YUCCA VALLEY FELLON ACCUSED OF BEING IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

A Yucca Valley convicted felon was arrested Monday (February 22), after deputies found him with a rifle. Deputies were called to the 56600 block of Handley Road in Yucca Valley about 1:40 p.m. by a neighbor who reported hearing a generator and smelling a strong chemical smell coming from the property. When deputies arrived, they determined the noise and smell were coming from a motor home on the property. Inside the home was Robert Syverson, 57, of Yucca Valley. Deputies could see a 22-caliber Remington rifle in the motorhome. As a convicted felon, Syverson is prohibited from owning firearms. Deputies obtained a search warrant and seized the rifle. No drugs were found, and the smell was determined to be from the generator which was running the motor home. Robert Syverson was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

YUCCA VALLEY PAROLEE ACCUSED OF BEING IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday (February 25), after he was found with a weapon. About 8:30 Thursday morning, a deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 62 near Valley View. Inside the vehicle was Dale Adams, 37. Adams was out on bail from an arrest in November for transportation and possession of a controlled substance. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a gun. As part of his bail agreement, Adams is not allowed to be in possession of firearms. Dale Adams was arrested for investigation of being in possession of a firearm, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, and later released on $50,000 bail. 

HEART HEALTH TIP FROM DR. JONES-POLAND

February is American Heart Month and Z107.7 wants to encourage you to be heart healthy. Reporter Cassidy Taylor gave Dr. Edith Jones-Poland a call to talk about ways to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke…

“We can’t understate the importance of controlling blood pressure.”

It is typical for those with high blood pressure to have very few symptoms and uncontrolled blood pressure can damage blood vessels.

“And the way that the body heals the damaged blood vessels is that it can lay down cholesterol, which began to develop plaque in the arteries.”

Dr. Jones-Poland says that it is worthwhile to speak with your doctor and get a blood pressure reading so that you can prevent becoming a victim of heart disease, attack, or stroke. And if your doctor prescribes medication, be sure to take it to keep your blood pressure under control.

HISTORIC ROUTE 66 IN CALIFORNIA RECEIVES NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY STATUS

Historic Route 66 is a 2,400-mile highway that stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica. The highway enters California at Needles and passes through Amboy and Barstow on its way to the ocean. Ernest Figueroa says the historic highway just earned another designation…

Roy’s Cafe and Motel in Amboy is a must-stop destination on Route 66. Tami Roleff photo

Historic Route 66 from Needles to Barstow has beautiful desert vistas and more than 120 wooden bridges. The highway travels through small historic towns and connects visitors to the Mojave Trails National Monument. Last week, the section of Historic Route 66 between Needles and Barstow was designated part of the Scenic Byways program.

An old market on Route 66 in Essex. Tami Roleff photo

Research shows that a scenic byway designation results in increased tourism and economic benefits for local communities. This portion of the highway is a treasure trove for history buffs and travelers alike. The landscape has changed very little since Route 66 was formally opened in 1926.

Note to travelers: The highway between Kelbaker Road and Fenner has been closed since 2014 due to storm damage that washed out bridges.

Route 66 in Amboy Tami Roleff photo
The old post office in Essex, on Route 66. Tami Roleff photo
An abandoned building in Goffs, on Route 66. Tami Roleff photo

HARRISON HOUSE WISHES HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DANNY “BIG BLACK” RAY

Danny “Big Black” Ray is a musician who has appeared at Harrison House in Joshua Tree many times. Managing editor Tami Roleff says there will be a special celebration Sunday to honor Big Black…

Danny “Big Black” Ray

Danny “Big Black” Ray celebrated his 84th birthday this week, and to celebrate, Harrison House will hold a special event Sunday morning that will feature excerpts of the performances he’s done at Harrison House. Ray is a singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor. He was the first to integrate African hand drums into modern calypso and jazz music. He has performed with Lord Flea, Billy Cook, Muddy Waters, BB King, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. He also had an appearance in the classic Mel Brooks’ film “Blazing Saddles.” The Big Black celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday on louharrisonhouse.org.