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AT HOME TESTS AND BEST PRACTICES FOR COVID-19

As Covid cases surge after holidays, the County of San Bernardino curtails in-person services and encourages everyone to get vaccinated or boosted. Hilary Sloane tells you additional practices to follow to keep yourself and others safe…

The County wants to remind everyone the pandemic is not over. Follow these safe practices. Get vaccinated or boosted if you are eligible. Wear a mask. N95 and KN95 masks are the most effective, but surgical masks or disposable masks are also effective. Fabric masks are less effective. However, they are improved by double masking. Any mask is only effective worn over your nose and mouth. Stay at home if you are feeling sick. Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated places. Maintain physical distancing when around others outside your household. Monitor your health daily and test to prevent spread. To make an appointment for a Covid test or vaccine, visit SBCovid19.com. Walk-in appointments are available at County-operated vaccination sites.

The federal government has also launched its website to sign up for free COVID-19 at-home test kits, allowing people to order a maximum of four tests shipped directly to their households. To order at-home test kits, visit covidtests.gov.

NEW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION GAINS MOMENTUM WITH FIRST PUBLIC MEETING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Yesterday’s first public meeting of the newly-formed Downtown Business Association in Twentynine Palms drew business owners, community members, and residents – all interested in growing business and tourism in their city. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

With about 35 people in attendance, the Downtown Business Association hosted a coffee-and-donuts meeting that was open to all residents and business owners excited about the future of Twentynine Palms. The meeting was held at The Grnd Sqrl, a beer bar and eatery that opened last spring. Owner Michael Usher is also DBA president.

DBA President Michael Usher led the meeting and the ‘Rediscover 29’ presentation.

The location is mere feet away from Project Phoenix, the downtown redevelopment project that is set to officially open on March 12.

Usher led the meeting with introductions of DBA officers that include Vice-President Stephen Pzbyloski, owner of White Label Vinyl; Secretary Anita M. Petke, owner of The Lobby by Desert Beacon, and Co-Treasurers, Chelsea and Andrew Evans, owners of Hi-Desert Daydream.

There was a ‘Rediscover 29’ slide presentation that included a long list of potential events that could be held in the new paseo and surrounding area. “We are very proud of what we have and we’re about to have more than we ever had,” said Usher, “but we have more power as a group.” There was group discussion and brainstorming around events, transportation issues, relationship with the Marine base, and how to highlight the city’s history and natural resources.

The DBA is looking to grow its’ membership and will host public meetings every other Monday at 10:00 a.m. at The Grnd Sqrl, 73471 Twentynine Palms Highway. For more info, call Melisa Tennies at 760-401-4078 or Anita M. Petke at 760-865-0056 or visit the DBA website at rediscover29.com.

15 ARRESTED, OVER 12,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS AND 92 POUNDS OF MUSHROOMS SEIZED IN WEEK 19 OF COUNTY ILLEGAL GROW RAIDS

15 people were arrested, and 31 illegal marijuana grow operations countywide were shut down, including one in Twentynine Palms, one in Morongo Valley, and two in Yucca Valley, during the nineteenth week of illegal marijuana grow raids. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies and investigators from the San Bernardino County Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 31 search warrants at properties in Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Adelanto, Hesperia, Pinon Hills, Phelan, Fontana, Victorville, Newberry Springs, El Mirage, Upland, and El Monte from January 3 through January 9 as part of Operation Hammer Strike, week nineteen. During this time, investigators arrested 15 suspects and eradicated 122 greenhouses, including 12 indoor locations. Deputies seized 12,370 marijuana plants, 3,361.7 pounds of processed marijuana, eight guns, and over $55,000 in cash. Investigators also seized 92.5 pounds of Psilocybin mushrooms, mitigated one electrical bypass and recovered one stolen recreational vehicle.

The raids came as a result of numerous complaints received regarding large outdoor marijuana cultivations in the areas. The suspects were cited or booked on charges of cultivation of cannabis, over six plants, possession for sales of marijuana, illegal water discharge, and conspiracy. A complete list of suspects and raided properties is available below.

LOCATIONS:

#1 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#2 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley 
#3 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#4 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#5 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#6 – Parcel with no address, Morongo Valley
#7 – 51500 Block of 29 Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms
#8 – 54500 Block of Benecia Trail, Yucca Valley
#9 – 5100 Block of Old Woman Springs, Yucca Valley
#10 – 15700 Block of Horizon Way, Adelanto
#11 – 6700 Block of Serrano, Hesperia
#12 – 700 Block of Pinon, Pinon Hills
#13 – 11000 Block of Valle Vista, Phelan
#14 – 16000 Block of Maestro Way, Fontana
#15 – 12200 Block of Buena Vista, Pinon Hills
#16 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#17 – 14600 Block of Nelson Avenue, Victorville
#18 – 9500 Block of Verbena Road, Phelan
#19 – 100 Block of South Sultana, Upland
#20 – 14000 Block of Jockey Lane, Victorville
#21 – 48200 Block of Morgan Lane, Newberry Springs
#22 – 47900 Block of Palo Verde Lane, Newberry Springs
#23 – 33000 Block of Mountain View, Newberry Springs
#24 – 33200 Block of Mountain View, Newberry Springs
#25 – 45500 Block of Whetrock Road, Newberry Springs
#26 – 34800 Block of Newberry Road, Newberry Springs
#27 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#28 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#29 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#30 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#31 – 100 Block of Eagle Nest Drive, El Monte 

SUSPECTS:

Hector Munguia, 35 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #2
Andrew Gorman, 31 year old male resident of Yucca Valley, CA. Location #8
Jomo Fuller, 44 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #13
Pamela Fuller, 52 year old female resident of Phelan, CA. Location #13
Juan Alvarado, 28 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, CA. Location #15
Melissa Alvarado, 30 year old female resident of Pinon Hills, CA. Location #15
Javier Arreola, 31 year old male resident of Modesto, CA. Location #16
Alex Sengaloune, 50 year old male resident of San Diego, CA. Location #21
Edwin Velasquez-Alvarez, 19 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #24
Phanvilay Phouang, 56 year old female resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #26
Luis Sanchez, 26 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #27
Manuel Gonzalez, 27 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #27
Albaro Isidro, 37 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #29
Francisco Catrojon, 54 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #30
Xiongbing Shi, 31 year old male resident of El Monte, CA. Location #31

15 ARRESTED, A HAND GRENADE, AND OVER 7,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS SEIZED IN WEEK 20 OF COUNTY ILLEGAL GROW RAIDS

15 people were arrested, and 18 illegal marijuana grow operations countywide were shut down, including three in Twentynine Palms and three in Wonder Valley, during the twentieth week of illegal marijuana grow raids. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies and investigators from the San Bernardino County Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 18 search warrants at properties in Lucerne Valley, Wonder Valley, Adelanto, Hesperia, Twentynine Palms, and Helendale from January 10 through January 16 as part of Operation Hammer Strike, week twenty. During this time, investigators arrested 15 suspects and eradicated 63 greenhouses, as well as two THC extraction labs. Deputies seized 7,095 marijuana plants, 5,045.5 pounds of processed marijuana, 11 guns, 1,583 grams of concentrated marijuana and over $5,600 in cash. Investigators located one live fragmentation hand grenade, which was destroyed in place by deputies from the Sheriff’s Arson/Bomb Division.

The raids came as a result of numerous complaints received regarding large outdoor marijuana cultivations in the areas. The suspects were cited or booked on charges of cultivation of cannabis, over six plants, possession for sales of marijuana, illegal water discharge, manufacturing a controlled substance, and conspiracy. A complete list of suspects and raided properties is available below.

LOCATIONS:

#1 – 5700 Block of Allen Avenue, Wonder Valley
#2 – 258 Block of Minnetonka, Lucerne Valley
#3 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#4 – 77500 Block of Two Mile Road, Wonder Valley
#5 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#6 – 4200 Block of Canyon Road, Twentynine Palms
#7 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#8 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#9 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#10 – Parcel with no address, Twentynine Palms
#11 – Parcel with no address, Wonder Valley
#12 – 67600 Block of Appian Way, Twentynine Palms
#13 – 11700 Block of Bartlett, Adelanto
#14 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#15 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#16 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#17 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#18 – 8000 Block of C Avenue, Hesperia

SUSPECTS:

Samnang Chan, 43 year old male resident of Long Beach, CA. Location #1
Elvis Thao, 40 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #1
Arredondo Lopez, 33 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #3
Tri Phan, 47 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #4
Sergio Arias, 26 year old male resident of Ontario, CA. Location #5
Ivan Cruz-Leon, 31 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, CA. Location #8
Peng Wei, 42 year old male resident of Arcadia, CA. Location #13
Jing Wei Ping, 39 year old female resident of Arcadia, CA. Location #13
Filberto Rosas, 57 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #14
Heriberto Gamboa, 27 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #14
Ruben Garcia, 66 male resident of Helendale, CA. Location #16
Luis Cardenas, 24 year old male resident of Oro Grande, CA. Location #17
Daniel Alvarez, 35 year old male resident of Oro Grande, CA. Location #17
Alexis Ayala, 42 year old male resident of Oro Grande, CA. Location #17
Jose Gonzalez, 57 year old male resident of Oro Grande, CA. Location #17
Maurice Hamilton, 45 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #18

OPENING NIGHT TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO THEATRE 29’S “AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS” JANUARY 21

The Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club have tickets remaining for their opening gala of Theatre 29’s “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express”.  Arts & Entertainment Reporter Charlie Thomas tells you how to reserve your seat…

Friends of the Twentynine Palms Library and Twentynine Palms Kiwanis have tickets for your ride on the Orient Express! They are sponsoring the opening night gala of “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” and they would love to have you onboard! The show is this Friday, January 21, 2022, at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. Tickets are $30.00 include hors d’oeuvres and dessert beginning at 6:00 PM along with a silent auction and more. You can purchase tickets at the Twentynine Palms Library and The Desert Trail office, both on Adobe Rd in 29 Palms, or by calling Herman Platzke at 760-972-7205. All patrons must show a vaccination card or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Proceeds benefit programs for both the Library and Kiwanis.