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MESA FEST CHARITY EVENT TOMORROW

 Mesa Fest, an inaugural charity event that supports the Yucca Mesa Community Center, is tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation…
The Yucca Mesa fall festival, Mesa Fest, will take place Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy the chili cook off, craft beer garden, horse shoe competition and much more. This fundraiser will benefit the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association and Yucca Mesa Community Center. The event will be held at 3133 Balsa Avenue in Yucca Valley. For more information, visit yuccamesa.org/mesafest.


STAR TWIRLERS CRAZY HAT SQUARE AND LINE DANCING TOMORROW NIGHT

The Star Twirlers Square Dance club is hosting a crazy hat line and square dance tomorrow, Saturday, September 24. Line dancing will be held 7 to 7:30 and between tips; square dancing is at 7:30 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge, on Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Wear your craziest hat. Admission is $7 for squares and $5 for lines, and includes a buffet. All square and line dancers are invited to attend. For more information, call 760-365-3518.  


SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY TOMORROW

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, September 24. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will end about 11:30, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be Saturn, Mars Neptune and Uranus, as well as the red supergiant star, the Garnet Star. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.


JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAYS OBSERVANCES

Observations of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays are available to Morongo Basin residents. Reporter Davis Haldane tells you how to participate…
If you’re wondering where to go for the Jewish High Holidays, you’re in luck: The Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and the Desert Area is sponsoring free observances open to residents of Desert Hot Springs and the Morongo Basin.
Services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will be held 7 p.m. October 2, and 10 a.m. October 3; while Yom Kippur services are set for 7 p.m. October 11 and 10 a.m. October 12.
Memorial Yizkor and concluding services start at 4 p.m. on Yom Kippur, followed by a break-the-fast meal in the dining room of Desert Hot Springs’ Mission Lakes Country Club where all the events will be held.
To reserve a spot or get more information, call Brandy Mahan, 760-324-4737, or email her at reception@jfedps.org.


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

In high school sports tonight, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will travel to play Palo Verde High School.
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team will host Big Bear at home tonight. 
Both games start at 7 p.m.
The Joshua Springs football team does not play this week.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED IN STABBING WEDNESDAY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of stabbing a woman during an argument. According to a Sheriff’s report, Earnest Finister, 53, was arguing with the woman about 1 p.m. in the 56600 block of Mountain View Trail when he allegedly stabbed her multiple times in both arms with a kitchen knife. The victim was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs to be treated for her injuries. Earnest Finister was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.


MORONGO VALLEY POST OFFICE VANDALIZED, MAIL POSSIBLY STOLEN

The Morongo Valley Post Office was vandalized and mail was possibly stolen from numerous post office boxes Monday night. Postal employees noticed when they arrived at work Tuesday morning that multiple post office boxes had been pried open. Stealing mail is a federal offense, and postal inspectors are investigating the suspected mail theft. Anyone with information should call 800-275-8777.


VANDALISM TO JOSHUA TREE CIRCLE K

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two incidents of vandalism in two days at the Circle K convenience store in Joshua Tree. About midnight Monday night, the front window next to the door was shattered by a high-powered BB gun. When the window was being replaced Tuesday afternoon, the store manager noticed that a second window had been shot, also by a BB. The manager told the deputy that the window was not damaged when he reported the first shot-out window. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.


YUCCA MESA FIRE STATION GETS NEW MEDIC ENGINE

When you’re responding to 1,200 calls a year, fire engines quickly rack up the miles. After 20 years and 340,000 miles, Yucca Mesa Fire Station 42 received a new medic fire engine a few months ago. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the engine has all the latest gear…
County Fire Station 42 on Aberdeen Road in Yucca Mesa retired its old fire engine earlier this summer after it racked up 340,000 miles in the past 20 years. In its place, it received a 2015 4-wheel drive engine that includes a 500-gallon water tank, a pump that pumps 1,500 gallons per minute, a full set of advanced life support paramedic gear, rope rescue equipment, high pressure air bags, and the Jaws of Life. The engine also has side and rear view cameras for the driver, and an Apple iPad that serves as a mobile computer and allows real-time incident information to be relayed to crews and dispatch. The medic engine is staffed by a captain, engineer, and firefighter/paramedic.

Fire Station 42 in Yucca Mesa received a new 2015 Kovatch Mobile Apparatus 4-wheel drive Type I Fire Engine earlier this summer.  Photo Credit: Brandon Barsugli

Fire Station 42 in Yucca Mesa received a new 2015 Kovatch Mobile Apparatus 4-wheel drive Type I Fire Engine earlier this summer.
Photo Credit: Brandon Barsugli


HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WANTS CANCER PATIENTS TO LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER

Women who are going through treatments for cancer are invited to a free workshop, Look Good, Feel Better, at the Hi-Desert Medical Center. The class offers complimentary group, individual, and online sessions that teach women how to deal with temporary hair loss, and changes to skin, complexions, and nails due to cancer treatments. Beauty experts will teach make-up application techniques, and how to use turbans, scarves, and accessories to manage hair loss. The free class is set for 10 to noon Monday, September 26, at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Advance reservations are required by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


THEATRE 29 UNVEILS ITS 2017 SEASON

Community leaders and theater supporters packed the Friendship Hall at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center last Thursday night at a special tri-chamber event. Theatre 29 unveiled its show selections for the magical 2017 season. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares the show line up…
Five mainstage productions were announced as directors, actors and singers shared show snippets and vocal performances. The new season will begin with the hysterical comedy “Sylvia,” directed by Eddie Tucker. Next up, the hit Broadway musical “Mary Poppins,” with artistic director Gary Daigneault and musical director Bill Barrett. Charles Harvey will direct the darkly twisted fairy tale musical “Into the Woods,” with musical direction by Kathryn Ferguson. The Andrew Lloyd Webber operetta, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” will be directed by Rebecca Havely with musical direction by Analisa Pilecki. The Halloween Haunt “Freak Show” will be produced by Brandon Hazel, and the Broadway musical classic, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” directed by Kathryn Ferguson, rounds out the season. Additional 2017 offerings include improvisational theater performances directed by Chris Fleischman, a two-week special event, “Rashomon,”—a drama directed by Abe Daniels—as well as the ever popular summer youth theater program. 
Theatre 29 season tickets for the 2017 season are available now. Visit www.theatre29.org or call 760-361-4151.

2017-season


ROUTINE MBTA BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

There is no new business scheduled for tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority. The meeting will begin by recognizing the employee of the quarter, then the board will hold a public hearing on unmet needs. Next, the board will be asked to approve a routine consent agenda followed by administration and operations reports. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center on the Hi-Desert Medical Center campus in Joshua Tree.


LIONS CLUB COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. Sara Snyder explains how you can help…
Imagine if you could help a child read, or an adult succeed in his or her job, or a senior maintain her independence. Donate glasses and change someone’s life. Every day, the Lion’s Club recycled eyeglass programs do all of this and more. Sixteen businesses in the Morongo Basin will be collecting used eyeglasses that will be distributed to people in need. Some of the locations where eyeglasses will be collected at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree, and at the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley.

Twentynine Palms
A Fox Hair Design
5678 Adobe Rd

City Hall
6136 Adobe Rd

29 Palms Senior Center
6539 Adobe Rd

29 Palms Chamber of Commerce
73484 29 Palms Hwy

Fred S Schmidt, O.D.
6175 Adobe Rd

Landers
Connie’s Clip & Curl
55455 Willow Lane

Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree Community Center
6171 Sunburst Ave

Z1077 Broadcast Corp.
6448 Hallee Rd., #5

Beauty Bubble Salon & Museum
61855 29 Palms Hwy

Yucca Valley
Guys & Dolls Beauty & Barbering
56994 29 Palms Hwy, #A

Kole Michael Salon
55501 29 Palms Hwy

Center for Healthy Generations
57121 Sunnyslope Dr

Presbyterian Church of Yucca Valley
56750 Mountain View Trail

St. Mary’s of the Valley
7495 Church St

Slaugh Pedersen & Associates
56970 Yucca Trail, #101

Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency
622 Jemez Trail


YUCCA VALLEY NOON ROTARY WELCOMES FOUR NEW MEMBERS

The Yucca Valley Noon Rotary club recently welcomed four new members to the club. The recent inductees are Jilyn Crawford of American Family Funding; Jennifer Cusack of Southern California Edison; Tom Marshall, South Desert assistant chief for County Fire; and Carol Colgrove, with Miracle Ear. The club has been providing services for 63 years, including the Yucca Valley fireworks show, the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Program, and the Festival of Lights parade. The Rotary Club founded the Boys and Girls club, the BMX track, Oktoberfest, and more.


CALL FOR ART, TOUGH AS NAILS: WOMEN PIONEERS

Art that celebrates woman pioneers is being sought. Reporter Edica Gonzales puts out the call…
The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and art gallery has put out a call for art for its next exhibition, “Tough as Nails: Women Pioneers.” Artists should deliver their artwork Friday, September 30, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., to the Twentynine Palms visitor center and art gallery in downtown Twentynine Palms. Artwork should reflect the theme of the women who homesteaded and helped build our desert communities. The exhibition will be on display from October 1 through December 30. An opening art reception is planned for October 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Music and refreshments will be available. Artwork may be paintings, mixed media, photography, or three-dimensional work, and should reflect the theme of celebrating Twentynine Palms pioneer women. For complete guidelines, call Jon Beard at 760-367-7562.


YUCCA VALLEY BEATS TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH IN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

In high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans varsity volleyball team beat the Twentynine Palms Lady Wildcats, 3-1. Yucca Valley head coach Darrell Sterling said freshman EJ Day led with 38 attempts, 18 kills, 15 serves, six aces and 10 serving points. Junior setter Alessa Luckino had 26 assists. Senior middle blocker Emily Vigrass had six solo blocks and four kills. Twentynine Palms coach Missy Bond said the Lady Cats were led by junior Lindsey Scamman with eight kills and five blocks. Senior Tatiyanna Mackall had seven kills, one block, and three ace serves. Seniors Selemara Mapuatuli and Makya Bullion had three kills and one blocking assist each. Sophomore Gabby Mackall had 17 assists. 
 
In junior varsity action, the Lady Trojan team beat the Lady Cats in three.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High school cross-country team will participate in the High Desert Classic meet, at home in Yucca Valley.


YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL FOCUSES ON DISASTER PREPARATION

A hazard mitigation plan helps communities lessen the impact of disasters by identifying the risks associated with natural disasters. The plan also provides strategies for protecting people and property from events such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Managing editor Tami Roleff says at its meeting last night the Yucca Valley Town Council gave the go-ahead for town staff to enter into an agreement with a consulting firm to update the town’s hazard mitigation plan…
If Yucca Valley were to be hit by another major earthquake, or a fire or flood, the town would need to have a hazard mitigation plan in effect in order to receive help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. FEMA also requires that plans be updated every five years, and so last night, the town council approved spending $15,000 to hire a consulting firm to revamp the town’s hazard mitigation plan.
Council members then heard from Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s Director Stephanie Ritter about the museum’s strategic plan. The museum’s plan is to install signs on Highway 62 and 247 directing visitors to the museum. Long-term goals for the museum—in addition to re-opening one more day per week—are to acquire funding for capital improvements, and purchase new exhibit cases and a new diorama for the museum’s natural history wing.


JURY SELECTION STARTS, COURT DATE SET IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

Preliminary jury selection in the murder trial of Christopher Lee started this week, but due to a conflict with the judge’s schedule, the juror panels will be called back to court October 3. Lee, 27, is accused of strangling his neighbor and former lover, Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms, and dumping her body down a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms in June 2014. Her body was found seven weeks later after an intensive search of 100 mines in a 300-square mile area in the Rose of Peru mining area. Lee was a Marine stationed at and living on the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, and Lee and Corwin were next door neighbors at the time of Corwin’s murder. Lee has been held in county jail without bail since his arrest in August 2014.


POWER OUTAGES AFFECT THOUSANDS IN MORONGO BASIN TUESDAY

Thousands of Morongo Basin residents were without power yesterday due to the rain that sparked shorts in electrical transformers in Joshua Tree. A soft gentle rain started Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the first transformer fire at Highway 62 and Sunkist about 3:15, but had to stand by for about 30 minutes while they waited for crews from Southern California Edison to turn off power to the affected lines. Then at 6 p.m., another transformer started arcing at Alta Loma and Saddleback, plunging more customers into darkness. Shortly after, the arm for a streetlight at Circle Crest and Sunset broke off and was hanging from the pole, caused most likely due to wind.


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