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MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD IN CLOSED SESSION TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will hold a special, closed session meeting Wednesday, June 28 at 4 p.m. The sole item on the agenda is a performance evaluation of the chief executive officer, Jackie Combs. The meeting will be held in the district’s office at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100, in Yucca Valley.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN RARE MONDAY SESSION, TOURISM DOMINATES THE AGENDA

“Gateway community” is a term one hears a lot around the Morongo Basin these days, especially in Twentynine Palms where the city council meets tonight instead of its usual Tuesday. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If not one kind of gateway, perhaps another. That may be the upshot of tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council which recently turned down a request to promote tourism through a group called Gateway Communities. Tonight, however, it will consider partnering with the federal Bureau of Land Management as a gateway community of another kind: into the Mojave Trails National Monument.

That’s the 941,000-acre Mojave Desert preserve created last year which, among other things, includes a long stretch of historic Route 66. Becoming a BLM gateway, a staff report asserts, will “promote the adjacent public lands… and provide quality service to the public.”

Ah, but the other kind of tourism is far from dead. A final item on the agenda establishes an advisory board for the newly created Tourism Business Improvement District expected to take effect soon.

Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.


COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET, SEVERAL ITEMS AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Topics specific to our Morongo Basin are the subjects of several agenda items at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors’ in San Bernardino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Supervisors will likely approve agenda item 30 which would pay a San Diego firm $135,000 to $150,000 to establish a program for ongoing community-sponsored culture and art programs designed to complement and enrich the lifestyle, education, and business opportunities in the Basin. Item 60 will extend the rebate and education programs for Morongo Valley and Pioneertown residents who rely on County Special Districts for water. And on a last item of note, supervisors are expected to adopt resolutions which will put in place voter-approved special tax increases for service zone FP-5. Twentynine Palms residents will pay a three percent increase for fire protection and those in Wonder Valley will see a one-and-a-half percent increase. Tomorrow’s meeting streams online and to the first-floor teleconferencing room in the County Government Center on White Feather Road where public comment may be made via live video link.


17-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY

A 17-year-old boy was arrested early Friday morning, accused of attempting to rob a convenience store in Yucca Valley. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the boy entered the AM/PM store, located at 58181 29 Palms Highway, about 3:15 a.m. The clerk told deputies the boy brandished an imitation firearm and demanded money. When the clerk refused, the boy, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black cloth over his face, fled northbound, across highway 62. The investigation led deputies to the 6000 block of Camarilla Avenue in Yucca Valley, where the boy—whose name was not released due to his age—was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and on a warrant for a probation violation.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested, accused of child abuse. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the 6700 block of Tamarisk Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning. Deputies arrested Elizabeth Stahl, 37, for investigation of child abuse. Elizabeth Stahl was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with her bail set at $100,000.


PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST CREDIT CARD SCAM

Credit card fraud continues to be a major problem here in our Morongo Basin communities. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some tips on how to protect yourself…

To protect yourself against having your credit card information stolen or used, don’t use your PIN for your debit card, but sign for it instead by selecting the credit card option. Use other ways to pay, such as PayPal, or even better, cash. Check your credit card statements carefully. Crooks often will charge a small payment to see if you notice, and then charge larger amounts. Check your credit reports for accounts that crooks may have opened in your name. You get a free credit report every year from each of the credit reporting agencies. Home Depot is also offering free credit monitoring to its customers. Call 800-466-3337 for more information.


FIREFIGHTERS GET A HANDLE ON THE “HOLCOMB” FIRE NEAR BIG BEAR

Firefighters working the “Holcomb” fire north and east of Big Bear have gotten a handle on the blaze. Approximately 329 firefighters from multi-agencies remain working to improve containment lines; and for fire suppression repair of roads, dozer and hand constructed fire lines, and complete backhaul of firefighting equipment. Total area burned remains 1,503 with 91% containment. No growth is expected in the uncontrolled portion of the fire, located on steep slopes above Hwy 18. Visible smoke from interior smoldering may linger in the high desert. Please be aware of fire equipment and personnel on Hwy 18. Some roads remained closed today. Given the critically dry and receptive vegetation, residents and visitors should continue to be aware of fire conditions and be prepared if conditions change or a new fire threatens the community.

For more information, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or call 909-382-2600.


MORONGO UNIFIED LOOKS AT ESTABLISHING A COLLEGE AND CAREER PREP CENTER

Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten has a vision that he believes will make the district more relevant to Morongo Basin residents’ lives. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Lots of folks have been walking in and out of Yucca Valley’s Town Center Mall lately. What’s strange is that most are visiting nearly 30,000 square feet of empty space.

The vacant offices and classrooms comprise the former home of Hope Academy. They also form the basis for school superintendent Tom Baumgarten’s latest dream; filling them with something he calls the Academy of College and Career Excellence.

The idea is to train students and community members for careers in such fields as robotics, child development, culinary arts and pharmacy technology. The Morongo Unified School District has committed $300,000 worth of staffing to the project. And to interest potential partners with more, Baumgarten is conducting tours where he hopes to hold a soft opening as early as September.

The superintendent has a pretty clear vision of where his efforts are heading. “We’re building futures.”


LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING VW BAJA BUG

A Landers man was arrested Saturday, accused of stealing a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 600 block of Inca Trail in Landers about 10:18 a.m. Saturday for a report of a stolen Volkswagen Baja Bug. About 2 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Nathaniel Campos saw the stolen VW being driven in the area of Onaga Trail and Barberry Avenue in Yucca Valley. Campos conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle, which was driven by Raymond, Linley, 22, and took him into custody without incident. The VW had been partially disassembled and components were missing from it. A search warrant was served on a house in the 56200 block of Lum Lane in Landers where the missing vehicle components were found. Raymond Lindley was arrested for investigation of vehicle theft and being in possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as violation of probation, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held without bail.


JOSHUA TREE MAN CAUGHT TRESPASSING ON THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday, after he was found trespassing, possibly trying to steal scrap metal, on the Marine Corps Base. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the base about 1:30 by the military police who said Clarence Bodiford, 52, and another man had been found in the base’s training area. Inside his truck was a handgun, which was later determined to be stolen, and marijuana. Clarence Bodiford was arrested for investigation of carrying a loaded firearm in public, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.


HEALTH AND WELLNESS TEACHING AT RAINBOW STEW WEDNESDAY

Rainbow Stew is offering another health and wellness teaching session this week. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

The third health and wellness teaching session at Rainbow Stew is on the subject of cancer. Dr. Asfaha, known to her patients as “Dr. Nikki” will be teaching Wednesday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rainbow Stew, 55509 29 Palms Highway in Old Town Yucca Valley. A $10 contribution is suggested. Please RSVP at rainbowstew4u.com or by calling 760-418-5170.


BUY TICKETS NOW FOR CHAMBER INSTALLATION DINNER

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will install its new officers and present awards at an Italian Laid-Back Luau. The dinner, featuring antipasto salad, pineapple chutney chicken or pork, roasted veggies, scalloped potatoes, and tiramisu, will be held at the Roost at Hawk’s Landing golf course June 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. Dress is casual summer attire; mustaches are optional. To reserve your spot, call 760-365-6323.


KEEP COOL THIS WEEKEND IN LOCAL POOLS

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley pools will be open to escape the heat. In Twentynine Palms, the pool at Luckie Park is open 1 to 5 p.m. every day through August 28, with a final weekend September 3 and 4. Admission is $3 per person, $1.50 for seniors, or a 20-use pass for $35. Lap swimming is from 11:30 to 12:30 Monday through Friday. Admission for lap swim is $1.50 or a season pass for $30. For more information, call 760-367-5777. In addition, Sunburst Park in Joshua Tree has a splash park. The water park features fountains that are guaranteed to get participants wet. The Joshua Tree water play park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us with more information for the pool in Yucca Valley…

The Town of Yucca Valley community pool is at the high school on Sage Avenue. Drop-in programs include fun swim from 1 to 5 Monday and Wednesday; lap swimming Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and water aerobics, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 a.m. All drop-in programs are $4 per person, per visit; or $3 per visit when a swim pass is used. Swim passes are available at $30 for 10 visits and can be purchased at the pool or community center. For more information, call 760-369-7211 or visit yucca-valley.org.


DESERT HOT SPRINGS TOWN HALL MEETING SUNDAY

Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott Matas will hold a town hall meeting Sunday, June 25. The meeting will consist of a 30-minute presentation by the mayor, followed by a question-and-answer session. City council members, along with Police Chief Dale Mondary and city staff will also be present to answer questions. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Smooth Transitions Vocational School, 13070 Palm Drive, in Desert Hot Springs.


ITALIAN IS THE THEME OF JUNE’S LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

If you enjoy eating and learning about good food, and meeting new people, and who doesn’t? Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report on the Transition Joshua Tree Local Food Program…

Transition Joshua Tree holds its community dinner and produce giveaway on Sunday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church on East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Mangiare Italiano! This month’s vegetarian-themed event features the foods of Italy. The demonstration garden will be open for viewing, and fresh produce from the garden and market will be available to take home. The goal of the Joshua Tree Local Food Program is to provide fresh and local vegetables to supplement other food assistance programs and to educate the community about growing, storing and cooking fresh food. This is a no-waste event. Please bring your own forks, plates and cups in order to minimize impact to our local landfill. Contact jtlocalfoodprogram@gmail.com to donate or volunteer.

Reporting for Z107.7 News, this is Mike Lipsitz.


SERVICES TOMORROW FOR JOYCE BUTLER

Joyce Butler, a 64-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died June 13. She was 82 years old. Joyce Butler is survived by her sons, Roy Butler of Granada Hills and David Butler of Twentynine Palms; daughter Connie Butler of San Bernardino; and two grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Blessed Sacrament Monday, June 26, at 10 a.m., followed by a mass at 11 a.m. with Father Eliseus Uju officiating. Interment will be at Twentynine Palms Cemetery with a graveside service.


JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND SCRAPPING ON BASE ARRESTED

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday, after he was found scrapping on the Marine Corps base. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the base about 1:30 by the military police who said Clarence Bodiford, 52, had been found in the base’s training area. Inside his truck was a handgun, which was later determined to be stolen, and marijuana. Clarence Bodiford was arrested for investigation of carrying a loaded firearm in public, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.


EXTREME HEAT CONTINUES, COOLING CENTERS OPEN

The extreme heat warning has been extended until 9 p.m. Monday, but there are cooling centers where residents can get out of the heat. In Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Nature Center is open Saturday 10 to 5. In Twentynine Palms, the Senior Center on Adobe Road is a cooling center from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday; if the heat index reaches 115 degrees, the building will remain open. In Joshua Tree, the Hi-Desert Medical Center cafeteria is available as a cooling center every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, the libraries in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley are open Saturday 9 to 5. Other places to get out of the heat are stores, restaurants, and theaters.


NO SUNDAY BREAKFAST AT VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will not serve Sunday breakfast. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.


JOSHUA TREE STONEWALL REMEMBRANCE DAYS

A celebration remembering the Stonewall riots is going on in Joshua Tree, through Sunday, June 25. In 1969, members of the gay community spontaneously rioted following a police raid on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. The Stonewall Riots are credited with the beginning of the gay rights movement. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the Joshua Tree celebration…

The Joshua Tree Stonewall Remembrance Days is a celebration of music, film, poetry, dance, and fashion. The event will be at the Art Queen Complex on the highway in downtown Joshua Tree. Highlights include live music starting at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, a screening of the film “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” at 10: 30 p.m. tonight, and a pancake breakfast with live music and performance art at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A schedule of events can be seen with this story at z1077fm.com. Admission to all events is free.

 

Joshua Tree Stonewall Remembrance Days Event Schedule

Saturday, June 24

3:00 p.m. – Dance and Stretch with Dapper Studios. Participate…bring a yoga mat!

3:45 p.m. – Introductory Remarks: Why Remember Stonewall with T. Hammidi

4:00 p.m. – A fun fashion show by Dusty Deserette, and Pink-ish Leather Fashions presentation by the legendary Robert Warner

5:00 p.m. – Gallery reception for Eric Schwabel’s “Fertile Desert” exhibition

5:30 p.m. – Shari Elf performs “An Ode to Mr. Morgan”

6:00 p.m. – Poetry/Spoken Word by Raquel Gutierrez and Anna Joy Springer

6:45 pm – Dance Party/Live Bands: Teddy Quinn Band, Leslie Mariah and Small World Experience, Jeff Hafler & The Wonder People, Daytime Moon

10:30 p.m. – Screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (attendees encouraged to dress up)

 

Sunday, June 25

11:30 a.m. – A pancake breakfast with live music by the JT Jazz Band and performance art by Aaron Sheppard

 

To learn more about the event visit JTSRD’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ArtQueenJoshuaTree/


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