EXTREME HEAT WARNING: COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from Saturday through Wednesday, June 21, (and possibly even farther into next week), with the hottest days expected to be Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to reach up to 110 in Yucca Valley and 120 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be likely for people who spend a prolonged time outdoors or who perform strenuous activity. People most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses include young children, the elderly, those who spend a lot of time outdoors, and those with chronic ailments. Residents are urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and stay in air-conditioned rooms. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. There are cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the community center is open 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, and the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 10 to 5. Town offices are open Monday through Thursday 8 to noon and 1 to 5. In Twentynine Palms, the Senior Center on Adobe Road is a cooling center from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday; if the heat index reaches 115 degrees, the building will remain open. In Joshua Tree, the community center will be open Saturday until 2 p.m. and normal hours are 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. Residents can cool off at the splash park, which is open Thursday through Monday 9 to 7. The Hi-Desert Medical Center cafeteria is available as a cooling center every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Wonder Valley Community Center will be open 9 to 2 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. In addition, the libraries in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley are open 11 to 7 Monday through Wednesday, Thursday 10 to 6, and Saturday 9 to 5. Other places to get out of the heat are stores, restaurants, and theaters.

KEEP COOL THIS WEEKEND IN LOCAL POOLS

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley pools will be open to escape the heat. In Twentynine Palms, the pool at Luckie Park is open 1 to 5 p.m. every day through August 28, with a final weekend September 3 and 4. Admission is $3 per person, $1.50 for seniors, or a 20-use pass for $35. Lap swimming is from 11:30 to 12:30 Monday through Friday. Admission for lap swim is $1.50 or a season pass for $30. For more information, call 760-367-5777. In addition, Sunburst Park in Joshua Tree has a splash park. The water park features fountains that are guaranteed to get participants wet. The Joshua Tree water play park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us with more information for the pool in Yucca Valley…

The Town of Yucca Valley aquatic programs will begin Monday, June 19, at the community pool at the high school on Sage Avenue. Drop-in programs include fun swim, family swim, lap swimming, and water aerobics. All drop-in programs are $4 per person, per visit; or $3 per visit when a swim pass is used. Swim passes are available at $30 for 10 visits and can be purchased at the pool or community center. For days and hours of all programs, call 760-369-7211 or visit yucca-valley.org.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER SHE CRASHES CAR INTO POWER POLE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested late Wednesday night,accused of driving into a power pole and fleeing the scene. According to Sheriff’s reports, Kirsten Cooper, 23, crashed her white Dodge car into a power pole in the alley behind the Budget Motel on Deer Trail and Santa Fe Trail, about 10 p.m. A bystander checked on Cooper, who said she was OK. She then proceeded to push her car to a residence in the 55800 block of Santa Fe Trail, where she was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence. Kirsten Cooper was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and released about 9 a.m. Thursday. The power pole was repaired by Southern California Edison.

ORANGE MAN DETAINED FOR RESISTING ARREST

A man from Orange was arrested Thursday, accused of resisting arrest. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a white Mitsubishi car about 3 a.m. Thursday morning near Joshua Lane and Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley. As the deputy attempted to detain the driver, identified as Steve Davis, 36, he fled from the scene. After a short foot pursuit, he was arrested in the 6800 block of Joshua Lane. Steve Davis was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

MORENO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

A Moreno Valley man was arrested Thursday, accused of possession of stolen car. According to the Sheriff deputies were contacted by the Moreno Valley Police Department to ask for assistance in locating a stolen car. Deputies went to the 7300 block of Victoria Avenue about 3:30 p.m. where they found the stolen car in the driveway. The report states Christian Duran, 21, was inside the home and could not provide any evidence that he had legal possession of the car. Christian Duran was arrested for investigation of possession of stolen property, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

BUY TICKETS NOW FOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ITALIAN LAID-BACK LUAU

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will install its new officers and present awards at an Italian Laid-Back Luau. The dinner, featuring antipasto salad, pineapple chutney chicken or pork, roasted veggies, scalloped potatoes, and tiramisu, will be held at the Roost at Hawk’s Landing golf course June 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. Dress is casual summer attire; mustaches are optional. To reserve your spot, call 760-365-6323.

TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY COLOR CAMP

The 29 Palms Art Gallery presents their wildly popular youth summer art program Color Camp. The first session, Paint and Chalk, starts Tuesday. Reporter Eric Knabe provides the artistic details…

The program includes 6 sessions, from June 20 to June 29, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The focus of camp is to have students develop a deep understanding of the use of color in a variety of media. The class will include practice and experimentation with color theory and training using the tools of art for best results. By the end of the class each student will have created a portfolio of work in a variety of media and styles of art. Register today at www.29palmsartgallery.com or at the Gallery. Reporting for z107.7 this is Eric Knabe.

GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE HAS CHANGED ITS PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Gunfighters for Hire, an old-west re-enactment group in Pioneertown, has announced it has changed its performance schedule, effective immediately. The group has suspended its summer show schedule and will now perform only during the cooler months, from October to May. The gunfighters will perform the first and third Saturdays, starting October 7, on Mane Street in Pioneertown.

INTERNSHIPS FOR GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Twentynine Palms High School and Yucca Valley High School both have graduates who are ready to intern with local businesses. The Transition Partnership Program and Career Pathways program has graduates who are work-ready and eligible for subsidized work placements in area businesses. In Twentynine Palms, call Lori Jo Cosgriff at 760-367-9591 extension 2046, and in Yucca Valley, call Jeff Drozd at 760-447-4015.

FISH AND CHIPS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a Father’s Day pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 18, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

SATURN’S RINGS HIGHLIGHT AT SKY’S THE LIMIT TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, June 17. The event begins at 8:45 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the night sky include Saturn and its rings, Jupiter, and the summer Milky Way. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.