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The second victim of a house fire in Yucca Valley last month has been identified by his caregiver as Bud Mane, 72. About 11:15 p.m. on December 14, county firefighters were called to a house fire in the 7700 block of Bannock Trail in Yucca Valley, where they were told at least one man was still inside. Firefighters retrieved Bud Mane’s body from a bedroom. The next morning, investigators found the body of Jeffrey Wire, 45, in the master bedroom, near the fire’s point of origin. They suspect that Wire started the fire in which both he and Bud Mane died. Managing editor Tami Roleff spoke with Jeffrey Wire’s widow and files this report…

Jeffrey Wire and two of his children

“He was a man we met. He had Alzheimer’s and dementia and didn’t move around as good anymore. And he wasn’t being taken care of.”

Jennifer Meyers said her family took Bud Mane into their home about five years ago to take care of him.

She said Bud Mane used to work in the movie industry, and was proud of his work doing pyrotechnics for the show “MASH.”

Meyers said neither she nor her son were at home at the time of the fire, so she doesn’t know what happened.

“Sometimes people lose themselves, and sometimes they get overcome by feelings, of bitterness, and sometimes they do things that aren’t explainable because they’re just so overcome by emotions.”

Meyers’s son reported the fire, but she said they weren’t allowed near the home for several days.

“They wouldn’t even tell us any thing until the next day. The whole night we had to wonder what happened.”

By the time they were able to return, it had been looted.

In addition, Meyers said she didn’t have insurance for her house, since she inherited it from her mother.

A GoFundMe site has been set up to help Jennifer Meyers and her children.



Tonight, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a special meeting. Reporter Joshua King has more details…

After a brief hiatus, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a special meeting tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss and approve a Native Plant Permit for the removal of some native plants from private property. To participate in public comments, email the commission secretary by 5 p.m. tonight using the link provided with this story online. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m.

Link for Meeting: http://yuccavalleyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx

Link for Public Comments Email: bvrhovnik@yucca-valley.org


The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special closed-session meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, January 15. The board will hold interviews with candidates for the general manager position. Current general manager Ed Muzik plans to retire this year.

In an effort to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20, the public may view this meeting online as there will be no public location for attending in person.

The meeting will be streamed at https://zoom.us/j/91659429572?pwd=TXRIRVlSNmFtWVoxcm9SNjJRNUhFZz09

Meeting ID: 916 5942 9572

Passcode: 754063

Or by phone+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
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Members of the public who wish to comment on any item within the jurisdiction of the District or on any item on the agenda, may submit comments by emailing the Board Secretary, Codi Mix at codim@hdwd.com 24hours prior to the start of the meeting. Written comments shall follow the three-minute prescribed time limit when read during the meeting and will become part of the meeting minutes. In addition, public comment will be open during the meeting for individuals joining virtually.


The iconic Joshua Tree is much loved, although not fully understood. Biologist Jeremy Yoder has launched a genome project focusing on the unique plant and will be giving a lecture today about the project. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

Long before mankind ever set foot in North America, there were Joshua Trees, those unmistakable mascot plants of the Mojave desert. To help ensure that the plant – which is a member of the Yucca family – survives for centuries, Jeremy Yoder, an evolutionary biologist at CSU Northridge, has launched the Joshua Tree Genome Project.

The project will gather and develop genomic data to learn how Joshua Trees adapt to rapidly changing climate conditions. The data will also help biologists and conservationists learn how they might help the species survive increasingly higher temperatures.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will host a virtual lecture today, January 14, at 1 p.m., for those who would like to learn more about this project. The lecture can be accessed by visiting the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s website.

For more info, contact the museum at 760-369-7212.


Updated 4:45 p.m. with additional information.

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday night, accused of leading deputies on a pursuit. About 8:30 p.m., deputies tried to stop a Dodge Ram pick-up truck near Onaga Trail and Victoria Avenue in Yucca Valley for vehicle violations. The driver, later identified as Mark Vogt, 51, drove off westbound on Onaga Trail, leading deputies on a pursuit. During the pursuit, Vogt crashed into a tree near the intersection with Joshua Lane and then fled on foot before he was captured by deputies. Deputies determined that Vogt had more than an ounce of methamphetamine, over an ounce of psilocybin mushrooms, and illicit narcotics proceeds. Mark Vogt was arrested on suspicion of felony failure to yield and transporting a controlled substance, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000.