CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Male, Tan-light orange and white

Lost near: Persia and 29 Palms Hwy in Twentynine Palms.

Call: Heather 760-401-3900

AUSTRALIAN SHEPARD FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

AUSTRALIAN SHEPARD FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male, brown and white, wearing collar.

Found near: Palm and Cortez near Western Heights in Yucca Valley.

Call: Aydra 760-904-0760

CORGI FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

CORGI FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female, black tan and white.

Found near: Buena Vista and Indio in Yucca Valley.

Call: 580-583-2625

MORONGO BASIN FEDERAL WORKERS GO BACK TO WORK TODAY

Federal workers will go back to work today (Tuesday) after Congress finally passed a government spending bill Monday, and the bill was signed by Donald Trump Monday night. For 69 hours, the government was shut down and non-essential federal employees were furloughed Monday. Rangers should be back at work at Joshua Tree National Park today, and facilities on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center should also re-open. During the government shut-down, Joshua Tree National Park was still open, although park visitor centers were closed, and rangers were not available. No permits were issued, trash was not collected, restrooms and campgrounds were not maintained, and educational programs were not held. The bill that passed Monday only funds the government for three more weeks, through February 8.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS BEING A “SANCTUARY CITY”

Does one size fit all? It’s a question becoming increasingly relevant in California as the state begins charting its own path, sometimes in direct opposition to federal desires and expectations. Tonight, one Morongo Basin city–Twentynine Palms–considers the implications. David Haldane reports…
If your city is in a sanctuary state, is it automatically a sanctuary city? And what, if any, federal funding does it stand to lose in the ongoing battle between the federal and state governments over illegal immigration?
Those are among the thorny questions to be tackled at tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting in the wake of California’s recent declaration that it will become the nation’s first state to routinely refuse cooperation with federal officials enforcing immigration laws. The action charts a direct collision course with the Trump administration, which has vowed to make so-called sanctuary regions pay dearly for such transgressions.
Tune in to find out how Twentynine Palms responds.

SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS HEARING ON PROPOSED ELECTION DISTRICTS TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District board will hold a public hearing on proposed maps for trustee area elections during tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details…
The MUSD Board of Education will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at Yucca Mesa Elementary School. The board will first meet in closed-session to speak with designated bargaining representatives and to perform a public employee personnel evaluation on the superintendent. In open session, beginning at 7 p.m., the board will view a presentation on Measure O, a final bond audit, discuss a provisional internship permit, and will conduct a public hearing to receive and consider input regarding the composition of trustee area maps. Yucca Mesa Elementary School is located at 3380 Avalon Avenue in Yucca Valley.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF DEATH THREATS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday, accused of making threats against his ex-girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Issac Metzmeier, 20, went to a home in the 61400 block of Verbena Road in Joshua Tree about 1 a.m. and began ringing the doorbell continuously and knocking on the door. The victim did not desire prosecution at the time, and the deputy advised Metzmeier to leave the location and not return. Deputies were called back to the home at 2:30 a.m. because Metzmeier had returned and this time, the victim said he threatened her. Issac Metzmeier was arrested for investigation of making criminal threats, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARIZING A JOSHUA TREE HOME

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of burglarizing a Joshua Tree home. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of a home in the 61800 block of Sunburst Circle called deputies about 9 a.m. to report that his vacation rental home had been burglarized. The owner also suspected that squatters had been living in the home. After an investigation, Connor O’Mahony, 25, was arrested on suspicion of burglary. Connor O’Mahony was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.

FELON ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF TEAR GAS

A convicted felon was arrested Saturday after a can of mace was found in her possession. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a deputy stopped Christle Hubert, 37, of Joshua Tree, on Highway 62 and Bonair Road Saturday about 9:30 p.m. Hubert admitted she had a drug paraphernalia in her possession that she used for methamphetamine. Hubert was arrested and taken to the Morongo Basin Jail, where a deputy discovered a can of pink pepper spray inside her back pack. As a convicted felon, Hubert is prohibited from owning tear gas. Christle Hubert was arrested for investigation of possession of tear gas, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000.

HI-DESERT WATER OFFERS WATER FACILITIES TOURS

The Hi-Desert Water District will be holding a World of Water Facilities Tour. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…
The Hi-Desert Water District invites you to get a behind-the-scenes look at the secrets and surprises of moving water from the ground to your tap, and constructing the sewer project. The tour will be held Thursday, January 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Hi-Desert Water District administration office at 55439 29 Palms Hwy in Yucca Valley. A complimentary lunch will be provided, so reserve your spot by contacting 760-365-8333.

BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY TO REORGANIZE TONIGHT

The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency meets in Landers tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what to expect…
Board reorganization tops the agenda at tonight’s regular monthly meeting. After selecting a president, vice president, and secretary, directors will consider joining the County Association of Special Districts, awarding a contract for audit services, and making a minor adjustment to the list of meetings eligible for board compensation.
It all starts at 6 p.m. at the agency’s board meeting office under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

Our neighborhood heroes, the Joshua Tree Clean Team, will be out again tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 24, keeping our desert clean, and they invite you to join them. The Clean Team volunteers will meet from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the corner of Highway 62 and Sunburst Avenue, on the north side of the intersection. Trash bags, grabbers, gloves and safety vests will be provided to make the job easier. After the cleanup there will be optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Cafe.

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST ACQUIRES LAND IN MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has added to the more than 22,000 acres it has purchased within the Mojave National Preserve by acquiring another parcel of private property from a landowner within the preserve. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about the purchase…
The Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired more 145 acres in the Mojave National Preserve, which it plans to eventually donate to the preserve. The preserve is dotted with private parcels; the land trust’s purchase helps piece together public land within the preserve. The land is surrounded on three sides by Joshua Tree forests, and has creosote, blackbrush and Mojave yucca. It is located in the Lanfair Valley, close to Providence Mountains and Castle Mountains National Monument. Before turning the property over to the preserve, the land trust will clean up trash, eliminate signs of irresponsible off-road vehicle use, control weeds, and restore native plants where appropriate.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will travel away to play the Rancho Mirage High School Rattlesnakes. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.