We have limited information about a shooting in Joshua Tree Wednesday afternoon. Three people were shot, one of whom was killed. At 1:55 p.m., deputies and paramedics were called to the 4400 block of Sunever Road for a fatal shooting. Beside the victim who was killed, one person was transported by air to a local trauma hospital, and one person was taken by ground ambulance. Sheriff’s Captain Luke Niles said there is no danger to the community. Z107.7 will update this story when more information is available.
Firefighters battled an apartment fire in Yucca Valley early this morning. At 3:10 a.m., County Fire Battalion Chief Mike McClintock said someone called 911 about smelling smoke, which had also stained windows of an apartment in the 56200 block of Papago Trail. McClintock said crews from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Joshua Tree entered to find a first floor room and its contents on fire. He added that no one was at home in the apartment at the time of the fire and no victims were found. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Yucca Valley is putting together two updated Prop 68 Parks grant applications, and town staff need your assistance in providing input, thoughts, and suggestions on what residents want to see in their new parks. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…
Yucca Valley plans to hold workshops and input sessions over the next month to support the Town’s efforts to get funding to build a new skate park and rehabilitate the newly acquired Tri-Valley Little League facility. If successful, the funds would be used to provide for new fields, lighting, irrigation, bathrooms, and snack shack at the Tri-Valley Little League location. In addition, a new skate park would replace the dated community center facility with a modern design focused on safety with environmentally friendly features such as walking paths, shade shelters, solar lighting and native landscaping plans highlighting native plants unique to our area like the Joshua Tree. Listen to Z107.7 News for announcements on how to participate in the process.
Two Morongo Basin races remain very close from Tuesday’s election. As of Wednesday afternoon, with 363,700 votes yet to be counted in San Bernardino county, Twentynine Palms City Council District 2 incumbent Joel Klink retains a slim 19-vote lead over challenger Jim Krushat. For Yucca Valley Town Council District 2, incumbent Jeff Drozd holds a 24-vote lead over challenger David Simmons. The San Bernardino county registrar will make the next update at 4 p.m. this afternoon. Left to count were 346,000 mail-in votes, 15,300 provisional and conditional ballots, and 2,700 ballots damaged or under review.
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will hold its annual weed show this weekend. The weed show features desert residents competing for the best composition using local weeds and found objects in a variety of themed categories, including one for kids only and one category using an arrangement of live plant material with museum-quality purple glass as an accessory. This year’s theme is “Desert Skies.” Ernest Figueroa has more information about the show…
The theme of 2020 Weed Show, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, is “Desert Skies.” The Weed Show is a twist on the traditional concept of a floral display, using desert vegetation as well as found objects—both natural and man-made. Entries are judged on subject matter, use of desert vegetation, use of accessories, artistic composition and originality. Awards are won in twelve categories, with a “People’s Choice” award to be decided by visitors to the exhibition. This year’s weed show is scheduled for noon to 4 on Saturday, November 7, and 10 to 4 on Sunday, November 8.
If you want to enter the weed show, take-in is from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday; noon to 4 p.m. Friday, and 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday. Face masks and social distancing will be required.