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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of attacking his elderly mother. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 1600 block of Wamego Trail in Yucca Valley about 11:30 for an argument between John Nobles, 28, and his mother. During the argument, the woman told deputies that Nobles grabbed her by the throat, punched her in the face with his closed fist, and threatened to hurt her. The woman told deputies she defended herself by scratching him with her keys. She also said she had a restraining order against Nobles. After an investigation, John Nobles was arrested on suspicion of elderly abuse, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.


DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS BEEN EXTENDED

The deadline to volunteer for the San Bernardino County grand jury for 2017-2018 has been extended. Kirby Davis explains who can apply, what a grand juror does, and how to apply…
To be eligible for selection to the county grand jury, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of California and the County of San Bernardino for at least one year prior to appointment. Service as a grand juror involves an average of three to five full working days per week in San Bernardino, starting July 1, for one year. Compensation is $25 per day plus meals and appropriate mileage. The county grand jury investigates all aspects of county, city and special district government, and may hear information on certain criminal investigations. Interested citizens can complete the application online at the Grand Jury’s website at www.sbcounty.gov/grandjury. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 17.


DEPUTIES FIND SUSPECTED VANDAL HIDING UNDER INSULATION IN THE ATTIC

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday morning, after he vandalized another man’s car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 5900 block of Aztec Avenue about 9:30 a.m. for a report that Jacob Savidge, 23, had thrown a football-sized rock at a car’s passenger side door and rear window, causing about $2,000 worth of damage. The car’s owner caught the vandalism on his cell phone’s camera. When deputies arrived, Savidge went into the home and refused to come out. Deputies eventually located Savidge in the attic, hiding under insulation. Jacob Savidge was arrested for investigation of felony vandalism and resisting arrest, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $35,000.


THREE ARRESTED WITH DRUGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Three Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Friday, after they were found with methamphetamine during a warrant search. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the 6500 block of La Luna in Twentynine Palms about 8:30 a.m. to conduct a warrant search. During the search, deputies came in contact with Frank Chapman, 48; Dusty Price, 40; and Deanna Close, 45, along with methamphetamine. Frank Chapman was arrested on investigation of violating his parole, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held without bail. Dusty Price and Deanne Close were booked into the jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, cited and released.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday, after her boyfriend said she scratched him during a fight. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 5900 block of Mojave Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 10:20 p.m. concerning an argument between Elizabeth Annand, 35, and her boyfriend. The man had suffered multiple lacerations to the right side of his face, but he declined medical aid. Elizabeth Annand was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER, WITH 3 WELLS OFFLINE, LOOKS AT A REHAB CONTRACT TONIGHT

At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, directors aim to balance well maintenance during a period of diminished production. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…
At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board is considering awarding an almost $70,000 contract to rehabilitate Well number 12. Maintenance of that well is a high priority since the district has three wells offline, reducing capacity 14 percent. Wells number 4 and number 9 are offline due to excessive levels of chromium-6, and well number 11 was permanently closed in November when the costs to make needed repairs could not be financially justified. In other business, the board will review the district’s investment policy and valve maintenance program. Those items and others are in addition to regular reports and routine items on the consent agenda. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the District Office on the south side of Hatch Road in Twentynine Palms.


MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

At Thursday’s (February 23) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will recognize an outgoing board member. Following staff reports, directors will assign members to various sub committees. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA Operations Center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD IN CLOSE SPECIAL SESSION TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, February 22). The sole item on the agenda is to discuss pending litigation. The meeting will be held in the cemetery’s district offices on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.


GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Golf enthusiasts, prepare to tee off and support Yucca Valley High School Baseball in the second annual golf tournament fundraiser. This is a 12-hole, four-person team scramble Saturday, March 4, at Hawk’s Landing golf course in Yucca Valley. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $70 per player and includes green fees, a cart, catered luncheon, plus awards presentation, and gift bags with a six-hole pass. Hole sponsorships and prizes are also needed. All donations are tax deductible and proceeds will benefit the high school’s baseball program. For more information, call Brian Shoenborn at 760-219-1068.


TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL WINS CIF QUARTERS, SEMIS AT HOME FRIDAY

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats boys’ basketball team traveled to Adelanto to take on the Saints in the quarter finals of the CIF division 3A playoffs last night. The ’Cats were victorious with a 63-58 score. Coach T.J. Stanford said leading the cats was D’Shaun Barrett with 33 points and four assists. Adam Bell had nine points and seven rebounds. Abraham Bell contributed with eight points and 11 rebounds. Javier Soriano played outstanding defense. He and Adam held their best player under his average. The Cats will host Hesperia High School in the semifinals Friday in Wildcat gym. This brings the ’Cats’ record to 25-3.


YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN WIDE RANGING SESSION

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in two sessions tonight. The council will first meet in a workshop meeting and then move on to the regular session. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look at tonight’s agenda…
Tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council will start with a workshop at 4 p.m. in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Council members will discuss a wide range of initiatives and ideas in a less formal setting. At 6 p.m., council members will move to the Yucca Room for the regular meeting. Among the items on the consent agenda, the council will authorize a request for proposal for a community livability survey report, and allocate $115,000 in community development block grant funds to two town projects: Paradise Park renovation, and code enforcement. The council will then hear a report from the Desert Regional Tourism Agency, and hear a mid-year budget report.


DUE TO NATIONAL BLOOD SHORTAGE, A BLOOD DRIVE AT HDMC TOMORROW

Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now 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.


A SMORGASBORD TONIGHT FOR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight to consider a smorgasbord of issues. Here with the details is reporter David Haldane…
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight with taxis and massage parlors on its mind. Among other things, the commission will hold a public hearing on whether to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to permit taxi services in certain areas. It will also invite public input on whether to allow licensed massage parlors in the city. And, finally, the commission will consider whether to allow four seagoing containers to be used for storage at the Vista del Sol housing project, a multi-family residential development on the 73000 block of Two-Mile Road.


HUMANE SOCIETY ADOPTION FAIR MARCH 4TH NEEDS VENDORS AND SPONSORS

Vendors and raffle prizes are needed for an adoption fair to benefit the Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter. The adoption fair is set for Saturday, March 4, from 11 to 2, at the animal shelter on Sunview Avenue in Joshua Tree. Businesses and organizations interested in having a booth at the fair, or in donating a raffle prize, should call Caitlyn Ruggiero at 760-902-7321.


HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HONORS TWO OF THEIR OWN

Morongo Basin Healthcare District recently honored two retiring, long-term board members for their years of service and records of accomplishments. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the who and the why…
Earlier this month the Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors recognized past board members Martie Avels and Pat Cooper for their years of service to the District. Avels joined the board in 2012; but was first associated with the district as an emergency room nurse when the hospital first opened. Avels was instrumental in remodeling the emergency room, opening the Special Additions Family Birthing Center, and served as interim CEO before retiring. Pat Cooper was elected to the board in 2008. During her tenure, the District purchased a new CT scanner and digital mammography equipment, instituted a smoke-free campus, built the medical center’s waste-water treatment facility, and the lease of the medical center to Tenet Healthcare was enacted. Both Avels and Cooper played a significant role in defining the new direction and identity of the healthcare district after leasing the medical center properties to Tenet in 2015. Avels and Cooper completed their elected terms in December.

Board members shown from left are Joe Sullivan, Martie Avels, Marge Doyle, Pat Cooper, Bob Armstrong, Dianne Markle-Greenhouse and Paul Hoffman.


MARCH CLOSURES PLANNED FOR “BACK ROAD TO VEGAS”

Travelers who plan to take “the back roads” to Las Vegas in March, take note: several roads will be closed to all traffic between noon and 10 p.m. between March 2 and March 18 while Union Pacific upgrades the railroad tracks. The Kelbaker Road crossing at Kelso will be closed March 2, 3, and 4. Drivers should use I-15 or US Route 95 instead. The Cima Road crossing at Cima will be closed March 6, 7 and 8; use Kelbaker Road to drive between I-40 and I-15. And the Ivanpah Road crossing, nine miles south of Nipton Road, will be closed March 17 and 18.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CONTRACTS FOR A CITYWIDE WI-FI PLAN

Twentynine Palms has announced a new partnership to improve the lives of residents in need of fast wireless services. Reporter David Haldane has the details…
If you live in Twentynine Palms, don’t throw away your smart phone just yet; your wireless signal may soon be improving.
5 Bars, an Irvine-based provider of wireless master plans and marketing agreements for cities and counties, will be doing its thing for Twentynine. Under a contract approved by the City Council last month, the company will receive 35 percent of the revenues generated by the city’s existing infrastructure in exchange for preparing the plan and implementing a program to market it.
City Manager Frank Luckino praised the agreement for putting the city “in the driver’s seat” in moving towards “advanced wireless technologies.”


HEALTHY HEARTS RUN THIS SATURDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Attention runners: Ready, set, go register for the Town of Yucca Valley’s 25th annual Healthy Hearts Run this Saturday. Edica Gonzalez has the details…
Get out your running shoes and run on over to the 25th Annual Healthy Hearts 5K run and 2K walk in Yucca Valley. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, February 25, at Essig Park, 8490 Warren Vista Avenue. If running isn’t your thing, you can participate in the 2K walk. Both events are open to all ages and fitness levels. Awards will be presented to overall male and female finishers as well as in age divisions. Register in advance at the Recreation Office in the Community Center, online at yucca-valley.org, or at 8 a.m. on race day. The registration fee is $20. For more information call 760-369-7211.


PARK TO PARK BIKE RIDE PLANNED FOR APRIL

Attention bicycle enthusiasts, mark your calendar for April 29. The City of Twentynine Palms, in conjunction with the Joshua Tree National Park and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, invite you to take part in the first annual Park-to-Park Bike Ride and Earth Day educational fair on Saturday, April 29. This 27-mile round trip bike ride will begin at Knott’s Sky Park in Twentynine Palms and will continue up to Key’s View in the Joshua Tree National Park and back to Knott’s Sky Park. Participants who register by April 14 will receive a boxed lunch and t-shirt. Registration fees are $20 for active duty military and $35 for civilians. This event is limited to 300 participants. Registrations are currently being accepted on the City of Twentynine Palms website at 29palms.org or by calling the Twentynine Palms Recreation Department at 760-367-7562.


LEARN ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the health benefits of essential oils tonight. Reporter Kirby Davis has your invitation…
Essential oils will be the topic of a health program set for Tuesday, February 21. Keith and Bertha Tutt will discuss the benefits of essential oils for health and wellness, and samples will be available to smell. This is an educational presentation only; samples will not be for sale. A free vegetarian meal will also be available. The essential oils program is set for 6 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 8035 Church Street, in Yucca Valley.


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