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SUPERVISORS NAME ROD HOOPS AS COUNTY SHERIFF

LOCAL MARINES INCLUDED IN MEXICO TRAVEL RESTRICTION

PYTHON STOLEN FROM YUCCA VALLEY PET STORE, FENCING TAKEN IN LANDERS

THEFT FROM VEHICLES AND STOLEN VEHICLES ON THE RISE LOCALLY

FRIDAY MEETING IN JOSHUA TREE TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE DESERT *

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT, MORE BASE MISGIVINGS AND A REZONING

THE EARLIEST WILDFLOWERS ARE STARTING TO COME OUT

COLLEGE BOARD IN RETREAT AND STUDY SESSION TOMORROW

29 PALMS WATER BOARD MEETS ON WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS

HOSPITAL BOARD IN CLOSED SESSION FOR PROPERTY NEGOTIATIONS *

WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CANDIDATE JESSICA MARCILIO *

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL BEAT VICTORVILLE

A BUSY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE

 

SUPERVISORS NAME ROD HOOPS AS COUNTY SHERIFF
The County Board of Supervisors appointed Assistant Sheriff Rod Hoops Tuesday to finish the remaining term of Sheriff Gary Penrod, who is retiring Saturday after 37 years with the department. Hoops, 52, of Highland, has been assistant sheriff since 2005, overseeing the patrol, specialized investigations and narcotics divisions. He said one of his first orders of business after he is sworn in next Tuesday will be addressing the Sheriff's Department's strapped budget and how to do more with less. Hoops, a Highland resident, is to be sworn in as sheriff on Feb. 3 in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

LOCAL MARINES INCLUDED IN MEXICO TRAVEL RESTRICTION
A travel restriction for active duty marines has been expanded to include our own Twentynine Palms based marines and sailors. Managing editor Karl Gardner says it is just too dangerous -------
An order that requires all Camp Pendleton Marines and Sailors, both officer and enlisted, to get written permission before visiting Mexico includes those aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine base, said base spokeswoman Jeannie Haskamp. The order was issued by Lieutenant General Samuel Helland Christmas eve, then extended indefinitely. Helland, Commanding General 1st Marine Expeditionary Force put the order in place due to several violent deaths that have occurred in Mexico because of an ongoing drug war. Marines and Sailors wanting to visit Mexico must get written permission from a lieutenant colonel or above, and jump through several other hoops before traveling south of the boarder, including those with family living in Mexico.

PYTHON STOLEN FROM YUCCA VALLEY PET STORE, FENCING TAKEN IN LANDERS
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to two thefts from area businesses yesterday. In the first, about $2,500.00 worth of fencing material was taken, in the second, a live Python. Employees arriving at Perris Fence and supply at 6996 Old Woman Springs in the Landers area discovered their break-in Tuesday morning. Investigators say sometime between noon Saturday and Tuesday morning, the suspect entered the storage yard and stole 950 feet of 5 foot chain link fence in 50 foot rolls, also 53 posts. Some investigative leads and evidence was discovered at the location. In the second report, a call from Desert Pets in the Food 4 Less Center at 2:50 reported a Bull Python, a large snake, had just been taken. Deputies said two unknown suspects, a black male and a white female; both adults entered the store at 2:30. The male asked employees about the status of the store’s security cameras, then several minutes later reached into the Python’s cage, both suspects then fled from the store. The entire theft was caught on the store’s security cameras, which will be reviewed by investigators.

THEFT FROM VEHICLES AND STOLEN VEHICLES ON THE RISE LOCALLY
The sheriff’s department says said thefts from parked cars and car theft itself is on a dramatic rise here in the Morongo Basin. Sheriff’s service specialist Anita Baker tells you how to protect yourself ------
Crimes of petty theft from vehicles and stolen vehicles are on the rise. The citizens of the Morongo Basin are being victimized more often by thieves taking advantage of opportunities. The Sheriff’s Department is reminding the public to lock your vehicle. Never leave the keys inside. Many people think it is ok to leave the vehicle keys or keys to another vehicle on the property in the glove box or ashtray. All you are doing is making the theft of your property easier for the already lazy crook. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight where a thief can smash your window and grab your laptop, iPod, GPS system, or whatever else you left out for them to see. If you see someone who just doesn’t look right in your neighborhood or near your vehicles, call it in. Keeping your property safe begins with you. Lock your vehicles and keep the keys with you.

FRIDAY MEETING IN JOSHUA TREE TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE DESERT *

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT, MORE BASE MISGIVINGS AND A REZONING
The Twentynine Palms City Council met in regular session last night. A busy agenda saw the council dealing with comments on marine base expansion, objections to method of revising the general plan, rezoning for a housing development, and stopping unsolicited printed materials. Reporter Dan Stork will report on the meeting in two parts, today, expansion, general plan, and rezoning -------
In its regular meeting on January 27th, the 29 Palms City Counsel reviewed an official letter of comments on Marine Base expansion. The council added to previously-reported misgivings about eastward, southward, and westward expansion by strengthening the language used. During public comments, residents objected to the exclusion of a Citizen’s Advisory Committee from the planned revision of the General Plan. The Council will reconsider that decision at a future meeting. Approved within the Consent Agenda was an award of a berm reconstruction contract to Ficara Paving, to repair storm damage.The Circulation Element of the General Plan was amended, to downgrade the size and traffic-bearing capacity of many roads in the city, while some roads were upgraded – all in preparation for a more extensive review of the General Plan. In response to pleas by residents, the standard for Montonya Road was changed from a 44-foot wide "collector road" to a 36-foot wide "local road". Following presentations by the owner, developer, and architect/engineer for a proposed residential project, the Council approved a zoning change for a 5-acre plot within the project, from minimum 2 ½ acre plots to 4 per acre, that will allow the project to go forward. The 35-acre project, to be called Adobe Springs, is targeted for a spot east of Adobe and north of Mesa, and includes plans for 79 residences and a community center with clubhouse, pool, and playgrounds. It is adjacent to land that will be developed commercially at a later date. Council member John Cole and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Flock had interviewed 4 candidates for the 2 Planning Commission vacancies. The full council approved their recommendation that Bill Easter be re-appointed to the commission, and that Cary Alderson be appointed to the seat formerly held by Irving Stone.

THE EARLIEST WILDFLOWERS ARE STARTING TO COME OUT
With recent moisture and December’s snow, the very beginnings of what could be a great wildflower season is just beginning. Wildflowers have begun to bloom near Joshua Tree National Park’s south end Cottonwood Canyon entrance, just past Indio off of Interstate 10.

COLLEGE BOARD IN RETREAT AND STUDY SESSION TOMORROW
It will be a retreat for study session for the copper mountain college board tomorrow. Reporter Tami Roleff has more ------
The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a special joint retreat and study session with the CMC Foundation, Thursday afternoon starting at 1in Classroom 11 at the college. The participants will get an overview of progress on the Bell Center, objectives, challenges and opportunities, progress report on the Capital Campaign, and a visionary re-cap.

29 PALMS WATER BOARD MEETS ON WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board will meet in regular session tonight. Managing editor Karl Gardner says they will deal with both water and fire department matters ------
Selecting an Auditor and Reports on Conferences dominate this evening’s Twentynine Palms Water District Board meeting, being held at District Offices on Hatch Road starting at 6. Other items of interest include the Mid-Year Budget Review and a review of budgetary forecasts. Immediately following the water meeting, the Board will convene for Fire Department business. On that Docket, the Mid Year Budget review and a report on the status of transferring the Fire Department to City Control.

HOSPITAL BOARD IN CLOSED SESSION FOR PROPERTY NEGOTIATIONS *

WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CANDIDATE JESSICA MARCILIO *

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL BEAT VICTORVILLE
The Lady Wildcats Varsity basketball team traveled to Victorville Monday and defeated the Jackrabbits 71 to 50 to raise their record to 17 and 4. Leaders on the stat page included: Haly Herrera with 29 points 5 assists 11 rebounds 5 blocks and 4 steals; Irie Engesser added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Valencia Holmes with 10 Coach Tim Stanford said this was a complete team effort that saw 17 assists dished out by 8 different players. He said the Wildcat of the Week this week is Daisy Chavez, a huge asset to the Cats for four years; she has an outstanding work ethic and she is a great teammate. Stanford said Chavez will be missed next year.

A BUSY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE
A busy high school sports schedule coming up. Today the Yucca Valley Trojan Boys Basketball Team travel away to face the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagle. The Lady Trojans Host the Golden Eagles at home. Out east the Twentynine Palms Wildcat Boys Basketball Team are away versus the Desert Mirage Rams and the Lady Cats are at home to face the Rams. Tip off for all games is at 6:30. In soccer action tomorrow, it’s cross-basin rivals Yucca Valley Trojans versus the Twentynine Palms Wildcats. The Trojan boys host the Cats at Yucca Valley and the Lady Cats welcome the Lady Trojans at Twentynine Palms. Matches begin at 4:30.

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