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If you’re interested in serving on the Yucca Valley Town Council—or other government boards—the period to file your paperwork opens Monday, July 13. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about running in the upcoming election…

If you are interested in serving on the Yucca Valley Town Council, Yucca Valley residents who live in District 2 or District 4 can pull election papers from the Yucca Valley Town Clerk beginning Monday, July 13.

In addition, other seats up for election in the Morongo Basin are on the Hi-Desert Water District, the Joshua Basin Water District, Twentynine Palms Water District, Bighorn Desert View Water District, Copper Mountain College, the Morongo Unified School District, the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District, the Yucca Valley Airport District, and the Morongo Valley Community Services District.

For more information about which seats are available and how to “pull” nomination papers for these boards, contact your the agency’s board clerk.

In Twentynine Palms, notice has been given regarding open positions on the city council. And those positions are just two of about 300 county positions up for election come November. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

The City of Twentynine Palms has announced that a general municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, for two open seats on the city council for Districts 1 and 2.

Each seat carries a four-year term. If no one is nominated for these elective offices, appointments may be made as prescribed by the states’ Elections Code.

Also, the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters announced it will offer contact-free services to candidates with a new My Candidacy Gateway web application and as well as video conference appointments.

Candidate filing for the November 3 presidential general election begins Monday, July 13, and continues through 5 p.m. on Friday, August 7. There are approximately 300 local offices up for election county-wide, including school district, special district and city offices.

For more info, visit SBCountyElections.com or call 909-387-8300.


Before a packed room of family and supporters all grateful for some good news, a shy teenager accepted one award and acknowledgement after another for his quick-thinking that saved a young woman’s life. Reporter Heather Clisby was there…

On May 27, his fourth day as a lifeguard at a Marine Base pool, 16-year-old Daviahn Thrasher rescued a woman who had suffered a seizure while swimming. At last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting, Thrasher was the man of the hour and accepted awards from the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Supervisor Dawn Rowe, and the City of Twentynine Palms. As Thrasher’s parents and family beamed, each speaker offered letters of recommendation for any future job or college applications the young man might pursue.

Daviahn Thrasher accepts a Meritorious award from San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle and Captain Jay Dimoff for his quick-thinking as a lifeguard. Thrasher saved a young woman’s life when she experienced a seizure and fell below the surface. Heather Clisby photo
Supervisor Dawn Rowe also honored Daviahn Thrasher. Heather Clisby photo
Mayor Joel Klink with Daviahn Thrasher Heather Clisby photo

The council discussed an application for a vacation home rental in Indian Cove neighborhood. Though the Planning Commission had received four appeals by neighborhood residents, the commission rejected those appeals and asked the council to approve the application, which they did so unanimously.

Jim Krushat weighed in on the matter of Vacation Home Rentals in the City. Heather Clisby photo

Concerned local resident Alex Garcia brought up the idea of capping off the number of VHRs allowed in the City. Mayor Joel Klink concurred, noting that there are over 600 in Joshua Tree, thus limiting available housing to residents. The Council agreed to revisit a VHR limit at a future meeting. The city now has over 100 registered VHRs in the city and about 70 of those are active.

The council easily approved Resolution 2009 which would send a request to Governor Gavin Newsom to allow the city to re-open remaining businesses such as hotels, bars, gyms, nail salons, movie theaters, youth sports, public pools, massage parlors, and tattoo shops.

Paul Portis, organizer of the recent Black Lives Matter protest in the City, thanked the City and community for “a peaceful, loving event.” The protest was also attended by several council members. Heather Clisby photo
Recreation Program Supervisor Jon Beard retires and accepts an honorary plaque from Mayor Joel Klink. Heather Clisby photo

The next two city council meetings will be cancelled due to the summer holidays. The next meeting is scheduled for July 28.


Tonight, the Twentynine Palms City Council gathers to discuss, among other things, a contested application for a vacation home rental and re-opening more businesses in the city. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details …

The Twentynine Palms City Council will kick off tonight’s meeting honoring a young hero. Daviahn Thrasher, a 16-year-old lifeguard whose quick-thinking saved a women suffering a seizure while swimming at Lincoln Military Housing on Wednesday, May 27, will be recognized.

The council will host a public hearing regarding an application for a vacation home rental (VHR) in Indian Cove neighborhood. While there have been appeals by residents, the Planning Commission denied those appeals and is recommending the council do the same and grant the application to Heidi Graybill.

The council will discuss and likely approve a resolution requesting that Governor Gavin Newsom allow for additional businesses to reopen in the city. As of June 3, Twentynine Palms has had 10 cases confirmed of COVID-19 with zero deaths. The council cites economic stress to owners of hotels, bars, gyms, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo shops.

The meeting takes place at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, starting at 6 p.m. The event can also be live-streamed and will be available on-demand at the city’s website, 29palms.org.


The City of Twentynine Palms opened up City Hall to the public at last nights’ city council meeting as the council welcomed a new sheriff lieutenant, reviewed construction user fees and updated COVID-19 changes and guidelines. Reporter Heather Clisby was there …

For the first time in weeks, the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting allowed for public attendance last night though face masks were required and social distancing was enforced.

The meeting was open to the public but social distancing was enforced.

Morongo Basin Sheriff Captain Luke Niles gave a brief crime report and noted that while crime is on the rise overall, assaults in the county are down. Niles also noted that while assaults against deputies are up countywide and nationwide, the city has noted a dip in these altercations.

Morongo Basin Sheriff Captain Luke Niles introduces newly-promoted Lieutenant Mike Walker. Heather Clisby photo
Lieutenant Mike Walker. Heather Clisby photo

There was much discussion around the proposed amended Master Fee Schedule. While the council visited the issue back in November, the fees took effect in February. After citizen complaints about too-high construction fees, the city reviewed and compared to fees in Yucca Valley, Redlands and San Bernardino County. Community Development Director Travis Clark spearheaded the review and reported a more simplified process and a readjustment in user fees to be more in line with the county. City Manager Frank Luckino noted that the fees had not been increased since 2008.

Mayor Joel Klink at the helm. Heather Clisby photo

Local business owner Aaron Kyle, came before the council asking that the fees be removed, noting economic stress of the average city homeowner. After initially raising the fee to $90, the council agreed to the proposed amendments and to reduce the user fee to $65.

Aaron Kyle asks a question of the Council. Kyle stated that he brought his son in to demonstrate the value of getting involved in community. Heather Clisby photo

Luckino then presented an update on “all thing COVID” regarding city business. Recreation Program Supervisor Kary Minatrea updated the council on draft plans for the city’s pool, day camp and movies at Luckie Park. Once finalized, the plans will be announced and will be implemented with new precautionary measures around COVID-19.

Recreation Program Supervisor Kary Minatrea briefs the Council on draft plans for summer activities. Heather Clisby photo
John Cormack of Hilltop Tattoo Company asks the Council about a timeline for opening his business. Heather Clisby photo


Now that the City of Twentynine Palms has opened up City Hall to the public, tonight’s city council meeting can now be attended in person. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Tonight, the Twentynine Palms City Council will open up chamber doors to the public for the first time in weeks. Agenda items include a discussion around the master fee schedule from the citywide user fee study as well as removing certain fees in the Development Code.

The council will also select two council members to serve as delegate and alternate delegate for the Southern California Association of Governments annual general assembly.

Finally, the council will be updated on the “new normal” regarding City functions—meetings, summer activities, holiday events, field operations, City Hall operations, Animal Control, COVID-19 legislative updates, governmental reimbursements and budget updates.

Tonight’s meeting will take place at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, at 6 p.m. Livestreaming and recorded options are still available at the city’s website, 29palms.org.