A few small businesses in Joshua Tree opened their doors to an unpleasant surprise yesterday morning, sparking outrage and confusion. Reporter Cassidy Zimarik brings us the details…
Before the sun rose on Boo’s Organic Oven on Thursday morning, a man approached the business and dropped off a newspaper called The Crusader and other literature in support of white supremacy, the KKK, and stopping what it claims are programs of genocide against white children.
The same morning, a Black Lives Matter sign outside of Beatnik Café was also vandalized. The sign was installed July 6 in coordination with the café, Teddy Quinn, and the Democrats of the Morongo Basin.
In a press release, the Democrats of the Morongo Basin stated, “We understand that some people in the Morongo Basin choose to hate some other people. We cannot change this. What we are working to change is the public behavior.”
Other businesses in Joshua Tree that received the same literature include Royal Siam Restaurant and Joshua Tree Rock Shop.
In response to the literature left, a representative from Boo’s Organic Oven said, “We stand together as a community against all racism and hate.”
Both the vandalism and the literature were reported to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The Copper Mountain Board of Trustees met yesterday in one of their last regular meetings before the 2020-2021 school year. Cassidy Zimarik offers this report…
The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees met yesterday in regular session. The virtual meeting began on an energetic note with the board raving and thanking the Town of Yucca Valley for naming CMC a Hometown Hero. Superintendent and President Daren Otten stated that the honor is mostly due to CMC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CMC is still reporting low fall enrollment, a common occurrence at colleges around the country, to which CMC has responded with an aggressive marketing campaign.
Other highlights of the meeting include how to board will work with staff, students, and faculty to best support them in the coming academic year and progress on awarding the George Floyd Scholarship to at least two students of color this coming fall.
San Bernardino County reported 21 coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday (July 8), the largest number of deaths reported on one day, and 654 new cases. There have been 293 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 16,586 confirmed cases so far. Here in our Morongo Basin, we have 118 confirmed cases: Yucca Valley with 69; Joshua Tree with 22; Twentynine Palms, 16; and Morongo Valley with 11. In the past seven days, 35 deaths have been announced. That’s the highest one-week total since mid-May.
A projected 9,072 people have recovered, according to the county.
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of free, surplus federal food on Friday, July 10, from 10 to noon, at the Way Station. The Way Station is located at 61722 Commercial Street in downtown Joshua Tree.
Plagued by ongoing vandalism, the Joshua Tree Post Office has changed its lobby’s hours of operation. Employee Pauline Smith said the decision to change from being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to Monday through Saturday from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. was made by postal inspectors after attempts were made to break the windows between the lobby area and the postal counter. Smith and other employees said the vandalism to the interior was constant and escalating. Smith said they regret any inconvenience to their patrons.