Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored tomorrow, January 20, across the country and here in the Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms. To commemorate Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday, the Twentynine Palms Bible Baptist Church will hold its annual march Monday under the theme of “Do the Right Thing.” The one-mile march celebration starts promptly at 8 a.m. at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road and ends at Palms Southern Baptist Church, 5285 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms. Following the march will be a program with local speakers, music, and free refreshments. Speakers will include 29 Palms Bible Baptist Church Pastor Layton Matthews, Palms Baptist Church Pastor David Squires, and Twentynine Palms Mayor Joel Klink. Performers include the Spirit and Truth Worship Christian Center Praise Team. A full list of speakers and performers is available below. The public is invited to join in the march and attend the program.


Layton Matthews – 29 Palms Bible Baptist Church

Reverend Peggy Ventris – St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal


Pastor David Squyres – Palms Baptist Church

Pastor Faaaliga Faaaliga – Born Again Ministries

Mayor Joel Klink… City of 29 Palms

Pastor McArthur Wright – Gospel Fellowship Christian Center Church

Pastor LeeAnn Clarke – 29 Palms Ministerial Association

Reverand Bryan Oakley – 29 Palms Ministerial Association President

Pastor Donald Thursby – Little Church of the Desert

Apostle Perry Ford – Spirit & Truth Worship Center Church

Performers: Spirit and Truth Worship Center Church Praise Team


In January, the annual census of homeless people, known as the “Point-in-Time Count,” will take place in communities throughout the United States. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s all about and how you can help…

The 2020 Point-in-Time Count takes place from 6 to 10 a.m. on 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 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 to help organize the count in your community, call 909-386-8231 or visit


Yucca Valley Mayor Jeff Drozd invites residents to meet with him Monday, January 20, at the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. Residents can enjoy coffee and cookies while talking with the mayor about issues that concern them. Drozd will be at the welcome center from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents can also contact Drozd by email at or by calling town hall at 760-369-7209, extension 226, to make an appointment.


This month you can earn your first fighting Cacti Spike award while benefiting Copper Mountain College students. Reporter Ernest Figueroa has more details on how to get involved…

Copper Mountain College announces its inaugural Fighting Cacti Virtual Race to support the college. Anyone can run, jog, or walk a virtual race from any location: on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track (or even at another race) and your ‘Spike’ medal will be shipped directly to you. The Fighting Cacti Virtual Race runs from January 1-31, 2020 and is limited to 200 Runners. A portion of the $25 registration fee benefits CMC students. Register now by visiting online at


Applications to serve on the county’s 2020-2021 grand jury are being accepted through this February. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains who can apply, how to apply, and what a grand juror does…

Qualified candidates for the county grand jury must be U.S. citizens of good character and sound judgement, age 18 and above, and have resided in the county for at least a year prior to appointment. The Civil Grand Jury is charged with investigating all aspects of the county, including cities and special districts. The grand jury can also potentially hear information on certain criminal investigations. The grand jury meets in San Bernardino where jurors serve three to five days per week on average. The year-long appointment begins July 1, 2020. More information and links to an application can be found below.

To apply or for more information, visit the grand jury’s website at or call the Grand Jury Assistant at 909-387-9120.

Interested citizens are encouraged to apply on-line at

The Civil Grand Jury is charged by the California Penal Code to investigate all aspects of the county, including cities and special districts, and also potentially hear information on certain criminal investigations. All communications to the Grand Jury are confidential and every signed citizen complaint is responded to after investigated. Service as a Grand Juror involves an average of three to five full working days per week, which is compensated at $60 per day with appropriate mileage. The regular Grand Jury meeting place is located in the City of San Bernardino.

Other requirements include sufficient knowledge of English, possession of natural faculties, of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment, and good character. By law, elected public officials are not eligible.