BLACK & WHITE DOG FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

BLACK & WHITE DOG FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female, black and white, wearing collar

Found near: Goleta Ave. in Yucca Valley

Call: Sofia 760-676-7121

2 WHITE DOGS LOST IN WONDER VALLEY

2 WHITE DOGS LOST IN WONDER VALLEY

Both small and white.

Lost near: Near the Palms in Wonder Valley

Call: Gary 760-401-3020

DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON OPENING DESERT TO MORE DEVELOPMENT IS TOMORROW

Tomorrow is the last day to register thoughts on reopening the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan, which sets aside land for solar, wind and geothermal development as well as for wildlife habitat and A-T-V use. The plan was finalized after extensive negotiations between government planners, the renewable-energy industry, local businesses, conservation groups and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. The move to redo the plan stems from a Department of the Interior review of policies that might impede domestic energy production. Managing editor Tami Roleff says some people think it is a terrible idea to throw out a hard-won agreement that took eight years to negotiate…

The Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan covers more than 22 million acres of California desert, including parts of our Mojave Desert. Angelina Galiteva with the Renewable 100 Policy Institute says revising the plan is a terrible idea

“The worst case scenario would be to basically say the DRECP isn’t anything that’s going to govern development, and we’re going to take a pristine piece of land and allow development to happen without any kind of consideration that this plan went through.”

Paul Smith, owner of the 29 Palms Inn, says the desert draws more than 6 million visitors a year from around the world – mostly drawn by the wide open vistas.

“Tourism in the California desert would be significantly affected by manmade objects which interrupt the beautiful scenic view sheds which exist right now. Key among those potential industrial assets would be solar fields and wind farms.”

Karen Douglas, head of the California Energy Commission, said in a statement that it is not necessary to revise the plan because the state already has enough space designated to meet its renewable-energy goals.

Submit your comments to BLM_CA_DRECP@blm.gov.

60 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED IN LANDERS

Sheriff’s deputies seized at least 60 pounds of marijuana in Landers Friday. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 1000 block of Alta Avenue about 4:20 p.m. Friday where they found evidence of marijuana sales. A search warrant was ordered, and during a search of the residence, deputies located 60 pounds of marijuana, scales, and other drug paraphernalia. Deputies are still searching for the suspects. Anyone with information should call 760-366-4175.

SHERIFF’S ARSON AND BOMB UNIT INVESTIGATING CAR FIRE EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Sheriff’s Arson and Bomb squad is investigating a car fire east of Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a location on Gold Crown Road about five miles south of Highway 62 about 7:30 p.m. Monday by someone who saw a fire and heard a loud explosion. The caller also said headlights were seen driving away from the fire. The deputy located a vehicle that had been destroyed in a detonation and fire. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department went to the address of the registered owner but were not able to make contact with the vehicle’s owner. The bomb and arson squad has taken over the investigation; anyone with information should call 760-366-4175.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MET LAST NIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District board met in open session last night. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there, and files this report…
At last night’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD board approved funding for new cutter/spreader tools for the Morongo Valley fire department and much-needed repairs to the ball field and select bathrooms in Covington Park. The board also unanimously agreed to nominate volunteer Glen Shepherd for the Chuck Osborne Volunteer of the Year award. The board was forced to postpone discussions on the Southern California Edison street light replacement program due to lack of program clarification. The discussion on providing an alcohol permit for the fire department’s casino night fundraiser was also postponed until the next meeting.

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR REGIONAL DEBUT OF “FIRST DATE, THE MUSICAL”

Theatre 29 proudly announces casting for their spring musical production of “First Date, the Musical.” Here’s Rebecca Havely with the cast list…
Director Charles Harvey says of “First Date, the Musical,” “It’s the perfect date night whether it is your first or your thousandth.” This romantic musical comedy is a story of how opposites attract and the chances we take to find love. In the romantic leading roles of Aaron and Casey, are Theatre 29 veteran performers Chris Fleischman and Katie Fleischman. Playing a multitude of “imagined” characters from bad boy exes to a gay best friend and “the one that got away” are Kevin Myers, Joe Rego and Lyle Williams. Playing other roles from a chastising sister to a dead Jewish grandmother are Leigh-Ann Crummett, and Char Childs.

“First Date, the Musical” will play Friday and Saturday evenings beginning April 27 at 7 p.m. as well as Sunday matinees at 2:30 through May 20.  Tickets are available for purchase now at theatre29.org or by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.

MBTA BOARD TO LOOK AT MARKETING AND FARE SUBSIDIES TOMORROW

At Thursday’s (March 22) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, the board of directors will discuss a marketing campaign and fare subsidy project; approve revisions to the budget and transit operating and capital plan. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA Operations Center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER TO SEE CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT ACTION PLAN TONIGHT

Directors at the Joshua Basin Water District will hold the regular twice monthly meeting tonight. As always, this meeting is open to the public. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on the agenda…
At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the governing board is expected to approve a five-year renewal contract with Fedak & Brown for auditing services. Also tonight, General Manager Kurt Sauer will present an action plan for implementation of the district’s capital improvement program. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

ENERGY HEALING CIRCLE AT RAINBOW STEW TONIGHT

Rainbow Stew will hold an energy healing circle on Wednesday, March 21. The healing circle is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. The event is free, although donations are accepted. The healing circle will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY SATURDAY

Are you a whiz at Scrabble or Words with Friends? Want to see how good you really are? The Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library is hosting a Scrabble tournament Saturday, March 24. Managing editor Tami Roleff spells out the details…
If you regularly beat your friends in Scrabble or Words with Friends, the Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library invite you to its first annual Scrabble tournament to see how good you really are. The tournament is for anyone age 18 and older, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in Patriotic Hall on Luckie Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Registration is $5 at the door. All proceeds support the Twentynine Palms library. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Paula at 760-220-9421.

SIGN UP FOR YUCCA VALLEY SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL LEAGUES BY TOMORROW

Yucca Valley Recreation is offering spring slow-pitch softball leagues. Reporter Eric Knabe tells you to sign up by tomorrow…
Play softball for fun and exercise by joining one of four adult slow-pitch softball leagues offered by the Town of Yucca Valley. Teams will play an average of ten games followed by playoffs and a championship game. Regular season games will take place April 9 through June 11, with playoffs and championships held June 18 through 21. Space is limited to six teams per division.  League fees are $400 per team.  A deposit of $200 will hold a team spot Registration for adult softball closes on March 22, 2018 or when divisions are full.  All interested teams can register online at www.yucca-valley.org or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports, the Twentynine Palms High School LadyCat softball team lost its first game yesterday to Coachella Valley High School, 15-2. Coach Dan Mintz says the LadyCats are now 3-1 in league play and 8-2 overall.  

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ tennis team will travel away to Thermal to play Desert Mirage High School, with the match starting at 3:15 p.m. The Trojan swim team will host Desert Hot Springs at home, with the first event at 3:15.

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ tennis team will travel away to Thermal today to play Coachella Valley High School; first serve is at 3:15.