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COMPANY C, 1ST TANKS, RETURNING TO BASE MONDAY AND TUESDAY
A MARATHON SESSION FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL, COPPER HILLS TABLED
ENTERTAINMENT SOUGHT FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS COMMUNITY FAIR
COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE GETS GRANT TO EXPAND NURSING PROGRAM
MARINE VETERAN/SHERIFF’S DEPUTY HONORED AT STATE CAPITOL *
TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL FUND-RAISER TOMORROW
JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING
LETTER CARRIERS FOOD DRIVE TOMORROW
MURAL DEDICATION AT 29 PALMS INN TONIGHT *
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF BLUE SKIES COUNTRY CLUB IN YUCCA VALLEY
TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKET BALL FUND RAISER SATURDAY
WEEKEND DOUBLE TREAT AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW *
FREE BREAKING BREAD MEAL IN 29 PALMS TOMORROW *

 COMPANY C, 1ST TANKS, RETURNING TO BASE MONDAY AND TUESDAY
MARINES AND SAILORS WITH COMPANY C, 1ST TANK BATTALION WHO DEPLOYED FROM THE COMBAT CENTER IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM ARE SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO THE 29 PALMS MONDAY AND TUESDAY, THEY DEPLOYED TO IRAQ IN OCTOBER. THE FIRST 32 MARINES AND SAILORS ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE AT VICTORY FIELD MONDAY, THE LAST 53 ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE TUESDAY. IN RESPECT TO FORCE SECURITY, Z107-7 WILL ANNOUNCE THE ARRIVAL OF THE GROUPS WHEN THEY ARE ONE HOUR OUT. THE WE WILL FOLLOW THEM IN, BROADCASTING THEIR LOCATION AS THEY RETURN HOME. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO COME OUT WITH FLAGS, BANNERS, SMILES, AND WAVES TO WELCOME OUT HOMETOWN HEROES HOME:

A MARATHON SESSION FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL, COPPER HILLS TABLED
THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MET IN A MARATHON SESSION LAST NIGHT. MORE DISCUSSION ON A HIGH-PROFILE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND QUESTIONING THE TRAVEL SPENDING OF A COUNCIL MEMBER WERE ON THE AGENDA. REPORTER KARL GARDNER WAS THERE AND FILES THIS REPORT... A LABORIOUS 3 AND A HALF PLUS HOUR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING, SAW THE COUNCIL TABLING A DECISION ON A PROPOSED TRACT MAP AND PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT. FIRST UP, A TRAVEL REQUEST BY COUNCIL MEMBER LORI HERBEL, ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED TO COST $500, REDUCED TO $200, WAS APPROVED, DESPITE OBJECTIONS BY COUNCIL MEMBER FRANK LUCKINO, CITING POLICY ISSUES. MOVING ON, COUNCIL TOOK UP PLANNING COMMISSION RECONDITIONS ON COPPER HILL HOMES LATEST PROJECT, TO SUBDIVIDE 63 ACRES INTO 109 LOTS AT SAGE AND GOLDEN BEE. DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING, A MAJORITY OF COMMENTS AGAINST THE PLAN DEALT WITH A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT AND ZONING CHANGES, ALONG WITH CONCERNS OVER WATER RUN OFF AND FLOODING. FOLLOWING IN-DEPTH COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS, THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT AND RE-ZONING WERE ALL APPROVED, THE LATTER IN A 4 TO 1 VOTE, WITH COUNCILWOMAN LORI HERBEL OPPOSING. A DECISION ON PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS TO DENY THE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT AND TENTATIVE TRACT MAP, WERE BOTH TABLED, AGAIN IN A 4 TO 1 VOTE WITH HERBEL DESISTING. THAT MOVE WILL GIVE THE APPLICANT TIME TO REVISE PLANS, AND RESUBMIT.

ENTERTAINMENT SOUGHT FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS COMMUNITY FAIR

ENTERTAINERS YOUNG AND OLD, LARGE AND SMALL, ARE BEING SOUGHT FOR THIS YEARS "GRUBSTAKE DAYS COMMUNITY FAIR". THE EVENT IS SET FOR SATURDAY, MAY 24, AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER GROUNDS. THE BOOTHS AND ENTERTAINMENT AREA WILL OPEN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE. ORGANIZERS SAY COMMUNITY GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE WELCOME TO APPLY TO BE PART OF THE ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP. IF YOU SING A SONG, JUGGLE, HAVE A BAND, OR WANT TO TELL SOME JOKES, YOU CAN SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THIS YEARS CELEBRATION. CONTINUOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT WILL BE OFFERED FROM NOON UNTIL 6:00PM THAT EVENING. FROM 6:00PM UNTIL 8:00PM THE "REALLY SHOO ZYDECO BAND", WILL GIVE A FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING PART OF THE DAYTIME VOLUNTEER ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP CONTACT ME, GARY DAIGNEAULT, HERE AT Z107.7 RADIO, 366-8471. VENDORS AND NON-PROFIT GROUPS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A BOOTH ARE ALSO BEING SOUGHT. THEY CAN CONTACT MAUREEN RANDALL AT THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY, 369-7211.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE GETS GRANT TO EXPAND NURSING PROGRAM
COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE HEARD SOME GOOD NEWS AND HANDED OUT KUDOS AT THEIR BOARD MEETING YESTERDAY. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF WAS THERE AND FILES THIS REPORT... THERE WERE LOTS OF HAPPY PEOPLE AT YESTERDAY’S MEETING OF THE COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. THE BOARD WAS DELIGHTED TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING A GRANT FROM THE STATE FOR $80,000 FOR THE COLLEGE’S REGISTERED NURSING PROGRAM. THE GRANT WILL BE USED TO ADD MORE FACULTY TO THE COLLEGE STAFF SO THAT ADDITIONAL STUDENTS CAN BE ADMITTED TO THE NURSING PROGRAM. COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE COMPETED AGAINST OTHER STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND THE PROCESS REQUIRED A SITE VISIT AND A COMPLETE AUDIT OF THE NURSING PROGRAM. ITS GRANT WAS ONE OF 19 THAT WAS AWARDED TO CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES. IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ALSO APPROVED A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT/PRESIDENT PATRICIA CALDWELL. THE BOARD AND AUDIENCE GAVE HER A STANDING OVATION FOR HER EFFORTS IN TURNING AROUND THE COLLEGE SINCE SHE TOOK OVER FOLLOWING THOM ARMSTRONG’S RESIGNATION LAST YEAR FOLLOWING AN ADVERSE ACCREDITATION REPORT FROM THE WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES. CALDWELL’S CONTRACT AS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT/PRESIDENT OF COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE EXPIRES THIS SUMMER AND THE COLLEGE IS IN THE PROCESS OF HIRING A NEW PRESIDENT.

MARINE VETERAN/SHERIFF’S DEPUTY HONORED AT STATE CAPITOL *

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL FUND-RAISER TOMORROW
A FUN COMMUNITY BASKETBALL GAME AND TOP-RATED ENTERTAINMENT ARE ON TAP TOMORROW. THE EVENT WILL HELP THE TWENTYNINE PALMS BASKETBALL TEAM GO TO AN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN ALASKA. REPORTER TAMI, ROLEFF TAKES THE FREE THROW.... THE MORONGO BASIN ROTORACT CLUB IS SPONSORING A COMMUNITY BASKETBALL GAME 3 PM SATURDAY FOR THE 29 PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM IN THE HIGH SCHOOL GYM. TEAMS WILL CONSIST OF: A STUDENT FROM EACH GRADE, A TEACHER, A MEMBER FROM THE COMMUNITY, AND AN ALUMNUS FROM THE SCHOOL. A SPECIAL HALF-TIME SHOW HAS BEEN PLANNED. THE CHISE, A HIP-HOP GROUP FROM 29 PALMS AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ARE THE FEATURED PERFORMERS. THE 29 PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS AND OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE, AND Z107.7’S GARY DAIGNEAULT WILL EMCEE THE EVENT. ADMISSION IS $6 PER PERSON AND ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS THE TEAM’S TOURNAMENT TRIP TO ALASKA AND LOCAL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS.

 JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING
THE NEXT JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM CLEAN-UP IS TOMORROW, SATURDAY, MAY 10, THE DAY BEFORE MOTHER'S DAY ON. IF YOU CAN DONATE JUST ONE TO ONE AND A HALF HOURS TO CLEAN THE HIGHWAY BETWEEN THE JOSHUA TREE POST OFFICE AND GARRY'S TIRES, MEET AT THE PARK ROCK CAFE AT 7:30 A.M. TOMORROW MORNING. THERE WILL BE GRABBER STICKS, GLOVES, TRASH BAGS AND WATER. AFTERWARDS, TIME ALLOWING THE GROUP CAN STOP IN THE PARK ROCK CAFE FOR COFFEE. CLEAN TEAM T-SHIRTS ARE GIVEN TO THOSE THAT HELP WITH TWO CLEAN-UPS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 366-8415 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR MICHELE.

LETTER CARRIERS FOOD DRIVE TOMORROW
OUR LOCAL LETTER CARRIERS ARE ASKING YOU TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE. REPORTER DAN STORK TELLS YOU WHY TO LEAVE SOME FOOD BY YOUR MAIL BOX TOMORROW... HELP LETTER CARRIERS AND SECOND HARVEST FIGHT HUNGER IN AMERICA BY SUPPORTING THE LETTER CARRIERS’ FOOD DRIVE ON MAY 10TH. JUST LEAVE A BAG OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS NEXT TO YOUR MAILBOX BEFORE YOUR MAIL DELIVERY ON SATURDAY MAY 10TH. YOU MAY ALSO DROP OFF YOUR FOOD DONATIONS AT THE POST OFFICE, AT LOCATIONS THAT HAVE SATURDAY HOURS.

MURAL DEDICATION AT 29 PALMS INN TONIGHT *

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF BLUE SKIES COUNTRY CLUB IN YUCCA VALLEY

AS WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THE TOWN IS LOOKING AT THE ACQUISITION OF THE BLUE SKIES COUNTRY CLUB IN YUCCA VALLEY, REPORTER KARL GARDNER HAS THE BIG QUESTION... WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF BLUE SKIES GOLF COURSE? THAT’S A QUESTION NO ONE AT THIS POINT CAN REALLY ANSWER. YUCCA VALLEY’S ONLY GOLF COURSE HAS BEEN NEGLECTED FOR MANY YEARS, TO THE POINT THAT IT’S NOW VIRTUALLY UN-PLAYABLE AT BEST, AND A PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD AT WORST. SOME SAY THAT PONDS ON THE PROPERTY ARE NOTHING MORE THAN MOSQUITO BREEDING GROUNDS AND SEVERAL OF THE TREES ARE DEAD OR DYING. DUE TO THE COURSE’S DECAY SEVERAL CHARITY EVENTS THAT USED THE COURSE OVER THE YEARS HAVE RELOCATED TO LOW DESERT COURSES AND THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TEAM IS FORCED TO USE FACILITIES IN 29 PALMS. SEVERAL PRIVATE OFFERS TO BUY THE COURSE, CLUB HOUSE AND YUCCA INN HAVE BEEN REPORTED, HOWEVER THOSE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN STALLED CHIEFLY OVER PRICE BY THE MAJORITY OWNER. ATTACKING THE BLIGHT KNOWN AS BLUE SKIES GOLF COURSE, TOWN STAFF SAY THEY ARE DISCUSSING THE POSSIBILITY OF GOING INTO NEGOTIATIONS TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY.

WEEKEND DOUBLE TREAT AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW *

FREE BREAKING BREAD MEAL IN 29 PALMS TOMORROW *

 


 

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