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NUWU CASINO PROJECT DELAYED, TRIBE GIVES THREE REASONS
TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, REDEVELOPMENT, NATURAL GAS, AND SEX OFFENDERS
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY NOW OFFICIALLY BLUE
HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT WITH BOARD AND STAFF APPOINTMENTS
RED CROSS OFFERS CALIFORNIA CHILD CARE COURSE *
TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY OFFERS DOG LICENSING & VACCINATIONS TOMORROW *
SCHOOL BOARD IN STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP TONIGHT
YUCCA VALLEY SOROPTIMISTS HOST TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES TOMORROW *
JOSHUA TREE KIDS CLUB TO CELEBRATE "LIGHTS ON AFTER SCHOOL" THURSDAY *
YOUNG MARINES LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MOJAVE VIPERS
YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL BEATS DESERT MIRAGE
YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS BEATS DESERT MIRAGE *
TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS RUN TOMORROW
SERVICES SET FOR ROSE ELLS *

NUWU CASINO PROJECT DELAYED, TRIBE GIVES THREE REASONS
WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE NUWU CASINO?....IN DECEMBER 2007, THE 29 PALMS BAND OF MISSION INDIANS ANNOUNCED THEY WERE BUILDING A CASINO AND RESORT HOTEL PROJECT ON 160 ACRES OF INDIAN LAND OFF BASELINE ROAD IN THE CITY OF 29 PALMS. TRIBAL ATTORNEY GARY KOVALL AT THAT TIME SAID THE CASINO WOULD OPEN IN APRIL OF 2009. AS OF TODAY, SOME NINE MONTHS LATER, EXCEPT FOR A CEREMONIAL P.R. EVENT, NO DIRT HAS BEEN TURNED. IN AUGUST OF 2008, TRIBAL REPRESENTATIVE ROD WILSON TOLD Z107-7 NEWS THE DISCOVERY OF ENDANGERED DESERT TORTOISE HAD DELAYED THE PROJECT. HE SAID THEY WERE WAITING ON A FORMAL TORTOISE STUDY AND HABITAT CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN. WILSON SAID THAT WOULD TAKE 30-45 DAYS AND THEY HAD PUSHED THE CASINO OPENING BACK TO, QUOTE- "SOMETIME EARLY IN 09". THIS MONTH Z107-7 NEWS PLACED MANY CALLS TO WILSON TO FOLLOW-UP. WHILE THE TRIBE TOOK MESSAGES SAYING WILSON WOULD CALL BACK, HE NEVER DID, WE HAVE SINCE LEARNED THAT WILSON’S HAD LEFT THE TRIBE SEPTEMBER 30TH, SOMETHING THEY NEVER TOLD US EVEN WHILE CONTINUING TO TAKE MESSAGES. LEGAL COUNSEL GARY KOVALL ALSO SEVERED HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TRIBE AFTER 11 YEARS. FINALLY, AFTER A FLURRY OF CALLS, E-MAILS, AND CELLPHONE MESSAGES WE WERE CONTACTED YESTERDAY. THE TRIBE IS NOW BEING REPRESENTED BY STEINBECK COMMUNICATIONS, A P.R. FIRM OUT OF LAS VEGAS. PAUL SPIERS, PRESIDENT OF STEINBECK, SAID THE TRIBE IS, QUOTE, - "GOING THROUGH CHANGES IN THEIR TIMELINE". HE SAID THEY WERE "STILL GATHERING INFORMATION" AND PROMISED TO LET US KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE CASINO PROJECT WITHIN A FEW WEEKS. COINCIDENTALLY, JUST AFTER THIS STORY WAS WRITTEN YESTERDAY, 29 PALMS CITY MANAGER MICHAEL TREE SAID HE HAD JUST MET WITH TRIBAL REPRESENTATIVES AND THEY TOLD HIM THE CASINO PROJECT WAS STILL ON, BUT WAS BEING DELAYED FOR THREE REASONS; #1, THE GENERAL ECONOMY IS DOWN AND CASINOS ARE SEEING A 30-35% DECLINE IN REVENUES, #2, AS EVIDENCED BY THE LEAVING OF KOVALL AND WILSON, THE TRIBE IS GOING THROUGH A MAJOR INTERNAL REORGANIZATION, AND #3, THE TRIBE WANTS TO TAKE THEIR TIME WITH THE REQUIRED TORTOISE MITIGATION TO MAKE SURE THEY GET IT RIGHT. AS FAR AS AN EXACT TIMELINE FOR THE CASINO PROJECT, NO ONE COULD ANSWER.....STAY TUNED.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, REDEVELOPMENT, NATURAL GAS, AND SEX OFFENDERS
THE 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION TONIGHT. REPORTER KATIE ELWELL SAYS REDEVELOPMENT AWARDS, A NATURAL GAS PROGRAM, AND MORE REGULATIONS FOR SEX OFFENDERS ARE ON THE DOCKET...BUSINESSES RECOMMENDED TO RECEIVE FUNDS FROM THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY’S PROPERTY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THIS EVENING’S 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING. THE RDA WILL ALSO PROVIDE AN ANALYSIS OF THE GENERAL PLAN. COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A REPORT ON THE NATURAL GAS PROJECT AND ON NEEDED REPAIRS IN THE HANSON TRACT FROM THE AUGUST 4 STORM. FROM THE CONSENT CALENDAR, COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO PASS AN ORDINANCE FURTHER REGULATING SEX OFFENDERS. A CLOSED SESSION WILL FOLLOW TO DISCUSS PROPERTY ACQUISITION AND FOUR CASES OF POSSIBLE LITIGATION. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON ADOBE ROAD AT 6.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY NOW OFFICIALLY BLUE
AFTER MONTHS OF GAINS AND A CELEBRATION PARTY LAST WEEK, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DEMOCRATS MADE IT OFFICIAL: THE COUNTY IS NOW BLUE. DEMOCRATS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2002 NOW OUTNUMBER REPUBLICANS IN THE COUNTY, GAINING A 2,876-VOTER ADVANTAGE IN REGISTRATION FIGURES RELEASED MONDAY BY THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS. DEMOCRATS FOR MONTHS WORKED TO OVERTAKE REPUBLICANS AND CLOSED TO WITHIN 500 VOTERS EARLIER THIS YEAR BEFORE A REPUBLICAN SURGE IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER PUT THE GOP BACK UP BY 3,600. NOW, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY OFFICIALLY HAS 314,452 REGISTERED DEMOCRATS AND 311,576 REGISTERED REPUBLICANS, ACCORDING TO THE NEW FIGURES. THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY NUMBERS ARE LARGELY SYMBOLIC, PARTICULARLY IN A COUNTY WHERE A MAJORITY OF ELECTED LEADERS REMAIN REPUBLICAN.

HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT WITH BOARD AND STAFF APPOINTMENTS
THE HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN REGULAR SESSION. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT THE HOSPITALS BOARD’S AGENDA... THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WILL MEET AT 6 PM TONIGHT AT THE HELEN GRAY EDUCATION CENTER AT THE HOSPITAL. THE BOARD WILL RECOGNIZE THE AUXILIARY FOR ITS FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MEDICAL CENTER. ON THE AGENDA ARE APPOINTMENTS AND REAPPOINTMENTS OF MEDICAL STAFF, AND REVISIONS TO HOSPITAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. THE BOARD WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD REQUEST THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPOINT THE THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE FILED DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY TO FILL THE TERMS ENDING IN 2012. THE ONLY ITEMS ON THE ACTION AGENDA ARE A ROUTINE HOUSEKEEPING MATTERS. NEXT, THE BOARD WILL BE GIVEN AN UPDATE ON THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FOLLOWED BY ADMINISTRATIVE, FINANCIAL, AND MARKETING REPORTS. THEN THE BOARD WILL GO INTO CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS A REPORT INVOLVING QUALITY ASSURANCE, HEALTH AND SAFETY CODES, AND REVIEW THE CEO CANDIDATES.

RED CROSS OFFERS CALIFORNIA CHILD CARE COURSE *

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY OFFERS DOG LICENSING & VACCINATIONS TOMORROW *

SCHOOL BOARD IN STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP TONIGHT
THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEETS IN SPECIAL SESSION THIS EVENING. REPORTER DAN STORK SAYS THEY WILL BE DOING STRATEGIC PLANNING... THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS IN SPECIAL SESSION ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 14TH. A STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP IS THE ONLY ITEM ON THE AGENDA. ACCORDING TO BOARD PRESIDENT ED WILL, THE PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP IS TO CHECK GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, AND REALIGN PRIORITIES WHERE APPROPRIATE. THE MEETING STARTS AT 6 PM, AT MORONGO BASIN ADULT HEALTH SERVICES, 57121 SUNNYSLOPE DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY, AND IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

YUCCA VALLEY SOROPTIMISTS HOST TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES TOMORROW *

JOSHUA TREE KIDS CLUB TO CELEBRATE "LIGHTS ON AFTER SCHOOL" THURSDAY *

YOUNG MARINES LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MOJAVE VIPERS
THE YOUNG MARINES, AKA THE MOJAVE VIPERS, ARE LOOKING FOR W FEW GOOD YOUNG PEOPLE. REPORTER KARL GARDNER HAS MORE ON THIS UNIQUE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM BEING OFFERED RIGHT HERE... A YOUNG MARINES PROGRAM DUBBED MOJAVE VIPERS IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD KIDS. THOSE CHILDREN WHO ENTER WILL NOT BE HANDED THE TITTLE, YOUNG MARINE, IT WILL TAKE HARD WORK TO EARN IT. PARENTS, IF YOU HAVE A CHILD BETWEEN 8 YEAR OLD AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION WHO YOU THINK WOUND BE INTERESTED, MOJAVE VIPERS IS HOSTING AN ORIENTATION BRIEF SATURDAY EVENING FROM 5 TO 6 AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THIS MEETING IS JUST FOR PARENTS. MOJAVE VIPERS IS NOT A JUVENILE BOOT CAMP OR SCARED STRAIGHT PROGRAM. IF INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE PARENT MEETING, RSVP BY E-MAIL TO YMMONTAGUE@YAHOO.COM BY OCTOBER 15TH.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL BEATS DESERT MIRAGE
THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL TEAMS TRAVELED TO DESERT MIRAGE FOR A DEANZA LEAGUE MATCH ON MONDAY, WINNING THE MATCH IN 4 GAMES. VARSITY COACH PAM NAYLOR SAID LEADING THE LADY TROJANS WERE ALI RATKOWIAK WITH 7 KILLS AND 13/13 AT THE SERVICE LINE WITH 3 ACES, SUZANNE CHAMBLESS 5 KILLS AND 14/16 AT THE SERVICE LINE, ERICA HALL 18/19 AT THE SERVICE LINE AND 22 DEFENSIVE DIGS, LIZ SLAUGHTER WITH 5 KILLS AND 12/12 AT THE SERVICE LINE WITH 4 ACES AND ERICA HALL 18/19 AT THE SERVICE LINE WITH 4 ACES AND 22 DEFENSIVE DIGS. REBECCA JENNINGS ADDED 22 ASSISTS. THE LADY TROJANS WILL FACE BIG BEAR ON WEDNESDAY AT HOME. GAME TIME IS 3:15 FOR JV WITH VARSITY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING. THE JUNIOR VARSITY ALSO DEFEATED DESERT MIRAGE.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS BEATS DESERT MIRAGE *

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY TEAMS RUN TOMORROW
BOTH THE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL WILDCAT AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TROJAN CROSS COUNTY TEAMS HIT TRAILS AT THE DE ANZA LEAGUE MEET NUMBER 2, TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT 29 PALMS HIGH SCHOOL, STARTING AT 3:15. AND THE TROJAN TENNIS AND VOLLEYBALL SQUADS HOST THE BIG BEAR BEARS WEDNESDAY. TENNIS MATCHES START AT 3:15, VARSITY VOLLEYBALL AT 4:30, JUNIOR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL STARTS AT 3:15.

SERVICES SET FOR ROSE ELLS *

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