A grief workshop will be held Sunday, September 29, for those who are mourning any type of loss. The workshop will be led by Kathleen Lowndes at 11:30 a.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. All who are grieving any type of loss are invited to attend.


Tonight is the second and final night of the 17th Annual Starry Nights Festival, sponsored by the Andromeda Society and the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association. The Starry Nights Festival will be held in a new location this year, at the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association’s Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, Yucca Valley, north of Aberdeen Drive. The event is free. Saturday’s events  start with a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be speakers, a telescope clinic, a bake sale, activities for the kids, and solar telescopes for any who want to see the sun. There are prizes and telescopes being given away, but you have to come out and get your free ticket to win. For further info please visit


Three people were arrested in Yucca Valley Thursday on various charges after police served a search warrant. About 2:20 a.m., deputies went to a home in the 3300 block of Jemez Trail to serve a warrant on Leroy Lewis, 32. Residents at the home, Krue Karnbach, 18, and Laura Harris, 52, stated that Lewis was not there. They had been warned earlier in the month that they could be held criminally liable if he was in fact there.  The deputies entered the home under the warrant and found Lewis. In addition, they found a large marijuana plant growing; neither Karnbach or Harris had a medical marijuana license to grow the pot. Leroy Lewis was arrested for his warrant and is being held without bail at the Morongo Basin Jail. Krue Karnbach and Laura Harris were both arrested for investigation of harboring a fugitive and cultivation of marijuana. They were booked at the West Valley Detention Center with their bail set at $25,000 each.


The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer Sunday morning all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, plus bacon, sausage, burritos, and quesadillas, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.  The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.


Road crews are still working to clear and repair roads in Joshua Tree National Park that were damaged in flash floods earlier this month.

National Park Road Sweeper

National Park Road Sweeper

I was bicycling through the park mid-day Thursday, and saw a road sweeper at work brushing sand off the roadway, as well as piles of already-moved debris at Jumbo Rocks campground.The park road is still closed from the north entrance to the Park at the Oasis of Mara to the turn-off to Cottonwood.






Jumbo Rocks Campground Entrance

Jumbo Rocks Campground Entrance

In addition, the Jumbo Rocks campground and the Cottonwood Oasis, including Cottonwood Springs Trail, Mastodon Trail, and Lost Palms Oasis are also closed.  More information on alternative hiking locations in the Cottonwood area is available on a handout at Cottonwood Visitor Center. The Cottonwood Visitor Center is open daily from 9 to 4.


The Morongo Basin Search & Rescue Desert Run Fundraiser is drawing near.  Tami Roleff says there’s still time to make your plans to join the fun…

 The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is holding a Desert Run fundraiser on the weekend of October 4–6. To help offset costs of equipping the team, the team sponsors an off-road event every year at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Park. The base camp will be located at Means Dry Lake this year. This is a family event, not a race, with the OHV Desert Run itself on Saturday morning, and vendor booths, kid games, and food the rest of the weekend. Tickets for the Desert Run are $55 if you pre-register on-line by October 1 or $60 at the event. If you would like more information or to pre-register on-line, visit If you have additional questions, contact Search and Rescue at 951-203-6816.


The rest of the world calls it football; we call it soccer.  ROP Broadcasting student Edgar Sosa calls for more players…

The Twentynine Palms soccer team is a great way to get into shape and spend some time with your friends. Joining the soccer team is lots of fun and challenging. The team is going to need a few more people to join the team because all of the seniors from last year left this year and the team needs new players to replace them. The team is looking forward to the season coming up with all the new recruits to set a new school record this year. With the team giving its all, they can be successful.