GUILTY PLEA IN DUI CRASH THAT KILLED TWENTYNINE PALMS DENTIST AND HIS WIFE

The Twentynine Palms Marine accused of killing a prominent dentist and his wife in a DUI crash in May 2015 pleaded guilty in court last month. Mariah Natividad, 22, a lance corporal with the Exercise Support Division on the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, was driving under the influence and rear-ended a pick-up truck on Highway 62 just east of Juniper Road in Joshua Tree nearly two years ago. The impact sent the truck into the desert where it rolled over several times. Inside the truck were Dr. Lonnie Tiner, 80, and his wife, Patricia, 75. The Tiners died 10 minutes apart the next day at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. Natividad pleaded guilty April 6 to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 21.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANTS FOLLOWING FIGHT THURSDAY

A Yucca Valley man who was involved in a fight with another man was arrested on his warrants Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, Anthony Garcia, 27, was at a home in the 7200 block of Palo Alto Road and had been drinking, when another man arrived on his motorcycle about 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Garcia and the other man began arguing, which turned into a physical fight. After the fight, the victim left and parked his motorcycle at a nearby house. Garcia allegedly walked up to the motorcycle and pushed it over, at which time the two men began fighting again. The victim said Garcia threw a rock at him, which hit him in the head. Garcia then fled the scene. A deputy located Anthony Garcia in the 56100 block of Onaga Trail, and he was arrested on $65,000 in outstanding warrants from Riverside County, and booked into West Valley Detention Center. A report has been sent to the district attorney’s office to determine if Garcia should be charged with assault.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ROTARY’S LOBSTERFEST

Enjoy a lobster and steak dinner under the stars during the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s second lobsterfest in Pioneertown. Managing editor Tami Roleff says pass the butter…

A private scenic western ranch outside under the stars will be the site of the Lobsterfest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. Each diner will be served an Atlantic lobster and steak, and dinners will include a potato bar, roasted veggies, and dessert, with a no-host bar. Live music will be provided by the Whiskey Blues Band. The evening will include dancing, and live and silent auctions. The lobster feast is set for May 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets, $100 per person or $175 per couple, are available at the Loan Lady in Yucca Valley, or online at yvrotary.org. Proceeds benefit the club’s service projects. For more information, call 760-365-1988.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

GALLERY 62 EXHIBIT OPENING TONIGHT

Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree will hold an opening reception tonight 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.

SELF-WORTH EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Discoveries about developing a healthy sense of self-worth will be
explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday, May 14 at 4 p.m.…
The program, titled “What’s Wrong Right With You? The Surprising
Truth About Self-Worth,” features an exclusive documentary film about
a skid-row project that provides makeovers for homeless mothers.
Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue.
Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2597. Reporting for Z101.7 this is Eric Knabe

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS CARNIVAL

Discount tickets for the Grubstake Days carnival are now available. Discount tickets are 10 for $6 until May 25. Tickets may be purchased at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, Yucca Valley Boys and Girls Club, and in front of Vons in Yucca Valley from 9 to 1 Saturday, May 20. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by calling Tracy Rader at 760-368-8990.

HARRISON’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

Starting at midnight Saturday, Harrison House Music, Arts and Ecology will celebrate the life and legacy of its namesake composer with a full 24 hours of creativity and conservation in Joshua Tree and around the world. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says organizers aim to unite people across borders…
On May 14, visual and performing arts, tree plantings, and films will be streamed live from Joshua Tree’s Harrison House for 24 hours at louharrisonhouse.org. Creative activities from around the globe will be posted simultaneously. The event marks the 100th birthday of Lou Harrison. Harrison’s admirers say he left a legacy of beauty, acceptance, activism and concern for humanity and the earth. Organizers invite others from around the world to engage by creating art or planting trees. They say art can unite people across borders in the spirit of peace and compassion and that is their aim. Scheduled to appear at Harrison House are notable Southeast Asian Gamelan musicians and dancers, famed solo cellist Emil Miland, and native plant specialist Robin Kobaly. Harrison tributes from around the world will also be featured along with Eva Soltes’ documentary on the composer. Harrison House is at 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue in Joshua Tree. Reporting for Z107.7 News, this is Mike Lipsitz.

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

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery, JTAG, will be opening one exhibit tonight 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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