SNOW BENGAL LOST IN 29 PALMS

SNOW BENGAL LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, Snow Bengal 6.5 yrs old! Reward!!!

Lt. Tan, spots and stripes, green eyes, jungle looking.

Lost near: Joshua Dr. & Mojave Ave. in Twentynine Palms.

Call: Lisa 760-367-9870

YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES MURDER CHARGES AFTER CHILD ABUSE VICTIM DIES

The one-year-old boy who had been on life support at Loma Linda Medical Center since Saturday has died, and a Yucca Valley man has been charged with his murder. The child, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized Saturday with unspecified injuries, but which doctors said were consistent with child abuse. The victim had been taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center Saturday from his home in the 55500 block of 29 Palms Highway, and he was subsequently flown to Loma Linda hospital. Arthur Davies, 34, is the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, and deputies initially arrested Davies on suspicion of attempted murder. But when the boy died at 10:44 p.m. Monday night, the district attorney’s office changed Davies’ charge on Tuesday from attempted murder to murder and assault resulting in the death of a child. Arthur Davies is being held in the Central Detention Center on $1 million bail.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL DEALS WITH INFORMATION STORAGE AND ENERGY

Twentynine Palms may have its head in the clouds, but its feet seem firmly planted on the ground. At least, that’s how it looked at last night’s city council meeting. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains…
Imagine a city in the clouds. That’s an apt description of Twentynine Palm’s future, thanks to an action taken at last night’s city council meeting. Voting unanimously, the council awarded a six-year contract to a company called Rackspace to store its documents, records, and most paperwork on the Internet. In other words, to create its own private virtual cloud. The bottom line: for about $68,000 a year, the city’s online storage will be maintained by overseers in Texas.
In other business, the council: adopted a memorandum of understanding with a firm called Climatec LLC to review its energy systems with an eye toward lowering costs; selected specific boundaries for future district-based elections; and approved the $296,000 sale of a parcel to a developer for a new Starbucks at Highway 62 and Adobe Road.

SCHOOL BOARD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ELECTION DISTRICTS AND WAIVER LAST NIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District board of education met in open session last night. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details…
The MUSD Board of Education began in open session with a public hearing on the transition to by-trustee area elections and proposed trustee maps. There was some public concern regarding whether the maps gave sufficient representation to select areas. It is anticipated that the board will adopt one of the proposed maps during the regular board meeting on February 27. The board then held a public hearing to request a waiver from the State Board of Education to waive a public election on the transition to trustee area elections. There was no public comment, prompting the board to approve the waiver-request process. The board then heard the Statutory School Facilities Report, presented by Director of Maintenance and Operations David Daniels. There was no public comment.

PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD CUT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FUNDING 11%

The White House released its version of the budget Monday, which, while it includes an additional $195 billion for the military over the next two years, slashes budgets for other departments and programs, such as the Department of the Interior, which oversees the National Park Service. The Interior Department’s new budget has been cut by 15 percent. If this budget is adopted, Joshua Tree National Park would see its budget cut by 11 percent, down to $5.6 million this year, despite the fact that the number of visitors to the park has nearly tripled in the last four years. In addition, Joshua Tree National Park has a backlog of almost $47 million in deferred maintenance projects. Due to budget rules, the park can only use entrance fees—which total about $7 million a year—to maintain the park’s roads, trails, and buildings. However, it must be noted that the White House’s budget should be considered a policy statement; it is actually Congress that determines the budget for the park service and other departments and programs.

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/upload/FY2019-NPS-Greenbook.pdf

Search the PDF for the words Joshua Tree to find the park’s budget

HI-DESERT WATER BOARD TAKES UP PERSONNEL MATTERS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in what’s on tonight’s agenda…
Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors, the board will be asked to upgrade job titles and descriptions, convert a temporary position to full-time, and add new positions. Tonight’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the water district’s office at Highway 62 and Inca Trail in Yucca Valley.

YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Among the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight (Wednesday, February 14) is a progress report on the Yucca Valley Airport Day. Under new business, directors will prioritize new projects and improvements; and be asked to authorize the use of land owned by the airport district. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

“VAGINA MONOLOGUES” OPENS IN PIONEERTOWN, WILL TRAVEL TO THEATRE 29

Thought Theatre in Pioneertown is taking reservations for its current play production. With details here’s Rebecca Havely…
Project Sheba presents a Thought Theatre production to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Enser. The playwright interviewed women of all ages, ethnicities, religions and cultures to write this collection of personal monologues. Produced and directed by founder Miri Hunter, the cast includes favorites Dawn Davis and Ann Van Haney, and new to Thought Theatre, Lisa Diaz and Bianca Stoker. The play is humorous, sad, heartbreaking and always memorable. The production runs Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17 at 7 p. m. and Sunday, February 18, at 4 p.m. at Studio B located at 53722 Pioneertown Road (take a right turn just before Pappy and Harriet’s). Tickets are available at the door and online at projectsheba.com/thoughttheatre. For more information email Miri Hunter at projectsheba@yahoo.com. The final performance of this Thought Theatre production will tour to Twentynine Palms for a final performance at Theatre 29 on Sunday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. For those tickets visit theatre29.org.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET THIS FRIDAY

California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Attendees will honor the association’s past presidents and members who have experienced 80 or more birthdays.
Lunch is provided at a cost of $15 per person. Reservations are required. There is no cost to those who attend the meeting but choose not to order lunch. Seats however, must be reserved. Please call Gay Smith, at 760-369-2211 if you plan to attend.

KANGAROO RATS AT NOON, FLORA AT 6: TWO LECTURES IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s brown bag lunch lecture tomorrow focuses on the endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat. Reporter Tanisha Cureton has the details…
Geary Hund, a senior scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will lead the brown bag lunch lecture on February 15. The discussion will include survival strategies of the kangaroo rat and how it adapts to new construction in an ever-changing environment. Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself. The lecture starts at noon at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, located at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley. Admission is $5 or free for museum members. For more information call 760-369-7212 or visit hidesertnaturemuseum.org.

The California Native Plant Society will host a presentation on the flora of the Bighorn Mountains Wilderness on Thursday, February 15. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…
The Bighorn Mountain Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1994 as a part of the California Desert Protection Act in part due to its transitional nature from desert to mountainous habitats. Surveys conducted have shown the distribution of non-native and special-status plants in this area, emphasizing the need for the area’s environmental protection. In this presentation, botanist Naomi Fraga will provide an overview of the flora of the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness, including some of the rare plants and habitats. The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 15 at 6 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR COTTON HALL IN 29 PALMS SATURDAY

A celebration of life will be held for Edward “Cotton” Hall, a 66-year-resident of Twentynine Palms, who died November 16, 2017. He was 85 years old. Cotton Hall is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marian Hall, his daughter Tia Harari of Scottsdale, Arizona; son Robin Hall of Victorville; sister Joan Lasley of Columbus, Texas; and seven grandchildren. Cotton Hall was a cement truck driver with Hi-Desert Concrete for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Masonic Temple. Come share your favorite Cotton story and listen to some bluegrass music that he loved at a celebration of life and pot luck on Saturday, February 17 at 2 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elks Lodge.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child meet tonight and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of the Hi Desert Medical Center at 6601 White Feather Road, Joshua Tree. For information, contact Kristin Martin 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org

PARADE OF HOMES PREVIEW OF RANCHO DE LAS PALMAS

The 14th annual Parade of Homes Tour is this Sunday. And today we wrap up our previews of each home on the tour with a visit to another do-not-miss property on the February 18 tour. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a look at the last home on the charity tour…
Each year, the Parade of Homes generates funds that provide services to local seniors and disabled residents. And for tour-goers, it offers a glimpse into some of Morongo Basin’s most interesting, unusual, and outstanding private homes. Today we visit one of four tour properties in Twentynine Palms. Rancho de Las Palmas is the home of Patrick Gange and Walter Holt. And true to its namesake, more than 300 palm trees adorn the 14-acre property. The Rancho’s main residence was an original adobe that has been expanded over the years and offers sweeping views of Morongo Basin. Don’t miss the iconic David C. Green mural depicting a moonlit Joshua Tree National Park. A guesthouse with swimming pool is nearby as is the stable with tack room, workshop, garage and other outbuildings – all solar powered. Tickets are $25 and include tour of 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.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Copper Mountain College women’s basketball team took to the road Tuesday night for its final road contest of the 2017-18 regular season. The women played Santa Ana College, and lost, 91-27. Their final regular season game this season will be played in the Bell Center on Thursday starting at 5 p.m. against Orange Coast College.
Coach Hosie Ward said, “Although the team showed good energy and competed hard for most of the game, a poor shooting night and carelessness with the basketball saw us on the short end of a 91 – 27 final score. We shot only 20.5 percent from the field, while turning the ball over 27 times. We shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, but only got there 10 times on the night.”
Tusitusia Brown led with 15 points, seven rebounds, and five blocked shots.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will play its first-round CIF playoff game tonight at home against Summit High School from Fontana. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.