King of the Hammers week is January 31 through February 9. The date of the actual King of the Hammers race—the toughest and largest one-day road race in North America—is Friday, February 7. The California Highway Patrol is anticipating heavier-than-normal traffic flow in our Morongo Basin during that time. Tens of thousands of racers and spectators in their motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers will be driving on State Routes 62 and 247 as they descend on Johnson Valley to compete and watch the King of the Hammers races starting tomorrow. The CHP asks drivers to be patient around the slower moving vehicles, and to be aware that most of the visitors may be unfamiliar with the Morongo Basin. Most spectators and participants will be leaving Johnson Valley on Sunday, February 9. The CHP will be deploying additional patrol units in the next week. Drivers and residents are warned that the CHP will strictly enforce all driving under the influence laws both on and off the highway, and in BLM territories as well. Operating an off-highway vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs carries the same consequences as operating any other motor vehicle.
On Friday night, January 24, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station hosted its annual installation dinner for the station’s various volunteer units including Search and Rescue, Citizens on Patrol, Equestrian on Patrol, Explorers, and YANA-You Are Not Alone. Ernest Figueroa provides a list of those honored…
The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station took time to express gratitude to a variety volunteer groups, who donated over 17,000 hours of service to our community in 2019, responding day and night to numerous search and rescue missions, road closures, and extra vacation home patrols. At the annual installation dinner, held Friday night, January 24, Sheriff McMahon swore in the new 2020 Volunteer Officers and Captain Newport recognized individual volunteers for their accomplishments including:
Linda Fisher for five years of service with Equestrians on Patrol,
Mindy Ash and Orville Fangmeyer both with 10 years of service with Citizens on Patrol,
and Shirley Hackathorn for 24 years of service, and her late husband Les Hackathorn who passed away in June 2019.
County Fire Chief Dan Munsey of Yucca Valley will be on the Z107.7 Up Close show Friday at 10 a.m. Munsey, who has served with County Fire since 1995, is also a board member of the Hi-Desert Water District in Yucca Valley. Munsey will talk about FP-5, the fire fee imposed by the county on residents, as well as any other fire-related issue. Call in to the Z107.7 Up Close show Friday, starting at 10 a.m., to talk to County Fire Chief Dan Munsey.
The Town of Yucca Valley has four, lighted tennis courts available in Jacobs Park for all Morongo Basin residents to use. However, to make sure the courts are used only for tennis, the courts are locked. Keys are available for purchase for those who want to play tennis. Managing editor Tami Roleff says if you have a key, it’s time to get a new key as the town will be re-keying the locks…
As part of a scheduled maintenance plan, the locks for the gate to the tennis courts in Jacobs Park are re-keyed every three years. The locks will be re-keyed on Monday, February 10. A key to the tennis court costs $15 and is available at the Yucca Valley Community Center or Town Hall. Existing keyholders must purchase a new key but will receive a tennis-themed keychain if their old key is turned in.
The tennis courts are first come, first served.
On-demand court lighting is available from dusk until 10 p.m. via buttons located on light poles.
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum has issued a call for art for its Reduce, Reuse, Recycle exhibit. Paintings, sculpture, mixed media creations, photographs of recycled products, or any other art-related objects can be loaned to the museum for display in the exhibition. Schools, children, and clubs are encouraged to participate. Drop-off dates are Wednesday, March 25, through Saturday, March 28, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Limit two artworks per person. The exhibit will be on display April 3 through May 16, with pick-up dates of May 20-23.