One man is in custody for attempted murder after shooting another man at a carwash in Twentynine Palms Friday morning.


According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, the victim, who has only been identified as a Hispanic male from Twentynine Palms, was washing his GMC Yukon in the self-service carwash in the 5100 block of Adobe Road about 9:35 a.m. when he was approached by Eduardo Soriano, 38, of Twentynine Palms. The two men argued, and Porter said Soriano shot the victim in the leg and foot before fleeing in his gray SUV. The victim identified his attacker as Soriano to Sheriff deputies, who arrested him at Phelps Dining Hall on board the Combat Center. Porter said a search warrant was obtained, and ammunition and magazines for a .40-caliber pistol were recovered, but the gun had not been found yet. Eduardo Soriano was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million. The victim was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.


The principal players in "The Importance of Being Ernest" at Theatre 29 gather around a handbag for the play's denouement.

The principal players in “The Importance of Being Ernest” at Theatre 29 gather around a handbag for the play’s denouement.

The classic comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, continues its run weekends at Theatre 29 through February 8 with a matinee this Sunday. The play, directed by Butch Pelfrey, features Broadway-class period costuming by Kathryn Ferguson, and a delightfully imagined and intricate setting designed by Pelfrey with help from his wife, Jackie Pelfrey. “The Importance of Being Earnest” tells the story of a country gentleman who assumes another identity when visiting the city. When his city friend assumes another identity to visit the country, farce and hilarity ensue. Love is lost and found, the laughs are many, and the final “reveal” at the end of the show is leaving audiences delighted. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all age groups. Tickets can be reserved at or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.


The sweetest event in the desert, the 12th Annual Dessert Soiree, will be a night of fabulous food, wine, auctions, concluding with the Sunset Rotary Club’s version of “Deal or No Deal” game. Managing Editor Tami Roleff fills in the details on the event….

The 12th Annual Dessert Soiree starts with a delicious selection of desserts, fruit and cheese and wine pairings. There will be a silent and live auction with original jewelry and artwork donated by local artists, furniture, vacation packages, dinners, and more. One lucky person could win $1000 during the always-popular Deal or No Deal game. Sponsorships of the Deal or No Deal cases are still available. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls club of the High Desert, which has seen its membership grow from 165 children to more than 1,100 kids. The Dessert Soiree will be held Saturday, February 22, at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at Tease Shirts, Boys and Girls Club, or from any Sunset Rotary member. For more information please call Tami Montgomery 760-401-5229 or Chris Gubler 760-364-2282.


The Four Rotary Clubs of the Morongo Basin have banded together to have a huge food collection campaign, the “Morongo Basin Meals Campaign”; that will benefit local food banks and organizations.

The event is being held on Valentine Day, February 14, 2014 and there will be drop off locations the day of the event at the three Stater Brothers stores; 2 in Yucca Valley and one in 29 Palms and Rotarians will be there to assist donators.     In addition, there will be drop off boxes starting this week at the following locations: The Chambers in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and 29 Palms, the Water District offices in the 3 municipalities as well as Opus Bank in 29 Palms, Pacific Western Bank in Yucca Valley, Triad Realtors in 29 Palms, Copper Mountain College, Realty Professionals of the Morongo Basin in Yucca Valley and Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel in Yucca Valley.  Please drop off Non-Perishable Foods or cash donations at any of the drop off points, or to any of the Stater Brothers stores the day of the event, between 9 Am and 6 PM.  Checks can be made payable to the Joshua Tree Rotary Foundation.  For information on how you can sponsor the event, please call Debbi at 760-228-3482.


Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, one of the six homes in Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 10th Annual Parade of Homes has withdrawn from the tour. Casa de Kinsman in Twentynine Palms has been replaced with Casa Grande in Twentynine Palms, which is a southwestern-style home with Mexican pavers and a courtyard. Other homes on the tour include the Tile House in Twentynine Palms, the Desert Lily and FurstWorld in Joshua Tree, and the Double J Ranch and the Willows in Yucca Valley. Tickets to tour the six homes are $25 each and include lunch. For more information on where to purchase tickets, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.


Artists are invited to submit artwork for three themed art exhibitions planned for the Twentynine Palms Visitors’ Center. “Desert Rocks! Life on the Faultline” will be shown in the visitor center’s gallery April 1 through June 27. The summer show, from July 1 to September 26, is “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance.” The fall-winter show, from October 1 to December 26, is “Gold, Iron & Steel: A Metallic History of the Morongo Basin.” Artists are encouraged to submit three-dimensional work such as assemblage, sculpture, ceramics, or fabric art as well as more conventional mediums, like oil or acrylic painting, watercolor, photography, and mixed media. There is no charge to submit art. For more information about in-out days, contact Jon Beard at 760-367-7562 or email


There’s a great opportunity for public service for those who have the time to devote.  Reporter Katie Baker describes what it takes to be a Grand Juror…

Volunteers for the 2014-2015 San Bernardino County Grand Jury are now being requested. Successful applicants will serve as Grand Jurors for the period beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015. Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2014.   To be eligible, a person must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the County of San Bernardino for at least one year prior to appointment. Grand Jurors are also required to speak fluent English, be in possession of their natural faculties, and of sound judgment and good character.  The County Grand Jury investigates all aspects of County, city and special district government.
You can complete the application on-line at the Grand Jury’s website at
Reporting for Z107.7, this is assignment reporter Katie Baker.


Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. Meetings provide a safe, comfortable setting to navigate through the difficulties that often accompany the death of a loved one. Gloria Beatle, BSW, hospice social worker, leads these meetings, which are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 6336 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, For more information, call Gloria at 760/366-6427


The Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy has announced the date of its 23rd Annual Spell-a-thon. The spelling bee for adults will be held from 9 to noon March 8 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Teams of three people will compete against each other for bragging rights of the best spellers in the Morongo Basin. The entry fee is $25 per team, and team members raise pledges that will benefit the MBCAL. Teams must register by March 5. For more information, or to sign up your team, call 760-275-4448, 760-221-4089, or 760-972-7205.


A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001 and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support, family services, and in-home visits as needed. For more information, contact Pacific Clinics at 760-228-9657.