GERMAN SHEPARD LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

GERMAN SHEPARD LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female tan and black wearing a collar.

Lost near: Yucca Mesa and Sunflower in Yucca Valley.

Call: Kaylynn 760-715-4528

LAWSUIT FILED OPPOSING CADIZ WATER PROJECT

The Cadiz water project— a plan to pump water from a desert aquifer and sell it to a water agency in Orange County— has hit another obstacle. The Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, and the Center for Food Safety have filed a joint lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s reversal of President Obama’s policies that required a federal environmental review before the project could move forward. The Cadiz project would pump 16 billion gallons of water annually out of the aquifer east of Twentynine Palms and send it to Orange County by piping it alongside a railroad. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains why the organizations are suing…
Opponents of the Cadiz water project say that the 16 billion gallons of water drawn from the aquifer every year would be depleted faster than it could be replaced. A Center for Biological Diversity spokeswoman said, “Pumping ancient groundwater from the Mojave Desert to water suburban lawns in Orange County will devastate wildlife and the entire ecosystem relying on that water for survival.”
A Cadiz spokeswoman responded that the pumped water is equal to the amount that is lost through evaporation. She adds the Cadiz water project “will safely and sustainably provide new water for 400,000 people and bring jobs and economic opportunity to local labor, veteran and disadvantaged communities without harm to the environment.” Furthermore, she said, “The Center for Biological Diversity and its co-litigants have lost every case they have previously brought challenging this safe and sustainable project.”

MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD ABUSE

We have limited information about a Morongo Valley man who was arrested Tuesday, accused of felony child abuse. According to Sheriff’s booking records, Samuel Grey, 26, of the 50900 block of Oregon Trail, was arrested on a warrant about 4:30 p.m. on suspicion of inflicting corporal injury to a child, with an enhancement of causing gross bodily injury to a child under 5 years old. The incident in question allegedly occurred August 16. Samuel Grey was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $175,000.

SEX OFFENDER WITH MULTIPLE ADDRESSES ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A convicted sex offender with multiple addresses was arrested in Yucca Valley Tuesday, accused of failing to register as a sex offender. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident called deputies about 1 p.m. Tuesday to report that two men, who were camping in the desert behind Walmart in Yucca Valley, were trying to attack him and his chihuahua. The caller said one man held up a fidget spinner and said they would beat him up and knock him out with it. After an investigation, Robert Rogers, 67, was arrested for investigation of failing to register his new address with local law enforcement. On the Megan’s Law website, Rogers is listed as being a resident of Oceanside, but Rogers’ booking record indicates he is a resident of Desert Hot Springs. Robert Rogers was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.

STAY SAFE WITH HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

Now that the Christmas season is here, many people are decorating their homes and yards. Reporter Tanisha Cureton offers the following safety tips from the San Bernardino County Fire Department…
With the holiday season upon us, the San Bernardino County Fire Dept. reminds residents of the following holiday decorating and natural Christmas tree safety tips:
Inspect all your lights and cords for breaks, fraying, and damaged connections. If you’re using an artificial tree, make sure it is made of safe, fireproof materials. Use miniature lights to produce less heat and reduce drying. Don’t forget to water your real tree EVERY DAY. Recycle your tree after the holidays. Never burn your natural tree; it can be explosive.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WITH A STOLEN CAR

A Yucca valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of being in possession of a stolen car. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, about 9:30 a.m., Joel Gomez, 56, was arrested by the Auto Theft Task Force for investigation of possession of a stolen 2000 BMW, and on warrants for possession of stolen property, vehicle theft, and violating the terms of his probation. Joel Gomez was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

AN ARREST FOR TRANSPORTATION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

A Highland man was arrested Tuesday, accused of transporting methamphetamine for sales. According to a Sheriff’s report, Darby Hess, 47, was at the Sheriff’s station at 3:40 p.m. when he was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sale of speed. Darby Hess was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

WE REVIEW, “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” AT THEATRE 29

“Meet Me In St. Louis” opened last weekend at Theatre 29 to enthusiastic crowds. The Smiths have a son and four daughters; this is their story at the turn of the century on the brink of the St. Louis world fair. Entertainment Reporter Rebecca Havely attended, and offers this review of the
production…
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are portrayed by Theatre 29 veteran actors Dennis “Easy” Boos and Katie Fleischman. Boos is charming in his big song “A Day in New York.” Their eldest Lon is played by James Hodgson. Their four delightful daughters are all extremely well cast. The youngest Tootie is played with gusto by young talent Zoee Stoker. Anna Pollnow is perfect in her role with a delightful voice in the role of daughter Agnes. Eldest daughter Rose is played by Kegan Longuevan who possesses a lovely voice and stage presence. Drea Kelley as Esther Smith leads the big musical with her talents. She makes you want to fall in love with the “Boy Next Door” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Joined by the beautiful operatic vocals of Randy Smith, as her love interest John Truitt. Kurt Schauppner as Grandpa adds a touch of laughter, and Kelly Ames adds “A Touch of the Irish” as the family’s maid. The show boasts delightful choreography by Lisa Goldberg, gorgeous period costumes and a lovely set all helmed by award winning artistic and musical director Kathryn Ferguson. This big old fashioned musical will have the whole family humming its familiar tunes.
“Meet Me in St Louis” will run weekends through December 17 Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are from $8 To $15 and may be purchased on line at theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.

A NEW VAN AND A CHECK FOR THE MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority presented a new van and a check for more than $17,000 to the Morongo Basin Healthcare District at its meeting earlier this month. The 2017 Ford Transit-350 van and check for $17,579 came out of the MBTA’s Transportation Assistance Grant program, which funds vehicles and grants to support specialty transportation needs in the Morongo Basin. No local taxpayer funds are used in the program. The van will be used for the healthcare district’s LIFT transportation services program that provides more than 200 trips per week for residents to get to non-emergency medical appointments. The van is also wheelchair accessible. The grant funds will be used to help with the program’s fuel and maintenance costs.

From left: Joe Sullivan, MBHD board member; Mark Goodale, general manager, MBTA; Joe Meer, director cooperative purchasing and grants, MBTA; MacArthur Wright, mayor pro tem 29Palms; Marge Doyle, Bob Armstrong, Dianne Greenhouse, Paul Hoffman, MBHD board members; Jackie Combs, CEO, MBHD; and Joe Ruddon, director business development, MBHD.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE HOSTING 49 BUCK ART SALE SATURDAY

Copper Mountain College’s Fine Arts Program is again hosting the 49 Bucks Art Sale. Reporter Eric Knabe has all the artistic details…
On December 2, at 4 p.m., artists from across the basin have donated their artistic talents towards over one hundred, 5 x 7 inch canvases, which will be displayed anonymously and sold for 49 bucks each. Interested buyers must have a keen eye, because the artist’s name remains a mystery until after purchase. The sale promises to be a fun-filled, fast-paced event with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a no-host wine bar. All funds raised go directly to scholarships and support for students enrolled in the Art Program at CMC. The event will be held at the Bell Center Community Room on the CMC campus. For more information, contact Professor Cathy Allen at 760-366-3791 ext. 0600.

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ON THE Z107.7 “UP CLOSE” SHOW TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District will be the subject of the z107.7 “Up Close” show tomorrow. Assistant Superintendents Amy Woods and Debby Turner will talk about the new ACES Academy program, changes and challenges within the schools, and plans for the future. Call and ask what you want to know about our local schools on the Z107.7 Up Close show, Friday morning at 10:00 am here on Z107.7 Radio.

EMPOWERMENT COACH AT RAINBOW STEW TONIGHT

An empowerment coach who will help you identify your dreams and life’s purpose will be at Rainbow Stew Thursday. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to get tickets…
Dr. Dream is an empowerment coach who will give a presentation on Tibetan healing bowls, essential oils, and raw chocolate at Rainbow Stew, Thursday, November 30. In addition, he will collaborate with Joan of Angels. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $33 at the door, and are available at touroflove.com. Rainbow Stew is located on the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team traveled to play the Yucaipa Thunderbirds Wednesday night. Coach T.J. Stanford said the ’Cats were victorious with a 95-84 score. The ’Cats will play Friday in the semifinals of the Beaumont Tip-Off Classic at 7 p.m.
D’Shaun Barrett led in scoring with 37 points, going a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Adam Bell had 19 points, brother Abraham Bell had 15, Jordan Toa added 13 tough points.

Coming up in high school sports, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ soccer team will participate in the Desert Mirage tournament in Thermal, today through Saturday.

COLLEGE SPORTS

The Copper Mountain College Men’s Fighting Cacti basketball team will play in the Mount San Jacinto tournament tonight, Friday, and Saturday in Hemet.
 

BLUE NOSED PIT LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

BLUE NOSED PIT LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male, All gray with white on chest, forehead and back of neck.

Wearing black collar with ID tag very friendly.

Lost near: Barberry and Antelope in Yucca Valley

Call: Devon 909-301-3347

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL CAUGHT IN CALIFORNIA ELECTION CHANGE TSUNAMI

What came out of last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting is that a huge wave of change is likely to hit Twentynine Palms soon.

A quiet tsunami sweeping through California. That’s how a Twentynine Palms demographer described the effects of a law requiring cities to transition from at-large to district-based elections. The idea is to avoid drowning minority voices in the swallowing of their neighborhoods. But if the change is a tsunami, the entire populace of this small community is about to get drowned.

“It’s worse than an uphill battle. We’re trying to scale a cliff that is virtually impossible.”

That’s Mayor John Cole describing his opposition, a sentiment shared by virtually the entire Council and every speaker at a recent public hearing. At last night’s Council meeting, however, they all got cued in by the city’s legal counsel; fighting, he said, would likely cost millions and still result in a loss.

So now the question isn’t so much how to stop it as how to live with it. Surviving a tsunami, after all, requires life jackets. The search for them will continue during three more public hearings.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MOVING ON ACCESSORY STRUCTURES

The Town of Yucca Valley has recently received requests to build guest houses and casitas on residential properties with single family homes, as well as to build garages between the house and the street. Because the town’s development code does not address any of the issues associated with the number of or placement of accessory structures, the planning commission discussed the issue at its meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff details what they decided…

The Yucca Valley Development Code allows property owners to build up to four accessory buildings, such as a guest house, garage, storage shed, and barn, on their property, but doesn’t address how many of each structure may be built. So a single-family home could theoretically have the main house, plus four guest houses or casitas on the property. At last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, commissioners generally agreed that the number, types, looks, and placement of accessory structures depends on the property’s lot size; a 10- or even 1-acre lot is a lot different than a half-acre lot. Commissioners also generally agreed they would prefer that the accessory structures look similar to the main residence, and that they didn’t necessarily like the idea of metal garages between the main house and the residential street. The commission authorized the deputy town manager to initiate amendments to the development code and bring them to the town council.

BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT OFFICE TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, November 30, at Hi-Desert Water District, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR “MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR”

The deadline is fast approaching for the Military Child of the Year awards for military children between the ages 13 and 18 in each branch of the service. Reporter Rebecca Havely explains how to enter your military child…

The Military Child of the Year awards will recognize six children between the ages of 13 and 18, one each from the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard, for their scholarship, with a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C. The awards are based on the child’s volunteerism, leadership, and extracurricular involvement, while facing the challenges of military family life. A seventh award for innovation will be given to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge. Anyone may submit nomination for the awards. The deadline for nominations is Monday, December 4. To submit a nomination, go to a link in this story at z1077fm.com. The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. on April 19.

www.militarychildoftheyear.org

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER INTERVIEWING BOARD CANDIDATES TOMORROW

Update: This story has been changed to reflect the correct day of the meeting.

 

With the passing of Mara Cantelo and the retirement of Mary Jane Binge from the governing board of Morongo Basin Community Health Center, the board development committee held a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday to interview candidates for the board. The committee will then forward its recommendations on to the governing board for approval. The meeting will be held in district offices, 6530 La Contenta Road in Yucca Valley.