SHIH-TZU TERRIER FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

SHIH-TZU TERRIER FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

Male, white and tan/cream, wearing Collar

Found near: Mojave and Joshua Tree in Twentynine Palms.

Call: Ana  760-362-3658

MAIN COON LOST IN 29 PALMS

MAIN COON LOST IN 29 PALMS

Male, Tan & black, Microchipped

Lost near: Old Dale Rd & Pine in 29 Palms.

Call: Anna 323-229-5690

DESERT HEIGHTS MOBILE HOME DESTROYED BY EARLY MORNING FIRE

Twentynine Palms firefighters had an early morning wake-up call today, when a mobile home caught fire in Desert Heights. County Fire Battalion
Chief Scott Tuttle said the call came in just before 3 a.m. for a double-wide mobile home in the 1300 block of Indian Cove Road. The home was fully
involved with flames when firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley and Joshua Tree arrived; it took 20 minutes to knock down the blaze
and several hours to mop it up. Tuttle said the cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.

COUNTY HOMELESS COUNT TO FOCUS ON HOMELESS WOMEN

The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership Point-In-Time Count will focus on helping homeless women. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

In the ongoing effort to end homelessness, the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership will begin engaging unaccompanied homeless women and placing those who are identified as high-risk into immediate temporary housing. According to the Office of Homeless Services Officer Tom Hernandez, this data-driven strategy will connect these women with services and resources that are desperately needed. Individuals and organizations are invited to volunteer to participate in the count, which will be conducted on Thursday, January 25 from 6 to 10 a.m. throughout San Bernardino County.

For more information or to register to be a volunteer:
Website: www.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp
OHS phone: (909) 386-8297
Email: Michele.Bletcher@dbh.sbcounty.gov

6 ARRESTED THIS WEEK IN 5 INCIDENTS

Six people have been arrested since Friday in the Morongo Basin, accused of crimes ranging from felony spousal abuse, identity theft, and one accused of child endangerment.

On Friday, about 11:45 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle at Highway 62 and Warren Vista in Yucca Valley. After an investigation, Luis Macias, 28, was arrested for investigation of felony child endangerment and making criminal threats. Luis Macias was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $200,000.

On Sunday, deputies went to the 6500 block of Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms about noon where they arrested Alexandro Romo, 26, for investigation of felony spouse abuse.

On Tuesday, deputies were called to the 1100 block of Sturgis Road in Yucca Valley, where after an investigation, they arrested Kegan Ovnicek, 24, about 11 a.m. on suspicion of felony spouse abuse.

Also Tuesday, deputies were called to the 7400 block of Apache Trail in Yucca Valley where Priscilla Gomez, 33, was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse.

Alexandro Romo, Kegan Ovnicek, and Priscilla Gomez were all booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $50,000 each.

Two people were arrested Saturday, accused of conspiracy and identity theft. We have limited information about the arrests, but Sheriff’s deputies went to the 61600 block of Granada Drive in Joshua Tree about 9:30 a.m. where they found Ryan Moore, 30, and Linda Roberts, 35. After an investigation, Ryan Moore and Linda Roberts were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and identity theft, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $50,000 each. Linda Roberts’ booking record says “detention only.”

HEALTH DISTRICT BOARD HEARS GOLD ACCREDITATION RECEIVED

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors met last night in a regular meeting Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of directors met with a full agenda last night. The first report of the evening was an update on quality and provider coverage plans. The hospital received the joint commission 3-year gold status accreditation. Plans are in the works to provide outpatient colonoscopes and to add speech therapy, mammogram with extended hours, and behavioral health to outpatient services. Joe Ruddon reported that during 2017, LIFT transportation services made 9,304 one-way trips, averaging 200 trips per week. They have streamlined the scheduling process to accommodate the increase in patient participation.

BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, January 20, at Vons in Yucca Valley from noon to 5 p.m. Donors with O-negative blood are especially needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Lifestream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. For more information, call 800-TRY-GIVING.

A NEW CHURCH BUILDING OPENS SUNDAY IN WONDER VALLEY

It’s been a labor of love for the members of Godwin Christian Fellowship in Wonder Valley, as they’ve worked to build a new church building for five years. Reporter Sara Snyder says the official ribbon-cutting ceremony is Sunday, and the public is invited to attend…

Godwin Christian Fellowship will hold a celebration ceremony Sunday, January 21, to inaugurate its new facilities in Twentynine Palms. Keynote speakers will be Third District County Supervisor James Ramos and Twentynine Palms Mayor McArthur Wright, along with evangelist Alfreda Wright. Special music will be provided by the Luminators. A luncheon will be served immediately following the ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. The public is invited. The church is located at 6389 Godwin Road in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call Pastor Max Rossi at 831-234-6848.

A BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a fish and chips dinner tonight (Friday, January 19) from 4 to 6 p.m. Two pieces of fish are $7; three pieces are $8. Sunday’s breakfast is a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ANNOUNCES YOUTH OF THE YEAR AT AWARDS DINNER

The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert recognized volunteers and members at its annual awards and board installation dinner last night, including the anticipated Youth of the Year Award. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there to applaud the recipients and files this report…

Members of the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors distributed more than fifty awards at last night’s ceremony to volunteers and members who donated their time and resources over the past year. Dozens of individuals and local businesses received volunteer service awards, including the Above and Beyond Awards, the Angel Awards and the Core Values Awards. Other awards included the Membership Award, presented to Kevin Booker; the Biggest Leap Forward Award, presented to Leo Farley; the Executive Director Award, presented to Kierra Rivers; and the Greenleaf award, presented to Mark Heinz. The evening concluded with the Junior Youth of the Year award presented to Hannah Campbell, and the Youth of the Year Award presented to Whitney Nemeth.

SATURDAY MOVIE AT THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY

For the next five Saturdays, the Yucca Valley Library will host a family movie program at 10 a.m. This Saturday the movie will be Zootopia.
In a city of animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. For more information, call the library at 760-228-5460.

YUCCA VALLEY SENIORS CAN GET TECH HELP FROM AREA TEENS

Did you get a new tablet, phone, or laptop for Christmas and can’t figure it out? Help is available thanks to the teens from the Yucca Valley Youth Commission. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you when and where…

Need help setting up your cell phone, tablet or other electronic device? Want to learn how to text or set up a Facebook account? Can’t figure out how to download pictures from your camera or cell phone? A team of tech-savvy teens from the Town of Yucca Valley Youth Commission will be available 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of the month through March at the Yucca Valley Senior Center to answer your questions and help you with your technology needs. No appointment is necessary. The cost is $2 at the door.

LANDERS ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTED BY HOMESTEAD VALLEY COUNCIL

Tuesday’s special meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council was held at Landers Elementary to highlight some of the ways the school is using a drop in enrollment to its advantage. Reporter Mike Lipsitz brings us this story; it’s one that will make parents with youngsters in grades kindergarten through sixth sit up and take notice…

Attendees heard about some of the things that distinguish Landers Elementary from others in the district. Low enrollment in recent years has led to speculation the school could close. And while that rumor appears unfounded, the real consequence of low enrollment, presently 140 students, is a small class size of 15 to 17 students per teacher, nearly half that of other schools. Parents, teachers and administrators described how low student/teacher ratios there have instilled a family atmosphere. Chancey Hartman of Joshua Tree said she finds it worthwhile driving her first grader to the school. She said it’s a school with no bullying, where everyone knows each other’s name, and where her child’s education and outlook have excelled. Hartman is one of several parents who have taken advantage of the school’s small class sizes and policy of accepting student transfers without regard to residency. Principal John Lowe reiterated that any student K through sixth grade may enroll at Landers Elementary no matter where they live.

CLASSES TOMORROW AT RAINBOW STEW

Rainbow Stew will host classes tomorrow. Practical Intuition involves connecting the mind, spirit, and body together. In these classes, local spiritual teacher Patricia Bradley will give instruction on how to ground yourself, strengthen your clairvoyance, control your life force, and create prosperity. The cost is $40 per class. The classes will take place over 4 consecutive Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Rainbow Stew at 760-418-5170.

A class in mediumship, facilitated by Rev. Carol Reed, will be held on Saturday, January 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rainbow Stew. This class will be the first class in a series of classes for those interested in understanding mediumship and working toward developing their own mediumistic abilities. Participants will learn the proper protocols for mediumship as well as how to create a sacred space. There will be a required donation of $10 per class. For more information, call 760-799-4575. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

LOCAL CYBER PATRIOTS FACE STATEWIDE COMPETITION TOMORROW

A group of wannabe hackers will spend six hours tomorrow staring at computer screens in Twentynine Palms. Reporter David Haldane visited them during a practice session this week to see what, exactly, was going on…

The scene is a study in intensity. Small groups of teenagers sit staring at computer screens with heads lowered in murmured conversation. Meet the Cyber Patriots of Twentynine Palms High School, a new kind of team. Don’t be fooled by the athletic jerseys, however; their aim is to move bytes rather than balls. And tomorrow, January 20, they will be pitting their skills against similar “E-sport” teams statewide, all from right here in room 116.

The goal, teacher Michael Collins says, is to produce the best computer hackers around, but not the kind you fear. “We’re looking for cyber security specialists; good ethical hackers. We can let them work for companies that have networks that need protection, which is almost everyone. It’s a big field.”

But not an easy one. Makayla Heck, 14, has been practicing almost every night since September for tomorrow’s state finals. “Some days it’s great, and then other days it gets really frustrating. Sometimes it gets a little stressful.”

COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE

In Copper Mountain College sports, the women’s basketball team will host Santa Ana College at home tonight. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball teams will play Desert Mirage High School. The boys 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.
Also today, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball teams will play Desert Hot Springs. The boys’ soccer game starts at 5 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms High School. The girls’ soccer game starts at 5 p.m. in Desert Hot Springs; girls’ basketball is at 6 and boys’ basketball is at 7:30 p.m., both in Desert Hot Springs.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms Boys High School boys’ basketball team will participate in the Desert Showcase at Palms Springs High School.