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JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD FOR THREATENING WIFE WITH KNIFE

SPACE SHUTTLE AND ISS IN THE DESERT SKY THIS EVENING *

SCHOOL BOARD MET LAST NIGHT

COUNTY SUPERVISORS SAY GOODBYE TO DENNIS HANSBERGER

FORMER ASSISTANT ASSESSOR TO RETURN TO COURT TODAY

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES ASK COUNTY TO DROP APPEAL

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES COMMERCIAL STRIP OVER RESIDENTS OBJECTIONS

CITY OF 29 PALMS TO UNVEIL PARKS MASTER PLAN

29 PALMS WATER BOARD MEETS, SEES PLAN FOR FIRE TO GO TO CITY

JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD LOOKS AT TWO GIFTS OF PUBLIC RESOURCES

HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD HEARS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS & HEALTHCARE TONIGHT

MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD EXPECTED TO APPROVE NEW GENERAL MANAGER CONTRACT *

COLLEGE BOARD APPROVES CHEVRON SOLAR PLAN

29 PALMS KIDS CHORUS MEETS TOMORROW *

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORS MEET TOMORROW *

"BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER" OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

PIANIST TO PERFORM AT 29 PALMS METHODIST CHURCH TONIGHT *

 

JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD FOR THREATENING WIFE WITH KNIFE
A JOSHUA TREE MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY YESTERDAY AFTER DEPUTIES SAY HE THREATENED HIS WIFE WITH A KNIFE. INVESTIGATORS SAY BRIAN WOOD WAS EMBROILED IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE AND THROWING THINGS AT HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER AT THE VERBENA APARTMENTS IN JOSHUA TREE. AS THE ARGUMENT ESCALATED THEY SAY HE HELD A KNIFE TO HER. BRIAN WOOD WAS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AND BOOKED INTO THE MORONGO BASIN JAIL.

SPACE SHUTTLE AND ISS IN THE DESERT SKY THIS EVENING *

SCHOOL BOARD MET LAST NIGHT
THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MET IN REGULAR SESSION LAST NIGHT. THE EVENING SAW A FULL HOUSE FOR ENTERTAINMENT, NOT SO MUCH WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO BUSINESS. REPORTER DAN STORK WAS THERE FOR BOTH AND HAS THIS REPORT -----
THE MEETING OF THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF AT OASIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS BEGAN WITH A PACKED HOUSE. STUDENTSí FAMILIES WERE OUT IN FORCE TO HEAR THE SCHOOLíS CHOIR AND HAND BELL CHOIR, UNDER THE RESPECTIVE DIRECTION OF OWEN WILLINGHAM AND LINDA BIRD. AFTER A RECESS FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE, A GREATLY REDUCED AUDIENCE HEARD ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT TOM BAUMGARTEN DESCRIBE THE SINGLE PLANS FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. THESE ARE STATE-REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FROM EACH SCHOOL, IN WHICH IT IS SPELLED OUT HOW STATE FUNDS WILL BE APPLIED TO LOCAL PROGRAMS. THE BOARD APPROVED THE PLANS. IT ALSO APPROVED: A RULE THAT SPECIFIES THE FIRST AID TRAINING REQUIRED OF ANY NON-PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER WHO COACHES A SPORT; A CREDENTIAL WAIVER REQUEST FOR A PHYS ED TEACHER AT YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY; AND EXIT EXAM WAIVER REQUESTS FOR CERTAIN SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES ASK COUNTY TO DROP APPEAL
SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE MARIJUANA ANTI-PROHIBITION PROJECT ON TUESDAY ASKED THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO RECONSIDER ITS OPPOSITION TO ISSUING MEDICAL MARIJUANA IDENTIFICATION CARDS TO PATIENTS. FORTY OF CALIFORNIA'S 58 COUNTIES ARE DISTRIBUTING MARIJUANA CARDS. LANNY SWERDLOW, A MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATE, HOPES THE SUPERVISORS WILL CONSIDER DROPPING A PLANNED APPEAL TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT WITH SAN DIEGO COUNTY. "WE WANT THEM TO STOP ARRESTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS AND STOP WASTING TAXPAYER'S MONEY ON FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS," SWERDLOW SAID.

FORMER ASSISTANT ASSESSOR TO RETURN TO COURT TODAY
FORMER ASSISTANT ASSESSOR ADAM ALEMAN, 25, IS SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO COURT TODAY FOR A STATUS HEARING IN HIS POLITICAL CORRUPTION CASE. ALEMAN AND HIS FORMER BOSS, ASSESSOR BILL POSTMUS, HAVE BEEN EMBROILED IN A SCANDAL SINCE A COUNTY GRAND JURY REPORT WAS RELEASED JUNE 30. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS BELIEVE ALEMAN ATTEMPTED TO MISLEAD THE GRAND JURY, ACCORDING TO COURT RECORDS UNSEALED THE NEXT DAY. ALEMAN FACES SIX FELONY COUNTS, HE FACES UP TO 18 YEARS IN STATE PRISON.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS SAY GOODBYE TO DENNIS HANSBERGER
THE COUNTY SAID GOODBYE TO OUTGOING SUPERVISOR DENNIS HANSBERGER YESTERDAY. HANSBERGER'S 20-YEAR TENURE AS ONE OF THE TOP ELECTED OFFICIALS IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY IS WINDING DOWN. ON TUESDAY, REPRESENTATIVES OF POLITICAL OFFICES - FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND AREA MAYORS - PAID TRIBUTE TO HANSBERGER'S PUBLIC SERVICE, PRESENTING RESOLUTIONS, PLAQUES AND GIFTS IN HIS HONOR. THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT A REGULAR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING THAT HAPPENED TO BE HANSBERGER'S LAST. HANSBERGER SERVED ON THE BOARD REPRESENTING YUCCA VALLEY AND MOST OF JOSHUA TREE FROM 1972 TO 1980 AND FROM 1996 UNTIL THE PRESENT. HE LOST RE-ELECTION IN JUNE. INCOMING SUPERVISOR NEIL DERRY, HANSBERGER'S REPLACEMENT, WILL BE SWORN IN DEC.1. BOARD CHAIRMAN PAUL BIANE ANNOUNCED THE COUNTY MUSEUM'S NEARLY COMPLETE HALL OF WONDERS WILL BE NAMED AFTER HANSBERGER.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES COMMERCIAL STRIP OVER RESIDENTS OBJECTIONS
THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED A COMMERCIAL STRIP CENTER LAST NIGHT, OVER RESIDENTíS OBJECTIONS. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF WAS THERE ----
DESPITE A RESIDENTíS CONCERN THAT A NEW COMMERCIAL CENTER AT HANFORD AVENUE AND 29 PALMS HIGHWAY WOULD BE BUILT DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM HER HOUSE, THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED THE CENTER WITH A FEW CONDITIONS. TENANTS OF THE CENTER WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE BY 10 PM, NO RETAIL SALES OF ALCOHOL WOULD BE ALLOWED, AND DELIVERY TRUCKS WOULD BE RESTRICTED TO CERTAIN HOURS. THE COMMISSIONERS SAID THE DEVELOPER HAD GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS TO REVISE HIS PLANS SEVERAL TIMES TO MEET THE COMMISSIONERSí REQUESTS AND CONCERNS FROM NEARBY RESIDENTS, AND THAT THEY HAD TO BALANCE THE RIGHTS OF THE COMMUNITY WITH THOSE OF THE BUILDER. IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSION APPROVED AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY DEVELOPMENT CODE THAT WOULD ALLOW BREAKS IN THE DRIVE-THROUGH LANE OF RESTAURANTS. THIS REVISION WAS AT THE REQUEST OF SONIC DRIVE-IN, WHICH IS TO BE BUILT AT THE CORNER OF BALSA AVENUE AND THE HIGHWAY, SO THAT CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE A QUICK AND EASY DRINK ORDER DONíT HAVE TO WAIT IN LINE BEHIND CUSTOMERS WHO MAY HAVE A LONG, COMPLICATED FOOD ORDER.

CITY OF 29 PALMS TO UNVEIL PARKS MASTER PLAN
THE CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMSí NEW PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY AT 6 PM. THE RECENTLY COMPLETED 52-PAGE DOCUMENT REPRESENTS THE CITYíS FIRST STRATEGIC PLAN FOR PARKS AND RECREATION, PROVIDING LONG-RANGE GUIDANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF LOCAL PARKS, FACILITIES, AND RECREATION PROGRAMS. AMONG THE ITEMS ADDRESSED IN THE PLAN ARE MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE CITYíS CURRENT PARK LAND INVENTORY, INCLUDING TWO 33-ACRE COMMUNITY PARKS, LUCKIE PARK AND KNOTT SKY PARK; SPECIAL USE AREAS SUCH AS VETERANíS PARK IN THE CIVIC CENTER AND THE BUCKLIN PARK DOWNTOWN PLAZA; AND AN UNDEVELOPED PIONEER PARK ON SULLIVAN ROAD THAT INCLUDES THE SITE OF THEATRE 29. ALSO ADDRESSED ARE PROPOSED LOCATIONS FOR FIVE FUTURE COMMUNITY PARK SITES WITHIN THE CITY, A PROPOSED INDOOR RECREATION FACILITY, AND DEVELOPMENT OF BIKEWAYS, HIKING AND EQUESTRIAN TRAILS. AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF GOALS HAS BEEN DEVELOPED FOR EXPANDED RECREATION FACILITIES, YOUTH AND ADULT PROGRAMS, ORGANIZED SPORTS, AS WELL AS OPTIONS FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS, SUCH AS THE SENIOR CENTER ON ADOBE ROAD AND COMMUNITY SERVICES BUILDING AT LUCKIE PARK.

29 PALMS WATER BOARD MEETS, SEES PLAN FOR FIRE TO GO TO CITY
THE 29 PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT. A LOOK AT THE FORMAL PLAN TO TRANSFER THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO THE CITY IS ON THE DOCKET. REPORTER KATIE ELWELL HAS MORE -----
THE 29 PALMS WATER AND FIRE DISTRICT MEETINGS FOR NOVEMBER 26 HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING. IN WATER NEWS, A PUBLIC HEARING WILL ADDRESS PROPOSED UPDATED TO THE GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN. DIRECTORS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A NITRATE INFILTRATION POLICY AND CHOOSE A CONTRACTOR FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WELL WITHIN THE CITY. IN FIRE BUSINESS, CHIEF JIM THOMPSON WILL PRESENT A REPORT ON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT COMING UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE CITY. A CLOSED SESSION WILL FOLLOW WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE WATER DISTRICT OFFICES ON HATCH ROAD AT 6.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD LOOKS AT TWO GIFTS OF PUBLIC RESOURCES
THE JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD WILL CONSIDER GIVING YOUR PUBLIC RESOURCES TO TWO NON-PROFIT AGENCIES TONIGHT. THEY WILL LOOK AT PROVIDING FREE WATER TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR A DEMONSTRATION GARDEN AT TURTLE ISLAND AS WELL AS ALLOWING THE RED CROSS TO USE THE DISTRICTíS REPAIR SHOP. THE BOARD WILL ALSO GET AN UPDATE ON ONGOING PROJECTS AND GENERAL MANGER JOE GUZZETTA WILL UPDATE THE BOARD ON THEIR WATER RECHARGE PROJECT. THAT MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 7:00 THIS EVENING AT THE JBWD OFFICES ON CHOLLITA ROAD.

MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD EXPECTED TO APPROVE NEW GENERAL MANAGER CONTRACT *

HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD HEARS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS & HEALTHCARE TONIGHT
THE HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL HOLD ITS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING FOR NOVEMBER TONIGHT AT 6 PM IN THE HELEN GRAY EDUCATION CENTER AT THE HOSPITAL. ON THE AGENDA, THE BOARD WILL RECOGNIZE THE CEO SELECTION COMMITTEE AND THE INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER LARRY MEYER. COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR WAYNE HAMILTON WILL GIVE A PRESENTATION ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND HEALTHCARE. ON THE ACTION AGENDA, THE BOARD WILL BE ASKED TO ACCEPT THE AUDITORíS REPORT, AND APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF 14 CARDIAC MONITORS FOR THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. AFTER STAFF AND ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS, THE BOARD WILL ADJOURN TO A CLOSED SESSION WHERE IT WILL DISCUSS QUALITY ASSURANCE MATTERS AND A REPORT INVOLVING TRADE SECRETS.

MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD EXPECTED TO APPROVE NEW GENERAL MANAGER CONTRACT *

COLLEGE BOARD APPROVES CHEVRON SOLAR PLAN
THE COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MET YESTERDAY TO CONSIDER A SOLAR ENERGY PROPOSAL FROM CHEVRON.... VERY BUSY REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF WAS THERE AND FILES THIS REPORT -----
SOLAR POWER WILL BE COMING TO COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE SOON. AT A SPECIAL MEETING YESTERDAY, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES GAVE CHEVRON ENERGY SOLUTIONS COMPANY THE GO-AHEAD TO CONDUCT AN ENERGY AUDIT OF THE COLLEGE AND RECOMMEND ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURES. CHIEF AMONG CHEVRONíS SUGGESTIONS IS A SHADE STRUCTURE MADE OF SOLAR PANELS FOR THE CAMPUS PARKING LOTS. CHEVRON ESTIMATES THE SOLAR SHADE STRUCTURE CAN REDUCE THE COLLEGEíS ENERGY USE BY UP TO 50 PERCENT, AND THE COLLEGE WILL QUALIFY FOR INCENTIVES VALUED AT $1.35 MILLION OVER 5 YEARS. CHEVRON GUARANTEES THAT THE ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURES WILL SAVE THE COLLEGE ENOUGH MONEY THAT IT WILL BE ABLE TO PAY CHEVRONíS FEE OF $40,000 FROM THE SAVINGS. IF NOT, CHEVRON WILL CANCEL THE PROJECT AT NO COST TO THE COLLEGE. ACCORDING TO CHEVRON, THE COLLEGE WILL NOT HAVE TO USE ANY MONEY FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO PAY FOR THE PROJECT. THE COST OF THE SOLAR SHADE STRUCTURE WILL BE PAID BY INCENTIVES AND GRANTS, TAX CREDITS, ENERGY SAVINGS, AND EXISTING BOND FUNDS APPROVED BY CALIFORNIA VOTERS.

29 PALMS KIDS CHORUS MEETS TOMORROW *

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORS MEET TOMORROW *

"BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER" OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29
THEATER 29 IS OFFERING HOT CHOCOLATE AND COOKIES FOR THIS FRIDAYíS OPENING NIGHT OF THE HILARIOUS HOLIDAY THEMED PLAY, "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER". REPORTER DAN STORK URGES THE WHOLE FAMILY TO GET TICKETS TODAY -----
THE FINAL PRODUCTION OF THE 2008 SEASON AT THEATRE 29 IS "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER". ITíS A HILARIOUS DEPICTION OF HOW A COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PAGEANT IS TAKEN OVER BY THE UNCONTROLLABLE CHILDREN FROM ONE FAMILY. ROB WANLESS DIRECTS A CAST OF 38, RANGING IN AGE FROM 4 TO 64, IN THIS ROMP BY PLAYWRIGHT BARBARA ROBINSON. THE SHOW IS COMPLETE WITH CHRISTMAS CAROLS, AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN AUDIENCE HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG. "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER" RUNS FOR FIVE WEEKENDS, FROM FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21ST THROUGH SATURDAY DECEMBER 20TH, AT THE JOHN CALVERI THEATER, 73637 SULLIVAN ROAD IN 29 PALMS. IN ADDITION TO FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING PERFORMANCES EACH WEEKEND, THERE IS ALSO A THURSDAY EVENING SHOW ON DECEMBER 4TH, AND A 2:30 MATINEE ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 13TH. ALL EVENING PERFORMANCES START AT 7 PM. REGULAR ADMISSION IS $10, $8 FOR SENIORS AND MILITARY, AND $6 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 AND OTHER STUDENTS WITH ID. GET YOUR TICKETS EITHER ONLINE AT THEATRE29.COM, OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 361-4151.

PIANIST TO PERFORM AT 29 PALMS METHODIST CHURCH TONIGHT *

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