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Twentynine Palms Water District in Good Hands…

By   /  August 11, 2013  /  29 Palms  /  Comments Off

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Twentynine Palms, Ca., One of the nice things about being a reporter for Cactus Thorns are the perks provided by the publisher when on assignment.  I arranged for a luncheon appointment with the recently hired General Manager of the Twentynine Palms Water District.  I was told to put the charges on Dano’s tab…pretty cool, eh?  […]

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Who’s Running the HDWD?

By   /  July 11, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Have you checked out the staff at the Hi-Desert Water District lately? There is no one with any water or utility experience on the staff! Jennifer Poland and Mark Ban are really nice persons but they are learning on the job. The Assistant General Manager/Chief Financial Officer, Frank Luckino, left to go […]

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Sarann- Stop it! Just Stop It!

By   /  June 29, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- How many times can Hi Desert Water District Director Sarann Graham shoot herself in the foot? Apparently more than twice if she alternates between each healing of her foot wound. In a Letter to the Editor submitted to our local newspaper, The Hi-Desert Star, Graham’s letter advanced to the front of the […]

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Local Water District Violates CRWQCB Sewer Prohibition Order

By   /  June 26, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- The Hi-Desert Water District has called a Special Meeting this evening at 6 pm at their district office to change the boundaries of the west end of town for the design and construction of the sewer system.  Agenda item #11 addresses a “Phase Boundary Revision,” to transfer this high density area of […]

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Recall Petitions Circulating in Yucca Valley!

By   /  June 25, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Kudos to the hard-working petition gatherers canvassing neighborhoods and the large gatherings at Highway 62 and Hwy 247. Every petition signer receives a copy of the document they signed and anyone that says different is not being truthful.  The outrageous letters to the editor in our local newspaper has helped the Concerned […]

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YY Sewer Update- in Plain English

By   /  June 21, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  9 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.-The California Regional Water Quality Board held their meeting at the Community Center to a full house of citizens wanting to learn more about the looming sewer crisis.  The presentation was pretty straight forward to say this problem has been kicked down the road since 1977, which, at that time the cost was […]

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Nuaimi’s No-Bid Contract Update

By   /  June 18, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  3 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Here is brief recap of a few contracts awarded by Town Manager Mark Nuaimi since his arrival to our town. He continues to pull out town funds for his BFF’s to include: 1. The General Plan Update awarded at over $1 million dollars to the  Planning Center whose President is Steve Pontell. […]

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Yucca Valley Important Sewer Meeting!Thursday 10 AM.

By   /  June 17, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Cal.- There is an important meeting this Thursday at the Community Center to discuss the sewer prohibition of the use of septics in Yucca Valley.  The Regional Water Board will meet on June 20, 2013 at 10 am.  Here is the link to the Hi-Desert Water District agenda>LINK The Hi-Desert Water District writes: […]

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GM Muzik Hoodwinks HDWD Board of Directors

By   /  June 17, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- At their last meeting, the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors authorized General Manager Ed Muzik to sign a $56,000 contract plus expenses with C.V. Strategies of Indian Wells to launch an outreach campaign designed to educate the ratepayers on sewer connections. (Wink-wink!) Muzik acknowledged this agency has NO sewer experience. The […]

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HDWD Rewriting PAC Minutes Will Jeopardize Sewer Progress

By   /  June 7, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- The Hi-Desert Water District is required to represent the ratepayers in all decisions without  regard for special interests and deliver clean water and the sewer project at the lowest costs.  This is especially true with any Wastewater decisions on the table after reviewing revised costs of the collection system, which was the […]

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Last Call Before Recall!

By   /  May 27, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  7 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- With less than 72 hours away from issuing the final approval of recall petitions submitted by Concerned Citizens, let it be known to all mankind and especially to Councilmen Huntington and Lombardo, the window of opportunity will be closing to step down from office before your recall process moves forward.  Look in […]

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Luckino Leaves HDWD for Blythe

By   /  May 23, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  3 Comments

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BREAKING NEWS! Yucca Valley, Ca.- Frank Luckino is leaving the Hi-Desert Water District the first week in June for a new position in the city of Blythe.  Recently promoted to the position of Assistant Manager/Chief Financial Officer of the HDWD,  Luckino’s resume will now include his new job title as Finance Director. Officials at Blythe […]

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Water District to Receive Balanced Budget

By   /  May 23, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- At the regular board meeting of June 5, 2013, Hi-Desert Water District Assistant General Manager/Chief Financial Officer Frank Luckino will present another balanced budget to the Hi-Desert Water District as his parting gift to the Board and our community. Luckino was hired by the City of Blythe as their Financial Director and […]

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HDWD Director Graham Reckless with Sewer Costs

By   /  May 16, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  4 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- At the Hi-Desert Water District board meeting of May 15, 2013, Director Sarann Graham revealed her loyalty to Town Manager Mark Nuaimi sitting in the audience instead of the voters.  With a wink and a coo, Graham supported the expansion of the sewer project to include complete paving of the roads adding […]

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