MAGGIE NELSON NAMED MISS YUCCA VALLEY FOR 2017

A major milestone as the 50th Annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant enjoyed a successful and well-attended presentation Saturday night at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome. Taking the crown from a poised and confidant field of eight contestants was Yucca Valley High School junior Maggie Nelson. The First Princess was Hailey Green, Second Princess Emily Scheckler, and Third Princess. Kaylee Pope. The Miss Congeniality nod went to Deborah Simpson and Miss Photogenic went to Angelique Pulido. During the announcement of the Rotary Essay winner, Megan Rieman, Rotary Club President Bob Stadum announced that the award will now be named the “Sheldon and Tara Hough Rotary Essay Award”. The honor comes as the evening marked the 20th anniversary of the Houghs’ direct involvement in the production of the pageant. The Rotary Club will continue its efforts with the Pageant under new chairperson, John Babrowski.

Miss Yucca Valley 2017 Maggie Nelson

First Princess Hailey Green

Second Princess Emily Sheckler

Third Princess Kaylee Pope

Miss Congeniality Deborah Simpson

Miss Photogenic Angelique Pulido

Sheldon and Tara Hough Rotary Essay Award Winner Megan Rieman

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR OFFICERS SPOUSE’S CLUB BENEFIT AUCTION

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Twentynine Palms aboard the Marine base awarded more than $35,000 in grants and scholarships last year. The organization gave $16,000 in grants to organizations such as the Twentynine Palms food pantry, 29 Palms Art Gallery, Reach Out Morongo Basin, the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert, Copper Mountain College Foundation, and the Armed Services YMCA. Additionally, $19,000 in college scholarships were awarded to military students whose parents call the Morongo Basin home. The OSC raises the majority of its funds through a gala auction. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get tickets…

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club of 29 Palms’ gala auction is the largest fundraiser for the club’s grants and scholarship program; last year, it awarded $35,000 in grants and scholarships. This year’s gala will be held off base to make it easier for those without base access to attend. The gala auction is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, February 11 at Smith’s Ranch Hall in Twentynine Palms. The theme this year is “Denim and Diamonds.” The night out on the town includes fabulous auction items, food, and entertainment. The gala event is open to civilians and military. Tickets are $25 and are available at osc29palms.com, For those with base access, tickets will be sold at the Main Exchange Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call Cherie Lewis at 951-526-7231 or email at Osc29president@gmail.com.

LEGACY BRICKS STILL AVAILABLE AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 continues to work on their Serenity Patio east of the theater building on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The patio area includes a stunning giant sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a seating area, and a wall partially full of legacy bricks. Theater-goers are enjoying the peaceful seating area before, after, and during intermission of productions at the theater.

The sculpture was donated by world-renowned artist Simi Dabah; it is lit during the night on a large concrete pedestal just north of a decorative wall which is being gradually tiled with legacy bricks. These bricks—custom engraved for the donor—can be sponsored by volunteers, community members, and businesses who wish to leave a mark on this community treasure. Next time you are at Theatre 29, check out the display of tiles already on display, some in remembrance of a loved one, others marking a business’s support of Theatre 29, others honoring directors and performers, marking remarkable productions, and some tiles with whimsical messages just for fun.

There are two sizes, 4×8 for an $85 donation, or 8×8 for $150. The funds raised through the legacy brick project will be used to support ongoing improvements to the patio and the Theater 29 facility at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. Theatre 29 invites you to “Be a Part of the Arts!” Those interested in participating can reserve a brick by calling Theatre 29 board member and fundraising chair Cindy Daigneault at 760-366-8471. Bricks can also be ordered in the Box Office prior to performances.

A WARNING ABOUT JOB AD SCAMS

The AARP Fraud Watch Networks helps raise awareness of consumer fraud. Reporter Rebecca Havely says beware of certain job ads…

If an ad for a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of job ads that guarantee you’ll make a certain amount of money or that you can work from home, these are most likely scams. Do not respond to ads which ask you to send money so you can either get the job, acquire more job listings, receive supplies to start a business at home or obtain “certification” that’s supposed to get you a job. If you spot a job scam report it to local law enforcement and contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER’S PROFESSIONAL NIGHT THURSDAY TO FOCUS ON INSURANCE

Dee Richhart Benton of Williams Insurance will discuss insurance for businesses at the next Professionals Night, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. The event is aimed at business owners and professionals who are interested in learning new tools and discovering how they can grow their business. The event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, February 9. For reservations, or more information, call 760-367-3445.

GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Roy Greenleaf, Jr. built his legacy by leaving his entire estate to the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Each spring, the foundation chooses a local high school student to receive a scholarship that pays tuition fees, books, and living expenses. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

The Copper Mountain College Foundation invites local high school seniors to apply for the Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Scholarship. This scholarship pays the winning applicant’s tuition, books, fees, and living expenses for his or her entire academic career, as long as the recipient attends Copper Mountain College for the first two years, and then any University of California or Cal State University school. The scholarship is open to all highly motivated and financially needy students with strong determination to succeed, demonstrable desire to help others, and with an interest in serving the Morongo Basin upon completion of their education. Applications are available at all area high school counselors’ offices, at the CMC Foundation office on campus, or online via a link in this story at Z1077fm.com (cmccd.edu/support-cmc/foundation/what-we-fund/). Deadline for submission is 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 15.

SUPER BOWL RECOVERY PARTY TONIGHT BENEFITS HEARTS OF YUCCA VALLEY

Hearts of Yucca Valley—a non-profit organization that raises funds to support heart-related emergencies in the Morongo Basin—will hold a fundraiser tonight, Monday, February 6. 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.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS URGED TO COMPETE IN THE ROTARY MUSIC COMPETITION

Area music students are being invited participate in the Yucca Valley Noon Rotary Club’s annual music competition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the deadline to register is coming up fast…

High School music students are invited to compete in the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s annual music competition, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, February 18, at Yucca Valley High School. Contestants must be high school or home-schooled students from the Morongo Basin. Contestants may enter in one of three categories: vocal, instrumental, or piano. Pianists and instrumentalists must play at least one piece of classical music. Singers must perform songs from musical theater or classical music. Cash prizes will be awarded: $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. The top three contestants will advance to the semifinal competition for a chance to win an additional cash prizes ($1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place). Contestants must register by February 11. Call Ignazio Ficara at 760-365-7000 for more information or to register.