TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIGHTING WITH SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday, accused of fighting with a Sheriff’s deputy. Sheriff’s reports said the deputy was called to the 6600 block of Adobe Road about 7 p.m. for a report of a man brandishing a knife. When the deputy arrived, the man, later identified as David Fry, 41, was walking away and refused to stop even when the deputy activated the patrol car’s emergency lights. When the deputy tried to stop Fry, Fry resisted, and the deputy took him to the ground, where Fry then tried to wrap his arms around the deputy’s legs and push the deputy on his back. After a struggle, David Fry was arrested for investigation of resisting arrest, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

TWO ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning after they were found hiding inside a home where a burglar alarm had been triggered. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary alarm at a home in the 3200 block of Gemini Lane in Yucca Valley at 1:59 a.m. Deputies located a broken window and entered the home where they found Darrell Brown, 46, of Johnson Valley, and Sandra Puckett, 52, of Landers hiding inside. Darrell Brown and Sandra Puckett were arrested for investigation of burglary, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $25,000 each.

MORONGO BASIN MAC UNOFFICIALLY GREENLIGHTS JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLAN

Representatives from Caltrans attended an informal meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council last night to discuss three separate efforts to make Highway 62 safer; two in Joshua Tree and one in Morongo Valley. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report…
If you ride a bike, don’t appreciate fast cars or like to hang out in downtown Joshua Tree, there was some good news at last night’s informal gathering of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council.
A Caltrans plan to slow traffic through the business district by narrowing Highway 62 got a green light. That fete will be accomplished, a spokesman said, by carving out a dedicated bike lane and restriping parking lanes from parallel to diagonal. Though the approval was unofficial, it was enough to prompt a promise by the state transportation agency to return next month with a more formal plan.
Already formalized, is a $4.7 million project to add left-turn lanes from just west of Torres Avenue to just east of Lee Drive with work slated to begin in April.
Still in the future: a center median project along the highway in Morongo Valley.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: WANTS TO AVOID BITTER TEACHER CONTRACT DISPUTES

The Morongo Unified School District’s Board of Education is already looking for ways to avoid last year’s protracted—and sometimes bitter—contract negotiations with its teachers. Future contract negotiations between the Morongo Unified School District and its teachers may be about to get easier. Or at least less frequent. In the wake of last year’s lengthy dispute over pay and working conditions, the Board of Education tonight will consider a so-called “sunshine agreement” proposing, among other things, that traditional one-year contracts be extended by two years.
The idea would still have to be explored by representatives of the district and the Morongo Teachers’ Association. If approved, however, the document could form the basis of this year’s negotiations for a new contract good until 2020.
In other business, the board will consider a plan designed to save money by encouraging certain employees to take early retirement.
Tonight’s school board meeting gets underway 7 p.m. at Palm Vista Elementary School in Twentynine Palms.

BIGHORN DESERT-VIEW WATER ASSESSES BUILDING ON LAND WITH HAULED WATER

A busy evening awaits directors at the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency. Tonight’s 6 p.m. regular meeting will be preceded by a 5 p.m. special closed session meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…
Water agency directors meet at 5 p.m. for a closed session general manager evaluation then at 6 p.m. convene the regular monthly meeting. On that agenda is a vote likely in support of a state assembly bill that would allow building permits on sites where the sole water source is from a licensed, permitted water hauler or vendor. Also tonight, board will consider the general manager’s employment contract, look at a cost-of-living-adjustment to their own contracts, and discuss moving board elections to be in line with the regular statewide elections. It all happens at the agency’s board meeting office under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting tonight (Tuesday, February 28). Directors will review and approve its conflict of interest code. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the cemetery office, 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS: VENDORS AND COMMISSIONERS

The Twentynine Palms City Council will consider a variety of issues tonight ranging from selling merchandise on city streets to filling two vacancies on the city’s Planning Commission. Here with more is reporter David Haldane…
Hawking and peddling will be on the table in Twentynine Palms tonight. Specifically, whether the activities of street vendors could potentially interfere with other temporary businesses such as a farmer’s market.
It’s all part of an ongoing discussion by the City Council regarding plans to revamp the city’s business district to attract more commerce.
Other items on the agenda include a mid-year financial report and the appointment of two new planning commissioners to replace outgoing Vice Chair Bud Wiederhold and member Jeffrey Perry.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse in Yucca Valley will have a USDA Food Distribution on Wednesday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. until they run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms available. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M. If you have any questions about the distribution please, call 760-369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phebe.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANS TRIP TO PALMS SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is hosting a field trip to the Palm Springs Air Museum. Reporter Rebecca Havely says sign up now for the March 11 trip…
The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collection of flyable WWII aircraft. Join Historical Society docents who are veterans and former pilots on the private tour planned for Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. The society member price is $15 and non-members pay $20. The cost covers the all-day entrance fee to the museum and private group tour. To sign up, call Claudia Spotts at 760-366-7896 or email her at cj61464@gmail.com.

TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL JOINT CONCERT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THURSDAY

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley High Schools will hold a joint concert this Thursday, March 2, at the Twentynine Palms High School. Both bands, both select choirs, and the Twentynine Palms High School concert choir will perform. The doors to the Richard Casey Memorial Gym open at 6:15; the concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. In addition, Krispy Kreme donuts will be available for purchase.

LINCOLN CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Scholarships are being awarded in an essay contest offered by the local Lincoln Club. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells area students how to apply…

Morongo Basin high school seniors are invited to apply for scholarships from the Lincoln Club of the Morongo Basin. Students must have a 3.0 or better grade point average to apply. Applications must include an essay on which amendment the student feels is the most important in the Bill of Rights and why. The deadline to enter is April 3. For complete rules and information on how to submit an application, see this story at z1077fm.com
The prizes will be $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Winners will also get the opportunity to present their essays at the annual meeting of the Lincoln Club.
The essay questions is “ What is the most important amendment in the original ten amendments of our Bill of Rights, and Why?”.
The essay should be between 500 and 700 words. The completed essay, with a cover letter, proof of grades, and all contact information should be sent to:

Lincoln Club of the Morongo Basin
Essay Contest
55491 29 Palms Hwy
Yucca Valley CA 92284
Or emailed to: info@thelincolnclub.org
thelincolnclub.org

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL IN CIF STATE DIVISION FINALS SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will face the St. Paul Swordsman from Santa Fe Springs in a Southern Section CIF Division 3A final this Saturday. Twentynine Palms High School Principal Justin Monical said the game will be played at a neutral site, selected by CIF as Azusa State University, near Los Angles, at 4:00 p.m. St. Paul, a private school, has a season record of 24-5; Twentynine Palms is 26-3.

JOSHUA TREE FAMILY LOSES THEIR HOME IN SATURDAY EVENING FIRE

A Joshua Tree family lost their home in a fire Saturday. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Mobile Estates in the 64200 block of 29 Palms Highway at 5:42 p.m. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames erupting from the double-wide mobile home, which were also threatening adjacent homes. The residents had evacuated from the home prior to the arrival of the firefighters. Firefighters had the fire out in about 20 minutes. Snow said the fire started near a bathroom and bedroom and is believed to be electrical in nature. There were no injuries. The structure and contents are valued at about $75,000 and are a total loss.

Photo Courtesy Cindy Kaarle

Photo Courtesy Cindy Kaarle

SPECIAL MAC MEETING TONIGHT FOCUSES ON DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council holds a special meeting tonight with safety on the agenda. Reporter David Haldane has the details…
Do you feel close to meeting your Maker while driving down Highway 62? If not, you probably should because you’re three times more likely to die in a crash there than on the average California road. That, plus public outrage over a recent pedestrian fatality in Joshua Tree, has sparked an ongoing discussion between Caltrans and the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council on possible solutions.
The conversation continues at a special meeting tonight. So far, the transportation agency has suggested creating continuous left-turn lanes, as well as narrowing the highway as it passes through Joshua Tree’s business district. Other proposals include carving out a dedicated bike lane and reconfiguring parking from parallel to diagonal.
More details are likely to emerge at tonight’s meeting, which gets underway 5 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Thursday, accused of child endangerment. Limited information is available, but deputies went to a home in the 71600 block of 29 Palms Highway about 9:30 a.m. Thursday for a welfare check. The conditions at the home were unacceptable, and Jeanie Johnson, 39, was arrested for investigation of child endangerment. Jeanie Johnson was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with her bail set at $100,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

A Twentynine Palms transient was arrested last week, accused of trying to break into an occupied home. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were sent to the 72200 block of Sunnyslope Drive just after 4 a.m. Monday, February 20. The resident reported that a man, later identified as Rene Barrera, 27, had jumped her chain-link fence, pushed on front windows, and pulled on the front door, attempting to gain entry. When deputies arrived, Barrera was seen jumping the fence in the back yard and running into the desert. After a short pursuit, Barrera was taken into custody. A records check determined that Barrera was on active parole for burglary. Rene Barrera was arrested for investigation of attempted burglary, and for violating his parole, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN NAMED MARINE CORPS SPOUSE OF THE YEAR

A Twentynine Palms woman who was named military spouse of the year for the Combat Center, has also been named as the Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year. Managing editor Tami Roleff shares the good news…
Jessica Rudd of Twentynine Palms has seen many different aspects of military life, as an active duty Marine and as a spouse to an enlisted Marine who is now a commissioned officer.
“I am a veteran; after doing my four years in the Marine Corps, I decided it was time to trade that for a new venture.”
Rudd, 30, is now a stay-at-home-mom who works remotely for Apple, getting up at 4:30 a.m. to work before her three children wake up. She also homeschools her children, serves as a volunteer Family Readiness Assistant for her husband’s unit, and participates in several physical fitness groups.
Rudd was one of 170 spouses who were nominated by a friend for the honor of Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year, sponsored by Military Spouse magazine. Through online voting by the general public and judging by two panels of judges, Rudd advanced to the next round of Military Spouse of the Year for the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. She then was one of three spouses competing for the Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year, which she won on Friday.
“Just to keep moving forward with this nomination process is kind of surreal…. Get out there and vote!”
Voting for the final round will be March 2 at: http://msoy.militaryspouse.com/vote/
The overall Military Spouse of the Year will be announced May 12.

ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERS LOW COST ANIMAL SERVICE LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in March for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on March 4, 6, 15, 16, 22 and 29, in Desert Hot Springs’ Wardman Park on March 22. All clinics are held from 10 to 2 and are cash only. Visit animalactionleague.us for more information. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CASINO NIGHT THIS SATURDAY

Whether you’re a player or a sponsor, everyone’s a winner at the Copper Mountain College Alumni Association’s upcoming Casino Nite. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says win or lose, it doesn’t matter when it’s all for fun and for a good cause …
Attention high rollers, card sharks, lucky beginners and everyone in between. Dust off your good luck charms and save the date, March 4, for the Copper Mountain College Alumni Association’s Casino Nite. And for area businesses, clubs and service organizations sure thing sponsorships are available now at three levels: $250, $500, and $1,000. Sponsors can see their names on decks of cards, poker chips, casino cash and tickets. Bell Center doors will open at 6 p.m. gaming is from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and prizes and an auction come up at 9:15 p.m. Event tickets are $50 and include a cocktail and snacks, raffle ticket, and $500 in casino cash.

GRUBSTAKE RODEO SPONSORS AND VENDORS SIGNUP DEADLINE WEDNESDAY

The deadline for 2017 Grubstake Days rodeo vendors and sponsors to sign up is this Wednesday, March 1. The rodeo will be held May 27 and 28 at the Homestead Park in Landers. Produced by the National Police Rodeo Association, this year’s Grubstake Rodeo, co-sponsored in party by Z107.7 Radio, will thrill attendees with a crowd- pleasing traditional rodeo as well as family fun and attractions before and after the main event. To sign up to as a vendor and or a sponsor contact Missy Buchanan at kwbmmn@msn.com or call 760-218-1980.