NEXT WEEK’S COUNT OF LOCAL HOMELESS NEEDS YOUR HELP

Next Week, the annual census of homeless people, known as the Point-in-Time Count, takes place in our communities and throughout the United States. Local volunteers are needed to ensure we get our fair share of funding for homeless programs. The 2020 Point-in-Time Count takes place from 6 to 10 a.m. Thursday, January 23. The results will be used in a variety of ways, including to help determine where county funds and other resources will be allocated. Locally, the count is conducted by volunteers in every community in the Morongo Basin. Working in pairs or small groups, volunteers will visit locations where homeless people live and spend time in order to count individuals, conduct brief surveys, and distribute convenience items and other essentials. The Point-in-Time count is organized locally by Morongo Basin Haven, an online resource for area homeless people. For more information or to volunteer, call Wayne Hamilton at 760-401-0375.

WATER SAVING WORKSHOPS START THIS SATURDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

Xeriscaping, irrigation, and soil amendment in the desert can be confounding, but some upcoming free classes can help desert gardeners puzzle it all out. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details…

Joshua Basin Water District will host a series of winter water-saving workshops for desert gardeners planning to turn some soil this spring. The workshops will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon beginning January 18 at the Joshua Basin Water District in Joshua Tree. There are no prerequisites for the free classes but pre-registration is required by calling 760-821-5716. Workshops cover native plants and xeriscaping, irrigation design and troubleshooting, and water conservation and soil amendments.

  • January 18           Native Plants & Xeriscaping
  • February 1           Water Conservation & Soil Amendments
  • February 8           Basic Drip Irrigation & Design
  • February 22         Irrigation Troubleshooting for the Homeowner

All workshops are 9 a.m. to noon; class supplies will be provided.

Joshua Basin Water District is at 61750 Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

450 HOMES WITHOUT GAS YESTERDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

About 450 households in the west end of Yucca Valley were without heat, hot water, and cooking facilities for most of Monday while crews made repairs on a gas distribution line. Southern California Gas technicians were working on the distribution line at La Honda Way and Highway 62 since sometime Monday morning. One resident told Z107.7 that he had been without gas since 10 a.m. A gas company spokesman told Z107.7 News that the distribution line did not have sufficient pressure. After the line was fixed, technicians went house to house to turn the gas back on, and technicians had to enter the homes to check appliances. Some homes were still without gas as of Tuesday morning, but all homes are expected to be connected to gas today. At this time, it’s unknown what caused the problem.

PERFORMANCE ADDED TO THEATER 29 HIT, “COMPANY B: ON THE AIR”

Delighted audiences filled the seats at Theatre 29 for the opening weekend of Ben Costello’s “Company B: On the Air.” An additional performance has been added to the final weekend of the run. With all the details here’s reporter Rebecca Havely…

Wilbur Brown, portrayed by Ben Costello (right) demonstrates to Slats Smith (John Babrowski), how 28 divided by 7 is 13.

The special original season-opener show “Company B: On the Air” was originally scheduled for just six performances over two weekends at Theatre 29. This final weekend is selling quickly as the word gets out on this gem of a show. To meet the popular demand the Board of Theatre 29 has added one additional performance, a Saturday matinee, to the run.

The Ladies of Company B are Sarabeth Matilsky, Jayme Zwicker-Bateman, Anna Carnes, Patricia Zuniga, and Britney Vachon-LaGuardia.

This final weekend, performances will be Friday, January 17, at 7 p.m. Saturday. January 18, at 2:30 p.m., and 7 p.m., and the final show Sunday, January 19, at 2:30 p.m.

TWO ARRESTS IN INVESTIGATION INTO STOLEN GUNS IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man and a juvenile were arrested during a follow-up investigation of stolen guns from a Joshua Tree home earlier this month. A boy confessed to his grandfather about stealing his guns and told him where he had stashed them. Deputies followed up and went to a home in the 61500 block of Division Street in Joshua Tree where they contacted another juvenile. The boy initially denied having the guns but eventually turned over the stolen rifle and shotgun. Deputies also made contact with another man in the house, Edrick Kennybrew, 43. Kennybrew is a convicted felon and is not allowed to live where firearms are present. Edrick Kennybrew was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of a firearm, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000. The juvenile was also arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.