CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

CAT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female,  White with tan & black on face and tail. Black spot to right of her nose.

Lost near: Valle Vista & Bad Guys Lane/ aka Starview in Twentynine Palms.

Call: Melissa 760-401-1853

CAT LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

CAT LOST IN JOSHUA TREE

Male, domestic short hair, gray.

Lost near: Avenida La Espana Daga & Callie Los Sierras in Joshua Tree.

Call: Yvonne 909-753-6945

ONE KILLED IN CRASH OF OVERSIZED-LOAD BIG RIG TRAILER

A man was killed Wednesday night when the big-rig trailer he was driving jack-knifed on the highway in Morongo Valley. The California Highway Patrol was escorting an oversized load consisting of a tractor-trailer combination, a 120-foot trailer hauling a generator, and two additional pusher-tractors in tandem from Beaumont to Arizona. When the lead tractor reached Fobes Road just after 10 p.m., the lead tractor drifted toward the right dirt shoulder, causing it to jack knife and colliding with fence alongside the highway. The 44-year-old driver from Prunedale, who has not yet been identified, was ejected and died at the scene. The collision with the fence ruptured the truck’s gas tank, spilling about 120 gallons of diesel fuel on the shoulder and private property. Eastbound Highway 62 were closed for an extended period of time, and traffic was diverted into westbound lanes.

Video courtesy of Cyle Tisdale.

VICTIM’S NAME RELEASED IN MONDAY TWENTYNINE PALMS FATAL STABBING

The County Coroner has released the name of the victim of a fatal stabbing in Twentynine Palms Monday. At 12:01 pm, deputies responded to the report of a stabbing at the Vista del Sol Military Housing area in the 74400 block of Joe Davis Drive. They found Dominique Clement, 21, of Twentynine Palms, with stab wounds. He was taken to the Naval Hospital aboard the Marine Base. Dominique Clement was declared dead at 2:46 p.m. Deputies located the suspect, William Olivo, 25, also 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 treated for a laceration believed to have occurred during an altercation with the victim. Once released from the hospital, he was booked the West Valley Detention Center where he is being held on $1 million for investigation of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, and intimidating a witness. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Travis Randolph at 909-387-3589.

MAN SUFFERS SEVERE FACIAL INJURIES DURING BELLY FLOP CONTEST

A man suffered severe facial injuries at Hammertown yesterday during a belly-flop contest at Hammertown. County Fire Captain Jerry Abshire said the man was doing a belly flop off a diving board into a private pool in Hammertown when his face hit the diving board. (This was not an official King of the Hammers event.) He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

PEDESTRIAN CLIPPED BY PICK-UP TRUCK MIRROR IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS

UPDATE: 2/8/18 10:30 a.m. This story was updated with additional information.

Early Wednesday morning, a man was slightly injured when he was clipped by a mirror of a pick-up truck while walking on Highway 247 in Flamingo Heights. Robby Sims, 64, of Riverside, was walking northbound in the southbound lane of Old Woman Springs Road near Vin Rose about 5:45 a.m. It was still dark, and Sims was wearing dark-colored clothing. Driving southbound on the highway in a 2017 Dodge Ram truck was John Satterfield, 44, of Oak Hills. Satterfield noticed Sims in the center of the lane just prior to hitting him and attempted evasive action by steering to the right shoulder and braking. The left side mirror clipped Sims. The truck sustained a minor scratch. Satterfield reported the collision to CHP, but Sims continued walking northbound on the highway. Satterfield convinced Sims to stop, get out of the highway, and wait for rescue personnel. when the mirror of a pick-up truck driving northbound hit the man. Robby Sims was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center.

EVERY MAN CHALLENGE TODAY, KING BATTLE TOMORROW, AT KING OF THE HAMMERS

More than 45,000 visitors have packed the Johnson Valley off-road vehicle area for this year’s King of the Hammers competition. Today, it’s the Every Man Challenge at King of the Hammers today (Thursday, February 8, 2019). The EMC contains three classes. The 4500 class, The 4600 class, and the 4800 class, also known as the Legends class. 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. 
Tomorrow (Friday, Febraury 9) is the big day at King of the Hammers, when competitors battle it out to be named King. The best bet for spectators to follow the action is at Backdoor, Chocolate Thunder, or the new spectator area at Cougar Buttes. If you’d rather watch from the comfort of your camp chair, Hammertown will have a Jumbotron with live cameras and announcers calling all the action. Teams also pit in Hammertown and carve their way through the short infield course. Four racers have won King of the Hammers in the past eight years, demonstrating that it takes a lot more than luck to be crowned King.

RADIOTHON ON Z107.7 SATURDAY TO BENEFIT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR

Saturday, join us live for the “Send Our Kids To Washington” Radiothon here on Z107.7. With more here’s Rebecca Havely…
The Yucca Valley High School Select Choir asks the community to contribute to the funds needed to send them on a once-in-a-lifetime educational Spring Performance Tour of Washington, D.C.  Choir Director Bill Barrett says the students will perform for wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and at several Washington Monuments, plus attend choral clinics at George Mason and James Madison Universities. Call Saturday between noon and 5 p.m. and make a pledge to help provide the Yucca Valley High School Select Choir with the means to perform in our Nation’s Capital as ambassadors for the Morongo Basin.

RED DRESS PINS SUPPORTS WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Hearts of Yucca Valley has been raising funds since 1966 that go to first responders and community heart health support groups in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that during the month of February, which is American Heart Month, Hearts of Yucca Valley, area businesses, and organizations are selling red dress pins…

“Go Red for Women” was established to bring awareness to women that heart disease and stroke is the number one killer of women in America today. The problem with heart disease is so often it goes untreated because it affects women differently than men.”

February is American Heart Month, and Hearts of Yucca Valley, an organization that’s been raising awareness and money for heart disease since 1966, is trying to get the word out that women need to learn about the risks of heart disease. Hearts of Yucca Valley Vice President Donna Munoz said the organization is partnering with many businesses and organizations to spread the word and selling red dress pins for $3.
“These red dress pins symbolize the heart health movement. We’re partnering with so many different agencies, the hospital, [the Center for] Healthy Generations, every single fire department and Morongo Basin Ambulance.”

Information about purchasing the red dress pins heart health events can be found below. All funds raised stay in the Morongo Basin and go to first responders and agencies dealing with heart health.
https://www.hdmc.org/
https://www.hdmc.org/about-us/classes-events/Detail/7011

Locations:
Hi-Desert Star, Yucca Valley
Bob Dunn State Farm Agency, Joshua Lane, Yucca Valley
Pacific Marine Credit Union, Sun Plaza, Yucca Valley
Center for Healthy Generations, Sunnyslope Drive, Yucca Valley

CORPORATE LEADERS JOIN MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST IN DESERT CLEAN-UP

Aided by Mojave Desert Land Trust volunteers and the Bureau of Land Management, 67 corporate leaders helped remove trash Tuesday from an area of desert bordering Joshua Tree National Park and Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. The volunteers cleared about three acres at Long Canyon and filled a 20-yard dumpster with tires, building waste, household debris, and shell casings. Areas like Long Canyon are sand sources for the Coachella Valley, and trash can enter the blow sand systems in the valley and threaten endangered species such as the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard.

THEATRE 29 IMPROV TROUPE KICKS OFF NEW SEASON SATURDAY

After a wildly successful first season, Theatre 29’s improv troupe, The Baker’s Dozen, start their new season off with a new show and some new cast members this Saturday night. With your invitation, here’s Rebecca Havely…
After two January workshops, The Baker’s Dozen director Chris Fleischman is thrilled to announce their second season cast. Along with Fleischman the cast includes, Assistant Directors Graham Cooley and Katie Fleischman plus return cast members Cindy Daigneault, Lisa Goldberg, Charles Harvey, Cody Joseph, and Joseph Rego. New additions to the cast include Kevin Myers, Rebecca Havely, Marty Neider, Kurt Schauppner, and Lyle Williams. The Baker’s Dozen second season starts with a show entitled, “Dough You Loaf Me?” an ode to Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 10 at 7 p.m. at Theater 29. The troupe will take suggestions from the audience as a source of inspiration for a series of hysterical improvisational games where anything can happen and usually does!
Tickets for The Baker’s Dozen are greatly reduced with general admission at $10, military and seniors $7; and $5 for students with ID. All improv performances are rated PG 13. Theatre 29 Season Ticket holders may attend one Improv show at no charge. Call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or visit theatre29.org.

BOXOHOUSE ARTISTS RECEPTION SATURDAY

BoxoHouse will hold an artist’s reception Saturday, February 10 for its newest art exhibition. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…
Using a wide range of media, Julie Weiman creates multiple abstract pieces titled Saturate. Weiman uses different tools such as plaster, ink, acrylic and many more. Her style, including layering and scraping, reveals her inspiration found in Saturate, specifically Mojave Desert of Southern California. You can meet Weiman at an open reception Saturday, February 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This art show will be on display until March 10th. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Rd, Joshua Tree.

Lot 17, 16″ x 20″, flashe, acrylic, on linen on plaster on panel, 2017

LOCAL DEMOCRATS CLUB MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet two Democratic candidates for the Congressional District 8 seat at its meeting Saturday. Rita Ramirez and Marge Doyle are running in the June primary against incumbent Republican Paul Cook. The 10 a.m. meeting is preceded by an optional $10 buffet breakfast at 9 a.m. at Bruce’s Café on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree.

MOJAVE VIPER YOUNG MARINE PROGRAM RECRUITING

The Mojave Viper Young Marine Program is recruiting. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more about children who want to earn the title…
The Mojave Vipers are looking for a few good … kids … who want to join their ranks as Young Marines. The Mojave Vipers Young Marine program is for children who are between 8 and 18 and are in good standing at school. This is not a “boot camp” or “scared straight” program. Parent orientation will be held at the Twentynine Palms Elementary School, 74350 Playa Vista, Friday, February 9, from 6:30 to 8, in which parents will learn about the Young Marine program, recruit training, what is expected of their children, and what Young Marines get out of the program. Recruit training starts March 9. For more information, call 623-853-7463.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TODAY

The Joshua Basin Water District will hold a special meeting of the board of directors at 11 a.m. this morning. On the agenda is a request from management for $70,000 to pay for two replacement field trucks. Following that decision, directors will adjourn to closed session to discuss potential litigation. Today’s meeting takes place in the board office on  Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The men’s Fighting Cacti basketball team of Copper Mountain College dropped another tough loss on the road again last night by just one possession against a scrappy Riverside City College team, 63-62.
Coach Devin Aye said it was the third time this season the men’s team faced off against RCC and throughout the first half CMC seemed to have the game in hand. Going into the half, Copper Mountain held a five-point lead 29-24. A lot of silly miscues and a late turnover in the second half sparked a late RCC run that would eventually lead to a one-point loss for the Cacti 63-62. This is another heartbreaker for CMC as they have lost four conference games this year by just one possession. Copper Mountain falls to 18-9 on the year and 5-5 in OEC Conference play.
Ronald Bell led CMC in scoring with 16 points and Murshid Randle chipped in 10 points.

Next up is a home game Friday January 9 against Santa Ana College. Tipoff at 7 p.m. Student athletes from the Morongo Basin can get in free to Copper Mountain College basketball games. To get in free, student athletes just need to wear their school, park and rec, or league jersey to the game. For more information, call 760-366-3791, extension 5310.

The Copper Mountain College Fighting Cacti women’s basketball team took to the road last night in a conference game versus Riverside City College, and lost, 91-29.

Coach Hosie Ward said a slow start proved to be their downfall, as they fell behind 22-2 at the end of the first quarter. The halftime score was 47-11. “We played a little better in the second half but ran out of gas.” The final score was 91-29. Tusitusia Brown led with 17 points, six rebounds, and 7 block shots.

The next game is a home affair against Fullerton College at the Bell Center. The game begins at 5:00 p.m.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team traveled to Desert Mirage High School last night and came home with a 67-26 De Anza League win over the host Rams in Thermal.

Coach Jess Geeson said freshman Sara Mills paced the team with a game-high 23 points, while junior Angie Reutgen added 18 points. Senior Kiley Pitts pumped in eight points and junior Coy Smith netted seven points. The win moves the team’s record to 18-6 on the season and 7-2 in league action. The girls finish the regular season Friday at Desert Hot Springs and begin CIF playoff games Thursday, February 15, with the opponent and site announced this Sunday. 
 
Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer played its last home game of the season. Varsity lost 5 to 1; junior varsity lost, 1-0.
Coach Jorge Rodriguez said, “Tonight we honored our senior players. The coaching staff wants to thank all of you for all your support this season. You truly matter in the lives of these student athletes.”

Junior Captain Aldo Villalba scored the goal by way of a penalty kick. Rodriguez said the team played well and was organized. They had a few very good chances to score goals but were not able to put them in the back of the net. “I would like to thank the administration at YVHS for their help and support. Also I want to thank the players and all the parents for their support, and our coaching staff for their dedication to our Trojan Soccer program, we look forward to next season.”
 
Junior Varsity Coach Adan Mendoza said. “Our Trojan players played the best game of the season tonight, we had multiple goal scoring opportunities. Our team never gave up and they continued to play as a team.”
 
Yucca Valley girls’ varsity soccer lost last night 1-0 to Desert Mirage High School.
Yucca Valley High School junior varsity girls’ soccer won against Desert Mirage High School, 3-1.

Coach Jolene Pessa said goals were scored by Caitlynn Venezia (two goals) and Markina Evdokimoff (one goal). Deja Valeur made two assists, both from a throw in. Pessa said, “The girls have had a great season; their improvement and growth as a team is apparent both on and off the field.  I commend them for sticking together as a team and staying positive through the challenges that come with being a new addition to our soccer program. We are all excited to see this program grow and have high hopes for our next season.”