We like to think that if we call 911, help will arrive immediately. Unfortunately, “immediately” can sometimes be as long as 5 to 10 minutes, or longer, minutes that are critical in helping an injured person or saving a house on fire. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains what you can do in emergencies while you are waiting for help to arrive…
After you’ve told 911 dispatchers the nature of your emergency, stay on the line and remain calm. If you are on the phone with 911, you can provide updates on what is happening, which will be passed along to the emergency responders to prepare them for what to expect when they arrive. Additionally, if someone is injured, the dispatcher may tell you how you can help the victim. If you are at a fire—and if you can do so without endangering yourself—try to use a hose or a fire extinguisher to knock down the fire, or even shovel dirt on the flames. If you can’t safely help an injured victim or extinguish a fire, then don’t try. Wait for emergency responders to arrive. For more safety suggestions, visit www.fire.ca.gov.
Yesterday’s high winds caused some damage in the Morongo Basin. In Twentynine Palms, the wind sheered off a power line pole at its base about 8:30 a.m. in the 4700 block of Adobe Road. The power lines kept the pole from falling to the ground. Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp said one lane was blocked off until Southern California Edison could repair the power pole. The fire department also reports some trees blown over, and an awning that had been torn off and blown onto power lines. In Joshua Tree, one of the dinosaurs was also blown over by the high winds.
A disagreement over what music two workers should listen to landed one in the hospital and the other in jail yesterday. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 5 p.m., Filimaua Fatu, 26, of Twentynine Palms, started arguing with his co-worker over the choice of music they should listen to while they were working on the base. The report states Fatu followed the victim outside the garage where they were working, threw him against a vehicle, then punched and kicked him until the man was unconscious. The victim, who suffered large swellings to his head, face and right shoulder, and pain in his kidneys, was taken to the Naval Hospital on board the base for treatment. Filimaua Fatu was arrested for investigation of assault with serious injuries, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday after his girlfriend said he hit her. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, the woman went to the home of Seth Lewis, 35, in the 6500 block of Wilshire Avenue shortly before noon Saturday to serve him some legal paperwork. Porter said during the ensuing argument, the woman took Lewis’s cell phone and bit his left hand. Porter said the woman suffered injuries to both arms, her neck, and jaw, and based on the totality of the circumstances, Seth Lewis was arrested for investigation of being the primary aggressor in the fight. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for suspicion of felony spouse abuse, with his bail set at $50,000.
October has five Tuesdays this year, and the diligent Planning Commission of Twentynine Palms will use the fortuitous calendar circumstance to squeeze in another meeting this month. Dan Stork relates what will be discussed…
The meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission on October 29 features an application by the City of Twentynine Palms for a minor use permit and sign permit for the installation of an electronic monument sign in Pioneer Park to be used by the City and Theatre 29. Also on the agenda is study session #28 on the update and revision of the City’s Development Code. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall on Adobe Road.
Another Marine unit returned to Twentynine Palms yesterday after a 7-month deployment to Afghanistan. About 200 Marines with Third Combat Engineer Battalion returned to the Combat Center yesterday; a smaller advance party returned to Twentynine Palms about two weeks ago. This was the unit’s last deployment to Afghanistan; after multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Third CEB is scheduled to be deactivated next year.
The Town of Yucca Valley will hold its fourth workshop Wednesday, October 30, on Highway 62 improvements. The construction project will add curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street lights, raised median islands from Apache to Palm Avenues, and a traffic signal at Highway 62 and Church Street. The Town has budgeted $2.9 million for the work, and has received one bid for nearly $2.8 million. The workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. October 30 in the Cholla Room of the Community Center.
Since 1941 the Twentynine Palms Weed Show has been an annual tradition for local desert dwellers. The Weed Show is sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society and participation is open to anyone who puts together a composition of dried desert weeds and objects found in the desert, either natural or man-made. Even if you don’t have the competitive spirit, come by the Old School House Museum this Saturday or Sunday and check out the colorful and quirky creations. Drop off for contestants is Friday, November 1, from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 2, from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. The Weed Show opens for public viewing at noon and closes at 4 p.m. On Sunday, November 3, weed show viewing opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
Toys for Tots are now taking names of kids to receive toys from this year’s program. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to register…
Registration is now open to request a toy from the Marine Corps program Toys for Tots. The Marine Corps Toys for Tots collects new toys in October, November, and December, and distributes those toys to needy children. The organization’s goal is to provide two toys to each child. Applications to request toys can be made through the website ToysforTots.org; follow the links for California and click on the second San Bernardino County link in the drop-down menu. For more information, call 760-830-0966.
The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pick-up is tomorrow morning, at Alta Loma and Sherwood. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. Afterwards, the team will meet for optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Cafe. The volunteers are dedicated and have been coming every second, fourth and sometimes fifth Wednesdays for seven years because they care. As always, there will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available. For more information call 760-366-8415.
Twentynine Palms Recreation and Z107.7 Radio are co-sponsoring this year’s Halloween Fun Fest for the 25th year. The free event is designed to be a safe alternative to trick or treating for kids 10 and under. Game booths with candy prizes and a not-so-scary haunted house will be featured at the City of Twentynine Palms Community Service building at Luckie Park from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Halloween night. The booths are manned by Recreation Staff and Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club volunteers Halloween Night. Z107.7 will broadcast live from the event.
The combined Rotary Clubs of the Morongo Basin are raffling off a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle to benefit Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to get tickets…
If you’ve been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the brand new Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle traveling about the Basin on a trailer, you may want to push your luck even further and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win this machine. Valued at almost $18,000, the Harley-Davidson will be given away on December 20. It’s all part of a campaign to raise $30,000 for the recently named Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center at Copper Mountain College which is now under construction. Raffle tickets are $20 each and will be available from Rotarians as well as at community events taking place over the next three months and online at cmccd.edu. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold. For more information, contact Roger Wagner at 760-366-5289 or Sandy Smith at 760-366-3791 ext. 5296.
The community is invited to the new Brehm Park Family Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 2 for a day of art in the park. The all-ages event will allow participants to paint a custom tile that will become part of a permanent mosaic in the park. Each 6- inch tile is $10 and can be designed by children or adults. The event will also feature finger painting, face painting and sidewalk chalk art. Art in the Park is a benefit for the Brehm Park Family Recreation Center and the Youth Sports Park Coalition in Yucca Valley.
Have a mysterious good time at the Twentynine Palms Library murder mystery party this Thursday, October 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. when participants will brave mayhem and murder at the Old Doom Mansion. Pizza and soda will be served and costumes are encouraged. The event is open to teens in grades 7-12. For more information about the murder mystery party, please call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519.
One visitor’s experience points out the great local benefits of the Highway 62 art tours, held the past few weekends. In this case, Karan Flohra of Cypress attended the second weekend of the Highway 62 Art Tours with her aunt Julee Gilleland…
ArtFX and furnishings in Yucca valley was the first stop upon their arrival Friday. Saturday the two had a delicious lunch at Joshua Tree Saloon; and while walking around the Yart Party area, Karan decided to purchase five tickets for the guitar raffle. They continued the art tour; Saturday night was spent at Pappy & Harriet’s. On Sunday, after brunch at the 29 Palms Inn, Karan and Julee headed for the Yart Party to listen to the John Linn Band where Karan won the guitar raffle; the guitar now resides with her in Cypress. Karan wants to thank John Linn (artist, creator, and donator of the guitar), the MBCAC, and all the artist’s retail stores, studios, and homes she visited, it was a lot of fun and everyone was wonderful and hospitable! “I’m looking forward to attending next year with my aunt.”
On a New York City street, an out-of-town visitor stops a policeman and asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The cop answers, “Practice, practice, practice.” Dan Stork says that the Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir is doing that, and a lot more…
The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir, having been invited to participate in a multiday workshop for elite choirs in April in New York City, which culminates in a multi-choir concert at the famed performance venue Carnegie Hall, is doing plenty of practice. But the cost of travel for 22 singers and four chaperones will amount to $58,000, so the group and the TPHS Music Boosters are also doing plenty of fundraising. Of the needed sum, the students themselves have been tasked with raising $5000, towards which they’ve been working with a car wash, a cheesecake sale, and an upcoming “Slime a Teacher” event. Local residents will have the opportunity to support the fundraising effort, and see and hear the choir strut its stuff, at a pair of concerts on Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16. The owners of Smith’s Ranch have donated their facility for the pair of concerts, both of which start at 7 p.m. You’re invited to come out and support the Choir’s efforts with a donation, and enjoy a great show while you’re at it. You can also donate through contact information available in this story at Z1077fm.com. Send a check to TPHS Music Boosters, P.O. Box 1681, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. For more information, contact Anita Clinkscales, Music Booster president, at 760-361-5306 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The California Retired Teacher Association will meet Friday, November 8, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Educational Complex at the hospital in Joshua Tree. The program will be presented by Pete Wood and Sandy Smith, representing the Copper Mountain College Foundation, and will be followed by lunch. All educators are invited to attend. Call Sherry Craft at 760-881-5275 no later than Monday, November 4, to reserve your place at the luncheon.
The Twentynine Palms girls’ tennis team will be participating in the De Anza League Tennis Finals Wednesday and Thursday. The matches will be played at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. The seeding for the matches begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Match play starts at 1 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday.