POMERANIAN MIX FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

POMERANIAN MIX FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Pomeranian Chihuahua mix possibly.

Female, mostly white with black and brown patches.

Wearing a pink collar.

Found near: Antelope Trail behind IHOP in Yucca Valley.

Call: Elizabeth 714-907-3274

BRINDLE BULL MASTIFF FOUND IN 29 PALMS

BRINDLE BULL MASTIFF FOUND IN 29 PALMS

Male, well trained.

Found near: Emerald and Valley View.

Call: Don 760-912-8146

CHP INVESTIGATORS SAY DEPUTY AT FAULT IN ROLLOVER CRASH

The California Highway Patrol has released additional information concerning an officer-involved crash on the Morongo Grade Monday. CHP Officer Mike Radford said that Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Crowl was driving a marked, 2011 Ford Crown Victoria westbound on Highway 62, west of Hess Boulevard about 7:12 p.m. Due to his unsafe speed for the rainy conditions, the Ford traveled to the right, off the roadway, and overturned. Crowl, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The crash is still under investigation, but neither alcohol or drugs are a factor in the crash.

Photo by Kylee Byus

AUDITIONS FOR MUSICAL “WIZARD OF OZ” MONDAY AT THEATRE 29

We’re off to see the Wizard at Theatre 29. Open auditions will be held this Monday for the musical “The Wizard of Oz.” Here with the casting details is Rebecca Havely…
Approximately 22 performers, ages 12 and older will be cast at “Wizard of Oz” auditions on Monday, January 15, at 6 p.m. on the Theatre 29 mainstage. Roles available include Dorothy, The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Mrs. Gulch doubles as the Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good Witch may double as Aunt Em. There’s also Professor Marvel who doubles as the Wizard and Uncle Henry who may double as the Oz Guard. The Jitter Bug character must be a dancer, plus there are talking trees, Munchkins and Flying Monkeys. Come dressed to move and expect to read from provided scripts. Prepare one minute of a Broadway or Disney song. Please bring a CD or portable music player with the background track for your audition song.
“The Wizard of Oz” will rehearse weekday evenings from 6 to 9 through March 1. The show runs weekends from March 2 through March 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 Acapella 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.

TRI-CHAMBER MIXER AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER THIS EVENING

The Hi-Desert Medical Center will hold the first tri-chamber mixer of 2018 on January 11. The mixer for the Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms Chambers of Commerce will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. There will be networking, refreshments, and live music. Please RSVP by calling 760-366-6182 or at hdmc.org.

MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES START MONDAY

For those trying to quit smoking in the new year, reporter Eric Knabe has a course that could help you quit…
The Morongo Basin Healthcare District is sponsoring this FREE seminar series to help you quit. The seven-week series uses American Lung Association curriculum and provides tools to deal with nicotine addiction and issues related to this significant lifestyle change. The series will be held on Mondays from noon to 1:30 p.m. for seven weeks, starting January 15 at the healthcare district’s offices at 6530 La Contenta Road in Yucca Valley. If you have questions, or would like to register, call 760-820-9241.

OPENING ART RECEPTION FRIDAY AT 29 PALMS DOWNTOWN ART GALLERY

The public is invited to attend “Hunker Down for Winter,” the new year’s first Art in Public Places exhibition in Twentynine Palms. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with your invitation…

The Twentynine Palms Art in Public Places commission is inviting the public to an opening art reception Friday, January 12 for theme “Hunker Down for Winter.” The art show features work created by desert artists in a variety of mixed media. Refreshments and live music will be provided. The exhibition will be on display at the Twentynine Palms Visitor’s Center in downtown Twentynine Palms from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, call the visitor center at 760-367-3445.

“A Bow to Mother Nature” – Photograph by Patricia Knight

GALLERY 62 ART RECEPTION IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

Gallery 62 Art Gallery in Joshua Tree will hold an opening reception Saturday, January 13 for its newest exhibition, Elegant Beginnings. The show will feature the artwork of Michael Maxwell, Karan Murphy, Kenneth Heller, Laurie Schafer, and Esther Shaw. The signature artist is Watson. The opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in downtown Joshua Tree. The show is on display through January 28.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY REORGANIZES

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society Board of Directors said farewell to one member as it welcomed another during its reorganization last week at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details…

Marilyn Collier, who announced last fall she would not seek another term on the board after 15 years of service, was succeeded by Jim Krushat, who was elected in November to fill the vacancy. His term will run through 2020.

Outgoing Twentynine Palms Historical Society Director Marilyn Collier opens gifts from her fellow board members during an Accessions Committee meeting Jan. 3, 2018. (Historical society photo by Jim Krushat)

Krushat joins President Les Snodgrass, Vice President Greg Mendoza, Recording Secretary Kelly O’Sullivan, Treasurer Nolan Lockwood, Corresponding Secretary Cheryl Erickson and Directors Dana Bowden and John Steiner. In addition to serving as a director, Krushat chairs the society’s Membership Committee. He also is spearheading an effort to create a World War II exhibit at the museum.

For more information on the historical society, its projects and programs, go online to www.29palmshistorical.com or call (760) 367-2366.

LOCAL DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will have an update on the districting process in the area at its meeting Saturday, January 13. The club will also plan a rally to celebrate the anniversary of the Women’s March. The rally is set for 2 p.m. January 20 at the corner of Highway 62 and Old Woman Springs Road. The 10 a.m. meeting Saturday is preceded by an optional $10 buffet breakfast at 9 a.m. at Bruce’s Café on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree.

YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY LOOKING FOR LITERACY TUTORS

Do you have a desire to give back to your community? The Yucca Valley Library is looking for tutors for its adult literacy program. Reporter Tanisha Cureton tells you how to start giving back…
The Yucca Valley Library is searching for tutors for its adult literacy program. Tutor training sessions are Saturday, January 27 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, February 24 at 1 p.m. Tutor applications are available for pickup at the library during regular business hours. If tutoring is not your expertise, you can also volunteer to assist in several areas in the library. The next volunteer orientations are Saturday, January 13 at 9 a.m. and Saturday, February 10 also at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the San Bernardino County Library system at 760-228-5455.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Copper Mountain College men’s basketball was back in action Wednesday night against a visiting Irvine Valley College team. At the end of regulation, the score was 77-77. Two clutch steals followed by lay ups on back to back possessions sealed the game in overtime for CMC 95-94. Copper Mountain improves to 15-5 on the season and 2-1 in the Orange Empire Conference.

The Fighting Cacti revamped their defense and started this game pressuring the ball all over the court. The first half was filled with steals, blocks, and a few monster slam dunks which allowed CMC to head into the locker room at the half with the 36-32 lead.
In the second half, the battle was on. Although Copper Mountain seemed to be the more dominant team, Irvine Valley didn’t go away. After hitting shot after shot, they forced the game into overtime. At the end of regulation, the score was 77-77. Tre’Von Bentley (16 points) made two clutch steals followed by lay-ups on back-to-back possessions to seal the game in over time for CMC 95-94. Murshid Randal led the Fighting Cacti with 18 points, Isiah Blackmon scored 15 points, Ronald Bell added 12 points, and Jaleel Simmons chipped in 11 points.

The Copper Mountain College women’s basketball Fighting Cacti faced off against Irvine Valley Wednesday night. The team was shorthanded but didn’t give up, finally losing 115-29.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms boys basketball team opened De Anza League play with a 92-54 win over host Desert Mirage Rams.
Coach T.J. Stanford said leading the scoring was Adam Bell with 30 points, including six three-pointers. Brian Thornton had 15 points, Abraham Bell had 11 points, and Jordan Toa pitched in 10 points.

Twentynine Palms Girls’ Basketball started league play by defeating Desert Mirage 75-55.
Coach Tim Stanford said Lindsey Scamman had 28 points and Gabby Mackall had 12 points.

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team opened up their De Anza League schedule with a 63-22 win over Coachella Valley last night in Trojan Gym.
Coach Jess Geeson said jumping out to a 36-10 halftime lead, the Yucca Valley girls were led by senior Savannah Beasley’s 13 points. She was followed by freshman Sara Mills and junior Angie Reutgen, who each scored 12 points. Sophomore Coy Smith pitched in eight points for the local girls, who upped their record to 12-4 on the season.

Yucca Valley High School Boys soccer played their first league game in Coachella Valley. Varsity lost 8 to 1.
Coach Jorge Rodriguez said the only goal scored was by sophomore Alan Campos, who was also named player of the match. “We played a very good Coachella team tonight, all of our players showed great effort.”
Yucca Valley’s junior varsity lost 5 to 1.
Coach Adan Mendoza said “Our only goal was scored by freshman Tyler Sine, who was named player of the match. “It was not the outcome we wanted, the boys worked hard and with our heads high. They played like a team and proved that we can put it in the back of the net.”

The Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcat soccer teams traveled to Desert Mirage last night. Coach Warrick Yeager said, despite playing their hearts out, both the junior varsity and varsity teams failed to find the back of the net. The JV team suffered a 4-0 loss while the varsity team lost 5-0.

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School wrestling team will host Coachella Valley High School at home. The match starts at 6 p.m.