LOST BEAGLE IN 29 PALMS

LOST BEAGLE IN 29 PALMS

Female, tri-colored Beagle.

6 months old wearing Star Wars collar, named “Leia”.

Reward offered.

Lost near: Juniper and Granite in 29 Palms.

Call: Jenifer 760-464-6747

GERMAN SHEPARD FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

GERMAN SHEPARD FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male, wearing blue collar.

Found near: Balsa in Yucca Valley

Call: Carmine 760-401-3021

PIT LAB MIX LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

PIT LAB MIX LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Female, black with white on chest and paws.
Micro chipped and wearing choke chain.

Lost near: Giant Rock and Flamingo in Joshua Tree.

Call: Gail 626-419-5196.

AT LARGE VS. DISTRICT ELECTIONS SUBJECT OF Z107.7 “UP CLOSE” SHOW TOMORROW

Recently, the City of Twentynine Palms, Town of Yucca Valley, and the Morongo Unified School District have received letters from a Los Angeles lawyer claiming that the government agencies are in violation of the California Voting Rights Act because at-large elections, the attorney argues, discriminate against minority voters by diluting their votes. District versus at-large elections will be the topic of Friday’s Z107.7 Up Close show. Twentynine Palms Mayor John Cole, Morongo Unified School Board member Chris Proudfoot, and Alan Fenstermacher, an election expert from the firm of Rutan and Tucker, who provides legal services for the City of Twentynine Palms, will discuss the issue and take your questions. District vs, At-Large elections, call in tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m. during the Z107.7 Up Close Show.

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT TO DISCUSS GIFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will meet tomorrow night reporter Eric Knabe has the agenda…
The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will start tomorrow in a regular meeting with a recognition of the MBHD Health Fair Committee and presentation by CFO Scott Wartell. The board will then go on to two action items. First, a motion to donate district funds to Mara’s Christmas Wish Project. Next, whether to appoint Joe Ruddon as representative of the healthcare district and to manage the San Bernardino County Community Development Block Grant application. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the district office at 6530 La Contenta Road Suite 100 in Yucca Valley.

TWO ACCUSED OF POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY IN JOSHUA TREE

Two people were arrested in Joshua Tree Tuesday, accused of possession of stolen property. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim called the Sheriff’s Department about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday to report that a vehicle believed to belong to the suspects, Larissa Hutchinson, 24, and Gareth Hylla, 40, was at a residence in the 61600 block of Granada Drive in Joshua Tree. When deputies arrived at the Granada Drive address, they found Hutchinson and Hylla along with a 9-mm Smith and Wesson handgun. Larissa Hutchinson and Gareth Hylla were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of stolen property, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $10,000 each.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR, SKIRTS RATE INCREASE ACTION

The Joshua Basin Water District’s board passed several unanimous resolutions last night, but took no action in connection with the rate study, aka rate increase. That was due in part to the absence of Director Bob Johnson. Reporter Mike Lipsitz, though, was there …
Last night in Joshua Tree, the water district board appointed Joshua Tree resident and small business owner, Gayle Austin, to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, accepted and filed the fiscal 2016/2017 financial audit, and revisited some of the finer points of the rate study but without action. Also last night, the board authorized staff to pursue a grant with which to conduct a solar feasibility study. And concerning Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Response plans, the board authorized the general manager to complete these plans, both of which are required in order to qualify for various grant funds. And in his report, General Manager Curt Sauer detailed a long list of ongoing efforts to cut costs, manage expenses, and innovate other savings throughout the district.

“MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” CONTINUES ITS RUN AT THEATRE 29

The beloved classic musical, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” continues its run at Theatre 29. With more, here’s Rebecca Havely…
The musical “Meet Me in St. Louis”—based on the classic film of the same name—is filled with songs you know and love like, “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” The story follows the lives and loves of a turn-of-the-century American family on the eve of the World’s Fair. Drea Kelly plays the role made famous by Judy Garland in the film. Randy Smith is the “boy next door” and Esther’s love interest. James Hodgson her Princeton-bound brother. Older sister Rose is Kegan Longuevan, and younger sisters Agnes and Tootie are played by Anna Pollnow and Zoee Stoker. The Smith parents are played by Dennis “Easy” Boos and Katie Fleischman. Kurt Schauppner plays Grandpa and Kelly Ames, the family’s Irish maid. The production is helmed by multi-award winning director Kathryn Ferguson.
“Meet Me in St Louis” runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 through December 17. Tickets are $15 regular, $12 seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID or children under 12; go to theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. “Meet Me in St Louis” is appropriate for all audiences.

OPENING RECEPTION AT GALLERY 62 SATURDAY

Gallery 62 Art Gallery will hold an opening reception Saturday, December 9 for its newest exhibition, High Desert Holidays. The show will feature 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 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in downtown Joshua Tree. The show is on display through December 30.

MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS TO LEARN ABOUT DARK SKIES SATURDAY

Joshua Tree National Park was recently designated an International Dark Sky Park. Learn more about dark skies and the park during a presentation at the Morongo Basin Democratic club’s monthly meeting Saturday, December 9. The 10 a.m. meeting is preceded by an optional $10 buffet breakfast at 9 a.m. at Bruce’s Café on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree.

LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTING TOYS FOR “MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH”

Southern California Firefighters are celebrating their 25th anniversary of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys to help our local children in need. Here’s Tanisha Cureton with the details…
During the last 25 years, the Spark of Love Toy Drive, sponsored by county firefighters, has collected more than 10 million toys to distribute to needy children at Christmas Collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys at all Morongo Basin fire stations, as well as at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree. A toy drive will also be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 10 and 17 at Walmart in Yucca Valley. All the toys will be donated to Mara’s Christmas Wish and distributed to children at the Yucca Valley Community Center on Christmas Day.

TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERING DANCE AND TUMBLING CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES

The Twentynine Palms Recreation Department dance and tumbling programs are accepting registrations. The dance program has a new dance instructor, Kayla Decker. Classes are offered for ages 2 and up in ballet/tap, jazz/hip-hop, and introduction to dance.  A dance recital will take place in late April.  
Registrations are also being taken for the Mighty Tots Tumbling class for children ages 4 and 5. Classes are held on Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:15 am.  Class space is limited for both dance and tumbling. Call the recreation department to register for both classes at 760-367-7562.

ORIGAMI DECORATIONS CLASS AT THE 29 PALMS ART GALLERY TOMORROW

The 29 Palms Art Gallery invites the public of all ages to an art class, “Making Holiday Origami Decorations,” on Friday, December 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reporter Eric Knabe has more…
This art class is suitable for all ages, so bring the family out. Participants will learn the Japanese art of folding paper to make their own origami holiday decorations. Enjoy sipping hot cider and cocoa, snack on popcorn and listen to the sounds of the season. The cost for the class, including supplies, is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Register at the gallery or online at 29palmsartgallery.com.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports today, Twentynine Palms boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will play Big Bear High School. The boys will play at home starting at 5 p.m.; the girls will travel away to Big Bear, with their game starting at 3 p.m.
Also today, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ basketball team will host San Jacinto High School at home in Trojan gym. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.