THREE HISTORIC FAMILY HEIRLOOM WAGON WHEELS STOLEN IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley family is devastated to discover that three antique wagon wheels that were on a wagon that had brought their family west 140 years ago had been stolen from their front yard. A Sheriff’s report said sometime between February 27 and March 3, the 40-inch, dark brown wooden wheels were stolen from a yard in the 56400 block of Yuma Trail in Yucca Valley. The family told deputies that the wheels had been passed down from generation to generation and had brought their great-grandmother west in the 1870s. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

SMALL FIRE PUT OUT QUICKLY IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY AFTERNOON

Firefighters made quick work of a fire in the 6500 block of Sunset in Joshua Tree Monday afternoon. County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said debris stacked up outside the home caught fire about 2 p.m. Firefighters put out the flames within a minute. The home itself did not burn, although there was some smoke damage inside. Tuttle said the cause is believed to have been electrical.

Photo Courtesy Edica Gonzalez

Photo Courtesy Edica Gonzalez

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TAKES UP VACATION HOME RENTALS

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. After a truck sale and budget amendments, the Council will take up the controversial issue of regulating vacation home rentals. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda…
Following a presentation from the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, the Yucca Valley Town Council will be asked to reject a claim filed against the town by Salomon Valdez, approve the sale of a 1995 Chevy truck as surplus property, and amend the town’s budget to include $17,000 for the Hi-Desert Nature Museum and $22,000 for the Desert Regional Tourism Agency. Council members will then be asked to give policy direction to staff and the planning commission on vacation home rentals in town limits. The council will then go into closed session for negotiations on three properties, and to discuss potential litigation. Tonight’s meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

LANDERS MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES

A parole compliance check resulted in the arrest of a Landers man on multiple charges Saturday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to check on Dennis Hanley, in the 100 block of Covelo Avenue about 5 p.m. Pornography, drugs, and paraphernalia were discovered, which violated the terms of Hanley’s parole. In the garage, deputies discovered a generator which had been reported stolen from another residence in the 100 block of Covelo Avenue on February 20. Hanley claimed that someone else had stolen the generator and brought it to his home. The generator was returned to its lawful owner, and Dennis Hanley was arrested on suspicion of violating the terms of his parole, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, and is being held without bail.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF SLASHING TIRES

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of slashing tires. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents in the 72100 block of Sullivan Road called deputies about 3:30 a.m. Saturday to report that someone had slashed the tires of a vehicle parked in front of the home. The residents suspected David Maldonado, 27. After an investigation, David Maldonado was arrested on suspicion of vandalizing four vehicle tires valued at more than $500, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION WELCOMES NEW FACES TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission tonight will seat two new members and continue a public hearing. Reporter David Haldane has the details…
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will have some new faces starting tonight. Leslie May and Jim Krushat, both appointed by the City Council last week, will be sworn in just in time to participate in a public hearing. It will consider whether to allow Vista del Sol, a multi-family residential development on the 73000 block of Two-Mile Road, to use several seagoing containers as accessory structures for storage. The hearing is continued from February 21st. The Commission will also elect its chair and vice-chair for the coming year. Tonight’s meeting gets underway 5 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TOMORROW IN SPECIAL MEETING

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets together tomorrow (March 8) for a special work study session. The subjects to be discussed include the district’s strategic plan, the school board’s goals and its governance handbook. The session, beginning 8 a.m. in Room 18 at Joshua Tree Elementary School on Sunburst Avenue, is open to the public.

RITA RAMIREZ TO RUN AGAINST PAUL COOK AGAIN

Four months since Rita Ramirez lost to Rep. Paul Cook in the 2016 congressional election, she’s already looking for a rematch. At a recent protest at Cook’s office in Redlands, Ramirez was handing out fliers that read “2016 Elections: Dr. Rita Ramirez will run for Congress District 8 in 2018.” A retired Marine Corps Colonel, Cook won a third term in office Nov. 8, beating Ramirez 62.3 percent to 37.7 percent. Ramirez is a retired college professor who lives in Twentynine Palms.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK APPLIES FOR OHV ENFORCEMENT GRANT

Unauthorized or illegal off-highway vehicle use in Joshua Tree National Park negatively impacts wildlife, vegetation, cultural resources, and other ecological processes in the park. Often, the damage comes from inadvertent incursions because riders have no way of knowing they have crossed a park boundary. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us about an effort to make things right…
Joshua Tree National Park administration hopes to get a portion of the $30 million up for grabs through the California State Parks OHV Recreation Division. The funds come from gas taxes and off-roader fees and get distributed through grants for the protection and restoration of wilderness areas and environmental resources, and enforcement of OHV laws. Joshua Tree National Park staff, in a grant application, propose a project to restore park land disturbed by OHV use, and add new fencing that will allow OHV riders to identify park boundaries. Several areas of the park have already been successfully restored and protected through the program. The public is invited to review and comment on the preliminary restoration grant application which becomes available today and may be found at http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1164. The public comment period ends April 3.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular meeting of the Joshua Tree Clean Team is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8. The volunteers will meet at the Joshua Tree Library and will work from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. They will provide safety vests, gloves, grabbers, and trash bags to make the job easier. The Clean Team will meet for optional coffee and conversation afterwards at the Park Rock Cafe.

WOMEN’S DAY AT RAINBOW STEW IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Rainbow Stew will host an all-day event for International Women’s Day tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8. Everyone is invited to drop by any time during the day to connect with friends, have a cup of tea, or a quick break in the healing room. The doors open at 10 a.m. with a gratitude circle; at 5:30 is an online seminar with Heather Ash Amara on how to summon your warrior goddess. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of Highway 62 in Old Town Yucca Valley.

TINY HOPPERS TODDLER PROGRAM AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY TOMORROW

Tiny Hoppers, a high-energy program for toddlers up to age 3, returns to the Joshua Tree Library Wednesday, March 8, at 11:00 a.m. Toddlers and their parents interact through songs and stories. The program helps develop gross motor and listening skills. Tiny Hoppers continues at the Joshua Tree Library through April 5.

LECTURE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW EXPLORES THE TOWN OF CALICO

A historical society lecture on the ghost town of Calico will be offered tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you when and where…
“Calico Strikes” is the name of the next second Wednesday lecture series by the Morongo Basin Historical Society. March 8 meet Dr. Stephanie Slahor professor, author and lecturer and learn of California’s richest silver strike in the town of Calico in 1881. A book signing and question and answer period will follow the 5:30 lecture, all for a $5 donation. The lecture will be held at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley, 57116 29 Palms Hwy.

ROTARY SPRING CARNIVAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club host a spring carnival in Luckie Park, Thursday, March 9, through Sunday, March 12. Pre-sale unlimited ride wristbands are currently for sale for $30 through the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department, the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce and the Bowladium in Twentynine Palms until Friday, March 10. Thursday night will be $1 ride night. The carnival just will be on Joe Davis Drive as Luckie Avenue is under construction. Food vendors will also be at the carnival. The carnival will be open Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW IN JOSHUA TREE

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, at the Helen Gray Education Center. For more information, contact 760-250-7295 or visit www.hdmc.org

YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION OFFERS SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES

Yucca Valley Recreation will offer self-defense classes on Saturdays. Reporter Kirby Davis says sign up early…
Learn self-defense at a class sponsored by the town of Yucca Valley. Instructor Norm Rose will teach a 2 ½ hour hands-on lesson Saturday, March 11 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The class will include demonstrations, instruction, and lecture, and is open to students age 14 and up. The cost is $15, or free with a current student ID. Space is limited, so early enrollment is suggested.

6 TWENTYNINE PALMS ALL-STAR TEAMS COMPETE IN NEEDLES TOURNAMENT

Twentynine Palms Recreation sent six all-star teams to Needles this past weekend to compete in the City of Needles Annual Youth Basketball Tournament. The third- and fourth-grade boys’ team beat the team from Needles in the championship game, 24-22. Azhan Bacote was named to the All-Tournament team and Joseph Terry was named the MVP in the third-fourth grade division. The fifth- and sixth-grade girls struggled early, but improved as the tournament went on, losing a close one to Needles on Saturday. The fifth- and sixth-grade boys battled back into the championship game. After losing an early game to Beaumont, they faced them again in the championship and lost by 3 points, to earn second place in the tournament. Allen Elizondo and Jonathan Aquirre from Twentynine Palms were named to the All-Tournament team. Two teams were entered from Twentynine Palms in the seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ division. The Twentynine Palms “White” team failed to capitalize. The Twentynine Palms “Green” team won the championship. Zeriuah Maple was named to the All-Tournament team and Kate Bobadilla was named MVP. The seventh- and eighth-grade boys’ team struggled, but beat Peach Springs in their Sunday matchup.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports, the Joshua Springs baseball team will travel away to Thermal tomorrow to play Coachella Valley High School. First pitch is at 3:15 p.m.