JOSHUA TREE MOBILE HOME CALLED A TOTAL LOSS AFTER FIRE THURSDAY

A Joshua Tree mobile home is a total loss following a fire Thursday afternoon. County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and CalFire were called to the Joshua Estates Mobile Home Park in the 62400 block of 29 Palms Highway at 3:28 p.m. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. The home was well involved in flames when firefighters arrived, and the fire threatened a neighboring home. Tuttle said firefighters mounted an aggressive defense to protect the nearby home, and managed to prevent it from catching fire. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the fire. The residents were not home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.

Photo courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Department

TWENTYNINE PALM MAN ARRESTED AFTER 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.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF BEING A DRUG DEALER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of being a drug dealer. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies stopped a vehicle, with Ryan Anderson, 28, inside, near Avalon Avenue and Palisade Drive about 8:30 a.m. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found heroin and a scale, and a search of Anderson’s phone revealed that Anderson was involved in sales of narcotics. Ryan Anderson was arrested for investigation of possession of heroin for sales, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

CERT TRAINING STARTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MAY 19

New training classes will start May 19 for volunteers who are at least 18 years old who interested in becoming a part of the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. Edica Gonzalez tells you how to sign up…
The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT classes will be held Friday, May 19, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, from 8 to 5. All classes will be held at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. Volunteers will learn about personal preparedness, disaster training, medical operations and triage, terrorism, incident command system, fire safety, search and rescue, and more. After completion of the program, volunteers will receive a CERT manual, safety helmet, backpack, safety vest, and the knowledge to help their community during a crisis or disaster. There is no cost, but RSVPs are required. To reserve your spot, call 760-228-6380 or email stuttle@sbcfire.org.

OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB GRANTS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS

The Officer’s Spouses Club of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center showed their appreciation and generosity to Morongo Basin scholars and community organizations yesterday evening. During the year, the very active group raised funds with bingo, dinners, get-togethers and other events, capped off by their annual gala auction held at the historic Smith’s Ranch in the City of Twentynine Palms. Those efforts netted them some $58,000 which they returned to the community in scholarships, educational and community organizational grants. The Awards Reception was hosted at the home of Commanding General William Mullen, and presided over by OSC President Sherrie Lewis. The club presented scholarships totaling $26,000 to area military students to further their education locally at Copper Mountain College and universities across the country. After the scholarship presentations, the club then presented $32,000 to 28 local community and school organizations that support the local military community.

WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TOMORROW

Wonder Valley’s once-a-month community meeting is tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this preview …
The monthly Wonder Valley Community Meeting takes place tomorrow, May 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. On the agenda is a presentation on a recent structure fire. Then MAC Delegate Teresa Sitz will report on a recent meeting with Land Use Services regarding illegal landfills in Wonder Valley, and among other items there will be a discussion on the differences between a Community Service Area and a Community Service District. These are in addition to the regular Wonder Valley Community Report, the Community Center report, Neighborhood Watch and illegal dumping updates. Tomorrow’s meeting is open to everyone. Refreshments will be available.

GRUBSTAKE CARNIVAL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

The 67th annual Grubstake Days celebration is coming to Yucca Valley May 25 through 29. Grubstake carnival discount tickets are available now through May 25 at the Yucca Valley Chamber, Yucca Valley Boys and Girls Club and in front of Vons in Yucca Valley on Saturdays May 6, 13 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Discount tickets are 10 for $6 until May 25. You can also arrange to buy tickets by calling Tracy Rader at 760-368-8990.

COMMUNITY NEEDS SURVEY AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is conducting a 2017 Community Needs Assessment for San Bernardino County. The survey will help the organization identify the needs of low-income individuals and families living in San Bernardino County, and will help the organization learn what is working well and what needs improvement. All surveys are confidential. The link to the survey can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/SBCAP.

THE WHO TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms has announced its schedule of free concerts for the month of May. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the line-up of tribute bands…

Starting off the free Live at the Rock concert series in May is “Who’s Next,” the next best thing to the British rock band, The Who. The Who has over 30 top hits, and “Who’s Next” will play favorites like “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Who Are You” and “Teenage Wasteland.” Tonight’s concert starts at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms. Coming up are tribute bands to: ZZ Top on May 12; Guns and Roses, May 19; and The Pretenders, May 26. Live at the Rock free concerts are presented through October.

FISH AND CHIPS AT JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up Debbie’s fish and chips dinner tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday’s breakfast will feature Kenny’s chicken-fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST TOMORROW

Come on out to the First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association, serving from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 6, at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Your favorite breakfast food and neighbors are waiting to see you.

FLAMINGO HEIGHTS SWAP MEET TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 6, the Flamingo Heights Community Center is having their swap meet and craft sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is located at 55977 Perris Street, just off Old Woman Springs and a block West of La Copine Restaurant. 

LIFETREE CAFÉ TALKS ABOUT “EMBRACING CHANGE” SUNDAY

Lifetree Cafe, a Twentynine Palms-based community discussion group, will talk about embracing change this Sunday afternoon. Reporter Eric Knabe has your invitation…

Practical advice for accepting and embracing change will be explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday, May 7, at 4 p.m.

The free program, titled “Embracing Change: Taking the Fear Out of What Comes Next,” examines why change is often difficult for people and features an exclusive screening of the award-winning short film “Baits and Hooks.”

Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue. Questions about Lifetree Café may be directed to Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2597.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School baseball and softball teams will travel to Thermal to play Desert Mirage High School. Both games start at 3:15.

Also today, the Twentynine Palms High School baseball and softball teams will play Coachella Valley High School at home in Twentynine Palms. First pitch is at 3:15.
 
And finally, the Joshua Springs baseball team will host the Grove School at 3:15 at home.