TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Thursday morning after he led Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Sean Lenihan saw a white BMW without a license plate at the intersection of Adobe Road and Highway 62 about 12:20 a.m. Lenihan attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as Jerome Eads, 23, sped off at a high rate of speed. Lenihan said Eads drove recklessly through residential neighborhoods and failed to stop at multiple stop signs. Eads lost control of the BMW in the 73600 block of Sunnyvale Drive, where it spun out and became disabled. Eads fled from the car on foot, but Lenihan captured him at a home in the 73600 block of Sunnyslope Drive. Jerome Eads was arrested for investigation of felony evading, and is being held without bail for violating the terms of his post-release community supervision.

67TH ANNUAL GRUBSTAKE DAYS STARTS IN 3 WEEKS: EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Some of the events in the upcoming 67th annual Yucca Valley Grubstake Days celebration—set for May 26 through May 29—include a business decorating contest, golf tournament, parade, carnival, rodeo pancake breakfast, Pony Express rider, and 5K and 10K run, and 2K walk. The golf tournament starts at 8 a.m. Friday, May 26 at Hawk’s Landing. Saturday, May 27 enjoy a pancake breakfast cooked by your firefighters at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge, 55946 Yucca Trail. The breakfast starts at 7 a.m. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about more events…

The Grubstake Days carnival will be held at the corner of Hilton Avenue and Highway 62 Friday (4 to 10), Saturday (after the parade til 10), and Sunday (noon to 10 p.m.). The carnival grounds will also be the site of a beard contest, tug o’ war, and horseshoes tournament. A Pony Express rider will deliver the mail to the Pioneertown Post Office at 1 p.m. Friday. The Yucca Valley Grubstake Days parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, on Highway 62, and travels eastbound from Inca Trail to Sage Avenue. The theme of the parade is “Celebrating Our Western Heritage” and this year’s Grand Marshals are Art Miller Junior and Ed Hardesty Senior. A rodeo will be held at Homestead Valley Park in Landers Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, May 28, the town of Yucca Valley will sponsor the 5K and 10K run, and 2K walk, starting at 8 a.m. at the Yucca Valley High School. And a kids’ day will be held at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club on Little League Drive Monday, from 10 to 2. For more information on any of these events, visit grubstakedays.com or yuccavalley.org.

COUNTY ACCEPTS GRANT FOR MORONGO BASIN BIKE TRAILS PROJECT

An effort to develop bicycle trails in the Morongo Basin got a big boost yesterday. The County Board of Supervisors accepted a planning grant of $200,000 from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to help develop an Active Transportation Plan (ATP) for the Morongo Basin. A group of government and bicycle enthusiasts had been diligently working to create a draft scope of work for the bike trails project and submitted the application in November of 2016. SCAG announced in February that the county’s application for funding was approved, resulting in the $200,000 grant award. A county spokesman said “It also heightens the County’s commitment to developing the unincorporated communities of Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown and Landers, in a way that is consistent with the communities’ wants and needs.” The bike trails project would stretch approximately 100 miles altogether, uniting the Morongo Basin communities. SCAG recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a consultant to develop the plan and identify possible bike and pedestrian routes within the Morongo Basin, The selection of the consultant is expected to occur in June 2017.

PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP SATURDAY IN WONDER VALLEY

Permaculture combines art and science to develop agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this for those who want to learn more…

The public is invited to a community workshop, “Permaculture in the Mojave” with Dr. Tim DeLorey. The workshop takes place this Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road in Wonder Valley. Attendees will get an introduction to the principles of permaculture as adapted to arid desert environments. DeLorey has been involved in permaculture for the past six years and is regularly involved in designing permaculture initiatives. More information at WonderValley.org.

JOSHUA TREE AND GALAPAGOS ISLAND ARE NOW SISTER NATIONAL PARKS

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith will officially sign a Sister Park Agreement today between Joshua Tree National Park and Galapagos Islands National Park in Ecuador. National parks around the world are linked together by migrations by birds, butterflies, sea turtles, whales and other marine life, who travel between North and South America. Air pollution created in one country can cause environmental damage to parks in other countries, even thousands of miles away. These partnerships allow park officials to share information more easily and allow officials to address many of these issues. The Sister Park Agreement signing event will be at 10:30 at Black Rock Nature Center in Yucca Valley. Rangers will be on hand and will Skype with Ecuadorian school children in honor of the event. Also present will be three classes from Cahuilla Elementary School.

SIGN UP FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS RUNS

Runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts are training for the 27th annual Grubstakes Runs. Here with registration information is reporter Rebecca Havely…

The Grubstakes Run is open to experienced and novice athletes of all ages and fitness levels. While the 10K and 5K runs are timed competitions, the 2K walk is a non-competitive event. Sunday, May 28, both races and the walk begin at 8:00 a.m. They start and finish at the Yucca Valley High School football stadium, located at 7600 Sage Avenue, and wind through residential areas on the south side of Yucca Valley. Register now at the Community Services Office in the Community Center or online at yucca-valley.org. Early birds who register on or before May 18 pay a fee of $20 per person, get express check-in at the race, a souvenir race T-shirt and gift, and are automatically entered into a door prize drawing. Regular registration begins on May 19 at $25 per person or register on-site on race day from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m.

Awards will be presented for the 10K and 5K run for overall male and female winners and to top finishers in each age division. Participation certificates will be presented to those who complete the 2K walk. For more information, contact the Community Services office at 760-369-7211 Monday through Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

KENTUCKY DERBY EVENT SATURDAY AT YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CENTER

The Yucca Valley Senior Center is holding a Kentucky Derby day this Saturday, May 6. Come and sip mint juleps, eat Kentucky Derby pie, play racing games and watch the Kentucky Derby on big screen TVs, all for free for seniors 55 and older. Under 55 are $2 at the door. It all happens at the Yucca Valley Senior Center from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your fancy hats, but they’re not required.

REACH OUT FUND-RAISER CALLED A BIG SUCCESS

Joshua Tree residents Eddie and Janet Tucker opened their home for tea, refreshments, live music, and tours of their one-acre garden last weekend. Managing editor Tami Roleff says by all accounts, the event was a big success for Reach Out Morongo Basin…

Reach Out Morongo Basin raised almost $400 at its Desert Tea Social Saturday. Joshua Tree residents Eddie and Janet Tucker—whose home was on Reach Out’s annual home tours in February—opened their home for tea, refreshments, live music, a live auction, and tours of their one-acre garden. Between the tea and the auction, the afternoon raised almost $400 for the neighbors-helping-neighbors organization, including $125 in ticket sales and $263 in auction sales and other donations. Board members also talked about renewing the Angel Club, in which supporters give monthly donations to Reach Out. The money raised will support the group’s efforts to help seniors and disabled residents from friendly visits, help with light chores, and to transportation to and from medical appointments.

Reach Out supporters pose for a photo.

DESERT CONGREGATIONAL RUMMAGE SALE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Desert Congregational Church will hold a rummage sale, Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6 from 8 to 3. The church is located at Sunrise Road and Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms.

DESERT PRESBYTERIAN CONCERT SUNDAY

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will host a community concert Sunday, May 7. The concert will feature singer, songwriter, and guitarist Nolan McFadden. Doors open at 2:30 and the concert starts at 3 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door. Light refreshments will be served. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail. For more information, call 760-365-6331.

7TH ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

This year’s Student Art Show at Copper Mountain College offers the artists an opportunity to get their works before the public and invites the community for a peak at new work from new artists. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how to see it all…

The 7th Annual Student Art Show at Copper Mountain College will dazzle the eye with an array of fresh works including drawings, paintings, graphic designs, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and photography. It’s an eclectic collection and the public is invited to the opening reception and exhibit this Friday, May 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Bell Center foyer at CMC. All works will be for offered at affordable prices and CMC students will benefit directly from the proceeds. This free exhibition runs through May 17; the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

UNITED METHODIST STREET MARKET COMING UP JUNE 3RD

About a month to go until the United Methodist Street Market. More items are coming in daily, and include door handles, squares and levels, zip locks, bungee cords, jewelry, and more. Lunch will be sold from 11 to 2, and there will be a bake sale as well. The street market is set for June 3 from 9 to 2 in the church parking lot, 6250 Mesquite Springs Road in Twentynine Palms.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SPRING PLAY THIS WEEKEND

Twentynine Palms High School’s spring play continues this 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 this weekend, Friday and Saturday, 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.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Joshua Springs baseball and softball teams will play Mesa Grande Academy at home in Yucca Valley.