GREY PIT LOST IN 29 PALMS

GREY PIT LOST IN 29 PALMS

Male Bluenose Pitbull, grey/white stripes

Lost near: Ocotillo Ave. in 29 Palms

Call: Alana 760-401-9472

MAN SEVERELY INJURED IN YUCCA VALLEY FIRE TUESDAY NIGHT

A man suffered severe burns from a fire in Yucca Valley last night. County Fire Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria said fire crews from Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree were called to a motorhome fire in the 58000 block of Carlyle Drive at 11:37 p.m. A man, identified only as being 45 to 50 years old, was inside the trailer at the time of the fire and suffered second- and third-degree burns to his face and extremities as he escaped from the RV. Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken to the Yucca Valley airport where he was then flown to a local trauma hospital. Viloria said the blaze was knocked down in minutes and firefighters kept the flames from spreading to a nearby house, trees, power lines, and another motorhome. Viloria said it appears that the fire was caused by a candle; he urges residents to exercise care around any open flame.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL DISCUSSES THE FUTURE OF GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard a presentation from Hi-Desert Medical Center CEO Karen Faulis about services and programs offered by Hi-Desert Medical Center and its clinics. The hospital has added or expanded its neurology, cardiology, gastrointestinal, urology, interventional radiology, and mammography services. The hospital plans to add occupational medicine services as of April 1. Faulis stressed that the physicians in the hospital’s emergency department also work in the emergency departments of Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Medical Center in the Low Desert.

Hi-Desert Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Karen Faulis spoke to the Yucca Valley Town Council about health programs and departments available at the hospital and in the Morongo Basin. Tami Roleff photo

The council also heard a report from some of the board members from Mara’s Christmas Wish, which fed 1,495 people on Christmas Day, and distributed more than 450 bags of toys to children. The board of directors of Mara’s Christmas Wish presented a plaque to Mayor Jeff Drozd in appreciation of his and the town’s help during the last Christmas dinner.

Board members of Mara’s Christmas Wish, Gigi Connell, Natasha Petterson, and Karin Messaros, present a plaque to Yucca Valley Mayor Jeff Drozd in appreciation for his support of the event in 2019. Tami Roleff photo

Managing editor Tami Roleff says the council also heard that the future of the parade for Grubstake Days could be threatened…

Grubstake Day without a parade? Wanda Stadum from the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce told the Yucca Valley Town Council last night that could be the future of the popular event.

“With the traffic and Caltrans and how we grow, how our community changes, we’re going to have to review this every year, I believe. I don’t think it’s just going to be a given. We don’t want to put a stress on our visitors, we don’t want to make it inconvenient for our commercial traffic.”

Mayor Jeff Drozd and the other council members agreed that the parade was a priority and an important part of Grubstake Days.

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce presented a proposed parade route for the 2020 Grubstakes Days parade. Tami Roleff photo

“It’s more important for us to have it than to cave in to visitors going to Joshua Tree. I do believe that it’s really important to keep the tradition.”
Stadum said she drove all over the town looking for a new route for the parade; she said the staging area for the parade needs to be about a mile long, and the parade route needs to be about a mile long. She added that there also needs to be parking available for both the participants and those who come to watch the parade.

Pending approval from Caltrans, this year’s parade route is scheduled to be eastbound on Highway 62 from Apache Trail to Sage Avenue. Highway 62 would be closed in both directions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 or noon on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

CALFIRE TO HONOR YUCCA VALLEY FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN AN EXPLOSION 50 YEARS AGO

On February 20, 1970, firefighters responded to a reported liquid propane fire in the Town of Yucca Valley. Firefighter Paul Wearing sustained severe burn injuries during the fire and later died from his injuries. On Thursday, February 20, the Yucca Valley CAL FIRE station will host a commemoration ceremony in honor of Wearing. The event is from 10 to 2 at the fire station, 7105 Airway Drive. The commemoration ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION TO REVISIT ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS TOMORROW

When the County Planning Commission meets at 9 a.m. tomorrow in San Bernardino, short-term vacation rentals will be back on the agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the focus will be limited to accessory dwelling units…

Among the items on tomorrow’s agenda is a proposed amendment to the development code regulations related to accessory dwelling units in unincorporated areas. The amendment will bring county code into compliance with a series of new state housing-related bills (SB 13, AB 68, AB 587, AB 670, AB 671, AB 881) that were signed into law in recent months. This proposal is a San Bernardino County Development Code (Development Code) Amendment revising the regulations related to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Chapters 82.03, 82.04, 82.05, 82.06, 83.02, 83.11 and 84.01 (Project). These Chapters include the land use tables, parking and loading standards, allowed projections table and accessory structures and uses.

Much of the recently enacted legislation is related to rules and regulations on accessory dwelling units with the goal of removing restrictive development standards, reducing fees, allowing additional time for compliance and streamlining the review process.

In addition to these changes, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is required to review the local agencies’ changes to ensure compliance with state law. Until the changes have been adopted by the County and certified by HCD, implementation of these changes has been ongoing since the effective date of January 1, 2020.

The proposed amendments, if approved, are not expected to impact the county’s March 31 deadline for owners of short-term vacation rentals to apply for permits.