YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL IN CIF-QUARTER FINALS AT HOME TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ varsity volleyball team will host the Archer School for Girls in the CIF quarter-finals tonight. The play-off game begins at 7 p.m. in the Yucca Valley High School Trojan gym. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED, CHILDREN TAKE, AFTER “OVERWHELMING” AMOUNT OF ANIMAL FECES FOUND IN HOME

A Yucca Valley man was arrested, and three children were removed after deputies found an “overwhelming” amount of animal feces and urine inside his home. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called about noon Wednesday, to make a welfare check in the 58000 block of Carlyle Drive in Yucca Valley. Inside the house were William Pincott, 33, and his three children aged 2, 4, and 8, along with eight dogs and two ferrets. Deputies found “an overwhelming amount of animal feces and urine” inside the home. Deputies determined the children were living in squalor with very little food and several safety issues that posed serious threats to the children’s safety. A Yucca Valley Animal Control Officer took custody of the animals and the children were removed from the home by Children and Family Services. Based on the living conditions inside of the residence, William Pincott was arrested for felony child abuse and neglect and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

William Pincott

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY TAKING CDBG GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Town of Yucca Valley is taking applications for Community Development Block Grants. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells area community organizations how to apply…
The Town of Yucca Valley is soliciting applications from community organizations for 2018-19 community development block grants. Applications and instructions are available at a county website in this story at Z1077fm.com. All proposals and applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Friday, December 8, via a new online portal. No applications will be accepted after this date.
Application instructions can be accessed on CDH’s website at http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com/About-Us/Community-Development-Housing.aspx
Please do not send your application to the Town. All applications must be submitted via the application portal located at https://sbc.hdsoftware.net/login.

LOCAL MEETING ADDRESSES STATE’S NET ZERO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PROGRAM

When a residence or business produces as much or more energy than it consumes, it is said to be at net zero energy. In the coming years, all new construction in California will be required to achieve net zero. In this report, Mike Lipsitz shares how existing homes can achieve net zero as well …
The Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s fall Desert-Wise Living program focuses on California’s Net Zero Energy residential building program. You’re invited to learn about the concept with a focus on energy-saving retrofit possibilities for your home. Pathways to Zero Net Energy Living happens Saturday, November 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Yucca Valley Senior Center, located across the parking lot from the Community Center. Hear about Net Zero Energy retrofits from two experts from Southern California Edison. Local solar contractors, Yucca Valley town employees and others will have exhibits and guidance on the steps and incentives available for home owners. Refreshments will be served.

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HEARS FROM SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District board of directors met last night in regular session. Reporter Eric Knabe fill us in…
The meeting began with a presentation by Tom Baumgarten of the Morongo Unified School District. The presentation showed how the district‘s framework of a multi-tiered system of support is a major part of their mission to serve all the 8,600 students in the district. This was followed by the discussion of a memorial for Mara Cantelo. The tentative idea is having it in front of the new clinic on Split Rock Avenue in Twentynine Palms. This idea is still in early stage of development and much more discussion is to come. The report from CEO Jackie Combs was good news in that the healthcare district had been awarded two MBTA transportation grants in which they will purchase a new van with the capabilities to provide four ambulatory seats and two wheelchair and will be part of the LIFT Transportation Service.

JOSHUA TREE JAZZ BAND AT YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CENTER TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Senior Center invite you to come listen and dance to the sounds of the Joshua Tree Jazz Band at the roaring 20’s Flapper Party Saturday, November 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Ages 55 and older are free; under 55 are $5.

FISH AND CHIPS AT JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a Boy Scout’s fish and chips dinner tonight, (Friday, October 6) from 4 to 6 p.m. Two pieces of fish are $7; three pieces are $8. Sunday’s breakfast is Kenny’s chicken-fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree

TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK AN HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT

Spring forward, fall back. Yes, it’s that time again. Reporter Rebecca Havely reminds us to not only change our clocks, but also smoke alarm batteries…
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, which means it’s time to change our clocks again. In March, we “spring” forward one hour, so on the first Sunday in November, we “fall” back, gaining that hour we “lost” eight months ago. The official time change is 2 a.m. Sunday, but for most of us, that means we’ll need to set our clocks back one hour before we go to bed Saturday. Your local fire department urges you to use the time change as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms are extremely important in providing you early warning to get out in case of a fire. Some smoke alarms have a 10-year lithium battery and there is NO need to change these batteries every year. After 10 years you replace the smoke alarm with a new one.

HEALTHY GENERATIONS YARD SALE TODAY AND TOMORROW

The all-volunteer Center for Healthy Generations will hold a yard sale today and tomorrow, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Come find new and used saleable items such as books, toys, clothing, housewares, small appliances, artwork, tools, and jewelry. The Center is located at 57121 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley, between Sage Avenue and Old Woman Springs Road. For more information, please contact the Center at 760-365-9661.

FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING FREE MEAL TOMORROW

Food for Life is serving a free meal to those who need one tomorrow. Saturday, November 4, the United Methodist Church will be preparing a meal of chili, corn bread, salad, and brownies. The weekly meal is served at Church of the Nazarene, across from Del Taco, from 3 to 5 p.m. Look for the sign on the highway.

MEETING TONIGHT WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF TLC

With the passing earlier this year of the founder of Tender Loving Christmas, the future of the free annual Christmas dinner is in doubt. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a meeting will be held tonight to determine if the tradition will continue…
For the past 30 years Mara Cantelo made it possible for thousands to celebrate the holidays at a Christmas meal topped off with a visit from Santa and a guarantee that no one here had to spend the holiday alone. Her recent passing left the program with a crisis of leadership so large that its continuation remains uncertain at best. A handful of individuals have suggested Tender Loving Christmas be produced this Christmas in Cantelo’s memory. The group has set a meeting for people motivated to face an near impossible deadline and make the event happen this Christmas. They meet November 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Cholla Room at the Yucca Valley Community Center. There they’ll gauge if sufficient interest and commitment exists among area businesses, restaurants, non-profits, and individuals to move ahead. At that time a decision will be made to either start checking off items on the list or throw it all away. For more information contact Paul Hoffman at 760-365-1643 or paul_hoffman@roadrunner.com

REGISTER BY TOMORROW FOR UMBRELLA MINISTRIES ANNUAL PARENTS DINNER

Umbrella Ministries will host its annual parents’ dinner in Palm Desert Saturday, November 11, for mothers and fathers who have experienced the loss of a child. Supporters and bereaved parents are encouraged to join an evening of hope and a special program featuring speaker Greg Brown and soloist Debbie Frazer. The event will be held at the Desert Falls Country Club at 1111 Desert Falls Drive in Palm Desert. The cost is $35 per person and includes dinner. Attendees must register and pay in full by Saturday, November 4. Tickets are available at umbrellaministries.org. For more information, call Joyce Godier at 760-880-2909.

ARTIST TALK AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree library will host an artist talk tomorrow with Hi-Desert artist Zara Kand. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has information on the artist and how you can participate…Artist Zara Kand paints images she finds mysterious, and views art as a means of processing the subconscious. She uses symbolism,, curous landscapes, familiar yet distant, and figures that are often as confused as we are. Kand will take part in an artist talk, presented at the Joshua Tree library Saturday, November 4, at 3 p.m. The artist talk is free to the public and light refreshments will be served. Kand’s art will be exhibited in the library through December.

UFC AT TORTOISE ROCK TONIGHT

Tortoise rock casino will host a viewing party for the UFC middleweight title fight Saturday, November 4. Champion Michael “The Count” Bisping will face challenger George “Rush” St.-Pierre. Bisping has won 12 of his last 16 fights, including five consecutive victories. The fight starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tortoise Rock Casino is located on Baseline Road near Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STUDENT ART SHOW AT THE GLASS OUTHOUSE

Copper Mountain College art students have once again partnered with the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery for their upcoming fourth annual art show. Reporter Eric Knabe has all the artistic details…Come to the CMC student art show reception on Saturday, November 4, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Musical entertainment and refreshments will be provided. All works will be on display and available for purchase. The CMC student art show will be available for viewing from November 4-26.  The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery is located at 77575 Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms and is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For information, contact Laurel Seidle, 760-367-3807.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL WINS 2ND ROUND CIF PLAYOFF GAME

In second-round CIF playoffs, the Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball team beat the Aztecs of Mark Keppel High School in four sets. Head Coach Darrell Sterling said, “We played very well tonight. The girls played at a higher tempo with not a lot of service errors. These are things we will have to continue to do as we move forward in CIF.”  Riley Vallo led with 16 kills. Zena Yackimow had five kills and five blocks. Julia Conrad had 10 kills, two blocks, and seven service aces. Setter Alessa Luckino had 18 assists. Sophmore EJ Day had nine kills and 17 assists.

50TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BELL CROSS-TOWN RIVALRY FOOTBALL GAME TONIGHT

Tonight is the 50th annual Battle of the Bell, when the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will travel to Twentynine Palms to play their cross-basin rivals, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats. At stake is the Kiwanis Club Bell, which has been won by the Twentynine Palms Wildcats 31 out of 49 years. The winner of Friday’s game will move on to the CIF southern section play-offs. Kick off for the varsity game is 7 p.m. at Tom Nicoll Field in Twentynine Palms. The junior varsity game starts at 4 p.m. Fans are urged to arrive early.