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
Pastor LeeAnn Clarke – 29 Palms Ministerial Association
Reverand Bryan Oakley – 29 Palms Ministerial Association
Pastor Donald Thursby – Little Church of the Desert
Apostle Perry Ford – Spirit & Truth Worship Center Church
Spirit and Truth Worship Center Church Praise
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
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 email@example.com 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 fightingcacti.com.
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
To apply or for more information, visit the grand jury’s website
at wp.sbcounty.gov/grandjury/ 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.