JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF RAMMING EX-BOYFRIEND WITH A CAR

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested early Monday morning, accused of ramming her ex-boyfriend with her car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 61400 block of Verbena Road about 1:40 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. The victim told deputies that he was arguing with Justine Owen, 22, who had been drinking. When she got in her Ford Taurus to leave, he attempted to stop her by standing in the way of her car. The victim told deputies that Owen then accelerated toward him; he tried to jump out of the way, but landed on the car’s hood and hit the windshield, before rolling off the car to the ground. Owen denied the allegations, and said that her ex-boyfriend hit her in the face. However, deputies determined that the victim’s scratches, abrasions, and limp corroborated his version of events. Justine Owen was arrested for investigation of assault with a weapon, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with her bail set at $50,000.

WE MAY SEE SOME RAIN THIS WEEK, MONSOON SAFETY REMINDERS

With rain expected later this week, the Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is happening or will happen soon. Reporter Sara Snyder offers the following tips to stay safe during flash floods…

In a flood situation, don’t enter the water. In fact, stay at least 10 feet away from the water’s edge. Don’t drive if you don’t have to, and don’t play or swim in a flood channel, and don’t try to walk or drive through a flooded road. The depth and speed of flood water is not always obvious, and you can’t tell what’s happened to the road surface under the water. Six inches of swiftly flowing water can knock you off your feet, and two feet of floodwater can carry away most vehicles, including pickup trucks and SUVs. Listen to Z107.7 for current conditions.

A POUND OF METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND IN A YUCCA VALLEY HOME

A pound of methamphetamine was found in the home of a Yucca Valley man after he was arrested Saturday by Palm Desert police on various drug charges. A Sheriff’s report says police stopped Devin Faulkner, 35, near Dillon and Bubbling Wells about 6 p.m. During a search of the vehicle, police found methamphetamine. Devin Faulkner was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Banning jail with his bail set at $30,000. Acting on a tip, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department went to Faulkner’s home Monday in the 3900 block of Palo Alto Avenue in Yucca Valley where they found about a pound of methamphetamine. Deputies seized the drugs for evidence and disposal.

SHERIFF’S SEEK ASSISTANCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS STORAGE UNIT BURGLARIES

For the second day in a row, a storage unit facility in Twentynine Palms was burglarized. According to Sheriff’s reports, employees at the storage facility in the 5100 block of Adobe Road called deputies Sunday morning to report that unknown burglars had cut off the locks at units in three buildings and went through the contents. Burglars returned Monday night and cut off padlocks to four more storage units and rummaged through the units. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

PAY RAISE FOR THE BOARD ON TONIGHT’S HI-DESERT WATER AGENDA

A pay raise for the board of directors is on tonight’s agenda for the Hi-Desert Water District. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills us in on the details…

Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District, directors will vote on raising their compensation from $125 per meeting to $150. Other items on the agenda include a revision of the eminent domain for a vacant property located just north of Highway 62 between Church Street and Cholla Avenue. The size of the required easement increased to .06 acres from .04 acres, although the district’s offer for the easement remains the same at $100 (assessed values are $27.53 and $19, respectively). And finally, the directors will be asked to approve a disbursement agreement with the Town of Yucca Valley for the proceeds of the Measure Z sales tax. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in district offices at Inca Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.

Immediately following tonight’s meeting, the board will hold a workshop on the wastewater reclamation facility. The directors will review and provide feedback to staff about Stage II services for the progressive design/build delivery of the sewer plant.

THEATRE 29 SUMMER YOUTH THEATER PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

The Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is in full swing with 59 kids participating. Generous grants from the City of Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Commission and U.S. Bank kept the cost of the five-week program down and provided scholarships; no child was turned away. The program is teaching a wide variety of theatrical skills to students from 7 to 17 in the highly successful summer arts program, now in its fourth year. Theatre 29 is the most successful all-volunteer non-profit arts organization in the Morongo Basin providing regional support for other all-volunteer troupes and schools. The Summer Youth Theater program culminates with six performances of “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.,” by age group, July 28, 29, 30. The musical will be directed by Gary Daigneault for the seniors, 11-17. Katie Fleischman will direct the juniors, 7-11. The musical director for the program is Bianca Stoker; choreographer is Sarah Fleischman; Lisa Goldberg is technical director; and Cindy Daigneault, costuming. Students receive a DVD of their performance, a CD or .mp3 file of the music, their script, program T-shirt, and friends, memories, and skills to last a lifetime. Tickets for Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” are available at www.theatre29.org or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151.

Students in the Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater Program learn the music to “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.”

COLLEGE BOARD MEETS: REORGANIZATION AND TRUCK DRIVING CLASSES

Tomorrow looks to be a busy day for the Copper Mountain College board of trustees, starting with a board reorganization. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this overview…

The Copper Mountain College board of trustees convene the regular monthly meeting at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. And right off, trustees will
adjourn to a closed session conference with a labor negotiator and also for an employee discipline or dismissal. At about 3 p.m. the board will likely reconvene in open session for regular reports, consent items, and then action items. Among the reports, trustees will hear from president/ superintendent Jeff Cummings on a draft Institutional Effectiveness Report for 2016. Other items on tomorrow’s agenda include election of a board president, vice president, and board secretary; likely approval of a non-credit community education program and consideration of the feasibility of offering a tractor-trailer operator program. Tomorrow’s meetings take place in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus.

LEARN ABOUT DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY SATURDAY

The Joshua Tree Library is presenting a program for adults this Saturday on digital technology. Reporter Eric Knabe provides the details…
The public is invited to the second in a series of three summer reading programs for adults at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, when Marjorie Franklin will present “Adventures in Digital Technology.”

Marjorie Franklin has a dual background in art and digital technology. She has programmed computers for the Apollo Project and established electronic art programs at Northern Illinois University and the University of Minnesota. Franklin will give a brief history of digital technology and then a longer presentation on present-day technology from Internet browsers to the dark web, the Internet of things to 3D printing, and challenges to the future of digital technology. The programs are a part of the Gear Up and Read summer reading program 2017, which is ongoing through July 29. For more information please call the Joshua Tree Library at 760-366-8615.

CHANTING CIRCLE AT RAINBOW STEW TONIGHT

A chanting circle will be held Wednesday, July 12, at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, starting at 7 p.m. Participants should arrive no later than 6:50 p.m. as the door will be locked at 7. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of Highway 62 in Old Town Yucca Valley.