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ROCK SCRAMBLER INJURED IN FALL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY

A rock scrambler was injured when he fell Saturday afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, Joshua Tree firefighters, and Morongo Basin Ambulance were called to the Hidden Valley area of the park about 1:30 p.m. to assist a man who injured himself after falling about 10 feet while rock scrambling. The man hit his head and injured his lower left leg in the fall. Once rescuers lowered him to the ground, he was able to walk out on his own. He was taken by MBA to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.


VENDORS FOR WOOF WALK

The Morongo Basin Humane Society, which runs the no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree, is seeking vendors for their 7th annual “Woof Walk” and Fair. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details on how to become a vendor for this event…
The Morongo Basin Humane Society is seeking vendors for its seventh annual “Woof Walk” and fair. This will take place at Pappy and Harriet’s on Saturday, March 24. The fundraising day will include raffle items, live auction, vendor booths, food, dogs available for adoption and much more. Anyone interested in setting up a booth at this event should contact 760-668-5255 or visit their website at mbhumanesociety.com.


CACTUS SEW-ABLES TO SHOW IN PALM SPRINGS QUILT SHOW

More than 150 quilts will be on display at the 2018 Desert Guilds Quilt Show in Palm Springs Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3. Members of three quilt guilds, including the Cactus Sewables of Yucca Valley, will show off their designs, including miniature and challenge quilts, at the show. Other highlights include a certified quilt appraiser, a quilt raffle, and merchants and vendors. The quilt show is a fundraiser for the three quilt gilds, which make donations to various community organizations. Admission is $7 with free parking. The quilt show is 10 to 4 Friday and 10 to 4 Saturday at the Palm Springs Pavilion, 401 South Pavilion Way in Palm Springs.


“FIRST DATE, THE MUSICAL” AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 will hold open auditions for the modern Broadway Musical, “First Date, The Musical”. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares cast of characters…

Director Charles Harvey will cast five singers; two females and 3 males in “First Date, The Musical”; Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 Main Stage. Opposites Aaron and Casey are on their first date, he’s a charming but nervous investment banker she’s a delightfully controversial cool girl. They’re in their 20s to 30s he’s a tenor and she has a strong belt mix. Man #1 and Man #2 both play several roles from a womanizer to a gay best friend, and a British rocker bad boy to super-Christian dad. Woman #1 plays many roles as well from a sexy ex to a Jewish Grandmother. Come dressed to move and prepare 16 bars of a Broadway show tune. Bring a non-vocal backing track on CD, mobile device or phone; speakers will be provided.

“Blind Date, The Musical” will rehearse weeknights until its opening on April 27 and run Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through May 20. Please also attend auditions if you’re interested in volunteering backstage, with technical assistance or costuming.


DISABLED AMERICAN VETS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE THURSDAY

Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans organization will be on the Copper Mountain College main campus the first and third Thursday of each month. Veterans who need assistance to file benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs are urged to stop at the Office of Student services between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The service is free and membership in the DAV is not required. For more information, call 760-401-8131.


CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

The sixth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held in September in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says artists are invited to submit photos of their artwork for possible inclusion in the juried art show…

Submissions are now being accepted for the sixth annual juried Joshua Tree National Park art show. Entries must be inspired by or depict the natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park. Entry is open to all artists 18 and over; $5,000 in cash awards will be presented. Approximately 50 artists will be selected for inclusion in the show. All artwork must have been created within the last five years. The entry fee is $35, and artists may submit up to three images of artwork. The deadline to enter is June 25. The art exhibition will be held at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in September, with an opening reception and awards ceremony September 15. For an application and complete entry rules, visit JTNPArtsorg.com.


ONE DEAD IN JOSHUA TREE HOUSE FIRE

Photo courtesy Andy Walk.

One person died in a fire in Joshua Tree Friday afternoon. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa, and Twentynine Palms were called to a home in the 60700 block of La Mirada Trail about 1 p.m. Friday. While en route to the fire, fire crews learned that a woman was possibly trapped inside the home. Heavy smoke and flames were visible from the rear of a single story single-family home when fire crews arrived; firefighters began an offensive attack on the blaze, and began an unsuccessful search for trapped occupants and pets in areas inside the home where they most likely would be. The fire was under control in about 18 minutes. Firefighters then went back into the home and did a secondary search and found a deceased woman near the rear sliding glass doors, as well as two cats and a dog that had died in different locations inside. Neighbors told Sheriff’s deputies they heard her screaming, but could not get to her due to the heat and flames. Arson investigators have been called in to determine the cause of the fire. The woman’s identity has not yet been released by the coroner’s office. Tuttle reminds residents that it’s never safe to re-enter a burning building; all occupants should evacuate first and then call 911.


COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL LOSES 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

It’s was a packed house in the Bell center Friday night as the Copper Mountain college Men’s basketball team hosted a 1st round playoff game against visiting Ventura College. It was a high intensity game that went back and forth throughout. Sharp shooting and impressive guard play from Ventura would eventually give them the edge and they went on to eliminate CMC 87-75. The Fighting Cacti finished their inaugural season with an impressive 20-10 record and definitely made a name for themselves in the state this year. Thanks for all the support and we look forward to an even better season next year.


DEADLINE APPROACHING TO APPLY FOR OSC SCHOLARSHIPS

Are you a military spouse, high school senior, or a currently enrolled college student at a two- or four-year college searching for scholarships? The Officers’ Spouses’ Club is now accepting applications. Applicants must be sponsored by active-duty or active-duty reserve military personnel currently assigned to the Twentynine Palms Marine base or the training center in Bridgeport. The military sponsor can also be deceased or retired and living in the Morongo Basin or Bridgeport at the time of the application. Applicants must have valid US Military Dependent IDs and must be pursuing their Associates or bachelor’s degrees. The deadline to apply is March 16. For more information and application, visit osc29palms.com.


OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Officers’ Spouses Club is also accepting applications for grants from local organizations. Reporter Tanisha Cureton fills us in with the details…
The Officer’s Spouses Club of 29 Palms is now accepting grant applications from organizations in the Morongo Basin. Eligible organizations must have an impact on the local military community. Organizations can provide services to the community, or be for the arts, youth, sports, education, military services, or other. The deadline to apply is March 16. Applications are available online at osc29palms.com.


BUY RED DRESS PINS TO SUPPORT WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH

Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States. Hearts of Yucca Valley has been raising funds since 1966 that go to first responders and community heart-health support groups in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that during the month of February, which is American Heart Month, Hearts of Yucca Valley, area businesses, and organizations are selling red dress pins…
“Go Red for Women” was established to bring awareness to women that heart disease and stroke is the number one killer of women in America today. The problem with heart disease is so often it goes untreated because it affects women differently than men.”
February is American Heart Month, and Hearts of Yucca Valley, an organization that’s been raising awareness and money for heart disease since 1966, is trying to get the word out that women need to learn about the risks of heart disease. Hearts of Yucca Valley vice president Donna Munoz said the organization is partnering with many businesses and organizations to spread the word and selling red dress pins for $3.
“The red dress pins symbolize the heart health movement. We’re partnering with so many different agencies, the hospital, [the Center for] Healthy Generations, every single fire department and Morongo Basin Ambulance.”
Information about purchasing the red dress pins heart health events can be found below. All funds raised stay in the Morongo Basin and go to first responders and agencies dealing with heart health.

https://www.hdmc.org/
https://www.hdmc.org/about-us/classes-events/Detail/7011
Hi-Desert Star, Yucca Valley
Bob Dunn State Farm Agency, Joshua Lane, Yucca Valley
Pacific Marine Credit Union, Sun Plaza, Yucca Valley
Center for Healthy Generations, Sunnyslope Drive, Yucca Valley


THOUGHT THEATRE PRODUCTION OF “VAGINA MONOLOGUES” WILL TRAVEL TO THEATRE 29

The Thought Theatre production of “The Vagina Monologues” will be moving their production to Theatre 29 for a special final performance. With details here’s reporter Rebecca Havely…
Thought Theatre of Pioneertown just finished a successful run of the Eve Enser play, “The Vagina Monologues,” and will now take the show to Twentynine Palms for a special presentation at Theater 29. The play is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Playwright Enser interviewed women of all ages, ethnicities, religions and cultures to write this collection of personal monologues. Produced and directed by Project Sheba and Thought Theatre founder Miri Hunter, the cast includes Dawn Davis, Ann Van Haney, Lisa Diaz and Bianca Stoker. The play is humorous, sad, heartbreaking and always memorable. The special final performance at Theatre 29 will be a matinee on Sunday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. for tickets visit theatre29.org. or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

 


REGISTRATION OPENS SOON FOR SWIM TEAM

Mark your calendars to register for the Hi-Desert Aquatics swim team.

Registration is set for March 15 and 16 from 4 to 6 p.m., and March 19 and 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Yucca Valley High School pool. The swim season runs from March 19 through June 30. Swimmers age 4 to 18 are encouraged to participate. The registration fee is $260 and includes competition fees, swimsuit and cap. Practices are held at the Yucca Valley High School pool on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. For more information, email HiDesertAquatics@gmail.com.


TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY PLANS GUIDED TOUR OF PETERSON AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will host a trip to the Petersen Automotive Museum on Saturday, March 24. With camera in-hand, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman…
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles features three floors of exhibits dedicated to the history and artistry of the automobile, with 25 rotating exhibitions and more than 150 vehicles on view. The Town of Yucca Valley will host a trip to the popular museum on Saturday, March 24. The cost of the trip is $85, which includes transportation costs, museum admission, a guided tour, and lunch at the famous Philippe’s restaurant. Trip-goers will meet at the Yucca Valley Community Center at 9 a.m. for the all-day event. All trip-goers must register by March 13. To register for the event, or for more information, call Sue Earnest: 760-369-7211 Ext. 244, or visit:
RSVP link:
http://www.maxsolutionsonline.com/yuccavalley/Customer/ActivityDetail.aspx
RSVP in person: Yucca Valley Community Center. 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway. Monday – Thursday, 12-5 p.m.


ADOPTION AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. This week’s discussion will be about making the decision to adopt and searching for birth parents. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…
This week’s Lifetree Café program – titled “Finding the Family I never Knew”– features filmed interviews with two women, one who found her birth mother and one who, after 35 years, still searches for the child she placed for adoption. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own personal connections to adoption. This free 60-minute event will be held Sunday, February 25, at 4 p.m. behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms. For more information call, 760-217-2597. Reporting for Z107.7, this is Tanisha Cureton.


REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN CAN HELP WITH MINOR HOME REPAIRS

Reach Out Morongo Basin is looking for residents it can help. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more information about how you can get assistance with minor home repairs…
Seniors and the disabled in Twentynine Palms can get help with yard work and minor home repairs, thanks to a joint project between Reach Out Morongo Basin and the Marines and sailors from the Twentynine Palms Combat Center. Volunteers will be matched with eligible residents to work on homes and yards with chores the residents can’t perform themselves. To be eligible for this project, residents must own their homes or have a signed release from the landlord/property owner, and work must be able to be performed within the allotted time. To sign up or to get more information, please contact Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser at 760-361-1410.


SERVICES SET FOR F.G. MITCHELL HUTCHINS

F.G. Mitchell Hutchins, a 49-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died February 4. He was 93 years old. He is survived by his wife Lillian Hutchins, and sons Mitchell and Michael Hutchins of Twentynine Palms, as well as his two sisters, grandson, and two great-grandchildren. Mitchell spent a total of 32 years in the United States Marine Corps. A service will be held 11 a.m. today at the Twentynine Palms Cemetery, with Chaplain Rick Shaffer officiating. Interment following immediately after at Twentynine Palms Cemetery.


YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING THREAT

A 16-year-old Yucca Valley High School student was arrested yesterday after allegedly threatening to carry out a school shooting. Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Cantu said at 12:25 p.m. yesterday (Thursday, February 22, 2018) Yucca Valley High School received information a male student made threats to carry out a school shooting. Cantu, the Juvenile Deputy for the Town of Yucca Valley, responded to the school for investigation and spoke to multiple juveniles, who confirmed the threats were made. To determine if the student had the means to carry out the threat, Cantu went to the student’s residence and located two firearms. The firearms were seized for evidence, and the student was arrested. The student was booked into Central Juvenile Hall, in San Bernardino, for a violation of Penal Code 422, making criminal threats. Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175.


COUNTY GRAND JURY APPLICATIONS SOUGHT

Applications to serve on the 2018-19 county grand jury will be accepted through April 6. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains who can apply, what a grand juror does, and how to apply…

Qualified candidates for the county grand jury must be U.S. citizens of good character and sound judgement, age 18 and above, and have resided in San Bernardino County for at least one year prior to appointment. The grand jury meets in San Bernardino where jurors serve three to five full days per week on average. The year-long appointment begins July 1. Jurors are compensated $25 per day plus meals and mileage. The county grand jury investigates all aspects of county, city and special district government, and may hear information on certain criminal investigations. To apply, follow the link on the Grand Jury’s website, or call 909-387-9120.

Grand Jury website:
http://cms.sbcounty.gov/grandjury/Home.aspx


BLOOD DRIVE AT WALMART IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive at Walmart in Yucca Valley on Saturday, February 24, from 10 to 3. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.


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