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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR 5 LOCAL PROJECTS
OVERSIZE ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE DELIVERED
HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER APPOINTS 3 CANDIDATES FOR 3 SEATS, CEO SEARCH NARROWS
MOTORCYCLE RUN THIS SUNDAY TO BENEFIT ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION OPENS SATURDAY AT JOSHUA TREE CULTURAL CENTER
JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD IN WORKSHOP TOUR THIS EVENING
HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT IN WASTEWATER WORKSHOP THIS EVENING *
MBTA BOARD HEARS TAXIS ASK FOR MORE TIME FOR METERS *
WONDER VALLEY ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETS TOMORROW *
COPPER MOUNTAIN BOARD TO DISCUSS NAMING COLLEGE FACILITIES
HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT O BE AT PGA WEST COURSE *
29 PALMS KIDS CHORUS STARTS UP AGAIN TOMORROW AFTERNOON *
CRASH AND SMALL FIRE KEEP FIREFIGHTERS BUSY

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR 5 LOCAL PROJECTS
THE 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION LAST NIGHT. REDEVELOPMENT AWARDS AND ADOBE ROAD DRAINAGE WERE 2 OF THE ORDERS OF THE DAY. REPORTER KATIE ELWELL ATTENDED THE MEETING AND FILES THIS REPORT... FIVE 29 PALMS BUSINESSES WILL BE GOING AHEAD WITH PROJECTS PARTIALLY FUNDED BY THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOLLOWING TUESDAY’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING. COUNCIL MEMBERS URGED STAFF TO MOVE FORWARD WITH PROJECTS AT THE JELLY DONUT, 29 RESTAURANT AND BAR, A COMMERCIAL PARK, CIRCLE C LODGE AND A PROJECT AT 6259 ADOBE ROAD. SEVERAL OTHER PROJECTS ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR FUTURE FUNDING. MAYOR PRO TEM STEPHEN SPEAR SUGGESTED REEVALUATING PROJECT PHOENIX, WHICH DESIGNATES $1.3 MILLION TO A CURB, GUTTER, SIDEWALK AND PARKING LOT PROJECT, AND USING THOSE FUNDS FOR RDA PROJECTS INSTEAD. THE ISSUE WILL RETURN TO THE COUNCIL AT A FUTURE MEETING. COUNCIL MEMBERS ALSO SUGGESTED MOVING FORWARD WITH A PLAN TO IMPROVE ADOBE ROAD AND PLACE FOUR DRY WELLS AT THE LOCATION OF FLOODING DURING THE RECENT AUGUST 4 STORM. THE WELLS WOULD HELP DRAIN WATER FROM THE ROAD DURING FLOODS AND PUT IT BACK INTO THE AQUIFERS. STAFF WILL ALSO MOVE FORWARD WITH A PROJECT AIMED AT BRINGING NATURAL GAS PIPELINES TO THE INDIAN COVE AREA AND HIRE A PARALEGAL TO HELP CONTACT CURRENT INDIAN COVE HOMEOWNERS ABOUT THE PROJECT. COUNCIL MEMBERS APPROVED THE $10,000 PURCHASE OF A VACANT LOT ON HWY-62 AND LEE DRIVE. AN ANALYSIS OF THE CITY’S GENERAL PLAN WAS MOVED TO A FUTURE DATE.

OVERSIZE ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE DELIVERED
COUNTY ELECTION AND POSTAL OFFICIALS SAY ALL ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED IN FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH ELECTION WILL BE DELIVERED AND COUNTED, EVEN WITH INSUFFICIENT POSTAGE, AS LONG AS THEY ARE MAILED IN TIME. THE ABSENTEE ELECTION MATERIALS MAILED TO VOTERS SAY THAT 59 CENTS POSTAGE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE BALLOT, WHICH IS HEAVIER THAN USUAL DUE TO A LARGE NUMBER OF RACES AND MEASURES. THE POSTAL SERVICE SAYS THE PROBLEM IS BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE BALLOTS ARE FOLDED. IF EACH PAGE IS FOLDED SEPARATELY, AS DELIVERED, THE 59 CENTS RATE WILL COVER IT BUT IF THEY ARE FOLDED TOGETHER, THE BALLOTS EXCEED A QUARTER-INCH THICKNESS AND ARE CONSIDERED OVERSIZE MAIL THAT IS CHARGED $1. COUNTY REGISTRAR KARI VERJLL SAID HER OFFICE PROVIDED THE BALLOT TO THE POST OFFICE IN ADVANCE TO WEIGH AND DETERMINE THE PROPER POSTAGE. SHE SAID UNDER AN AGREEMENT WITH THE POSTAL SERVICE, ALL BALLOTS WITH MISSING OR INSUFFICIENT POSTAGE WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE IN ANY CASE. ABSENTEE BALLOTS CAN BE ALSO DROPPED OFF AT THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE IN SAN BERNARDINO ANY WEEKDAY FROM 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. OR ON THE TWO SATURDAYS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. BALLOTS CAN ALSO BE DROPPED OFF AT ANY POLLING PLACES ON ELECTION DAY OR EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE OR POLLING PLACE NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 4TH, ELECTION DAY.

HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER APPOINTS 3 CANDIDATES FOR 3 SEATS, CEO SEARCH NARROWS
HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER APPOINTED 3 DIRECTORS LAST NIGHT. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF WAS AT THE HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT AND FILES THIS REPORT... THE HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WILL AVOID THE EXPENSE OF AN ELECTION TO FILL 3 SEATS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THIS NOVEMBER 4. SINCE ONLY 3 PEOPLE FILED THE NECESSARY PAPERS TO RUN FOR THE 3 OPEN SEATS ON THE BOARD, AN ELECTION IS UNNECESSARY. AT LAST NIGHT’S MEETING, THE HOSPITAL’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVED A RESOLUTION ASKING THE SAN BERNARDINO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO APPOINT THE THREE CANDIDATES TO FILL THE 3 POSITIONS. PAUL HOFFMAN, A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WILL BE JOINED BY DENNIS WILCOX, A DOCTOR AT THE HOSPITAL, AND YUCCA VALLEY REALTOR PATRICIA COOPER, WHO WILL REPLACE INCUMBENT ELLIN LOVELESS, WHO DID NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION, AND RUTH CRITES, WHO WAS APPOINTED TO COMPLETE THE TERM OF HER SON ADAM CRITES WHO DIED EARLIER THIS YEAR. IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE BOARD WAS GIVEN AN UPDATE ON THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE HOSPITAL. THE HOSPITAL HOPES THAT THE NEW CEO WILL BE IN PLACE BY EARLY NOVEMBER. THE BOARD THEN WENT INTO CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS QUALITY ASSURANCE MATTERS, POSSIBLE SERVICES RELEVANT TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE, AND A REVIEW OF THE CEO CANDIDATES.

 MOTORCYCLE RUN THIS SUNDAY TO BENEFIT ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS *

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION OPENS SATURDAY AT JOSHUA TREE CULTURAL CENTER *JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD IN WORKSHOP TOUR THIS EVENING
THE JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD WILL TOUR THEIR ON WORKSHOP TONIGHT. REPORTER KARL GARDNER CHECKS THE AGENDA... A TOUR OF JOSHUA BASIN WATER’S WORKSHOP, KICKS OFF THIS EVENING’S BOARD MEETING, BEING HELD AT THE WORKSHOP, 6258 PARK BOULEVARD, JUST NORTH OF DISTRICT OFFICES STARTING AT 7. ITEMS ON INTEREST ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE AN AMENDMENT TO THE ‘H’ ZONE PIPELINE REIMBURSEMENT POLICY, ADOPTING AN IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION PROGRAM, AND A RESOLUTION AMENDING RULES FOR REMOTE METERING. A CLOSED SESSION FOLLOWS TO CONDUCT LABOR NEGOTIATIONS.

HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT IN WASTEWATER WORKSHOP THIS EVENING *

MBTA BOARD HEARS TAXIS ASK FOR MORE TIME FOR METERS *

WONDER VALLEY ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETS TOMORROW *

COPPER MOUNTAIN BOARD TO DISCUSS NAMING COLLEGE FACILITIES
THE COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION TOMORROW AFTERNOON. NAMING BUILDINGS AND ADOPTING A CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODE IS INCLUDED IN THE AGENDA. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF CHECKS CLOSER... THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ WILL BE HELD AT 3:30 ON THURSDAY IN CLASSROOM 11 AT THE COLLEGE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN REPORTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF, EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATIVES, AND STUDENTS. ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, THE BOARD WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE ROUTINE MATTERS CONCERNING COURSE CURRICULUM, PAYROLL, AND EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENTS. AMONG THE ITEMS ON THE ACTION AGENDA, THE BOARD BE ASKED TO APPROVE A POLICY CONCERNING THE NAMING OF BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES ON THE COLLEGE CAMPUS, REVIEW A CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODE, ACCEPT THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL AND BUDGET REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007-08, AND APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE.

HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT O BE AT PGA WEST COURSE *

29 PALMS KIDS CHORUS STARTS UP AGAIN TOMORROW AFTERNOON *

CRASH AND SMALL FIRE KEEP FIREFIGHTERS BUSY
AREA FIREFIGHTERS WERE KEPT BUSY YESTERDAY. IN 29 PALMS, A MAN TRYING TO AVOID HITTING A CAR CROSSING THE HIGHWAY CAUSED HIM TO RUN HIS CAR INTO A WALL. 29 PALMS FIRE OFFICIALS SAID THAT AROUND 5 A MAN DRIVING ALONG HIGHWAY 62 NEAR DESERT QUEEN LOST CONTROL AND RAN INTO A SMALL RETAINING WALL AFTER SOMEONE PULLED OUT ON THE ROADWAY WITHOUT LOOKING. IT WAS A CLOSE CALL FOR TWO OTHER CARS WHO HAD TO SWERVE WIDELY TO AVOID THE OUT OF CONTROL CAR. DAMAGE TO THE WALL AND A SIGN AT THE AM-PM MINI-MART WAS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $10,000. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. IN YUCCA VALLEY, A SMOKE ALARM HAS BEEN CREDITED IN SAVING A FAMILY’S APARTMENT. COUNTY FIRE OFFICIALS SAID THAT A CANDLE LEFT BURNING CAUGHT NEARBY CURTAINS ON FIRE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING AT THE MOHAWK APARTMENTS. A BLARING SMOKE ALARM ALERTED THE RESIDENTS WHO GOT OUT SAFELY. ARRIVING FIREFIGHTERS KNOCKED DOWN THE FLAMES IN SECONDS. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

 

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