Two current council members, one on the Twentynine Palms City Council and one on the Yucca Valley Town Council, have announced they will not be running for re-election. Jay Corbin, the current mayor pro tem for Twentynine Palms, told Z107.7 news that he’s enjoyed being on the council and his accomplishments, but he doesn’t want to run for another term. His said his biggest accomplishment so far with making Twentynine Palms business friendly. He has some goals that he would like to see accomplished before the end of his term—such as directional signs, and seeing the dog park come to fruition.


Yucca Valley Town council member Dawn Rowe announced at the Town Council meeting Tuesday night that she does not intend to run for re-election this fall. Rowe told Z107.7 that being on the Council takes an extraordinary amount of time, and now that her children are in junior and senior high school, she wants to focus her attention as a single parent on her children. Rowe said she is proud of her accomplishments of making the Town’s General Plan and Development Code consistent, simplified, and clear. She added that she is also proud of keeping invocations before Town Council meetings. Rowe said she still intends to continue her part-time work for Congressman Paul Cook.


The Yucca Valley Town Council started its meeting off Tuesday night with a mid-year budget review, and got mostly good news. The Town’s estimated expenditures are slightly below the Town’s anticipated revenues. The Town had expected sales tax revenues to fall by 2 percent, but instead sales tax revenues are on track to increase by 2 percent over last year. However, as anticipated, property tax revenues are still declining, but only by about 1.1 percent. The Council also got updates on various projects around the Town. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives details on what’s happening and when…


The Council was also updated on the highway projects on the west end of town at its meeting Tuesday night. It’s expected that the traffic cones will be removed next week, and then the contractor will start work on striping the highway, and working on curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and driveways. As for the highway work from Apache to Palm Avenue, construction is expected to start February 15. In addition to highway projects, construction will start Monday on playground improvements at Paradise Park. And the Town plans to restripe the intersection at Palomar Avenue and Yucca Trail to try and prevent drivers from passing on the right in the intersection. Other projects in the works are slurry seal on Joshua Lane and Joshua Drive in April; the tennis courts at Jacobs Park in May; a traffic light at Dumosa and the highway in June; and improving road safety on Sage Avenue from the highway to the high school, in July.


According to the National Park Service, last weekend was one of the busiest holiday weekends on record for rangers at Joshua Tree due to warm weather that brought a high number of visitors: Friday evening, Rangers were called out to a report of a possible dead man in the Sheep’s Pass Group campground. They found the body of a 30-year-old probable suicide victim. The county coroner is investigating. Saturday afternoon, the park received a report of a possible diabetic emergency near the Black Rock campground. As emergency personnel were preparing for a carryout, the woman hiked out without assistance and declined medical treatment. Later, rangers responded to a motorcycle accident with two injuries a mile inside the park’s west entrance. The accident occurred when the operator failed to negotiate a curve. Alcohol was a suspected cause. Saturday evening, a ranger on patrol was advised of an overdue hiker in the Queen Mountain area. The 34-year-old San Diego man was last seen about three miles into the park’s backcountry. He was wearing only light clothing and nighttime temperatures at the time were around freezing. Search and rescue volunteers were called out and a county helicopter was requested. The crew of the helicopter spotted the man with infrared scopes and hoisted him aboard. He was very cold and slightly dehydrated, but recovered quickly with water and shelter. Sunday, rangers received a report of a hiker who was three days overdue from a trip into the Coxcomb Mountain area. During the search for the missing hiker’s vehicle, rangers also responded to an out-of-bounds campfire which had escaped in Pinto Basin, and a report of a child locked inside a vehicle in the Jumbo Rocks campground. The search for the overdue hiker’s vehicle continues. Monday night, rangers received a call reporting a lost man and five children in the Desert Queen Mine area. They had no food or water and were not prepared for cold nighttime temperatures. They walked out just as responding rangers and a county deputy arrived at the trailhead.


Local environmentalists will get together for their annual meeting this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to find out more about the Morongo Basin Conservation Association…..

The Morongo Basin Conservation Association holds its annual meeting this Saturday at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. with a look back and a look ahead. A highlight presentation on Renewable Energy and Water begins at 10 a.m. The free program is open to the public and features global and regional experts: Angelina Galiteva, April Sall, and Marina West, authorities on renewable energy technologies, desert conservation, and renewable energy projects’ effect on water resources respectively. Ms. Galiteva also chairs the World Council for Renewable Energy. For links to speaker’s organizations and MBCA efforts and programs, go to www.mbconservation.org.


A women’s health symposium will take place January 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 1p.m. on the Combat Center in Bldg 1707. This symposium is by women for women. All women with base access are encouraged to attend and female leaders are asked to encourage female subordinates to attend. Guest speakers and information tables will offer a wealth of information on how women can improve their health and lower risk from disease. A question-and-answer session will feature a panel of specialists to answer pre-submitted, anonymous, questions. Child care is available but parents must be
pre-registered with the Child Development Center. For more information, please call 760-830-2814.


The lineup is set for the Parade of Homes, the annual fundraiser for ReachOutMorongoBasin. Dan Stork has a preview…

The 10th annual Reach Out Morongo Basin Parade of homes has six homes signed on. The tour goes from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 16. The homes on the tour are the Tile House and Kasa de Kinsman in Twentynine Palms, FURSTWURLD and the Desert Lily in Joshua Tree, and The Willows and Double J Ranch in Yucca Valley.  Double J Ranch, which belongs to Jimm and Joann Peterson in Yucca Valley, is a 2 ½ acre horse property with outdoor art and a western motif on the outbuilding.  Art at this home features both local artists and Native American items. The Park Rock Café in downtown Joshua Tree is the lunch stop for the tour.  There will also be live music and a silent art auction there. Tickets are $25 each, and are on sale at:  Z107.7 Radio in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce offices, ArtFx & Furnishings in Yucca Valley, RPMB Realty in Yucca Valley, the Desert Trail office in Twentynine Palms, Cowboy Attic in the Historic Plaza in Twentynine Palms and Reach Out Morongo Basin offices in the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley senior centers. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at any of the featured homes or by calling Reach Out at 760-361-1410. For more information call Reach Out Morongo Basin or go online to www.reachoutmb.org.


At the Twentynine Palms Water District meeting last night, the board took little action. Reporter Taylor Thacker said the board voted to change mail ballot elections to polls. The cycle on which years they hold the elections was also changed to even years. This will save costs because the Water District can split the cost of polling places with other public agencies also holding elections. On the Fire Department side, during the month of December, there were 188 calls for assistance. The total calls for help for the year of 2013 were 2,230. After the shutdown of the Lear Station, response times to outer parts of the city have increased, but response times to inner parts of the city have stayed the same and decreased if they were back-to-back calls.


A reception tomorrow evening will kick of the official run up to Earth Day. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to see the “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” exhibit…

As part of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Earth Day celebration, local residents are invited to contribute artwork made from recycled and reused materials for the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s  “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” art exhibition on display January 25  through April 26. Paintings, sculpture, mixed media creations, photographs of recycled products, and any other art-related objects are loaned to the museum for display in the exhibition. An opening exhibition will be held on Friday, January 24, from 5:00-7:00pm. The reception is free to the public. For more information call 760-369-7212.


As we get ready for the 2014 Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant, hosted by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club, Z107-7 has been introducing you to the ten candidates. Today, Managing Editor Tami Roleff talks to Aimee Frank…

Today we visit with Aimee Frank, a junior at Yucca Valley and candidate for Miss Yucca Valley. Hi Aimee. Tell us, who is the prominent you interviewed, and what you have learned?


“Glenda Rarick is the name of the prominent woman I’ve had the pleasure to mentor with. During the course of our interview, I asked Glenda if she had any advice for someone making an effort to reach their dreams. She shared with me that you have to stay with it through the good and bad days. She told me that you must have perseverance and determination. By saying all this, Glenda helped me see that you also have to have a source of strength, which for Glenda and I, is our faith in the Lord.”

What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley?

“I’ve learned quite a bit with my experience with Miss Yucca Valley. One thing we do is read and discuss “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Shawn Covey. I’ve learned so much from this book because it talks about how to deal with specific situations in life. It has shown me that I need to look at myself and fix me before I try to fix anything else, like my relationships.”

Any final words?

“I’d just like to encourage any girls who want to participate in Miss Yucca Valley in the future to do it and to not be afraid because it’s an amazing experience and it’s well worth it.”


Twentynine Palms boys’ basketball lost a thriller to YuccaValley High   School last night in Wildcat gymnasium. Coach Mike Schneider said after squandering a large lead for Twentynine Palms in the first half, the Wildcats and Trojans played neck-and-neck for two overtime periods. The final result was a score of 76-81, Trojans. This marks a 1-2 De Anza league record for the ’Cats. Leading scorers for Twentynine Palms were Alex Chavez with 27 points; Kyle Hope, 20 points; and Andrew Wilson, 10 points. No individual stats were provided by YuccaValleyHigh   School.


The Yucca Valley High School Trojan soccer boys played Twentynine Palms last night and defeated the Wildcats 3-0. Coach Tee Vallo said injuries and starters in foul trouble in the first half had them playing five freshmen on the field most of the game. He said defense and senior keeper Victor Garcilazo held the Twentynine Palms offense to five shots and closed the game with the shut out, while the Trojan offense had 18 shots and three goals for the night. Senior Logan Vallo scored one goal; freshman Oscar Hernandez had one goal; freshman Abel Rodriguez, one goal and one assist; junior Haelan O’Donnell, one assist; and senior keeper Victor Garcilazo had three saves and the shut out.


The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team traveled to Twentynine Palms to take on the Lady Wildcats in De Anza League play. Coach Scott Phillips said the Lady Trojans dominated all aspects of the game including outshooting the Lady Wildcats 28-0 and gained the victory with a 2-0 score. Senior Amy Priest had one goal; freshman Alexia Missett, one goal, senior Teresa Nava, one assist; junior Karson Scaccinoce, one assist, and sophomore Nikole Cody had the shutout as goalie.


Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will host Shadow Hills High School at home. Both games start at 5 p.m.