SIX PEOPLE INJURED IN SUSPECTED DUI CRASH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS THURSDAY

Six people were injured, one critically, in a suspected drunk-driving crash in Desert Hot Springs Thursday evening. According to police, Brandon Byars, 23, of Palm Desert was driving a van when he struck a pick-up truck at the intersection of Ironwood Drive and La Mesa Drive about 8:20 p.m. Witnesses said Byars tried to flee after the crash, but they were able to restrain him until police arrived. One passenger was critically injured; a woman suffered moderate injuries. Three juveniles and a man driving them received minor injuries and were treated at the scene and released. Debris from the crash damaged another vehicle parked in a driveway nearby. Brandon Byars was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence causing injury, and four counts of reckless driving causing great bodily injury. He was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio with his bail set at $250,000.

Brandon Byars

KIDS PROGRAMS AT AREA LIBRARIES

The Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms libraries offer classes for kids Tuesdays through Thursdays. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…

If you have a child between the ages of one and five, the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley libraries have programs aimed specifically at kids their age. The Little Artists program lets kids create art projects that are fun and sometimes messy. The Twentynine Palms library presents Little Artists at 11 a.m. Tuesdays; it’s at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Yucca Valley.

Story Time, 11 a.m. Thursdays in Twentynine Palms, and 11 a.m. Tuesdays in Yucca Valley, is for the whole family, where books meet songs, rhymes, puppets, and more. For those high-energy kids, the Twentynine Palms library offers Toddler Boot Camp at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, which focuses on the development of gross motor skills, listening skills, following directions, and being active. In Yucca Valley, Kids on the Move meets 11 am. Thursdays, and active toddlers will be able to jump, clap, shake, and dance in the class.

MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS DISCUSSED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Making difficult decisions will be explored at Lifetree Café Sunday. The free program features a screening of the award-winning short film “The Last Race,” the story of a family forced to decide whether to donate the organs of a loved one. The program starts at 4 p.m. Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue. For more information, call Brad at 760-217-2597.

STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR MISS YUCCA VALLEY SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT

Even though two orientation meetings have been held, there’s still time to sign up for the Miss Yucca Valley scholarship pageant. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign up…

It’s not too late for Yucca Valley High School junior girls to sign up to participate in the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship pageant. Scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $750 are awarded to Miss Yucca Valley and her three princesses. Girls must be at least 16 years old, a junior at a Yucca Valley school, and maintain a C average during the school year. The deadline to enter to participate in the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship pageant is October 10. See below for more information and an application link.

Application:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6bVq4160sH3WXF4dUEzTy1VSkk/view

Call John Babrowski at 760-567-2006
Slats_5@hotmail.com

Yucca Valley Rotary
PO Box 200
Yucca Valley, CA 92286

IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

An improv comedy workshop will be held Sunday, October 1, at Rainbow Stew. Presented by Tami Wood and Bob Rufer, participants will explore self-awareness through improv tools, games, and exercises. The cost is $20 and reservations are required for the 1 p.m. workshop. Call 760-774-2553 for more information.

CAMPFIRE TALK TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold an evening campfire talk about climate change in the park Saturday night, September 30. Join a ranger for a 45-minute presentation to learn about the why the park’s iconic Joshua trees are in retreat, the basic science behind climate change, what the park is doing to combat it, and how you can help. The talk will be held at Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater at 8 p.m.

HOME FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined and 85 percent of all fire deaths occurring in residences. A few simple steps may save your life and the lives of loved ones. Reporter Rebecca Havely offers these safety tips…

Smoke and flames can engulf a house very quickly. Smoke kills three out of four people in home fires. To protect yourself, make sure you have working smoking detectors installed on every level of your home, and outside sleeping areas. Purchase and know how to use general purpose ABC-type fire extinguisher for all types of small fires. Keep lighters and matches out of the hands of children, and never smoke in bed. Think ahead, and prepare and escape plan; know at least two ways out of your house, even in low- or no-light conditions. Simple rules, but rules that could save lives.

FAT CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

FAT CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, Turkish Van cat.
White with black tail & top of head.
Fat cat named Kee Kee.

Lost near: Bagley & Sunnyslope in 29 Palms.

Call: Cait 760-567-7980

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday afternoon following a high-speed chase through the Morongo Basin. About 2:30 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers were called about a red sport bike that was speeding near Yucca Valley High School and crossed over double yellow lines to pass a school bus. The rider, later identified as Ted Dumas, 20, failed to stop for deputies, and sped off at a high rate of speed, leading deputies and CHP officers on a high-speed pursuit through the Morongo Basin for more than 30 minutes and 44 miles. Dumas was clocked at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour westbound on the highway before turning northbound onto Yucca Mesa Road, where the pursuit continued in the Yucca Mesa area. Dumas nearly hit several vehicles as he drove into oncoming traffic, and blew through stop signs. Dumas finally stopped at Indio Trail and Buena Vista Avenue about 3 p.m. and he was taken into custody at gunpoint. Ted Dumas was arrested for investigation of felony evading, and was released about 11 p.m. Thursday on $100,000 bail.

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT IN FINDING MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. Jamie Hermes, 58, was reported missing by his sister August 8. Hermes, who is homeless, normally frequents the eastern Stater Brother grocery store and the area of Yucca Trail and Pioneertown Road. Hermes suffered a brain injury 20 years ago and is mentally impaired. He was last seen in July near the eastern Stater Brothers store and has not been heard from since. He does not have a cell phone. Hermes has a tattoo that says “Bad Boy” on his right arm and also goes by the name of Jamie Fallin. The public is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175 with any information.

Jaime Hermas

UNKNOWN MAN FOUND WANDERING IN LIVE FIRE RANGE ON COMBAT CENTER

We have limited information about a man who was found wandering in the live fire area of the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms Wednesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, military police called deputies to the base about 8:40 a.m. about an unidentified man who is believed to have dementia. The man did not know his address, contact information for his family, where he was, or what month or year it was. The man was taken to Redlands Community Hospital for an evaluation.

THEATRE 29 HOSTS ITS OWN OPENING NIGHT OF “THE MOUSETRAP”

The Theatre 29 organization is sponsoring its own opening night gala for the classic Agatha Christie murder-mystery, “The Mousetrap.” With your invitation, here’s Rebecca Havely…

Friday, October 6, the evening begins with a pre-gala presentation from 5:30 to 6 to recognize, honor and memorialize the late Judy Andreshak, longtime volunteer and theater angel. At 6 p.m., hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be served. A silent auction will begin and a special live auction will be held prior to the 7 p.m. curtain. Desserts will be served at intermission. “The Mousetrap” culminates with an iconic, nerve-shredding twist ending which audiences are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theater. The funds raised at the gala will help offset the overhead costs of royalties, sets, costumes and props for the ambitious Theatre 29 2018 season. “The Mousetrap” will run three weekends through October 22; Friday and Saturday evening shows at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30.

Tickets for “The Mousetrap” opening night only are $25 each and can be purchased at the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree, at the office of the Loan Lady in Yucca Valley or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. After opening night, visit theatre29.org to purchase tickets at the regular price of $10 to $15.

BLOOD DRIVE AT WAL-MART IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, September 30 at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. Those aged 18-44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow screening free of charge. For more information, call 800-TRY GIVING.

REACH-OUT GIVES OUT OVER 70 FLU SHOTS

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s fourth annual flu shot clinic vaccinated more than 70 residents earlier this week—for free. Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser said the two-day event was so successful that another free flu shot clinic will be held in October, with dates to be announced. Stay tuned to Z107.7 for the dates of the next free flu shot clinic.

OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE COMMENTS ABOUT BASIN TRANSPORTATION PLAN SATURDAY

If you’ve noticed traffic in our Morongo Basin seems to get worse every year, you’re not alone. The County has also noticed and has directed a $200,000 grant from the Southern California Association of Governments to develop a citizen-driven Transportation Plan to make our Basin friendlier to bicyclists, pedestrians, and mass transit users. The goal is to have a network of sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks in support of those not in automobiles. There are two upcoming opportunities for you to help shape the plan. Discuss your ideas tomorrow, Saturday, September 30, with representatives at the Arts Connection Conference, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Copper Mountain College Bell Center, and again on October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Health and Community Resource Fair at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call Stephen Martinez at 909-387-8169.

CATEGORIES NAMED FOR THE UPCOMING TWENTYNINE PALMS WEED SHOW

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will hold its annual weed show the first weekend in November. This year’s theme is “No Business Like Old Business” and celebrates the old businesses of Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff has all the categories for entering your composition in the show…

The 2017 Weed Show categories showcase the former businesses of Twentynine Palms. Miniature compositions, three square inches and six square inches, are 29 Palms Gemcrafts and Dixie Donuts. Two categories involve purple glass: Sparkle Plenty for flawless glass, and Sam’s Character Room for broken glass. Other categories include Ma Penn’s, Pill Hill, Starlight Rollerink, 29 Palms Lumber, The Desert Trail, and Sabol’s Trading Post. Benton Brothers is for oversized compositions; and the category for kids 12 and under is The Paint Pot. Entries will accepted Friday, November 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 4 from 7 to 9 a.m. sharp. Complete rules and information can be found at https://www.29palmshistorical.com/WeedShow.php

SIGN UP NOW FOR ORCHID CLASSES AT THE MORONGO BASIN ORCHID FESTIVAL

Mark your calendars for the 22nd Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival, set for the first weekend in October at Gubler’s Orchids in Landers. Along with greenhouse tours, a judged orchid show, food, live music, and vendors, children and adults can sign up for orchid classes. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…

Children will learn about orchid cultivation while they make a mini-greenhouse out of a one-gallon container during their free orchid class. They will receive a 3-inch orchid to take home. Adult classes are $15 and each participant will also bring home an orchid in a 6-inch pot. Adults can learn how to transplant an orchid, cultivate and care for orchids. For $25, adults can take an orchid arrangement class where they’ll learn how to create and build an orchid planter and receive two blooming orchids. Classes fill up quickly, so call 760-364-2282 now to reserve your spot. Gubler’s Orchids is located on Belfield Boulevard in Landers.

JOSHUA TREE VFW SERVING UP SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a spaghetti and meatball dinner tonight, (Friday, September 29) from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday’s breakfast is Kenny’s chicken-fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING UP A HOT MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Food For Life will be serving up a hot meal of chicken rice, salad, vegetables, and dessert. This meal will be served at the Church of the Nazarene, in Twentynine Palms from 3 to 5 pm. on Saturday, September 30. Turn on 49 Palms Road, across from Del Taco, and you will drive straight into the church parking lot.

HEALTHY, INFORMED, PARENT PROGRAM OFFERED

Good family and parenting skills are learned. Next week, a free, 10-lesson course begins in Morongo Basin. Pregnant women and young families up to age 25 who complete the course will experience its benefits for years to come. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills us in…

Healthy, informed parents raise healthy infants and families. That’s just one of the lessons to be learned in a free, culturally appropriate,10-lesson program for pregnant and parenting young people up to age 25. The Healthy Informed Parents or HIP program begins Thursday, October 5 in Morongo Basin, and will meet every Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for 10 weeks at Valley Community Church on Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Class lessons will cover parenting skills, family planning, healthy relationships, communication, and more. HIP educators will also provide free, one-on-one case management and educational support, employment preparation, life skills, and other assistance. Those completing the course will receive a choice of valuable family support items and products. Just show up this Thursday or call 951-849-4761 for more information.