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Council Meeting: A touching moment, a funny moment, an update on Project Phoenix and bobbing heads at the dais

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature  /  1 Comment

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29 Palms Council Meeting April 22, 2014  Agenda Item 4. Update on Project Phoenix Presentation by Bond Legal Counsel A. Patrick Muñoz  City bond attorney Muñoz gave a lengthy presentation concerning the city bond, Project Phoenix and the city’s litigation. He began with the March 2011 inception of the bond debt. Muñoz’s rapid-fire staccato approach […]

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Ethics Training for Twentynine Palms City Council

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature  /  No Comments

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April 22, 2014 – Updated 1:40 p.m. Twentynine Palms, CA – Sure all council members are good people… bla, bla, bla. Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk. Jay Corbin is not running for another four years. He will be missed though he has made mistakes. Cora Heiser and Joel Klink’s seats […]

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Much Ado about Nothing: Two Curtain Warming Babbling Buffoons

By   /  April 20, 2014  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  No Comments

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April 20,  2014 | OP-Ed Twentynine Palms, CA  -  During airing of the April 4 Close Up show babbling buffoons – Councilman Jim Harris and host Gary Daigneault –talked little about nothing. It was a feel good drama that punk’d. At the very end of the show Harris called in. Their short exchange served-up a fluffy mass of […]

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SB Board Moving Toward Replacing County Council

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  General Posts, News  /  No Comments

iePolitics/The Sentinel, December 13th, 2009 – County government is about to sustain another top level personnel change, as county counsel Ruth Stringer is reported to be on the verge of either voluntarily leaving or being forced out of her post as San Bernardino County’s senior in-house lawyer. Stringer, who has worked with the county of […]

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Breaking: Mexico rocked by 7.5 magnitude earthquake near Acapulco

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Feature  /  1 Comment

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April 18, 2014  –  Daily Bulletin << ACAPULCO, Mexico — A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. The quake was felt strongly in the resort city, as […]

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Sunday Lickety-Split News

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  General Posts  /  No Comments

Twentynine Palms (Cactus Thorns) – The Desert Trail made a boo boo! In yet another senseless hit piece on Councilman  Steve Spear, the TRAIL again distorted the news, not reported it. It’s time for a professional retraction. Why did the Trail not publish its distortion in its online ‘Yeas and Nays’? Odd… . I’m sure […]

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Yucca Valley National CORE Senior Housing Chicken Coops Unfit for Human Occupancy?

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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The April 15 e-edition of the Hi-Desert Star is a telling story about “Senior housing unit collapses on shaky storage props.” You be the judge… the entire foundation also collapsed even though alleged to be in compliance with building codes. Here is the Link to the newspaper story and accompanying photo of collapsed housing units. The structural integrity of the wooden box housing frames are […]

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Simon Cowell eats crow after watching an astonishing 79-year-old ballroom dancer

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Entertainment  /  No Comments

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7 minutes. You know him as the crotchety Brit who brutally dashed the dreams of so many burgeoning singers on American Idol. His new gig is judging a wide swath of performers on Britain’s Got Talent. You have to see him humbled after rejecting an incredible 79-year-old ballroom dancer right before she gives the performance […]

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Lickety-split news

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  General Posts  /  3 Comments

Bill O’Reilly gets Riled. Seems he didn’t like his characterization on Law & Order earlier this week  when John Larroquette’s character mentioning O’Reilly, Beck and Limbaugh, he said, “They are like a cancer spreading ignorance and hate. O’Reilly said producer Dick Wolf is a “coward” and a “liar”. For more on hate and ignorance, read […]

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A call to all OHV riders, put on your thinking caps

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  29 Palms, OHV Issues, Opinion  /  4 Comments

Forget the cow for the moment. I respectfully request input on two issues.  Just these two issue mind you. I don’t want to make it too difficult for the thinking man like Ken. Many times I’ve attempted in good faith to get a responses on two trail and staging issues. Namely, how are all those […]

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For elderly in rural areas, too difficult for many to hang on

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  General Posts, News, Opinion, Survival  /  2 Comments

While we’re re-committing America to an undefinable, protracted and un-winnable war in Afghanistan, we are beating our sick, our poor, our weak elevated elderly into third-world existence. Meanwhile, today in Oslo President Obama gives a bedazzling speech on the goodness of War as he accepts the Noble Peace Award. Next year, more cuts to the […]

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The Constitution will surely be neglected…

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  News  /  1 Comment

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has lost a quarter of its yearly donations after a major donor cut off $19 million in annual donations because of economic difficulties. David Gelbaum, a wealthy California conservationist, said he was indefinitely stopping the donations that had made him the New York-based group’s largest anonymous […]

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Hi-Desert Star: Pros urge owners to protect pets in winter

By   /  April 12, 2014  /  General Posts  /  No Comments

Nice article Courtney.  Often we believe our pets have the inflexible ability to endure  and survive in cold weather akin to the skills of animals in the wild. Not so. Our domesticated family pets are very vulnerable to cold weather and need to be cared for in a responsible manner.  Here are some verbatim excerpts […]

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News-Tip: Ethics in local and county government

By   /  April 12, 2014  /  General Posts  /  No Comments

News-Tip is a new thing in Cactus Thorns. We encourage whistle blowing concerning public officials and other forms of corruption or questionable practices in local and county government. All sources will be kept confidential. That is a firm commitment. Ethics in government is important: “If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; […]

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