PIT PUG MIX LOST IN 29 PALMS

PIT PUG MIX LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female

Pitbull Pug mix, black, wearing collar.

Lost near: Wilson Way, Desert Heights in Twentynine Palms.

Call: Kerry 909-856-0537

HUSKY MIX FOUND IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS

HUSKY MIX FOUND IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS

Female, grey and white with blue eyes, wearing Collar

Street and Cross Street: Old Woman Springs / Moonstone

City: Flamingo Heights

Name: Cory

Phone Number: 760-364-4200

TABBY LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

TABBY LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Female grey and black with green eyes.

Lost near: Belfair Drive in Joshua Tree.

Call: Gene 442-666-9036

PIT BULL FOUND IN 29 PALMS

PIT BULL FOUND IN 29 PALMS

Male, brindle

Found near: Indian Cove & Indian Trail in 29 Palms.

Call: Mona Lisa 760-401-5076

CORONER IDENTIFIES VICTIMS IN FRIDAY’S YUCCA VALLEY CRASH

The County Coroner’s office has identified the victims in the multi-vehicle crash that killed two people in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon. Doreen Hollingsworth, 83, of Yucca Valley, and Duane Griffin, 83, of Morongo Valley, were traveling eastbound in a silver Toyota Corolla on Highway 62 near La Honda Way about 2:07 p.m. when for unknown reasons, the Toyota sideswiped a blue Chevy pick-up truck, also traveling eastbound on the highway. Hollingsworth lost control of the Corolla, and the car started rolling over, and landed on the roof of a white Lincoln—which had moved into the westbound turn lane—before falling off. Hollingsworth and Griffin were killed in the crash. The man and woman in the Lincoln suffered minor injuries and were taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The driver of the pick-up truck was uninjured. Both east-and westbound lanes of Highway 62 were closed during the Sheriff’s investigation, backing up traffic for miles in both directions, until the highway was re-opened between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH SUNDAY

A 35-year-old man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Yucca Valley Sunday afternoon. According to County Battalion Fire Chief Mike Snow, the motorcycle rider lost control on Old Woman Springs Road near Farrello Road about 3:30 p.m. The unidentified rider suffered serious injuries and was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

COUNTY PLANNERS MEET FOR JOSHUA TREE, HOMESTEAD VALLEY, MORONGO VALLEY

County planners return to the Morongo Basin tonight to talk with residents of Joshua Tree, Homestead Valley, Pioneertown and Morongo Valley. It is the last such meeting related to an Environmental Impact Report, or EIR, on the coming Countywide Plan. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…
The 2017 Countywide Plan is an update of the 2007 Community Plans. This update will govern every aspect of development in unincorporated areas for years to come. Tonight’s meeting is a follow up to last month’s Countywide Plan EIR scoping meeting. County planners hope to bring residents of the Basin’s unincorporated areas together to help assure essential areas will be studied in the Countywide Plan’s EIR. Residents of Joshua Tree, Homestead Valley, Pioneertown and Morongo Valley will want to bring questions and visions for their communities. The comment period closes November 20. Tonight’s meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center located behind the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Street in Joshua Tree.

FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO FIRES IN JOSHUA TREE AND YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY

Area firefighters responded to two fires called in at the same time Saturday morning. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, at 11:04 a.m., firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa were called to a house fire in the 61900 block of Golden Street in Joshua Tree. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy black smoke and flames visible from the living room area of the home, extending into the patio area, and the homeowner’s 67-year-old son trying unsuccessfully to put out the flames with a garden hose. Fire crews immediately began an aggressive exterior attack on the fire, and had the fire under control in about 15 minutes. The home’s main living area received extensive damage, with a fire loss estimated at more than $100,000.

Photo courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Department

While at the scene, county fire paramedics learned that the homeowner’s son suffered burns and smoke inhalation from his efforts to put out the flames. The man was resistant to being taken to a hospital for further care and observation, but finally after about 45 minutes Morongo Basin Ambulance took him to Arrowhead Medical Center. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

And in Yucca Valley, firefighters were also called at 11:04 to a possible vegetation fire near Barron Drive and Avalon Avenue. Firefighters from Twentynine Palms, CalFire, and the Combat Center responded and found a single off-road vehicle fully involved in flames. An aggressive attack had the fire quickly put out, but the vehicle is a total loss. The fire had not spread into the surrounding vegetation. Fire crews determined that the owner had recently completed some mechanical repairs on the vehicle, which was a homemade sand rail. While testing the repairs, the vehicle started on fire. The occupants were unharmed.

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN SCAMMED OUT OF $9,700

Recently, a Joshua Tree woman was scammed out of $9700 when someone based in India convinced her that her computer was hacked. Over a two-week period, the victim sent the fake company $9700 via gift cards to fix the non-existent problem on her computer. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how to avoid being a victim of computer scams…
If you get a call or email or pop-up message out of the blue from someone claiming to be from Microsoft or Apple, or a cyber security company, and who is warning you about viruses, malware, or other problems on your computer, be aware this is a scam. These scammers will often claim to be from tech support and ask for remote access to your computer, or say your computer has a virus and you need to purchase a program to get rid of it. If you receive a message, phone call, or email like this, stop. Don’t click on any links. Don’t give them control of your computer. And don’t send them any money, and especially don’t send them gift cards. Legitimate companies are not paid in gift cards. If you fell for the scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF MULTIPLE BURGLARIES

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday, accused of burglarizing several homes in Twentynine Palms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called October 22 about several homes that had been burglarized near the 69100 block of Old Chisholm Trail. On Friday, November 3, deputies received a tip about a possible suspect in the October burglaries. Deputies contacted Nathan Feldman, 38, in the 69800 block of Sunny Sands in Twentynine Palms, who is on felony probation for burglary. Deputies found at Feldman’s home approximately $15,000 worth of stolen property, including three antique firearms, two off-road vehicles, tools, and other items. Nathan Feldman was arrested for investigation of burglary, possession of stolen property, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Feldman was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING PEDESTRIAN WITH VEHICLE IN WALMART PARKING LOT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday, accused of hitting a pedestrian with his car and then leaving the scene. According to a Sheriff’s report, Clifford Donohoo, 89, of Joshua Tree, was walking in the crosswalk in the Walmart parking lot when he was hit by a car, driven by Tony Herrera, 56. The report states that after hitting Donohoo, Herrera parked his car and walked into the store. Walmart employees located Herrera inside the store—despite his attempts to conceal his identity by removing the hat and sweater he was wearing at the time of the collision—and escorted him to the deputies at the scene. Clifford Donohoo was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries to his legs, hip, and elbows. Tony Herrera was arrested for felony hit-and-run causing injury, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

THE FUTURE OF THE TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS (TLC) PROGRAM

The future of the Tender Loving Christmas program was decided by members of the program Friday night at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there to hear the decision…
Mara Cantelo founded the Tender Loving Christmas program with the goal of ensuring that no one had to be alone for Christmas. Paul Hoffman, Cantelo’s long-time friend, announced that her recent passing meant the future of the program was in jeopardy. According to Hoffman, problems with the Franchise Tax Board and the IRS means that the program can no longer exist under the Tender Loving Christmas name. In honor of Cantelo’s service to the community, members of the TLC program agreed Friday night to re-name the program “Mara’s Christmas Wish.” Due to current budget constraints, Hoffman emphasized the need for devoted volunteers, donations, and sponsors to make the new program successful, but stated that accepting donations will have to wait until a new nonprofit partnership could be established for the program. According to Hoffman, that partnership will be announced on Wednesday, November 8. Hoffman closed the meeting by emphasizing that, as long as they have the support of the community, Mara’s Christmas Wish will continue Cantelo’s dream; to ensure that no one is alone for Christmas. For more information, contact Paul Hoffman at 760-365-1643.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL WINS THE 50TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BELL

By Ernest Martinez
Head Coach, Twentynine Palms High Scholl Football
 
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats clinched a CIF Southern Section playoff game with a 34-12 victory over Yucca Valley Friday night. Playing in the 50th annual Battle of the Bell, the Wildcats fell behind 6-0 early, and then scored 34 unanswered points en route to a dominating 34-12 victory. With the win, the Wildcats won their 13th consecutive game in the series, dating back to the 2005 contest.

D’Shaun Barrett led the team in total yardage, passing for 259 yards, with 10 completions of 17 passing attempts. Senior running back Hunter Tygart rushed for 92 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns. K.J. Magwood-Morton had an outstanding game with a 21-yard touchdown catch and a 57-yard reception. Jonathan Carson caught three passes for 50 yards, including a key diving reception which set up the go ahead score early in the second quarter. Isaiah Castaneda had two receptions for 60 yards and set up a third touchdown on a 35-yard pass play.

Defensively, the Wildcats held the Trojans to only 73 yards rushing, and held the visitors to their lowest point total of the season. Defensive standouts were Hunter Tygart, who had a 50-yard interception return and six total tackles. K.J. Magwood-Morton led the team in total tackles with 10 tackles. Finn O’Brien and Andrew Wallace had outstanding games as they combined for 20 tackles, two sacks, and two tackles for a loss. Cezar Hueso had an interception and a fumble recovery, and Nick Valenzuela had a forced fumble and two tackles in the game.

WILDCATS MOVE ON TO CIF PLAYOFFS

With the victory, the ’Cats secured their 15th playoff appearance since the 2001 season. The Wildcats will travel to Apple Valley to compete against the number-one ranked team in division 10. The Wildcats are the only De Anza league team to compete in the Division 10 playoff bracket, as Coachella Valley and Rancho Mirage will be in the Division 11 bracket this season. This will be the second time in two seasons that the Wildcats have traveled to take on the number one seed. Last season, they traveled to Katella High School and defeated the number-one seed to advance into the CIF semi-finals. 

Apple Valley is 10-0, having won the Mojave River league, and defeated Hesperia 42-7 last Friday to go 5-0 in league play. Both teams average 400 yards per game on offense and Apple Valley averages 42 points per game to the Wildcats’ 36 points per game. The game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night at Apple Valley High School, a facility the ’Cats have played in several times, as it is the same stadium hosted by Granite Hills High School. Granite Hills is the only common opponent between the two teams, as Twentynine Palms defeated the Cougars 55-13 in week 1, while Apple Valley won their contest 60-7 in week 2.