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Listen To Your News Friday, July 19, 2013 News Archive
     

TWO ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS BRAWL
Two Twentynine Palms men have been charged with attempted murder in last weekend's brawl in Twentynine Palms in which a Marine was seriously injured, and other residents have been arrested on lesser charges. Sheriff's investigators said a party had been held in the 73800 block of Sun Valley Drive Saturday night. Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, a fight broke out between two groups of men at the party, one group, armed with a tire iron and baseball bat, chased the other group down Ocotillo Avenue. The armed men confronted the victim and several others, not part of the group being chased, in the 6000 block of Ocotillo Avenue. The victim was hit over the head with a tire iron, and stabbed in the right chest. The unidentified victim was taken to Desert Hospital with serious injuries and released. In the days following the brawl, deputies have arrested three people on various charges, including Davon Felton, 20, on outstanding warrants and for investigation of violating a restraining order. Thursday afternoon, Davon Felton, still in custody, was booked for attempted murder. The second man arrested Thursday for investigation of attempted murder is David Felton, 20. Bail for Davon Felton and David Felton is set at $1 million each. In addition, Krystle Edwards, 27, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $25,000. Christine Brown, 18, was booked into the jail Sunday for obstruction, and Melvin Peters, 23, was arrested Sunday for several outstanding warrants. The Sheriff's Department stresses that neither race nor any other outside issue has been identified as a factor in the assault. Anyone with information about the assault should call Detective Marcel Silva at 760-366-4175.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALL FOR BLITZ OPPOSING COMMERCIAL SOLAR
The Morongo Basin Conservation Association is calling for a blitz of pleas to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on or before July 23, to urge extension of a moratorium on commercial solar energy development projects. Dan Stork has the background...

A public hearing before the County Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Tuesday, July 23, considers a proposal to extend and amend the temporary moratorium on commercial solar energy generation projects on County-administered land, enacted by the Board in mid-June. Following the earlier action, the county's Land Use Services Department was authorized to work up a Renewable Energy Element in the County General Plan, with a regulatory system for renewable energy projects. A staff report says, "Complexity of relevant issues and options warrant extension of the moratorium until work on the Development Code is completed." The staff report can be found at a link in this story at kcdzfm.com:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/lus/Renewable/SolarMoratoriumReport7172013.pdf

According to an email sent out by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association late Thursday afternoon, the support by Supervisors Ramos and Lovingood for an extension is anticipated, but the positions of the other three Supervisors is uncertain. The MBCA is urging members and like-minded people to flood the Supervisors with emails advocating an extension.

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MOUNTAIN FIRE NOW AT 23,000 ACRES, SMOKE ADVISORY REMAINS
Day four of the nearby Mountain Fire sees firefighters making great progress in rocky terrain and high temperatures. Two C-130 aircraft Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System, have been deployed by the 146th Air wing of the California National Guard. As weather conditions continue to change the fire remains active on the northwest and continues to threaten the community of Idyllwild. Red Cross evacuation centers 888-831-0031 have been welcoming residents, visitors, and others in evacuated areas. As of this morning, the fire is at about 23,000 acres at 15 percent containment; 3,316 personnel includin 59 crews, 263 engines, 11 dozers, and 19 helicopters are on the fire lines and 23 structures have been destroyed by fire. Total cost to date is $6.1 million. The latest fire information can be found at http://inciweb.org/incident/3516. A smoke advisory for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and surrounding communities remains in affect. If you see or smell smoke in the air where you are, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family's health.

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CHP TO CONDUCT DUI/DRIVERS LICENSE CHECKPOINT SUNDAY
The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI/driver's license checkpoint Saturday, July 20. Officers will be stopping drivers at an undisclosed area in the unincorporated area of San Bernardino County sometime between the hours 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Drivers will be checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, as well as for proper licensing and registration. The CHP will target an area where there is a high frequency of intoxicated drivers, and the CHP plans to check all vehicles for drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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CHP OFFERING START SMART DRIVING CLASS FOR TEEN DRIVERS
The local CHP is offering teen drivers a free "Start Smart" driving class. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up for a class this coming Wednesday...

Drivers between 16 and 19 years old are three times more likely to get into a fatal accident than those between 30 and 69. Teen drivers are found at fault in 66 percent of all fatal collisions that they are involved in. California has the second highest fatality rate involving drivers between the ages of 15 to 19. Don't let your child become a part of one of these statistics. The California Highway Patrol is offering another FREE Start Smart class, being held at the Morongo Basin Area CHP office on July 24 at 6 p.m. This class is offered for newly licensed drivers, or soon-to-be drivers, and their parents. Start Smart addresses traffic safety issues, provides instruction on collision avoidance, driver responsibilities, and speaks directly to the teen drivers and their parents. For more information or to pre-register, call 760-366-3707.

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TWO ARRESTS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA VALLEY
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, after his girlfriend said he assaulted her. According to a Sheriff's report, Todd Stewart, 36, of the 6900 block of Balsa Avenue, was arguing with his girlfriend shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. His girlfriend told police that a pushing match started between them when Stewart tried to stop her from leaving. She said Stewart grabbed her and pushed her to the ground. Deputies found Stewart in the desert just south of the residence, where he said he had gone to cool off. Todd Stewart, who denied physically assaulting his girlfriend, was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

Another Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday after neighbors told police they saw the man drag a woman from the street into the house after she tried to run away. According to a police report, Francisco Rojas, 38, of the 7400 block of Lucerne Vista, was arguing with his wife of three years about 8:30 p.m. When his wife attempted to leave, Rojas grabbed her by the arm and bit her back and arm several times while forcing her back into the house. Deputies determined that the woman had bruising and scratches on her body and Rojas had no visible injuries or complaint of pain. Francisco Rojas was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

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THIEVES ARE STEALING BACKFLOW DEVICES
Burglars hit at least four Yucca Valley properties and stole the large brass backflow device near the properties' water meters. Backflow devices prevent cross-contamination of the water system from hazards that may be located on private property. Victimized were: a convenience store and restaurant in the 57300 block of Twentynine Palms Highway; a strip mall in the 56600 block of Twentynine Palms Highway; and a county building in the 56300 block of Pima Trail. The cost to replace each backflow device is estimated at $500 to $700. The Hi-Desert Water District said in a press release that a property's water service is turned off if a backflow device is removed. The District urges property owners to secure the backflow device by purchasing a cage to place over the device, and securing the cage with a lock. Anyone with information about the thefts should call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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GO GEOCACHING WITH THE MOJAVE WATER AGENCY
The Mojave Water Agency is inviting you to come geocache with them. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains...

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game. Participants use a set of GPS coordinates to navigate to a hidden geocache. The Mojave Water Agency is sponsoring a free session called "The Adventure of Geocaching." Learn how to use a GPS device or GPS-enabled mobile phone to search for sites. It all happens Tuesday, July 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mojave Water Agency on Conference Center Drive in Apple Valley. For information or to register, contact Gloria at 760-946-7001 or ggolike@mojavewater.

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"PERILS OF GOLDILOCKS AT THEATRE 29
The Summer Youth Theater Production of "The Perils of Goldilocks" is now playing weekends through July 27 at Theatre 29. The show, designed for younger audiences and performers, will play, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m., and a Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. this weekend. The special production is actually made of two one-act plays. The first act, "Goldilocks," is a comic spin on the classic fairy tale. The second act of the production is "Goldilocks on Trial." Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. To purchase tickets and make reservations call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or purchase tickets online at theatre29.org.

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"STEEL MAGNOLIAS" AT ST. JOSEPH'S IN YUCCA VALLEY
A new Yucca Valley theater company offers "Steel Magnolias" in Yucca Valley. The St. Joseph's Players play runs Fridays and Saturdays through July 27 at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinees this weekend at 2 p.m. The performance takes place at St. Joseph of Arimathea Church in Yucca Valley, at the corner of Church Street and Onaga Trail. For tickets, call the church box office number at 760-365-7133. The price of an adult ticket for "Steel Magnolias" is $10. For seniors, children, military personnel and their families it's only $8.

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FOUR ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE NAMED BY JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua Tree National Park Association have announced their selections for the 2013-2014 Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR). Reporter Dan Stork tells who they are, and which art forms they practice...

Four visual artists, a sculptor/videographer, and a writer were invited to participate in sixth year Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence program, which provides a unique residential opportunity to artists from around the nation.

The 2013-2014 artists are Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis (a writer from Maryland); Sonja Hinrichsen (a sculptor/videographer); Hanna Kunysz (a visual artist from San Francisco, California); Brendan Monroe (a graphic novelist from Oakland, California); Olivia Parkes (a painter from Pioneertown, California who is currently living in Berlin, Germany); and David Titterington (painter from Lawrence, Kansas). Elaine Stocki (a photographer from Brooklyn, New York) and Joshua McKinney (a writer from Fair Oaks, California) were selected as alternates. The park will provide accommodations for the artists-in-residence for two to four weeks so that they may create work in their chosen medium. The Joshua Tree National Park Association provides financial and administrative support. The artists will reside in the Park September through November 2013, and March through May next year. They will produce a program or exhibit to engage members of the surrounding communities. They were chosen from 40 applicants. For more information about Joshua Tree National Park's Artist-in-Residence Program, please contact Caryn Davidson, Park Liaison for the AIR Program at 760-367-3012.

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JOSHUA TREE VFW KITCHEN BUSY THIS WEEK
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will serve up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:30 to 6:30 at the post at 6402 Veterans Way. Sunday Breakfast from 8 to 11 is pancakes, eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, breakfast burritos, and quesadillas. And don't forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Food For Life is a non-profit ministry feeding the hungry in Twentynine Palms. The meals are served at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. each Saturday. Food Pantry volunteers will be serving up hot dogs and hamburgers.

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BENEFIT CAR WASHES IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS
The Yucca Valley High School football team will hold a car wash and bake sale, Saturday, July 19, from 8 to noon in the Napa Auto Parts store in Yucca Valley. Come out and support the Yucca Valley High School football team.

A charity car wash tomorrow in Twentynine Palms will benefit the Riverdon Sanctuary for the Homeless. The car wash will be Saturday at the AM/PM from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will also take donations of non-perishable foods and hygiene items, also blankets, tents, and animal products. For more information call Brittney at 760-401-3836 or Mary at 760-365-4343.

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