PIT BULL PUPPY FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

PIT BULL PUPPY FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

Female, brown brindle, with white chest.

Found near: Sunbrust by Joshua Tree Elementary

Call: Maria 760-401-2370

YUCCA VALLEY TO PUT COMMERCIAL CANNABIS PROPOSAL TO A VOTE

More than 40 people got up before the Yucca Valley Town Council last night to give their opinions on what the town should do concerning a citizens’ petition to permit commercial cannabis operations in town limits. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there during the marathon meeting and says residents will have the chance to vote on it themselves…

After listening to two hours of public comment on commercial cannabis operations last night, the Yucca Valley Town Council unanimously voted to order an impact report and to hold an election next year to let the residents decide whether the businesses should be permitted in town limits. Speakers for the grow operations spoke about the jobs and revenue the grow operations bring. Raymond Navis who has written about 100 articles on cannabis cultivation, quoted the CEO of the Canndescent marijuana cultivation and manufacturing operation in Desert Hot Springs: “We have about 35 jobs in our Desert Hot Springs facility, that number will grow to 75 by March. All have health benefits and stock options. Our current payroll is $100,000 per month and we anticipate it will double in the next three to four months.”

Other supporters said property values in areas with grow operations have skyrocketed, crime has decreased, and the investors use local residents and businesses to build and staff the operations.

Opponents countered that marijuana is still illegal under federal law, the operations would use too much water, and that Yucca Valley residents should decide if the businesses should be permitted in town limits.

Council member Merl Abel summed up the feelings of the council. “As a council member, I have a real problem representing the community when I don’t know what our marching orders are.”

The impact report will be presented to the council at the December 5 meeting, at which time the council will order a special election. It’s hoped the election can be combined with the state election in June, 2018.

In other business, the council approved a contract with a company that will ensure that owners of short-term vacation rentals in the town are in compliance with town regulations. The council also set the permit fees for vacation rentals at $434 for the first year, with a slight discount for subsequent years if there are no complaints.

It was a full house at the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting, as the council discussed the citizens’ initiative to permit commercial cannabis operations in town limits. More than 40 people spoke on the issue at the meeting.

FORMERLY TLC, “MARA”S WISH” GROUP TO MEET THIS AND EVERY FRIDAY

Approximately 75 volunteers met last week to determine if Tender Loving Christmas would continue after the passing of its founder, Mara Cantelo. The group unanimously agreed to continue the program under a new name, “Mara’s Christmas Wish.” With more here’s reporter Rebecca Havely…
For 30 years Mara Cantelo made sure that those less fortunate had a place to celebrate Christmas, and providing a holiday meal, togetherness, and toys from Santa for the kids. The newly named holiday event, “Mara’s Christmas Wish,” has a volunteer group meeting weekly to plan the Christmas day event. The next meeting is set for November 10 at 6 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The group will meet every Friday until Christmas day. Volunteers, donations and funds are critical to making this event a reality. If you wish to volunteer simply attend the planning meetings. Your donation is tax deductible; make payable to the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree Foundation for Mara’s Christmas Wish. You may also call Paul Hoffman at 760-365-1643 or email at paul_hoffman@roadrunner.com. Mail donations to Rotary Club of Joshua Tree c/o Mara’s Christmas Wish, PO Box 1323 in Joshua Tree.

BREAKFAST, TRIBUTE SET FOR VETERANS’ DAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms will mark Veterans’ Day this Saturday with a special tribute preceded by a community breakfast.
The day begins with the Mojave Vipers Young Marine unit putting on a free Veterans Day breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building at 73002 El Paseo Drive in Twentynine Palms, For more information, call 760-559-3041. All veterans and their families and guests are welcome.
Then, the City of Twentynine Palms will host the Morongo Basin’s Veterans Day Tribute 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Veterans Park, next to the Twentynine Palms City Hall. 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.

VETERAN’S ID CARD EVENT SET FOR NOVEMBER 14TH

This Saturday is set aside to honor veterans and active duty personnel. And what better way to do that than to help them secure the perks they’ve got coming. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains how…
Local veterans in need of a county identification card or other veteran’s services will want to attend a one-day registration drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 at Copper Mountain College. Vets who need a Veterans ID card, priority registration at the college, or other information are urged to stop into Bud & Betty’s Place for Veterans in the 300 Quad on campus. Representatives from the County’s Department of Veterans Services will be there to assist. For more information call 760-366-3791.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARY, OTHER CRIMES

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday, accused of burglarizing a home in October. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies responded to a burglary report October 7 in the 6800 block of Pine Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The resident reported he had surveillance video of the suspect, later identified as Christopher Franklin, 32, with the stolen items, and later positively identified Franklin in a photographic line-up. An arrest warrant was issued for Franklin. On Monday, November 6, a deputy spotted Franklin’s vehicle at the Circle K in Joshua Tree about 3:30 p.m. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located stolen property from the October burglary; more than $10,000 in stolen property was recovered during the investigation. Christopher Franklin was arrested for investigation of burglary, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000. In July, Franklin was arrested in the 73800 block of Sun Valley Drive in Twentynine Palms for investigation of child cruelty and identity theft. A representative from Children and Family Services was attempting to pick up children at the location and discovered the house was filthy and filled with feces. Responding deputies also found that Franklin had personal identifications for more than 10 people.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD TAKES UP ARTICULATION

Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in on details…
The Board of Trustees’ meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a closed session meeting to discuss labor negotiations, they will then reconvene at 3 p.m. to open session. Following regular reports and information items, the trustees will have up for consideration the board policies regarding academic freedom and intellectual property. The board will then consider the policy to ensure that through articulation, CMC courses can be transferred and accepted by other colleges. Also up for approval are the consent items for Academic and Student Success that are changes in the curriculum and new classes for spring and next fall. Tomorrow’s meeting takes place in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus.

SCHOOL BOARD ADVISORS TO DISCUSS DYSLEXIA TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District’s community advisory committee will hold a presentation on dyslexia Thursday, November 9. A special education program specialist will discuss the definition of dyslexia, as well as how to identify it and ways to help students with dyslexia. The presentation starts at noon at Joshua Tree Elementary School on Sunburst Avenue. The public is invited to attend.

YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD TO DISCUSS FENCING AND A SPECIAL EVENT

Among the old business items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight (Wednesday, November 8) are a progress report on the consultant, and fencing on the east end of the airport to stop runway infractions. Under new business, directors will discuss an inspection and permit from CalTrans Division of Aeronautics, fence damage, and a new fence and gate around the bar and grill. Also under discussion is the idea of a Yucca Valley Airport Day with an air show, golf tournament, and car show. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills us in on what’s on tonight’s agenda…
Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the board will be asked to approve contracts for communication and outreach services and with a company to transplant native plants at the wastewater treatment facility. In other business, the board will be asked to adopt a hazard mitigation plan and authorize the purchase of 1700 feet of 18-inch water lines. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in district offices at Inca Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.

PEACE CHANTING AT RAINBOW STEW TONIGHT

Rainbow Stew will hold an evening of peace chanting Wednesday, November 8, at 7 p.m. Arrive early; the doors will be locked at 6:50 p.m. Chanting usually goes on for about an hour, sometimes less. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

SIX MEN ARRESTED IN LOCAL ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROW RAIDS

At least six men were arrested Friday when Sheriff’s deputies raided illegal marijuana grows in Landers, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree. Deputies from the Inland Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team pulled more than 2,000 marijuana plants, and seized more than 600 pounds of processed marijuana and four firearms at locations in the 59100 block of Rocky Acres Road, 59300 block of Reche Road, 1000 block of Chuckwalla, 60200 block of Meliz Road, and locations near Acoma Trail and Shannon Road, in Landers; the 5100 block of Border Avenue in Joshua Tree; and 3700 block of Lucerne Vista in Yucca Valley, beginning about 9 a.m. Friday.

Arrested at the Rocky Acres Road location for investigation of marijuana cultivation were: Jose Maciel Leon, 22, of Reedly; Anthony Madrid, 20, of Sun Valley; and Elicio Solis, 37, of Landers.

Arrested at the Border Avenue location: Phattham Thammathong, 54, of Riverside.

Arrested at Reche Road was Alfredo Torres-Morales, age 77, of Dinuba; and at the Lucerne Vista, address, Pasko Silon, 35, of Yucca Valley was arrested.

They were all booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, cited, and released.

59100 Rocky Acres Rd., Landers
208 marijuana plants; 18 pounds of processed marijuana; 3 firearms seized.

Reche Road, Landers
209 marijuana plants; 62 pounds of processed marijuana; 1 firearm seized.

1000 & 1000 Chuckawalla Drive (two locations), Landers
236 marijuana plants; 58 pounds of marijuana seized.

Acoma Trail, Landers
155 marijuana plants; 132 pounds of marijuana seized

5100 Border Avenue, Landers
903 marijuana plants; 336 pounds of marijuana seized.

3700 Lucerne Vista, Yucca Valley
122 marijuana plants; 21 pounds of marijuana seized.

60200 Meliz Road, Landers
196 marijuana plants; 1 pound of marijuana seized.