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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGER OFFERS SAFETY TIPS IN CASE OF FLASH FLOODING
BUDGET, HUNDREDS OF BILLS AWAIT STATE LEGISLATORS
SOME COUNTY EMPLOYEES WANT A NEW UNION
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL LEADS TO JOSHUA TREE DRUG ARREST
COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MAY EXPAND NURSING PROGRAM CALLED "WILDLY SUCCESSFUL"
RED CROSS OFFERING FIRST AID/AED CLASSES *
SUMMER READING PROGRAM ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY
TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES REMINDED THEY NEED A PHYSICAL *

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGER OFFERS SAFETY TIPS IN CASE OF FLASH FLOODING
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE MORONGO BASIN. A WATCH MEANS FLOODS ARE POSSIBLE, A WARNING MEANS THEY ARE IMMINENT. POP-UP STORMS COULD BRING OCCASIONAL HEAVY RAINS TO THE AREA OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. STAY TUNED TO Z107-7 FOR SPECIFIC WEATHER WARNINGS AND INFORMATION. JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGER CINDY VON HALLE HAS THESE TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOU SAFE DURING THE EXPECTED RAINS... IN DESERTS, WATER IS IMPORTANT TO WILDLIFE AND HUMANS. BOTH TOO LITTLE AND TOO MUCH WATER POSES A THREAT, AND WITH THIS TIPS, YOU CAN KEEP SAFE WHEN TOO MUCH WATER CAUSES FLASH FLOODS. WHEN THE ROADS HAVE RUNNING WATER ON THEM, CHOOSE A DIFFERENT ROUTE. EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT IS DANGEROUS. STAY OFF ANY FLOODED AREAS OF THE ROAD AND PAY ATTENTION TO WARNING SIGNS. LOCAL RADIO STATIONS AND THE NOAA WEATHER STATION WILL ALSO HELP KEEP YOU INFORMED. MOVING TO HIGHER GROUND IS KEY. DON’T RELY ON OFFICIAL WARNINGS BEFORE THE FLOOD. ANTICIPATE FLOODING AND MOVE UP QUICKLY. IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. PREPARING IN ADVANCE BY KNOWING THE SIGNS OF FLOODING IS ALSO IMPORTANT. UNUSUALLY HARD RAIN FOR SEVERAL HOURS OR STEADY RAIN OVER SEVERAL DAYS WILL PROMPT FLASH FLOODS. OUT IN OUR DESERT, IF DRIED UP LAKES OR RIVER BEDS BEGIN TO FILL, THIS IS ALSO A SIGN THAT FLOOD MAY SOON OCCUR. RAIN IS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL LIVING THINGS, BUT SO IS SAFETY. WITH THESE SAFETY TIPS, YOU CAN BE PREPARED.

BUDGET, HUNDREDS OF BILLS AWAIT STATE LEGISLATORS *

SOME COUNTY EMPLOYEES WANT A NEW UNION
THERE IS A BIT OF A MUTINY BREWING AMONG EMPLOYEES OF THE COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AND THEIR UNION. ONLY HALF OF COUNTY EMPLOYEES HAVE AGREED TO NEW CONTRACTS AND THE OTHERS ARE QUESTIONING THE AGREEMENT REACHED BY THEIR UNION REPRESENTATIVES. Z107-7 MANAGING EDITOR KARL GARDNER FILES THIS SPECIAL FEATURE STORY... SOME COUNTY UNION MEMBERS ARE CALLING TO DISENFRANCHISE THE SAN BERNARDINO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES UNION, AND VOTE FOR A QUOTE "REAL UNION". SOURCES CLOSE TO THE ISSUE SAY THAT THOUSANDS OF COUNTY EMPLOYEES ARE UNHAPPY WITH THEIR CONTRACT THAT CREATES A 2 TIER STANDARD, CHANGES RETIREMENT PROGRAMS AND INCREASES OUTLAY FOR MEDICAL AND DENTAL COVERAGE. THIS SHIFT TO A 2 TIER SYSTEM SOME SAY, FAVORS EMPLOYEES WITH MORE THAN 15 YEARS SERVICE. SOURCES SAY THAT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT IN STRICT SECRECY AND WAS RUSHED TO A VOTE BEFORE MEMBERS COULD DIGEST ITS CONTENTS. THE 4 UNITS THAT DID APPROVE THE CONTRACT, WERE IN SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATION, EMPLOYEES THAT TEND TO HAVE MORE THAN 15 YEARS WITH THE COUNTY. SOURCES SAY THAT BREAKING UP EMPLOYEES INTO WORK UNITS WAS THE ONLY WAY THE COUNTY COULD GET PASSAGE, AND WENT ON TO POINT OUT, IF YOU ADD UP THE INDIVIDUAL VOTES, THE MAJORITY VOTED NO.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL LEADS TO JOSHUA TREE DRUG ARREST
A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL IN JOSHUA TREE THURSDAY, LED TO THE ARREST OF A 58-YEAR-OLD WOMAN ON SUSPICION OF POSSESSING ILLEGAL DRUGS. DEPUTY ERIK SMOOT SAID HE RESPONDED AT 5:58 P.M. TO THE 62000 BLOCK OF SUNBURST CIRCLE. DURING THEIR INVESTIGATION, HE FOUND 58-YEAR-OLD SANDRA MOON-LOPEZ UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SUSPECTED METHAMPHETAMINE. SHE WAS FOUND TO IN POSSESSION OF THE DRUG AND RELATED PARAPHERNALIA. SANDRA MOON-LOPEZ WAS BOOKED INTO THE MORONGO BASIN JAIL FOR INVESTIGATION OF POSSESSING METHAMPHETAMINE. SHE WAS BEING HELD ON $10,000 BAIL.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MAY EXPAND NURSING PROGRAM CALLED "WILDLY SUCCESSFUL"
WITH THEIR NURSING PROGRAM BEING DESCRIBED AS "WILDLY SUCCESSFUL", COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE IS LOOKING TO EXPAND IT. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF HAS MORE FROM THURSDAYS COLLEGE BOARD MEETING... AT THE JULY 31 BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE, THE COLLEGE’S DIRECTOR OF NURSING LESLIE MOODY TOLD THE BOARD THAT THE COLLEGE’S REGISTERED NURSING PROGRAM IS WILDLY SUCCESSFUL. THERE IS A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF NURSES, AND REGISTERED NURSING PROGRAMS ARE EXPERIENCING HIGH DEMAND FOR STUDENT SLOTS. THE COLLEGE HAS DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IT CAN TAKE EACH SEMESTER IN ITS REGISTERED NURSING PROGRAM, AND COULD TAKE EVEN MORE, BUT THERE’S ONE PROBLEM—THERE’S LIMITED ROOM IN THE NEARBY HOSPITALS AND CLINICS FOR THE STUDENTS TO DO THEIR CLINICAL TRAINING. THE HOSPITALS AND CLINICS CAN TAKE ONLY SO MANY STUDENTS AND NO MORE. ACCORDING TO MOODY, BARSTOW COMMUNITY COLLEGE WANTS TO START ITS OWN REGISTERED NURSING PROGRAM, A COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT AFFAIR. BARSTOW COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS APPROACHED COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ABOUT SPONSORING A REGISTERED NURSING PROGRAM AT BARSTOW. SIX STUDENT NURSES WOULD COME TO COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ONCE A WEEK FOR THEORY CLASSES, AND EVERY THREE WEEKS FOR SKILLS PRACTICUM. BARSTOW COMMUNITY COLLEGE WOULD PAY THE COSTS OF THE PROGRAM ON BOTH BARSTOW’S AND COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE’S CAMPUS. THE PROBLEM WITH THE SHORTAGE OF STUDENT NURSING SPOTS IN CLINICS WOULD BE ALLEVIATED BY SENDING THE NURSES TO DO THEIR CLINICAL TRAINING IN THE VICTORVILLE AREA. MOODY TOLD THE BOARD, THAT WHILE STARTING A NEW PROGRAM WOULD BE A LOT OF WORK, IT WOULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP ANOTHER COLLEGE. SINCE THE ISSUE WAS NOT ON THE AGENDA, THE BOARD TOOK NO ACTION.

RED CROSS OFFERING FIRST AID/AED CLASSES *

SUMMER READING PROGRAM ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY
THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM CONTINUES THIS WEEK AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY. REPORTER DAN STORK TELLS US WHAT SPECIAL PROGRAMS ARE BEING OFFERED… THE SUMMER READING PROGRAMS OF THE JOSHUA TREE BRANCH LIBRARY COMES TO AN END THIS WEEK, WITH 2 CELEBRATIONS THAT WILL FEATURE PRESENTATION OF AWARDS, AND REFRESHMENT. THE METAMORPHOSIS SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG ADULTS, AGES 13 AND OVER, WINDS UP ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6TH. ON THE FOLLOWING DAY, THURSDAY AUGUST 7TH, THE "CATCH THE READING BUG! " FOR YOUNGER READERS COMES TO AN END. BOTH PROGRAMS START AT 11 AM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 366-8615.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES REMINDED THEY NEED A PHYSICAL *

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