CHIHUAHUA LOST IN LANDERS

CHIHUAHUA LOST IN LANDERS

Male, brown.

Lost near: Shawnee Trail in Landers.

Call: Cricket 760-220-2840

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN BLOWS UP HIS HAND DRILLING INTO A 25MM ROUND

A Twentynine Palms man received serious injuries when a 25mm round blew up in his hand Friday evening. About 6:40 p.m., paramedics were called to the Marine housing area in the Vista Del Sol apartments. A Sheriff’s report says the unidentified man was on his back patio using a hand drill to drill into a metal object. While he was drilling, the object, later determined to be a 25mm round, exploded, leaving his left hand “mangled beyond recognition.” The victim was flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The bomb and arson squad was called to the location to investigate.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker.

A DELAY IN CHRISTOPHER LEE’S APPEAL OF ERIN CORWIN MURDER CONVICTION

Christopher Lee’s appeal of his conviction for brutally murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms received the first of what will most likely be many delays. Yesterday, the judge presiding over the appeal granted the prosecution a 30-day delay in answering Lee’s opening brief for the appeal. Lee’s court-appointed attorney Richard de la Sota argued that the judge in the original case should have instructed the jury that they could have evaluated whether his actions were manslaughter rather than murder. Lee admitted in court that he “snapped” and killed Corwin and dumped her body down a mine shaft because he said she molested his daughter several months earlier. Lee was convicted in November 2016 of Corwin’s murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Photo of suspect Christopher Lee.

JEEP ROLLED OVER ON OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD WEDNESDAY MORNING

A woman who said she fell asleep at the wheel overturned her Jeep at about 7:20 this morning. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said she was driving northbound on Old Woman Springs Road near Buena Suerte when the Jeep drifted over to the side of the road and hit a chain link fence. The driver lost control and the Jeep flipped over. Both occupants were out of the vehicle when firefighters arrived; they were taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for evaluation.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES HOTEL ASSESSMENT

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

Last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council began with a presentation of the Air Quality Award by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. accepting the award was Colonel Wiley who was also there to show highlights of a slide presentation on how the base is has become more efficient and less wasteful. Community Service Director Randy Councell was there with a recap of the First Annual Car Show. He said it was a great turnout with 76 cars and that he learned a lot to make next year’s show an even greater success. Council members did approve a resolution for the Tourism Business Improvement District of a 1.5 percent assessment on hotel rooms and in the awarding a contract to engineering firm KOA Corporation to develop plans for the traffic signal modification for the traffic light on the corner of Adobe and Highway 62.

COUNTY PLANNING MEETING FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES TONIGHT

Residents of Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms rely on their municipal governments to make decisions about zoning, planning, transit, housing and environmental preservation in those communities. But for every other community in our Morongo Basin, those decisions, literally thousands of them, are ultimately made by county government. The decision-makers in San Bernardino are guided by a broad Countywide Plan and by more narrowly focused Community Plans within it. Right now, the county is in the middle of a years-long process of updating the Countywide Plan and the Community Plans within it. Because public input is essential to the success of these plans, county representatives are holding an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Joshua Tree Community Center behind the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Street in Joshua Tree. This is an opportunity to review and comment on draft local plans for Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, and the Homestead Valley Communities.

More information is at http://countywideplan.com/openhouse/.

YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Among the old business items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight (Wednesday, October 11) are a bills for weed clean up, and fencing on the east end of the airport to stop runway infractions. Under new business, directors will discuss an inspection and permit from CalTrans Division of Aeronautics. Angela Leggett will give a presentation on having a Yucca Valley Airport Day with an air show, golf tournament, and car show. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

HI-DESERT WATER HEARS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, DELTA TUNNELS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors will learn about legislation to combat and mitigate climate change, and a project to improve the aging water supply infrastructure at its meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details of tonight’s meeting…

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will be given a Power Point presentation tonight on state legislation that will mitigate climate change through reducing greenhouse gases, and how those efforts are driving improvements in energy efficiency, increasing the use of renewable energy, and reducing organic wastes. The board will also hear an update on the California WaterFix plan which will change how water is diverted from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The proposal would build three new water intakes with fish screens and two tunnels that will replace portions of the California aqueduct. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in district offices at Inca Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.

MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING A DOG WITH A WRENCH

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Sunday night, after neighbors say he beat a dog with a wrench. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were dispatched to the 49800 block of Visnaga Avenue about 9:15 p.m. for a report that a man, later identified as Charles Flowers, 23, had tied a wrench to a rope and hit a restrained pit bull with the wrench. The deputy observed swelling and injuries to the dog’s mouth. Flowers allegedly admitted to the deputy that he hit the dog. Charles Flowers was arrested for investigation of felony animal cruelty, and for failure to appear in court for driving with a suspended license. Flowers was booked into West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $51,726.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF THREATS AND ASSAULT

A 20-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of assaulting and threatening another man. According to a Sheriff’s report, a contractor was at a home in the 55800 block of Mountain View Avenue when he said the resident’s grandson, identified as Josiah Fisher, punched him in the face. The victim told deputies he was trying to call the Sheriff’s Department to report the assault when Fisher allegedly stole his cell phone to prevent him from making the call. After an investigation, Josiah Fisher was arrested on suspicion of attempting to dissuade a witness, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.

THIEVES STOLE THE TRAILER BUT LEFT THE BOAT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case of the thieves who stole a trailer and left the boat behind. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the intersection of Booth Road and Mitch Lane in Landers about 10:30 a.m. for a report of a boat abandoned in and blocking the dirt road. The caller said the thieves strapped it to a Joshua Tree and fled with the trailer. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

WE REVIEW THE WHODUNIT “THE MOUSETRAP” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 opened “The Mousetrap” last weekend. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely attended and says director Katie Fleischman makes a directorial debut befitting the Theatre 29 mainstage with Agatha Christie’s mystery thriller…

A group of travelers find themselves snowed-in with a murderer afoot. Sergeant Trotter convincingly played by Chris Fleischman, arrives to protect the group from a murderer he believes will kill again. Giles and Molly Ralston are deftly portrayed by a pair of theatre vets, Charles Harvey and Char Childs. The eccentric architect Christopher Wren is enthusiastically portrayed by Robert Ames. The bitter Mrs. Boyle is played with verve by Kathryn Ferguson and the androgynous Miss Caswell is pleasantly portrayed by Lisa Goldberg. Rounding out the cast are Ron Bottorff as the stern Major Metcalf and the mysterious Mr. Paravicini played by Joe Rego. The cozy set is complete with falling snow, a burning fire and lighting that sets a mysterious mood, complete with lovely period costumes.

“The Mousetrap” will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s at 2:30 through October 22. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.

THE DESERT AND SOUTHWEST FEATURED AT LECTURE TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Photos of the American Southwest and a classic book of essays about the desert will be the focus of the Second Wednesday Lecture series by the Morongo Basin Historical Society. Mary Austin’s book, “The Land of Little Rain” was published in 1903 and describes the people who lived in the desert and its special beauty. Walter Feller has spent years photographing the Mojave Desert, and his photos will pair with Austin’s book. The lecture will be held 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. Admission is $5.

CHAPARRAL ARTISTS CALL FOR WORK FOR FALL FINE ART SHOW

Artists are invited to submit artwork to the Chaparral Artists Art Guild’s Fall Fine Art Show. Artists should bring their art to Rainbow Stew Thursday, October 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. or Friday, October 13, from 10:30 to noon. An opening reception and awards ceremony are set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 15. The judged show is open to non-members. The show will be on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley through Thursday, November 9.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in on the agenda…

The board’s meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a closed session to confer with labor negotiators and with attorneys over anticipated litigation due to a bid deficiency. They will then reconvene at 3 p.m. to open session. Following regular reports and information items, the trustees will consider a policy about weapons on campus and a policy about where, when, and how students may exercise their free speech on campus. The board will also be asked to approved of a bid for the Bell Center Gymnasium bleachers and the approval of the contracts of two athletic trainers. Tomorrow’s meeting takes place in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat volleyball team traveled to Yucca Valley High School and lost to the Trojans in three sets.
The junior varsity team beat Yucca Valley in two sets.

Coach Missy Bond said the Ladycats were led by Senior Lindsey Scamman with nine kills and one block. Junior Lea Speer had five kills and senior Cheryl Jensen had three kills and two ace serves. Junior Gabby Mackall had two kills, one ace serve, one block and 14 assists. Nicole Elmer added two kills for the night.

In tennis, the Ladycats of Twentynine Palms defeated the Trojans of Yucca Valley 10 to 8. In singles action, the Ladycats were led by Alicia Gilchrist, Tamesha Jefferson, and Shaelita Chestnut, who each won two sets. In doubles action, the Ladycats were led by the teams of Danny Morrissey/Alexis Soster and Saniyah Solwazi/Rosalind Carrllo, who both won two sets. The Ladycats improve to 6 and 1 in conference play. The Ladycats host the Rattlers of Rancho Mirage High School on Thursday.