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2ND BATTALION, 7TH MARINES MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW

MARINES, MARIJUANA, AND SEWAGE AT TONIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

COUNTY FIRE SAFETY TIPS ON ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES *

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOND FUNDS, 5 YEARS LATER, WHERE IS OUR MONEY?

21 TONS OF SNOW IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS SATURDAY *

MARINES HOLDING MEETING ON EXPANSION PLANS IN WONDER VALLEY TOMORROW

YUCCA VALLEY SEARS STORE COLLECTING FOOD FOR JOSHUA TREE FOOD PANTRY *

HI-DESERT ROD AND GUN CLUB EVENT BENEFITS TOYS FOR TOTS *

HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT NAMES SHELDON HOUGH AS BOARD PRESIDENT

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL LOSES A CLOSE ONE

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTCH WINS

UPCOMING HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ACTION

A CHRISTMAS CACTUS OPENS TONIGHT FOR A 10 SHOW RUN AT THE HI DESERT CULTURAL CENTER

SERVICES SET FOR VIRGINIA "GRANDMA" BUNDY *

 

2ND BATTALION, 7TH MARINES MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW
2ND BATTALION, 7TH MARINE REGIMENT, WHO JUST RETURNED FROM SERVICE IN AFGHANISTAN WHERE THEY SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT LOSSES IN HEAVY COMBAT, WILL HOLD A MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW ABOARD THE 29 PALMS MARINE BASE. BASE SPOKESMAN, GUNNERY SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER COX, SAID THE MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT LANCE CPL. TORREY L. GRAY FIELD ON BASE FRIDAY AT 11 A.M. TO REMEMBER MARINES AND SAILORS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE DEPLOYED WITH THE REGIMENT, IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. 2ND BATTALION, 7TH MARINE REGIMENT, DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN FROM THE COMBAT CENTER IN MARCH AND APRIL ON A TOUR THAT WAS EXTENDED. THE BATTALION RETURNED HERE LAST WEEK. U.S. ARMY MAJ. GEN. ROBERT W. CONE, COMMANDING GENERAL, COMBINED SECURITY TRANSITION COMMAND –AFGHANISTAN, VISITED THE MARINES AND SAILORS OF 2/7, OCT. 25. DURING HIS ADDRESS , THE TWO-STAR GENERAL EMPHATICALLY STATED QUOTE - "NO OTHER BATTALION-SIZED UNIT HAD MADE AS BIG A CONTRIBUTION TO THE SECURITY OF AFGHANISTAN AS THE MARINES OF TF 2/7."

MARINES, MARIJUANA, AND SEWAGE AT TONIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
A REPORT FROM THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINES COMMANDING GENERAL, A LOOK AT MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND AN UPDATE ON A SEWER SYSTEM ARE ALL PART OF A BUSY YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT. Z107-7 MANAGING EDITOR KARL GARDNER TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE COUNCIL’S AGENDA -------
AN UPDATE ON YUCCA VALLEY’S SEWAGE TREATMENT PROJECT AND A PRESENTATION BY MARINE BASE COMMANDING GENERAL, BRIGADIER GENERAL MARK GURGANUS, TOPS THE AGENDA AT THIS EVENING’S YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING, BEING HELD IN THE YUCCA ROOM OF THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER STARTING AT 6. PRIOR TO THE TOWN COUNCIL MEETING A CLOSED SESSION IS SCHEDULED AT 4:30 TO CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNCIL ON EXISTING LITIGATION AND TO CONDUCT PROPERTY NEGATIONS FOR PARCELS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN, AND THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETS AT 5:30. MAYOR BOB LEONE WILL GIVE THE ANNUAL STATE OF THE TOWN ADDRESS, FOLLOWED BY ELECTION OF A NEW MAYOR AND MAYOR PRO-TEM. A PUBLIC HEARING ON SUPPLEMENTAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDING, AN INTERIM ORDINANCE PROHIBITING MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES, COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT PROPOSALS, AND A CALL FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS, ROUNDS OUT THE VERY BUSY AGENDA. COUNCIL ADJOURNS TO A CLOSED SESSION TO CONDUCT FURTHER PROPERTY NEGOTIATIONS WITH BLUE SKIES COUNTY CLUB, THE SKY DRIVE-IN SWAP MEET, AND 13 OTHER PROPERTIES ACROSS YUCCA VALLEY.

COUNTY FIRE SAFETY TIPS ON ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES *

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOND FUNDS, 5 YEARS LATER, WHERE IS OUR MONEY?
4 YEARS AGO, MORONGO BASIN VOTERS APPROVED A BOND MEASURE TO SUPPORT AMBITIOUS BUILDING AND INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE. THAT 19 MILLION DOLLARS IS COMING OUT OF OUR PROPERTY TAXES. TODAY REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF ASKS THE COLLEGE, JUST WHERE IS OUR MONEY? -------
IN 2004, MORONGO BASIN RESIDENTS LIVING WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE APPROVED A $19 MILLION BOND MEASURE THAT WOULD REMODEL AND UPDATE CLASSROOMS, ENLARGE THE BOOKSTORE, REPLACE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, INSTALL A SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC FIELD ON THE CAMPUS, ESTABLISH A DESERT STUDIES PROGRAM, AND BUILD A VOCATIONAL BUILDING. FIVE YEARS LATER, ONLY A FEW OF THESE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, MANY OF THEM YEARS BEHIND THE ORIGINAL TIMELINE, AND OTHERS ARE STILL ON THE DRAWING BOARD OR JUST STARTING. WHEN VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DR. JOSEPH OLSON WAS ASKED ABOUT THE DELAY IN COMPLETING THE BOND PROJECTS, HE SAID, "TIMELINES CAN CHANGE." THE PAST FEW YEARS AT THE COLLEGE HAVE BEEN VERY TURBULENT ADMINISTRATIVELY, AND WHEN OLSON WAS ASKED IF PREVIOUS COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DELAY, OLSON RESPONDED, "ONE COULD COME TO THAT CONCLUSION." THE SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC FIELD, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE POWER TO THE COLLEGE, WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER OF 2005. PLANS FOR THE FIELD HAVE NOT YET BEEN PRESENTED TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR APPROVAL; OLSON SAID THAT THE COLLEGE DOESN’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD JEOPARDIZE ITS DESERT TORTOISE MITIGATION EFFORTS, SINCE THE TORTOISE HABITAT ABUTS THE LAND SLATED FOR THE SOLAR FIELD. THE PRESENCE OF TORTOISES ON LAND SLATED FOR EXPANSION HAS ADDED MANY TWISTS AND TURNS AND DELAYS TO THE PROJECTS. FURTHERMORE, OLSON SAID THE $19 MILLION IN BOND MONEY APPROVED BY THE VOTERS WILL NOT PAY FOR ALL THE PROJECTS THE COLLEGE SAID THE BONDS WERE FOR. OLSON SAID COSTS GO UP, AND THE DELAYS CAUSED BY THE DESERT TORTOISE MITIGATION EFFORTS HAVE ADDED AT LEAST 15 PERCENT TO THE ESTIMATED COSTS EVERY YEAR. IN ADDITION, SOME OF THE PROJECTS ON THE LIST OF BOND PROJECTS—SUCH AS THE DESERT STUDIES PROGRAM AND A NEW VOCATION BUILDING—WERE SUPPOSED TO RECEIVE MATCHING FUNDS FROM THE STATE, BUT THE STATE’S FINANCIAL CRISIS HAS ELIMINATED THOSE MATCHING FUNDS.

21 TONS OF SNOW IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS SATURDAY *

HI-DESERT ROD AND GUN CLUB EVENT BENEFITS TOYS FOR TOTS *

HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT NAMES SHELDON HOUGH AS BOARD PRESIDENT
THE HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MET FOR THEIR REGULAR MEETING AND ANNUAL REORGANIZATION LAST NIGHT. MANAGING EDITOR KARL GARDNER TELLS US THEY STARTED THE MEETING WITH NEWLY ELECTED DIRECTORS TAKING THEIR OATH OF OFFICE ------
RE-ELECTED HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT DIRECTORS BOB STADUM AND SURANN GRAHAM, ALONG WITH NEWLY ELECTED DIRECTOR DAN MUNCY, TOOK THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE KICKING OFF A COMPACT BOARD MEETING LAST EVENING. THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOUND THE BOARD APPROVING AN UPDATE TO THE DISTRICT CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODE THAT ADDED SEVERAL NEW DISTRICT POSITIONS. NEXT UP, DIRECTOR GRAHAM NOMINATED VICE PRESIDENT SHELDON HOUGH FOR THE TOP SEAT. OUTGOING PRESIDENT ROGER MAYES MADE IT OFFICIAL BY ANNOUNCING "YOU ARE THE NEW PRESIDENT". IN TURN, DIRECTOR BOB STADUM NOMINATED GRAHAM FOR THE VP SPOT, WHICH SHE ACCEPTED. MOVING ON, THE BOARD RECEIVED A YEAR-END UPDATE ON THE DISTRICT’S SEWAGE TREATMENT PROJECT. PROJECT MANAGER JOE GLOWITZ POINTED OUT SOME KEY ACTIVATES FOR 2009: A HEARING ON, AN ADOPTION OF WASTEWATER RATES -- SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, WITH THE FINAL FINANCIAL PLAN BEING READY IN MAY.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL LOSES A CLOSE ONE
THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL LADY TROJAN BASKETBALL TEAM USED A WELL-BALANCED SCORING ATTACK TO SCORE A 59-29 WIN OVER THE INDIO RAJAHS WEDNESDAY IN TROJAN GYM. COACH JESS GEESON SAID SENIOR LAUREN BUSHONG SCORED A GAME-HIGH 14 POINTS, PULLED DOWN 12 REBOUNDS AND BLOCKED 6 SHOTS TO LEAD THE YUCCA GIRLS. SENIOR OLIVIA GEESON KICKED IN 12 POINTS, JUNIOR CASSIDY SARGEANT CAME OFF THE BENCH TO NET 12 POINTS AND SOPHOMORE TABITHA VIGEN (VEE-GAN) CHIPPED IN 8 POINTS. THE LADY TROJANS ARE NOW 3-1 ON THE SEASON AND TRAVEL TO HESPERIA FOR A 4:30PM FIRST ROUND GAME AGAINST BIG BEAR IN THE PATRIOT HOLIDAY CLASSIC TOURNAMENT WHICH CONTINUES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTCH WINS
THE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL LADY WILDCATS BASKETBALL TEAM DEFEATED PALM SPRINGS IN WILDCAT GYM WEDNESDAY 58-56 ON A REBOUND AND A SHOT BY IRIE ENGESSER AS TIME EXPIRED. COACH TIM STANFORD SAID THE GAME WAS EXCITING AND THE FANS IN ATTENDANCE WERE TREATED TO A GUTSY PERFORMANCE BY THE CATS IN THIS YOUNG SEASON. LEADING ALL SCORERS WAS HALY HERRERA WITH 18 POINTS 10 REBOUNDS AND 6 ASSISTS, FOLLOWED BY IRIE ENGESSER WITH 15 POINTS AND 10 REBOUNDS, ERIN STANFORD ADDED 8 POINTS 5 ASSISTS, AND RAYELE ELMORE SCORED 6 POINTS. THE WIN BRINGS THE CATS RECORD TO 4 WINS AND 2 LOSSES ON THE YEAR SO FAR. YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH TRAVIS MAHAN SAID WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S GAME AGAINST INDIO DID NOT GO TO BAD. THE JV TEAM LOST 62-28 AND IN THE VARSITY GAME HE SAID THEY PLAYED VERY WELL BUT CAME UP SHORT 74-72. THE LEADING SCORES FOR THE VARSITY WERE JAMES BATIN WITH 34 POINTS AND BRETT LEE WITH 16. MAHAN SAID THE YOUNG MEN PLAYED WITH CONFIDENCE AND SHOWED GREAT COMPOSURE DURING AND AFTER THE GAME.

UPCOMING HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ACTION
THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TROJAN GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM TRAVELS AWAY TO COMPETE IN THE HESPERIA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT TODAY AND SATURDAY, AND THE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL LADY WILDCATS WILL SEE ACTION TODAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY TRAVELING AWAY TO COMPETE IN THE PASADENA POLY TOURNAMENT. TOMORROW THE WILDCAT BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER TEAMS ARE AT HOME TO FACE THE COACHELLA VALLEY ARABS, GIRLS MATCHES START AT 3:15, BOYS AT 5.

A CHRISTMAS CACTUS OPENS TONIGHT FOR A 10 SHOW RUN AT THE HI DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
THE DELIGHTFUL HOLIDAY OFFERING "A CHRISTMAS CACTUS", OPENS TONIGHT FOR A 3 DAY RUN AT THE HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER IN JOSHUA TREE. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF TELLS YOU HOW TO GET TICKETS ------
COMEDY, MYSTERY AND ROMANCE CONVERGE IN THE PLAY, "A CHRISTMAS CACTUS," A CHARMING CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS TALE WHERE GOODWILL AND JUSTICE TRIUMPH, NOW PLAYING AT THE BLAK BOX THEATRE IN JOSHUA TREE. CHRISTMAS EVE IS NO BED OF ROSES FOR STRUGGLING PRIVATE EYE CACTUS O’RILEY, WHO’S GOT A BAD CASE OF THE HOLIDAY BLUES. THE LAST SURPRISE PACKAGE SHE NEEDS IS A LOVESICK LAWYER, A PAIR OF ARMED-AND-GOOFY FUGITIVES, AND HER SECRETARY’S OVERBEARING MOTHER, WHO MISTAKES A TENSE HOSTAGE SITUATION FOR JUST THE PERFECT LITTLE HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY PARTY. IT’S A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS FOR CACTUS AS SHE DIGS UP LONG-BURIED MYSTERIES, LOOKS FOR A FEW SMALL MIRACLES, AND TAKES A SECOND CHANCE ON LOVE, LUCK, AND THE LIFE OF A PRIVATE EYE. STARRING DONNETTE SWAIN, CORBETT BRATTIN, CHRIS HERNANDEZ, SERENA SALIERI, KURT SCHAUPPNER, AND MANNY RINCON, "A CHRISTMAS CACTUS" PLAYS THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC 11TH TO THE 14TH, AND DECEMBER 18 THROUGH THE 23RD. ALL WEEKDAY SHOWS ARE AT 8 PM; SATURDAYS ARE AT 7 PM AND SUNDAY MATINEES AT 2 PM. TICKETS ARE $12 AND $14, WITH GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE. TO ORDER TICKETS, CALL 366-3777, OR VISIT THE WEBSITE, WWW.HIDESERTCULTURALCENTER.COM.

SERVICES SET FOR VIRGINIA "GRANDMA" BUNDY *

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