POINTING GUN AT NEIGHBOR RESULTS IN ARREST FOR JOSHUA TREE MAN

A Joshua Tree man was arrested after he allegedly threatened a neighbor with a gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 60800 block of Division Street in Joshua Tree about 11:30 p.m. because a man said his neighbor, Frank Nicholson, 68, pointed a gun at him. The victim, Bobby Collins, 31, said he was talking with a friend outside on his porch when Nicholson confronted them and said they were talking too loudly. The men began arguing, and then Nicholson went back in his apartment and came back out with a .38-caliber revolver. Collins told deputies that Nicholson pointed the gun at him and asked him if he wanted to die. A witness corroborated Collins’ version of events. Frank Nicholson was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.

SMALL SHED FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Firefighters made quick work of a shed fire in Joshua Tree Tuesday afternoon. Joshua Tree firefighters, assisted by Yucca Valley firefighters, were called to the 60400 block of Latham Trail at 1:39 p.m. The 10×10-foot shed was threatening a house, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading, and there was no damage to the residence. The fire was out in about 10 minutes. A fire department investigator was called to the scene; the cause is unknown.

TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL SAYS “NO” TO TOURISM MARKETING GROUP

The Twentynine Palms City Council got lots done last night, but not with one voice. Reporter David Haldane, who was there, explains…
Summer funding for tourism in Twentynine Palms? Fuhgettaboutit! That was the answer a divided City Council delivered last night to Joshua Tree Gateway Communities, a nonprofit tourism marketing group requesting $31,500 for the coming year. City staff had whittled its recommendation down to just under $8,000 until September 30, but even that didn’t pass muster, losing 3-2.
“We funded it last year. This year I just didn’t feel that it warranted us funding it again.”
That’s Councilman Dan Mintz who voted with the majority.
Mayor John Cole, who didn’t, disagreed, arguing that the city’s summer events need promoting.
In other business, the Council approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with a firm called Palm Communities for the furtherance of Project Phoenix, extended its contract with the Chamber of Commerce for two more years and approved the city’s special funds budget for the next two fiscal years.

COUNTY SAYS WONDER VALLEY FIRE STATION WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW

The County will be keeping the Wonder Valley Fire station open, for now. Wonder Valley MAC representative Teresa Sitz posted Tuesday evening that she had been contacted by San Bernardino County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall who told her, “Today the fire budget was approved and (Wonder Valley) station 45 was included.” Sitz said that guarantees fire service in Wonder Valley for at least another year. Just Monday evening County Fire battalion Chief Mike Snow had told the MAC that Wonder Valley was being considered for possible closure. Snow also told the MAC, “The stations in Landers, Pioneertown and Johnson Valley will remain open for now; they will eventually be staffed by volunteers rather than paid firefighters.” While Snow said they would “remain open”, some of those fire stations have been closed for years and Z107.7 News is trying get clarification on their status now and in the near future.

HI-DESERT WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says sewer engineering and a closed session to evaluate district management are on the agenda…
Among the items on the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District’s board of directors is a contract agreement for $1.7 million for engineering services during construction of Yucca Valley’s sewer project. After reports and comments, the board will go into closed session for a performance evaluation of General Manager Ed Musik. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in district offices at Inca Trail and Highway 62.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College board of trustees meet in special session at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow morning. On the agenda, trustees will consider approval for a $73,000 contract to perform classroom LED lighting conversions. And in a second action, trustees will consider awarding a contract for the Student Success Center Modular Project, details of which are unavailable at this time. Tomorrow’s meeting takes place in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus.

YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight (Wednesday, June 14) are LAFCO correspondence, the aging airport lights and radio receiver, weeds and brush. Under new business, directors will discuss theft of fuel. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

THURSDAY LECTURE, “LIVING WITH DESERT WILDLIFE” IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is offering another brown bag lunch lecture. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details…
Have you ever found a baby bird that couldn’t fly, a tiny bunny all on its own or a lizard that’s lost its tail? The next brown bag lunch lecture, “Living with Desert Wildlife: How to Help Native Species” addresses the problems wildlife is facing and what every one of us can do to prevent some of the more common wildlife issues. The lecture will be given by Emma Baldwin, the Primary Wildlife Rehab Keeper at The Living Desert for their Native Wildlife Conservation Program. Bring your brown bag lunch and a friend to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Thursday, June 15 at 12 noon. Beverages will be served. Admission is $5; free to members and sponsors.

YUCCA VALLEY ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR 23RD ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

The Town of Yucca Valley has announced the schedule for its 23rd annual summer concert series. Desert Sol will perform at the July 4 fireworks show at Brehm Field. The concerts at the Yucca Valley Community Center ballfield begin July 15 with the Dixie sounds of Persuasion, followed by Southbound July 22; The Silverados July 29; the Ted Herman Orchestra August 5; and closing out with The Answer on August 12. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.; the gates open at 6:30.

CHANT FOR PEACE AT RAINBOW STEW

Rainbow Stew invites the public to an evening of peace chanting
Reporter Eric Knabe provides the details…
Come to Rainbow Stew the evening of June 14 at 7 p.m. for a beautiful, gentle, and transformative work. The facilitators will chant the vowels to create peace within their own hearts, minds, and spirits, in which they will share these vibrations. Please plan on arriving no later than 6:50 p.m. The door are lock and chanting begins promptly at 7 p.m. Chanting usually goes on for about an hour, sometimes less.

NUTRITION CLASSES OFFERED BY JOSHUA TREE RECREATION

Free nutrition classes will be offered by Reach Out Yucca Valley at the Joshua Tree Parks and Rec center. Participants will learn healthy eating habits for the whole family, along with tips to kick start at healthy lifestyle. The classes will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 19, 21, 23, 26, and 28. Attendees will receive a gift after completing one class. The Park and Rec center is located at 6171 Sunburst Avenue. For more information, call 760-365-7130.

SIGN UP FOR YUCCA VALLEY SOFTBALL LEAGUES

Play softball for fun and exercise by joining one of four adult slow pitch softball leagues offered by the Town of Yucca Valley. Managing editor Tami Roleff oils up her glove…
Registration is being accepted for the Town of Yucca Valley’s adult slow-pitch softball leagues. The Town will offer ladies’ league on Monday; men’s league on Wednesday; and two co-ed leagues—one on Tuesday and one on Thursday—with a maximum of six teams per league. Teams will play an average of 10 games, starting the week of July 10, followed by playoffs and a championship game. League fees are $400 per team. The deadline to register is June 29. A managers’ meeting will be held on July 6. For more information call the Town of Yucca Valley Community Services Department at 760-369-7211.