After seven years at Copper Mountain College, Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner announced today that he will resign effective July 14,2014 to accept the Superintendent/President position at Victor Valley College.  According to a Press release, During his tenure, Dr. Wagner led the college through a period of unprecedented State budget cuts and integrated the College’s planning process that established a focus on resource allocation and student learning. The construction of the Bell Center and expansion of the Greenleaf Library and McDonald Hall were all completed during his tenure.

Eva Kinsman, President of the Board of Trustees, The Board will establish transitional leadership and intends to appoint an interim Superintendent/President.

Pending contract approval by the Victor Valley College Board of Trustees, Wagner will begin his new position on July 15, 2014.


In this opinion piece: Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3, is state primary election day in California. Morongo Basin voters have several local candidates running for county and state-wide offices in tomorrow’s election. In partisan races, the two candidates with the most votes for each seat will appear on the ballot in November. Here are the races being decided. Z107.7 News offers editorial opinion and endorses some of those which affect us locally. The most high-profile local race is the Congressional race for the 8th District. Z107.7 News endorses incumbent Paul Cook of Yucca Valley for re-election. For State Assembly, District 42, Z107.7 endorses Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley. The candidate for State Senate in our District is running unopposed. Other partisan races are governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general, insurance commissioner, and state Board of Equalization

Non-partisan races can be won outright with a 50 percent plus one vote.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Z107-7 endorses Tom Torlakson.
County Superintended of Schools, Z107-7 endorses Ted Allejandre.
Assessor/Recorder, we endorse Dan Carp.
Auditor/Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector: We endorse Larry Walker.
District Attorney, we endorse Grover Merritt.
For County Sheriff, we endorse John McMahon.
Z107.7 also urges a “yes” vote on both Proposition 41, to provide housing for homeless veterans, and Proposition 42, which would keep the workings of local government open and transparent. Registered voters should have received a Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot, which lists the place where each voter should go to vote. Mail ballots may also be returned to your assigned polling place. The polls are open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call the San Bernardino county elections office at 800-


The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council has incurred the first vacancy in its young life. Reporter Dan Stork reveals who is leaving, and what other issues affecting the Morongo Basin will be before the County Board of Supervisors at its next meeting…
A consent item on the agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting for June 3 announces a vacancy for the position on the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, currently held by David Peach of Joshua Tree. Other items of local interest on the consent agenda include: a one-year extension of a contract with Telecare for a Crisis Walk-in Center in Yucca Valley, which provides 24/7 urgent mental health services; passing of an environmental hurdle for a water pipeline to Pioneertown; budget adjustments for an increased cost in a parking lot paving project at the Joshua Tree Community Center. The open session of the Supervisors’ meeting starts at 10 a.m. It can be viewed and participated in at the interactive teleconferencing site at the County Building on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree, or just viewed via the CountyDirect feature on the County’s web site.


The Red Cross helped a family that was displaced Saturday morning by a small electrical fire in Landers. According to Fire Captain Trent Blanchard, a small fire started in a cabinet in front of an electrical switch. Due to the smoke damage, the family had to leave the home.


Burglars were out in Twentynine Palms over the weekend. The Sheriff’s Department reports at least four residences, and one vehicle, were broken into Friday and Saturday. About 10:30 a.m., a resident in the 74300 block of Chemehuevi Drive in Twentynine Palms reported two of his vehicles had been burglarized overnight, with several items missing. After an investigation, Michael Carreon, 21, was arrested on suspicion of vehicle burglary. Michael Carreon was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.
The first house burglary was reported about 4:30 p.m. Friday in the 73800 block of Sunnyslope Drive, in which the resident came home to find the front door wide open and the house ransacked. On Saturday, two burglaries were reported in the 6400 block of Palmview Avenue and one in 7300 block of Saladin Avenue. In all three locations, the front door had either been kicked in or pried open. In addition, the Sheriff’s Department received two reports of attempted break-ins Saturday in Twentynine Palms. About 2 a.m. Saturday, a resident in the 7200 block of Utah Trail reported her front door was damaged when an unknown subject kicked it about five to seven times. And in the 73600 block of Joshua Drive, sometime during the night, an unknown subject threw a rock through a window and a brick block through a sliding glass door. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the break-ins.


With heat and low humidity comes high fire danger for our entire region. Reporter Taylor Thacker reminds you to have a fire disaster plan…
You never know when a fire disaster will strike. Having a plan for these situations can keep you and your family safer in the time of a disaster. Here are some tips to creating a fire disaster plan. Post your local police, emergency management and firefighting agency’s telephone numbers in a visible place. Decide where you will go in the time of evacuation and how you will get there. Two escape routes out of your home and out of your neighborhood are preferable. If you have pets, plan how you will evacuate them as well. Have tools available: fire extinguisher, shovel, rake, axe, handsaw or chainsaw and a two gallon bucket. Maintain an adequate water source within 1,000 feet of your home through a community fire hydrant, nearby lake, pool, or cooperative emergency storage with neighbors. By following these safety precautions, you can keep your family ready and safe in the event of a fire. For more information call 877-221-7233.


The County Veterans Affairs Office in San Bernardino sends a service representative to the Morongo Basin two days a week. Misty Taylor is at the County Building, 56357 Pima Trail, in Yucca Valley every Tuesday from 9 to 3. Taylor visits Twentynine Palms twice a week. On Wednesdays, she is at 73629 Sun Valley Drive from 8:30 to noon, then can be found at the Village Center, Building 1551, on board the Combat Center, from 1 to 3. For more information, call 909-387-5516.


Troubled children and families have resources here in the Morongo Basin offering support and help. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you who to call….
The Children’s Intensive Services, or CIS, strives to support the family unit, engage the family in treatment, and reduce the risk of out-of-the-home placement, significant school problems, or involvement with Child Welfare and the Juvenile Justice System. Services include coordination with available community and clinic resources when there are additional needs. The CIS program is provided by Pacific Clinics on Business Center Drive in Yucca Valley. Call 760-228-9657 for more information.


A bereavement support group meets twice a month to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The free meetings provide a safe and comfortable setting to help heal and recover after a loved one’s death. Gloria Beatle, a hospice social worker with the Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program, leads the meetings on 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 760-366-6427.


Get your tickets early for this weekend’s fund-raising Casino Night in Morongo Valley. Reporter Sara Snyder tells you how to get advanced tickets…

Black Jack, craps, poker and roulette; if you like gaming, place your bets on Saturday, June 7, and the Morongo Valley Firefighters Auxiliary’s Casino Night at Covington Park. Doors open a 6 p.m.; gambling starts at 7 p.m., and ends with a raffle at 9:30 p.m. With professional dealers and gaming tables provided by Vegas Knights, you’ll want to get your $25 tax-deductible advance ticket at Get Dirty Dirt Bikes, any Auxiliary member, Charlie in the Morongo Valley CSD office, or by calling Debbie Harris at 760-861-8765. It’s high stakes for a good cause with funds raised going directly the Firefighter’s Auxiliary. Advance tickets get you snacks and hors d’oeuvres, one free beverage, a raffle ticket and $200 script cash. Tickets at the door are $35; you must be 21 or over to enter.


Transition Joshua Tree needs volunteers to help with its summer full moon OM Circle. Set for Thursday, June 12, the potluck dinner begins at 7 p.m. and OM Circle chanting begins at 8:30. Volunteers who can help greet, direct parking, collect donations, set up and clean up should email tjtheartandsoul@gmail.com.