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Twentynine Palms Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a new face

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The City of Twentynine Palms will celebrate its 25th anniversary of cityhood at the next regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms.


Twenty-five years ago, on Nov. 23, 1987, the City of Twentynine Palms was officially incorporated, having achieved its independence from San Bernardino County by ballot initiative in the November election, winning by a narrow margin of less than 100 votes, 980 in favor and 894 against. Winning cityhood allowed the community to finally have its own locally elected representatives and a local governing body, and to develop and implement its own planning objectives.


In that same election, 14 candidates had entered the city council race even before cityhood was assured, and five winners emerged. The first Twentynine Palms City Council was sworn in on Dec. 7, 1987, and consisted of five local businessmen – Mayor Chuck Bell, Christopher Dobler, Jeff Dunn, Les Krushat, and Fred Libby.


This year, to honor the occasion, the public is invited to join former mayors, council members, staff, and regional representatives in wishing the City a happy anniversary at City Hall on Dec. 11. Commemorative handouts will be available for those in attendance, and an anniversary cake will be served immediately following the council meeting.


Also at this meeting, Mayor John Cole will deliver the annual State of the City address, and the oath of office will be given to the incoming council members.


For more information, contact City Hall at 6136 Adobe Road, (760) 367-6799, or visit the City’s website at www.29palms.org.

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Vickie Waite

Vickie is currently serving as the Public Information Officer for the City of Twentynine Palms. Ms. Waite is a long time resident of the Morongo Basin and Founding Publisher of the Sun Runner Magazine. Along with her late husband Terry Waite, Vickie was instrumental in acquiring much of the Public Art you see about town. While we do not always see eye to eye, I value her as a close friend and confidant.

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