YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

An argument between roommates resulted in one man being accused of attempted murder. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Andrew Hinman, 44, was arguing with his roommate Christopher Greco, 41, in the 57400 block of Chipmunk Trail about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday because Greco refused to leave the home. A man called dispatchers to report that he confronted Greco at the home with a shotgun, and shot Greco’s right arm was shot off. The caller also said the shooting was in self-defense and the incident was on video. After an investigation, Andrew Hinman was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million.

WILL CANNABIS CULTIVATION, MANUFACTURING BE COMING TO YUCCA VALLEY?

Yesterday the Town of Yucca Valley received a notice of intent from two residents indicating that they planned to circulate a petition to revise the town’s ordinances to allow the cultivation and manufacture of cannabis and cannabis-related products. The proposed ordinance would not allow cannabis stores or dispensaries to operate anywhere within town limits. The proposed ordinance would allow cannabis businesses only in neighborhoods zoned industrial and in the Old Town Industrial/Commercial district. In addition, the ordinance prohibits any signs that reference narcotics or cannabis or paraphernalia, and businesses would not be allowed to keep more than $200 in cash in the business overnight. The petitioners, David Zeigler and Sandra Zeigler, have 180 days to gather the signatures from at least 10 percent of the town’s 10,645 registered voters. If they reach that benchmark, then the Yucca Valley Town Council must either adopt the ordinance or schedule an election for residents to vote on the proposed ordinance. If 15 percent of the town’s voters sign the petition, the Town Council must schedule a special election.

http://www.yucca-valley.org/pdf/admin/NOI_08092017.pdf

 

THEATRE 29’S IMPROV TROUPE PERFORMS SATURDAY

Theatre 29’s improv troupe, “The Baker’s Dozen” has had wildly successful performances with enthusiastic audiences filling the theatre to overflow capacity. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation to its next performance…
Book your tickets now for “The Baker’s Dozen” improv troupe performance Saturday, August 12. Directed by Chris Fleischman, the troupe is a top-notch cast of improvisers and special guest artists. The players will take the audience through a series of hysterical improvisational games where anything can happen and usually does. The troupe will gather suggestions from the audience as a source of inspiration to get started. Tickets are $10 each; military and seniors are $7 and $5 for students with ID. The show is rated PG13. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. The troupe will also perform September 23, October 28, November 11, and December 30, 2017.

HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT DISCUSSES LOW-INTEREST LOAN CUSTOMER SEWER HOOK-UPS

The Hi-Desert Water District had a preliminary discussion at its regular meeting last night about how the district would secure a low-interest loan from the State Revolving Fund, that would go to Yucca Valley residents to help them connect to the sewer system. The loan will go directly to the water district, which would then turn around and offer low-interest loans to its customers. The customers would secure the loan by agreeing to an assessment on their property taxes which would then be paid to the water district. General Manager Ed Muzik said the state would forgive $8 million of the loan to the water district, which would lower customers’ assessments. In other news, the sewer project had its first accident yesterday morning, when an MTA bus making a turn hit a 40-foot piece of iron on a forklift and knocked it off at Palomar and Arcadia Trail. The good news is that no one was hurt, although the bus’s windshield was broken. Several directors also commented that motorists are driving too fast through the construction zones, and some are ignoring the signs prohibiting through traffic.

ARSON SUSPECTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS VEHICLE FIRE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of vehicle arson in Twentynine Palms Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the area of Smoke Tree Avenue and Joshua Drive at 12:37 for a vehicle that was fully involved in flames. The fire was extinguished in about five minutes. After the fire was out, deputies discovered the car did not have an engine or anything else that could have caused the fire to start on its own. Anyone with information should call the 760-366-4175.

PARADISE PARK KIDS SPLASH

The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department has invited kids ages 5 to 17 to visit Paradise Park Friday to play in a free mini water park. Reporter Eric Knabe gets out his swim trunks…
On Friday, August 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will transform Paradise Park into a mini water park for children ages 5 to 17. This free event will have an inflatable water slide, water games, and refreshments. Free hot dogs and snow cones, too. Paradise Park is located at 58938 Barron Drive. Children in attendance must be accompanied by an adult.

CLASS REGISTRATION BEGINS AT HIGH SCHOOLS

Black Rock High School will hold intake for new students beginning today through August 16, by appointment only. All returning students will receive their schedules on the first day of school, August 21. The school’s open house assembly will be held October 13.
Registration for classes at Twentynine Palms High School begins tomorrow. Seniors will register Friday, August 11; juniors on Monday, August 14; sophomores on Tuesday, August 15; and freshmen on Wednesday, August 16. Registration will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the school’s multi-purpose room. Back-to-school night is set for Thursday, August 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the gym.
Yucca Valley High School students will hold registration beginning Monday, August 14, for ninth graders. Registration for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, August 15 and 16. Registration hours are 7 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Students should start in the library to begin the registration process.

SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings may be helpful if your child has a speech delay; is hard to understand; communicates using gestures only; or if your child uses only two to three words in a sentence. Appointments are available with a speech therapist between 1 and 4 p.m. on Monday, August 14, Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree, or on Tuesday, August 15 from 9 to noon at the Morongo Unified School District office in Twentynine Palms. To make an appointment, or for more information, call 760-367-9191 extension 4230.

SPEED LIMIT LOWERED IN DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE

It’s official: the speed limit in downtown Joshua Tree is now 40 miles-per-hour. The change comes after months of lobbying by residents concerned that the previous speed limit of 45 mph had resulted in dangerously fast traffic along Highway 62. Earlier this year, Caltrans narrowed the highway through Joshua Tree by carving out a dedicated bike lane and restriping parking from parallel to diagonal.

AUDITIONS SET FOR “MOUSETRAP” AT THEATRE 29

Auditions for Agatha Christie’s white-knuckle murder mystery, “The Mousetrap,” are set at Theatre 29. The classic thriller features a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house, cut off from the outside world by a snowstorm, who soon find out that there is a murderer in their midst. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details…
Director Katie Fleischman will cast the murder-mystery thriller “The Mousetrap” at auditions on Monday, August 28, at Theatre 29. Roles to be cast include: Mollie Ralston, proprietor of Monkswell Manor, who’s in her late 20s to early 40s, and is secretive about the unfolding events; Giles Ralston, early 30s to late 40s, Mollie’s loving husband who turns suspicious of her sudden friendship with a guest; Christopher Wren, a hotel guest in his late 20s to early 30s, a hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner; Mrs. Boyle, age 50-plus, a critical old woman; Major Metcalf, age 40-plus, he’s retired from the Army with a commanding, authoritative presence; Miss Casewell, late 20s to early 30s, a strange, aloof, masculine woman; Mr. Paravicini, in his late 40s to 50s, he speaks with an affected Italian accent; Detective Sergeant Trotter, in his late 20s to 30s, a cheerful young man with a slight cockney accent.
In addition to cold-reading sides from the play, those auditioning will be asked to deliver a memorized monologue of their own choosing, about one minute in length.
Rehearsals will begin the night after auditions and run weeknights from 6 to 9 p.m. “The Mousetrap” opens on October 6 and runs weekends through October 22. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

SHARED USE AREA IN JOHNSON VALLEY OFF LIMITS STARTING TOMORROW

The United States Marine Corps will be closing the shared-use area in Johnson Valley beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 11 through August 25 for its annual large-scale training exercise. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August.

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. A map of the area can be seen at a link in this story at z1077fm.com.

For additional information including a map of the area, please visit: http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5-Government-and-External-Affairs/Johnson-Valley or contact the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213 or SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.

CLARIFICATION ON BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RENEWABLE ENERGY GUIDELINES VOTE

This clarification about the county board of supervisors vote on the renewable energy development guidelines. The supervisors sent only a portion of the guidelines back to the planning commission; the rest was approved unanimously.