CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT THIS SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Football fans may have to come up with a new game plan for this year’s Super Bowl festivities, but the California Highway Patrol (CHP) still reminds everyone to put safety first. Residents should stay close to home and limit non-essential travel to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  If you must travel, the CHP wants to remind you of some important traffic safety tips to help you arrive safely: drive sober, avoid distractions, always buckle up, and leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…

CHP officers will be on high alert for impaired drivers this weekend. Alcohol is not the only substance that can lead to an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). Cannabis, prescription medications, and illegal drugs can all impair your ability to drive. Four people died in alcohol-involved collisions in California on Super Bowl Sunday last year, and 120 people were injured. In addition, the CHP made more than 300 DUI arrests that day. The public can help keep California roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they suspect an impaired driver. Callers should be prepared to give the vehicle’s description, location, license plate number, and direction of travel.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT FOUR LOCATIONS MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin at three locations Monday. The distribution is a week early due to the Presidents’ Day holiday next week. Ernest Figueroa has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday. The locations and times are:

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 59077 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;
  • Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;
  • 29 Palms Community Pantry, 6450 Stardune Avenue, 10 a.m. to noon;
  • and the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue, 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 909-723-1580.

I-10 TUNE-UP PROJECT CONTINUES THIS MONTH

If you’re planning on traveling on Interstate 10—west of the Highway 62 interchange—be prepared for some construction work that may affect your drive. The Haugen-Lehman on ramp going eastbound on I-10 is anticipated to be closed starting February 7 until May 2021 for ramp improvements, highway construction, and worker safety. In addition, the I-10 eastbound connect to SR-111 is subject to intermittent closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday for roadway repairs. Detours will be in place for both closures.

The Haugen-Lehman on ramp going eastbound on I-10 is anticipated to be closed starting February 7 until May 2021 for ramp improvements, highway construction and worker safety. Motorists should use the Main Street on-ramp via Railroad Avenue to get onto the I-10 to go eastbound or use WB I-10 and exit Main Street. Continue on Main Street and use on-ramp for I-10 EB.

In addition, the I-10 eastbound connect to SR-111 is subject to intermittent closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday for roadway repairs. Motorists are advised to use Whitewater/Tipton Road or Indian Canyon Road to access SR-111 during these closures.

JOHNSON VALLEY DESERT GARDEN EXPANDING

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams garden at the Johnson Valley Community Center is expanding. Volunteers are adding a new larger loop to the G-scale garden railway. The larger locomotives and long train cars dictate wider curves and a sturdy roadbed. The plan is to enhance the expanded railroad with a replica Big Boy steam locomotive and also a Southern Pacific Daylight passenger train.

TWENTYNINE PALMS KIWANIS OFFERING SEE’S CANDY ONLINE

The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms is selling See’s candy as a fundraiser. Profits from the sale of candy boxes will go to the club. Order online and the candy will be shipped to your door. Visit the link below to order.

https://www.yumraising.com/secure/kiwaniscot_sweeten_valentines_with_sees91/candy?h=HER_PLA2546&c=fb4098&fbclid=IwAR3YUjf5UFpzQqrhFNGjrDWYpdD8TAAGE4Y_r2S6hOzE_WILQq56DIzYDnA