A Yucca Valley man is lucky to be alive after being hit by two vehicles last night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man, described only as being in his 30s, was driving a quad eastbound on Buena Vista Drive without lights or a helmet about 8:30 p.m. when he was struck from behind by another vehicle near Elata Avenue in Yucca Valley. The quad rider was pushed from behind into westbound traffic, where he was struck by a second vehicle. Paramedics said the man suffered relatively minor injuries, and was taken by ambulance to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs as a precaution.
The Secretary of State’s office updated the election results Thursday afternoon. There are no significant changes in the results since early Wednesday morning, just small adjustments in the numbers and percentages of votes for each candidate. In local races, the top two vote getters for U.S. Congress, District 8, are Republican Paul Cook of Yucca Valley, with 58.3 percent, and Democratic challenger, Bob Conaway with 18.6 percent. For State Assembly District 42, Democrat Karalee Hargrove of Twentynine Palms will face off against Republican Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley in November, with 37.9 percent of the vote to Mayes’ 34.4 percent. John McMahon was elected Sheriff, and Michael Ramos was re-elected district attorney. The final results of the election will be released July 1.
California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 41, which directs the state to sell bonds to build more affordable multi-family housing for homeless and near-homeless veterans. Managing editor Tami Roleff reports…
Programs to keep more veterans off the streets will be getting more funding after the passage of Proposition 41. The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 allows the state to sell $600 million in new general-obligation bonds to fund affordable multi-family housing for homeless and low-income veterans. Speaker of the California Assembly Toni Atkins says this is a big win for the homeless vets and their families. “This is really about providing affordable housing and housing for veterans who have earned it. And in particular, what’s so important about this—this ballot measure focuses exclusively on veterans.” California has the most homeless veterans in the nation, with 15,000 at last count. San Bernardino County has about 3,500 homeless vets. “These individual, these veterans, have served our country. We cannot allow our veterans to be homeless. It’s personal, it’s a victory.”
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Saturday, June 7, at Walmart in Yucca Valley, from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.
When the temperatures climb well into triple digits this Sunday and Monday, Morongo Basin residents can get relief from the heat at designated cooling centers. Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. Once again, the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria will serve as a cooling station from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe road has also been designated as a cooling center. Pets are not allowed at the cooling stations.
The Twentynine Palms Senior Center has been remodeled, and the City wants to celebrate. Reporter Dan Stork has the invitation to an open house…
On Tuesday, June 10, at 5:15 p.m., the City of Twentynine Palms will host an open house at the Senior Citizen Center. The Mayor and City Council members will be on hand to recognize and thank all the businesses and local citizens that volunteered their time and funds to help remodel the center for the veterans and seniors who use the facility daily. The open house will last for approximately one hour, and light refreshments will be served. The Senior Center is located at 6539 Adobe Road, across from the Fire Station and the MBTA Transit Center in downtown Twentynine Palms. For questions or more information, contact the Community Services Department at (760) 367-7562.
Marine Gen. Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford has been nominated as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. The Defense Department announced Thursday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had nominated Dunford, who currently commands coalition troops in Afghanistan as head of the International Security Assistance Force, to be the 36th commandant. “I’m humbled to be nominated as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps,” Dunford said in an emailed statement from ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dunford, 58, previously served as the 32nd assistant commandant of the Marine Corps under Gen. Jim Amos from 2010 to 2012. During his 37-year Marine Corps career as an infantry officer, Dunford has spent considerable time in both post-9/11 combat theaters.
Special services for homeless or transitional youth between 16 and 25 are being offered in Yucca Valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more on the TAY Center…
The Transitional Age Youth Center provides integrated services to the inappropriately served youth ages 16-25 who are emotionally disturbed, high users of acute facilities, homeless, have co-occurring disorders, and are incarcerated or institutionalized. The TAY center is a drop in center. They provide a safe environment for youth to set goals and succeed in life and their center offers many things for youth such as study rooms, game rooms, and lounge rooms. This program is located at 58945 Business Center Drive, Suite D, in Yucca Valley. For more information call 760-228-9657.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.
The First Saturday Breakfast will be served tomorrow at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Five Bucks buys a heaping plate of your breakfast favorites served by your friendly neighbors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., this Saturday, June 7. Everyone is invited and they look forward to seeing your bright shiny faces.
After this weekend, the Historical Society Museum and Marketplace in Landers will close for the summer. Reporter Diana Jones says check it out…
Saturday, June 7 is the last Museum Marketplace at the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s Museum until September. Vendors at the marketplace sell crafts, artisan breads, jewelry, collectibles, clothing, and other treasures. Vendor fees are $20, or $10 for Historical Society members. All proceeds are used to restore the original Landers Post Office, and volunteers are needed to upgrade the electricity, to preserve the exterior, or just to tell stories about the post office’s history. The marketplace is set for 9 to 1 at 632 Landers Lane in Landers. For more information, call Laurie Geeson at 760-363-6681.
Tomorrow, Godwin Christian Fellowship will be preparing and hosting the meal for Food for Life. The meal will be served from 3-5 P.M. at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. If you are a shut-in and need a meal to be delivered, call Reach Out Morongo Basin to make arrangements.
One 80 Ministries will hold an open mic night from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 6, at the church in Joshua Tree. Live bands and local talent are all welcome to participate in the free event. One 80 Ministries is located on the highway in Joshua Tree.
Sky View Chapel will hold a rummage sale Saturday, June 7, starting at 7 a.m. Baked goods, household items, and lots of miscellaneous items will be fore sale at 7475 Sunny Vista Road, by Friendly Hills Elementary School.