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FREE MEAL FOR MILITARY ON MEMORIAL DAY AT TORTOISE ROCK

Military service members are invited to enjoy a free cheeseburger and fries at the Oasis Grill at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms on Memorial Day, May 27. The free meal is offered from noon to 6 p.m. to honor those who have served in the military.


WHAT MORMONS REALLY BELIEVE DISCUSSED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

The topic of discussion at Lifetree Café tomorrow is the beliefs of Mormons. With more here’s reporter Eric Knabe…
The beliefs and practices of the Mormon faith will be explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday, May 21 at 4 P.M. The program—titled “Mormons: Christian? Cult? What do they really believe?”—includes interviews with someone who has left the Mormon church and someone who has joined it. In addition, an interview with a theology professor will be shown and discussed. Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2597. Reporting for Z101.7 this is Eric Knabe.


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE SHOW AT BOXO HOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE

An artist who was in residence at BoxoHouse four years ago will show an exhibition of her work that sprang from her residency. Heather L. Johnson rode her motorcycle from New Jersey to Joshua Tree in 2013 and collected texts, artifacts, and other memorabilia from the places she visited. Then in 2015, she rode from Twentynine Palms to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her show, “Full Circle” is based on experiences she collected during her journeys. Her exhibition will be on display Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 at BoxoHouse, 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.


TWO CAMPFIRE TALKS TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold two evening campfire talks in the park tonight. A talk on tortoise tales will be held at Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater, while at the Cottonwood campground amphitheater the topic will be on water in the desert. Both talks are at 8 p.m.


YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TO HOLD EXTRAVAGANZA TODAY

Make plans to support the talented and hard-working students of Yucca Valley High School this Saturday as students present their Fifth Annual Extravaganza, an event designed to showcase the talents of the visual and performing arts at the school. The event will feature art, music, improv, drama, food and games. The Extravaganza starts at noon today till 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Yucca Valley High School. Admission is $10.


MAY MEETING TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE

If you enjoy eating, learning about good food, and meeting new people—and who doesn’t—the Transition Joshua Tree local food program offers a free, educational event every month. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says Sunday’s program will feature the foods of Thailand…
Transition Joshua Tree holds its community dinner and produce giveaway on Sunday, May 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church East Parkway in Joshua Tree. This is vegetarian themed event featuring the food of Thailand. The demonstration garden will be open for viewing and recipes are available to take home, as well as fresh produce from the garden and the market. 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.


TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE FUNDRAISER AT FIRE HOUSE SUBS TONIGHT

Tri-Valley Little League will hold a fundraiser today, Saturday, May 20, at Firehouse Subs in Yucca Valley. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 20 percent of proceeds will go to the Little League organization. A flyer—available with this story at z1077fm.com—must be presented at the time of ordering for the fundraiser. Firehouse Subs is located at 58709 29 Palms Highway, in front of Marshall’s and PetCo.


FISH AND CHIPS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT, PANCAKES SUNDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up Cindy’s pancakes for breakfast Sunday from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.
 


LAST WEEKEND FOR “INTO THE WOODS” AT THEATRE 29

The Broadway musical, “Into the Woods,” will end its run with two more performances this weekend at Theatre 29. “Into the Woods” intermingles the lives of many of your favorite fairytale characters in unexpected ways. A baker and his wife, cursed by a witch, journey into the woods to reverse the curse. In the woods they meet Cinderella and her family, Little Red Ridinghood and the Wolf, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, handsome Princes, and Jack and his beloved cow. When Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry giant, we see how consequences haunt them all in disastrous ways. Final performances of Into the Woods are Saturday evening at 7 and Sunday at 2:30. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID. “Into the Woods” has a more mature theme, so parental guidance is suggested for children under 13. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.
 


MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUSTS RAISES ETHICS ISSUES IN INTERIOR NOMINEE

The controversial proposal by Cadiz Inc. to pump water out of the aquifer east of Twentynine Palms and ship it to Orange County could get a green light more easily if the U.S. Senate confirms Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy secretary of the Interior. David Bernhardt is a partner in a national law firm that has collected $2.75 million in legal fees—including 200,000 stock shares—from Cadiz. In addition, Cadiz’s chief executive officer, Scott Slater, is a lawyer in the same law firm as Bernhardt. Moreover, Bernhardt’s law firm has sued the Department of the Interior four times for its various clients.
Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington asked Bernhardt during his confirmation hearing yesterday (Thursday) if he would recuse himself from making any decisions about Cadiz while he was deputy secretary. Bernhardt did not specifically commit to doing so for more than one year, but he did say, “The minute I walk out of that firm, I have no interest in their interests.” (Bernhardt said he would resign as partner from his law firm if he is confirmed). If the Cadiz project is approved, his law firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck could earn another 200,000 stock shares.
Bernhardt did tell senators that while science will play a role in the department’s policy making, decisions will be based on “the policy perspective of the President” whenever possible. Mojave Desert Land Trust Executive Director Danielle Segura said her organization is “even more concerned about the growing threats to public land in the California desert.” She added that the fact that Bernhardt will be overseeing the same issues he lobbied for “is not only an ethical conflict, it is a conflict between him and the values of those who live in our desert communities.”


NEW BOARD MEMBER NAMED TO JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT

A new director has been selected to serve Joshua Basin Water District. It happened last night and Z107.7 News Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there …
At last night’s special meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, directors unanimously choose Tom Floen from among five candidates to fill the board seat left vacant by the passing of Victoria Fuller. A retired law enforcement officer out of Los Angeles, Floen retired to Joshua Tree many years ago and has been a regular fixture at District meetings in recent years. Described as even-handed and well respected, Floen currently serves on the District’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee. Floen took the oath of office immediately following the board decision. In other business, the board voted in support of an Association of California Water Agencies policy on Bay and Delta flow requirements. Director Rebecca Unger abstained.


CAT ON A POWER POLE CAUSES TWENTYNINE PALMS POWER OUTAGE

Some Twentynine Palms residents were without power for over an hour Thursday night as crews worked to rescue a cat up a power pole. About 8 p.m., Southern California Edison crews were called to the Twentynine Palms cemetery because a cat was on top of a power pole. After trying unsuccessfully to get the cat down, the workers turned off the power to protect the kitty. The power outage affected the Twentynine Palms High School, Smith’s Ranch Drive-In, as well as hundreds of residents from Highway 62 to Indian Trail. After about an hour and a half, the cat ran down the pole, and SoCal Edison turned the power back on.

The cat was sitting on this transformer.
Photo by MaryKay Sherry.

Photo courtesy MaryKay Sherry.


PROPANE TANKS STOLEN IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a commercial burglary in which propane tanks were stolen from a Morongo Valley business sometime Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, employees arriving at the County Market in the 9600 block of Lanning Lane noticed that sometime between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday, someone had cut open the lock of the propane storage cage and stole about 20 propane tanks. The 15-pound tanks are described as white with the AmeriGas logo on them, and valued at about $50 each, for a total loss of $1000. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Wednesday morning following a traffic stop. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a red Toyota 4-Runner on Highway 62 near Balsa Avenue for having only one working headlight about 12:45 a.m. The driver, Daryll Speer, 22, did not have proof of insurance or registration, and the 2018 registration sticker on the rear license plate was partially torn. Speer claimed to not know how the sticker got on the license plate. Inside the vehicle, the deputy found drug paraphernalia, and Speer allegedly admitted to dumping meth outside the car as he was pulling over. Daryll Speer was arrested on suspicion of felony false vehicle registration, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.


ROUTE 62 CRUISERS CAR SHOW TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

If you appreciate the beauty of classic, lovingly restored cars, powerful motors, sleek motorcycles and quirky specialty vehicles, make plans to be at the Route 62 Cruisers Car show tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Yucca Valley event will start with a Firefighters breakfast…

The Route 62 Cruisers will hold its 10th annual car show Saturday, May 20 at the Tractor Supply in Yucca Valley. Registration to enter your classic car, truck, bike, or hot rod starts at 7 a.m. and is $35 at the gate. The San Bernardino County Firefighters will host a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the show site. The car show starts at 9 a.m., and there will be food and vendors as well as lots of cool-looking cars. Awards for best in show, best truck, best bike, best rat rod, people’s choice, kids’ choice, and under construction will be given at 3 p.m. For more information, call 760-401-3976.


LAST WEEKEND FOR “INTO THE WOODS” AT THEATRE 29

The Broadway musical, “Into the Woods,” will end its run with three performances this weekend at Theatre 29. “Into the Woods” intermingles the lives of many of your favorite fairytale characters in unexpected ways. A baker and his wife, cursed by a witch, journey into the woods to reverse the curse. In the woods they meet Cinderella and her family, Little Red Ridinghood and the Wolf, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, handsome Princes, and Jack and his beloved cow. When Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry giant, we see how consequences haunt them all in disastrous ways. Final performances on Into the Woods are this Friday and Saturday evening at 7 and Sunday at 2:30. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID. “Into the Woods” has a more mature theme, so parental guidance is suggested for children under 13. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.


CLASS ON FEMALE DEITIES AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

A cross-cultural presentation on Asia’s ancient goddess is the third class in a series on female deities, set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Edica Gonzalez joins us with the details…

The Women’s Heritage Project will present the third class in its series “What’s This Goddess Stuff All About?” on Saturday, May 20. The class will discuss Asia’s primordial female deity. A donation of $25 is requested but no one will be turned away. The class will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley. Additional classes will be held June 3, June 17, and July 1. To register, call 323-504-0260.


IODINE WORKSHOP AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m., herbalist and nutrition coach Charla Shamhart will offer a workshop “Iodine:  Essential Nutrient for Life.” Those who have low energy or concerns about their thyroid health are encouraged to attend. Shamhart has worked with herbs and holistic health for over 40 years. The class will be held at Rainbow Stew, 55509 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Yucca Valley across from Dollar General. There is no charge for the class, but a donation is appropriate. Find her on Facebook at Iodine Support Group.


THREE CAMPFIRE TALKS THIS WEEKEND IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold three evening campfire talks in the park this weekend. Friday, May 19, stories from Keys’ Ranch is the focus of a talk at the Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater. On Saturday, May 20, a talk on tortoise tales will be held at Jumbo Rocks, while at the Cottonwood campground amphitheater the topic will be on water in the desert. All talks are at 8 p.m.


FISH AND CHIPS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT, PANCAKES SUNDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up Debbie’s fish and chips dinner tonight, (Friday, May 19) from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday’s breakfast will feature Cindy’s pancakes from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.


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