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YUCCA VALLEY CRASH MARKS 17TH MARINE KILLED ON MOTORCYCLES THIS YEAR
BEFORE YOU LEAVE, VACATION TIP FROM THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT *
TWO BLOOD DRIVES IN 29 PALMS TODAY
GARAGE BURNS IN YUCCA MESA AREA
FREE ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP FORMED AT HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER
MBTA GETS HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT
JOEL KLINK ANNOUNCES REELECTION BID FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS
FOSTER PARENT GROUP MEETS THIS EVENING *
YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB INDUCTS NEW OFFICERS
OPEN HOUSE AND AUDITIONS AT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER *
29 PALMS RECREATION PRESENTS "SHREK" AT LUCKIE PARK TONIGHT
YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION CONDUCTING FUN SWIMS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL POOL *
YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY BOOK CLUB READS "THE GRANDMOTHERS" THIS MONTH

YUCCA VALLEY CRASH MARKS 17TH MARINE KILLED ON MOTORCYCLES THIS YEAR
A MARINE KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE CRASH SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MARINE MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES TO 17 IN FISCAL 2008, TWO SHORT OF THE RECORD SET IN FISCAL 2007. STAFF SGT. JAMEY FINCH, 32, A CANVASSING RECRUITER AT MARINE CORPS RECRUITING STATION SAN DIEGO, DIED AT ABOUT 4 A.M. SUNDAY WHEN HIS MOTORCYCLE VEERED OFF THE ROAD, STRIKING A CURB AND HITTING A TREE AT ROUTE 62 AND FAIRWAY DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY. THE CRASH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. THE INCIDENT WAS ONE OF TWO ACCIDENTS THAT KILLED MARINES ON MOTORCYCLES DURING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. CPL. JASON DAVIS, 21, OF MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRIS ISLAND, DIED SATURDAY ON LADY’S ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA THE FATALITIES BRING THE NUMBER OF TOTAL PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES DEATHS IN THE MARINE CORPS SINCE OCT. 1 TO 38. THE DEATHS ARE PROMPTING MARINE OFFICIALS TO LAUNCH A DRIVING SAFETY CRACKDOWN. APRIL 25, COMMANDANT GEN. JAMES CONWAY ANNOUNCED A PLAN THAT REQUIRES MARINES WHO BUY MOTORCYCLES TO INFORM THEIR COMMANDING OFFICERS BEFORE MAKING A PURCHASE. THE CRACKDOWN ALSO EMPHASIZES MANDATORY SEATBELT USE, HOLDS MARINE LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR SAFETY AND MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS TO LEAD TO COURTS-MARTIAL. CONWAY ALSO HAS GIVEN NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS THE AUTHORITY TO DISAPPROVE LEAVE AND LIBERTY THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS IF THE NCO THINK A MARINE IS LIKELY TO PUT HIMSELF IN DANGER WHILE DRIVING.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE, VACATION TIP FROM THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT *

TWO BLOOD DRIVES IN 29 PALMS TODAY
TWO BLOOD DRIVES WILL BE HELD IN THE CITY OF 29 PALMS TODAY. THE COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK WILL HAVE ONE OF THEIR BLOODMOBILES AT THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICES ON UTAH TRAIL FROM 10 UNTIL 2 TODAY. ANOTHER BLOODMOBILE WILL BE AT THE NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AT 4920 ADOBE ROAD FROM 11 TO 3. THE COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK SERVES 6 HOSPITALS IN THE DESERT REGION. THE NEED FOR BLOOD IS URGENT AND DONORS WILL BE GIVEN INCENTIVES.

GARAGE BURNS IN YUCCA MESA AREA
A GARAGE SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE IN AN EARLY MORNING FIRE YESTERDAY. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THEY RECEIVED A CALL AT 5:22 WEDNESDAY FROM A PASSERBY WHO SAW SMOKE COMING FROM THE GARAGE IN THE 4900 BLOCK OF FAITH LANE IN THE YUCCA MESA AREA. ARRIVING FIRE FIGHTERS FOUND THE TWO LEVEL GARAGE FULLY INVOLVED. QUICK WORK BY ENGINE COMPANY 122, WITH BACK UP BY ENGINE 36 FROM JOSHUA TREE, HAD THE BLAZE OUT IN ABOUT 5 MINUTES. LOSSES WERE ESTIMATED TO BE $20,000 TO TWO VEHICLES IN THE GARAGE, ALONG WITH 60 TO $80,000 TO THE STRUCTURE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED, THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FREE ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP FORMED AT HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER
THE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER IS FORMING A FREE ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP TO HELP THOSE WITH THE DIFFICULT JOB OF PROVIDING CARE. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF SAYS THE FIRST MEETING IS TOMORROW.... THOSE CARING FOR LOVED ONES WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE KNOW THAT IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING, EXHAUSTING, AND STRESSFUL. CARE-GIVER RESPONSIBILITIES CAN RANGE FROM MAKING FINANCIAL DECISIONS TO MONITORING AND MANAGING CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR, TO HELPING THE PATIENT GET DRESSED. HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER IS OFFERING A CARE-GIVERS SUPPORT GROUP FOR THOSE WHO ARE CARING FOR LOVED ONES WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE OR DEMENTIA. HELD THE SECOND AND FOURTH FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, FROM 11 AM TO NOON IN THE HELEN GRAY EDUCATION CENTER, THE SUPPORT GROUP WILL BE MODERATED BY MARGARET HINTON, A LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER. THE SUPPORT GROUP WILL PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT, INFORMATION, RESOURCES, AND BE A SOCIAL OUTLET FOR CAREGIVERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL HINTON AT 366-6424.

MBTA GETS HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT
MBTA, THE MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY RECEIVED NOTICE WEDNESDAY THAT A GRANT APPLICATION FOR $67,865 HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE STATE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE GRANT WILL BE USED TO INSTALL REMOTE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT AT THE MBTA’S TRANSIT FACILITIES AND INSTALL SECURITY FEATURES AT ITS OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE CENTER IN JOSHUA TREE. MBTA GENERAL MANAGER JOE MEER SAID THE PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE GRANT WILL ENHANCE SECURITY FOR PATRONS OF THE MBTA WHO WILL USE THE NEW YUCCA VALLEY TRANSIT CENTER, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

JOEL KLINK ANNOUNCES REELECTION BID FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS
WITH TWO SEATS UP FOR REELECTION ON THE 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL THIS YEAR, ONE INCUMBENT HAS ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO RUN. REPORTER KARL GARDNER SAYS JOEL KLINK HOPES TO STAY ON FOR ANOTHER 4 YEAR TERM... FORMER 29 PALMS MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILMAN JOEL KLINK ANNOUNCED HIS RUN FOR RE-ELECTION. COUNCILMAN KLINK TOLD Z107.7 NEWS HE PLANS TO PULL PAPERS NEXT WEEK SEEKING A SECOND TERM ON THE COUNCIL. FIRST ELECTED IN 2004, KLINK SERVED AS MAYOR IN 2007. KLINK SAID, IF RE-ELECTED, HE PLANS TO CONTINUE THE PUSH TO ATTRACT RETAIL BUSINESS TO THE CITY, ALONG WITH WORKING WITH THE 29 PALMS BAND OF MISSION INDIANS IN THEIR EFFORTS DEVELOP THE NUWU CASINO PROJECT. KLINK ADDED HE’S VERY HAPPY TO HAVE SERVED ON THE COUNCIL, AND HOPES TO CONTINUE ON THE DAIS AND HELP 29 PALMS GROW IN THE FUTURE.

FOSTER PARENT GROUP MEETS THIS EVENING *

YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB INDUCTS NEW OFFICERS
THE ROTARY CLUB OF YUCCA VALLEY, A CLUB OF PROFESSIONALS DEDICATED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ASSISTING LOCAL CHARITIES, HAS ANNOUNCED THEIR NEW BOARD AND OFFICERS FOR 2008-2009. REPORTER DAN STORK HAS THE INDUCTEES... THE YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB SAID GOOD-BY TO PAST PRESIDENT CINDY MELLAND, AND WELCOMED INCOMING PRESIDENT GARY DAIGNEAULT, DURING THE CLUB’S ANNUAL INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS DINNER JUNE 20TH. YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR ROBERT LEONE DID THE HONORS OF SWEARING IN THE NEW LEADERSHIP. THE 2008 – 2009 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS: PRESIDENT GARY DAIGNEAULT, PRESIDENT ELECT SHANNON LUCKINO, PRESIDENT 2010 – 2011 SHELLYNIE HANN, VICE PRESIDENT KYLE HANNA, SECRETARY SHELLYNIE HANN, TREASURE ELLEN LOVELESS, YOUTH SERVICES CHAIR CYNTHIA KRAEMER, COMMUNITY SERVICES CHAIR, FRANK LUCKINO, INTERNATIONAL SERVICES CHAIR, BILL GRIMES, AND CLUB SERVICES CHAIR MARGOT STURGES. INCOMING YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY PRESIDENT GARY DAIGNEAULT SAID, "DURING HER TENURE AS PRESIDENT, CINDY MELLAND MADE SOME GREAT STRIDES HANDLING THE TILLER OF THE ROTARY SHIP. I HOPE TO KEEP THE SHIP ON THE SAME POSITIVE COURSE."

OPEN HOUSE AND AUDITIONS AT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER *

29 PALMS RECREATION PRESENTS "SHREK" AT LUCKIE PARK TONIGHT
29 PALMS RECREATION INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR A FUN OUTDOOR MOVIE EXPERIENCE TONIGHT. REPORTER CHRISTINE PROFITA TELLS US WHAT WILL BE ON THE SCREEN... WHO'S READY FOR THIRDS? IT’S SHREK THE THIRD AT TONIGHT’S SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK, ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE RACQUETBALL COURTS IN LUCKIE PARK, PUT ON BY 29 PALMS PARK AND RECREATION. THE MOVIE IS FREE AND BEGINS AT DARK. THE CITY OF 29 PALMS AND MARSHALL NETWORKING BRINGS TO SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK, WITH THIS EVENING’S SCREENING BROUGHT TO YOU BY LENOVO. AND DON’T MISS THE TREATS AT THE 29 PALMS YOUTH CLUB SNACK BAR.

YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION CONDUCTING FUN SWIMS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL POOL *

YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY BOOK CLUB READS "THE GRANDMOTHERS" THIS MONTH
THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY BOOK CLUB WILL BE MEETING LATER THIS MONTH TO DISCUSS THEIR BOOK OF THE MONTH. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF JOINS US AGAIN AND TELLS YOU WHAT TITLE TO CHECK OUT... THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY BOOK CLUB WILL MEET ON TUESDAY JULY 22 AT 6:15 IN THE LIBRARY’S MEETING ROOM. THE SELECTION FOR THIS MONTH IS THE GRANDMOTHERS BY NOBEL LAUREATE DORIS LESSING. THE BOOK CONTAINS FOUR SHORT NOVELLAS: "THE GRANDMOTHERS," "VICTORIA AND THE STAVENEYS," "THE REASON FOR IT," AND "A LOVE CHILD," WHICH HIGHLIGHT THE COMPLEXITIES OF RELATIONSHIP, LOVE, DISAPPOINTMENT AND REGRET. THE WRITING SHOWCASES HER SUPERLATIVE COMMAND OF CHARACTER AND PLACE, AS WELL AS HER "MASTERY OF ARTISTRY AND INTELLECT." COPIES OF THE BOOK MAY BE FOUND AT THE LIBRARY’S REFERENCE DESK. ALL READERS ARE WELCOME TO THE BOOK CLUB MEETING. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 228-5455.

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