YORKIE LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

YORKIE LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male.

Black and tan, wearing a collar with tags.

Microchipped, and neutered.

Lost near: Anaconda and Palomar in Yucca Valley.

Call: Miranda 760-285-4390

MALTESE LOST IN 29 PALMS

MALTESE LOST IN 29 PALMS

Male.

Black, white, and grey.

Lost near: Cahuilla and Sunny Slope in 29 Palms.

Call: Jade 626-506-3194

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER IN BIG BEAR CRASH

A Yucca Valley man is accused of intentionally slamming his vehicle into a tree in Big Bear during a fight with his female passenger. County sheriff’s officials said Raymond Moomey, 41, of Yucca Valley, fled after the crash but was found and arrested later on suspicion of attempted murder. A press release said shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, Big Bear station deputies were called to a crash in the 39000 block of Lakeview Drive in Big Bear Lake. In the vehicle, deputies found a 44-year-old woman and learned Moomey, the driver, crashed the vehicle in the tree before running off. The woman suffered minor injuries. Through an investigation, deputies located Moomey at his Yucca Valley home in the 56200 block of Papago Trail and arrested him Monday on suspicion of attempted murder, felony spousal abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and vehicle theft. Raymond Moomey pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

FREE BULK TRASH DROP-OFF IN WONDER VALLEY SATURDAY

Get your trash ready for a free bulk-trash disposal event in Wonder Valley. Reporter Andrew Dieleman fills in the details about what will, and will not, be accepted at the event…
San Bernardino County Code Enforcement and Solid Waste Management Divisions will be providing bulky-trash collection containers for the free disposal of accumulated trash, e-waste, and waste tires. The event will take place at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Saturday, January 20 from 8:30 to noon. The program is limited to the residents of the unincorporated county areas. Please, no hazardous waste or commercial or industrial waste from businesses. Container space is limited, and the event will end once all containers are full. The Wonder Valley Community Center is located at 80526-½ Amboy Road in Wonder Valley. For additional information, contact David Jorgenson at 909-948-5091.

24-HOUR SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE OFFERED

Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services provides a 24-hour crisis hotline to help survivors of sexual assault. Counselors can accompany sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances. Speakers are available to talk to schools and community groups about sexual assault and rape prevention. The hotline number is 800-656-4673, or call 760-369-3353.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER WILL TRY TO DISINFECT A WELL FOR THE FOURTH TIME

Joshua Basin Water District will sink more money into an effort to bring its primary well back online after two years. The well was just one of the items up for discussion at last night’s board meeting; our reporter Mike Lipsitz was there…
At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board released $160,000 to be dropped into well 14 to clean up bacterial contamination that has proven tenacious. In fact, the contamination remains despite three attempts by two contractors to eradicate it. Although that amount could rise, it is significantly less than was first estimated. Well 14 produces up to 60 percent of the district’s water. In other business, the district approved a water storage agreement with Mojave Water Agency, and a change in the description of an open position at the district so that a new recruit might be hired with an eye toward succession of the general manager.

HI-DESERT WATER LOOKING FOR FINANCIAL AUDIT VOLUNTEER

Last year, Paul Hoffman retired from the Hi-Desert Water District’s Financial Audit committee after volunteering on the committee for 11 years. Managing editor Tami Roleff says his retirement means there is a new slot to fill…
With the retirement last month of Paul Hoffman from the Hi-Desert Water District’s Financial Audit Committee, the water district is in need of another volunteer to replace him. The committee is made up of two board members and one member of the public to oversee and provide input on the water district’s annual financial report. Yucca Valley residents—preferably with an accounting background—who are interested in serving on the committee should request an application by calling 760-365-8333, or email info@hdwd.com, or come in person to district offices between 7:30 and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at 55439 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley.

MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD MEET TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will meet in regular meeting tonight. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…
Morongo Basin Healthcare District will meet in a regular meeting. On the agenda, a review of HDMC holdings and lease agreement followed by further reports on HDMC holdings and Lift transportation service and a General Report By CEO Jackie Combs The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the district offices at 6530 La Contenta Road, suite 100.

LOCAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB PLANS WOMAN’S RALLY SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will celebrate the anniversary of last year’s Women’s March with a rally Saturday, January 20. The rally will be held on the northeast corner of Highway 62 and Old Woman Springs Road in Yucca Valley from noon to 2 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LEAD SCHOOL TOURS AT BIG MORONGO CANYON PRESERVE

The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve will host training classes for volunteers interested in leading elementary school tours of the preserve. With his hiking boots on and sun screen in hand, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman…
The series of three training classes will teach volunteers how to lead elementary school tours of the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, assisting the Director of Education with school groups as they hike the preserve’s trails, and with hands-on activities following the programs. The 2-hour training sessions will be held at the preserve on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning on January 19. Adults must be able to pass a background check. For further information, call Caryn Davidson at 760-363-1159. The preserve is located at 11055 East Drive in Morongo Valley.

YOUTH SOCCER SIGN-UPS IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association will hold registration for its spring league on the next two Saturdays, January 20, and January 27. Registration is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days in the conference room at the Brehm Sports Complex on Little League Drive in Yucca Valley. The cost is $65 for new players; $55 for returning players. Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate to registration. Practice starts February 5 and games start March 3.

DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN WELCOMES MUSICAL TRIO FOR SATURDAY CONCERT

The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church welcomes the return of the trio, Musicisti Treamici, to its community concert series. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…
Each summer, for the past decade, the trio, Musicisti Treamici performed a variation of music festivals in Central Tuscany Italy and will be performing a variety of their music at The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church. The group includes David Miller on flute, Paulette Miller on the harp, and Geoffrey Merrill on the piano. Light refreshments will follow the concert in the Fellowship Hall. A donation of $10 is requested. The event is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail, Yucca Valley on Saturday January 20th at 2:00 p.m. For additional information contact, 760-365-6331.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Copper Mountain College men’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker on the road to the number four ranked team in the state, Fullerton College, Wednesday night 74-72.
This game lived up to the hype. Two heavyweights took the court in Orange County and it was a slugfest that came down to the last possession. In the first half, CMC drew first blood and jumped out to an early 13-point lead. The Hornets of Fullerton came flying back and went into the half with a 36-33 lead.
The second half was even more intense, as both teams battled tooth and nail, resulting in several lead changes. After a couple of miscues down the stretch, the Fighting Cacti let a 7-point lead slip away with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Isiah Blackmon’s baseline floater came up just short on the last possession of the game and Copper Mountain College fell 74-72. Murshid Randle led CMC in scoring with 25 points. Jaleel Simmons added 18 points and Isiah Blackmon chipped in 10 points.
Copper Mountain College falls to 16-6 on the season and 3-2 in the Orange Empire Conference. Next up for CMC is Orange Coast College next Wednesday, January 24, in Costa Mesa. Tip-off is at 5 p.m.
 
The Fighting Cacti women’s basketball team went on the road for a conference game Wednesday night versus Fullerton College, and lost by a score of 90-33.
Coach Hosie Ward said despite having only six players in uniform, and with two of those players fighting through minor injuries, they fought hard to the very end. Courtney Stanford led with 15 points. Tusitusia Brown added eight points, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks.
The women’s next game is Friday night at the Bell Center versus Santa Ana College.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team traveled to Rancho Mirage High School last night and came home with a 58-31 De Anza league victory over the Rattlers, ending the Rattlers’ 13-game win streak. The win moves the Lady Trojans’ record to 13-5 overall and 2-1 in league.
Coach Jess Geeson said senior Kiley Pitts spearheaded the attack with a game-high 14 points. She was followed by freshman Sara Mills with 11 points, and seniors Zena Yakimow and Savannah Beasley who added eight points each. The Lady Trojans have a home game Friday against Desert Mirage. JV tips off at 4:30 p.m. and varsity follows at 6:30 p.m. at Trojan Gym. 
  
Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer played a home league game yesterday. Coach Jorge Rodriguez said varsity lost 4 to 1; junior varsity lost 4 to 0.
The only varsity goal was scored by junior midfielder Erick Meneses. Rodriguez said, “We are improving with every game, and our guys are playing with lots of effort, we will continue to work to earn our first win.”
For junior varsity, player of the match was junior goalkeeper Luke Jones.
 
The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team played Rancho Mirage High School yesterday. Coach Shelton said varsity lost 4 to 0 and the JV team lost 2 to 1.