YUCCA VALLEY TRANSIENT ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING, FALSE IMPRISONMENT

A Yucca Valley transient was arrested early Thursday morning, accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman. According to Sheriff’s reports, the woman said she was camping when she met David Graham, 36, on Sunday, March 12, who convinced her to get into his car. Once in the car, he held her captive for three days. During that time, she said he slammed her head into the car’s window, hit her with a metal flashlight, pointed a gun at her, and told her he would kill her if she left. On Wednesday, deputies had contact with Graham and the victim two times, but she said she was too afraid to say anything to them. Then, about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, the woman managed to escape from the car and ran for help to a residence near the intersection of Sunnyslope Drive and Palm Avenue in Yucca Valley. She was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. About 2:15 a.m. Thursday morning, Deputy Adrian Garcia located Graham in his vehicle near the intersection of Kickapoo Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. Garcia searched Graham’s vehicle and found an airsoft pistol. David Graham was arrested for investigation of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and making criminal threats. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $250,000.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ANNOUNCES 2017 GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Copper Mountain College Foundation announced Yvonna Mullen of Twentynine Palms High School the 2017 Greenleaf Scholarship winner. The scholarship will pay tuition, books and fees, plus living expenses while Mullen is a student at Copper Mountain College and while she completes a degree at a four-year institute. Mullen’s mother Sumiko Manigan said, “I am so grateful for the Roy Greenleaf Scholarship which will allow my daughter to have a very bright future. I graduated from CMC in 2005 with a degree in vocational nursing. CMC helped me achieve my dreams as a single, low-income parent. Now CMC has awarded my daughter the ability to pursue her dreams, and we are eternally grateful.” The Foundation will host a Greenleaf Award Ceremony on April 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the front foyer of the Bell Center to honor Yvonna Mullen and recognize the six other finalists for the Greenleaf Scholarship: Kayleigh Coughlin, Joshua Elmer, Gauge Hill, Carly Jacobs, Kyla Limon and Kyra Minatrea. Mullen plans on attaining a degree in herpetology and bringing her knowledge back to the Hi-Desert.

Yvonna Mullen

More information on the Greenleaf Scholarship, is available here:
www.cmccd.edu/Foundation.

CALTRANS MOBILE APP OFFERS REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFORMATION

CalTrans developed an online, real-time website with traffic information in 2012. Last August, a QuickMap mobile app was released for Android phones, and it became available for iPhone users in January. Kirby Davis says the app recently received an award of excellence, and gives an overview of its capabilities…
CalTrans was recently honored with an award of excellence for its QuickMap mobile app by other state agencies at a recent event. QuickMap presents real-time traffic information, such as traffic speeds, lane and road closures due to construction and crashes, and more, along with your current location, all layered on a Google map. The traffic information presented on QuickMap is refreshed every three minutes. To download CalTrans’ QuickMap, search for CalTrans in your online app store.

LANDERS WOMAN ACCUSED OF SPOUSE ABUSE

A Landers woman was arrested Tuesday night, accused of attacking another woman. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 100 block of Sunny Vista Road about 10 p.m. The victim said her attacker, later identified as Wendy Ann Walker, 48, slapped her, and got her on the ground and began banging her head on the ground. After an investigation, Wendy Ann Walker was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with her bail set at $50,000.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER ROLLS OUT TWO NEW YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Hi-Desert Medical Center recently established two new volunteer programs for students and others interested in real-world experiences in the healthcare industry. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on how to get involved…
Hi-Desert Medical Center volunteers have traditionally been funneled through the hospital’s multifaceted Auxiliary program. But recently, the hospital formed two new volunteer programs, both designed to bring young people into the system for mutual benefit for of the students and the medical center. One program is tailored to high school students age 16 to 18. The other is designed for college students and those interested in real-world healthcare experiences. Both provide opportunities in emergency services, outpatient rehabilitation, surgery, continuing care, tele-monitoring, labor and delivery, food and nutrition, accounting, marketing, social media, event planning, community relations, patient registration, and more. The Morongo Unified School District and Copper Mountain College are both partnered in the program. Prospective volunteers may download an application at hdmc.org or for more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Irene Johnson at 760-366-6324 or irene1.johnson@tenethealth.com.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet Monday, March 20. If you own property, or live in Flamingo Heights, Landers, Yucca Mesa, or Johnson Valley, you can find out about any updates on a variety of issues that were discussed at the last meeting. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, County Fire, CalFire, and State Senator Jean Fuller’s field rep may be on hand to hear your concerns. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the Flamingo Heights Community Center on Perris Road, behind La Copine restaurant on Highway 247.

OVERFLOW SEATING ADDED TO SOLD-OUT “MARY POPPINS” AT THEATRE 29

Tickets for Theatre 29’s production of “Mary Poppins” have sold out, but managing editor Tami Roleff says you can still see this popular show from Disney…
Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family whose children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and need a new nanny. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. All online seats for “Mary Poppins” are sold out, but to accommodate some who still hope to get a chance to see the show, overflow seating has been added for each performance. For those willing to take a chance, arrive at the theater box office about a half hour before curtain time. You will be placed on overflow seating list in order of arrival. While there is no guarantee a seat will be available, this arrangement will add 15 to 20 additional seats per performance.
The curtain rises for “Mary Poppins” at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 26. Theatre 29 is located on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.

TOMORROW IS TRANSIT APPRECIATION DAY FOR THE MBTA

Tomorrow is a special day for our own Morongo Basin Transit Authority, the MBTA, as they celebrate their own Transit Appreciation Day. Reporter Edica Gonzales says be sure to give their employees a hearty “Thank You”…
Ok, so maybe it’s not an official holiday yet, but for the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, Friday, March 17, is Transit Appreciation Day. It’s a day to honor the hard-working men and women who keep you on schedule, check fares, remember stop requests, keep your buses clean, safe and well maintained, deal with weather and traffic conditions and get you safely to your destination…and they always make it look easy. MBTA encourages passengers to express their appreciation to all transit employees on Friday, March 17 for a job well done.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR 67TH ANNUAL GRUBSTAKE DAYS IN MAY

Plans are underway for the 67th Annual Yucca Valley Grubstake Days, and organizers invite you to help plan the fun. It takes a bundle of volunteers to make this happen, so don’t be shy, call and sign-up to help today! Grubstake Western kick-off mixer at the Elks Lodge, Grubstake rodeo, Chamber Challenge golf tournament, Western Heritage parade on Highway 62, Pony Express ride, carnival, horseshoes and tug-o-war, beard contest, Western business decorating contest, 2K/5K/10K run and more are in the works. Sponsors and volunteers are invited to call 760-365-6323 for details.

YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH PLANNING A PAINT NIGHT FUND-RAISER

A Yucca Valley church will hold a paint night for artists and wanna-be artists of all ages. Reporter Kirby Davis gets out her paint brushes…
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s youth group will hold a paint night Thursday, March 30, for painters and wanna-be artists of all ages. Canvases, paints, and supplies will be provided, although you will need to bring your own apron (or just wear your painting clothes). Pizza and drinks will also be served. The cost is just $5. Reserve your spot by March 20 by calling the church office at 760-365-6331. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.

HOLISTIC HERBS AND KIDNEYS AT RAINBOW STEW SATURDAY

Learn how herbs and holistic methods can help improve kidney function at a free event at Rainbow Stew, Saturday, March 18. Charla Shamhart will lead the session starting at 1 p.m. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call Shamhart at 760-401-0689. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

TOMORROW IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR SQUARE AND LINE DANCE CLASSES

Tonight  is the last day to sign up for square and line dancing classes from the Star Twirlers Square Dance club. Managing Editor Tami Roleff doh-see-dohs in with details…
Thursday, March 16, is the last night that new students will be accepted for square and line dancing classes, sponsored by the Star Twirlers Square Dance club. Line dancing classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The square dancing class will follow at 7, and a square dance workshop for experienced dancers is set for 8 p.m. All classes are held at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge, 55948 Yucca Trail. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 760-365-3518.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TRACK TEAM NOTCHES LEAGUE WIN

Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats track and field hosted their first De Anza League meet against the Desert Mirage Rams. The boys defeated the Rams 70-57 and were led by top scorer KJ Morton who earned 19.5 points in the 4×1, 100 meters, 300 hurdles, and triple jump. The Lady Wildcats won by a score of 91-32 and were led by a trio of top scorers: sophomore sprinter Shania Newby scored 15, junior distance runner Vanessa Walton with 13 points, and freshman hurdler Jordan Stanley pitched in 12.5 points. Coach Ronda Lockett-Morton said the top performer of the day was sophomore Adam Mapuatuli who threw two personal bests, with a 129 feet, 4 inches heave in the discus and a 41 feet, 3.5 inches put in the shot.  He won first in both events and earned 10 points for the team.