BREAKING NEWS: BICYCLE VERSUS CAR CRASH CLOSES ONE LANE OF SR-62

The Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation (MAIT) team is investigating a car vs. bicycle crash that occurred at about 10:45 am this (Thursday) morning. MAIT Deputy Ryan Arthurton told Z107.7 News at the scene that the bicyclist was riding in the eastbound shoulder of State Route 62 just east of Prescott, approaching Avalon Drive, when he was struck from behind by an eastbound motorist; the driver stopped. The bicyclist, a 60-year-old man was in full cardiac arrest when first responders arrived. He was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with serious injuries. The eastbound slow lane was blocked off during the investigation.

GREY TABBY FOUND IN 20 PALMS

GREY TABBY FOUND IN 20 PALMS

Male, grey Tabby.

Found near: Cienega & Gorgonio in 29 Palms.

Call: Jade 270-556-9880

HUSKY FOUND IN LANDERS

HUSKY FOUND IN LANDERS

Female white and tan.

Found near: Bowman Trail and Birdie in Landers.

Call Kevin: 310-686-3314

 

SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT TO KILL LEADS TO MORONGO VALLEY SCHOOL LOCKDOWN AND ARREST

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Wednesday morning for making criminal threats after he posted a photo on Facebook in which he threatened to kill people in a mass murder. About 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Robin Rennaker, also known as Robbie Rennaker, 21, posted a photo of a gun on Facebook with the message that he was going to “carry out an attack and kill innocent civilians for the islamic state of iraq :) allahu akbar.” [sic] The Sheriff’s Department received multiple calls from residents alerting it to the threatening post. Deputies attempted multiple times Tuesday night to contact Rennaker at his home in the 49700 block of Pioneer Drive in Morongo Valley, but were unsuccessful. A search warrant was obtained, and deputies returned to Rennaker’s home Wednesday morning. As a precaution, Morongo Valley Elementary School was locked down from 8:10 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten said Rennaker had not threatened the school, but because Rennaker lived just two blocks away from the school, he made the decision to lock it down as a safety precaution. During the search of Rennaker’s home, deputies found a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, drugs, and drug paraphernalia. Deputies also seized Rennaker’s computer and electronic devices. Robin Rennaker was arrested for investigation of making criminal threats, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, violation of probation for battery, and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail where he is being held without bail.

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department received multiple calls Tuesday night about this Facebook post by Robbie Rennaker.

SHERIFF’S DESERT RUN OFF-ROAD EVENT STARTS TOMORROW

The annual “Desert Run” fund-raiser to support the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers is planned for Friday through Sunday. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign-up…
It’s that time of year again when the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is holding its family-friendly, off-road fundraiser at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley. The fund raiser will be held the weekend of October 6 through October 8, with the actual 20- to 25-mile Desert Run taking place Saturday morning, October 7. You must have a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to participate; runs will be marked as “easy” and “hard” so you can choose which course you want to drive. Registration for the Desert Run is $60 in if you pre-register online at desertrun.org, or $65 at the event, and $30 for active-duty military. Prizes will be awarded.

For more information:
http://www.desertrun.org/home.html

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION TODAY

The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet in a special, closed session, at 1:00 this afternoon. The council will conference with legal counsel on two cases of anticipated litigation.

OPEN AUDITIONS MONDAY FOR “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” AT THEATRE 29

The family musical “Meet Me In St. Louis” is based on the 1944 heartwarming film of the same name. Director Kathryn Ferguson is holding open auditions Monday at Theatre 29. With the list of roles available here’s Rebecca Havely…
Auditions are October 9 at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 mainstage. The roles include Mr. and Mrs. Smith in their 40s, their 19-year-old son, and four daughters, ages eight to 18. A grandfather type, some middle-age men and women, and some males and females ages 16 to 20.
Please also attend auditions if interested in technical assistance such as stagehands, set builders or costume construction. “Meet Me in St. Louis” features memorable musical numbers such as “The Boy Next Door”, “The Trolley Song”  and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Auditions will consist of cold readings and movement, dress comfortably. Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD, or on a mobile device with a speaker “Meet Me In St. Louis” will run four weekends November 24 through December 17.

For ticket information visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.

For audition information:
http://www.theatre29.org/auditions

LOW-COST RABIES CLINIC IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

Rabies vaccination is so important because without it, the deadly viral disease kills almost any mammal that gets sick from it. The Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter in Twentynine Palms will conduct a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, October 7. Vaccinations will cost $8 each, cash only. All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. The Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter is at 7086 Bullion Road, a block south of Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.

LOW-COST VACCINE AND MICROCHIP CLINICS FOR YOUR PETS THIS MONTH

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in October for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on October 7, 14, 26, 27, and 30. All clinics are held from 10 to 2 and are cash only. Visit animalactionleague.us for more information. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100.

GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE START PIONEERTOWN SEASON SATURDAY

Gunfighters for Hire will start their winter performance season this Saturday, October 7, at 2:30 p.m. on Mane Street in Pioneertown. The winter schedule will consist of shows on the first and third Saturdays from October through May, weather and special events permitting. Gunfighters for Hire recently changed from a summer schedule on Sundays to a winter schedule on Saturdays, which should be more accommodating to visitors with better temperatures. Gunfighters for Hire is the oldest western reenactment group performing in Pioneertown. Gunfighters for Hire dress in period clothing and use real firearms that are also period correct. The shows are free in hopes of raising donations to help other needy organizations.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE GETS CONSERVATION AWARD

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District regulates stationary sources of air pollution and implements air quality regulations across more than 20,000 square miles. It also recognizes leading efforts to conserve energy and reduce pollution in the region. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this story on a local recipient of the district’s top award…
Last month, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District gave top honors for 2017 to the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center for its multipronged approach to conservation and green energy production. It has one of the largest federally-owned solar arrays in existence, which supplies more than 5 percent of the Combat Center’s electricity. In the winter, an on-site co-generation plant recovers exhaust and converts it to heat for a third of its central heating plant. Over time, the base has replaced over 4,000 lights with solar and energy-efficient fixtures to dramatically reduce the night-sky imprint and save a half million dollars in energy expenses yearly. A comprehensive recycling program converts millions of pounds of solid waste into nearly $2 million in revenue each year. The Air Quality Management District singled out the Combat Center for “protecting our freedom while simultaneously protecting the air breathed by … (the 550,000-plus) residents of the Mojave Desert.”

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS OFFICER AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS ELKS LODGE TOMORROW

The Disabled American Veterans will hold an information seminar on Veterans Administration benefits at the Twentynine Palms Elks Lodge. The free event, set for 9 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 6, is part of the DAV’s outreach program. Following the seminar, a DAV national service officer will be on-hand to provide assistance with filing claims with the VA. Membership in the DAV is not required. For more information, call 310-477-2530.

CHURCH SALES SET FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS AND JOSHUA TREE

Churches in Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree will have sales Friday and Saturday, October 6, and 7. Desert Congregational Church will hold a rummage sale, with hours 8 to 3 both days. The church is located at Sunrise Road and Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms. First Baptist Church will hold a charity craft and food sale, starting at 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days. The church is located at 6740 Sunset Road in Joshua Tree.

SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley Recreation will offer a self-defense class. Reporter Rebecca Havely says sign up early…
Learn self-defense at a class sponsored by the town of Yucca Valley. Instructor Norm Rose will teach a 2 ½ hour hands-on lesson Saturday, October 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The class will include demonstrations, instruction, and lecture, and is open to students age 14 and up. The cost is $15, or free with a current student ID. Space is limited, so early enrollment is suggested. Register online at yucca-valley.org.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity tennis team lost a heartbreaker to Big Bear High School. Coach Cindy Miller said the score was 9-9 tie and they lost in points, 65-69. The team is now 2-3 in league.

In singles, Katie Brattain went out in the first set due to illness. Elizabeth Anderson 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles, Savannah Beasley and Kloee Scaccianocee 6-1, 6-0, 6-0; April Bratcher and Mckenzi Monical 4-6,6-2, 6-0; Montana Rowe and Alyssa Snyder 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat varsity tennis team faced the Rams of Desert Mirage Tuesday. Coach Bill Shay said the Ladycats came away with a decisive victory 16 to 2. The Ladycats improved their conference record to 4 and 1.   
 
In singles action, the Ladycats were led by Alicia Gilchrist, Tamesha Jefferson, Shaelita Chestnu, Sharon Squyres, and Lynn Mezahernandez, who all won a set. 
In doubles action, the Ladycats were led by the teams of Danny Morrissey/Alexis Soster and Emma Romano/Bell Crank, who won both of their sets, while the teams of Saniyah Solwazi/Rosalind Carrllo, Emily Stuckey/Sam Brookins, and Ethly Amaro/Ashley Cheeks all won one set.   
 
Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will host Desert Mirage High School at home. Tennis is at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30 p.m.
The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Thermal to play Coachella High School. Tennis is at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30 p.m.