FOUND HUSKY LOOKING MIX IN 29 PALMS

FOUND HUSKY LOOKING MIX IN 29 PALMS

Female, Black grey and brown mix with white paws.
Left eye brown, right eye blue.

Found near: Ocatillo & Gorgonio in 29 Palms near the Bowladium.

Call: Randy 213-507-5186

PEKINGESE POODLE FOUND IN LANDERS

PEKINGESE POODLE FOUND IN LANDERS

Male, White/very small/mybe 6lbs

Found near: Artesia Rd and Eurika Rd off hHwy 247 in Yucca Valley/Landers area.

Call: Eddie or Diane 760-219-6465 or 760-364-3408

MAN KILLED FOLLOWING MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY NIGHT

A motorcyclist was killed late Friday night when he crashed into the back of an SUV in Twentynine Palms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the motorcyclist—who has not yet been identified—was riding his 2015 Kawasaki motorcycle southbound on Adobe Road about 11:30 p.m. when he crashed into the rear of a 2007 Toyota Sequoia, also traveling southbound on Adobe Road near the intersection of Valle Vista, right outside the main gate to the base. The force of the impact threw the man off his motorcycle. Responding paramedics took him to the Naval Hospital on board the Marine Corps Combat Center. Despite life-saving measures, he died as a result of his injuries.

Update: The man involved in the crash has been identified.
The updated story can be found here: http://z1077fm.com/marine-who-died-following-motorcycle-crash-outside-base-gate-is-identified/

TWO SUSPECTED THC EXTRACTION LABS CAUSE TWO HOUSE FIRES IN TWO DAYS

Two suspected THC extraction labs caused two house fires in two days in the Morongo Basin. On Friday, a suspected illegal marijuana grow and drug lab are blamed for a house fire in Yucca Valley. Firefighters were called to the 54800 block of Navajo Trail at 2:32 p.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria said firefighters saw flames coming from windows on the north and west sides of the home when they arrived.

Black smoke pours from a window during a Yucca Valley house fire. Tami Roleff photo

Thick smoke pours out of a window during a house fire in the 54800 block of Navajo Trail in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon. Tami Roleff photo

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters noted equipment for a drug lab inside the house. Investigators found a THC extraction lab and an indoor marijuana grow with about 80 plants. Neighbors told Z107.7 News that they heard several popping noises before the fire started and the smell of burning marijuana was noticeable in the air. A resident, Larry Evans, 35, was arrested for investigation of manufacturing a controlled substance. Larry Evans was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $500,000.

 

Yucca Valley firefighters were first on the scene of the Yucca Valley house fire, and started an aggressive exterior attack. Tami Roleff photo

And Wednesday, a butane honey oil lab caused a fire in Morongo Valley. Firefighters were called to the 49800 block of Visnaga Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. where they found the back bedroom and contents on fire. Firefighters managed to contain the blaze and keep it from spreading to a nearby fence and adjacent residence. No arrests have been announced yet.

Photo courtesy George Cox

MORONGO VALLEY FIRE ENGINE DAMAGED IN COLLISION SUNDAY

A Morongo Valley fire engine was heavily damaged in a collision early Sunday morning. According to Fire Chief Peale, Brush Engine 461 and Patrol 461 had responded to a rollover traffic collision on the side of the Morongo Grade about 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The vehicle involved in the rollover crash had landed on its roof. The driver, who was uninjured, got out of the car on his own and walked down the grade to get cell phone reception to call 911, and then met firefighters back at the scene.Per protocol, firefighters parked Brush Engine 461 diagonally across the lane of traffic to protect the scene, firefighters, and victims. While firefighters were assessing the driver from the overturned vehicle, they heard tires screeching, which alerted them to a Chevy Suburban which was driving towards them and braking. The Suburban was not able to stop in time and crashed into the fire engine. There were no injuries to firefighters. One occupant in the Suburban received minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the overturned vehicle refused medical care and was released at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.
Updated 9 a.m. March 14 with additional details.

MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT

Land use and renewable energy are on tonight’s agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Should utility companies be allowed to use desert lands to develop renewable energy sources such as wind and solar? It’s a question haunting denizens of Southern California for a while now. Tonight, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council gets a chance to weigh in with the consideration of a resolution urging the county Board of Supervisors to prohibit such developments.

The issue has been making the rounds in the wake of the Trump administration’s recent threat to scrap a major Obama-era agreement protecting millions of acres in the California desert.
In other business, the MAC will hear a presentation on business services from the county’s Workforce Development Department.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue.

CHAD MAYES FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST 2 DEMOCRATIC STATE OFFICIALS OVER PROP 70

The state’s cap-and-trade program, which was extended last summer to 2030, requires that businesses that emit greenhouse gases buy permits from the state or at auction from other businesses that don’t need their permits. The funds from these permits would be placed in a special Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be used for future projects that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the bullet train. Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley convinced seven other Republicans to support last summer’s cap-and-trade legislation. (And as a result of his support for the cap-and-trade legislation, Mayes lost his leadership role as the assembly minority leader.) In exchange for Republican support, Mayes demanded a proposition be placed on the June ballot that, if approved, would change the legislative approval threshold for spending for a cap-and-trade project from a simple majority to a two-thirds majority. Some political observers believe the Democrats oppose this proposition because by requiring a two-thirds majority, Republicans would be able to scuttle plans to build the very expensive bullet train. If the legislature does not have a two-thirds majority to approve a spending plan in 2024, the cap-and-trade funds would sit unused in the GGRRF account. Managing editor Tami Roleff says Mayes is now suing the two Democratic state officials responsible for the proposition’s wording, claiming their description is “false and misleading…”

Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley filed a lawsuit against state officials March 5, claiming that their wording of a cap-and-trade ballot measure is “false and misleading.” Mayes, a Republican, claims that Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla, both Democrats, are trying to mislead voters into opposing Proposition 70, which would change the legislature’s voting threshold from a simple majority vote to a super majority vote, or two-thirds, for cap-and-trade programs, starting in 2024. Mayes argues that the current title of Prop 70, “Limits Legislature’s Authority To Use Cap-And-Trade Revenues To Reduce Pollution” should be changed to “Requires The Legislature To Approve A Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund Spending Plan By A Supermajority Vote In 2024.” Mayes’ lawsuit argues the title is misleading because it implies Proposition 70 limits or prohibits the Legislature from “us[ing]” the auction revenue to reduce pollution or greenhouse gas emissions, when in fact the exact opposite is true;” it just requires a two-thirds majority vote instead of a simple majority vote. In addition, Mayes argues that the two-thirds majority vote is only needed once, and not for every subsequent expenditure from the cap-and-trade fund. Under current law, revenues generated from the auction of emission permits are placed in the GGRF, and those funds may only be used for programs that facilitate greenhouse gas reductions.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4405427-Proposition-70-lawsuit.html

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-road-map-cap-trade-proposition-70-supporters-split-20180311-story.html

https://www.desertsun.com/story/tech/science/energy/2018/03/08/chad-mayes-sues-california-climate-change-xavier-becerra/408039002/

GO FUND ME ACCOUNT GETS ACCUSED JOSHUA TREE HOMELESS COUPLE A HOUSE

A GoFundMe account set up to help a homeless family whose parents were arrested last month for child abuse has raised enough money in a week to buy them a house. As of Sunday afternoon, $53,000—more than half of the $100,000 goal—had been donated by more than 600 people. Jackie Klear, a friend of Mona Kirk and Daniel Panico, said that she knew of a house in Joshua Tree that had been vacant for a long time and the seller agreed to sell the house at a greatly reduced price, and let the family live in it rent-free until the sale is recorded. Klear said Kirk and Panico decided to buy the house instead of build a house on their Sunfair property so that the family could be together again as soon as possible. This past weekend, dozens of volunteers met at the house and tore out carpets, scrubbed and painted walls, cleaned up the yard, and just worked hard to get the home in livable condition for the family to move in to. Mona Kirk, 53, and Daniel Panico, 71, were arrested February 28 after a Sheriff’s deputy found the family living in a plywood structure off Sunfair Road in Joshua Tree. The family’s three children, ages 11, 13, and 14, were taken into custody by Child and Family Services, and Kirk and Panico were each charged with three felony counts of child abuse. They were released from jail last week on their own recognizance and have another court date tomorrow (Tuesday, March 13th) to argue against the protective order that is keeping them away from their children.

The GoFundMe page:
https://www.gofundme.com/fxy2rg

COUNTY SUPERVISORS LOOK AT LOCAL ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT TOMORROW

If all goes as expected at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino, more Morongo Basin residents will see improved access to hiking and biking trials in the not-too-distant future. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more in this report…

County supervisors are expected to approve two items likely to enhance local outdoor recreation on tomorrow’s consent agenda. The first is reconstruction of an aged bike path on Sunburst Street from the highway to the former Joshua Tree Elementary School. The estimated $300,000 needed for the project will primarily be split between the County Public Works and a Transportation Authority grant. Construction will take about four months beginning June 2019. And looking east to Twentynine Palms, supervisors are expected to approve an agreement granting access to the County Flood Control District’s right-of-way, thus paving the way for a city-financed multi-use trail system within Twentynine Palms.

Maps of both proposed projects may be found: http://cob-sire.sbcounty.gov/sirepub/cache/2/tu2rj3gcfo2yumt5ow2qniws/224840603122018075445945.PDF

Tomorrow’s meeting streams online and to the first-floor teleconferencing room in the County Government Center on White Feather Road in Joshua Tree where public comment may be made via live video link.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a series of public hearings in the coming weeks to hear public input and consider draft maps for changing to by-district elections. Managing editor Tami Roleff says they will be holding a meeting tonight…
The Yucca Valley Town Council, under threat of a lawsuit from a Malibu lawyer, will be changing its council voting from “at-large” to “by-district” elections. That means that a candidate may only run for the council seat that represents the district in which that candidate lives, and only the voters in a given district may vote on which candidate will represent them on the town council. The council will hold a public hearing tonight on potential voting district boundaries. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF MIKE SNOW RETIRING

After more than 36 years of serving as a firefighter, County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow is retiring, effective March 15. Snow began his firefighting career in 1986 in Hesperia, and rose to the rank of division chief. When Hesperia contracted with San Bernardino County for its firefighting services in 2004, Snow became a battalion chief for the county fire department. He spent most of the next 14 years serving the Morongo Basin. Snow has served as a paramedic, hazardous materials specialist, state fire officer, and chief fire officer. Snow and his wife Jennifer, who have five children, plan to move out of state following his retirement to be closer to family.

Battalion Chief Mike Snow

YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION OFFERS A BUS TOUR TO PETERSON AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will host a trip to the Petersen Automotive Museum on Saturday, March 24. With camera in-hand, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman…
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles features three floors of exhibits dedicated to the history and artistry of the automobile, with 25 rotating exhibitions and more than 150 vehicles on view. The Town of Yucca Valley will host a trip to the popular museum on Saturday, March 24. The cost of the trip is $85, which includes transportation costs, museum admission, a guided tour, and lunch at the famous Philippe’s restaurant. Trip-goers will meet at the Yucca Valley Community Center at 9 a.m. for the all-day event. All trip-goers must register by March 13.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan golf team will host Indio High School at home today. Tee-off is at 3 p.m.