YOUNG BLACK LAB SHEPARD MIX FOUND

YOUNG BLACK LAB SHEPARD MIX FOUND

Male, black with brown brindle pattern, no collar.

Found near: Valley Vista and Lear in 29 Palms.

Call: Elizabeth 760-927-0290

BENGAL CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

BENGAL CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, black with some white on chest and neck.
Wearing pink, blue and white collar.

Found near: Hillview and Granada in Joshua Tree.

Call: Sandra 760-844-5526

BENGAL CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

BENGAL CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, Bengal 6yrs. old. Takes MEDS! Reward offered!!!

Tan with spots and stripes, jungle looking, green eyes.

Lost near: Joshua Dr. & Mojave Ave. in Twentynine Palms

Call: Lisa 760-367-9870

IT’S HALLOWEEN SOME TIPS TO MAKE IT SAFE AND FUN

Halloween is a fun holiday enjoyed by many, but without the right precautions, serious issues can arise. Reporter Eric Knabe has some tips to make this holiday just slightly less scary…
Halloween parties are always safer than trick-or-treating, but if you do choose to trick-or-treat, stay in your neighborhood. Plan your entire route and go in a group, never go alone. Watch out for cars and be careful crossing the street.
Visit only people you know, never go in a stranger’s home or car and avoid streets that are poorly lit. Carry a flashlight and only go to well-lit homes, Accept treats only at the door way and most importantly, have an adult check ALL wrapped and unwrapped candy before consumption. If any treat is suspicious, you should contact the police.

IT’S HALLOWEEN SOME TIPS TO MAKE IT SAFE AND FUN

Halloween activities are planned for Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley. The City of Twentynine Palms Parks and Rec Department is offering an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating with a fun fest. Children will be able to play games for candy prizes and visit a haunted house. The Halloween Fun Fest is set for Tuesday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Community Services Building on Joe Davis Drive. For more information, call 760-367-7562.

The Sportsman’s Club of Joshua Tree will host its second annual trunk-or-treat event on Tuesday, October 31. The event is free and open to all children. Adults who would like to volunteer by decorating their vehicle and handing out candy can call the Sportsman’s Club at 760-367-2519, or email jtsportsmans@ymail.com to get registered. Setup begins at 5:00 p.m., with trick-or-treating from 6:00 to 8:00.

Evangelical Free Church in Yucca Valley will hold a fall fun fest on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be candy and games. The church is located at 6804 Mohawk Trail.

OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS TOMORROW FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA

Most everyone knows that auto insurance is required by law. But fewer folks have gotten used to the idea that health insurance is also now required by law. Failure to obtain coverage can run into penalties come tax time. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how to best shop for that coverage…
Covered California is the state’s health insurance marketplace. Californians under age 65 who do not qualify for Medicare and who do not get health insurance through their employer, should go through Covered California to get health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Open enrollment for 2018 new coverage in California runs from November 1 through January 31, 2018 (the period for renewals is through December 15, 2017). Covered California is the only place to get federal premium assistance on health insurance from participating health insurers. To see if you qualify for premium assistance, and for help determining what plan is right for you, go to CoveredCA.com. You may qualify for a discount on a health plan through Covered California, or get health insurance through the state’s Medi-Cal program. Learn more at CoveredCA.com.

DOG SHOT IN ITS YUCCA VALLEY YARD, SUSPECT SOUGHT

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in a case of a dog that was shot in its own yard in Yucca Valley. According to the owners, Michael and Deana Cowdry, of the 7500 block of Cibola Trail, one of their dogs, Lola, an 8-year-old Chihuahua-terrier mix, went missing from their yard Wednesday and they fear she is dead. On Friday, Michael Cowdry says his 7-year-old chihuahua Honda was in their back yard about 10 p.m. He was on his way outside with a flashlight when he heard a shot and saw his dog fall to the ground and die. Deputies determined that the dog died from a single shot from a pellet gun. If anyone has any information about this case, or any other suspected criminal activity concerning missing or killed animals, call Deputy Ryan Nerenberg at the Sheriff’s department at 760-366-4175.

VEHICLES CATCH FIRE FOLLOWING CRASH ON HIGHWAY TUESDAY MORNING

Firefighters were called to a two-vehicle fire following a crash at the intersection of Highway 62 and Indian Canyon Road, just south of the Morongo Grade early this morning. Just before 7 a.m., a blue Nissan pick-up truck and a four-door car collided at the intersection. Both vehicles caught on fire following the crash. The crash slowed traffic in the area. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.

Photo courtesy Juan Chino Olmeda

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST SEEKING SEED BANK VOLUNTEERS

The Mojave Desert Land Trust created a seed bank 18 months ago to preserve and protect seeds of desert plants. At the Land Trust’s native plant and salvage sale Sunday (October 29), 10 founding members of the seed bank were honored. The seed bank is recruiting volunteers who’d like to be a part of its membership program. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how you can be a part of this innovative program…
Since March 2016, volunteers have been collecting, cleaning, labeling, and preserving seeds from more than 100 species of Mojave Desert native plants. The Seed Bank works with the Mojave Desert Land Trust to grow plants in the land trust’s nursery, which are then transplanted either into the desert, or sold to desert residents to plant in their landscapes. The Seed Bank is recruiting new members; there are two levels of membership, based on monetary donations, number of seeds collected, or volunteer hours performed at the seed bank. For more information about becoming a seed bank member, or other volunteer opportunities with the Mojave Desert Land Trust, visit mdlt.org.

PUBLIC MEETING THURSDAY TO ADDRESS RAISE IN NATIONAL PARK FEES

The National Parks Conservation Association will hold a public meeting Thursday, November 2 on the Trump administration’s proposal to increase entrance fees to 17 national parks. Attendees will be able to discuss the fee increase and suggest avenues for public activism. Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith will present information at the meeting. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Mojave Desert Land Trust headquarters on the highway in west Joshua Tree.

OFFICE HOURS FOR ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES TOMORROW

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, November 1. Staff representatives will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government. Mayes encourages residents who are not able to make the drive to his main district office in Rancho Mirage to attend the mobile office hours in Yucca Valley.

FRIENDS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY ANNUAL MYSTERY DINNER FRIDAY

The nonprofit organization Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library is gearing up for the annual mystery dinner theater. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has information on how you can participate…
The annual mystery dinner will be held  Friday, November 3, at the Twentynine Palms Elementary School. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30. Immerse yourself in the psychedelic fun as the 1969 class of Hippie High School celebrates its 25th high school reunion. But among the innocent ’60s fun, a murder has taken place. Now, it’s up to the class of 1969 to solve the murder. Guests are encouraged to wear their own 60s attire and participate in the hippy costume contest. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Twentynine Palms Library. For more information, call the Twentynine Palms Library at 760-367-9519.

SANTA FE CLUBHOUSE YARD SALE WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse in Yucca Valley will hold a rummage sale Wednesday, November 1 through Friday, November 3, 2017. The hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is not too late to donate items so please call the Clubhouse at 760-369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phebe. If you need items picked up we will try to accommodate you. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, Yucca Valley.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will compete against Vista Del Ago High School of Moreno Valley in the first round CIF play-off game today, Tuesday, October 31. The game will be played in Trojan gym; doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the game starts at 5:30 p.m.
 
Twentynine Palms High School tennis will have a first-round CIF home match this afternoon. Tuesday October 31, at 2:00 against Hillcrest High School of Riverside.

CHIHUAHUA MIX LOST IN 29 PALMS

CHIHUAHUA MIX LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, white and brown named Lilah.

Lost near: Baileya Ave in 29 palms.

Call: 619-840-3032

PUBLIC'S HELP NEEDED IN CASE OF DOG KILLED IN ITS OWN YARD

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in a case of a dog that was shot in its own yard in Yucca Valley. According to the owners, Michael and Deana Cowdry, of the 7500 block of Cibola Trail, one of their dogs, Lola, an 8-year-old Chihuahua-terrier mix, went missing from their yard Wednesday and they fear she is dead. On Friday, Michael Cowdry says his 7-year-old chihuahua Honda was in their back yard about 10 p.m. He was on his way outside with a flashlight when he heard a shot and saw his dog fall to the ground and die. Deputies determined that the dog died from a single shot from a pellet gun. If anyone has any information about this case, or any other missing or killed animals, call Deputy Ryan Nerenberg at the Sheriff’s department at 760-366-4175.

Michael Cowdry of Yucca Valley saw his dog Honda, a 7-year-old Chihuahua, get shot and die in front of him Friday, October 27.

Lola, an 8-year-old chihuahua-terrier mix, disappeared from her yard Wednesday, October 25, and is feared dead.

TABBY LOST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

TABBY LOST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Female Tabby, gray and white, her name is precious Wearing collar.

Lost near: Mesquite Springs in Twentynine Palms

Call: MeganLynn Slover 760-368-7404

LARGE PIT LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

LARGE PIT LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Female named Abigail

Her face is a beautiful brown color she’s got brown on white markings.

Lost near: Cielito and Lind Crossing Center Street in Joshua Tree

Call: Leilani 760-844-9693

CHIHUAHUA POODLE MIX LOST IN 29 PALMS

CHIHUAHUA POODLE MIX LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, White with brown markings

Lost near: Desert Trail Drive in Twentynine Palms

Call: Alex 760-362-9680

MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY

The man accused of killing two Twentynine Palms women was in a Joshua Tree courtroom again Thursday. Rafael Aikens, 22, pleaded not guilty to double homicide in his second arraignment. During Aikens’ preliminary hearing in August, law enforcement officials laid out their case that Aikens, a machine-gunner attached to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment aboard the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, shot and killed Christy McKissic, 32, and her mother Renee Metcalf, 62, in their home in the 7700 block of Bedouin Avenue just after midnight, March 24. Judge Rodney Cortez agreed there was enough evidence to hold Aikens over for trial, and he was arraigned Thursday on two counts of murder and two counts of discharging a firearm causing gross bodily injury. Rafael Aikens is being held in jail on $3.5 million bail pending his trial.