YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER SUSPECTED DUI CRASH IN PALM SPRINGS THAT KILLED ANOTHER YUCCA VALLEY MAN

A Yucca Valley man has been arrested after a suspected DUI Crash killed another Yucca Valley man in Palm Springs Monday evening. The Palm Springs Police Department said they arrested 50-year-old Robert Garcia Jr. for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs causing a deadly crash which killed Keyon Parks, 39, also of Yucca Valley.

Investigators say Garcia Jr. was driving a sedan south on Sunrise Way at about 5:50 pm when he made a left-hand turn onto Amado Road in front of an oncoming SUV. Keyon Parks, a front passenger in the sedan, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, not identified, in the back was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver and a passenger in the SUV were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries following the crash.

Robert Garcia JR. was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio with his bail set at $300,000, for Murder, Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated, Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence, and DUI Drugs Resulting in Death, all felonies.

Robert Garcia Jr.

YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF STRONG-ARM ROBBERY

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of attempting to punch a store clerk who was trying to stop her from stealing merchandise. According to a Sheriff’s report, Sandra Schorer, 30, went in to the Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley about 4 p.m. and concealed multiple items in her backpack. Schorer then tried to leave the store without paying for them. When an employee confronted Schorer, she refused to give back the stolen items and the clerk attempted to take the backpack. Schorer then grabbed it back and threw a punch at the employee. Deputy Shauna Ables, who was off-duty at the time, detained Schorer until an on-duty deputy arrived. Sandra Schorer was arrested for investigation of strong arm robbery, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $100,000.

HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT MAJOR PIPE PURCHASE

The Hi-Desert Water District is expected to make a big investment in piping tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the water agency’s agenda…
The sole action item on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the HI-Desert Water District board of directors is a request to approve a purchase of mainline water pipe replacements for nearly $318,000. Tonight’s meeting is set for 6 p.m. in district offices on the south side of Highway 62 at Inca Trail in Yucca Valley.

FRIENDS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TO HEAR FROM CITY MANAGER FRANK LUCKINO

The public is invited to attend the Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library annual meeting scheduled for this Saturday, February 4, from 11 a.m. to noon. Twentynine Palms City Manager Frank Luckino will provide an update on the Phoenix Project and what it may mean for the library. Elections for this year’s Friends of the Library board members will also be held. You are invited to join them for the meeting and consider becoming a member. Light refreshments will be provided. All the funds raised by the organization go toward enriching library services in the City of Twentynine Palms.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER STRUGGLING WITH CHROMIUM 6 COMPLIANCE

For water districts that have tested positive for Chromium-6 above the state’s allowable threshold, treatment to bring their water into compliance is expected to be very costly. The board at Joshua Basin Water District is looking into alternative ways to satisfy state requirements. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more …
The Joshua Basin Water District board of directors convene tonight in regular session. Near the top of tonight’s meeting is an update from the Bureau of Reclamation on pilot studies for Chromium-6 treatment followed by a mid-meeting closed session with legal counsel. Back in open session, anyone left will hear about bids for the cleaning and disinfecting of well 14, and a fiscal first quarter financial report, and finally, there will be standing committee, staff and director repots. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

HEARTS OF YUCCA VALLEY FUND-RAISER MONDAY AT ELECTRIC SPORTS

Hearts of Yucca Valley—a non-profit organization that raises funds to support heart-related emergencies in the Morongo Basin—will hold a fundraiser Monday, February 6th. The “Super Bowl Recovery Party” will be held at Electric Sports Lounge in the Von’s Shopping Center in Yucca Valley from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be raffles, and a portion of tips received during the night will be donated to Hearts of Yucca Valley.

WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CONTESTANT EMILY SCHECKLER

This Saturday at 6 p.m., the Miss Yucca Valley scholarship pageant will be held at the Thunderdome in Yucca Valley. Tickets will be available at the door. Today, reporter Kirby Davis introduces us to contestant Emily Scheckler…

Today we are talking with Emily Scheckler. Emily, tell us about yourself.

“My name is Emily. I go to Yucca Valley High School. I enjoy performing on stage in theatrical productions and I love to read.”

Emily Sheckler

Who is the prominent woman you interviewed, and what did you learn from her?

“I interviewed Jackie Combs, the CEO of the Morongo Basin Health Care District, and out of everything I learned, her schedule stood out to me. Even though she was very busy, she still made time for a visit and what was important to her. She informed me that you have to prioritize your time to avoid being stressed out. As soon as I took her advice, my daily life wasn’t as stressed.”

What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley?

“I learned that the hardest part of stepping out of your comfort zone is finding the courage to take that step. When I first started Miss Yucca Valley, I was terrified of embarrassing myself and putting myself out there. But as the time passed it became easier and easier and even enjoyable.
Never let your mind get in the way of your heart!”

SANTA FE SOCIAL CLUB COLLECTING RUMMAGE SALE ITEMS

The Santa Fe Social Club is accepting donations for its rummage sale later this month. Residents are encouraged to donate furniture, books, toys, household items and other treasures for the two-day sale, set for February 9 and 10. The sale will raise money for the club’s programs, social activities, and items for groups and crafts. The Santa Fe Social Club is located at 56020 Santa Fe Drive, Suite M in Yucca Valley. To donate items, call Susie or Phebe at 760-369-4057.

STUDENT PROJECT BENEFITS MORONGO BASIN HUMANE SOCIETY

A National Honors Society student from Yucca Valley High School is leading a service project that will benefit the Morongo Basin no-kill animal shelter. Reporter Rebecca Havely spoke with her about the details…
Z107.7:Today I’m speaking with…
VIKDAL: My name is Madison Vikdal. I’m part of the National Honors Society and a student at Yucca Valley High School. I will be doing a service project for the Morongo Basin Humane Society.
Z107.7: You’re collecting donations; how will that work?
VIKDAL: During the month of February I will be putting boxes around the community. I’ll have a box there at Z107.7.
Z107.7: You’ll then donate the items?
VIKDAL: Yes, at the end of the month of February I’ll collect them all and then I’ll be bringing them to the shelter.
Z107.7: Sounds like you must be a pet lover?
VIKDAL: Yes, I have a black and white cat named Socks. I’ve had her since I was three years old.
Z107.7: Thank you Madison.

Drop boxes for donations will be located at Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree; Fins and Fangs, and Companion Animal Clinic, both in Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa Elementary School.

Donation requests:
Purina or Pedigree dog food
Cat food
Clumping and/or non-clumping cat litter
Bleach
Dish and laundry detergent
Paper towels/toilet paper
Blankets
Towels

HISTORICAL SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE IN LANDERS THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will hold its monthly rummage sale this Friday and Saturday, February 3 and February 4. Some of the items for sale include an electric water heater, new exterior doors, and furniture. The sale will be held from 9 to 1 at the Historical Society’s office, 632 Landers Lane in Landers.

FITNESS TRAINING CLASS OFFERED AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Get your fit on at Copper Mountain College. Trainer Joe Rego will bring his holistic training regimen to the college now through May. Managing Editor Tami Roleff gets out her kettlebells…
Copper Mountain College is offering a community education fitness training class. The class offers a holistic approach with an emphasis on form and breathing techniques, and include kettlebell, core training, cardio dance, weight training, and turbo kick boxing. Classes are held 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and run through May 22. The registration fee is $50. For more information, call 619-636-7716 or email josephRego30@gmail.com.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ Wildcat varsity soccer team traveled to Yucca Valley Tuesday night for the second leg of the annual Elks Cup. Coach Nathan Niles said the Wildcats played a great game from start to finish with strong defensive commitment from the entire team. The score ended 5-0 with Twentynine Palms on top. This gave the Wildcats a season sweep for the first time ever against the Trojans.

Junior Nick Stowers had a hat trick, along with scores from senior Sam Eggers and sophomore Miguel Sosa. Assists came from Eggers, Stowers and Tim Niles. Goalkeeper KJ Magwood recorded his second shutout of the season with eight saves.

The Elks Cup is now at Twentynine Palms High School on display in the main office.

The Wildcats continue their push for the playoffs Thursday night on the road against Coachella Valley. Junior varsity plays at 3:15 and varsity at 5.