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FAULTY FURNACE SUSPECTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE

RUMORS SWIRL ABOUT FUTURE OF PHELPíS CAR DEALERSHIPS

HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO PHASE OUT LOW-INCOME CREDIT PROGRAM

COUNTY TO HIRE OUTSIDE INVESTIGATOR TO OUST BILL POSTMUS

FREE TAX AIDE FOR SENIORS STARTS FEBRUARY 2

YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY LOOKING FOR MUSIC COMPETITION CONTESTANTS

PLANNING COMMISSIONER SUGGESTS TOWN TAKEOVER HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT

SWING DANCE NIGHT AT KOKOPELLIíS SUNDAY NIGHT *

RIBS TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY, AT JOHSUA TREE VFW *

FREE MEAL AND FELLOWSHIP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW *

"INTO THE WOODS JR." AT THEATRE 29 IS FIRST FOR YOUNG DIRECTOR

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTCH A WIN

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS BEAT DESERT HOT SPRINGS

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS LINE UP
 

FAULTY FURNACE SUSPECTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE
THE TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE SHORTLY BEFORE 9:30 THURSDAY MORNING IN THE 4100 BLOCK OF DESERT HEIGHTS DRIVE IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA NORTHWEST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS. HEAVY SMOKE FROM THE FIRE WAS VISIBLE FOR MILES. CAPTAIN JESSE QUINALTY SAID THE FIRST ENGINE ARRIVED WITHIN FIVE MINUTES TO FIND A CABIN AND A TRAVEL TRAILER FULLY INVOLVED IN FIRE. WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE COMBAT CENTER FIRE DEPARTMENT CREWS HAD THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES. THE RED CROSS PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO THE DISPLACED FAMILY. ONE OCCUPANT HAD MINOR BURNS TO THE FOREHEAD. HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED AT THE SCENE. THE FIRE DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AROUND $70,000, WITH ALL OF THE FAMILIES BELONGINGS LOST TO THE FIRE INCLUDING THE FAMILY PETS. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS CURRENTLY UNDETERMINED. THE FURNACE IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE, BUT CREWS WERE UNABLE TO IDENTIFY THE EXACT CAUSE.

RUMORS SWIRL ABOUT FUTURE OF PHELPíS CAR DEALERSHIPS
RUMORS ARE SWIRLING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PHELPíS CHEVROLET AND NISSAN CAR DEALERSHIPS IN YUCCA VALLEY, Z107.7 NEWS FIELDED DOZENS OF CALLS WITH DIRE PREDICTIONS OF CLOSURE OR INQUIRIES FROM CONCERNED CAR OWNERS. AFTER MANY PHONE CALLS WE FINALLY REACHED A SPOKESPERSON AT THE PHELPíS LOCATION, THEY TOLD US THE PARTS DEPARTMENT CLOSED WEDNESDAY, THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT WILL CLOSE TODAY BUT THE SALES DEPARTMENTS AT BOTH DEALERSHIPS WILL REMAIN OPEN. NUMEROUS CALLS TO OWNER NEIL PHELPS, WHO IS ALSO PRESIDENT OF THE YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WENT UNANSWERED.

HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO PHASE OUT LOW-INCOME CREDIT PROGRAM
BECAUSE OF POTENTIAL LEGAL PROBLEMS, HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT WILL BE DOING AWAY WITH A POPULAR PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME CUSTOMERS. Z107-7 MANAGING EDITOR KARL GARDNER HAS DETAILS -------
HI DESERT WATER DISTRICTíS LOW INCOME CREDIT PROGRAM IS A THING OF THE PAST. AT WEDNESDAY BOARD MEETING, GENERAL MANAGER ED MUZIK SAID "WEíVE HAD A LEGAL REVIEW AND IT APPEARS THAT WE PROPERTY SHOULD PHASE THAT OUT". MUZIK SUMMARIZED SURVEY RESULTS OF LOW INCOME PROGRAM PARTICIPATES, NOTING THAT FINDINGS SHOW "30% WERE ACTUALLY HIGH WATER USERS." CHIMING IN, DISTRICT LEGAL COUNCIL JOHN BROWN DESCRIBED THE DISTRICTíS LEGAL FOOTING SAYING IT CANíT OFFER SUBSIDIZED RATES SINCE THE DISTRICT IS NOT A MUNICIPALITY AND HAS NO GENERAL FUND. DIRECTOR DAN MUNCY SAID HE WAS "THOROUGHLY SATISFIED THAT THEREíS NO WAY WE COULD LEGALLY CONTINUED TO PROVIDE THIS PROGRAM". THE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO PHASE OUT THE PROGRAM BY JULY 1ST.

COUNTY TO HIRE OUTSIDE INVESTIGATOR TO OUST BILL POSTMUS
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL INVESTIGATE WHETHER THEY HAVE GROUNDS TO REMOVE ASSESSOR BILL POSTMUS FROM HIS ELECTED OFFICE, CALLING THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM EMBARRASSING AND A DISTRACTION FOR THE COUNTY. AT A SPECIAL MEETING THURSDAY, CALLED AFTER POSTMUS' JAN. 15 ARREST ON SUSPICION OF DRUG VIOLATIONS, THE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO CONSIDER HIRING AN OUTSIDE ATTORNEY WHO COULD INVESTIGATE AND PREPARE FINDINGS. THE BOARD COULD DECIDE BY ITS MARCH 3 MEETING WHETHER POSTMUS SHOULD BE REMOVED. THE SUPERVISORS NOW ARE IN THE AWKWARD POSITION OF SITTING IN JUDGMENT OF A FORMER COLLEAGUE. POSTMUS SERVED ON THE BOARD WITH MOST OF THEM UNTIL HE WAS ELECTED ASSESSOR IN 2006. THE UNPRECEDENTED STEP BY THE BOARD TOWARD REMOVING A FELLOW ELECTED OFFICIAL COMES AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF SCRUTINY OF THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE. IN JUNE, A GRAND JURY REPORT RAISED ALLEGATIONS OF CRONYISM AND PARTISAN POLITICS IN THE OFFICE. ADAM ALEMAN, A TOP AIDE TO POSTMUS, WAS ARRESTED ON SIX FELONY CHARGES. 1ST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR BRAD MITZELFELT, WAS CHIEF OF STAFF FOR POSTMUS WHEN HE WAS A SUPERVISOR. SAN BERNARDINO IS THE ONLY COUNTY IN THE STATE WITH A PROVISION IN ITS CHARTER ALLOWING FOR THE REMOVAL OF AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. THE PROCESS COULD TAKE MORE THAN A YEAR AND COST UP TO $1 MILLION.

FREE TAX AIDE FOR SENIORS STARTS FEBRUARY 2
FREE HELP WITH TAXES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS WILL BE OFFERED STARTING FEBRUARY 2ND. REPORTER DAN STORK TELLS AREA SENIORS HOW TO GET THE AARP SPONSORED ASSISTANCE ------
TAX AIDE, THE FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SPONSORED BY AARP, THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS, HAS ANNOUNCED ITS SITES AND HOURS FOR THE COMING TAX SEASON. IN YUCCA VALLEY, ASSISTANCE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ST. MARYíS CHURCH, 7495 CHURCH STREET , FROM 9 TO 11:30 AND 1 TO 3, MONDAYS THROUGH WEDNESDAYS, BETWEEN FEBRUARY 2ND AND APRIL 15TH. IN 29 PALMS, GO TO THE 29 PALMS LIBRARY ON FRIDAYS BETWEEN 10 AND 4, FEBRUARY 6TH TO APRIL 10TH. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED; CALL 365-3355 TO MAKE ONE. BRING YOUR 2007 RETURN AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS, AS WELL AS TAX DOCUMENTS FOR 2008. COUPLES FILING JOINTLY SHOULD BE BOTH BE PRESENT TO SIGN ELECTRONIC FILING AUTHORIZATION FORMS. IF YOU ARE ELDERLY OR DISABLED, REACHOUT MORONGO BASIN MAY HELP YOU GET TO THE TAX SITE AND BACK HOME; CALL 361-1410 TO ARRANGE THIS SERVICE. ALSO, AN MBTA BUS GOES BY ST. MARYíS; YOU CAN ASK THE BUS DRIVER TO STOP AT THAT TAX SITE.

YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY LOOKING FOR MUSIC COMPETITION CONTESTANTS
THE ROTARY CLUB OF YUCCA VALLEY INVITES ALL LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR MUSIC COMPETITION THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH, AT 2PM, AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. WARM UP YOUR VOCAL CHORDS OR TUNE UP YOUR GUITAR AND SIGN UP FOR THE MUSIC COMPETITION NOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN UP TO $1000 DOLLARS! THE MUSIC CATEGORIES ARE VOCAL, INSTRUMENTAL, AND PIANO WITH AWARDS OF $200 FOR 1ST PLACE, $100 FOR 2ND, AND $50 FOR 3RD PLACE. THE TOP THREE CONTESTANTS WILL ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS AND/OR FINALS COMPETITION. SIGN UP BEFORE JANUARY 29, 2009! CONTACT KRISTINA QUIGLEY AT 861-7865

PLANNING COMMISSIONER SUGGESTS TOWN TAKEOVER HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT
AN APPOINTED YUCCA VALLEY TOWN OFFICIAL CAUSED SOME CONSTERNATION WHEN SHE WENT TO A MEETING OF THE HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT AND ALLUDED TO THE TOWN TAKING THE DISTRICT OVER. MANAGING EDITOR KARL GARDNER JOINS US AGAIN ------
SOME EYEBROWS WERE RAISED THIS WEEK WHEN YUCCA VALLEY TOWN PLANNING COMMISSIONER MARGO STURGIS CAME TO A MEETING OF THE HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT AND SUGGESTED THAT THE TOWN TAKE OVER THE WATER DISTRICT. IN A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DISTRICT DOING AWAY WITH THE ITS LOW INCOME CREDIT PROGRAM, STURGIS SAID " WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR US TO BE A MUNICIPALITY? WOULD THAT MEAN THE WATER DISTRICT WOULD NOW BECOME PART OF THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY? Ė OH! Ė THATíS AN IDEA!" TOWN OFFICIALS SAY THERE HAS BEEN NO INTENT EVER EXPRESSED TO ABSORB THE HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT.

SWING DANCE NIGHT AT KOKOPELLIíS SUNDAY NIGHT *

RIBS TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY, AT JOHSUA TREE VFW *

FREE MEAL AND FELLOWSHIP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW *

"INTO THE WOODS JR." AT THEATRE 29 IS FIRST FOR YOUNG DIRECTOR
THE DELIGHTFUL CHILDRENíS MUSICAL "INTO THE WOODS JR.", CONTINUES ITíS RUN AT THEATRE 29 THIS WEEKEND. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF SAYS THE SHOW IS A DIRECTORIAL DEBUT FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL 16 YEAR OLD ------
AT THE RIPE OLD AGE OF 16, SHELBY ART, A SENIOR AT 29 PALMS HIGH SCHOOL, IS MAKING HER DIRECTORIAL DEBUT AT THEATRE 29, WITH THE PRODUCTION OF "INTO THE WOODS, JR.," WHICH RUNS THROUGH FEBRUARY 14. DESPITE HER YOUNG AGE, SHELBY IS A VETERAN PERFORMER WITH THEATRE 29 WHO HAS PERFORMED AT THE NON-PROFIT THEATER FOR THE PAST SIX SEASONS. DURING THE 2008 SEASON SHE HAS WORKED AS THE CHOREOGRAPHER FOR THE MUSICALS "GREASE" AND "CAMELOT," AND SHE HAS SERVED AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR MANY OTHER SHOWS. ACCORDING TO SHELBY, "ONE OF THE GREATEST JOYS OF DIRECTING HAS BEEN WORKING WITH MY PEERS. NOT ONLY ARE THEY EASY TO WORK WITH, THEY ARE THE FUNNIEST CAST THE THEATRE HAS EVER SEEN." IN ADDITION, SHELBY SAYS THE CAST IS ALWAYS MAKING HER LAUGH, SUCH AS "WHEN THEY MESS UP A DANCE MOVE AND THEIR EYES LOOK FOR ME TO SEE IF IíVE NOTICED." AND, SHE ADDED, "I ALWAYS DO." PERFORMANCES FOR "INTO THE WOODS JR" ARE AT 7 PM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, WITH A 7 PM THURSDAY PERFORMANCE AND A 2:30 SATURDAY MATINEE FEBRUARY 7. TICKETS ARE $8, 10, AND $12. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 361-4151.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTCH A WIN
THE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL WILDCATS GIRLSí VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM CONTINUED THEIR WINNING WAYS RAISING THEIR RECORD TO 16 AND 4 OVERALL AND 4 AND 0 IN LEAGUE, DEFEATING THE BIG BEAR BEARS WEDNESDAY 83-35. STATISTICAL LEADERS IN THE GAME WERE: HALY HERRERA WITH 20 POINTS AND 10 ASSISTS, VALENCIA HOLMES WITH 18 POINTS INCLUDING 5 OF 5 FROM 3 POINT LAND, AND IRIE ENGESSER WITH 14 POINTS AND 14 REBOUNDS. COACH TIM STANFORD SAID THE WILDCAT OF THE WEEK FOR THIS WEEK IS MARLENE GOLDSMITH.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS BEAT DESERT HOT SPRINGS
THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY WRESTLING TEAM DEFEATED THE DESERT HOT SPRINGS EAGLES LAST NIGHT 60-16 THANKS TO A STRONG TEAM EFFORT THAT WON 10 OF THE 13 MATCHES WITH 9 PINS. COACH BRANDON WHITBREAD SAID THE TROJANS ARE AWAY THIS WEEKEND AT THE WEST COVINA TOURNAMENT, THEN WILL BE HOME NEXT THURSDAY AT 6:30 AGAINST DESERT MIRAGE.

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS LINE UP
IN LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ACTION TODAY, THE YUCCA VALLEY TROJAN BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM TRAVELS UP THE MOUNTAIN VERSUS THE BIG BEAR BEARS, THE LADY TROJANS PLAY HOST TO THE BEARS, TIP OFF FOR THOSE GAMES IS AT 7:30. AND THE TWENTYNINE PALMS WILDCAT BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM IS ON THE ROAD SATURDAY, TRAVELING AWAY TO FACE THE MONTCLAIR PREP MOUNTIES.

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