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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING BODY FOUND IN JOHNSON VALLEY
FEDERAL FLAGS AT HALF STAFF TODAY TO HONOR PEACE OFFICERS
YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT TO LOOK AT GRADING AND LOT SIZE
WAL-MART SENIOR MANAGER ON Z107-7 UP CLOSE SHOW TOMORROW
PUBLIC INVITED TO MEET FOUR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES
TOMORROW IS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR BOOTH AT GRUBSTAKE DAYS *
HI-DESERT WATER KEEPS PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY INTACT
JOSHUA TREE MAC TO HEAR FROM INDIAN CASINO REPRESENTATIVES *
WILD WEST ENCAMPMENT IN PIONEERTOWN THIS WEEKEND
SOROPTIMIST OPEN "CLOTHES CLOSET" THIS SATURDAY
HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION MAD HATTER TEA PARTY SUNDAY
DINNER /AUCTION SATURDAY FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ALASKA TRIP
SPRING CARNIVAL OPEN HOUSE AT OASIS ELEMENTARY TONIGHT *

 SHERIFF INVESTIGATING BODY FOUND IN JOHNSON VALLEY
SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATORS RESPONDED TO A RUGGED AREA IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA, NORTH OF LANDERS, YESTERDAY AFTER A BODY WAS FOUND. DETECTIVE SERGEANT PAUL WYNN SAID JUST BEFORE NOON, A TEAM OF RESEARCHERS PERFORMING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY IN AN OPEN DESERT AREA NORTHEAST OF STATE ROUTE 247 AND SWANEE RD., CAME UPON SKELETAL REMAINS. DEPUTIES AND DETECTIVES RESPONDED TO THE SCENE WHERE THEY LOCATED CONFIRMED HUMAN REMAINS, CLOTHING, AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS. INVESTIGATORS FROM THE MORONGO BASIN STATION AND CORONER’S DIVISION RECOVERED THE REMAINS. EXAMINATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN AN ATTEMPT TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY AND CAUSE OF DEATH.

FEDERAL FLAGS AT HALF STAFF TODAY TO HONOR PEACE OFFICERS
FLAGS AT FEDERAL FACILITIES HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO FLY AT HALF STAFF TODAY TO HONOR PEACE OFFICERS. PRESIDENT BUSH HAS DIRECTED THAT ALL FLAGS BE LOWERED TO HALF STAFF ON THURSDAY, MAY 15TH, FOR PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL DAY. FLAGS WILL RETURN TO FULL STAFF ON FRIDAY.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT TO LOOK AT GRADING AND LOT SIZE
WITH TWO BIG DEVELOPMENT ISSUES STILL REQUIRING FURTHER DEFINITION, THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HAS CALLED A SPECIAL MEETING FOR TONIGHT. REPORTER KARL GARDNER OUTLINES THE ISSUES ON THE AGENDA, WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO BRING OUT BOTH ANTI AND PRO GROWTH FORCES... AN OBSTACLE TO 2 RECENT YUCCA VALLEY DEVELOPMENT PLANS, GRADING AND MINIMUM LOT SIZE, WILL GET CLOSE SCRUTINY AT A SPECIAL YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING, BEING HELD THIS EVENING AT THE SENIOR CENTER STARTING AT 7:30, PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE AND TIMES. A CLOSED SESSION FOLLOWS TO EVALUATE TOWN MANAGER ANDY TAKATA’S PERFORMANCE.

WAL-MART SENIOR MANAGER ON Z107-7 UP CLOSE SHOW TOMORROW
THIS FRIDAY YOU WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO TALK DIRECTLY WITH WAL-MART SENIOR MANAGEMENT AND ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU WANT ABOUT THE NEW YUCCA VALLEY SUPER WAL-MART STORE. PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANGER JOHN MENDEZ WILL BE THE GUEST ON THE Z107-7 UP CLOSE SHOW STARTING AT 10:00 TOMORROW MORNING. MENDEZ WILL TAKE AND RESPOND TO QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ABOUT THE STORE AND IT’S IMPACT ON THE AREA LIVE ON THE AIR FROM CALLERS. WAL-MART GOES LIVE, TOMORROW AT 10 HERE ON Z107-7 RADIO.

PUBLIC INVITED TO MEET FOUR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES
THE SEARCH FOR A NEW PRESIDENT OF COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE HAS BEEN NARROWED DOWN TO FOUR. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF SAYS YOU ARE INVITED TO MEET THEM... THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER FORUM ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY TO MEET THE FOUR FINALISTS FOR THE POSITION OF SUPERINTENDENT/PRESIDENT OF COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE. EACH CANDIDATE WILL HAVE 30 MINUTES TO SPEAK AND ANSWER THE SAME SET OF PREDETERMINED QUESTIONS. THE AUDIENCE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS OF THE CANDIDATES. THE FORUM WILL BE MODERATED BY DR RODGER MCGINNESS, THE COLLEGE’S DEAN OF INSTRUCTION. DR. GAITHER LOWENSTEIN, VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AT RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, IS SCHEDULED FOR 3 PM MONDAY. FOLLOWING HIM AT 4 PM IS DR JOE OLSON, VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE. ON TUESDAY, DR. ALLAN HOFFMAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF INSTRUCTION AT HARTNELL COLLEGE, IS FIRST UP AT 1 PM. DR. ROGER WAGNER, VICE PRESIDENT OF INSTRUCTION AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE, WILL FOLLOW AT 2 PM. ALL FORUMS WILL BE HELD AT THE COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE COYOTE KITCHEN. THE COLLEGE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL INTERVIEW EACH CANDIDATE AND ITS CHOICE WILL TAKE OVER AS SUPERINTENDENT/PRESIDENT FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ON JULY 1. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL LAURA HALL AT 366-3791, EXTENSION 5442.

TOMORROW IS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR BOOTH AT GRUBSTAKE DAYS *

HI-DESERT WATER KEEPS PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY INTACT
THE HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MET IN REGULAR SESSION LAST NIGHT. POSSIBLE RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THE MEETINGS WERE ON THE AGENDA. REPORTER KARL GARDNER WAS AT THAT MEETING AND FILES THIS REPORT... NO CHANGES TO HI DESERT WATER’S PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY, WAS THE DECISION MADE AT LAST EVENING BOARD MEETING. FOLLOWING THEIR LAST MEETING, WHERE DISTRICT LEGAL COUNCIL GAVE AN UPDATE ON THE STRICT APPLICATION OF THE STATE’S OPEN MEETING LAW OR BROWN ACT AS IT RELATES TO PUBLIC COMMENT, THE ITEM WAS BROUGHT BACK FOR FURTHER SCRUTINY. AT ISSUE, WHETHER THE PUBLIC CAN SPEAK ON INDIVIDUAL AGENDA ITEMS. DIRECTOR SHELDON HOUGH NOTED; WHEN I LOOK AT THE AGENDA AND I HAVE A QUESTION, "I CALL ON THE STAFF BEFORE THE MEETING AND I GET AN ANSWER FOR THAT", AND CONTINUED BY ASKING WHY THE PUBLIC CAN’T DO THE SAME. GENERAL MANAGER ED MUZIK RELATED THAT DURING TALKS ON AN ITEM, WHEN SOMEONE HEARS BOARD DISCUSSION, IT MAY "TRIGGER A QUESTION". IN OTHER ACTIONS, THE BOARD ENTHUSIASTICALLY APPROVED THE WASTEWATER PUBLIC OUTREACH PLAN, WITH DIRECTOR BOB STADUM SAYING "COMMUNITIES THAT WERE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN BUILDING A PROJECT OF THIS MAGNITUDE, WERE THE ONES THAT INVOLVED THE COMMUNITY THE MOST". FINISHING OUT THE MEETING, THE BOARD APPROVED SPENDING A TOTAL OF $61,000 TO CONDUCT A CUSTOMER SURVEY, UPGRADE TELEMETRY SYSTEMS, AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OVERSIGHT DURING WELL CONSTRUCTION.

JOSHUA TREE MAC TO HEAR FROM INDIAN CASINO REPRESENTATIVES *

WILD WEST ENCAMPMENT IN PIONEERTOWN THIS WEEKEND
HISTORIC PIONEERTOWN WILL BE TRANSFORMED EVEN FURTHER THIS WEEKEND AS IT BECOMES A WILD WEST ENCAMPMENT. REPORTER DAN STORK GETS OUT HIS TRUSTY SIX-GUN... RELIVE THE DAYS OF THE WILD WEST ON THE STREETS OF PIONEERTOWN ON MAY 17TH AND 18TH. THE 3RD ANNUAL PIONEERTOWN WILD WEST ENCAMPMENT FEATURES SHOOT-OUTS AND DEATH-DEFYING PERFORMANCES, ALL FOR FREE. THE FRONTIER ARMY OF THE WEST WILL RE-ENACT THE INDIAN CAMPAIGNS. SEE THE EARPS VERSUS THE COWBOY GANG FACTION, DONE BY LAW DOGS ‘N’ LADIES. THE GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE AND MOJAVE MULESKINNER TROUPES ADD THEIR FORMS OF WESTERN RE-ENACTMENTS TO THE ACTION. THERE WILL ALSO BE PERIOD VENDORS AND MUSICIANS. AND, THERE IS NO ADMISSION TO ALL OF THESE FAMILY EVENTS.

SOROPTIMIST OPEN "CLOTHES CLOSET" THIS SATURDAY
THE SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF YUCCA VALLEY, A NON-PROFIT PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMEN'S CLUB, WILL OPEN IT'S DOORS TO THE "CLOTHES CLOSET" THIS SATURDAY FROM 9 AM TO NOON. THIS SPRING CLEAN OUT OF WINTER CLOTHES IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE CLOTHES CLOSET IS LOCATED ON INCA TRAIL IN OLD TOWN AT THE CORNER OF SANTA FE TRAIL. JUST LOOK FOR THE SIGNS. SPOKESMAN WANDA STADUM SAID THE CLOTHES CLOSET IS OPEN YEAR-ROUND FOR WORKING WOMEN OR THOSE JOB HUNTING. THOSE WISHING TO DONATE GOOD, CLEAN SUMMER CLOTHING MAY DROP OFF THOSE ITEMS DURING THAT TIME ON SATURDAY OR CALL 365-0044 FOR DROP OFF LOCATIONS.

HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION MAD HATTER TEA PARTY SUNDAY
THE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION WILL BE HAVING SOME FUN AT A FRIEND-RAISER EVENT THIS SUNDAY. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF INVITES YOU TO THE MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY… THE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MAD TEA PARTY SUNDAY FROM 2 TO 4 PM IN THE HELEN GRAY EDUCATION CENTER AT THE HOSPITAL. THE TEA WILL FEATURE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, DELICIOUS TEA DELICACIES, OUTRAGEOUS DECORATIONS AND A CURIOUS-ER CHAPEAU CONTEST. PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE SMALLEST, LARGEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL, AND MADDEST HAT IN BOTH ADULT AND CHILDREN’S CATEGORIES. A FABULOUS ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE WILL BE RAFFLED, AS WELL AS OTHER GIFTS AND LOCAL ARTWORK. DEBBIE MEDINA FROM THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY WILL READ FROM ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND CHILDREN CAN ENJOY A FLAMINGO CROQUET TOURNAMENT. TICKETS FOR THE MAD TEA PARTY ARE $20 FOR ADULTS, $5 FOR CHILDREN AGES 6 TO 12, AND FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 6. SEATING IS LIMITED. FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, CALL EILEEN BERNE AT 366-6321.  

DINNER & AUCTION SATURDAY FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ALASKA TRIP
THE TWENTYNINE PALMS BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM WILL PLAY A 4 GAME TOURNAMENT IN KETCHIKAN, ALASKA IN DECEMBER. TO HELP THE TEAM GET THERE THE BOY'S BASKETBALL BOOSTER CLUB WILL BE HOSTING A DINNER AUCTION THIS SATURDAY SMITH'S RANCH. THE EVENING BEGINS AT 6PM, THERE WILL BE A SILENT AUCTION, TRI TIP AND CHICKEN DINNER WITH A LIVE AUCTION BY BASKETBALL COACH AND AUCTIONEER LARRY BOWDEN. NUMEROUS ITEMS IN THE AUCTION INCLUDE A 48 INCH FLAT PANEL PLASMA TV, FULLY LOADED LAP TOP COMPUTER, HOTEL PACKAGES, THEME PARK TICKETS, ART WORK AND MUCH MORE. TICKET ARE BEING SOLD BY BOOSTER CLUB MEMBERS FOR $20.00 EACH OR $35.00 FOR A COUPLE. IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A DONATION OF A NEW OR USED ITEM CALL LARRY BOWDEN AT 910-3886.

SPRING CARNIVAL OPEN HOUSE AT OASIS ELEMENTARY TONIGHT *

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