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PROPANE TRUCK FIRE CLOSES S.R. 62 ON THE MORONGO GRADE

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

29 PALMS TO REVIEW PLANS FOR HISTORIC PLAZA *

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TO LOOK AT SONIC DRIVE-THRU TONIGHT

BLOOD DRIVE AT VON’S CENTER IN YUCCA VALLEY TODAY *

RED CROSS OFFERS BABY-SITTER TRAINING MONDAY AND TUESDAY *

VISITORS INVITED TO “EXPLORE 29 PALMS”

JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER MEETS TOMORROW MORNING *

YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER AT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER TONIGHT *

DESERT ARC OFFERS SERVICES BY DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

“THE IMAGINARY CUCKOLD” AT THE PLAYHOUSE THIS WEEKEND *

“BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER” OPENS AT THEATER 29 *

29 PALMS RESIDENT ON SCI-FI CHANNEL SHOW TOMORROW

MORONGO VALLEY ART COLONY PUTS OUT CALL FOR ARTISTS

3 OUT OF 5 HI-DESERT STORM TEAMS MAKE PLAYOFFS *

TENNIS FOR TURKEYS IN JOSHUA TREE *

 

PROPANE TRUCK FIRE CLOSES S.R. 62 ON THE MORONGO GRADE
A PROPANE TRUCK FIRE ON THE MORONGO GRADE ON STATE ROUTE 62 STOPPED TRAFFIC IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR ABOUT AN HOUR YESTERDAY. EASTBOUND LANES WERE CLOSED AT PIERSON AND WESTBOUND LANES AT HESS IN MORONGO VALLEY ABOUT 11 A.M. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION DIVISION CHIEF MIKE RITCHEY SAID A FERRELLGAS PROPANE TRUCK WENT OVER THE EASTBOUND EMBANKMENT AND BURST INTO FLAMES. RITCHEY SAID THE TRUCK STARTED TO OVERHEAT AS IT HEADED UP THE GRADE, THE DRIVER THOUGHT THERE WAS FIRE COMING INTO THE CABIN. “THE DRIVER PULLED OVER, SET THE BRAKE, GOT THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER OUT, BUT HE WASN'T ABLE TO PUT THE FIRE OUT,” RITCHEY SAID. THE VEHICLE'S BRAKE LINES BURNED UP, AND THE BIG RIG ROLLED BACKWARD ON FIRE ABOUT 100 FEET ACROSS THE LANES AND OVER THE SHOULDER INTO A DITCH. THE TRUCK CARRIED A 220-GALLON PROPANE TANK, BUT MOST OF THE FUEL HAD ALREADY BEEN DELIVERED. WHEN IT ROLLED, THE VAPOR PRESSURE WAS RELEASED, FULLY ENGULFING THE TRUCK AND STARTING A QUARTER-ACRE BRUSH FIRE, RITCHEY SAID. THE FIRE BROKE OUT AT 11:01 A.M., WAS CONTAINED BY 11:30 A.M. AND WAS OUT BY NOON. BACKED-UP TRAFFIC HEADING UP THE GRADE BLOCKED SOME EMERGENCY VEHICLES FROM COMING UP THE GRADE.

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEET IN REGULAR SESSION TONIGHT. AMONG ITEMS OF INTEREST IS A CHANGE OF CREDENTIALING REQUIREMENTS FOR COACHES... REPORTER DAN STORK CHECKS THE SCHOOL BOARDS AGENDA ----
THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION AT OASIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH.  IN THE CLOSED SESSION THAT STARTS AT 6:20 PM THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER SOME RE-ENTRIES, EXPULSIONS, AND REVOCATIONS, AND ONGOING BARGAINING WITH THE MORONGO TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION.  THE 7 PM OPEN SESSION BEGINS WITH A PERFORMANCE BY OASIS ELEMENTARY’S CHOIR AND HAND BELL CHOIR.  ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT TOM BAUMGARTEN WILL THEN PRESENT THE SINGLE PLANS FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.  NEXT WILL BE OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, AND REGULAR REPORTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS, EMPLOYEE AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE MARINE LIAISON, AND A ROUTINE CONSENT.  THE ACTION AGENDA INCLUDES A CHANGE IN CREDENTIALING RULES FOR ATHLETIC COACHES, A CREDENTIALING WAIVER REQUEST FOR A PHYS ED TEACHER AT YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY, THE APPROVAL OF THE SINGLE PLANS FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT FROM ALL SCHOOLS, AND EXIT EXAM WAIVER REQUESTS FOR CERTAIN SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS.

29 PALMS TO REVIEW PLANS FOR HISTORIC PLAZA *

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TO LOOK AT SONIC DRIVE-THRU TONIGHT
THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF SAYS ADJUSTMENTS TO THE SONIC DRIVE-THRU ARE UP FOR DISCUSSION ----
THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET AT 7 PM TONIGHT IN THE YUCCA ROOM OF THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER.  THE COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON MODIFYING THE LANGUAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT CODE CONCERNING DRIVE-THROUGH LANES AT RESTAURANTS. IT WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE A SITE PLAN REVIEW FOR A SHOPPING CENTER AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF HANFORD AVENUE AND 29 PALMS HWY. REPORTING FOR Z107.7, THIS IS ASSIGNMENT REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF.

BLOOD DRIVE AT VON’S CENTER IN YUCCA VALLEY TODAY *

RED CROSS OFFERS BABY-SITTER TRAINING MONDAY AND TUESDAY *

VISITORS INVITED TO “EXPLORE 29 PALMS”
THE 29 PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS INVITING AREA VISITORS TO “EXPLORE 29 PALMS” THIS SATURDAY. REPORTER KATIE ELWELL HAS MORE ON THIS UNIQUE NEW TOURIST SERVICE ----
TWENTYNINE PALMS HOLDS MANY HIDDEN TREASURES FROM PAST AND PRESENT. COME EXPLORE THEM EACH SATURDAY WITH SPECIAL GUIDES MEL BERLIN AND RAY KINSMAN. THE DUO WILL TAKE YOU ON A TOUR OF THE LOCAL CULTURAL HUBS, INCLUDING THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM, THE 29 PALMS ARTISTS GUILD ART GALLERY AND THE 29 PALMS INN. EXAMINE THE CITY’S EXTRAORDINARY MURALS WHILE TAKING IN THE SITES ON A STATE-OF-THE-ART NATURAL GAS POWERED BUS. EXPERIENCE AN OLD-WEST HOLD-UP WITH THE “GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE.” EXPLORE THE CITY’S RICH MINING AND RANCHING HISTORY.  THE WEEKLY TOUR COSTS $50 AND INCLUDES BUS FARE, LUNCH, A GUIDED TOUR AND MUSEUM ADMISSION. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AT 760.367.3445.

JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER MEETS TOMORROW MORNING *

YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER AT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER TONIGHT *

DESERT ARC OFFERS SERVICES BY DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED
THE LOCAL DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ARE OFFERING THEIR SERVICES TO AREA RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES. THE HARD WORKING MEMBERS OF DESERT ARC CAN DO A NUMBER OF JOBS FOR YOU. REPORTER DAN STORK HAS DETAILS ----
ARE YOUR WEEDS OUT OF CONTROL?  ARE CLEANING CHORES PILING UP?  OR DOES YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION NEED HELP WITH MAILING OR ASSEMBLY TASKS?  DESERTARC CAN PROVIDE TEAMS OF RELIABLE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED WORKERS TO DO THE WORK FOR YOU.  WORK CREWS ARE AVAILABLE FOR LANDSCAPING MAINTENANCE, GENERAL CLEAN-UP, AND COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL JANITORIAL CLEANING.  THERE ARE ALSO TEAMS FOR BULK MAILING, COLLATING, AND SMALL ASSEMBLY PROJECTS.  DESERTARC SAYS ITS WORKERS PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY, GUARANTEED SERVICES AT CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS.  FOR A FREE ESTIMATE, CALL 228-1860.  DESERTARC IS A NON-PROFIT AGENCY, FORMERLY THE FOUNDATION FOR THE RETARDED OF THE DESERT, THAT HAS BEEN SERVING THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED OF THE DESERT AREA FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK DONE BY DESERTARC, VISIT DESERTARC.ORG.

“THE IMAGINARY CUCKOLD” AT THE PLAYHOUSE THIS WEEKEND *

“BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER” OPENS AT THEATER 29 *

29 PALMS RESIDENT ON SCI-FI CHANNEL SHOW TOMORROW
A LOCAL ACTRESS WILL BE FEATURED IN A SOMEWHAT BIZARRE TELEVISION SHOW TOMORROW. HOALGIE FORRESTER, WIFE ON 29 PALMS PLANNING COMMISSIONER AND ARTIST CHUCK CAPLINGER, WILL BE AMONG THE CAST OF “ESTATE OF PANIC” ON THE SCI-FI CHANNEL TOMORROW. FORRESTER SAID THE SHOW WAS SHOT IN ARGENTINA. EACH WEEK, A NEW GROUP OF CONTESTANTS ENTER THE ESTATE SEARCHING FOR MONEY HIDDEN INSIDE OF BOOBY-TRAPPED ROOMS, WITH A SERIES OF FRIGHTENING SPECIAL EFFECTS INCLUDING FLOORS COVERED WITH BUGS AND COLLAPSING WALLS. CHECK LISTINGS FOR THE LOCAL AIRING OF “ESTATE OF PANIC”. ON THE SCI-FI CHANNEL.

MORONGO VALLEY ART COLONY PUTS OUT CALL FOR ARTISTS
LOCAL ARTISTS ARE BEING REMINDED IT IS TIME TO GET YOUR ART PIECES READY FOR THE BIG DECEMBER JUDGED ART SHOW IN MORONGO VALLEY. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF GETS OUT HER PALETTE KNIFE ----
MORONGO VALLEY ART COLONY, THE MORONGO BASIN’S OLDEST ART GALLERY, WILL BE HOLDING A JUDGED ART SHOW SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 FROM 9 TO 4 AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 FROM 9 TO 3. ARTISTS MUST BRING THEIR ARTWORK TO THE GALLERY ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 BETWEEN 10 AND 3 AND REMOVE IT ON THE 14TH. ADMISSION TO THE SHOW IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. THE GALLERY IS LOCATED IN COVINGTON PARK, 111-65 VALE DR IN MORONGO VALLEY. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL STEPHANIE SALTER AT 329-6812.

3 OUT OF 5 HI-DESERT STORM TEAMS MAKE PLAYOFFS *

TENNIS FOR TURKEYS IN JOSHUA TREE *

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