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The desert has always appealed to explorers of all kinds. In this report, Mike Lipsitz says this is high adventure everyone can enjoy…

The High Desert Test Kitchen, now in its second season, is an informal monthly dinner gathering organized by artist Sarah Witt. Each month explores a different native food that serves as an ingredient or an inspiration for a dish that followers share at a monthly dinner. This month’s ingredient is mesquite. The edible pea is found in the abundant pods of mesquite trees. It’s rich, nutty flavor is akin to carob—some liken it to cacao. Mesquite can be used as a gluten-free addition in baked goods, or as a nutrient-packed addition to sauces and syrups. This month’s dinner is set for 7 p.m. September 18 at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, 65336 Winters Road off Border. Bring something to share that is either made with or inspired by mesquite. This is your opportunity to explore the Mojave from a culinary perspective. Witt encourages participants not to be afraid, but to be adventurous.


By Head Coach Andrew Amosa

The Varsity Trojans defeated Linfield Christian in Temecula 46-7. The offense and defense came out on fire. Offense was led by Elijah Lynch who had 272 yards passing and five touchdowns. The offensive line did a great job handling a much bigger defensive line. The offense had a total of 221 yards rushing. Lucas Lopez hauled in four receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was led by Ian Munger with eight tackles. Ian Munger and Chris Worrell has two sacks each. This was a great overall team effort against a team in a higher division. The win brings them to 4-0 on the season. They will continue their efforts against the 2-2 Palo Verde Jackrabbits on Friday at 7 p.m. at Trojan Stadium.

JV Trojans played a hard fought game against Valley Christian High School in Cerritos. They came away with a 33-21 victory. The Trojans went into the half down 20-21, but came out and scored two touchdowns. The defense fought hard and kept their opponent scoreless in the second half. The win brings the JV Trojans to 4-0 on the season. The JV Trojans play at 4 p.m. at Trojan Stadium.


By Coach Ernest Martinez

The Twentynine Palms Varsity Wildcats remained undefeated after a 40-0 victory over Indian Springs High School from San Bernardino. The Wildcats scored on their first three possessions of the game to take a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. The Wildcats moved 61 yards on four plays to score the first touchdown of the contest. Hunter Tygart had a 20-yard run to the Coyotes 30 yard line to set up a 30-yard scoring strike from senior D’Shaun Barrett to Isaiah Castaneda. Barrett was able to find Castaneda two more times, as they combined for three touchdowns on the game. Tygart ran the second score in from 29 yards out, and Barrett found Castaneda open in the end zone from 38 yards on the third score of the opening quarter. The Wildcats led 34-0 at halftime, and the contest went to a running clock in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats defense led by K.J. Magwood-Morton, Tristan Carpenter, and Finn O’Brien and D’Shaun Barrett forced three turnovers in the first half which set up offensive scores. Barrett would return an interception for the fourth score from 43 yards out and the 27-0 lead early in the second quarter. The final two scores of the game, were a 10-yard-pass play from Barrett to Magwood-Morton, and a 27-yard-pass play from Barrett to Castaneda.

The Wildcats dominated the Contest with more than 400 yards of total offense while holding the Coyotes to five first downs and no points for the game. Defensive leaders of the game were Morton, and O’Brien with 10 total tackles each. Carpenter had five tackles and two QB sacks, along with O’Brien’s two QB sacks on the game.

Offensive leaders were Barrett with 233 yards of total offense and four touchdowns on the game. Castaneda had 134 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Hunter Tygart had 82 yards rushing on eight carries and scored a touchdown. Cody Landry had three catches for 42 yards.
The Wildcats will now travel to Big Bear Saturday afternoon to face their former De Anza league rival, who is now in the Cross Valley league. Big Bear is 3-1 on the season having just defeated Malibu 49 to 12. The Varsity game will start at 1:30 after the 10:45 a.m. start for the Frosh Soph game. The contest will be the final non-league game of the season, as the Wildcats will begin De Anza league play in two weeks against Desert Hot Springs.

The Frosh Soph Wildcats also remained undefeated after a 4th quarter rally. Trailing 12-7 in the fourth the Cats scored three consecutive touchdowns, including a defensive fumble return by Chris Rantzow. Alex Burns and Jason Durrum both had long touchdown runs on the contest.


Later this month, folks from all over the Basin will descend on the community of Yucca Mesa for Mesa Fest 2017, an all-day beer and music festival organized for one simple goal: to provide a children’s playground in that community; currently there is none. Reporter Mike Lipsitz brings us an overview…

Grab the kids and maybe a lawn chair and head over to the Yucca Mesa Community Center for Mesa Fest 2017 on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. This year’s lineup includes six live bands, an expanded craft beer selection with more than 30 brews, up to 60 craft/retail/non-profit, and snack and food vendors, a special art project for youngsters, a horseshoe competition, a chili cook off, and more. Regular admission is $5; kids under 12 are free. Or choose from a variety of craft beer and homemade chili tasting packages and you’ll be set for the day. The Yucca Mesa Community Center is at 3133 Balsa Avenue. Discounted advance tickets as well as vendor rentals and non-profit registration are available at Profits from Mesa Fest 2017 go toward a planned community playground, the first in the Mesa community.


Mark your calendar for a night under the stars to benefit the High Desert Pregnancy Clinic. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

The High Desert Pregnancy Clinic’s biggest fundraiser of the year, “A Night for Life Under the Stars,” will feature a Hollywood actor as the guest speaker. Rusty Joiner starred in the 2015 film “Voiceless,” in which he takes a stand against an abortion clinic across the street from his church. Joiner will share his story about starting churches in California and his experiences. The Luminators will provide live music. The semi-formal event on September 30 starts at 6:30 p.m. and will also include hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a silent auction, all under the stars in Sky Harbor in Yucca Valley. Tickets are $25; no children under 12 please. Call 760-369-8512 to reserve your spot, or visit


The Hi-Desert Chorus is looking for singers who want to sing the songs of the season. The chorus, under the direction of Bill Barrett, will perform two concerts in December with songs relating to spring, summer, fall, and winter. All voices are needed, but especially alto, bass, and tenor. Singers should be able to sing on pitch. The last night to join the chorus is Monday, September 18, during its rehearsal at Valley Community Chapel on Yucca Trail, starting at 6 p.m. For more information, call Rosemary at 760-228-1683.


Reducing the number of motorcycle-involved collisions goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclists. California Highway Patrol Officer Joan Griffin offers the following tips for motorists on how to drive safely around motorcycles…

Give motorcycles extra room. A minor rear-end collision involving a motorcycle can have major consequences. Look twice for motorcycles. Always check and double check blind spots and mirrors before changing lanes or merging. Passenger vehicles should remain extra vigilant when entering or crossing intersections. Nearly one quarter of all fatal collisions in California occur within an intersection.


Rural living in the high desert faces challenges never dreamed of 40 years ago when HVCC began operation. Who would have imagined you would not be able to get a building permit if you relied on hauled water? Who could have pictured acres and acres of solar panels covering the desert next to homes? Find out the latest on these issues and what events are happening in the communities around you at the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting, set for 3 p.m. Monday, September 18, at Belfield Hall on Reche Road in Landers.





The fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo starts Saturday morning with an art fair on the lawn at the 29 Palms Inn, and an opening reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery Saturday evening. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…

The fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo kicks off this weekend. The art show features artwork inspired by or depicting the national park. Jurors selected 63 local, national, and international artists for the exposition. An art market will be held on the lawn of the 29 Palms Inn from 10 to 4 Saturday and Sunday, featuring art booths and works for sale by some of the featured artists in this year’s juried exhibition, live music and food and beverages. The 29 Palms Art Gallery will also be open, and events are planned at the 29 Palms Creative Center, along with walks at the Park’s Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. The winners of the judged art show will be announced during the 5 p.m. reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. For a full list of activities, visit The art exhibition is on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery through October 1.


The Broadway Musical, “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” performs at Theatre 29 for the final weekend of its run.  Tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow afternoon at 2:30. The Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice musical, retells the biblical tale of a favored son, Joseph, who’s given a coat of many colors by his Father.  His jealous brothers sell him into slavery, but his talent for analyzing dreams gets the Egyptian Pharaoh’s attention and his dreams begin to come true.  The show is filled with show-stopping production numbers; a mash-up of country hoe down, calypso, a French torch song, and even a nod to Elvis.  This colorful musical extravaganza is great for the entire family.  Tickets for “Joseph” are $10 to $15 and are available online at or call the box office to reserve your seats at 760-361-4151.


We have limited information about a woman who was arrested Thursday, accused of child abuse. Sheriff’s deputies were called the 72500 block of Juanita Drive about 10:35 a.m. Thursday. After an investigation, Savannah Wong, 30, was arrested on suspicion of felony child cruelty. Savannah Wong was booked into West Valley Detention Center with her bail set at $100,000.


A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday after deputies determined he was an out-of-compliance sex offender. Deputies contacted Justin Howe, 28, at the Food 4 Less grocery store about 1:45 p.m. After an investigation, Justin Howe was arrested on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender every 30 day as required by law. Justin Howe was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.


A Yucca Valley author will hold a book signing Sunday, September 17, at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley. Yasmine Anne Fernandez will sign copies of her book, “Moonlight ’pon the Wire: A True Circle about Coming Full Circle” from 1 to 3 p.m. The story follows a young girl from the Caribbean to America who encounters other portals, guides, and angels who help her on her journey. Rainbow Stew is located in Old Town Yucca Valley on the south side of the Highway.


If you are interested in addressing some of today’s economic, social, and environmental challenges, reporter Mike Lipsitz says Transition Joshua Tree may be for you…

Transition Joshua Tree holds its quarterly meeting and potluck on Sunday, September 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Coffee House on the highway near Kickapoo. Transition Joshua Tree is the local branch of an international movement that aims to address the economic, social and environmental challenges at our doorstep. The evening begins with the potluck followed by an hour in which visitors can further explore the different groups of Transition Joshua Tree. Each group will have a table setup to answer questions and provide information on their respective mission. Like all Transition events, the public is welcome to join in. This is a no waste event, so bring your own eating service along with a dish to share at the potluck. For more information, email


Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, September 16. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will end about 11 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the evening will include the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way, Saturn and the summer triangle. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.


Get that motorcycle charged up and gassed, air in the tires and polish the chrome. The Joshua Tree VFW will be holding a fund-raising motorcycle poker run. Reporter Rebecca Havely gets her kickstand up…

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will hold its fifth annual Poker Run fundraiser Saturday, September 23. The Poker Run is open to all riders and vehicles and will have seven stops. Registration is $25, or $30 for a couple, and $5 for an extra hand. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the VFW, 6402 Veterans Way in Joshua Tree; and the ride starts at 10 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. The event includes a barbecue lunch and live music. Proceeds will help Veterans Helping Veterans, and active-duty veterans and their families. For more information, call 760-366-2717.


Whether the Church is still relevant in today’s world will be discussed at Sunday’s Lifetree Café. The program—titled “Is Church Obsolete: Has God Left the Building?”—explores emerging trends showing the church is quickly losing membership and eroding in influence. During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to discuss their views of what’s fueling the precipitous decline in church attendance around the country. The free program starts at 4 p.m. behind Little Church of the Desert at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call Brad at 760-217-2597.


Copper Mountain College’s automotive technology program has received accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
To achieve this recognition, the college’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the foundation and had to meet standards in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment. The CMC automotive technology program provides a hands-on, high tech education.


A sharp-eyed deputy arrested 24-year-old Autumn Harris on Wednesday. Harris caught the deputy’s attention as she walked down the middle of Apache Trail near Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley. The officer recognized Harris from a recent “Fugitive Friday” poster at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station. When the officer attempted to make contact Harris fled on foot, but was detained after a short pursuit. Autumn Harris initially provided false identification to the deputy, but recanted shortly thereafter. A records check showed Harris had an active $250,000 felony warrant related to burglary charges. Autumn Harris was booked into Morongo Basin Jail and held without bail.

Autumn Harris


Almost a quarter of the way into the fall semester, The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees had a full day yesterday. Reporter Eric Knabe was at the meeting and fills us in…

The college board toured the Student Success Center. The much-needed space is coming along well. During the regular meeting, the classified Senate reported that with money raised by this year’s Bowl-A-Thon they were able to fund 15 scholarships. The soon-to-be-installed bleachers for the gym will arrive next week. The meeting wrapped up with the approval of hiring of six instructors for the Fire Technology Program and renewal of its affiliation agreement with Hi-Desert Medical Center for two more years, and then approval of its memorandum of understanding between the college and the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center.

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