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LOCALS HOLDING SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS MONDAY

Two Morongo Basin organizations are holding events Monday for residents to watch the solar eclipse. In the Morongo Basin, the sun will be 70 percent covered at 10:24 a.m.

Sky’s the Limit Observatory on Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms will hold an eclipse-watching event starting at 9:45. And the Andromeda Society will hold a solar eclipse party at the Yucca Valley Community Center, behind the museum, starting about 9 a.m. Both events will have solar eclipse viewing glasses, telescopes, and binoculars. Residents are reminded to never look at the sun without protection, and especially do not look at the sun through regular binoculars, telescopes, cameras, cell phones, or sunglasses. Use only solar eclipse viewing glasses that are marked as meeting ISO 12312-2 standards. A list of approved solar glasses:

• American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
• APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
• Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)
• Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
• DayStar (Solar Glasses)
• Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
• Halo Solar Eclipse Spectacles
• Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)
• Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
• Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
• Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
• Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
• TSE 17 / 110th.de (Solar Filter Foil)


YUCCA VALLEY RECRUITING YOUTH COMMISSION MEMBERS

The Town of Yucca Valley is recruiting for their youth commission. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply…

The Yucca Valley Youth Commission is made up of students in grades 7 through 12 who attend school in Yucca Valley. Youth commissioners produce informative video programs, present forums to local schools, and volunteer at community events. Commissioners meet the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Applications are available at the Yucca Valley Community Center or online at www.yucca-valley.org. The deadline to apply is October 2. For more information, call the Community Services Office, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at 760-369-7211.


CONGRESSMAN COOK CALLS ACTIVISTS STATEMENTS ON MOJAVE TRAILS FALSE

Congressman Paul Cook is calling statements that a pending decision on the Mojave Trails National Monument is tied to the Cadiz Water proposal false. Wednesday, reacting to the announcement that the Sand to Snow monument will not be changed, The Mojave Desert Land Trust issued a statement that said, “Secretary Zinke’s recommendation for Mojave Trails National Monument is tied to the controversial Cadiz Inc. water project, which looks to pump groundwater from an aquifer surrounded by the national monument to coastal cities.” Cook fired back, saying, “Certain members of the environmental community are creating a false narrative that the Cadiz water project is somehow tied to the boundary of Mojave Trails National Monument. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cadiz project is outside of both the current boundary of the Mojave Trails – a boundary created behind closed doors by the Obama administration – as well the bipartisan boundary established by my desert legislation and in Senator Feinstein’s legislation. The purposefully misleading narrative by these groups is an effort to justify the executive overreach of the Obama administration in establishing the boundaries of Mojave Trails. These groups should be condemned for their deception, and they should be ashamed of their support of a boundary that was established without proper vetting by the public or by Congress.”


ASSEMBLYMAN MAYES TAKING MORE HEAT ON CAP AND TRADE VOTE

Assembly GOP Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley lost the support of the Riverside County Republican Party last night, one month after his vote in support of California’s cap-and-trade program. 300 Republicans heard Mayes explain his vote and the explanation did not satisfy party members, who voted to endorse Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore for Assembly GOP leader. On July 17, Mayes was one of eight Republicans to vote to extend the pollution credits program through 2030. Critics said the program will lead to a spike in gasoline prices statewide. Mayes had defended his vote, saying Republicans managed to get concessions from Democrats in exchange for GOP support of cap-and- trade, including the rollback of a fire- prevention fee paid by property owners in rural areas. Mayes firmly defended his cap-and- trade vote Thursday. “Cap-and-trade is a Republican idea. It is a free-market idea,” he said “Are Republicans going to be relevant in the discussion or let Democrats own the state?”  Mayes asked whether people would rather see $1.25 per gallon or 40 cents a gallon gasoline price increase? “Which would you choose?” he asked. “We used our conservative principles to lower costs in the state, and I would do it all over again. The argument’s been made that we should let California go off a cliff, let the Democrats own it, but we all live here.”


SCHOOL STARTS MONDAY, A REMINDER ABOUT SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

School starts in the Morongo Basin Monday, August 21. Thousands of local children will ride the school bus to school every day. Reporter Eric Knabe offers these tips about how we can be safe around the school bus…

It’s back to school and the National Association For Pupil Transportation has some tips to keep our children safe at the bus stop. Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way. Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous. Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups. Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions. For more tips logon to napt.org.


COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION GREEN LIGHTS MORONGO VALLEY GAS STATION

Yesterday in San Bernardino, the County Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of granting a conditional use permit for a new commercial development in Morongo Valley. The proposal now heads to county supervisors for the near certain approval of the almost 5,000-square-foot Circle K convenience store and gas station on the southeast corner of Highway 62 and Senilis Avenue. The project will take shape on 1.2 acres along the highway, demolishing the Village Food Mart and Deli in the process.

In other actions by the County, the awkward and perilous intersection of Sunny Vista and Alta Loma in Joshua Tree has been reconfigured with oversized stop signs and pedestrian warning signs. The upgrade comes just in time for Friendly Hills Elementary School’s fall session which begins next week. Also just in time for the fall semester, the County has paved Rotary Way from the highway to Copper Mountain College.


WRITING CLASSES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Rainbow Stew is offering a class for would be writers, “Everyone Can Write.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details…

Writer Heather Morgan says, “everyone can write, let me show you how.” Far too much is said about how difficult it is to write and not enough about just how accessible it is to every person. Join Morgan for a small lecture Saturday, August 19, from 10:30 to 1:30, followed by an in-class assignment you’ll read after you’ve written it. The cost is $25 to $35, based on what you can afford. Heather Morgan was named one of Variety’s Ten Screenwriters to Watch. She hails from the Groundlings Theater in LA, where she’s has taught improv and writing for over 20 years. She’s written for several television shows and her screen play was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festivals. Lisa Kudrow said of Morgan, “She’s one of the few people who can critique a person’s writing with unyielding honesty and articulation and, somehow, the writer feels like the just got a hug from a cheerleader.” The class will be held at Rainbow Stew, 55509 Twentynine Palms Highway in Old Town Yucca Valley. The class is limited to 10, so call now, 760-418-5170.


STOLEN TRUCK BROUGHT TO WAL-MART FOR AN OIL CHANGE

A Fontana man who brought a truck to Walmart in Yucca Valley for an oil change was arrested Wednesday, when deputies determined the truck had been stolen. Walmart employees called Sheriff’s deputies about noon because the driver of the truck, later identified as Marlon Nunez, 36, had left multiple open containers of alcohol inside the truck, and they were concerned that he was driving while intoxicated. When deputies arrived, they determined that the truck had been reported stolen. After an investigation, Marlon Nunez was arrested for possession of stolen property and on a warrant for driving on a suspended license, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $55,000.


YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT WITH A GOLF BALL

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested, after her boyfriend said she threw a golf ball at him. According to a Sheriff’s report, neighbors called deputies about 6:15 p.m. to report that there was a lot of screaming and slamming doors at a home in the 55200 block of Airlane Drive in Yucca Valley. When deputies arrived, they determined that Rosalinda Anaya, 52, became upset with her boyfriend and threw a golf ball at him, striking him in the lip and giving him a small cut. Rosalinda Anaya was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.


WATERCOLOR COLLAGE WORKSHOP AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

Learn how to make watercolor collages at a workshop in Yucca Valley. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her scissors, glue, and paint…

At a watercolor collage workshop, participants will use watercolor paints, mats, glue, brushes, and more to create mosaics, collages, or greeting cards. Participants will learn how refractured watercolor and collage work, gluing tips, and composition and piece positioning. The workshop is set for Saturday, August 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. The class fee is $50. Space is limited; to register, call 760-418- 5170. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.


WATER OBSTACLE COURSE AT THE LUCKIE PARK POOL THIS EVENING

The City of Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department will host its final WIBIT Fun Family Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, August 18, at the Luckie Park Pool. WIBIT is an aquatic inflatable obstacle course placed in the center of the Luckie Park Pool. Admission is just $3 per person. Lifeguards are on duty and the wading pool for toddlers will be open during this event. Open swim is not available during the WIBIT event. Come out and join the fun! For additional information call the Luckie Park Pool from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 760-367-5777.


FISH AND CHIPS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a fish and chips dinner tonight, (Friday, August 18) from 4 to 6 p.m. Two pieces of fish are $7; three pieces are $8. Sunday’s breakfast is Cindy’s pancake breakfast special from 8 to 11 a.m. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.


YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY AND SOCCER CAR WASH TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley cross-country team and Yucca Valley girls’ soccer team will host a joint car wash Saturday, August 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower student parking lot at the Yucca Valley High School. All proceeds will benefit both teams for the upcoming seasons. They are asking for a $5 donation for each car wash. You may buy tickets in advance from any runner or girls soccer player.


NO CHANGE TO SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended that the Department of the Interior not revoke or adjust the boundaries of Sand to Snow National Monument. The monument was under review in accordance with President Trump’s April 26, executive order. “Today, I am recommending that no changes be made to the Sand to Snow National Monument and that the Monument is no longer under official Department of the Interior review,” said Secretary Zinke. “The land of​ ​Sand to Snow National Monument is some of the most ​diverse terrain in the West, and the monument ​is home to incredible geographic, biologic, and archaeological history of our nation.”
In February 2016, President Obama created the 154,000-acre Sand to Snow National Monument, which includes parts of Morongo Valley and the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, to protect features of both low desert terrain and high alpine peaks. It stretches from the desert floor in the Coachella Valley all the way to the top of the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains. Sand to Snow National Monument has established options for outdoor enthusiasts, including 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, camping, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Still awaiting a recommendation, due by August 24, is the review of the Mojave Trails National Monument. That decision is tied to the proposed Cadiz Inc. water project that is seeking to pump groundwater from an aquifer east of Twentynine Palms to coastal cities.


YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY TO SPONSOR THEATRE 29 OPENING NIGHT

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will open at Theatre 29 with a gala fundraiser August 25. The sponsor for opening night is the Yucca Valley Rotary Club, which will use the proceeds to send high school kids to Rotary youth leadership academy camps this fall and spring. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a musical extravaganza opening at Theatre 29 on Friday, August 25 with a gala fundraiser. Tickets for opening night ONLY are $35 each. Join the Yucca Valley Rotarians at 6 p.m. for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The curtain will rise on the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical at 7 p.m. Sweets will be served at intermission. Directed by Rebecca Havely, the cast stars Jericho McWilliams as Joseph, Analisa Pilecki and Scott Clinkscales as the narrators, and Ben Bees as Pharaoh, plus many, many more. The musical is sung from beginning to end with show-stopping numbers, including a country western hoe-down, a 60s go-go number, a 50s sock hop and a Caribbean calypso. The entire family will enjoy this show about a boy whose dreams come true.
Opening night tickets ONLY can be purchased at The Loan Lady, Realty Professionals, from any Rotarian, or by calling 760-365-7003. The show will run through September 17, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. Regular tickets prices are $10 to $15. For those tickets, visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.


“UP CLOSE” SHOW EXAMINES JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOIL ORDER AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

When Joshua Basin Water District’s water main broke July 27, customers were urged to boil their water, or to use their emergency water supplies for several days. Many residents were unprepared for a water emergency as they had not set aside a supply of water to use in emergencies. Coming up on tomorrow’s Z107.7 Up Close Show are two guests who will discuss the boil water advisory and how to prepare for emergencies. Curt Sauer is the general manager of the Joshua Basin Water District, and Gary Sturdivan is an expert in emergency preparedness. Call in tomorrow with your questions about preparing for emergencies and disasters on the Z107.7 Up Close Show, starting at 10 a.m.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PLANNING 81ST ANNUAL PIONEER DAYS

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce hosted a 2017 Pioneer Days planning session yesterday. Chamber President Jacob Smith gave a rundown for the 81st annual community celebration, set for the second and third weeks on October, with a kick-off event September 15. The theme, submitted by Ann Congdon, is “On the Frontier, Preserving the Past while Forging the Future.” The traditional parade will honor Grand Marshals Owen and Audrey Gillick. Smith announced there would be no carnival this year, saying the Chamber will instead rent some rides and games and operate them themselves. Events will include the outhouse races, pancake breakfast, chili dinner, a craft fair, children’s say, Little Miss and Master contest, a golf tournament, and an animal parade. Other events will be live Concerts, a Beer Garden, skateboard and video game contests and a Firetruck pull.


REACH OUT GETS A NEW VAN FROM ANONYMOUS DONOR

When a local private organization wanted to help Reach Out Morongo Basin with its biggest need, there was no question about what the charity would ask for. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

Reach Out Morongo Basin received a welcome addition to its neighbors-helping-neighbors program last week when the charity purchased a new eight-passenger van. The 2017 Toyota Sienna van will be used to provide low-income seniors and disabled residents in the Morongo Basin with free transportation to doctors, grocery stores, and social services appointments. The organization also provides free rides to doctors and specialists in the San Bernardino and Coachella Valley areas every week. Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser said the organization’s vans have, on average, more than 165,000 miles on them, and costs for maintenance and repairs were increasing dramatically. The $36,000 van was purchased for Reach Out by a local private organization that asked to remain anonymous.

Staff and clients of Reach Out Morongo Basin with the neighbors helping neighbors new 2017 Toyota Sienna van purchased on August 11, 2017 with funds received from a local private organization who wishes to remain anonymous.


WATER VENDING MACHINE STOLEN FROM A LANDERS CONVENIENCE STORE

The Sheriff’s is investigating a case of a stolen water dispensing machine in Landers. According to a Sheriff’s report, two men in an older model white flat-bed truck arrived at the Halliday convenience store in the 56000 block of Reche Road in Landers about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. A surveillance video showed that the men broke the water line to the Glacier water machine, which had been sitting unsecured outside the store for five years, and then dragged the machine down Acoma Trail to New Dixie Mine Road. The deputy located the abandoned machine, with its door forced open, on Dixie Mine Road. The machine is valued at about $11,000. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.


MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING WOMAN FOR REPORTING HIM DUI

A man who beat up his girlfriend after she said she reported him to police for driving drunk was arrested Wednesday, accused of spousal abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman told Richard McLane, 23, who allegedly drove drunk from his home in the 70800 block of Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms to a store, that she had video recorded him. She told deputies that McLane then attacked her, and injured her face. After an investigation, Richard McLane was arrested for felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.


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