Two people who were found dead in Yucca Valley Thursday night appeared to have died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard said it appeared the man and woman and a dog were trying to keep warm in a shed when they died. The Coroner’s office identified the man as Uriah Claire, 36; the identity of the woman with him has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin. The exact cause of death is pending, following an autopsy by the Coroner’s office.
The majority of collisions in California that end in death or injury begin with a speeding or aggressive driver. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has received a federal grant to fund a campaign to reduce the frequency of crashes caused by speeding and aggressive driving. With summer fast approaching, the primary goal of the grant is to reduce the number of collisions caused by speeding, improper turning, driving on the wrong side of the road, and thereby reducing the number of traffic fatalities and injuries.
Another climbing area in Joshua Tree National Park has been closed due to nesting raptors. The Park announced Thursday that the Towers of Uncertainty area, about 2 ½ miles south of Geology Tour Road, is closed to climbers due to nesting birds. The area will be closed until the birds abandon their nest; the closure is not expected to last beyond mid June. The Park has also closed several climbing routes near Hidden Valley Campground, and in the Indian Cove area.
Opposition to commercial solar in the Morongo Basin has consistently been accompanied by support for rooftop solar on existing buildings. Dan Stork says there will be a local opportunity to learn how to do it, this month…
Third District Supervisor James Ramos has announced a free, public expo, “Solar Options for Homeowners,” on Saturday, April 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Ave. in Joshua Tree. The Solar Options for Homeowners expo aims to bring area property owners together with solar power companies, contractors, installers, consultants, and lenders. According to a press release from Ramos’ office, plans for the expo came partly in response to a report from the Basin Energy Assessment Team and recent actions opposing large-scale solar developments by the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. While some will want to purchase panels outright and take advantage of big tax incentives, for others a lease agreement can be most economical. In those cases, the solar power provider may offer free installation, low payments and signup bonuses, and keep the tax incentives for themselves. Representatives from the County’s Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program will be on-hand with financing options for solar, and for a variety of home energy upgrades. They can explain how financing through HERO can be more economical than a conventional loan at a lower rate. To make the best use of time, homeowners who have already determined they want to switch to a solar system will want to bring to the expo their electric bills from the last 12 months. For more information or to request a free vendor space, email BasinMAC@gmail.com or call 760-449-4048.
The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council is opening its new art gallery in Joshua Tree today, and will hold an opening reception Saturday during the Joshua Tree Second Saturday Art Crawl. Gallery 62’s first exhibit will feature the works of seven artists: Paul and Kathy Klopfenstein, with their 3-dimensional artworks; Paul Morehead’s photography; Sal Sinare with his primitive metal sculptures; and the contemporary abstract paintings of James O’Keefe, Jason Graves, and Lenne Rosen-Kabe. Gallery 62, located at 61871 29 Palms Highway, next to Art Queen, will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 to 5. During the Second Saturday Art Crawl April 12, the gallery will be open 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is funded by the MBCAC’s exhibits program.
Harrison House Music and Arts presents Shalini Vijayan on solo violin performing works from Bach to the present by composers from around the globe. The performance is tomorrow, Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Joshua Tree Health Foods, 29 Palms Hwy at Sunset Street, Joshua Tree. Harrison House is located at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue in Joshua Tree. For more information call 760-366-4712. Harrison House Music and Arts is an artist residency, performance and community arts program based in the straw bale retreat built by the late composer, Lou Harrison, on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park. Gifted artists are invited into this historic and remarkable acoustic environment to share their art with audiences and participants in an intimate setting.
A special show this Saturday night and Sunday afternoon only at Theatre 29. The “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” is a one-man show that wowed critics in New York and Los Angeles. Reporter Sara Snyder has more….
The creative team behind the hit off-Broadway musical, “Fabulous Divas of Broadway,” is at again, bringing the “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” to Theatre 29 for two performances. Writer and creator Alan Palmer stars in this audacious tribute to Hollywood films and the divas who starred in them. With fast-paced costume changes, Palmer’s impressions of Cher, Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, and more, is a must for all lovers of film. “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” takes the stage at Theatre 29 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are cash or check only. For reservations, call 760-361-4151.
Tickets to “Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” are available in Twentynine Palms at the Chamber’s Downtown Visitors Center, in Joshua Tree at the Z107.7 Studios across from the Post Office and in Yucca Valley at Chamber offices in the California Welcome Center. Tickets may also be reserved through the Box Office at 760-361-4151.
Two events this weekend will benefit local veterans. Vets Cruzin for a Cause/Change For Vets will hold a car/truck/bike wash Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to raise funeral funds for the family of fallen a Marine. The event will be held at the Change For Vets Thrift Shop located at 5758 Adobe Rd., Suite B in Twentynine Palms. Please come out and support our brothers in arms. All proceeds go directly to the family of the deceased veteran. Food and drinks will be available for purchase
Sunday, enjoy a night of bingo while raising awareness for our local homeless veterans. The Morongo Basin chapter of Vets Cruzin’ For A Cause and Change For Vets will host a Bingo night at the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree. Doors open at 3 p.m. and bingo begins at 4:30 p.m. There will be food, drinks, prizes and live entertainment by 180 Ministries Band. The Sportsman’s Club is located at 6225 Sunburst Ave, Joshua Tree. Bring your friends and family and help us raise money for our nation’s forgotten heroes. For more information, please contact Kevin Fish 760-368-8715.
Get you classic or show car, truck or motorcycle shined up and ready for the Annual Street Fair and Car Show in Twentynine Palms. Managing Editor Tami Roleff gets her motor runnin’…
The 14th Annual Twentynine Palms Street Fair and Car Show will be held on a new day, date, and location this year. In the past, the show was held on the first Friday in June on the highway in downtown Twentynine Palms. Because the car show has gotten so big, organizers decided this year to move the fair and car show to Luckie Park, on Saturday, May 3, from 10 to 6. All years, makes, and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome at the show. Also a part of the car show will be a “Kidz Zone” with games for kids, a beer garden and live entertainment. The annual Armed Services YMCA Soap Box Derby will move its traditional venue as well to remain part of the event. Z107.7 Radio is a co-sponsor of the car show. For more information or to volunteer, call Twentynine Palms Chamber Executive Director Cynthia Truitt at 760-367-3445.
The Marine K-9 Corps has been added to Saturday’s (April 12) Woof Walk at Pappy and Harriet’s, and will show off their skills. The Woof Walk is from 10 to 2 with a dog walk, blessing of the animals, auction, food, music, pet demonstrations, and vendor booths. Trophies will be awarded for various dog categories. Miss Yucca Valley and her court, as well as the Yucca Valley High School Key and S clubs will be there to assist. There will even be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Bring the whole family for this fun-filled event which benefits the Morongo Basin Humane Society’s no-kill shelter. For more information call Mimi at 760-366-9306.
The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a Plus level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. Dale Hoppers will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bob Paull will be cueing Rounds from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. and between tips. For more information contact Dennis at 366-8626.
The True Vine Fellowship Ministry will hold a carwash fundraiser Saturday, April 12 to support the church’s youth and community outreach programs. The carwash will be held from 9 to 2 in the Santana’s parking lot in Twentynine Palms, 73680 Sun Valley Drive.
The hard-working, multi-talented volunteers at Theatre 29 are looking for a few good actors and actresses. Auditions for the Drama “A Doll’s House” have been scheduled. Reporter Mike Lipsitz puts out the call…
Actors of all ages are needed for the Theatre 29 production of “A Doll’s House,” Kurt Schauppner directs the show which runs from June 20 to July 19. Auditions for “A Doll’s House” are set for Sunday, April 27, at the Theatre 29 beginning at 4 p.m. Schauppner looks to cast four or five adult women in a range of ages, three to four adult men, and three youngsters to be cast as children ages four to seven. “A Doll’s House,” tells the story of a seemingly happy housewife and mother who comes to realize her life is not as ideal as she thought and that she is not where she needs to be. Rehearsals will begin immediately following the open try-outs. For more information about auditions or about the production, call Schauppner at 760-362-4577.
The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams won their meet against Yucca Valley yesterday. The Ladycats won, 103 points to Yucca Valley’s 67 points. Qualifying for CIF were Darrian Rieg in the 200 individual medley and Hanna Beard in the 100-meter backstroke. The Twentynine Palms boys won the meet by 5 points, with a score of 85 to 80 for the Yucca Valley Trojans.
Twentynine Palms Wildcat Golf Team had a loss and win in their back-to-back matches Wednesday and Thursday. The Wildcats lost to Yucca Valley Wednesday at home 231-244, and rebounded Thursday, beating Big Bear, 221-283, in Hesperia, shooting their lowest score of the season. Coach Grant Whipple said standouts for the Wildcats were Brandon Steffins, 41; Justin Delarosa, 42; Ty Lueken, 44; Cody Hathaway, 46; and Michael Hathaway, 48.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School and Yucca Valley High School swim teams will compete in an invitational meet in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m.