ENGLISH BULLDOG LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

ENGLISH BULLDOG LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Old female English bulldog, tan and white wearing a pick collar that says “Nix.”

She is spayed.

Lost near: Highway 62 and Hillview in Joshua Tree.

Call: Calvin 323-745-9276

YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SETTING HER HOUSE ON FIRE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of intentionally setting her house on fire. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria, firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Joshua Tree were called to the 7700 block of Cherokee Trail at 1 p.m. for a structure fire. A Sheriff’s deputy who arrived before firefighters found the female resident of the home, Catherine Ibling, 32, on the home’s front porch with a garden hose trying to put out the flames, and removed her from harm’s way. Firefighters mounted an aggressive attack on the blaze, which was mostly confined to the living room and kitchen; they had the flames out in about 20 minutes. Ibling allegedly told her husband and a roommate that she was going to light the house on fire, and Viloria said there was no doubt that the blaze was intentionally set. Catherine Ibling was arrested for investigation of arson, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $250,000.

HEMET MAN KILLED IN JOHNSON VALLEY JEEP CRASH WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT

A Hemet man was killed in a tragic off-road vehicle crash in Johnson Valley early Tuesday 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 9:00 Monday night in the Means Dry Lake area of Johnson Valley. Stamp said they got lost during the ride and at about 2:45 a.m. 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 and was crushed in the rollover. Stamp said Comstock’s wife sat with him for hours while family members attempted to get a cell phone signal to call 911 to be rescued. County Paramedics were finally dispatched at 3:38 am Tuesday morning where Nathan Comstock was declared dead at 4:52 a.m.

CORONER IDENTIFIES MARINE KILLED ON MOTORCYCLE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms Marine riding a motorcycle was killed, and a female passenger was injured, in a crash in Yucca Valley Monday afternoon. The County Coroner said Benjamin Mark Lawrenson 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. Investigators 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 westbound U-turn directly into the path of the motorcycle, also traveling eastbound on the highway. Benjamin Lawrenson, 21, of Durant, Oklahoma, died at Hi-Desert Medical Center. The unidentified female passenger was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The driver of the car was uninjured. The Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station is investigating.

FIRST BABIES OF 2018 DELIVERED AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

New Year’s means new beginnings. For two couples at a Joshua Tree hospital over the weekend, that platitude literally came true. Reporter David Haldane tells the story…

Her name is Khloe. At 11:16 a.m. on New Years Day, Khloe’s mom was in a world of pain. Eventually it all worked out, though. And that’s how Karlene and Robert Waldron, of Yucca Valley, welcomed their daughter into the world as Hi-Desert Medical Center’s first new baby of 2018.

“I’m sore, but I’m so happy that she’s here,” Khloe’s new mom said when it was all over. “It’s never gonna happen again. I’m done.”

Karlene and Robert Waldron welcome their new baby Khloe, the first baby born at Hi-Desert Medical Center in 2018.

Khloe Waldron was born January 1, 2018, at 11:16 a.m.

Dad’s reaction was somewhat different. “She’s got really big feet,” he said. “She can probably walk on water and not fall through.”

The big feet are something of an anomaly, given Khloe’s initial weigh-in of only 4 pounds, 10 ounces. Whatever heft was lacking there, however, was more than compensated for right next door where, nearly nine hours later, 8-lb 1 oz. Cooper Daniel Willis made his entrance, becoming the hospital’s first 2018 baby boy.

Cooper Willis was the first male baby born at Hi-Desert Medical Center, on January 1, 2018.

All things considered, hospital staff say, an auspicious beginning for a very New Year.

CHP MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT NETS 4 DUI ARRESTS

The California Highway Patrol made four arrests for driving under the influence over the New Year’s holiday weekend. According to CHP officer Ramon Duran, that is a 33 percent increase from the previous year. The CHP was on maximum enforcement from 6 p.m. Friday, December 29, until midnight Monday, January 1. CHP officers were looking for not only DUIs, but speeders, drivers on their cell phones, or not wearing seat belts, and unsafe lane changes.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER OFFERS AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center as a part of their Senior Care Programs, is hosting an AARP Smart Driver Course this Saturday. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…
On Saturday, January 6, at the Helen Gray Center, from 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m., learn proven safety strategies to help keep you safe while on the road. By taking the AARP Smart Driver course, you’ll learn the current rules of the road and defensive driving techniques. The classroom course costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Attendees are asked to pay at time of attendance. Please bring check or cash. No credit or debit payment is accepted. Registration is required; for more information or to register, call 760-366-6182, or go online at www.hdmc.org under events.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER HONORS SEVEN DOCTORS FOR LONGEVITY

The Hi-Desert Medical Center recently recognized seven physicians that each have more than 30 years of service with the hospital. Leading the pack is Surrender Vuthoori, a cardiologist who has been with the hospital for 38 years, followed by Bhaskar Nalaam, a surgeon with 37 years; Eldene Smith, family practice, with 35 years; Stephen Bush, pathology, with 34 years; David Leaming and Gerald Schultz, who both have 33 years as ophthalmologists; and Prem Salhotra, internal medicine, with 31 years.

Gerald Schultz, M.D.
Ophthalmology
33 years
9/11/1984

Bhaskar Nalam, M.D.
General Surgery
Vascular Surgery
37 years
9/20/1980

Surrender Vuthoori, M.D.
Cardiology
38 years
10/3/1979

Eldene Smith, M.D.
Family Practice
35 years
9/14/1982

Prem Salhotra, M.D.
Internal Medicine
31 years
9/9/1986

David Leaming, M.D.
Ophthalmology
33 years
5/8/1984

W. Stephen Bush M.D.
Pathology
34 years
1/18/1983

MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD HAS CALLED A SPECIAL MEETING FOR TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Service District has called a special meeting for tonight. The January 3 special meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Service District will deal with a variety of mostly financial matters. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details…
Among the items to be discussed at tonight’s special board meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District are paramedic incentive pay, continued discussion on quotes for a new copy machine, and discussion of tree trimming within Covington Park. The meeting will then go into closed session where board members will conduct a performance evaluation of the general manager. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the Mesquite Room of the Covington Park Community Building in Morongo Valley.

DAV REPRESENTATIVES 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 Thursday 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.

SIX HOMES SELECTED FOR 2018 REACH OUT PARADE OF HOMES

All six homes have been selected for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s February 18 Parade of Homes tour. The annual fundraiser supports services for local seniors and disabled residents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from here…
The 14th annual Parade of Homes tour gives ticket holders entrée into six unique dwellings chosen for their artistic, historic or other unique qualities. The self-guided tour takes place Sunday, February 18 with expanded hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and go on sale January 8. Each ticket includes the six-home tour, plus lunch and live entertainment at the Park Rock Café in Joshua Tree. The lineup of homes features artistic and innovative dwellings in Morongo Valley and Joshua Tree and four historical treasures in Twentynine Palms. Reach Out Executive Director, Robin Schlosser said to Z107.7 News, “The unique qualities of each home showcase our desert community and way of life; each has a story to tell.” In the coming days, Z107.7 News aims to tell those stories one by one.

Parade of Homes sponsorship opportunities offer Morongo Basin businesses various levels of advertising exposure and other perks. For more information call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FIGHTING CACTI PLAY TODAY

Coming up in Copper Mountain College basketball, the men’s and women’s teams will travel away to play Cypress College in a double header. The men’s team begins at 5 p.m., and the women’s game starts at 7 p.m.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYS TODAY

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley girls’ basketball team will host Big Bear High School at home today. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.