The season’s first major thunderstorm blasted the region with more than 1,000 lightning bolts in 24 hours, and more than an inch of rain doused the San Bernardino Mountains, says the National Weather Service. The top three rainfall amounts fell in Crestline, 1.67 inches, Twin Peaks, 1.66, and Lake Arrowhead, 1.62. Locally Yucca Valley received .23 inches, Twentynine Palms .40, and .60 in Joshua Tree. Power lines were reported down in Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley, causing power outages in parts of the Morongo Basin for hours yesterday. Some minor flooding of roads was reported locally with no major damage or injuries reported.
The City of Twentynine Palms will present their state of the City address tonight as well as hearing from the park and the base. Reporter David Haldane checks the Council’s Agenda……
What’s the prognosis for Twentynine Palms?
That’s the subject of Mayor Dan Mintz’ State of the City address to be delivered at tonight’s regular meeting of the City Council. The address is an annual event, usually delivered just prior to the Council’s traditional re-organization at its last meeting in December. This year’s address is happening early, a spokesperson said, due to scheduling conflicts and the upcoming Council elections.
The address is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. following a meet-and-greet with Congressman Paul Cook. Other items on the agenda include updates on Joshua Tree National Park and the Marine Corps Ground Combat Center, as well as discussions of professional services for Project Phoenix and proposed curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements as part of the Project El Sol.
It all happens at City Hall on Adobe Road.
Two people were arrested Monday, after Yucca Valley resident called 9-1-1 and reported seeing lights on inside the garage of a neighboring vacation home in the 56300 block of Antelope Trail in Yucca Valley just before 11 p.m. The owners were out-of-town. Deputies arrived and contacted Justin Channell, 30, a transient, and Rachel Buckley, 38, of Landers, inside the house. The suspects had rifled through the victim’s belongings, dressers, and cabinets, the contents of which were strewn around the floor and had broken a hole through the living room wall to gain access to the locked garage. Deputies spoke with the property owner via phone, and she stated she did not know Channell or Buckley, and she did not give them permission to be inside her home. Justin Channell and Rachel Buckley were arrested and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for suspicion of residential burglary, with their bail set at $25,000.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of brandishing a weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, the new owner of a property in the 5100 block of Old Woman Springs Road went to the property about 3 p.m. Friday and discovered a man, later identified as Stephen White, 40, living in a trailer at the back of the lot. When the owner confronted White, White allegedly showed the owner that he had a gun. The owner retreated and called deputies, who arrested Stephen White for investigation of brandishing a weapon, and on a $250,000 warrant for vandalism. White was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday, accused of breaking into a church. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were alerted to a burglary in progress at Faith in the Word Christian Center in the 72200 block of Indian Trail about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. During a search of the area, deputies found Oscar Natwick, 39. After an investigation, Oscar Natwick was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will take up of parking spaces for a local church tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff explains……
Additional parking spaces for a new church is the sole item on the Yucca Valley Planning Commission’s agenda tonight. Town codes require that At the Cross, located at 7333 Apache Trail, have 37 parking spaces, which it plans to fulfill by using 13 on-site parking spaces, 11 off-site spaces, and 13 on-street spaces. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Community Center.
Lawmakers representing the Southland are joining the chorus of politicians calling on the Pentagon and the California National Guard to stop demanding repayment of enlistment bonuses that were granted incorrectly to service members. Congressman Cook has called for a House of Representatives probe into the matter and for a legislative fix to be passed. Some 10,000 service men and women have been ordered to repay large enlistment bonuses — and face financial penalties if they refuse — after audits revealed prevalent overpayments by the California National Guard at the height of last decade’s wars overseas, many had reportedly served multiple combat tours. The California National Guard said in a statement that it lacks the authority to unilaterally waive these debts but welcomes any law passed by Congress to do so.
The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, the water supplier for the Landers area, will hold a board meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an audit and agency rules and regulations will be examined …
The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors holds its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. Near the top of the agenda is a presentation of the agency’s financial audit. Next, directors will consider a resolution aimed at reducing charges from the Bureau of Land Management, since the federal agency began gouging the local water company with high charges where Bighorn’s water mains cross BLM land. After that, the board will convene a workshop on agency rules and regulations for water service. These items and others all under consideration under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.
The next regular meeting of the Joshua Tree Clean Team is set for Wednesday, October 26, meeting at Hillview and Highway 62 on the south side. They will work from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and meet for optional coffee and conversation afterwards at the Park Rock Cafe.
The Morongo Unified School District recently modernized one of its elementary schools. Reporter David Haldane says that district officials will begin tonight’s board of education meeting by showing it off…
Welcome to the future.
That’s the catchword for tonight’s Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting, which begins with a tour of it. Specifically, an open house at Oasis Elementary School in Twentynine Palms, the site of a major modernization project demonstrating everything that district officials believe a new school should be.
The open house is from 5 to 7 p.m., with the board meeting beginning at 6. On its agenda: recognition of area students in honor of National Disabilities Awareness Month, and a review of books proposed for use in AP English classes.
It all happens at Oasis Elementary on the 73000 block of El Paseo Drive.
The Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery District will hold its regular meeting tonight (Tuesday, October 25) at 6 p.m. Among the items on the agenda, the board will review its policy on grave markers and other memorials, discuss options for shade covers for services, options for memorialization and recognition of donors of cemetery property, and optional rock color options. The meeting will be held in cemetery offices, 5350 Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.
Yucca Valley Mayor Bob Leone will hold “coffee with the mayor” on Wednesday, October 26, and every fourth Wednesday of the month, in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Join the mayor and town staff for coffee and donuts from 8 to 9 a.m., and discuss your areas of concern, ideas, or just learn more about the activities going on in the town. For more information, call 760-369-7209, extension 226.
The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley is in rehearsals now for the hysterical comedy “Kitchen Witches.” The Opening Night Gala fundraiser will benefit the theatre troupe’s future productions. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation…
The cast and crew of “The Kitchen Witches” are cooking up some fun at rehearsals with Director Abe Daniels. The comedy written by Caroline Smith is about the constant rivalry between two TV cooking show hosts that are forced to share the kitchen. The show opens with a fundraiser gala to benefit future productions by the St. Joseph’s Players. Opening night is Saturday November 12. Your $25 ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and intermission desserts. Arrive at 6 p.m. to be the first to bid on the fabulous silent auction items and get your 50/50 raffle tickets and raffle prize tickets too. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. “Kitchen Witches” will run Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 through December 4 at the regular ticket prices of $9 to $11.
For tickets to opening night of “The Kitchen Witches,” call 760-362-9319 or contact Rebecca Havely or director Abe Daniels via Facebook. You may also pick up tickets at Align the Spine Chiropractic at 55898 Suite B, 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley.
Relay for Life Morongo Basin has announced the 2017 relay will be held April 1, 2017 at the Yucca Valley High School football field from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Spokesperson Cathy Inscore said, “This year, the event length has changed from a 24-hour event to an exciting 12-hour event!” Look for them on Facebook and keep tuned on Z107.7 for updated information on team captain meetings, committee planning meetings, and upcoming events.
High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association will hold its fall quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, at Yucca Mesa Community Center. The topic is winterizing chickens and why you should consider getting baby chicks in the fall instead of spring. They will also show how to raise fresh green grass for forage to keep poultry healthy. There is no charge for the meeting and children are welcome. For more information call Charla Shamhart at 760-401-0689.
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is hosting two nutritional and lifestyle happy hour events. Samples and light fare will be provided, and there will be door prizes as well. The events will be held at the church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, and November 9. For more details, call Vickie McConnell at 818-621-5087.
The Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Twentynine Palms High School believes no one should miss out on Thanksgiving dinner. Kirby Davis tells how you can help the club help those in need…
The Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club wants to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to 350 needy families this year, and is holding a food drive. Needed items include, but are not limited to: cranberries, roll mix, stuffing, gravy mix, instant potatoes, sweet potatoes, assorted vegetables, pumpkin pie mix, boxed pie crust, and evaporated milk. Grocery gift cards or cash donations that can be used for the purchase of miscellaneous items are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the high school, or at First Command Financial Services in Twentynine Palms by November 18. Distribution will be held November 19 at the high school. Sign up for a turkey at Reach Out Morongo Basin, 760-361-1410. For more information, call Lori Cosgriff, at 760-900-1169.
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball team beat the Desert Mirage High School Rams in three sets, 25-10, to finish second in the DeAnza League. Head volleyball coach Darrell Sterling said the girls played well and they will use this win to motivate them for CIF. Individual stats are in this story at z1077fm.com
Leading in kills again was freshman EJ Day and Julia Conrad, both with 11 kills. Both middle blockers Emily Vigrass and Zena Yakimow had seven kills apiece on seven attempts, both girls with two blocks. Riley Vallo had six kills to help with the win. Senior setter Becky Messaros spread the sets to all her hitters, finishing with 41 assists, a kill of her own, six service aces, 12 points off 19 service attempts with only one service error.
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats tennis team traveled to Coachella Valley High School on Monday and came away with the win, 12 to 6. Coach Bill Shay said the Ladycats finished the year at 12 and 5, and third place in the DeAnza League
In high school sports today, the Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning volleyball team will travel to Bermuda Dunes to play Desert Christian Academy. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
Thirteen people died and 31 were injured—most of them as they slept—when a tour bus slammed into the back of a semi-truck on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs before dawn Sunday, October 23. CHP Investigators said the Alhambra-based USA Holiday charter bus carrying 44 passengers was returning to the Los Angeles area after a visit to the Red Earth Casino in Thermal. Five victims remain in intensive care; those with less serious injuries have been treated and sent home. The bus driver was killed in the collision. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office is working to identify the victims and notify their families. It has not yet been determined whether alcohol, drugs or fatigue played a role in the collision, which occurred at 5:17 a.m. on I-10 between the Indian Avenue and Highway 62 exits. The investigation will be joined today by a 12-member team from the National Transportation Safety Board. The semi was going only about 5 mph in the second-from-right westbound lane; traffic had slowed because of a traffic break a mile or two ahead to allow Southern California Edison workers to pull wires across the highway. The bus was traveling much faster; when the bus hit the semi, the impact was so strong that the bus went about 15 feet into the trailer, peeling back the front of the bus and mangling the back of the semi’s collapsible trailer. The vehicles had to be pulled apart by crane. Most of the dead were believed to have been sitting near the front of the bus and were found in their seats.
The man convicted of shooting his friend in the mouth on a dare was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life. Brock Myers, 25, was horsing around with a gun after a night of drinking with his friend, Steven Kohus, 26, in March 2014 in the 7300 block of Saladin Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Myers and Kohus, were both corporals attached to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. Kohus said he would give Myers a cigarette lighter if Myers put the gun in Kohus’s mouth and pulled the trigger. Judge Rodney Cortez sentenced Brock Myers to 15 years to life at the state prison in Chino for the murder, with an additional three years for using a gun.