YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

David Crumley

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of attempted murder. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7800 block of Valley Vista in Yucca Valley about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning by a witness who said that a man, later identified as David Crumley, 38, was beating a woman. When deputies arrived, they found Crumley and the woman hiding inside a home. The woman said Crumley knocked her unconscious twice, hit her with a bottle, punched her, kicked her, and threatened to kill her. David Crumley was arrested for investigation of attempted murder and false imprisonment, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $1 million.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NOW PROMOTING “MEASURE C,” $55.6 MILLION GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND

The Morongo Unified School District recently began promoting Measure C, the School District’s proposed $55.6 Million general obligation bond. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details on the bond and what it could mean for Morongo Basin property owners…

The Morongo Unified School District is seeking to renovate and modernize school sites across the Morongo Basin. To do this, the school district’s board of trustees authorized the creation of a $55.6 million general obligation bond during its regular board meeting on October 22, 2019. The proposed bond would add $36.86 per $100,000 of assessed property value per year to property taxes of properties within the school district’s boundaries over the next 25-30 years. The bond has been placed on the March 3 primary election ballot, and requires a “yes” vote of 55 percent or higher to pass.

STATE SUPREME COURT RULES DAWN ROWE CAN REMAIN ON BOARD OF SUPERVISORS—FOR NOW

Dawn Rowe

In the latest round of “she’s in-she’s out,” the California State Supreme Court ruled yesterday that County Supervisor Dawn Rowe is in—for now. Rowe was appointed to the board in December 2018, but her appointment was immediately challenged in court by the political advocacy group, I.E. United, which charged that her appointment violated open meeting laws. Earlier this month, a county judge ruled that Rowe must step down from her seat and Governor Gavin Newsom must appoint someone to the Third District seat. The Board of Supervisors was expected to rescind its appointment of Rowe at its January 28 meeting. But yesterday the State Supreme Court put the order on hold, and Rowe will remain a supervisor. The county had filed an appeal last week asking that Rowe retain her seat while the appeal moves forward, which the State Supreme Court granted.

SNEAK PEAK AT PARADE OF HOMES

Five homes have been selected for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s Parade of Homes tour on February 16. Now in its 16th year, the fundraiser pays for services to Morongo Basin senior and disabled residents. The self-guided tour features extraordinary homes in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley. In the coming days Z107.7 previews the homes on the tour. Today we go to Twentynine Palms. Here’s Mike Lipsitz with a sneak peak of two properties there…

Parade of Homes ticket holders may begin the self-guided tour anywhere they like. Here’s a sneak peek at two stand-out properties on the eastern end of the February 16 tour.

The newly constructed Domestead is the Wonder Valley home of Randy Smith. Built with a vinyl airform, it is reinforced with a sprayed on concrete exterior making it wind-, fire-, and earthquake-proof, according to Smith. This home-of-the-future’s thick walls maintain a comfortable indoor climate no matter the weather.

Closer to town, Joan Robey’s artistic retreat is dubbed Wheel House. The former home of Huell Howser—creator and host of PBS’s California’s Gold—this mid-century modern home retains numerous found and repurposed objects owned by the avid collector. Five huge, antique millstones surround the pool, giving the home its name. Parade of Homes tickets are $25 and include access to all five featured homes.

Get your Parade of Homes tickets in Yucca Valley at ArtFx and Furnishings and at the Chamber of Commerce in the California Welcome Center; in Joshua Tree here at Z107.7 studios; and at the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center, and the Desert Trail.

DESERT GEOLOGY SUBJECT OF CAMPFIRE TALK TONIGHT

The Mojave Desert Land Trust will hold the first of three free campfire lectures about the Mojave Desert Saturday. Tonight’s talk will be about the geology of the Mojave Desert and the mountains surrounding our area. The campfire talk is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mojave Desert Land Trust headquarters, on the highway across from the Joshua Tree cemetery, in Joshua Tree. Upcoming talks will be about outdoor ethics on January 31 at the MDLT headquarters, and on February 8, how a family can explore and protect the desert, at the Twentynine Palms Visitor’s Center.