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THANKSGIVING DAY FIRE HELD TO 40% DAMAGE TO YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE

SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER DAMAGES YUCCA VALLEY POST OFFICE BOXES

MAJOR INJURIES IN CRASH EAST OF 29 PALMS

LOCAL RED CROSS LOOKING FOR DISASTER VOLUNTEERS

MEETING ON MARINE BASE EXPANSION IN 29 PALMS WEDNESDAY

A DICKENS OF A TEA AT HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SUNDAY

"COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR" IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW MORNING *

COUNTY FIRE SAYS HAVE A SAFE WARM WINTER *

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY ACCEPTING BLOCK GRANT APPLICATIONS

MEALS FOR SHUT-INS FROM TLC

THIS WEEKEND’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RESULTS

 

THANKSGIVING DAY FIRE HELD TO 40% DAMAGE TO YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE
FAST WORK BY COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS OUT OF YUCCA VALLEY KEPT DAMAGE TO A YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE TO THE 40% THAT HAD BEEN DESTROYED WHEN THEY ARRIVED. BATTALION CHIEF DAN MUNSEY SAID COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS ASSISTED BY CDF RESPONDED TO A RESIDENCE STRUCTURE FIRE IN THE 1400 BLOCK OF BURNING TREE IN LANDERS AT 2:16 THANKSGIVING DAY. THEY ARRIVED TO FIND NEIGHBORS WITH GARDEN HOSES WORKING HARD TO KEEP THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL AND FROM SPREADING TO NEARBY BRUSH. 40% OF THE HOUSE WAS INVOLVED IN FLAMES AND A FAST ENTRY AND KNOCKDOWN KEPT IT FROM SPREADING. DURING THE FIRE LIVE POWER LINES DROPPED DOWN ONTO THE CHAIN LINK FENCE AND ENERGIZED IT, MAKING FIRE SUPPRESSION EFFORTS DIFFICULT. THE OWNERS OF THE HOME WERE NOT HOME AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED MUNSEY ESTIMATED DAMAGES FROM THE FIRE COULD EXCEED $250,000.00.

SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER DAMAGES YUCCA VALLEY POST OFFICE BOXES
A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER TOOK OUT COLLECTION BOXES AND THE FLAGPOLE AT THE YUCCA VALLEY POST OFFICE SATURDAY AFTERNOON. SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES SAY WITNESSES TOLD THEM, BRIAN LANG, 47, OF YUCCA VALLEY LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE HE WAS DRIVING AT THE INTERSECTION OF YUCCA TRAIL AND JOSHUA LN AT 4:05. LANG DROVE INTO TWO POSTAL COLLECTION BOXES IN FRONT OF THE POST OFFICE. HE CONTINUED TO DRIVE UNTIL HIS VEHICLE COLLIDED INTO THE FLAGPOLE. LANG ATTEMPTED TO FLEE BUT A NEARBY CITIZEN STOPPED LANG FROM DRIVING AWAY UNTIL DEPUTIES ARRIVED. BRIAN LANG WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MORONGO BASIN JAIL FOR INVESTIGATION OF FELONY DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.

MAJOR INJURIES IN CRASH EAST OF 29 PALMS
A 71-YEAR OLD LAKE HAVASU WOMAN SUSTAINED MAJOR INJURIES IN A SINGLE CAR CRASH EAST OF 29 PALMS SUNDAY. CHP INVESTIGATORS SAY NORMA JOZSA WAS DRIVING EASTBOUND ON STATE ROUTE 62 JUST EAST OF IRONAGE RD WHEN SHE ALLOWED HER VEHICLE TO DRIFT ONTO THE SHOULDER. SHE OVERCORRECTED TO THE RIGHT, CAUSING HER 2004 BUICK TO GO OUT OF CONTROL. THE CAR LEFT THE ROAD, ROLLED OVER AND THE ROLLED DOWN A 50 FOOT EMBANKMENT TO THE SOUTH OF THE ROAD. SHE WAS TAKEN BY CHP HELICOPTER TO DESERT HOSPITAL IN PALM SPRINGS.

LOCAL RED CROSS LOOKING FOR DISASTER VOLUNTEERS
DID YOU KNOW YOUR OWN LOCAL RED CROSS TRAINS VOLUNTEERS WHO GO ALL OVER THE COUNTRY LENDING A HAND WHEN DISASTER STRIKES. REPORTER DAN STORK TELLS YOU HOW TO GET THE TRAINING TO BE PART OF THE MORONGO BASIN RED CROSS TEAM ------
THE MORONGO BASIN CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS HAS SENT VOLUNTEERS, WHEN REQUESTED, TO HELP IN THE AFTERMATH OF DISASTERS NEAR AND FAR. THIS YEAR ALONE, THE CHAPTER HAS RESPONDED WITH EVACUATION SERVICES AND HOUSING FOR SENIORS DISPOSSESSED BY THE FREAK SUMMER STORM IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, AS WELL AS WITH A VOLUNTEER, TIM LIDDELL, WHO SPENT 3 WEEKS AT GALVESTON ISLAND IN TEXAS AFTER HURRICANE IKE, DRIVING A TRUCK AND FEEDING STORM REFUGEES. BUT MORE PEOPLE ARE NEEDED TO FILL THE VOLUNTEERS’ RANKS, IN TWO CATEGORIES. DISASTER ACTION TEAMS (DAT) ARE 2-PERSON TEAMS THAT ARE ON-CALL LOCALLY FOR 30-DAY PERIODS, ON A ROTATING BASIS. CURRENTLY, JUST 3 PAIRS OF PEOPLE ARE FILLING THIS ROLE. THE SECOND CATEGORY IS DISASTER SERVICES HUMAN RESOURCES (DSHR) WORKERS, WHO FILL REQUESTS FOR HELP OUTSIDE THE MORONGO BASIN. DSHR VOLUNTEERS HAVE TO PASS BACKGROUND AND HEALTH CHECKS, AND RECEIVE MORE EXTENSIVE TRAINING IN AREAS SUCH AS SHELTER OPERATIONS AND DAMAGE ASSESSMENT. THESE WORKERS VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME WHEN CALLED UPON, AND THEIR TRAVEL EXPENSES ARE REIMBURSED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE TRAINING TO BE EITHER A DAT OR DSHR VOLUNTEER, CALL THE MORONGO BASIN CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AT 366-5330. CHAPTER OFFICES ARE LOCATED AT 6416 HALLEE ROAD IN JOSHUA TREE. ITS REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS ARE 9 TO 5, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. IT HAS ITS OWN WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.MORONGOBASIN-REDCROSS.ORG.

MEETING ON MARINE BASE EXPANSION IN 29 PALMS WEDNESDAY
A MEETING WITH NAVY AND MARINE OFFICIALS ON EXPANDING THE 29 PALMS MARINE CORPS BASE, POSSIBLY INTO THE JOHNSON VALLEY OFF ROAD VEHICLE AREA, IS BEING HELD THIS WEEK. THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY IS IN THE INITIAL STAGES OF PREPARING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT TO STUDY POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH A RANGE OF ALTERNATIVES FOR THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF LANDS AND ESTABLISHMENT OF SPECIAL-USE AIRSPACE BORDERING THE 29 PALMS MARINE BASE, THAT COULD INCLUDE THE JOHNSON VALLEY OFF ROAD VEHICLE AREA. AS PART OF THE PROCESS, THE MARINES WILL HOST SCOPING MEETINGS. THESE MEETINGS WILL BE IN AN OPEN HOUSE FORMAT ALLOWING INTERESTED PARTIES TO VIEW INFORMATION BOARDS AND HANDOUTS, SPEAKING TO PROJECT REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUBMIT WRITTEN AND VERBAL COMMENTS ON ISSUES AND ALTERNATIVES FOR CONSIDERATION. LOCALLY, THE NEXT MEETING IS BEING HELD WEDNESDAY EVENING FROM 5 TO 9, AT TWENTYNINE PALMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 5798 UTAH TRAIL.

A DICKENS OF A TEA AT HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SUNDAY
MAKE PLANS TODAY TO ATTEND THIS SUNDAYS ELEGANT AND HOLIDAY TEA PUT ON BY THE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF INVITES YOU TO "A DICKENS OF A TEA" SUNDAY AFTERNOON -------
THE HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION WILL CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON BY HOSTING ITS ANNUAL TEA SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 FROM 2 TO 4:30 PM. THE THEME THIS YEAR IS "A DICKENS OF A TEA," AND WILL FEATURE STROLLING VICTORIAN CAROLERS AND ACTORS PORTRAYING CHARACTERS FROM THE BELOVED CLASSIC, A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CHARLES DICKENS. OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE CHILDREN’S CRAFTS AND STORY TIME READINGS, A VISIT FROM FATHER CHRISTMAS, A SILENT AUCTION, A RAFFLE, AND, OF COURSE, TEA AND DELICACIES BEFITTING THE HOLIDAY. GUESTS ARE INVITED TO STAY FOR THE INAUGURAL "IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE" CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE TEA. TICKETS ARE $20 FOR ADULTS, $5 FOR CHILDREN AGED 6-12, AND FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 6. FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL EILEEN BERNE AT 366-6321.

"COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR" IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW MORNING *

COUNTY FIRE SAYS HAVE A SAFE WARM WINTER *

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY ACCEPTING BLOCK GRANT APPLICATIONS
THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY IS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS. REPORTER KARL GARDNER SAYS HURRY, THE DEADLINE IS JUST 2 WEEKS AWAY ----
THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANTS FOR THE 2009, 2010 FISCAL YEAR. THIS YEAR THE TOWN COUNCIL IS EXPLORING THE OPTION OF DESIGNATING A THREE YEAR ALLOCATION TO A SINGLE COMMUNITY PROJECT, PROVIDING CAPITAL TO ACCOMPLISH A LARGER UNDERTAKING AND REDUCING ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE. IN SPITE OF THE TOWN’S INTENTION TO FUND A SINGLE LARGER PROJECT, LOCAL AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE ENTITLED TO PURSUE COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT FUNDING FROM THE TOWN’S ALLOCATION. THOSE APPLYING ARE REMINDED THAT THE PROPOSALS BE AT LEAST $5000. APPLICATION DEAD LINE IS DECEMBER 15TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MAUREEN RANDELL AT THE TOWN’S COMMUNITY SERVICES OFFICE, 369-7211.

MEALS FOR SHUT-INS FROM TLC
THE CLOCK IS TICKING AS HARD-WORKING VOLUNTEERS GET READY FOR THE CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST PUT ON BY TLC. OR TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS. REPORTER JOHN HUFF SAYS TURKEYS ARE GOING TO HOMEBOUND SENIORS AS WELL ------
TLC REACHES TO THE VOICELESS, THE WEAK, THE DISCONNECTED, THE POOR IN SPIRIT, THE HURT AND THOSE UNSEEN IN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF DAILY LIFE, THE SHUT INS. TLC A LA TURKEY DELIVERS MEALS WITH A BIG SMILE AND SOME CHAT TO OUR SHUT-INS THROUGHOUT THE BASIN. TWO MEALS ARE DELIVERED WHEN MEALS ON WHEELS IS NOT RUNNING. TLC A LA TURKEY NEEDS A LOT OF HELP; IF IT’S A PROGRAM YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH, CALL MARA CANTELLO AT 365 4852.

THIS WEEKEND’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RESULTS
WITH HUGE WIN FRIDAY NIGHT, THE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL WILDCATS WILL HOST FILLMORE IN THE CIF SEMI FINALS SATURDAY NIGHT. THE CATS BLANKED AQUINAS 40 - 0 TO REACH THE FINAL FOUR! COACH ERNIE MARTINEZ SAID BUT THE GAME WAS DOMINATED BY THE WILDCATS. THE WILDCATS DID NOT ALLOW THE #1 PASSER IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY TO COMPLETE A PASS OVER 16 YARDS. THE CATS DEFENSE COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN THE RUNNING GAME AS WELL, AS AQUINAS HAD ONLY 63 TOTAL RUSHING YARDS FOR THE GAME. MARTINEZ SAID "WE CAME OUT AND PLAYED OUTSTANDING IN ALL THREE AREAS TONIGHT, OFFENSE, DEFENSE, AND SPECIAL TEAMS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COACHING STAFF LED BY TIM STANFORD, BERNIE AYON, RICH CASEY, JEREMY JOHNSON, AND BOB JONES FOR THE OUTSTANDING JOB THIS SEASON", THE WILDCATS ARE NOW IN THE FINAL FOUR FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 2001 FOOTBALL SEASON. THE "FINAL FOUR" TEAMS ARE 29 PALMS, FILLMORE, ST. MARGARETS, AND MARANANTHA. THE WILDCATS WILL HOST FILLMORE SATURDAY IN THE SECOND GAME OF THE SEMI'S. IT WILL BE A SOLID MATCH-UP BETWEEN TWO QUALITY TEAMS. THE GAME IS CURRENTLY SET FOR 7:30, BUT COULD POSSIBLY BE MOVED TO 7:00 PM DUE TO THE LONG DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TWO SCHOOLS. THE HOME SEMI-FINAL GAME WILL DRAW A LARGE CROWD, AND FANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME EARLY IN ORDER TO AVOID THE LONG LAST SECOND LINES AT THE GATE. THE JOSHUA SPRINGS LIGHTNING (7-4) HOSTED THE BIG PINE WARRIORS (10-1) AT LIGHTNING STADIUM FRIDAY NIGHT, AND WON 56-24 OVER THE POWERFUL WARRIORS. THE LIGHTNING HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO GO TO THE CIF 8-MAN DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE FIFTH TIME IN 8 YEARS. TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYS THEIR FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR AT 6:00 PM TONIGHT AT CATHEDRAL CITY, IT IS A FIRST ROUND GAME IN THE LAQUINTA TOURNAMENT. AND THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM IS HAVING ITS THIRD ANNUAL ALL YOU CAN EAT POTATO DINNER WITH ALL THE TOPPINGS FOR JUST $5.00 TONIGHT AT THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL’S MPR AT 5:00PM - 7:00PM.

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