JOSHUA TREE MAN SUSPECTED OF DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of dealing methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7600 block of Mariquita Road in Landers about 9:40 a.m. due to a fight involving four to five people. When deputies arrived, they found Shawn Thayer, 39, who had a no-bail warrant for his arrest for violating the terms of his probation. Thayer had a backpack, and in the backpack deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Shawn Thayer was arrested for investigation of possession of methamphetamine for sales and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

LOCAL CHURCHES OFFER EASTER SERVICES

The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will hold an Easter sunrise at 6 a.m. Sunday, at the Rotary Shelter in Luckie Park on Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. The service is free and open to the public. For more information, call Pastor Steven Byrnes at 714-376-3898.

Gospel Fellowship Christian Center Church will host Easter services Sunday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 5898 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-361-6510, or visit gfccc.org.

One 80 Ministries will hold Easter services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 16. A lunch and free food give-away will follow. The event will be held in the bicycle shop parking lot at 6414 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree.

Godwin Christian Fellowship will hold its first service in its new building on Easter Sunday, April 16. The Easter service will be held at 10:30; a luncheon will start at noon, and Pastor Garry Brooks of Wonder Valley Community Church will hold a puppet ministry from 1 to 2. Godwin Christian Fellowship church is located near the corner of Godwin Road and Highway 62 in Wonder Valley. For more information, call Pastor Max Ross at 831-234-6848.

St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church of Yucca Valley will hold a 10 a.m. service Easter Sunday morning at 56312 Onaga Trail at the corner of Church Street. Coffee and sweets to follow the service, all our welcome.

FREE TAX PREP FOR LOW-INCOME CALIFORNIANS

In the final days before the April 18 tax deadline, Californians are reminded of free tax preparation centers and tax credits. Thousands of California families are unaware they are eligible for an even larger tax refund by claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit. Kirby Davis has more about how you can claim this money…
Free tax assistance and free money – two things many Californians could probably use this year. In the final days of tax season, working families are reminded of tax credits available to them, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which thousands of Californians fail to claim each year. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says in these hard times, another way for Californians to keep their hard-earned money is to take advantage of free services like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance centers set up throughout the state. “
These VITA sites will offer people a chance to know what they can claim, in terms of any tax deductions and tax credits, it will help them with the filing of their tax returns with the IRS and they’ll do it without charging you a penny.” Free VITA centers can be found by simply calling 211.

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST RECEIVES GRANT

The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently received a grant to continue its programs to bring youth to Joshua Tree National Park for camping and outdoor education. In partnership with Outdoor Outreach, the land trust’s project promotes urban outreach and connecting youth to the outdoors. It was one of 19 projects selected from 134 applications. The California Council of Land Trusts received a $10,000 grant to divide among the Mojave Land Trust, the John Muir Land Trust, and the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. The grant by the National Park Service and the Outdoor Foundation’s 2017 Challenge Cost Share Program requires a one-to-one match by the recipient.

“INTO THE WOODS” OPENING POSTPONED A WEEK AT THEATRE 29

The fairy tale musical “Into the Woods,” helmed by director Charles Harvey, which was supposed to open at Theatre 29 yesterday, has been postponed one week due to a medical emergency affecting the family of a key cast member. Patrons who have reserved seats can be rescheduled to another date. Please call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151 if you would like to change the date of your tickets. The show run has also been extended and will now run from April 28 to May 21, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7, and Sunday afternoons at 2:30. If none of the dates now work for you Theatre 29 will be more than happy to offer you a full refund.

LIFETREE CAFÉ EXAMINES SHAME, GRACE, FOLLOWING TRAGEDIES

Lifetree Café will offer a film presentation entitled “Amazing Grace” as well as an open discussion on grief after tragedy. With more here’s reporter Kirby Davis… An exclusive filmed interview with the mother of Amish schoolhouse shooter Charles Roberts will be screened at Lifetree Café on Sunday, April 16, at 4 p.m. The program, titled “Amazing Grace,” features an interview with Terri Roberts, who was embraced by the Amish community following the tragedy. During the free program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to discuss times they’ve felt shame in their own lives and consider ways they can heal from it. 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

FREE ADMISSION DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK

Federal officials are celebrating the nation’s 417 national parks with programs and events marking National Park Week, which starts today, Saturday, April 15, and goes through Sunday, April 23. Joshua Tree and other National parks that normally charge entrance fees will be free today and tomorrow, April 15, 16, and next weekend, April 22 and 23. Free or discounted annual passes are also available for active duty military families, fourth-grade students, senior citizens, volunteers and those with permanent disabilities. Be prepared for crowds and long lines at park entrances and popular attractions in the park.