LOST CALICO IN YUCCA VALLEY

LOST CALICO IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female, Calico mostly white, long hair.

Lost near: Aster & Onaga in Yucca Valley.

Call: Cathy 760-401-6275

GREY & WHITE CAT FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

GREY & WHITE CAT FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male, American Short hair mix-stray.

Found near: Warren Way in Yucca Valley.

Call: Heather 917-353-8473

LOST MIN-PIN CHIHUAHUA MIX

LOST MIN-PIN CHIHUAHUA MIX

Female Min-Pin Chihuahua mix, black & tan.

Lost near: Alta Vista & Hillview in Joshua Tree.

Call: Christian 760-799-1532

TABBY LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

TABBY LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Male, Domestic short hair black & grey Tabby with white feet.

Lost near: Dorothy Lane & Avenida Del Sol in Joshua Tree.

Call: Laura 760-808-0568

COUNTY OFFICIAL KILLED, FIRST RESPONDERS INJURED, IN LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING

A San Bernardino County employee was killed, and several others were injured, during Sunday’s Route 91 concert in Las Vegas. Deputy recorder Dana Gardner was killed in the attack, and off-duty Fontana Sheriff’s deputy Brad Powers was critically injured, but is in stable condition. County Fire Deputy Chief John Chamberlin said one unnamed off-duty fire department member was injured, and a family member of another fire department employee was struck by gunfire multiple times. Chamberlin said that several fire department employees took immediate action to evacuate and treat the injured. Numerous Morongo Basin residents were also at the concert, but it’s believed that no local residents were among the 59 people who were killed or 527 who were injured.

JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND DEAD IN JAIL CELL FRIDAY

A man who was arrested Friday afternoon for being under the influence of a controlled substance was found dead in his jail cell a few hours later. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the Hi-Desert Medical Center about 11:35 a.m. for a report of a combative man. Henry Simmons, 60, of Joshua Tree, was arrested at the hospital about 12:50 p.m. and taken to the Morongo Basin Jail. About 9 p.m., a deputy was performing a routine check and discovered Simmons unresponsive in his single-person cell. Simmons was pronounced deceased at the jail. The Riverside County Coroner’s office conducted an autopsy Monday. The cause and manner of death of Henry Simmons are still pending.

Henry Simmons

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION GET PLANS FOR A DOWNTOWN STARBUCKS

Drivers traversing Twentynine Palms may soon be able to stop for a quick cup of joe. Reporter David Haldane explains…
Twentynine Palms may soon be getting a Starbucks.
In fact, it’s the first public hearing on the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the city’s Planning Commission. Specifically, a Newport Beach developer is proposing to build the 1,800-square-foot drive-thru coffee shop on a vacant lot at the northwest corner of Highway 62 and Adobe Road. Among other things, the potential builder is seeking a variance from normal landscaping requirements to allow the sidewalk to be reduced or removed and the building set back from the street.
Other items on the agenda include public hearings on the proposed construction of a new cellular tower on Wildcat Way and a propane storage facility off Adobe Road.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 5 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY ELDER ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday morning, accused of punching the woman he was caring for. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6500 block of Eucalyptus Avenue about 5:45 a.m. The woman said she was sleeping and was woken up by being punched by Raymond Calkins, 67. After an investigation, Raymond Calkins was arrested on suspicion of felony elder abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER TWO INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested in separate spousal abuse incidents over the weekend. On Friday, deputies were called to the 57400 block of Crestview Drive about 6:30 p.m. where a woman said Robert Culbert, 57, had punched her in the face. After an investigation, Robert Culbert was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
On Saturday, deputies were called to the 7400 block of Aster Avenue in Yucca Valley just after 11 p.m. for a report of a woman who had been injured when Richard Fisher, 54, threw a table at her. The table hit her in the head, causing a laceration. Richard Fisher was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PONDERS PARKS, BUDGETS, AND A RAISE TONIGHT

Budget amendments, and a parks master plan update are among the items the Yucca Valley Town Council will discuss at its meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details…
Among the items on tonight’s consent agenda, the Yucca Valley Town Council will be asked to create two new commercial annexation districts for O’Reilly Auto Parts and Mohawk Car Wash, and approve the closure of the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in January so the museum can be reorganized. In the action agenda, the council will be asked to amend the budget for 2016-17. The Council will also be asked to approve a contract to update the town’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The council will also be asked to amend the budget to authorize repairs and maintenance. And finally, the council will introduce the ordinance that raises council members’ compensation to $557 per month beginning January 2019.

ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES STAFF HOLD YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, October 4. 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.

BAD WATER FORCES CLOSURE OF WONDER VALLEY COUNTY FIRE STATION

There’s been lots of talk lately about the fate of the Wonder Valley Fire Department, which is currently devoid of firefighters. Reporter David Haldane, who attended a community meeting yesterday at which the topic was discussed, provides this report…

It’s all about the water.
That’s the message delivered by Scott Tuttle, a battalion chief with the San Bernardino County Fire Department, at yesterday’s monthly Wonder Valley community meeting. One of the main topics of discussion was the department’s recent abandonment of the local fire station, despite promises that it would remain open.

According to Tuttle, the local firefighters were quietly moved to Twentynine Palms last month after several contaminants–including arsenic and chromium–were found in their water. The good news: the move is only temporary, until the department finds a solution.
The battalion chief’s remarks drew fire from some residents who said they’d been drinking the same water for decades without ill effects. His response: the fire department can’t legally force employees to drink potentially bad water. He said he had no idea when the firefighters would return.

8TH ANNUAL JOHNSON VALLEY OKTOBERFEST SATURDAY

Save the date for the 8th annual Oktoberfest celebration in Johnson Valley. The beer garden at the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest opens at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 7. There’ll be a section of craft and domestic beers, hard cider, plus a German buffet dinner including a dessert bar. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at johnsonvalley.com, or at the door. The Johnson Valley Community Center is at 50567 Quailbush Road. From Hwy 247 between mile markers 21 and 22, turn at the red sign, go 1-3/4 miles up Larrea (paved) to the corner of Quailbush Rd. and you’re there.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

A blessing of the animals will be held Wednesday, October 4, at St. Joseph of Arimathea Church. All pets are welcome, but must be on a leash or in a crate, and accompanied by an adult. The blessing begins at 2 p.m. The church is located at 56312 Onaga Trail, at the corner of Church Street in Yucca Valley.

MURDER MYSTERY PARTY AT THE YUCCA VALLEY SENIORS CENTER SATURDAY

Help find out who’s on the level and who’s got something to hide by gathering information, trading clues, and solving the crime at a murder mystery party. Reporter Rebecca Havely fills us in with more clues…
The crowd is filled with suspects when a Mafia don is put on ice at a murder mystery party, sponsored by the town of Yucca Valley. Jilted lovers, a rival Mafioso, and a pair of undercover feds make an appearance at the speakeasy and not a single person is muttering a word. The murder mystery is preceded by an Italian dinner and social hour. The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Come as you are, or dress in the 1920s theme. Tickets are $15, or $25 for couples. Participants must be 21 and over to attend. For more information, call 760-369-7211 or go online to yucca-valley.org.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Rancho Mirage High School. Tennis is at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30 p.m.
The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will host Desert Mirage High School from Thermal. Tennis is at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30 p.m.