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3 PATROL CARS HIT IN CAR CHASE IN 29 PALMS, SUSPECT RAMMED
MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL SHOWS WELL IN STATE API RANKINGS
ELDERLY WOMAN TAKES OUT SUPPORT BEAM AT JOSHUA TREE STRIP MALL
YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CLOSED SESSIONS PUZZLING
CONGRESS VOTES FOR 8 BILLS SUPPORTING MILITARY VETERANS
WITH SCAPIN OPENING TOMORROW, THEATRE 29 TICKETS NOW ONLINE
SWIM LESSONS OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND 29 PALMS *
RENAISSANCE ACADEMIC AWARDS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT *VALLEY COMMUNITY CHAPEL NOW OFFERS SPANISH SERVICES *
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PRESENT CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY *

3 PATROL CARS HIT IN CAR CHASE IN 29 PALMS, SUSPECT RAMMED
A 45 YEAR OLD MAN LED SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ON A WILD CHASE THROUGH 29 PALMS WEDNESDAY MORNING. SERGEANT RICK COLLINS SAID CHARLES WOODARDS HIT A DELIVERY TRUCK AT UTAH TRAIL AND STATE ROUTE 62 JUST BEFORE 10. WOODARDS FLED WITH THE HOOD OF HIS 2002 MERCEDES SPLAYED ACROSS HIS WINDSHIELD. WHILE A DEPUTY WAS TAKING A HIT AND RUN REPORT, HE RETURNED, DRIVING PAST THE SCENE 4 OR 5 TIMES. THE TRUCK DRIVER SAW HIM, ALERTED DEPUTIES AND THE CHASE WAS ON. DEPUTIES PURSUED HIM ACROSS SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS, ENDING UP SOUTH ON UTAH TRAIL AT SPEEDS OF 75-MILES PER HOUR. AT THE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, WOODARDS MADE A U-TURN, RAN INTO A SHERIFFS CAR, AND WENT NORTH ON UTAH. DEPUTIES DEPLOYED SPIKE STRIPS AT BASELINE, WHICH HE AVOIDED. HE TOOK BASELINE TO ADOBE ROAD, SPEEDING THROUGH SEVERAL CITY STREETS, EVENTUALLY TAKING TWO MILE ROAD TO MESQUITE SPRINGS. DEPUTIES ATTEMPTED TO STOP HIM BY RAMMING HIS CAR, CALLED A PURSUIT INTERVENTION TECHNIQUE, OR PIT MANEUVER, WHICH CAUSED HIM TO SPIN OUT. BUT HE WASN’T DONE YET. HE TOOK OFF AGAIN, HITTING ANOTHER PATROL CAR AND MAKING IT TO INDIAN TRIAL. DEPUTIES RAMMED HIM AGAIN, THIS TIME SENDING THE MERCEDES INTO A BERM CAUSING THE CAR TO ROLL OVER. WOODARDS WAS NOT INJURED, NOR WERE ANY DEPUTIES. CHARLES WOODARDS WAS ARRESTED FOR INVESTIGATION OF FELONY EVADING, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, AND BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS. HE WAS BOOKED INTO WEST VALLEY DETENTION CENTER, WITH BAIL SET AT $50,000.00

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL SHOWS WELL IN STATE API RANKINGS
THE STATE HAS RELEASED THE API SCORES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. REPORTER DAN STORK SAYS OUR OWN MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAD A PRETTY GOOD REPORT CARD... THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASED THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE INDEX (OR API, FOR SHORT) RESULTS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR 2007 ON MAY 21ST. THE INDEX IS BASED UPON STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN STATE STANDARDIZED TESTS. WE TOOK A LOOK AT HOW SCHOOLS IN THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT STACK UP. THE RAW SCORES ON THE API CAN RANGE FROM 200 TO 1000. THE STATE HAS CONVERTED THESE INTO RANKINGS FROM 1 TO 10, WITH 10 BEING HIGHEST. OVERALL, THE SCHOOLS IN THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT COME OUT MIDDLIN’ TO BETTER THAN MIDDLIN’, WITH RANKINGS OF 5, 6, AND 7 PREDOMINATING. THE HIGHEST RANKING AMONG THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IS 29 PALMS ELEMENTARY, WHICH IS IN THE 10TH RANK AMONG SCHOOLS OF ITS SIZE. AT THE LOW END, JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY IS IN RANK 2 IN BOTH RANKINGS. ONAGA ELEMENTARY AND 29 PALMS ELEMENTARY ARE THE ONLY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT THAT HAVE REACHED THE STATE TARGET OF 800 ON THE API, WHICH PUTS THEM AMONG 81 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTY THAT HAVE ACHIEVED THIS LEVEL. COUNTYWIDE, ONLY 7 MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND 3 HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE REACHED THE 800 TARGET. BOTH OF THE DISTRICT’S 2 BIGGER HIGH SCHOOLS ARE IN THE 5TH RANK AMONG HIGH SCHOOLS STATEWIDE, WITH VERY SIMILAR APIS NEAR 700. BUT 29 PALMS HIGH SCHOOL IS IN THE 8TH RANK AMONG SCHOOLS ITS SIZE, WHILE THE LARGER YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL IS IN THE 2ND RANK AMONG SCHOOLS SIMILAR TO IT.

ELDERLY WOMAN TAKES OUT SUPPORT BEAM AT JOSHUA TREE STRIP MALL
AN ELDERLY WOMAN MISTOOK HER BRAKE FOR THE GAS, AN RAN INTO A SUPPORT BEAM IN FRONT OF STAR PHARMACY IN JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY AFTERNOON. CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL INVESTIGATORS SAID THAT AROUND NOON, 70 YEAR OLD LINDA SKEETERS OF YUCCA VALLEY WAS PARKING HER LEXUS SEDAN IN FRONT OF THE PHARMACY WHEN SHE MISTOOK HER ACCELERATOR FOR THE BREAK PEDAL. THE CAR LURCHED FORWARD CRASHING INTO AN OVERHANG SUPPORT BEAM, SNAPPING IT AT THE BASE. Neither LINDA SKEETERS NOR HER PASSENGER SUSTAINED INJURY. DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING IS ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE HUNDRED’S OF DOLLARS.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CLOSED SESSIONS PUZZLING
A SERIES OF CLOSED SESSIONS BY THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL IS LEAVING THOSE AFFECTED, AND THE MEDIA, PUZZLED. REPORTER KARL GARDNER SAYS THE TOWN’S ATTORNEY SAYS ACTIONS ARE NOT ACTIONS UNTIL THEY ARE OVER… WE DON’T QUITE GET IT, AND NO ONE WILL EXPLAIN…"I CAN’T GET AN HONEST ANSWER OUT OF ANYBODY", SAID ROBERT STURGIS SPEAKING TO THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL LAST WEEK. STURGIS WAS ASKING THE COUNCIL ABOUT DETAILS ON REPORTS THAT THE TOWN IS NEGOTIATING TO WITH SKY DRIVE IN SWAP MEET OWNER BOB AND ELIZABETH CARR, TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY. STURGIS WHO’S WIFE OWNS A CONCESSION AT THE SWAP MEET TOLD THE COUNCIL HE SAT DOWN WITH BOB CARR WHO TOLD HIM "WE DON’T KNOW KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT". NEGOTIATIONS FOR BOTH THE SWAP MEET AND BLUE SKIES COUNTY CLUB HAVE BEEN SUBJECTS OF RECENT AGENDIZED CLOSED SESSIONS, YET OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN VERY TIGHT-LIPPED. TOWN ATTORNEY NAOMI SILVERGLIDE EXPLAINED BY SAYING "NOTHING IS REPORTABLE UNTIL THERE IS SOME FINAL ACTION OR FINAL DECISION".

CONGRESS VOTES FOR 8 BILLS SUPPORTING MILITARY VETERANS
OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO OUR ACTIVE DUTY LISTENERS, CONGRESS PASSED A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT MEASURES FRIDAY. EIGHT VETERANS-RELATED BILLS PASSED, THEY INCLUDE: THE VETERANS EMERGENCY CARE FAIRNESS ACT OF 2007, WHICH WILL REQUIRE THE (VA) TO REIMBURSE THE COST OF EMERGENCY TREATMENT IN NON-VA FACILITIES UNTIL TRANSFER TO A VA FACILITY IS POSSIBLE. THE VETERANS' COMPENSATION COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 2008, WHICH WILL INCREASE THE RATES OF COMPENSATION FOR THOSE WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES, AND THE RATES OF COMPENSATION FOR THE SURVIVORS OF ACERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS. THE JUSTIN BAILEY VETERANS SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS PREVENTION AND TREATMENT REQUIRES THE VA TO GREATLY EXPAND TREATMENTS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. THE VA MEDICAL FACILITY AUTHORIZATION AND LEASE ACT OF 2008, AUTHORIZES MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITY PROJECTS AND MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITY LEASES FOR VA IN FISCAL YEAR 2009, AND WILL AUTHORIZE APPROXIMATELY $2.2 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR OUR NATION’S VETERANS. THE VETERANS BENEFITS AWARENESS ACT OF 2008, INCREASES THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OUTREACH EFFORTS TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF VETERANS’ BENEFITS. THE HEROES EARNINGS ASSISTANCE AND RELIEF TAX ACT OF 2008, REPEALS A REQUIREMENT THAT ONLY THOSE WHO SERVED BEFORE 1977 MAY QUALIFY FOR LOANS FINANCED BY QUALIFIED VETERANS’ MORTGAGE BONDS ISSUED IN CALIFORNIA. IT ALSO EXTENDS THE AMOUNT OF TIME PROVIDED FOR QUALIFIED SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS TO FILE FOR TAX REFUNDS OR CREDITS THAT ARE AWARDED AFTER THE VETERANS’ TAX RETURN HAS ALREADY BEEN FILED. THE LET OUR VETERANS REST IN PEACE ACT OF 2007, WHICH INCREASES SENTENCES FOR ANY OFFENSE INVOLVING THE DESECRATION OR THEFT OF, OR TRAFFICKING IN, GRAVE MARKERS OF VETERANS. A RESOLUTION, WHICH HONORS THE SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES AND FEMALE VETERANS.


WITH SCAPIN OPENING TOMORROW, THEATRE 29 TICKETS NOW ONLINE
THE MODERNIZED VERSION OF THE MOLIERE FRENCH FARCE COMEDY, "SCAPIN" OPENS TOMORROW NIGHT AT THEATRE 29. THE PLAY, DIRECTED BY OUR OWN LES TAYLOR, FEATURES AUTHENTIC PERIOD COSTUMES AND SETS AND A HILARIOUS PLOT LINE STILL VERY FUNNY THROUGH OVER THREE CENTURIES. THEATER 29 IS MAKING IT EASIER TO GET TICKETS, REPORTER KATIE ELWELL SAYS YOU CAN NOW PURCHASE AND PRINT YOUR OWN TICKETS AT THE CONVENIENCE OF YOUR COMPUTER... LIVE THEATRE WITHOUT THE LINES IS NOW POSSIBLE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS. THEATRE 29 HAS INSTALLED A COMPUTER AUTOMATED BOX OFFICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. YOU CAN MAKE RESERVATIONS, BUY AND PRINT TICKETS, AND READ A SYNOPSIS OF EVERY PLAY AND MUSICAL TO BE PERFORMED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT THEATRE29.COM. TICKETS ARE $10 FOR REGULAR ADMISSION, $8 FOR SENIORS AND MILITARY, AND $6 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 AND STUDENTS WITH ID. THEATRE 29 IS LOCATED AT 73637 SULLIVAN ROAD IN TWENTYNINE PALMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE THEATRE 29 BOX OFFICE AT 760-361-4151.

SWIM LESSONS OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND 29 PALMS *

RENAISSANCE ACADEMIC AWARDS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT *

VALLEY COMMUNITY CHAPEL NOW OFFERS SPANISH SERVICES *

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PRESENT CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY *

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