BENGAL CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

BENGAL CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Bengal female, 6 yrs old, takes meds.

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

Reward offered.

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

Call: Lisa 760-367-9870

WHITE PIT LOST IN 29 PALMS

WHITE PIT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Lost near: 29 Palms Stater Bros. Encelia and Hwy 62

Call: Dolly 760-368-5117

THREATENING FACEBOOK POST CAUSES LOCKDOWN AT MORONGO VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

An updated version of this story can be found here:
http://z1077fm.com/social-media-threat-to-kill-leads-to-morongo-valley-school-lockdown-and-arrest/

A threatening Facebook post led to a precautionary lock down at Morongo Valley Elementary school and sparked an investigation by the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division that resulted in one person being taken into custody. The post was made Sunday afternoon showing a picture of a rifle and an ambiguous threat to quote – “kill many civilians.” After the post was discovered and posted by others, it caused severe concern by parents of students at area schools. The identity of the poster was known to be a resident of Morongo Valley and, in the interest of safety, the School District Morongo Valley Elementary was locked down at 8:10 am. After investigating, the Sheriff’s Department advised the School District that there was no Immediate danger and the lock down was lifted at 9:45 am. Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling said a suspect had been taken into custody for possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS OF FIRE STATION DELAY, BUDGET SURPLUS

The Yucca Valley Town Council learned that the plans for its new fire station for downtown have been delayed; the station is in the fire department’s five-year plans, but it’s not known when the county will actually approve the funds to build the station. Yucca Valley firefighters respond to 350 to 400 calls per month. The council also received good news: a new brush engine will be coming to Station 41 next year. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details of the rest of the town council meeting…

The Yucca Valley Town Council learned at its meeting last night the town has a 2016-17 budget surplus of more than $600,000, of which $400,000 was transferred into the capital projects reserve fund. And the town can expect even more funds coming due to the implementation of the new gas tax, set to go into effect in November. This year the town will receive only about $120,000, since the tax starts in the middle of the fiscal year. In future years, the town can expect $300,000 to $400,000, which is about double of what it receives now. The town must use these funds on transportation projects.

County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle told the Yucca Valley Town Council that a new fire station is in the fire department’s five-year plan.

THEATRE 29 HOSTS GALA OPENING NIGHT OF “THE MOUSETRAP” THIS FRIDAY

The Theatre 29 organization is sponsoring its own opening night gala for the classic Agatha Christie murder-mystery, “The Mousetrap.” This Friday, October 6, at 6 p.m., hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be served and a silent auction will be held prior to the 7 p.m. curtain. Desserts will be served at intermission. “The Mousetrap” culminates with an iconic, nerve-shredding twist ending which audiences are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theater. The funds raised at the gala will help offset the overhead costs for the ambitious Theatre 29 2018 season. “The Mousetrap” will run three weekends through October 22; this weekend only there will be both a matinee and an evening performance Saturday and no show Sunday. Then there will be Friday and Saturday evening shows at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 for the reminder of the run.. Tickets for “The Mousetrap” opening night only are $25 each and can be purchased at the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree, at the office of the Loan Lady in Yucca Valley or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. After opening night, visit www.theatre29.org or call the Box Office to purchase tickets at the regular price of $10 to $15.

OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT GRANT APPROVED

Off-highway vehicle, or OHV, enthusiasts have more reason than ever to ride safe and obey the law when they set out to follow their passion in our Morongo Basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz sticks to the approved trails for this report…
County supervisors yesterday approved a grant for off-highway vehicle related law enforcement activity through July 2018 in our Morongo Basin. The grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, along with a required 25 percent funding match, will give the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station just over $52,000 to pay for personnel and equipment dedicated to OHV safety and compliance during a number of specific long weekends. The program is funded from OHV registrations, fees, fines, and forfeitures, and is intended to supplement Bureau of Land Management operations.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD CRUELTY

We have limited information about a Yucca Valley man who was arrested Monday evening, accused of child cruelty. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 5400 block of Old Woman Springs Road about 7:30 p.m. to assist in a case of physical abuse of at least one child. After an investigation, Casey Myers was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to a child. Casey Myers was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday evening, after a woman said he beat her up. According to a Sheriff’s report, Oscar Natwick, 39, was playing cards with the woman in the 69000 block of Chisholm Trail in Twentynine Palms when they started arguing. The woman told deputies that Natwick hit her in the face about four times about 8:45 p.m. Oscar Natwick was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING TO SHOPLIFT FROM WAL-MART

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Monday afternoon, accused of conspiring to shoplift from Walmart. According to a Sheriff’s report, Walmart employees called deputies about 1 p.m. to report that a woman, later identified as Maryann Huffman, 48, was concealing merchandise in her purse. Employees also said another woman, who was not identified, was waiting outside the store to drive Huffman away in a car after she left the store. Deputies arrested Maryann Huffman for investigation of felony conspiracy, booked her into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000. The deputy took the driver of the car to the hospital to be checked due to extensive medical issues; her case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review.

SOME SENIORS AND DISABLED MAY POSTPONE PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

The state of California is once again allowing some residents to postpone paying their property taxes. Reporter Rebecca Havely says if you are low-income or disabled, you may be eligible…
There is help available if you can’t afford your property taxes. If you are at least 62 years old, or are blind or disabled; own and occupy your own home; have a total household income of $35,500 or less; have at least 40 percent equity in your property; and do not have a reverse mortgage on your property, you may apply to postpone your property tax payment. Be aware that property tax payments that are postponed are subject to 7 percent interest. Property owners must re-apply each year and meet eligibility requirements. Applications are accepted through February 10, and will be processed in the order they are received. Applications are available by calling 800-952-5661, or online at sco.ca.gov.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD IN CLOSED SESSION SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District, or CSD, meets in special session at 7 p.m. tonight in the Covington Park Community Building on Vale Drive. A single agenda item calls for closed session labor negotiations with union local 5028 representing Morongo Valley Professional Firefighters.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS REP AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans organization will be on the Copper Mountain College main campus tomorrow and the first and third Thursday of each month. Veterans who need assistance to file benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs are urged to stop at the Office of Student services between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The service is free and membership in the DAV is not required. For more information, call 760-401-8131.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Tonight in Joshua Tree, the Water District board will consider some ongoing reservoir maintenance, and establish the limits of the general manager’s authority to spend money during an emergency. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has highlights…
At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board is expected to discuss a number of items including a proposal to clean, inspect, and perform spot coating repair of five reservoirs for not more than $24,000 and consider a resolution clarifying the general manager’s authority to expend funds in emergencies. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Basin Water District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team beat the Rams of Desert Mirage in three sets. Coach Missy Bond said the Ladycats were led by seniors Hope Culver and Cheryl Jensen, who both had five kills and five ace serves. Junior Lea Speer had five kills. Senior Lindsey Scamman had four kills, four blocks, and two assists. Junior Gabby Mackall had two ace serves, one block, and 15 assists. Junior Nicole Elmer also added two kills for the night. The Ladycats travel to Coachella Valley tomorrow to take on the Arabs.
 
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans Volleyball team beat Rancho Mirage in three straight sets. Their record is now 14-0-1.
 
Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ tennis team will travel away to Big Bear High School. First serve is at 3:15.
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.