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Thursday, January 22, 2009

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CITY OF 29 PALMS HAS CONCERNS ABOUT MARINE BASE EXPANSION

LACK OF STATE BUDGET IMPACTING OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

COUNTY SUPERVISORS DISCUSS HOW TO GET RID OF BILL POSTMUS

NEW 29 PALMS PLANNING COMMISSIONERS STILL NOT APPOINTED

FREE FAMILY HEALTH FAIR AT HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SATURDAY *

OFFICER’S SPOUSES CLUB OFFERING LOCAL GRANTS

JOSHUA TREE ROTARY PLANS 25TH ANNUAL SUPER BOWL BASH *

BINGO FOR BOOKS AT LANDERS ELEMENTARY TONIGHT *

BLOOD DRIVE AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL

EMBARRASSES BIG BEAR

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL CRUISES TO LEAGUE WIN

WRESTLING ON TAP IN LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

 

CITY OF 29 PALMS HAS CONCERNS ABOUT MARINE BASE EXPANSION
The City of Twentynine Palms has weighed in with it’s concerns about the proposed expansion of the 29 Palms Marine base. In a press release issues Wednesday, the City says they will be submitting a list of comments for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project. The comments will be considered by the City Council at their meeting on January 27, then forwarded to the Department of the Navy before the deadline January 31. City staff will also attend a meeting of the Citizens Alliance for Wonder Valley Saturday regarding base expansion. The official comments from the city first recognizes the Marine Base is an important part of the community, and its successful training mission is important to the entire Morongo Basin. They go on to say that expansion to the East has the potential to negatively impact the current circulation of private and commercial vehicles on Amboy Road, an important access point. Expansion to the East also has the potential to increase Special Use Air Space, inconveniencing private and commercial pilots and the future of the Twentynine Palms Airport. The city says expansion to the South has the potential to include the taking of private property, including several homes which would impact the quality of life for neighboring residents and might be avoided with minimal modifications to the South expansion plans. The comments say expansion to the West has the potential to negatively impact recreational opportunities in Johnson Valley, a substantial part of the local economy. The city asks that Westward expansion plans leave substantial area for recreation activities. The City noted exemplary past performance by the Marine Base in preserving biological and cultural resources and anticipates this same level of concern will be carried forward with any future expansion. Residents are encourage to attend the January 27 City Council meeting to express their concerns, and may obtain additional information online at www.29palms.usmc.mil/las.

LACK OF STATE BUDGET IMPACTING OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS
In the second of a 2-part series based on Tuesday’s Morongo Unified School Board meeting, reporter Dan Stork said the news coming from the state on finances for our local schools is grim ------
While describing a construction contract for 29 Palms Elementary School, Morongo Unified School District Assistant Superintendent surveyed impacts that state and economy woes are having upon school construction in the District. He said, "Our phase I school … were going to receive $7.1 million from the state. We’ve been informed that the state will not be sending us any of those moneys." Walker went on to say how the District is dealing with the problem: "We’re going to have to redirect some of the resources from Measure O from other schools to make sure we’ll be able to pay for these construction costs, and we’re also going to have to redirect some of the developer fees that we collected to fill the back flow of state funding." That not all; Walker added: "… we’ve now had to delay the construction project for Yucca Valley Elementary because of that, and we’re pushing that off from anywhere from several months to possibly two years, depending on what we hear from the state. But not all the news is bleak; according to Walker, "…we’d originally budgeted over $4 million for the Twentynine Palms Elementary construction project, and it came in at a little bit under $3.7 million, which was a major surprise for the way things have been going, and is a big indicator of how bad the construction business is… So the schools benefit, the kids benefit because of that."

COUNTY SUPERVISORS DISCUSS HOW TO GET RID OF BILL POSTMUS
The County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at today to discuss how to get rid of Assessor Bill Postmus. District attorney's investigators arrested Postmus, 37, last week at his home on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The contraband was discovered during the serving of a search warrant as part of an investigation into possible political malfeasance at the Assessor's Office. On January 6, Postmus, after an 11-week medical leave from work, stood before the county supervisors and told them he had beaten his drug addiction and would not seek re-election in 2010. The appearance followed a grand jury report that criticized him and his staff, alleging they engaged in party politics on the county's time and hired unqualified executive-level staff. Removing Postmus from office is proving to be difficult, "Something needs to be done now," said a spokesman for Gary Ovitt, chairman of the board. "All the supervisors feel betrayed by Postmus' comments at the January 6 meeting. But the County is being very careful about how it goes about this process."

NEW 29 PALMS PLANNING COMMISSIONERS STILL NOT APPOINTED
The first of the year has come and gone, and planning commissioners have not been named for the City of Twentynine Palms. Commissioner Irving Stone, who is not supposed to still be on the commission wondered why. Managing editor Karl Gardner found out ------
Twentynine Palms Planning Commissioner Irving Stone, who’s term expired in 2008, is wondering what the City is doing to fill his seat. Responding to Stone’s query, Z107.7 contacted City Hall and found out the process to select new Commissioners is underway. City Clerk Char Sherwood said the application deadline for Planning Commissioner closed January 9th, and that a "task force" of Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Flock and Council Member John Cole are in the midst of screening applicants. Sherwood said the full Council should get its first look at the applicants during the January 27th City Council meeting. Stone said he isn’t seeking another term, Commissioner Bill Easter who’s term is up as well, told Sherwood he will seek 2nd term.

FREE FAMILY HEALTH FAIR AT HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SATURDAY *

OFFICER’S SPOUSES CLUB OFFERING LOCAL GRANTS
The Officers Spouses Club aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Base is offering grants for area non-profits. Reporter Tami Roleff tell you how to apply -------
The Officer Spouses Club of 29 Palms is now accepting applications for grants from non-profit organizations. Any non-profit organization that benefits the military in some way is eligible to apply for a grant. The deadline for submitting an application is March 1. To receive an application, or for more information, contact the OSC at PO Box 6012, 29 Palms, 92277, or e-mail OSC29Palms@hotmail.com.

JOSHUA TREE ROTARY PLANS 25TH ANNUAL SUPER BOWL BASH *

BINGO FOR BOOKS AT LANDERS ELEMENTARY TONIGHT *

BLOOD DRIVE AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW
Roll up your sleeves and join the students of Twentynine Palms High School for a blood drive tomorrow. Reporter Dan Stork joins us again with details -------
The Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club is hosting a blood drive for the Community Blood Bank. You can join high school students in giving the gift of life between 8 AM and 1 PM on Friday January 23rd, at the high school campus, 72750 Wildcat Way in 29 Palms. The Interact Club is a service club sponsored by the 29 Palms Rotary Club. This is the second blood drive that the Club has hosted this school year. The drive in October garnered 32 pints, including 14 first-time donors. The club hopes to start a lifetime practice of regular blood donations among high school students. To make an appointment for a donation at this blood drive, call Mrs. Cosgriff at 29 Palms High School, 367-9591, extension 46.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL EMBARRASSES BIG BEAR
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats basketball team traveled to Big Bear last night to play the Bears in a show down of undefeated De Anza League teams. Coach Larry Bowden said The Wildcats wasted no time in taking control of the game and ran away with a 92 to 20 victory. Montreal Harris scored 19 points and Brad Alston had 15 to lead the Cats. The Wildcats are 11-7 overall and 4-0 in the De Anza League, they travel to Santa Monica Saturday to play Montclair Prep at Santa Monica City College in The War On The Floor Showcase. Game time is 2:30 pm.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL CRUISES TO LEAGUE WIN
The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team cruised to a 74-43 win at Desert Mirage last night improving their record to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in De Anza League play. The Yucca squad was led by Olivia Geesons season high 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Tabitha Vigen pumped in 26 points and added 9 assists. Alison Budd also chipped in 7 points for the Lady Trojans. Coach Jess Geeson said The Yucca Valley High School girls next host Big Bear Friday in Trojan Gym, the junior varsity starts at 6:00pm and the varsity begins at 7:30pm.

WRESTLING ON TAP IN LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
The Yucca Valley High School co-ed wrestling team is in action today, traveling down the hill versus the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles, with matches beginning at 6:30.

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