YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday, accused of forcing himself into a woman’s home and injuring her in the process. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7100 block of Palo Alto Avenue about 2:30 p.m. The woman told deputies that Richard Aguirre, 39, attempted to push his way through the front door against her will, and then kicked open the door. The victim sustained a small abrasion to her bottom lip and a scratch to her arm. After an investigation, Richard Aguirre was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse and on a $150,000 warrant for burglary. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $205,000.

KING OF HAMMERS STARTS FRIDAY

In terms of both competitors and spectators, King of the Hammers is the largest off-road racing event in North America. The event combines desert racing and rock crawling to come up with what its promoters say is the world’s toughest one-day off road race. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says there are races every day for the next week…

Since its humble beginnings, King of the Hammers has expanded from one race 12 years ago to a series of five racing events that will be held between through Saturday, February 10 in Johnson Valley. And if past attendance is any indicator, upwards of 40,000 people will descend on the otherwise sleepy community for eight days of fun and fury as 300 racing teams compete. King of the Hammers kicks off with the opening of “Hammertown,” a pop-up city that rises from the floor of Means Dry Lake accessed from State Route 247 just north of Landers. Spectator tickets are $30 at the gate and are good all week; kids age 12 and under are free.  More information and a link to watch the events live online is available at ultra4racing.com.

KING OF THE MOTOS AT KING OF THE HAMMERS THIS WEEKEND

This weekend in King of the Hammers is Schampa King of the Motos. The 20-mile race, now in its seventh year, starts at 6 p.m. tonight under the blanket of darkness. It continues 9 a.m. tomorrow morning with a technical five-mile race. Later Sunday, it concludes with a desert loop of 100-plus miles for amateurs and 150-plus miles for pros. The best combined score wins. Only riders can work on the bikes. Racers to watch this year are Max Gerston, who finished second last year; Cody Webb, a three-time champion; and Andrea Crane, a local who has the home-field advantage.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF DRUGS, FIREARMS

A Desert Hot Springs Man was arrested Wednesday, accused of being a drug dealer in possession of drugs and firearms. Authorities say the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force served a narcotics-related search warrant at a home in the 66900 block of Estrella Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. During the search, the task force found suspected methamphetamine, a firearm, ammunition, and other items consistent with sales of narcotics. At the scene was Nicholas Sardegna, 40, who was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm with narcotics, child endangerment, and other charges. Sardegna was booked into the Banning Jail with bail set at $260,500.             

AFTERNOON OF MUSIC AT RAINBOW STEW

Rainbow Stew has an afternoon of music planned. With more here’s Rebecca Havely …To thank the community for all they’ve been given, the musical duo of Manny and Otter will give the gift of music at Rainbow Stew this Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.   Manny is a self-taught musician who brings his Mescalaro Apache roots to his music. Manny and Otter have a varied and vast repertoire to satisfy everyone’s musical tastes.

MISS YUCCA VALLEY SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT IS TONIGHT

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

For the 20th year, the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley will host the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant. Here with the details is managing editor Tami Roleff…
The Miss Yucca Valley pageant will be held Saturday, February 3, at 6 p.m. at the Joshua Springs Thunder Dome. The junior girls competing this year are Rachel Kee, Carley Price, Angelina Quirante, Kierra Rivers, Kylie Taylor, Madison Tuttle, and Randee Zeller. The pageant is not a beauty contest but is based on academics and poise. 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 and all proceeds go towards scholarships. Tickets will be available at the door or contact Bob Stadum at 760-365-8938.

ALLEGEDLY DRUNK MAN HIT BY VEHICLE IN JOSHUA TREE

An allegedly drunk 55-year-old man from Anaheim was injured Thursday after witnesses said he walked into traffic on Highway 62 and was hit by a vehicle in Joshua Tree. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 4 p.m., Christopher Moline was thrown out of the Joshua Tree Saloon for drunk and disorderly behavior. Witnesses said Moline then stood in the highway’s eastbound bike lane west of Elwood Street, and made obscene gestures to passing vehicles. Ronald Asher, 75, of Shingletown, was driving a 2008 Chevy, towing a travel trailer, eastbound on the highway. As Asher passed Moline, Moline stepped into traffic and was struck by the travel trailer. Asher, unaware of Moline’s actions or injury, continued eastbound on the highway. A witness to the collision chased down Asher, who stopped east of Bonair and waited for law enforcement. Asher told deputies he saw Moline standing in the highway after he passed him and didn’t realize he had hit him. Moline was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with non-life-threatening head injuries. The collision is still under investigation.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR SUSPECTED BURGLARIES, VANDALISM

A Yucca Valley man suspected of multiple burglaries, vandalism, and vehicle theft was arrested Thursday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 58300 block of Delano Trail in Yucca Valley called for help about 6:39 a.m. She said she was alone in her house and someone had broken in; she then locked herself in the bathroom. The owner of the home returned shortly thereafter and found his garage door open and an outside water faucet running. The owner saw a man, later identified as Kenneth Ryburn, 34, in his neighbor’s backyard. Ryburn ran northbound through the desert. Shortly thereafter, a man matching Ryburn’s description was seen breaking into a vehicle. Ryburn fled and was seen jumping into other backyards. When one homeowner confronted Ryburn with a shotgun, Ryburn ran off again, before deputies located him in front of a home in the 7300 block of Avalon Avenue, and took him into custody. During the investigation, it was discovered that shoe prints matching Ryburn’s shoes placed him at the scene of multiple felonies from earlier in the night, including a stolen vehicle, vehicle burglary, and vandalism. Kenneth Ryburn was arrested on suspicion of burglary, and for a probation violation of felony vandalism. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center where he is being held without bail due to his probation violation.

LIFETREE CAFÉ TO EXAMINE DIFFICULT MORAL DECISIONS

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. This week’s discussion will be about FBI Informant, Mark Whitacre. Reporter Tanisha Cureton has the details…
The Archer Daniels Midland price-fixing scandal resulted in a record $100 million fine – and at the center of the scandal was ADM executive Mark Whitacre. The program, titled “Whistleblower: The True Story of an FBI informant,” will explore why Whitacre participated in a crime that defrauded millions of American consumers and the effects of his decision to cooperate with authorities in prosecuting the crime. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss times they’ve faced difficult moral decisions. This event will be held Sunday, February 4th, at 4 p.m. behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-217-2597.

VISIT TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERIES DURING ART CRUISE TONIGHT

The 29 Palms Creative Center and Gallery will hold an opening reception and fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. today for the Palms ‘n Paw animal shelter in Twentynine Palms. The art show features the work of students in grades kindergarten through high school, and all art will be on sale for a $15 donation. Proceeds will go to the animal shelter. Live music and refreshments will be available. The show will be on display through March 31. The exhibition and reception are at the 29 Palms Creative Center, 6847 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold an opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. tonight for its newest exhibition. Featured artists are Elisabeth Pollnow and Esther Shaw. Pollnow’s show, “reGenesis—one ending is another beginning,” will be in the West Gallery with artwork made of clay and other organic materials. Shaw’s “Trees of the High Desert” captures Joshua trees, smoke trees, and other native desert trees in oil on canvas. There will be live music and refreshments. The show will be on display through February 25. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms.

The Glass Outhouse will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit today from 1 to 5 p.m. The work of Joy Leininga, Savanah Sky, Dani Curlin, and Paul-Mark will be on display. The Luminators will provide live music. The exhibit will be up through February 25. The Glass Outhouse is located on Highway 62, about five miles east of Twentynine Palms.

The National Park Art Gallery, at the corner of National Park Drive and Highway 62, will also be open today for the art cruise.

SUCCESSFUL RUN OF “THE ODD COUPLE” CONTINUES AT THEATRE 29

“The Odd Couple” at Theatre 29 concludes its successful run tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely says there is still time to get tickets…
In “The Odd Couple,” two opposites attempt to live together. The divorced sportswriter Oscar Madison is an untidy mess played by Kevin Myers. Felix Unger, played by Chris Fleischman is a neat freak with a quirky personality. Director Katie Fleischman has updated the setting from 1960’s Manhattan to the present day. The production features dynamic ensemble actors Janet Peercy, Graham Cooley, Robert Ames, and Joe Rego as Oscar’s poker playing friends. Kegan Longuevan and Brandy Thiers appear as Oscar’s neighbors, the quirky Pigeon sisters. The show continues its run weekends through February 4 with Saturday show at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:30. Tickets to “The Odd Couple” are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military and students with ID. Visit theatre29.org or call the box office at 760-361-4151.

BUSY WEEK AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

Coming up this week at the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264’s Sunday breakfast is Kenny’s chicken-fried steak from 8 to 11. Taco Wednesday is from 11 to 1. And the Joshua Tree VFW Auxiliary will hold a soup cook-off Friday, February 9. Contestants should drop off their chili at 3:30 p.m.; the eating and judging takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. The cost is $3 to try all the entries, or $3 for a bowl of soup. The VFW post is located on Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

CHURCH TO HOLD CRAFT AND BAKE SALE TODAY

First Baptist Church of Joshua Tree will hold a craft and bake sale today from 9 to 5. The sale will include spring and summer-themed items. Proceeds from the sales will go to local charities. The church is located at 6740 Sunset Road in Joshua Tree.

BLOOD DRIVE AT VONS TODAY

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive today 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.