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 that Aidan Chairez, 26, his mother’s boyfriend, had hit him in the head and pulled his hair at another location. 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. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with 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, found Steven Carreon, and arrested him on a warrant for vehicle theft. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $50,000. John Carreon was arrested on suspicion of harboring a felon and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,00

TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR FORGERY

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Thursday, accused of forgery and identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7500 block of Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley about 5:20 p.m. Thursday for a report of identity theft. The caller said his 17-year-old son’s wallet had been stolen, and someone in the 72600 block of Sunnyslope Avenue in Twentynine Palms was using his Social Security card and his identification to open credit cards. Deputies went to the Twentynine Palms home where they contacted Diana Rodriguez, 48, and Allen Stomer, 38. Stomer had an arrest warrant from Missouri for various drug charges and forgery and was considered a fugitive. Deputies searched the home and found the victim’s identification and Social Security card, along with identification from another victim. Both Rodriguez and Stomer denied using the identifications and claimed to not know how the cards ended up in their bedroom. Diana Rodriguez was arrested for identity theft, booked into West Valley Detention Center, with her bail set at $50,000. Allen Stomer was also arrested for identity theft, on his warrants, and for being a fugitive, and is being held in the Morongo Basin Jail without bail.

FIRST AND LAST SUPERMOON OF 2017 ON SUNDAY

When the full moon rises tomorrow, it will be the first—and last—super moon of 2017. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains why it’s a super moon and when to watch it…

Due to a little-understood optical effect called the moon illusion, the full moon can seem huge when rising behind distant objects on the horizon. A super moon could be especially impressive. Because the moon’s orbit is not perfectly circular, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth, a point called the Perigee. When a full moon coincides with the perigee, it’s a super moon. The super moon will appear to be 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a regular full moon. Sunday’s full moon will rise at 5:08 p.m. and set Monday morning at 7:30.

TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY HOLDS ANNUAL FAIR

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold its annual fine art and craft fair today, 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. tonight. The exhibition, special tribute to the gallery’s founding artists and artists of today, features works by John Hilton, Kirk Martin, Chuck Caplinger, Anne Lear, and Audrey Gillick, and many others. 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.

YUCCA V ALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WASHINGTON D.C. BENEFIT CONCERT

Yucca Valley High School will host a benefit concert today, December 2 with singer/songwriter Gene Evaro Jr. to raise money for the high school select choir’s trip to Washington, D.C. A community arts and crafts fair will take place at 3 p.m. before the concert. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with concert 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. For tickets or additional information, contact:

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

NEW EXHIBITION AT GALLERY 62

Gallery 62’s newest exhibition, High Desert Holidays, is now on display at the art gallery. The show features the artwork of dozens of artists with a variety of work priced at under $100. Signature artists are Valerie Davis with wands, jewelry, and paintings, and Laurie Shafer with clothing, scarves, and fiber art. The opening reception is set for next Saturday, December 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in downtown Joshua Tree. The show is on display through December 30.

SECRETS OF CONTENTMENT REVEALED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

How to live a satisfying life, even in difficult times, will be explored at Lifetree Café Sunday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says participants will explore contentment…
The host of Lifetree Cafe, Brad White-Findeisen, says, “In this season when it’s supposed to be about love, joy, peace and giving, the reality is many of us don’t experience contentment with our lives during this season or ever.” At the free Lifetree Café program Sunday, the program will feature a filmed interview with a man who organizes proms—for senior citizens. During the 4 p.m. program, participants will be able to talk about times they’ve experienced contentment. Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue.

IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

An improv comedy workshop will be held 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, December 3, at Rainbow Stew. Presented by Tami Wood and Bob Rufer, participants will explore self-awareness through improv tools, games, and exercises. The cost is $20 and reservations are required. Call 760-774-2553 for more information.

BOXOHOUSE TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE FOR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

BoxoHouse will hold an open house Sunday for its current artist-in-residence. With details, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

Join BoxoHouse’s current artist-in-residence under the full moon Sunday for an open house and performance. Johanna Wagner has spent several weeks in Joshua Tree drawing, painting, photographing, and making videos. Her open house will feature these works in an exhibition and will also include a performance by Nameless and Neutral, Wagner’s collaborative performance art project with Aaron Sheppard. The open house is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at BoxoHouse, 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.