Christopher Lee, who was in court in Alaska on Tuesday on charges of being a fugitive from justice, told a judge yesterday that he does not intend to fight extradition to California, where he will face a murder charge for killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms. County District Attorney Michael Ramos said it’s not known how soon Lee will return to California. Lee, a former Marine who was stationed at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, but moved to Alaska in July after his honorable discharge, is accused of killing Corwin, his neighbor and lover, and then dumping her body down a 140-foot mine shaft in the desert east of Twentynine Palms. Corwin’s body was discovered by Sheriff’s investigators Saturday, and Lee was arrested by Alaska police Sunday evening. If convicted, Lee could be sentenced to life without parole or the death penalty.
As the new senior housing complex rises above Yucca Valley’s Town Hall, the deadline to apply to move into is fast approaching. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the deadline is this Monday…
Applications are now being taken for Dumosa Senior Village, the low-income senior apartments currently under construction in Yucca Valley. Applicants must submit a refundable $100 deposit and non-refundable $20 application fee, government ID and Social Security card, a birth certificate for minors, and all proof of income, to include statements for bank accounts, life insurance and retirement accounts, and mortgage statements for properties or closing statements for properties sold within the last two years. Income limits for the apartments range from $12,750 for one person up to $30,085 for three people, with monthly rents ranging from $315 to $629. To receive and submit an application, go to the Joshua Tree room of the Yucca Valley Community Center on Monday, August 25, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bring all required documents and fees as incomplete applications will not be accepted. All residents intending to live in the housing must also attend for a personal interview.
The Twentynine Palms Police Department will be conducting a DUI/drivers license checkpoint this Saturday, August 23, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1 to report them.
Yucca Valley’s St. Joseph’s Players will hold auditions tomorrow for the classic play, “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you when and where to try out….
Don’t forget to audition for the St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley’s play “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Auditions for this play are set for tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church at 56312 Onaga Trail, at Church St. in Yucca Valley. The cast needed for this play are two women in their 40s, a man between the age of 40 to 50, and a young girl between the ages of 12 to 14. At the auditions, Director Rebecca Havely will ask you to read from the script. The ability to speak in a Brooklyn, NY accent will be necessary. Rehearsals will begin September 2, and will take place 4-5 nights per week. There are eight performance dates: Friday, October 10, plus Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons through November 2. For more information call 760-366-9081.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Hi-Desert Water District has been recognized for its financial reporting. The water district received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its Comprehensive Financial Report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Monday, August 25. The directors will hold a strategic planning meeting and adopt the 2014-15 budget. The special meeting will be held from 9 to 4 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the Hi-Desert Medical Center campus in Joshua Tree.
Art, artifacts, and more. Reporter Dan Stork says it’s all up for bid at the Twentynine Palms Historical Society Auction…
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is having a fundraising auction this weekend. Among the dozens of items up for bid include Bev Doolittle prints, Simi Dabah sculptures, Twentynine Palms murals prints, Prudie Underhill’s typewriter, an assortment of power tools, and much more. The Red Hot Auction takes place on Saturday, August 23, at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, in Twentynine Palms. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments and a silent auction, followed by a live auction beginning at about 7:15 p.m. The purpose of the fundraiser is to help pay for the remaining costs of the Hastie Bus renovation project, which has restored “Old Betsy,” Johnnie Hastie’s 1928 12-passenger bus that became the Twentynine Palms Stage, the area’s first public transportation service.
Food For Life, the faith-based non-profit that provides a hot meal to low income families and individuals, is looking for people interested in delivering meals to their shut-ins. If this Twentynine Palms based ministry touches your heart, call Linda Geddis at 760-362-4510 to volunteer. They are attempting to get a list of drivers so each would be able to deliver, but would not be asked every week. You would deliver only when you were asked and are available.
Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center in Twentynine Palms invites you to enjoy the summer sky this Saturday night. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out her Celestron…
The public is invited to enjoy spectacles of the summer sky on Saturday, August 23, at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center. Summer spectacles include some of the brightest clusters and nebulae such as the Lagoon Nebula and the Wild Duck Cluster. Also, these are the last few weeks for good viewing of Mars and Saturn. This time of year also marks the return of the Andromeda Galaxy, the brightest galaxy in the sky. Guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. Everyone should dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. This event is free and runs from 8:00pm to 2:00am. For more information call 760-365-7897.
Tomorrow, Saturday, August 23, the Mojave Rattle Skaters Women’s Roller Derby team will hold their very first home bout against the Wine Town Rollers, in a Snakepit showdown! The bout will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Rattle Skaters brand new skate track, located at Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley. Tickets are $5 at the door, children 10 and under are free. Doors open at p.m. Food and beer will be available for purchase, as well as official Rattle Skater merchandise! Bring a chair and enjoy the Morongo Basin’s first and only women’s roller derby team in action!
Say “aloha” to a special dance for seniors and adults in Yucca Valley tomorrow. Reporter Cara Conway gets out her ukulele……
Get a taste of tropical Hawaii on Saturday when you attend the luau dance held by the Senior Club and the Town of Yucca Valley. The event takes place at the Yucca Valley Senior Center and goes from 6 to 9 p.m. Entrance is $3 for those 55 and older; $5 under 55. For more information call 760-369-7211.
The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. The lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Brent Lively will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Lines will be cued from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. and between tips. For further information contact Dennis at 760-366-8626.
Tomorrow’s Science Saturday lecture at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is nothing to fear, it is about fear itself! Reporter Taylor Thacker explains…
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues with their popular education program, Science Saturdays. On Saturday, August 23, from 11:00-11:30 a.m., the topic will be fear. Have you ever experienced acrophobia? If you have a fear of heights, then you certainly have. Join Crystal Mason, Museum Educator, as she explains the concept of fear for this fright-filled Science Saturday. She will describe the biological reaction in the brain that causes fear, how an individual can be conditioned to feel fear, and how you can fight your fears. She will also describe some of the most common fears and some of the odder fears like xanthophobia. It is recommended that children be of school age for this program. For more information call 760-369-7212.