The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Friday, October 21, at the Church of the Nazarene, 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley.
The Hi-Desert Medical Center continues its free health care lecture series with “More Than Wearing Pink.” Here’s more from reporter Rebecca Havely…
The Hi-Desert Medical Center is raising awareness regarding breast imaging in its latest free lecture in a series. In the lecture “More Than Wearing Pink,” the director of medical imaging shares the latest advances that have been made in breast imaging, and what the future holds for early detection. The lecture takes place on Wednesday, October 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center, located at 6601 White Feather Road in Joshua Tree. Free give-a-ways and refreshments will be provided. Raise your awareness for breast imaging and the importance of follow up care. To register call the 24/7 event registration line at 760-366-6322, or register online at hdmc.org.
Join the Andromeda Society Astronomy Club Friday, October 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. for a preview of the winter constellations. Bring your own telescope and binoculars or enjoy the club’s equipment. Volunteers will be available if you need help with your telescope. The event will be held at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue at Aberdeen Road. For more information, visit www.theandromedasociety.com.
Water harvesting will be the subject of a lecture tomorrow. Reporter Edica Gonzales has your invitation…
The second lecture in the series on permaculture will be on water harvesting. The lecture will be held at the Yucca Valley Senior Center in the community center complex on Friday, October 21, starting at 6 p.m. A question and answer session will follow. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.
The Morongo Unified School District is accepting applications for residents to serve on a Surplus Property Advisory Committee for the former Joshua Tree Elementary School. Committee members will review data and determine what should be considered surplus property and how it should be used or disposed of. For applications, call Barb Stewart at 760-367-9191, extension 4251, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Morongo Unified School District website, morongo.k12.ca.us.
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team hosted the Desert Mirage Rams yesterday, Senior Night, and won in three sets.
Junior Lindsey Scamman led the team with seven kills, three blocks, and two assists. Senior Tatiyanna Mackall had four kills, three ace serves, and two blocks. Senior Selemara Mapuatuli had four kills, one solo block, and one blocking assist. Junior Vaitupu Melei had four kills, and two ace serves. Sophomore Gabby Mackall had one kill, two aces, 16 assists and one blocking assist. Hope Culver had six ace serves for the night.
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat tennis team hosted Big Bear on Tuesday. The Ladycats came away with the win 11 to 7.
In singles action, the Ladycats were led by Lexi Wade and Alicia Gilchrist, who won both of their sets, while Kaitlynn Black won one of her sets. In doubles action, the teams of Sherolyn Alconaba/Danny Morrissey and Sadie Brown/Sam Crippen won both of their sets, while the teams of Kyla Limon/Shadia Sanchez and Tamesha Jefferson/Trinity Bosch both won one set.
In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ tennis team will host Big Bear High School at home. The match starts at 3:15.
Also today, the Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning volleyball team will play Palm Valley at home. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
The annual Great California Shake Out earthquake drill on Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. will involve more than 10 million people. Listen to Z107.7 as radio personality Pat Michaels leads you in the Shake Out earthquake drill. Before Thursday, make sure you, your family, and co-workers or students know how to protect themselves in an earthquake. Hint: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Make sure that your disaster plans are current. Practice makes perfect, so register to participate at ShakeOut.org/california/register (although you don’t need to register to participate). ShakeOut.org also has information on how to prepare for an earthquake.
After appointing 20 Yucca Valley students to the town’s Youth Commission, the Yucca Valley Town Council agreed to add two more students as alternates during their meeting last night. Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten gave the council an update on projects in the school district and a preview of the Battle of the Bosses, the half-time entertainment during the 49th annual Battle of the Bell football game, coming up November 4 between Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools. Managing editor Tami Roleff says council members also heard good news about crime trends in Yucca Valley…
Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling had good news for Yucca Valley residents at last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council. Joling gave the town council an update on crime trends in the third quarter of the fiscal year, compared to last year. Burglaries are down 44 percent compared to the same time last year. While Yucca Valley had one homicide this quarter, compared to 0 last year, other violent crimes, such as rape, robbery, arson, and assaults are down, some by as much as 66 percent. Joling also dismissed fears about evil clowns in the Morongo Basin. “There have not been any incidents in the entire Morongo Basin, no assault, no one dressed up as a clown.”
And in closed session, the town council gave the town manager Curtis Yakimow an outstanding performance review and agreed to extend his contract, which expires in June. An ad hoc committee will develop a contract extension and bring it to the town council within the next 30 days.
Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling discusses crime trends in Yucca Valley.
Yucca Valley students pose with Yucca Valley Mayor Bob Leone after being appointed as the town’s youth commissioners.
Two people were injured during a single-vehicle crash last night on Old Woman Springs Road, just north of Yucca Valley. About 8 p.m., Lacey Barnett, 31, of Hemet, was driving southbound on the highway, just north of Pipes Canyon Road, when 2001 Toyota left the road and went over the embankment, rolled over several times before landing on its wheels about 10 feet down in the desert. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the passenger, Joshua Echols, 29, of San Jacinto. Joshua Echols was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with serious injuries. Lacey Barnett was also taken to Desert Hospital with moderate injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
A sharp-eyed deputy recognized a driver who was known to be armed and dangerous, and made a felony traffic stop in Yucca Valley Monday night. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, the deputy recognized the driver of a black Silverado, stopped the vehicle at Palomar Avenue and Yucca Trail about 9:30, and ordered the driver out at gunpoint. The driver, identified as Joshua Thompson, 30, had an active felony warrant for his arrest. The deputy also found suspected methamphetamine and heroin. Joshua Thompson was arrested on suspicion of burglary, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.
After more than a year of bitter argument, local teachers finally have a new contract agreement. Reporter David Haldane has the story…
The Eagle has landed.
That’s the sentiment around the Morongo Unified School District today following the board of education’s unanimous ratification of a contract agreement with district teachers at a special meeting early Tuesday.
Under its terms—effective as soon as the county board of supervisors okays them—teachers will receive an 8.52% increase in salaries and benefits over the life of the contract, which expires in June. This will result in annual pay scales ranging from about $49,000 to $103,500.
The agreement comes after more than a year of acrimonious negotiations during which teachers worked without a contract.
Superintendent Tom Baumgarten expressed relief Tuesday that the rancor had ended. Finally, he said, everyone can get back to teaching.
A copy of the tentative agreement can be seen here:
Teachers tentative contract
Due to electrical problems, last week’s Friday opening of Theatre 29’s Halloween Haunt was cancelled, The Saturday Haunt was well attended. To make up for the cancellation, an additional day for the Haunt has been added this Sunday, October 23, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. “Resurgence,” the eleventh incarnation of the Halloween Haunt, has adventurous souls exploring a haunted mansion built atop a collapsed mine. The Halloween Haunt uses the entire Theatre 29 main stage and exterior spaces. Tickets are $7 each at the door or $5 each for groups of six or more. Tours start every 10 to 15 minutes. In addition to the extra day on October 23, the Haunt is open 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays October 21, 22, 28, 29, and Sunday and Monday, October 30, and 31. For more information call 760-361-4151 or visit theatre29.org. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms, right around the corner from Builders Supply.
A candidates’ forum for the Joshua Basin Water District Board will be held tomorrow. Reporter and Forum Moderator Mike Lipsitz tells you when and where…
Meet and query the five candidates vying for three board seats at the Joshua Basin Water District at a public forum 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20th at the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce on Hallee Road. Incumbents Bob Johnson and Mickey Luckman are running to keep their seats against challengers Douglas “Buck” Buckley, Richard Fountain and Geary Hund. Candidates will take questions submitted in advance or at the forum. Questions may be submitted ahead of time via email to email@example.com with “JBWD” in the subject line. Questions must be worded so all the candidates can answer them. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors has been cancelled. A special meeting has been called tonight with one board member taking part via telephone. At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District the board is expected to approve a contract with an outside vendor for grant services at a price not to exceed $60,000. That item and others will follow public comments. Committee, staff and director’s reports come later. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and takes place at the district office on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.
The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says new piping and effluent recharge is on the agenda…
Tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors looks to be fairly routine. The board will be asked to approve a purchase of nearly $56,000 for new water pipes for the Paradise Valley neighborhood of Yucca Valley. The board will then hear a presentation on using treated effluent from the future sewer plant to recharge the Warren sub-basin. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in district offices at Inca Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.
LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, October 20, at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.
A free seminar on updates and changes to Medicare will be held Saturday, October 22 in Yucca Valley. Sponsored by the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, representatives will answer questions and provide information for low-income and disabled residents. The consumer advocacy organization estimates that 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries may see some significant changes in their benefits and costs. The seminar will be held from 10:30 to noon at Valley Community Chapel, 59025 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley.
The Morongo Valley Fire Department will conduct a drill tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says Morongo Valley Elementary will be the location…
Morongo Valley Elementary School will be on shaky ground tomorrow morning. At least that’s the premise when fire fighters from Morongo Valley Fire with back up from Cal Fire Yucca Valley descend on the school at 10 a.m. The first responders will be answering the call in response to an earthquake and search and rescue drill. After the drill the fire department will distribute fire prevention information and demonstrate the fire apparatus and equipment.
The Twentynine Palms High School will hold its fall concert Thursday, October 20 in the high school gym. Doors open at 6:15; the concert starts at 7. Admission is $5.
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats tennis team traveled to Desert Hot Springs to face the Golden Eagles on Monday. The Ladycats routed the Eagles 18-0. Coach Bill Shay said the Ladycats improved to 9-5 on the season and currently are in third place in the DeAnza League.
In singles action, the Ladycats were led by Alicia Gilchrist, Lexi Wade, and Kaitlynn Black, who swept all three of their sets. In doubles action, the Ladycats were led by the teams of Kyla Limon/Lynn Meza-Hernandez, Sherolyn Alconaba/Danny Morrissey, and Sadie Brown/Samantha Crippen, who also swept all three of their sets.