH THE RELOCATION ON HOLD INDEFINITELY, THE MILITARY'S TRAINING PLANS FOR THE NEW TERRITORY AT FORT IRWIN ALSO ARE ON HOLD.

COUNTY DECIDING HOW TO REPLACE RETIRING SHERIFF
A PROPOSAL THAT MAPS OUT THE PROCESS FOR APPOINTING A NEW COUNTY SHERIFF WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEXT WEEK. SHERIFF GARY PENROD ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT HE WILL RETIRE JAN. 31 WITH A LESS THAN TWO YEARS REMAINING OF HIS TERM. THE POSITION OF SHERIFF IS ELECTED, BUT UNDER THE COUNTY CHARTER THE BOARD MUST NAME A SUCCESSOR TO FILL THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH ENDS JAN. 3, 2011. THE PROPOSAL CALLS FOR A THREE-WEEK PERIOD FOR APPLICANTS TO SUBMIT A LETTER EXPRESSING INTEREST AND A RESUME TO THE CLERK OF THE COUNTY BOARD. THE APPLICATION PERIOD WOULD BE FROM JAN. 14 TO FEB. 3, THE PROPOSAL STATES. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE DUE TO THE CLERK BY FEBRUARY 6. CANDIDATES MUST BE RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY AND HOLD THE RANK OF CAPTAIN OR ABOVE WITH A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN THE COUNTY. CANDIDATES WILL UNDERGO BACKGROUND CHECKS, PHYSICALS AND DRUG TESTS. PENROD, WHO WAS ELECTED SHERIFF FOUR TIMES, SERVED 37 YEARS WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. UNDERSHERIFF RICHARD BEEMER WILL RUN THE DEPARTMENT UNTIL THE REPLACEMENT IS SELECTED. PENROD AND SEVERAL COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAVE ENDORSED ASSISTANT SHERIFF ROD HOOPS, A 30-YEAR DEPARTMENT VETERAN, FOR THE TOP JOB. THE SUPERVISORS WILL CONSIDER THE SELECTION PROCESS AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY.

LEAR AVENUE TO BE CLOSED TOMORROW *

YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR STRESSES SHOPPING LOCALLY
THE MAYOR OF THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOPPING LOCALLY DURING REMARKS RECENTLY. REPORTER KARL GARDNER WAS AT THE COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR EVENT LAST WEEK AND HAS MORE -----
"AS THE NEW MAYOR, ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK IS REAL IMPORTANT FOR THE TOWN IS TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN" SAID YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR FRANK LUCKINO, DURING REMARKS AT TUESDAY’S COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR. OF NOTE, THE MAYOR SAID WE "HAVE A DEFICIT IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE", AN ISSUE THAT THE MAYOR SAID THE TOWN HAS TO "MAKE SURE WE ARE READY TO GET OUR SHELF READY PROJECTS" ON LINE IF MONEY BECOMES AVAILABLE STEMMING FROM CONGRESSIONAL STIMULUS LEGISLATION. SPECULATING ON WHERE FUTURE CAPITAL MIGHT COME FROM, MAYOR LUCKINO ADDED "WHAT EVER IT MAY BE, WE NEED TO BE READY." THE MAYOR WENT ON TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOPPING LOCALLY, NOTING THAT A FULL 1/3 OF THE TOWN’S REVENUES COME FROM SALES TAX.

LOCAL REALTOR WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION *

"INTO THE WOODS JR." OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29
THE FIRST SHOW OF THE THEATER 29 2009 SEASON, INTO THE WOODS JR., OPENS THIS FRIDAY FOR FIVE WEEK RUN. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF SAYS THIS IS A GREAT SHOW FOR THE KIDS AND GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY ------
"INTO THE WOODS JUNIOR" IS AN ENGAGING AND FUNNY MUSICAL COMEDY THAT TWISTS FAMILIAR FAIRY TALES INTO A BRAND NEW STORY. WHEN A BAKER AND HIS WIFE LEARN THEY’VE BEEN CURSED WITH CHILDLESSNESS BY THE WITCH NEXT DOOR, THEY EMBARK ON A QUEST FOR THE SPECIAL OBJECTS REQUIRED TO BREAK THE SPELL. CINDERELLA, PRINCE CHARMING, RED RIDING HOOD, AND JACK WITH HIS BEANSTALK ARE JUST A FEW OF THOSE THEY ENCOUNTER DURING THEIR ADVENTURES. ADAPTED FOR A YOUTHFUL CAST AND AUDIENCE, "INTO THE WOODS JUNIOR" PROMISES TO BE AN ENJOYABLE SHOW FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. THE MUSICAL BEGINS THIS FRIDAY AND RUNS WEEKENDS THROUGH FEBRUARY 14, WITH A THURSDAY SHOW JANUARY 29 AND A SATURDAY MATINEE ON FEBRUARY 7. TICKETS ARE $8, $10, AND $12. CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 361-4151 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT.

TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOLS FACE OFF IN SOCCER TOMORROW
CROSS BASIN HIGH SCHOOL RIVALS, THE YUCCA VALLEY TROJANS AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH WILDCAT SOCCER TEAMS FACE OFF TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL. BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS VARSITY MATCH UPS START AT 4:30, JV AT 3:15.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HONORS THEIR STANDOUTS
THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TROJAN FOOTBALL TEAM HELD THEIR ANNUAL BANQUET SUNDAY NIGHT. REPORTER DAN STORK WAS THERE AS THEY HONORED THEIR BEST -----
THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM CELEBRATED ITS 2008 SEASON AT ITS AWARDS BANQUET SUNDAY EVENING. AFTER RECOGNIZING THE 30 PLAYERS WHO HAVE CARRIED GRADE POINT AVERAGES OF 3.0 OR BETTER, AND THE 10 SENIORS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM FOR 4 YEARS, HEAD COACH TIM CANNAVO LISTED THE DEANZA LEAGUE AWARDS RECEIVED BY TEAM MEMBERS. AN HONORABLE MENTION WENT TO MIGUEL DURAN, WITH ALL-LEAGUE 2ND TEAM HONORS GIVEN TO REX ANDERSON, MIGUEL BELTRAN, DENNIS GRAY, WALKER MADDEN, JOSE MARTINEZ, AND MICHAEL MONTANO. LEAGUE COACHES VOTED JAMES BATIN, ANTHONY ERICKSON, DAVID JAQUEZ, BRETT LEE, JEREMY LEHMANN, AND BRANDON WILLIS TO THE DEANZA LEAGUE 1ST TEAM, WITH JAMES BATIN ALSO GETTING THE NOD AS THE LEAGUE’S DEFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER. THE 36 HEAD COACHES OF THE CIF SECTION PLACED 3 YUCCA VALLEY PLAYERS ON THE ALL-CIF TEAM: JAMES BATIN, ANTHONY ERICKSON, AND DAVID JAQUEZ. COACH CANNAVO NOTED WITH PRIDE THAT BATIN WAS THE TOP HIGH SCHOOL DEFENSIVE TACKLE IN CALIFORNIA AND THE 6TH BEST IN THE UNITED STATES. THE AWARDS CONCLUDED WITH TROPHIES AWARDED BY THE TEAM’S COACHING STAFF: CIAS: CHAD HEASLIP AND MIGUEL BELTRAN; BEST DEFENSIVE BACK: DAVID JAQUEZ; BEST LINEBACKER: ANTHONY ERICKSON; DEFENSIVE MVP: JAMES BATIN. FOR THE OFFENSE, HONORS WENT TO WALKER MADDEN FOR BEST LINEMAN, REX ANDERSON FOR BEST WIDE RECEIVER, AND JEREMY LEHMAN FOR OFFENSIVE MVP. XAVIER SIDDALL WAS RECOGNIZED AS THE TEAM MVP.

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ACTION
ON FRIDAY NIGHT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL WILDCATS BASKETBALL TEAM OPENED DE ANZA LEAGUE PLAY WITH AN 86 TO 13 VICTORY OVER THE DESERT MIRAGE EAGLES. BRAD ALSTON SCORED 20 POINTS AND HAD 11 REBOUNDS FOLLOWED BY MONTREAL HARRIS WITH 16 POINTS AND 7 ASSISTS. THE WILDCATS ARE NOW 1-0 IN THE DEANZA LEAGUE AND 7-6 OVERALL. THE WILDCATS WILL HOST THE YUCCA VALLEY TROJANS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 6:30PM IN WILDCAT GYM.

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