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COUNTY FIRE RECEIVES EXTRA MONEY FOR FIRE SEASON
29 PALMS TEENAGER WINS FIRST PRUDIE UNDERHILL SCHOLARSHIP
YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING THE EVENING
VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS TO RETIRE US FLAGS SATURDAY
CHP ISSUES WORDS OF CAUTION ON GRADUATION NIGHT
BLOOD DRIVE SATURDAY
TOWN HALL MEETING WITH ASSEMBLYMAN PAUL COOK TOMORROW
STEP DANCE CAMP FOR KIDS
SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT THE HI DESERT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
MEMORIAL SET FOR JAQUELYN ADAMS

COUNTY FIRE RECEIVES EXTRA MONEY FOR FIRE SEASON
AS WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN IN YUCCA VALLEY, THE FIRE SEASON IS UPON US. THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDS OF $290,000 FOR THE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT TUESDAY, TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTER STAFFING FOR SIX MONTHS IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. IN ADDITION, THE BOARD APPROVED $101,000 TO BE CARRIED OVER FROM LAST YEAR’S ALLOCATION. THE MONEY WILL FUND ADDITIONAL STAFFING AT FIRE STATIONS IN COMMUNITIES INCLUDING YUCCA VALLEY. REALIZING THE CRITICAL NEED FOR FIRE STATIONS TO BE ADEQUATELY STAFFED DURING THE UPCOMING FIRE SEASON, THE BOARD ALLOCATED THE ONE-TIME CONTRIBUTION FROM THE COUNTY GENERAL FUND. THE FUNDING WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL STAFFING FOR SIX MONTHS IN HIGH RISK AREAS. "WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR RECOGNIZING THE SEVERITY OF THE FIRE THREAT THIS SEASON AS WELL AS IN PAST SEASONS," SAID COUNTY FIRE CHIEF PAT DENNEN.

29 PALMS TEENAGER WINS FIRST PRUDIE UNDERHILL SCHOLARSHIP
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF TWENTYNINE PALMS HAS ANNOUNCED THE SELECTION OF TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING SENIOR KYLA COOK AS THE CLUB’S FIRST PRUDIE UNDERHILL JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER. UNDERHILL, WHO PASSED AWAY LAST JUNE, WAS THE FIRST EDITOR OF THE DESERT TRAIL NEWSPAPER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, WHICH SHE PRODUCED FOR YEARS WITH HUSBAND, BILL UNDERHILL, WHO FOUNDED THE NEWSPAPER IN 1935. UNDERHILL ALSO WAS A CHARTER MEMBER OF SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF TWENTYNINE PALMS. AS AN UNDERHILL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER, COOK WILL RECEIVE $1,000 FROM THE CLUB THIS YEAR TO OFFSET THE COST OF ATTENDING COLLEGE, WHERE SHE PLANS TO MAJOR IN JOURNALISM. IN ADDITION TO THE SCHOLARSHIP, SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL AND WITH HI-DESERT PUBLISHING OFFERED COOK A SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT THE DESERT TRAIL.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING THE EVENING
RELAY FOR LIFE AND YOUTH COMMISSIONERS WILL BE RECOGNIZED, FOLLOWED BY A PUBLIC HEARING ON ABATEMENT AND A REPORT ON THE OLD TOWN SPECIFIC PLAN AT THIS EVENING’S YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING. REPORTER DAN STORK HAS THE DETAILS… THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL WILL BE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 12 AT 6 PM, IN THE YUCCA ROOM OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER. THE MEETING WILL START WITH RECOGNITION OF THE TOWN AND STAFF FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE RELAY FOR LIFE, RECOGNITION OF CURRENT YOUTH COMMISSIONERS, AND PRESENTATION OF AWARDS FOR EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AND LONGEVITY. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT AND A WASTEWATER UPDATE WILL FOLLOW. THE CONSENT AGENDA INCLUDES A ZONING AMENDMENT AFFECTING THE CHOLLA DRIVE/GOLDEN BEE AREA, AS WELL AS THE OFFICIAL NOTICE FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS. SCHEDULED FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION ARE

  • A PUBLIC HEARING ABOUT PUTTING A TAX LIEN ON CERTAIN PROPERTIES FOR THE ABATEMENT OF PUBLIC NUISANCES
  • A REPORT ON THE OLD TOWN REALIGNMENT PLAN
  • AMENDMENT OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE WITH RESPECT TO EMERGENCY REORGANIZATION, AND
  • A POLICY FOR EVALUATING NEW DEVELOPMENT AND ITS PROXIMITY TO PRE-EXISTING DEVELOPMENT.
     

THE MEETING CONCLUDES WITH REPORTS FROM STAFF, COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND COMMITTEES.

 

VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS TO RETIRE US FLAGS SATURDAY

VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS FROM AROUND THE MORONGO BASIN WILL HOLD THEIR 2ND ANNUAL FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY, IN THE VETERAN’S SECTION OF THE JOSHUA TREE MEMORIAL PARK, ON FLAG DAY, SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 14TH STARTING AT 11. IF YOU HAVE A TATTERED OR TORN AMERICAN OR P.O.W. FLAG THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE PROPERLY RETIRED, YOU CAN DROP IT OFF A THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST ON VETERAN’S WAY IN JOSHUA TREE, OR AT ANY OF THE SEVERAL VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE MORONGO BASIN. THEY MAY ALSO BE DROPPED OF AT THE FIRE STATIONS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE, OR AT THE ELKS LODGE IN YUCCA VALLEY OR 29 PALMS. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE RETIREMENT CEREMONY. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ROGER SHERWIN AT 366-2717 OR 366-2424.

 

CHP ISSUES WORDS OF CAUTION ON GRADUATION NIGHT

WITH GRADUATIONS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL HAS SOME WORDS OF CAUTION ABOUT DRINKING AND DRIVING, AND USING YOUR SEAT BELT. WITH MORE, HERE’S REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF… THE EXPERIENCE OF EDUARDO ALVARDO OF CATHEDRAL CITY ILLUSTRATES THE DANGERS OF DRINKING AND DRIVING, ALONG WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING A SEATBELT. ACCORDING TO OFFICER RAMON PEREZ OF THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, ALVARDO, 18, OF CATHEDRAL CITY, WAS DRIVING WESTBOUND IN HIS 2006 TOYOTA SOLARA ON DILLON ROAD NEAR THOUSAND PALMS, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, AT MORE THAN 100 MILES PER HOUR. HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR, WHICH SPUN ACROSS ALL LANES AND ONTO THE SOUTH SHOULDER OF DILLON ROAD AND OVERTURNED. THERE WERE 8 JUVENILES IN THE 5-SEAT CAR WITH ALVARDO. OF THE NINE OCCUPANTS, FIVE WORE SEATBELTS. THREE OF THE JUVENILES SAT ON THE OTHER PASSENGERS’ LAPS AND ONE SAT ON THE FLOOR IN THE RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER AREA. ONE PASSENGER WAS THROWN FROM THE CAR DURING THE ACCIDENT. ALL NINE PEOPLE IN THE CAR SUSTAINED MODERATE TO MAJOR INJURIES IN THE ROLLOVER ACCIDENT. ALVARDO WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRINKING AND DRIVING, TO WEAR THEIR SEATBELTS, AND TO STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING TONIGHT, TO HAVE A SAFE AND SOBER GRADUATION.

 

BLOOD DRIVE SATURDAY

IN CELEBRATION OF FLAG DAY SATURDAY AND FATHER’S DAY SUNDAY THE YUCCA VALLEY NOON ROTARY CLUB AND COUNTY FIRE ARE HOSTING A BLOOD DRIVE FROM 8 TO NOON IN THE PARKING LOT AT HI-DESERT PUBLISHING. ALL DONORS MUST HAVE A PICTURE ID, BE IN GOOD HEALTH, WEIGH AT LEAST 110 POUNDS AND BE OVER 17 YEARS OLD. OTHER RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE -- BEING SYMPTOM FREE FOR 1 WEEK AFTER HAVING A COLD OR FLU, HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY ANTIBIOTICS FOR 2 DAYS, AND HAVE NOT HAD TATTOOING OR BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO EAT A LIGHT MEAL OR SNACK AND DRINK FLUIDS, BEFORE DONATING. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE BLOOD DRIVE, CALL MARGO STURGES AT 832-0984.

 

TOWN HALL MEETING WITH ASSEMBLYMAN PAUL COOK TOMORROW

65TH ASSEMBLYMAN AND FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR PAUL COOK WILL BE HOLDING A TOWN HALL MEETING TOMORROW MORNING. REPORTER DAN STORK JOINS US AGAIN WITH DETAILS… MORONGO BASIN RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO HAVE COFFEE WITH 65TH DISTRICT ASSEMBLYMAN PAUL COOK OF YUCCA VALLEY AT THE HELEN GRAY CENTER ON FRIDAY, JUNE 13TH AT 8 AM. THE HELEN GRAY CENTER IS AT 6601 WHITEFEATHER ROAD IN JOSHUA TREE, NEXT TO THE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER. ASSEMBLYMAN COOK WILL GIVE AN UPDATE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SACRAMENTO, INCLUDING THE CURRENT STATE OF THE BUDGET DEBATE AS WELL AS UPDATES ON THE PROGRESS OF HIS LEGISLATION. HIS REMARKS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A QUESTIONS AND ANSWER SESSION. THERE WILL BE FREE COFFEE AND DONUTS, AND NO RESERVATION IS REQUIRED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL COOK’S DISTRICT OFFICE AT (909) 790-4196.

 

STEP DANCE CAMP FOR KIDS

29 PALMS WELCOMES ALL INTERESTED BOYS AND GIRLS ENTERING THE 5TH THROUGH 8TH GRADES TO A WEEK LONG STEP DANCE CAMP. REGISTRATION FEES INCLUDE A CAMP T-SHIRT, STEP DANCE PERFORMANCES AND REFRESHMENTS ON THE LAST DAY OF CAMP. THE CAMP WILL BE HELD STARING MONDAY JUNE 16TH, AND RUNS THROUGH JUNE 20TH. CALL THE 29 PALMS RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 367-7562 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT THE HI DESERT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE HI DESERT START MONDAY. WITH ALL THE DOING’S AVAILABLE, HERE AGAIN, REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF… THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE HI-DESERT’S SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS MONDAY AND RUNS THROUGH AUGUST 15. THE CLUB IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM, ALTHOUGH AN EARLY BIRD DROP OFF IS AVAILABLE FROM 7:30 AM TO 10 AM FOR AN EXTRA FEE. KIDS WILL ENJOY PATRIOTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS, BOARD GAME TOURNAMENTS, A READING CLUB, MOVIES, AND COMPUTER LAB. THERE WILL ALSO BE SPORTS COMPETITIONS, FOOD-EATING CONTESTS, WET WEDNESDAYS, OBSTACLE COURSE, RELAY RACES, BARBECUES, AND MORE. GIRL SCOUTS WILL ALSO TEACH A 6-WEEK SUPER-GIRLS PROGRAM ON BULLYING AND HEALTHY EATING ON WEDNESDAYS STARTING JUNE 25. COST FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IS $30 PER WEEK, PER CHILD, THE EARLY BIRD DROP-OFF IS AN EXTRA $5 PER DAY. DAY PASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR $10 PER DAY, PER CHILD. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 365-KIDS.

 

MEMORIAL SET FOR JAQUELYN ADAMS

JAQUELYN ADAMS, AN 8 YEAR RESIDENT OF JOSHUA TREE DIED LAST FRIDAY OF UNKNOWN CAUSES, SHE WAS 12 YEARS OLD. SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER FATHER BILL ADAMS OF JOSHUA TREE BROTHER JEFFERY ADAMS, AND AUNTS STEPHANIE POPA OF JOSHUA TREE AND SUE DAWSON OF HESPERIA. A MEMORIAL WILL BE HELD AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER PARK, SATURDAY MORNING AT 11. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK IN THE NAME OF JAQUELYN ADAMS.

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