Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour tonight as we spring forward into Daylight Saving Time. And make sure to change the batteries in all your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and flashlights.  Working smoke alarms are critical to helping save your life. If you installed the 10 year lithium smoke alarms, then you have eliminated the need for batteries every year; however, a little spring cleaning for your home safety devices will ensure they are free of dust or defect. Other steps to help keep your family safe include residential home sprinklers, a home escape plan, and general preparedness for various natural disasters, such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes, etc.  Having a plan and making sure you have all the equipment/items you need will help in your families safety.  For more safety information, visit www.sbcfire.org.


On Thursday we reported that tenants at Shady Elms Mobile Home Park had been without water or electricity since a fire 8 days earlier had destroyed two trailers and a utility pole, and are still without electricity.  On Thursday afternoon, state authorities condemned the park for human habitation, with a 30 day notice.  Friday morning, we spoke with Robert Coots, a long-time resident of the park.  He told us that his understanding was that if conditions could be remedied within the 30-day window, he and his neighbors could continue living at the park.  Coots said that over the last year he has used $6300 of his own money and $2000 worth of his own labor to improve his living situation.  He added that, in the wake of the condemnation, other tenants are joining his efforts to clean up the park so that repairs can proceed.


“Quilting Seasons” is the theme for this year’s Desert Guilds’ Quilt Show, continuing in Palm Springs today, from 10 am to 4 pm. The show features 150 quilts made by members of three quilt guilds, including Cactus Sewables inYucca Valley, Coachella Valley, and Pass Patchers, from the Banning/Beaumont area. Other highlights include a certified quilt appraiser, a quilt raffle, a mini quilt exhibit, and merchants and vendors. The quilt show is a fundraiser for the three quilt guilds, who make donations to various community organizations. Admission to the quilt show is $7 with free parking. The quilt show is at the Palm Springs Pavilion, 401 S. Pavilion Way.


Two Joshua Tree residents were arrested in Thursday on warrants and other charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle about noon Thursday in the 62000 block of El Reposo Circle. During the investigation, the deputy discovered that Jason Brown, 31, had in his possession nunchuks, and for a probation violation. He was arrested for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail. Tanisha Trujuillo, 29, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, cited, and released.

Also in Joshua Tree, a Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday morning, accused of being under the influence of drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, Eric Edginton, 21, was stopped near East Parkway Boulevard and El Reposo Street about 11 a.m. Eric Edginton was arrested on a warrant for burglary and for investigation of being under the influence. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $30,000.

A Landers man was arrested Thursday afternoon following a traffic stop. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Paaverud, 27, was stopped about 4:30 p.m. near 5th Avenue and Linn Road in Landers for having expired license registration tags. During the traffic stop, the Deputy determined Paaverud is wanted on several Sheriff’s warrants, for driving with a suspended license and without insurance. In addition, the deputy found metal knuckles in Paaverud’s possession. Michael Paaverud was arrested for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon, and on his warrants. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $27,500.


Here’s one for you… Did you ever wonder exactly what kind of “footprint” you’re leaving on the planet? Managing editor Tami Roleff breaks down the decomposition of everyday trash…
If you throw your “footprint-making” leather shoes out of the car window, they would take between 25 and 40 years to disappear (unless someone picked them up, of course). What about that cigarette butt? 10 to 12 years. Plastic bags, 10 to 20 years; plastic containers, 50 to 80 years; aluminum cans, 80 to 100 years. Even an orange peel will stick around for six months. Styrofoam: Never. At the end of time, all that would be left is cockroaches and the packing from your iPod. Nobody wants to stumble across your litter for decades to come, especially in our windy desert. So think beyond yourself and make a difference, by not trashing our home.


Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause will hold its first Poker Run fundraiser for homeless veterans Saturday, March 22. All are welcome. Start time is 7 a.m. at the Change for Vets Thrift Store, 5758 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms. Bring in your donations for the thrift store, as well: food, coats, or blankets, all of which will be given to the area’s homeless vets. The poker run will make three stops in Joshua Tree National Park, followed by a stop in Morongo Valley, before ending at Hi-Desert Motorcycle Supply in Yucca Valley. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third-place for best poker hands. Registration is $40 and includes a T-shirt and a meal. To pre-register, email vccpreshidesert@gmail.com. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans.


Club volleyball teams in three teen age groups are practicing their sport in Yucca Valley. ROP Broadcastng student Allixandria Durrum tells how to get in on the action…
The Highway 62 club volleyball team is a league of players between the ages of 13-18. These ages are divided into three individual teams that compete with other club teams throughout southern California. The 18U team is run by coach Jamie Hopton; his team meets at the Yucca Valley High school on Saturday 12-4 and Sunday 2-5 for practice. The 16U team’s coach, Darrell Sterling, has the team meet at the Yucca Valley high school for practice on Saturday 8-12 and Sundays 1-4 and Rebecca Taylor with the 14U team also meets at the Yucca Valley high school for practice on Saturdays from 10am-12pm and Sundays 1:30-4. For more information about the teams you can contact Darrell Sterling at (760) 217-9866 or hwy62vbc@gmail.com.


The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Sunday breakfast of chicken fried steak. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.  The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way, in downtown JT.