Hi-Desert Water District has named Rochelle Clayton as Chief Financial Officer.  Clayton most recently was the Finance Director at the City of La Habra Heights.  She also served in the accounting department for the County of San Bernardino for 15 years.  Clayton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from California State University San Bernardino.  She began her position at HDWD on October 14.


The Hwy 62 Art Tours happens the last two weekends in October when some 8,000 visitors are expected to visit the Basin for self-guided tours of more than 200 sites. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us about some of the many sponsored events happening in conjunction with this year’s Art Tours…

New this year is the Yart Party both weekends from 10 to 4 p.m. at Park Ave and the highway in Joshua Tree. It’s a festival of continuous entertainment, food and drink, art and folk crafts for sale, and general information.  Make time the weekend of October 19 and 20 for the Gourd Festival at the Yucca Valley Community Center and for Pioneer Days that same weekend in Twentynine Palms. The legendary closing party is a potluck masquerade the evening of October 27 at Furst World Studio on Desert Shadows Road near the Joshua Tree entrance to the National Park. Go to for details on these and other Hwy 62 Art Tours events.


The Road Runner Dunes Golf Course in Twentynine Palms is sponsoring a free golf clinic Sunday, October 20. The clinic will introduce junior and senior high students to golf. Interested students who have not yet signed up in school’s ASB office, should call the golf course at 760-367-5770 to reserve a spot. Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course is located at 4733 Desert Knoll Avenue in Twentynine Palms.


The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its annual Wine and Cheese Party, Saturday, evening, October 19, in Flamingo Heights. Doug Anderson will supply the music. Heavy hors d’ouevres, along with wine and cheese, will be available. Tickets are $10. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Flamingo Heights Community Center, 55977 Perris Road just off Hwy 247 behind Hero Catering.


The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and the county’s solar moratorium will be among the topics discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council. Omar Castro, field representative for County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, is planning to attend the meeting. The meeting will be held 5 p.m. Monday, October 21, in Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Road, in Landers.


The annual “Halloween Haunt” opens this Thursday at Theatre 29. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get tickets’ to “Nightmare,” this year’s scary offering…

This year’s Halloween Haunt at Theatre 29 will be the tenth, and final haunt. The theme this year is “Nightmares,” and Director Frances Wright and Producer Eric Ross are working with more than 30 cast and crew members to bring the demented dreams of a young girl to life. Will you find what scares you most in your dreams in her nightmares? The haunt runs October 19, 24, 25, 26, and 30 and 31. Friday and Saturday nights, and Halloween, performances run 7 to 10 p.m. Thursay, October 24 and Wednesday October 30, show times are 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the self-guided tour will be sold at the door: $7 each; groups of 4 or more are $5 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, at the Z107.7 studios on Hallee Road, across from the Joshua Tree Post Office; and at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce office in the CaliforniaWelcomeCenter on the highway.


Everyone’s a winner when you play bingo at the Sportsmans’ Club to support the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library. Mark your calendar for Sunday October 20, from 4:30 to 9:30 pm. The Club is located at 6225 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Doors open at 3 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, call the Library at 760-366-8615.


Attention motorcyclists: A beautiful day and a beautiful ride is in store for the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club’s poker run this Sunday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz gets out his leathers…
The Rotary Club of Twentynine Palms will host a motorcycle poker run on Sunday, October 20. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Desert Cycle Works on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. The poker run will begin at 10 a.m. Riders will be given a list of locations where they can draw cards and assemble the best poker hand possible. Prizes will be given for the best and worst poker hands. The $20 entry fee includes lunch for one rider; passengers or guests can purchase lunch for $10. Entry forms are available at Desert Cycle Works and at Entry forms can be dropped off at Desert Cycle Works or riders can register on site the day of the Poker Run. For more information, contact Desert Cycle Works at 760-361-3226 chase.


The 29 PalmsArtGallery is issuing an Open Call for Art for its upcoming “Southland Show.” Works may be hand delivered to the gallery at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms, CA, on Monday, October 28, between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. only. This event is open to all artists, local and out of state, member or non member. Categories are: Painting, Photography; Graphic Arts: Sculpture, Mixed Media, and assemblage.  A total of three entries may be submitted. The fee is $10 per entry; seniors 65 and over pay $7 per entry. The “Southland Show” will be awarding more than $500 in cash prizes and will encompass the entire gallery for the month of November.  Works must not have been in any other judged show at the gallery and must be completed within the last 3 years to be in the show.  A reception/awards presentation will take place at the gallery on Sunday, November 3, from 12-3pm. For complete rules, check out the gallery’s website at . For more information call 760-367-7819.


Real estate broker Cynthia Kraemer has announced that her firm has a name change but business is being run as usual at their old town location at Inca Trail and Highway 62. Cynthia began her real estate career in the Morongo Basin in 1991 and in 2005 she opened her own company, associated with the real estate chain Windermere, in Yucca Valley. She has dropped the association with Windermere, and is doing business as RPMB – Realty Professionals of Morongo Basin. In addition to real estate services, another division of the family run business is Monument Homecrafters General Contracting, run by husband Benny Kraemer. For information call 760-365-1988.