TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS: MASSAGE PARLORS, VACATION RENTALS, AND TAXIS

Massage parlors, vacation rentals and taxi stands are on tonight’s agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Here with more is reporter David Haldane…
If you harbor feelings about massage parlors, you might want to attend tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council. On the agenda: a proposal to allow licensed parlors to operate in certain areas of the city’s downtown.
Specifically affected are the stretches of Highway 62 from Split Rock Avenue to West Court and along Adobe Road from Buena Vista to Cactus Drive. Currently, professional massage services there are allowed only on an outcall basis.
Also on the agenda is a discussion regarding whether to allow one unit of an occupied duplex to be used as a vacation rental and a zoning amendment allowing taxi stands and dispatch services in certain areas.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RUNNING A DRUG LAB

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of running a drug lab. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the 6300 block of Fortuna Avenue about 10:30 a.m. with a search warrant. There they found Eric Danielson, 31, along with tools that had been recently stolen from the Southern California Edison yard in Yucca Valley. During the search, deputies located evidence of a honey oil lab, and determined that Danielson was selling concentrated cannabis and methamphetamine from the location. After an investigation, Eric Danielson was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of stolen property, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $500,000.

TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Friday, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 71500 block of Sun Valley Drive for a probation and parole compliance check. While there, they found Jennifer Paoletto, 36, and Journey Robinson, 29, along with methamphetamine, cash, and drug paraphernalia. Jennifer Paoletto and Journey Robinson were arrested for investigation of possession of methamphetamine for sale, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $50,000. Journey Robinson was also arrested for violating the terms of his parole.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TAKES UP RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission takes up the controversial subject of regulating recreational marijuana use in the town tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff say commissioners will also discuss a home variance and a new car wash…
Recreational marijuana will be the main topic of discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. Commissioners have been directed by the Town Council to draft regulations prohibiting all marijuana uses with the town, and to establish regulations for the indoor personal cultivation of marijuana. Prior to the public hearing, the commissioners will be asked to grant a variance for encroachment on property setbacks for a home to be built on the northeast corner of Hermosa Avenue and Cortez Drive. The other item for discussion is a conditional use permit and environmental assessment for a new business at Mohawk Trail and Highway 62. The business will be a drive-through car wash, a free-standing pet wash station, and vacuum and detailing spaces, along with a 400-square foot retail sales building. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.
For those who can’t attend the meeting, public input may also be submitted in writing to the Town Clerk until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 14. Comments can be dropped off at Town Hall or submitted by email to: townclerk@yucca-valley.org. The audio transcript of the public hearing may be accessed on the Town’s website at: http://yuccavalleyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx (click on video link for the March 14 Planning Commission meeting.)

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERS “SUNSHINE PROPOSAL”

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education tonight will once again consider a so-called “sunshine proposal” to guide negotiations with the California School Employees’ Association for next year’s contract. The idea, district officials say, is to avoid a protracted impasse over pay and working conditions like what the district had with teachers last year. Tonight’s discussion continues one begun by the board last month. Also on the agenda is the district’s second interim budget report for fiscal 2016-2017. Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School on Sunburst Avenue.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS SERVICES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE THURSDAY

The Disabled American Veterans organization has teamed up with Copper Mountain College to offer DAV services twice a month on the college campus. A DAV chapter service officer will be in the college’s student services office beginning Thursday, March 16, and every first and third Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The DAV officer will be able to help veterans with benefits claims, and more. The service is free and DAV membership is not required. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 760-401-8131.

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE COUNTY GRAND JURY APPROACHING

The deadline to volunteer for the San Bernardino County grand jury for 2017-2018 has been extended to March 17. Kirby Davis explains who can apply, what a grand juror does, and how to apply…
To be eligible for selection to the county grand jury, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of California and the County of San Bernardino for at least one year prior to appointment. Service as a grand juror involves an average of three to five full working days per week in San Bernardino, starting July 1, for one year. Compensation is $25 per day plus meals and appropriate mileage. The county grand jury investigates all aspects of county, city and special district government, and may hear information on certain criminal investigations. Interested citizens can complete the application online at the Grand Jury’s website at sbcounty.gov/grandjury. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 17.

GRUBSTAKE DAYS BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST ANNOUNCED

The annual Grubstake Days celebration in Yucca Valley is May 25-29. To encourage Yucca Valley area businesses to get into the spirit and encourage shopping locally, the Hi-Desert Star and Z107.7 Radio have teamed up to co-sponsor a free Western Heritage Decorating contest for all businesses in the Western Morongo Basin. Winners get hundreds of dollars in local advertising. It is free to enter and the rules are simple. The theme is Western Heritage; the judges use a scale of 1-10 for five criteria: overall appeal, use of available space, use of lights and color, inventiveness and overall theme, and the wow factor. Painted windows do not qualify for this contest. Judging will be done in four simple categories:

SMALL BUSINESS (up to 1,500 square feet)
Best Interior
Best Exterior

LARGE BUSINESS (1,500 square feet or over)
Best interior
Best Exterior

Awards will be given for first and second place in all four categories. First place winners get $250 in advertising from Z107.7 and the Hi-Desert Star. Second place winners get $150 in advertising from both. There are some restrictions.* There is no charge to enter, just call Z107.7 Radio at 760-366-8471. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Friday, May 19. Winners will be announced May 26.

 

Requirements and restrictions:

Entries must be businesses physically located in the western Morongo Basin, defined as from Morongo Valley to the west, Joshua Tree to the east, north to Johnson Valley, and south to the border of Joshua Tree National Park.

*(ad credit cannot be used for existing contracts or billing)
*(ad credit cannot be used for political purposes)
*(ad credit cannot be transferred)
*(ad credit must be used by August 25, 2017)

COUNTY MAC HEARS OF LOWER CRIME RATES

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, the MAC, met last night in Joshua Tree. While the anticipated report from CalTrans on changes proposed for downtown Joshua Tree was postponed, the MAC heard some good news from local Law Enforcement.

If you’re feeling a bit safer in the Morongo Basin these days, there’s a reason: crime in almost every category dropped last year from 2015. The only exceptions were robberies, which stayed the same, and simple assaults, which went up slightly. But three major crimes—murder, rape and burglary—occurred at their lowest rates in five years. All of which resulted in the fewest bookings since 2012.

The good news was part of the sheriff’s annual report delivered by Captain Jeff Joling at last night’s meeting of the Morongo Municipal Advisory Council. His advice for maintaining it: lock your doors, install alarms and join a neighborhood watch.

The report was delivered in place of a cancelled Caltrans update on plans to make Highway 62 safer. That subject came up anyway, though, when resident Gayle Austin reported erecting a banner in downtown Joshua Tree reading “Save Lives—Drive 35 miles-per-hour.” The idea was met with general approval.

YOUTH DRAWING CLASS SATURDAY AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold a drawing class for youth ages 5 to 17 on Saturday, March 18. Led by artist Bud Javatilaka, the class will combine drawing, music, and storytelling to teach drawing skills. All materials will be provided by the gallery. The cost is $10. To register, visit 29palmsartgallery.com. The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive at the corner of National Park Drive, in Twentynine Palms.

ENERGY HEALING CIRCLE AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

Rainbow Stew will hold an energy healing circle on Wednesday, March 15. The healing circle is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. The event is free, although donations are acceptable. In addition, Rainbow Stew will hold late night shopping. The healing circle will be held between 6 and 8:45 p.m. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

ALL ABOUT FOSSILS AT THE HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM LECTURE THURSDAY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum offers its next brown bag lunch lecture. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…
Mammoths, lions, and camels oh my! They once roamed along wetlands just north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Their history is preserved at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. Learn more about these fossils at the brown bag lunch lecture on Thursday, March 16 at 12 noon. Bring your lunch and your friends to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Admission is $5 or free for Museum members. Complimentary beverages will be served. For more information call 760-369-7212 or visit hidesertnaturemuseum.org or on Facebook.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School softball team will travel away to play Palm Springs High School. First pitch is at 3:15 p.m.
 
Also today, the Joshua Springs baseball team will travel away to play Linfield Christian School in Temecula. Their game also starts at 3:15 p.m.