AN EDITORIAL OPINION: COUNCILS, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND ON MARIJUANA

An editorial opinion from Z107.7 News… The Town of Yucca Valley is drafting a new ordinance to deal with the legalization of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use. Opponents of Measure X—a ballot measure that failed in 2015, which would have allowed two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Town of Yucca Valley—argue that failure of the measure proves that the majority of town residents do not want marijuana legalized in town limits. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that’s just not true…
At Yucca Valley Town Council meetings and planning commission meetings held recently, many residents have stated during public comments that the 2015 failure of Measure X, which would have allowed two medical marijuana dispensaries in town limits, proves that the majority of town residents don’t want marijuana sold in any form in town limits. Those contentions are false, however. According to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, 77 percent of Yucca Valley’s 10,471 voters cast ballots in the November 8 election. More than 800 people voted in favor of Prop 64, which legalized recreational marijuana than voted against it (4,354 to 3548). Twentynine Palms had similar results; 75 percent of the city’s voters voted in the election, and the YES on Prop 64 won by 855 votes (2,553 to 1698). Town and city Council members should pull their heads out of the sand and realize the majority of their citizens voted FOR legalized recreational marijuana. The failure of Measure X two years ago doesn’t mean they are against the legalization of marijuana today.

The results from the county can be seen in page 240 (last page) at:
https://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/rov/Elections/2016/1108/sov/1325CALIFORNIA.pdf

HIGH SPEED BLAMED FOR CRASH THAT KILLED 2 IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

Speed is being blamed for a single-vehicle crash in Twentynine Palms that killed a Hemet man and an Ontario woman Saturday. The California Highway Patrol said Yovonne Marie Navarrette, 49, passed a vehicle traveling westbound in front of her on Indian Trail at a high rate of speed. As she passed the vehicle just east of Pearl Springs Avenue, approaching traffic from the opposite direction caused her to brake abruptly, and she lost control of her 1999 Ford Explorer. The Explorer spun out of control and struck the asphalt berm on the south side of the road and overturned several times into the open desert. Navarrette and her front seat passenger, David Edgar Garduno, 21, were not wearing their seatbelts and were thrown from the vehicle. Navarrete was pronounced deceased at the scene by Morongo Basin Ambulance; Garduno was taken by MBA to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he died. Yvette Meza and her son, who were wearing their seatbelts in the back seat, received minor injuries and were taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The California Highway Patrol reminds residents that seatbelts save lives.

ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE ABOARD THE MARINE BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms will conduct an active shooter exercise Tuesday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. The full-scale exercise will evaluate the installation’s emergency operations plans, policies and procedures as well as first-responders’ capability and capacity to operate in coordination with multi-jurisdictional agencies.

A WARNING ABOUT THE “FAKE CHECK” SCAM

AARP Fraud Watch Network wants us to be aware that fake checks are featured in many types of scams, from phony prize winnings to fake jobs. And scammers are good at making phony checks look legitimate. Reporter Eric Knabe tells us how to spot a scam…
The scams typically involve sending victims a check, asking them to deposit it, and then when cleared, asking them to immediately wire the money to a third party. Remember, a check can take weeks to clear. Wait until you are certain, and the bank can confirm, that your check has cleared before taking further action. If you wire money and later discover that the check was fake, you’ll have to repay the bank.
Be a fraud fighter. If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

FIRE DESTROYS MOTORHOME AND VEHICLE IN WONDER VALLEY

A resident living in his motor home while building a permanent home in Wonder Valley will have to find another place to live following a fire Sunday. According to County Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters were called to the 83600 block of Amboy Road at 1 p.m. where they found a motorhome and SUV on fire. Snow said the motorhome was being powered by a generator outside when the generator malfunctioned and caught fire. Leaking fuel from the generator caused the fire to spread to the motorhome and an SUV parked next to it. The resident, who was sleeping inside the motorhome when it caught fire, suffered some smoke inhalation and was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center by Morongo Basin Ambulance for treatment.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN FOUND HIDING A MACHETE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday after he was found hiding a machete under his clothes. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was looking for a burglary suspect at Tortoise Rock Casino about 6:30 p.m. when he found a man, later identified as Josh Roggenbuck, 39, who matched the description. The deputy determined Roggenbuck had two felony warrants for $250,000 for spouse abuse and for a drug charge. The deputy searched Roggenbuck and found a large machete hidden under his shirt. Josh Roggenbuck was arrested for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon, and on his warrants, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $275,000.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING DRUGS IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested last week, accused of dealing drugs in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Tollefson said he was conducting a check around the Yucca Valley Library just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tollefson saw a man, later identified as Ryan Elm, 22, standing near the rear door of the closed library. Tollefson determined that Elm was drunk and Elm refused the deputy’s commands to put his backpack on the ground. Instead, Elm pulled a small baggie out of the backpack and placed it in his sweatshirt pocket. Tollefson searched Elm and found $174 in cash and the baggie, which contained 15 Xanax pills, which Elm said he was selling for $5 each. Ryan Elm was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance for sales, driving on a suspended license, and driving under the influence, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000. He was released on bail Saturday afternoon.

1ST STAGES OF YUCCA VALLEY SEWER PROJECT COMPLETED

The largest public works project in the history of the Morongo Basin, the Yucca Valley sewer project, is moving along nicely. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the first stages have been completed…
The first two stages of construction for the Hi-Desert Water District’s sewer project in Phase I have been completed. Streets in the Paradise Valley neighborhood were closed intermittently for the last two months while pavement was removed, sewer pipes installed, and the streets were repaved. The completed area is bordered by the streets Marvin, Avalon, and Barron. Crews are currently working in the areas near the Walmart and Walgreens shopping centers, and construction in these areas should be completed by June 2. Private property connections will follow construction once the wastewater treatment and reclamation facility is completed in February of 2019.

For more information, call 760-365-8333, email info@hdwd.com, or visit http://www.hdwd.com/construction/.

LEARN ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS AT RAINBOW STEW WEDNESDAY

If you are wondering what essential oils are all about, Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley will hold three free informational introduction classes. You’ll be able to experience the oils and see for yourself how many uses they have. Classes are set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 17; 11 a.m. Monday, May 22; and 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

HIGH DESERT TEST KITCHEN DINNER TONIGHT

For many folks in the Morongo Basin exploring the Mojave Desert is a favorite pastime. Now how about exploring our desert from a culinary perspective? Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…
The High Desert Test Kitchen is an informal monthly dinner gathering organized by artist Sarah Witt. This month’s dinner is at 7 p.m. May 15 at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, 65336 Winters Road off Border in Joshua Tree. Bring something to share that is either made with or inspired by a different featured native ingredient each month. May’s ingredient is the Yucca, any variety and any part… the roots or stems, shoots or fruits, and celebrate this versatile native food. This is your opportunity to explore the Mojave from a culinary perspective. The High Desert Test Kitchen naturally intersects with foraging practices and Native American traditions, and inevitably ignites debate over the relationship of man to nature. Changing minds? Maybe. Changing taste buds? Most probably.

FIVE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GO TO CIF PRELIMINARY TRACK MEET SATURDAY

Twentynine Palms High School track and field team sent five athletes to the CIF preliminary meet at Carpinteria High School Saturday. Coach Ronda Lockett-Morton said senior Captain Spencer Walton ran a personal record 4:24.31 in the 1600m and placed third overall. Sophomore thrower Adam Mapuatuli threw a personal record in the discus, 135 feet, 0 inches, earning fourth in the event. Junior Captain KJ Magwood-Morton ran a season record of 42.7 in the 300m hurdles taking the ninth spot. Roy Rathbun ran a personal record in the 800m 2:10.62 and Shania Newby placed 18th in the 100m with a time of 12.88, a personal record, then ran 26 flat for 12th place in the 200m. Walton, Mapuatuli, and Magwood-Morton advanced and will all compete at the CIF Finals meet at Cerritos College this Saturday.