CHP Officer Simon Miller receives his Footprint Award from CHP Sgt. Green.

CHP Officer Simon Miller receives his Footprint Award from CHP Sgt. Green.

Members of various branches of law enforcement were honored for their services during an award ceremony Thursday in Yucca Valley. The Morongo Basin Chapter 71 of the International Footprint Association honored representatives from the Joshua Tree National Park Service, the County Probation Department, the County Sheriff Court Services, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, the United States Marine Corps provost marshal’s office, and the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells about the accomplishments of some of the honorees…

Among those who were honored were Sheriff’s Deputy Shauna Ables, CHP Officer Simon Miller, and military police officer Lt. Kelly Guinther. Officer Miller, who joins his brothers Levi, Jesse and Caleb at the Morongo Basin CHP station, led the entire Morongo Basin Area in total DUI arrests for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, and was recently recognized by San Bernardino Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk-Driving (MADD) for his hard work. This was Officer Miller’s second consecutive MADD award. Also among those honored Thursday was Lt Kelly Guinther, a civilian Police Officer with the Combat Center’s military police. Lt. Guinther was recognized for his outstanding performance as the Assistant Operations Officer while simultaneously conducting the duties of the Accident Investigations Chief for the last three to four months due to an absence in the billet. He is also the base’s Violence Prevention Officer.


Tonight’s performance of the “Farndale Murder Mystery” is the last one in the comedy’s run at Theatre 29.  A check of the theatre’s web site at on Friday morning showed many seats available in the first three rows.  People who have seen it already reported experiencing side-splitting laughter throughout.  We’ve got our tickets for tonight, and can’t wait.  The curtain goes up at 7 pm.  Theatre 29 is located on Sullivan Road, just off Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.  Check out for seating availability.


Morongo Basin Unity Home Domestic Violence Shelter, Outreach and Thrift Store is once again in need of household donations of any kind. Donations and proceeds from the shelter’s thrift store go directly to support their clients. Especially needed now is a small pick-up truck to transport donations within the community. And a reminder, the March Madness sale at Unity Home Thrift Store will end in a few days. This means there are only a few days left to enter the raffle; the drawing will be held Tuesday, April 1. For more information, call 760-366-8500.


One of the hallmarks of a community is how it cares for its dependent animals.  ROP Broadcasting student Brianna Bickle highlights the animal shelter in Joshua Tree…

The Morongo Basin Humane Society known as, M.B.H.S., runs the no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree. Every one of the staff, volunteers, and board members believes in the idea that no adoptable animal should be euthanized, and that some seemingly unadoptable animals can become someone’s treasured pet with time and training. The problem is that this belief of complete commitment to the health and well-being of every pet in the shelter comes at a very high price. The organization is always accepting donations, as in money, food, blankets, also water and food bowls for the dogs. For more information, or to make a donation, contact 760-366-3786.  Reporting for Z107-7 NEWS  I am ROP broadcasting student Brianna Bickle.


The Yucca Valley High School S-Club is accepting donated dresses for its prom dress closet. The dresses can be dropped off at the Yucca Valley High School front office through April 4. The dresses will be free to any student in the Morongo Basin who comes to the school, accompanied by a parent or adult, on April 5, from 9 to noon. More than 30 girls and boys are members of the S Club, a service club sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Yucca Valley. For more information, call Sophie at 760-851-8077.


You can enjoy delicious See’s Easter Candy, save the cost of gas to drive ‘down below’ and support the library by purchasing your See’s Easter Candy from the Joshua Tree Friends.  A variety of See’s offerings are available at the Joshua Tree Library now.  In addition, through April 1, the Friends will be accepting orders for several types of candy.   All order selections can be seen on the Friends of the Library webpage at or by visiting the Joshua Tree Library.  Orders are also accepted by phone and will be available for pick up the week of April 7th. The library is open today from 9 to 5.  For more information call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at (760) 366-8615.