MINI PINCER FOUND IN 29 PALMS

MINI PINSCHER FOUND IN 29 PALMS

Female, looks like a mini Pinscher.

Brown with a little white, tail looks clipped.

Found near: Hwy 62 and Juniper in 29 Palms.

Call: Kerry 760-401-3738

BLACK CAT LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

BLACK CAT LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Female black medium hair, wearing rainbow collar

Lost near: Valley view and terrace Dr in Joshua Tree.

Call: Helena and Elaine 574-535-4033 or 760-974-7252

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL DIVVIES UP GRANTS; RODEO ASKS FOR OVER $50K

The Yucca Valley Town Council authorized a donation last night of $1,000 to the Yucca Valley High School Select Choir to partially fund its $60,000 trip to Washington, D.C. this spring, and agreed to provide matching funds for another $1,500 raised during a radiothon on Z107.7, set for February 10. In addition, the council allocated $100,000 in grants to five organizations as part of the Measure Y quality of life partnership program. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at last night’s meeting, and says that the Grubstake Days rodeo is threatened this year…
Yucca Valley’s Grubstake Days may not have a rodeo this year. Rodeo organizer Missy Buchanan applied to the town council for a grant of at least $52,000 from the Measure Y funds to produce the rodeo during Grubstake Days. Buchanan said she is working full-time this year and doesn’t have the time to go out and solicit funds for the rodeo, and the deadline to have the funds is now. She told the council that if the rodeo doesn’t get funding, there will not be a rodeo for Grubstake Days. The rodeo was not one of the organizations selected to receive a grant from the Measure Y funds—those were the Boys and Girls Club ($15,000), Morongo Basin CERT ($10,000), Tri-Valley Little League ($50,000), Morongo Basin Haven ($12,000), and the Basin Wide Foundation ($13,000). However, the council asked that the issue of providing funds to the rodeo be brought back to the council’s next meeting.
In other business, the council learned that it will need to set aside a minimum of $340,000 each year to maintain the new roads that are being built for the sewer project.
The council voted unanimously to re-establish an ordinance concerning shopping carts. The town’s previous ordinance expired in 2012, and retailers have not been as vigilant in retrieving errant carts. The council also passed a resolution that would impose a $50 fee on businesses who had more than five citations in a year for missing shopping carts.

SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN JEFF JOLING RETIRING, NEW SHERIFF COMING TO TOWN

There is a new Sheriff coming to town. Sheriff John McMahon promoted Lieutenant Trevis Newport to the rank of captain January 11. Captain Newport will take over as the commander of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station from Captain Jeff Joling on Saturday, January 20. Joling is retiring Friday, January 19, after 29 years of service with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Newport has been with the County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years, including three tours of duty (six years) with the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station. Before his promotion, Newport worked as a deputy, corporal, and detective at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station. He was the lead homicide detective who worked the Erin Corwin murder case. His last assignment prior to being promoted to captain was with the Sheriff’s Bureau of Administration, where he was responsible for a $634 million operating budget. Newport is married with three children.

Capt. Trevis Newport

CALTRANS GETS EARFUL ABOUT MEDIANS IN 3 ½ HOUR MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETING

In a marathon 3 1/2-hour meeting, the Morongo Valley Community Services District board met with members of CalTrans last night to discuss the ongoing median project. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there, and files this report…
Morongo Valley residents were quick to weigh in last night following an update from CalTrans representatives on the Morongo Valley median project. CalTrans stated the median design transitions from a guardrail system to a rolled-curb design to aid in drainage and to avoid dividing the community. Residents stated that the community will always be united regardless of road designs. Morongo Valley Fire Chief Gary Yearsley said recent rains overwhelmed the drainage system, making driving unsafe. Director Kristina Brook expressed the immediate need for reflectors in the rolled-curb area and cited concerns regarding design safety, referring to the rolled-curb as a “launch ramp.” CalTrans promised that all comments would be reviewed. Meanwhile, median work is nearly complete. The board also approved a temporary administrative assistant for the fire department, discussed additional tree-trimming needs in Covington Park, placed Fire Engine 462 into surplus, and called for nominations for the Chuck Osborne Volunteer of the Year award.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER CONSIDERS QUARTER MILLION DOLLAR WELL REHAB

Following a short holiday hiatus, there’s a lot on tap at this evening’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz distills down tonight’s agenda…
Near the top of tonight’s agenda is a quarter-million dollar funding request for a plan to clean well 14. This is the district’s top-producing well that has been offline for almost two years during which time three separate efforts to clean a bacterial contamination have failed. District management remains optimistic that this fourth attempt to rehab the well will be successful. Management has expressed that mothballing the district’s workhorse well would be untenable. Also tonight, the board will hear a presentation on a number of planned projects from an engineering contractor, and consider a revision to the job title and description for the proposed position of General Manager of Operations, which has thus far proven difficult to fill. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD TO EVALUATE JEFF CUMMINGS PERFORMANCE

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting tomorrow morning. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…
The Copper Mountain College board of Trustee will hold a special meeting tomorrow at 10 a.m. They will convene in a closed session for an evaluation of the Superintendent/President Jeff Cummings. They will then reconvene in open session to announce if any action was taken during closed session Tomorrow’s meeting takes place in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the Joshua Tree campus.

MISS YUCCA VALLEY PAGEANT SET FOR FEBRUARY 3, TICKETS NOW ON SALE

UPDATE 2/5/18:
Z107.7 News was informed the night of the scholarship pageant that Rachel Kee had dropped out of the competition.

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley will host the 51st annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held Saturday, February 3, at 6 p.m. at the Joshua Springs Thunder Dome. The pageant is not a beauty contest but is based on academics and poise. The junior girls competing this year are Rachel Kee, Carley Price, Angelina Quirante, Kierra Rivers, Kylie Taylor, Madison Tuttle, and Randee Zeller. Expect a heartwarming evening. During the pageant, the girls must give a speech about a local woman who has inspired them; answer questions put to them by emcees Gary and Cindy Daigneault of Z107.7; perform a dance routine as a group; and walk the stage in a formal gown. The girl crowned Miss Yucca Valley will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds go towards scholarships. Tickets will be available at the door or contact Bob Stadum at 760-365-8938 for tickets and information.

CLASSIC COMEDY, “THE ODD COUPLE”, OPENS THIS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

Soroptimists International of Twentynine Palms will host the opening night gala of “The Odd Couple” at Theatre 29. With your invitation, here is Rebecca Havely…
The opening night gala for “The Odd Couple” will benefit Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms. Tickets for opening night ONLY are $25 each. The show opens Friday, January 19, at Theatre 29, with doors opening at 6 p.m. to heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments; plus a silent auction that includes art pieces, gift baskets and more. Get your tickets for the 50/50 drawing before the curtain rises at 7 p.m. with deserts served at intermission. The Neil Simon comedy is about two friends who decide to become roommates after both are divorced. The fastidious Felix moves in with the messy Oscar to find they are definitely an odd couple.
Tickets for opening night ONLY are $25 each and may be purchased at The Desert Trail office, the Z107.7 Studios or from any Soroptimist 29 member. For more information call Jo at 760-221-8830 or email sitwentyninepalms@soroptimist.net. “The Odd Couple” runs weekends through February 4. For tickets to all other performances, at the regular ticket price, visit theatre29.org.

EXPERTS DISCUSS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES TOMORROW

The Mojave Chapter of the California Native Plants Society will host a discussion on non-native and invasive plant species in Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…
Joshua Tree National Park is home to over 750 species of vascular plants, of which 58 are non-native and many are highly invasive. The local Mojave Chapter of the California Native Plants Society will give a presentation, led by Joshua Tree National Park Vegetation Branch Manager Neil Frakes, on the devastating effects of non-native plants in the national park and what the team at the park is doing to control the issue. The presentation will take place on Thursday, January 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Black Rock Nature Center, located at 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road in Yucca Valley.

For more information:
https://www.mdlt.org/events/event/mojave-chapter-cnps-meeting-2/

DISABLED AMERICAN VETS REPRESENTATIVES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans organization will be on the Copper Mountain College main campus tomorrow and every 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 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.

RED TENT WOMAN’S GATHERING AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

Thousands of women around the world gather each month for new moon celebrations. Rainbow Stew will have a Red Tent women’s gathering tomorrow. Reporter Tanisha Cureton fills in the details…
Rainbow Stew presents a Red Tent women’s gathering on Thursday, January 18, at 7 p.m. It will be an evening of the new moon with meditation, sharing, drumming and song. Bring a snack food to share at break time. If you have drums or rattles, bring them as well. This circle is facilitated by Stacey Fire Woman and Valerie Eagle Heart. Reservations are required by calling 760-418-5170. Rainbow Stew is located at 55509 29 Palms Highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS

The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ varsity basketball team won its game over Coachella Valley High School, 71-25, to raise its league record to 3 and 0.
Coach Tim Stanford said Lindsey Scamman had 27 points, Destiny Dedmon had 12 points, Taylor Scamman had nine points, Hope Culver had nine points, and Jhordan Stanley had nine points. Hope Culver is this week’s Wildcat of the week. Hope has scored 25 points in her last two games and she has played her usual tenacious defense. Hope is an outstanding student and she is a positive senior leader. Hope continues to do whatever it takes to help her team get better.
 
This weekend the Yucca Valley High School wrestling team held the annual Trojan War. Coach Larry Giron said out of eight teams participating, the Trojans won third place, with first place finishes by Genesis Rialmo and John Cruz. Yucca Valley defeated Desert Hot Springs last night 51-36, with the fastest pin by Genesis Rialmo in 1:23 seconds. Next Saturday, January 27, the Trojans host league finals in the Yucca Valley High School gym.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYS AWAY TONIGHT

In Copper Mountain College sports, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play an away doubleheader tonight against Fullerton College in Fullerton. The men’s game begins at 5 p.m. with the women following at7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TONIGHT

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, and boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will play Rancho Mirage High School. The boys will play at home; the girls will travel away to Rancho Mirage. The soccer games start at 5 p.m.; the basketball games start at 6 p.m.
 
Also today, the Twentynine Palms boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, and boys’ basketball team will play Coachella Valley High School. The boys’ teams will travel away to Thermal; the girls will play at home. The soccer games start at 5 p.m.; basketball starts at 6 p.m.