MOTORCYCLE RIDER KILLED IN CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY

A motorcycle rider was killed Sunday when a vehicle pulled out in front of him on the highway in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Arthurton said the female driver of the H3 Hummer was at Katje Way and Highway 62 at 4 p.m. when she pulled out to make a left hand turn to go eastbound on the highway. Arthurton said she did not see the Harley Davidson rider in the westbound number one lane of the highway, and he broadsided her Hummer. The man, who has not been identified yet, was killed instantly. Paramedics used the Jaws of Life to extricate the woman from the Hummer, and she was flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

The front tire of the Harley Davidson lies in the street behind the motorcycle.

Paramedics used the Jaws of Life to get to the woman who was driving the H3 Hummer. She was flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

 

CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION FOR DALE BASIN WELL OWNERS ASSOCIATION

The Dale Basin Well Owners Association meets 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Godwin Christian Fellowship Church, 6389 Godwin Road, in Wonder Valley. Note the change of location. There will be an update on the state of water and wells in Wonder Valley, an update on the Cadiz project, a vote concerning the change of meeting location, and an opportunity for questions.

ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday, May 1. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government. Mayes encourages residents who are not able to make the drive to his main district office in Rancho Mirage to attend the mobile office hours in Yucca Valley.

YUCCA VALLEY OFFERING LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSE

Registration is underway for the Town of Yucca Valley Lifeguard Certification Course. To enroll, participants must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session and be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation. The course fee of $220 includes American Red Cross registration fee, lifeguarding manual, adult/child CPR mask, whistle, pack, and instruction. Six sessions, scheduled for Friday evenings May 5 and 12, and two weekends (May 6-7, and May 13-14), will take place at the Yucca Valley High School pool, 7600 Sage Avenue. Applicants who successfully complete the course will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/ CPR/ AED, valid for two years. For more information call 760-369-7211. Reporting for Z107.7, this is Kirby Davis.

ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERING LOW-COST PET SERVICES LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in May for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on May 2, 5, 10, 11, 17, 23, 24, and 31, and in Desert Hot Springs’ Wardman Park on May 4. All clinics are held from 10 to 2 and are cash only. Visit animalactionleague.us for more information. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100.

TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE POTLUCK AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING

If you enjoy eating good food and meeting new people … and who doesn’t? Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report for anyone who enjoys these things and who wants to become more involved in our community …
Transition Joshua Tree holds its quarterly membership meeting and potluck on Sunday, April 30 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center on Balsa Avenue in the Mesa area. The potluck starts at 11 a.m. followed by team reports. Then at 7 p.m. there will be a special presentation from the Transition Joshua Tree Heart & Soul Team. Newcomers are welcome. Bring a potluck dish to share, and your own plate and utensils as this is a no-waste event. Saturday’s meeting is hosted by the Transition Joshua Tree Enterprise Team. Reporting for Z107.7 News, this is Mike Lipsitz.

BLUE JEAN BALL FUNDRAISER AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will celebrate its 65th anniversary with its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Blue Jean Ball. The event on Saturday, April 29, will include exhibitions of historic photos and special volunteers; “Tales of the Past” with special guests Audrey Gillick, Ann Lear, Chuck Caplinger, and John King; a silent art auction, catered food, DJ, and dancing under the stars. In addition, the gallery will sell commemorative bricks and historic photo books. Tickets are $25 each, or $45 per couple, and are available at the gallery or online at 29palmsartgallery.com. (Tickets are $30 each or $55 per couple at the door.) The art gallery is located on Cottonwood Drive at the corner of National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

YUCCA VALLEY SEEKS COMMENTS ON ITS HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

The Town of Yucca Valley is seeking public input on updating its local hazard mitigation plan. The plan identifies hazards, potential losses, mitigation needs, goals, and strategies as part of local disaster preparedness measures. The plan is available at Town Hall and on the town’s website at yucca-valley.org. Comments should be sent to Jessica Rice at jrice@yucca-valley.org through May 15.

TWENTYNINE PALMS SPRING PLAY TONIGHT AND NEXT WEEKEND

Twentynine Palms High School’s spring play, continues tonight and next weekend. Edica Gonzalez has all the details…
“Once Upon a Wolf” at Twentynine Palms High School features the Big Bad Wolf who decides he doesn’t want to be the bad guy anymore. The one-act play examines what happens when a fairy tale character rebels against expectations and stereotypes. Students will perform the play Saturday, April 29, and next weekend, May 5 and 6, in the Twentynine Palms High School multi-purpose room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with curtain time at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5; children 8 and under are free with a paying adult. Reporting for Z107.7, this is Edica Gonzalez.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS NEEDS APPLICANTS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, PLANNING COMMISSIONS

The city of Desert Hot Springs is soliciting applications from residents to serve on two commissions: the Public Safety Commission, and the Planning Commission. The Public Safety Commission meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The vacant commission seat expires in January 2018. The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The term expires in January 2018. Commissioners are compensated $50 per meeting. Applicants must be residents of Desert Hot Springs. The deadline to apply is May 22. For more information or to apply, visit cityofdhs.org/cityclerk.

BODY IMAGE DISCUSSED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

How to improve your body image will be explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. The free program, titled “Hey, Good Lookin’: A Healthy Approach to Body Image,” features a filmed interview with artist Adam Schultz, who sculpts plus-size female figures in bronze and stone. The program also includes advice from professional counselor Cheryl Eresman. Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue. For more information, call Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2597. Reporting for Z107.7, this is Kirby Davis

HIT MUSICAL “INTO THE WOODS” AT THEATRE 29

The Broadway musical, “Into the Woods,” opened this weekend at Theatre 29. “Into the Woods” intermingles the lives of many of your favorite fairytale characters in unexpected ways. A baker and his wife, cursed by a witch, journey into the woods to reverse the curse. In the woods they meet Cinderella and her family, Little Red Riding hood and the Wolf, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, handsome Princes, and Jack and his beloved cow. When Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry giant, we see how consequences haunt them all in disastrous ways. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 and Sundays at 2:30 through May 21. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID. “Into the Woods” has a more mature theme, so parental guidance is suggested for children under 12. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 

STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, April 29. The event begins at 8:15 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. The thin crescent moon will be above the constellation Orion early in the evening. Jupiter is quite bright and its colorful clouds and four moons are ideal for viewing. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL PLACED ON PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FOR SAFETY

Yucca Valley’s Contenta Middle School was placed on lockdown Friday while sheriff’s deputies combed the area looking for two escaped convicts. “We had sheriff’s deputies surrounding the school,” Garrett Gruwell, the school’s principal, said. “Even though the imminent danger wasn’t close, they wanted to make sure we felt safe.” The lockdown, which started at 1:30 p.m., lasted roughly an hour, according to Gruwell. Though he was told only that there was criminal activity in the vicinity of the nearby Walmart store, numerous other sources said it involved two convicts who had escaped from prison. One witness said she saw the suspects apprehended on Highway 62, though that couldn’t be confirmed. At no time were they on the campus nor were any children in danger. A spokesman for the sheriff’s department was not available for comment.

TWO YUCCA VALLEY MEN SUSPECTED OF STEALING MAIL FROM CARRIER THURSDAY

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Thursday, accused of stealing mail out of a mail delivery truck. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the mail carrier parked his mail truck in the Food 4 Less parking lot about 1:45 p.m. and went into Rent-a-Center to deliver mail. When he emerged, he saw two men, later identified as Michael Haynie, 32, and Alejandro Barreto, 21, breaking a window in the mail truck and grabbing mail inside the truck. A witness also saw the break-in and called 911, and gave a description of the men, their vehicle, their license plate number, and direction of travel. A deputy in Morongo Valley spotted the vehicle a short time later and attempted a traffic stop. Barreto, who was driving, attempted to flee from the deputy, but due to heavy traffic, he pulled into the Circle K parking lot in Morongo Valley. Barreto was taken into custody without incident; however, Haynie fled on foot. Deputies formed a perimeter and located Haynie hiding on a roof; he was captured after a short foot pursuit. Inside the suspects’ vehicle, deputies recovered a large amount of stolen mail. A US Postal Service inspector from San Bernardino responded and will be working with the U.S. attorney’s office on prosecuting the men on multiple felonies. Michael Haynie and Alejandro Barreto were arrested on suspicion of vehicle burglary and possession of stolen property. They were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with Barreto’s bail set at $25,000, and Haynie being held without bail for violation of parole.

MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN FOUND SAFE IN IDAHO

A Yucca Valley man who was reported missing April 14 was found safe Thursday in Idaho. According to the Sheriff’s Department, George “Marty” McKissen left his home in the 56800 block of Little League Drive to ride his bicycle the morning of April 14 and never returned home. McKissen has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. Thanks to tips from the public, Sheriff’s Detective Chad Gomez developed leads that McKissen was with family members in Idaho. Gomez confirmed Thursday, April 27, that McKissen was safe and healthy in Idaho. Gomez thanks the public for their tips that led to finding Marty McKissen.

CONTROLLED BURN IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS MORNING

The County Fire Department will clear out overgrown brush at the Hi-Desert Water District’s recharge ponds in Yucca Valley through a controlled burn exercise Friday morning. Starting at 9 a.m., county firefighters will participate in the training drill to clear debris at the pond that may disrupt the water recharge process. Imported water from the State Water Project percolates into the ground at the pond sites to recharge groundwater supplies. If you see smoke and aren’t sure whether it’s coming from the recharge pond on Sunnyslope Drive and Pioneertown Road, call 911.

TWENTYNINE PALMS DOG PARK OPENING TOMORROW

Dog lovers, listen up! The City of Twentynine Palms and Palms ‘n Paws Animal Shelter invite you to attend the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new dog park at Knott’s Sky Park tomorrow Saturday, April 29. Bring the whole family, two- and four-legged and come celebrate with food, fun and music from 12 to 2 p.m. at the park at 6897 El Sol Avenue. For more information, call 760-367-6799.

CALTRANS WARNS OF TRAFFIC DELAYS, UPCOMING FREEWAY WORK

CalTrans is advising motorists to expect heavy traffic delays this weekend due to the StageCoach music festival in Indio. Traffic delays are expected on Interstate 10 from Beaumont to Indio Friday, April 28, through Monday, May 1. In addition, CalTrans has scheduled some road work next week on the on-ramp from Highway 62 to eastbound Interstate 10. The connector bridge is scheduled to be closed from midnight Monday, May 1, through midnight, Friday, May 5 for bridge and electrical work.

NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY IS TOMORROW

This Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day. Reporter Mike Lipsitz urges you to dispose of those old prescriptions with the Sheriff’s Department…
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 29, bring your pharmaceuticals for disposal to the Morongo Basin Sheriff Station on the highway at White Feather Road in Joshua Tree between from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This effort addresses a public safety and health issue because medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. And flushing unwanted drugs or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.