TWO KILLED IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS AFTERNOON

Updated 11/5/17 8 a.m. with second victim’s identity

Updated 11/4/17 9 a.m. with additional details from the Sheriff’s Dept.

Updated 11/4/17 7:30 a.m. with one victim’s identity

Two people were killed and two people were injured following a multi-vehicle crash in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon. According to Deputy Ryan Arthurton, at 2:07 p.m., a silver Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound on the highway near La Honda Way, when for unknown reasons, the driver sideswiped a blue Chevy pick-up truck, also traveling eastbound on the highway. The Toyota started flipping and rolling over and landed on the roof of a white Lincoln, which had moved into the westbound left turn lane, and then bounced off. Both the driver of the Toyota, identified as Doreen Hollingsworth, 83, of Yucca Valley, and her passenger, 83-year-old Duane Griffin of Morongo Valley, were killed in the crash. A man and woman in the Lincoln received scrapes and abrasions and were taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The male driver of the Chevy pick-up truck was uninjured. Both east- and westbound lanes were closed during the Sheriff’s investigation, and did not re-open until about 9:30-10 p.m.

 

LOW-INCOME SENIORS, DISABLED, MAY APPLY TO POSTPONE PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

The state of California is once again allowing some residents to postpone paying their property taxes. Reporter Rebecca Havely says if you are low-income or disabled, you may be eligible…

There is help available if you can’t afford your property taxes. If you are at least 62 years old, or are blind or disabled; own and occupy your own home; have a total household income of $35,500 or less; have at least 40 percent equity in your property; and do not have a reverse mortgage on your property, you may apply to postpone your property tax payment. Be aware that property tax payments that are postponed are subject to 7 percent interest. Property owners must re-apply each year and meet eligibility requirements. Applications are accepted through February 10, and will be processed in the order they are received. Applications are available by calling 800-952-5661, or online at sco.ca.gov.

FREE NUTRITION AND EXERCISE CLASS TUESDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER

The county is offering a free exercise and nutrition class on Tuesdays, through November 7. The classes will cover nutrition guidelines, medication management, and stretching, balance, and flexibility exercises. The one-hour classes will be held at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe Road at 9:30 a.m. There will be give-aways and raffle prizes.

NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND

Sky’s the Limit and Joshua Tree National Park are co-sponsoring a night sky festival this weekend, Friday, November 10, through Sunday, November 12. The free events—which will include solar viewing and an astronomy fair by day, and night sky viewing and astronomy programs by night—run from 5 p.m. Friday, November 10, to 2 p.m. Sunday, November 12, and will be held at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and at various locations inside Joshua Tree National Park. Entrance fees into the park apply on Friday, November 10, but entrance will be free November 11 and 12 due to the Veterans’ Day holiday. A full schedule of events is available at

https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/night-sky-festival.htm

ENTRIES NEEDED FOR 20TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE

The Yucca Valley Rotary Club is now accepting applications for its 20th annual Festival of Lights parade. Reporter Andrew Dieleman enlightens you on how to participate in the parade…

Entries are now being accepted for the 20th annual Yucca Valley Festival of Lights parade. The light parade is set for Saturday, December 9, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Bannock and Santa Fe Trail, and heads west on Santa Fe to the Hi-Desert Water District’s office at Inca Trail. The parade theme is “Light Up the World.” Clubs, organizations, businesses and even individuals are encouraged to enter their float, car, boat, truck, pets or anything that can be lit up. All entries are $25. Entry forms are available at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. The parade will conclude with a visit from Santa and a puppet show at the water district’s office. For more information call 760-365-1988.

VETERANS’ DAY TRIBUTE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, DESERT HOT SPRINGS SATURDAY

The City of Twentynine Palms will host the Morongo Basin’s Veterans Day Tribute 2017. This annual event alternates each year between the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms. There will be static equipment displays from law enforcement, fire departments, and the military, as well as music, a free barbecue, and entertainment. The Marine Sandpiper and the Marine Corps Color guard will open the ceremony at 11 a.m. Colonel Ricardo Martinez will be the guest speaker. The Veterans Day Tribute will be held Saturday, November 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Veterans Park, next to the Twentynine Palms City Hall.

A Veteran’s Day tribute will be held in Desert Hot Springs Saturday, November 11. Sponsored by the city, event will feature Boy Scout Troop 1606, and the Desert Hot Springs High School Junior ROTC. The VFW Post 1534 will honor five veterans with “Continuing to Serve” awards. Residents can nominate veterans via a link in this story at z1077fm.com. The event will be held at Veterans Park on Palm Drive; seating begins at 8:30 a.m. and it starts at 9 a.m.

Citizens can nominate a veteran at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6WLZGH.