SHERIFF SEARCHING FOR CRITICAL MISSING PERSON

UPDATE: Guzman has been located and returned home.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a critical missing person. Joel Guzman is described as a 92-year-old Hispanic male adult, 5’5”, 180 lbs., wearing a brown shirt and brown pants. Guzman is oxygen dependent and partially blind/deaf. 

He was last seen at 9 p.m., in the 6800 block of Quail Springs, in 29 Palms on Tuesday (November 22). 

Please contact dispatch immediately if seen at 760-956-5001.  

Joel Guzman. Courtesy photo.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TO CONSIDER SHORT TERM VACATION RENTALS, HOUSING CODE

Tonight, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold public hearings on short-term vacation rentals and the town’s general housing code. Reporter Jef Harmatz brings us a closer look at their full agenda.

At tonight’s (November 23) regularly scheduled meeting, the planning commission will hold the town’s first public hearing on the issue of short-term vacation rentals since the Town Council enacted a moratorium on new permit applications on November 2. The commission is specifically considering amending code related to procedures for addressing problematic rentals and operators. The commission will also hold public hearings on efforts to redefine the town’s classification of housing, campgrounds, and hotels. Finally, the commission will consider the trimming of three Western Joshua Trees on the 7600 block of Ventura Ave, and the removal of four California Junipers and five Mojave Yuccas in the 57000 block of Terbush Ave. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at the Yucca Valley Community Center and can be attended online via a link below.

To attend the meeting via Zoom, use this link https://zoom.us/j/95927442162?pwd=ZmhoZjR5TEVtNzF1L1A2eDViMkpHZz09 with meeting ID: 959 2744 2162 and Passcode:  436931

or by phone at (669) 900-6833

YOUR COVID-19 FRIENDLY THANKSGIVING

There are several ways to enjoy holiday traditions with friends and family, but it is still important to reduce your risk of COVID-19 while celebrating. Reporter Ernest Figueroa has these tips to stay safe this Thanksgiving…

Get vaccinated! Vaccines are the best way to end the pandemic and they prevent COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death. They’re safe and free and can be scheduled at sbcovid19.com. If you are sick, stay home! Even mild symptoms can spell bad news. To be extra safe, get tested for COVID-19 before and after Thanksgiving and wear masks or host gatherings outdoors if one of your guests is unvaccinated. It is also a healthy idea to open doors and windows inside to keep air flowing through.

For more information on having a COVID-19 safe holiday, visit sbcovid19.com.

JOHNSON VALLEY SHARED USE AREA STARTING TEXT ALERTS

The Marine Corps has introduced a new “text alert” program that will send occasional text message alerts regarding the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area, closure dates, and other relevant information.

To sign up:

e-mail SMBPLMSJOHNSONVALLEY@USMC.MIL .

For more information, including terms and conditions visit: http://www.29palms.marines.mil/johnsonvalley/.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES COST OF LIVING INCREASE TO RETIRED PAY

On Friday (November 19), the Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2022.  With the details, here’s Gary Daigneault…

Most military retirees will receive a 5.9 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on January 1, 2022, which is the largest such increase since 1982.  Likewise, survivors of members who died on active or inactive duty, or survivors of military retirees who participated in the Survivor Benefit Plan will, in most cases, see a 5.9 percent increase to their annuities beginning in January.  

Survivors who are eligible for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) will also receive an increase to their SSIA payments that reflects this 5.9 percent adjustment.  The maximum amount of SSIA payable will be $346 beginning in January, although some survivors may receive less in SSIA as the Department of Defense continues to implement the phased reduction in the Survivor Benefit Plan – Dependency and Indemnity Compensation offset, as enacted by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.

These cost of living adjustments are calculated based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the four quarters ending with the third calendar quarter of 2021 (July, August, and September 2021), and generally go into effect for all pay received beginning in January 2022.

Those military retirees who retired during calendar year 2021, and all military retirees who retired under the REDUX retirement system may receive a slightly different annual cost of living adjustment.   The complete list of updates to military retired and retainer pay, and survivor annuities, allowances, and premiums can be found at https://militarypay.defense.gov/Pay/Retirement/Cola.aspx