Recently, Z107.7 described renewed plans for a residential housing development on 105 acres in the Friendly Hills area of Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork has some comments from the planning firm employed by the developer, as well as a correction to one detail of our earlier story…
Terra Nova Planning and Research, with offices in Palm Desert, is guiding the site engineering, design, government applications, and environmental studies for a planned residential development on 105 acres in Joshua Tree. The tract is bounded by Friendly Hills Elementary School, Alta Loma Drive, Sunnyvista Road, Sunburst Drive, and the back side of residential lots that front on Sherwood Road. According to John Criste of Terra Nova, the plan includes 248 single-residence lots. (Our earlier report of 40 multi-residential lots was in error. The 40 lettered segments cover streets and drainage basins.) The housing lots range in size from 10,000 to 20,000 square feet, with most sized at the low end of that range, as shown on a detailed map of the project Z107.7 received from the San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department. Mr. Criste acknowledged that a negative reaction to the project is understandable, given that residents “are used to more dispersed growth.” He added that his firm will be “doing smart development,” and that the project will be an “enhancement” to the community. Mr. Criste could not predict when the project will be presented to the public, as County staff currently controls the schedule, and environment documentation has to go through appropriate agencies.
Two women were taken to the hospital last night after a two-car crash in Morongo Valley that shut down the highway for about an hour. According to Morongo Valley Fire Chief “Jock” Johnson, firefighters were called to the crash at Elm Street and Highway 62 at 6:33 p.m. There they found a vehicle in the eastbound turn lane, between the delineators. The second vehicle was in the westbound Number 2 lane. Rescue personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the woman from the westbound car. Both women were taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with minor to moderate injuries.
Two men were arrested in Morongo Valley Wednesday, after deputies found drugs in their possession. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, deputies were on a follow-up investigation and went to a home in the 49300 block of Senilis Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. A car pulled in behind the patrol car, and a deputy saw the passenger, Parry Bunts, 26, hide something in the front seat. Bunts was taken out of the car, handcuffed, and seated on a curb. Bunts tried to run—still handcuffed—but was quickly caught; he was slightly injured during his apprehension. During a search of the car, deputies found suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Parry Bunts was arrested for investigation of possession of a dangerous drug. The driver of the vehicle, Erik Edwards, 35, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of a dangerous drug. They were both booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $25,000 each.
Spring forward, fall back. Yes, it’s that time again. Managing editor Tami Roleff reminds you to not only change your clocks, but also smoke alarm batteries…
Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, which means it’s time to change our clocks again. In March, we “spring” forward one hour, so on the first Sunday in November, we “fall” back, gaining that hour we “lost” eight months ago. The official time change is 2 a.m. Sunday, but for most of us, that means we’ll need to set our clocks back one hour before we go to bed Saturday night. The San Bernardino Fire Department urges residents to use the time change as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms are extremely important in providing you early warning to get out in case of a fire. Some smoke alarms have a 10-year lithium battery and there is NO need to change these batteries every year. After 10 years you replace the smoke alarm with a new one.
An unregistered sex offender from Oregon, living in Yucca Valley, is in custody today after he was caught passing out candy to trick-or-treaters in Ramona last night. San Diego County Sheriff’s Sergeant Brent Strahm said Danny Shaw, 29, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on Main Street and booked into county jail Thursday evening on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender in California and for being a convicted sex offender in violation of annoying a minor. The Ramona Chamber of Commerce was hosting its annual Main Street Trick or Treat event, during which up to a 1,000 costumed children walk along Main Street collecting candy from merchants. Shaw was approached by deputies responding to reports that a suspicious man was approaching and annoying children at the event. The sergeant said Danny Shaw, by his own admission, moved to Yucca Valley in February and has failed to register as required by law.
At least two cars were burglarized in their driveways in Twentynine Palms Wednesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a vehicle in the 6400 block of Palmview Avenue was broken into sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday night and 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The car’s owner reported that about $1200 worth of items, including a laptop, clothing, and military items were stolen from the car. In the 6300 block of Ocotillo Avenue, a vehicle was burglarized between 11:15 p.m. Tuesday morning and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Stolen were a laptop, headphones, and a wallet containing identification and about $200 in cash. Anyone with information about the burglaries should call the Sheriff’s department at 760-366-4175.
Bullying in its many forms has become a serious problem. Today Z107-7 starts a series of stories describing the various types of bullying. Today, Sheriff’s Service Specialist Anita Baker tells us about physical bullying…
Bullying can be irritating, embarrassing, hurtful, and even dangerous. Physical bullying involves any form of physical action directed at another person including hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, tripping, spitting. If you are being physically abused, we strongly recommend that you immediately report the incident to a trusted adult, and, if warranted, to local law enforcement.
Only a few seats remain for an informational forum on veterans’ benefits, sponsored by Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley. County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Sheriff John McMahon will join him for the “Honoring Our Commitment: Informational Forum on Veterans Benefits and Services.” The event takes place Friday, November 8, at 9 a.m. at the Apple Valley Town Hall Conference Center. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served. This forum will provide important information regarding government benefits and services provided to active-duty service members, veterans, and dependents. In addition, representatives from agencies providing veterans services will be on hand to answer questions from attendees. To reserve your spot, call 760- 247-1815.
The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will hold a reception on Saturday, November 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery will feature the works of three local artists during the month of November: Twentynine Palms photographer Michelle Mark, Yucca Valley mixed media artist Christine Lamb, and part-time Wonder Valley photographer Jennifer Ruggiero. The Glass Outhouse is located off Highway 62 in Wonder Valley. The reception will go from 1 until 5 p.m. and will feature a live band, food and drinks. Everyone is welcome.
The Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Twentynine Palms High School believes no one should miss out on Thanksgiving dinner. Dan Stork tells how you can help the club help those in need…
The Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club has 500 turkeys and is looking for help in rounding out complete Thanksgiving meals for needy families in the City. Desired items include, but are not limited to: roll mix, stuffing, gravy mix, instant potatoes, sweet potatoes, assorted vegetables, pumpkin pie mix, boxed pie crust, and evaporated milk. $10 grocery cards that can be used for the purchase of miscellaneous items would also be appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the High School by November 19. You can also call Lori Cosgriff, the Interact staff advisor at 367-9591 ext 46 to arrange to have your items picked up. Cash donations will help, too. Please make checks out to Twentynine Palms High School with Interact written in the memo section. If you or someone you know needs to have their name placed on the list of recipients, please call ReachOut Morongo Basin starting November 1 at 760-361-1410. Distribution of the baskets will take place November 23 at noon to 1 p.m. in the student parking lot at Twentynine Palms High School.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:30 to 6:30. Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.
Tomorrow, Saturday, November 2, the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles will hold their annual Flea Market and Craft Fair. It begins at 8 a.m. There will be hamburgers, hot dog, and brats available.
Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will meet on November 4, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; meeting begins promptly at 1 p.m. Following the general meeting, program for the afternoon will be presented by Janet Bottorff on water color landscapes. Guests are welcome. A $3 donation is requested.
The Dale Basin Well Owner’s Association will hold its bi-annual meeting Sunday, November 3, at 4 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road in Twentynine Palms. On the agenda is the election of officers and a discussion of current water issues. For more information, call Mary Quamme at 760-367-2411.
Even as rehearsals go on for Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre 29, the hard-working volunteers are already preparing for the first show of the 2014 season. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us that auditions have been set for “The Importance of Being Earnest…
Auditions have been set for Theatre 29’s first production of the 2014 season, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” This classic comedy by Oscar Wilde will be directed by Theatre 29 veteran Butch Pelfry. Auditions will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, November 17, at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Pelfry needs five men and four women between the ages of 20 and 60. “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run weekends January 10 through February 8, with Sunday matinees January 19 and February 2. Pelfry also needs volunteers for set construction, props, stagehands, costuming, and other non-performing positions; anyone interested should also come to the auditions.
Tuesday, the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcat Tennis team clinched the De Anza League championship for the fourth straight year in a row with a 17 – 1 victory over Desert Mirage High School in Thermal.
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team beat the Yucca Valley High School Trojans in wildcat gym last night. The Ladycats’ stand out was Senior Tusia Brown, who had 19 kills for the night. Senior Cherokee Turner had nine kills, five blocks, and one ace serve, followed by freshman Tatiyanna Mackall with six kills and five blocks. The Ladycats are 7-2 in league play.
Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will host the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles at home. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team travels away tomorrow to play the Desert Mirage Rams. And Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning football team hosts Bloomington Christian at home. Kick-off for all games is at 7 p.m.
Tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School cross-country team will participate in the DeAnza League finals at Snow Summit in Big Bear. The first event starts at 1 p.m.