Last night (January 18), the Yucca Valley Town Council approved bids for the design and geotechnical engineering for the planned aquatics and recreation center. Reporter Jef Harmatz attended the meeting and has a full rundown.
At last night’s regularly scheduled meeting, the council approved a $1.9 million professional service agreement with HMC Architects for design consultation services for the planned aquatics center. They also approved a $134,000 professional service agreement with LandMark Consultants for geotechnical engineering, testing and inspections services for the project. The aquatics center is expected to open in the spring of 2024. During the meeting, council members received a recap of the Yucca Valley Film Festival, which was considered to be a big success and had more than a thousand people attend digitally. Finally, the council received an update on state and county Covid-19 data, which shows a large spike in cases related to the omicron variant. Council members urged residents to get tested and vaccinated at the Community Center at Sportsman Park in Joshua Tree, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter will be opening back up to the public effective today (January 19) at noon. The shelter will resume regular hours of Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. For further information, please call (760) 367-0157.
Following the resignation of two directors in December, the Morongo Valley Community Service Board is expected to interview applicants and appoint new board members at tonight’s (January 19) meeting. With a look at the full agenda, here is reporter Jef Harmatz.
At tonight’s regular meeting, the CSD Board will conduct interviews with applicants seeking to fill the two vacant seats on the board, If applicants are appointed, they will serve on the board for the duration of 2022. The board will also vote to extend the employment agreement with Interim Director of Operations Jim Brakebill, who has been handling fire department staffing since the previous Director of Operations resigned in December. The board will also review their mid-year budget, and consider financing improvements to their office and the Morongo Valley Fire Station. Tonight’s meeting will be held online, and a link to attend can be found below.
The meeting will be conducted via Zoom, via meeting ID 811 3003 0081 and passcode 187303 or by phone at 669-900-6833
At tomorrow’s (January 20) 3:30 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, the board of directors will discuss rebranding of the MBTA. The meeting will be available for participation via Zoom using the information available below.
Meeting ID: 878 6124 1505
The Copper Mountain College Fighting Cacti men’s basketball team remains undefeated in IEAC play, following a Monday (January 17) win over the Palo Verde Pirates.
Coach Walter Parham’s game plan to feed Mikah Blackwell early and feed him often paid off as Blackwell had 18 points at the half on his way to a 29-point output for the game. The Cacti were also supported by Travion Jackson who had five of the team’s eight three-pointers in the contest as he poured in 15 for the home team. Tyler Hudson battled foul trouble the whole game, chipped in with 19 points, and had a team-high 6 assists. Cris Dominguez was very efficient on the evening as he added 15 on seven of ten shooting from the field. Jaylan Bradberry came off the bench to contribute 7 points and Israel Goldsmith added 6 points and battled to collect 10 rebounds on the night. Mikah Blackwell had a team-high 14 rebounds as he added another double-double to his resume.
The Cacti sit atop the Inland Empire Athletic Conference standings with a 3-0 record. They will put their undefeated mark on the line on today (January 19) as they travel to Cerro Coso who will enter the contest at 12-4 overall and 3-2 in IEAC play. The next home game for Copper Mountain College will be Saturday, January 22 as the Barstow Vikings come to town.