THE “SOUND OF FREEDOM” WILL RATTLE LOCAL WINDOWS THROUGH JUNE 2

What local residents call the “Sound of Freedom” has been rattling windows in the Morongo Basin for the past few days and will continue for the next three weeks. The Marine Corps announced that Integrated Training Exercise 3-17 is currently taking place on board the Combat Center through June 2. The live-fire exercise focuses on combined-arms training of battalion-size units, by using combat support, combat service support, and aviation assets. Depending on atmospheric conditions, sounds from the training area may be amplified.

To provide feedback on noise levels, go to: http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5CommunityPlansPAO/SoundReporting.aspx

LOCAL POSTAL MAIL CARRIERS COLLECTING FOOD THIS SATURDAY

This Saturday, May 13, letter carriers across the Morongo Basin will be collecting food for families in need. Residents are encouraged to leave a bag filled with non-perishable food such as canned meats, soups, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and rice, next to their mail box before the regular mail delivery Saturday. Mail carriers will deliver the food donations to a local food bank to help Stamp Out Hunger.

HEALTH AND RESOURCE FAIR THIS SATURDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Young and old, students, veterans, kids, and seniors will all discover something of value at an upcoming free event. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to take advantage…
You’re invited for fun and information at the Health and Community Resource Fair, Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Presented by the Morongo Basin Healthcare District, the Town of Yucca Valley, and Hi-Desert Medical Center, this free event offers more than 30 community vendors providing resources and information health and healthy lifestyles. Included is specialty information for veterans; a Kids’ Zone with fun and educational games; free healthy lunch and refreshments; drawings and giveaways; the opportunity to donate blood; tours of the Morongo Basin Family Health Center’s new Dental Clinic, and emergency vehicles, and the REACH medical helicopter will be on display. For more information about the free Health & Community Resource Fair, visit MBHDistrict.org or call 760-820-7196.

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MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY WEDNESDAY

A Joshua Tree man escaped serious injury when his pick-up truck rolled over in Morongo Valley Wednesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Department Captain Jeff Rarey said the man was driving eastbound on Highway 62 when he fell asleep at the wheel about 4:19 p.m. The truck drifted over to the right shoulder, hit the dirt berm, and rolled over multiple times, before landing on its roof in the highway near North Star Avenue. The driver—and sole occupant of the truck—had gotten himself out of the truck when firefighters arrived. He suffered only minor scrapes and bumps and refused transport to a hospital to be checked out. Both eastbound lanes were blocked for about an hour as the scene was cleaned up. Rarey said that eastbound traffic was diverted into a turn lane to get around the crash, but that multiple “looky-loo” drivers hit the delineators just past the intersection as they merged back onto the highway.

Photo courtesy Morongo Valley Fire Department Captain Jeff Rarey

Photo courtesy Morongo Valley Fire Department Captain Jeff Rarey

CAR STOLEN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS STOPPED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Desert Hot Springs man in a stolen car was arrested at gunpoint in Yucca Valley early Tuesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee at the Twentynine Palms Holiday Inn called deputies at 1:54 a.m. because she just saw someone driving her 2005 black Monte Carlo out of the hotel’s parking lot and drive westbound on the highway. Three hours later, a deputy in Yucca Valley saw a car that matched the description of the stolen vehicle driving westbound on the highway at Trojan Lane. The deputy followed as the driver, later identified as James Alford, 46, turned north onto Cholla Avenue and parked in front of a house in the 7000 block. After confirming the car was the one reported stolen a few hours earlier, the deputy contacted Alford at gunpoint. The deputy states that Alford admitted that he gave a woman some methamphetamine in exchange for the vehicle, and that he was on his way to Desert Hot Springs. James Alford was arrested for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY SATURDAY

A featured artist will be at the Joshua Tree library this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to the reception…
The Joshua Tree Library will hold an opening reception and artist’s talk for its newest art exhibition. Hiroko Momii is a painter who expresses her experiences and visions through abstract forms, color, shape, space, and movement. Momii’s reception and artist’s talk is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Joshua Tree Library. Momii’s art will be on display at the library through June.

NEW JTAG SHOW OPENS SATURDAY, CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR JUNE SHOW

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery, JTAG, will be opening one exhibit this Saturday and is putting out a call for their June show. “Desert Wild” opens Saturday, May 13, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. “Desert Wild” is a group show which includes work by five artists new to the gallery: Ben Allanoff, Theodosia Merchant, Watson, Kat Johnson, and Mark Wagner. Local artists Marcia Geiger, Frederick Fulmer, Doug Dolde, Timothy Hearsum, and Tobi Taboada round out this desert centric show.

The JTAG June Invitational, “The Drawing Show” will open June 10, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the gallery’s annual community show, which offers an opportunity for artists to submit work. The deadline for submission of work is Monday, May 15. Prospectus and applications are on the Joshua Tree Art Gallery website. Artists may also pick up applications at the gallery at 61607 29 Palms Hwy. Joshua Tree. Cash awards and people’s choice awards will be given out the night of the opening.

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GALLERY 62 EXHIBIT OPENING SATURDAY

Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree will hold an opening reception Saturday, May 13, for its new art show, “Women’s Empowerment: Nasty Women.” The show features the artworks of 33 local artists, both women and men, along with signature artist Casey Kiernan with a video installation and photography. The opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the art gallery, 61607 29 Palms Highway, Suite H, in downtown Joshua Tree. The gallery is open noon to 3 Fridays and Sundays, and 9 to 3 Saturdays.

STILL TIME FOR PRE-REGISTRATION FOR ROUTE 62 CRUISERS CAR SHOW

The Route 62 Cruisers Car Show is set for next weekend, Saturday, May 20. Reporter Eric Knabe says there is still time to register your ride for the show…
Rev up your engine; it’s time to register your vehicle for Route 62 Cruisers 10th annual car show, held May 20 at the Tractor Supply in Yucca Valley.. You’ll support the Wounded Warrior program and local charities when you enter your stellar vehicle in this show. Pre-registration is $30 by May 14, and that includes a T-shirt, or $35 at the gate. There will be best of show, best bike, rat rod and more. To register, call Jack Dick at 760-401-3976. you got to be in to win.

LOCAL DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet Saturday, May 13, in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. The morning begins with an optional $10 breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to all registered Democrats and invited guests. More information, links and resources are online at MBDems.com.

GOLF 4 LIFE TOURNAMENT SATURDAY, MAY 20

The High Desert Pregnancy Clinic announces their third annual Golf 4 Life fundraiser event. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…
The Golf 4 Life event is a great day of fun for all golfers, men, women and kids, Saturday, May 20, at Hawks Landing Golf Course. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Fees are $80 per golfer or $75 per golfer with a team of four. A yummy taco bar lunch is included and a continental breakfast will be available. Carts will also be provided; plus fun contests with great prizes. Amazing raffle prizes are also being gathered. One hole features a chance to win a Ford Fiesta sponsored by Yucca Valley Ford. Tee sponsorships are being accepted. To reserve your sign for only $75 on a tee or hole call the clinic at 760-369-8512. Register to golf by May 16 by calling the clinic or download a registration form from their website.

LUNCH AND FASHION SHOW AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN SATURDAY

Desert Hills Presbyterian Women’s Gathering will hold its annual luncheon and fashion show Saturday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m. Lemon chicken will be served. Raffle prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $15 and are available through the church or at the door. The church is located 56750 Mountain View Trail, Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-6331.