CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, longhair with tortoise shell pattern, no collar.

Lost near: Baillea and Fiesta in 29 Palms.

Call: Tom 760-362-3669

SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING TWENTYNINE PALMS MURDER

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a murder investigation Monday afternoon in Twentynine Palms. Deputies were called to the 74400 block of Joe Davis Drive at 12:01 p.m. No other details are available this morning.

TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS ARRESTED AFTER A HIGH-SPEED CHASE

UPDATE 2/7/2018 12:30 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Department has corrected the driver’s name to Huot Hoa Kuot.

Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Sunday afternoon following a high-speed pursuit in the city. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle leaving the Tortoise Rock Casino about 1:30 p.m. for having an expired registration. The driver, later identified as Huot Hoa Kuot, 39, sped off at a high rate of speed. After about two miles, Kuot lost control of his vehicle and it rolled over in the 74900 block of Rocky Road in Twentynine Palms. Kuot and his passenger, Cori Aragon, 31, both fled the vehicle, but were taken into custody by deputies after a short foot pursuit. Huot Hoa Kuot was arrested for investigation of felony evading, and for outstanding arrest warrants for possession of stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine; he was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000. Cori Aragon was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and on a felony warrant for welfare fraud, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS GRUBSTAKE DAYS RODEO REQUEST TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council will welcome the new Morongo Basin Sheriff’s captain at its meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a funding request for the Grubstake Days rodeo is also on tonight’s agenda…
At the last meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the organizers of the Grubstake Days rodeo had asked for $50,000 for the rodeo. The council denied the request, but asked that the item be placed on a future agenda. Tonight, the council will be asked to approve a $5,000 donation for the rodeo. Other items on the agenda include awarding contracts for architectural design and renovation of the PFF Bank building into the new library; revising the town’s reserve and fund balance policy; approving a pension funding and stabilization policy; and approving a new legal firm for the town. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

OFF-ROAD ACTION AT THE “KING OF THE HAMMERS” EVENT IN JOHNSON VALLEY

Organizers of the “King of the Hammers” off-road event are estimating attendance at 45,000, up from last year’s 40,000. The annual event has grown exponentially at the Johnson Valley ORV area over the past 12 years. The event started when 12 friends got together for a light-hearted competition. Today, (Tuesday, February 6) drivers will have a last chance to qualify for the big race. There are a variety of ways to qualify for the King of the Hammers race, including past performance, but for others, there’s the Last Chance Qualifier, a race that’s a short course near Hammertown that contains all of the elements of King of the Hammers, just in a bite-sized package.
Tomorrow’s race at King of the Hammers is for utility vehicles, also called side-by-sides. The average Ultra4 vehicle uses 40-inch tires; the average UTV uses 29-inch tires, and they race on many of the same trails. Few UTVs finish each year, but that hasn’t stopped the UTV class from exploding in popularity.

UPDATES WITH RESULTS: https://mailchi.mp/a5e4ead6e2d5/2018-holley-efi-shootout-results-story?e=bd048d1a1f

CIRCLE K STORES ROBBED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND MORONGO VALLEY

Two Circle K convenience stores were robbed about an hour apart early Saturday morning, possibly by the same two juveniles. According to Sheriff’s reports, two male juveniles entered the Circle K in the 49500 block of 29 Palms Highway in Morongo Valley about 3:15 a.m. The clerk recognized at least one of the boys as a thief who had stolen from the store multiple times in the past. The boys stole multiple boxes of vape pens and fled the store. Then, about an hour later, two juveniles entered the Circle K store in the 6900 block of Old Woman Springs Road in Yucca Valley. The clerk attempted to block access to behind the counter, but one of the boys allegedly grabbed the clerk by the throat and pushed him to the side, causing redness to the clerk’s neck. The thieves then grabbed several cigar packages and electronic cigarettes, before fleeing the store. Anyone with information about either robbery should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Annual Education Conference for the California School Boards Association is on the agenda this afternoon for the Morongo Unified School District. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with more…
The Morongo Unified School District board of directors will meet in open session at 4 p.m. to conduct an open work study session on the California School Boards Association Annual Education Conference. Following the work-study session is a closed session to conduct a public employee personnel evaluation on the board superintendent and to have a conference with its legal counsel on anticipated litigation. The meeting will be held at the Morongo Unified School District conference room, located at 5715 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.

WOMEN CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART ACCUSED OF CONSPIRACY

Two women were arrested Friday, accused of conspiracy after they tried to steal more than $1200 worth of merchandise from Walmart. According to a Sheriff’s report, Amber Watson, 26, of Twentynine Palms, asked Tesla Murneeks, 21, of Yucca Valley, for a ride to Walmart. The women entered the store about 4 p.m. Friday, and placed multiple items in two shopping carts, and then left the store through the garden center about 4:45 p.m. without paying for more than $1,200 worth of merchandise in the carts. Store security called deputies, who arrested Tesla Murneeks for investigation of conspiracy, booked her into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000. Amber Watson was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, and for warrants for embezzlement and burglary, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held without bail.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Monday morning, accused of choking his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 75300 block of Squaw Road about 10 p.m. for a report that a man, later identified as Stephen Rogers, 43, was beating up a woman. The victim told deputies that Rogers punched and kicked her several times, said he was going to kill her, and choked her from behind. The deputy noted that she did not have visible injuries. After an investigation, Stephen Rogers was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and was released Monday afternoon on $50,000 bail.

Z107.7 RADIOTHON SATURDAY TO “SEND OUR KIDS TO WASHINGTON”

“Send Our Kids to Washington,” the Radiothon, happens this weekend here at the Z107.7 Studios. With more here’s Rebecca Havely…
This weekend help the Yucca Valley High School Select Choir tour Washington D.C. by taking part in a live radiothon on Z107.7fm. Listen Saturday, February 10 from noon till 5 p.m. as local businesses and supporters join efforts with Z107.7 to raise funds that will send local choir students on a Washington tour that includes attending university clinics and performing at several national monuments. Select Choir musical director Bill Barret says this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these gifted students. Call in and make a pledge live during the radiothon or call Yucca Valley High School Music Boosters at 760-401-2675. You may also mail checks payable to Yucca Valley High School Music Boosters at 7600 Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley.
Z107.7 FM is donating all the time and staffing so that 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to help fund this educational experience.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

Development Code changes and review of an alcoholic beverage permit are on the agenda for tonight’s Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with more…
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight in regular session. Among items of interest, commissioners will hold public hearings on two agenda items. They will take public input into a change in the Development Code to establish the time frame for local discretionary tentative tract map extensions. They will then review a conditional use permit for a local restaurant to serve alcoholic beverages. The meeting will conclude with a study session on proposed Specific Plan Boundaries for the downtown area. The meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall, located at 6136 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

ROADWORK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TODAY AND TOMORROW

The City of Twentynine Palms will be overlaying several city streets on today and Wednesday. Starting tomorrow, February 6, Tamarisk Avenue will be overlaid from Highway 62 to Joshua Drive. And on Wednesday, February 7, Tamarisk Avenue will be overlaid from Joshua Drive to Bagley Avenue. Barricades with No Parking signs will be in place the day before the road work. The roads will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and businesses nearby will be notified prior to the road work. For more information, call 760-367-6799 extension 1016 or 1015.

PAINT NIGHT AT THE YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER FRIDAY NIGHT

Unleash your inner Van Gogh at the Yucca Valley Community Center paint night. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…
The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will host a fun and engaging paint night on Friday, February 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants must be 21 and over to enjoy an evening filled with art, music, refreshments and social time. Admission price is $35. Registration is accepted online at yucca-valley.org. For more information, call 760-369-7211.

NEW CAST FOR THEATRE 29 IMPROV TROUPE TO DEBUT SATURDAY

After a debut 2017 season that exceeded all expectations, Theatre 29’s resident improvisational troupe, The Bakers Dozen, takes the stage for 2018 with a new season and a re-formed troupe. The Bakers Dozen will debut its season 2 cast at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 10, with an ode to Valentines everywhere. Anything can and will happen in the crazy world of improvisation. With new games and new cast members, get your seats early. Improvisational theatre or improv is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. The Theatre 29 “Baker’s Dozen” Troupe will take suggestions from the audience as a source of inspiration to get started. Ticket prices are greatly reduced with general admission at $10; military and seniors are $7; and students with ID are $5. Theatre 29 season ticket holders can attend one improv show at no charge. Reservations can be made online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. The Theater is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms, located just north of the Tortoise Rock Casino.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer played a home game versus Desert Hot Springs yesterday. Varsity lost 7 to 1, junior varsity lost 2 to 0.
Varsity coach Coach Jorge Rodriguez said, “Sophomore Alan Campos scored for us tonight. We held them to two goals at half time, but they broke through our defense in the second half and scored five more goals. We look forward to honoring our seniors this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Trojan field.”
Junior varsity Coach Adan Mendoza said. “JV saw a very close game and it could have gone either way. Our JV Trojans played very well, but we could not score a goal today.”
 
Yucca Valley junior varsity girls’ soccer played against Desert Hot Springs Monday with a big win for Yucca Valley High School, 3-0.
Coach Jolene Pessa said goals were scored by Markina Evdokimoff, Amanda Cruz, and Caitlynn Venezia, with one assist by Deja Valeur from a throw-in.
 
Coming up in high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will host Desert Hot Springs at home, starting at 6 p.m.