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Animals Blessed 13 The Debate 19 JT Roots Fest DesertSTAR W Your Community News SOURCE 2 October 11, 2012 • E E K Vol. 6 No. 41 • L PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID Desert Hot Springs, CA PERMIT NO 00005 Y Sentinel Power Plant Gets Air Quality Review PALM DESERT, CA – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit thanked the South Coast Air Quality Management District last Friday for its thorough review of 75 applications for $53 million in air pollution reduction credits from the CPV Sentinel power plant mitigation fund. “Clearly a great number of people are interested in improving air quality in the Coachella Valley. I appreciate the tremendous effort that went into submitting and evaluating so many detailed proposals,” said Benoit, a member of the AQMD board. “It appears the AQMD staff recommendations fully comply with funding guidelines regarding where Aerial view of Sentinel Power Plant COD Accepting Basic Firefighter Academy Applications PALM DESERT, CA— College of the Desert (COD) is now accepting applications to begin a fully accredited Basic Firefighter Academy beginning January 28, 2013, at the new Roy Wilson Fire Training Center in Thousand Palms. The COD Basic Firefighter Academy is designed for working students with evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and day time classes on Saturdays throughout the Spring and Fall semesters. The program is constructed to provide students with a basic knowledge of fire service operations and to provide entry-level skills required by most fire departments. College units earned can be applied to an associate’s degree. Upon successful completion of the academy, students will be eligible to receive their State of California Firefighter I Certificate. Prerequisites to the academy include: • Minimum age of 18 to apply • Possession of a current California EMT certification • Possession of a transcript of FIT 1 (Fire Protection Organization) or college level equivalent. • Current Physical Abilities Test Certificate (Biddle or CPAT completed within one year prior to the first day of the academy) Applications are due no later than Nov. 1, and are available on the COD website www.collegeofthedesert. edu by clicking Academic Programs, Fire Technology, State Fire Marshall Training (Basic Firefighter Academy). Applications may also be picked up in person at the Public Safety Academy these air quality improvement funds must be spent. I’m especially pleased that, thanks to the support of my fellow board members, all of this funding will stay here in the Coachella Valley.” According to legislation that Supervisor Benoit coauthored while serving in the state Senate, at least 30 percent of the mitigation funding must be used within six miles of the plant near Desert Hot Springs, and at least 30 percent of the funding must be used in environmental justice areas. The remaining 40 percent could have been spent on emission reduction projects anywhere in the AQMD multi-county coverage area. However, Supervisor Benoit’s AQMD colleagues supported his argument that this funding should be allocated exclusively within the Coachella Valley. Benoit said he looks forward to evaluating the proposals and staff recommendations when they come before the full AQMD board. Until he has an opportunity to fully review the staff recommendations, he won’t comment on the details of any specific proposal. To review the proposals and for additional information from AQMD, use the following link: www. coachellavalleyPR.htm. Jump to page 24 Annual DHS Historical Society Soup Supper Oct. 25 (PSA) lobby on the main COD campus Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Completed hard copy applications should be dropped off in person at the PSA lobby or mailed to: College of the Desert, 43500 Monterrey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260, Attention: I. Otero. For more information, call Fire A c a d e my Coordinator Ignacio Otero at 760 346-8041, Ext. 5691 or by email iotero@ The PSA lobby may be reached at 760 674-3765. DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The Historical Society will hold its annual Soup Supper on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Miracle Springs Resort located at 10625 Palm Drive from 6 – 8 p.m. Hotel Lautner owners Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge will present a program on their four year renovation project. Beckman is an interior designer and Trowbridge is a furniture designer. Both live in Los Angeles. A buffet with soup, salad, bread and desserts will be served. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To RSVP, call DHS Historial Society 760-251-4549. For more information, go to www.

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