FIREFIGHTERS UNION SAY TWENTYNINE PALMS COVERAGE AFFECTED IF WONDER VALLEY CLOSES

The union that represents county firefighters is concerned about preliminary plans to close the Wonder Valley Fire Station while the Ludlow station remains unmanned. Firefighters Local 935 President Jim Grigoli said the current proposed county budget would see Wonder Valley close, leaving Twentynine Palms covered by a single fire engine with three firefighters. Grigoli said that the union would like to see the brush engine and staff of two currently at the Wonder Valley station be assigned to Twentynine Palms, in addition to the engine. He says because the Ludlow station remains unmanned, response to major crashes along I-40, some 100 miles away, formerly responded to by Wonder Valley, would result in Twentynine Palms being uncovered if their only engine responded. County fire officials say normally if Twentynine Palms equipment is on an incident, fire crews from other stations, such as Joshua Tree or Yucca Mesa, are brought in to cover. Ideally, the union said, the Ludlow station should be reactivated so I-40 response was faster and coverage in Twentynine Palms would not be affected. Budget negotiations between San Bernardino County Fire and county representatives continue this month with a July 1 deadline.

TWO YUCCA VALLEY MEN ARRESTED FOR RESISTING ARREST

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested late Tuesday night after one fled from a pedestrian check. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy attempted to stop Tyler Albert, 24, near Avalon Avenue and Paxton Road just before 10 p.m. Albert fled on foot to a vacant residence on Nelson Avenue. When deputies arrived at the home, he refused to open the door and so deputies forced entrance into the house. Inside with Albert was Travis Sharp, 28. A records check found that Albert had an arrest warrant for a previous drug charge, and was absconding from parole. Tyler Albert was arrested for investigation of resisting arrest, on his warrant, and for violating his parole. Travis Sharp was arrested for a felony drug warrant. They were both booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and are being held without bail.

BEWARE OF THE JURY SCAM

Jury scams have been around for years and is one of the most successful scams for getting a quick payoff, but also for getting personal information for future identity theft. Reporter Eric Knabe offers these tips to help you avoid being a victim of this jury scam…
The jury scam typically starts with phone call from someone who says you missed jury duty and there is now a warrant out for your arrest. The caller will say you can avoid the arrest by paying a fine, typically by using a prepaid debit or gift card. Or the caller may request personal information—your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number—for verification purposes. This is when you should hang up. It’s a scam. As a rule, court officers never ask for confidential information over the phone and notifications with prospective jurors are done through the mail. Protect yourself by never giving out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call or email.

TWENTYNINE PALMS SEEKING TOURISM DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD

The Twentynine Palms City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on the advisory board for the Tourism Business Improvement District. The advisory board will create and direct the city’s tourism marketing plan. Those interested in being a part of the board must submit a letter along with a resume to an address below this story by Thursday, June 15. The Council will appoint the members at its meeting on June 26. For more information, call 760-367-6799.
 
City of Twentynine Palms
Attn: City Clerk, TBID
6136 Adobe Road,
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

MORONGO VALLEY CASINO NIGHT SATURDAY TO BENEFIT FIRE DEPARTMENT

The eighth annual Morongo Valley Firefighter’s Auxiliary Casino Night will be in play this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz puts it all on red for this worthy cause…
Attention high rollers, card sharks, lucky beginners and everyone in between. Dust off your good luck charms. This Saturday, June 3 is Casino Night in Morongo Valley at the Covington Park Multipurpose Room. Doors open at 6 p.m.; gambling happens from 7 to 9:30 p.m. followed by a raffle. Hosted by the Morongo Valley Firefighters’ Auxiliary, tax-deductible tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Advance tickets include a free beverage, raffle ticket and $200 in casino cash. Tickets purchased at the door include $200 in casino cash only. Net proceeds benefit the Morongo Valley Fire Department. Snacks and hors d’oeuvres are all complementary. You must be 21 or older and have photo I.D. to enter. Tickets are on sale now at Get Dirty Dirt Bikes, on the north side of the highway just before the grade or contact Debbie Harris at 760-861-8765 or any other Firefighters’ Auxiliary member.

ORIGINAL COMEDY SHOW TOUR KICKS OFF AT THEATRE 29 SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Broadway and television performer Alan Palmer returns to Theatre 29 with an all-new show. You may remember Palmer from his previous one-man show performances at Theatre 29: “The Fabulous Divas of Broadway” in 2014 or “The Fabulous Divas of Hollywood” in 2015. Now he’s returning to Twentynine Palms this weekend only with his latest creation, “The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dolores and Dick DelRubio.” Palmer, an accomplished television and Broadway stage performer, is touring his show with co-creator and performing partner, Andrew Orbison. The duo will kick off the show’s tour at Theatre 29, travel to New York and back to Las Vegas. Performances at Theatre 29 are this Saturday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available now at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. This is sure to be a popular event so get your tickets now. The production contains light innuendo and is not appropriate for children under 13.

VENOMOUS SNAKES ARE OUT: WHAT TO DO IF BITTEN

California has eight different species of rattlesnakes, seven of which are found in southern California. Rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but if you give them space, they will retreat. Edica Gonzalez offers these tips on what to do if you are bitten by a rattlesnake…
Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing. If you are bitten, remain calm. Remove any jewelry or constricting items near the affected area. Keep the bitten area still. Do not use ice to cool the bite, nor should you cut open the wound to suck out the venom, or use a tourniquet. Keep the area of the snakebite lower than the heart and seek medical attention immediately. The best advice is to avoid rattlesnakes altogether. If you see one, don’t try to get closer to it or catch it.

MOJAVE WATER AGENCY NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Mojave Water Agency Board of Directors has selected Tom McCarthy, a professional civil engineer and geologist with more than 20 years of experience, to serve as the Agency’s new general manager. Kirby Brill, the current general manager is set to retire July 21. McCarthy’s contract was unanimously approved at the May 25 regular Board of Directors meeting.

Tom McCarthy

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ CONCERT SATURDAY

Make plans to see the talented musicians at Yucca Valley High School perform this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to the annual dinner and jazz concert presentation….
The Music Department at Yucca Valley High School will present its annual jazz concert Saturday, June 3, at 6 p.m. in the high school’s multi-purpose room. This event will be the final concert for seniors Christian Barnes, Seth Enochs, Fiona Flores, Preston Hill, Ryan Marsh, and Radley Militar. The event will include a meal of garlic and herb chicken breast, or seasoned pork chop, or vegetable lasagna, rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables, dinner roll, white/chocolate cake, apple pie, water, iced tea, or lemonade. Tickets are $15 and are available from any jazz band member or from Music Director Bill Barrett. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door. For more information, email yv_band@me.com

HISTORICAL SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN LANDERS

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will hold a two-day rummage sale Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3. Featured items for sale include two mountain bikes and two children’s bikes; sports memorabilia; a wrought-iron patio table and chairs; and a mini cement mixer. On Friday only, visit the collector’s corner inside the museum. The sale is set for 9 to 1 both days at the historical society, 632 Landers Lane in Landers.