HUSKY FOUND IN YUCCA MESA

HUSKY FOUND IN YUCCA MESA

Female, Husky perhaps found.
Blue eyes, light colored fur.
Wearing a collar.

Found near: Aberdeen & Balsa in Yucca Mesa.
Call: Kathy 760-221-0943

JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING 6-YEAR-OLD BOY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday, accused of assaulting a 6-year-old boy. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Troy Kaukani was called to Joshua Tree Elementary School to investigate injuries to a 6-year-old boy. The boy said Aidan Chairez, 26, had hit him in his head and pulled his hair. Kaukani went to the 64800 block of Walpi Drive where he found Chairez. After an investigation, Aidan Chairez was arrested on suspicion of inflicting injury to a child, and for two misdemeanor warrants, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $127,500.

FATHER AND SON ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THURSDAY

A father and son were arrested in Twentynine Palms Thursday afternoon. Deputies went to a home in the 74300 block of Chemehuevi Drive just after 2 p.m. Thursday looking for Steven Carreon, 26. Carreon is believed to be one of the suspects who fled from deputies November 16 following a traffic stop at Baseline Road and Utah Trail, which caused Palm Vista Elementary School to be locked down for several hours. Deputies contacted Carreon’s father, John Carreon, 68, who denied that his son was at home. Deputies searched the residence and found Steven Carreon, and arrested him on a warrant for vehicle theft, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000. John Carreon was arrested on suspicion of harboring a felon, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN GETS 22 YEARS FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING ANOTHER MAN

The Twentynine Palms man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man almost four years ago was sentenced to 22 years in state prison Thursday. Raymond Burney, 55, was arguing with Wayne Kerr, 55, in the 6300 block of Palmview Avenue when Burney pulled out a gun and shot Kerr in the upper chest. Kerr was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Burney was on supervised probation at the time of the murder for a 2011 conviction of possession of cocaine base for sales. Judge Bert Swift sentenced Burney to 11 years for voluntary manslaughter, one year for assault with a firearm, and 10 years for an enhancement of using a firearm, to be served consecutively in the state prison at Chino.

CRAFTS, SANTA, AND REAL SNOW AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER TOMORROW

Enjoy real snow, visits with Santa, and holiday craft fair shopping, at the Yucca Valley Community Center on Saturday, December 2. Reporter Eric Knabe has all the details…

Catch the spirit of the season at the Town of Yucca Valley’s Holiday Craft Faire, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Santa will be available for photos, so be sure to bring that camera. This is a great opportunity to shop for exceptional handmade gifts from more than 50 artisans and crafters. Town Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of real snow. All activities are free to the public. For more information contact the Community Services Department at 760-369-7211, or visit www.yucca-valley.org.

YUCCA VALLEY SENIORS HOSTS YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY TALENT SHOW TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Senior Club is sponsoring a fundraiser for the music department of the Yucca Valley Elementary School. The Yucca Valley Elementary Holiday Talent Show is tomorrow, Saturday, December 2, at the Yucca Valley Senior Center from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free for children 10 and under, and free for seniors 55 and older; $2 for everyone else. All proceeds will benefit the music department of the Yucca Valley Elementary School.

MORONGO VALLEY AND DESERT HOT SPRINGS TREE LIGHTINGS TONIGHT

It just wouldn’t be Christmas in Morongo Valley without the annual tree lighting and hot chocolate. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on how to get in the spirit…

The holidays in Morongo Valley officially get underway on Friday, December 1 when the Morongo Valley Community Services District and Fire Department hold the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Fire Station, 11207 Ocotillo Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Get yourself a hot chocolate and settle in witness the arrival of Santa and his elves. Carolers from Morongo Valley Elementary School will help pass the minutes as everyone gets into the spirit. Or throw a hotdog or some smores on the grill and ease on in to the season.

Desert Hot Springs will kick off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony Friday, December 1. The event will include live music, food, hot chocolate, Ferris wheel rides, face painting, train rides on the Polar Express, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Desert Hot Springs City Hall, at the corner of Palm Avenue and Pierson.

HOLIDAY PET CELEBRATION IN MORONGO VALLEY TOMORROW

Bring your pets to the holiday pet celebration Saturday, December 2, at Big Morongo Feed and Tack in Morongo Valley. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., have your pet photographed with Santa Paws. In addition, a pet groomer will be providing complementary nail trims. The event is free, although donations of unopened pet food are encouraged. All donations will go to the Mojave Animal Protection’s emergency pet food bank, which provides pet food to rescues and to residents who are facing financial challenges in feeding their pets. Big Morongo Feed is located at 49742 Twentynine Palms Highway in Morongo Valley. For more information or to make a monetary donation, call 760-363-2153.

CAR FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY

Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a car fire just before noon, Friday, at Highway 62 and Shaftner Avenue. The occupants were able to safely escape from the car, but the car is a total loss. The cause is unknown.

TAKE ME HOME HUEY INSTALLATION IN PALMS DESERT

More than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War—one of the bloodiest and least popular in U.S. history—a California artist, with the help of military personnel from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, has shaped a discarded wartime artifact into an iconic work of art. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Once it was the tomb of two brave soldiers. Now the old Huey Army helicopter, shot down in Vietnam, has been resurrected as an art sculpture welcoming all the troops home.

The exhibit – entitled, appropriate enough, Take Me Home Huey – is the brainchild of Steve Maloney, a mixed-media artist based in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Long fascinated by the concept of velocity, Maloney discovered the old air ambulance in an Arizona scrap heap nearly five decades after its 1969 demise during a medical rescue in which two servicemen died.

The result: a breathtaking 47-foot art installation designed – along with a commissioned song, documentary film and educational exhibit – to promote universal healing. You can experience it all this weekend at Palm Desert’s Freedom Park beginning with an opening ceremony 1 p.m. on Saturday. The park is located in the 77400 block of Country Club Drive.

29 PALMS ART GALLERY ART AND CRAFT FAIR TOMORROW

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold its annual fine art and craft faire Saturday, December 2, from 9 to 2. Families are invited to come visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes from 10 to 1. An opening art reception of Mojave Memories is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday night. The exhibition is a special tribute to the gallery’s founding artists and artists of today, and features works by John Hilton, Kirk Martin, Chuck Caplinger, Anne Lear, and Audrey Gillick, among many other. The show will be on display at the gallery through January 7. The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 75044 Cottonwood Drive, at the corner of National Park Drive, in Twentynine Palms.

FREE TIRE DISPOSAL DAY IN LANDERS AREA TOMORROW

According to California’s Department of Resource Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, motorists in our state discard more than 42 million vehicle tires each year. It’s no secret that many of those tires are illegally discarded along our rural roads and open desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that folks in Landers are doing something about it…

For about $5.25 each, tires may be disposed of at the Landers Landfill, but for what may ultimately be a greater cost, many tires are illegally dumped in desert washes, along rural roads, on private properties—just about everywhere. Now, thanks to a grant from CalRecycle, the Landers Association and County Code Enforcement have organized a tire amnesty program. People living in and around Landers can dispose of tires free of charge at Homestead Valley Park on Belfield Blvd. in Landers. Unlike prior tire round ups, tires with or without rims, and tires of any size may be brought in. Tires cannot be accepted from any tire generating businesses. All tires collected are destined for recycling programs. The effort runs through noon Saturday, December 2.

FISH AND CHIPS TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY, AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a fish and chips dinner tonight (Friday) 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 VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

TWENTYNINE PALMS ELKS HOOP SHOOT SUNDAY

The Twentynine Palms competition for the annual Elks National Free Throw Shooting contest for youngsters age 8 through 13 will be held at the Twentynine Palms High School gym this Sunday, December 3, at 1 p.m. Over three million youngsters from throughout the country entered last year’s competition for boys and girls in age categories 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13. Each contestant has 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl in each group with the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals. Contestants’ age group will be determined by their age as of April 1, 2018. For more information, call Bill McClay at 760-367-2828.

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR SATURDAY

Yucca Valley High School will host a benefit concert on Saturday, December 2 with singer/songwriter Gene Evaro Jr. to raise money for the high school select choir’s trip to Washington, D.C. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with event details and how you can attend…

A native of Joshua Tree, Gene Evaro Jr. personifies the quiet, inspirational spirit of the Hi-Desert in his music, which has been heard on nationwide tours and the network show Deadliest Catch. He and the Yucca Valley High School select choir will perform a benefit concert to raise money for the choir’s upcoming trip to Washington D.C. The concert will be held at Yucca Valley High School on Saturday, December 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. Individual and VIP tickets are available.

Contact information:
Bill Barrett, YVHS music director
School: 760-365-3391, Ext. 3127
Cell: 760-401-2675
Email: yv_band@me.com
Facebook: FACEBOOK.COM/YV2DC

Click the link below to purchase tickets:
https://yuccavalleymusic.ludus.com/index.php

A WIN FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Fighting Cacti of Copper Mountain jumped out to blazing start in the opening game of the Mt. San Jacinto College tournament against a solid College of the Canyons team, winning 98-68. Coach Devin Aye said it was a collective team effort from start to finish that allowed the Fighting Cacti to a win, improving to 9-1 on the year. The CMC men’s team is back in action tomorrow night at 7 p.m. as they advance to the second round of Mt. San Jacinto Tournament.

Jailen Moore lead all scorers with 23 points on the night. Tre’Von Bentley and Ronald Bell both added 12 pts and Rosemond Alexis and Steven McNease chipped in 10 apiece.

HI-DESERT STORM JUNIOR MICROS SUPER BOWL IN RIALTO TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Storm Junior Micros football players are headed to the Junior All American Football Super Bowl game. The 7- and 8-year old players were victorious in their semi-final game against Palm Springs/Cathedral City Sunday, 18-7. The undefeated Junior Micros, who are 10-and-0, will play Perris for the championship at the Rialto High School, 595 S. Eucalyptus Avenue, at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 2. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to come and cheer on the team that’s worked so hard for this.

CAR WASH WILL BENEFIT MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH

With the passing of Mara Cantelo earlier this year, volunteers have stepped up to ensure that her free Christmas dinner tradition continues under the name of Mara’s Christmas Wish. The volunteers are holding a car wash this weekend. With the details, here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton…

Mara’s Christmas Wish volunteers are holding a car wash to raise money for the annual Christmas dinner, in honor of Tender Loving Christmas founder Mara Cantelo.

The car wash is set for Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Star parking lot in Yucca Valley. Your donation is tax deductible and all funds will go to support the Mara Christmas Wish event on December 25. For more information, call Paul Hoffman at 760-365-1643.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school news, last night the Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team ran into a powerful Valley View squad from Moreno Valley and took a 75-35 loss in a third-round game in the West Valley tournament. Coach Jess Geeson said junior Angie Reutgen led the Lady Trojans with 14 points, while seniors Kiley Pitts and Zena Yakimow each added six points. The Yucca Valley girls finish the tournament today with a 3 p.m. game against another strong team, the Yucaipa Thunderbirds.

The Twentynine Palms girls’ basketball team evened their early season record at two wins, two losses, with their victory over San Jacinto yesterday, 59-44. Coach Timothy Stanford said Lindsey Scamman is this week’s Wildcat of the Week. Along with Lindsey’s fine play on the court, she is a positive leader for our young team and an inspiration in the classroom.

Lindsey Scamman turned in her fourth outstanding game of the season with 25 points, shooting 59 percent from the floor, 26 rebounds, 13 blocks to match the number on her jersey, six assists and two steals. Lindsey is averaging 28 points per game, 23.2 rebounds per game, and 9.5 blocks per game. Lindsey’s triple double in points, blocks, and rebounds is her second on the season. Her first triple double was in the other win against Aquinas were she had 23 points, 26 rebounds, and 12 blocks.

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will travel to Palm Desert to play Xavier Prep. The girls’ game starts at 4; the boys, at 6 p.m.

Also today, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ soccer team will travel to Desert Hot Springs to participate in the DMHS girls soccer tourney. The tournament starts at 2 p.m.