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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

Among the items on the agenda of tonight’s (Monday July 17) special meeting of the Twentynine Palms Cemetery board of directors, the directors will hear updates of staff projects and industry news and events. Under current business, the board will be asked to approve a contract with a law firm, and approve a modification to the salary schedule. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in district offices on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.


MARINE CORPS ANNOUNCES TRAINING TIME FOR LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA

The United States Marine Corps has announced it has shortened the time it needs for military training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August while the Marines conducted a large-scale exercise. The Marine Corps announced recently that it will only need two weeks for its training exercise, from August 11 through August 25. The two-week closure includes the time required to ensure the area is clear of recreational activity prior to training, and that the area is free of military hazards after the training has been completed before it’s re-opened to the public. The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area will remain open to the public during the closure of the Shared Use Area. The Marine Corps is required to announce a year in advance when it expects to use the shared use area, and it has set the dates for next year’s exercise as August 1-30. A map of the area can be seen at a link in this story at z1077fm.com.

For additional information including a map of the area, please visit: http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5-Government-and-External-Affairs/Johnson-Valley or contact the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213 or SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.

 


HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SETS SPECIAL MEETING FOR CEO PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District board of directors will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, July 17. The sole item on the agenda is a performance evaluation of the chief executive officer Jackie Combs. The meetings will be held in district offices at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100, in Yucca Valley.


WARNING ABOUT THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam…

A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of charge because a family member or friend had already paid for it. In many cases, seniors were asked to provide their bank account or credit information to “verify” their identity, and, as a result, were charged the monthly service fee. The system, of course, never arrived and the seniors were left with a charge they had trouble getting refunded. The Sheriff’s Department says be wary of “free” offers that require your personal information upfront and always verify with the supposed friend or family member that the caller says paid for the service.


HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, July 17. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, as well as County Fire and CalFire will be in attendance. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the Flamingo Heights Community Center on Perris Road, two blocks west of La Copine Restaurant.


COOK VOTES IN FAVOR OF WATER RIGHTS BILL

Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley joined all the Republican members of Congress in sponsoring HR23, The Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, or GROW Act, which was passed in the House Wednesday on a mostly party-line vote, 230-190. Cook said the bill would change water management plans and environmental restoration goals for the Central Valley region in California, will protect NorCal water rights, and restore availability of water supply for California agriculture. Governor Jerry Brown wrote a letter to the bill’s author, David Valadao, of Hanford, outlining his opposition to the bill and asking for it to be shelved. Brown said water management decisions are a state, not federal issue, and the GROW Act overrides California water rights laws and will benefit a small group of industrial agricultural irrigation districts at the expense of all other Californians. The bill now goes to the Senate; California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris also said they oppose the bill.


COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH

The Luminators will present a return engagement for the Community Concert Series at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m. This popular group will once again entertain with bluegrass and gospel favorites in an intimate and friendly setting. Admission is $5 at the door. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. All are welcome. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-7401


YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT FEATURES DIXIE MUSIC TOMORROW

Yucca Valley will hold the second of six concerts in its summer concert series tonight. Join managing editor Tami Roleff as she emcees this popular event…

The 23rd annual summer concert series, co-hosted by the town of Yucca Valley, Hi-Desert Publishing, and Z107.7, continues Saturday, July 15, with Persuasion. Enjoy the cool desert evening while listening and dancing to Dixie music on the grass at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The gates open at 6:30 p.m.; the music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Dogs are allowed on the upper soccer field only.

Upcoming bands include SouthBound on July 22; The Silverados on July 29; the Ted Herman Orchestra on August 5; and the final concert, The Answer, on August 12


IMPROV TROUPE “BAKER’S DOZEN” AT THEATRE 29 SATURDAY NIGHT

The Theatre 29 Improv group, “Baker’s Dozen,” will perform again at 7 p.m. tonight. With improv, the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Director Chris Fleischman joins the cast of 13 talented comedian/actors. Troupe members include Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles, Amy Fangmeyer, Katie Fleischman, Kory Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Cody Joseph, Yvonna Mullen, Joseph Rego, Kylie Robinson, and Hope Spicer. Tickets are $10 each; military and seniors are $7; and students with ID are $5. Theatre 29 season ticket holders may attend one performance at no additional charge.

For tickets visit www.theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.


DEADLINE TONIGHT FOR 5TH ANNUAL ART EXPOSITION

Artists hoping to win cash prizes and recognition in the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition have until midnight tonight to enter. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how…

The deadline to enter artwork for the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition and Juried Exhibition is midnight Saturday, July 15. The art expo will be held in September at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, next to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters. Artwork must depict or be inspired by the unique aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history. Artists may enter up to three artwork entries for an entry fee of $35, More information, complete guidelines, and the entry form are available at www.JTNPArts.org.


JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK OFFERS SUMMER HIKING SAFETY TIPS

With the summer’s heat, locals and visitors who hike in Joshua Tree National Park need to take extra precautions. Park Spokesman George Land has some summer hiking safety tips…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the park. As long as you plan ahead and observe some basic guidelines, you can still enjoy your summer hike.

Start early in the morning when the day is cool. Be realistic about the hike you’ve planned with respect to the length and difficulty of the route you choose. If you’re not sure, talk to the staff at the visitor centers about their suggestions. Always carry more water than you think you’re going to need. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It’s always a good idea to hike with a partner, but if you can’t, at least let someone know the trail you’re taking and what time you expect to be done. Summer can still be an enjoyable time in the park provided you exercise good common sense and show respect for the desert environment.


JUPITER, SATURN AND THE MILKY WAY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, July 15. The event begins at 8:45 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the night sky include the summer Milky Way, Saturn and its rings, Jupiter, and numerous star clusters. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.


JOHN FURBEE OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS DIED WEDNESDAY

John Furbee, a resident of Desert Hot Springs for more than 50 years, died Wednesday following an extended illness. He was 87. Furbee, a pillar of the community, was a noted philanthropist, businessman, civic leader, and youth supporter. The city’s aquatic center was named after him. Furbee was a former president of the Desert Hot Springs Boys and Girls Club, and the Mission Springs Foundation. He was a former chair of the Desert Hot Springs Planning Commission and the city’s Economic Committee. In 2006, he received the Senior Inspiration Award. In the past few years, he donated property to the city of Desert Hot Springs.


JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK OFFERS SUMMER HIKING SAFETY TIPS

With the summer’s heat, locals and visitors who hike in Joshua Tree National Park need to take extra precautions. Park Spokesman George Land has some summer hiking safety tips…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the park. As long as you plan ahead and observe some basic guidelines, you can still enjoy your summer hike.

Start early in the morning when the day is cool. Be realistic about the hike you’ve planned with respect to the length and difficulty of the route you choose. If you’re not sure, talk to the staff at the visitor centers about their suggestions.

Always carry more water than you think you’re going to need. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It’s always a good idea to hike with a partner, but if you can’t, at least let someone know the trail you’re taking and what time you expect to be done.
Summer can still be an enjoyable time in the park provided you exercise good common sense and show respect for the desert environment.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN INJURED BY ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT

A Yucca Valley man cleaning his pistol accidentally shot himself Wednesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man, who was not identified, was cleaning his Springfield XD 40-caliber pistol in his garage about 10 p.m. The man neglected to check to see if the chamber was clear. When he began to disassemble the pistol and depressed the trigger to release the slide, the gun fired a round into his left palm. The bullet exited out the back of his hand. He called 911 and he was taken by ambulance to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment.


IMPROV TROUPE “BAKER’S DOZEN” AT THEATRE 29 SATURDAY NIGHT

The Theatre 29 Improv group, “Baker’s Dozen,” will strike again tomorrow night. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

“The Baker’s Dozen,” Theatre 29’s new improvisational comedy troupe, debuted last month to a packed house and rave reviews. This Saturday, July 15, they perform again at 7 p.m. with an all new show, as no two improv shows will ever be the same. With improv, the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Director Chris Fleischman joins the cast of 13 talented comedian/actors. Troupe members include Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles, Amy Fangmeyer, Katie Fleischman, Kory Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Cody Joseph, Yvonna Mullen, Joseph Rego, Kylie Robinson, and Hope Spicer. Improv troupe show tickets are $10 each; military and seniors are $7; and students with ID are $5. Theatre 29 season ticket holders may attend one performance at no additional charge. For tickets visit www.theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.


COLLEGE BOARD GETS GOOD NEWS ON GOALS, APPROVES TRUCK-DRIVING CLASS

With a month away from the start of the fall semester, there was much to talk about at the CMC Board of Trustees meeting yesterday. The Classified Senate raised $5,085 for student scholarships at this year’s Bowl-A-Thon, the most EVER raised in 16 years. The Institutional Effectiveness Report showed an overall general improvement in not only retaining students, but helping them to complete their goals. Ground was broken for the Student Success Center Modular project yesterday. The project is estimated to be completed by mid-August, just before the start of the fall semester. After some discussion, the college board approved a class to provide training for drivers of tractor-trailers.


A YOUNG GIRL IN YUCCA VALLEY HAS OLYMPIC BMX DREAMS

A young girl in Yucca Valley has some big dreams. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Flash forward to 2024. It’s the summer Olympics, and representing the US in Cycling BMX is—wait for it—Kuylee Pettit, the Yucca Valley bicycling champion!

At least that’s 11-year-old Kuylee’s dream.

She’s been competing in the event—also known as Bicycle Motocross—for three years, often practicing on the track at Yucca Valley BMX, conveniently owned by her parents. For those unfamiliar with the sport, it involves riding a stout bike on a dirt obstacle course over sharp curves and steep hills.

Kuylee will take two big steps towards her Olympic dream later this summer; first by competing in the BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina, then as a flag bearer at the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To make it happen, her parents have started an online GoFundMe campaign.

And what motivates Kuylee? “I love the adrenaline of racing. I love the rush you get. I love everything about the sport.”

To contribute to Kuylee’s trips to South Carolina and Michigan, go to www.gofundme.com, search for “Keri Dillman” and follow the instructions under the heading “State Games of America” and the picture of Kuylee on a hill with her bike.


HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, July 17. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, as well as County Fire and CalFire will be in attendance. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the Flamingo Heights Community Center on Perris Road, two blocks west of La Copine Restaurant.


DEADLINE TOMORROW FOR 5TH ANNUAL ART EXPOSITION

Artists hoping to win cash prizes and recognition in the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition have until midnight tomorrow to enter. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how…

The deadline to enter artwork for the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition and Juried Exhibition is midnight Saturday, July 15. The art expo will be held in September at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, next to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters. Artwork must depict or be inspired by the unique aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history. Artists may enter up to three artwork entries for an entry fee of $35, More information, complete guidelines, and the entry form are available at www.JTNPArts.org.


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