Volume 12

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    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.,--A petroglyph, aging between 10,000 to 12,000 years rests on the side of a cliff at the Foxtrot site aboard the Combat Center. There are suspected to be around 2,000 petroglyphs in the Foxtrot site.

    (Photo by Sarah Dietz)



     Marine Base Preserves History


    By:  Sarah Dietz


         A Twentynine Palms Marine Base Combat Center’s treasured historical Foxtrot site is under restoration by the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (NREA).
          “The work the NREA is doing for the environment is really important in preserving history,” said Dean Pieper, world civilization instructor at Copper Mountain College.
          The native tribes who once inhabited the area left evidence behind like petroglyphs.
          The Foxtrot site contains the most petroglyphs and is listed on the National Register of Historical places. The site’s nearly 2,000 petroglyphs are estimated to date back as far as 10,000 years.
          The NREA has recognized the value the mysterious art holds and began projects to restore the historical site.
          According to Marie Cottrell, PhD, the natural and cultural recourses officer at the NREA, conservators painted over defacements.
          “Over time, the paint faded. Fortunately, technology improved, and new paint was developed that lasts longer,” said Claire Dean, a conservator with Dean and Associates Conservation Services. “The old paint needs to be removed, which could damage the rock if not done correctly.
          “We now use laser technology to remove the paint,” said Dean. “It is like a laser paint chisel, except it’s not scraping off the paint; it is ablating the paint. It works with the same principal as removing a tattoo,” she added.
          With a mission to protect the area’s natural environment, the NREA is constantly studying ways to preserve the art. For more information about the installation’s archeological finds, call: (760) 830-1196.



    CMC cuts Workforce Development Center

    By: Ashley Campbell

         The Workforce Development Center was a place for new and current students to go and seek help for almost anything; however, in Aug. 2010, CMC was forced to close down the center, due to lack of funding.
         The center offered a place for students or applying students to go and get help with things such as filling out their financial aid documents. In contrast, students are now given a phone number from financial aid. They offered computers for students to use for research when typing homework or looking for jobs and with limited computers in the library.
         The center also provided career counseling through California of Rehabilitation training, as well as job training and placement. The center was a huge reliable source of assistance for the past ten years, and unfortunately is no longer available.
         "We are looking at just where and how we can make computers available for job seekers," stated Greg Brown, vice president of student services.
         They do have a computer lab in room 220 that is available for students; however the Health Science Registered Nursing students have priority. Signs are posted out front.
         Long time students of CMC are feeling the negative effects of not having the resources of the Workforce Development Center and recognize the impact it may have on new and future students.
         Angelica Miller, a communication major CMC student, was unaware of room 220. She said when she made the choice to go to a community college she wanted the close contact to faculty and professors.
         “Things feel so impersonal around here lately,” Miller said. If she wanted that type of educational environment, she noted that she would have chosen a university.



    It's not as bad as you think

    By: Angelica Miller

         The CMC bookstore is not out to get anybody’s pockets; it’s a retail store just like any other; furthermore, students can easily find books online for half the price.     
         “We operate like any other retail store that you or I would go to.” They (the publishers) give us the books and the prices, and all we do is put them on our shelves” said Jennifer Gilbert, manager.
         Unfortunately, after looking at the chart that identifies who profits from the sales of textbooks, which is located in the bookstore, it is apparent that the bookstores where they are sold get the smallest cut while the publishers get the largest. Although most of the books are now available for rent, the bookstore itself has no control over these prices.
         For incoming and new students, there are other ways to get your books other than just the bookstore; however , lets try to keep the business local and keep the monies flowing for our own school. For more information call (760) 366-3791.



     Michael Daggett helps his mom, Katherine Stegall, study history


    Option for overwhelmed parents


    By: Jodie Crow

         Juggling the pressures of school and the demands of parenthood is a little easier for some CMC students thanks to one Calif. program that can ease the burden of childcare costs for low income students.
          “It is easier for me to focus on school work knowing my kids are being cared for”  said CMC student and high school completion program member; Kathrine Stegall who echoed the dilemma faced by every parent who seeks a better life through higher education.
          Students enrolled in the CMC high school completion program and enrolled in CalLearn or CalWorks have a program available to pay childcare expenses, allowing parents of young children to focus on class work instead of their lack of childcare. Calif. Cash aid will pay $3.50 an hour to licensed child care providers for each child up to the age of two years of age.  
          Having child care paid for “…allows me to spend my money on my children instead of hundreds of dollars on child care,” said Stegall.
          The best option for many is having their family members get a Trust Line license that would allow them to be paid $3.15 per hour/per child. To obtain this license the family member or friend must pass a government back ground check.
          Stegall states that this option: “Definitely makes it easier for me to go to school” as time during class and travel time is covered. For more information contact Mr. Alsop the Cal. 760-228-5208.

    Jaded Students

    By: Jeffrey Foster

         Dec 6, 2010, Roger Wagner, PhD stated deep regret and expressed ownership for the debacle of the Nov. 29 registration day at Copper Mountain College (CMC); however, students remain doubtful that anything will change.
         “I was failed by my vendor,” stated Greg Brown, V.P. for Student Services.
         In an effort to make the registration process more seamless, Brown has been working with Datatel, which prides itself as a “a software company offering technology solutions and business services to higher education services throughout North America.”
         In July 2010, a process was started to take registration to an online format by the Spring semester’s registration date; Datatel failed to deliver.  Feb 11, the board will meet to discuss prioritization of the registration process.
          Contingency plans have to be developed on how to handle the face-to-face aspect of the process; however, it remains the goal of the college to go to an on-line format.  Plans are also being made on how to make the information available to the student body on how to register on-line as well as to prioritize the student body into different groups.
         Not all continuing students will be able to register on the same day.  One of those ideas is to allow students with “x” amount of credits to register first or even a more senior student to register before a less experienced student.
         “While we have seen enrollments increase over the past four semesters, we have not seen students show up in such large numbers to register during the first week,” noted Brown in a statement that was released by Wagner.


     Morongo Basin Rallies Against Cancer

    By: Diane Durden

         Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley will join together on the Yucca Valley High School football field Apr. 16, for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
         Every year the Morongo Basin joins together in Yucca Valley to wage the battle of a lifetime, the fight against cancer.
         “Everyone is affected by cancer in some way, whether it’s a loved one or friend or their own personal battle,” said Cathy Inscore, a library specialist at Copper Mountain College (CMC) and the chairperson for this year’s relay.
    Inscore admitted to not having an immediate connection to the disease until last year when her husband Barry was diagnosed with cancer.
         The goal for this year’s relay is to raise $120,000 for the American Cancer Society, to be used for cancer research and social services assisting cancer patients and their families.
    Inscore said her goal is to get the community more involved, specifically the young adults.
          “We’re going to need to pass the torch soon,” said Inscore.
    Planning for this year’s Relay for Life is in full swing with plenty of opportunities to help. For more information on how to get involved, visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=31441&pg=entry.




    Cathy Inscore, a library specialist at CMC

    and the chairperson for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Morongo Valley outlines her goals for this year's relay to be held on Apr. 16 in Yucca Valley.


    Bruce’s Renovations

    By: Brent Simpson

         Our very own Bruce’s Coyote Café at Copper Mountain College (CMC) has finally gone under some mouthwatering renovations recently including some that won’t leave you emptying your pockets.  
         Aside from the fancy new flooring and cleaner water, they also have new menu items, including some Italian affairs, a dollar menu, many Mexican dishes and a salad expansion!
    Tim Nelson, a criminal justice major and Senator says, “It’s better than it was, that’s for sure.”
          “We’re just doing our part and we’re really tickled to death the college invested in it.” says Bruce Campbell, where the cafe gets its namesake.
    Cathy Brown, the cashier at the Café says they are “trying to expand as much as possible to meet more people’s needs.”
         This explains new items as veggie wraps, onion rings, fried zucchini and mushrooms, omelets, and now the second veggie burger that the café has to offer.  Additionally, every semester they try to add some new art that Spellman Downer’s class displays in the café each semester. Also, the new three-dollar items are more than enough to make college student’s mouth water.
         “The Caesar Salad is Bomb Diggity!” said Janelle Dismaya, liberal arts major at CMC.


    An Evening with the Scholars

    By: Drea Jensen

         Students of Copper Mountain College who have achieved the President’s Lists were honored at a Reception hosted by Beta Rho Pi, Copper Mountain College’s (CMC) own chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) on Fri., Feb. 4 in the Bell Center. 
         “You should be most proud of not the honor itself, but of what you did to get it,” said Dr. Wagner addressing the students.
         The President’s List is the highest academic honor at the school, requirements to receive this honor are for a student to have completed a minimum of 12 units in a semester with a GPA of 3.5 or better. Many more were in attendance than was expected and there was standing room only as Margaret Clark, the chapter president, opened the evening and welcomed Dr. Wagner to the podium.
         He endorsed PTK, the international honors society for community colleges, and thanked Professor Cathy Itnyre for her efforts in organizing the chapter before turning it over to her. Itnyre spoke of PTK and its membership benefits.
         “Education prevents you from getting bored in life,” said Itnyre speaking on the benefits of education throughout life.
         Other speakers included Josh Valentin and John Brophy, Vice-presidents of PTK, who spoke of both past and upcoming events to be hosted by PTK.
         “PTK is about getting involved and bettering myself and the community” said Brophy on his personal reasons for joining the honors society.
         Itnyre then took the podium again and with the assistance of the other speakers presented certificates to the president’s list recipients who were in attendance.


    Gold Mountain to Open This Summer

    By:  William Bengtson

         Artist, musician, guide, minister, historic film maker, and CMC student David (Mindancer) Duran will debut his latest project (Gold Mountain) this July, when he hosts a grand opening celebration that will be open to the public.
          “There will be a live band, free food, refreshments, prizes, and a whole lot more, said mindancer, so don’t miss it.”
    Billed as “The Gateway to Pioneer Town,” Gold Mountain is non-profit, historical information and learning center located at 55468 Pipes Canyon Road, in Pioneer Town.  It is an eclectic and whimsical blend of art, science, California history and Hollywood glamour that Mindancer, and a handful of his friends, built in just less than two years, using little more than donated construction scraps and elbow grease.
          “We all chipped in a little, but David did most of the work himself.” said friend and fellow band member, Morgan Butler, adding “I have to say that I am impressed with what he was able to accomplish, Gold Mountain rocks!”
          At the heart of Gold Mountain, there is an “Old West” style town center, complete with a bank, saloon, chapel, fort, cemetery, and even a jail. Live shows will re-enact famous events in California history. There is also a waterfall, a lagoon, and a working geyser. Children can pan for real gold, or watch wolfs at play.
          There are facilities to accommodate overnighters with recreational vehicles, as well as several secluded campsites.  A “Trading Post” offers food, refreshments, information, maps, as well as souvenirs made by local artists.  Gold Mountain will also be available for use as a shooting location by photographers and filmmakers.
          “My vision was to create a portal through time, where visitors can experience history the way it was meant to be.” said Mindancer.  “…and remember, anything can happen here, so don’t blink your eyes.”