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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY AND SOCCER CAR WASH TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley cross-country team and Yucca Valley girls’ soccer team will host a joint car wash Saturday, August 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower student parking lot at the Yucca Valley High School. All proceeds will benefit both teams for the upcoming seasons. They are asking for a $5 donation for each car wash. You may buy tickets in advance from any runner or girls soccer player.


NO CHANGE TO SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended that the Department of the Interior not revoke or adjust the boundaries of Sand to Snow National Monument. The monument was under review in accordance with President Trump’s April 26, executive order. “Today, I am recommending that no changes be made to the Sand to Snow National Monument and that the Monument is no longer under official Department of the Interior review,” said Secretary Zinke. “The land of​ ​Sand to Snow National Monument is some of the most ​diverse terrain in the West, and the monument ​is home to incredible geographic, biologic, and archaeological history of our nation.”
In February 2016, President Obama created the 154,000-acre Sand to Snow National Monument, which includes parts of Morongo Valley and the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, to protect features of both low desert terrain and high alpine peaks. It stretches from the desert floor in the Coachella Valley all the way to the top of the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains. Sand to Snow National Monument has established options for outdoor enthusiasts, including 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, camping, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Still awaiting a recommendation, due by August 24, is the review of the Mojave Trails National Monument. That decision is tied to the proposed Cadiz Inc. water project that is seeking to pump groundwater from an aquifer east of Twentynine Palms to coastal cities.


YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY TO SPONSOR THEATRE 29 OPENING NIGHT

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will open at Theatre 29 with a gala fundraiser August 25. The sponsor for opening night is the Yucca Valley Rotary Club, which will use the proceeds to send high school kids to Rotary youth leadership academy camps this fall and spring. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a musical extravaganza opening at Theatre 29 on Friday, August 25 with a gala fundraiser. Tickets for opening night ONLY are $35 each. Join the Yucca Valley Rotarians at 6 p.m. for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The curtain will rise on the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical at 7 p.m. Sweets will be served at intermission. Directed by Rebecca Havely, the cast stars Jericho McWilliams as Joseph, Analisa Pilecki and Scott Clinkscales as the narrators, and Ben Bees as Pharaoh, plus many, many more. The musical is sung from beginning to end with show-stopping numbers, including a country western hoe-down, a 60s go-go number, a 50s sock hop and a Caribbean calypso. The entire family will enjoy this show about a boy whose dreams come true.
Opening night tickets ONLY can be purchased at The Loan Lady, Realty Professionals, from any Rotarian, or by calling 760-365-7003. The show will run through September 17, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. Regular tickets prices are $10 to $15. For those tickets, visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.


“UP CLOSE” SHOW EXAMINES JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOIL ORDER AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

When Joshua Basin Water District’s water main broke July 27, customers were urged to boil their water, or to use their emergency water supplies for several days. Many residents were unprepared for a water emergency as they had not set aside a supply of water to use in emergencies. Coming up on tomorrow’s Z107.7 Up Close Show are two guests who will discuss the boil water advisory and how to prepare for emergencies. Curt Sauer is the general manager of the Joshua Basin Water District, and Gary Sturdivan is an expert in emergency preparedness. Call in tomorrow with your questions about preparing for emergencies and disasters on the Z107.7 Up Close Show, starting at 10 a.m.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PLANNING 81ST ANNUAL PIONEER DAYS

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce hosted a 2017 Pioneer Days planning session yesterday. Chamber President Jacob Smith gave a rundown for the 81st annual community celebration, set for the second and third weeks on October, with a kick-off event September 15. The theme, submitted by Ann Congdon, is “On the Frontier, Preserving the Past while Forging the Future.” The traditional parade will honor Grand Marshals Owen and Audrey Gillick. Smith announced there would be no carnival this year, saying the Chamber will instead rent some rides and games and operate them themselves. Events will include the outhouse races, pancake breakfast, chili dinner, a craft fair, children’s say, Little Miss and Master contest, a golf tournament, and an animal parade. Other events will be live Concerts, a Beer Garden, skateboard and video game contests and a Firetruck pull.


REACH OUT GETS A NEW VAN FROM ANONYMOUS DONOR

When a local private organization wanted to help Reach Out Morongo Basin with its biggest need, there was no question about what the charity would ask for. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…

Reach Out Morongo Basin received a welcome addition to its neighbors-helping-neighbors program last week when the charity purchased a new eight-passenger van. The 2017 Toyota Sienna van will be used to provide low-income seniors and disabled residents in the Morongo Basin with free transportation to doctors, grocery stores, and social services appointments. The organization also provides free rides to doctors and specialists in the San Bernardino and Coachella Valley areas every week. Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser said the organization’s vans have, on average, more than 165,000 miles on them, and costs for maintenance and repairs were increasing dramatically. The $36,000 van was purchased for Reach Out by a local private organization that asked to remain anonymous.

Staff and clients of Reach Out Morongo Basin with the neighbors helping neighbors new 2017 Toyota Sienna van purchased on August 11, 2017 with funds received from a local private organization who wishes to remain anonymous.


WATER VENDING MACHINE STOLEN FROM A LANDERS CONVENIENCE STORE

The Sheriff’s is investigating a case of a stolen water dispensing machine in Landers. According to a Sheriff’s report, two men in an older model white flat-bed truck arrived at the Halliday convenience store in the 56000 block of Reche Road in Landers about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. A surveillance video showed that the men broke the water line to the Glacier water machine, which had been sitting unsecured outside the store for five years, and then dragged the machine down Acoma Trail to New Dixie Mine Road. The deputy located the abandoned machine, with its door forced open, on Dixie Mine Road. The machine is valued at about $11,000. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.


MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING WOMAN FOR REPORTING HIM DUI

A man who beat up his girlfriend after she said she reported him to police for driving drunk was arrested Wednesday, accused of spousal abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman told Richard McLane, 23, who allegedly drove drunk from his home in the 70800 block of Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms to a store, that she had video recorded him. She told deputies that McLane then attacked her, and injured her face. After an investigation, Richard McLane was arrested for felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.


COLLEGE PROGRAM TO HELP NEW STUDENTS

Starting school at a new campus can be stressful, even bewildering at times. But a special program for students new to Copper Mountain College aims to ease any fears by starting newcomers off on the right foot. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…
For students new to Copper Mountain College, the second annual College Kickoff welcome event on August 18 promises to smooth the path for those transitioning to the Joshua Tree campus. CMC’s kickoff assembly begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome message and registration in the Bell Center Gymnasium. Attendees will hear about campus life from administrators and current students. There will also be time for students and staff to discuss CMC’s special programs. After which, students can meet professors and become familiar with the campus by joining in the Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt. Lunch will be served in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen followed by games, a photo booth, prizes and more. The program will also include time for new students to get their CMC identification cards and parking passes or shop for supplies at the bookstore. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Kayla Eberhardt at 760-366-3791 ext. 5895 or keberhardt@cmccd.edu.


DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS ASSISTANCE VAN IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will be in Yucca Valley tomorrow to advise and help veterans with questions about their rights, benefits, and claims. This service is free of charge, even without a membership to DAV. The DAV Mobile Service Office program will be held on Friday, August 18, from 9 to 4 at Discount Tires, 7288 Barberry Avenue. Veterans should bring with them their claim number, Social Security number, and any other pertinent documentation. For more information, call 310-477-2530.


WITH SCHOOL STARTING MONDAY, YOU ARE INVITED TO “STUFF THE BUS”

In case you’re wondering, school starts next week. Reporter David Haldane has a suggestion on something you can do before then…
Got any school supplies you no longer need? If so, the Morongo Unified School District and Student Transportation of America urge you to Stuff the Bus.
That’s the name of a program they’ve put together over the next two days to collect supplies for distribution during the coming school year. From 11-7 tomorrow and 8-3 on Saturday, buses will be parked at various locations throughout the Morongo Basin to, well, get stuffed.

Bus stuffing locations:
Morongo Valley:
Village Market, 49727 Twentynine Palms Highway

Landers/Yucca Mesa:
Hero Market, 1160 Old Woman Springs Road

Yucca Valley:
Walmart, 58501 Twentynine Palms Highway,
Dollar General, 55556 Twentynine Palms Highway

Joshua Tree:
Sam’s Market, 61380 Twentynine Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms:
Rite-Aid, 72253 Twentynine Palms Highway
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center:
Condor Elementary School


LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION TOMORROW

La Contenta Middle School is holding its orientation day tomorrow, Friday, August 18. Seventh-grade students, and eighth-grade students who are new to the school district, should attend the orientation anytime between noon and 2 p.m. Meet in the multi-purpose room at La Contenta Middle School. Students will receive their cafeteria lunch number and may purchase gym uniforms, an ASB membership card, pre-pay for yearbooks, obtain bus schedules, and can tour the school. The school nurse will be in the main office for parents who need to drop off T-dap shot record information. The first day of school at La Contenta Middle School is Monday, August 21, starting at 7:09 a.m.


COUNTY TELEVISION SERVICES BACK ON FOR NOW; HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED

A raven, lightning, and flash flooding share the blame for this weekend’s troubles with the county television service. Scott Fritz with the county’s special services district, told Z107.7 News that a lightning strike blew several power poles out of the ground, and a raven landed on a transformer, causing the transformer to blow up. Flash flooding has washed out the road to the top of Pinto Mountain, making it difficult for workers to get up there to make the repairs. A back-up generator, which must be refilled with fuel every three days, is running the power for the TV service. Fritz said he hopes road and power repair crews will be able to repair the damage next week. And, he added, after 28 years of working for the county special services district, he plans to retire as of August 31.


COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION CONSIDERS A MORONGO VALLEY GAS STATION

The County Planning Commission tomorrow will consider yet another gas station/convenience store on the highway in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details of a public hearing on the matter…

At tomorrow’s 9 a.m. meeting of the San Bernardino County Planning Commission, chairman Paul Smith will convene a public hearing in connection with an application for a Conditional Use Permit to establish an almost 5,000-square-foot convenience store with 12 gas pumps on the southeast corner of Highway 62 and Senilis Avenue in Morongo Valley. The project, would be squeezed onto 1.2 acres next to the Village Food Mart & Deli and across the road from the Chevron gas station and convenience store. The applicant is seeking a variance in order to allow encroachment onto the street side and rear setbacks. The Planning Commission meets in the County Government Center at 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino.


SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES KEPT VERY BUSY MONDAY

From a shot-out window to stolen ceramic yard art, Sheriff’s deputies were busy Monday. In Twentynine Palms, about 7 a.m., a resident in the 6300 block of Desert Queen Avenue called to report he was woken up by the sound of a loud pop. When he got up to investigate, he discovered his kitchen window had been shot at and the bullet traveled through a cupboard before lodging in the drywall. A resident in the 7100 block of Barnes Drive reported a burglar had entered his home through a window during the night and stolen electronics and jewelry. The resident of a home in the 73700 block of Siesta Drive reported two burglars took a jack hammer out of his truck parked in his driveway. Residents in a duplex in the 6300 block of Yucca Avenue also reported a burglary from a vehicle. And in the 81300 block of Calle de Muzik Road in Wonder Valley, a neighbor reported that three suspects were trying to steal a car out of a garage. And in Joshua Tree, a resident in the 61700 block of Hilltop Drive reported that thieves had stolen five ceramic frogs, two ceramic turtles, a birdbath, and a dog statue out of her front yard. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s department at 760-366-4175.


DAV TO HOLD THIRD ANNUAL VETERANS SHOOTING COMPETITION

The Morongo Basin Chapter #60 of the Disabled American Veterans will hold its third air rifle shooting competition in Twentynine Palms October 7. Managing editor Tami Roleff sets her sights on when and where…

The Disabled American Veterans Morongo Basin Chapter #60 will hold its third air rifle shooting competition in Twentynine Palms October 7 on board the Marine base. All veterans are welcome, and all disabilities will be accommodated. Register by 4 p.m. Friday, September 15. Sign in and range safety instruction will be given at 7:30 a.m. October 7, and the competition begins at 9 a.m. This is a family-friendly event; absolutely no alcohol is allowed. For more information, call 760-364-2027.


TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN HELD AFTER THEFT FROM HOME DEPOT

Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested, after they tried to steal flooring from Home Depot. According to a Sheriff’s report, Daryll Speer, 22, and a woman are remodeling their home in the 5900 block of Baileya and had torn up their floor. They contacted Thomas Higgins, 34, and asked him to give them a ride to Home Depot in Yucca Valley Saturday. Once there, the woman went into the store and loaded about a dozen boxes of flooring onto a cart, and then walked out shortly before 10 p.m. without paying for them. When the woman was confronted by store employees, she allegedly called Speer and Higgins who were still inside the store, and the three of them fled before deputies arrived. A deputy stopped Higgins’ vehicle later than night near Sage Avenue and Highway 62. The store manager positively identified the suspects, and the deputy found six boxes of flooring in Speer’s home. Daryll Speer and Thomas Higgins were arrested for investigation of conspiracy, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $25,000 each. The woman was released to paramedics due to medical problems, and taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment.


REPTILES AND RATTLESNAKE SAFETY LECTURE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is offering another brown bag lunch lecture. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details…

Have you ever stumbled upon a baby snake curled up under the bushes? Been surprised by a rattler on your porch? The next brown bag lunch lecture, Reptiles of the Mojave Desert and Rattlesnake Safety, addresses the natural history of Mojave Desert herpetofauna as well as rattlesnake safety. The lecture will be given by Jerry Dion Morrill and Robert Twombley, founders of the herpetological conservation organization Cali Boys Reptile Rescue and Relocation. Morrill and Twombley will also bring live rattlesnake specimens. Bring your brown bag lunch and a friend to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Thursday, August 17 at 12 noon. Beverages will be served. Admission is $5, free to members and sponsors.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, after his ex-girlfriend said he pushed and punched her. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6300 block of Richard Drive in Yucca Valley about 10:40 p.m. Sunday. The victim said Aiden Stockman, 20, was arguing with her, and when she tried to de-escalate the argument by walking away, he pushed and punched her, giving her a black eye and scratches on her face. Aiden Stockman was arrested at Hi-Desert Medical Center where he went to get his hand stitched up, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested late Saturday night, after she hit her roommate with a plastic crate. Shortly before 11 p.m., deputies were called to the 6900 block of Easterly Drive because Cathy Amparan, 64, was arguing with her roommate, who told deputies Amparan threw a plastic crate at her, which hit her in the eye. After an investigation, Cathy Amparan was arrested on suspicion of inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant/spouse. Cathy Amparan was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $50,000.


JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD TO REVIEW MAIN BREAK AND BOIL ORDER TONIGHT

A review of the recent watermain break and emergency boil order for Joshua Tree residents is among the agenda items at tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has highlights…

At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board is expected to discuss a number of items including the watermain break and resulting “boil order” of July 27 and 28, the third quarter financial report, and membership in the California Special Districts Association. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Basin Water District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.


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