WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING PINNED BY CAR AT GAS PUMP

A 35-year-old woman was hospitalized Wednesday evening after she was trapped between her car and a gas pump in Twentynine Palms. According to Battalion Chief Mike Snow, Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to the AM/PM gas station in the 73400 block of 29 Palms Highway about 6 p.m. to extricate the woman. Snow said the woman had parked her car at the gas pump and as she started to get out of the vehicle, it slipped out of gear and rolled forward. The door shut on her as it hit the gas pump and pinned her. The unidentified woman was unconscious when rescuers arrived; after pushing the vehicle away from the pump, they had to assist her breathing. Morongo Basin Ambulance transported the woman to Hi-Desert Medical Center where she was then flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

KING OF THE HAMMERS’ “HAMMERTOWN” OPENS TOMORROW

Tens of thousands of fans and participants will be coming to our Morongo Basin this week for the “King of The Hammers” event at the Johnson Valley off-road area. Kirby Davis says get your motor running…
One of the major off-road events in the country, “The King of the Hammers,” will be held in the nearby Johnson Valley off-road area. “Hammertown,” the temporary off-road village, opens 9 a.m. Friday, February 3, and closes 10 p.m. Saturday, February 11. The opening race for the 11th running of the King of the Hammers desert race and rock crawl starts February 4, and the headline race on Friday, February 10. Races are held at the Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley. It’s not too late to register for the races if you have the right equipment and the money for entrance fees.

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SENATOR JEAN FULLER NAMED ELECTED WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller was recognized Wednesday at the California Women Lead reception as “Elected Woman of the Year.” The annual event honors leaders in the political, business, and government communities. Senator Fuller is the first woman in California history to serve as Senate Republican Leader and represents Senate District 16, which includes the Morongo Basin.

THE WONDERS OF ASTROLOGY AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

Astrology is defined as the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. Astrologist Jeff Harman says we are linked to the universe in ways most people can’t fathom. Reporter Mike Lipsitz looks to the heavens for this report…
The universe as an interactive consciousness—That’s the title of a presentation this Friday, February 3, at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Astrologer and spiritual consultant Jeff Harman will offer his forecast for 2017 and beyond. Harman claims he will demonstrate the practical use of astrology with predictions on the Trump Administration, the US, and the world. Plus he’ll tell you how to use astrology to plan events in your own life, use it for relationship analysis, business, career and finance. Harman will also use audience participation to illustrate the wonders of astrology. Attendees should know their birth date, place and time in order to participate fully. It all starts at 7 p.m. in the Friendship Hall at the Josha Tree Retreat Center on the highway just east of La Contenta Road. Admission is $15.

KIWANIS CLUB ANNOUNCES DATE FOR 26TH ANNUAL “SPELL-A-THON”

The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms has announced the date of its 26th annual spell-a-thon. The spelling bee for adults will be held from 9 to noon March 11 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Teams of three people will compete against each other for bragging rights of the best spellers in the Morongo Basin. The entry fee is $25 per team, and team members raise pledges that will benefit the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy. Teams must register by March 8. For more information, or to sign up your team, call 760-972-7205.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT FEBRUARY 11 AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

A unique opportunity to hear world-class chamber music at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley next week. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says get your tickets now for the February 11 concert…
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will hold a chamber music concert featuring the Encelia Chamber Ensemble and the Harmonic Winds, a woodwind quintet located in the Morongo Basin. Chamber music is composed for small ensembles, with one musician per part and is generally performed without a conductor. The concert is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, February 11 at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. A Sunday matinee will be held February 12 at 2:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as seating is limited. Tickets are $15, or $20 for preferred seating and are available online at hidesertnaturemuseum.org, or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center or Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CONTESTANT HAILEY GREEN

Make your plans to see this year’s Miss Yucca Valley scholarship pageant Saturday at 6:00 pm in the Joshua Springs Thunderdome. Today, Reporter Kirby Davis introduces us to contestant Hailey Green…

Today we are talking with Hailey Green. Hailey, tell us about yourself.

“My name is Hailey Green. I go to Yucca Valley High School. I play soccer for a women’s league team. I want to go to college for my business degree and to go to pastry school to be a pastry chef.”

Hailey Green

Who is the prominent woman you interviewed, and what have you learned from her?

“My prominent woman is Mary Keck. She is a teacher at Yucca Valley High School. From my interview with her, I learned to never believe the people that tell you, ‘you can’t.’ You can accomplish anything you set your mind to, no matter what obstacles you face. She’s been a huge inspiration to me in setting goals and meeting them.”

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

“From my experience with Miss Yucca Valley, I’ve learned how important it is to be a positive role model for our community, and to not be afraid to show our talents, but also to be hardworking and have fun while doing it.”

Any final words?

“This has been a great experience and I encourage sophomore girls especially to come watch the pageant and consider doing Miss Yucca Valley next year.”

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET FEBRUARY 10

California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, February 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree.  Members will honor past presidents of Hi-Desert Division 62 and will welcome Rob Breyer, Director of CalRTA Area 9.  Members for whom 2017 marks their eightieth birthdays or beyond will also be honored.  Lunch will be provided at a cost of $15 per person.  Reservations are required.  There is no cost to those who attend the meeting but choose not to order lunch, but seats do need to be reserved for meeting attendees.  Please call Gay Smith, at 760-369-2211, no later than Monday, February 6, if you plan to attend.

ART RECEPTION AT GLASS OUTHOUSE GALLERY THIS SATURDAY

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery is holding an art reception for two artists. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation…
The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will feature the works of two artists in an art reception Saturday, February 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Chuck Caplinger will present “Beautiful Beasts and First Nation.” Artist Miri Hunter’s exhibition is entitled “First Expressions.” Caplinger is known for his vibrant oil paintings of desert wildlife, his award-winning desert landscapes and his portraits are in collections around the world. Hunter’s paintings are based on East African traditions called Zar, painted in the power colors of black, red and white. Zar painting can be large enough to cover a person or small enough to wear as a necklace, traditionally used as talismans. The reception will be held at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 Twentynine Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

CUPID SCRAMBLE GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE

A golf tournament to benefit the Tri-Valley Little League program is planned for Saturday, February 11. Reporter Edica Gonzales says it time to sign up for the Cupid Scramble…
The Tri-Valley Little League is holding its second annual Cupid Scramble Golf Tournament Saturday, February 11, at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in Yucca Valley. Teams of four will have a shotgun start on 12 holes, starting at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for a hole in one, longest drive, closest to the pin, and there will be chipping and putting contests as well. The registration fee is $70 per person and includes green fees, cart, lunch, and more. The deadline to register is February 6. For more information or to register, call Julie Alexander, 760-217-1099.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats traveled to take on Yucca Valley High School Tuesday evening, resulting in a 4-0 loss for the varsity team. Coach Richard Sanchez said goalkeepers sophomore Alexis Soster and junior Alex Anaya contributed 15 saves for the ’Cats. Defenders senior Maggie O’Brien and junior Emma Yeager worked hard on all evening against speedy forwards from the opposition. 
 
In high school sports, today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ basketball and soccer teams will play Rancho Mirage High School. The boys will play at home, the girls will travel away to Rancho Mirage. Both soccer games will start at 5 and both basketball games at 6.
 
The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball teams will compete against Coachella Valley High School. The boys’ soccer game will be played in Thermal starting at 5 p.m. All other games will be played at home in Twentynine Palms. The girls’ soccer match, honoring their seniors, starts at 5, girls’ basketball at 6, and boys’ basketball at 7:30 p.m.
 
And the Joshua Springs Christian School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will travel away to Bermuda Dunes to play Desert Christian Academy. The girls start at 5, boys at 6:30.