DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ACCUSED OF PLOTTING TO KILL POLICE OFFICERS

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested Friday, accused of plotting to ambush and kill police officers and civilians. According to the Desert Hot Springs police, officers received a tip from a Desert Hot Springs business that Oscar Rene Parra Rincon, 39, had illegally purchased ammunition and was planning to shoot people, and then shoot and kill the responding officers. Officers learned that Parra Rincon was at a home in the 68000 block of Calle Azteca in Desert Hot Springs, and with the assistance of the Coachella Valley Gang Task Force and the Riverside County Sheriff’s department, surrounded the home. Parra Rincon surrendered about 9:15 p.m. without incident. Oscar Parra-Rincon was arrested for investigation of kidnapping, attempted murder, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and violating his probation. Parra-Rincon was booked into the Banning Jail with his bail set at $3,005,000.

TURN CLOCKS BACK AN HOUR

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 tonight. 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.

COOK’S BILL ON HELIUM PASSES HOUSE, GOES TO SENATE

A bill sponsored by Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to allow helium extraction from federal lands—under the same terms as those for gas and oil—was passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday. Helium is used not only for balloons, but in MRIs, air-to-missile guidance systems, and semiconductors. After helium is mined, it is stored in the Federal Helium Reserve which has about 40 percent of the helium needed to meet demand; however, a 2013 law requires that the helium reserve be sold by 2021 and the facility closed. Following the United States in mining helium are Algeria, Qatar, and Russia. Cook said that given the political, economic, and diplomatic uncertainty surrounding many of the largest foreign suppliers of helium, it would be dangerous for America to become dependent on them. The bill now goes to the Senate.

29 PALMS ART GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold its opening reception Saturday, November 4, for its new art show. Featured artists include Doug Dolde and Paula Izydorek, along with guild members. Come meet the artists from 5 to 7 p.m. and enjoy light refreshments. The show runs through November 26. Gallery hours are 11 to 3 Thursdays through Sundays.

NEW SHOW OPENS THIS WEEKEND AT GALLERY 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

Gallery 62’s new art exhibition, “Autumn Allure” is now on display at the gallery in downtown Joshua Tree. Featured artists this month include Heather Sprague, Ed Keesling, Susan Kearns, Elijah Grubbs, and Cheryl Kandel. Paul Morehead will show his latest landscape photographs in the Signature room. An opening reception is set for Saturday, November 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will include music by Pat Kearns and a birthday celebration for artist Cheryl Kandel. The show runs through November 26. Gallery hours are noon to 3 Fridays and Sundays, and Saturdays 9 to 3. Gallery 62 is located at 61607 29 Palms Highway, Suite H, in downtown Joshua Tree.

CHAPARRAL ARTISTS GUILD TO HOLD JUDGED PHOTO SHOW

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

DON’T MISS THE WEED SHOW THIS WEEKEND IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

With roots going back to the 1940s, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society’s annual Weed Show at the Old Schoolhouse Museum is as much a part of fall as the cool temperatures. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…

The Weed Show is one of Twentynine Palms’ oldest and most unique artistic traditions. This annual display, now in its seventh decade, features artistic arrangements of indigenous desert vegetation and found objects both natural and man-made. Think of it as local rendition of the traditional floral display. Each show follows a specific theme. The 2017 Weed Show theme is “No Business Like Old Business.” The event takes place  Saturday, November 4, from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Weed Show highlights the beauty of local flora and the skill of local artisans. For more information visit 29PalmsHistorical.com.

EATING DISORDERS EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

How to cope with eating disorders and other problems rooted in trauma will be explored at tomorrow’s Lifetree Café. The program, titled “Triumph Over Trauma: One Woman’s Struggle with Anorexia,” features a filmed interview with a victim of anorexia whose eating disorder threatened to end her life.

During the free one-hour program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to share events or traumas that have impacted their own lives.  Lifetree Café, located in Twentynine Palms behind Little Church of the Desert on Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue, starts at 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2597.

ESSENTIAL OILS CLASS AT RAINBOW STEW

If you are wondering what essential oils are all about, Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley will hold free informational introduction classes. You’ll be able to experience the oils and see for yourself how many uses they have. Classes will be held November 6 and 27, at 4 p.m., and November 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 1 p.m. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

JOGGING SAFETY TIPS

Many people enjoy jogging or running, but if they’re not careful, they can be victimized by criminals. Runners or joggers are often so preoccupied with their run that they are not paying attention to their surroundings or realize what is happening around them. Reporter Eric Knabe offers the following personal safety tips for joggers or runners…

Jog or run with a known companion. Jog or run in a familiar area. Do not jog or run in a dark or secluded area. Do not jog or run after dark. Particularly if jogging or running alone, don’t wear headphones or earbuds. Do not talk on your phone, which is a major distraction. Do not run or jog near bushes which can provide concealment. Vary your route and pattern. Carry a whistle or high-decibel, battery-powered personal alarm device. If followed, get to the nearest residence, open business, or group of people. Carry your motor vehicle or home key with you.

ZUMBA-THON TO BENEFIT REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN

Reach Out Morongo Basin will hold a Zumba-thon in November as part of the annual Give Big campaign. The Zumba-thon is set for Saturday, November 18, from 10 to 2 at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center. Participants will give donations to take part in the Zumba-thon. Reach Out is looking for vendors for the Zumba-thon, and for businesses and individuals who would like to match donations for the Give Big event. For more information, call Scott Clinkscales at 760-361-1410.