TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PUTS MORATORIUM ON MASSAGE PARLORS

The Twentynine Palms City Council last night took action on massage parlors and taxis, but not on vacation rentals. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this story…
If you want to open a massage parlor in Twentynine Palms, you may have to cool your heels a bit. The City Council last night placed a moratorium on opening any new ones for at least six months. The action—which doesn’t affect the city’s eight existing parlors—came in response, ironically, to a planning commission recommendation that the areas permitting massage businesses be expanded. But, with one exception, the Council voted no.
The exception was Councilman Joel Klink who said that a moratorium sends the wrong message to other businesses the city hopes to attract. “It shows people that we don’t want businesses to come to Twentynine Palms. It’s throwing off bad vibes.”
In other actions, the Council postponed a decision on whether to allow owner-occupied duplexes to be used as vacation rentals. It also voted to permit taxi stands and dispatch services in certain areas.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS MARIJUANA PROHIBITION ARGUMENTS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission heard from nearly three dozen residents at its public hearing Tuesday night about an ordinance that would prohibit all commercial marijuana uses with the town, and regulate personal use and cultivation of recreational marijuana. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting, and says the commission decided to continue the hearing until May…

Of the 35 Yucca Valley residents who spoke at the Yucca Valley Planning Commission meeting, 28 spoke in favor of an ordinance that would prohibit commercial recreational marijuana and regulate personal uses, and seven spoke against the ordinance. Yucca Valley resident Charles Regan urged the commission to ban marijuana, saying he doesn’t want Yucca Valley to go back to the drug use he saw in the 1960s.

“Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. An old joke about the ‘60s: If you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t there. Well, I was there and I remember the ‘60s. I remember hundreds of thousands of people smoking pot in public parks… nude and having sex… I remember the widespread drug use. I remember the past, and we should all remember the past. It was not a good time. We lost an entire generation of young people to drugs, and the effects are still being felt today. Never again. Never again.”

Residents at the Yucca Valley Planning Commission raise their hands in support of a resident who spoke in favor of an ordinance that would ban recreational commercial sales of marijuana in town limits.

Commissioners raised questions about the possibility of losing state grant money if the town completely bans marijuana. Other issues commissioners raised were the fact that the state may issue licenses to recreational marijuana businesses even if the town prohibits them. They also questioned how the town could prohibit deliveries and enforce regulations over personal cultivation in the proposed ordinance. These issues and more will be brought back to the planning commission at its meeting of May 9.

Yucca Valley Planning Commissioners granted a variance to allow the developer to build a house on this 5-acre lot that encroaches on setbacks.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING HAD NEARLY $200,000 IN ARREST WARRANTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested on nearly $200,000 in warrants after he was caught shoplifting. About 4 p.m., deputies were called to Walmart when a store employee observed the man, later identified as Jarod Davis, 30, put grocery and electronic items inside a backpack and reusable shopping bags and then try to leave the store. The report states when the deputy confronted Davis, he admitted he went to the store to steal items. A search of Davis’s bags found drug paraphernalia. During a records check, the deputy determined that Davis had $125,000 in arrest warrants for petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, and a $60,000 warrant from Los Angeles County for driving under the influence. Jarod Davis was arrested on suspicion of petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, and for his warrants, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

STAGE PLAY, “A FEW GOOD MEN” PLAYING WEEKENDS IN YUCCA VALLEY

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley mount their largest production yet with the Aaron Sorkin courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men.” Edica Gonzalez says seats are still available…
“A Few Good Men” is the St. Joseph’s Players’ eighth show over the last four seasons. Smaller cast shows have been the norm in the cozy 80-seat venue. This show’s cast has more than a few good men and women, 17 actors total. The show will run all four Saturday nights in March at 7 p.m. and the last three Sundays in March at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 to $11; call 760-362-9319 to reserve your seat. St. Joseph’s Church is located at 56312 Church St. in Yucca Valley.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, EXHIBIT OPENS TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is a new exhibit at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum that showcases artwork made from recycled or reused materials. It’s goal is to make people think about a throw-away society by sharing the artists’ visions of reused and recycled materials. The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media creations. The exhibit opens Thursday, March 16, and runs through June 3. An opening reception will be held at the museum Saturday, March 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and includes live music and light refreshments. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is in the community center complex on Dumosa Avenue in Yucca Valley.

MORONGO VALLEY FIRE BURRITO BREAKFAST THIS SATURDAY

The Morongo Valley Fire Fighter’s Auxiliary will hold its annual burrito breakfast this Saturday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Covington Park multipurpose room. After breakfast, check out the community yard sale, which goes until 2 p.m. Vendors who are interested in participating in the yard sale should call 760-363-6454.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER LOOKS AT $130,000 IN OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on the agenda…
On tonight’s regular session agenda is a resolution to establish a board policy for the retention and destruction of records, a proposal to replace the 30-year-old heating and air conditioning system at the district office at a cost of not more than $80,000, and a proposal for the long-discussed remodel of the district office at a costs not to exceed $55,000. Those items and others will precede standing committee, staff and director reports. It all starts at the 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Basin Water District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT PERSONNEL AND MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board also meets in regular session. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the board will look at personnel and membranes…
Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors are the modifications of the current position of staff accountant and accounting technician III. The district also plans to add an additional customer service supervisor to the payroll. The board will also select a membrane bioreactor for the wastewater reclamation facility. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in district offices at Inca Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.

PIONEERTOWN WESTERN RE-ENACTORS LOOKING FOR COWBOYS

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West show, the volunteers that do the fun Western re-enactment shows at Pioneertown, is putting out a casting call for Western enthusiasts who want to join their fun, family-oriented group of actors. No experience is necessary. Shows begin in April. Contact Paden for details at 760-366-3333.

TWENTYNINE PALMS UNITED METHODIST OBSERVE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SUNDAY

The United Methodist Women of Twentynine Palms will observe Women’s History Month this Sunday, March 19. In celebration of local women, guest speaker, historian and author Pat Rimmington will present a talk on “Pioneering Women of the Desert.” Rimmington volunteered to transcribe oral interviews of the homesteaders, cowboys, and miners of the area for the Twentynine Palms Library and Joshua Tree National Park. This research gave her an extensive knowledge of local desert history. She will share this information beginning at 10:30 Sunday morning at the United Methodist Church on 6250 Mesquite Springs Road. Community members are welcome to join them for this informative, fun presentation.