Our Morongo Basin’s only Labor Day and end of summer celebration is today at Homestead Valley Park in Landers. Here is reporter Mike Lipsitz with all you need to know to get in on the fun…
Celebrate the end of summer with food, fireworks, and family fun in Landers. Gates open at 4 p.m., then Z107.7’s Cody Joseph gets the party started until the Marine Corps Color Guard opens the ceremonies at 6 p.m. The fireworks begin after dark. Admission is free, but the public is encouraged to bring school supplies for students at Landers Elementary kindergarten through grade six. There will be a bounce house, face painting, and games for kids; plus, beer and margaritas for adults. Meet the paramedics and tour the emergency equipment from Morongo Basin Ambulance and County Fire. The fireworks will be synchronized to music courtesy of Z107.7 community radio and is expected to be nothing short of spectacular. Proceeds will benefit Homestead Valley Park, Landers Elementary and other participating area non-profits. Entry and street parking is free; $5 VIP parking will be available. Homestead Valley Park is on Belfield Blvd. in Landers. For vendor space call 760-333-2707.


A Cathedral City woman was arrested Thursday after a fight with her ex-boyfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Viola Jackson-Gentry, 19, had gone on board the Combat Center to retrieve her belongings from her former boyfriend, who is a Marine. The two began arguing and Jackson-Gentry allegedly began hitting her ex-boyfriend with her fists. Staff in the barracks told Jackson-Gentry to leave, and her ex-boyfriend followed her into the parking garage to help her load her belongings. The argument escalated again, and the Marine began running, chased by Jackson-Gentry. The report states that Jackson-Gentry threw a glass plate at her former boyfriend, which hit him in the cheek and caused a deep laceration. After an investigation, Viola Jackson-Gentry was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.


The Yucca Valley Senior Club will hold a Jukebox Jam Saturday, September 2. A three-piece band from Hemet-San Jacinto will perform live music, including doo wop, blues, rock and roll, modern country, show tunes, and more. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Senior Club behind the Yucca Valley library. The Jukebox Jam is free for seniors 55 and older, and $2 for those younger than age 55. Light refreshments will be served.


Many people will be taking advantage of the long holiday weekend by riding their off-road vehicles in the desert. Reporter Sara Snyder says to ride responsibly…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private property and public lands by riding responsibly. Make sure that your actions do not ruin the off-road experience for others. According to county, state, and federal laws, ORVs are not allowed on any county service area roads; ORVs are not allowed on private property without written permission; public lands are closed to ORVs unless on signed routes; there is no cross-country riding in the Morongo Basin. Please respect our private and public lands by obeying ORV rules and regulations. The only open riding areas are found at the Johnson Valley State ORV Recreation Area, off Highway 247 north of Yucca Valley. If you observe any illegal activity, contact the Sheriff’s Department immediately at 760-365-9413.


A best-selling author and international speaker will lead an all-day event in Yucca Valley for women and girls. Pam Farrel will speak from her book “7 Simple Skills for Every Woman: Success in Keeping Everything Together” and present tips on lowering stress, raising enjoyment, making life count, and maintaining healthy relationships. The free event is set for 9 to 3 on Saturday, September 9; lunch will be served. Registration is required by Tuesday, September 5. Contact information can be found with this story at z1077fm.com. The Evangelical Free Church is located at 6804 Mohawk Trail.
Email linda@efcyv.org or call 760 228-1747.


A Yucca Valley talent show is being organized for a good cause. Performers are sought to strut their stuff to help raise funds for hearing aids for those who can’t afford them. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells local performers how to sign up…

Hey Morongo Basin, come show off your talent. The Miracle Ear Foundation is holding a local talent show at Gadi’s Bar and Grill in Yucca Valley. All types of performers are needed. The talent show, set for 6 p.m. September 21, includes a choice of three meal options for dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction, all for $18. Proceeds will go toward providing hearing aids to those in the Morongo Basin who can’t afford them. To sign up for the talent show, call Carol at Miracle Ear at 760-365-0691.


The Twentynine Palms Food Pantry needs volunteer workers for three hours on Monday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 19. Volunteers should arrive at 9:30 a.m. Monday, and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The food pantry is located at 6450 Star Dune Avenue, behind New Pharmacy. For more information, email 29usda@gmail.com.


Friends of Joshua Tree’s Climb Smart 2017 starts October 13. Reporter Eric Knabe explains how to register…
Friends of Joshua Tree (FOJT) invites climbers everywhere to register for Climb Smart 2017. For only $149, you get three days of camping, six clinics and two catered dinners. This event is FOJT’s one big fund-raiser of the year in support of Joshua Tree Search and Rescue and running their operations for the next year. The event begins October 13 through October 15 at Joshua Tree Lake Campground, 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree. For more information and where to register go the link in this story at z1077fm.com
Register today at http://tinyurl.com/fojt-climb.


The Yucca Valley High School girls’ tennis team lost to Xavier Prep at home Thursday, 14-4. Coach Cindy Miller said, “Xavier Prep is a really good team” and added that Yucca Valley is a very young team who did well against Xavier Prep in doubles. Katie Brattain went 1-6, 1-6, and 4-6, while the doubles teams of Savannah Beasley and Kloee Scaccianoce won 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, and Spril Bratcher and McKenzi Monical won 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. Their next match will be against Indio High School on Wednesday.

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat volleyball team lost Thursday in three hard fought sets to Indio’s Shadow Hills High School Knights. They were led by Jr Gabby Mackall with three kills, one block and nine assists. Senior Lindsey Scamman had three kills and four blocks. Senior Jasmine Rodriguez had two kills and two blocks. Junior Lea Speer had two kills. Senior Cheryl Jensen one kill and one block and two ace serves. Junior Breanna Collins had two ace serves. Senior Hope Culver continues to hold down the back court with hustle and finesse. Coach Missy Bond is extremely proud of the improvement from their first game to now. “It’s coming together,” she said. The Lady Cats are 1-3 overall and travel to Palm Springs on Tuesday.

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat varsity tennis team hosted the Knights of Shadow Hills High School from Indio Thursday, and came away with the victory, 10 to 8. The Ladycats were led in singles action by Alicia Gilchrist, who swept all three of her sets, while Tamesha Jefferson won two of her matches. In doubles action, the team of Danny Morrissey and Alexis Soster swept all three of their sets, while the teams of Emma Romano and Bella Crank, and Sierra Crippen and Breanna Lowe each won one set. The Ladycats travel to Cathedral City on Friday.