YUCCA VALLEY GRUBSTAKE PARADE WINNERS

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners for the Grubstake Days parade, held Saturday. Taking first place in the dance category was the Star Twirlers Square Dance club, and first place in the band category went to Yucca Valley High School. Vintage Iron Tractors were first in the motorized division, and in the equestrian category first place went to Princeton and Petrus. Gunfighters for Hire took first in the float category. Yucca Mesa Elementary School was named first in the youth category, and in the novelty division, Gutenberg and Niethamer Pediatric Dentists were first.

Dance
1st    Star Twirlers Square Dance Club
2nd    Heat Dance Team

Motorized
1st    Vintage Iron Tractors
2nd    Route 62 Cruisers
3rd    Shriners Club

Band
1st    Yucca Valley High School

Floats
1st    Gunfighter for Hire
2nd    Elite Cosmetology School
3rd    Yucca Valley Youth Commission

Youth – Sponsored by Pacific Western Bank
1st    Yucca Mesa Elementary School
2nd   MB Youth Soccer
3rd    Phoenix Scouts

Equestrian
1st    Princeton & Petrus
2nd    Rattlesnake Canyon Ranch
3rd    MB Sherriff Horse Patrol

Novelty
1st    Gutenberg and Niethamer Pediatric Dentists
2nd    Full Race Supply
3rd    Mojave Desert Land Trust

O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

As the result of a national blood shortage, O-negative blood donors are being urged to give the gift of life. Reporter Sara Snyder tells us why…
Lifestream, the region’s blood bank is in desperate need of O-negative blood, as there is insufficient supply to meet the demand of local hospitals. Only about 7 percent of the population has O-negative blood. Those with O-negative blood are known as “universal donors” as their blood can be accepted by all others, regardless of the recipient’s blood type. O-negative blood is especially critical in emergencies when there’s no time to determine the recipient’s blood type. However, when someone with O-negative blood needs a transfusion, their system can only accept O-negative blood. For the location and hours of LifeStream donor centers and mobile blood drives, call 800-879-4484.

TWO ARRESTS IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Saturday, accused of spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6100 block of Yucca Mesa Road about 9:30 p.m. Deanna Valdez, 45, and her boyfriend were arguing over money when the argument became physical. The report states Valdez and her boyfriend both had injuries, and conflicting stories about the fight. The deputy determined that Deanna Valdez was the dominant aggressor and she was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and was released Monday on $50,000 bail. 

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday, accused of beating up his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 57700 block of Junipero Road in Yucca Valley about 2 a.m. by a woman who said Steven Greene, 27, had punched her multiple times in her head and body. The deputy noticed her head had an abrasion and was red and swollen. Steven Greene was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.

Z107.7 REPORTER, AUTHOR, DAVID HALDANE COLLECTING KUDOS

Z107.7 reporter David Haldane wears several hats. One is represented by the voice you hear regularly delivering local news stories right here. Another is as the author of an award-winning 2015 memoir called Nazis & Nudists. Managing editor Tami Roleff says Haldane is off in New York collecting another award…
Recently the book that earned the moniker “award-winning” was named a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in two categories: Nonfiction E-books and Memoirs. The largest literary event of its kind, the contest has been described as the “Sundance” of the book publishing world.
This week Z107.7 reporter and author David Haldane is back east collecting his medals at a reception at the posh Harvard Club of New York. His only comment: “At my age it’s nice to be recognized as the next generation of anything.”
Nazis & Nudists is available on Amazon; just search the title or go to http://tinyurl.com/nazis-nudists. For a personalized autographed copy, contact David Haldane right here at the station.

JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY PERFORMS “ANNIE JR” THIS FRIDAY EVENING

Joshua Tree Elementary School drama department presents “Annie Jr.” in one performance only this Friday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. Based on the popular comic strip, “Annie” was the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, and is now adapted for young performers in “Annie Jr.” It includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and Annie’s eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” In “Annie Jr.,” Little Orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City. Determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. The 60-minute production includes students in grades kindergarten through sixth and will take place at Joshua Tree Elementary School, at 4950 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Tickets are $3 general admission and can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:40 p.m. For more information, please contact Mrs. Hilderbrand at 760-366-8459.

“OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT” OPENS SATURDAY AT GROVE’S THEATER

The Groves Cabin Theatre presents the comedy/drama “The Owl and The Pussycat.” Here with the show details is Rebecca Havely…
“The Owl and The Pussycat” is the next offering at the Groves Cabin Theatre. The comedy/drama is directed by award winning director Abe Daniels. This play was made into a film in the ’70s with Barbara Streisand and George Segal. Set in San Francisco in the late ’60s, Doris—an aspiring actress, model, and prostitute—begins a complicated love affair with her spying neighbor Felix, an independent hopeful writer. The production stars actress Bianca Danielle Stoker as Doris and actor Jericho McWilliams as Felix. The show will open Saturday, June 3, and runs Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. through June 25. The Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8753 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by calling 760-365-4523. The intimate 20 seat theater sells out quickly so call now.

ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERS LO-COST PET SERVICES

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in June 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 June 1, 3, 8, 9, 12, 22, 28, 29, and 30, and in Desert Hot Springs’ Wardman Park on June 15. 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.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINE FRIDAY AT 5

There’s a mail ballot election at the end of August, but for anyone living outside the Twentynine Palms Water District, you wouldn’t know it. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…
Candidate filing is underway for the August 29, 2017 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election and will continue through 5 p.m. Friday, June 2. In Morongo Basin only a single special district will appear on the ballot. Three seats are up for contest at the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors. Each seat carries a four-year term. Only registered voters who reside within the Twentynine Palms Water District are eligible to enter this race. Anyone considering candidacy may obtain and file the requisite filing documents during regular office hours at the San Bernardino County Elections Office on East Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, or closer to home, at the Twentynine Palms Water District office at 72401 Hatch Road in Twentynine Palms. Find more information on this election at www.SBCountyElections.com or call 909-387-8300.

SPECIAL MEETING SET FOR MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 1. The sole item on the agenda is a performance evaluation of the chief executive officer Jackie Combs. The meeting will be held in district offices at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100, in Yucca Valley.

MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW AFTERNOON

At Thursday’s (June 1) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will be asked to approve a bus stop improvement. Directors will also review the operating and capital budgets. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA Operations Center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.

COLOR FUN RUN AT YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Join the staff and patents of Yucca Valley Elementary School for a fun color-run fundraiser this Friday. Reporter Edica Gonzales tells you how to sign up…..
Yucca Valley Elementary School’s Family Faculty Association will hold a family-friendly one-mile color fun run 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 2. A color run is where the runners are showered with colored powder during the race. Pre-register by May 24, online, or starting at 4:30 the day of the event. Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt, a packet of color and a blast bag. the run starts at 5:30 p.m. Additional packets of color will be available for purchase the day of the event as well. The run will be held at Yucca Valley Elementary School, 7601 Hopi Trail. You do not need to be a student or have a student at Yucca Valley Elementary School to participate. If you are interested in volunteering, call Summer Webb at 760-468-6541.

For more information:
http://schoolathonca.com/YVLY99

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the home of Martha Snider in Joshua Tree. Members will celebrate the end of the year with a pot luck. Please RSVP to Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 no later than Monday, June 5, if you plan to attend, so that proper set-up can be arranged. If you have not signed up to bring a dish, please speak with Gay. For directions to Martha’s home, please call 760-221-4947.

TWO SOUGHT AFTER EMPLOYEE IS SHOT DURING A YUCCA VALLEY ARMED ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in finding two suspects who shot an employee of a Yucca Valley restaurant during a robbery early Monday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, the two men entered the Castaneda’s restaurant in the 56500 block of 29 Palms Highway about 4:30 a.m. The suspects pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded money from the registers, as well as from the employee’s wallet. After the employee gave the suspects the money, one of the suspects fired two shots at the employee, one of which hit the employee in the head, and the other round missed. The suspects then fled the restaurant. The suspects are described as light-skinned Hispanic or white, wearing hoods that covered their faces. One was armed with a handgun and the other had a rifle or shotgun. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s department at 760-366-4175.

MORONGO VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

A Morongo Valley man accused of murder in the stabbing death of a neighbor two years ago took a plea bargain Friday. On April 5, 2014, Chad Leyburn, now 31, was arguing with his neighbor, Robert Verbeck, 74, when he took out a knife and stabbed Verbeck five times, killing him. Leyburn pleaded guilty in a Joshua Tree courtroom to voluntary manslaughter using a deadly weapon, elder abuse causing great bodily injury, and assault causing great bodily injury. Chad Leyburn will be sentenced by Judge Rodney Cortez August 25.

CEREAL DRIVE WILL BENEFIT LOCAL FOOD BANK

A cereal food drive will benefit a local food bank. Managing editor Tami Roleff says businesses are encouraged to participate…

Let’s get serious about cereal. Hi-Desert Medical Center, Hi-Desert Publishing Co., and Z107.7 are sponsoring a cereal food drive June 2 through June 9, and are recruiting local businesses to participate. Donation boxes will be placed in participating businesses, and the business that collects the most cereal and monetary donations will win a trophy and advertising packages. The deadline for businesses to enter is Wednesday, May 31. All donations will benefit the Way Station in Joshua Tree and the FIND food bank in Indio, which partners with the Way Station. For more information, call 760-366-6322.

FIRE IN BIG MORONGO PRESERVE YESTERDAY

About 120 firefighters from CalFire, Morongo Valley, and the Bureau of Land Management fought a brush fire that broke out in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve about 12:30 a.m. Monday. As of Tuesday morning, CalFire says the fire, called the Matz Fire, is 16 acres and is 95 percent contained. Two air tankers and three helicopters were called in to help fight the blaze. Firefighters had to walk in about one mile, carrying hoses and firefighting equipment, to reach the flames. The fire was in a remote area of the park with heavy fuel, and CalFire said the high temperatures and low humidity were a concern. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photos Courtesy CalFire

A helicopter carries a bucket of water that it will dump on the flames below in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.

An air tanker flies over the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve as it prepares to dump retardant on the blaze.

A CalFire spotter plane flies overhead; this plane provides “eyes in the sky” for firefighters on the ground.

SUNDAY FIRE DESTROYS A NORTH JOSHUA TREE HOME

A home in North Joshua Tree is a total loss following an early morning fire Sunday. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Twentynine Palms were called to the fire in the 64800 block of Broadway at 4:15 a.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said the two-story house was fully involved with flames and the blaze was threatening two other structures. Given the fire’s intensity, and the building’s potential for collapse, Snow said all firefighting efforts were restricted to the exterior of the house, which was believed to be unoccupied. One firefighter suffered a minor injury due to electrical shock and was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center and later released. The fire was under control in about an hour. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Photos courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Department

Photo courtesy Monica Franceschetti

THEATRE 29 SEEKS DIRECTORS SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2018 SEASON

Theatre 29 is asking area theatrical directors to submit suggested plays, comedies, dramas and musicals for their 2018 season line-up. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…
Theatre 29 is beginning the process of forming their 2018 theatrical season. Directors are encouraged to submit two titles to allow flexibility in forming a well-balanced season such as a musical and non-musical title. Directors may request a particular time slot but are not guaranteed it will be available. The play selection committee will review all requests and will submit a recommended line-up; the full board will make the final determination. First-time directors should include a directorial resume or biography and an assistant director well accustomed to the Theatre 29 organization. All Theatre 29 directors are unpaid volunteers. For complete submission instructions visit the director’s page at theatre29.org.

Directors should submit their requests by June 30 by email to z1077fm@gmail.com or to:
Theatre 29 Play selection committee
c/o Gary Daigneault
6448 Hallee Road #5
Joshua Tree, Ca. 92252
For more information, call Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.

ALL BURN PERMITS AND OPEN FIRE SUSPENDED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Due to short-term high winds, high temperatures and low humidity, San Bernardino County Fire Marshal Mike Horton has suspended all burn permits and open fires in all unincorporated South Desert areas, including the town of Yucca Valley and the city of Twentynine Palms. THIS SUSPENSION SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL LIFTED. Covered barbecues and recreational fires fueled solely by natural gas or propane are exempt from this suspension. Cooking fires of any type are permissible under permit only when NO alternate means of cooking are available. Residential burning of trash, yard clipping and tree trimmings are ALWAYS prohibited, regardless of conditions. Unlawful fires may result in administrative or legal action against the person kindling the fire and/or owner of the property on which the fire occurs. A full copy of the proclamation can be found at sbcfire.org.

COUNTY AND CALTRANS TO DEDICATE JOSHUA TREE STRIPING PROJECT TOMORROW

CalTrans and County representatives will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at Tortoise Island in Joshua Tree at 10 a.m. tomorrow, (Wednesday, May 31), for the new bike lanes and striping plan in downtown Joshua Tree. The striping and bike lanes are a first for San Bernardino Counties. Bring your bikes; following the dedication ceremony, John Bulinski of CalTrans will lead a bike ride.