YUCCA VALLEY MAN WILL FACE MURDER CHARGES FOR DEATH OF ONE-YEAR-OLD BOY

The one-year-old victim of Saturday’s attempted murder has died. According to Sheriff’s Captain Trevis Newport, paramedics were called to the 55500 block of 29 Palms Highway sometime Saturday for an ill child. The boy was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with unspecified injuries and then flown to Loma Linda Medical Center. He was on life support until Monday evening when he was pronounced dead at about 10:44 pm. The mother’s boyfriend, Arthur Davies, 34, of Yucca Valley, will face charges of Murder and Assault Resulting in the Death of a Child. Davies is currently being held at the Central Detention Center, with his bail set at $1 million.

GERMAN SHEPARD LOST IN 29 PALMS

GERMAN SHEPARD LOST IN 29 PALMS

Male, Black with tan legs small 6 months old.

Lost near: Mesquite Springs Rd in 29 Palms.

Call: Patricia 619-851-7832.

SMALL TAN DOG FOUND NEAR LEAR

SMALL TAN DOG FOUND NEAR LEAR

Female, short hair mixed breed.

Found near: Lear and Mesa in Desert Heights area.

Call: Conni 760-831-2544

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF 1-YEAR-OLD BOY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of attempted murder of a one-year-old child. According to Sheriff’s Captain Trevis Newport, paramedics were called to the 55500 block of 29 Palms Highway sometime Saturday for an ill child. The boy was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with unspecified injuries and then flown to Loma Linda Medical Center where he is on life support. Doctors determined his injuries were consistent with child abuse and the case was turned over to Specialized Investigations. Detectives interviewed the mother’s boyfriend, Arthur Davies, 34, late Saturday night/early Sunday morning at his home in Yucca Valley. After an investigation, Arthur Davies was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked into the Central Detention Center, with his bail set at $1 million.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MAY TAKE STEPS INTO THE FUTURE TONIGHT

The future rears its intriguing head in Twentynine Palms tonight. Reporter David Haldane has the story…

The Twentynine Palms City Council takes two steps into the future tonight with agenda items that, a generation ago, would have been considered science fiction. The first has to do with making the city more energy efficient using sources such as solar. And the second ponders the wisdom of storing its voluminous data in the cloud rather than on the hard drives of aging computers.

Specifically, the Council will consider entering into two contracts; one with a company called Climatec LLC, to evaluate current energy systems and suggest some better alternatives. The second potential contract is with a firm called Rackspace to provide Microsoft products, digital storage and backup. That one would cost nearly $69,000 annually for at least the next six years.

Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

STREET OVERLAYS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TODAY AND TOMORROW

The City of Twentynine Palms will be overlaying several city streets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this week. Today, (February 13), Sullivan Road will be overlaid from El Sol Avenue to Estrella Avenue. And tomorrow. (Wednesday, February 14), Sullivan Road will be overlaid from Estrella Avenue to Morongo Road.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT ACCESSORY STRUCTURES TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says accessory structures like casitas, guest houses, garages, and workshops are on the agenda again…
Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, commissioners will once again be considering the issue of accessory structures. A resident at 8018 Palomar Avenue wants to build a 1,300-square foot garage between the home and street, and a second 880-square foot building behind the house, and the commission will be asked to approve these plans. Then, the commission will go on to review the regulations for second dwelling units and guest houses or casitas on single family residentially zoned property, and where accessory structures can be placed on properties. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS HEARINGS ON DISTRICT ELECTIONS AND AN ELECTION WAIVER

The Morongo Unified School District board will hold two public hearings on the transition to 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 Joshua Tree Elementary School. The board will first meet in closed-session to speak with designated bargaining representatives. In open session, beginning at 7 p.m., the board will hold two public hearings to seek public input on both the transition to by-trustee area elections and two proposed trustee area maps and the request of a waiver from the State Board of Education to waive a public election on the transition to trustee area elections. The board will also hear the Statutory School Facilities Report and will discuss the Sunshine Report with the California School Employees Association. Joshua Tree Elementary School is located at 4950 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree.

MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS THE CHALLENGES OF RURAL BROADBAND

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council discussed challenges of internet connectivity in rural areas at its meeting last night. Here with the story is reporter Tanisha Cureton…

In last night’s meeting of the MAC, Blake Baxter said anywhere between 34 percent to 55 percent of all rural households in the U.S. lack proper broadband internet access, where some have slow or no access at all. To determine if broadband access is available in your neighborhood, visit www.broadbandmap.ca.gov. If you’re not getting service, you can help by completing surveys over the next six months. Since the state and federal coverage maps help determine eligibility for grants, this will also help Internet providers who apply for grants to provide coverage.

Back in August 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element, but, at the same time, it eliminated section 4.10 from the RECE. Section 4.10 prohibited development of renewable energy projects in rural areas such as the Morongo Basin, and prohibited these renewable energy projects in communities that had an existing community plan that banned them. Section 4.10 also established exclusion areas for renewable energy projects. Councilmember Pat Flanagan urged residents to go to the county government center in Joshua Tree today and make their feelings known about the RECE to the Board of Supervisors during its 10 a.m. meeting. In addition, there will be a scoping meeting about the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Joshua Tree Community Center.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY A CAR, THROWN 40 FEET, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY

A man was injured in a collision with a vehicle Friday evening in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, the unidentified man was walking in the northbound number 2 lane of Adobe Road about 7:20 p.m. Friday when he was struck by a vehicle being driven in the same lane at about 30 miles per hour. The force of the impact threw the victim 40 to 50 feet. The driver immediately stopped and attempted to help the victim and waited at the scene for rescue personnel to arrive. The man was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was released at the scene.

VICTIM ADVOCACY PROGRAM IN WONDER VALLEY TOMORROW

An important program will be presented on victim advocacy at the Wonder Valley Community this Wednesday. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…
Iris Robertson, a victim’s advocate with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office; Patrick Clark, from Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services; and Susanna Barnett, Executive Director of Unity Home, will present a program on victim advocacy and provide resources for supporting the survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
This free event is open to everyone in the Morongo. It will be held from 11 am. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 14, at the Wonder Valley Community Center located at 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley For more information call 760-367-9880.

BURGLARS CAUGHT IN THE ACT IN JOSHUA TREE, ONE IN CUSTODY

Deputies have arrested one man and are searching for a second suspect in a burglary in Joshua Tree Sunday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of a home in the 60800 block of Mountain View Trail in Joshua Tree came home about 11 p.m. and surprised two burglars who were inside the home. The men fled out the back and into their vehicle, which became stuck in the desert. Deputies captured one suspect, identified as Ryan Moore, 30, who allegedly admitted to his role in the break-in. Ryan Moore was arrested for investigation of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000.

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF HEAD-BUTTING HER HUSBAND

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of head butting her husband. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 61600 block of Adobe Drive in Joshua Tree at 3 a.m. for a case of stolen vehicle. When deputies arrived, the victim said he and his wife, Wenona Henson, 46, had been arguing when the argument escalated and she head butted him on his nose. They both received small lacerations. Wenona Henson was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, and when she was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, deputies found a small baggie of methamphetamine on her person. Her bail is set at $60,000.

14TH ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES THIS SUNDAY

The 14th annual Parade of Homes Tour just around the corner. Today we continue our preview of the one of the standout residences featured on the February 18 program. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to join him for a sneak peek …
Each year, the Parade of Homes raises funds to provide services to local seniors and disabled residents. And for those who embark on this self-guided tour, it provides a glimpse into some of the most interesting, unusual, and outstanding private homes in the Hi-Desert. Today we visit the one Joshua Tree residence on this year’s tour. Owners Tom and Judy Malnar call it the Cramalot Inn. The couple purchased the home in 2014 and spent six months on renovations and restorations before taking occupancy. Using goods and materials salvaged from yard sales, thrift stores and treasures found roadside, the Cramalot Inn typifies the desert lifestyle that places a premium on recycling and re-purposing all kinds of material. The result is their castle and one fit for King Author.
Tickets for the homes tour are $25 and include all six homes plus live entertainment and lunch at the Park Rock Cafe in Joshua Tree.
Parade of Homes tickets are now on sale at Reach Out Morongo Basin, the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms chambers of commerce, The Desert Trail, Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree and at other locations throughout our Morongo Basin.

JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM GIVING A VALENTINE CLEAN UP TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Clean Team has a Valentine gift for their community tomorrow. Our heroes have scheduled a community cleanup tomorrow (Wednesday, February 14.) The hard-working members and neighbors will meet at the Joshua Tree Post Office and work from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Grabbers, gloves, safety vests and trash bags will be supplied.

A VALENTINE’S LECTURE ABOUT CELESTIAL BODIES TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s Second Wednesday Lecture series tomorrow is titled “Myths and Stories About Constellations,” and is presented by Dr. Catherine Svehla. Hear a few traditional stories from cultures near and far about some familiar constellations. The lecture is at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. The lecture begins at 5:30. Admission is $5, or free for museum members.

CHRISTIAN GIRLS CLUB HAS AN INVITATION

A Christian girls’ club is starting its 15th year at a church in Yucca Valley. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how your girls can join in on the fun…
Girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to join the Girls’ Club at the United Methodist Church in Yucca Valley. GEMS, or “Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior,” meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of the month during the school year for Bible lessons, crafts, female fellowship and fun. Their next meeting is Tuesday, February 13, at 6 p.m. at the Yucca Valley United Methodist Church at 57273 Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley. Parents should accompany girls for registration. There’s no fee to join and it is open to all denominations. This year’s events include a bowling night, special activity nights where badges can be earned, and a family tea party. For more information, call Mary at 760-365-6115 or the church office at 760-365-3671.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

In Copper Mountain College sports, the women’s basketball team will travel away to Santa Ana to play Santa Ana College. Tip-off is at 5 p.m.