ONE ARREST AFTER A STABBING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday, accused of stabbing a man. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6700 block of Mesquite Drive in Twentynine Palms at 2:26 a.m. for a stabbing. The victim had three stab wounds on his left arm and one stab wound on the upper part of his back. Witnesses told deputies that three men jumped the victim in his driveway. Through investigation, deputies went to another residence where they located the suspect vehicle with blood drops leading from it to the house. They arrested Velore Faatolia, 41, for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and for conspiracy to commit a crime. Velore Faatolia was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

PIT BULL FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

PIT BULL FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

Male, Pitbull, Red, Wearing Collar.

Found near: Border and Belmont in Joshua Tree.

Call: Nick 760-401-3340

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN SENTENCED IN 2016 STABBING DEATH

A Twentynine Palms man who was convicted of second degree murder in December for killing a man two years ago was sentenced to prison Friday morning. Carlos Herrera, 42, was sentenced to a total of 16 years to life for stabbing and killing Luis Arroyo, 49, when he found Arroyo in bed with his estranged wife on September 14, 2016. Arroyo’s youngest brother gave a victim’s impact sentence in which he said his brother would never get to see his daughter get married or see his grandchildren. Herrera addressed the court, saying he was not crazy and couldn’t talk about the event, and he regretted not being able to see his family or children any more. Judge Rodney Cortez said it was obvious from the photos and evidence that Herrera had planned the killing and it was a vicious killing due to the fact that blood spatters were found in every nook and cranny of the bedroom. And, he added, Herrera’s estranged wife was lucky to be alive because if she hadn’t escaped from the bedroom, Cortez was certain she would have been killed too. Carlos Herrera was sentenced to 15 years to life for the second degree murder, with a one year enhancement for using a deadly weapon, for a total of 16 years to life in state prison.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SETS NEW ENTRANCE FEES

After alarming park visitors last year with a proposed fee increase that would have more than doubled, or nearly tripled, the entrance fee to national parks, the National Park Service announced Thursday that it will raise entrance fees by a much more modest amount. Fees in most parks will increase by $3 to $5; however, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith told Z107.7 News that entrance fees for our local national park have not kept up with the fee increases that other parks have experienced. The fees for the Joshua Tree National Park annual pass and the motorcycle pass will increase by $15, while the weekly vehicle pass increases by $5 and the pedestrian pass increases by $3. Smith said 80 percent of the fee increases will stay in the park and will provide much needed revenue for a backlog of maintenance projects.

Some of the projects under consideration include new asphalt in the Black Rock campground and renovating the spaces to fit larger RVs; a new visitor’s center at Cottonwood; new trailhead and parking for Samuelson’s Rock; and most importantly, moving the Joshua Tree entrance gate further into the park about a quarter mile and expanding the entrance to four lanes with three separate entrance stations to reduce the backlog of cars waiting to get in to the most popular entrance of the park. The increased fees are scheduled to go into effect June 1.

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/entrance-fee-prices.htm#CP_JUMP_5865491

SMALL FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Morongo Valley firefighters responded to a small fire Thursday afternoon at a homeless encampment alongside Highway 62. Battalion Chief Tim Peel
said about 5:45 p.m., Morongo Valley fire, with assistance from CalFire, were called to Senilis Avenue and the highway, across from the Chevron
gas station, for a small 10-by 10-foot fire. Peel said the fire did not threaten any structures and was quickly extinguished, and there were no injuries. The cause is still under investigation.

COLLEGE BOARD MEETING POSTPONED DUE TO DUST STORM

Due to the extreme dust storm, a haboob, Thursday afternoon, Copper Mountain College closed about 12:30 p.m. The regular meeting of the Copper Mountain College board of trustees scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday was postponed to a later date. Z107.7 will update when the new meeting date is announced.

A BUSY DAY AT LANDERS’ BELLFIELD HALL TOMORROW

Bargains, baked goods, and a community meeting will bring folks to Landers’ Belfield Hall tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills us in…

Saturday looks to be a busy day at Landers Belfield Hall. Activity begins at 10 a.m. when the popular Landroid pop-up Café begins serving up home-baked treats and breakfast specials. The Thrift Shoppe also opens at 10 a.m. with stocked shelves priced to move. Landers Community Association
meets at 3 p.m. On the agenda is the swearing in of new officers and reaffirmation of seated board members. Theatrical director Rebecca Havely will announce plans for a Landers special comedy event May 19. And there will be updates on a proposed Landers sign, planned fundraisers and ‘food
raisers.’ Membership is not required to attend. Belfield Hall is on Reche Road, just east of the Landers Post Office.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will discuss the prospect of more industrial-scale solar fields in Rural Living Zones in the county at its
next regular meeting Monday, April 16. The county’s planning commission will meet April 26 to discuss Policy 4.10, which was removed from the
county’s Renewable Energy and Conservation Element last August. Policy 4.10 proposed to limit adverse impacts on the quality of life and economic
development opportunities in unincorporated communities. While public comments supported a more restrictive policy, renewable energy developers felt the policy was inconsistent and arbitrary. The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet at 3 p.m. Monday at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, just off Aberdeen Road.

HILARIOUS IMPROV SHOW AT THEATRE 29 TOMORROW NIGHT

The Baker’s Dozen improv troupe has another dose of comedy to share this Saturday at Theatre 29. With more about their spring themed show entitled, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Bread,” here’s Rebecca Havely…

Anything can happen and usually does with “The Baker’s Dozen” improv shows at Theatre 29. Director Chris Fleischman, assistant directors Katie
Fleischman and Graham Cooley, and the troupe will perform this Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 tickets for military, and seniors, and just $5 for students with ID. Theatre 29 season ticket holders may attend one improv show at no charge. For tickets to this performance and future improv shows, visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

I-10 BETWEEN BEAUMONT AND INDIO TO BE IMPACTED BY MUSIC FESTIVALS

If you must drive Interstate 10 between Beaumont and Indio, Caltrans warns motorists to be prepared for traffic delays for the next three weekends due to the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals. The heaviest traffic for the next three weekends will be eastbound 10 on Fridays and Saturdays, and westbound 10 on Sundays and Monday.

Caltrans advises motorists to plan ahead, travel either early in the morning or late in the evening, and to use the Caltrans Quickmap to check traffic conditions:

http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

FAMILY MOVIE AT THE YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY TOMORROW

This Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., the Yucca Valley library will play a free movie as part of its family movie program. With the cinematic details, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman…

This week’s family film at the Yucca Valley library: “Despicable Me Presents: Minion Madness.” See the hilarious antics of the Despicable me Minions as they go through wacky orientation at Gru’s evil laboratory; help Edith, Margo & Agnes in a home makeover; and battle for possession of the perfect banana. The short films star the voices of Miranda Cosgrove and Pierre Coffin. The movie starts at 10 a.m. and is free to attend. For more information, call the Yucca Valley library at 760-228-5460.

TWENTYNINE PALMS KIWANIS SEND KIDS TO SCIENCE CAMP

A few months ago, Twentynine Palms Kiwanis members attended a city council meeting at which Palm Vista Elementary School Principal Cynthia Dunn asked the council for funds to help send students to science camp. The city council asked the school to keep them apprised of their fundraising
efforts. The Kiwanis board of directors voted to donate $500 to Palm Vista Elementary School for its science camp fundraiser. The Kiwanis Club will
hold its next meeting 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Masonic Lodge on Larrea Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS THIS MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday. The locations
and times are:

Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.;

Yucca Valley Community Center, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.;

Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.;

Wonder Valley Community Center, on Amboy Road, 11:00 a.m. to noon.

* NOTE…TUESDAY, April 17 – Copper Mountain Mesa, 65336 Winter Road in Joshua Tree, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.;

MANE STREET STAMPEDE WILD WEST SHOW IN PIONEERTOWN TOMORROW

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show is now performing their Wild West comedy show all year ’round, every second and fourth Saturday of each month, in Pioneertown, in front of Pioneer Bowl, at 2:30 p.m. sharp. Shows are free to the public and family oriented. They are looking for new actors. Next show is this Saturday. Contact Paden at 760-366-3333 for more information.

GUNS N’ ROSES TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

It’s a tribute to Guns N’ Roses at tonight’s free Live at the Rock concert at Tortoise Rock Casino. And reporter Mike Lipsitz says “It’s So Easy” to
rock…

If you’ve got an “Appetite for Destruction,” head to the Guns ’N’ Roses tribute band concert tonight. Paradise City hits the outdoor stage at Twentynine Palms’ Tortoise Rock Casino tonight at 8 p.m. Fans will throw down for “November Rain,” “Sweet Child O’Mine,” and other GNR classics. The free Live at the Rock concert series happens on the outdoor stage every Friday night through October. Next weekend, Sonic Temple pays tribute to The Cult.

FOOD AS MEDICINE TO BE DISCUSSED AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

Herbalist Charla Shamhart will present a lecture on using traditional foods as medicine. The lecture is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Rainbow Stew. A suggested donation is $10. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley. For more information, text Shamhart at 760-401-0689.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL LOOKING FOR A BASKETBALL COACH

Twentynine Palms High School is seeking a replacement coach for its 2018-2019 boys’ varsity basketball team. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the story…

Individuals interested in filling the varsity basketball coaching position must possess a valid USA First Aid and CPR certification, meet the qualification standards as put forth by Title V, be fingerprinted, pass a TB test, and have completed the required CIF Coaching Certification Courses.

Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of rules and regulations and coaching techniques and strategies at a high school level, CIF guidelines,
as well as Twentynine Palms High School policies and procedures.

Previous coaching experience and a dynamic personality is preferred.

Applicants should be able to relate to high school students, staff, and the community, and be involved in fund-raising activities.

Applications for the position should include a letter of interest, including permission for personnel-file review, an up-to- date resume with relevant coaching experience, and a letter of recommendation. For additional information, contact Twentynine Palms High School Athletic Director TJ
Stanford at 760-367-9591, extension 3070.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School golf team will host Shadow Hills High School at home, starting at 3 p.m.

The Trojan swim team will travel away to Twentynine Palms High School; the meet starts at 3:15.

And in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan track and field team will travel away to compete at Vista Murrieta High School, starting at 8 a.m.