SEVEN DOGS KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE SUNDAY

Seven dogs died in a fire in Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. According to County Battalion Chief Dave Mahan, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and the Combat Center were called to the fire about 2 p.m. in the 1500 block of Wilson Way. Mahan said an RV and a small outbuilding, believed to have been an original homestead, were fully involved when firefighters arrived. Firefighters mounted an aggressive exterior attack to keep the fire from spreading to the main house, but were unable to rescue the dogs inside the outbuilding. The owner arrived home about 2:50 p.m. and told a Sheriff’s deputy that she and the dogs lived in the old home while she remodeled the main house. There were no other injuries and the cause is under investigation.

CAR FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

On Saturday, firefighters responded to a car fire about 1:45 p.m. at Noel’s Knoll and Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms. The engine compartment was on fire; the car’s occupants all got out safely. Firefighters had the flames out in just a few minutes.

MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, PROTECTED LANDS AND TOURISM ON AGENDA

The Morongo Basin MAC has a busy agenda tonight, ranging from tourism to protected lands. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you’re alarmed by government threats to reduce the boundaries of federally protected lands, tonight’s your chance to be heard. That’s when the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council considers a resolution supporting the existing boundaries of two such Southern California areas: The Sand to Snow and Mojave Trails National Monuments.

Sand to Snow comprises 154,000 acres including some of the San Gorgonio Wilderness, while Mojave Trails covers 941,000 acres including a long stretch of historic Route 66.

Both are set to be reviewed by the Interior Department following an executive order by President Trump earlier this year.
In other business, the Council will hear a county update by Supervisor James Ramos and a report on tourism for fiscal 2016/17.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue.

COUNTY WANTS TO SPEED UP JOSHUA TREE MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY CONSTRUCTION

It would be hard to overlook the large construction site on the south side of Highway 62 near Sunny Vista Road on the western edge of Joshua Tree. Going up is the new Crisis Residential Treatment facility. At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to vote for the facility open its doors four months early. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Supervisors will likely approve agenda item 31 which calls for adding $724,000 to construction costs in order to compensate the contractor for accelerating the project completion date from April 22, 2018 to December 31, 2017. The change is necessary to comply with the state’s grant funding requirements. Once complete, the Crisis Residential Treatment facility will provide a positive, short-term treatment option with recovery based services and interventions in a home-like setting. Stays for 30 to 90 days will be available for adults age 18 and older diagnosed with mental health and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. Tomorrow’s meeting streams online and to the first-floor teleconferencing room in the County Government Center on White Feather Road in Joshua Tree. Public comment may be made via live video link from that location as well.

TWO MEN TRACKED FROM YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARY AND ARRESTED

Two men were arrested Thursday for a burglary in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, the residents of a home in the 54600 block of Martinez Trail came home about 2:30 p.m. and discovered the sliding door in the back of the home had been shattered. After performing a security check of the home, footprints at the scene led deputies to the Mueller-Turner Cabinet shop, located in the 54400 block of 29 Palms Highway. There deputies contacted Raydel Walker, 20, of Fontana, and Jesus Olivares, 19, of San Bernardino. They were both wearing shoes with the same shoe impressions the deputies had tracked from the burglarized home. (According to an employee of the cabinet shop, the men are not employed there.) Raydel Walker was arrested for investigation of burglary, and on a warrant for petty theft and driving without a license. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $60,000. Jesus Olivares was arrested on suspicion of burglary, and on a no-bail warrant for participating in a gang and for a probation violation. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

AUDITIONS FOR “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 is holding auditions for the hit musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tonight for 12 male and 8 to 10 female singer/dancers. With all the details, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely…

The story of Joseph and his many colored coat is a classic Bible story, told through song and dance in this musical sensation. Auditions will be held tonight, Monday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at Theatre 29. Prepare a Broadway show tune and bring a backing track on your cell phone and dress to move. Jericho McWilliams has been pre-cast in the role of Joseph. All other roles are open. The show’s female narrator must have a strong solo voice. Jacob, Joseph’s father, should be 60-70; his 11 other sons range in age from 12 years old to late 50s. Some brothers will have featured solos and may double as a second character such as Potiphar, a spoiled rich Egyptian. Potiphar’s wife is a sexy vixen who lusts after Joseph. The brother that doubles as the character Pharaoh will need to do an Elvis impersonation. Eight to 10 female singer/dancers, ages 16 through late 50s, will also be cast.

Joseph will run four weekends at Theatre 29 from August 25 to September 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For the final weekend of the run, the show will travel to the Barstow Performing Arts Center with performances Saturday, September 23, and Sunday, September 24. For tickets call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151 or visit theatre29.org or barstowpac.com for the final weekend.

FAA ESTABLISHES MILITARY AIRSPACE OVER JOHNSON VALLEY FOR MARINE EXERCISE

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a temporary special use airspace in support of an exercise taking place at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in August. The temporary special use airspace allows the Marine Corps to undertake required, large-scale, combined-arms and maneuver training during the exercise. This temporary special use airspace temporarily modifies the base’s military operations areas to the southwest, south and east of the Combat Center and establishes a temporary restricted area over new training range lands in the Johnson Valley area. The temporary special use airspace will be activated August 2017. After the exercise is completed, the special use airspace will return to its previous designation. For more information, call 760-830-6213.

YUCCA VALLEY REVENUE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETS TONIGHT

The residents charged with overseeing the spending of new sales tax revenue for the Town of Yucca Valley meet tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details…

The Yucca Valley Revenue Measure Oversight Commission will meet tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the commission will be asked to provide a recommendation to the Town Council on a disbursement agreement for tax revenues from Measure Z. The commission will also hear a report on the quality of life review. And finally, the commission will review and discuss various policy considerations concerning Measure Y funding, and identify, develop, and recommend policy statements. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Cholla Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

FILM “THE KID’S MENU” TO BE SCREENED IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The documentary “The Kids Menu” will be shown at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 8035 Church Street in Yucca Valley preceded by a light vegetarian meal tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11, at 6:00 p.m. “The Kids Menu” is a feature documentary from the team that brought you “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” Filmmaker Joe Cross meets with experts, parents, teachers and kids, and comes to the realization that childhood obesity isn’t the real issue, but rather a symptom of a bigger problem. In this inspiring and hopeful documentary, see amazing programs in action, inspiring individuals paving the way for change, but most of all, kids taking the lead in getting healthier options on their own menu.

BOOK SIGNING AT CAMPBELL HOUSE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW A RARE OPPORTUNITY

The Joshua Tree National Park Association invites you to a rare opportunity. Reporter Eric Knabe provides the details…

On July 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Larry Dilsaver will be at the Campbell House to give a short lecture followed by a book signing. In his newly released book, “Preserving the Desert: A History of Joshua Tree National Park,” Dilsaver offers the first comprehensive history of Joshua Tree National Park, from its inception to the present time, This event is free, but reservations are required. The Campbell House is located at 74744 Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. For more and registration call 760-367-5535.