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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, STORM UPDATE & 20K RAISE TO GENERAL MANAGER ON THE AGENDA
LOCALS HELPING TO SAVE WILD MUSTANGS
PORTION OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO CLOSE TO FINISH STORM REPAIRS
17 YEAR OLD WHO DIED AFTER BURGLARIZING TRAIN AT KELSO NAMED
MORONGO VALLEY PICNIC IN THE PARK PLANNED TO HONOR FIREFIGHTERS
NEW EXHIBIT OPENS TOMORROW AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY *
YUCCA VALLEY GIRL, 7, STILL COLLECTING SHOES FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED
LOCAL REALTORS PLAN ANNUAL HOE-DOWN FUND-RAISER
YUCCA VALLEY PARKS COMMITTEE TO REVIEW FINAL PARKS MASTER PLAN *
BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY LOOKS AT HOUSEKEEPING, WASTEWATER, AND PLANNING
ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP AT THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY TONIGHT *

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, STORM UPDATE & 20K RAISE TO CITY MANAGER ON THE AGENDA
USING A SPECIAL STATE GRANT PROGRAM, YOUR CHILDREN MAY SOON HAVE A SAFER ROUTE TO THEIR SCHOOLS IN THE 29 PALMS AREA. 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE TO APPROVE THE "SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT". THE STATE-FUNDED PROJECT WILL SEE INSTALLATION OF GUTTERS, SIDEWALKS, BIKE PATHS, FLASHING BEACONS AND UPGRADING TRAFFIC SIGNS AROUND OASIS AND PALM VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND 29 PALMS HIGH SCHOOL. THE COUNCIL IS ALSO EXPECTED TO GIVE CITY MANGER MICHAEL TREE A $20,000.00 A YEAR RAISE, FOLLOWING A RECENT POSITIVE EVALUATION, AND GET AN UPDATE OF CLEANUP FROM THE DEVASTATING STORM OF AUGUST 4TH. THE 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING STARTS AT 6:00 TONIGHT AT CITY HALL ON ADOBE ROAD.

LOCALS HELPING TO SAVE WILD MUSTANGS
8 LOCAL MORONGO BASIN EQUESTRIANS WILL ENTER A SPECIAL COMPETITION TO SHOWCASE THE VALUE OF THE AMERICAN MUSTANG, OR WILD HORSES. Z107-7 MANAGING EDITOR KARL GARDNER TELLS YOU HOW TO HELP TEAM MUSTANG.... AN ESTIMATED 33,000 WILD MUSTANGS ROAM BLM-MANAGED LANDS IN 10 WESTERN STATES, YET WHEN THE HERDS BECOME OVER POPULATED, OR ARE IMPACTED BY ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THE BUREAU GATHERS SOME THE MUSTANGS AND OFFERS THEM FOR ADOPTION. UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF THESE NATIONAL ICONS WON’T BE ADOPTED, AND END UP BEING SOLD FOR MEAT AND OTHER COMMERCIAL USES. TO HELP BRING AWARENESS TO THE PLIGHT OF WILD MUSTANGS, 8 MORONGO BASIN RESIDENTS WILL BE COMPETING IN THE EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER, SEPTEMBER 18TH THROUGH THE 21ST IN FORT WORTH TEXAS. PARTICIPANTS IN THE COMPETITION HAVE 99 DAYS TO "MAKEOVER" A WILD MUSTANG USING TECHNIQUES TO "GENTLE" THE ANIMAL. "WE’RE NOT BRONCO BUSTERS" SAID TEAM MEMBER JIM VERRETT. "USING TRUST, LEADERSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP TRAINING, WE MAKE THE MUSTANGS READILY ADAPTABLE", HE ADDED. CREATED BY MUSTANG HERITAGE FOUNDATION, THE GOAL OF THE MAKEOVER IS TO SHOWCASE THE VALUE OF MUSTANGS AND HELP PRESERVE THIS NATIONAL TREASURE. TEAM MUSTANG IS LOOKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT. TO DONATE, OR HELP SPONSOR TEAM MUSTANG, CALL JIM OR KELLY VERRETT AT 366-2788.

PORTION OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO CLOSE TO FINISH STORM REPAIRS
STARTING NEXT TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, FOLLOWING THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, JTNP OFFICIALS WILL IMPOSE A TWO-DAY CLOSURE TO FINISH ROAD REPAIRS NEAR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS PARK ENTRANCE. BEGINNING AT 6:00 AM TUESDAY UNTIL 6:00 AM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, CREWS WILL REPAVE A LARGE SECTION OF ROAD DEEPLY UNDERCUT BY AUGUST 4TH FLOOD WATERS. THIS CLOSURE PREVENTS ACCESS OVER THE 5-MILE ROAD SEGMENT FROM THE NORTH ENTRANCE TO THE PINTO WYE INTERSECTION. SEPTEMBER 2-3, ALL VISITORS ENTERING THE PARK FROM HIGHWAY 62 SHOULD PLAN TO ARRIVE AT THE PARK VIA THE WEST ENTRANCE ON PARK BLVD. IN JOSHUA TREE. MOST PARK ROADS AND FACILITIES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THAT WERE DAMAGED DURING THE AUGUST 4TH THUNDERSTORM ARE NOW OPEN. THE INDIAN COVE CAMPGROUND IS NOW OPEN FOR CAMPING ONCE AGAIN. WORK CREWS CONTINUE TO CLEAN UP STORM DAMAGE TO INDIVIDUAL INDIAN COVE CAMPSITES. SPOKESMAN JOE ZARI REMINDED PARK VISITORS THAT SUMMER THUNDERSTORMS, EVEN MILES AWAY, MAY RESULT IN FLASH FLOODS THAT CAN WASH OUT ROADS AND PRESENT A REAL DANGER TO PARK VISITORS. TRAVELERS SHOULD MONITOR WEATHER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION WHEN FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED. YOU MAY CALL 760-367-5500 FOR CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS IN THE PARK.

17 YEAR OLD WHO DIED AFTER BURGLARIZING TRAIN AT KELSO NAMED
A TEEN WHO ATTEMPTED TO BURGLARIZE A TRAIN SATURDAY AT THE NEARBY KELSO TRAIN STATION, WHO DIED WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE, WAS IDENTIFIED MONDAY AS A 17-YEAR-OLD PARAMOUNT BOY. OMAR BARAJAS WAS DISCOVERED IN THE DESERT ABOUT EIGHT HOURS AFTER UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD POLICE SET OUT LOOKING FOR HIM AND FOUR OTHER BURGLARS. TWO SUSPECTS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN TRYING TO STEAL TELEVISIONS FROM A STOPPED RAILCAR WERE IMMEDIATELY ARRESTED AT 2 P.M. ANOTHER TWO WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY DURING A SEARCH OF THE MOJAVE DESERT, SAID UNION PACIFIC SPOKESWOMAN ZOE RICHMOND. THEY TOLD POLICE THAT BARAJAS WAS STILL IN THE DESERT. HIS BODY WAS DISCOVERED AFTER A 45-MINUTE SEARCH. AN AUTOPSY WILL BE CONDUCTED THIS WEEK TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

MORONGO VALLEY PICNIC IN THE PARK PLANNED TO HONOR FIREFIGHTERS
CONTINUING A TRADITION STARTED AFTER HARD-WORKING FIREFIGHTERS SAVED THE COMMUNITY OF MORONGO VALLEY 3 YEARS AGO, THE THIRD ANNUAL PICNIC IN THE PARK IN BEING PLANNED. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF TELLS YOU HOW TO HELP OUT WITH THIS COMMUNITY EVENT... FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, A PICNIC IN THE PARK WILL BE HELD TO HONOR ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS IN THE MORONGO BASIN. THE PICNIC, HELD AT COVINGTON PARK IN MORONGO VALLEY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM, AND IS COMPLETELY FREE FOR EVERYONE. IN ADDITION TO FREE FOOD AND DRINKS, THERE WILL BE A PETTING ZOO AND MINIATURE HORSES. LOCAL BANDS, INCLUDING FEISTY JOE, ACES AND EIGHTS, AND DELTA BLUES TONES, WILL BE PLAYING ALL DAY, AND Z107.7’S SHERRI CARR WILL HOST A KARAOKE CONTEST. A FIREFIGHTING RELAY COMPETITION WILL PIT THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS AGAINST EACH OTHER; LAST YEAR, THE MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT WON THE TROPHY BY 1 SECOND FOR OFFICIAL BRAGGING RIGHTS. WITH AN EXPECTED CROWD OF 3,000 OR MORE, DONATIONS OF SODAS, WATER, AND OF COURSE, MONEY, ARE STILL NEEDED. DONATIONS CAN BE LEFT AT THE CIRCLE KS IN 29 PALMS, YUCCA VALLEY, AND MORONGO VALLEY. ANY MONEY LEFT OVER WILL BE DONATED TO THE FIREFIGHTERS AUXILIARY AND THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. VOLUNTEERS WILL ALSO BE NEEDED TO HELP SET UP BEFORE THE PICNIC AND CLEAN UP AFTERWARD. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MAKING A DONATION OR TO VOLUNTEER, CALL JODY GODDEN AT 366-3246.

NEW EXHIBIT OPENS TOMORROW AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY *

YUCCA VALLEY GIRL, 7, STILL COLLECTING SHOES FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED
A DETERMINED SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL COLLECTED 71 PAIRS OF SHOES AND OVER $500.00 IN CASH LAST WEEKEND FOR A TOTAL OF $1,100.00 IN DONATIONS. JENNA GRIFFIN HAS A DREAM TO GATHER NEW SHOES FOR LOCAL UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN AND COLLECTED SHOES AND MONEY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE YUCCA VALLEY WAL-MART STORE. JENNA IS HOPING TO GATHER OVER 200 PAIRS OF NEW SHOES SIZES 1 TO 7 AND WILL BE BACK AT WAL-MART THIS WEEKEND. THE SHOES WILL BE HANDED OUT TO ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN THROUGH "THE WAY STATION," A JOSHUA TREE CHURCH BASED NON-PROFIT. JENNA THANKS EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE NEW SHOES TO JENNA’S DRIVE, STOP BY YUCCA VALLEY WALMART THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BEGINNING AT 9 A.M.

LOCAL REALTORS PLAN ANNUAL HOE-DOWN FUND-RAISER
MORONGO BASIN AREA REALTORS ARE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE YEARS HOE-DOWN FUND-RAISER. REPORTER DAN STORK GETS OUT HIS SPURS... THE DESERT COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS IS HAVING ITS ANNUAL HOEDOWN ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH. PROCEEDS FROM THE $25 TICKETS WILL BENEFIT THE CHILDREN OF THE MORONGO BASIN, THROUGH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, AND THE 29 PALMS YOUTH CLUB. COME TO PIONEERTOWN BOWL AT 6 PM FOR DINNER AND DANCING, WITH ENTERTAINMENT BY LOCAL FAVORITE KRISTINA QUIGLEY. PLUS, THERE WILL BE KARAOKE, BOWLING, POOL TABLES AND RAFFLES. WEAR YOUR BEST WESTERN DUDS TO VIE FOR SELECTION AS THE BEST-DRESSED COWBOY OR COWGIRL. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS BY SEPTEMBER 15TH BY CALLING THE BOARD OF REALTORS AT 365-1145.

YUCCA VALLEY PARKS COMMITTEE TO REVIEW FINAL PARKS MASTER PLAN *

BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY LOOKS AT HOUSEKEEPING, WASTEWATER, AND PLANNING
THE BIG HORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEET IN REGULAR SESSION THIS EVENING. REPORTER KARL GARDNER TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT A BUSY AGENDA... HOUSE KEEPING ISSUES, WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT, AND DISCUSSION ON GROUND WATER PLAN, FACE THE BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD, MEETING THIS EVENING AT THE BOARD’S MEETING ROOM, 1720 NORTH CHEROKEE TRAIL IN LANDERS, STARTING AT 6. FIRST UP THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED MORONGO BASIN WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN. AFTER 3 HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS THE BOARD WILL RECEIVE INFORMATION, DISCUSS AND PROVIDE DIRECTION TO DEVELOP A GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT AND CONJUNCTIVE USE PROGRAM. DIRECTORS’ COMMENTS, PROJECT STATUES REPORTS AND REPORTS BY THE GENERAL MANAGER RAPS UP THE REMAINDER OF THE AGENDA.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP AT THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY TONIGHT *

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