GREY DOG FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

GREY DOG FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female, dark grey and white, wearing collar

Lost near: Desert Gold & Keats in Yucca Valley

Call: Mayra 760-668-8244

SUSPECT SOUGHT, VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MURDER

UPDATES WITH VICTIM IDENTIFIED
10:20 AM, 2/7/18

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a murder in Twentynine Palms Monday. At 12:01 pm, deputies responded to the report of a stabbing at a residence in the Vista del Sol Housing area in the 74400 block of Joe Davis Drive. They located Dominique Clement, 21, of Twentynine Palms suffering from apparent stab wounds. He was taken to a local area hospital and Dominique Clement was declared dead at 2:46 p.m. Deputies located the suspect, William Olivo, 25, a resident of Twentynine Palms, outside of the apartment armed with a knife. Deputies ordered him to drop the knife and he complied but resisted when deputies attempted to handcuff him. Olivo was tased and then taken into custody without further incident. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a laceration believed to have occurred during an altercation with the victim. Once released from the hospital, he was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, then transported to the West Valley Detention Center where he is being held without bail for investigation of murder. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Investigators said the motive remains under investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Travis Randolph at (909)387-3589.

CORONER IDENTIFIES TWO FOUND DEAD IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS

The coroner’s office has released the identification of two people who were found dead in separate incidents in December. The transient whose body was in Bucklin Park about 6:30 a.m. December 21 has been identified as Ricky Stafford, 59. The coroner’s deputy said that they have not been able to locate any next of kin for Stafford, only family members who have pre-deceased him. If anyone has any information about family for Ricky Stafford, call 909-387-2978.

The coroner also released the identity of a Yucca Valley woman whose body was found December 21. Martha Williams, 63, was found about 9:20 a.m. in a vacant lot just east of Hopi Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.

YUCCA VALLEY COUNCIL TELLS RODEO YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard from a representative of the Grubstake Days rodeo committee about why the rodeo needed $52,000 from the town to put on the rodeo this year. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at last night’s council meeting, and said the rodeo committee learned you can’t always get what you want…

Missy Buchanan, who organized the Grubstake Days rodeo the last two years, said just renting the bleachers for the Grubstake Days Rodeo costs $9 per seat, and when the entrance fee is only $15 per person, that doesn’t leave much left over to pay for the rest of the rodeo’s expenses. The entire council agreed that there was no way the town would provide the entire amount requested. Four of the five council members agreed that $5,000 was sufficient, while Councilmember Robert Lombardo thought $10,000 was a better figure. After discussion, the council voted unanimously to give the rodeo committee $5,000, provided the rodeo committee raised enough funds to put on the rodeo.
In other business, the council voted to approve a contract with an architectural design firm to renovate the PFF Bank building into a library. The town will provide $1 million in funds for the renovation, and the county will provide just over a million dollars. The library is tentatively scheduled for completion in March 2019.
Next up, the town council approved hiring a new legal firm at a cost of $14,000 per month.
And finally, the council welcomed its new Sheriff’s captain Trevis Newport.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD IN 2017

Annual visitation to Joshua Tree National Park grew by nearly 340,000 visitors over last year’s record of 2.5 million visitors. Visitation to the national park in our back yard has increased for four consecutive years, and is now at a record 2,853,619 for 2017. Superintendent David Smith said many visitors are avoiding the crowds by visiting the park during off-peak times or during the week, and by using the Cottonwood entrance. Smith has high hopes for the new shuttle service, which began this month, which should reduce traffic congestion inside the park. The shuttle has scheduled stops at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and Oasis Visitor Center as well as a number of stops both inside the park and in the surrounding community. For more information on the shuttle visit, www.jtnproadrunner.org.

OFF-ROAD COMPETITION AT THE “KING OF THE HAMMERS” FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

Competition continues at the “King of the Hammers” off road event in Johnson Valley with some 45,000 spectators and contestants in attendance Today’s race (Wednesday, February 7, 2018) 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.
 
Tomorrow (Thursday, February 8, 2018). It’s the Every Man Challenge at King of the Hammers The EMC contains three classes. The 4500 class has a factory-appearing body, partial frame, mechanical steering, two shocks per corner, and 37-inch DOT-approved tires. The 4600 class has a factory engine, stock frame, full body, single shock, and 35-inch DOT-approved tires. The 4800 class, also known as the Legends class, has a front engine, two seats, solid axle, single shock, and 37-inch DOT-approved tires. The Legends class is the second-fastest growing class at King of the Hammers, second only to the UTV, with close competition at every race. Each class has specific rules to ensure a level playing field, which makes the EMC a true drivers’ race. This year, the starting order will mingle 4500s and 4800s, putting the fastest cars at the front of the field.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District’s governing board will hear about two items of interest at tonight’s 6:30 p.m. meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has a rundown…
At tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, attendees will hear from an outside consultant about legislation out of Sacramento that could affect districts here at home. In other business, the board will consider authorizing up to $86,000 for an automated operations, monitoring and control system with the potential to maximize efficiencies throughout the district. Those items and others will follow public comments. Committee, staff and director’s reports come later. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp at the district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

COLLEGE BOARD EVALUATES CUMMINGS, LOOKS AT REDISTRICTING

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow to discuss a report critical to accreditation. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…
The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow at 2 p.m. in a regular meeting. Beginning in closed session, the board will address the evaluation report of the Superintendent/President Jeff Cummings. The board will then reconvene to open session at 3 p.m. with regular reports and then to any updates to the evaluation of the Superintendent/President. This is a self-evaluation report, critical in keeping the college’s accreditation. Following that will be an update on redistricting. The meeting will be held in the community room of the Bell Center on the Copper Mountain Campus.

HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS A NEW CFO

Hi-Desert Water District announced it has hired a new chief financial officer. Thomas Sheil, the former business manager for the Montecito Water District, began his new job at Hi-Desert Water District January 16. As the water district’s CFO, he will be responsible for the district’s financial plans and fiscal development.

SKY’S THE LIMIT CELEBRATES HANDICAPPED PARKING

The “Sky’s The Limit” Observatory and Nature Center is announcing the completion of an important parking lot construction project for the observatory. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…
On January 26, a crew of ten volunteers worked diligently to complete an important construction project at the observatory. The goal: to create five handicapped parking spots. The project used all donated resources and volunteers from throughout the desert community. With the addition of these parking spots, the observatory is now ADA-compliant, allowing people of all abilities to take part in the organization’s hands-on activities for learning about the desert, earth, and sky. The concrete will be dry and ready for vehicles by the observatory’s next event on February 10. The Observatory is located at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

In Copper Mountain College sports, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be playing a double header tonight against Riverside College in Riverside. The women’s game starts at 5 p.m.; tip-off for the men’s game is at 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

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 play at home; the girls will travel away to Thermal. The soccer games start at 5 p.m.; tip-off for the basketball games is at 6 p.m.
 
Also today, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams and the boys’ basketball team will play Desert Hot Springs. The boys’ soccer game is away in Desert Hot Springs, and the boys’ basketball game is at home, starting at 6 p.m. Both soccer games start at 5 p.m.