COLLIE SHEPARD MIX LOST IN PIONEERTOWN

COLLIE SHEPARD MIX LOST IN PIONEERTOWN

Female, Black with Tan Paws. Her name is Trix Wearing Collar

Lost near: Skyline Ranch Road and Pioneertown Rd in Pioneertown

Call: Kenny 323-252-5029

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PUTS MARIJUANA INITIATIVE ON THE JUNE 2018 BALLOT

Outgoing Yucca Valley Mayor Merl Abel discussed the vision for Yucca Valley in the next five years during his State of the Town address at last night’s town council meeting. In five years, by 2022, most the town’s major projects will be completed: sewer and the wastewater treatment facility, street paving, library, aquatics facility, and park improvements. In addition, Abel said that public safety remains the town council’s number one priority. Following the State of the Town, Rick Denison was named as the mayor and Robert Lombardo as mayor pro tem. The main item on the agenda was a discussion about the impact report and the citizens’ initiative for marijuana cultivation. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting and files this report…
There are many questions with no answers concerning the citizens’ initiative for commercial cultivation of marijuana inside town limits. That was the consensus from staff, council members, and law enforcement at the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting last night. Will the federal government crack down on states and municipalities that allow marijuana cultivation in opposition to federal law? Will the town or town council be held liable for aiding and abetting criminal activity? Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mike Barta was unable to answer questions concerning crime.
“It’s a cash business only, so our concerns are that there could be potential increase in crime, robberies, burglaries, other kinds of thefts. But it’s in the future, so we just don’t know.”
Council members were also concerned that the proposed ordinance did not include any requirements that commercial cultivation sites be a certain distance from schools, parks, and churches; that there were no limits on the number of commercial grow sites; or any limitations on hours of operations. Ultimately, the council voted as expected, and directed staff to put the proposed ordinance on the ballot for the June 5 election next year to let the Yucca Valley residents decide if they want to allow commercial marijuana cultivation in town limits.

CLIMBER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY

A rock climber who fell in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday was rescued by Sheriff’s deputies in a night-time helicopter hoist. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Angela Guo of San Diego was climbing in Ryan Canyon when she fell about 150 feet and was suspended in mid-air by a rope about 150 feet above ground level. Park Service rescuers responded about 5:30 p.m. and they determined Guo was still conscious, but they were unable to reach her to bring her down. They called in the Sheriff’s helicopter, 40 King, which arrived about 6 p.m. While the helicopter hovered overhead, Deputy Wayne Hess was lowered about 115 feet to Guo, who was trapped in a small crevasse. Hess placed Guo into a rescue harness and they were hoisted from the scene. The entire rescue was performed in darkness with the use of night-vision goggles. Guo sustained moderate injuries during her fall and she was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment.

SCHOOL BOARD GETS NO PUBLIC INPUT ON CHANGING TO DISTRICT-BASED ELECTIONS

Updated 12-7-17 6:30 p.m. to clarify the attorney’s fees.

Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met last night in a special meeting that was the first of two public hearings about the at-large versus district elections. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…
A handful of residents showed up for the Morongo Unified School District board of trustees’ public hearing last night—in which board members discussed changing to a district-based election as opposed to the current at-large elections of board members—but there was no public comment from anyone in the audience. Superintendent Tom Baumgarten explained that fighting this legislation would be more expensive than the transition process itself; if the school district fought the change, litigation fees for the district’s lawyer could reach $800,000 for just the first level of litigation. Of the 28 entities that have fought the change, none has been successful; and Palmdale paid $4.3 million in legal fees and still lost. Board members discussed options of changing to five districts or three districts with two at-large members. The next public hearing will be December 12.

TWO AREA NATIONAL MONUMENTS ESCAPE CUTS, ONE MAY SEE A USE CHANGE

Two national monuments in our immediate area look to be safe from changes from Washington D.C., but one faces a use change. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t recommending any changes to Sand to Snow or Mojave Trails, two national monuments in our California desert that were established by then-President Obama. But Zinke’s review of 27 national monuments, released to the public Tuesday, hints at allowing hunting in Castle Mountains National Monument, East of Twentynine Palms between the Mojave National Preserve and the Nevada border.

LITTLE MOUNTAIN FIRE SOUTH OF CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO

The 100-acre blaze dubbed the Little Mountain fire left two people with critical burn injuries, closed the 215 freeway and prompted evacuations in the hills south of Cal State San Bernardino yesterday. The evacuation orders were lifted at 6:30 p.m., and 215 was open in both directions. The blaze remained zero percent contained. San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin didn’t know whether any structures had been damaged, but he said a team was assessing the area and would have updated numbers today.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

A full agenda awaits the Joshua Basin Water District’s governing board when they meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what to expect…
Among the first items of business, the board will consider the appointment of Joshua Tree merchant and tattoo artist, Gayle Austin, to the Citizens Advisory Committee. Later, directors will consider giving the green light for staff to apply for a grant-funded solar power feasibility study; staff will also be looking for direction in connection with the ongoing rate study; and the board will look to the general manager for an overview of the audited financial statement for the fiscal year which ended in June, and for an update on completion of the Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Response plans. Those items and others will follow public comments. Committee, staff and director’s reports come later. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp at the district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

FELON FOUND WITH A GUN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A convicted felon was arrested Monday following a probation compliance check in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to a business in the 4800 block of Adobe Road to perform a probation compliance check on Matthew Sins, 24. As the deputy arrived, Sins walked into a back room of the business. When the deputy asked if Sins had any contraband, Sins allegedly pulled out drug paraphernalia and drugs. The deputy walked into the back room and found a loaded handgun inside a trash can; Sins allegedly said the gun belonged to his uncle, who later said Sins did not have permission to have the gun. Matthew Sins was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and on multiple warrants for robbery, drugs, identity theft, forgery, and grand theft. Sins was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail.

HI-DESERT CHORUS WINTER CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND

Come listen to the sounds of the season this weekend with the Hi-Desert Chorus. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation…
The Hi-Desert Chorus is again presenting its annual “Sounds of the Season” concert. The choral concert is scheduled for two performances this weekend at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. The chorus is directed by Bill Barrett, who is the director of music at Yucca Valley High School. Clyde Grabski will perform original compositions on the piano. The Yucca Valley High School Select Choir will be special guests. Come listen to Christmas, Hanukkah and seasonal music, and join your voice to the popular sing-a-long. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TODAY

Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans organization will be on the Copper Mountain College main campus tomorrow and the first and third Thursday of each month. Veterans who need assistance to file benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs are urged to stop at the Office of Student services between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The service is free and membership in the DAV is not required. For more information, call 760-401-8131.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT TOMORROW

Twentynine Palms High School will be presenting its annual holiday concert on Thursday, December 7. Andrew Dieleman has the details…
Twentynine Palms High School has announced its annual holiday concert. The concert will feature performances by the high school band, Concert Choir, and Select Choir. The event will take place Thursday, December 7, at the Twentynine Palms High School gymnasium. Admission to the concert is $5 per person. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. For additional information, contact Twentynine Palms High School at 760-367-9591. Twentynine Palms High School is located at 72750 Wildcat Way in Twentynine Palms.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL GOES TO 11-2

The Copper Mountain Men’s Basketball team is ranked seventh in the state and improved to 11-2 on the year as they won last night 81-78 in the opening round of the 80th Annual Modesto Junior college Tournament against 12th ranked Yuba College. The Fighting Cacti will face the winner of Lassen College and Fresno City College tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the second round of the MJC tournament.
Jailen Moore Lead the Fighting Cacti with 16 points. Murshid Randle and Tre’Von Bentley both added 13 and Jaleel Simmons chipped in 11 points.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, WRESTLING PULLS OUT A CLOSE WIN

Yucca Valley High School wrestlers won a close match against Cathedral City, breaking the tie of 36 to 36 yesterday.
Coach Larry Giron said the tie was broken with pins from Timothy Harris, Malaky Chiu, Browdie Williams and Onkar Sandhu. Browdie had the fastest pin of the night in 26 seconds. Tim Harris, Malaky Chiu, Dylan Skelton had pins in matches earlier against Beaumont.
The Lady Trojans Wrestlers continued winning their matches with 4 pins from three girls.
Cheyenne Hallabrin and Ariel Fonseca with two pins and Genesis Rialmo with one pin.
 
Next week the Trojan Wrestling squad host Desert Mirage here at home in the gym for their first league match.