ALASKAN TIMBER WOLFE LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

ALASKAN TIMBER WOLFE LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY
Female, all white, microchipped.
Wearing a red harness and collar with tags.
Lost near: 29 Palms Highway and Navajo in Morongo Valley.
Call: Rick 760-660-7473.

BRINDLE PIT LOST IN 29 PALMS

BRINDLE PIT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Male Pitbull, Brindle

Lost near: Abronia in Twentynine Palms

Call: Drake 760-362-3733

TIGER STRIPED CAT LOST ON YUCCA MESA

TIGER STRIPED CAT LOST ON YUCCA MESA

Female, short hair, three white paws one back paw.
Tiger stripe, white blaze nose, big eyes small adult tiger stripe body.

Lost near: Security and Bonmar in Yucca Valley/Yucca Mesa area.

Call: Ellen 760 365 2628

40,000 EXPECTED FOR KING OF THE HAMMERS IN JOHNSON VALLEY STARTING FRIDAY

In terms of both competitors and spectators, King of the Hammers is the largest off-road racing event in North America. The event combines desert racing and rock crawling to come up with what its promoters say is the world’s toughest one-day off-road race. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says buckle up and hold on to your helmet…
Since its humble beginnings, King of the Hammers has expanded from one race 12 years ago to a series of five racing events that will be held between this Friday and Saturday, February 10 in Johnson Valley. And if past attendance is any indicator, upwards of 40,000 people will descend on the otherwise sleepy community for eight days of fun and fury as 300 racing teams compete. King of the Hammers kicks off with the opening of “Hammertown,” a pop-up city that rises from the floor of Means Dry Lake accessed from State Route 247 just north of Landers. Spectator tickets are $30 at the gate and are good all week; kids age 12 and under are free.

More information and a link to watch the events live online is available at: ultra4racing.com.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER MAKING THREATS IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday after he threatened to kill his roommate. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Christen, 52, got into a fight with his roommate in the 61500 block of Division Street in Joshua Tree about 3 p.m. The roommate told deputies that Christen pulled out a knife and threatened to kill him, and that he was in fear for his life. The deputy searched Christen and found a switchblade knife in Christen’s pants pocket. Robert Christen was arrested for making criminal threats and for possession of a dirk or dagger, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday after he threatened to kill his wife and stepson. According to a Sheriff’s report, the stepson called deputies about 10:45 p.m. because Rigoberto Torres, 38, reached for something in his pocket and said everyone was going to die. Deputies searched Torres and found a knife in his pocket. Rigoberto Torres was arrested for investigation of making criminal threats, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CONTESTANT KYLIE TAYLOR

Seven young women have been working hard for months preparing for the Miss Yucca Valley scholarship pageant. The Rotary Club sponsored event will be held on Saturday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome in Yucca Valley. Today reporter Andrew Dieleman introduces us to candidate Kylie Taylor…

Today we visit with Kylie Taylor, a junior at Yucca Valley High School and candidate for Miss Yucca Valley. Hi Kylie. Tell us, who is the prominent woman you’ve been mentoring with and what you have learned?

“The prominent woman that I interviewed is Sandy Moody. I have learned so much from her, like how sometimes you have to be your own driving force if there is something that you really want to do. She taught me that, that no matter the obstacle or the hardships you were born into, you can make it as far as you want to in this world.”

What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley?

“In my experience with Miss Yucca, I have learned most of all to think positively, to work hard, and to understand the value of what it really means to be a good person. I truly believe that Miss Yucca has taught me compassion and definitely how to step out of my comfort zone with so many people that I barely knew a few weeks ago. I believe, as I move on with this experience, that it will allow me to grow more as a person.”

Any final words?

“I want to thank my family, my mom especially, for encouraging me to take part in this experience. Thank you for always believing in me and being the driving force in my life.”

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he threw his girlfriend to the ground. According to a Sheriff’s report, Ronald Wilson, 36, was on Adobe Road walking home from a bar with his girlfriend about midnight when they began to argue. The woman told deputies that Wilson grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the ground two times. The woman received cuts on her elbow and head, along with a small bump. After an investigation, Ronald Wilson was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

LANDERS MAN FOUND WITH WARRANTS, WEAPONS, AND DRUGS

A Landers man was arrested early Monday morning, after he was found with drugs and a loaded rifle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a red Ford pick-up truck for having a burned out headlight just before 1 a.m. on Old Woman Springs Road and El Cortez in Yucca Valley. During a records check of the driver, Jeremy Vanderhyde, 40, the deputy determined that Vanderhyde had $150,000 in outstanding warrants for his arrest. During a search of Vanderhyde, the deputy found a small baggie of drugs consistent with methamphetamine. Inside the truck was a loaded .22 rifle. Jeremy Vanderhyde was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

JOSHUA TREE BREWERY NEEDS YOUR VOTES

If you like locally produced craft beers, this may be your lucky year. Reporter David Haldane has the story…
To most people, the vacant building on Sunset Road looks like, well, a vacant building. When Dario Guerra and five partners look at it, however, they see a whole lot more; the future site of the Joshua Tree Brewery teeming with enthusiastic beer buffs.
Like his partners, Guerra is an amateur home brewer with a day job, in his case as a civilian contractor at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Other partners include a doctor, bike shop owner, realtor and two active-duty Marines. What they share is the belief in a market for tasty locally-produced beers.
Bringing that to fruition, however, has proved somewhat daunting. After purchasing the property and investing in a water processing system, the partners find themselves a bit short of cash. So, they are seeking local investors and hoping to win a $15,000 small-business grant. If all goes well, Guerra says, look for the spigots to start flowing in March.
You can help get those beer mugs filled by voting for the Joshua Tree Brewery at https://championship.score.org/contest_entries/641499. So far, out of 421 entries, the brewery is number one in California and seventh overall; whoever gets the most votes wins the grant. Voting is allowed once every hour until February 14.

LOW-COST ANIMAL SERVICES AVAILABLE LOCALLY IN FEBRUARY

The Animal Action League will offer low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in February for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on February 1, 2, 6, 9, 13, 21, 23, 24, and 28, and in Wardman Park in Desert Hot Springs on February 26. All clinics are held from 10 to 2 and are cash only. Visit animalactionleague.us for more information. To make an appointment for spaying or neutering, call 760-366-1100.

OFFICER’S SPOUSES CLUB ACCEPTING ORGANIZATIONAL GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, is now accepting grant applications. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…
The Officer’s Spouses Club of 29 Palms is now accepting grant applications from organizations in the Morongo Basin. Eligible organizations must have an impact on the local military community. Organizations can provide services to the community, or be for the arts, youth, sports, education, military services, or other. The deadline to apply is March 16. Applications are available online at osc29palms.com.

DAV REPRESENTATIVE AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TODAY

Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans organization will be on the Copper Mountain College main campus tomorrow and every 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.

YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION SEEKING SPONSORS

The Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association is looking for sponsors. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…
The Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association is looking for businesses who want to advertise as well as give back to the community. Sponsorships range from $100, which helps pay a player’s registration fee, to a year-long field sponsorship for $900. Each sponsorship level has its own perks. For more information, call Chris Claire at 760-604-2940.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT

In Copper Mountain College sports, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be playing a double header tonight against Saddleback College at home in Joshua Tree. The women’s game starts at 5 p.m.; tip-off for the men’s game is at 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TONIGHT

In high school sports today, cross-basin rivals Yucca Valley High School and Twentynine Palms High School will play each other in basketball and soccer. The girls’ soccer match will be played in Yucca Valley at 5 p.m.; the other games will be played in Twentynine Palms, with the boys’ soccer match at 5 p.m., and girls’ basketball game at 6 p.m. and the boys’ basketball game at 7:30 p.m.

YORKIE LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

YORKIE LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Female, Yorkie, grey, black, and gold.

Lost near: Hillview and Sunset in Joshua Tree.

Call: Cindy 760-464-2913.

BRUSSLES GRIFFEN LOST

BRUSSLES GRIFFEN LOST
Male, 20 lbs. named “Freddie”, black with tan long hair, wirey terrier type fur, wearing collar.
Lost near: Cyprus and Hoover in Copper Mountain Mesa behind the community center.
Call: Denise 760-220-8405

DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING A STABBING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a stabbing in Twentynine Palms Saturday evening. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, the unidentified victim called about 7:45 p.m. Saturday to report he had been stabbed in the arm, shoulder and back during an argument in the 5400 block of Daisy Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The victim claimed he did not know his attacker, describing him only as an adult male. Sheriff’s Captain Trevis Newport said the victim had a felony warrant for resisting an officer with force. He was booked into jail and the case will be forwarded to detectives.

HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT RESULTS IN ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF LOADED FIREARM

A Victorville man with a long history with the law was arrested following a high-speed pursuit Saturday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 9:20 a.m., Officer Jeff McNutt saw a 2005 Suzuki GSX-R traveling southbound on Old Woman Springs Road at more than 80 miles per hour. McNutt attempted a traffic stop near Coleman Road, at which time the motorcycle rider, later identified as Wesley Burrows, 36, accelerated. McNutt started a pursuit and followed Burrows onto eastbound Reche Road, where Burrows’ speed was in excess of 120 miles per hour. Burrows lost control of the motorcycle west of Yucca Mesa Road, and drove onto the eastbound dirt shoulder. Burrows laid the bike down into the dirt and jumped off. McNutt then conducted a high-risk traffic stop at gunpoint, and when back-up officers arrived, took Burrows into custody, at which time they determined that Burrows had in his possession a loaded Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver, ammunition, drugs, and drug paraphernalia. Wesley Burrows was arrested for investigation of possession of a loaded firearm, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

TRIPLE TREAT BLUE, SUPER, ECLIPSING MOON IN THE DESERT SKY

Skywatchers will be presented with a triple treat tonight: a Blue Moon, a Super Moon, and a lunar eclipse. And what makes the event even more special, they’ll all be viewable at the same time. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details…
A Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month. A Super Moon is when the moon’s perigee—its closest approach to the Earth in its orbit—coincides with a full moon. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow. On the night of January 30 and early morning hours of January 31, residents in southern California will be able to see all three events, at the same time. The Blue Moon and Super Moon will rise in southern California about 4:44 p.m. Tuesday, January 30 (with the official full moon at 5:26 a.m. January 31). The lunar eclipse will start at 3:48 a.m. in the early morning hours of January 31. At 4:51 a.m., the total phase of the lunar eclipse will start. Totality ends at 6:07 a.m. January 31, and the moon sets at 6:55 a.m. The moon will emerge from the umbra, or shadow, at 7:11 a.m., after it has set in our area.