DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPONS CHARGES

A Desert Hot Springs suspected man was arrested in the pre-dawn hours Thursday following a search of a residential home. Desert Hot Springs police, Riverside County Gang Impact Team, and Special Activities Unit, along with a Post-Release Accountability and Compliance Team, served a search warrant in the 66000 block of 4th Street. During the search, officers recovered and seized weapons and other items. Jesus Hernandez, 25, of Desert Hot Springs was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of an assault weapon, and violation of his post-release community supervision. Jesus Hernandez was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio and is being held without bail.

ARTIST’S TALK AT BOXOHOUSE TODAY

Amanda Beech, an artist-in-residence at BoxoHouse is working on a long-term project which she’ll share at an artist’s talk today, Saturday, January 7. You’re invited to attend the presentation from 3 to 6 p.m. with the talk beginning at 3. There will be a screening of past work and discussion of her next, followed by an opportunity for Q&A. Beech is an artist and writer who works with video, installation, print and painting. BoxoHOUSE is located at 62732 Sullivan Road, in Joshua Tree.

REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN RECEIVES GRANT

Reach Out Morongo Basin was awarded a $5000 grant to help residents during widespread power outages and natural disasters from Southern California Edison and Edison International. The Emergency Preparedness and Response grant from Southern California Edison will help Reach Out open the Twentynine Palms Senior Center as an emergency cooling center, provide support to seniors and the disabled during planned and unplanned power outages, and raise community awareness about being prepared in the event of natural disasters. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how Edison International’s grant will help local residents…
Edison International also contributed toward Reach Out Morongo Basin’s $5,000 grant; its funds will be used to purchase supplies, provide training for staff and volunteers to check on vulnerable senior and disabled neighbors in event of disaster and to hold an Emergency Preparedness and Response Expo for the community in May 2017. Executive director Robin Schlosser said, “Providing support to senior and disabled shut-ins who may be alone during disaster or assisting by providing transportation to the Twentynine Palms Senior Center in event of outages for clients who require medical equipment to sustain life or during extremes of temperatures is a real necessity in our rural community.” If you are a senior who would like to be on Reach Out’s emergency support list, or would like to volunteer, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Community education classes are available at Copper Mountain College. These classes are designed for students who just want to try something new. Community education classes do not require any assessment testing nor do they generate any college credit. In addition, Copper Mountain College offers online open enrollment programs for students who want to prepare for employment in some of today’s most in-demand careers. Each program includes a set of lessons and evaluations. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience. They respond to any questions or concerns, as well as encourage and motivate you to succeed.  There are over 1,500 classes in programs such as healthcare and fitness, business and professional, IT and software development, management and corporate, arts and design, hospitality and gaming, or skilled trades and industrial. Moreover, the college is always looking for ideas for new classes. Call the Office of Instruction with your suggestions at 760-366-3791, ext. 4244. or email academicaffairs@cmccd.edu.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO SPONSOR ART LAB

Joshua Tree National Park, is partnering with Copper Mountain College, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, and BoxoHouse, along with the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, to create innovative programs and projects in the park. As part of the Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory, National Park Service staff and artists will develop new programs and projects to enhance visitor experiences at Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve. The first of several upcoming outreach projects in the park will be “Artists’ Tea,” which will be held 9 a.m. Sundays through January 22 at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Local artists will share their inspiration and creative thoughts with park visitors. Bring your own mug and enjoy a free cup of tea while finding out how the art community promotes and preserves the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park. Artists will vary from week to week. For more information on the project and a listing of upcoming events, visit www.jtlab.info.

SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY TONIGHT

Spend the first weekend of 2017 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party, tonight, Saturday, January 7. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be the two brightest objects in the sky: a gibbous moon and the brilliant planet Venus. Mars will also be visible. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

LIFETREE CAFÉ TO DISCUSS EMBRYO ADOPTION

Lively discussions on issues and concepts that spark thought are offered every week at the Life Tree Café in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff has this week’s subject…
The adoption and implantation of human embryos will be discussed at the next Lifetree Café Sunday, January 8. The free 4 p.m. program—titled “Playing God: Is Science Going Too Far?”—features a filmed interview with Ron Stoddart, an adoption attorney and embryo adoption advocate. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss whether embryo adoption is a viable adoption choice or a form of playing God. Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2597 or scoutmaster229@gmail.com.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School girls basketball team will travel away to Vista to play Sage Creek High School of Carlsbad in the So Cal Run N Gun Against Cancer Showcase. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. The Twentynine Palms High School girls basketball team will also play in the Run N Gun Against Cancer Showcase, with tip-off at 5:30 p.m.