The Joshua Tree Knights of Columbus is holding a spaghetti dinner and Halloween costume party Saturday, October 29. Cocktails start at 4 p.m. and dinner is at 4:30. Tickets are $5, $3 for children; kids under 10 are free. The dinner and party is open to the public; attendees do not have to be Catholic or members of the Knights of Columbus. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. All proceeds will benefit Knights of Columbus charities. The dinner and party will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church hall, 7495 Church Street in Yucca Valley. For more information, call Randy at 760-464-9803, Shawn at 760-669-4403, or Charles at 760-694-7420.
One 80 Ministries will hold its annual fall harvest festival Monday, October 31. The free festival is from 5 to 8:30 p.m., and includes games and candy for the kids, music, hot dogs, and popcorn. A chili cook-off starts at 6 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee for the chili cook-off. One 80 Ministries is located at 6414 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree.
A special grant program is being offered by Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Edica Gonzales says graduate students can apply…
Graduate students interested in conducting research in Joshua Tree National Park can apply for a 2016 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant. Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of the Park. Multiple grants of up to $4,000 will assist students with field study expenses. The application deadline is October 31. Awards will be announced by December 15.
Applications are available here:
The Animal Action League will host a Howling Halloween event for kids and critters. There will be trick-or-treat candy for the kids and treats for the critters. Dogs and cats are encouraged to dress for the occasion, or a limited number of pet costumes are available for $5 each. Photos of your pets will be available for a $10 donation, along with raffles and a bake sale. Stop by the clinic office on Highway 62, just west of the dinosaurs, any time before 3:45 p.m. Halloween to buy your raffle tickets for prizes from local stores, restaurants, a tattoo parlor, and auto service shops. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. and do not need to be present to win. The Howling Halloween event is from 8 to 4 Monday, October 31. Spaying and neutering services are available by appointment only; walk-ins for vaccines and microchips are taken from 10 to 2. For more information, call 760-366-1100.
A Marine Corps pilot escaped serious injury when his jet crashed and burned at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms Tuesday. Shortly after 6 p.m., A Marine Corps spokesman said the F/A-18 Hornet had touched down on the base and after he touched down, the pilot ejected. The jet then burst into flames and burned. The spokesman said the pilot was not injured, but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The unidentified pilot is reported to be from Marine Aircraft Group-31 in Beaufort, South Carolina. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The crash comes three months after a July 27 crash that killed a pilot when the F/A-18 jet went down during a training mission at the Combat Center. Marine Major Richard Norton was stationed at Miramar. Then two weeks later, on August 13, another FA/18 Hornet from Miramar made an emergency landing on the base when a warning light indicated a possible fire on board the plane. The pilot landed the jet safely.
The City of Twentynine Palms had its annual temperature reading Tuesday night. Reporter David Haldane was there…
Twentynine Palms is doing just fine, thank you.
That was the gist of last night’s annual State of the City address by Mayor Dan Mintz. Among other things, he said, the city will soon add a bus stop chauffeuring visitors to Joshua Tree National Park, recently launched a new web site, has a balanced budget with a $10.9 million reserve and is enjoying low crime rates.
Other accomplishments include adding bike trails, seeing an increase in building permits, opening a new county-run fire department and being very close to starting Project Phoenix.
“We cannot waste today and we will not. We are planning for the future and addressing the challenges.”
In other actions, the Council appropriated $100,000 for outside contractor services related to Project Phoenix and approved funding for curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements as part of Project El Sol.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday morning, accused of carrying a stolen loaded gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, a Yucca Valley employee called to report that a man was sitting in a vehicle on the west side of the library in the town hall parking lot. with a chrome-colored handgun. Responding deputies contacted Robert Gould, 59, and a search of the handgun revealed it had been stolen. Robert Gould was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm that was not his own, booked at the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $25,000.
A Twentynine Palms juvenile was arrested Monday afternoon, accused of stealing mail from mailboxes. According to Sheriff’s reports, a resident in the 74300 block of Cottonwood Drive saw a boy throw mail on the ground about 12:30 p.m. The resident noticed that several mailboxes on the street had been opened. The boy then left on foot toward Mara Avenue and Maricopa Drive. Deputies found a boy, whose name or age were not released, with mail and a check that didn’t belong to him. The boy also had an unspecified warrant for his arrest. The boy was arrested on suspicion of mail theft, and taken to the Morongo Basin Jail for his warrant.
Scientists, engineers, astronomers, and park rangers will all be part of Joshua Tree National Park’s second annual Night Sky Festival. Reporter Kirby Davis says the weekend-long event is more than just looking at stars…
Joshua Tree National Park will host its second annual Night Sky Festival Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30. This year, events will be held at the park’s Oasis and Cottonwood Visitor’s Centers, and at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center, just north of the Twentynine Palm’s entrance to the park. The festival begins with opening remarks 6 p.m. Friday and ends with closing remarks 2 p.m. Sunday. Activities include lectures, wildlife programs, nature walks, an astronomy fair, night-sky viewing and building and launching model rockets. Sign language interpreters will be available for some events. For a complete schedule of events, go to a link in this story at z1077fm.com
Theatre 29 announces the cast of their final show of the season, “A Christmas Story.” This classic comedy is based on the holiday favorite movie written by humorist Jean Shepherd. The comedy follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his ongoing quest for a treasured Red Ryder BB gun. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the cast list…
Director Eric Ross has cast “A Christmas Story” at Theatre 29, which follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, played by Rory O’Brien, recently seen in “The Secret Garden.” The show is narrated by the Adult Ralph played by Ethan Flores, recently seen as Flounder in the theater 29’s “Disney’s The Littlest Mermaid.” Ralphie’s parents are played by Theatre 29 veterans Leonard Weber and Cindy Ross. Analisa Pilecki portrays Ralphie’s school teacher. Sharing the role of Ralphie’s little brother Randy are Theatre 29 newcomers Justin Casey-Eich and Ryan Kidd. His school pals are played by Adonai Patu and Nicholas Perez. Jesse Sheckler, another new-comer, will play Scut Farkas the school bully. Irene Harlan will play schoolmate Helen and Bella Oden of “The Secret Garden” plays Esther. Santa Claus will play himself. “A Christmas Story” is appropriate for all ages so bring the entire family to see this hysterical holiday favorite.
“A Christmas Story” runs weekends from November 18 through December 17, Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. with 2:30 Sunday matinees on November 27, and December 11. Regular tickets are $15, seniors and military $12, and $8 for students with ID or children under 12. Purchase tickets now at theatre29.orgor by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
The Mojave Water Agency will meet tomorrow, hosted by Copper Mountain College. The college will honor the agency and host a reception after the meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details…
Copper Mountain College will host the Mojave Water Agency’s Board meeting and honor the agency’s allegiance to the college tomorrow, October 27. In a little more than a decade, the Mojave Water Agency has appropriated almost $150,000 for student scholarships, xeriscape landscaping, and water conservation efforts. The meeting will be held at 4:30 in the college’s board room in the Greenleaf Library. Following the meeting, at approximately 5:15 p.m., CMC will host a reception to present a recent board of trustee’s resolution which honors the Mojave Water Agency and its dedication to the school. Tours of CMC’s landscaping are among the afternoon’s activities.
The Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree libraries will participate in a special reading event to set the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. The Read for the Record event will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 27, at the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley libraries, and at 4 p.m. at the Joshua Tree library. Readers are invited to the library to read “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach. The Read for the Record event is to raise awareness of the importance of reading to young children.
Last night’s Morongo Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting began with a tour of a recently modernized elementary school. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report…
The number two pencil is dead.
That’s the message imparted by Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten at last night’s tour of the new modernized Oasis Elementary School in Twentynine Palms. Chalkboards have been replaced by smart boards beaming Internet images from the teacher’s desk. Classroom ceilings now have embedded speakers enabling everyone to hear. And an elaborate intercom system connects classrooms to the principal’s office or even parents stationed abroad.
It’s all part of a $5 million remake of the aging campus that, among other things, added nearly 4,000 square feet of office space, seven classrooms, solar lighting and sophisticated new security systems.
District officials are so proud of the results that they showed them off during a two-hour open house prior to Tuesday’s regular board of education meeting. The goal, Baumgarten said: bringing the district into the 21st century.
The Twentynine Palms Water District will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will start the process of taking a serious look at wastewater treatment and pay against some unfunded retirement debt…
The Twentynine Palms Water District board meets for the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. Two resolutions stand out on tonight’s agenda. The first is the likely approval of a Wastewater Management Plan. This is a general planning tool or starter on the topic of wastewater treatment. It will provide a framework from which the district can begin a more serious look at the size and siting for a future sewage treatment facility. Also tonight, the board will consider transfer of just over $300,000 from an operating account to the California Employer’s Retirement Benefit Trust, that action is part of the district’s ongoing effort to address what was an unfunded retired employee health benefit liability. It all happens at the district office on the south side of Hatch Road in Twentynine Palms.
The Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department is accepting team registrations for its upcoming adult softball leagues, slated to start in November. Team fees are $400. The coed league will run on Monday and Wednesday nights, and the men’s league is on Tuesday nights. The deadline to register is Friday, November 4. For more information, stop by the recreation office located at Luckie Park, or call 760-367-7562.
The season’s first major thunderstorm blasted the region with more than 1,000 lightning bolts in 24 hours, and more than an inch of rain doused the San Bernardino Mountains, says the National Weather Service. The top three rainfall amounts fell in Crestline, 1.67 inches, Twin Peaks, 1.66, and Lake Arrowhead, 1.62. Locally Yucca Valley received .23 inches, Twentynine Palms .40, and .60 in Joshua Tree. Power lines were reported down in Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley, causing power outages in parts of the Morongo Basin for hours yesterday. Some minor flooding of roads was reported locally with no major damage or injuries reported.
The City of Twentynine Palms will present their state of the City address tonight as well as hearing from the park and the base. Reporter David Haldane checks the Council’s Agenda……
What’s the prognosis for Twentynine Palms?
That’s the subject of Mayor Dan Mintz’ State of the City address to be delivered at tonight’s regular meeting of the City Council. The address is an annual event, usually delivered just prior to the Council’s traditional re-organization at its last meeting in December. This year’s address is happening early, a spokesperson said, due to scheduling conflicts and the upcoming Council elections.
The address is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. following a meet-and-greet with Congressman Paul Cook. Other items on the agenda include updates on Joshua Tree National Park and the Marine Corps Ground Combat Center, as well as discussions of professional services for Project Phoenix and proposed curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements as part of the Project El Sol.
It all happens at City Hall on Adobe Road.
Two people were arrested Monday, after Yucca Valley resident called 9-1-1 and reported seeing lights on inside the garage of a neighboring vacation home in the 56300 block of Antelope Trail in Yucca Valley just before 11 p.m. The owners were out-of-town. Deputies arrived and contacted Justin Channell, 30, a transient, and Rachel Buckley, 38, of Landers, inside the house. The suspects had rifled through the victim’s belongings, dressers, and cabinets, the contents of which were strewn around the floor and had broken a hole through the living room wall to gain access to the locked garage. Deputies spoke with the property owner via phone, and she stated she did not know Channell or Buckley, and she did not give them permission to be inside her home. Justin Channell and Rachel Buckley were arrested and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for suspicion of residential burglary, with their bail set at $25,000.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of brandishing a weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, the new owner of a property in the 5100 block of Old Woman Springs Road went to the property about 3 p.m. Friday and discovered a man, later identified as Stephen White, 40, living in a trailer at the back of the lot. When the owner confronted White, White allegedly showed the owner that he had a gun. The owner retreated and called deputies, who arrested Stephen White for investigation of brandishing a weapon, and on a $250,000 warrant for vandalism. White was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday, accused of breaking into a church. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were alerted to a burglary in progress at Faith in the Word Christian Center in the 72200 block of Indian Trail about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. During a search of the area, deputies found Oscar Natwick, 39. After an investigation, Oscar Natwick was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.