LAB FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

LAB FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

Big chocolate/black Lab, male found.

Red collar with blue rabies tag expires 2018.

Found near: Aberdeen in Mesa Area of Joshua Tree.

Call 760-819-2676

PIT MIX FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

PIT MIX LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male, Black fur, wearing red collar.

Found near: Winters & Shangrala in Yucca Valley.

Call: 951-522-8352

ORANGE CAT LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

ORANGE CAT LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Lost near: Off of Valley View in Joshua Tree.

Call: 760-974-6089

TERRIER MIX LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

TERRIER MIX LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Small, tan, no collar, named “Toby”.

Lost near Joshua Tree Park on Hwy 62.

Call: May 760-368-7294

LOST RED CATTLE DOG LOST IN 29 PALMS

LOST RED CATTLE DOG LOST IN 29 PALMS

Wearing collar.

Lost near: Baseline and Utah Trail in 29 Palms.

Call: 760-567-7737

STRIPED CAT LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

STRIPED CAT LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Striped tan and black male cat, no collar, scar on back of neck.

Lost near: Cassia Dr. and Grand in Yucca Valley.

Call: Sadie 951-454-4351

BENGAL CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

BENGAL CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

6 years old, takes meds, reward offered.

Lost near: Joshua Dr. & Mojave in 29 Palms.

Call: Lisa 760-367-9870

HUSKY FOUND ON YUCCA MESA

HUSKY FOUND ON YUCCA MESA

Female Husky, black and white found.
Wearing collar.

Found near: Julcrest & Campanula on the Yucca Mesa.

Call: Tami 760-218-3430

BULLY MIX FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

BULLY MIX FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

Dark brown, wearing collar.

Found near: Winters and Shangrila in Joshua Tree.

Call: Alyee 442-300-8033

YORKIE-POO SCHNAUZER MIX LOST

YORKIE-POO SCHNAUZER MIX LOST

Grey/silver fur.

Lost near: Vine & Sunset in Joshua Tree.

Call: Karen 760-288-5236

ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES REACTS TO DACA TERMINATION ANNOUNCEMENT

Our local state representative issued a statement yesterday in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). DACA is the immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in June 2012 that shielded young immigrants from deportation who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents. Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley said, “If today’s decision by the President to abandon DACA doesn’t force Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, I don’t know what will. Much like the children of the immigrants who built this country, these children followed their parents to America and to send them home would mean sending them to a country they’ve never known. These are our neighbors. They attend our schools, they speak English, they pay taxes and they played by the rules. America should not be in the business of deporting children who came to this country through no fault of their own.”

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL GETS GOOD NEWS FROM LIVABILITY SURVEY

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard the results of a community livability survey last night, and managing editor Tami Roleff says the council heard pretty good news…
Yucca Valley is a pretty good place to live, and most residents are happy with the services provided by the town. That was the gist of a community livability survey presented last night to the Yucca Valley Town Council.
A consulting firm surveyed 467 people, and of those people surveyed, 71 percent said that Yucca Valley was an excellent or good place to live; 62 percent thought it had a good quality of life, and 60 percent said it was a good place to raise a family. Those surveyed also said their top priorities of what they liked most about Yucca Valley were the small town atmosphere and nature/environment/Joshua trees; two-thirds said they were satisfied with the town’s efforts to provide municipal services, and that public safety and fire prevention were the most important service offered by the town.
The council also reviewed the recommendations by the Measure Y and Z Revenue Oversight Commission for how to spend the funds generated by the new taxes. The town estimates it will receive about $1.5 million in 2017-18, and the first priority is to fully fund a new Sheriff’s detective and Sheriff’s service specialist, who are expected to start in January. More than half of the Measure Y funds will go toward infrastructure in the town, and about $285,000 will go toward quality of life issues, such as parks, expanded senior programing, and funds to community non-profits. (Measure Z funds will go straight to the Hi-Desert Water District to lower residents’ sewer assessments.)
And finally, the council voted to raise its compensation to $557 per month, with planning commissioners receiving $100 per month and parks and rec commissioners $50 per month.

Tim Mclarney discusses the results of the community livability survey with the Yucca Valley Town Council.

THOUSANDS COMING TO JOSHUA TREE FOR 6-DAY BHAKTI FEST STARTING TODAY

Bhakti Fest, with its thousands of participants, opens at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua tree today. The six-day event, from September 6 through the 11th, is the premier yoga, kirtan, and personal growth festival in the United States. Many of attendees will be staying on the grounds of the retreat center. This non-profit event supports charities across the globe, mainly in India. For more information, visit bhaktifest.com.

GIANT ROCK CLEAN-UP DAY THIS SATURDAY

A few weeks ago, Z107.7 News broke the story of an abandoned campsite near Landers’ Giant Rock that was littered with an extraordinary amount of trash, human waste, and other debris. In this follow up report, Mike Lipsitz says community response has been enormous…
Following Z107.7’s report on the large scale mess near Giant Rock a number of groups and individuals began organizing a major cleanup. Teams from the Landers Association, Mojave Desert Land Trust, and an organization known as Blight Sites coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management and have set September 9 as the big cleanup day. Groups and individuals will check in with the BLM starting at 8 a.m. along the road out to Giant Rock just east of Linn Road and Belfield Blvd. in Landers. Bags, gloves and other equipment will be on-hand; volunteers will be assigned to one of several related cleanup sites. All involved should wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of drinking water. Those with pickups and trailers are especially encouraged to show up and assist transporting the trash to the Landers Landfill.

CHANGE COMING FOR COUNTY TELEVISION SERVICE VIEWERS

A big change is coming for those who rely on the county for their television service. Last week, the San Bernardino County Special Districts Department learned that current FCC regulations will no longer permit KESQ in Palm Springs to transmit its signal outside of the Coachella Valley. Beginning this week, the county’s television districts CSA70-TV-2 in Morongo Valley, CSA70-TV-4 in the Mesa, and CSA70-TV-5 in Wonder Valley will be transitioned to the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles. Technicians will go out to the county’s broadcast towers this week to program KABC Channel 7 onto the previous channel. Some homeowners may need to re-scan their television in order to receive the broadcast. For more information, call 909-387-5942.

JOSHUA VFW TO HOST 5TH ANNUAL POKER RUN

Get that motorcycle charged up and gassed, air in the tires and polish the chrome. The Joshua Tree VFW will be holding a fund-raising motorcycle poker run. Reporter Rebecca Havely gets her kickstand up… 
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will hold its fifth annual Poker Run fundraiser Saturday, September 23. The Poker Run is open to all riders and vehicles and will have seven stops. Registration is $25, or $30 for a couple, and $5 for an extra hand. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the VFW, 6402 Veterans Way in Joshua Tree; and the ride starts at 10 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. The event includes a barbecue lunch and live music. Proceeds will help Veterans Helping Veterans, and active-duty veterans and their families. For more information, call 760-366-2717.

1 MAN, 2 WOMEN, ARRESTED IN 3 SEPARATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPORTS

A man and two women were arrested in separate incidents over the weekend, accused of felony spousal abuse.

About 10:40 p.m. Friday night, a Yucca Valley man called the Sheriff’s Department to report that his fiancée kept hitting him, and that he wasn’t going to go to jail because a woman said he hit her. When deputies arrived at the 7600 block of Barberry Avenue, Daniel Driscoll, 41, and the woman both admitted they had struck each other. Driscoll had a laceration to his bottom lip and neck, while the woman had redness to her chest and two superficial cuts on her right shoulder. Both refused medical assistance. The deputy determined that Driscoll was the dominant aggressor in the fight. Daniel Driscoll was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000. The deputy will forward a report to the district attorney’s office to determine if charges should be brought against the woman.

About 11:15 a.m. Saturday, deputies were called to the 74000 block of Casita Drive in Twentynine Palms when a neighbor said a woman was chasing a man on the property. After an investigation, Lakrecia McNealty, 30, was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse. Lakrecia McNealty was booked into West Valley Detention Center with her bail set at $50,000.
And about 11:40 p.m., neighbors called deputies to the 55200 block of Airlane Drive in Yucca Valley for a report of a man and woman screaming at each other. A deputy’s report states that Martha Williams, 63, and her boyfriend of 17 years got into an argument, and that Williams scratched the man numerous times on his face, neck, and body. The man refused medical attention. Martha Williams was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.

JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES PLANNED

The Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are coming up. Reporter David Haldane has your invitation to holiday services in the desert…
Need a welcoming place to attend Jewish High Holy Day services? The Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and the Desert Area invites you to Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs.
Services there will be held 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, and 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 21st for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year; 7 p.m. on Friday, September 29, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, for Yom Kippur. Memorial Yizkor and concluding services start at 4 p.m. on Yom Kippur.
Admission is free for Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs, and includes a break-the-fast meal in the facility’s dining room following Yom Kippur.
To RSVP or for more information, call Brandy Mahan at 760-324-4737, or email her at brandy.mahan@jfedps.org.

MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will hold a special meeting tomorrow, Thursday, September 7, at which the board of directors will be asked to approve an agreement between MBTA and Joshua Tree National Park for an in-park shuttle service. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the MBTA operations center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.

BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN TOMORROW

A beginning photography class will be held the first and third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church. Dion Dubois will teach participants how to take professional photos using your camera or cell phone, and how to put your photos on your computer. The cost is $5 per class. Bring your camera or cell phone. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View in Yucca Valley.