Two Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Wednesday morning following a high-speed chase on Highway 62 and through Yucca Valley neighborhoods at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. According to CHP and Sheriff reports, shortly before 7 a.m. yesterday, Jason Yoho, 31, was riding a Suzuki GSXR 750 motorcycle eastbound on Highway 62 near Hoopa Trail when a westbound CHP patrol unit clocked him at 120 miles per hour. The CHP officer began a pursuit, but lost him when Yoho turned on to Kickapoo Trail in Yucca Valley, and then eastbound on Onaga Trail. Yoho sped down Onaga at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, going through three school zones—Yucca Valley Elementary, Yucca Valley High School, and Onaga Middle School—just as the school day was beginning. A deputy in an unmarked Sheriff’s patrol car caught up to Yoho near Onaga Trail and Palomar and followed him back to the highway, where Yoho continued eastbound, pursued by Sheriff deputies and CHP officers, again at speeds of 120 miles per hour through Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Just east of Lear Avenue in Twentynine Palms, Yoho took his motorcycle into the desert south of the highway. As Yoho attempted to ride over a dirt berm back onto the highway at Desert Quail, the motorcycle went down, dropping Yoho and his female passenger, Teala Campbell, 26, also of Twentynine Palms. Deputies arrested Jason Yoho for investigation of felony failure to yield, transporting narcotics, possession of methamphetamine, and manufacturing narcotics. Teala Campbell was arrested for investigation of possession of narcotics and manufacturing narcotics. They were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $500,000 each.
The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session. Managing Editor Tami Roleff broke her report into two parts, yesterday mandatory spay and neuter for pit bull dogs; today in part 2, community partnerships…
Yucca Valley Mayor Merl Abel cuts the ribbon officially opening the new playground equipment at the Yucca Valley Community Center Tuesday evening. Watching the mayor are, from left, Mayor Pro Tem Robert Lombardo, Park and Rec Commissioners Jeff Evans, Dan Harmon, and Lorraine Silver, and Council Members Bob Leone, Dawn Rowe, and George Huntington.
In other business at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, the Council voted to increase its 2013-14 budget allocation for three community partnerships. The council unanimously doubled its $16,000 facility use agreement with the Boys and Girls Club, to $32,000. But Council Member Dawn Rowe opposed allocating $20,000 to the Chamber of Commerce, which included $5,000 to help the Chamber put on the Grubstakes Day parade. And she also opposed allocating $25,000 to the Desert Regional Tourism Agency, which included $18,000 so DRTA can pay its utility bills. Rowe was also the lone vote who opposed taking the $48,000 these allocations require out of the Town’s transportation fund budget of $170,000. Prior to the meeting the Town Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission held a ribbon cutting for the new playground equipment behind the community center.
The City of Twentynine Palms Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter will be conducting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs this Saturday, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the shelter, at 7086 Bullion Road, one block south of Sullivan Road, in Twentynine Palms. The cost is $6 per vaccination (cash only, no exceptions). City and county licensing will also be available. All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. For more information, contact Palms N-Paws Animal Shelter at 760-367-0157.
Solar-generated electricity is good thing, right? Maybe not for the local school district, says Morongo Unified staff. Dan Stork reviews some considerations…
The prospects for substantial solar energy usage by the Morongo Unified School District are less than rosy, but conservation measures are a promising way to save on electricity bills. That’s the message that Assistant Superintendent Dave Price and Facilities Director Ron Smith laid out for the MUSD Board of Education in a workshop on the subject. Price said that a reduced carbon footprint, creating shade structures, and setting a community and educational example all favor implementing solar-generated electricity in the school district, but several economic factors point in a negative direction. The capital cost is too great for the District to consider implementing it in-house. The alternative is to lease a system from a private utility on a 25-year contract. Price ticked off many disadvantages:
• The pricing formula required by a private company results in higher per-kilowatt cost within five years than what Edison would charge.
• At least 20 percent of the power needs would have to be supplied by Edison anyhow, at a higher rate than if Edison provided all power.
• In the desert sun, solar panels start degrading after about four years, and may need replacement after about eight years.
• School roofs need access for infrastructure maintenance improvements, which would be impeded by solar panels.
• School environments pose particular safety risks for solar installations, both to students and to the equipment.
• The places where the District would like shade structures don’t always match where the vendors can profitably engineer them.
• Some solar panels have a fire-hazard history. (San Diego Unified had to scrap 24 rooftop systems for this reason.)
Price said that a more promising way of saving money on electricity is to reduce usage, by centralized monitoring of power patterns, eliminating wasteful small appliances, using LED and compact fluorescent lighting, and more. He said the cost of these programs can be reduced by using money resulting from the voter-approved Prop 39, which transfers $2.5 billion over five years from the state’s general fund to the Clean Energy Jobs Act Fund, for the almost exclusive use by K thru 12 schools and the Community College System.
The latest developments in medical marijuana and marijuana legalization issues will be the topic at the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project’s meeting Saturday, October 5. The meeting starts at 2:30 at the Red Arrow Art Gallery, 61597 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call 760-799-2055.
The Annual “Desert Run” benefiting our local Sheriff’s Search and Rescue starts tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says fire up your off-road vehicles and come play…
Morongo Basin Search and Rescue’s Desert Run Fundraiser kicks off tomorrow, Friday, October 4, at 4 p.m. at the Means Dry Lake at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Park. Activities include vehicle Teeter- Totter (an articulation ramp), kids’ games, food and vendors, and more throughout the weekend. The Run takes place Saturday morning and is a family event, not a race, consisting of a 15- to 20-mile course designed to meet a variety of off-road challenges. There’ll be prizes and trophies for the top three game winners. Desert Run tickets are $60 available at the event. Proceeds from the Desert Run go toward equipment for Morongo Basin’s all volunteer Search & Rescue team. Contact the team at 951-203-6816 for more information.
A reception will be held tonight, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for the autumn Art in Public Places exhibition titled “Recollections: The 20th Century in the Morongo Basin.” The reception will be held in the gallery at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce downtown Twentynine Palms. The show will be on display through to December 27. Reception features appetizers, and live music by Bobby Furgo and Randy Godfrey on fiddle and guitar. Admission is free, the gallery is open daily.
The Glass Outhouse Gallery is hosting an opening reception Saturday for an exhibit of contemporary quilts of Diane Mooradian. The reception will feature food and music from 5 to 9 p.m. The quilt exhibit will run October 5 through 27; the Glass Outhouse will be open both weekends of the Highway 62 Art Tours, October 19-20, and October 26-27. The Glass Outhouse is located at 77575 Highway 62, just east of Twentynine Palms. For more information call 760-367-3807.
The collective exhibit for the 2013 Hwy. 62 Art Tours is open at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Reporter Taylor Thacker says an artist’s reception is set for tomorrow …
The 12th annual Hwy 62 Art Tours returns to the Morongo Basin to showcase at first in Landers, Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, Morongo Valley, and Joshua Tree on October 19th and 20th. The displays will move to Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Wonder Valley on October 26th and 27th. The Hwy 62 Art Tours spotlights over 200 artists and performers and draws an estimated 8,000 guests who attend every year. The Hwy 62 Art Tours Collective Show exhibit will offer a preview of open studio artists, open from October 2nd through the 28th at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception on October 4th from 5-7pm. Come out and support your new and local artists! For more information go online to www.hwyarttours.com.
St. Martin in the Fields Church will host a free gardening class Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at 72348 Larrea Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Tera Bottorff will teach some basics of composting and desert gardening. There will be a discussion about starting a community garden at St Martin’s. All who are interested in gardening and/or a community garden are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact St Martin’s at 760-367-7133.
If you’d like to create an entry for the traditional Weed Show in Twentynine Palms in November, there’s help available in getting started. Dan Stork describes the Weed Show Workshop…
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is offering a hands-on workshop on October 12 for adults and children to learn how to create and practice making eye-catching compositions using desert weeds and found desert treasures for the upcoming Weed Show in Twentynine Palms, November 2 and 3. Experienced or non-experienced weed show enthusiasts who want to gain a competitive edge are invited to attend this free workshop. Award-winning Weed Show veterans have teamed up and will present ideas, thoughts, finished presentations, and will answer questions during the workshop, which will run from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, October 12 at the Old Schoolhouse Museum located at 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. Children and adult sessions will be in separate areas of the building. Though walk-ins are welcome, seating for the workshop is limited. Those who have reserved a seat will have priority. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 760-367-2452.
The 29 Palms High School Girls Volleyball team is on track for success this season/ ROP Broadcast student and player Tusia Brown says the team is looking good…
Twentynine Palms High School volleyball team finished their season last year with a record of 12-7. Returning this year as seniors are Cherokee Turner, Tusia Brown, Cierra Jensen, Rebecca DeGuzman, Hannah Sutherland, Maddie Higgins and Alaysia Murphy. Former junior varsity players Nokomis Cabrera, Alexus Sanders, Latasia Benevente, and Hanna Beard have worked their way up to become varsity players this year, along with one freshman, Tatiyanna Mackall, who has earned her spot on the Varsity team. This year’s team has a lot of talent, but there is always room for improvement.
Unfortunately, there will be no junior varsity football game as part of this Friday’s Homecoming at Yucca Valley High School. Due to a rash of injuries and a shortage of players, Rosamond High School will not have a JV team available for this week’s game. The undefeated Trojan varsity’s game is still on and will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Trojan Stadium, with the Homecoming Court being announced at halftime.
Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms girls’ tennis team defeated Desert Hot Springs by a score of 16–2. The girls play at home against Big Bear today.