Monday, October 24, is the deadline to register to vote for the 2016 presidential general election. Voters who are already registered should re-register to vote if they have changed their name, address, or party affiliation. Residents may register to vote online at SBCountyElections.com. Voter registration applications are also available at post offices, city clerks’ offices, county libraries, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The San Bernardino County Elections Office will be open until midnight on Monday, October 24, to accept in-person voter registration applications. The office is located at 777 E. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415. Mailed voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than October 24.
Registered voters can check their registration status by visiting SBCountyElections.com and logging into the My Elections Gateway application. Registered voters can also use M.E. Gateway to find their polling place, voting districts, and other personalized election information.
Now that Tenet has taken over operations of Hi-Desert Medical Center, the focus of the board of directors of the healthcare district has changed. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives a brief run down about the candidates…
Bob Armstrong is a 35-year resident of the Hi-Desert, 12-year former board member of the Hi-Desert Water District, and the owner of the Hi-Desert’s Del Taco restaurants. He also represented the hospital in its real estate needs; now that the hospital is leased to Tenet, he is free to be a director. Armstrong said he is running for the healthcare district because he wants to be involved in determining how Tenet’s $2 million annual rent will be invested in the community. Armstrong says the greatest priority facing the district is meeting the demands of a quickly changing healthcare environment, funding and expanding its healthcare goals, and exploring new ways to provide services to Hi-Desert communities. Patricia Cooper has been on the healthcare district board for the past eight years, and says she is running because the district has become a part of her very being and caring for members of our community. She says the district’s priority should be ensuring healthcare is available in the high desert for every need, such as clinical tests, and all medical levels of doctors. She adds that major-medical decisions, such as pain management and dental, can be achieved on behalf of the Morongo Basin. Misty Evans is a nursing graduate from Copper Mountain College who lives in Twentynine Palms. Evans believes nurses have a different point of view concerning healthcare, and that because of this, they should be a part of the healthcare district board. She believes the healthcare district’s biggest priority is identified in its mission statement: “To improve the health and wellness of the community.” She says voters should vote for her because of her passion for the community, as well as human life and wellness, and she wants to give back to her community. Joseph Sullivan was on the healthcare district’s board of directors when the hospital affiliated with Tenet Corporation. He says he wants to continue to serve on the board and to help maintain and grow the services offered by the hospital to meet the needs of Morongo Basin residents. Sullivan says he played a leading role in helping the Hi-Desert Medical Center solve its critical fiscal challenges, and he’d like to finish what he started. Sullivan retired from the Morongo Unified School District in its facilities and maintenance department, was a police officer from Ontario and reserve officer in Cathedral City, and owned a real estate appraisal business in the Morongo Basin for 20 years. Dianne Markle-Greenhouse, who is also running for the healthcare district board, did not respond to our email for this story.
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.
Transition Joshua Tree invites you to learn about the Transition movement at a quarterly Membership Meeting and Potluck on Sunday, November 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center for Healthy Generations on Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley. The meeting will include an introduction and history of the movement following a 5 p.m. potluck and team reports. Bring a potluck dish to share, and your own plate and utensils as this is a no-waste event. For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, October 24. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at Reach Out, 7255 Joshua Lane, Suite C in Yucca Valley. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School tennis and volleyball teams will host Desert Mirage High School at home. First serve for both games is at 3:15. The Twentynine Palms High School tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Thermal to play Coachella Valley High School. The tennis match starts at 3:15; volleyball starts at 5 p.m.
A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, accused of vandalizing Yucca Valley High School. Deputies were called to the school about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday where a witness saw Justin Howe, of Yucca Valley, spray painting on the gym’s walls. Justin Howe was arrested for investigation of vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was cited and released.
A Joshua Tree man who was upset at seeing papers on the floor was arrested for domestic battery after his wife said he hit her. According to a Sheriff’s report, Emil Featherstone, 37, and his wife came home about 1:30 p.m. and Featherstone questioned why his wife’s schoolwork was on the floor. When the woman attempted to explain, Featherstone allegedly told her to shut up, and then punched her, pushed her onto the couch, and attempted to choke her. After an investigation, Emil Featherstone was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.
Today is the fourth annual Yucca Valley Oktoberfest. The gates open at 2 p.m. and games and contests and music will start at 3. Some of the events will include a kids’ stick pony relay race, and costume contest for both kids and adults. Firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies will compete against each other in the guns and hoses competition. Other events include the stein-holding relay race, log sawing contest, keg toss, chicken dances, and non-alcoholic beer drinking competitions. Discount ticket packages are available online at yvrotary.org. For more information, call the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce at 760-365-6323
This is the final weekend of the Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours, in which local artists welcome visitors into their homes and studios. Studios in the east end communities of Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley will be open 9 to 5 Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23, for art tourists, although many artists in the western end of the Morongo Basin will also be open this weekend. Get your catalogs at local visitor centers or art galleries. For complete information, and an online catalog, visit hwy62arttours.org.
A community vegetable giveaway and pizza potluck will raise funds tonight. Here’s reporter Mike Lipsitz with the details…
The Joshua Tree Local Food Program presents Killer Veggie Pizza this Sunday, October 23rd from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church on East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Sponsored in collaboration with Transition Joshua Tree’s Enterprise Team, everyone is welcome at this monthly community vegetable giveaway, pizza potluck and fundraiser. The goal is to provide fresh and local vegetables to supplement existing food assistance programs and to educate people about growing, storing and cooking fresh food. This is a no-waste event; bring your own plates, cups, utensils, and napkins. Write transitionJoshuaTree@gmail.com for more information. For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.
Due to electrical problems, last week’s opening night of Theatre 29’s Halloween Haunt was cancelled. To make up for the cancellation, an additional day for the Haunt has been added tomorrow, 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 tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and October 28, 29, 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.
Meet and Greet with the living history of Twentynine Palms tomorrow. Reporter Edica Gonzales invites you to the Old Timer gathering….
Anyone who is interested in the living history of Twentynine Palms is invited to attend the Old Timers’ Gathering during the annual Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days festival. This year’s gathering will celebrate 2016 Old Timers of the Year Dave Brownell, Ted Vick, and Walt and Velma Holland, as well as Irma Wilburn and Dorothy Angil, the 2016 Pioneer Days grand marshal and military grand marshal. The gathering is held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at the Old Schoolhouse Museum on National Park Drive. In addition, a dedication ceremony for the Pioneer Women sculpture is set for 3 p.m. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Reporting for Z107.7, this is Edica Gonzalez.
If dealing with a difficult person is a struggle for you, learn to resolve conflicts at Lifetree Café. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation to the program…
Practical approaches to resolve relational conflicts will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Sunday, 23 October, at 4 p.m. The program, titled “Dealing With Difficult People: Secrets for Everyday Life From a Hostage Negotiator,” features a filmed interview with police SWAT commander Rick Arnold. During the program, participants will have an opportunity to discuss difficult people in their own lives while brainstorming ways to better interact with them. Admission is free. Lifetree Café is located behind Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms at Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue.
For more information, call Brad White-Findeisen at 760-217-2597. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.
Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, October 22. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will end about 11 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be nebulae, clusters, and the Andromeda Galaxy. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
The Yucca Valley High School girl’s varsity tennis team beat Big Bear 15-3. The team is now 9-2 in league and 11-3 overall. The next match will be on Monday against Desert Mirage to finish league play. The team is in second place in the De Anza League. Yucca Valley High School coach Cindy Miller said, in singles, Katie Brattain won 6-1, 6-0, 6-0; Carrie Scofield swept her three sets, 6-0, 6-0,6-0. Ashley Heveron was 7-5, 5-7; Deborah Simpson 5-7. In doubles, Dawn Rich and April Bratcher won 6-4, 6-1, 6-3; Kloee Saccalonce and Savannah Beasley 6-3, 6-0, 6-0; Mckenzi Monical and Summer Nelson 6-3, 6-2; Mckenzi Monical and Allisa Tavares 3-6. The team played great.
The Star Twirlers Square Dance club is hosting a Halloween line and square dance Saturday, October 22, featuring callers Rob Grigsby and Linda Sande. Line dancing will be held 7 to 7:30 and between tips; square dancing is 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge, on Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $7 for squares and $5 for lines, and includes a buffet. Dancers do not need to be a member of the Star Twirlers to participate. For more information, call 760-365-3518.
The trial of Christopher Lee, the former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of murdering his former next-door-neighbor and lover, 19-year-old Erin Corwin, and dumping her body in a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms two years ago, finished its second week Wednesday. Sheriff’s investigators described finding Corwin’s body at the bottom of the mine shaft, along with bullet casings, a propane tank, a soda bottle, a home-made torch made out of a T-shirt, and a garrote around Corwin’s neck. Lee’s wife, Nichole, made an appearance in court to say she would be testifying for the defense; later, she was seen talking with a juror in the hallway. The juror, when questioned by the judge, said she complimented Nichole Lee on her shoes. An FBI agent testified that Lee’s and Corwin’s cell phones were together the morning Corwin went missing. Another Marine testified that Lee asked him about ways to hide a body. Detectives in Anchorage, Alaska, said they found a garrote—similar to the one found around Corwin’s neck—under the front seat of the SUV Lee was driving when he was arrested in August 2014. The owner of a horse rescue testified Wednesday that Lee had borrowed a propane tank that he never returned. She also said that Nichole Lee had told her she wanted to kill Erin Corwin if she didn’t stay away from her husband, and that Lee was “too stupid to keep his lies straight.” The trial ended Wednesday with the prosecution showing about 90 minutes of Lee’s 6-hour interrogation by Sheriff’s deputies, in which Lee admitted only to kissing Corwin. The trial will resume Monday and more of the interrogation will be shown then.
At least one person was arrested in Yucca Valley Wednesday in connection with a burglary ring. Per limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to a home in the 57500 block of Onaga Trail about 3:30 p.m. where they found David Vasquez, 43, along with property that had been reported stolen from multiple burglaries. David Vasquez was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000. The investigation is ongoing.
After literally years of planning, the largest community infrastructure project in the history of Yucca Valley broke ground yesterday. Reporter David Haldane was there as the shovels came out for the Yucca Valley Wastewater Treatment System…
Most of the chocolate shovels melted before the ceremony began. Not so the metal ones, especially the two John Deere bulldozers parked in the middle of the desert.
It was all part of Thursday’s long-awaited groundbreaking for the Yucca Valley Sewer Project, a mammoth water reclamation and treatment system that will include 75 miles of new roadwork, a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility and three reclamation basins.
“What we are doing here today is setting the stage for the wellness and prosperity of our community for generations to come.”
That’s Bob Stadum, board president for the Hi-Desert Water District, which is overseeing the project. Other guests included Congressman Paul Cook, State Senator Jean Fuller and California Assemblyman Chad Mayes.
Not to mention the chocolate shovels placed thoughtfully on each chair.
The climax came when a line of dignitaries wearing hard hats let the dirt fly. Chad Mayes perfectly captured the mood.
“Wow, we did it! Today is an historical day.”