The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team played the Tigers in five close sets yesterday. The Tigers came out on top winning the last set. Coach Missy Franz said both teams were pretty evenly matched. The Ladycats were led by senior Tusia Brown with 13 kills, one ace serve and one block. Senior Cherokee Turner added nine kills, one ace serve and one block. Junior Koko Cabrera had five kills and 18 assists. Senior Hannah Sutherland and junior La Tasia had four kills a piece. Freshman standout Tatianna Mackall had two kills and four blocks. Franz said the girls played very tough at times. Seniors Rebecca Deguzman and Cierra Jenson played outstanding defense for the team.
The monthly meeting of Twentynine Palms Library’s teen book club is tomorrow, Thursday, September 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. The book discussed will be Hugo and Nebula Award winner, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. The group will also select books to read as a group for future months. Come join the fun! This event is open to teens in grades 7-12. For more information, please call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519. To check out a copy of Ender’s Game, please visit the Library and ask for the book at the front desk.
When Morongo Basin Hospice announced earlier this year that it would be closing its hospice operations, it also said it would be looking for another non-profit to acquire its assets. Dan Stork reports that a takeover by the Morongo Basin Ambulance Association is almost a done deal…
In a conversation on Monday, Morongo Basin Ambulance Association (MBAA) General Manager Ramon Lomeli told Z107.7 that he began talking to Hospice Executive Director Robin Ruggeri about acquiring Hospice assets soon after the June announcement of its impending disbanding. The MBAA plans not only to take over the office space and thrift store operation of the hospice, but expects also to provide a corporate umbrella under which volunteer-staffed hospice counseling operations can continue. Lomeli said that the process has been taking longer than he expected, because there are a lot of government-required procedures that must be followed when one non-profit acquires assets and operations from another. He could not give a date on which the new arrangements will be formalized.
Andromeda Society and the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will host the 17th Annual Starry Nights Festival September 27 and 28, at its new location: The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association’s Community Center at 3133 Balsa Avenue, Yucca Valley, north of Aberdeen Drive. The event is free. Festivities will kick-off at 6 p.m. Friday, September 27, with a potluck dinner, followed by star-gazing and telescope viewing into the night. Saturday will 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 www.andromedasociety.com
An orientation meeting for artists participating in October’s Highway 62 Art Tours will be held this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s Friendship Hall. Artists will pick up receipt books, sign in sheets, promotional materials to hand out, and hear tips for a successful open studio, and have a Q&A with veteran Art Tours participants. Light snacks will be available. Artists who can’t make the meeting can pick up materials at the collective show, or at the MBCAC Office the week before the event.
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says they will deal with both water and fire department business…
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board is having their usual meeting today, Wednesday, September 25, starting at 6:00 p.m. At this meeting, the board members will have a public hearing on the intention to amend the District’s groundwater management plan, and consider the management plan purposes. Immediately following this is the fire department meeting. Today, the Directors will discuss the approval of proclaiming October 6-12 as the fire prevention week. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 760-367-7546.
The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will be asked to approve expenditures and financial reports, and then will discuss replacing a spouse marker for a grave in Section B-7. The meeting will be held in district offices at 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.
Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 26, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. Among the items on the consent agenda are treasurer, ridership, operations, administrative and financial reports. Under new business, the Board will be asked to reject a bid for a landscaping contract.
The Bighorn Desert View water Agency board appointed a new Board member last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the Board also learned that legislation increasing their own transparency was signed by the government…
Following open, public interviews with each of the four candidates vying for the vacant seat on the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors, former director Larry Coulombe was chosen. Coulombe will take the oath of office sometime today and remain in office through what would have been the end of departing Director Dave Larson’s term. Also at last night’s meeting, attendees learned that Governor Brown yesterday signed the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Modernization Act which offers ratepayers more transparency and accountability. The revisions will eliminate outdated and irrelevant provisions, and reorganize the Act making it easier to understand, and more transparent.
The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight at board offices on the highway in Yucca Valley. After public comment, the board will consider adopting a new Will-Serve letter effective September 26, 2013. Next, the board will consider adopting a revision to the Wastewater Reclamation Project’s outermost boundaries. After staff reports and comments, the board will go into closed session with legal counsel to discuss potential litigation.
In a meeting that was long on presentations and short on transacted business, the Twentynine Palms City Council heard about prisons, transit agencies, women of distinction, and public art, and voted on traffic light studies and electric charging stations. Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today, the County Sheriff’s briefing on AB109, the so-called prisoner-release bill…
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon briefed the Twentynine Palms City Council on the fallout of AB 109. McMahon clarified that the bill does not force the release of state prisoners into the counties’ jail systems; rather, it prevents the counties from sending inmates to the state that it used to. For San Bernardino, this has resulted in over 300 additional prisoners per month staying in the county system. McMahon says strained jail capacities have resulted in vastly reduced jail time for many offenders. He noted that the rise in property crime since 2011 has not been officially tied to increased releases, but said it stands to reason there is a connection. On the bright side, McMahon detailed improvements in rehabilitation programs as a response to AB109, to prevent recidivism and hopefully reduce future jail crowding.
A Twentynine Palms man did everything right when he filled up a gas can Monday, but he still had a car fire. Shortly before1 p.m., Daniel Kariuki, 40, had filled up a regulation gas can with gasoline at a station on Adobe Road and put the filled can in the trunk of his 2001 BMW. As Kariuki was driving southbound on Mesquite Springs Road, he heard a loud noise and then saw smoke coming from his trunk. Kariuki pulled over in the 4100 block of Mesquite Springs Road, heard another noise, and saw even more smoke coming from the trunk. Firefighters said the fire was contained to the trunk.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he was spotted attempting to steal a trailer from a vacant property in Wonder Valley. Shortly after midnight Tuesday, a neighbor called police after he saw two pick-up trucks attempting to take a trailer off a vacant property near Gayley Lane and Valley Vista Road. After an investigation, Jason Yoho, 31, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Jason Yoho was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.
2-YEAR-OLD FOUND WANDERING IN DESERT; MOTHER ARRESTED
A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday after her 2-year-old son was found wandering alone in the desert. About 3:40 Tuesday afternoon, a woman found the child wandering in the middle of the road near the intersection of Deer Trail and Tanager Road in Flamingo Heights. The woman was unable to locate the child’s parents, and the boy wouldn’t, or couldn’t, tell her his name, so she took him to her home in the 1500 block of Inca Trail and called police. After an investigation, the deputy determined the boy’s mother was Dawndra Klausing, 20, of the 1600 block of Deer Trail. The deputy’s report states that Klausing was sleeping when her son opened the door and wandered away. According to Klausing’s neighbors, the boy had been escaping every day for about two weeks. The deputy also determined that Klausing appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Dawndra Klausing was arrested for investigation of felony child endangerment, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $100,000. Child Protective Services took custody of her son.
There are two civic meetings in Twentynine Palms this week. Dan Stork has the agendas of the City Council and the Oversight Board…
Among the presentations at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on September 24 will be one by County Sheriff John McMahon regarding AB109 (the prison reorganization bill); an update on the activities of the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) which affect the Morongo Basin; and an update by the Public Arts Advisory Committee, which will include a presentation about the Dan Luckenbill Memorial Sculpture. Council discussions include approval of the contract with CalTrans for traffic signals at Encelia Avenue and Lear Avenue, and approval of the fee schedule for the new electric vehicle charging station in Bucklin Park. City Manager Joe Guzzetta will report on project and study status. The Council meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall. On the following day, Wednesday the 25th, at 4 p.m., the Oversight Board for the Successor to the dissolved Redevelopment Agency will meet in the same space to hear successor agency and legislative updates, and to approve the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule.
The Marine Corps faces a difficult period of transition that will include shedding thousands of personnel per year, sharpening its role as a crisis-response force and preparing for expanded operations outside of Afghanistan. Commandant Gen. Jim Amos told members of Congress in mid-September that the Marine Corps has now developed a plan to reduce the active-duty force to 174,000 by the end of 2017 if the cuts known as sequestration remain in place. That’s 8,000 fewer personnel than previously planned, and 12,800 fewer than the 186,800 end strength that senior Marine officers advocated beginning in March 2011, after an extensive force structure review. That now may be a best-case scenario, too: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned last month that the service could bottom out at 150,000 Marines unless Congress acts. A 174,000-member Marine Corps is the “minimum acceptable” force, Amos said on Capitol Hill, adding that it would leave the service able to respond to only one major contingency. It will force broad slashes to the combat arms and aviation communities, requiring twice as many units to deactivate than first envisioned. Eleven combat arms battalions and 14 aviation squadrons will be cut, Amos said.
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency will be interviewing Board hopefuls tonight. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor Mike Lipsitz tells us who the finalists are…
When the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors meets tonight at 6 p.m. they’re expected to interview, name and seat a new director from among four candidates vying for the vacant seat. Competing are Larry Coulombe, William Hampton, Jr., Richard Killins and Alpha Richards. Then among other business, directors are expected to establish criteria for managing the Agency’s financial reserves. Tonight’s session is at Agency offices under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.
Two items of very localized interest are on the consent agenda for the County Board of Supervisors meeting for today: The Copper Mountain Community Association will be granted a bingo license, and a little stretch of Conejo Avenue in Joshua Tree (about which we reported earlier this year) will be officially accepted into the County-maintained road system.
The Morongo Basin Old Car Club will hold their big charity Car Show this Saturday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says get your motors runnin’…
Now is your chance to show off your old, classic car for a good cause. The 18th Annual Morongo Basin Old Car Club Charity Car Show is taking registrations. The car show will take place September 28 at Town Center Mall, at Warren Vista and the Highway in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m. This show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign, classic and collector vehicles. Trophies will be presented to the Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, and People’s Choice. Awards will be also be given to the best Hot Rod, Ford, Under Construction, Motorcycle, Truck and many more categories! There will be food and vendor booths, raffle prizes, and the Z107.7 DJ playing your favorite tunes. The registration fee is $25 per vehicle and includes a T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag. All proceeds are donated to Morongo Basin non-profit organizations. For more information call 760-413-7209.
The Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet tomorrow at the Joshua Tree Post Office. Volunteers will meet from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available. After the clean-up efforts, there will be an optional meeting at the Park Rock Café for coffee and conversation. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call 760-366-8415.