Organizers are calling the 17th annual Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Car Show and Street Fair held Saturday, March 18, a success, with close to 6,000 spectators attending. The event featured a mix of classic and late-model cars and trucks, and some special features. The event also included the ASYMCA Soapbox Derby, face-painting by Liyan of Cute Clowns, and a rock climbing wall. Live entertainment included Spankshaft, The Flusters, and Take A Hard Look. Z107.7 was also on hand with emcees Cody Joseph and Zach Armstrong, along with a variety of music from the Z107.7 Mobile DJ. The Chamber thanked car show judges Diane Bailey, Greg Mendoza, and Alan Clarke for volunteering their time and knowledge. A special thanks went out to Colonel Jay Wylie representing the Marine base and Mayor John Cole representing the City of Twentynine Palms.
Car Show “Choice” trophy winners were:
General’s Choice: Robert Leone of Yucca Valley with his 1950 Cadillac Fleetwood
Mayor’s Choice: Con Oamek of Redlands with his 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster towing a 1935 trailer
Chamber President’s Choice: Marcus Bundy of San Diego with his 1967 Barracuda Coupe
Peoples’ Choice: Bernard “Mike” Hammer of Twentynine Palms with his 2015 Polaris Slingshot XL
The winners of the category trophies were:
Stock 1st Place: Con Oamek of Redlands with his 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster towing a 1935 trailer
Stock 2nd Place: Robert Leone of Yucca Valley with his 1950 Cadillac Fleetwood
Stock 3rd Place: Don VanBlaricom of Twentynine Palms with his 1980 Datsun 280ZX
Classic 1st Place: Joe Kendall of Yucca Valley with his 1959 Chevy Impala
Classic 2nd Place: The Aldridge Family of Twentynine Palms with their 1956 Pontiac Starchief
Classic 3rd Place: Stanley Haveriland of Los Angeles with his 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk
Truck 1st Place: Norm Correll of Joshua Tree with his 1957 Chevy Cameo Pickup
Truck 2nd Place: Steve Tungate of Yucca Valley with his 1956 Ford Pickup
Truck 3rd Place: Ray Black of Yucca Valley with his 1956 Ford F100 Pickup
Off-Road 1st Place: Scott Ruestmann of Yucca Valley with his 1969 Volkswagon Sand Rover “T” Bug
Off-Road 2nd Place: Dan & Rose Bowman of Apple Valley with their 1974 Volkswagon Super Beetle
Off-Road 3rd Place: Refugio Gil of Twentynine Palms with his 1972 Chevy K5 Blazer
Frank Santiago of Twentynine Palms took 1st Place in the Motorcycle category with his 2002 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.
ASYMCA Soapbox Derby Winners
Stock 5-8 Super Stock 5-8
1st: Landon Bryce Rader #201 1st: Frank Matthew Hernandez #214
2nd: Isabella Marie Wegner #212 2nd: Lily Madden #205
3rd: Sierha Lopes #210
Stock Ages 9-14 Super Stock 9-14
1st: Jack Messer #206 1st: Frank David Hernandez #215
2nd: Logan Graham #228 2nd: Martin Hood III #208
3rd: Adam Uriegas #220 3rd: Megan Ferderer #223
ASYMCA: #17 Lily Kobe (chosen by the ASYMCA Board Chairman)
Chamber of Commerce: #209 Maribella Grotberg (chosen by Ursula Gilmore, Executive Director)
General’s: #207 Travis Madden Jr. (chosen by Col. Jay Wylie, USMC)
Mayor’s: #208 Martin Hood III (chosen by Mayor John Cole)
Attention Morongo Basin artists, the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center Art Gallery is calling for art for their spring show. Reporter Edica Gonzales has details…
“Spring Renewal” is the theme for the Art in Public Places exhibition at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Gallery. Desert artists are invited to submit an original piece of art for possible inclusion in the group exhibition. Artwork must address the theme of spring renewal, and artists can express it in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, assemblage or other three-dimensional work. Artwork will be accepted at the visitor center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, March 31. An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with live music and refreshments. The exhibition will be on display through June 30. For more information, call 760-367-3445.
The public is invited to give their input on how the Morongo Unified School District should dispose of surplus property, including the old Joshua Tree Elementary School, at 6051 Sunburst Avenue. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Thursday in the main conference room of the Morongo Unified School District office in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call Ron Smith at 760-367-9191, extension 4280.
At Thursday’s (March 23) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will hold a public hearing on a grant request of more than $855,000 to purchase five vehicles. Directors will also hear a presentation on the transportation reimbursement escort program. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA Operations Center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.
For the ninth time, the Morongo Basin Transit Authority received the highest safety rating from the California Highway Patrol during its annual inspection on the agency’s buses, and maintenance, operator, drug, and alcohol records. MBTA General Manager Mark Goodale said that receiving the CHP’s highest rating “gives the public a sense of confidence” that the local bus service is complying with mandated regulations.
A special cooperative program will provide free tennis lessons in Yucca Valley. Reporter Kirby Davis tells you how to sign up…
The Morongo Basin Tennis Association will offer lessons for adults, beginning April 1. The first four lessons are free and lessons for the next eight weeks are at low cost. Lessons will be taught Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m., or Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. All lessons will be taught at Jacob’s Park in Yucca Valley. For more information or to sign up, call Al for the Saturday lessons at 760-363-7137, or Mary for the Wednesday lessons at 805-796-1343.
The City of Twentynine Palms will host the 59th Annual Youth Basketball Tournament this weekend. Twentynine Palms Recreation has organized 50 teams into seven different divisions, both boys and girls. Almost 80 games will be played over the course of the three days, in three different locations. Twentynine Palms High School, Twentynine Palms Junior High School, and Copper Mountain College’s Bell Center will host teams from Arizona, Las Vegas, Redondo Beach, Needles, Lake Arrowhead and other Southern California communities. There will be snack bars at each location and admission is free.
The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ varsity tennis team hosted the Rams of Desert Mirage on Monday and came away with a 15 to 3 win.
In singles, the Wildcats were led by Ben Pressnall and Nathan Thomas, who swept all three sets. In doubles, the Wildcats were led by the teams of Raul Hernandez/Donte Smith-Evans, who also swept all three sets, while the teams of Sean Sears/Mac Miller and Larry Martinez/Donald Albers came away with two sets and the team of Cammerin Rimmington/Dylan Smith came away with their first victory of the year
Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School baseball and softball teams will host Desert Mirage High School at home. Both games start at 3:15.
The Twentynine Palms High School baseball and softball games, originally scheduled for today against Coachella Valley High School, have been rescheduled to Thursday, March 23, at 3:15.
The Twentynine Palms High School swim team will host Desert Mirage High School at home today, with the first event starting at 3:15.
Also, today, the Yucca Valley High School tennis team will host Desert Mirage High School at home. First serve is at 3:15.
The Twentynine Palms boys’ tennis match has also been changed from today. The boys will play Coachella Valley High School on Friday, March 24, at 3:15.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fake bomb that was left in front of a Yucca Valley business Monday. About 6 p.m., deputies were called to JT Cross Fit, in the 58900 block of Business Center Drive for a suspicious gray box that had what appeared to be homemade pipe bombs inside, with wires hooked up to a cell phone. The building was evacuated and all nearby cell phones were turned off. The Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson squad arrived and sent it a robot to examine the device. After determining that it was not a real bomb and did not contain any explosives or harmful substances, the Bomb and Arson squad safely disposed of it. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
Just over a year ago, 16-year-old Cody Page went missing from Saginaw, Michigan. He was last seen on March 15, 2016. He is believed to be in the area of Twentynine Palms. Cody is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has light brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Cody is asked to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST or the Saginaw Township Police Department at 989-797-4580.
Morongo Basin firefighters were busy yesterday. Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 5:30 p.m. for a small shed that caught fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the shed, which housed electrical equipment, was a total loss, and the cause was determined to be electrical.
In Morongo Valley, firefighters were called to a small brush fire at the top of the Morongo Grade, on the westbound side of the highway. The fire burned about a 25-square foot patch of vegetation, including a tree, and took about 45 minutes to put out. The cause is under investigation.
A single-engine, experimental plane made an emergency landing in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday. According to a Park spokesman, the plane landed on Pinto Basin Road, close to Smoketree Wash, about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries or damages to the plane. Park employees contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and the plane was towed out.
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says an annual report on public safety in the Town will dominate the meeting…
Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling will present his annual public safety report to the Yucca Valley Town Council at its meeting tonight. The report shows that in the town limits, most types of crime declined in 2016. Also on the agenda, council members will be asked to approve the purchase of emergency generators for the town’s animal shelter and the town hall, as well as new shelving. Council members will be asked to authorize the town’s participation in the California Municipal Finance Authority Open Property Assessed Clean Energy program; and authorize the acceptance of a hazard mitigation grant. Council members will then review the town’s existing service contracts and provide direction to staff. And finally, the council will review the town’s general plan annual housing element progress report. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.
Cargo containers are on tonight’s Twentynine Palms Planning Commission agenda. Again. Reporter David Haldane explains…
It seems like a case of déjà vu. At the top of the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission is a public hearing. Specifically, it’s about whether to allow Vista del Sol, a multi-family residential development on Two-Mile Road, to use several seagoing containers as accessory structures for storage. That’s all fine and good, except that it’s the third time the item, originally scheduled to be heard on February 21, has appeared on the agenda.
This time around, though, something new has been added; a separate hearing on whether to modify the city’s development code to allow public places of worship. Apparently, both they and the aforementioned cargo containers were inadvertently omitted from the code adopted last year. Corrective action will presumably reduce the number of future public hearings required.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 5 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.
Giving deputies a false name won’t stop them from arresting you, and the arrest for a false ID led to a second arrest. Sheriff’s report say a deputy stopped a man riding a bicycle near Mohawk Trail and Highway 62 just before 3 a.m. Friday. The man gave the deputy a false name. The deputy was unable to locate the man’s name in any databases, and detained him to identify him at the Morongo Basin Jail. The man then said his name was Douglas Kuykendall, 27. A records check indicated that Kuykendall had a felony warrant from Riverside County for violation of his parole. Douglas Kuykendall was arrested on suspicion of giving a false ID to a deputy and for his warrant, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail. When the deputy brought Kuykendall’s bicycle to his home in the 7000 block of Scarvan Road, Edward Young, 49, answered the door. A records check of Young showed that he had a felony warrant for his arrest for violating his parole from Arizona. Edward Young was arrested for investigation of being a fugitive, and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, accusing of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 5800 block of Halsey Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 5:30 p.m. because a woman, who was sitting in some bushes, said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Chase Huitt, 32. After an investigation, Chase Huitt was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will host the Red Hot Auction fundraiser March 25. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation…
The Red Hot Auction, hosted by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, will raise funds to help expand the Old Schoolhouse Museum. The event takes place March 25 at the Old Schoolhouse Museum located at 6760 National Park Drive, in Twentynine Palms. The event begins with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by a live auction beginning at 7:30. Event organizer Larry Bowden says the auction will include historical items, services, artwork, antiques, collectibles and rustic relics. For more information visit 29palmshistorical.com.
Theatre 29 has almost completed the primary casting for their upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway fairy tale musical, “Into the Woods,” but are one performer short. The darker retelling of the Grimm fairy tales, helmed by the multi-award winning director Charles Harvey, will take the stage weekends beginning April 21 through May 14 at the theatre on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The role of Cinderella’s Prince is still being sought, due to a cancellation after casting. Men in the 17-30 age range who can sing are urged to come down to the Theatre anytime after 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for an impromptu audition. Theatre 29 needs to fill the position quickly, so those interested are advised to contact the Director, Charles Harvey, at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Last November, California voters approved Proposition 64 making marijuana use, both medical and recreational, legal in the state. Still, restrictions on pot use remain, leaving many Californians dazed and confused. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells about an upcoming meeting aimed at clearing the air …
A special Wonder Valley community meeting on medical marijuana for seniors takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. This meeting comes as a follow up to the regular January meeting when the subject was introduced. Saturday’s guest presenter is long-time medical marijuana advocate Lanny Swerdlow. Swerdlow, who is an R.N., will speak on California’s new rules on marijuana with a focus on marijuana therapy for seniors. The meeting is open to all; participation is welcome.
The next regularly scheduled cleanup for the hard-working, civic minded, Joshua Clean Team is set for tomorrow morning, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Hwy 62 and Outpost on the north side. The Clean team urges you to join them as they cheerfully work to make Joshua Tree cleaner and a better place to live. Gloves, grabbers, trash bags are made available to volunteers to make the job easier. Coffee and conversation will be held afterwards at the Park Rock Cafe.
Yucca Valley is getting ready to start the spring softball leagues. The deadline to sign up is tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us with the details…
What better way to start spring than joining one of four adult slow pitch softball teams? Registration is now open for the Town of Yucca Valley’s four adult slow pitch softball teams. Each team will play an average of 10 games at the Yucca Valley Community Center, followed by playoffs and a championship. There is a men’s league, women’s league and two co-ed leagues. Ladies play on Monday, co-ed teams play Tuesday or Thursday, and the men’s league plays on Wednesday. Registration closes March 22. Register online at yucca-valley.org or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. League fees are $400 with a $200 deposit to hold a team spot; league play begins the week of April 3.