ALASKAN TIMBER WOLF LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

ALASKAN TIMBER WOLF LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

Female, white wearing red collar with long horse rope attached to collar.

Micro-chipped.

Lost near: Country Market in Morongo Valley.

Call: Rick 760-993-0887

DOBERMAN MIX LOST IN YUCCA MESA

DOBERMAN MIX LOST IN YUCCA MESA

Female: Black and Brown with white chest.

Wearing collar.

Lost near: Yucca Mesa and Aberdeen in Yucca Valley

Call: Mitch 760-272-4025

BODIES FOUND IN BOTH TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY

After a night of bitter cold, bodies were found Thursday morning in a vacant lot in Yucca Valley and in a park in downtown Twentynine Palms. Death investigations are ongoing in both of the grisly discoveries. The two deaths do not appear to be related.

The body of a woman was found in Yucca Valley by County Fire paramedics after a medical aid call at about 9:20 a.m. Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin told Z107.7 News at the scene that responders found the body against a fence in a vacant lot between State Route 62 and Santa Fe Trail, just east of Hopi Trail. Garvin said while there is no apparent trauma to the body, the death is deemed suspicious and the Sheriff’s Homicide Division was notified. Santa Fe Trail and adjoining roads were closed off to traffic for most of the day and night.

The body of a man also was found in Twentynine Palms about 6:30 Thursday morning at Bucklin Park at Twentynine Palms Highway and Desert Queen Avenue. The man, identified only as a transient by Sheriff’s deputies, was discovered lying in the center of the park, near a sculpture.

Anyone with information about either death is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175 or We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

YOU’RE INVITED TO “MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH” DINNER CHRISTMAS DAY

With the passing of Mara Cantelo earlier this year, the fate of the annual Christmas Day feast, formerly TLC, was in doubt. Some volunteers have stepped up, though, to ensure that the event goes on as Mara’s Christmas Wish. With your invitation, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…
For a variety of reasons, many Morongo Basin neighbors find themselves isolated over the holidays. If that’s you, or it sounds like someone you know, then the volunteers of Mara’s Christmas Wish has an invitation to join the free Christmas Day celebration and buffet feast. The volunteers have spent weeks trying to ensure the annual Christmas tradition continues. The dinner takes place Christmas Day from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center on the highway at Dumosa. Food will be provided by Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen, The Roost Café, and the Way Station. To volunteer or to donate, call 760-628-8298.

WINNERS OF THE Z107.7 HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST ANNOUNCED

Results are in for the 2017 Holiday Decorating Contest which saw a record number of Morongo Basin businesses large and small compete for free local advertising on Z107.7 Community Radio and Z1077FM.com.

For an incredible seventh consecutive year, Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel in Twentynine Palms takes first place for best exterior among large businesses for their colorful lights-set-to-carols spectacular.

Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel

The enchanting First Nations Home Finance atop Donnell Hill in Twentynine Palms takes second.

For both small exteriors and large interiors, Hi-Desert Medical Center’s “Special Additions” labor and delivery department easily chugs into first place with a cinematic Polar Express theme.

HDMC Labor and Delivery

Affordable Rentals in Yucca Valley’s Old Town takes second best small exterior for their rooftop wonderland.

Affordable Rentals

Not to be outdone, nearby sister shop Cherie Miller & Associates takes second best for large interiors.

Cherie Miller and Associates

The Copper Mountain College Business Office easily won the small interior category with their crafty teams of timber carolers, a feast for the ears and eyes.

Copper Mountain College Business Office

Aim Rental Properties of Yucca Valley takes second place for their tiny teams of Christmas elves.

AIM Rental Properties

NEW STATE GUN LAWS COMING TO CALIFORNIA FOR 2018

Many new laws will be implemented in California in 2018, including new legislation regarding the use and ownership of firearms and ammunition. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

As California residents welcome the new year, we will need to take note of several new gun laws that take effect as of January 1. Assembly Bill 693, a provision of Proposition 63, will require all ammunition purchases and transfers to be made through an authorized vendor or dealer. The bill also bans the import of ammunition purchased outside of California unless it is shipped to a licensed vendor. Assembly Bill 785 bans all individuals who have been convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms for 10 years. Assembly Bill 424 closes a loophole in select counties that let school superintendents decide whether people with concealed weapons permits could bring guns to schools for self-defense purposes. Lastly, Assembly Bill 7 closes a loophole that allowed gun owners to carry unloaded shotguns or rifles in unincorporated areas of counties with shooting bans. For more information on these laws, visit the links below.

Assembly Bill 693: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB693

Assembly Bill 785: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB785

Assembly Bill 424: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB424

Assembly Bill 7: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB7

TWO ARRESTED IN SEPARATE SPOUSE ABUSE INCIDENTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of choking his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Otto Schaffenberg, 29, and his wife were arguing in their home in the 58400 block of Desert Gold Drive about noon Wednesday. The woman told deputies that Otto grabbed her in a bear hug from behind, threw her to the floor, and choked her and put his hand over her mouth. She said she felt light-headed and was in fear for her life. Otto Schaffenberg was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of punching and choking his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman went to her home in the 6000 block of Morongo Road in Morongo Valley about 2:30 on Tuesday to collect her belongings. She told deputies that when she told her husband, Robert Smith, 24, she was leaving him, Smith grabbed her, threw her to the ground, punched her in the face, and choked her to the point she couldn’t breathe. Smith then left his home, but he was located the next day at a home in the 6300 block of Smoke Tree where he was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATIONS IN JANUARY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closing due to renovation and maintenance projects. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton has the details…

Beginning January 1, 2018 until January 31, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed to finish renovations and maintenance projects to reorganize permanent exhibitions and a new temporary exhibit. The “Echoes of Silent Spring: 50 Years of Environmental Awareness” exhibit references Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring. “Echoes of Silent Spring” will be on display until March 17, 2018.

The museum is located at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex. Admission is free. For more information, contact the museum at 760-369-7212.

MOST SERVICES CLOSED OR ON LIMITED HOURS FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

Most banks, City and Town Halls, Post Offices, courts and other public and government services will be closed Monday for the Christmas Holiday. Except for emergency services and specifically scheduled programs, Yucca Valley town offices are closed until Tuesday, January 2. The City of Twentynine Palms is also closed Until January 2.

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate bus service on Monday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, December 26.

Burrtec waste and recycling services will be closed on Christmas day, December 25, and New Year’s day January 1. Waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for both weeks.

The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will have limited hours for the holidays. It will be closed Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1. The Senior Center will be open for senior nutrition and other services from 9 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 29. The center will re-open for full hours and services January 2.

“JINGLE PAWS” PET FOOD DRIVE AT PALM ‘N PAWS ANIMAL SHELTER IN 29 PALMS

Palms-N-Paws animal shelter in Twentynine Palms is hosting their annual, “Jingle Paws” pet food drive. Rebecca Havely shares how you can donate…

Starting Wednesday, November 28 through January 1 bring in donations of bags of dry dog and cat food, canned pet food and packaged animal treats. Palms-N-Paws, the official animal shelter of the City of Twentynine Palms is housing nearly 100 dogs and 15 cats this holiday season. They’re open Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may drop donations off at the shelter at 7086 Bullion Avenue in Twentynine Palms or at other drop locations in Twentynine Palms such as V.C.A. Animal Hospital, Heart 2 Heart Pet Store, or Harmony Motel. Addresses and hours of operation can be found in this story at z107.7fm.com. For more information call 760-367-6799, and press 3 or visit 29palms.org.

BLOOD DRIVES IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW AND TUESDAY

LifeStream will conduct two community blood drives at Walmart in Yucca Valley. The first blood drive is set for Saturday, December 23, and the second one is Tuesday, December 26. Both blood drives will be held from 10 to 3. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.

SEE SANTA AT JOSHUA TREE FARMER’S MARKET SATURDAY

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Joshua Tree Farmers Market Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until closing at 1 p.m. Bring the kids and your camera. The farmers Market is located south of the highway in downtown Joshua Tree.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE GIRL’S BASKETBALL TAKES A LOSS

The shorthanded women’s Fighting Cacti basketball team of Copper Mountain College took to the hardwood against L.A. Southwest College in the second game of the two-day Glendale College tournament yesterday. Coach Hosie Ward said the much more experienced Cougars took advantage of early game mistakes and Copper Mountain College lost, 95 – 36.

Tusitusia Brown led us in scoring with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Courtney Stanford added nine points, three assists, and three rebounds.

The Fighting Cacti are off until the beginning of conference, traveling to Cypress College on January 3, 2018.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team will host an alumni match Saturday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the high school. Gates open at 9:00.