CHIHUAHUA FOUND IN MORONGO VALLEY

CHIHUAHUA FOUND IN MORONGO VALLEY

Female, Chihuahua mix dark brown with gray muzzle, microchipped.

Found near: Canyon Rd. and Sundown Trail in Morongo Valley.

Call: Christine and John 814-490-4086

DOBERMAN FOUND IN 29 PALMS

DOBERMAN FOUND IN 29 PALMS

Female, Doberman Pinscher, black w/ brown.

Found near: Eucalyptus Ave. and Sullivan in 29 Palms.

Call: Rob 848-888-2303

GERMAN SHEPARD LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

GERMAN SHEPARD LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male with tear on left ear.

Lost on 12/28 near: Palimar and Bonanza in Yucca Valley.

Call: Jenny 760-391-2615

BOXER LOST IN LANDERS

BOXER LOST IN LANDERS

Male, tuxedo fawn and white, 4 white boots and one black eye.

Lost near: Steerman and Alta in Landers.

Call: Ron 951-532-1710

TAN PIT LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

TAN PIT LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male pit bull, tan with white on head and feet, wearing collar.

Lost near: Onaga and Bannock in Yucca Valley.

Desirae 760-498-9904

TWO PIT BULLS LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

TWO PIT BULLS LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

One male grey and one female grey and white.

Lost near: Sunny Sands and Avalo in Yucca Valley.

Call: Jennifer 760-401-5189

BASINJI MIX LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

BASINJI MIX LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Female, small and brown.

Lost near: Hillview and Adobe Dr. in Joshua Tree.

Call: Andrew 760-413-8152

POMERANIAN LOST ON THE MESA

POMERANIAN LOST ON THE MESA

Male, Tan with black.

Lost near: Averdeen and Yucca Mesa on the Yucca Mesa.

Call: Kevin 310-863-3314

WHITE CAT LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

WHITE CAT LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

Male, domestic long hair flame point.

White body, blue eyes, pink nose with a black spot on it.

Lost near: Craver Rd. and Apache Trail in Morongo Valley.

Call: Kyle 818-826-8950

MALE COCKAPOO LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

MALE COCKAPOO LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

Male, withe and tan.

Lost near: South Samel and Red Wheel in Morongo Valley.

Call: Robin 951-852-9783

MAN KILLED IN TRAGIC ORV ACCIDENT IN JOHNSON VALLEY EARLY TUESDAY

A Hemet man was killed in a tragic off-road vehicle crash in Johnson Valley early this morning. According to County Fire Captain Danny Stamps, the man, identified by the County Coroner as Nathan Alan Comstock, 39, and three passengers, including his wife, went for a night-time ride about 9 p.m. Monday in the Means Dry Lake area of Johnson Valley. Stamp said they got lost during the ride and at about 2:45 am decided the way out was to go down a very steep and treacherous trail called “Turkey Claw Trail”. The passengers got out of the 1989 Jeep Cherokee and when Comstock started driving down the trail, the vehicle rolled over 10 to 12 times and he was ejected. CHP investigators say he was not wearing a seatbelt or helmet and was crushed in the rollover. Stamp said his wife sat with him for hours while family members attempted to get a cell phone signal to call 911 to be rescued. Paramedics were finally dispatched about 3:30 this morning to the scene. Nathan Comstock was declared dead at the scene at 4:25 a.m.

CAR MAKING ILLEGAL U-TURN KILLS MOTORCYCLE RIDER

A motorcycle rider was killed, and a female passenger was injured, in a crash in Yucca Valley Monday afternoon. According to County Fire Captain Danny Stamps, the unidentified male motorcycle rider was killed when a car made a U-turn in front of him and the motorcycle T-boned into the car at 5:19 p.m. Stamps said the driver of the car had turned eastbound out of the AM/PM parking lot at Balsa Avenue and Highway 62, and then made a U-turn and the motorcycle, which was also traveling eastbound on the highway, crashed into the car. The male rider, identified only as a Marine from the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, died at Hi-Desert Medical Center. The female passenger was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

MOBILE HOME, VACANT CABIN DESTROYED IN TWO SEPARATE FIRES SUNDAY

A mobile home in Joshua Tree is a total loss after a fire Sunday. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms were called to the Lazy H Mobile Home Park in the 6400 block of Valley View Street in Joshua Tree about 8:45 p.m. Residents nearby reported hearing at least two explosions coming from the fire. The fire was knocked down in about 25 minutes, but the mobile home was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighter Haddock battling the fire on the Valley View incident. Photo credit Danny Stamps.

A vacant cabin was completely destroyed by fire Sunday. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, Twentynine Palms and Combat Center firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Longview Road, in Desert Heights, west of Twentynine Palms, just after 4 p.m. Residents also reported hearing an explosion at the time of the fire. Smoke from the fire was visible for miles. Firefighters had the fire knocked down six minutes after arrival, but the cabin is a total loss. The cause is under investigation.

CALIFORNIA IS NOW THE NATION’S FIRST “SANCTUARY STATE”, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A slew of new immigration laws went into effect January 1. And though filed under the tag “immigration,” much of the new legislation will affect U.S. citizens including business owners, law enforcement professionals, teachers, landlords, and city employees. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills us in…
New for 2018, California becomes the first so-called “sanctuary state.” Senate Bill 54 restricts law enforcement agents from acting as federal immigration authorities. In other words, police and sheriffs cannot inquire about immigration status or detain someone for suspected violation of federal immigration law. Also new, Assembly Bill 291 prohibits landlords from reporting or threatening tenants based on real or perceived immigration status. Assembly Bill 450 bans employers from consenting to immigration workplace inspections without a warrant. In addition, employers must notify workers within 72 hours of receiving a federal inspection notice. Senate Bill 29 prohibits new contracts between local governments and corporations that operate immigration detention centers. And two new assembly bills prohibit public schools, including community colleges and state universities, from collecting information about citizenship or immigration status of students or their families.

Complete legislative text may be found at the following links:

Senate Bill 54 California Values (Sanctuary) Act:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB54

Assembly Bill 291 Tenant Immigration Status:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB291

Assembly Bill 450 Worksite Immigration Enforcement: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB450

Senate Bill 29 Immigration Detention Centers:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB29

Assembly Bill 699 Student Immigration Status:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB699

Assembly Bill 21 Student Immigration Status:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB21

WOMAN INJURED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH SUNDAY

A woman was seriously injured Sunday in a crash in Twentynine Palms. A 26-year-old woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash about 12:20 p.m. near Two Mile Road and Mesquite Road. She was flown by Mercy Air to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner’s office has released the name of a motorcyclist who died following a crash Thursday afternoon, December 28, 2017. Donnie Ray Howard Sr., 77, of Desert Hot Springs was riding southbound on Highway 62, south of Mission Creek Road, when a blue Dodge pick-up truck hit the bike about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Southbound lanes were closed for hours from Indian Canyon to Pierson during the investigation, and traffic was diverted on to Indian Canyon around the scene of the crash. Traffic was backed up from Indian Canyon to East Drive in Morongo Valley. Donny Ray Howard Sr. was taken to Desert Hospital and was pronounced dead almost 7 hours later, at 9:10 pm.

AUDITIONS FOR “THE WIZARD OF OZ” ANNOUNCED AT THEATRE 29

Take a trip to the Emerald City at Theatre 29. Open auditions for the musical “The Wizard of Oz” are set. With the details, here’s Rebecca Havely…
Director Gary Daigneault, with musical director Bill Barrett, will cast approximately 22 performers, ages 12 and older; some age exceptions may be made. Auditions will be held Monday, January 15, at 6 p.m. at Theatre 29. Singing roles available include: Dorothy, age 18-25, with a strong singing voice. The Scarecrow must be very flexible with dance experience. The Scarecrow, Tin-Man and Cowardly Lion are all baritones 18-40.
Glinda, the Good Witch is 25+ and may be doubled with the role of Auntie Em. Miss Gulch, who is also the Wicked Witch, is 25+ with some singing.
Non-singing roles include: Professor Marvel who also plays Wizard of Oz; he’s 40 or older. Uncle Henry and the Oz Guard are 50+.
A strong dancer is needed for the Jitter Bug character.

An ensemble of six male and six females from 12 to 18+ will play talking trees, Munchkins and Flying Monkeys. Come dressed to move and expect to read from provided scripts and be prepared to sing approximately one minute of a Broadway or Disney song.

Please bring a CD, portable music player, or cell phone with the background track for your audition song. “The Wizard of Oz” will rehearse weekday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. through March 1. The show runs weekends March 2-25 with a possible holdover to April 1. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

Bring known conflicts to auditions for the period January 16 through April 1, in case of a holdover weekend. No a capella singing please, and no songs from “The Wizard of Oz.” Cast members do not have to be the actual ages of the characters, but must be able to look age appropriate and act accordingly. If you have roles in mind, please indicate them on your audition form. If you do not, you will be automatically considered for all roles. Some children will be cast, be sure they are fully prepared for the audition process. For more information or questions contact the director at z1077fm@gmail.com.

TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS BUSINESS MEN RETIRING AFTER 30 YEARS

After almost 30 years in business in Twentynine Palms, McGeez Auto Body’s Mick and Pat McGrorty have retired. A retirement celebration will be held at the 29 Palms Elks Lodge on Saturday, January 6, from 4 to 9 p.m.  Anyone wanting to wish Mick and Pat a happy retirement is welcome to attend.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER DIABETES CLASS TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering lectures on key topics to help residents be more informed about their health. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in on their monthly diabetes class starting tomorrow.
Manage your diabetes, don’t let it manage you. Learn more about your diabetes from Hi-Desert Medical Center’s registered dietitian at their monthly diabetes class. Classes take place the first Wednesday of each month at the Helen Gray Center on the Hi-Desert Medical Center campus in Joshua Tree. See all of their upcoming classes and events that cover a range of health care topics, from quitting smoking to diabetes management support. Registration is required; for more information or to register, call 760-366-6182, or go online at www.hdmc.org under events.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL TAKE A CLOSE WIN SUNDAY

After a long three-week break the Fighting Cacti of Copper Mountain College got back in action Sunday night taking on a scrappy Compton College team at the Bell center in Joshua Tree. The rust from the holiday break showed but after a back-and-forth battle the Fighting Cacti held strong with consecutive defensive stops and secured a close victory 72-70. Next up for Copper Mountain College is Cypress College on the road Wednesday, January 3, to kick off their conference schedule; tipoff is at 5 p.m.
CMC was led by Tre’Von Bentley with 17 points. Jailen Moore netted 15 points, and Rosemond Alexis added 11 points, as the Fighting Cacti improve to 13-4 on the year.