SHEPARD MIX LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

SHEPARD MIX LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female, Shepard mix 18 years old, Beige

Lost near: Ivanhoe and San Vicente in Sky Harbor area of Yucca valley

Call: Bill 626-429-4464

SHEPARD FOUND IN 29 PALMS

SHEPARD FOUND IN 29 PALMS

Male, tan with black back, white on 3 paws, no collar, quite thin.

Found near: Old Dale and Juniper in 29 Palms.

Call Cliff 818-968-6719 or 760-367-2992

SHEPARD COYOTE MIX LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

SHEPARD COYOTE MIX LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female, German Shepherd Coyote mix, black and tan with a little bit of white.
She comes if you call her “Roxy Lynn” her tail is all black and long.

Lost near: Sonny slope in Yucca valley.

Call:Tosha and Michael 760-774-9543

LAB RETRIEVER MIX LOST IN LANDERS

LAB RETRIEVER MIX LOST IN LANDERS

Female, lab retriever mix mostly brown with black around nose wearing collar.

Lost near: Kuna and Applegate in Landers.

Call: Theresa 760-220-6166

SNOW BENGAL LOST IN 29 PALMS

SNOW BENGAL LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, Snow Bengal 6 yrs. old. Tan, spots and stripes, green eyes, jungle looking.

REWARD offered!!!

Lost near: Joshua Dr. & Mojave Ave. in Twentynine Palms.

Call: Lisa 760-367-9870

CHIHUAHUA MIX LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

CHIHUAHUA MIX LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Male, black with sable neck and graying around nose and chin.

Lost near: Hillview Drive in Joshua Tree

Call: Courtney at 760-668-8916

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HONORED TODAY

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored today across the country and here in the Morongo Basin.

In Twentynine Palms, the Twentynine Palms Bible Baptist Church held its 18th one-mile march celebration this morning, which started at 8 a.m. at Little Church of the Desert, and ended at Palms Southern Baptist Church,. Following the march, was a program with local speakers, music, and free refreshments.

Government offices, banks, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.

HELP NEEDED FOR FAMILY OF STRICKEN TWENTYNINE PALMS TODDLER

A Twentynine Palms couple is stuck between a rock and hard place. The rock is a brain tumor that almost killed their young son. The hard place is the year they’ve spent unable to bring him home. Reporter David Haldane has the story…
The first thing they noticed was the dizziness. Then little Isaiah started throwing up and falling over. A visit to the doctor confirmed the worst; their one-year-old son had an aggressive brain tumor rapidly snuffing out his young life.
The doctors at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital didn’t think he would survive the operation that removed it. But two months later, Isaiah woke up and today, at two, is fighting every day to come home.
The problem is that he can’t. That’s because his parents – Justin Surs and Christine Curington of Twentynine Palms – can’t qualify to care for him without a three-month course. And, oh yes, they must live within fifty miles of the hospital, nearly two hours away.
So, the unemployed couple started a Go-Fund-Me campaign to raise enough money to move. And how do they feel after a year’s separation from their beloved, but sickly, young son?
“It’s hard. I don’t want to waste any more time not spending it with him. Honestly, it’s destroying me.”

To help bring little Isaiah Surs home, go to https://www.gofundme.com/4rrkdqg, or call Justin Surs at 760-819-3813.

A 3.8 EARTHQUAKE NEAR LUDLOW SUNDAY

A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Sunday morning, seven miles from Ash Hill (near Ludlow) in San Bernardino County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:56 a.m. at a depth of 2.5 miles. The epicenter was 46 miles from Twentynine Palms, 52 miles from Yucca Valley and 54 miles from Barstow. There were no reports of damage or injury.

“WIZARD OF OZ” AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Follow the yellow brick road to Theatre 29. Open auditions will be held tonight for the musical “The Wizard of Oz.” Here with the casting details is Rebecca Havely…
Director Gary Daigneault and musical director Bill Barrett will cast approximately 22 performers, ages 12 and older, at “Wizard of Oz” auditions tonight, 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 the 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 the 25 with a possible holdover to April 1. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

LOCALS GETTING HIT WITH THE “IRS SCAM”

Morongo Basin residents have recently been receiving phone calls from someone who claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Reporter Tanisha Cureton warns residents to not fall for these scammers who say you owe money…

With tax season fast approaching, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The caller says he or she is from the IRS and that you owe taxes. They say that, if you don’t pay up immediately, the IRS is going to file a lawsuit against you or will send the police to your home to arrest you. Don’t fall for this increasingly common phone scam. It is important to know that the IRS never makes its first contact with you via the telephone, fax, or e-mail and they will never demand payment immediately.

If you think you are the victim of a tax scam, or you have any questions about the legitimacy of a communication from “the IRS,” contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
Or visit: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report.shtml

For cases of identity theft involving state taxes, contact the California Franchise Board at 916-845-3669.
Or visit: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/Fraud_Referral/index.shtml?WT.mc_id=Featured_Report_Fraud

HOMESTEAD VALLEY GROUP MEETS TOMORROW AT LANDERS ELEMENTARY

Residents are invited to a special meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council at the Landers Elementary School on Tuesday, January 16. Ideas are needed to increase enrollment in this small rural school. The school is located at 56450 Reche Road. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. in the library; participants will get a tour of classrooms and the computer lab.

HI-DESERT TEST KITCHEN DINING TONIGHT

Around this time each month we announce the native food to be highlighted at High Desert Test Kitchen’s informal dinner. But this month and next, organizer Sarah Witt suggests we focus on something altogether different. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what that is…

Witt places a premium on sustainable harvesting and being better stewards of the environment. For this month’s dinner gathering, during winter’s respite, she suggests we leave the plant kingdom alone and focus instead on inorganic or non-living materials to explore primitive and other alternative cooking methods. Participants might try cooking in a pit, grinding ingredients with found stones, or even using alternative cooking fuels like pine sap or rabbit poop. This month’s High Desert Test Kitchen dinner is set for 7 p.m. Monday, January 15 at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on Winters Road off Border. Bring a dish to share that is either made with or inspired by non-living or inorganic material. This is your opportunity to explore the Mojave from a culinary perspective.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

The Fighting Cacti basketball team of Copper Mountain had everything going their way Friday night inside of the Bell center as the men’s team had a solid win against visiting Riverside City College. With the 86-72 win, Copper Mountain improved to 16-5 on the season and 3-1 in the Orange Empire Conference.

CMC rained three pointers and played gridlock defense to cruise to the Orange Empire Conference win. Tre’Von Bentley caught an Impressive “Alley Oop” reverse dunk to end the first half as Copper Mountain went into the half with a 38-27 lead. The sharp-shooting continued into the second half when Murshid Randle and Jailen Moore put on a shooting exhibition. Combined, they were responsible for 12 of the 14 three-pointers CMC made for the game, which helped propel them to the 86-72 win. Jailen Moore led the Fighting Cacti in scoring with 20 points. Murshid Randle Netted 18 points and Jaleel Simmons added 15 points.

The Copper Mountain College women’s basketball team took an unfortunate loss to Riverside City College, 83-18.

Assistant Coach Tess Urbas said the women played hard and kept their spirits up throughout the adversity.

“I’m really proud of them, they never seem to give up. They were able to execute our defense better than I’ve seen them play before. There have been improvements since the beginning of the season. The girls improve every day and we’re excited to continue playing and finish out the season on a good note.”

Tusitusia Brown scored 12 points, Courtney Stanford scored three points, Lalameleke Moliga had two points, and Celeste Reyes had one point.

MEDICINE WHEEL TEACHINGS AT RAINBOW STEW TONIGHT

Interested in learning more about the Medicine Wheel Teachings of the Star Maiden Circle? Reporter Tanisha Cureton tells you how you can learn more at Rainbow Stew tonight…

Bring your notebook and pen to Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley to learn more about the Medicine Wheel Teachings of the Star Maiden Circle. The teachings will be held two Monday evenings, January 15 and January 29, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendance at both classes is highly recommended to receive all the teachings. A donation of $10 is requested. For more information, call 760-364-2428. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of Highway 62 in Old Town Yucca Valley.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball won over Yucca Valley High School, 56 to 54, to start the season with two wins and 0 losses in league. Coach Timothy Stanford said Hope Culver led the team in scoring with 16 points. Lindsey Scamman had six points, 20 rebounds, and six assists while quarterbacking the offense most of the night. Gabby Mackall added nine points and Destiny Dedmon coming back from her early season knee injury added seven points. Yucca Valley High School varsity boys’ soccer played a home league game on Friday, January 13, versus Twentynine Palms High School. The final score was a loss, 3-1.

Coach Jorge Rodriguez said junior Aldo Villalba scored the only goal. Aldo was named player of the match by coach Rodriguez, who said, “Our guys played well tonight. We stayed focused the entire game and we had plenty of opportunities to score. We give credit to a well-coached Twentynine Palms team.” Twentynine Palms High School junior varsity played a home league game on Friday, January 13 versus Twentynine Palms High School; the final score was a 0-to-0 tie. Coach Adan Mendoza said player of the match was freshman Marcelo Noble. “Marcelo maintained high pressure during the entire game and had a few shots on goal.” The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ soccer teams began road league play against the Trojans of Yucca Valley on Friday night, winning 3-1. The victory pushes the varsity ’Cats’ record to 10 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws.

The varsity Wildcats again played strong team defense in the first half for a 0-0 tie. The ’Cats organized offensively and then scored three goals in the second half for a 3-1 away victory. Senior goalkeeper KJ Magwood earned his fourth victory in four years against the Trojans. Senior Nick Stowers scored two goals and junior Miguel Sosa scored the decisive goal late in the second half. Sophomore Dante Smith-Evans assisted both Stowers and Sosa. The JV team fought hard for a 0-0 draw. Strong team defense led to keeper Juan Duran’s first shutout of the season. Duran had six saves. Midfielders Nathan Delacruz and Manuel Romero anchored the defense in front of a strong back line. The junior varsity ’Cats team record now moves to 1 win, 1 loss and 1 draw. The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ junior varsity and varsity soccer teams played Yucca Valley High School. The JV girls suffered a 2-0 loss to the Trojans while the Varsity team lost 8-0.