An 85-year-old Hemet man was killed and his passenger hurt when their Winnebago motor home ran off State Route 62 and overturned east of Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park, according to the County Coroner and California Highway Patrol Investigators. James Stout died at the scene at 10:39 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, along Highway 62, about two miles east of Highway 177. His 84-year-old female passenger suffered minor injuries and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio. Stout was driving a westbound Ford Winnebago that was towing a Jeep Cherokee on a flatbed trailer. CHP Officer Mike Radford said, “For undetermined reasons, the Winnebago veered off the road, over an embankment and into the desert where it overturned.”
Two people were arrested at Walmart Monday afternoon after one of them attempted to steal a car following a shoplifting spree. According to a Sheriff’s report, Ricky McCool, 40, Trista Feskanich, and another unidentified woman went to Walmart and left the store with 27 items, valued at more than $300, concealed on their bodies and in the women’s purses. The report says McCool fled from deputies and unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a truck in front of Home Depot. When that failed, he continued to run, until he was captured by deputies. Trista Feskanich was detained by deputies as she left Walmart; the other woman remains unidentified. Ricky McCool was arrested for investigation of attempted carjacking and burglary. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $125,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Monday morning after relatives said he choked his 6-year-old niece. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jeremy Cannon, 33, was choking the girl about 12:20 in the 6000 block of Juniper Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The report says a family member hit Cannon over the head with a bottle to get him to release the girl. Jeremy Cannon was arrested for investigation of felony cruelty to a child, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000.
On the agenda of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight are more individual school plans, recognition for two schools, a musical performance, and a very long action agenda. Dan Stork summarizes what’s in store…
The December 3 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins with a closed session at 5 p.m. on discipline and bargaining issues. At 5:10, the Board begins a work/study session on field trips and on the Single Plans for Student Achievement from Morongo Valley, Landers, and Yucca Mesa Elementary Schools, and Twentynine Palms Junior High School. The regular open session at 7 p.m. will adopt those four plans. Condor Elementary School and La Contenta Middle School will be recognized for academic achievement, followed by a performance by the La Contenta Advanced Band. The action agenda includes a public hearing on school facilities fees; approval of policies related to Special Education, reimbursements, and bids; and many by-law updates, to match California School Board Association recommendations.
Tender Loving Cause, or TLC, has been organizing volunteers to provide a free Christmas meal to residents of the Morongo Basin for the past 29 years. But feeding 5,000 people a turkey and ham dinner with all the sides isn’t the only thing TLC does. The organization also provides gift packages to children and shut-ins. Tender Loving Cause will hold a “Stuff the Bus” event this week to gather donations of non-perishable food, toys, stuffed animals and new clothes. The bus will be at Walmart in Yucca Valley December 3 and 4; at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree December 5, and at the Hi-Desert Star parking lot in Yucca Valley December 6. All times are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be entertainment and caroling at the events.
Mark your calendar for the Greater Landers Clean Up this Saturday, December 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your trash, old furniture and appliances, rugs, tires—YES TIRES—to Homestead Valley Park on Belfield Blvd. in Landers. It’s free; bring all the trash you want! Even electronics are okay, just no hazardous materials, batteries, or tires on rims. A volunteer with a Bobcat or other equipment to assist with moving heavy items is especially needed. Call 760-449-4048 if you can pitch in with a Bobcat, can join a litter retrieval team, or can help at the Park. Greater Landers Clean Up is organized by the Landers Association.
Students at Twentynine Palms High School are hard at work getting their award-winning Yearbook ready. ROP Broadcast student Tusia Brown has more…
Have you ever wondered how much it takes to produce a yearbook? Lariana Martinez, president of Twentynine Highschools’ yearbook staff was asked some questions regarding training process, organization, finances, and how each yearbook is unique. “In order to be in Yearbook, you have to fill out an application and be interviewed by Mr. Fontana. If you are accepted, you may attend Yearbook Camp. The class itself is organized by designers, photographers, editors, and business managers. Financially we raise money by fundraisers and year book contests. Every yearbook has its own story and theme. Don’t miss out on this year’s fun and colorful yearbook.” If you want to purchase a yearbook or have any questions, contact TPHS and ask for Mr. Fontana.
Organizers of the Second Annual Hi Desert Holiday Art Auction have been receiving lots of donations of artwork from all over the Morongo Basin and from as far away as Utah and Australia so this year’s auction promises to have something for all tastes. Jewelry, photography, paintings, etchings, metalwork and even furnishings will be offered for auction to help support the Neighbors Helping Neighbors programs for seniors and the disabled. ArtFx and Furnishings located at 55836 29 Palms Hwy in Old Town Yucca Valley is sponsoring and hosting the event on December 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. This year’s event will be expanded to also accepting donations of non-perishable food items and holiday gifts for our low income elderly neighbors. The event will offer holiday treats and baked goods, refreshments, live music and joyful spirit with a way for the community a way to bid on items from multiple artists and support a good cause at the same time. For more information contact Reach Out at 760-361-1410 or ArtFx and Furnishings at 619-990-5683.
An inaugural event spanning five venues and three days this weekend is centered on the artistic beauty of Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork has the event line-up for the Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire…
On December 6, 7, and 8, Twentynine Palms will host the first Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire, at the Oasis of Mara. Festivities include a juried art show with an opening reception, awards, and a weekend art faire with artists’ booths, art demonstrations, cultural displays, park history presentations, youth art activities, live music, food and beverages. Fifty artists will compete for cash awards for their artwork inspired by Joshua Tree National Park. The art show opens at noon on Friday, Dec. 6, at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, with an opening reception set for 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, there will be events and exhibits at Park Headquarters and Oasis Visitor Center, the 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms Inn, Old Schoolhouse Museum, and the 29 Palms Creative Center and Gallery, all within walking distance of each other. The art faire will start with a nature walk at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, followed by artists’ booths, demonstrations, music and activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. An Art Celebration at the 29 Palms Inn on Saturday night begins at 5 p.m. For complete information, visit www.jtnpartfaire.com.
The High Desert Shrine Club will be having their annual Christmas Dinner this Saturday, December 7, at 1 p.m. The cost of the meal is $15. They will be having roast beef with all the trimmings. All proceeds will be going to benefit the Shriners’ Hospital in Los Angeles. The dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge in Twentynine Palms located off Highway 62 at 6501 Elk Trail. Reservations are REQUIRED and are DUE BY December 6 by 12 noon To make a reservation or for more information contact Donald Clark at 760-799-0636.
The Twentynine Palms Recreation Youth Basketball leagues are starting up soon. ROP Broadcast Student Jaylan Lane tells you how get the kids signed up…
The City of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the 2014 youth basketball league. According to Kary Minatrea, children in Kindergarten through 8th grades are eligible to register. The registration fee includes a uniform and a discount is given to families with three or more children participating in the league. Minatrea also said registrations will be accepted at the Park and Recreation office Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., and online 29palms.org until Friday, December 13. Volunteer coaches and officials are also being sought! For information call the recreation office at 760-367-7562.
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan girls’ basketball team opened their season with a 68-50 loss to the Bears of Riverside Poly last night in a first round game at the West Valley Tip Off Classic. Coach Jess Geeson said Yucca Valley was led by senior Hannah Hughes who scored 14 points, and junior Ashley Priest who netted 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. The girls head to Hemet again today for a second round game against Carter High of Rialto.
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team started their preseason action as they traveled to Yermo to play against Silver Valley High School. The Lady Trojans proved too strong and came away with the 9-0 victory. Coach Scott Phillips said standouts were:
Senior Teresa Nava, three goals; senior Amy Priest, one goal, one assist; junior Jennifer Luersen, one goal, one assist; junior Karson Scaccinoce, one goal; sophomore Esther Obeso, one goal, one assist; sophomore Olivia Paul, one goal; freshman Alexia Missett, one goal, two assists; freshman Hayli Mayhood, one assist; sophomore Nikole Cody, recorded the shutout as goalie.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms boys’ soccer team will host West Shores High School at home. The game starts at 5 p.m. Also tomorrow, the Wildcat boys’ basketball team will host the Cathedral City Lions at home. Tip-off begins at 6:30 p.m.