A Joshua Tree man was arrested Sunday after a woman said he wouldn’t let her leave her house. About 11:45 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to the 61500 block of Division Street in Joshua Tree for a disturbance. A woman said she was trying to gather her belongings to leave, but James Pope, 20, who was drunk, took her cell phone and keys and physically prevented her from leaving. She said he also threw multiple items at her, hitting her in the back, as well as throwing her to the ground, and holding her by the wrists to prevent her from leaving. Pope eventually let the woman go when one of her friends showed up at the scene and called for help. Deputies saw visible injuries on the victim from the assaults. James Pope was arrested for investigation of false imprisonment, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at zero dollars.


Tonight, the Twentynine Palms City Council gathers to discuss, among other things, a contested application for a vacation home rental and re-opening more businesses in the city. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details …

The Twentynine Palms City Council will kick off tonight’s meeting honoring a young hero. Daviahn Thrasher, a 16-year-old lifeguard whose quick-thinking saved a women suffering a seizure while swimming at Lincoln Military Housing on Wednesday, May 27, will be recognized.

The council will host a public hearing regarding an application for a vacation home rental (VHR) in Indian Cove neighborhood. While there have been appeals by residents, the Planning Commission denied those appeals and is recommending the council do the same and grant the application to Heidi Graybill.

The council will discuss and likely approve a resolution requesting that Governor Gavin Newsom allow for additional businesses to reopen in the city. As of June 3, Twentynine Palms has had 10 cases confirmed of COVID-19 with zero deaths. The council cites economic stress to owners of hotels, bars, gyms, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo shops.

The meeting takes place at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, starting at 6 p.m. The event can also be live-streamed and will be available on-demand at the city’s website,


San Bernardino County reported its highest number of hospitalized novel coronavirus patients and confirmed 134 new cases, but no new deaths, Monday (June 8). Saturday, there were 195 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the county, the most recorded. Hospitalizations have risen every day since May 30, when 130 people were hospitalized. Corwin Porter, the county’s interim public health director, said some of it results from taking positive patients from Imperial County. Imperial County’s two hospitals reached their capacity for coronavirus patients, so they were transferred to neighboring counties. Here in the Morongo Basin, there are 54 confirmed cases: Yucca Valley with 21; Joshua Tree 15; Twentynine Palms 11; and Morongo Valley with seven. There have been 6,247 positive cases of COVID-19, and 221 deaths so far. The 224 deaths reported Saturday, June 6, was an error.
An estimated 3,640 people have recovered from the disease, according to the county. Through Monday, 75,643 people have been tested for the disease in a county of 2.1 million residents. Of those tested, 8.3 percent were positive. Testing was up 4.7 percent from the day before. The time it takes for the virus to double in the community continues to grow. It was 17.1 days as of Monday, compared to around five days near the start of the pandemic.

Adelanto: 89
Angelus Oaks: 0
Apple Valley: 78
Barstow: 20
Big Bear City: 3
Big Bear Lake: 7
Bloomington: 84
Blue Jay: 0
Chino: 905
Chino Hills    135
Colton: 261
Crestline: 13
Fontana: 662
Fort Irwin: 2
Grand Terrace: 28
Hesperia: 150
Highland: 177
Joshua Tree: 15
Landers: 0
Loma Linda: 82
Mentone: 26
Montclair: 134
Morongo Valley: 7
Needles: 2
Oak Hills: 23
Ontario: 576
Piñon Hills: 0
Phelan: 19
Rancho Cucamonga: 299
Redlands: 302
Rialto: 328
Rimforest: 1
Running Springs: 5
San Bernardino: 957
Twentynine Palms: 11
Upland: 178
Victorville: 255
Wrightwood: 1
Yucaipa: 228
Yucca Valley: 21
Undetermined: 163
Grand Total: 6,247


The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. Reporter Joshua King has the details on what will be covered…

Tonight’s meeting will be a shorter one, as there are only a few items on the agenda to be covered. The Planning Commission will start the meeting with a site plan review and timeline extension for the development of Princeton Equine, an equine veterinary clinic located off 7345 Inca Trail, on the southeast corner of Inca Trail and Benecia Trail.

Next on the table will be the matter of the policy framework review for murals town-wide and murals and signs in Old Town Yucca.

The mural for The End shop in Yucca Valley is a popular subject on Instagram. #TheEndYuccaValley
The mural at Chet’s Appliance is out of compliance with the town’s mural regulations, as it did not receive a permit, does not reflect a desert western theme, and it advertises merchandise that is sold by the business.
The proprietors of the Old Curios Shop said the town’s code enforcement officer made them paint over the mural because it was out of compliance with the town’s mural code. The proprietors did not receive a permit for the mural and it did not reflect a desert western theme.
The wall on Desert Curios has been the frequent victim of graffiti since the owners were forced by the town of Yucca Valley to paint over the Zen Spaceman mural.
When the Spaceman Zen mural was painted over, graffiti soon covered the side of the building.
New mural on the side of Acme 5 shop in Old Town Yucca Valley is out of compliance with the town’s mural code. It did not receive a permit and does not reflect a “desert western theme.”

Finally, the meeting will conclude with a discussion of the five-year capital improvement program for fiscal years 2020/2021 through 2024/2025.

The meeting can be viewed in person at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, or online by following the link:

The Town of Yucca Valley encourages your participation in this meeting; however, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we ask that you please take into consideration the following:

1) You are strongly encouraged to view the meeting live on the Town’s website at . To view from the website, select the live stream link on the top of the front page.

2) If you choose not to attend the Planning Commission meeting but wish to make a public comment and/or a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, to the Town Clerk at Your comments will be distributed to the Town Council and every effort will be made to read your comment into the record. Comments read will be timed and limited to three minutes. All comments should be a maximum of 500 words, which corresponds to approximately three minutes of speaking time.

3) You may also submit comments during the meeting through the same email address. Every effort will be made to read comments aloud which are submitted after 5 p.m. and during the meeting, subject to the same three-minute time limitation. All comments submitted before and during the meeting will be included in their entirety in the official record of the meeting.

4) If you choose to attend the Planning Commission meeting in person, seating in the Council Chamber may be limited in order to accommodate the 6-foot recommended social distancing seating procedure.

5) In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, you should contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (760) 369- 7209 x226.


“Theatre 29 Home Edition,” a unique effort to bring live musical theater direct to your home from Theatre 29, is taking off. Directors Scott Clinkscales and Lisa Goldberg say the list of talented performers has grown to over 45. Three days a week, Theatre 29 releases a video featuring theater veterans and current performers singing solos, duets, and group numbers. Some of the performers include Shelby Art, Jamie and Jeff Barber, Analisa Pilecki, Katie and Chris Fleischman, Liyan Largevardi, Jericho McWilliams, Scott Clinkscales, Sabrina Giron, Adonai Patu, the Bateman family, and more. A new video will be released every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on Theatre 29’s social media pages.