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2011 Project Phoenix Outreach…Flash Back

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  29 Feature, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  1 Comment

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  Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- I was searching for my 2011 post on Cactus Thorns when I ran across this story, “Community Divided Over Project Plan,” by Courtney Vaughn dated November 30, 2011, (updated December 7, 2011). It is important to review what took place back then at one of the outreach meetings for Project Phoenix.  […]

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Questions for the Phab Project Phoenix Pholks

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  29 Palms, Opinion, Project Phoenix  /  No Comments

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- Just curious folks.  I attended the early outreach meeting years ago about Project Phoenix. I asked about the sewer system the city was going to install at “no cost to the surrounding businesses” in the project and asked about the associated maintenance costs.  I was told by ex-City Manager, Richard Warne, the […]

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Why Appointed Merl Abel Should NOT Run for Office, Part II

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Candidates, Feature, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

Merl Abel was appointed to the Town Council Wednesday evening. (Courtesy photo)

Yucca Valley cannot afford another term by Councilman Abel, who was appointed by only FOUR votes to a the 3 1/2 year term left remaining when Chad Mayes resigned to become employed by Supervisor Janice Rutherford.  Prior to his appointment, Abel never attended ANY council meetings and NEVER ran for any office, relying on appointments […]

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A Candidate’s Birthday Party…Just Bring Money

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Entertainment  /  No Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- I’m sorry to sound so cynical but, just when does a birthday party to celebrate one’s 37th turn into a campaign cash cow event for invitees to pledge $99 and upward for some ice cream, candles, cake and political stumping? Am I the only one remembering local political candidates holding free outdoor […]

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Who Appointed Timmy Humphreville as Spokeman for the Sewer Project?

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  No Comments

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  Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Wet behind the ears and possibly embarrassingly elsewhere, Timothy Dean Humphreville, aka the accidental Yucca Valley Planning Commission Chair Timmy, has appointed himself to be the spokesman for the Yucca Valley sewer project with comments in his usual condescending manner to concerned citizens who are more informed than he could ever […]

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Mike Lipsitz Hired as Third District Field Representative

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Feature, San Bernardino Co  /  3 Comments

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  Morongo Basin, As posted by Cactus Thorns on March 16, 2014, local Landers resident Mike Lipsitz will be hired effective April 21st as the Field Representative for Third District Supervisor, James Ramos.  Lipsitz, who is also employed by Z107.7 radio as a news reporter, will have to walk a fine line to hold down […]

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Unbelievable Amnesia! Appointed Merl Abel to Seek YV Council Seat in November…

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  No Comments

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  Yucca Valley, Ca.,- The timing could not be any worse for Appointed Councilman Merl Abel to announce his candidacy to run for office this November after telling everyone he would not seek office, as also announced by Council member Dawn Rowe that she would not seek reelection. Abel, whose actions could have easily supported […]

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Attorney General’s Final Notice to Theatre 29…May Lose Tax-Exempt Status & Face Penalties

By   /  April 19, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature  /  9 Comments

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- Let’s examine another problem facing Theatre 29 that appears to be ignored in hopes that it will all go away all by itself. Theatre 29 touts it is a non-profit 501(c)(3) but has not been in compliance for several years. The last time I reviewed the sweetheart contract from the City of […]

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Charles McHenry Announces Bid for Town Council

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Candidates, Feature, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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Yucca Valley, Ca.- Another resident has tossed his hat into the ring announcing his run for a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council for the November election. Charles McHenry was a member of the Yucca Valley Traffic Commission and a member of the GPAC, General Plan Advisory Committee. He currently is employed at the […]

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Hi-Desert Water District Moves Forward with Sewer Project

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  No Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- In a whirlwind meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District, there were many steps taken by the Board of Directors to move the sewer project forward and address the maintenance needs of a  high producing well.  Thousands of dollars were awarded to several low-bid vendors ranging from appraisals on 245 parcels for sewer […]

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HDWD Director Hough Chastises Resident in Audience…Again??

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Feature, Opinion  /  No Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Here we go again!  And the Hi-Desert Water District wonders why citizens do not attend their meetings more often? A ratepayer with properties located in Phase One and his residence located in the Country Club Estates, identified himself as a past Project Manager for several multimillion dollar projects in the Los Angeles […]

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Elizabeth Karman MAC Appointee-No Friend of the Mesa

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  San Bernardino Co  /  No Comments

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“I’ll never lift one finger to help Yucca Mesa Association until I receive an apology from all of you!” -Elizabeth Karman resident of Landers, appointed by Third District Supervisor James Ramos to represent the concerns of Yucca Mesa Community. Elizabeth Karman…No Friend of Yucca Mesa. Joshua Tree, Ca.,- As predicted and revealed during the past […]

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Yucca Valley Senior $18 Million Housing Fiasco: Lego Land with Cracks

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  No Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- The “Nuaimi Curse,”aka, the C.O.R.E. Renaissance Senior Housing Project is one remnant left over from the ex-unpopular Town Manager/Politician Mark Nuaimi.  This doomed project bounces between Bad and Worse as it hobbles towards completion in one of the greatest examples of “Bait n’ Switch.” Part II of my “Nuaimi Stench” story has […]

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REVIEW: Comedy Ensemble Delivers Madcap Humor in Delightful Play

By   /  April 5, 2014  /  Entertainment, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Joshua Tree, Ca.,- Run…don’t walk to the next showing of “Moon over Buffalo,” by playwright Ken Ludwig, beginning April 4th-April 19, 2014, at the Hi Desert Cultural Center. Comedy is the most difficult to perform because of the demanding attention of timing needed to hit the mark with perfect tempo.  This large talented local cast […]

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