LAB PIT CHOW MIX LOST IN 29 PALMS

LAB PIT CHOW MIX LOST IN 29 PALMS

Male, Pit/Lab/Chow mix, White and Brown

Wearing Collar, Wearing Tags

Lost near: East Court and Joshua in Twentynine Palms.

Call: MacKinley 760-361-9191

WHITE SIBERIAN HUSKY LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

WHITE SIBERIAN HUSKY LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female all white with blue eyes and is wearing a blue collar.

Wearing Collar, Wearing Tags.

Lost near: Aberdeen and Eldorado Ave. in Yucca Valley.

Call: Donald 571-244-7027

WHITE CHIHUAHUA MIX FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

WHITE CHIHUAHUA MIX FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Found near: Deer Rd and Hwy 62

Call: Johnathan 415-385-5674

A CAUTIONARY GREEN LIGHT FOR THEATRE 29 EXPANSION FROM THE CITY COUNCIL

Patrons of Theatre 29 may soon have a few more seats to sit in. Reporter David Haldane attended a meeting last night at which the theater’s future was discussed, and filed this…

The expansion of Theatre 29 got a green light tinged with orange at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. The message: definitely proceed, but do so with caution. Specifically, the Council directed staff to come back in 30 days with a better estimate of costs, which could exceed the $450,000 mentioned so far.

The proposed project calls, among other things, for increasing the theater’s capacity from 91 to 148, adding more parking, improving the stage and building an outdoor concert venue.

Several Council members, including Joel Klink, expressed strong support for the plan. “It’s awesome. I’m all in favor of going forward.”

In other business, the Council held a fourth public hearing on converting to district elections, decided to hire a part-time community events coordinator, and heard Mayor McArthur Wright and Councilman Daniel Mintz declare their intentions to run for re-election in 2018.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN SHOT BY DEPUTY MONDAY ACCUSED OF BURGLARIZING HOMES, VEHICLES IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about the deputy-involved shooting in Yucca Valley Monday morning. According to a press release, several residents called about 7:30 a.m. to report that a man and woman, dressed all in black and carrying a tan blanket, were running through back yards in the 7800 block of Amador Avenue in Yucca Valley. Deputies located the man, identified as Daryll Speer, 22, of Twentynine Palms, and an unidentified woman in the wash near Trojan Lane and Highway 62. Speer was allegedly armed with a gun. When he refused their commands to drop it, he was shot by at least one deputy. A witness told Z107.7 News that he heard three gunshots. Daryll Speer was taken to Desert Hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.
Detectives from the homicide division are conducting the investigation. They have determined that Speer was entering unlocked vehicles and backyards in the area of Amador and Navajo Trail. Two residents in the area have reported being victims of theft. Anyone with information concerning the investigation should call Detective Arturo Alvarado at 909-387-3589.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HANDYMAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT FROM HIS CUSTOMER

A Twentynine Palms man, who was hired to perform work on a Joshua Tree home, was arrested a week later for allegedly stealing the home’s security camera. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim hired Adam Aversa, 43, to do stucco work on her home in the 61800 block of Rosemary Lane last week. About 7:30 p.m. Monday, the resident called deputies to report that someone broke into her home and stole a surveillance camera and other items. The victim had video of Aversa allegedly removing the surveillance cameras and installing them in his own home. After an investigation, Adam Aversa was arrested for investigation of burglary, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.

SCHOOL BOARD SEES PROPOSED DISTRICTS, APPROVES TEACHERS CONTRACT

The Morongo Unified School District board of education met in open session last night. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details…
The MUSD Board of Education meeting began with a board study session on the new proposed boundaries for trustee areas. President of the National Demographics Corporation Douglas Johnson discussed two maps with the board members: an orange map, which focuses on board-member representation in the district, and a purple map, which focuses on maintaining the unity of desert communities. The board members requested additional information from Johnson on both maps. In open session, the board unanimously approved the new Sunshine Proposal between the board and the Morongo Teachers Association and a policy update regarding the superintendent’s salary and benefits. The board also adopted the new Town Center Mall lease agreement by a split decision of 4-1. Board Member Chris Proudfoot questioned the more than $200,000 price for the 18-month rental.

SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BOARDS IN JOINT SESSION TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees and the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will hold a Special Joint Meeting Tomorrow. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…
The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees and the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will hold a Special Joint Meeting tomorrow. Up for discussion: Career and Technical Education, Online Education and, of special note, Redistricting. The meeting begins at 3:45 p.m., an hour after the Board of Trustee regular meeting at the Community Room in the Bell Center on the Copper Mountain Campus.

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST BUYS 630 ACRE “JUNIPER CANYON” PROPERTY

Not even two months after the Mojave Desert Land Trust announced it was trying to raise the last $11,000 it needed to buy 630 acres bordering Joshua Tree National Park, the land trust announced Tuesday it has purchased the property it calls Juniper Canyon. The land trust said it’s been working for more than seven years to buy the property near Covington Flats that is covered with pinyons and junipers and is home to desert tortoises. The land trust participated in the 2017 Give Big charity campaign drive, and raised almost three times the amount of funds it needed. The Mojave Desert Land Trust plans to give Juniper Canyon to Joshua Tree National Park. But first, land trust volunteers will clean up and remove dump sites on the property, pull invasive weeds, restore native plants, and work to eliminate signs of irresponsible off-road vehicle use.

HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

A recognition of a Yucca Valley resident, committee assignments, and change orders for the Yucca Valley sewer project are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details…
At tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors, the directors will recognize Paul Hoffman, who has volunteered to serve for 11 years on the water district’s financial audit committee. Next, the board will divvy up assignments for various committees. And finally, the board will be asked to approve three change orders for the Yucca Valley Wastewater Reclamation project. Tonight’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in district offices at Inca Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.

YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Among the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight (Wednesday, January 10) are correspondence from LAFCO, the Town of Yucca Valley, and the Registrar of Voters. Next up are progress reports on accounts receivable and fencing. Under new business, directors will discuss new fence damage; estimates from the DOT Division of Aeronautics; prioritizing new projects and improvements; and website review and corrections. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING THIS SATURDAY

Community meetings often bring together those in the farthest reaches of the Hi-Desert. Wonder Valley’s community meeting is no exception. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details…
At this Saturday’s 11 a.m. Wonder Valley community meeting, a Veterans Administration representative will give a brief presentation on chronic fatigue syndrome and its prevalence. Also on the agenda, the topics of illegal shooting and a Neighborhood Watch will be discussed. Saturday’s meeting is open to everyone and takes place at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. More information online at WonderValley.org.

CHANT FOR PEACE TONIGHT AT RAINBOW STEW

Rainbow Stew will hold an evening of peace chanting tonight (Wednesday, January 10,) at 7 p.m. Arrive early; the doors will be locked at 6:50 p.m. Chanting usually goes on for about an hour, sometimes less. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

FIND YOUR OWN PERSONAL SONG AT RAINBOW STEW SATURDAY

Everyone has a song inside them, and a workshop in Yucca Valley Saturday will help you find yours. Reporter Tanisha Cureton tells you how you can recognize your theme song…
By exploring your personal journeys through meditation, remembering, and sharing, you can make your own theme song. Stephanie Kern, a singer, songwriter, and poet, will lead a workshop Saturday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While snacks and water will be provided, you’re asked to bring a journal or notebook to write in. A donation of $25 is requested. The workshop is limited to 10 people, so please act fast. To register, call 760-418-5170. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL HOME GAME TONIGHT

Coming up in Copper Mountain College basketball tonight, the men’s and women’s teams will host a double-header against Irvine Valley College at home. The men’s team goes first at 5 p.m., followed by the women at 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats varsity soccer team traveled to West Shores High School for a non-league match up on Monday, January 8. The girls came away with a 2-1 victory with 18 shots on goal. Points were put in by team Captain Emma Yeager and Kayla (Rose) Perrotte.

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, and boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will all play the Coachella High School Arabs. The boys’ basketball and soccer teams will travel away to Thermal, with soccer starting at 5 p.m. and basketball at 6 p.m. The girls’ teams will host the Lady Arabs at home; soccer starts at 5 p.m., basketball at 6 p.m.

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will play Desert Mirage High School. The boys’ soccer game will be played at 5 p.m. at home in Twentynine Palms; all other games will be played at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal: the girls’ basketball and soccer games start at 5 p.m.; the boys basketball game starts at 6 p.m.