MORONGO BASIN MAC SHOULD SEE CALTRANS DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE PLAN TONIGHT

Anyone who’s ever walked or driven through Joshua Tree’s business district knows that it can sometimes be risky. After outlining a plan to fix that, a Caltrans spokesman was tardy in providing the details. Reporter David Haldane says that may be corrected tonight…
Joshua Tree residents holding their breaths for details on a plan to slow traffic through downtown may soon be able to inhale. A Caltrans update originally scheduled nearly two months ago is finally on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council.
Among other things, the plan calls for narrowing Highway 62 by carving out a dedicated bike lane and restriping parking lanes from parallel to diagonal. After receiving tentative approval, a representative of the state transportation agency promised to provide details in March but then canceled at the last minute.
Already underway is a $4.7 million project to add left-turn lanes from just west of Torres Avenue to just east of Lee Drive.
Tonight’s meeting starts 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED ON A NO-BAIL WARRANT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested after he was found to have no-bail warrant for conspiracy and petty theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a pedestrian check on two men who ran across Adobe Road and Verbena Drive, carrying a case of beer about 6 a.m. Thursday. One of the men, Trayveon Weaver, 20, gave a false identification to the deputy,. The deputy determined that there was a no-bail warrant for Weaver’s arrest for attempted burglary and conspiracy. Trayveon Weaver was arrested for petty theft, giving a false ID, and on his warrants, and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

THEATRE 29 IMPROV TROUPE AUDITIONS TONIGHT

Auditions for the Theatre 29 resident repertory improvisation troupe are set for tonight. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…
Whether or not you took advantage of the improv workshops at Theatre 29, you’re invited to audition for its resident rep improv troupe. The auditions will held tonight Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. There will be live performances by the troupe; they are scheduled June 10, July 15, August 12, September 23, October 28, November 11, and December 30, 2017.
Improv show tickets are $10; military and seniors are $7; and $5 for students with ID. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders are free. The performances will be rated PG-13. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call 760-361-4151.

LOCAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS ALARMED AT STOP LIGHT AND STOP SIGN SCOFFLAWS

Morongo Basin school bus drivers have seen an alarming trend lately of drivers ignoring the red lights and stop signs on their buses, putting kids at risk. They remind drivers that getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part of the school bus ride. If you run their stop sign, bus drivers can write down your license plate number, contact CHP and the vehicles owner will be contacted. All buses are equipped with cameras as well. To review the law, whenever the red, alternate flashing lights are illuminated, all traffic must stop in both directions, as students are loading or unloading and may be crossing the road. The policy is that bus drivers will escort all students across the road at “red light crossings.” Please be exceedingly aware of school buses that are stopped. California’s procedure for crossing students at bus stops is vastly different and safer than the procedure of any other state in the nation. When a student needs to cross the road and the stop is designated as a “red light crossing,” the driver will “escort” the students across the road. School buses are required to use the red flashing lights every time they load and unload students, not just when students cross the road.  As a passing or following motorist, you are required to stop until the lights are extinguished to protect the students. If you fail to stop, you may be fined up to $1000 and your driving privilege could be suspended for one year. As you know, students may act in an unpredictable fashion. Stopping for the red lights prevents a potential tragedy.

24-HOUR CELEBRATION OF LOU HARRISON’S LIFE THIS SUNDAY

A special and unique day is planned at Harrison House Music Arts and ecology in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Reporter Kirby Davis says the 24-hour event will celebrate the 100th birthday of quintessential California Composer Lou Harrison…
Harrison House will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lou Harrison’s birthday with a 24-hour global event. Starting at midnight, May 14, Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology will lead a global day of creativity and conservation in Joshua Tree and around the world with performances of Harrison’s music, dance works, art exhibitions, film screening, and tree plantings. The events will be streamed live for 24 hours at louharrison.org, and posted online on Facebook.

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST RALLY FOR THE MONUMENTS THIS AFTERNOON

The Mojave Desert Land Trust will host a rally this afternoon to show its support for California’s desert national monuments. The rally, “Monuments for All” is set for 5:30 p.m. today, Monday May 8, at the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s office in Joshua Tree (60124 Twentynine Palms Highway), and will feature live music, speakers, and a question-and-answer period. In April, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the Department of the Interior to review all national monuments over 100,000 acres formed since 1996 to determine whether they should be reduced in size or eliminated completely.

LOCAL BUSINESSES INVITED TO SPREAD THE GRUBSTAKE DAYS FEVER

Seems everyone wants to get in on the fun planned for Yucca Valley’s annual Grubstake Days Celebration, May 25 to 29. It’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent years, and now there’s more reason for area businesses to take part. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…

Yucca Valley area businesses are best positioned to help spread Grubstake Days fever. And with that fever comes greater crowds, local shopping, and excitement. With that in mind, The Hi-Desert Star and Z107.7 Radio are co-sponsoring a free “Western Heritage Decorating Contest” for all businesses in the Western Morongo Basin. It is free to enter and the rules are simple. The businesses judged to best develop a “Western Heritage” storefront theme or interior receive hundreds of dollars in local advertising. Judging will be based on “Overall Appeal,” “Use of Space,” “Use of Light & Color,” “Inventiveness & Theme,” and “Wow Factor.” Painted windows do not qualify. First and second place will be awarded for “best” small and large interiors and exteriors. Enter for free by 5 p.m., Friday, May 19 by calling 760-366-8471. Winners will be announced May 26. Some restrictions apply.


COMPLETE CONTEST RULES & RESTRICTIONS

  1. Entry is limited to commercial enterprises; home based business are ineligible. Employees, and their families, of Morongo Basin Broadcasting and Hi-Desert Publishing are ineligible.
  2. Entries must be businesses physically located in the “Western Morongo Basin,” defined as from Morongo Valley to the west, Joshua Tree to the east, north to Johnson Valley, and south to the border of Joshua Tree National Park.
  3. There is no charge to enter.
  4. Deadline to enter is 5: p.m. Friday, May 19.
  5. Winners will be announced May 26.
  6. First Place winners get $250.00 in advertising credit from Z107.7 and the H-Desert Star. Second Place winners get $150.00 in advertising credit from both.
    1. ad credit may not be used for existing contracts or billing
    2. ad credit may not be used for political purposes
    3. ad credit may not be transferred
    4. ad credit must be used by August 25, 2017.
  7. Categories are:
    1. SMALL BUSINESS (up to 1,500 square feet) 
      Best Interior & Best Exterior
    2. LARGE BUSINESS (1,501 square feet and over) 
      Best Interior & Best Exterior
  8. Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd Place businesses in all four categories.
  9. Judging is on a scale of 1-10 for five criteria: “Overall Appeal,” “Use of Space,” “Use of Light & Color,” “Inventiveness & Theme,” and “Wow factor.”
  10. Painted windows do not qualify for this contest.
  11. Decision of judging is final.

CALTRANS WORKING ON OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD TOMORROW

CalTrans will be performing utility work on Old Woman Springs Road in Yucca Valley Tuesday, May 9. Be prepared for one-way lane closures between Buena Suerte Road and San Juan Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch for road workers and slow down.