REDDISH BROWN HOUND FOUND IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

REDDISH BROWN HOUND FOUND IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Medium sized reddish brown hound found.

Near Lear Avenue and Cleland Road in Twentynine Palms.

Call Becky Seaman at 760-362-2733

FOUND COLLIE TERRIER MIX MALE NEAR WALMART

FOUND COLLIE TERRIER MIX MALE NEAR WALMART

Collie Terrier mix mostly black, some grey with tan boots.

Pink harness, dragging a leash.

Found at Yucca Trail near Walmart in Yucca Valley.

Call Tamera at 760-447-3079

SANDY BLOND MALE DOG FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

SANDY BLOND MALE DOG FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

Light sandy blond fur.

Has collar and leash.

Very thin, looks older.

Found at Border and Golden in Joshua Tree.

Call 760-220-1859

LOST BENGAL CAT FEMALE

LOST BENGAL CAT FEMALE

Bengal Cat 6 years old.  Takes medicine.

Sand and Tan w dark spots and stripes.

Similar to tabby but softer.

Lost near Joshua Dr. and Mojave Ave. in Twentynine Palms.

Call Lisa at 760-367-9870

JOSHUA BASIN PRECAUTIONARY WATER BOIL ORDER LIFTED SUNDAY

After more than two days of being told to boil their water or to use bottled water, customers of Joshua Basin Water District were assured Sunday afternoon that it was safe to use tap water without boiling it prior to drinking or cooking with it. The water district issued the boil order Friday morning following a break in a water main line Thursday night. The boil water order was issued to protect the public’s health from waterborne infectious agents that could be present in drinking water.

SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKERS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CONTINUES

A search for a pair of missing hikers in Joshua Tree National Park is going into its fourth day today. According to park spokesman George Land, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, of Westminster, were supposed to have checked out of their AirBnB rental home by 11 a.m. Friday. When the owner checked on the home Friday, the couple and their car were missing, but all their belongings were still there. The owner then reported them missing to the Sheriff’s Department. Land said deputies traced Orbeso’s cell phone and a ping was recorded at 4 p.m. Thursday inside the park. The couple’s car was found in a parking area for the Maze Loop trail, just inside the Joshua Tree entrance to the park. Park rangers and searchers from Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Highway Patrol, along with help from helicopters and search dogs, have been searching trails in the area but have found no signs of the missing hikers. The dogs have reportedly signaled an interest in a rocky area that will be searched today. Anyone who has seen the couple, or who has information on their whereabouts, should call 909-383-5652.

2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS TOMORROW

Tuesday, August 1, is National Night Out, an event that highlights the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they protect. Managing editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…
The Morongo Basin will join communities across the country for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1. This will be the second time communities in the Hi-Desert have participated in National Night Out, which is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The hope is that the effort will make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Bring the family to the Walmart parking lot between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for free food, games and activities, giveaways, and information on crime prevention and safety. Your participation helps send the message that Morongo Basin neighborhoods are organized to fight crime. For more information, call Paula Hewitt at 760-365-7130.

CONGRESS EXTENDS VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM

After a first attempt failed last week, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday unanimously passed a $2.1 billion bipartisan bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted in favor of the measure, which allows veterans who live 40 miles or more from a VA clinic, or whose VA appointments are 30 days or more in the future, to seek private or community health care. The Veteran’s Choice Program was enacted in 2014, but was originally scheduled to expire in August. This legislation provides additional funding to extend the program for six more months. The bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

WHILE CURRENT FIRE FEES ARE SUSPENDED, PAST FEES ARE DUE

When the California state legislature passed the cap and trade bill recently, one of the provisions in the bill suspended the fire prevention fee for property owners in rural areas, including many here in the Morongo Basin. The fire prevention fee helps pay the costs of firefighting in state responsibility areas. Most property owners pay less than $200 a year for each habitable structure on their property. But while payment of the fee has been suspended for fiscal year 2017-18, property owners must still pay the fee for fiscal years 2011-12 through 2016-17. Property owners who wish to protest a bill can call CalFire at 888-310-6447. The fee may be paid online, or by mailing it to:
Special Taxes and Fees Remittance Processing
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
PO Box 942881
Sacramento, CA 94279-2525

BACK-TO-SCHOOL DAY, FREE BACK PACKS, IN JOSHUA TREE THIS FRIDAY

Community back-to-school day this Friday is sponsored by San Bernardino County Schools, Feed the Children and the JT Sportsman’s Club. Here with the details is Rebecca Havely…
At the community back-to-school day, kids will get free back packs to start off a successful school year. The event takes place Friday, August 4, from 9 a.m. until noon at the JT Sportsman’s Club, 6225 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Many service representatives from local community service programs will also be available including dental screenings and info and sign up for school lunch programs, plus information on transitional age youth and family services, domestic violence services and homeless or displaced student and family services. Students must be present for the back pack give-a-way.

SHERIFF’S DEPUTY KILLED IN BIG BEAR PLANE CRASH

Two people, including a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy, were found dead Sunday in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Saturday in the Mountains near Big Bear. Rebecca Joan Raymond, 28, was assigned to the Barstow station, officials said. The name of the other victim, believed to be a 30-year-old man from Helendale, has not been released. The search began about 10:30 p.m. Saturday after the two didn’t show up to the Apple Valley Airport. An aerial search began immediately, the victims were in a Cessna 172, a four-seat, single-engine airplane. The cause of the crash is under investigation. About 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a sheriff’s helicopter located the wreckage. A flight crew member was lowered down and found the victims’ bodies. The plane went down off Saw Mill Road about a half-mile south of the airport, in an area not accessible by vehicle.

1 IN CUSTODY AFTER HOME INVASION SHOOTING IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Desert Hot Springs police are investigating a home invasion robbery and shooting. About 6:45 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 9700 block of Vista Del Valle for a home invasion robbery in which a person was shot. Arriving officers saw the suspect fleeing on a motorcycle and started a pursuit. Officers finally stopped the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, in Palm Springs and he was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, home invasion robbery, carjacking, and other charges. The victim in the robbery sustained numerous gunshot wounds and was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs in critical condition.

YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION PLANS A BUS TRIP TO THE U.S.S. IOWA

Yucca Valley Recreation is planning an adult excursion to the Port of Los Angeles and the U.S.S. Iowa, Reporter Eric Knabe tells you how to sign up for the trip…
Spend the day at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro for a one-hour self-guided tour of the U.S.S. Iowa BB-61. Experience what life on board was like during active duty. Enjoy lunch on your own at Ports O’ Call. Last stop of the day will be a visit to the S.S. Lane Victory, a one-hour tour of a fully operational WWII cargo ship with wartime armament. Please note, due to ship conditions, this trip is not ADA compliant. Trip departs the Community Center at 8:00 a.m., returning at 7:30 p.m. and features comfortable motor coach transportation. Registration $80 per person; to reserve a seat, register online at yucca-valley.org or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center by August 7. For more information contact Community Services at 760-369-7211.

BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive in Yucca Valley on Tuesday, August 1, at Hi-Desert Water District, from 9 to 1. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Among the items on the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Cemetery board of directors, the directors will hear about current staffing options, flag options for niches, and the status of a roof leak. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in district offices on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

YUCCA VALLEY STREETS TO GET SLURRY SEAL NEXT WEEK

Some Yucca Valley streets will receive slurry seal treatments in the next week. Slurry seal preserves the existing pavement and prevents the asphalt road from deteriorating to the point that road reconstruction is necessary. It’s a highly cost effective tool for maintaining existing roads. The contractor will provide notice to residences and businesses that are likely to be affected by the maintenance project. The maintenance work is scheduled to begin August 2 and will continue through August 8.

The project schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Skyline Ranch Road – SR247 to Malin Way
Eldorado Avenue – Campero Drive to Buena Vista Avenue

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Kickapoo Avenue – Santa Fe Trail to End Cul-de-sac (Chip Seal Application Only)
Hillcrest Drive – SR247 to Roberts
Campero Drive – Dorado Avenue to Goleta
Fortuna Court – Campero Drive to End

Friday, August 4, 2017
Aberdeen Drive – SR247 to Sage Avenue

Monday, August 7, 2017
Kickapoo Avenue – Santa Fe Trail to End Cul-de-sac (Slurry Seal Application)
Campero Drive – Indio Avenue to Hermosa Court
Hermosa Court – Campero to End Cul-de-Sac.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Campero Drive – Avalon Avenue to Dorado Avenue
Indio Avenue – Meredith Court to End Cul-de-Sac
El Dorado Avenue – Campero Drive to Buena Vista
Goleta Avenue – Campero Drive to Buena Vista Drive

DON’T WALK DOGS ON HOT PAVEMENT

Most people are aware that they shouldn’t leave their dogs in cars during hot weather. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has this reminder about another danger for dogs in the heat…

If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on pavement—and it’s been plenty hot recently—then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on pavement. A dog’s paws can be burned by hot pavement. To prevent burns and blisters on your dogs’ pads, walk your best friend in the early morning or late evening hours when it’s cooler. And scorching temps aren’t just on the pavement; hot car seats can also be uncomfortable for your dog. If you do have to travel with your dog, put down a blanket or towel. And don’t put your dogs in the back of your pick up truck. For one thing, it’s not safe for your best friend, and the hot metal bed can quickly burn their pads. Reporting for Z107.7, this is Edica Gonzalez.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH HIRES CROSS-COUNTRY COACH, ATHLETES TO MEET MONDAY

Twentynine Palms High School has named M.E. Wilson as their new cross-country coach. Coach Wilson would like to meet with potential cross-country athletes Monday July 31 at 9:00 a.m. at Luckie Park in front of the pool.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN HIKING IN THE SUMMER HEAT

Don’t let the heat cheat you out of a good hike. Here’s some hot weather hiking tips from Joshua Tree National Park Ranger George Land…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the park. As long as you plan ahead and observe some basic guidelines, you can still enjoy your summer hike. Start early in the morning when the day is cool. Be realistic about the hike you’ve planned with respect to the length and difficulty of the route you choose. If you’re not sure, talk to the staff at the visitor centers about their suggestions. Always carry more water than you think you’re going to need. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It’s always a good idea to hike with a partner, but if you can’t, at least let someone know the trail you’re taking and what time you expect to be done. Summer can still be an enjoyable time in the park provided you exercise good common sense and show respect for the desert environment.

FREE BREAD IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will distribute bread every Monday at 11 a.m. until the bread is gone. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms. The Social Club is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley. For more information, call Susie or Phebe at 760-369-4057.