A Desert Hot Springs woman was stabbed in a case of mistaken identity in Yucca Valley Saturday evening, and a Joshua Tree woman is in custody. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Erica Devine was arguing with another woman in the 58600 block of Barron Drive in Yucca Valley shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday evening, when she pulled out a knife and stabbed the woman twice. The victim was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with a collapsed lung. Erica Devine was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000. Devine has previous convictions for burglary, receiving stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.
A dog was shot and killed in Twentynine Palms Saturday afternoon after it attacked a woman and her dog. According to a Sheriff’s report, Alecia Endres and Christina Anderson arrived at a home in the 74500 block of Valle Vista about 3:30 p.m. when two dogs ran at them barking and attacked another dog in the yard. When Endres tried to kick the attacking dog, the dog turned on her and bit her in the left leg. Anderson’s father, Dwight Anderson, came out of the house and shot the attacking dog with a .22-caliber handgun, killing it. The other dog ran off. A description of the dogs was not available. Both County and City Animal Control claim the address of the attack is not in their jurisdiction, and both say they did not send an animal control officer to the location. Anyone with information about the dogs should call Twentynine Palms Animal Control at 760-367-1057.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, neighbors reported that Joseph Lopez, 27, of the 7300 block of Bannock Trail, broke out the back windshield of his girlfriend’s car about 8:30 a.m., as well as windows to the apartment. Both Lopez and his girlfriend then left, and returned shortly before 1 p.m. The report states that Lopez pulled his girlfriend out of the car, wrestled with her on the ground, and pulled her around by her arms, as well as slapped and bit her. After an investigation, Joseph Lopez was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
The Twentynine Palms City Council is in for a busy evening of listening and talking at their meeting tonight. Reporter Dan Stork says topics include tourism, a program for homeless released prisoners, Project Phoenix, new city signage, and budget planning topics…
The Twentynine Palms City Council starts its 6 p.m. April 22 meeting with four presentations: to Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler upon his retirement; the Desert Regional Tourism Agency Quarterly Report for the California Welcome Center; the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s HOPE program for the Homeless; and an update by City Attorney Patrick Munoz on Project Phoenix. Three discussions follow: rolling stock inventory and rolling stock replacement schedule; the purchase of sign making equipment and approval of the City’s way-finding and street sign program; and a review of the Capital Improvement Program. At the end of the evening, the Council will go into closed session, as the Successor Agency to the Dissolved Redevelopment Agency, to discuss litigation against the state Department of Finance. The meeting takes place in Council Chambers at City Hall.
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will be working on its Development Code at its meeting tonight. The commissioners will be asked to approve amendments relating to, among others, infrastructure improvements, landscaping, parking, property maintenance, soil erosion, and temporary special events. Next, the Commission will be asked to approve an amendment relating to zoning districts and development standards. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.
Opening night for “Nunset Boulevard,” the latest in the blockbuster “Nunsense” franchise of musical comedies, is this Friday at Theatre 29, and is sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. For the opening night performance only, the doors open at 6 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres, with a silent auction during intermission. “Nunset Boulevard” follows the latest exploits of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. They are thrilled at the prospect until they arrive and realize that they are actually booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama, a bowling alley with a cabaret lounge, and not the famed ‘Bowl’ they were imagining. Assignment reporter Sara Snyder says this show is not to be missed…
While contending with announcements over the bowling alley’s PA system, the Little Sisters of Hoboken learn that auditions are being held across the street for roles in a movie musical about the life a famous movie star who became a nun. The Sisters, thinking they are naturals for parts, race off to audition during their show’s intermission. The intrepid band of dancing and singing nuns are played by Marty Neider, Gloria Garner, Char Childs, Pamela Crane, Mandi Pushkar, Katie VanSumeren, Amanda Winters and Jasmine Shaffer. Kathryn Ferguson directs. “Nunset Boulevard” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. beginning April 25 through May 24, with two Sunday matinees May 4 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for opening night only are $20 and are available at Tom’s Cards in Twentynine Palms or from Mary Reeves, 760-625-5335. Tickets for the rest of the performances are $8 to $12 and are available online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.
At the last two outings of the Joshua Tree Clean Team, 15 volunteers gathered to pick up at trash. The next Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet tomorrow morning (Wednesday, April 23) at on the highway and Sunnyhill Road, just west of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, at 8 a.m. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available. Following the clean up efforts there will be an optional get together for coffee at the Park Rock Café.
A cost-of-living increase is just one item on tonight’s agenda for the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board will also hear an update on adding Landers residents to the district’s service area…
Prior to tonight’s regular meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, Directors will convene a special 5 p.m. open meeting to review parliamentary procedure and protocol. Then at 6 p.m. the board gets down to business with a public hearing on director’s per diem compensation after which the board may vote on whether not to give themselves a 5 percent cost of living increase. Also tonight the board will receive and file a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the last fiscal year. This is the second year in a row for the Agency to earn this distinction. The board will also get an update on the plan to provide service to Landers residents now served by County Special Districts, and get updates on the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and the Hazard Mitigation Plan. It all happens on Cherokee Trail under the old water tower in Landers.
A Twentynine Palms High School student was awarded a $1,000 STEM scholarship from Copper Mountain College. The scholarship was awarded to Crystalfaith Rickman, who intends to major in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at Copper Mountain College.
Jacynda Gutierrez and Crystalfaith Rickman
Rickman, and fellow Twentynine Palms student Jacynda Gutierrez, were also finalists for the prestigious Greenleaf Scholarship, and were awarded a $500 scholarship at CMC.
The top 10 Wildcat seniors in the 2014 Twentynine Palms High School graduating class have been announced. Heather Centner has earned the Valedictorian recognition as the top-ranked student in her class. She is headed off to Northern Arizona University this fall. Suhas Arehalli, ranked #2 in the senior class, will be recognized as the Salutatorian for the class of 2014. Suhas will attend the Univeristy of California at San Diego in the fall. The remaining top 10 seniors for 2014 are as follows:
3.) Jake Culver
4.) Krystienne Delarosa
5.) Ryan Crow
6.) Bailey Flynn
7.) Cherokee Turner
8.) Crystalfaith Rickman
9.) Nicholas Smith
10.) Ty Lueken
A local student athlete has been awarded an athletic scholarship for Cross Country running. Fittingly, it’s across the country. Reporter Dan Stork reports that Jeff Larson is going to New Jersey…
Yucca Valley High School has announced that senior Cross-Country standout Jeffrey Larson officially signed his letter of intent to Division I, Seton Hall University to participate in Cross Country. This university competes in the Big East Conference. Jeff will be receiving $120,000 in guaranteed scholarships, with the potential of almost $200,000 by the end of his collegiate career.
Dodger, Angels, Giants and A’s fans get ready, because the Miracle League is ready to play ball. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, Miracle League Baseball is anticipating extending its league from two to four teams this season. Two games will be played each Monday evening starting April 28 through the month of June.
Players should turn in completed registration forms to the Basin Wide Foundation office located in the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. The registration fee for the spring season is $40, and scholarships are available if needed. Those who wish to serve as buddies to the players should contact Stacey Schooler at 760-625-9504. Each player is paired with a buddy who assists them during the game depending on the type and level of their disability.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan swim team will travel away to Thermal to play the Desert Mirage Rams. The meet starts at 3:15.