TABBY CAT LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

TABBY CAT LOST IN YUCCA VALLEY

Female, Tabby, grey and white

Short hair with a small orange patch on her chest.

Lost near: Antelope Trail and Cholla Ave. in Yucca Valley

Call: Chuck 530-444-0576

ROOSTER LOST IN 29 PALMS

ROOSTER LOST IN 29 PALMS

Male bird, rooster with golden feathers.

Lost near: Chia & 2 Mile Rd. in 29 Palms.

Call: Valerie 951-532-4219

LARGE BIRD FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

LARGE BIRD FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Dark with very white wings.

Found near: Del Monte & Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley.

Call: 760-365-9203

BLONDE CHIHUAHUA FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

BLONDE CHIHUAHUA FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Gender: Unknown

Chihuahua, blonde with white stripe down the back, wearing a blue collar.

Found near: Joshua Lane in road almost hit by cars, in Yucca Valley.

Call: Jackie 903-243-3805

WONDER VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Wonder Valley man was arrested early Friday morning, accused of torturing and trying to kill his girlfriend. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a neighbor heard a woman screaming about 3:30 a.m. in the 81100 block of Valley Vista Road in Wonder Valley and went to the house to investigate. The neighbor looked through a window and saw a man, later identified as Paul Blevins, 39, assaulting a woman and forced entry into the house to stop the attack. Blevins fled into the desert and was located about 5:30 a.m. by deputies about three miles away. The woman told deputies that Blevins had kicked and punched her in the face and chest about 35 times, choked her multiple times, and struck her in the head, face, and upper body multiple times with a metal flashlight. She said she lost consciousness at least three times over the several hours of the torture. Paul Blevins was arrested for investigation of attempted murder and is being held without bail for violating the terms of his post-release community supervision for failing to register as a sex offender. Blevins was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail for the attempted murder at $1 million.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL ADOPTS DISTRICT VOTING MAP

The Yucca Valley Town Council chose a map for district elections at its special meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting, and files this report…
After requesting the demographer to prepare a revised version of a district map known as Yellow at its March 26 meeting, the Yucca Valley Town Council unanimously voted last night to reject the revisions and adopt the original Yellow map. After saying that the Yellow 2 map was more refined in its boundary lines, the council members agreed that the changes in Yellow map 2 were insignificant and didn’t make a difference in the percentage of Latino voters in District 3. The council members agreed they liked having the district boundaries marked by major roads and community features. The council will formally adopt a resolution establishing the new districts at its next meeting Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF IMPRISONING HIS MOTHER

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday after his disabled mother said he locked her in her room and wouldn’t let her out. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 73700 block of Raymond Drive about 8 p.m. Friday. The woman, who is confined to a wheelchair, said her son, Robert Wallace, 31, who is also her caretaker, is always drunk and pushes her wheelchair into a bedroom and refuses to let her go outside. She also said that Wallace made criminal threats. The woman told deputies she lives in fear and believes he will act on his threats if she leaves her home. Robert Wallace was arrested for investigation of false imprisonment of a dependent adult, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING TO KILL HIS NEIGHBOR

A Joshua Tree man who allegedly threatened to kill a neighbor was arrested Sunday. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 61700 block of Division Street in Joshua Tree about 7:45 p.m. The victim told deputies that his neighbor, Jarrett Tagger, 29, had threatened to kill him in his sleep, and had shot his front door with a BB gun. The deputy located a loaded BB gun and dents in the door that could have been caused by BBs. Although Jarrett Tagger denied the allegations, he was arrested for investigation of making criminal threats, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL LOOKS AT LIGHTING THE DOG PARK TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council will have canines on its mind tonight. Reporter David Haldane explains…
Do you like walking your dog at night? It’s a question the Twentynine Palms City Council will be grappling with at its regular meeting tonight. At issue: whether the city should install solar lighting in the dog park it opened last year at Knott’s Park.
Though most dog parks—including this one—currently stay open only from dawn until dusk, some residents have expressed the desire to exercise their hounds after dark. Accommodating them, according to a staff report, would cost nearly $80,000.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

DONNA MUNOZ FACES FINES FOR CAMPAIGN REPORTING VIOLATIONS

A local icon has run afoul of the State Fair Political Practices Commission in an unsuccessful run for county supervisor in 2016. Donna Munoz and her campaign committee treasurer Max Hazard are facing a fine of $6,500 on the enforcement agency’s April 19 meeting consent calendar.  The commission alleges that the committee, Munoz, and Hazard failed to timely file 24-hour reports, failed to pay expenses from the designated campaign bank account, and made expenditures of campaign funds not related to a political purpose. Munoz characterized the errors in filing as “stupid mistakes” saying all the information was filed but not necessarily on the proper forms. Munoz told Z107.7 News she takes full responsibility for the paperwork errors and will pay the fines assessed.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER RESIGNS

Morongo Valley Community Services District General Manager Roxane Brazelle has resigned from her position with the board. In a brief phone interview, MVCSD member Diane Warren stated that Brazelle resigned for personal reasons. The board is currently seeking an interim general manager to fill the position. No further information regarding her resignation has been made available.

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD REVIEWS BOND TERMS TONIGHT

Tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District will include review of a district bond and the renaming of the Twentynine Palms Junior High School computer lab. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with more…
The Morongo Unified School District board of directors will hold a work study session beginning at 5 p.m. to review a district bond. The board will then adjourn to closed session to hold a conference with designated bargaining representatives. In open session, beginning at 7 p.m., the board will review and approve the advisor agreement for the district bond, discuss declaring May 9 as “Day of the Teacher” for the district, discuss renaming the Twentynine Palms Junior High School computer lab as the “Ron Palmer Computer Lab,” and will recognize outstanding students of the year from Regional Occupational Programs. The meeting will be held at Joshua Tree Elementary School, located at 4950 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree.

MARINES AND THE BLM TO HOLD A MEETING SATURDAY ON JOHNSON VALLEY USE

The Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will hold an informational meeting Saturday, April 14, about the Marines’ large-scale exercise in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. The meeting will include information about the temporary land closures and public safety. The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will be temporarily closed to the public August 1 through 30 while the Marine Corps conducts military training exercises. The adjacent Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area will remain open to the public. The event will be held 10 a.m. at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Highway 247, in Lucerne Valley. For a map of the area, see http://www.29palms.marines.mil/johnsonvalley/ or contact the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at 760-830- 3737 or email SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON WATER MANAGEMENT IN MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE

The National Park Service is taking public comment on its water management plan for the Mojave National Preserve. About 311 springs, seeps, wells, and 137 guzzlers (which provide water for big and small game, such as bighorn sheep and birds) are known to exist in the Preserve, although some conservationists say the true number of natural springs is 101. The management plan offers four alternatives, all of which would eliminate water sources in the desert wilderness, as well as some outside the preserve. The deadline to make public comment is April 19.

https://www.nps.gov/moja/learn/management/water-resources-management-plan.htm

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=86685

https://www.outdoornewsservice.com/single-post/2018/03/25/Mojave-Nation-Preserve-releases-plan-to-remove-most-man-made-wildlife-water

MORONGO BASIN MAC IN AN “ELECTRIFYING” MEETING LAST NIGHT

Morongo Basin MAC gatherings aren’t generally described as pulsating. By at least one definition, however, last night’s meeting may have broken the mold. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains…
You could call it an electrifying meeting. If you did, however, you’d be describing its subject rather than the level of excitement it generated.
We’re talking, of course, about last night’s gathering of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council at which two representatives of Southern California Edison described some of the energy giant’s challenges and plans.
Luis Lara talked about power outages and how the company handles them. And Jennifer Cusack outlined Edison’s new Time-of-Use rate plans, under which customers pay according to when they use the electricity. Off-peak periods, like weekends, cost less than peak times like weekday evenings. Beginning this month, she said, about 10 percent of SCE’s customers will be charged that way, with the remainder following by 2020.
In other business, the MAC changed its future meeting times from 6:30 to 5:30 p.m. despite complaints from some members that they would be grumpy without their dinners.

JOSHUA CLEAN TEAM OUT AND ABOUT TOMORROW MORNING

The hometown heroes of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will hold their next community cleanup tomorrow morning (Wednesday, April 11) from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The hard-working volunteers invite you to join them when they will meet at Hwy 62 and Sunset. They will supply gloves, safety vests, grabbers and trash bags. Participants are invited to the Park Rock Cafe immediately following for coffee and conversation.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow (April 11) 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. The group is facilitated by Kristin Martin, for more information, please contact Martin at 760-250-7295 or visit the Hi- Desert Medical Center website at www.hdmc.org

HISTORICAL LECTURE AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday lecture series at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Reporter Tanisha Cureton has your invitation…
Marshal South was a desert writer who lived an isolated life with his family on Ghost Mountain. South’s writings won him worldwide recognition, including praise from Theodore Roosevelt. Diana Lindsay wrote a book about South entitled “Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles,” and she will present a lecture and book signing at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s second Wednesday lecture series on Wednesday, April 11, starting at 5:30. Admission is $5.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ varsity tennis team hosted the Arabs of Coachella Valley High School on Monday. The Wildcats came away with the win 14 to 4. 

In singles action, the Wildcats were led by Brett Hope, Ben Pressnall, and Johnathan Simmons, who swept all three of their sets. 
In doubles action, the team of Sean Sears/Mac Miller won all three of their sets, while the team of Dylan Smith/Donald Albers won both of their sets. 
Coach Bill Shay said, “The Wildcats improved to 6 and 1 in league and travel to Rancho Mirage on Wednesday.”

Wildcats of the Week for last week are Titus Bosch, Dennis Mohn and Keyavion Davis. Dennis and Keyavion are a doubles team who work well together and have improved steadily over the past few months. Titus is a first-year player who has landed a starting position on a doubles team and who works very hard to improve his game.
 
In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School baseball and softball teams will host Twentynine Palms High School at home. Both games start at 3:30 p.m.
Also today, the Trojan golf team will host Desert Mirage High School; tee-off is at 3 p.m.