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Listen To Your News Wednesday, January 5, 2011 News Archive
     

TEEN KILLED WALKING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS IDENTIFIED
A Twentynine Palms teen, hit and killed Tuesday morning, has been identified. The County Coroner reported Mario Leonard Mercado 16, a student at Monument High School, died after being hit by a pick up truck in the northwest Twentynine Palms area. CHP Spokesman Eric Brewer said about 6:10 a.m., Fillemon Covarrubias of Fullerton was driving his 1999 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on Indian Trail near Meldora Avenue. Mercado was walking northbound in the open desert approaching Indian Trail. A witness told the CHP Mario Mercado was looking at the ground and did not look up for oncoming traffic as he entered the roadway and was struck by Covarrubias’ truck causing fatal injuries. Covarrubios pulled over and called 9-1-1, he and passing drivers attempted to administer first aid until emergency medical personnel could arrive. The fatal crash remains under investigation by the CHP.

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FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS AMUSEMENT BUSINESS TOLD TO CLEAN UP
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met last night. After a heated public hearing on conditions for a new auto center and U-Haul business on Adobe Road, the Commission took up the forced clean-up of a former amusement business. Reporter Derwood Andrews was there and files this report...
The first meeting of 2011 kicked off with Carey Alderson being voted in as Vice Chairman. Then it moved onto the proposed purchase of some five acres by the city. It will cost $32,000 but it wasn't clear why the city wanted it. Next was the public hearing on a Conditional Use Permit for the Adobe Auto Center, brought up since the last meeting and the mention of a U-Haul type rental business. The definition of word meanings and two new conditions obviously irritated the applicant for the business McMenamin. Is ‘lease’ defined the same as ‘rental’, and why is Staff obsessed with making me build a block wall when the commission has already voted yes to a wood fence? It got quite heated, with commissioners discussing various strikes to new conditions and code amendments. Finally an agreement to strike three points and no block wall until phase five of the development and the code definition goes onto City Council. Last was the possible determination that the property at 5025 Adobe Road, a former paint ball business was a public nuisance and should be abated. The vote was unanimous, 10 days to clean it up, or abatement would begin at a cost of $4,500. Tonight was also the last meeting of Rebecca Rinkes, now the commission is down to three until new appointments.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANS STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR FRIDAY
The public is invited to attend the Yucca Valley Town Council’s Strategic Planning Workshop this Friday, at 9:00 am in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. Town Manager Mark Nuaimi will facilitate the all-day workshop aimed at identifying the key community issues and strategizing the Town’s approach to addressing the most important issues. A discussion of funding alternatives will be included as the Council reviews its 2011 priorities. The workshop will include a discussion regarding a proposed update of the Town’s General Plan, incorporating the ongoing update to the Development Code with a review of Town ordinances and other planning requirements. Discussion will zero in on strategies for the use of Redevelopment funds and federal funds. The Council will consider the Town’s role in regard to public safety and the development and maintenance of roads, parks, flood control and the wastewater system. For information on the planning workshop or specific topics, contact the Town Manager at townmanager@yucca-valley.org.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT MANDATORY FIRE SPRINKLERS TONIGHT
The Hi-Desert Water District Board will meet in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Karl Gardner says the subject of mandatory sprinkler systems and wastewater grants is on the agenda...
Committee appointments and information on mandatory fire sprinklers tops the agenda at this evenings Hi-Desert Water Meeting, being held at district offices on the highway at Inca, starting at 6. First up on the Docket, committee assignments for 2011, then the board will receive an update on procedural changes dealing with new mandatory fire sprinklers regulations, then adopt federal and state emergency management protocols. Moving on the board will provide direction to staff on an opportunity to lease or sell district sewage treatment project land, and hear an update on wastewater grants.

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SUPERVISOR DERRY AT BASIN WIDE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST
The Basin Wide Foundation will hold their regular monthly breakfast tomorrow at 7:00 at the Helen Gray Center at the Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Third District Supervisor Neil Derry will give an update on county-related news items and happenings. This visit will also mark the half-way point of his first term in office and he will reflect on some of the highlights of his first two years in office and offer a glimpse of what residents should expect from him in the coming year. the Cost is $8.00 per person. For questions or to RSVP call the Basin-Wide Foundation at 760-365-7219.

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CIVIL WAR COMES ALIVE SATURDAY AT THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY
The Civil War Comes Alive in Yucca Valley this Saturday. At 1:00, the Yucca Valley Library welcomes The 1st South Carolina McGowan’s Brigade Battalion of Sharp Shooters. The Brigade will provide observers with a demonstration of battlefield tactics and maneuvers used in the Civil War. Representing the South, McGowan’s Brigade can be seen on the upper soccer field where they will also have a display of Civil War artifacts. Southern ladies and children will be present in period dress to answer questions about the lifestyle of the Civil War era. For more information call 760-228-5455.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says plans for a future strategic planning session and a project priority list are among agenda items...
The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors holds its regular meeting tonight at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree, starting at 7. On tonight’s agenda, the board is expected to set a date for the annual Strategic Planning Workshop and approve funds to retain a facilitator. Also tonight, staff will give an informational presentation on Agency procedures for responding to service line and mainline leaks, after which General Manager Joe Guzzetta will review the Water Agency’s Project Priority List. Following these possible actions, and approval of routine items on the Consent Agenda the board will adjourn to closed session for conference with legal counsel on existing and potential litigation.

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DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR AUTISTIC BOY’S SERVICE DOG
Donations are being sought for a service dog is in need of knee surgery. Brownie, a 4-year-old mix breed dog attends to the needs of Patrick Bradley, a 9-year old with autism. Brownie has injured her knee and is in need of surgery. Patrick’s’ Mother, Anita Austin, said the cost is estimated at around $1500. If you would like to help defray the cost of Brownie’s surgery, donation’s can be made to the Yucca Valley Hi-Desert Animal Hospital in the name of Anita Austin.

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STUDENTS URGED TO SUBMIT FOR YOUTH ART MONTH CELEBRATION
Attention local art students and teachers. It is time to start getting your artwork ready for the upcoming youth art month celebration. Reporter Dan Stork tells you how to sign up...
“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Art” is the theme for the California Art Education Association Youth Art Month Celebration, which takes place in February and March. K through 12 students can enter their original works of art into the Morongo Basin Youth Art Month shows for their grade level. Winning works from these judged shows may proceed to successive shows at the county, southern California, state, and national levels. All works sent to the county show must be sponsored by a teacher who is a California Art Education Association member, to be eligible to win a prize. There will be two local exhibits of student art. A 7th to 12th grade show will be at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery from February 2nd to the 27th. The Roadside Attractions Gallery will be the site of a Kindergarten to 8th grade show from February 20 to March 17. To learn about the hours that works may be delivered to the sites, and other rules concerning the dimensions and presentation of the art works, call Ed Keesling at 760-365-8193, or email him at ededkeesling@aol.com. For information about the range of programs of the California Art Education Association, go to caea-arteducation.org.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTCH A BIG WIN
The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team came away with a exciting 45-41 win against the Yucaipa Thunder Birds last night in Yucaipa. Coach Jess Geeson said Junior Lindsay Sullivan made two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to seal the win for Yucca who improved their record to 9-5 for the season. Junior Whitney Rodriguez led the team with 14 points, while senior Tabitha Vigen added 10. Sullivan finished with 9 points and junior Lauren Pitts chipped in 8 points. The Lady Trojans open De Anza League play this Friday with a home game against Desert Hot Springs at 6:00 p.m.

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TOMORROW’S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Soccer dominates local high school sports tomorrow. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat girl and boy’s soccer teams are at home hosting the Desert Mirage High School Rams, the girls’ kick off at 3:15, the boys at 5. And the Yucca Valley High School Trojan boys and girls soccer teams are in action at home, versus the Rubidoux High School Falcons, with the girls’ playing at 3:15, the boys at 5.

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