MISSING MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN

Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Morongo Valley woman. On March 14, 2017, Krista Bowman, 32 left her mother’s residence to visit a male friend in Colorado. Bowman was driving her silver Toyota Avalon and her last known location was in Fort Garland, Colorado. Bowman’s family had contact with her on April 15 via Facebook, but have had no further contact. Bowman was also known to frequent Arizona, New Mexico and possibly Wyoming. She is a white female, with brunette hair and hazel eyes, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 125 pounds. Anyone who has had contact with Bowman, or has information regarding her whereabouts, is urged to contact the Morongo Basin Station, Detective E. Popa at 760-366-4175 or 760-956-5001.

Krista Bowman

Silver Toyota Avalon

MULTIPLE AGENCIES CALLED TO SUSPECTED DRUG LAB IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY

A major drug lab was raided in Morongo Valley yesterday. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies were following an investigation that led them to a home in the 50700 block of Laurel Lane in Morongo Valley about 10:40 a.m. and when they arrived, they found honey oil and butane in the home’s garage. They called San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, the fire department’s Haz Mat team, and Morongo Valley Fire for assistance. Investigators found honey oil in stainless steel containers, as well as butane in three gas cylinders. It’s unknown at this time if there were any arrests in connection with the drug lab, however, booking records indicate U.S. Marshalls arrested James Wallis, 34, at the scene. James Wallis was booked into the Central Detention Center.

8 OF 9 TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER DIRECTORS REPLACED IN RECENT BOARD ELECTION

A recent election resulted in the second major turnover in leadership in less than a year for the turbulent Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. In July of 2016, Chamber Board membership had fallen to just six when Chamber President Carey Alderson was accused, and subsequently convicted, of embezzling funds. Two additional board members resigned leaving only three. Board newcomer Aaron Kyle suddenly found himself the interim president; he called an emergency special meeting and named eight new directors: Yeseida Reyes, Carrie Hendrickson, Glenn F. Helm, Devon Carson, Robert Fleck, Joni Daniel, Lorie Harbough Wiederhold, and James “Jim” Harris. Recently, in a May Chamber Board election, none of those eight directors ran for re-election. Kyle was the only incumbent on the ballot and now will join yet another crop of eight new directors: Starr Bassion, Jim Brakebill, Tim Christians, Denise Cullum, Kevin Hatcher, Amanda Mann, Wanda Morgan, and Jacob Smith. Their three-year terms begin July 1. Election of officers will be held June 15 at 5:00 p.m. After that meeting, the latest iteration of Directors will be installed during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Presentation and Installation of Officers and Directors to be held at Bistro 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to 760-367-3445.

REACH OUT OFFERING CLASSES ON HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Reach Out Morongo Basin will host Tamara Estes, a registered nurse, who will hold a class on diabetes at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center June 13. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…

The class, held on June 13 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., will be on caring for someone with Diabetes type 2, including blood sugar monitoring, insulin, metformin, A1C testing, and some of the problems that diabetes can cause like neuropathy, kidney disease, and vision problems. These classes are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For more information call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.

MORONGO BASIN VETERAN DISABILITY CLINIC IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Morongo Basin veterans are invited to a disability clinic Saturday, June 10. Come meet and chat with other vets about local resources. The clinics are held every second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. For an appointment, call Don Jaffa at 760-865-0594.

EVENING RANGER TALKS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TOMORROW

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold an evening campfire talk in the park Saturday night. The desert tortoise faces many challenges to survive in a harsh environment. Join a ranger for a 45-minute presentation on how this desert resident copes and what we can do to protect this threatened species. The talk will be held at Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater at 9 p.m.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN HOUSE AT BOXOHOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE

The Artists-in-Residence at BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree will be presenting a unique body of work. Here with your invitation is reporter Rebecca Havely…

According to climate scientists, the Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park may not survive the changing environment. In response to this poetic tragedy the artist-in-residence at BoxoHouse will present a new project entitled, “Steward in Memoriam.” Sofie Elana Hodara is a Boston-based multimedia artist and Ubiq, short for ubiquitous, is an anonymous sound artist. They’ve collected sounds of dying Joshua trees and created multi-media collages. Their open house is at BoxoHouse, 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree on Saturday, June 10, from 3 to 6 p.m. with an artist talk at 3:30.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR THE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER CEREAL DRIVE

Today (Friday, June 9) is the last day of the local cereal food drive. Sponsored by the Hi-Desert Medical Center, Hi-Desert Publishing Co., and Z107.7, local businesses are collecting boxes of cereal and monetary donations. All donations will benefit the Way Station in Joshua Tree and the FIND food bank in Indio, which partners with the Way Station. The businesses with the most donations will win a trophy and advertising packages. For more information, call 760-366-6322.

SIGN UP TOMORROW FOR JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Registration opens Saturday, June 10, for the Joshua Tree Library’s summer reading program. The theme this year is “Gear Up and Read,” with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Registration is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There’ll be free popcorn, and those who register will receive a free book bag and other freebies. The Joshua Tree Library is located on Park Boulevard, north of the highway.

HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM PRESENTS INTERACTIVE YOUTH EXHIBIT

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum presents, “Conservation Quest” an interactive youth exhibit. With the details, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely…

Learn more about the future of energy at “Conservation Quest.” The interactive exhibits provide an educational experience for visitors of all ages, and are on display at the Hi-Desert Nature museum June 10 through September 16. Children will learn about energy: what it is, where it comes from, how we use it, and why it’s so important to use it wisely. There will be hands-on exhibits that teach lessons on recycling, hydro power, green choices and much more. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is located at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley.

CITIZEN SCIENCE PRESENTATION IN WONDER VALLEY TOMORROW

In Wonder Valley, the regular second Saturday community meeting that would have taken place tomorrow has been postponed, but there is still an afternoon presentation many will find worthwhile.

“Citizen Science for Everyone” is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. Everyone is welcome to attend this free presentation by Jane Rogers, Chief of Science and Resource Stewardship at Joshua Tree National Park. Citizen Science is scientific research conducted by amateurs; the concept has earned a lot of press and is becoming an important part of understanding the land around us. Anyone interested in monitoring environmental change, tracking butterfly migrations, or recording archaeological site information can make a difference in large-scale studies. This presentation will describe the basics of Citizen Science, how to get involved, and how communities may benefit. The presentation is informal with time for your questions.

A DISCUSSION OF SHAMANISM AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

An upcoming program at Rainbow Stew offers attendees wisdom and guidance from a visiting spiritual leader. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says bring along your drums…

If discovering authentic, Earth-based ways of knowledge and wisdom, presented in a respectful manner, appeals to you, then head to Rainbow Stew for Tales of a Shaman with Jade Wa’hoo Griguri. Griguri will share perspectives from a Shamanic point-of-view. This program offers experiential engagement and pragmatic applications of knowledge. It aims to enhance your own spiritual and healing practices. An authentic American Shaman, Griguri shares the Shamanic ways without regard to race, gender, culture, or place of origin. The program will be presented from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on June 11 and again on June 25. Attendees are promised “a bit of drumming, a bit of journeying and a fascinating experience at Rainbow Stew on the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley. More at Shamanic.net.

ROD STEWART TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

Tonight at Tortoise Rock Casino’s Live at the Rock concert is a tribute band to Rod Stewart. What About Maggie faithfully recreates Stewart’s music from his early days through the ‘80s dance era, such as “Stay with Me,” “Hot Legs,” “Tonight’s the Night,” and “Passion.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at Tortoise Rock Casino on Baseline Road in Twentynine Palms.