SHOTS FIRED THURSDAY AT YUCCA VALLEY BUSINESS

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of shots being fired at a business in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the Joshua Tree Crossfit center in the 58900 block of Business Center Drive about 11 a.m. Thursday. An unknown suspect fired seven rounds from a firearm at the business. The bullets caused visible damage to the exterior of the building, and one bullet broke a window and was recovered inside the building. The business was not occupied at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

WOMAN RECEIVES MINOR INJURIES IN ROLLOVER CRASH FRIDAY MORNING

A woman received minor injuries following a solo vehicle rollover early Friday morning. The California Highway Patrol was called to the area of Avalon Avenue and Wilhart Drive about 6:37 a.m. for a solo vehicle roll-over. The caller said the woman was already out of the vehicle, but was covered in blood. Paramedics from the Yucca Mesa fire station transported the woman to Hi-Desert Medical Center for a laceration to her forehead. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

LANDERS MAN ARRESTED FOR GUN POSSESSION

A Landers man with a prior conviction for battery was arrested Thursday, accused of possessing a firearm. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a 2000 Ford Expedition about 5:45 p.m. on Dusty Mile Road, south of Linn Road in Landers, for a traffic violation. The deputy determined the passenger, Anthony Rios, 29, had a Springfield XD 9mm handgun; in July, Rios was convicted of battery against a cohabitant and so he is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms for 10 years. Anthony Rios was arrested for investigation of violating the 10-year firearm prohibition, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

ORCHID FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND IN LANDERS

October is orchid month in the Morongo Basin. This weekend is an opportunity to experience displays of beautiful live orchids and much more at the 22nd annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival at Gubler Orchids in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview…

The annual Orchid Festival is about much more than the world-class judged orchid show, greenhouse tours every half hour offering acres of blooming orchids, and free orchid-growing classes for children and adults. It’s also about great food like burgers, dogs, barbeque, tacos at the Sunset Grill; live entertainment from the Yucca Valley High School Jazz Band, craft beers from Joshua Tree Brewery, and wine and cheese tasting to enjoy in the shaded Sunset Rotary Wine and Beer Garden. Then there’s mini-golf, a bounce house, vendors and booths showcasing community non-profits. The festival happens Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information call Gubler Orchids at 760-364-2282 or visit gublers.com or sunsetrotary.org.

VOLUNTEERS HELP CLEAN UP JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LAST WEEKEND

More than 60 people showed up last Saturday to help clean up Joshua Tree National Park during National Public Lands Day. The 65 volunteers cleaned graffiti off the adobe walls at Ryan’s Ranch, picked up litter and trash, and mulched desert plants throughout the park. Volunteers were rewarded for their time with a T-shirt and pass for free admission to the park.

LAST TWO DAYS FOR GEM SHOW

It’s back. The gem and mineral show is at the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree through Sunday, October 8. The show will feature over 60 dealers who will be selling rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones, jewelry, beads, supplies, mining equipment, and more. The gem show opens daily at 9 a.m.

TWO ART RECEPTIONS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold an opening art reception Saturday October 7 for its new exhibition: Art Detours: Hi-Desert Highlights. The show presents the best of the gallery’s members. The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through October 29. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 11 to 3. If it’s the first weekend of the month, you’ll find everyone over at The Glass Outhouse for their art reception. The featured artists in October are Dan Redmon and Aileen Chan. There will be music, food and drink starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 7. The Glass Outhouse is located about 5 miles east of Twentynine Palms on the south side of Highway 62.

TWO PERFORMANCES OF “THE MOUSETRAP” AT THEATRE 29 TODAY

Theatre 29 will present two performances of Agatha Christie’s mystery, “The Mousetrap,” today. Because many of the cast members will be attending the Desert Theatre League awards show Sunday night, there will not be a matinee performance Sunday afternoon; instead, there will be performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today. Reporter Rebecca Havely fills us in on the world’s longest running play…
The world’s longest running play, “The Mousetrap” is the tale of a group of strangers, stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house; a spinster with a curious background; an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef; a retired Army major; a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift; and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. The policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.
Tickets are $10 to $15, and are available at Theatre29.org or by calling the box office at 760-361-4151.

MURDER MYSTERY PARTY IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

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 joins us again …

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 dash valley dot org.

TOXIC FAITH EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Ways that religion is sometimes harmful will be explored at Lifetree Café tomorrow. The free program, “Toxic Faith: When Religion Hurts,” features a filmed interview with Sam Brower, the private investigator who cracked open the case that led to the arrest of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints who was convicted in 2011 of sexual assault of underage girls in his church. Participants will discuss three key factors that are often associated with toxic faith. The program is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, October 8. Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue. For more information, call Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2597.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS TEAM BEATS COACHELLA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat varsity tennis team traveled to Coachella Valley High School Thursday. The Ladycats came away with the Win, 11 to 7. In singles action, the Ladycats were led by Alicia Gilchrist and Tamesha Jefferson, who both won two of their sets, while Shaelita Chestinut won one of her sets. In doubles action, the Ladycats were led by the team of Danny Morrissey/Alexis Soster, who swept all three of their sets, while the team of Saniyah Solwazi/Rosalind Carrllo won two of their sets, and the team of Emma Romano/Natalie Norton won one of their sets. The Ladycats improved their league record to 5 and 1. The Ladycats travel to Yucca Valley on Tuesday and host Rancho Mirage on Thursday.