MARINE CORPS SHORTENS TIME FOR JOHNSON VALLEY TRAINING EXERCISE

The United States Marine Corps has announced it has shortened the time it needs for military training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August while the Marines conducted a large-scale exercise. The Marine Corps announced recently that it will only need two weeks for its training exercise, from August 11 through August 25. The two-week closure includes the time required to ensure the area is clear of recreational activity prior to training, and that the area is free of military hazards after the training has been completed before it’s re-opened to the public. The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area will remain open to the public during the closure of the Shared Use Area. The Marine Corps is required to announce a year in advance when it expects to use the shared use area, and it has set the dates for next year’s exercise as August 1-30.

http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5-Government-and-External-Affairs/Johnson-Valley/

BLOOD SUPPLIES ARE DANGEROUSLY LOW, DONORS NEEDED

Blood supplies across the country are at dangerously low levels following a severe decline in blood donations following the Fourth of July holiday. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in on the details…

Locally, extreme heat has resulted in lower than expected turnouts at blood drives. Blood is constantly in demand to assist hospital patients all across Southern California. During the summer months when brush fires are prevalent, it is crucial for to maintain a readily available blood supply to treat burns. Cancer patients and trauma or car accident victims also require a steady supply. To avoid a blood shortage in our community over the coming weeks, the community is asked to come forward and give blood this week and throughout the remainder of the summer. LifeStream a local, nonprofit blood center urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to visit LStream.org or call 800-879-4484 to schedule an appointment to give at one of five, climate-controlled donor centers or at a convenient mobile drive

CONGRESSMAN COOK WANTS 23 OF 27 NATIONAL MONUMENTS RESCINDED OR REDUCED

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley was one of 17 members of Congress who sent a letter last month to the Secretary of the Interior, urging him to rescind or reduce in size 23 of 27 national monuments created under the Antiquities Act. Secretary Ryan Zinke is reviewing the national monuments after Donald Trump issued an executive order in April ordering the review of national monuments created since 1996 that are larger than 100,000 acres. Two of the national monuments under review are in our area: Mojave Trails, and Sand to Snow National Monuments. Cook and the 16 other congressmen recommended that Sand to Snow National Monument remain unchanged. However, they wrote that the 1.6 million-acre Mojave Trails National Monument, which surrounds the southern half of the Mojave National Preserve, be “confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” Prior to its designation as a national monument by President Obama in 2016, Mojave Trails was a congressionally designated wilderness of 350,000 acres. The congressmen recommended that 10 national monuments be completely rescinded; eight reduced in size to “the smallest area compatible,” three reduced to specific sizes, and no changes to four national monuments.

The congressmen’s letter can be seen at
https://www.mdlt.org/docs/6-30-17_Letter_to_Zinke_Antiquities_Review.pdf

ANIMAL ADOPTION DAY SATURDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Saturday would be a great day to bring a new furry family member home to your household. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on pet adoption day at the Twentynine Palms animal shelter…

If you have the space, the Twentynine Palms animal shelter has the companion for you. The Palms-N-Paws animal shelter is at full capacity and needs to find forever homes for its cute critters. Animals will be adopted at discounted prices. The pet adoption day is set for Saturday, July 15, from 10 to 3 at the Palms-N-Paws animal shelter on Bullion Avenue in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-367-6799.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATV CHASE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he led a deputy on a chase while driving an all-terrain vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on an ATV, driven by Michael Martin, 27, in Joshua Tree about 11:20 p.m. Martin allegedly accelerated and fled at a high rate of speed before finally stopping near East Parkway and Plaza Road. Michael Martin was arrested for driving while intoxicated, misdemeanor failure to yield, and on a warrant for vehicle theft. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is being held without bail.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY AFTER HE HELD MAN AT KNIFEPOINT

A Yucca Valley man was arrested, accused of robbing another man of his cell phone and threatening to kill him with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 57700 block of Vaduz Avenue in Yucca Valley about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The victim said that his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, identified as Dennis Williams, 33, held a knife to his throat and threatened to kill him if the victim continued talking to his ex-girlfriend. Williams then punched the man in the face, which caused the victim to drop his cell phone. Williams then picked up the phone and left the location. Deputies went to the ex-girlfriend’s home in the 58800 block of Campero Drive in Yucca Valley where they located Williams. Williams admitted to deputies that he went to the victim’s home and took the cell phone. Deputies searched Williams car and found both the phone and the knife. Williams was on post-release community supervision; State Parole was contacted and a no-bail warrant was issued for his arrest. Dennis Williams was arrested for investigation of robbery and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN RESISTS ARREST FOR VANDALISM

A 37-year-old woman was accused of resisting arrest after she vandalized a Yucca Valley home. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 59500 block of Aberdeen Drive about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday because a woman, identified as Cyrina Hadad, of Yucca Valley, had ripped, bent, and removed window screens from the home during an argument with the home’s occupants. The homeowner requested that Hadad be arrested for vandalism; when deputies attempted to place Hadad inside the patrol car, they said she used her legs to push against the car. When they tried to hobble her legs, she flailed them at the deputies. Once she was in the car, she kicked a deputy in the leg and attempted to bite him on the shoulder. Once at the Morongo Basin Jail, Hadad kicked a deputy in the knee and threatened to punch another one if he removed her handcuffs. Cyrina Hadad was arrested for investigation of resisting arrest with her bail set at $50,000.

FREE “SUMMER MOVIE IN THE PARK” TONIGHT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The next free summer movie in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms tonight is a fan favorite. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

The City of Twentynine Palms presents the next free summer movie, “The Secret Life of Pets,” sponsored by Z107.7 and other Morongo Basin businesses. The movie begins at 8 p.m. Thursday night, July 13, at Luckie Park on the north side of the racquetball courts. “The Secret Life of Pets” is the story of a spoiled terrier named Max. When his owner adopts a giant unruly dog named Duke, the duo winds up in a truck bound for the pound. They meet a group of ferocious alley cats and a demanding bunny named Snowball who are on a mission against the humans who’ve abandoned them. Tell your family and friends and bring them along with your blankets and lawn chairs to the free showing. Refreshments will be offered by the Twentynine Palms Youth Club.

WET FUN FOR HOT KIDS IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Town of Yucca Valley has some wet times planned for hot kids tomorrow. Cool parents will want to listen to this from Z107.7 Reporter Mike Lipsitz…

For kids 10 and under who like to play in the slip-n-slide, splash in a wading pool, or run in the sprinklers—and what kid doesn’t—the Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department has all the makings for great times this summer with the H-2-OH! program. The north lawn of the Community Center will be transformed into a free, mini water park alternating Fridays. This Friday, July 14, is the next big H-2-Oh! Day from 10 a.m. to noon. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program is provided free to the public. The H-2-OH! program is part of the spring/summer line-up of recreational activities organized by the Town of Yucca Valley. Pick up your copy of the Yucca Valley Summer Activities Guide at the community center. For more information contact the Community Services Office at 760-369-7211.

JOSHUA TREE BUSINESS GETS EUROPEAN KUDOS

A European magazine has named a Joshua Tree business the best tour operator for 2017. Joshua Tree Excursions, which provides private, customized desert adventures in Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert, was named the best eco-adventure tour operator in Southern California by Lux magazine. Joshua Tree Excursions was founded by Kelly Crawford in 2014, and offers camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and night-sky presentations in the Joshua Tree area.

A CORRECTION OF COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD COVERAGE

In a correction to yesterday’s report on the anticipated highlights of this afternoon’s meeting of the Copper Mountain College Board, one item pulled from the more than 150-pages of cryptic agenda items was incorrectly reported as a board election. That item was in fact a revision to the board policy detailing the specifics of the annual officer elections and duties. We regret the error.