TWENTYNINE PALMS ROAD TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, UTAH TRAIL, CLOSED FOR PAVING

If you’re planning on going to Joshua Tree National Park through the Twentynine Palms entrance today (Thursday, March 9), you better make other plans. The city of Twentynine Palms is paving Utah Trail from 29 Palms Highway to the park’s entrance gate today, and the road will be closed until 4 p.m. Residents should use alternate routes. For more information, call 760-367-ROAD.

ITEMS OF SENTIMENTAL VALUE STOLEN IN YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARY

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in finding a necklace with great sentimental value that was stolen during a burglary in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 57900 block of Hidden Gold Drive came home about 2:15 p.m. last Friday and interrupted a burglary in progress. The suspect, later identified as Charles Roberts, 18, of Yucca Valley, left the home through the bedroom window and drove off in a black Acura. The victim determined that several pieces of jewelry were stolen, including a necklace with a pendant urn that contained the ashes of a child who had died. The urn is in the shape of a cross with the word “Faith” inscribed on one side. During the investigation, Deputy Shaunna Ables contacted Charles Roberts at Black Rock High School Tuesday morning and searched his vehicle. Some of the stolen items were found inside his car, but not the necklace. Deputies also searched Roberts’ home in the 58600 block of San Marino where they found a gun that had been reported stolen in a different burglary. While deputies were searching Roberts’ home, Martin Guzman, 20, of Yucca Valley arrived. During a search of Guzman’s vehicle, a loaded firearm was found. Charles Roberts was arrested for investigation of burglary and possession of stolen property, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000. Martin Guzman was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm, cited and released. Anyone who locates the missing necklace can turn it in to the Sheriff’s Department with no questions asked.

WE REVIEW “MARY POPPINS” AT THEATRE 29

“Disney’s Mary Poppins” opened last weekend to enthusiastic crowds of all ages at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely attended and offers this review of the production…
Analisa Pilecki’s portrayal of Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way! Chris Fleischman is better than ever as Mary’s buddy Bert, the chimney sweep. The Banks family led by George Banks, well played by Dennis “Easy” Boos and Mrs. Banks by Katie Van Sumeren, seek a new nanny for their children Jane and Michael, wonderfully played by Grace Prograis and Logan Phelps. Sarabeth Matilsky plays a quirky store owner in my favorite number, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Other ensemble standouts include: the Park Keeper played by Teresa Mizusawa, Cindy Daigneault as the housekeeper Mrs. Brill and Lisa Goldberg as the bird lady. The costume design by Kathryn Ferguson is award-worthy. The direction by Gary Daigneault, musical direction by Bill Barrett and rousing choreography by Daniela Jara make for a magical production the entire family will enjoy.

MARY POPPINS SOLD-OUT, OVERFLOW SEATS AVAILABLE

The Theatre 29 production of “Mary Poppins” will run Friday, Saturday, and Sundays through March 26. All available online seats for the run have been sold out. To accommodate those not able to get tickets, Theatre 29 has added overflow seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Patrons wishing to be put in the overflow seating section should be at the box office by 6:30 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday evening performances and 2:00 p.m. for the Sunday matinees. While there is no guarantee a seat will be available, the arrangement adds about another 15 seats per performance. No one has been turned away to date.

SCHOOL BOARD CONTINUES WORK STUDY SESSION

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education continues yesterday’s work study session tomorrow (Friday, March 10). On the agenda this time: more board goals and options for secondary education. The board will also review proposed changes in its strategic plan and governance handbook. Tomorrow’s workshop—which is open to the public—gets underway 8 a.m. at the district office conference room on Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.

WALK 4 LIFE NEXT WEEK TO SUPPORT HI-DESERT PREGNANCY CLINIC

The High Desert Pregnancy Clinic sees over 1,500 clients a year at no charge, providing ultrasounds, parenting classes, and more to residents of the Morongo Basin. Sara Snyder explains how you can take part in the clinic’s major fundraiser of the year…
The High Desert Pregnancy Clinic will hold its annual Walk 4 Life Saturday, March 18. The walk is the clinic’s major fundraiser of the year. The 2-mile walk begins and ends at Brehm Park in Yucca Valley. Lunch will be provided for all walkers. The event will include live music, free kids’ activities, kite flying, face painting, and more. Registration is $10 per person, or $20 for families, and starts at 8:30. The walk begins at 9:30. Walkers with pledges of $100 or more will receive a T-shirt; pledges of $200 will receive a sweatshirt; and pledges of $250 or more will receive both. For information, call the clinic at 760-369-8512.

CHP IDENTIFIES SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER THAT CLOSED THE YUCCA GRADE YESTERDAY

The CHP has identified the suspected DUI Driver that caused the Yucca Grade to close for about an hour Wednesday morning. Investigators said that about 4:10 am, a 1998 Dodge pick-up truck driven by Edgar Morales, 44, of Yucca Valley was traveling eastbound on the highway at Scholl Drive in Morongo Valley. The CHP said Morales made an unsafe turning movement causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and collide with the power pole, shearing it off, causing it to lean across the eastbound lanes by the tension wires. The westbound lanes were closed about 4:40 as a precaution, and lanes were opened in both directions about 5:30. Investigators said Edgar Morales was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM CONVENIENCE STORE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday after he ate multiple packages of food at a convenience store without paying for them. According to a Sheriff’s report, Bruce Johnson, 47, was at the 7-11 on the corner of Adobe Road and Ocotillo about 9 p.m. After Johnson opened and ate several packages of food without having any money to pay for them, employees asked him to leave multiple times before they finally called deputies. Deputies determined that Bruce Johnson was on parole and arrested him for investigation of burglary, booked him into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $25,000.

VENDORS, EXHIBITORS, SOUGHT FOR YUCCA VALLEY EARTH DAY EVENT

The deadline for vendors and exhibitors to register for the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s annual Earth Day fair in Yucca Valley is coming up soon. Edica Gonzalez fills in the details…
Each April, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley celebrates Earth Day with a community fair. This year’s fair is set for Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Event organizers are soliciting vendors, such as artists, designers, crafters, and organizations, for nature-inspired or environmentally friendly arts and crafts. The deadline for all vendor applications is March 11, with notification of acceptance by March 18. Exhibitors and non-profit organizations who would like to participate in the Earth Day event must apply by March 25. More information is available at hidesertnaturemuseum.org.

STAR TWIRLERS ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE SATURDAY

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club will hold a St. Patrick’s Day dance Saturday, March 11. Line dancing will be held 7 to 7:30 p.m. and between tips; square dancing is 7:30 to 10 p.m. Rob Grigsby will be calling squares; Linda Sande will be cueing lines. Dancers do not need to be a member of the Star Twirlers to come to the dance in their best St. Patrick’s Day attire. The dance will be held at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge on Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Admission is $7 per person.

MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet Saturday, March 11, in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. The morning begins with an optional $10 breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. Members will write postcards to elected officials and meet in action groups. The meeting is open to all registered Democrats and invited guests. More information, links and resources are online at MBDems.com.

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY TO SHOW “THE INCREDIBLES” SATURDAY

Yucca Valley Recreation is inviting you to come see a family movie Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says they will screen “The Incredibles”…
The Town of Yucca Valley will show the movie “The Incredibles” Saturday, March 11. Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley community center. There will also be face painting and a bounce house. Admission is $5 and includes movie snacks.
The town’s youth commission is sponsoring the movie as a fundraiser; all proceeds will go to Relay for Life.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL WINS CIF STATE PLAYOFF GAME, NEXT GAME SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms High School Boys Basketball team continued its remarkable march through the state CIF Division IV Championship yesterday, making 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat Carlsbad’s Sage Creek High School, 67-63, at Twentynine Palms. The win earns the Wildcats yet another home playoff game. The now 28-3 Wildcats will take on the 21-8 Immanuel High School of Hesperia this Saturday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Richard Casey Gym at Twentynine Palms High School in the 2017 State CIF Boys Division IV Basketball Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams held their opening swim meet of the season against Banning High School Wednesday. The Lady Wildcats won 134 to 31; the boys’ team won 127 to 31. The girls chose Gabby Crank as the  team captain; Kevin Johnson was named as captain of the boys’ team.

200 Medley relay
Girls
1st Gabby Crank, Taylor Scamman, Lexi Wade, Lindsey Scamman
2nd Bella Crank, Nicole Elmer, Devanee Johnson, Lea Spear
Boys
1st Tyler Abrams, Josiah Henderson, Kevin Johnson, Brian Soster
2nd Braden Beaudoin, Matthew Councell, Marcus Freitas, Cody Landry

200 Free
Girls
1st Ashley Waring
2nd Nicole Elmer
3rd Victoria Williams
Boys
1st Andrew Baxter
2nd Colin Beaudoin
3rd Nic Valenzuela

200 Individual Medley
Girls
1st Taylor Scamman
2nd Teagan Thompson
3rd Tabitha Zuniga
Boys
1st Tyler Abrams
2nd Kevin Johnson

50 Free
Girls
1st Gabby Crank
2nd Lea Spear
3rd Iris Rivera
Boys
1st Jacob Smith
2nd Cody Landry

100 Butterfly
Girls
1st Lyndsey Scamman
2nd Lexi Wade
3rd Ashley Waring
Boys
1st Josiah Henderson
2nd Marcus Freitas

100 Free
Girls 1st Gabby Crank
2nd Taylor Scammans
3rd Bella Crank
Boys
1st Brian Soster
3rd Braden Beaudoin

500 Free
Girls
1st Meganlynn Slover
2nd Nicole Elmer
Boys
1st Nic Valenzuela
2nd Colin Beaudoin
3rd Matthew Councell

200 Free Relay
Girls
1st Gabby Crank, Taylor Scamman, Teagan Thompson, Lyndsey Scamman
2nd Tabitha Zuniga, Bella Crank, Devanee Johnson, Ashley Waring
Boys
1st Josiah Henderson, Nic Valenzuela, Cody Landry, Brian Soster
2nd Johnson, Braden Beaudoin, Marcus Freitas, Colin Beaudoin

100 Back
Girls
1st Lexi Wade
2nd Devanee Johnson
Boys
1st Josiah Henderson
2nd Kevin Johnson

100 Breast

Girls
1st Lyndsey Scamman
3rd Abril Lazzaro
Boys
1st Tyler Abrams
2nd Matthew Councell
3rd H. Fournier

400 Free Relay
Girls
1st Nicole Elmer, Lea Spear, Teagan Thompson, Lexi Wade
2nd Bella Crank, Devanee Johnson, Ashley Waring, Tabitha Zuniga
Boys
1st Colin Beaudoin, Tyler Abrams, Braden Beaudoin, Nicolas Valenzuela
2nd Marcus Freitas, Hugo Fournier, Glen Reaves, Cody Landry

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School and Joshua Springs baseball teams will both be competing in the Route 66 baseball Classic tournament in Arizona. The Trojans will play Monument Valley High School at 8 a.m., followed by a game against Many Farms High School at 10:20 a.m.
The Lightning baseball team will play Southwest El Centro High School at 3 p.m.