Changes are coming
to the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station. Last week, Captain Trevis
Newport and Lieutenant Luke Niles were both promoted to new
positions. Newport was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Special
Operations Bureau; he will oversee the aviation, homicide, crimes
against children, SWAT, bomb and arson, and narcotics departments,
among others. Niles was promoted to captain, and will be in charge of
the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station. While the men will not
officially take over their new positions until March 28, they have
both started their transition into their new roles. Newport said in a
statement that he is truly honored to have served the residents of
the Morongo Basin throughout his career with the Sheriff’s
Department. He is proud to have strengthened the professional ties
between the Sheriff’s Department and the media, the base, the
county leadership, and the City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of
Yucca Valley. He said Captain Niles is a proven and trusted leader
and he leaves the Morongo Basin in great hands. Captain Niles said he
is thrilled to be taking command in his home area and looks forward
to serving the residents of the Morongo Basin.
Trevis Newport’s statement:
I am truly honored to have served the citizens of the Morongo Basin throughout my career. During my tenure as commander of the Morongo Basin Station, I am proud to say we have most certainly strengthened many professional relationships with the local media, the Town of Yucca Valley, the City of Twentynine Palms, the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base and the leadership within the unincorporated areas of the Basin.
I am going to miss the great citizens of the Basin. However, I know for certain that Sheriff John McMahon has chosen a great leader to take command. Captain Luke Niles is a proven and trusted leader within our organization and among the communities he serves within the Basin. The Morongo Basin is, as it always has been, in great hands. I am very excited to see a prosperous future for the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station with Captain Niles in command. My heart always has been and always will be with the great citizens, and the deputies who serve them, in the Basin.
Theatre 29 is launching season 4 of the Baker’s Dozen Improv comedy troupe with a spring improv show. Sara Snyder has your invitation…
The Baker’s Dozen Improv is launching their fourth season with a
celebration of all things green, rhyming and cheesy with a show entitled,
“Green Beer & Spam.” The show is set for Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at
Theatre 29. The troupe’s talented clan of little leprechauns plan to spread
comedy gold and will also mark Dr. Seuss’s birthday with games that will make
even the Grinch grin.
Katie Fleischman will host with troupe members Graham Cooley, Chris Fleischman, Charles Harvey and Kevin Myers. Youth artist Carly Bateman from Theatre 29’s upcoming production of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” will join the troupe as special guest. For your $10. tickets visit theatre29.org or call 760-361-4151.
(March 11) Copper Mountain College is presenting Lunafest, a film
festival by and about women, designed to address gender disparity in
film making. For details, here is Reporter Hilary Sloane…
College is hosting Lunafest, on Wednesday, March 11— a film
festival of seven short films directed and written by women. The
festival will be held in the Bell Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and
the screening begins at 6:30. The tickets are free.
films are “Purl,” by Kristen Lester and Gillian Libbert-
after Dark,” by B. Monet; “There You Are,” by Lisa Donato;
“Xmas Cake –
This American Shelf-life,” by Petra Hanson and May Yam;
Jeannie Donohoe; “Lady Parts,” by Erin Rye and Jessica Sherif,
and “How to Swim,” by Noa Gusakov.
Roofers working at
Taylor Junction Art Gallery in Joshua Tree caused a fire Saturday
morning. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said workers were
using a torch on the gallery’ roof when a fire started about 10:20
a.m. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yuca Mesa
responded to the fire in the 61700 block of 29 Palms highway. It took
them about 30 minutes to get the fire under control and were able to
prevent the fire from spreading into the adjacent businesses. There
were no injuries, and the cause was deemed accidental.
resignation of Director Dan Munsey last month from the Hi-Desert
Water District, the Board of Directors has a vacancy to fill. If
you’d like to apply for the vacant seat, assignment reporter Keith
Bailey tells you how to apply…
If you are interested in serving on the board of directors for the Hi-Desert Water District, submit a resume and/or a letter of qualifications to Ed Muzik, Hi-Desert Water District, 55439 Twentynine Palms Highway, or emailed to Ed Muzik at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions are due no later than 1 p.m. Monday, March 23. The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors are scheduled to appoint the position at the March 25 special meeting. All applicants are considered prospective appointees and must be present at the meeting.