PAIR OF DOGS LOST IN 29 PALMS

PAIR OF DOGS LOST IN 29 PALMS

Dachshund/Terrier mix, male w brown/white markings, wearing collar.

Cocker Spaniel, male, white/tan, wearing collar.

Lost near: Bullion Ave & Raymond in 29 Palms.

Call: Lance or Monique 760-501-1955 or 714-027-7054

 

MBA PARAMEDIC SUSPECTED OF USING FENTANYL

A paramedic was terminated Monday after he tested positive on a drug test for Fentanyl. Two weeks ago, the operations supervisor of Morongo Basin Ambulance in Joshua Tree realized that sometime between August 11 and August 26, 39 vials of Fentanyl had been used, an unusually high number for such a short time period. It’s not known now how many vials the paramedic may have used, as some were used for patients, four were broken and immediately reported, and one was missing from inventory. Fentanyl is an opiate that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine, but it can be detected in urine up to 24 hours after use. The operations supervisor notified the Sheriff’s Department, began an investigation, placed one paramedic on administrative leave with pay, and ordered drug tests for all paramedics who had been in ambulances where fentanyl had been used. Four paramedics tested clear; however, the paramedic who was on administrative leave, Kent Weiss, tested positive, and he was fired Monday. The Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing.

AUSTRIAN WOMAN RESCUED MONDAY AT AMBOY CRATER

An Austrian woman was rescued out at Amboy Crater Monday morning after she injured her ankle while hiking with her husband. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle says the woman, who is in her 50s, was unable to hike back to the parking lot due to possibly breaking her ankle. Rescue personnel from the Wonder Valley and Twentynine Palms fire stations arrived on scene about 10:30 a.m. and put her ankle in a splint and gave her pain medication; a Sheriff’s helicopter arrived about 10 minutes later. The woman was flown to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment.

FACING A LAWSUIT, TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL REDUCES SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

In a turnabout from the hysteria surrounding past discussion on repeal of Twentynine Palms Municipal Code 11.32, the City Council last night held their noses and voted 5-0 to do away with the local law which forbids registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or day care centers, or from even being within 300 feet of any park or school. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how we got to this point…
The issue of repeal came up in May when the city was threatened with a lawsuit unless it struck down the ordinance which the state supreme court ruled unconstitutional in 2015. So although residency restrictions on registered sex offenders have been unenforceable since that ruling, and despite recommendation for repeal by the city manager and attorneys, the city council has been reluctant to do away with a law that the public made abundantly clear it wanted to retain. At the prior meeting, any decision was tabled pending a public hearing on the matter. That hearing was last night. It drew just one speaker. Meanwhile, the threat of legal action became a suit filed against the city September 5. It was under these conditions, and with acknowledgement from the Morongo Basin Sheriff Station that such sex offenders remain encumbered by a host of state laws, that the council did what they had to do and repealed the local ordinance.
Also last night, following an earlier study session on Project Phoenix staff recommended the city move forward with the project. The Twentynine Palms City Council obliged, authorizing staff to continue to work to define the scope of the project with the developer and other stakeholders.

ARMED ROBBERY AT THE YUCCA VALLEY DOMINOS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Yucca Valley Domino’s Pizza Saturday afternoon. Deputies say they were called to 58100 block of 29 Palms Highway about 3:15 p.m. The employee told deputies that an unknown man came in, showed him a gun and demanded cash. When the employee gave the robber money from the register, the man fled on foot toward Paradise Valley. Deputies were unable to locate a suspect in the area. If you have information, call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

PEDESTRIAN HOSPITALIZED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HIT AND RUN

A pedestrian was hospitalized Friday morning following a hit-and-run in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, the male pedestrian, described only as being in his mid-20s, was crossing Baseline Road near Adobe Road at 7:45 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle that turned northbound onto Adobe Road. The vehicle then left the scene. The victim, who was bleeding from the head, was sitting on the curb when rescue personnel arrived. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for possible injuries to his head, shoulder, and hand. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’ Department at 760-366-4175.

SCHOOL DISTRICT LOOKS AT TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH TEACHERS

It looks like last year’s bitter and protracted contract negotiations between the school district and its teachers may not be repeated. At least not this time around. Reporter David Haldane explains…
In an apparent effort to avoid the mistakes of the past, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education tonight will consider approving a tentative contract agreement with the Morongo Teacher’s Association.
That’s nearly twelve months less than it took the two sides to reach agreement in last year’s tumultuous negotiations, during which district teachers worked without any contract at all.
Though nothing is final before being ratified by both the board and the union’s full membership, an early draft of the tentative agreement calls for an across-the-board salary increase of .5%.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 7 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School on Sunburst Avenue.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The neighborhood heroes of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow, volunteering to keep our desert clean. You are invited to join the team at the next regularly scheduled pickup for the Joshua Tree Clean Team Wednesday, September 13, meeting at the corner of Highway 62 and El Reposo (north side) from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Safety vests, grabbers, gloves and trash bags, are provided to make the job easier. Immediately following all are invited to the Park Rock Cafe for coffee and conversation.

MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS OF THE DANGERS OF DUST

Council member Pat Flanagan made her presentation at the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting last night. Reporter Eric Knabe Has the details…
Last night’s half-hour long presentation on the dust problem in the Morongo Basin was well researched and sourced. From lack of air monitors in our area, to dust control plans that are over 20 years old, the main concern is the dust that is microscopically small. Her presentation pointed to areas that are stripped of vegetation as the culprit, but she added that further investigation is needed. The subject will be brought up again at a county “open house” at Joshua Tree Community center October 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
In other news, Lander’s council member Dawn Johnson announced that the Giant Rock clean-up was a great success and gave a shout-out to Z107.7 for the news story that started it all. Joshua Tree council member Mark Lundquist also had good news in that starting February 1 the MBTA will provide bus service to the Joshua Tree National Park.

SING-ALONG AND ICE CREAM AT THE YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CENTER TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Senior Center will hold its free monthly sing-along and ice cream social tomorrow. This month’s theme is school days, but the sing-along will also feature songs from the 40s to the 80s. The sing-along starts at 1 p.m. at the senior center. All ages are welcome to attend.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISCUSSES WATER RATES IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The topic of water rates will bring together Joshua Basin Water District’s board and citizen advisors in a special joint meeting to be held this evening. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…
A special joint meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors and the agency’s Citizen Advisory Committee will convene at 6 p.m. tonight at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. After dispensing with routine items on the consent agenda, directors and citizen advisors together will hear a presentation from an outside consultant on the district’s water rate structure along with recommendations for rate changes in the years ahead. The regular alternating Wednesday board meeting schedule will resume next week.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW AFTERNOON

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 pm, at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi Desert Medical Center. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin, for more information, please contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi-Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING TOMORROW ON THE CAMPBELLS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

One of Twentynine Palm’s original homesteaders will be the focus of a lecture, hosted by the Morongo Basin Historical Society. Reporter Rebecca Havely says don’t miss this discussion about Bill and Elizabeth Campbell…
Bill and Elizabeth Campbell were original homesteaders in Twentynine Palms who made extensive contributions to the area’s local history. The Morongo Basin Historical Society will host a presentation about them and their marriage by author Joan S. Schneider during its monthly lecture series at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 13. Schneider will sign copies of her book, “The Campbells of Twentynine Palms,” following the lecture. Admission is $5. The nature museum is located at 57116-29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team traveled to Desert Mirage High School and took part in the Salton Sea Invitational Tournament this past Saturday and came away Champions of the Silver bracket. Hope Culver was named MVP of the Silver Bracket. Coach Missy Bond said all girls saw playtime and finished strong in the 15-team tournament.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity volleyball team won first place in the Salton Sea Classic tournament and beat Cathedral City Friday.

Yucca Valley High School boys’ cross country took third, and girls’ cross country took fifth in the Beaumont Invitational.