MAN KILLED WHILE CROSSING HIGHWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

A man crossing the Highway in Yucca Valley was struck and killed by a motorist early this morning. The pedestrian was crossing State Route 62 at Barberry at about 5:15 am when he was hit in the number 1 lane by a westbound Toyota Corolla. The driver immediately pulled over to render aid and contact emergency responders who declared the man dead at the scene. Westbound lanes are closed as the investigation continues and traffic is being detoured. Drivers can use Onaga Trail or Sunnyslope Avenue to avoid the scene. Z107.7 News will have more information as it becomes available.

Deputy Ryan Arthurton photographs a pair of eyeglasses on the highway following a vehicle versus pedestrian collision that killed the pedestrian.

LIGHTNING STRIKE SETS JOSHUA TREE ON FIRE IN YUCCA MESA

A booming thunderstorm swept through the Morongo Basin last night, and lightning caused at least one fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said Yucca Mesa firefighters were called out at 2:40 a.m. for a Joshua tree on fire in a vacant lot in the 2900 block of La Habra. No other structures or vegetation were threatened. Snow said no other calls for service were received for the thunderstorm.

WESTMINSTER COUPLE MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FOR 5TH DAY

Search teams will brave triple-digit temperatures for a fifth day today hoping to find a Westminster couple reported missing in Joshua Tree National Park Friday. The couple, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, came to the park Thursday for a hiking trip and haven’t been seen since. Their car was found near the Maze Loop, a 4.8-mile moderately trafficked loop trail located in the northwest area of the park. Officials were alerted to the situation when the couple didn’t check out of their Air BnB, leaving their belongings. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue volunteers believe the couple went missing sometime after 6 a.m. Friday morning. Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, San Bernardino County Sheriffs and California Highway Patrol personnel are all looking for the couple. Officials are asking anyone who believes they may have seen the couple to call 909-383-5652.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: FINANCING FOR HOUSEHOLD ENERGY UPGRADES

The Yucca Valley Town Council will look at a way for you to get financing for efficient or alternate energy for your home tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more…
Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, council members will be asked to authorize the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, or PACE. PACE is a state program that allows homeowners and businesses to finance energy-efficient upgrades or renewable energy. The financing goes on property bills, and the program must be authorized by the local government first. The council will then review the status of its strategic plan. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

THREE STOLEN VEHICLES RECOVERED, FOUR ARRESTED

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies recovered three stolen vehicles this weekend, and arrested four people.
Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested early Sunday morning after a deputy stopped a Toyota about 12:40 a.m. near Old Woman Springs Road and Highway 62. Inside the vehicle were Steven Hoyle, 27, and Leah Edwards, 45. After an investigation, Steven Hoyle was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000. Leah Edwards was arrested for an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000. The stolen vehicle was released to the registered owner at the scene. 
A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Saturday morning after he was found driving a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle near Sunnyslope and Grand Avenue in Yucca Valley about 1 a.m. Driving the vehicle was Ralph Chapman, 48. A records check of the vehicle determined that it had been reported stolen in Palm Springs. Ralph Chapman was arrested for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $10,000. 
A Twentynine Palms teenager was arrested Sunday morning, accused of possession of a stolen truck. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a black Chevy Silverado near Aztec Avenue and Crestview Drive in Twentynine Palms about 6:30 a.m. The 16-year-old—whose name was not released due to his age— fled from the truck on foot westbound into a dirt lot, but was captured after a short foot pursuit. Deputies learned that the truck was stolen, but had not been reported as stolen yet. The teenager was arrested for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle and on a no-bail warrant, and booked into San Bernardino Central Juvenile Hall. The truck was returned to its registered owner.

SHERIFF TO FILL A COP CAR WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES THIS FRIDAY

School supplies are always in need, especially right before the beginning of fall semester. Reporter Eric Knabe has found a way we all can help…
Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station announces their second annual fill-a-cop car with school supplies Friday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Walmart. Their goal is to fill a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s patrol car with school supplies. All donated school supplies will be given to local schools throughout the Morongo Basin. Donations will also be collected at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station. For more information contact Sheriff’s Service Specialist Melissa Kramer, Deputy Shaunna Ables or Deputy Marcus Murray at 760-366-4175.

NEW TENANT COMING TO OLD WAL-MART BUILDING

The Town of Yucca Valley Planning Department announced that a new tenant will be moving into the old Walmart building soon. Hibbett Sports—a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with more than 1,000 stores—has submitted plans to move into about 6,000 square feet of the building, located at 57980 29 Palms Highway. Construction schedules have not been provided to the town, but town officials expect the project to begin very soon.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will distribute USDA surplus food Wednesday, August 2, at 3 p.m. until the food 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. For more information, call Susie or Phebe at 760-369-4057.

IT’S HOT OUT, DON’T LEAVE DOGS IN CARS

Animal control officers respond to many calls every month for dogs left in parked cars, predominantly in commercial retail center and supermarket parking lots. Reporter Rebecca Havely goes over some of the consequences of leaving your four-legged friend in your vehicle during the summer…
Good Samaritans call animal control officers about dogs left in parked cars many times every month. Some of the actions taken by animal control may be as simple as providing education to the animal owner, to taking enforcement actions, which will require the owner to appear in court. Residents are reminded to leave their pets at home, so that the animals aren’t left in a hot car when the owners go shopping or run errands. When the outside temperature is 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked, can rise to 140 degrees in 15 minutes, resulting in brain damage or death to the animal inside the vehicle. Leave your dog at home.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF ’67 PLANS 50TH REUNION

Twentynine Palms High School Class of ’67 is inviting ALL Wildcats to join in their 50th class reunion. The reunion is set for Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, at Desert Princess Resort in Cathedral City. Tickets are $70 each and includes a pizza party Friday; dinner and dancing Saturday, with music provided by 007 and the Souls, and a raffle. The deadline for reservations is September 7. For more information, email dot.swenson@yahoo.com or see Facebook at TPHS Class of 1967.

ESSENTIAL OILS CLASSES START TOMORROW AT RAINBOW STEW

If you are wondering what essential oils are all about, Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley will hold free informational introduction classes. You’ll be able to experience the oils and see for yourself how many uses they have. Classes will be held August 2, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 23, and 29. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

Complete list of days and times:
August 2, 4:30 p.m.
August 3, 1 p.m.
August 8, 11 a.m.
August 15, 11 a.m.
August 17, 4 p.m.
August 22, 11 a.m.
August 23, 4 p.m.
August 29, 11 a.m.

YOU CAN HELP FIRE VICTIMS ACROSS THE STATE

Half a dozen fires are burning across California, and every day it seems like a new fire starts burning. People are losing their homes all across the state. Sara Snyder tells how you can help people who have lost everything they own…
Fires can destroy lives and livelihoods in the blink of an eye, regardless of whether they stay confined to one house or spread throughout a wide area. If you want to help, you can usually donate money, food, or supplies through the American Red Cross. When fire damage is widespread, the Red Cross will need both donations and volunteers. If you cannot donate money or supplies, donating your time is another option worth considering.
Think about donating to the area’s animal shelters. Many pets get lost and are picked up by local animal shelters. Donate to the local shelter to help them handle the influx of pets. Find your local Red Cross location at redcross.org, or call 800-RED-CROSS.

YUCCA VALLEY GIRL COMPETING IN CROSSFIT GAMES

Yucca Valley teen athlete, Sequoia Barrera, will be competing at the 2017 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, this week. She will be competing among the world’s fittest athletes to become the fittest teen on Earth. Sequoia would like to thank everyone who continues to support her incredible journey. You can watch her compete live August 3-6 on the CrossFit Games website.