SHEPARD MIX FOUND ON 247

SHEPARD MIX FOUND ON 247

Female German Shepard mix, Black & Tan wearing collar.

Found near: Hwy 247 between Lucerne & Johnson Valley.

Call: Madison 442-400-1301

LOST PIT IN JOSHUA TREE

LOST PIT IN JOSHUA TREE

Female Pit, Brown with white spots on chest, wearing collar.

Lost near: 2 Mile & Border in Joshua Tree.

Call: Kellie 7608195479

LOST TERRIER IN 29 PALMS

LOST TERRIER IN 29 PALMS

Black and white, no collar named, “Aldo”.

Lost near: Mesquite Springs and 2 Mile in 29 Palms.

Call: 619-851-7832

SHEPARD MIX FOUND YUCCA VALLEY

SHEPARD MIX FOUND YUCCA VALLEY

Tan with black on tail and back.

Very skinny, no collar.

Found near: Deer & Highland Trail.

Call: Trisha 760-218-7232

CHIHUAHUA FOUND IN 29 PALMS

CHIHUAHUA FOUND IN 29 PALMS

Female, tan with short hair.

Small white patch on chest, wearing collar.

Found near: Cactus & Manicopa in 29 Palms.

Call: Deven 951-350-2479

CHIHUAHUA LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

CHIHUAHUA LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Tan with mole on forehead.

Female, “Roxy” is 13 years old.

Lost near: Cobalt & Palm in Yucca Valley.

Call: 760-668-7269

LAB PIT MIX LOST

LAB PIT MIX LOST

Female black with white on face.

Lost near: Outpost Rd & Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree.

Call: Dylan 442-269-0174

APPEAL FILED IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER CONVICTION

The lawyer for Christopher Lee, the former Marine convicted last year of murdering Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms in 2014 and dumping her body down a mine shaft, filed an appeal Thursday with the 4th Appellate Court District Division 2. Richard de la Sota told Z107.7 News that he feels the judge made an error when he gave the jury their deliberation instructions. De la Sota said the judge should have emphasized to the jury that there were tests they should have used to determine if Lee acted in the heat of passion when he killed Corwin. Lee claimed he snapped because he believed Corwin had sexually abused his young daughter several months earlier. If a reasonable person believed that he was provoked into the murder, the jury could find him guilty of manslaughter instead of murder. In addition, de la Sota said there is another test the judge should have informed the jury about to determine if it was murder in the first degree (which is premeditated) or murder in the second degree (not premeditated). When Lee drove Corwin to the mine where he killed her, he brought in his vehicle a firearm, a garrote, a propane tank, and a homemade torch. When Corwin’s body was found, she had a garrote around her neck, and the propane tank, torch, and spent bullets were in the mine shaft with her. If the judge grants the appeal, a new trial would be held.

Photo of suspect Christopher Lee.

EASING SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS ON TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TONIGHT

The agony continues at tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council when officials again consider the issue of residential restrictions on registered sex offenders. The city has been slapped with a lawsuit for remaining out of compliance with a State Supreme Court decision ruling the current residential restrictions unconstitutional. What must be done seems straight forward enough, except when complying with the court means antagonizing an angry public. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the rest of the story…
Following a 5 p.m. study session on Project Phoenix, the Twentynine Palms City Council will convene the regular 6:30 meeting at City Hall. Two public hearings will follow tonight’s dispensing of routine matters on the consent agenda. The first concerns expedited permitting of electric vehicle charging stations as mandated by the state. The second public hearing follows the council’s failure to repeal the municipal code ruled unconstitutional for its restrictions on where registered sex offenders may reside. Since the last meeting when the subject was tabled, a Sacramento attorney has made good on her threat to sue if the city failed to align itself with the court ruling. Considering the court ruling, impending lawsuit and subsequent recommendation for repeal by staff and city attorneys, there appears no other option for the council; tonight’s public hearing will apparently accomplish nothing except to turn up the heat on officials already squirming uncomfortably.

RAIN BRINGS POWER OUTAGES, FLOODING, ROAD CLOSURES AND SOME DAMAGE

The Morongo Basin region was buffeted over the weekend with a string of squalls and thunderstorms which brought heavy rains and flooding, and has closed Highway 62 east of Twentynine Palms. Saturday, one trained weather observer in the Knott’s Sky Park area of Twentynine Palms reported 1.2 inches of rain fell in just one hour. There were reports of flooding and minor damage in some homes near the Twentynine Palms Golf course and in Wonder Valley. Twentynine Palms City officials closed the flood wash gates as water was flowing some three feet high in the wash. Power outages were reported in areas of north Joshua Tree and Landers Saturday. Most power was restored by Sunday morning.
Heavy rain east of Twentynine Palms closed State Route 62 at about Mile Marker 35, and it remains closed at Godwin Road as CalTrans crews work to repair the road and washed-out shoulders. A big rig was also reported to have been stuck in the mud at Ironage Road.
Brief, but heavy rains also caused some damage and flooding in north Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley and Pioneertown.

ABOUT 65 VOLUNTEERS SHOW TO EXTENDED GIANT ROCK AREA CLEAN-UP

About 65 volunteers helped clean up five sites near Giant Rock Saturday, a clean-up effort that was organized by the Landers Community Association, the Bureau of Land Management, Blight Sites, and the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The clean-up was spurred in response to a Z107.7 News story about trash—including tires, tents, toys, diapers, buckets of human waste, and more, that had been left at the iconic Giant Rock desert site. The community clean-up effort was originally supposed to have cleaned up the trash left at Giant Rock several weeks ago, but well-intentioned individuals thwarted the BLM’s attempt to preserve evidence and safely dispose of the human waste by cleaning up the site on their own. BLM agents told Z107.7 that they know the identity of the litterers, and arrests are expected.

A CAR EXPLOSION IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Update 9-12-17 to correct the date and include more details.

One person was injured in Joshua Tree National Park September 3 from a car explosion. A spokesman with Joshua Tree National Park said the person was lying down in the front seat of his new car near Stirrup Tank when he lit a cigarette. There was a leaking propane tank in the car which then exploded. The car blew up and the man received burns to his face. He was able to walk out to the road and flag down a passing vehicle for help. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Joshua Tree National Park Association photo

MORONGO BASIN MAC TO HEAR A PROBLEM WITHOUT A CURE TONIGHT

If you’ve been coughing and spending more time dusting off furniture lately, there may be a reason. Reporter David Haldane explains…
Solar power equals dust.
That’s the equation postulated in a presentation that member Pat Flanagan will make to the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council tonight. While windy dusty days are a traditional feature of life in the desert, Flanagan believes, the proliferation of solar energy facilities—with their large flat areas devoid of vegetation—has greatly exacerbated the problem in our region.
Her solution: study the issue more thoroughly and be more vigilant regarding the construction of any new solar facilities. If the title of her presentation is any indication, however, Flanagan may not be all that optimistic herself. Its title: “Mojave Desert Solar Development—A Problem without a Cure.”
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6:30 p.m. at Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue.

COUNTY WILL LEASE PART OF PFF BUILDING IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR THE LIBRARY

The former PFF Bank building at Yucca Valley’s busiest intersection of highways 62 and 247 has sat empty since before the Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency purchased it for $1.3 million in October 2009. But if all goes as expected at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of County Supervisors in San Bernardino, the site is about to receive a new lease on life. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…
Supervisors are expected to approve a 15-year lease agreement with Yucca Valley for 7,200 square feet of library and office space in the former PFF Bank building beginning March 2019. The space is 13 percent smaller than the library’s current location adjoining the Yucca Valley Community Center where it has been since 2003; however, a more efficient floor plan and other planned improvements make it more desirable according to county documents. The agreement calls for an approximate $1 million renovation to the facility at town expense, much of that to be reimbursed by the county. Among the upgrades are new book shelving, a surveillance system and burglar alarm, interior signage, a one-of-a-kind children’s space, and circulation desk. Pending town approval, the agreement will allow the option for two five-year extensions, the first of which would begin March 2034. At the completion of the 15-year term, lease and other payments by the county to the town will slightly exceed $1 million.

FREE BREAD DISTRIBUTION TODAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will distribute bread every Monday at 11 a.m. until the bread 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.

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS CLASSES AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN

Nutrition and wellness classes will be offered at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church. Come work out in Zumba classes 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays beginning tomorrow, September 12. Donation is $6.
Learn about sugar and other nutrition matters on Wednesdays, beginning September 20. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and are free in September.
A registered dietician will present a series of classes for parents on raising good eaters on Tuesdays, beginning September 19, at 6:30 p.m. To arrange child care, call 253-341-1795.
Chair massages will be offered on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Call 760-819-1594 to schedule an appointment.

ESSENTIAL OILS CLASSES AT RAINBOW STEW

If you’re curious about essential oils, free classes in Yucca Valley may satisfy your curiosity. Reporter Rebecca Havely explains…
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 at 1 p.m. September 12, 19, 26, and at 4 p.m. on September 27. A special aromatherapy workshop is set for September 27 from 2 to 5, for a cost of $20. Bring a robe and water to the aromatherapy workshop. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

BIG WIN FOR YUCCA VALLEY FOOTBALL

The Yucca Valley High School varsity and junior varsity Trojan football teams came away with two victories Friday night in Indio against Indio High School. Coach Andrew Amosa said the varsity team was tied 8-8 at the end of the first half, but the offense stepped up in the second half, scoring 20 of its 28 points to win 28-11. The Trojan offense had a total of 413 yards for the night. Elijah Lynch led the offensive attack with two touchdown passes and Lucas Lopez had 123 yards on the ground with a touchdown. Receiver Albert Montes-Reyes had four catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, Chris Worrell had five tackles and three sacks, while Joe Jennings led the team with six tackles and two sacks. The Trojans are 3-0 on the season in non-conference play.
 
The Yucca Valley JV team won its game 38-14 against the Rajahs.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WILDCATS DEFEAT XAVIER PREP

The Twentynine Palms varsity Wildcats defeated Xavier Prep of Palm Springs, 39-28, on the road Friday night. Coach Ernest Martinez said defensive standouts were K.J. Morton, Tyler Cobb, and Tristan Carpenter; Morton led the team with 11 tackles, while Cobb and Carpenter had eight tackles each. Jonathan Carson had an interception, and a fumble recovery.
Offensive standouts were Hunter Tygart with 140 yards rushing on 25 carries, and D’Shaun Barrett with 273 total yards of offense. Barrett was 13 of 22 for 210 yards passing with three touchdowns. Isaiah Castaneda had 124 yards receiving, and Cody Landry and Morton combined for five total receptions on the game. The offensive line, led by Casey Allen, Sean Sears, Kyle Kropacek, Andrew Wallace, and Adam Mapuatuli, had an outstanding game, leading the ’Cats to over 435 yards of total offense and six touchdowns. With the victory, the Wildcats are now 3-0 on the season in non-conference play.
 
The Twentynine Palms Frosh-Soph team is also 3-0, having won 27-20 against Xavier Prep.

 
Full recap by Coach Ernest Martinez:
 
The Twentynine Palms Varsity Wildcats defeated a solid Desert Valley league football team, Xavier Prep 39-28, on the road Friday night.  The Wildcats fell behind early 7-0, after a deflected pass was returned for a touchdown, but responded with 27 consecutive points to take a 20-point halftime lead.  The Wildcats defense held the home team without a first down during the first 24 minutes of the game, in an outstanding defensive effort.  Senior QB D’Shaun Barrett accounted for 5 touchdowns, as he tossed 3 touchdown passes to junior wide receiver Isaiah Castaneda, and ran for two more scores in the second half.
  Senior K.J. Morton started the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run to tie the game with 7:05 left on the first quarter clock.  The Wildcats drove 85 yards on their first score of the game completing two fourth down conversions on the drive.  After a second defensive stop, the Cats drove 75 yards on big run plays by Barrett and senior running back Hunter Tygart to take a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.  A dropped punt by the home team set the Wildcats up for their 3rd scoring drive, as Barrett connected on a quick pass play to Castaneda for the 20-7 lead.  The Wildcats finished off the second quarter scoring with another long pass play, as Barrett once again found Castaneda for a 58 yard Td pass down the left sideline for the 27-7 halftime lead. 
            Defensive standouts were K.J. Morton, Tyler Cobb, and Tristan Carpenter as they led the team in total tackles.  Jonathan Carson had an interception, and a fumble recovery. Morton led the team with 11 tackles, while Cobb and Carpenter had 8 tackles each.
            Offensive standouts were Hunter Tygart with 140 yards rushing on 25 carries, and D’Shaun Barrett with 273 total yards of offense.  Barrett was 13 of 22 for 210 yards passing with 3 Td’s.  Castaneda had 124 yards receiving, and seniors Cody Landry and K.J. Morton combined for 5 total receptions on the game.  The Offensive line led by Casey Allen, Sean Sears, Kyle Kropacek, Andrew Wallace, and Adam Mapuatuli had outstanding games, leading the Cats to over 435 yards of total offense and 6 touchdowns.
            With the victory the Wildcats are now 3-0 on the season and return home to take on Indian Springs from San Bernardino next Friday at Tom Nicoll stadium.  The Frosh Soph Wildcats will start the football games at 4:00 pm.  The Frosh Soph team is also 3-0, having won an outstanding game on Thursday evening.  The team scored on a 48-yard touchdown run by sophomore Jason Durrum in the final seconds of the game to win 27-20.  The team trailed at halftime, but tied the score on a long run by freshmen running back Alex Burns. Freshmen QB Carson Estrada led the team on 3 scoring drives, and the defense led by Luke Emmons, Chris Rantzow, and Eric Stone forced several key turnovers on the game.