MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN DIES AFTER FALLING IN SINKHOLE

The County Coroner has released the name of a 72-year-old woman found dead in in a sinkhole at her property in Morongo Valley. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Mark Murphy said the victim’s son had called for a welfare check on Margaret Pine, in the 50800 block of Canyon Road, shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday. He said he had not heard from her in several days. Firefighters arrived to find Pine at the bottom of a 10- to 15-foot sinkhole that had formed in a leach line from a septic system. Firefighters had to call in a heavy rescue engine from Fontana to lift her out. Margaret Pine was pronounced dead at the scene.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT: DEMOLITION AND SALES TAX REVIEW

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. The demolition of multiple structures, and guidelines for the upcoming sales tax are on the agenda. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look…
Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council will be asked to approve the appropriation of $125,000 from the general fund for the demolition of an abandoned building at 55601 29 Palms Highway and the planned demolition of five other structures. The council will also review guidelines for the citizens’ oversight commission of the sales tax measures. And finally, the council will be asked to establish March 21 as Local Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

FRIDAY FUGITIVE CAUGHT AND ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man featured on the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Fugitive Friday Facebook page was arrested Saturday morning. Thomas Brown, 36, had a $175,000 felony warrant for burglary issued for his arrest. Deputies located Brown about 8:20 a.m. Saturday morning in the 7800 block of Valley Vista Avenue in Yucca Valley. Thomas Brown was arrested on his warrant and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

PROBATIONER WITH WARRANTS FOUND WITH STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of possession of a stolen motorcycle. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the 6400 block of Linda Lee Drive about 5:30 a.m. to arrest Mark Villegas, 33, on a no-bail warrant for burglary, possession of a firearm with a serial number removed, and for violating the terms of his probation. Deputies determined a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle parked in the driveway had been stolen. After an investigation, Mark Villegas was arrested on his warrants and for possession of a stolen vehicle, and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail.

LANDERS’ QUIRKY HISTORY REVEALED AT SATURDAY ASSOCIATION MEETING

Home to the historic Integratron (the Morongo Basin’s only “intergalactic spaceport”), and what has been called the world’s largest freestanding boulder, Landers’ history is rich, quirky, and colorful. Some of it is even factual. Reporter Mike Lipsitz pulls out his aluminum foil hat for this story…

At this Saturday’s 3 p.m. meeting of the Landers Association, Barbara Harris will help separate truth from fiction in Landers colorful history. Thought to be this world’s leading authority on Giant Rock, Harris’ presentation will bring Landers fascinating landmarks to life. Saturday’s meeting is free and open to the public. Those coming for the presentation only will have an opportunity to duck out prior to Association business.. Members who have not renewed for 2017 will want to bring payment of $15 for individual dues or $25 for a family. The Landers Association meets in Belfield Hall on Reche Road just east of the Post Office in Landers. For more information call 760-449-4048.

JOSHUA CLEAN TEAM OUT WORKING TOMORROW MORNING

The hard-working volunteers of the Joshua Clean Team will be out working in their community tomorrow morning, and they invite you to join them. The trash pickup for the Joshua Tree Clean Team is set for Wednesday morning, meeting from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the corner of Highway 62 and El Reposo on the south side. Grabbers, gloves, trash bags and safety vest will be provided to make the job easier. Afterwards, all are invited to the Park Rock Cafe for coffee and conversation.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION FOCUSES ON MASSAGE PARLORS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Panning Commission meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says regulations on massage parlors and street easement vacations are on the agenda…
A new law regulating massage parlors went into effect this year. At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission, commissioners will discuss the changes and provide direction to staff on city regulations for massage parlors. Also on tonight’s agenda, the commission will be asked to approve a request to vacate a street easement for Juanita Drive, Desert Flower Avenue, and Old Dale Road. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in city hall on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center at 6601 White Feather Road, Joshua Tree. The Compassionate Friends is a national support organization reaching out to parents grieving the death of a child. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin. For more information, contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi-Desert Medical Center website at www.hdmc.org

DEL SOL STRING QUARTET COMING TO HARRISON HOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE FRIDAY

The Del Sol String Quartet returns to Harrison House in Joshua Tree. reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation to the performance…
The New York Times calls The Del Sol String Quartet “a hypnotic sound world well worth exploring.” They’ll perform Friday, February 10, at Harrison House at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for a $15 donation at Joshua Tree Health Foods, (29 Palms Hwy. and Sunset Avenue in Joshua Tree) or online at louharrisonhouse.org/shop. Harrison House is located at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue in Joshua Tree. For more information call 760-366-4712.

TWENTYNINE PALMS JUNIOR HIGH ROBOTICS TEAM PLACE WELL COMPETITION

The Twentynine Palms Junior High School Robotics Club, the SteamCats, competed in the California High Desert Vex Middle School finals Saturday. The SteamCats were ranked 12th out of 40 teams going in to the competition. In the tournament, the team joined together with another team to lift objects and throw them over a fence into the other side of the ring, while an opposing alliance team tries to do the same thing. The team sailed through the quarter-final round, but experienced technical difficulties in the semi-final round. The SteamCats received the Energy Award for their efforts. The SteamCats will display their skills at the school district’s science fair February 22 at Twentynine Palms Junior High, along with the robotics team from Twentynine Palms High School.

Quarterfinal round 1
Quarterfinal Round 2
Semifinal round 1
Semifinal round 2
Semifinal round 3

FOUR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-CIF

Four Twentynine Palms Wildcats varsity football players were named to the CIF Southern Section Division 11 All-CIF football team Monday afternoon. Seniors Derek Sutherland and Michael Clark, along with juniors Hunter Tygart and K.J. Magwood, were selected to the 2016-17 team, after leading the Wildcats to the CIF Semi-Finals this past season. Derek Sutherland led the team in defensive pass interceptions with 12 for the season, the Division 11 leader in total interceptions, second in the state of California, and fourth in the nation in the defensive category. Senior Michael Clark was the anchor of the offensive and defensive line for the Wildcats this season. Clark finished second in total tackles in the entire division starting as a defensive lineman for the Wildcats. He made 136 total tackles along with eight quarterback sacks on the season. Junior linebacker K.J. Magwood finished fourth in division 11 with 126 total tackles and was an outstanding linebacker and running back for the Wildcats this past season. Offensive standout Hunter Tygart rushed for 1,186 yards on the season, scoring 10 touchdowns. Tygart also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the CIF semi-final game. The Wildcats finished the season with a 9-4 overall record, reaching the semi-finals in CIF Division 11 playoffs.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball teams will play Desert Mirage High School. The girls’ soccer and basketball games will be played at home; the boys will travel away to Thermal. Both soccer matches will start at 5 and both basketball games will start at 6.
 
The Twentynine Palms High School boys and girls soccer and basketball teams will play Desert Hot Springs High School today. The girls’ soccer match will be played in Desert Hot Springs starting at 5 p.m. The boys’ soccer, and boys’ and girls’ basketball games will be played at home in Twentynine Palms. Soccer starts at 5; girls’ basketball at 6 and boys’ basketball at 7:30.